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Mabel Dodge Luhan House

by Andrea


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!


Posted by woa 17:26 Archived in USA Tagged taos

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