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Authentic New Mexico Adobe Casita in wine country/hot air balloon mecca

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio casita close to everything you want to experience in New Mexico

Location: Bernalillo, NM USA ( 10 minutes form Albuquerque, 40 minutes from Santa Fe. View Map

Accommodations: studio casita, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2 adults. Room for a crib or playpen)

Vineyard Way Casita is a restored adobe with approximately 400 sq ft of indoor living space. It is located in the Historic Downtown area of Bernalillo. It is reported to have been built in the 1880's by the infamous builder Abenicio Salazar and was the first doctor's office in town. We're walking distance to restaurants, unique shops/art galleries/ grocery stores, the Rail Runner & shuttles to two casinos. Casita is a day's drive to many scenic byways including Santa Fe, Taos, Corrales, Jemez, the Sandia Mountains including the world famous tramway; fishing, golf, hiking, biking, the Albuquerque Zoo & Botanical Park, vineyards, breweries, the world renowned balloon park & so much more! Cozy & convenient is how former guests have described the casita.

The casita is very cozy, quaint, functional and quiet. Due to the thick adobe walls, it stays cool in the summer & warm in the winter.

Our comfortable and convenient casita has all new appliances, a heater/refrigerated air combo, hard wood floors, tiled floors in both kitchen and bathroom. It has on demand hot water, a 4 burner electric stove/oven and full refrigerator.

The casita is located just off Main Street, also known as Route 66, Highway 85 and State Road 313. It is quiet, safe and within walking distance to shops, restaurants, parks, the recreation center & the Rail Runner. The Rail Runner will take you to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the International Airport, Los Lunas & Belen; not to mention the numerous Indian Casinos along the way! Vineyard Way Casita's prime location offers day trips to the Sandia Mountains, seven Indian Pueblos, historic sites and Scenic ByWays, which can take you to Jemez Pueblo & Jemez Springs or Taos and back within a day!

The world famous Range Cafe, is across the street as is Silva's Saloon that has been in continuous operation since the 1930's. Several movies have been shot in its location adding to its allure, history and colorful past! Camino Real Antiques, located just down Main Street, offers 6000 sq ft of treasures, including Native American artifacts and Western memorabilia.

This is the PERFECT place to stay to enjoy Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo in August, the New Mexico Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend and to experinece the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held in October! The seasonal beauty of New Mexico as well as the stunning backdrop of the Sandia Mountains await you in this cozy adobe casita, offering you an authentic taste of the Land of Enchantment.

More Details

Fawn Dolan
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 4, 2018

About Fawn Dolan

I am a Native New Mexican of American Indian & Hispanic descent & I'm part Irish, thus the surname! New Mexico has been my playground for 60+ years. There is still much to discover, so planning a trip to New Mexico for a week or two cannot do justice to all it offers but to be here, for any length of time, is a must! Bernalillo is a rural community that is now surrounded by the metropolitan areas of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Bernalillo still has a small town feel to it even though it has grown expotentiallay since we bought the property in 1996. I am personally, professionally & economically vested in the area and love showing & sharing my playground with people who want to experience the Land of Enchantment and its treasures. Antiquing is my hobby. My antique store, Camino Real Antiques, is celebrating its 20th year in business this August & is in walking distance from the casita! I also love fishing, biking, golfing, bowling, dancing and bike riding. All of these activities are available year round in our fair town, city, state.

I have travelled around the world and am always eager to come home to the four seasons, the granduer of the Sandia Mountains, the smell of green chile roasting, the site of hot air balloons and to the simple pleasures of a slower pace. I look forward to sharing my love of New Mexico with you & yours.

Fawn Dolan purchased this studio in 1997

Why Fawn Dolan chose Bernalillo

This property has been in Bernalillo since the 1800's and reflects the simple lifestyle of early residents. We purchased the property in 1996. The previous owners have a long history in Bernaillo and have left a positive mark in the town. Once a doctor's office, then a storage shed, then a beauty shop, it was remodeled in October 2012. Its transformation into a casita is the best use of this space yet. It is welcoming, practical, inviting and affordable. The casita is quiet, safe and while centrally located, you are still set apart from the hubbub of city life. You'll be the envy of all your friends when you book your stay here!

