Casa Gallina means “Hen House” in Spanish. The moniker is a nod to the forty plus hens that live a life of luxury around the inn, providing guests and hotel owner, Richard Spera, with fresh eggs every day! Located just five minutes from the historic Taos Plaza, in a quiet, pastoral, farmland setting, Casa Gallina’s five adobe casitas offer an oasis of home and renewal for visitors to Taos. It is the ideal base of operations for exploring the Taos area, though the inn is so tranquil and peaceful that visitors may prefer to stay put and savor the environment.
Look out the windows and there’s Taos Mountain. Step outside at night to relish a clear night sky, the Milky Way whitewashed across the heavens. Listen to the call of the coyotes that prowl the valley. Stay in for the night and cozy up to your wood burning kiva-fireplace or wood-burning stove. Put your favorite music on and cook up a delicious breakfast or dinner in your fully- equipped kitchen, with veggies that you picked from the organic gardens and fresh eggs from “the girls”!
Discover the Art of a Slow Vacation
In slowness we are forced to experience the fluctuations and vacillations in our mind, our patterns and habits, the world around us. Through slowness we witness the blowing of the wind, the cry of a coyote, a flower we never bothered to appreciate, the smile of a dog, the aroma of a cup of tea, the good morning kiss of a partner, the strength in our body, the beauty inside our home.
How slow is slow enough? We are addicted to speed, and the faster we go, the faster we want to go. But if you can slow down you will experience magic.
Slow things have more value, they take more time, and they deliver more. Slow food tastes better than fast food. A good meal takes time. Wild Trout in the river take time to grow up big and strong. Delicious produce takes time to go from seed to sprout to full grown and edible. Slow breathing makes you more relaxed than hyperventilating. Slow loving feels better. Deep, meaningful, lasting relationships take time to evolve, deepen and mature.
Richard Spera, the owner/host of Casa Gallina, invites guests to slow down and savor every moment of their experience.
Spacious, colorful and artful. Each casita is decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, local art, antiques, and textiles from New Mexico, Old Mexico and the world over. Each casita offers wireless high-speed internet, satellite TV, Blue Ray/DVD, and a music system. Hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, shopping, galleries, museums, Taos Pueblo and gorgeous drives are all just minutes away.
The grounds and gardens are landscaped and grassy with areas to sit and relax, and hammocks to nap in. An acequia runs through the property, providing a soothing creek. In summer, enjoy the organic vegetable gardens, strawberry and raspberry patches, fruit orchards, and colorful beds of perennials and wild flowers.
A cozy yet spacious one-bedroom, 900 square foot open studio casita, gorgeously furnished and appointed. It is perfect for solo retreats or romantic getaways for two. A pull out full sized sofa bed is also available for one additional guest.
El Gallo Grande
Can be rented and used for Group Classes, Retreats and Workshops for up to twenty participants. Plan a group retreat at Casa Gallina and use The Studio as your dancing, yoga, group and/or meeting space. When not reserved as a workshop space, The Studio is available as a guest casita on weekends. It’s a more contemporary, airy, and spacious one room, 800 square foot open floorplan. It is ideal for one or two guests.