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In Mid-Town * NEW PROPERTY - Special BIG DISC * Stay Here And Walk - Don't Driv

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
cabin
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6

WE HAVE GREAT AVAILABILITY NOW FOR THE WINTER - INCLUDING SPRING BREAK!!! ALSO ,IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT SUMMER. YOU KNOW IT'S GOING TO FILL UP QUICKLY, SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY!

Brand new hot tub is here along with an expanded deck area for you to enjoy it! Please take advantage of our special. This is a new property that I have just purchased. Come on out while this introductory special is in effect. All I ask is that you provide me with some constructive feedback so we can make this property even more wonderful than it already is. If this one is booked, look at my other property on vrbo 609710.

This is an authentic log cabin that has survived the years right in the heart of Mid-town Ruidoso! Don't choose this if you want to be alone in the middle of the woods. Choose this cabin if you want the ultimate in convenience to all the shops, bars and restaurants of Mid-town Ruidoso while being able to go out your back door and play in the river and enjoy the fascinating parade of wildlife going by.

THE CABIN: I have tried to determine when this cabin was built, but have not yet been successful. When you drive up to this cabin, you can imagine how Ruidoso was in the ‘50s and ‘60s when it became known as “The Playground of the Southwest”. If these walls could talk, oh, the stories they could tell. Over the years this cabin has undergone numerous repairs and remodels and today it stands as a reminder of the past while also showing off as a gem of modern technology. The windows have been there for a while and most are stuck from all the coats of paint, but they are reflective of the period.

When you enter the cabin the living room and the kitchen greet you with lovely colors and a décor that is reminiscent of the period during which the cabin was built. There are a few modern touches, like the flat screen TV and the electric fireplace. Maybe one day I will figure out how to integrate a dishwasher in the mix, but until then please enjoy the charm of the 1950s.

The path from this area to the master bedroom is either through the kitchen or the bathroom. The floor plan is really simple. That’s how they built ‘em back then.

The bedroom is comfy and warm. The knotty pine paneling provides a authentic log cabin feel. Just relax in the comfy king bed with the retro quilt and if the temperature is right, open the window and let the sound of the Rio Ruidoso lull you to sleep.

Oh did somebody say AIR CONDITIONING? The main floor of the cabin has complete climate control provided by two window units. One in the master bedroom and one in the living room. They are capable of providing heat as well as air conditioning that will flat freeze you out of there if you want it to!

Next we go back out the front door and to the BUNK HOUSE basement which is under the north end (furthest from the street) of the house. As you enter the basement door you find the bunkhouse. The two twin beds are really comfy and the décor is right off the ranch! This recently remodeled area of the house also contains the washer / dryer. Be careful of your head if you are a tall person. This is a unique and fantastic area which will create lasting memories of adventure and independence for your children. Please understand this is not a place for children that need to be in a bedroom next to yours. This area has its own “front door” and no bathroom. In my personal opinion I think this is a great space for ages 11 and up, but you should plan on the younger children being upstairs on the fold-out.

THE PARKING: Oh this is the secret sauce. 95% of the time parking is not a problem. You can park in the public lot anytime night or day. It is just to the west of the cabin. I will put a parking pass in the form of a postcard in the cabin for you. With that you can park one vehicle in front of 221 Rio which is right next door (east side). You see most times in Ruidoso the public parking lot is not quite full, but during holidays and special events, parking is indeed at a premium, so it’s really nice to have that private parking space.

MID-TOWN: This is where the action is. Restaurants, bars, shops, it is all within a short walk of your front door. No DUI’s while staying here. You can Rock and Roll at Quarters or Country and Western dance at WPS (Win Place or Show). You can close the place down and walk home. If late night is not your thing, you have a choice of five of the best restaurants in Ruidoso within a two block walk. If you don’t like to go to restaurants, you have some of the most amazing clothes shops within two blocks. If you don’t like any of the above, then there’s always wine and desert! Yes within one block there is an amazing cupcake shop and a lovely selection of wine to taste and take home. I can go into more detail later!

THE BACKDOOR: Every coin has two sides and this is no exception. You have all the fun and excitement of Mid-town out your front door, and all the peace and quiet of nature out your back door. Yes, there is a little grey area in the middle, the rest of the tourists that are parking in the public lot can look at you in the yard relaxing – just remember that they are just jealous. We put a nice curtain on the hot tub to afford you some needed privacy! Back to Nature awaits you out the back door. We have a lovely porch with a great view of the river and plenty of comfy furniture to sit on and relax while enjoying the wonderful climate. There is also a gas grill there for your outdoor cooking pleasure. There are some wonderful new steps leading down to a new porch that is just feet from the river. I am trying to get some trout to come hang out there. We’ll see how that goes in future years. We have a great fenced yard for the kids and the dogs to run around in and play and there is a brand new hot tub to soak the soreness out of those muscles after a hard day of hiking, skiing, riding, or shopping.

We certainly hope that you will choose our little RETRO ON THE RIVER when you plan your vacation to Ruidoso. We have done what we can to make it a wonderful experience for you.

Thanks again. We hope to see you soon.

More Details

Owner
Reed Helmly
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Reed Helmly

I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS. They are a little hard to get to from Austin, Texas. Having a cabin in the mountains is a great way to get away! It is my pleasure to share this cute little gem with you.

Reed Helmly purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Reed Helmly chose New Mexico

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION - It may not be big, but it offers a real authentic experience with all the conveniences of being in town steps away from your front door.

