Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House has been a Taos, New Mexico center for the arts for almost a hundred years. Mabel Dodge Luhan hosted many amazing creative people over the years, including Georgia O'Keefe, D. H. Lawrence, Martha Graham, and Ansel Adams. The rooms are named after the authors and artists and dancers who stayed in the hotel. We stayed there last summer in the Frank Waters room. Do you know Frank Waters? I didn't either until we visited the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. I ended up reading two of his books, People of the Valley and Mountain Dialogues, while I was there.

Here's a quote from People of the Valley on the wall in the Frank Waters room:

"'Entiende, muchacha? I will say it for your simple ears. Life is a great white stone. You, a child, stare at it and see only one side. You walk slowly around it. You see other sides, each different in shape and pattern, fought or smooth. You are confused; you forget that it is the same great white stone. But finally you have walked around it, stared at all of it at once from the hillside above. Verdad! Then you see it: how it has many different sides and shapes and patterns, some smooth, some rough, but still the one great white stone: how the sides merge into one another, indistinguishable: the past into the present, the present into the future, the future again into the present. Hola! They are all the same. With wisdom who knows one from the other? There is no time, which is but an illusion for imperfect ages. There is only the complete, rounded moment, which contains all.'"

The Mabel Luhan House was a peaceful and lovely place to stay. I wish I'd taken a photo of the fantastic breakfast the next morning. Can you imagine frittata, raspberry crumble, bacon, yogurt, berries, sausage, and a croissant? The company was just as delicious as the food.

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  1. What a great place to stay! We were in Santa Fe a few years ago and drove up to Taos, but didn't spend the night. I'm saving your post for future reference!!

    1. You must stay there. It's not any more expensive than a regular hotel, and it's walking distance of Taos. There's a lovely little independent bookstore down the street (I hope to post about it soon.)

  2. Good little series of photos, you have a good time


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