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Wonderful, Downtown Treasure

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Red Cat Melissiana Apartment/Downtown Taos


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Historic Downtown Apartment 2-4 guests

This apartment is right downtown and convenient to everything Taos has to offer including restaurants, shops, galleries and museums.
For five years this was my popular shop Red Cat Melissiana. One day I realized my passion was Vacation Rentals (I have 10) and not retail so it was time to re invent myself once again... Red Cat Melissiana Apartment is located in an 1880's building with all the charm of old Taos and so much history. Originally this was a street with small homes and shops across the street from the Plaza and the original Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. This street was once the Red Light District of Taos with a network of underground tunnels leading to interesting destinations and all kinds of varied stories. There are many spirit activity reports for juicy stories to share. Just ask me...
This apartment is now a newly re furbished space decorated with my antiques, original art and sense of whimsy throughout. It's everything you could want on your vacation for 1-4 guests and so very 'Taos'.
Built in the 1880's, the building has many wooden vigas (ceiling beams), creaky old wood floors, 14' walls and many windows -all operable and screened for summer breezes.
The living room has a futon couch and sleeps one to two guests with bedding stored in antique trunk/coffee table. There is a big flat screen TV if TV is something you want on your vacation. It's located in a one of a kind cupboard in the living room behind closed doors. I also have a record player and albums for that retro feel.
The bedroom features a queen bed with high end bedding and a decorative quilt. There is a trastero/armoire for your clothing and please leave your robes at home since there are two just waiting for your cozy moments here.
The kitchen features an eclectic tiled counter, vintage cooktop, sink and refrigerator combo. It is well equipped and offers all amenities for any cooking at home. Table for two-four and extra chairs if you need them.
The bathroom features a fully tiled corner shower and a sink set in an antique Mexican cabinet. There are lots of towels and any supplies you might need.
Winter heat is provided by two stove. One gas and one electric. For summer there are ceiling fans and a swamp cooler, but the 14" thick walls keep this space comfortable year round.
If you visit in spring, summer or fall you can enjoy 'Melissa's Secret Garden' a private little private oasis under a box elder tree surrounded by container plants, a wall fountain, outdoor lighting and lots of assemblage garden art. I am getting a BBQ grill and string lights so my guests can enjoy this outdoor space.
My style of decor is Melissiana Eclectic. What is this? it's a mix and match style with antiques,yard sale and consignment treasures, original art and more--always fun things for my guests to discover, appreciate and enjoy.
This downtown historic building actually has three private apartments and is perfect for single travelers and couples or combine the three and bring a bigger group of friends and families. The three apartments will sleep up to ten guests in total. All kinds of possibilities (Check out the other two apartments Vrbo 422849 (the Red Cat House) and Vrbo 513557 (Casa Flora)
Great prices, nicely furnished with a quirky sense of style, well equipped, comfortable beds,old adobe with thick walls for peaceful nights and privacy, right downtown and parking across the street. WOW!
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 650 sq. ft.
  • Elevator : All one level

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Children welcome and porta crib available...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Porta crib available for infants...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking in 'Secret Garden' Just no butts in my plants!!!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets welcome at all of my properties. Dog sheets provided for furniture sleepers. This apartment has a wonderful side 'Secret Garden' Delightful for two legged guests and completely enclosed for four legged guests. Please clean up after your dog...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Large and private ...moreless

  • other: 1 queen, 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Second bedroom/studio apartment adjoining for two + couples...moreless

  • Queen bed with quality bedding. Good bedside reading lights Double futon in adjacent living room with bedding for 1-2 additional guests...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    well supplied...moreless

  • wonderful sink area- from antique S.W. cabinet tiled corner shower

Other Amenities

  • A wonderful private space in an 1880's old adobe. Across the street from the Plaza. Walk to a dozen restaurants. The 'Secret Garden' This apartment can be rented with adjacent apartments for additional guests...moreless


  • Games:

    Card and board games...moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Next door at El Gamal Restaurant. I bought it at an Estate Sale and traded it for food--very Taos...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Record player and albums...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat Screen Roku TV with Netflix and Sling for local channels...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Across the street from Taos Historic Plaza...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    dining for four . Summer dine al fresco in the 'Secret Garden'...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    ceiling fans and screened windows thoughout for those delightful nighttime Taos breezes. Swamp cooler too...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:


  • Elevator:

    All one level...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Cozy gas log stove heats all apartment.. Wood burning ambiance and cozy factor, no firewood hassle...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas log fireplace heats whole space. Electric heater in front room...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Of course! Quality linens and down comforters...moreless

  • Living Room:

    comfortable and inviting-- futon, good lamps, reading material, original art and flat screen TV Also retro record player with albums...moreless

  • Parking:

    Overnight free parking across the street and nearby free anytime lot one block north...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Lots of them...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundrymat nearby or ask my housekeeper to take care of your laundry needs...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Eight cup and filters provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All cooking and eating equipment available for four guests...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Cozy and complete. Well equipped for eating at home. Gate leg table for up to four. Wonderful vintage combo of sink, cooktop and lower refrigerator. ...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    'Secret Garden' very special and private--Plants galore and big shade tree. Completely fenced and private. Summer Paradise...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    I am a plant person. Containers galore here. If it holds soil, it's a flower pot! Totally enclosed and private for you...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Thinking of a Weber grill out here......moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    30 minutes to Taos Ski Valley for a world class snow experience...moreless

Building Type

  • Building


Write a review 4.6
from 28 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Xmas 2017
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
Spring Break
Mar 1 - Mar 25, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • cleaning fee added $95
  • Taxes Not included


Cleaning for 1-2 guests $75. More than 2 guests or with pet $95

Manager's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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150 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sunport Albuquerque
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Alley Cantina
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bellas Mexican Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
John Dunn Bridge

Car: Necessary

Wonderful downtown location. Across the street from downtown Plaza. Walk to shops, galleries, museums and restaurants


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2008

About: This downtown apartment was originally my first and in all likelihood my last retail experience. I spent five years re inventing myself. I was an antique store, but liked my treasures too much to sell them... a lingerie store with great pieces, but...I was a flower shop with amazing floral designs, but... Then a popular gift store with truly unique pieces, but nothing ever quite worked... Once more it time to re invent. I realized I did so well with my six Vacation Rentals. I loved furnishing all my places (all those antiques...) and a reason to go to yard sales and my favorite consignment stores. I filled my homes with eclectic bits and pieces. My style was Melissiana eclectic. As my plumber said, 'Nothing you do makes any sense, but when it's all done, it just works!' I had a reason to buy all the original art that spoke to me. I have stayed in so many vacation rentals myself that I have a good idea of just what amenities and extras I wanted to offer vacationers. I enjoy interacting with all my guests and sharing what I love about this little mountain town I have called home for eleven years.. I received so many positive reviews that I decided to close the shop and pursue my passions so Vacation Rental #7! So much fun!!!

Why Taos, NM, USA:
I fell in love this this historic little street and love the charm of old adobes. It has a great location right downtown, ample parking across the street. The street has so much charm and is beautifully landscaped! That would be me. I was a professional landscaper in Northern California before I moved to Taos and am proud that this street is now considered, 'The Garden Street of Taos'! I even won a Taos Beautification Award. All in my spare time. Ha Ha! It gives locals and visitors so much pleasure every summer and I love the color and vibrancy of my plants.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Charming old adobe with 14' thick walls, lots of windows, hand hewn vigas (ceiling beams), creaky wood floors. Great privacy and a downtown location that is the best! Comfortable, whimsical and the Secret Garden too...

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  •  Red Cat Melissiana Apartment/Downtown Taos

    Red Cat Melissiana Apartment/Downtown Taos

  • Dining Area (two extra chairs too for gateleg table) Gas Log Stove for heat

    Dining Area (two extra chairs too for gateleg table) Gas Log Stove for heat

  • Dividing Screen between Living Room and Bedroom

    Dividing Screen between Living Room and Bedroom

  • Double Futon/Bedding in Trunk

    Double Futon/Bedding in Trunk

  • Flat Screen TV in Cabinet

    Flat Screen TV in Cabinet

  • Queen Bed with reading lights

    Queen Bed with reading lights

  • Old Southwest Cabinet gets a new lease on life

    Old Southwest Cabinet gets a new lease on life

  •  Beaded Lizard in my favorite color

    Beaded Lizard in my favorite color

  • One of my Favorites

    One of my Favorites

  • Varied Reading Material

    Varied Reading Material

  • Good Dog Space & Summer Sanctuary

    Good Dog Space & Summer Sanctuary

  • Dona Luz Street- In Your Downtown Apartment

    Dona Luz Street- In Your Downtown Apartment

  • Well Equipped Kitchensmall yet complete

    Well Equipped Kitchensmall yet complete

  •   Pots & Pans in the Pie Safe (Door to My 'Secret Garden')

    Pots & Pans in the Pie Safe (Door to My 'Secret Garden')

  • Living Room Corner Display

    Living Room Corner Display

  • Front Window/Plaza across the street

    Front Window/Plaza across the street

  • Bedroom Corner

    Bedroom Corner

  • Original Art- My friend Michelle Crisman

    Original Art- My friend Michelle Crisman

  • I love Random Tile and the color Turquoise

    I love Random Tile and the color Turquoise

  • Found Object Art everywhere

    Found Object Art everywhere

  • Love this Guy too

    Love this Guy too

  • Enclosed 'Secret Garden' with summer shade and color

    Enclosed 'Secret Garden' with summer shade and color

  • Plant Nut/Me

    Plant Nut/Me

  • Taos Plaza Across the Street

    Taos Plaza Across the Street

VRBO #598600

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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