Arizona & New Mexico
Arcosanti was founded in 1970 as a learning center for urban design. Based on the theory of Arcology, or the fusion of architecture and ecology, all the structures at Arcosanti are designed as a functioning, evolving, compact living system. We highly recommend diving in to their ethos and design principles but the basics are that everything is sustainably and ecologically designed. The result is truly, truly striking architecture that at once blends in and stands out from the environment. If you're able to book a stay, there are a number of options available but we're very partial to the Loft. Geographically speaking, you'll be about an hour or so south of Sedona.
At 7,000 ft, this 755 sq ft mountain town cabin is rustic and slowly being renovated. It has three decks, lots of open space, and isn't far from the Coconino National Forest in Northern Arizona. Not overdone, the rooms are simple and, though you don't have a phone, A/C, TV or wifi, you'll probably be happy for it.
Right on the border, you're nearly in Utah so the landscape is a bit more rugged (and the elevation higher) than what you might expect of the southwest. Located on a 100 acre ranch, this 100 year old structure was newly redone but it still keeps its old school, rustic, western vibe. Set up as a studio, your bed, kitchen, and living area are all in one spot so a solo retreat or romantic getaway is ideal.
Taos is such a funky town and this little cabin fits right in. Heck, it's on an organic Goji Berry farm (the elevation is high enough to grow them) and the cabin is actually a converted dairy barn at 500 sq ft. If you go during the right seasons, you'll have a veggie patch and fresh eggs available to you, and if not you can run into town a few miles away. Surrounded by a national forest and small river, this place is beautiful. The floor boards are wine, the rug is native, and those ceiling beams are beautiful. Feel free to retreat or just use it as home base.
Adobe is one of the most beautiful, organic architectural materials (and methods) around. Cool in summer and warm in winter, you have a desert dwelling that feels like a regionally appropriate version of a cabin for your stay. The natural tones and hues match the desert palette, and the somewhat stark furniture and appointments work. Built in the 1880s, there are high ceilings and a patio, decorated with a southwest flare. It's an easy, historic, getaway in Tucson (with air conditioning).
Part of Hotel Luna Mystica, you're going to fall in love with those desert stars and the wonder of the mesas. All of their trailers are different, so poke around and pick a theme that matches your vibe --- they're all going to be beautifully restored, featuring a deck, bed, kitchen and bathroom.