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Rick Wolf and Peter Scherman (that’s Rick on the left and Peter on the right) are both experienced speakers who have presented on a range of innkeeping related topics at the state, regional, and national level. They gather and analyze research for the Innkeeping industry and welcome the opportunity to share it with others. Contact Us

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Posts Tagged ‘destination location’

Taos New Mexico Destination for the Soul

August 6th, 2014 by Janet Wolf

Taos New Mexico

Taos New Mexico Sangre de Cristo Mountains Sunset        John B. Crane Photographer

Taos New Mexico is a unique destination location to say the least. Set on an undulating mesa at the base of Sangre de Christo Mountains. A landscape that offers enticements for every season. ” It is a place of piercing light and spectacular views, where the desert palette changes almost hourly as the sun moves across the sky.” This wonderful description comes from AARP Taos Vacation Guide.

There are destinations where artists are drawn throughout our vast country, from sea to shining sea and in between. Taos New Mexico has a rugged beauty and natural desert palette that have seduced artists, writers and photographers for over a century. Of course the Southwest Native American Indians have been painting and crafting there since ancient times.  Both influences have enriched the Taos community. The desert landscape and low-key life style also draws abundant tourists. Many visit time and again and stay. There are so many reasons why.

Taos New Mexico

Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community

Writer and teacher Henry Shukman was a visitor from England who once stopped, felt the pull of the landscape and stayed. I believe his descriptive words say it all; “Taos Mountain has a mystique like no other, with an unrivaled place in American cultural history.”

And the history is abundant and can be viewed within the adobe walls of ancient native dwellings, the Spanish haciendas and ‘newer’ turn of the 20th Century adobe homes. The Adobe & Pines Inn is located on a preserved 1832 historic adobe hacienda. Once owned in the late 1930s by a patroness to the arts. She transformed the hacienda into one of Taos’ cultural salons. A gathering place for celebrity artists like Georgia O’Keefe and other notables like writer D.H. Lawrence. The gathering of guests since the Inn opened in 1991 continues and thrives.


Taos New Mexico Adobe & Pines Inn

Adobe & Pines Inn features historical art around every corner

Tao New Mexico artist

Taos New Mexico painter Walter Ufer ‘Where the desert meets the mountain’.

Historic bed and breakfasts like the Adobe & Pines Inn can offer so much to their guests. The Inn’s history includes an acequia, transformed on the property into a lovely stream that is part of the ancient Spanish irrigation system.  The Inn’s Grand Portal has a large fresco mural by Taos Pueblo artist Juan Mirabal circa 1950. Throughout the Inn’s walls are old wall tiles depicting saints and religious pilgrimages. A well preserved two portal adobe outhouse completes the historic picture (and experience)!

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Adobe & Pines Inn Taos New Mexico

“Come Replenish Your Soul-Experience Taos-Experience Adobe History-Experience Your Soul”. This is how the current innkeepers describe what to expect at the Adobe & Pines Inn.  They are ready to welcome new owners and caretakers of this special Inn in a very special destination location. If you are ready to experience the mystique and life style of the southwest. Taos New Mexico may be calling you, where the desert meets the mountain.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Sustainable Tourism’s New Travel Care Code

June 2nd, 2011 by Janet Wolf

Memorial Day serves as the official kick off of the busy summer travel season. The B&B Team hopes you all had a successful start to the season! There are more than 1.5 billion ‘person trips’ made in the US for leisure each year. That is a lot of individuals making an impact on your destination location’s environment.

The Center for Sustainable Tourism is an organization based in East Carolina University in North Carolina. One of their many goals is to ‘offer solutions to challenges facing the tourism industry and destination communities as they balance economic viability with socio-cultural and environmental enhancement and equity.’ What? That is a real mouthful of environmentally correct words. Thankfully the group recently came out with a Travel Care Code which includes 10 simple practical suggestions for tourists. I also thought the suggestions could be helpful for innkeepers. Here is a sampling of the 10 points for tourists followed with my comments:

  •  Don’t Leave Your Good Habits at Home. If your guests practice good recycling habits at home than they would like to do the same when they travel. I have recently seen many innkeepers provide recycling containers in their guest rooms as well as in the public pantry and outside seating areas. This makes it real easy for your guests.
  •  Learn About Your Destination. Innkeepers are the best when educating their guests about the environment, culture and history that make each destination unique. This education is best when it starts on your website on a good destination page and of course your blog.
  •  Support Locals. The money your guests spend helps support local artisans, farmers and business owners whose livelihood depends on tourism. Innkeepers are also the best when it comes to recommending their favorite independent local businesses. From local art on your walls to selling local maple syrup, you do it all and guests really appreciate it.

The complete Travel Care Code is available to republish under the terms of their free license. I believe this would be a great list to publish on your website and display in your inn. Some of you of a certain age may remember the slogan and campaign that started in the 60’;’ Every Litter Bit Helps’?  I think we have come a long way environmentally from simply picking up litter, but it is still a challenge and this latest tool may help us all meet the challenge.

Janet Wolf