November’s shorter days, colder nights and the aftermath of 2016’s U.S.Election make this the perfect time to curl up beside a roaring fire and escape reality with a good book or a good storyteller.
Better yet, is an evening spent with like-minded souls in the Palacio de Marquesa’s gorgeous open plan living/dining room, enjoying a hearty Northern New Mexican meal, a glass of wine or two while listening to some of the finest raconteurs in Taos spin a web of story.
Weaving a tapestry of tales of times gone by here in the Land of Enchantment, these wonderful storytellers, colourful characters themselves, will bring Taos and its rich history to life for the lucky guests attending these events.
Palacio de Marquesa and Heritage Inspirations are presenting their Taos Winter Tours Series with their inaugural Local Flavor of Taos Storytelling by the Fireplace tonight, featuring artist/writer Anita Rodriguez who was profiled here on taoStyle last year.
Anita Rodriguez was born and raised here in Taos and has some of the best stories about the area I have ever heard. Known primarily as a painter – a show of her extraordinary work is currently up at the Taos Inn – her way with words and a natural dramatic bent promise to make this evening truly one to remember. If you have nothing planned tonight, do go! You will thank me tomorrow. Visit Anita’s site below this post for more info on the artist/author.
Heritage Inspirations owner Angelisa Espinoza and Palacio de Marquesa general manager Asia Golden invite you to “enjoy an intimate setting by the fireplace at the romantic historic hacienda Palacio de Marquesa including a wine and cheese reception with a local classical guitar performer, a delicious regional dinner in the intimate living room prepared by your hosts and a storytelling experience.”
After working as a travel guide for over a decade in the Land of Enchantment, Angelisa Espinoza partnered with Heritage Hotels & Resorts to create Heritage Inspirations. Her experience working for variety of adventure companies mostly in New Mexico, along with her experience as a trip expert, itinerary developer, wilderness and rafting guide and her love of the history and culture of this area sets her apart from other tour guides in the region and make her tours especially memorable.
Asia started working as the General Manager of the Palacio de Marquesa a little over a year ago. She came to Taos from the East Coast when she was twenty and except for a year spent in Paris and some time spent on the West Coast, she has lived here ever since. She was hired by Tom Worrel (the original creator/owner of the El Monte Sagrado) to run a Charter school for children he started here in Taos during the late 90’s and her job prior to joining the Heritage Team was as the Coordinator of Public Programs for the Harwood Museum.
This series will run Friday nights during November and December, with the exception of November 25. The cost of attendance is $165 per person; ask about special pricing for children 12 years old and under and the local’s only discount available to Taos Residents.
4:30 p.m. – Wine reception with live music
5:30 p.m. – Storytelling with a Q&A
6:30 p.m. – Gourmet New Mexican Dinner
Call Heritage Inspirations at 575.779.5516 to reserve your spot around the fireplace.
Palacio de Marquesa is offering an inclusive rate if you stay at the inn during these storytelling weekends. For more information, please visit their link below this post or call 855.846.8267 and use code STORY to book your Storytelling by the Fireplace stay.
Tonight Anita Rodriguez, author of Coyote In The Kitchen is the featured storyteller.
Next Friday Cheri Burns author of Searching For Beauty: The Life Of Millicent Rogers.
Dec 2nd Mark Gordon, who directed Awakening in Taos, will be in the house. Dec 9th, Kathleen Brennan and Dec 16th it’s Michael Grauer
Once your curiosity has been piqued by these talented narrators, you might wander over to the Taos Book Gallery on Kit Carson Road to pick up a few tomes on the subject(s) of his or her fabulous fables!
Portrait of Anita Rodriguez by Janie Romer
All other images of the Palacio de Marquesa c/o Heritage Hotels and Resorts