Dave Contarino, who has built a steady career as a respected political consultant, spends much of his free time skiing. While his current hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, doesn’t allow easy access to his favorite pastime, Dave Contarino schedules frequent getaways to his favorite ski town: Taos, New Mexico.
A 15-year resident of Santa Fe, Dave Contarino is familiar with the benefits of the Taos area, which is known for both its history and culture. Below, he answers a few frequently asked questions about the history of his favorite ski town, which he visits as often as possible.
Q: I’m planning a trip to Taos. What can I expect?
Dave Contarino: The city is rich in Native American and Spanish history, so I always recommend visitors set aside plenty of time to see the sites. Guided walking tours are available that can give tourists an informative view of the city.
Q: What are some sites you recommend during my stay?
Dave Contarino: Taos is a historic Native American community, with numerous galleries and museums. Be sure to tour the Taos Pueblo, which is the ancient home of the Taos Pueblo tribe. There are also many historic museums, in addition to the museums that showcase great Native American and other local artwork. The Taos Gorge, just a few miles out of town, offers spectacular views that should not be missed
Q: What is so special about Taos?
Dave Contarino: While Taos was incorporated only 79 years ago, it is actually much older. In fact, the first Pueblo in the area is thought to date back to sometime between 1000 and 1450 A.D. This makes it the oldest community in the U.S. to have been consistently occupied.
Q: How are the arts a part of the Taos history?
Dave Contarino: The first arts colony formed well over 100 years ago. Many of the works of art, as well as the studios in which they were created, reflect the talent of artists from across the world drawn to Taos by its physical beauty and unique culture. The combination of culture and history make Taos an unforgettable vacation.