What makes this cabin unique

This cabin has survived the years. It has been updated quite a bit since it was built, but the décor reflects the charm of a simpler time in our history.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family loved saying at this cabin! Check-in staff was friendly and made it easy. The cabin was very clean, cozy and comfortable. The landing by the creek behind the property is a nice place to sit and read. We had plenty of towels and it was also nice to be able to do laundry. Being walking distance to the downtown strip was convenient. We would love to stay here again!
Jul 2012
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(117 traveler reviews)

In Mid-Town * NEW PROPERTY - Special BIG DISC * Stay Here And Walk - Don't Driv
average rating of 4.948718 based on 120 reviews
5

Past Christmas Vaca

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, plus our dogs recently returned to "Retro on the River Cabin" in Ruidoso, New Mexico. This is our home away from home. So peaceful. The yard with the river is the best part. Also, the overhanging porch for friends to come bbq or just relax. We were even blessed as to have had a white Christmas.

The deer were abundant. This spot has everything and one can just walk into town to shop or restaurant hop! I will never stay anywhere else in Ruidoso!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First time Ruidoso travelers

  • 5 of 5

This cabin gave us an authentic feel of the town. It's right in the middle of everything. We enjoyed walking and finding cool places to eat. Ski apache was a good place to snowboard. The cabin was very welcoming when spending the day in town.

Cool kitchen!!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olivia

  • 5 of 5

Such an enchanting stay in the Land of Enchantment-- the retro ambiance set the tone for a very relaxing, cordial atmosphere. The shops were convenient and we felt we were in the middle of all the amenities the area had to offer. Loved the appliances and furnishings, everything was so inviting-- the bunkhouse was amazing Truly appreciated the additional parking space and peacefulness of the unit next door--- great neighborhood and friendly locals. Best of all, it was great knowing that Reed was just a phone call away.

Thank you Reed for making us feel welcome-- hats off to you and your hidden treasure in Ruidoso, NM

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Olivia, Thank you so much for the thoughtful and detailed review. I do love that Retro ambiance! It's a special place and I think you did a great job capturing that feeling so that my future guests can share your perspective. Thank you for staying at my cabin and taking great care of it. I hope that you can return soon! Reed
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved staying at this cozy cabin. It's in a great location with easy access to multiple shops and restaurants. Great if you're traveling with a dog as well. My dog loved the fenced-in yard and watching the deer!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay. I really like to be out in the yard or in the hot tub and have the great fenced yard for my four legged friend to enjoy the area without any worries!. And thanks for your comment about the location. So - convenient for whatever you may need. Hope you return soon! -Reed
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Convenient cute and clean

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 people and it was perfect size for us. The cabin was clean and cozy. Although the living area was small it was big enough to relax in between our trips to the downtown area. Everything's so close we walked to breakfast lunch and dinner and hardly ever got into the car. I must mention the bed and hot tub. Both easily where hands down the best part of our 3 night stay. All of the beds where extremely comfortable and the hot tub was a nice way to end each night. I would deffinitly recommend a stay to anyone thinking about visiting Ruidoso. if we ever come back (which I'm sure we will) I would love to stay here again. Thank you Reed Helmly for letting us stay and for being helpful with all of my questions and concerns : )

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Shawndra, you are so very welcome. It was great hosting you guys during your stay in Ruidoso. I'm really glad that you guys enjoyed the location! What a great deal. Just get up and walk anywhere! Really, as I'm sure you discovered, all the greatest places in Ruidoso are just steps away from this cabin. I'm also so happy with your comments about the bed and the hot tub. I have had lots of guests tell me how comfy that bed is - of course the secret weapon is that the sound of the river lulls you to sleep. And the hot tub, well that's just magical as you found out! Anyway, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to the time when you are able to return. Best Wishes, Reed
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Retro on the River was Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the little cabin so very much. It was cozy and clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The cabin is convenient to Ruidoso shopping and great places to eat. The bed was comfortable, the back deck overlooking the river was nice and the hot tub was amazing!

Highly recommend Retro on the River for anyone wanting a nice relaxing stay in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Win Place or Show
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Cree Meadows Crountry Club
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
County Rd. NM-48
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Lucy's Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Ski Apache
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Ruidoso Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Last minute special
Jan 16 2017 - Jan 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
$119
 
 
Late Ski Season
Feb 21 2017 - Mar 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
$149
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
$895
$2,685
 
 
Spring Break Special
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
$249
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
$995
$2,985
 
 
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Early Summer
May 30 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
$159
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
$999
$2,995
 
 
July 4th
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
$299
 
 
Late Summer
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$159
From
$279
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,750
$4,600
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
Sep 14 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
$185
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
$260
$1,484
 
 
Early Ski Season Special
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$149
$894
 
 
Christmas / NY
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
$325
 
 
Early Jan
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
$149
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
$895
 
 
MLK
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
$229
 
 
Late Jan
Jan 15 2018 - Feb 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
$149
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
$895
 
 
Presidents Day
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
$259
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$129
From
$179
Fri,Sat,Sun
$650
$1,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 13.63%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Ruidoso Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 732 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bunk Room - 2 twin/ single , Really fun and private for the 'big kids'!
    Master - 1 king , Nice master that adjoins the bathroom.
  • Nice main bedroom. Climate controlled with heating / air conditioning, or just open the window and listen to the river run! The living room sports a fold out couch on the opposite side of the bathroom. The bunk room downstairs has a separate door. There is no restroom down there so you might want to bring a bedpan - LOL!
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming

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