The kiva coffee shop is so called because of the resembelance to the Indian Kivas with its round shape and ladder at the top, which is like the kivas in the Pueblo Indian Villages. Their kivas are partly undergraound and correspond to our chapels or places of council or worshi. The interior is Alaskan and Aleutian in design and color. Supporting the roof is a large "wheel" of natural pine vigas (beams) resting on one huge Ponderosa pine post which is carved into a Totem Pole representing The Eagle, The Wolf, The Man-God, or Bird, Beast, and Man. The design of the front counter between the pedestals of the stools is the Alaskan Bear Claw or Paw. Simple meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner: short-orders, soft drinks, sodas and sundaes are served in the kiva, usually from 6am until late. Its seating capacity is for 63 people.
Hopi Dining Room
The Hopi Dining Room is surveyed by four of the important Hopi Kachinas from their niches in the mantel over the fireplace. In the lower niche are the Cow Kachina and the V=Crow Maiden. The upper niche contains the Corn Maiden and the Sun Kachina, the latter being the one we selectedd to represent our lodge.
The Chandeleirs and side lights are derived from the Indian silver necklaces and their squash blossoms and pendant najas. The design in the tile floor suggests a pattern from handmade woven rugs. The Navajo women weave and the men make jewelry of turquoise and coin silver. In the Hopi tribe on the Painted Desert, in northeastern Arizona, the men do the weaving.
Continental Cuisine and Good American and Mexican Home Cooking are featured in the dining room. Breakfast is from 7am to 9am, Lunch from noon to 2pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm and later on Saturdays. The dining room seats 90 people.
Navajo Living Room
In this Navajo Indian Lounge the chandeliers and lintels over the fireplace and door leading into the Dining Rom represent the Knife Wing God of the Navajos, who is the God of Fire. He fights with his wings and also bears the title of "He Who Steals Women".
This is our family room where we get together in the evenings, sit around the big fireplace to swap tales, discuss travel, show our pictures of the day or play cards, chess and checkers. The room contains a collection of oil paintings done by the original group of the nine of the Taos Artists who founded the Art Colony in the early 1900's and is also from the original owner's collection, who had the pleasure o=and privelege of knowing them all personally and buying their pictures directly from them in thrir own studios from about 1929 to 1945.
Zuni Cocktail Lounge
Our Zuni Cocktail Lounge gets its name from the motif taken from the beautiful Zuni inlay jewelry; in this case, a Butterfly. Black Onyx, Petrified Wood, Ivory, Mother of Pearl, Carnelian and of course Turquoise are inlaid in pure coin silver in this type of jewelry. The front of the bar is quilted with silver conchas on the Indian belts.
This room seats about seventy people and looks directly onto the swimming Pool on the Sun Terraces. Out of consideration fro the other guests who are in the Cocktail Lounge we respectfully ask you to not go into the lounge wearing bathing suits and bath robes.
Swimming Pool on Sun Terrace
Our pool is heated to temperatures of eighty-two degrees, depending on the weather. It is usually open from June 1st to October 1st. It is fifty-nine feet by twenty-nine feet at its maximum length and width, and is not suitable for small tots. Children under fourteen year of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The pool is three feet eight inches at the shallow end and eight to nine feet deep at the deep end. There are showers and dressing rooms right by the pool. It is on the sun terrace and completely protected from the prevailing westerly winds.
Kachina Art Gallery
Kachina Art Gallery derives its name from the eight Kachina Dolls on the pilasters that run the length of the gallery. These dolls are made of cotton wood roots by the Hopi Indians in the Painted Desert of northeastern Arizona, and are hand painted by them with bright colors. On Fiesta days they are given to the Indian children just as we give dolls to our children.
The gallery contains pictures by contemporary Taos artists who paint Indians and their Pueblo, the animals, the native people in quaint nearby adobe villages, the magnificent scenery of Taos Valley and the mountains and canyons surrounding it.
Most of the paintings in the gallery are s=for sale and exhibits are changed from time to time.