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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


Last updated: 02/25/2016

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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

One bedroom downstairs, futon upstairs, full bath.

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).
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    We have a large, friendly dog, Tesoro, who was not around children when young; he thinks small children are pups and may try to jump on them. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3

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


  • 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 phone service is generally good. There is a TV and DVD player, but no broadcast TV (or satellite) service....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

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

  • Rural:

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

  • Village:

    Dixon has a wonderful food coop with a deli for sandwiches and pizza; also a well-equiped library; and Zuly's Cafe for breafast and lunch Tues-Sat, and dinner Fri and Sat....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Besides the propane heater, there's an electric radiator for the bedroom....moreless

  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Outdoor parking in front of the guest house....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee mill and press....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Complete set for four...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Two-burner compact kitchen with sink and fridge....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster/toaster oven...moreless


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


from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$500 $1,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Pet Fee $20
  • Cleaning $40
  • Tax Rate 6.5%

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque International
50 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Fe (Railrunner Commuter); Lamy (Amtrak)
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rio Grande River

Car: Necessary

The Tower Guest House at Crawfords Garlic Farm is located in the Embudo Valley, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Range, a mile and a half from the center of the traditional Hispanic village of Dixon. Dixon is known for its arts and crafts, and is a good base from which to explore nearby rivers and canyons such as the Rio Grande Gorge. Taos is 25 miles to the north, Santa Fe 50 miles south; both are major cultural and artistic centers. The region is known for its Indian Pueblos and ruins, all within easy driving distance.


Owner info

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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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2016

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  • 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

VRBO #118083

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 20, 2017

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