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Old-World Charm: The Tower Guest House on Small Working Organic Garlic Farm

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

One bedroom downstairs, futon upstairs, full bath.

The Tower Guest House is located in the center of a small working (but quiet) garlic farm (plus onions and shallots), 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.

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 National Monument 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.

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Stanley Crawford
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, greek
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Stanley Crawford

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

Stanley Crawford purchased this cottage in 1971

Why Stanley Crawford chose Dixon

We bought this beautiful piece of empty land in 1971. It's down the most beautiful lane in Northern New Mexico, bordered the Rio Embudo on the south, and an irrigation ditch and BLM land on the north.

What makes this cottage unique

Wonder views of the Sangre de Cristo Range, closeness of the river, the quiet (the lane is dead end), sunny days, cool nights, good south facing exposure in the winter: we built both the guest house and our own house to take advantage of these features.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sep 2008
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Dixon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Gas Heating
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Futon upstairs.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The phone is for local (and Espanola and Los Alamos) service only, but guests can make long distance calls from the owner's house. Cell phone service is generally good. There is a TV and DVD player, but no broadcast TV (or satellite) service.


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Old-World Charm: The Tower Guest House on Small Working Organic Garlic Farm
average rating of 4.818182 based on 18 reviews
Colorado Springs, CO

It was peaceful and quiet. Casual conversations with the owner were a highlight.

  • 4 of 5

We were given a great deal of latitude and it was well located between Taos and Santa Fe, both of which we spent time in during our 3-day stay. We had an interesting hike in the Carson National Forest.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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A relaxing, restful retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Tower was everything and more. The rustic charm that goes with a working garlic and shallot farm encouraged a weekend of leisurely activities that included a walk along the Embudo Creek which runs along the front of the property and evenings spent watching the sunset from the balcony. The balcony extends out of the top floor and was the ideal for morning coffee and al fresco dining. The proprietor was most welcoming and as the author of a number of books and essays, joined us in the evening for interesting conversations. The Tower was well equipped, comfortable and proved to be an excellent choice for excursions to both Taos and Santa Fe.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place, great access to local attractions

  • 5 of 5

The tower is small but super homey and comfy. We stayed in January so it was chilly (about 17 degrees in the early morning), but the place heated up nicely during the day and the fan in the top level helped to distribute heat throughout. While Stan's house is close, he's a discrete host and gives you your privacy. It is somewhat of a tradition to have a coffee or glass of wine during your stay and he's got some great stories to tell. During our stay, Stan had two blue heelers, both of whom are good farm dogs but will allow you to give them a scratch behind the ears before they wander off to their important farm duties. In addition to farming garlic and other delicious veggies, Stan is an author of some repute and it's certainly worth it to check out his writings for a real feel of life in Northern NM. I recommend Mayordomo and Village.

For all its seclusion, the place is close to Hwy 75, which goes up to Penasco and on to Sipapu Ski resort - which features a homey and accessible lodge, great staff and good slopes for beginners as well as more challenging ones for the more experienced snowboarders and skiers.

We slept in the downstairs bedroom, which is small but cozy and quiet. There was ample hot water for both of us and a small washer/dryer combo to do a little laundry mid-trip. The upstairs has a kitchen area (European-style stove top and half-fridge & microwave) with pots, pans and utensils to use during your stay in addition to both a coffee press and coffee maker (as well as a grinder) so if you want to have a meal "at home," you have enough equipment to take care of yourself. The top level is accessible via a spiral staircase so if you have mobility issues this may prove difficult to navigate.

The place is an extremely short drive into Dixon proper (3-5 minutes), featuring a co-op that sells local produce and crafts as well as a small but decent selection of groceries. The library and community center often have events going on and if you are there during the summer/fall you can catch a small farmers market and other activities. The wineries (La Chiripada and Vivac) are open year round and you can do wine tasting at both. Both are run by life-long locals and both have enough variety in their offerings that it's worth it to check out both. Zuly's is a small restaurant run by locals, offering some great NM-style food and coffee - but not open year round.

Highly recommended and we'll definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay. We would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get away for awhile. Great spot away from the city! Mr. Crawford was very hospitable. Overall really great experience

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Very clean and cozy...

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Albuquerque International
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Santa Fe (Railrunner Commuter);y (Amtrak)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Rio Grande River
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Cleaning $40 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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