The Fairy House Tour in Saguache Today
Mythical, Magical, Make-Believe
By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today
At this point in the season, the fall colors in the San Luis Valley can paint some beautiful mountain vistas. But there is a different kind of magic this autumn, tucked in among the trees around Saguache Today. You only have to know just where to look. Welcome to the “Find Saguache’s Fairy Houses” Tour!
Do you believe in fairies? These mythical beings have been talked about in folklore for centuries and you just may find some of them living in Saguache Today! Started as the creative stylings of Saguache artist Sarah Krantz, these whimsical architectural add-ons have been popping up all over town from leftover stumps to stately trees to rocks piled high!
“I haven’t got a clue,” said Krantz when asked her process. “You know, I just find something and go with it!”
And so, it seems, do the locals and visitors. Adorable!
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Before this summer’s Arts Walk, Saguache Today caught up with the Fairy House creator as she was putting the final touches on domicile #27 in the tour, which would become known as Sissy’s Tea Party, inspired by the memory of Krantz’s best friend.
The Fairy House idea sprouted a couple of years ago from an old stump located in front of a downtown café. In an effort to camouflage the clumsy clump of timber in front of her friend’s business, Krantz built the very first Fairy House in Saguache Today.
Since then, she has been a one-woman developer and with some help from her husband Dave has constructed a tour-worthy collection of nearly 30, at last count! Among the imp-inspired neighborhood is the welcoming Moose-antler portal, an ode to the “arts” doorway, the Read Dino Read homage adjacent to the Saguache Public Library, and the more whimsical Rapunzel’s Mushrooms which looms large in front of the artist’s home.
Some Fairy House can be found at the new Mountain Valley School, some are at the parks, and others are delicately tucked in between buildings, quietly living in the shadows of the Saguache County seat.
At last tally, the houses count nearly thirty, scattered all about the town of Saguache. The tour does have an official map which can be found – in print and by QR Code for digital access at three locations: next to the downtown EV Charging Station on 4th Street, the second can be found at “the south end Otto Mears Park by the Watering Can Fairy House,” and the third one is at the Saguache Town Hall by the outside bulletin board.
The self-guided “Find Saguache’s Fairy Houses” Tour is the perfect day trip or affordable overnight adventure for your family or favorite art-lovers group. The best way to do the rounds is by foot, parking at either Otto Mears Park or in the 4th Street Downtown Business District.
You do have dining options if you want to add-on a meal. There’s the 4th Street Diner, The Village Pub, the recently opened Botanical and Breads or The Oasis Restaurant just off Highway 285. Another food option is to pick up some healthy snacks/fresh produce/drinks at the 4th Street Food Store and make it a picnic-in-the-park on the benches made by the local Girl Scouts group.
Saguache is a pedestrian friendly town with wide, low-traffic streets and a buttoned up downtown area with some exciting upgrades underway. Check out the ongoing renovations of The Saguache Hotel and The Historic Ute Theater as well as a handful of vibrant, established galleries and a thrift store. Did you know that Cozy Castle Cinema is right downtown, offering weekend showtimes of the latest movie releases, including plenty of family-friendly options!
So if you’re planning a leaf-peeping drive or just crossing the San Luis Valley for some other reason make it an extra magical trip and stop into Saguache Today to check out the “Find Saguache’s Fairy Houses” Tour!