But eventually they became restless, deciding to change directions and bought the McCarthy family business, The El Mercado, opened The Old Mexico Shop and The Village Weavers Shop and eventually launched their own lodging business.

On a whim in 1989, Tom and Barbara acquired the Lewis Art Gallery Building on Kit Carson Road, originally built by Barbara's father, Carlos Benavides. The Gallery, along with three other adjacent homes built by Carlos, and the original McCarthy family home, were converted into the living quarters and multiple guest rooms, which were officially named The Casa Benavides Inn.

Now, over a quarter century later, with the infusion of much artistic flair, hard work, sacrifice and dedication, Tom and Barbara's Casa Benavides Inn has become the premier hospitality lodging location for visitors to Taos and Northern New Mexico.

As is often the case in stories of happenstance, the arrival of the McCarthy and Benavides families to Taos during the 19th century set a life-long chain of events in to motion for Tom McCarthy and Barbara Benavides, the owners of the Casa Benavides Inn. By the time Tom and Barbara were born, while the country was recovering from The Great Depression, their parents had already established successful businesses in the Taos Community.

Tom and Barbara's families lived near each other in homes on Kit Carson Road. Over time, their neighborhood friendship blossomed from childhood sweethearts, into a high school romance and onto a life time of love and marriage. After graduating from college, Tom & Barbara remained in Taos to begin raising their own family of three children. They launched careers as educators with Barbara teaching physical education and Tom coaching basketball leading his team to three state championships.

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