If you’re a fan of the outdoors but not too keen about sacrificing your comfort, then join me as I revisit my Glamping Adventure with Heritage Inspirations. An incredible experience where I was able to tour the wild, beautiful scenes of New Mexico while camping with all the comfort and luxuries of home.
You may be asking “What is glamping?” Glamping is a combination of the words glamorous and camping and refers to a style of camping that provides lavish amenities and accommodations. Heritage Inspirations provided me with both. It was the perfect 70th birthday present for myself and I love that it inspired and challenged me.
Glamping was taken to a new level in these spacious, full-height, completely carpeted tents. My travel buddy and roommate Andrea (@loubiesandlulu) flew in directly from Dallas via Taos Air. A wonderfully quick and convenient flight.
Placed on a high ridge overlooking the Rio Grande, our camping site had all the amenities you can imagine in a location second to none.
We loved the yoga meditation tent with the wonderful Nadine from Movement Lab as our guide. We started or finished each day grounding ourselves and connecting to our surroundings.
Our first evening started with a glorious set of hors d’œuvres curated by our fantastic chef. Plus a delicious dinner that set the tone for the rest of our stay.
This meal was absolutely divine! It was so delicious and provided all the fuel that we needed for the adventurous days ahead of us.
Our fireside chat included a talk about the Taos Pueblo and the incredibly fascinating history of the area. The Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to learn more about the remarkable multicultural history of the Puebloan people, then you’ll want to look up Ilona Spruce, the Director of Taos Pueblo Tourism.
In the morning, we woke up in our beautiful tent, rested, and ready for a great day. But first coffee.
Our first ride in the van took us out on an incredible adventure; a tour of the Gorge Bridge and a kayak or paddle board down the Rio Grande.
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is situated about 650 feet above the river, making it the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System and the fifth highest bridge in the U.S. While it was being constructed in the 1960’s, there wasn’t enough funding to complete it, which resulted in the famous nickname “Bridge to Nowhere.” Nowadays, it’s become a popular tourist destination where people can peek over the railings at the immense cliffs and tumbling river underneath.
The perfect place for a photo op, overlooking the stunning Rio Grande with this incredible group of ladies. What a breathtaking view!
Another photo op with the ladies before we enjoyed the next adventure on the river. The perfect place to cool off while being surrounded by the vibrant natural landscape.
Wondering about the personal accommodations? Here is a view of our shower, complete with hot water, and our vanity area with running water toilets, and sinks. Heritage Inspirations truly provided all of the comforts of home while being surrounded by nature.
The day isn’t complete without a winery tour at Vivac Winery. This beautiful winery is stationed at 6,000 ft, making it one of the highest altitude wineries in the world. A delightful tasting of their award-winning wines hit the spot and was the perfect way to conclude our action-packed day.
While we were getting ready to tuck in for the night, the night sky cleared, revealing a stunning full moon. This was the perfect way to fall asleep. Knowing the vastness of the wilderness was surrounding us, and a sky full of stars loomed above us.
And of course, I’m dressing for dinner in this gorgeous feather print by Lotta Stensson Design. It’s easy to pack and fits the theme of this glamping experience perfectly.
The third day presented the biggest challenge for me, a hike to Williams Lake, 11,000 ft up. This is one of the most popular trails in Taos and it’s absolutely beautiful. The trail itself is 2 miles long, but the elevation climbs to more than 700 feet per mile.
Stopping to smell the roses…or taking a rest and inhaling a shot of oxygen. I’m not much of a hiker. Climbing from such a low altitude to the top of this trail was indeed a big challenge for me. But the views at the top make it worth the trek.
Williams Lake – 11,040 feet! A proud moment for me surrounded by the most incredible landscape.
I want to thank these wonderful women for their patience as I took on this daunting challenge on my 70th birthday. It was an incredible experience that I was happy to achieve alongside some lovely people.
Our final night and another beautiful sky above us. With the night sky darkening and the stars peeking out, we were treated to an amazing introspective experience with a coach to guide us through the skies. A not-so-subtle reminder of how small we are in the vastness of the universe.
I want to thank my friend Andrea for suggesting this trip, and Angelisa and her staff from Heritage Inspirations for making it so memorable. This was an incredible experience that is not to be missed and I cannot recommend it enough. From the attention to detail, the knowledgeable and passionate tour guides, and the phenomenal accommodations, this glamping adventure was the full package. For more information on Taos and the surrounding area, check out my latest blog post here. Happy travels!
If you’re looking for a place to travel that has plenty of history and cultural experiences to offer, Taos, New Mexico is the perfect spot. From the ancient pueblos and historic churches to the art galleries and endless outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or have been coming back for years, read on for some tips on what to see and do in this enchanting corner of the Southwest.
