The Cottonwood Inn made for a perfect lodging last weekend for my birthday excursion to Taos. My husband and I stayed in the Mesa Vista Room, a luxurious indulgence worth the money. It has a fireplace, pre-laid and ready to go, with extra wood provided, a very comfortable king size bed with high end bedding, a huge steam shower for two, lots of natural light and beautiful views. Best of all, it has a gigantic hot tub, in the room! The owners, Chantal and Brantley, are friendly, welcoming, and available for anything we needed without being pushy or in the way. They clearly know that little details in a place like this are important, for they were everywhere, such as the niceties in the room: antique furniture, candles and matches, wine glasses and corkscrew, Chantal's homemade conditioner, shampoo, lotion and soaps, a thick and very informative guest book with recommendations on restaurants and things to do, robes and slippers, flat screen tv with built in DVD player, a sound machine if you're sensitive to noise (such as that from roaming coyotes or honking geese--generally it is very quiet there), an alarm clock with dock for an iPod, even a can of air freshner spray in the bathroom. There's an armoire which holds a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker, with included coffee and tea. There aren't phones in the room, however, so bring your cell phone if you have one. There is wireless internet included in the cost of your stay, and it worked fine for us. You get your own parking spot. The Mesa Vista Room is upstairs on the second floor, so if you have a problem with stairs, I would suggest not staying in that room. There are gorgeous views from the balcony leading to the room. While there are no chairs to sit on--it's more of an outdoor hall than a deck to hang out on--it is nevertheless a very nice place to stand outside and look at the views, which include the mountains, the geese and chickens in their pen below, and the fields. In the main house, the details continued, with a large library of books, music and dvds available to guests, afternoon snacks (Chantal is an amazing cook and baker) and drinks, and decor. The house and grounds are just gorgeous and available to guests, whether you want to lounge in the living room or outside in the garden areas. There's a welcoming committee of dogs, chickens and geese, too. Breakfast is very important at a "bed and breakfast" and this did not disappoint at all either. As I mentioned before, Chantal is very talented in the kitchen; her breakfasts are delicious, and the same attention to detail could be seen here as well. Eggs were fresh from their chickens, the perfectly cooked bacon was from free-range humanely farmed pigs and many of the things we ate were home-made. One morning of our stay she made belgian waffles and the other, clafouti, along with fresh fruits both mornings. Brantley served as host, setting a beautiful table, while she was in the kitchen preparing food. Of course, our hosts have no control over how well we get along with fellow guests, but we found the people staying there at the same time as us to be very nice and we enjoyed our conversations over breakfast. My only quibbles are very tiny, nit-picky and personal, and probably won't apply to everyone: --The little sofa in the room in front of the fireplace was a great touch, and it even had a sheepskin rug laid on it for extra comfort. However, both my husband and I found it to be rather uncomfortable. It was too small and squishy for both of us to sit comfortably together and even when it was just one of us at a time, it was still uncomfortable. When you laid flat with your legs dangling over the side to read a book, which we both did at various times, it was only then that it was comfortable. I understand that the space available was small and that was the right sized piece of furniture, it was just that it wasn't really comfy for us. --Likewise, I didn't find the chairs by the windows that comfortable either, but that again is a very personal comment--other people may find them perfectly fine, and I did appreciate them being provided. --The little matchboxes everywhere (by the fireplace, by the candle in the bathroom, by the candles around the hot tub, by the candleabras on the wall) were a great touch--however, they were a pain in the *ss to use and many were wasted in the attempt to light candles and fingers were almost burned several times. We ended up buying a lighter the next day for that evening's use. What would work better, in my opinion, would be lighters, such as the long nosed type used to light fireplaces and bbq grills. --The coffee at breakfast could have been richer and stronger. This is the nit-pickiest comment I have. I'm type who likes her coffee STRONG, like, it could put hair on your chest strong, so...yeah. Compared to how delicious everything else served to us was, this was just not that good. We'll definitely be back!
