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The Inn of the Turquoise Bear's original guests included Georgia O'Keeffe, D.H. and Frieda Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, O. Henry and Igor Stravinsky. It was owned by the poet Witter Bynner, whose wild parties were called "Bynner's Bashes." One was even attended by Rita Hayworth.