Hacienda del Sol is a family owned and operated bed and breakfast in Taos, New Mexico. Gerd and Luellen Hertel purchased the historic property Inn in 2006, and along with their daughter Erika and son-in-law Mark, manage the operations and are often on site visiting with guests, gardening, and maintaining the property.
Gerd, a gourmet chef for over 40 years, has worked as Executive Chef for Hyatt Regency Hotels, Ritz Carlton Hotels, the as Corporate Executive Chef for Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Today he is a Consultant for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and has opened several restaurants on the award-winning "Allure and Oasis of the Seas." At Hacienda del Sol, Gerd offers cooking classes to guest groups. Please inquire for more information.
For over 30 years, Luellen has worked as an international cruise director and offered educational programs to travelers. She still spends time at sea but is very active at the Hacienda del Sol. Although it was Gerd's dream to own and operate a bed and breakfast, she has fallen in love with Taos and the innkeeping lifestyle. Please say hi to her if you see her in the gardens or on the property!
Erika and Mark moved to Taos from London, England, Mark's home country. They met while backpacking in New Zealand while working at a hostel on the North Island. At Hacienda del Sol, Mark trained in the kitchen under Gerd, while Erika, a graphic designer, loves serving and socializing with guests. They have one son, Brogan, who was born in 2014, and baby number two will enter the world in late April or early May 2017. The talented couple, whom many guests came to know and love, worked as the inn's managers for five years.
Shelley and Patrick Klausen joined the Hacienda del Sol staff in March of 2017, moving from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Virginia, where they managed The Mountain Rose Inn. Shelley's professional background as a marketing and development director, event planner, and fundraiser, along with Patrick's handyman and social skills led them to the innkeeper's lifestyle. It is their extreme pleasure to serve you and hope to make Taos their home for many years to come.