Tucked behind the Dixon Plaza, and situated directly above the Acequia de la Plaza, the Long House is one of the true gems in Dixon. Built in the 1700s and lovingly renovated in the 1990s, the Long House offers a unique and historic experience in the heart of Dixon. Centrally located off the Dixon Plaza, you'll be a five minute walk to the Coop, library, post office, and Zuly's Cafe. It's a great place to relax and enjoy Dixon and as a home base to venture and explore northern NM.
Recently, I replaced the kitchen countertop with granite and an undermount sink and new pulldown faucet, added a great, new sectional couch with lots of pillows and other new furniture, more lighting and floor coverings, and a new refrigerator to make the Long House even more comfortable and inviting! Check out the photos to see the new countertop, 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. A microwave you will not find, though.
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.
If you need to do laundry, the washer/dryer are located in the Addition, where my caretaker Amanda lives. Just talk to Amanda and she'll give you access to the laundry.
Přístup pro hosty
Guests 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. Amanda lives in the adjacent Addition and will also sometimes use the back patio access to her residence.
Vztahy s hosty
Caretaker, Amanda, who is a licensed EMT, resides in the private residence which is directly adjacent to the Long House by the back patio and is available for assistance as needed.
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While 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 can be 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.
Treat the Long House, its contents, the caretaker and the neighbors with respect and kindness, as if this were your home away from home.
1. Wash your dishes
2. No smoking inside the Long House
3. No fires in the kiva fireplace in the sitting room
4. No candles
5. Please review the wood stove instructions and ask Amanda for assistance if you are unfamiliar with how to use a wood stove.
6. Friendly and well behaved dogs are welcome. Unfriendly and aggressive dogs are not. Dogs are not permitted to run free outside of the house. Your dog(s) must be under your control at all times. You must clean up after your dog or pay an additional cleaning fee. Dogs are not permitted on the furniture. As there is no additional fee for your animal, you must use the provided Dyson Animal vacuum in the house prior to your departure.
Having taken the road less traveled, I’ve been lucky to travel to many parts of the world. I enjoy learning about new places, people and culture, and I believe there’s nothing better than experiencing that first hand. Having lived and traveled through most of Europe, parts of Canada, Mexico, and Ecuador, and nearly all of the fifty states, I have a great appreciation for traveling, meeting new people and finding great, new places.
I lived in northern New Mexico for ten years before re-locating to New Hampshire, where I currently reside with my wife and daughter. We’re frequent visitors to the Long House and are happy to be able to offer our home for your stay in New Mexico. We think it’s one of the most special places in the world, and we hope you do too!