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Old-World Charm: the Tower Guest House on Small Working Organic Garlic Farm

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The Tower Guest House, Spinach, Garlic

The Tower Guest House, Spinach, Garlic Marigolds in Bloom Downstairs Bedroom Upstairs Deck, Garlic Field Upstairs Futon Rio Embudo near Guest House Upstairs Dining Area and Deck Guest House with Main Farm House in Background Bedroom and Entry Upstairs Kitchen Area East View of Guest House Crawford Garlic Farm Village of Dixon in Distance to Upper Right

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Dixon cottage description

The Tower Guest House is located in the center of a small working (but quiet) garlic farm (plus onions, shallots, greens, tomatoes, peppers, winter squash), on a quiet cottonwood-lined lane that runs along the Embudo River, a mile and a half from the center of the village of Dixon, with its full-service coop grocery store and library. Away from the main highway, and bathed by the sounds of the river 100 yards to the south, the location is singularly peaceful. The second-floor deck invites guests to bask, eat, grill, read, and enjoy sunsets and sunrises.


Read all about it first: Farm owner Stanley Crawford has written three books about the life he and his wife RoseMary have led in the embudo valley as farmers and community activists: MAYORDOMO: CHRONICLE OF AN ACEQUIA IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO; and A GARLIC TESTAMENT: SEASONS ON A SMALL NEW MEXICO FARM; and A RIVER IN WINTER: NEW AND SELECTED ESSAYS, all published by the University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. See also the New York Times article by Anne Raver in the July 14, 2011 issue.

Pick your own salad greens: From around june to late october, guests are invited to assemble their own salad makings from the farm plantings of lettuce, spinach, arugula, radishes, salad turnips and sweet onions. At the peak of the season, there are also tomatoes and peppers in the hoophouse and an abundance of garlic and shallots in the storage sheds. Guests can also sample eggs from the hens in the nearby henhouse.

Refreshing afternoons: Though the climate of Northern New Mexico is relatively arid, most years there's enough water in the nearby Rio Embudo to take a refreshing afternoon dip--or in the Rio Grande at the BLM campground eight miles away--or in the more distant Abiquiu, El Vado, or Heron Lakes. And in the winter, besides skiing at nearby Sipapu, there's both the Taos and Santa Fe ski basins. (For 2012, the snow is excellent).

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Suitability

      • Pets Not Allowed
      • Non Smoking Only
      • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Children Welcome
      • Wheelchair Inaccessible
      • Pets Considered

      Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3

      • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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      • Futon upstairs.

      Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

      Other Amenities

          • The phone is for local (and Espanola and Los Alamos) service only, but guests can make long distance calls from the owner's house. Cell phones work in the center of Dixon, a mile and a half distant. There is a TV and DVD player, but no broadcast TV (or satellite) service....moreless

          Entertainment

          • Television
          • Radio
          • Stereo
          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Books

          Theme

              • Away From It All

              Car

                  • Necessary

                  Attractions

                  • Library
                  • Restaurants
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Forests

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Walking
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Eco Tourism

                  local services and businesses

                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Groceries

                  Location Type

                  • Rural:

                    The guest house is on the prettiest wooded lane in the Embudo Valley.......moreless

                  • River:

                    The Rio Embudo, sometimes a river, sometimes a stream, runs 100 yards to the south and is good for trout fishing when the flow is good and wading and paddling in the summer....moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    The Sangre de Cristos, southernmost spur of the Rockies, 15 miles distant, can be seen from the deck....moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hunting
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Tennis
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Skiing
                  • Rafting
                  • Swimming
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Snowboarding

                  Dining

                      • Dining Area

                      General

                      • Gas Fireplace
                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Macintosh Computer
                      • PC
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Gas Heating
                      • Grey Water System
                      • Living Area
                      • Telephone
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Filtered Water
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Internet
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Sofa Bed

                      Kitchen

                      • Refrigerator
                      • Kitchen
                      • Grill
                      • 2 Ring Stove
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster
                      • Blender
                      • Coffee Grinder
                      • Mini Refrigerator
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Microwave

                      Outside

                      • Binoculars
                      • Wood Deck
                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • We Had the Time of our Lives!!!!

