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

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


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.

More Details

Reed Helmly
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 Ruidoso

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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Ruidoso Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 732 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Spa Rules- If our spa professional detects urine in the spa, the spa will be drained and sanitized, prior to refilling. Approx $150 will be your cost.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!
  • 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!
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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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RETRO In Mid-Town * NEW PROPERTY - * Stay Here And Walk - Don't Drive *
average rating of 4.923077 based on 146 reviews
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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: March 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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Cozy and Convenient!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved staying in the Retro in Mid-Town! You get the cozy "cabin in the woods" feel but shopping is just a block away! The Retro was clean and well maintained. My most favorite part of the cabin was the Hot Tub! We relaxed in the hot tub while snow fell around us. A great getaway and highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a wonderful time. Love it when you wake up you hear the sound of the river.

  • 5 of 5

Cabin is so convenient to the main strip and the hot tub is so relaxing. The owner is super easy to deal with and very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Las Cruces, New Mexico

Cute and convenient

  • 5 of 5

Great location, nice hot tub and deck, comfortable king bed.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin in town

  • 5 of 5

Great property in town but still has the woodsy feel. Close enough to walk in town (a block away) but still have a cute little deer to greet your door (happened on the last day - it was a lovely touch). Reed is a great host, he kept us informed the entire time and responded quickly when we had a question during our stay The house is clean and cozy. Will recommend to a friend or stay again if in town.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location!!. Very comfortable and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Balcony and patio, benches overlooking the river!. Quaint cabin with modern amenities!.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood
Good and consistent. A local favorite. Basic steakhouse with a very nice salad bar.
Cafe Rio
HAHAHAHAHA! I'm not sure what to say. The pizza is really super good here... I mean super go...
Lawrence Brothers Iga
THE grocery store in Ruidoso. Stock up here on a budget.
Lucy's Mexicali Restaurant
GREAT MARGARATIAS! Good food. Nothing fancy. Basic Mexican food. One of my favorite places t...
Links At Sierra Blanca
Great links style course. This is nicer than Cree Meadows... but hey you can walk to Cree Me...
Lincoln County Grill
If you are looking for a really big breakfast - go here!
Michelena's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
I used to really enjoy this years ago, but lately have not liked the food at all.
Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub
One of my favorites! Do you like an amazing Ruben sandwich??? This is the place! Great bar ...
Great Wall of China
AMAZING! This place has fantastic food. Really fresh and healthy, no MSG. Glen is the son of...
Village Buttery
This is the place that locals pack into for lunch. They are not open for dinner. Great super...
Walmart Supercenter
Does Walmart need a review?
Cree Meadows Country Club
A good golf course, that is pretty easy to play. It's walking distance from the cabin! The b...
Makes you feel like home. My daughter's favorite place to stop and get lunch to go for the g...
Cree Meadows Country Club
Walk from the cabin and enjoy a round of golf. The food is really good and the entertainment...
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 13.63%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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