I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in a beautiful vacation rental in Taos, New Mexico. Taos is a magical place to begin with, but this particular home captured the wonder of the area so spectacularly that I just had to share it.
The owners have inhabited the Taos estate for several years and have painstakingly restored it to its historical glory. The house was a Mission in the 1800s, and then became an artist collective of sorts, hosting the likes of Victor Higgins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and D.H. Lawrence over the years.
After restoring the estate, which includes a main house, guest “casita,” and one-room schoolhouse, the owners took care to reflect the true historic nature of the place. We stayed in the casita, which doubled as an art gallery, featuring the work of local artists (all for sale). The place was stocked wtih books and magazines about Taos, and a carefully-curated binder offered recommendations for local goings-on and eateries (including my new favorite restaurant, The Love Apple).
Sometimes, vacation rentals serve the purpose of a simple Place To Sleep and Put Your Stuff. But the homes that excite me–the ones that truly can make a vacation stand out as a peak experience–are those that actively reflect their surroundings and the local culture.
While a super modern condo with white lacquer and hard surfaces might have been luxurious, we would have missed out on so much local Taos flavor. Staying in a converted mission steeped in history is truly vacationing at its best.
What do you think? Do you like a home to reflect local culture, or do you prefer to simply find comfort, and then seek out culture when you venture out?