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RETRO In Mid-Town * NEW PROPERTY - * Stay Here And Walk - Don't Drive *

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 732 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6

SUMMER IS COOL IN THE MOUNTAINS - SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!

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 an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 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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Amenities

Ruidoso Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 732 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9453125 based on 131 reviews
Las Cruces, New Mexico
5

Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

We decided to make a quick weekend trip to Ruidoso. We are so glad that we found Retro on the River. The owner was great to work with and helped us with the reservation very quickly. We knew what to expect but the cabin was in the perfect location. We were able to walk in midtown because we were basically in midtown. The aminities were great. Everything was provided for cooking. One trip to the grocery store and we were all set. We grilled all afternoon and enjoyed the beautiful cool pines. If this cabin is available...I recommend you stay there. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carla for adding to our reviews. It's so important for our future guests to have these little unbiased glimpses into the experiences of like minded people who are looking for a place to stay. It is indeed unique. It's right in midtown, yet when you are hanging out on the deck, it feels like nature is drawing you in as you watch / listen to the river. I'm so glad that you got the experience. I'm a bit jealous that you are so close and can get there so easy. Thank you for taking wonderful care of RETRO. I hope you have many happy returns. -Reed
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5

Amazing Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at this location. We have an 8 & 10 year old so convenient to town yet private. We will stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable, cozy

  • 5 of 5

We have family with a couple of houses in ruidoso but because of allergies, we couldn't bring our dogs to their house. We have two small dogs and not only were they comfortable and had a blast, but we did too. The screen door shutting just took me back to my grandmother's house. It's a great location and we were able to walk to all the shops without looking or paying for parking. The bed was comfy and I loved sitting outside and just listening to the river run. The owner Reed was very helpful and friendly. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Springtown, Texas
5

Great time in Ruidoso..........again

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this cabin each of the last 4 summers. Great location, great accommodations, great owner. This has become our home away from home.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's what I love to hear. I work really hard to make sure that this cabin really feels like YOUR CABIN. It really makes me feel good to know that you feel like this is your home away from home. Looking forward to your return! -Reed
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5

Great cabin in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great cabin for those who want to be connected to the town of Ruidoso while still being in the wilderness. While the cabin is situated just walking distance to the shops and restaurants in downtown Ruidoso, it is along the river and surrounded by pine trees - so it is the best of both worlds. The yard is large and fenced in, so if you have kids it is a nice and safe environment to run around and play in. The cabin itself is cozy with a retro feel, but has all the amenities you will need, including satellite TV, DVD player, and wifi. It has a master bedroom, kitchen, and living room in the main cabin, and if you need more room, there is a smaller bedroom below the main cabin - we didn't need it as the main cabin was enough space for our family (2 adults and 3 children), but I can see as our kids get older it would be a nice room for them to have.

Oh, and the hot tub is great too.

We had a great time in the cabin and would definitely recommend "Retro on the River"!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ben - thanks so much for the detailed review. It really is a great place. I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed it. I look forward to your return soon. - Reed
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5

We loved Retro on the River!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely in love with this beautiful little cabin. It had all the comforts of home combined with the freshness of vacation. There is only 1 bathroom to share between the 6 of us, but a little "Poo-Pourri" goes a long way, lol. We did not realize that the downstairs room was disconnect to the upstairs, but luckily our kiddos are older. I wish I had looked into the pet friendliness of the cabin. Completely fenced in with a dog house! Our little Yorkie would have loved to stay with us. We will definitely be back for another amazing stat at "Retro on the River".

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
 
Late Summer
Jul 25 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$159
From
$199
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,100
$3,999
 
 
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
 
 
Late Ski Season
Feb 20 2018 - Mar 7 2018
2 night minimum stay
$119
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
$895
$2,685
 
 
Spring Break Special
Mar 9 2018 - Mar 17 2018
5 night minimum stay
$289
 
 
Late Spring
Mar 19 2018 - Mar 27 2018
2 night minimum stay
$199
From
$249
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Memorial Day
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Early Summer
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
$159
From
$189
Fri,Sat,Sun
$999
$2,995
 
 
July 4th
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$299
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$129
From
$179
Fri,Sat,Sun
$650
$1,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $30
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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