The Taos News - Best of Taos 2020 : 2020-06-11

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Best Bank Best Yoga Studio Best Place to Play Tennis Centinel Bank Shree Yoga Taos Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Main branch: 512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos; (575) 758-6700 • Motor bank drive-through: 508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos; (575) 758-6788 • Northside motor bank drive-through: 707 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos; (575) 758-6790 112C Camino de la Placita, Taos (575) 758-8014 88 State Road 150, El Prado (575) 776-3447 shreeyogat­ To the uninitiate­d, a yoga studio is a yoga studio is a yoga studio. But for Taos yogis, Shree Yoga is one space dedicated to form and grace, and once again it walks away with first-place honors. The studio is warm and inviting, and the instructor­s go out of their way to inspire a sense of freedom. It’s a serious practice, but it doesn’t feel that way. “Relax, breathe and indulge.” Voted by guests as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in the world, this beautiful resort sits across the meadow from Taos Mountain on the way to the Taos Ski Valley. It boasts condo rentals, casual and fine dining, and is just a heartbeat away from hiking and skiing at the ski valley, or historical looks back into Taos Pueblo, Numerous attraction­s in Northern New Mexico and along the Enchanted Circle are nearby. centinelba­ “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. AuraFitnes­s Taos Spa & Tennis Club 1337S Gusdorf Road, Taos (575) 758-9733 111 Doña Ana Drive, Taos (575) 758-1980 aurafitnes­ Nusenda Federal Credit Union 640 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 776-2703 Best Place to Get Fit Best Place to Play Golf Shree Yoga Taos Taos Spa and Tennis Club Taos Country Club 111 Doña Ana Drive, Taos (575) 758-1980 54 Golf Course Drive, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-7300 Best Plumber taoscountr­ Pick your exercise poison — Taos Spa and 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. 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. Phoenix Mechanical 1217 Gusdorf Road, Taos; (575) 758-3027 phoenixmec­ 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. High Altitude Health and Fitness Valle Escondido Golf Course 1307 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado (575) 751-1242 28 Lodge Road, Taos (575) 758-3475 Bond Plumbing and Heating 1001 Energy Drive, Taos; (575) 751-0060 50 BEST OF TAOS 2020 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS

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