From its signature neon thunderbird sign to the authentic Southwest style of its rooms, The Historic Taos Inn epitomizes local color. A cluster of buildings dating to the 1800s surrounds a courtyard and patio, but the 36 rooms and suites are modern and comfortable. Come après-ski, order a Cowboy Buddha margarita in the famous Adobe Bar, and stay for dinner at Doc Martin's Restaurant, which serves excellent chile rellenos and boasts an award-winning wine list. $60—$225 per night; 888-518-8267; taosinn.com
A great place to stay for a true Southwestern atmosphere.