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Carl and Gretchen Valdez

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

Big Sky, New Mexican Cuisine, Hot Springs, Winter Hide-Away

30 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

New Mexico 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!

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Suitability:
  • 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
Speaks: english, spanish

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 New Mexico

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.

Reviews

4.9
based on 30 traveler reviews

Big Sky, New Mexican Cuisine, Hot Springs, Winter Hide-Away
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews
5

Beautiful Adobe Home, great views!

  • 5 of 5

Las Luminarias/La Lomita is a beautiful custom built adobe home, nestled up against Black Mesa and looking west toward the Chama Valley and the Hamus mountains. Sunsets are classic/spectacular, either from the comfort of the front porch or at various natural perches as high up the Mesa as you care to climb. The house is passively heated and cooled, and although the nighttime temp in March was below 30, we were snug and comfortable inside without any need for additional heat beyond what radiated from the walls and floor. That is the way to design a house!

Beautifully furnished, with a complete kitchen, you can cook wonderful meals or run over to Espanola, Taos, or Santa Fe for your green chili or stacked enchilada fix. We did both!

Thanks Carl and Gretchen for sharing your beautiful property, and Jan for welcoming us and showing us around! Your place is a gem and we'll certainly look you up the next time we're down that a way!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

More than pleased to recommend this great location and terrific house.

  • 5 of 5

This was the best HomeAway home of the several we have rented from the East coast to New Mexico. Well furnished, ideally located and so comfortable. We came from Wyoming, Colorado and Arkansas. A long ride and well worth it!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great, peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, sweet, and cozy home. If you like getting away from the rat race and enjoy beautiful, natural surroundings you will love this place. The house is so nicely thought out and organized I didn't need a thing other than groceries. Great for cooking with a nice big kitchen and open living area. Lots of windows and natural light. Close to excellent hiking, gorgeous scenery, Ojo Caliente mineral springs and less than an hour from Santa Fe if you need to venture back into civilization. Before arrival the owners sent plenty of helpful information -- where to shop, eat, attractions and such. Wished I had a few more days there, I was so comfortable and so much more hiking to do!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Mesa Magic

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do justice to the wonderful open living area and home decor. Very quiet and relaxing in the evenings with beautiful porch views (even better if you climb the Mesa behind the house.) Ojo is close enough to visit as are other sights. The kitchen was by far the best stocked with everything need to turn your provisions into great meals. The grill was a tad small but did the job. Great use of space in the second bathroom. Worth a second visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO
5

Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this beautiful home exceeded our expectations. This lovely adobe home is in a beautiful location. Carl, the owner, made sure that all our needs were met. I am sure we will be back again.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Minneapolis Minnesota
5

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!
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Map

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.

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Amenities

New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1533 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
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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