Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, Abiquiú, New Mexico
Among America’s most iconic painters, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) adopted a pared-down, restrained style in both her art and her personal appearance. Located about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe, this 5,000-square-foot compound — parts of which date to the 18th century — shares the same aesthetic, with adobe walls in neutral shades, the spare courtyard with the black door she painted multiple times, and choice modernist furnishings arranged meticulously alongside weathered rocks, a snake skeleton and other objects O’Keeffe collected in the desert. But it was a flesh-and-blood woman, not an icon, who made this her permanent home in 1949, and in the kitchen you’ll sense that in the many jars of dried herbs (some from her own garden), the shelves filled with pots, pans and crocks, and even the yogurt maker that O’Keeffe, an avid cook, used often during her life.
How to visit: The home is open for tours seasonally with advance reservations ($55 for nonmembers age 10 and up).
San Francisco journalist Christopher Hall has covered cultural topics for a wide variety of national publications, including Smithsonian, Architectural Digest, National Geographic Traveler, Saveur and the New York Times.
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