I loved my 2 night stay at Dobson House from Saturday, July 24 to Monday, July 26, 2010. Dobson House is a modified Earthship that is home for John and Joan Dobson and their friendly dog, Tug. Built by them, too. It took them 3 years! Earthships make heavy use of recycled materials in their construction. Their outer walls have recycled tires packed with dirt as their primary core. The inner and nonstructural walls have glass bottles throughout. Passive and active solar heat, recycling the water, etc. are all part of the Earthship way. Dobson House is modified in that it is not entirely off the grid. Almost all of the electricity comes from solar sources, but there is a backup generator that is used as needed, only a few days of the year. Dobson House is also modified in that it actually looks nice!
When I arrived, I was met by Joan and soon was introduced to John and Tug as well. Everyone (including Tug) was so accommodating, friendly and helpful. There are only 2 rooms used for guests, separate from the main part of the house, but connected by a long hallway filled with their art collection. My room was quite spacious, light filled and comfortable. Large, tiled shower, queen size bed, free standing stove for fires (which might be handy in the winter) and comfy couch. One whole wall was a set of windows, with plants growing inside. Great ambience. Each room also has their own dedicated outdoor patio.
The common area up the hallway was a huge round living room with windows all around. This is where breakfast was served. Plenty of places to relax, read or even play the piano. I ended up not spending a lot of time here, not because it wasn’t inviting, but because my room also was so very comfortable.
One of the reasons I chose to stay here is that I wanted to be as far away from any light pollution at all and be able to really enjoy the night skies. Wouldn’t you know it? Completely clouded over with occasional rain both nights! LOL. This was still a great place to relax both evenings I was in the Taos area, so no regrets. Another time!
The only caveat I’d give people about staying here is that it’s not entirely convenient to Taos. While it’s only 13 miles away from downtown, it takes about 30 minutes to drive. The last almost 5 miles takes up almost 20 minutes of that as it’s on fairly rough, but entirely drivable, dirt roads. (I had worried about the passability of these roads if it was raining. No difficulty whatsoever. Hard packed and I suspect that if they ever became impassible because of rain, then we’d have a lot bigger problems on our hands!) Given that my plans were to leave for the day’s activities in the morning and not return until the evening each day, this was no problem for me and I really, really enjoyed the secluded site of Dobson House. But if you want to be in and out of your B&B throughout the day, this might not be the best match. (Also note that they don’t take credit cards. I chose to pay in full in advance by check.) Highly recommended…if it fits your plans. Depending on the specific trip, I would either stay here again or stay in Taos.
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