About the property
- House1533 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
2 Private Bedrooms + convertible beds sleep 6; 2 Baths
La Lomita is located in the area where La Familia Valdez has a 300 year history. La Lomita was conceived, designed and built with hospitality and spirituality in mind. It is a place of healing and rest, of relaxing and dreaming, of renewal. It holds mystery in the howling coyotes, the whispering junipers, the shifting arroyos, and the colorful wildlife. Bienvenidos! Nuestra casa es su casa.
Read our wonderful reviews and let our many guests describe the La Lomita experience. (See review section)
Nestled into the Black Mesa, La Lomita is the hub surrounded by Abiquiu to the northwest, Ojo Caliente and Taos to the north, Chimayo to the east, and Española and Santa Fe to the south, all with local art and food just 10 to 55 minutes away. It is 12 miles from the relaxing mineral springs and spa at Ojo Caliente, and 30 minutes from Los Alamos and Bandalier National Monument.
The spectacular Santa Fe Opera is 30 minutes away, as is its neighbor, the Santa Fe Flea Market with treasures made by 'artesanos' from Mexico, Guatemala and other native areas (open in Spring and Summer).
On the way to Taos, via the High Road through Truchas or the route along the Rio Grande through Velarde with the Black Mesa Winery, you will find beautiful scenery and native Hispano-made tin work, retablos, santos, and weaving from traditions begun hundreds of years ago.
River rafting in the Rio Grande or floating over the river gorge in a hot air balloon, are adventures waiting for all ages, as are the ski trails and golf courses, all in close proximity to La Lomita.
Stay at home and climb the Black Mesa, part of our 9 acre 'back yard', and if you reach the top (about 45 minutes of spectacular climbing), wander across the top of the Mesa and see the Rio Grande flowing below. Or grab your easel and paints, camera or writing pad, and capture the breath-taking, mountain scenes all around you. Need to relax? Try tai-ch, yoga or gentle walking around our juniper, piñon and desert-flowered landscape, and let the many visiting songbirds lull you into a peaceful siesta.
Keywords: On 9 acres, solar adobe home with covered portal (porch) facing the Jemez mountains, designed with quiet and the spiritual in mind. The terrain, including the mesa high above the house, suggests privacy. ¡Se habla español!
Carl and Gretchen Valdez
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Carl and Gretchen Valdez
Carl Valdez is a native of the Finger Lakes area of New York State and Gretchen is a native of Minneapolis, MN where they live and have raised 8 daughters, 8 grandchildren and a great-grand daughter. Carl is a veteran of the US Air Force of the Viet Nam era. Both are retired teachers, but Carl works full-time as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Su ministerio es primeramente con los de habla hispana. Carl is named after his paternal grandfather, Carlos Borromeo Valdez. His father's ancestors originally settled in Abiquiu, NM in the early 1800's, then in Los Valdeses, Colorado (now Seven Mile Plaza) between Del Norte and Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley. The church there, San Francisco de Asís, was founded by Juan Pio Valdez, Carl's great (5 times)-grandfather who was raised in Abiquiu. The land on which the church sits is called La Loma (the Hill) near the Rio Grande; thus the name for our home, La Lomita. Our home is situated 100 miles south, also very near the Rio Grande. Some of his aunts, uncles and cousins eventually moved back to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and it is primarily in Monte Vista and this area that he and Gretchen began regular visits more than 30 years ago.
Carl and Gretchen Valdez purchased this House in 1999
Why Carl and Gretchen Valdez chose Ojo Caliente
In addition to the above family reasons, we became enchanted with the beauty of northern New Mexico, hearing the language of Carl's father, the music, the restaurants with authentic northern New Mexican food, and even watching the hummingbirds.
What makes this House unique
We love the excitement of watching our grandchildren start 'the climb' to the top of the mesa (five have made it with a lot of help from grandpa) or climb on the surrounding rock structures, watch hummingbirds dive and look forward every day to a new adventure - just minutes away. We are delighted that there is something to do year around. In some months, it's possible to ski in the morning (Taos) and golf in the afternoon (Albuquerque). We are also pleased to have a modest collection of reading material including New Mexico history and New Mexican authors, mysteries, nature, and spiritual topics. A number of visitors have commented that they have enjoyed reading on the portal (porch) without interruption (other than hummingbirds), and others have enjoyed adding to our growing collection.
