Where to Shop
Looking for something beyond turquoise jewelry and mass-produced T-shirts?There are dozens of quirky shops and galleries both in and outside of town.
Greg Flores Furniture From sofas to cabinets, Flores crafts his elegant pieces by hand, using native Ponderosa pine or alder. Prices start at $400 for a bench, $1,600 for a chest of drawers, and $3,000 for a dining room set. 120 Bent St.; 800/880-1090 or 505/758-8010; www.gregfloresfurniture.com.
Stephen Kilborn Pottery & Paintings Kilborn's affordable tableware is playfully decorated with chiles, cacti, frogs, and roosters. He also paints watercolors of giant sunflowers and still lifes. Watch him in action at his studio, 17 miles south of town. 136A Paseo del Pueblo N.; 800/853-2399 or 505/758-0135 (studio); www.kilbornpottery.com.
ClaireWorks Claire Haye's one-of-a-kind jewelry line includes Matisse-like earrings, heart- and hand-shaped pins, and a Russian "snow princess" necklace (of sterling silver and freshwater pearls); she also sells her own mixed-media paintings. Her jewelry is so reasonably priced you'll want to buy two of everything. 482A State Hwy. 150, Arroyo Seco; 888/219-6060 or 505/776-5157; www.claireworks.com.
William Hawley Design "Functional works of art" is how the William Hawley studio describes its distinctive handmade metal furniture, on display at this showroom in the center of town. Traditional Southwest images (kokipelli and geckos are among the most common) and abstract shapes cover coffee tables, barstools, and mirrors. They'll also do custom designs. 107 Paseo del Pueblo N.; 505/758-4200; www.williamhawley.com.
The Grande Dame of Taos
Mabel Dodge Luhan House Carl Jung dreamed in her guest bedroom and D. H. Lawrence painted her bathroom windows with a phoenix and stars. After Mabel Luhan's death in 1968, Dennis Hopper bought her house, which he maintained as an artists' salon. During his brief residency, Hopper entertained everyone from George McGovern to Bob Dylan, leaving behind rumors of raucous nights. In 1983, the 285-year-old house was opened to the public as a B&B. It was named a national historic landmark in 1991. Rooms are rustic (no phones or televisions), but don't be surprised if after spending a few days here, you leave with the urge to launch a literary salon of your own. Doubles from $85. 240 Morada Lane; 800/846-2235 or 505/758-9456; www.mabeldodgeluhan.com