A Taste of Taos – Lesbian Travel

Published Date Author: , December 23rd, 2015

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While the Southwest has always appealed to outdoorsy and self-sufficient lesbians, New Mexico in particular has had a powerful draw for women with an artistic bent. And on December 19, 2013, legislation further paved the way for lesbian lovebirds, with the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favor of granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Taos, a vibrant and picturesque town in the north-central region of New Mexico, is set against the stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains–a landscape that inspired the painter Georgia O’Keeffe for 40 years.

The Taos Valley, the mountains, and the Rio Grande create a kind of energy vortex that has drawn expressive types to it for many years. The vistas in this region are dramatic, and the vibe feels ancient and spiritual. The Taos Pueblo, an American Indian settlement on the northern border of the town, is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, and it’s a fascinating place to visit, with its multistory adobe houses, shops, a cemetery built in 1619 by Spanish priests using Indian labor, and the San Geronimo Church, photographed by Ansel Adams.

Over the past hundred years, artists, writers, and thinkers have made a pilgrimage here–to meet, heal, create, or find peace and quiet. Perhaps the best-known artist colony in Taos was established by the bisexual socialite Mabel Dodge Luhan in 1919. Dodge, who was a close friend of Gertrude Stein, was a prominent figure in the art scenes of New York, Florence, and Santa Barbara, but her Taos salon really took off, especially after she married Tony Luhan, a Pueblo Indian, and it attracted Emma Goldman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willa Cather, Margaret Sanger, Martha Graham, and many others. And remarkable women have tarried in Taos ever since.

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