Post-Conference Press Trip
TAOS ~ De la Tierra / Of the Earth
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

Thursday, November 14

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 am - Pick-up IFWTWA from Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza

Drivetime from Santa Fe to Taos: 1.5 hours

10:30 – 11 am - Resort Tour at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa

  • 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 am - Brunch at De la Tierra at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa

  • 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 – 4:00 pm - Hands-on weaving workshop with Weaving Southwest

  • This premier outlet for regional tapestry yarns and supplies 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.

Bakery display of circular chocolate pastries

4:30 – 5:30 pm Bean to bar chocolate making workshop at Chokola Bean to Bar

  • 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.


5:30 – 6:30 pm - Happy hour at The Lounge by Rolling Still

  • 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

7:00 – 9:00 pm - Shed Pop-Up Dinner

  • The Shed Project ( / Shed) is one of the most extraordinary food experiences in the state of New Mexico. It is an intimate monthly dinner. At these dinners, a small group is served food locally grown in Taos, now out of ceramics made of local clay, dug and fired in the traditional way by chef Johnny Ortiz.

Overnight at El Monte Sagrado

Friday, November 15

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 am - Breakfast at Michael’s Kitchen Café & Bakery

  • Michael’s Kitchen is one of the best places to sample New Mexico cuisine. All-day breakfast and gigantic fluffy waffles are common place at this no-fuss Taos institution.

9:00 – 1:00 pm - Horno Baking at Taos Pueblo Tour with Heritage Inspirations

  • 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.


1:30 – 3:00 pm - Taos Artisan Walking Tour (guided)


4:30 - 7:00 pm - Dinner and Sopapilla Making at Ranchos Plaza Grill

  • Ranchos Plaza Grill serves Northern New Mexico and American Cuisine in the tiny village of Ranchos de Taos. Learn the art of sopapilla making ( a New Mexican delicacy that be eaten sweet or savory) with 3 generations of the Medina family.

Light snow falling on pueblo style 2 story Casa Gallina

7:00 – 9:00 pm - Wine (PM Wines) and Tango Night at Casa Gallina

  • 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.

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. 

Deadline to Apply - August 31, 2019 

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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.