                        We Had the Time of our Lives!!!!

                        • Guest Gigi (United States)
                        • Date of stay 09/02/12
                        • Review Submitted 10/21/12
                        My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at the Crawford's adorable tower property 4 nights in early September this year. We were only suppose to stay 3, but fell so in love with Crawfords, that we extended our stay by a night. The farm is located on a quiet lane that runs alongside the Embudo River, and we took several hikes down a "secret" pathway to experience its charm. One lovely day we brought chairs and a few Coronas and sat in the river relaxing in the water and absorbing the beauty. We had a number of easy conversations with the Crawfords over our stay. They are quite an interesting pair, and make you feel right at home. Mrs. Crawford is a vivacious woman and Mr. Crawford is a friendly man, with a twinkle in his eye. They are a hardworking team and I grew to consider them the Queen and King of Dixon, and I'm sure the town folks would agree. Having moved there in the 1960s they have done so much to make Dixon the quaint, organic farming community it is today. If you are not in the mood for cooking, Sugars BBQ is a few miles off SR 68, and serves delicious food (although they are not open every day, so check their sign for hours). Zuly's Café serves yummy breakfasts and lunches and uses locally grown produce. We enjoyed going there, and we met several friendly locals, drinking coffee and chatting with them up about the area. There is also a co-op market with locally grown produce, wines, cheeses, deli goods, and about anything needed to cook a good meal. There are many beautiful drives to choose from so pick a direction and be blown away by the magnificence. There are two wineries within the community (but I found La Chiripada by far the best). Dixon is a 25 minute drive to Taos and close to Espanola and Santa Fe as well, so if you tire of the solitude and want to visit galleries, restaurants or people watch, it is not far out of reach. There's also several river rafting outfits nearby, and there's even a small brewing company with some tasty craft beers. The cost of staying at Bosque Garlic Farm is extremely inexpensive for how amazing it is. The tower that they built, mostly themselves, has lots of windows and is attractive and comfy. We slept in the bedroom downstairs, and the upstairs, living area, is cozy, too, with hardwoods and a futon sofa that would easily sleep 2, as well. There's a sweet, sweet deck that we spent many hours on, talking and star gazing, drinking our coffee in the mornings, and looking out on the beautiful flowers a

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                      • Perfect!

                        Perfect!

                        • Guest margeaux (santa fe)
                        • Date of stay 09/16/11
                        • Review Submitted 09/19/11
                        The Tower is a sweet spot on this planet -nestled in among the rows of lettuce and basil- overlooking the country road that saunters by the river. It has everything you need including generous touches from the Crawfords, like fresh eggs in the fridge (from the family chickens), and more. Writers, they're are sensitive to one's desire for quietude yet openly available for good conversation and laughs. The perfect place one dreams of going for regeneration, relaxation, insight and remembering (or learning) what it's like to live a rich life of simplicity.

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • One of the most wonderful places in the world!

                        One of the most wonderful places in the world!

                        • Guest Faye (Appalachian Mtns., NC)
                        • Date of stay 05/18/11
                        • Review Submitted 06/20/11
                        This beautiful little tower was our honeymoon spot in May 2011 and we loved every minute. Dixon is a great, quiet little town with all the basic groceries (not-so-basic groceries, and a drugstore, were only about 20 minutes away in Espanola or Taos), an art gallery, and a yummy restaurant called Zuly's about a two-minute drive from The Tower. Even more fun were the wineries we visited (La Chiripada was our favorite!). There is high-speed internet, so if you don't have a GPS, you can easily map out directions to wherever you want to go before you leave The Tower. We found that Santa Fe was about half an hour to 45 minutes away, and Taos was even closer but in the opposite direction. The house is clean and smooth and full of light and color - no oven, but we grilled everything we needed to and microwaved the leftovers. The owners are very nice - they gave us fresh produce and fresh eggs from their farm (they don't JUST grow garlic!) and had us up for tea one evening. They are an interesting, fascinating couple who are very easy to work with. We drove to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge one day, and went hiking in Taos Ski Valley the next. Scenery is amazing and the weather in May was perfect (70s, very low humidity). One of our favorite days was spent wandering around Taos, then hearing about a local ice creamery and going to Arroyo Seco (a little town right outside Taos) to find it. It was THE best ice cream we've ever tasted. We wished we had had longer to stay because we never did get to go fishing in the Embudo (which is beautiful right across the driveway from the Tower) or explore along the Rio Grande. You do have to drive through the Rio Grande Gorge to get to Dixon, which was always a breathtaking experience for us. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet vacation where they can plan each day as it comes, making it as adventurous or chill as they want. Two people was a good number for this rental, as the bed downstairs was a full and the futon upstairs only had one comfortable side. We would go back in a heartbeat - the location was perfect!