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A great getaway for us. We had no troubles finding our way there, even late at night. The house was lovely, well-stocked for cooking, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the place and family. I think our favorite part was that front porch, watching the sunrise over the hills and sunset behind them with a cup of coffee in hand. Thank you!
We are happy you share what we enjoy as well. Our original goal was to build something that fit with both the terrain and cultural and spiritual atmosphere of northern NM. Honestly, we are happy to know you mention even a small and important detail. Gretchen and I hope you return.
A place for quiet respite
A sister, my brother, his wife and I enjoyed La Lomita, with lovely views of the Black Mesa. We found the kitchen well furnished and all but the futon in the family room/sunroom very comfortable for rest after days spent in Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and at The Ghost Ranch. The futon is probably great for children or younger people, but for us over-70s it wasn't a good option for sleeping or sitting. Part of the charm of La Lomita is its quiet retreat quality. And since several in our group arrived with sinus infections/colds, it provided a fine respite.
A home away from home
Its always a treat to stay at La Lomita. It’s cozy, beautiful, a great place to cook and share meals. Thank you again!
Great hospitality , instructions very clear, house and or operty were clean, ample room
The kitchen is well supplied, very comfortable and beautiful southwestern home design, setting is quiet and beautiful, bedrooms comfy. No problems with internet. Plenty of places to visit for day trips.
Excellent location at this clean and comfy house
Our stay was thoroughly enjoyable. The house is clean, comfortable, well-equipped, quiet, and centrally located for our stay. Bed was very comfy and all the linens and dishes were very clean. The location is open, quiet and peaceful. We visited Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and the Valles Caldera and all were an easy drive from this location. Carl and family were so helpful and accommodating and the onsite property manager, Jan, could not have been more helpful and friendly. This is one of the best of the two dozen VRBO Rentals we have stayed in and we highly recommend it.
We are so pleased that the Haynes enjoyed both the house and location in order to move around in this beautiful part of northern New Mexico. They were an added bonus for us with their good-humored responses to the shower breaking down and the stove that, for a moment, didn’t kick in. Both were easy fixes (Bob hooked up the replacement shower despite our manager’s insistence that she would take care of it). They also assisted our daughter one evening in the neighboring casita. The Haynes were more like neighbors than house guests. My only regret is that I met them only by phone, rather than in person. They will always be welcome.
The Solitude of the High Desert!
I stayed at La Lomita on the last weekend of October 2017. It is the perfect restful place to stay and was very comfortable and well appointed with everything I needed! All of my needs were taken care of. It is a good place to retreat from the craziness and activity of the world. It is a place of silence. There is no noise! I know that I will return to this home again because it was such a place of solitude and silence and spirituality! Due to its location , getting a Wifi signal is problematic and if you can handle this and know this, you will be able to detach from the rush of media and enjoy your stay in quietness! Highly recommended! Carl and Gretchen and Jan are very responsive, flexible, kind and caring and helped to make my stay enjoyable and refreshing!
Cece named our priorities as we were designing the house - solitude and spirituality. Nature takes care of the rest. Of course, we have wonderful guests! Thank you, Cece for choosing La Lomita. We look forward to your return.
Start your day on the portal of our solar adobe home by watching the sun creep slowly over the surrounding Black Mesa. Choose a different adventure and a different direction each day: Enjoy the wide variety of restaurants in Ojo Caliente, Española, Abiquiu and vicinity, each with its own flavor of hospitality and culture. Rejuvenate in the centuries-old mineral springs resort of Ojo Caliente, 15 minutes north of La Lomita. Follow the Rio Grande 1 hour northeast to the Taos and visit its unique shops and restaurants, including the richness of the Taos Pueblo. 20 miles beyond is the Taos Ski Valley. Don't miss the spectacular Rio Grande gorge–perhaps from your hot air balloon! To the southeast, explore the nearby Puye Cliff Dwellings and the Bandelier Monument to learn about ancient history of the area, or the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos to learn about the WWII atom bomb development and current efforts in safe nuclear energy. One day isn't enough to spend in beautiful, historic Santa Fe, the highest capitol in the United States. Visit museums, 300 year-old churches, the town square with native artisans selling their wares and, of course, Santa Fe's wonderful restaurants. 6 snow skiing areas are 36 to 94 miles away. The 8 golf courses are 15 to 40 miles away.