Tucked away on a quiet street a block from the plaza, this charming apartment is the cozy get away you've been looking for: truly a hidden jewel.
Best Casita is a hidden jewel only a block from Taos Plaza. It is part of a historical hacienda style adobe that once housed nuns working at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Newly and tastefully renovated, the interior was designed with comfort and convenience in mind, and it features high ceilings, a well appointed kitchen, oak floors, a kiva fireplace, and a cozy living area. An old apple tree and a plum tree stand in a small, grassy courtyard that feels almost Mediterranean in it's serenity. It is located on a quiet one-way street only one block west of the Taos plaza.
Gas range and a large collection of cooking supplies. Nespresso machine with milk frother, French press, drip coffee maker. Toaster oven, panini press. French door refrigerator, microwave. Full size washer and dryer, heated bathroom floor, a gas heating stove and a kiva fireplace. Electric baseboard heater in bedroom, ceiling fans. Premium linens and a down comforter and pillows; a comfortable plush/firm queen mattress. Full sleeper sofa with memory foam topped mattress. High speed internet, HDTV, DirecTV, Blue Ray/DVD player, surround sound entertainment system, NetFlix streaming, Pandora/Spotify/Apple Airplay ready stereo system. Small wall safe, hair dryer. Large selection of books and games (backgammon, chess, dominoes, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Old Maid, Memory, Anomia, Bananagrams, cards).
The location of the apartment is one of it's greatest assets. From the front door, a five minute walk will reach twelve restaurants, dozens of galleries, the best coffee in town (The World Cup), Shree Yoga Studio, Smith's grocery store, the Bent Street shopping district, Ledoux Street, and of course, the Taos Plaza.
Interaction with guests
I am often available to meet you upon arrival and check you in myself, but if not, I will have my apartment manager greet you. If you will be arriving at night, I can leave a key for you.
Other things to note
If you have a large group, you may consider also renting my other property in the same building, Best Casa: Another Gem next to to the plaza. It has a larger kitchen that is suitable for a big group an(URL HIDDEN)hot tub.
Please recycle; you may leave the trash and recycling bags in the kitchen before you check out.
Please turn off the lights when not needed and use the water conservatively.
Please be respectful of your neighbors and keep the music and TV volumes at a reasonable level.
If you accidentally break something, please let me know.
Don't forget to open the damper before lighting the kiva fireplace. Please close the damper when the fire is completely out.
No smoking of any kind indoors.
You may lock the door and leave the key under the mat when you depart.
I'm the luckiest guy I know. I'm truly thankful to have the privilege to be able to travel often and far. I've been welcomed into people's homes all over the world, and though I've been fairly nomadic most of my life, now for the first time I have my own place, which I have renovated and am offering as a getaway for fellow travelers to enjoy. I am also just starting to use AirBnB when I travel, and I look forward to my upcoming trips overseas.
I grew up in Snyder, Texas, surrounded by pumpjacks and fields of cotton. In the summers when I was a kid, my family would pile into the GoodTimes van and hit the road for weeks, escaping the 110 degree West Texas heat: Vermont, Florida, Wyoming, northern California, and all in between. When I was fourteen I spent a summer in Germany on an exchange program, and since then I've been hooked on travel. I studied biology writing in college and after graduating worked for the Fish & Wildlife Department in Alaska for a summer. I then worked in Nicaragua as a carpenter for over a year and slowly made my way to Taos, New Mexico, where I've lived for almost thirteen years.
My most recent journey was a 16-month solo motorcycle trip around the world. I drove west to Seattle, flew my motorcycle to Tokyo, and made my way to Siberia, west through northern Asia and the Middle East, south through Africa to CapeTown, then north through West Africa to Morocco. After a couple months in Europe, I flew the BMW to New Jersey and drove back home to Taos; 50 countries, 500 days, 46,000 miles.
Taos has a lot to offer for a lover of the outdoors like myself. I spend a lot of time in the nearby mountains, skiing, hiking with my dogs, fishing, biking, and motorcylcling. I've always enjoyed many sports, and I regularly play soccer, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.