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.
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.
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
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
Thanks again. We hope to see you soon.
Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Long-Term Renters Welcome
Non Smoking Only
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower
Nice retro bathroom with all the modern conveniences!
Kitchen & Dining
Dining Area Seats:
Dishes & Utensils
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 is provided through the window units. You rarely need air conditioning in Ruidoso, but it is here when you do!...more
The heating is accomplished with modern space heaters and also with the window units which can do both heating and cooling....more
Downstairs off the bunk room.
Not really retro!
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
Deck / Patio
Hunting Big Game
Hunting Small Game
Cross Country Skiing