Walk to EVERYTHING! - MidTown, Opt HOT TUB on RVR w/ DEER

  • 4 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathroom

This is the most fantastic location. We have Air Conditioning for your summer comfort. It's nice and comfortable.

Sound travels in this building. Be a good neighbor. Quiet hours begin at 10pm  NEWS FLASH - WE NOW HAVE AIR CONDITIONING!  This is a cozy one bedroom one bath right in the heart of Ruidoso. Convenient to all things MidTown. Shopping, restaurants, wineries, bars... it's all here.  

This is a new rental for me the décor is nice but not over the top.  It has everything that you will need. I'll keep it super affordable for this early period. If there is something that is not there, that you think should be, please let me know.  

We just added ROKU TV with all the apps you can imagine. Just enter your check out date and you can use your subscription information to watch whatever you want. The system will sign you out automatically on the day that you leave. If you would like to add the local TV channels, that OPTION IS AVAILABLE! Just let me know when you make your reservation. The rates and rules are the same as for the OPTIONAL HOT TUB which is described below. 

WARNING this is an older building without modern sound dampening technology. Be a good neighbor. Quiet hours begin at 10:30pm. Please enjoy the peace and tranquility.  

Hot Tub Access is optional. I have three units in this building, but I only allow one unit at a time to have exclusive use of the hot tub. If you would like to use the hot tub, here is the fee schedule: 1 night=$35, 2 nights = 45, 3 nights = 60, 4 nights = 70, 5 nights = 80, 6-7 nights = 100, 8-14 nights = 120, 15-30 nights = 200. No partial stay payments are allowed. So if your reservation is for 1 week, you cannot choose to only pay for the hot tub for 2 nights. Reservations are first come, first served. In order to make a reservation, contact me either before or after you make your reservation and I will check availability. If available, I will send you a payment request.

This is a classic Mid-town building 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.  

SLEEPING: There is a queen bed in the bedroom and in the living room is a futon couch which can lay flat. The futon will sleep 1 adult or two small children. Perhaps I'll add a blow up mattress in the future for those times when you need to have a 4th person.  

THE BUILDING: I have tried to determine when this cabin was built, but have not yet been successful. I have seen pictures of Ruidoso taken in the 1950s and it was there then! It was originally built as a hotel with 8 small shotgun style rooms. The bedroom was on the river side and the bathrooms were all on the street side. Sometime after that it was remodeled into 4 one bedroom apartments. That’s the configuration it was in when I bought it in 2007. To be truthful, it was in really rough shape then. It has suffered years of neglect. After a $100k remodel it is now a really cool and wonderful place. When you drive up to this building, 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. 

The floor in the living area is wood and the kitchen is tile. The other side of the condo contains the bedroom and bathroom. The bed is a lovely queen and really comfy! The floor in the bedroom is a lovely hardwood. In the bathroom it is tile. When bedtime comes, open the window and let the sound of the Rio Ruidoso lull you to sleep.  

THE PARKING: Parking in midtown can be a challenge on busy weekends and holidays. We have private parking for our building. I will put a parking pass in the cabin for you. With that you can park one vehicle in front. If for some reason you have more than one vehicle or if friends come over, there is a public parking lot just on the other side of the log cabin on the west side.  

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 RIVERSIDE: Every coin has two sides and this is no exception. You have all the fun and excitement of Mid-town just steps away, and all the peace and quiet of nature right off the porch. We have a lovely porch with a great view of the river so you can relax while enjoying the wonderful climate. It really is the perfect place to relax after a hard day of hiking, skiing, riding, or shopping. 

We certainly hope that you will choose our little RECHARGE ON THE RIVER Condo 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.  You have access to the entire condo plus there is a community laundry room.  

UNIT LOCATION: this one bedroom unit is located in a four Plex. This unit is on the bottom floor. The parking lot is level with the top floor. Therefore, it does require stairs to get to it. Quiet hours are important. If the guest above you is making too much noise during quiet hours, please notify me so I can take the appropriate action. This is the closest unit to the hot tub and the hot tub deck.

There is a Hot Tub on the premises. If you want to use that please let me know. I am trying to offer my guests an additional amenity while meeting two objectives:  1. Cover my costs for electricity and maintenance of the Hot Tub 2. Offering this amenity that is in a common area as a private amenity.  

This is the is the best location in Ruidoso for convenience plus nature. You have nature on your porch with a relaxing view of the river. Walk around to the other side of the building and you are in Mid-town, just steps from the shops, restaurants and bars.  You have private parking for your car. If you want to walk, most everything you need or want is within three blocks. If you need transportation, call Lincoln County Transit.

Pets – yes, your pets are welcome, just please when you leave the property make it look as though there was no pet there. Pick up the waste and clean up any excess fur. We do charge a pet fee ($85/stay for up to 2 pets and $150/stay for up to 4 pets) because they do cause some wear and tear, but we know they are important to you and we want to accommodate your whole family! The fee will be charged as a separate transaction after you make your reservation.

Safety:  Property has 4 cameras: 1 located over the front door of #1 and pointed at the deck area. 1 located over the laundry room door and pointed at the hot tub area. 1 over the breezeway and pointed at the parking lot. 1 over unit #3 and pointed at the deck area. These cameras will be recording during your stay. The door to the apartment is located 1 story below parking lot grade. You will have the choice of using 1 flight of stairs or walking down the driveway across the hot tub deck and up two steps to your door.

Explanation about the damage deposit:  Your reservation may require a damage deposit. If you are booking on my website, the checkout process will be easy. However, if you are booking on VRBO, they will show it as a "Refundable deposit paid at property". That is not accurate. The deposit is simply a credit card hold which is authorized on the day that you arrive and then automatically drops off 7 days after you leave. If you leave with no damage, you will never notice it. If there is damage, I will notify you of what I have found prior to making any type of claim against that hold. I'm sorry that VRBO describes it that way, but I have brought it to their attention, and they say it is the only thing that can be done with their system. I think they are just putting the square peg in the round hole. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 

Home highlights


Pets welcome

Broadband Internet


Comfy sofa that is a fold out / sleeper sofa in living room

add this optional hot tub to your Ruidoso Experience!

your deck overlooking the river. Grab the camp chairs from the closet and RELAX here!

Come on in and make yourself at home

Optional Hot Tub

Living room w/ sleeper sofa


Pool & spa facilities

Outdoor Jacuzzi

Parking & facilities

Parking available, Parking lot, Parking-on-street , Parking included


Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Pets welcome , Smoking not allowed

Kitchen & dining

Charcoal grill BBQ, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Grill, Kitchen stove, Kitchenette, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster , Vacuum cleaner

Location features

Downtown, Mountain, River, Town, Village , Waterfront

Bathroom & laundry

Bed linen, Hair dryer, Clothes dryer, Essentials, Iron & Board, Shower, Towel set , Washing machine

Heating & cooling

Heating available


TV (Antenna)

Internet & office

Broadband Internet , Broadband Internet

Home Safety

Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Safety Card , Smoke Detector

House Rules

  • Credit cards accepted

  • Children welcome

  • Pets welcome

  • Smoking not allowed

Check-in: 04:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM


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