The SpaceENTRANCE is via the north patio: ... after a climb of 2 flights of stairs, you gain access to a room surrounded by outside deck, looking out on ever more spacious views. At the top of the stairs is a cozy, carpeted room, with panoramic view through windows looking out all 4 directions, giving close-up view of nearby peaks directly east, and distant valley vistas to the north, south and west.
THE ROOM has a Western flavor, with a rustic railing, and wide-board windowsills. Three of these are "desks with a view", 2' wide and over 6' long, providing lots of space to spread out your papers and/or do computer work, both with a magnificent views of distant skies and mountains when you look up from your work.
AN IDEAL PLACE for a writer's retreat or spiritual retreat: "quiet, high in the sky and far from the world."
IN ONE CORNER is a new sink with full bath and adjoining shower. Wicker lounge chairs with cushions invite you to sit and "soak in the silence", causing your heart to smile with each breath.
PASSING THROUGH the sliding glass doors on the south side, you come out onto a a very sunny space where you are struck with a breathtaking view of the crags and peaks of 14,000 Mt Kit Carson, and 3 or 4 similar peaks of the Crestone Group. Adirondack deck chairs invite you to bask in the warm sun, lean back, and watch the continual swirling movement of the clouds coming up against the peaks, but you may become curious to walk around the corner to the West deck, where you see the whole width and breath of what is often called the largest high mountain valley in the world, the San Luis Valley, 120 miles long and 40-60 miles wide -- almost as big as Connecticut!
OUR PLACE IS Crestone's tallest house located in Crestone's highest neighborhood on the "shoulder" of 14,000 Mt Kit Carson. We have Crestone's highest and longest views available from the "Sky Room" on the top floor, Guest AccessMEALS:
Guests have the option to cook their own meals, go out to one of 3 restaurants in town, or share home cooked meals by Larry and Ed. Please give us at least 24 hour notice if you wish a meal to be prepared for you. Meals are "Cooked from fresh" and served family style in the main dining area with hosts. Occasionally, we invite special friends for a meal.
Vegetarian and/or gluten free meals available.
Breakfast ($8); dinner ($13)... advanced reservation required.
Kitchen in lower apartment is fully furnished with fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, range top electric burner, cookware, dishes, etc.
There are 2 sunny, scenic dining areas, one indoors and one outdoors.
Town of Crestone has two full service grocery stores in town offering a wide range of both conventional and organic foods, and three restaurants. The Sage is a full service restaurant, serving full meals, The Bliss Cafe has salad, sandwiches, pizza and beverages and Bob's Place is an informal Breakfast and Lunch place.
Rental of the Sky Room includes use of the 4th floor roof deck. The roof deck has spectacular views in all 4 directions of nearby peaks, and the vast valley below (about 120 miles wide!) This is the highest and longest view space available in Crestone, with 50-100 mile views. The roof deck is excellent for private sun bathing. There are 3 separate areas, sheltered from the wind and rain.
Are you a lover of "sky-watching"? At our place you can not just watch some of the most unusual sky-shows and cloud activities you'll ever see and you can be right up there in it!
Sit in the contoured deck chairs and lean back, or swing on the porch swing observing a constantly changing panorama of cloud formation and dissipation, with constantly shifting patterns of light and shadow, that will sooth your soul into a sense of the timeless peace of the universe spread out before you.
Just before the sun sets, the show begins. At an altitude of 8500', the constellations and the Milky Way shine with so much greater brilliance. If you are interested in seeing UFO's, this is the highest and widest view of the entire "mysterious valley" (San Luis Valley) available. Interaction with GuestsI believe in being accessible to my guests, and I am willing to share information about unique opportunities here-- visiting spiritual centers, hiking mountain trails, visiting the Sand Dunes and other attratictions here and in northern New Mexico. The NeighborhoodThis is the neighborhood closest to National Forest and Sangre de Cristo Wilderness which is within easy walking distance. Ideal for hikers, climbers and wilderness walkers. Trailheads for the famous Willow Lake Trail and South Crestone Lake Trail are just up the road. Trail information is available.
Our place of retreat is located in Crestone's highest neighborhood, with the widest, most extensive views. We are also located in Crestone's "wildest" neighborhoods, closest to the wilderness. You can hike out the front door on the road, or uphill into ever more wild and more rugged scenes and even into different eco-zones.
