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Luminarias, New Mexican cuisine, Hot Springs, winter hide-away

Carl and Gretchen Valdez

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Carl and Gretchen Valdez

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015
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Luminarias, New Mexican cuisine, Hot Springs, winter hide-away

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Medanales House Rental Photos and Description

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!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Carl and Gretchen Valdez (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

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 6 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 Medanales

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 (okay, so only two 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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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Luminarias, New Mexican cuisine, Hot Springs, winter hide-away
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews
Minneapolis Minnesota

What a pleasure!

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasure to find a place exactly as advertised that feels like a second home. The hosts have provided everything one needs to move in and enjoy the "winter hide-away" experience. The location is ideal for solitude and as a base for exploring the diverse scenic attractions of the area.

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can only say that we are thankful for the quality of our guests. True, we work at making our home a welcome place for others, but the cooperation of our guests is paramount. Thank you!
Fort Lauderdale

I love the house.

  • 5 of 5

Was a beautifull time, everything work good y recieve more than we espected, If take other vacation in this area i am sure we rent the same house, Tank you Carlos for all.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great place

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at this house. It was in a nice, quiet location with awesome views. I would definatly reccomend staying here. Owners were very nice as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Nice, quiet, and calming

  • 4 of 5

We were two couples (4 adults and 2 children) and stayed there for a weekend. It is a nice and quiet surrounding with a breathtakeking sunset view and hiking trails right at the back door. The reason I am giving it 4 stars is that the 2nd bedroom were way too small to be used by a couple. There is a futon bed there which is very tiny, even for one person. However there are 3 sofa-beds in living room instead. Also the hot water was really lukewarm . I think that might be an easily fixable problem. But the place is nicer than it looks in the picture and owners were very friendly. One note: if you have small kids and thinking of staying there, you would need to watch your kid when playing outside. There are little Cactuses all over with brutal sword like spikes. Also chances of wild animals. Having said that, I recommend the place.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gretchen and I appreciate the review. The gentleman responsible for the arrangement had 3-4 welcome conversations and emails with Gretchen and me prior to the rental. Those questions included the size of the second bedroom and bed (standard double futon) and its comfort due to his and his girlfriend's bad backs. I don't believe I indicated that there was a small corner computer desk with above shelving, which, no doubt, added to the impression of the room's smallness. It has a walk-in closet with more than adequate space for weekly travelers. However, I did indicate that my wife and I, both in our 70's, frequently use that bedroom, and were confident that the futon would be comfortable. Of course, size is in the eyes of the beholder. I'm sorry that Amir did not call us or our hostess who showed them the house about the luke-warm water. Our hostess usually switches the water heater dial from "vacation" prior to arrival of guests. She is very friendly and insists that she be called in the event of questions. We also have easy-to-read directions in our welcome book on the kitchen counter, because the water heater is easily accessible in one of the 2 hallway closets. We commend the 4 adults who brought their 2 children (7 and 9 years old, I believe) to experience the high desert. In the children's words in our guest book, "Me and my friend had so much fun in this AWESOME HOUSE! (their emphasis). We climbed the hill and we threw stones...did'nt (sic) see any snakes or spiders, but we did see coyote paw prints!" And yes, watch them and teach them about cacti and the wonderful array of birds and animals! We hope they return and are glad for all the positive experiences they had. Sincerely, Carl and Gretchen
Minneapolis Minnesota

The best get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place with a great view, located in an area with plenty of day-trip possibilities. Score 100% for La Lomita. The house is fully equipped for housekeeping, right down to a fine range of spices for those who want to cook for themselves. We enjoyed every aspect of our vacation in the mountains of New Mexico. We found the home and the area were exactly as described- wonderful!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are successful, because our guests are so kind and respectful. We built our home, first thinking that it would be our retirement home; however, the course of life (grandchildren) took us in a different direction. We are able to share what we love, because of the peaceful quality of people who walk through the door. Thanks!
Saint Louis, Missouri

Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I brought one of our sons and his new bride for a long weekend with the intention of sharing what we love about New Mexico. It couldn't have been more perfect. Carl & Gretchen have thoughtfully furnished their home to be a place of peace, comfort and beauty. The views were gorgeous, the access to Santa Fe and Taos excellent. The home was a place of peace. We were able to relax and refresh and left filled with some of the beautiful New Mexico sky in our hearts. Thank you! We hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Santa Fe, 45 mi; Albuquerque 100 mi
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Española 14 mi; Pojoaque 22 mi; Los Alamos 30 mi
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 285
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Socorro's 5 mi; Española 11 mi; Ojo Caliente 13 mi
Car: necessary

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 ski slopes of Taos and visit its unique shops and restaurants. Don't miss the spectacular Rio Grande gorge–perhaps from your hot air balloon! 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. All this plus skiing and golf are only 40 minutes from our home.


Rates & Availability

From $149 Per night

Medanales House Rental Rates

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Feb 9 2015 - Dec 31 2015
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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Medanales House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1533 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tiled bathroom w/sink, walk-in shower and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Artisanal New Mexico tile in Tub/shower area
  • Full bath has tiled tub/shower combo, toilet, and slate vanity top. 3/4 bath has tiled floor and walls, attractive laundry-sized sink, shower, toilet and laundry facilities.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size bed in master bedroom (Kokopelli). Queen futon in Great Room (Gecko). Double (full) futon in second bedroom/study (NM Sun). 2 love seats in great room convert to twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
La Lomita is heated by a clean-burning propane fireplace controlled by thermostat. An electric base board heater is in each bedroom. Of course, the floors and adobe walls via the south-facing Trombe window panels cooperate with the sun. In the summer, the adobe walls, with the help of ceiling fans and use of window blinds, allow the house to maintain comfortable temperature naturally. The well, which is more than 400 feet deep, provides clear, crisp water. Everything is on one floor, including the two bathrooms, one with a shower-tub combination and one with shower and laundry with a washer, dryer and utility sink. The portal (porch) is a favorite spot for lunch and watching the sun set.

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