MEET YOUR INNKEEPERS
Hacienda del Sol is a family run Bed & Breakfast. Gerd and Luellen Hertel purchased the Inn back in 2006. Their daughter, Erika, with her husband, Mark, moved to Taos in May 2011 to manage the Inn.
Gerd has been a gourmet Chef for the last 40 years. He was the Executive Chef for Hyatt Regency Hotels, Ritz Carlton Hotels, the Corporate Executive Chef for Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise lines. Today he is a Consultant for Royal Carribean Cruise Line and has opened several Restaurants on award winning "Allure and Oasis of the Seas." At the Hacienda del Sol, Gerd offers cooking classes to our guests. Please see our specials page for more information.
Luellen has been a Cruise Director internationally for educational programs for over 30 years. She still spends time at Sea but is very active at the Hacienda del Sol. Even though it was her Husband’s dream to own and run a Bed and Breakfast, she has fallen in love with Taos and the Inn lifestyle. You will often find her in the gardens or decorating the rooms.
Erika and Mark moved to Taos from London, England, Mark's home country. They met backpacking in New Zealand while working at a hostel in the North Island. Mark has enjoyed training in the kitchen with Gerd, and assists him in creating delicious breakfasts served every morning at the Hacienda. Erika, a Graphic Designer, appreciates the artistic side of Taos, as well as the social nature of innkeeping.