Another highlight of the Cincinnati Art Academy Sketchbook trip was staying at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. If you love historic adobe architecture and you are visiting Taos then Mabel's is the place to stay. The house is gorgeous with lots of quirky, wonderful details and the food is out of this world. I love when food is both healthy and tasty, not to mention lots of local flair.
There is also quite a bit of interesting history regarding Mabel. I am just now starting to read Edge of Taos Desert which is her autobiographical account of her move from New York to the Southwest in 1917. She grew up as part of New York's avante-garde so it was quite a transition moving to Taos and falling in love with a native American of the Taos pueblo named Antonio Luhan (Tony). From what I know so far, she and Tony built the house and had quite a roller coaster relationship. When I finish the book I will post more.
Below are a few photos of the rooms and the grounds. The friend I traveled with was lucky enough to stay in Tony's room which has a wonderful balcony and a crazy bathroom painted by D.H. Lawrence.
Tony's room balcony
D. H. Lawrence bathroom
Entry doors to Mabel's
Sitting Area off Lobby