In New England, the pineapple is recognized as the symbol of hospitality. In New Mexico, the ristras, or arrangements of dried chili peppers, have the same meaning. When you arrive at the Adobe & Pines Inn B&B in Taos you will find two of these symbols of welcome hanging by the doorway at the inn’s main entrance on the Grand Portal.
Also welcoming you are innkeepers Katherine and Louis Costabel and their staff. As the third owners of the inn they continue to work on enhancing the property while keeping the integrity of the preserved 1832 adobe hacienda. The inn’s web site is a wealth of historic information and so interesting it makes a great read. The property itself is beautiful, with additional adobe buildings that also house guest accommodations.
There is variety in the choice of rooms but all rooms are air-conditioned and have private baths, wood-burning fireplaces (wood is supplied at no charge), coffee/tea service, cable TV and DVD/VCR players. Suites have whirlpool tubs and one has a private sauna. The lawn and courtyard are inviting, as is the hammock where you can swing or just laze about listening to the sounds of nature and the nearby steam or acequia that flows through the property.
Taos is beautiful and the plazas are wonderful for strolling, shopping and dining; visit the galleries, museums and enjoy the architecture that is New Mexico. I love the colors of New Mexico and one of my favorite sightings was the rooftop pictured below.
We arrived in Taos late morning and knew it was too early to check in but we called to see if we could get a recommendation for lunch. Paul, the assistant innkeeper/concierge/all around nice guy, suggested the Dragonfly Café and Bakery and what was originally planned to be a light bite turned into a full mid-day meal. The charming courtyard setting and the tempting menu persuaded us to settle in. My husband ordered the lunch special, a brisket sandwich served with a salad. The roast had been braised in a red chili sauce and the sandwich so large it had to be eaten with a knife and fork. I had skewered beef served with bruschetta and the best eggplant caponata. We were very pleased with our decisions and both dishes were excellent.
Since lunch was so expansive, after spending the day exploring the galleries and shops, we opted just to have Sangria, chips with salsa and guacamole and a salad on the upstairs deck at Olgavie’s overlooking Taos Plaza. We watched the sun set while we lingered over our wine. A nice way to end the day.
Breakfast at the inn is served in the glass walled dining area overlooking the courtyard. Coffee was out early and tables were set for two or four guests. While Louis was busy in the kitchen whipping up the day’s delight, Katherine was filling cups, pouring juice, chatting with guests and giving directions and tips for the day’s activities. She brought us a plate of goodies that included a variety of miniature scones, chocolate muffin tops and a fruit Danish, all made by Louis. Note: the photo was taken after we indulged. Katherine then served us Louis’ secret recipe pancakes with warm maple syrup and sausage, which not only were delicious but also required a picture be taken. The presentation was artistic and Louis painstaking cut all the fruit including small berries.
After the last guest was served, Louis joined Katherine and their guests. They are both so personable and have such great knowledge of the area which they enjoy sharing with their guests. The outdoor adventures beckon and many of the guests were interested in kayaking, rafting, hiking and biking. Our hosts were able to provide information to all. We were interested in the Rio Grande Gorge and Louis directed us to the bridge. 650 feet above the Rio Grande - it’s the second highest bridge of its construction in the country. Louis was right, it was spectacular even if I didn’t walk over it!
Charming innkeepers and fantastic breakfasts enhance this historic property. It’s easy to see why guests rave about the Adobe and Pines B&B.