Retro on the River  (844) 538-2505 
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Retro on the River Details:

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.

THE PARKING: Oh this is the secret sauce. I own for lots in a row here. So, even though there is just enough room to park one car in front of this cabin, you will have a parking pass that allows you to park an additional vehicle in front of 221 Rio which is right next door. If you have more cars than two, there is a public parking lot to the east of your cabin. 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 those private parking spaces.

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.

Property Type

  • 732 sq. ft.
  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • 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....more

  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

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

  • 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!

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!

Kitchen & Dining

  • Kitchen:

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

  • Refrigerator:

    Retro... (do you see the theme?)

  • Microwave:

    yes, even this is retro!

  • Oven:


  • Stove:


  • Dining Area Seats:


  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items


  • 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....more

  • Air Conditioning:

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

  • Heating:

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

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Downstairs off the bunk room.

  • Washing Machine:

    Downstairs off the bunk room.

  • Living Room:

    yes, it's retro!

  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Babysitter


  • Television:

    Not really retro!

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Internet:

    WiFi available

Pool & Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Private hot tub for you right in the yard!

Outdoor Features

  • Golf:

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

  • Ski & Snowboard:

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

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden


  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
  • Adventure
  • Family

Location & View

  • Waterfront
  • Water View


  • Recommended


  • Hunting Big Game
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Medical Services
  • Massage Therapist
  • Fitness Center
  • Fly Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hunting
  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Laundromat
  • Museums
  • Live Theater
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Playground
  • Churches
  • Ruins
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • ATM/Bank
  • Hospital
  • Groceries
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Sledding