Our street, Pine Cone Way, ends a half mile up the road at the trailhead for the famous Willow Lake and South Crestone Lake trails. These trails lead up to the spectacular summits of the high 14,000 ft peaks of the Crestone Group, and are nationally known to mountain hikers and rock climbers as exceptionally beautiful. They are very challenging at higher levels.
Crestone itself is truly a unique and mostly undiscovered paradise, a "Gateway to the Higher Realms", both physically and spiritually! Most people never get the chance to experience such a place, mostly because they have no idea that such a place exists.
Crestone's unique climate will surprise you! During the best days of summer the climate is absolutely delightful-- just about the "freshest" weather you'll ever find anywhere.
You will enjoy:
- high altitude freshness (from surrounding mountains that are (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) feet,
- cool, refreshing nights (often in the 50's), with cool, fresh, sweet-smelling air gently flowing down from the pure high peaks just above.
- warm, bright days with plenty of sunshine (300+ days/year), that special, high intensity, high altitude sunlight (lots of extra UV rays, so be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and wide-brim hat) and
- a deeper blue-violet sky than you have see anywhere else.
On a typical summer day, after starting out in the 50's in the morning, the temperature can reach 90 degrees (or above in the sun) by 2:00 pm. Then between 2 and 3pm on many days we have a sudden inrush of cooler air, and a fresh, brief afternoon rain shower, with the temperature quickly dropping 15-20 degrees. The shower usually passes by as quickly as it came, and the dazzling sun beams down again; only this time everything is much cooler and fresher.
Crestone has lots of unusual weather phenomena! Crestone is one of the few places in the world where you can look out across a vast expanse of empty space, (especially from our roof deck), a space 100 miles wide or more and often see 3 or 4 separate thundershowers, miles apart, with vast expanses of clear blue sky in between. Some of these mini-storm systems look long and large, some quite small, most with streaks of lightning flashing forth intermittently, and veils of rain ("virga") trailing down. Often several of these are coming at you from different directions across the plains.
When they come rushing at you and "hit the deck" with a strong, sudden blast of wind and driving rain, it's nice to have a cozy room to duck right into with windows on all 4 sides, where you can continue to watch the show from the cozy comfort of an armchair, or read a book, have a snack, or take a nap, and wait for the sunset show to color up in the clouds to the West.
Guests have a magnificent view of lots of strange CLOUD phenomena, such as cloud masses directly overhead, moving in 2 or 3 opposing directions, with light and dark clouds often swirling and "battling" in a most highly energized manner, churning around, into, under and over each other, and then often dashing and swirling into the mountain crags just to the East.
There they often dissipate quickly, only to re-form just as quickly, often as tattered "flags" flying up between the peaks, or from the top of each peak.
Towards evening Guests are often startled to look up and see the very odd "lenticular" clouds with their huge, strangely rounded other-worldly shapes, looming and floating above the mountains, glowing in the afternoon light like strange spaceships indeed.
As sunset approaches, the sun often sends out very strong shafts and beams of light, spotlighting selected mountain foothills and vales in an almost-eerie, other-worldly, super high-intensity light, and often birthing rainbows (often double) which suddenly crown with color the luminous, pied, light-spattered beauty of this vast "miles-wide" panoramic color show.
It's a paradise for photographers, but you'll need to be quick, or be in the right place ahead of time, since the whole dazzling show often dies down to dimness in less than an hour, and the stars begin to glow in the dusky sky above, as lights begin to wink on, far down in the valley below.)
Different species of desert wildflowers keep coming into bloom each month. Some are quite spectacular, such as prickly pear cactus in June, and the spacious fields of yellow desert sunflowers and purple asters in August. Many of the very delicate, tiny high-altitude "sub-arctic" flowers such as columbine bloom all the way along the trails up to the tree line, and cover the arctic tundra above, especially in July. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation in Crestone. Once here, a car is essential. Either owner's personal car or a rental is advised. It is most economical to rent at the airport (Denver International or in Alamosa, San Luis Valley Airport) Other Things to NoteConsulting for Owner Built Affordable Housing:
Larry and Ed are both owner-builders completing alternative, low-cost homes in Crestone, using many different kinds of alternative techniques and materials.
If you are interested in building your own house, or in alternative housing design, we are glad to consult with you, especially if you are interested in:
-- active and passive solar systems
-- thermal mass design
-- alternative building materials (straw bale, ICF, conventional, recycle(URL HIDDEN)and low embedded energy materials, etc)
--buying affordable land in the Crestone area, and calculating costs for s
--various permits, fees, etc