What to do and where to go in the Southwest in January

Melissa Castleman, Sharon Niederman, Nora Burba Trulsson,  – September 16, 2008


Winter really warms up at Taos Ski Valley during the 18th annual Taos Winter Wine Festival, with 50 wineries represented by either owner or winemaker. There will be seminars, grand tastings, winemaker dinners, and ― new this year ― cooking demonstrations by eminent local chefs at the Taos School of Cooking. Jan 21-31; tickets à la carte from $45 per grand tasting to more than $100 for winemaker dinner, registration suggested. www.skitaos.org or (505) 776-2291 ext. 1427.


This year’s P. F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon starts downtown, then winds its way through Scottsdale and into downtown Tempe. Along the way, more than 50 live bands will serenade runners. Not an elite athlete? Walk the marathon or half-marathon course, or just head to the grand-finale concert at Tempe Beach Park (80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. at Mill Ave.). Marathon begins at 7:45 a.m. Jan 11; $85 marathon, $55 half-marathon, $25 concert (if not participating in race). www.rnraz.com or (800) 311-1255.


The holidays may be over, but it’s toy land for young-at-heart collectors at the Arizona Toy & Advertising Round-up, where you’ll find everything from vintage toy trucks and cars to antique dolls to still-trendy Star Wars items. The Fairgrounds Antique Market next door will feature Early American furniture, Depression-era glass, estate jewelry, and free tastings of fudge and Arizona-grown wines. Jan 16-18; $3 gets you into both shows, children under 14 free with adult, $5 parking. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd.; www.azantiqueshow.com or (602) 717-7337.


Once a month, Navajo artists bring their finely woven traditional rugs to town to sell directly to dealers, collectors, and lovers of their craft at the venerable Crownpoint Rug Auction. There’s plenty of food and fun, and bargains on jewelry, pottery, and beadwork await. Stay overnight in nearby Farmington, Grants, or Gallup. Viewing begins at 4:30, auction begins at 7 p.m. Jan 16; free admission. Crownpoint Elementary School, off State 371 approximately 25 miles north of junction with I-40 (no street address; just look for all the parked cars); www.crownpointrugauction.com or (505) 786-7386.

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