Originally Published in Mason Dixon Knitting on February 8, 2019
Written by Cyndi Lee
A couple years ago, when I mentioned to a friend that I was moving to Santa Fe, there was an awkward silence. Then she said, “Did you know I used to live in Taos? It’s kinda . . . rough.”
My friend is right; Taos is not a buttoned-up place. The roads are dirt, and living off the grid is not unusual. Taos is full of skiers in the winter, hikers in the summer, and artists, makers and writers all year round. I recently visited Taos for a yoga workshop.
My companions and I stayed at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, which was built by Tony Luhan, Mabel’s husband, in 1920. Now a bed and breakfast, each unique room has a kiva fireplace, and many rooms have a view of the wild pueblo land watched over by Taos Mountain. The house is adobe, as is every other building in Taos, including the Starbucks, the Albertson’s and the McDonald’s.
With the help of trains, cars and horses, Mabel abandoned her society life in New York City and moved to Taos in 1918. She persuaded friends to visit, including Frieda and D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keefe, Willa Cather, Emma Goldman and John Reed—remember the movie, Reds?—with whom she had an affair until he went to Russia.