While major cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque receive most of the attention from travelers, there are many hidden gems scattered throughout northern New Mexico that are well worth the visit. In fact, some of these relatively unknown towns boast a wide variety of things to do that you won’t find in the larger cities. If you’re ready to travel off the beaten path and add something fun to your romantic getaway, here just some of the best small towns in New Mexico!
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3 of the Best Small Towns in New Mexico That You’ll Love
Chimayo, New Mexico
Located just north of the capital, this historic village is more than just one of the best small towns near Santa Fe, NM. It is the home of the famous Chimayo weavers, the red chile pepper, and the legendary El Santuario de Chimayo. Although the area had been occupied by Pueblo Indians for thousands of years, the village was officially founded at the end of the 17th-century by Spanish settlers in search of fertile lands. Today, many of the town’s traditions are still carried out by the villagers including blanket weaving, growing fruit and red chile, and raising cattle. Plus, Chimayo is home to our serene bed & breakfast escape, Casa Escondida! Our Chimayo inn is a go-to for couples looking to get away from it all and enjoy a traditional Southwest experience without sacrificing convenience to major attractions. Here are even more places in Chimayo that you won’t want to miss during your visit:
- El Santuario de Chimayo
- Chimayo Museum
- El Potrero Trading Post
- Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant
- Centinela Traditional Arts
Taos, New Mexico
Taos, NM was discovered by Nomadic tribes thousands of years ago and was believed to be the fabled “City of Gold.” Although you won’t find walls of shimmering gold in this town, the abundance of natural beauty and things to do are considered Taos’ real treasures. The artsy town in New Mexico has inspired several great artists, including Georgia O’Keefe and Aldous Huxley. If you’re an outdoorsy person, Taos is also well-known for world-class skiing and incredible hiking trails. It’s a destination you won’t want to leave off your list! Here are just some of our favorite things to do in Taos:
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
With a history dating back to 2,500 B.C., Jemez Springs is one of the most historic northern New Mexico towns. This land was originally inhabited by the pueblo of Guisewa. Interestingly enough, many of the town’s residents are descendants of this ancient Indians. There are also many geological and cultural artifacts that still stand today, making it a must for history buffs! During your day trip to Jemez Springs, here are some activities that we most highly recommend:
- Visit the Jemez State Monument
- Relax at the Jemez Springs Bath House
- Blaze the Jemez Mountain Trail
- Rejuvenate in the Natural Hot Springs
Experience the Romantic Getaway of a Lifetime at Casa Escondida
Located in the historic village of Chimayo, our unique bed & breakfast inn is unlike any other northern New Mexico accommodation. With traditional charm in a tranquil mountain setting, you’ll hardly find a better place to relax and experience the culture of the Southwest. Each of our guest rooms boasts New Mexican antiques and decor with all the modern luxuries you desire. Our guests will also be treated to a hot breakfast with a unique Southwest flair each morning. Whether you’re traveling to enjoy some quality time together or “just because,” you’ll want to take advantage of Casa Escondida’s exclusive vacation packages and specials.
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