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 4/4

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                        • Guest LC
                        • Date of stay 09/10/08
                        • Review Submitted 09/10/08
                        This was the perfect retreat! I so enjoyed watching the different light of the day fall over your glorius garden and the dinners of squash, chard, onions, garlic, and basil....

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

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                        • Guest M. E.
                        • Date of stay 09/10/08
                        • Review Submitted 09/10/08
                        You have created a beautiful sanctuary and I feel so fortunate to have spent a few glorious days here....

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/2

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                        • Guest The P-W Family
                        • Date of stay 09/10/08
                        • Review Submitted 09/10/08
                        PERFECT!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                        • Guest Cari Frank (Denver, CO)
                        • Date of stay 06/10/08
                        • Review Submitted 06/10/08
                        If this was my first experience or northern New Mexico, I would never want to leave. Everything was perfect and felt so welcoming. The beauty of the farm, the Embudo River and the natural state of intstant relaxation one gets will stay with me for a long time! Thanks so much to Stan & Rose Mary who helped create such an amazing experience. Can't wait to come back!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

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                        • Guest THP
                        • Date of stay 04/25/08
                        • Review Submitted 04/25/08
                        You've created such a soothing, peaceful space with such life all around. What a blessing to wake up to the opportunity to forage for breakfast! I can't wait to come back.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

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                        • Guest JL
                        • Date of stay 11/01/07
                        • Review Submitted 11/01/07
                        Your farm and guesthouse are a treasure!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

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                        • Guest LM & ZM
                        • Date of stay 09/28/07
                        • Review Submitted 09/28/07
                        We savored our time here. The land, the river, the garden and animals all nurtured us in a good way. We return home full and content. Thank you.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                       
                      $95 a night for two persons, two night minimum; $85 a night for stays of three nights and beyond; add $15 a night for each extra guest; $500 a week, all plus tax.

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                      About the owner: Visitors wishing to learn more about Northern New Mexico can consult a rich library of books about the area, including my own nonfiction works, particularly A GARLIC TESTAMENT: SEASONS ON A SMALL NEW MEXICO FARM. --Stan Crawford


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                      Photos

                      • The Tower Guest House, Spinach, Garlic

                        The Tower Guest House, Spinach, Garlic

                      • Downstairs Bedroom

                        Downstairs Bedroom

                      • Upstairs Futon

                        Upstairs Futon

                      • Upstairs Dining Area and Deck

                        Upstairs Dining Area and Deck

                      • Bedroom and Entry

                        Bedroom and Entry

                      • East View of Guest House

                        East View of Guest House

                      • Village of Dixon in Distance to Upper Right

                        Village of Dixon in Distance to Upper Right

                      • Marigolds in Bloom

                        Marigolds in Bloom

                      • Upstairs Deck, Garlic Field

                        Upstairs Deck, Garlic Field

                      • Rio Embudo near Guest House

                        Rio Embudo near Guest House

                      • Guest House with Main Farm House in Background

                        Guest House with Main Farm House in Background

                      • Upstairs Kitchen Area

                        Upstairs Kitchen Area

                      • Crawford Garlic Farm

                        Crawford Garlic Farm

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                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 3

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