Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Adobe & Pines Inn 4107 STATE ROAD 68, RANCHOS DE TAOS • (575) 751-0947 88 STATE ROAD 150, EL PRADO • (575) 776-3447 • TAOSTENNIS.COM ADOBEPINES.COM Best Place to Play Golf Best Place to Say “I do” Taos Country Club El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa 54 GOLF COURSE DR., RANCHOS DE TAOS • (575) 758-7300 Best Yoga Studio continued TAOSCOUNTRYCLUB.COM Watch drives travel farther than ever before, thanks to a little help from the altitude. Taos Country Club sits at 7,000 feet in elevation and holes range from 5,336 to 7,300 in yardage. This par-72 layout’s Bermuda fairways route their way through low sagebrush. Frequent sand traps guard the undulating Bent grass greens. This favorite course, designed by Jep Wille, was awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest. The Terrace serves drinks, craft beers, snacks and gourmet dishes. 317 KIT CARSON RD., TAOS • (575) 758-3502 • ELMONTESAGRADO.COM AuraFitness Taos has no shortage of natural beauty, historic churches and unique venues in which to exchange vows and celebrate with family and friends. But voters say the most beautiful and romantic of them all is on the grounds at El Monte Sagrado. This “living resort and spa” has a variety of customized and regular wedding packages and a “wedding team” to help make the planning of this special day seamless. 1337S GUSDORF RD., TAOS • (575) 758-9733 • AURAFITNESSTAOS.COM Best Gym & Workout Facility Valle Escondido Golf Course Rio Grande Gorge Bridge 28 LODGE RD., TAOS • (575) 758-3475 • TAOSGOLF.ORG U.S. HIGHWAY 64 WEST • TAOS.ORG Best Lodging for Visitors Best Bank El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa Centinel Bank MAIN BRANCH: 512 PASEO DEL PUEBLO SUR, TAOS • (575) 758-6700 MOTOR BANK DRIVE-THRU: 508 PASEO DEL PUEBLO SUR, TAOS • (575) 758-6788 NORTHSIDE MOTOR BANK DRIVE-THRU: 707 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS (575) 758-6790 • 317 KIT CARSON RD., TAOS • (575) 758-3502 CENTINELBANK.COM ELMONTESAGRADO.COM “We believe in the customer, in the business and in the community,” says Centinel Bank’s chairman of the board and CEO Angel Reyes. “I really feel good about knowing that we want to support the underdog.” Started by the Romero family more than 40 years ago, Centinel Bank is miles apart from its larger “too-big-to-fail” national counterparts. This community lending institution operates on a kind of closed system, lending only to borrowers in area counties. That, and the fact that Centinel Bank is completely local, are some of the reasons why it is regularly awarded Best Bank by the people. Locals recommend El Monte Sagrado (the sacred mountain) to their friends and families because it has solidified itself as the premier luxury resort in Taos. It features beautifully appointed themed rooms amid an amazingly sculpted property and inspiring views of Taos Mountain. And it’s just a few blocks from Taos Plaza. El Monte Sagrado also offers numerous services from spa treatments to meetings and weddings. Visitors can expect a taste of the local, seasonal flavors that make the region unique at De la Tiera restaurant. Or for a more natural setting, dine al fresco in The Gardens. The Anaconda Bar also offers a creative menu and a signature margarita. Voters say guests who visit El Monte Sagrado experience a getaway unlike any other in Taos. Taos Spa & Tennis Club 111 DOÑA ANA DR., TAOS • (575) 758-1980 TAOSSPA.COM Pick your exercise poison — Taos Spa & Tennis Club has what you’re looking for with plenty of free weights, cardio machines, ellipticals, rowers, recumbent bikes, adaptive motion trainers and free-motion machines. Also offered are specialty classes. Taos Spa has racquet ball and tennis courts, two swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam room, spa services, therapy and trainers. It’s all here and for years it has been voted Taos’ favorite place to get in shape. Nusenda Federal Credit Union 640 PASEO DEL PUEBLO SUR, TAOS • (575) 776-2703 Historic Taos Inn NUSENDA.ORG 125 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS • (575) 758-2233 • TAOSINN.COM Best Plumber Best Bed & Breakfast High Altitude Health & Fitness Phoenix Mechanical Casa Benavides Inn 1307 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, EL PRADO • (575) 751-1242 HIGH-ALTITUDE-HEALTH-FITNESS.BUSINESS.SITE 1217 GUSDORF RD., TAOS • (575) 758-3027 • PHOENIXMECHANICAL.NET Plumbing issues happen and many Taoseños are in agreement that Phoenix Mechanical can handle most any job that any structure requires. Since 1971, the company has employed technicians licensed in natural gas, electrical, plumbing and sheet metal — all the mechanical systems that keep a building operating for its occupants. They also service hot tubs, septic tanks, radiant floor heating, sprinkler systems … you name it. 137 KIT CARSON RD., TAOS • (575) 758-1772 • CASABENAVIDES.COM An accommodation trifecta, Casa Benavides is consistently the reader’s choice in this category due the longstanding property’s close proximity to downtown Taos, the homemade breakfast and a choice of 37 distinctively styled rooms decorated with “artistic treasures.” And after a morning of exploring Taos, guests can return for an afternoon tea complete with sweets. At a “bed and breakfast,” the second half of the name is as important as the first. To that end, Casa Benavides prides itself in cooking up a “killer” first meal of the day. Loyal customers come back again and again from Colorado, Texas, Mexico and Albuquerque. “It’s a family business in the truest sense,” says owner Tom McCarthy who started the inn with his late wife, Barbara Benavides McCarthy, in 1989. Best Place to Play Tennis Taos Spa & Tennis Club SECOND PLACE TIE 111 DOÑA ANA DR., TAOS • (575) 758-1980 • TAOSSPA.COM Bond Plumbing & Heating See the previous entry, Best Gym & Workout Facility, as to why Taos Spa gets the nod from court junkies. There’s also a pickleball court — a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. 1001 ENERGY DR., TAOS • (575) 751-0060 BOND-PLUMBING-AND-HEATING.BUSINESS.SITE BEST OF TAOS 2019 48
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