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

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Ruidoso - Retro on the River

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Reed Helmly
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2016
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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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In Mid-Town * NEW PROPERTY - Special BIG DISC * Stay Here And Walk - Don't Driv
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 114 reviews

Retro-cute with comfort too...

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to attend the Cowboy Symposium, stay close in town and have our own space to spread out. This little cottage with its retro feel was the perfect location for us. It was clean, comfortable, and convenient. The retro kitchen was beyond cute as well as wonderfully functional. It reminded me of my grandmothers' kitchens and brought on a wave of nostalgia, all in a good way. The king-sized bed was very comfortable and the bath while small by today's standards has a great shower. We enjoyed coffee on the back porch and watching the six point buck who was munching and resting just below us as well as being able to walk to all the cute shops. The helpfulness of owner Reed was icing on the cake. We couldn't have been happier with our choice of Retro on the River.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the RETRO ON THE RIVER cabin! It is a super special place. I too love that comfy bed. It's good to know that buck is there. He's on the payroll ;-). Hope you have the chance to come back soon! -Reed
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Maria P

  • 5 of 5

When traveling, it is important where we stay especially to my three teen daughters.This Beautiful Cabin met all our expectations,Reed,the owner made me feel welcomed,even before we arrived,attentive to all our questions in a very timely manner.We definitely recommend this place, Thank You Reed,

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maria, I'm so glad you were able to come to Ruidoso and experience the magic of RETRO ON THE RIVER. I'm so happy that your daughters were able to have a wonderful time. The yard, the hot tub, the wildlife and the river are always favorites of the younger crowd. I hope you have a chance to return soon. Thank you for taking loving care of my property and leaving it in such wonderful shape. - Reed
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Wonderful! And the owner was very nice and helpful and quick to respond!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found this cute, cozy cabin in the center of Ruidoso NM with walking distance to all my favorite shopping spots, but it also gave us the feeling of being isolated in the forest!!! The hot tub was awesome!! When our son joined us for one day, they went down from the cabins deck to the river and walked through the water, along with the deer that visited! Making awesome memories! The cabin also came with awesome new appliances that have the 1950's look! It also came with all the things you might need to cook inside or out! The balcony was my favorite, which overlooks the wooded area and river below!! The hummingbirds were a couple of feet away from the comfortable sitting area.

The only bad thing, was that our stay was to short!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Springtown, Texas


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for the third straight year. Cozy cabin, secluded in the middle of town. Yes....that's what I said. SECLUDED IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN!!! You step out of your bedroom onto a deck that overlooks the little river, and there you relax. Get ready to go to town? Walk out the front door of the cabin, go a few yards to the stairs that take you to the main street (Sudderth), and there you have enough eating and shopping options to keep you busy for a few days. All within walking distance. Forget about having to look for a parking spot! The location of this cabin and the deck off the bedroom sold us immediately. Needless to say, we will be back and back and back. The owner is a great guy who is very responsive to your questions and needs, and we appreciate the opportunity to stay in this tranquil setting each year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends from high school and I get together every year since graduation. Each year one chooses and arranges the trip. This year was my year and I wanted it to be special. I found this cabin and thought it would be perfect....and it was. It has all the wonderful comforts of home, tv, internet, crockpot (that was something I would never think of), iron, hair dryer, etc but it felt so cozy being on the river. The hot tub was a plus and the outside patio complete with grill and outdoor fan was wonderful. As we sat in the hot tub a few deer came long. Even though the cabin is located in the central part of the shopping, it was very quite and seriously, you didn't realize you were in the middle of town. This place gives you the comfort of close to shopping and dining, but isolated enough to give you that awesome country feel. I know that most of the girls were excited to bring their families here and neither can I. Looking forward to coming back often. ALSO...the owner gives you his cell number and is available whenever you call.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tammy - It make me so happy that you and your girlfriends had such a wonderful time. Thank you so much for taking wonderful care of my cabin. I'm so glad that you and your group were able to enjoy the cabin and found everything to be so wonderful. Also thank you for sharing your experiences here on the reviews area. It really is a wonderful way to give our future guests a way to understand what they have to look forward to when they stay at the cabin. I wish you all the best and hope that you can return soon in the future. -Reed
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Didn't Want To Leave

  • 5 of 5

Rented this cozy cabin once before and didn't want to leave this time so will definitely rent again. Owner very accomodating, cabin very clean & well equipped. Love the outdoors deck by hot tub and upstairs deck overlooking the water. Grill outdoors while watching the deer in the cool mountain breeze or take a short walk to town. Return to your comfy, cool or warm (a/c works well) bed. Parking scarce in town but available at cabin which is a plus as well.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
21 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Ski Season
1 Dec 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas / NY
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Early Jan
3 Jan 2017 - 12 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
13 Jan 2017 - 16 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Jan
17 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Presidents Day
17 Feb 2017 - 20 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Ski Season
21 Feb 2017 - 9 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Break Special
10 Mar 2017 - 27 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
30 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
July 4th
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Summer
5 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
14 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £102
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 13.63%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Ruidoso, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 732 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!
  • 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!
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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

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