19.11.2014 - 19.11.2014
On our day trip to Taos, we stopped by the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. I'd heard of writing retreats being held here years ago, as it is a historic inn and conference/retreat center. We were able to tour the common areas of the house and learned a little more about Mabel & her husband Tony. Inside, the house is warm and inviting with a good vibe. It would seem natural to be creatively inspired here knowing of the talented people who spent time in these very rooms.
Mabel came from a wealthy family in Buffalo, New York, and was a patron of the arts. She left New York to settle in Taos, marrying a full-blooded Taos Pueblo man, Tony Luhan. Tony oversaw a crew from the Taos Pueblo who renovated and expanded the original four-room adobe. Many famous artists, writers, activists, and thinkers found inspiration while visiting this home in the 1930's; such as, Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Georgia O'Keefe, etc. We learned that for a few years in the 1970's, Dennis Hopper owned the house, and his avant-garde guests visited. in 1991 The Mabel Dodge Luhan House became a National Historic Landmark. (Info referenced from info sheet flyer at Mabel Dodge Luhan House)
p.s. If we ever come back to New Mexico, we would try to stay here for a night. We were told an overnight stay includes a farm-fresh breakfast too!