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).
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
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.