Post-Conference Press Trip
TAOS ~ Fiesta de la Tierra
November 14-16, 2019

Ancient Adobe Houses in the Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico

“De la Tierra” translates “of the Earth,” an adage that very accurately describes Taos’ view on just about everything. This two-day journey to Taos, the “Soul of the Southwest,” offers visitors the opportunity to explore workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and tastings of some of Taos’ trendiest new offerings while also exploring the deep roots of its culture and people.

Trip Itinerary Update

Thursday, November 14

Day 1 - Theme: Feast of the Earth / Fiesta de la Tierra

”Feast of the Earth” will take writers on a journey through Taos’ storied history of organic and farm-to-table dining, with restaurateurs, chefs and bakers that have been producing organic food long before it was cool. Writers will also meet "new-to-the-game" rising stars that are proving natural ingredients aren’t just a passing fad."


9:00 a.m. 
Pick-up IFWTWA from Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza
Location: La Fonda on the Plaza
Drivetime from Santa Fe to Taos: 1.5 hours

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Resort Tour at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa
Location: El Monte Sagrado, 317 Kit Carson
Phone Number: (575) 758-3502

  • Just three blocks from Taos Plaza, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers a secluded yet indulgent sanctuary. Guests are inspired by the nurturing ambiance and mystique of the eco-resort.

Woman gazing from a balcony overlooking tranquil stream

11:00 – 12:30 a.m.
Brunch at De la Tierra, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa
Location: 317 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571
Phone Number: (575) 758-3502

  • De La Tierra is El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa’s flagship restaurant. Enjoy local, seasonal flavors that make the Northern New Mexico region unique. The brunch menu includes lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote, bananas foster french toast, lobster and avocado eggs benedict with brown butter hollandaise, brunch cocktails & live music.


1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Hands-on weaving workshop with Starr Interiors, Suzanna Starr
Location: Starr Interiors, 117 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571
Phone Number: (575) 758-3065

Textiles displayed on adobe building

Premier outlet for regional tapestry yarns and supplies, Starr Interiors has been a long-standing tradition in the weaving community in Taos.

Lessons focus on contemporary tapestry design and are taught by third-generation owner Teresa Loveless.




3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Bean to bar chocolate making workshop at Chokola Bean to Bar
Location: Chokola Bean to Bar, 100-198 Juan Largo Lane, Taos, NM 87571
Phone Number: (575) 779-6163

  • Chokola Bean to Bar is a small-batch, organic, crafted, bean-to-bar chocolate maker. Proprietors Javier Abad and Deborah Vincent opened shop in Fall 2016 and bring their mastery of chocolate to the southwest after honing their mastery of chocolate in Venezuela and Spain. What makes Chokolá unique from other chocolate shops is they take cocoa beans from around the world (most often from Africa and South America) and turn those beans into chocolate right there in the shop, hence the shop’s namesake.

Bakery display of circular chocolate pastries


5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner at The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill
Location: The Stakeout, 101 Stakeout Dr, Ranchos de Taos, NM
Phone Number: (575) 758-5788

  • In Taos, New Mexico, honor for community reigns supreme. The Stakeout uses this value as their moral compass. Our food is locally sourced by local friends who are farmers, florists, teamakers, coffeemakers, brewers and winemakers, whenever possible. All the way from Provence de France, Chef Antoine Bardoulet’s classic French styles are rebellious dabbling in trendy New York influence

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tasting at The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery
Location: 110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Suite D, Taos, NM 87571
Phone Number: (575) 613-0326

  • The Lounge by Rolling Still is a small craft distillery and lounge in the high desert community of Taos serving hand-crafted cocktails and small plates.

Luscious pink cocktail with fresh Raspberry on top

Overnight at El Monte Sagrado

Friday, November 15

Day 2, Theme: Salt of the Earth / La sal de la Tierra

  • “Salt of the Earth” will provide an intimate look at Taos’ people, history, and culture through food, tradition, and storytelling from a variety of Taoseños who know the area and its food like the back of their hand. More arts/culture with emphasis on Spanish/Native American/Anglo storytellers. 


