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Staycation rental properties have become popular over the last couple of years thanks to websites like Airbnb and Vrbo. The result is a seemingly endless selection of beautiful places to stay (big or small) across the country. The best part is that you don’t always have to stay in a traditional house. There are many unique places from which to choose, like tiny homes, dome houses, canvas tents, and even yurts! Southern New Mexico is no exception, with many interesting and unconventional places to stay.


First up are dome homes. These three rentable dome houses are perfect for families, couples, or a group of friends. The best parts about them are the 360-degree views and the one-of-a-kind circular layouts.

Geodesic Dome | Mimbres

Accommodates 8 guests
2 bedrooms | 4 beds | 2 bathrooms
Wi-Fi access and pet friendly
Averages $152/night

This dome home is located just over the mountain from Silver City in the Mimbres Valley near Lake Roberts and the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Boasting breathtaking views of the valley and the Black Range, if you are looking for a private and secluded place to relax and enjoy nature, this is your pick since it sits on three quiet acres. Guests have access to the whole home including the office space, laundry, and fully stocked gourmet kitchen. In addition to the two bedrooms, there is a living room with a pullout sofa sleeper and a loft with a futon. This is the perfect place to retreat from society with family or friends.

The Domes Nature Retreat | High Rolls

Accommodates up to 15 guests
6 bedrooms | 13 beds | 3 bathrooms
Wi-Fi access and pet friendly ($25/pet)
Base rate $150/night for two people
Each additional guest $40/person/night

The Domes aren’t just a cool place to stay . . . they’re a destination. If you’re looking for a “one of a kind” place to disconnect from the busy world, you just found it! This unique home is made up of three geodesic domes joined together. Your hosts, Douglas and Lily, live in the smallest dome and rent out the others. Whether you come alone or with a group, you get 5,000 square feet all to yourself, including a fully equipped kitchen, huge dining and living rooms, an art gallery, and a wrap-around deck. There are plenty of local attractions near the property and around the city, but with hiking trails galore, wildlife, sunsets, heavenly night skies, and peace and quiet — you may not want to leave! This is truly a place where mind, body, and spirit come to breathe. An ideal and unique getaway spot, you won’t want to miss out on this one!

Unique Dome Near I-10 | Las Cruces

Accommodates 10 guests
2 bedrooms | 4 beds | 1 bathroom
Wi-Fi access and pet friendly
Averages $100/night

This gorgeous modern dome home is the perfect place if you’re visiting Las Cruces or looking for a staycation location. This affordable getaway sits on four acres of land, providing a private and quiet space all your own. However, you will still be close to fun places to visit, like local restaurants, downtown Las Cruces, and Mesilla. The intimate yet spacious vibe of the house makes it ideal for a couple’s getaway or small family vacation.


Taos Mesa Studio Earthship | Taos

Accommodates four guests
Studio | 1 bed | 1 bathroom
Wi-Fi access and pets allowed
Averages $165/night for two guests (four
guests maximum)
Additional adult guests are $25/night and kids are free

Voted the most unique Airbnb in New Mexico by multiple online blogs and featured on Off Grid Build, this Airbnb is one of the coolest places you could ever stay. Built over the past three years by your host, Dan, this Earthship is the definition of unique and an experience all on its own. The house catches its own rainwater, generates its own electricity, and the temperature stays a steady 72 degrees all year round without the use of any fuel or electricity. There is a queen-size bed that sleeps two and a full-size, thick memory foam futon mattress on the floor that sleeps an additional two guests. Here you can experience off-grid living with all the modern amenities in the beautiful high desert. Escape in an Earthship!


Clara’s Nest | Las Cruces

Accommodates two guests
1 bedroom | 1 bed | 1 bathroom
Wi-Fi access
Averages $130/night

If historical properties are your jam, then we have the perfect Airbnb for you. This stunning adobe house in downtown Las Cruces was built in 1887 as a Victorian-style home. When Numa and Clara Frenger bought it in 1930, Clara remodeled it into the Pueblo Revival (Santa Fe) style. Clara constantly worked on renovations to the home until she became too frail to do so. At one point, the house was leased to Vonnie and Lee, and they transformed the house into a gourmet restaurant called Vonnie Lee’s. In 1997, the Schlothauers, Janet and Gary, bought the property and brought it back to the Pueblo Revival style that Clara had envisioned. Now, Eric and Tamera own this quaint home. As the new stewards of this historical gem, they hope to retain its original beauty and keep it in good repair for travelers and friends from near and far to enjoy. The private outdoor space is perfect for sitting back and relaxing with a glass of wine or a good book. There is no kitchen, but the space has a coffee/tea bar, minifridge, and microwave for those delicious leftovers you may have, considering how close you are to restaurants. The multi-level layout adds to the uniqueness of the house, along with the original stone floors and handcrafted beams. Clara’s Nest is a lovely spot for a staycation or visit to Las Cruces.


Executive Home | Las Cruces

Accommodates 12 guests
4 bedrooms | 7 beds | 3 bathrooms
Wi-Fi access
Averages $350/night

Looking for luxury? Look no further! This extravagant Airbnb will make you feel like a VIP. The number one perk of this home is the views. From almost everywhere inside the home and the outdoor living space you have a breathtaking view of Las Cruces and Soledad Canyon. It is perfect for large groups, easily accommodating up to 12 guests, with six parking spots and an enormous kitchen with an island so big everyone can circle around for a drink. Co-owner Crystal scoured the country to find the perfect Rainforest Marble countertops. The backyard has a designated spot for bonfires, perfect for roasting marshmallows on crisp winter nights. Live in luxury during your next visit to Las Cruces.

Written by Olivia Belcher | Courtesy photos
Originally published in Neighbors magazine.

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