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

People6
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

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:
23 March, 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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Ruidoso in Lincoln County

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 732 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bunk Room - 2 Single Bed , Really fun and private for the 'big kids'!
    Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 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:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(125 traveller reviews)

In Mid-Town * NEW PROPERTY - Special BIG DISC * Stay Here And Walk - Don't Driv
average rating of 4.944 based on 128 reviews
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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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"!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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".

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lubbock, TX
4

Very relaxing, nostalgic, and convenient.

  • 4 of 5

Came here for rest, relaxation and renewal! Mission accomplished! A special place!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Ski Week End

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Retro On the River. It's a cozy old cabin located in the middle of Ruidoso where you can walk to everything. We went skiing on Ski Apache and relaxed away achey muscles in the hot tub later. Great place for our little dogs who were right at home. Reed (the owner) is a really nice person who made sure all of our needs were met and our questions were answered. It's not fancy, but it is definitely homey.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful spot!!

  • 5 of 5

Great location.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Ruidoso, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Last minute special
21 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£325
for 2 nights
From
£89
From
£107
Fri,Sat
 
 
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£945
for 3 nights
From
£266
 
 
Early Summer
30 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£433
for 2 nights
From
£144
From
£225
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,048
£2,851
 
 
July 4th
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,226
for 4 nights
From
£270
 
 
Late Summer
5 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
£433
for 2 nights
From
£144
From
£252
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,727
£4,301
 
 
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£945
for 3 nights
From
£266
 
 
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
14 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£480
for 2 nights
From
£167
 
 
Thanksgiving
17 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,085
for 4 nights
From
£235
£1,486
 
 
Early Ski Season Special
1 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£415
for 2 nights
From
£135
£954
 
 
Christmas / NY
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,614
for 5 nights
From
£294
 
 
Early Jan
3 Jan 2018 - 11 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£415
for 2 nights
From
£135
From
£225
Fri,Sat,Sun
£955
 
 
MLK
12 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£767
for 3 nights
From
£207
 
 
Late Jan
15 Jan 2018 - 15 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
£415
for 2 nights
From
£135
From
£225
Fri,Sat,Sun
£955
 
 
Presidents Day
16 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£848
for 3 nights
From
£234
 
 
Late Ski Season
20 Feb 2018 - 7 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£361
for 2 nights
From
£107
From
£225
Fri,Sat,Sun
£955
£2,571
 
 
Spring Break Special
9 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,451
for 5 nights
From
£261
 
 
Late Spring
19 Mar 2018 - 27 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£506
for 2 nights
From
£180
From
£225
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£379
for 2 nights
From
£117
From
£162
Fri,Sat,Sun
£733
£1,907
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £99
Property Damage Protection £47
Tax Rate 13.63%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Location

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..."
Subway
"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

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