7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast at Farmhouse Café and Bakery
Location: Farmhouse Café, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte El Prado, NM 
Phone Number: (575) 758-4178

  • Farmhouse Café and Bakery is local, organic, and made with love – a farm-to-table eatery that sources from over 20 local farms and ranches. 

Lush gardens in front of the Taos Farmhouse Cafe & Bakery

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Horno Baking at Taos Pueblo Tour with Heritage Inspirations
Location: Meet at El Monte Sagrado, Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571
Phone Number: (415) 627-7141

  • Heritage Inspirations offers the most unique, immersive experiences to the Taos traveler. On their Horn Baking Tour, take your chance to not only visit Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage UNESCO site, but to participate in the decades long bread baking heritage while getting an insider perspective on traditional Puebloan life. With this tour, you’ll get a special immersive insider experience into the lifestyle of these multi-storied continuously inhabited adobe buildings, which have existed for over 1000 years.

American Indian stoking Kiva fire before baking bread

  • After baking bread, you’ll explore the Taos Pueblo, meet local artisans, and enjoy a traditional Puebloan lunch at Bertha’s Al’Thloo’s Café. Al’Thloo means grandmother in Tiwa and reflects the locally inspired home-made specialties like chicken stuffed fry bread and pinon coffee.


12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Taos Artisan Walking Tour with David Mapes, artist and gallery owner, woodworker

"David Mapes has made a name for himself through his craftsmanship and commitment to art.

Most people are familiar with his gallery, David Anthony Fine Art (DAFA), located on Kit Carson Road. He has been part of several projects intended to put the town back on top of the art map, like the Taos Art Market. But Mapes is also a fine artist and an old-world craftsman who has had his own furniture company since 1978."

Except from article by Teresa Dovalpage in Taos News, October 3, 2019


5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner at The Love Apple
Location: The Love Apple, 101 Stakeout Dr, Ranchos de Taos, NM
Phone Number: (575) 751-0050

  • The Love Apple is a Northern New Mexican restaurant emphasizing local, organic home cooking. We are housed in what was once known as the Placitas Chapel.

5 images from The Love Apple, New Mexico

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wine (PM Wines) and Tango Night at Casa Gallina
Location: Casa Gallina, 613 Callejon, Taos, NM 87571
Phone Number: (575) 758-2306

  • Casa Gallina is located just 5 minutes from the historic Taos Plaza, in a quiet pastoral, farmland setting. The inn’s five adobe casitas offer the perfect oasis and is a great base for exploring the Taos area. Innkeeper Richard Gallina offers tango classes in one of his casitas that has been converted into a dance studio. Dance the night away and enjoy a fantastic selection or organic wines made in Taos.

Light snow falling on pueblo style 2 story Casa Gallina

Overnight at El Monte Sagrado

Saturday, November 16 


Above images courtesy of Visit Taos unless otherwise noted.

Keep in mind that in order to be considered for this media trip:

  1. You must be registered for the 2019 Conference prior to applying for this trip
  2. Your dues must be current at time of application and during the time the trip will take place.
  3. Your IFWTWA website profile must be set for PUBLIC viewing and complete before applying.
  4. Social Media and Media Placements: Applicants selected are required to do social media pre and during the trip, and are required to produce at least one article within three (3) months of the trip.
  5. Travel: No travel reimbursement is included in this press trip unless expressly stated above.
  6. Your Cost: There is no IFWTWA fee associated with this press trip. Activity and restaurant tips are generally paid for by the host, however you may want to bring additional money to tip other entities such as hotel maid service. 

Registration Closed

Note: IFWTWA vets all applications prior to submittal to the Host. Vetting includes verification of member's association status and member profile. Dues must be current at the time of application and during the time the media trip will take place. Your profile must be complete including Item #6 or 8 article links -- your choice, but at least one must be completed and we recommend both.