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Retro in Mid-Town * New Property - * Stay Here and Walk - Don't Drive *

(125 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6


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.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 732 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Of course! Bring the kids. They will have a wonderful time....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    This property really works well with pets. The yard is fully fenced. This is my first vacation rental that is pet friendly so I am working out the details....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bunk Room: 2 twin/ single

    Really fun and private for the 'big kids'!...moreless

  • Master: 1 king

    Nice master that adjoins the bathroom....moreless

  • 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!...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Air Conditioning is provided through the window units. You rarely need air conditioning in Ruidoso, but it is here when you do!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Downstairs off the bunk room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The heating is accomplished with modern space heaters and also with the window units which can do both heating and cooling....moreless

  • Parking:

    Privately park one car parallel in front of the house. Privately park a second car in my private lot at 221 Rio (next door). There is a public parking lot on the west side of the property....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Downstairs off the bunk room....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Very retro! We have strived to maintain an authentic air with modern conveniences....moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Ruidoso has MANY golf courses. One (Cree Meadows Country Club) is in walking distance right across the river....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski Apache, just a 40 minute drive away awaits you with acres and acres of beautiful slopes....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Private hot tub for you right in the yard!...moreless



from 125 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Last minute special
May 30 - Jun 6, 2017
2 night min stay
$99 $129
Fri, Sat
Early Summer
Jun 7 - Jun 29, 2017
2 night min stay
$159 $249
Fri, Sat, Sun
$999 $2,995
July 4th
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
4 night min stay
Late Summer
Jul 5 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$159 $279
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,750 $4,600
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
Sep 14 - Sep 17, 2017
2 night min stay
Nov 17 - Nov 25, 2017
4 night min stay
Early Ski Season Special
Dec 1 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
Christmas / NY
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2018
5 night min stay
Early Jan
Jan 3 - Jan 11, 2018
2 night min stay
$149 $249
Fri, Sat, Sun
Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2018
3 night min stay
Late Jan
Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2018
2 night min stay
$149 $249
Fri, Sat, Sun
Presidents Day
Feb 16 - Feb 19, 2018
3 night min stay
Late Ski Season
Feb 20 - Mar 7, 2018
2 night min stay
$119 $249
Fri, Sat, Sun
$895 $2,685
Spring Break Special
Mar 9 - Mar 17, 2018
5 night min stay
Late Spring
Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2018
2 night min stay
$199 $249
Fri, Sat, Sun
Memorial Day
May 25 - May 28, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$129 $179
Fri, Sat, Sun
$650 $1,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Tax Rate 13.625%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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17 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sierra Blanca Regional Airport
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Win Place or Show
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cree Meadows Crountry Club
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
County Rd. NM-48
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Lucy's Mexican Restaurant
18 Miles
Nearest Ski
Ski Apache

Car: Recommended


Owner info

Helmly Rentals LLC

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Ruidoso, NM, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Your Cabin Awaits!

    Your Cabin Awaits!

  • Hot tub

    Hot tub

  • Sit by the river and relax a while.

    Sit by the river and relax a while.

  • Master Bedroom and door to back deck.

    Master Bedroom and door to back deck.

  • Dinette and Kitchen.

    Dinette and Kitchen.

  • Bunkhouse looking from door. Laundry room is through door on right.

    Bunkhouse looking from door. Laundry room is through door on right.

  • Back deck. From here you can see the river. It's right outside the master bedrm.

    Back deck. From here you can see the river. It's right outside the master bedrm.

  • Rocky the raccoon is watching.

    Rocky the raccoon is watching.

  • Main door is upper right. Bunkhouse door is center left.

    Main door is upper right. Bunkhouse door is center left.

  • Looking from hot tub to cabin

    Looking from hot tub to cabin

  • Retro stove!

    Retro stove!

  • Looking from Living room to Dinette.

    Looking from Living room to Dinette.

  • Bunkhouse looking towards door

    Bunkhouse looking towards door

  • Bathroom


  • Deer crossing along backyard of cabin

    Deer crossing along backyard of cabin

VRBO #557753

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, May 28, 2017

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