What makes this studio unique

As you walk in the front door, its charm welcomes you. Friends & family who have entered the premises sigh a breath of relief just to be in its cool, calm confines. Drop your bags, lay on the bed & kick your feet up. There are NO distractions from relaxing! Walk downtown to shops & restaurants, hop on the Rail Runner, or jump in your car and head north, south, east or west on the interstate or on any number of scenic byways! You are on your way to exploring Sandoval County & more.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation studio rental in Bernalillo

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The bathroom has a large newly remodeled tile shower with sink and commode. On demand water allows for nice, hot showers and low flow toilet helps preserve our most precious resource in the high desert, water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • This is a studio home so the living area, bedroom and dining table share the same space. It is one open room so even with 4 peope in the space it feels roomy. The kitchen and the bathroom are two separate spaces accessible through an archway.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Authentic New Mexico Adobe Casita in wine country/hot air balloon mecca
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Great time!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your quick response! So glad you enjoyed the casita & your time in Bernalillo. We hope to see you in the future. Fawn
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Cute little Casita

  • 4 of 5

Cute little Casita located right downtown. We enjoyed our stay. The owner was nice to leave us a welcome goodie basket which we enjoyed very much. This was our first time to do VRBO, but it won’t be our last.

  • Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect size for two people. The kitchen was well stocked and the bathroom surpassed our expectations. We loved the fact that highway 25 was easily accessible from this location. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ted, thank you for your kind remarks regarding your stay at the casita. I'm glad that you found it to be centrally located, easily accessible and that it surpassed your expectations! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, Fawn
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Cozy Casita

  • 5 of 5

We were in Bernalillo to attend a wedding and were able to have a long weekend for it. We stayed in this charming casita, and were so happy to have found such a clean, cozy, and quiet place to stay. It was so quaint and comfortable. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed to prepare a meal should we want to and the bathroom and shower was nicely tiled and stocked. We walked to the Range Cafe for a delicious, southwest breakfast every morning. Our trip was filled with social engagements related to the wedding and we, regretfully, did not have the time to see more of the shops and activities within the local vicinity. We are definitely going to return for a leisurely stay without time restraints and responsibilities. The owner, Fawn, assured us she was available for anything we needed and was so hospitable and gracious. I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: 27-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your timely review. I am elated that you enjoyed the casita and its amenities. I look forward to your return visit when you can explore the area without time restraints & other obligations. Each season in New Mexico has something unique to offer. Welcome back whenever you get the opportunity! Fawn
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Nice, clean, cozy casita

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in Bernalillo in this casita during the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. It was a perfect location if you like a quiet place out of the hustle & bustle of a larger city. The shower was wonderful...nicely tiled. The kitchen was also nice & functional, with a microwave, toaster oven & regular range. There was a great restaurant close by called The Range, with wonderful breakfasts. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: 13-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, thank you so much for your timely review & for letting others know how convenient & quiet the casita is. You did A LOT in terms of exploring the surrounding area. The casita is centrally located to many sites & day trips & I'm glad you were able to get a glimpse of what the "Land of Enchantment" has to offer! Hope to see you again whenever you venture back to New Mexico. Fawn
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A cozy home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My second stay at the casita was just as lovely as the first. This clean and inviting casita is fully equipped with everything I needed to be comfortable and feel like home. It is near all conveniences in this wonderful little town, especially the Rail Runner just a few minutes and steps away that got me from Albuquerque all the way to Santa Fe. The beautiful scenery and friendly people make this a fun and relaxing location. Fawn the owner is also available and ready to help with anything I needed. I hope to return. Thanks, Fawn.

  • Submitted: 29-Sep-2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Lizz & for being such an awesome guest! I am elated that the second time around was just as special as the first! Hope to see you again in 2016. As the saying goes in New Mexico, "mi casa es su casa!" (My house is your house.) Happy holidays and best to you in the new year. Fawn
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Albuquerque International
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Silva's Saloon
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Twin Warriors
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Range Cafe
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Sandia Ski Arera
Car: not necessary

Every day, every month, every season offers visitors a smorgasboard of activities, places to go and things to do, from the mountains to the river.

Ski areas, high desert golfing, biking, hiking, fishing, history and historical sites, Native American culture, museums, shopping, wine tasting, food, festivals, powwows, state fairs, hot air ballooning!

Truly A to Z activites within a days drive.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation studio rental in Bernalillo

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$6.66
Damage Deposit C$133.17

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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