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Retreat to the Mountains!

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Last updated: 08/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Property description

You are looking at Happy House @ Alto.... because it makes you happy when you stay here. Leave all the stressful, hectic and busy life behind you when you enter the door to Happy House. It is clean, quiet and peaceful. Go sit on the deck and just absorb the peace. Smell the wonderful pines that surround you. Watch the plentiful deer, and the occasional bears and mountain lions. You will see an occasional golfer play by, intent on hitting the ball in just the right spot.

Happy House is 5 minutes to Ski Apache Ski Road. 10 minutes to downtown Ruidoso. 8 minutes from Spencer Theater and Flying J Ranch. 20 minutes from Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, with coffee waiting for you.

Happy House features 2 king sized beds and 2 twin sized beds. The sofa in the living room makes a queen sized bed.

A bumper pool table in the loft makes for a fun time with the family.

Two television sets, both on cable.

A water softener helps with the local hard water.

Ruidoso offers something to entertain everyone.

Keywords: Happy House @ Alto is a two story, 3 bedroom, 2 full bath retreat nestled in the pines overlooking #16 on Alto Lakes Golf Course.


Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No Pets Allowed....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    The Master Bedroom is located on the 2nd floor. ...moreless

  • Black Out Bedroom: 1 king

    Located on the 1st floor, with room darkening shades....moreless

  • Kids Room: 2 twin/ single


  • Loft

    Full size sofa and a love seat...moreless

  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Queen size sofa sleeper in the Living Room. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


Other Amenities

  • 6 golf courses in the vicinity, Inn of the Mountain God's Casino and Ruidoso Downs race track located within 10 minutes. Apache ski area 12 mile drive up ski road, Lincoln National Park, Spencer Theater, Mountain Annie's and the Flying J Ranch within 15 minutes....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table:

    Bumper Pool Table...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    (2) One downstairs, One Upstairs....moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Downtown Ruidoso is filled with interesting shops....moreless

  • Golf Course View:

    Watch the golfers play #16 from the deck at Happy House....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Sierra Blanca can be seen through the tall pines....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Cool on the inside, when it is hot outside....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets that feel satin smooth....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Experience the comfort of a log fire in the fireplace. Starters and wood provided....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Savories with Chef Bonnie is fantastic. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Wonderful Deck. Sit in a rocker chair with a cup of coffee and absorb the pines....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several golf courses in the area....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard

Pool / Spa



Write a review 5
from 20 traveler reviews
Enjoying the spacious deck from this wonderful mountain getaway! 01/16/2015

VRBO Bear stayed here:

The Happy House was everything I had hoped for and more. Every amenity you could think of was included - even salt and pepper! We loved the bumper pool in the loft and had multiple nights of fun with that. Everything was clean, organized and ready to go when we walked in. Bev was great with offering suggestions for food, as well as being extremely responsive!

It was a quick 15 minute drive up to Apache skiing and the ski rentals were within 5 minutes of the house. Ruidoso (and a grocery store) were a short 10 minutes away and we even went to the Inn of the Mountain Gods to gamble!

The Happy House gets a 10 out of 10 from me. Anyone looking for a great mountain getaway should definitely book the Happy House in Alto!

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 27 - Dec 1
4 night min stay
Dec 20 - Dec 26
5 night min stay
New Year's
Dec 27 - Dec 31
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,400 $5,780

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $200 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $193 Nightly

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning Crew $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 5.688%


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 08/22/2015
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sierra Blanca Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Alto Lakes Country Club and Outlaw Golf Course
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
La Sierra Mexican Food
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
Ski Apache

Car: Necessary

Skiing and snowboarding at Ski Apache, the highest peak in southern New Mexico. At the bottom of Ski Run Road is the Ruidoso Winter Park Tubing and Family Fun recreation area, which offers tubing and a new 350 foot zip line.

There are new seven-mile walking trails at Grindstone Lake and Mescalero as well as at the Lincoln National Forest and White Mountain Wilderness. Mountain biking is permitted on those trails.

Golf is available on Ruidoso's three public courses.

Horseback riding is in the area. Guided rides are available up into the wilderness.

Try a chuck wagon supper at the Flying J Ranch and enjoy a gunfight and stage show.

Spencer Theater offers performances that will please every taste.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: We purchased Happy House for a retreat from the hectic life. We enjoy staying in Happy House and want to share our love for it.

Why the Owner Chose Ruidoso:
We love the mountains. We have a view of the beautiful Sierra Blanca. There is so much to do in the Ruidoso area.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Happy House @ Alto is peace. Such a treat!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Happy House @ Alto

    Happy House @ Alto

  • The master bedroom is upstairs at Happy House.

    The master bedroom is upstairs at Happy House.

  • King Bedroom

    King Bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • Living room.

    Living room.

  • Living Room with wood burning fireplace and cable tv.

    Living Room with wood burning fireplace and cable tv.

  • Warm cozy fire...

    Warm cozy fire...

  • View from deck

    View from deck

  • Happy House @ Alto

    Happy House @ Alto

  • Twin beds

    Twin beds

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen

    Fully Equipped Kitchen

  • Loft


  • From the living room, looking at the kitchen.

    From the living room, looking at the kitchen.

  • Buck watching us.

    Buck watching us.

  • Happy House

    Happy House

  • Happy House

    Happy House

  • Ski Apache

    Ski Apache

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