2 Private Bedrooms + convertible beds sleep 6; 2 Baths
Carl and Gretchen Valdez
- 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 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.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
No ands, ifs, or butts, thank you.
Minimum age of primary renter:10
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great property! Beautiful views! Clean home and friendly owners! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting northern New Mexico!
Aric and his family were wonderful guests, very friendly and respectful. The family with two young children left the house looking like only one person was here! Please come again.
Feeding the Soul
This property is more than adequate in everyway....bed was very comfortable , kitchen great to cook in , porch with view of northern new mexico landscape extraordinary, all design of house life giving. ,lovely quiet stillness. Thank you for offering this special haven.
Barbara, thank you for staying with us. As a guest, you and yours were wonderful. Because our plan to have this as a retirement home needed to change, we are happy to know that others (including ourselves) can experience all that our La Lomita has to offer. We hope you keep us in mind for your future travel plans. Carl and Gretchen Valdez
I loved every moment in this lovely peaceful house. The setting could not have been better. The house has everything one could need. I hope I can stay here again one day.
Peaceful desert getaway
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Valdez’ home. Had everything we needed plus the added pleasure of watching hummingbirds come and go. It’s very convenient to Española. Carl and Gretchen’s directions and restaurant, etc. were spot-on.
Sheila, thank you for your evaluation. We are always appreciative of our guests taking time to do so. We love hosting, and, in fact, need to because by your using our home for whatever time you do, you are taking care of it in our absence. The neighbors love it, because the house is not vacant, and they know we have dependable guests. Be safe in all your travels, and please consider returning. Sincerely, Carl and Gretchen
Well-stocked, clean home in peaceful location, but a bit too warm for August
The house was extremely clean and very organized. It was better-stocked than any other VRBO property I have rented. There were ample towels and bedding, as well as pantry basics. The kitchen had every appliance and pot or pan we could think of (although no pitcher for water). The area surrounding the house was very peaceful. Its remoteness allowed for wonderful star-gazing on clear nights.
Although the house has thick walls and we followed recommended procedures to shut the windows and blinds during the day and open them in the evening, the house was uncomfortably hot a few days. Without air conditioning, we felt that we had to leave the house everyday in the morning and come back only after dinner time. Although there were hiking opportunities just outside the door, because of the inability to cool down after a hike, we weren't inclined to take advantage of the neighbourhood.
Robyn, thank you for your review. All was quite fair. Weather has been a bit more unpredictable, so therefore, we need to respond to that. This summer has had its unusually hot days, so we will look into the possibilities for making the house more comfortable in the future. Thank you for your visit. Carl and Gretchen Valdez
Beautiful, clean, peaceful
We had a lovely time visiting with friends here! The home and the property are beautiful. The porch is the perfect place to sit, relax and take in the picturesque landscape. The weather wasn’t great while we were there but it didn’t ruin our stay. We really enjoyed spending time on the porch watching the storms roll in over the mountains. We will definitely be back!
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.