Taos ranked in 'USA Today' polls

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Taos has been named by USA Today as both its No.1 “Novel Retirement Destination” in the United States and the top location among a list of the 10 best “Guy Ski Resort Trips” in the world.
 One of the original art colonies in the U.S., Taos grabbed the top spot in an exclusive list of only four U.S. locations which Where to Retire Magazine, in partnership with USA Today, deemed a “literary locale to love”  — towns where Baby Boomers with interests in literature or the arts might want to consider for retirement.
Aspiring writers come from all over the world to attend the annual Taos Summer Writer’s Conference in Taos, which will be from July 13–20.
“The sky is really blue, the edges of things are really clear and delineated, and that’s one reason artists like it,” said Sharon Oard Warner, a professor at the University of New Mexico and founding director of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.
The Taos Summer Writer’s Conference — named as one of the “top 10 writer’s conferences in the U.S.” by USA Today — is a weekend full of workshops taught by published writers, keynote readings, roundtable discussions along with weeklong Master Classes. Registration is now open. Visit unm.edu/~taosconf/Workshops/Workshops.htm for more information.
Sustainable co-housing senior community, Valverde Commons, was mentioned in the article as an attraction to retirees who are interested in Taos and love literature and the arts — especially since the community is within walking distance of downtown where book centered events like book clubs, poetry readings and lectures are available year-round. Valverde Commons was featured on the NBC “Today” show in 2012 as one of the “best places to retire in the U.S.”
Other towns in the USA Today article include: Hannibal, Mo.; Oxford, Miss. and Nashville, Tenn. The article, by Alexis Loyd of Where to Retire Magazine, can be read in its entirety at usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/01/20/retire-destinations-literary-lovers-best-cities/4374963/.
Likewise, Taos was USA Today’s top choice for the best “Guy Ski Resort Trips” in the U.S., based on three prerequisites: good friends, a good time and a good destination, in addition to other perks such as great skiing.
The USA Today article by John Briley said of Taos, “For a guy’s escape with a real tinge of culture and history, coupled with a legit mountain, Taos hits on all cylinders.”
Along with Taos Ski Valley and its more than 12,000 foot Kachina Peak for skiers, Taos Pueblo was mentioned, as was the town’s unique Southwestern fare and tasty margaritas. Taos Ski Valley also offers tubing, sledding, and snowboarding.
Taos Snowshoe Adventures — owned by Wild Earth Llama Adventures — offers full and half day guided snowshoeing excursions in Taos’ Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit snowshoetaos.com for more information.
Other attractions in Taos for the guys include: llama trekking (March–November); hiking, biking, white water rafting and rock rappelling along the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument’s Rio Grande Gorge; stand up paddleboarding and fishing with New Mexico River Adventures; and soaking in the hot springs of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs just 45 minutes outside of Taos.
The remaining contenders for USA Today’s “Guy Ski Resort Trips” include: Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Vail, Colo.; Whistler/Blackcom, British Columbia, Canada; Killington, Vt.; St. Anton, Austria; Silverton, Colo.; Park City, Utah; and Heavenly Valley, Calif.
To read the entire USA Today article, visit usatoday.com/story/experience/ski/best-of-skiing-and-snowboarding/2014/01/20/top-10-guys-ski-resort-trips/4497217/.
For more information about Taos, visit taos.org.