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The story of the Hermosa Inn all starts with the cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee. When he set his eyes on paradise valley it was love at first sight. In the early 1930's he built a one-room studio and made paradise valley his home.
Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Megargee had ventured West around the turn of the 20th century, chasing an idealized notion of the American West, with an eye to make his life as a rancher. Along the way, he picked up several wives and earned him a well-deserved reputation as a ladies’ man.
Heavily inspired and influenced by Spanish and Mexican architecture, Megargee built a distinctly Southwestern home he named "Casa Hermosa," or Beautiful House. He then began renting Casa Hermosa as a guest ranch, to supplement his art income. Unfortunately in 1941, in the midst of a divorce, he had to sell Casa Hermosa, complete with his art and furnishings. His artistic and pioneering spirit lives on at the Hermosa Inn. Over the years, the inn added a pool as well as additional Casitas and Villas. Today, the Hermosa Inns beautiful backdrop and seclusion still has the power to draw guests seeking high-level corporate retreats, as well as anyone looking for an intimate desert hideaway. It is easy to see what attracted Megargee to this area, and his charm, artistry, and spirit still linger over paradise valley.
Cover photo courtesy of Eric Donzella via Unsplash.