Wow factor! A review of Adobe and Pines B&B

My husband and I stayed at Adobe and Pines B & B in Taos, New Mexico during the balloon festival 10/28-31/06. We always do extensive research before we travel and are thrilled if we can experience the "WOW!" factor when we check in.

This was our pleasant surprise at Adobe and Pines. The site is lovely, a little pocket of serenity just off Highway 68. Don't be confused by the "off the frontage road" directions. What you're looking for is a long gravel drive that parallels the highway, but is actually a quiet, sylvan entrance to the inn.

The best part of the experience was the separation of the rooms from each other. We didn't check out all of them, but we believe that no room shares a wall with any other (we may be mistaken regarding one or two smaller rooms). I've stayed at La Posada in Santa Fe and was completely annoyed to be in a "casita" with such thin walls I could hear every detail of the neighbors' conversations. At over $500 per night I was miffed to say the least. Here you feel like you're in your own home.

Our room (truly a separate casita) was dramatic and set back from the highway. As it was cooler weather we had our windows closed, but there were large French doors that could be opened to the lovely main garden in warmer weather.

Our in-room jacuzzi was set into a platform that included a fireplace. It was truly large enough for 2. Heck, we could have swum laps :). The separate walk-in shower area was lovely. There were 2 sinks and lots of storage room for toiletries. They carry Desert Blend lotions, etc. which are personal favorites.

Breakfasts are served in a solarium overlooking another garden. Good coffee. Each breakfast is beautifully presented and from the sounds of everyone's moans of pleasure they were a hit with all. Louis's pumpkin, pecan, cranberry pancakes are sublime.

The hotel foyer is large and would be a good place to hang out to play board games or just relax, but our casita was so large there was no need to leave it. A room with 2 fireplaces plus a well equipped kitchenette is a good thing.

As both owners are artists, the decor is exceptionally well done. We love drama and our room had that with no kitsch.

There are nice touches like a huge basket of bottled water in the office foyer, which is vital in New Mexico. Very thoughtful. Oh, and a great DVD collection to watch on the flat-screen tv in your room.

The gardens with many many places to sit outside and the general area are perfect for a restful visit to Taos. A+ for romance and beauty.

In summer, there may be an issue with street noise from some rooms if you choose to have your windows open, but most windows face away from the highway so I'm not sure that would be any issue at all. The only noise we heard the whole time was come coyotes singing one night. It's called atmosphere.

There is plenty of drawer space in the bathroom, but it's limited in the bedroom area. We got along fine, but don't spend your time looking for a large chest of drawers.

At first we were not sure about staying on the south end of town, out of walking distance of the plaza, but we found we preferred it. It's near enough and there's easy and free parking near the plaza. Plus you're near some great restaurants on the south side of town. We recommend The Bean's south branch for coffee and early breakfast if you have very early plans don't allow eating at the inn.

Restaurant recommendations: Joseph's Table (if you like french fries, try the duck fat fries, awesome), Taos Pizza Outback (both of these highly rated by NYTimes and they were right on). Great Mexican restaurant just north of Inn which we didn't get to, but went to their "downtown" place called Rellenos if memory serves. Very nice.

Easy day trip to Santa Fe, lots of great hiking. Enjoy!

Barb and Dave

Denver, Colorado

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