“The sunset was strictly Maxfield Parrish. Thanks to the smatter of rain last week, there’s the sound of many frogs… Always amazing to me…” – letter to Norah Barr, 1973
Picture M.F.K. Fisher writing this note from her desk in the modest home she lived in located on the 500-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County.
Fisher treasured her two-room ‘palazzino,’ which features a simple design, her signature Chinese red walls, built-in bookcases, which held approximately 6,000 books and arched porches that look west to Sonoma Mountain and east to the preserve protected by Audubon Canyon Ranch.
It was here that she wrote 13 books during 21 years of residence and where she welcomed friends such as Julia Child, James Beard, and Maya Angelou for conversations around her table.
Since 2016, ACR has been restoring Last House to capture the spirit and the flavor of her life on the preserve and as an exclusive destination honoring her love of food, wine, literature, and nature. Complementing the renovation are paintings, furnishings, and memorabilia donated back to the house by family and friends.
Join us on a 1-hour tour of the home, learn more about Fisher’s time in the Sonoma Valley, experience her special brand of simple elegance, and soak in the views she enjoyed from every angle. This tour is offered monthly.
$25.00 per person / $20 ACR Members, no one turned away. Donations of any amount will benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch’s programs and the continuing restoration and maintenance of Last House.
Upcoming dates: December 19, 2023 and January 11, 2024
Photo: Barry Schwartz