A wonderful inn, run by two wonderful people. My partner and I traveled to Taos from Denver in order to be married. The owners, Shantal and Brantly, were very gracious in allowing the ceremony to occur in the inn's great room. The inn is meticulously kept, and the breakfasts were incredible. The ambiance of this place is striking. I would encourage anyone to book a room for a night, a week, or as long as you wish.
We spent our 10th wedding anniversary at the Cottonwood Inn recently, and have decided that we will return each year!! The Inn is located on a beautiful piece of land just outside Taos, with mountain views one way and a lovely view of the garden and "prairie" the other way. We stayed in the Mesa Vista Room, and truly enjoyed the quite solitude of the private porch in the evenings. It's pricey, but well worth the extra bit for the hot tub in the suite and large steam shower. Owner Chantel was wonderful!! She has a lovely sense of humor, a fantastic way about her that lets you know you're welcome to ask for anything you need, but without being pushy or making us feel compelled to take her up on her offers. We enjoyed all the animals, including 4-weeks old ducks that paraded around during the day. And the food? Awesome. Nothing more to say. Give the Cottonwood Inn a try. It's well worth it.
S L O W Warning, bring your patience to the table when you enter. I recently had the opportunity to dine here with some friends, we came in at 7, and we were a medium party of 10 adults. The place was not busy when we sat down but it did pick up afterwards. While they were never full, they were operating as if they had the largest dinner rush they had seen in forever. Appitizers took 90 minutes. !!90!! - some tables sat, ate, and LEFT before we were even served appitizers. After many requests out dinner order was taken about 1 hour after we sat down, and it took a full hour to prepare. Now i know in some resturants they are mobbed due to the food, entertainment, location, and for the best seats or best food you have to wait, this was nither. Infact the food was average, the appitizers were good but not great, the dinners were good and the salads were fresh. But was this worth the wait, the really slow and poor service (borderline terrible service) ? No, it was not. 2 stars is generous because the food was good, but save yourself the time and order breakfast when placing your dinner order just in case a few people show up after you sit down.
Eh, just eh. Onion soup- decent but worth $12? Eh. Spring rolls were ok but the dipping sauce smelt old like someone put it in the fridge for a few days without covering. Now to their house special, the margarita. I got the strawberry something and it was way too fruity. Which was disappointing since it was $13 but my boyfriend's Jefe of a margarita was the real breaking point, $18 damn dollars for 10oz of lime. Overall, we spit out $80 for three apps and two limeades.. COOL (all sarcasm)
I have been visiting this place off and on for the better part of 11 years. The only thing that keeps me from consistently visiting is that I now live out of town. Let me start off by saying that this has to be some of the very best original ice cream that New Mexico has to offer. Everything that I have tried here to date has been mind-blowingly (is that a word?) good. Today I brought out the family for a special departure treat before we left back to ABQ. We had a scoop each of lavender, white chocolate pistachio, and peach. The whole family could not keep their smackers off each other's ice creams. I will admit that the lavender flavor can start to taste a bit Carmex-like after you've eaten it for a bit, but it is so good that you will probably finish the whole thing. Their use of real ingredients is what really attracts me to this place. For example, in the lavender, you actually see pieces of the plant that were mixed in. My only turn off with this place is the inconsistency of their staff. In particular, there is an older gentleman that works here that will short the heck out of your portion amount. So do look out for that. As long as he's not there, the other servers often load you up a good sized scoop. The prices are a tad bit high but considering that it is all homemade it is more than worth it. They also offer food here but I have never got around to trying it. If you are in the taos/arroyo seco area, definitely give this place a try.
Huevos Guerreros Breakfast tacos with green chile-scallion scramble, cheddar, bacon and hash browns tasty with thick cut bacon. Home made Granola too. Love that Green Chile slow low burn!
Super cute place in Arroyo Seco! This place must do a great business feeding delicious treats to all the skiers on their way to and from the mountain! Their menu looked like they had a variety of delicious things to get, but we got the ice cream, which is why the review is only 4 stars instead of 5. Instead of the ice cream being smooth and creamy, it was on the icier / slushier side. So while we totally enjoyed stopping in here after skiing, the actual ice cream we got was only decent!