It's such a wonderful and quiet place to be where the stars at night seem to go on forever.
The experience of being in the village of Abiquiu is such a unique perspective of life. It's not like the polished, touristy side of New Mexico, this house is located in the same place that people settled 100 years ago and continue with their lives.
The home is just a short walk to Georgia O'Keeffe's home and a short drive to Ghost Ranch. The area brings many repeat visitors and warrants new exploration with each visit. Take a drive out into the Chama River canyon to hike, visit the Benedictine Monastery, enjoy the hot springs at Ojo Caliente or simply embrace the wonderful nature of Abiquiu and allow yourself to enjoy it all.
Discover a new world this Columbus Day weekend, October 11th, 12th and 13th, as more than sixty Abiquiú artists open their studios from 10:am to - 5:pm to friends, old and new, during one of the most beautiful times of the year in Northern New Mexico. The Abiquiú Studio Tour is a self-guided, driving tour that takes visitors and collectors through the village of Abiquiú and the surrounding Chama River Valley – a landscape of imposing mountains, spectacular rock formations, and the glorious rivers of the Piedra Lumbra basin.
Complimentary maps are available at all the studios and local businesses.
If you're looking for a unique experience, this is the house for you!
Please read a few of our personal reviews-
Casa El Artista is the ideal place to unplug and escape the concrete jungle. The home is well equipped with modern appliances and very comfortable accommodations. The decor and ambiance of the home are the the icing on the proverbial cake, with beautiful original artwork, hardwood floors, authentic wood burning stoves and a bathroom that puts a high end spa to shame. The view is absolutely breathtaking and the gorgeous courtyard is the perfect place for star gazing in the night sky.
My favorite childhood memories are of the many road trips I took with my family to Northern New Mexico, where we explored all of it's beauty, history and culture. It has always been my dream that I would be able to take my children there and create memories for them. In a world where you are constantly inundated with instant gratification vacations, I never thought it would be possible, logistically or financially. A friend referred me to Casa El Artista and with it's perfect location and more than reasonable rate, I was afforded the opportunity to take my children to my favorite places in the world.
For 5 days, Casa El Artista became mission command for day trips to Santa Fe, Chaca Canyon National Historical Park, Sandia Peak, Camel Rock and Santa Fe ski basin. Being able to cook in and pack lunches for day trips, I spent less money the entire trip, than I would have for 1 day at Disney World for a family of 4.
Burk was very easy to communicate with and very flexible when I asked for another day at the last minute, so that I could take the kids to Ft. Sumner and the Billy The Kid museum on our way back to Texas. We will definitely be back, as there is so much more to explore.
It was an honor to stay at Casa El Artista and for my family and I, it truly is a place where memories are made and dreams come true.
What a wonderful place!! We had such a pleasant time at Burk's home in Abiquiu. The house is even more spacious and lovely than the pictures had us expecting. We stayed 2 and a half weeks, and our only regret is that we could not stay longer. Brenda was very sweet and helpful during our stay, and loaded us up with a huge pile of firewood -- we made fires everyday in the potbelly stoves. It felt special to be able to stay right in the pueblo village, with a very nice sense of history and kind neighbors. A good portion of our time was spent in the house as an artist retreat of sorts, and we also had a great time adventuring around the Abiquiu area. We went to the Poshuouinge ruins, on hikes around Ghost Ranch and the Abiquiu Lake and Dam, Echo Amphitheater, Plaza Blanca, the Monastery, Ojo Caliente, and of course Bode's just down the street. This was the perfect place to stay in an absolutely beautiful area! The next time we are in northern New Mexico we want to stay at Casa El Artista again, and for longer!
Alex and Lili
Staying in the childhood home of Mr. Jackson in Abiquiu was magical. Driving up the packed clay road-past the last residence of Georgia O'Keefe- and through the pueblo Abiquiu was how the magic began. The casita was decorated in a very comforting fusion of Hispano, Anglo, and Genizaro elements which maintain the feeling that you are actually staying in a pueblo village. Also, the overall aesthetic of the casita is a wonderful combination of folk, antique and contemporary design elements. That being said, Mr. Jackson has equipped this casita with more than enough appliances to make your stay easy and comforting. This includes a phone and an internet connection, in that, a large portion of rural New Mexico is off the grid.
Further, Brenda, who manages the property, is a gem. She can direct you to anything from farm land in Barranco, how to make a fire in the gorgeous vintage wood stoves, and where to get local regional chiles. She is an amazing resource!
Also, the neighbor Dexter Trujillo is a very gracious, courteous, and helpful man. This is true about everyone we met around the pueblo.
This casita can be used for seclusion with one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. Also-because of its location-day trips to either Chama, the Taos pueblo, Espanola, and the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs were easy. Either way Bode's store at the bottom of the mesa where you turn into Abiquiu has everything you'll need. This includes organic foodstuffs as well. We got Tazo White Cumber Tea and Dr. Bronner's soap at Bode's general store!! Of course, we went to the Ghost Ranch, but we are foodies that are always looking for new exciting flavors. OMG. Like the Tewa-Spanish dialect of this region, the pueblo tribe’s cusine mixed with local hispano flavors is profoundly UNIQUE. We sampled food from Espanola to Chama through Ojo Caliente and El Rito. All within a day's exploration. Also, Brenda-and a dozen other people-clued us in to Romero's chiles in Espanola. With the chefly utensils provided in this casita we made our versions of the local fare. Eating while watching the indescribably beautiful New Mexican sunset. Totally magic!!!
Burk has a well appointed adobe tucked above the church in Abiquiu. Burk renovated the adobe, filled it with art and it is quite the getaway for people who like to really 'live' in a place.
We stayed for a week and wanted for nothing- my husband says, 'Every practical need and thensome was there, it was extremely liveable. Even the smallest issue was resolved immediately, despite Burk's being halfway across the country.'
Burk was very attentive to our needs and he checked in to make sure we were comfortable and well looked after. We were also checked on periodically when we ran into Burk's friendly housekeeper down at Bode's General Store- she had brought a load of wood for the stoves and even hand picked overnight logs for us and instructed us to put them on the fire before turning in for the night so we'd wake up warm and with coals left.
The entire casita has all one needs for comfortable living and the quiet pueblo makes it easy to unwind. The view of the Milky Way overhead is stunning, as is the Plaza Blanca- picturesque and full of technical scrambling and hiking. A nice soak in Burk's luxurious tub at the end of the day or a shower with a very groovy open air feel (awesome showerhead and hot water!) leaves you feeling spoiled rotten.
My web developer husband was able to telecommute for the entire week, which was impressive- the AirPort will allow us to come back more frequently without needing to take vacation time. We were very glad to be able to take time away with our dog, who relished exploring the pueblo and trekking through the Plaza.
I highly recommend Burk's house for people who aren't looking to be entertained or those who want to do destination dining. Stay the week- it is well worth it.