The SpaceI'm happy to report that at the end of October 2016, I updated and added a great, new sectional couch and other new furniture, lighting and floor coverings to make the Long House even more comfortable and inviting! Check out the photos to see the new sectional couch and comfy chair in the living room, and all new photos of the rest of the house.
Time spent at the Long House is the kind of quality time that we so rarely get elsewhere. The thick, adobe walls help to keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The front porch is a great place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and to greet the neighbors on their morning walk. The back porch is my favorite spot as the house is perched above the acequia and the lower fields that run to the river. The expansive view of the Dixon valley and the hills beyond is an inspiration. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are always a treat on the back patio table. The beauty of being in Dixon is that time moves more slowly. A walk up to the Co-op for some food or down to La Chiripada Winery to get a bottle of wine for dinner is enough to break up a perfect day spent enjoying time being at home. Don't be surprised when the neighbor's Pug, Romeo, comes by to say hello!
Named after its construction, the Long House was built by adding one room at a time from east to west in the 1700s. As the original family expanded and grew, another room was added next to the last room built. Room to room access used to be through doors that opened to the outside, as there were no doors between rooms until much later. You’ll find that each room still has a door that opens to the exterior (except the bathroom), although the yoga room’s old exterior door now opens into the sunroom, which I added in the 1990s.
Unique and lovingly renovated, the Long House encompasses 1800 square feet of living space and boasts traditional vigas with split cedar and rough cut, plank ceilings, 2.5’ thick adobe walls with traditional mud plaster on the exterior, and diamond point plaster on the interior walls. The secluded back porch area offers a wonderful setting for meals and a gorgeous view of the Dixon valley and Rio Embudo, while the front porch offers a wonderful view of the sunsets. As someone who loves to cook, the full kitchen has everything you'll need, including a new natural gas stove with oven, coffee grinder and maker, toaster oven, blender, frig/freezer and all the cooking utensils and pans you’ll need to enjoy a home cooked meal. The master bedroom has a king size, Sleep Number bed, with a new, gel foam mattress topper, a wood stove to take off the chill, and private access to the back porch. The second bedroom has a queen size bed, private access to the front porch, and connects directly to the yoga/meditation room (with yoga mats included) and the sunroom added onto the front side of the yoga room. The entire house is heated with radiant and baseboard heat, and each room has its own thermostat (except for the sunroom). The bathroom features a clawfoot bath tub for long, slow baths and modified for showers too. Guest AccessGuests will have access to the entire Long House which includes; the master and second bedrooms, living/dining room, kitchen, bathroom, yoga/meditation room, sunroom, and the front and back porches. Interaction with GuestsCaretaker, Amanda, who is a licensed EMT, resides in the private residence behind the Long House and is available for assistance as needed. The NeighborhoodEarly November each year, the Dixon Studio Tour features the renowned, local Embudo valley artists and their work. Visit their studios, talk to the artists and see their work from the past year. It's an exceptional opportunity to go places in the area that are only available during this weekend, and to purchase art directly from the artists. November in Dixon is not to be missed! The website has the listing of the artists and a map to their studios and a preview of what you'll find. Use your favorite search engine to check out the Dixon Studio Tour (for some unknown reason, airbnb won't let me show you the website address)
According to my neighbor down the lane who teaches archeology at Barnard College and spends his summers in Dixon, the Dixon Plaza was the prior location of the Picuris Pueblo. Old pottery shards can be found on the lanes and pathways as you walk. Getting AroundYou will need a car. Other Things to NoteWhile Dixon is an 1:50 hrs from ABQ, 60 minutes from Santa Fe, and about 30 minutes to Espanola and Taos, Dixon is a great place to explore and enjoy northern New Mexico.
If you're arriving from the south, Trader Joe's is a great place to stock up on your way to Dixon. And if by chance you're coming from the north, I'd recommend Cid's and Smiths for food and essentials.
In Dixon, the Coop is located just up the main road, about a five-minute walk from the house. They have all of the basics, and a new deli counter. The library next door has free wifi, classes, and guest speakers. I have a library card for the Long House so guests can check out books and movies.
Farther up the road past the library is my favorite winery, La Chiripada with an awesome selection of local wines. My favorite restaurant is Sugar Nymphs in Penasco, just about a 20 minute ride east on Hwy 75. For something quick and local, Zuly’s Café is just past the library on the left on Hwy 75. If you’re in the mood to try some delicious, local made beer, head over to Blue Heron Brewery on Hwy 68 in Rinconada, just five minutes from the Long House. Feel free to use the Blue Heron Brewery growlers in the kitchen cabinet and bring home some good beer for later. Another local winery is the Vivac Winery and tasting room that you passed on the Dixon turn off. The entrance to Vivac is from Hwy 68.
If you’re looking to cool off, be sure to head up Hwy 68 past Rinconada to find the Rio Grande. Farther north is Pilar, where you can turn off the highway and settle down by the river in the Orilla Verde Recreation area. There are picnic tables and places to park near the river. It is managed by the BLM and there is a small, self service fee for day use. If you're in the area for skiing, the Long House will put you put you in close proximity to most ski areas. Sipapu is only 34 minutes away. Taos Ski Valley and Pajarito are about an hour. Angel Fire is an hour and ten minutes, and Ski Santa Fe and Red River and the Enchanted Forest are all an hour and twenty minutes away.