If you’re thinking about traveling to Taos, here are six reasons why you should add it to your list:
1. The Scenery
The scenery is stunningly beautiful, with snowcapped mountains and rolling hillsides covered in pinon trees. Everywhere you look, you’ll be amazed by how breathtaking your surroundings are. It’s the perfect place to explore when you want to feel at peace and connect with nature.
2. Cultural Experiences
There’s an abundance of cultural experiences available. From watching traditional dances, and exploring local art galleries, to visiting the World Heritage Site: Taos Pueblo. Immerse yourself in history by visiting this ancient pueblo belonging to a Native American tribe of Puebloan people. It is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.
You can learn more about the rich culture of Taos at the Millicent Rogers Museum. Take a walk through more than twenty galleries and exhibition spaces, all filled with historic pueblo pottery making, contemporary jewelry, and more.
3. Outdoor Adventures
Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of things to do here. From skiing and snowboarding in winter months to hiking, mountain biking, and rafting during warmer weather.
Or if you’re up for a truly daring adventure, then check out Taos Balloon rides. You can float for up to 10 miles at altitudes ranging between 500ft and 4000ft above the Taos area!
Or you can embark on a glamping adventure with Heritage Inspirations. If you’re a fan of the outdoors but not too keen about sacrificing your comfort, then this is the perfect experience for you. Join one of their “glamping” tours, where you will be able to tour the wild, beautiful scenes of New Mexico while camping with all the comfort and luxuries of home.
4. Small Town Charm
The small town charm makes Taos a welcoming place where you can relax and take your time exploring all that it offers.
There are plenty of interesting places to visit within the town but Taos Plaza is one that you shouldn’t miss. It’s the center of the Taos Historic District where the locals can gather for live music and farmers markets. Plus visitors can stroll through all of the beautiful shops and galleries.
5. Tourist Destination
Although it’s not as well known as other destinations like Santa Fe or Sedona, Taos is still one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Mexico. As a tourist, if you’re looking for things to do that combine fun and culture then there are numerous options for you here. Touring some of the grand churches within the community is a wonderful experience where you can learn about the incredible multicultural history of the area.
Or you can tour the 600-plus-acre Greater World Earthship Community. This is an incredible group of unique architectural creations on shared land that are fully off the grid, using solar and wind power exclusively. Most of them are are a single-story, with one side built into a hill and the other side constructed of glass. You can book a tour of these amazing Earthships or you can rent some of them out by the night.
6. Peaceful and Quiet
If you want some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Taos might be just what you’re looking for! It was voted one of the “15 Quietest Towns In America” by Forbes. A quaint community but overflowing with incredible experiences and the utter stillness of nature, this place is paradise.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide to visiting Taos, New Mexico and that it inspires you to add it to your list of vacation spots. There is so much to do and see, I know that it will become a fast favorite for anyone who ventures there. You can find all the general information you need on Taos at this site. Or if you’re interested in exploring a different area then check out my guide for Whitefish, Montana. Happy travels!
Your home is an extension of your energy field and profoundly impacts your body, mind, and spirit. It’s the place where you are most comfortable, surrounded by your favorite things and personal touches. It can be hard to leave that comfort behind when you travel, especially when you’re gone for an extended period of time. This month I’m enjoying some time in New Mexico, which means it’s the perfect time for me to share my Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition.
Renting any place for a month can be a daunting proposition. It is said that pictures speak louder than words, but sometimes good photography can be deceiving. The reality is, at times, something different. To ensure that our stay is a pleasant experience, I always bring along a few things that remind us of home and therefore make us more comfortable.
Our Own Bedding
I start with good bedding. It’s incredibly important to get a good night’s sleep, especially when you’re on vacation. Bringing our bedding is the perfect way to ensure that we’ll be clean and comfortable every night. Our amazing pillows are from Sleep and Glow and I also make sure to bring our silk pillowcases from Lily Silk.
I also love my lightweight blanket from Ecuadane. The vibrant, unique pattern is the perfect theme for the area and the fabric is soft but tough enough that I am comfortable bringing it on my camping trip. Plus it comes with a lifetime warranty!
Daily Must Haves
My Nutribullet is a must for my travel lifestyle. I use it every morning to mix my Ancient Nutrition collagen that goes into my coffee. Plus, for me, my daily protein shakes are absolutely non-negotiable.
As for decorations, I make things homey with what’s around the house and never forget the flowers. Typically I’ll just pick the wild ones. I just found out that there is a lot of fragrant lavender growing around the local streets of Toas. While I’m here, I’m going to make some sachets for my closet to keep my stored sweaters smelling fresh.
Note: Make a list of everything you brought with you, otherwise you’ll be sure to leave something behind.
Packing for any trip can be a bit daunting, but if you can bring some familiar favorites with you then I would certainly recommend it. These must-haves of mine are sure to bring me some comfort as I spend the next month away from home. If you’re looking for some more tips on packing for a vacation, check out my post here. I hope you enjoyed this Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition, and wish you all happy travels!