A successful experiment in sustainable development is also Taos’s most luxurious lodging: El Monte Sagrado (317 Kit Carson Rd., 575/758-3502, www.elmontesagrado.com), a soothing retreat that’s still walking distance from the plaza. If they weren’t pointed out to you, you’d probably never even notice the solar panels, ingenious water-reuse system, and a nonchlorinated pool. Instead, eclectic style draws the eye, whether you’re in a standard casita ($279) decorated with hand-painted trout or in an ultradeluxe global suite ($659) filled with Chinese antiques. The spa offers pampering galore—it’s open to nonguests as well.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition