Learn About the Historic Lodges Located In U.S. Parks In This Book


The dining room at the Ahwahnee Hotel in book by Max Humphrey

The dining room at the Ahwahnee Hotel.

red plaid cover of book by Max Humphrey

Interior designer Max Humphrey brings the great outdoors in with his new coffee table book, Lodge: An Indoorsy Tour of America’s National Parks. “I’ve always loved our national parks and wanted to make a book that did justice to the historic lodges—something lodge-y, not stodgy,” says the Portland, Oregon-based author. “They are timeless and fresh, and I wanted to capture that.”

At the Ahwahnee, one of 10 destinations highlighted, which dates back to 1927, Northern California artist Robert Boardman Howard painted the linen-covered walls with local fauna; the dining room boasts a soaring 34-foot-high wood-beamed ceiling; and the stained-glass panels are the work of Jeannette Dyer Spencer, a longtime San Franciscan who studied at the École du Louvre.

“It’s what you picture if you close your eyes and dream about what a historic lodge should look and feel like,” observes Humphrey. “From the drive in, past Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, to the granite exterior and then the Art Deco-meets-Arts and Crafts lodge vibe inside the hotel, it’s the full package.”