taoStyle.net is an online ‘zine about Taos, New Mexico. It was started in November of 2014 by me (Taos based writer, Lynne Robinson.) When I started the blog, there was a dearth of relevant, modern marketing and promotion of this unique community. Tourism was at an all time low – Art collectors had stopped coming and in their place, we saw instead confused, ageing Mid-Westerners, most with no interest in, or idea about Art, wondering what in the world they were doing here, as they dutifully made the rounds of candle and t-shirt shops on the Plaza, before being herded back on their busses by erstwhile tour guides.
Well lots has changed since then – Taos has reinvented itself with a burst of fresh energy (and taoStyle has certainly played a small part), the way the world sees us now is on point, and the visitors we attract these days, are not confused upon arrival, but rather, inspired by the beauty and culture that greets them. Taos Ski Valley’s recent facelift has clearly not hurt!
And although we now have myriad tours (with savvy tour guides) offering a smorgasbord of adventures, taoStyle (My Little Black Book) will (continue) to fill you in on what’s happening up here at 7200 ft. It will take you on tours of the studios, galleries and workshops of the most interesting artists and artisans who live and work here, into the salons, spas, boutiques, restaurants and bars that count. It will not take you along the beaten tourist track that leads to kitschy candle and t-shirt shops selling tat made in China.
The Land of Enchantment, home to the Red Willow People, has called many to its frontier; pulled here by the magic of Taos Mountain, the mythical light and of course, the legends – conquistadors, outlaws and artists – who have also made this place their home. Padre Martinez, Long John Dunn, Kit Carson, D.H.Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mabel Dodge, Millicent Rogers and Dennis Hopper to name but a few.
Taos continues to inspire the creative and curious who keep coming, in spite of the fact that we have no commercial airport (although Taos Air is a Seasonal option) and it’s quite a drive from the nearest one. Unfortunately, most only see the surface of our extraordinary and very cosmopolitan community. taoStyle intends to change that.
To get a vibe of what this Zine is about, it’s a good idea to start at the beginning.
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taoStyle is linked to Taos.org, the official Tourism site for the Town of Taos, just look for Taos Blog under Plan Your Trip. The blog posts pop up in other places on that site as well, making this an even more attractive platform.
The blog gets thousands of views weekly with people visiting from all over the world. Bloglovin’ is one reason – a great site for bloggers to connect to other bloggers – but the other reason I feel, is that Taos itself has universal appeal which is why I started this Zine to begin with!
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Photograph of Lynne Robinson by Bill Curry