On The Road Taos, NM

Beth Bradley
Venture to the hidden southwestern gem of Taos, NM. In addition to the breathtaking mountain views, vibrant local color, and diverse selection of outdoor and artistic activities, you'll be wowed by the world-class textile and sewing resources born of Taos's rich history.

TAOS, NM, sits at the foot of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains in the state's northern region. For over a century, this unique community has been a well-known mecca for artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Agnes Martin. After drinking in the gorgeous scenery, exploring Taos's many galleries and museums, and finding gorgeous fabrics and hand-spun fibers, you'll have plenty of sewing inspiration to take home with you.

Stroll to the heart of town to experience the sights and sounds of Taos's historic plaza-and to do some serious shopping. Check out the John Dunn shops, located on a lovely tree-lined walkway off the plaza. Worth the trip to Taos alone is Common Thread, a veritable fabric paradise where you can find stunning antique ribbon, handmade buttons and rare textiles from around the world.

Wander over to Taos Adobe Quilting to browse through the colorful array of over 2,000 bolts of quilting fabric. This delightful shop specializes in fabric collections by local artists as well as southwestern-themed printed cottons. Taos Adobe Quilting can also help you out with notions, kits, patterns, books and fat quarters.

Visit the Millicent Rogers Museum, also located near the plaza. View the museum's historic collections of Native American jewelry and ceramics as well as wonderful textiles. The museum boasts a wide variety of weavings and 17th century Spanish Colonial colcha embroidery.

Shop your way north from the plaza to La Lana Wools. Pick up plant-dyed fibers, hand-spun yarn and deliciously vibrant felt that you can purchase by the ounce.

Take a break and refuel at the acclaimed Doc Martin's Restaurant at the Taos Inn. Order the famous chile rellenos and daydream about all the fabulous creations you'll sew when you get home. Stop by again in the evening to relax and mingle with the locals at the Adobe Bar, often referred to as the "living room of Taos."

Celebrate Taos's 400-year fiber and textile tradition by planning your trip to coincide with the 25th Annual Wool Festival at Taos in October. Marvel at traditional and modern art and shop for wool in all forms, from raw fiber to handmade apparel. And don't miss the chance to meet the "fiber critters" themselves-you can get close to sheep, angora goats and rabbits, alpacas and llamas.

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