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River Trail Retreat - A charming garden apartment In South Main

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Basement Apartment Steps From Arkansas River

**This is a basement apt. with private exterior entrance. Owners live above in a completely separate space.**

Passersby often ask, “Is this a B&B?” Well, we don’t provide breakfast, but now you can come stay in our charming garden apt.! In South Main, an acclaimed New Urbanist neighborhood on the Arkansas River at the edge of downtown. Next to a park and steps from the river and trails. Book now and mountain solitude, outdoor adventure, hip eateries & shops will all be steps away!

This cozy apartment is located on a quiet, one-way cobblestone street and is within a beautiful English Arts and Crafts style home constructed in 2009. The 850 sq ft garden level space has its own private entryway (wooden stairway on WEST side of home, next to adjacent yellow house). Wi-Fi is included and furniture, linens, TV, and DVD are all brand new. AC is rarely installed in our high mountain climate, but you’ll be glad to know this well-insulated, garden level apartment tends to stay pleasantly cool during summer heat and warm and toasty in cold weather.

Kitchen -- Full kitchen includes electric range, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, coffee maker (with complimentary coffee from the local roastery), toaster oven, blender, hand mixer, and all the cookware necessary to make a gourmet meal.

Living Room – 55” Ultra HD TV, Samsung Blue Ray/DVD player, games, puzzles and books to use during your stay, including our favorite local guidebooks for hiking, fishing, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, bird watching and wildflower viewing. Full-size sofa sleeper.

Bedroom -- Luxurious queen bed with tufted headboard and oversized down alternative comforter, restful essential oil aromatherapy.

Bathroom -- Full bath with cast iron Kohler soaking tub, lavender oil 3-in-1 body wash/shampoo/bubble bath, marble shower surround and floor, hair dryer.

Decor -- Door knobs are 100 year-old vintage knobs salvaged from the old Standish Hotel in Denver. Decor is inspired by our love of travel, nature and the great outdoors, including mementos from our trips to Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

Recreation Access - Hiking, biking, bouldering, trail running, fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, rafting and SUPing are literally right outside the door. The apartment is across the street from the Buena Vista Boulder Garden, which provides rock climbing features for all levels from children to advanced. Adjacent to the Boulder Garden are several access points to the stunning Arkansas River trail. To access the Midland Mountain trail system and thousands of acres of BLM land, take a pleasant, short jaunt north along the river trail. Within a five-minute walk you can also enjoy Buena Vista's municipal tennis courts, disc golf course, pump track, new skate park and a brand new playground. Cottonwood and Mt Princeton hot spring resorts are each a twenty minute drive and Monarch and Ski Cooper ski resorts are both less than an hour away.

Dining and Shopping Access - Within a two-minute walk you can enjoy a pizza and an IPA from the Eddyline Brewpub, an espresso and to-die-for cup of homemade gelato at the Midland Stop, or the weekly farmers market and free summertime concerts at the South Main square. Within a two-minute walk you will also find Made, Rock Run Gallery, Sundance, and Adventure Hub: retailers collectively offering gifts, fine women’s clothing, handmade leather goods and shoes, and fine art. Main Street, with its myriad shops and restaurants is a short 10 min walk away.

This cozy space is not just another second home overseen by a property management company. When you stay with us, you are in your own private residence within a cherished home lovingly designed and built by us. We care for and maintain the property ourselves, which means close attention to detail and a very clean and tidy home away from home atmosphere. We use eco and people friendly cleaning products wherever possible. When weather permits we line dry linens in the fresh, high country air.

Parking is on street. Just as the cobblestone street is turning to pavement, park on the gravel between the trees. Please be sure to park all the way off the pavement.

Bookings for this special, newly offered property are rolling in so book now! We look forward to your stay with us!

More Details

JJ Kinsfather
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About JJ Kinsfather


I’m JJ and my wife is Sarah. I grew up in Boulder, CO and Sarah grew up in Grandview Heights, OH. We met in college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After Sarah finished graduate school at the University of Washington, we moved to Santa Barbara, CA, where we lived for several years until I got a great job offer to help build South Main, an acclaimed new urbanist community here in Buena Vista. We moved to Buena Vista in 2007 and built our dream home here in 2009. Sarah worked from home as a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on projects in Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C., the Florida Keys and American Samoa, until we had our second child.

We have seen a lot of positive changes in our town in the last ten years and we know a lot of the folks who have played a significant role in its revitalization, including restaurateurs and shop owners. That gives us useful insights on guest recommendations for everything from fishing guides, to rafting outfitters, to shopping and dining.

We love to travel and have ventured all over the world. We enjoy rock climbing, camping, hiking, SUP’ing, gardening, and cooking. My wife likes to joke that we’re in Colorado a few million years too late, as we both love the ocean too, but with family in California, Mexico and Hawaii we get some good ocean time in with activities like sailing, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving. Our latest adventure is homeschooling our children, and the vacation rental plays a small role in that too with the kids eager to help out with specific tasks like making sure the local maps are laid out for new guests.

We’ve really enjoyed being hosts and have met some great guests. We love meeting people from all over the country and the world and we look forward to connecting with you as a host or traveler. We will do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible, or will strive to be great guests, as appropriate.

JJ Kinsfather purchased this apartment in 2009

Why JJ Kinsfather chose Buena Vista

South Main is an acclaimed New Urbanist neighborhood adjacent to the Arkansas River at the edge of downtown Buena Vista. What does that mean? Strict architectural standards and quaint landscaping throughout the neighborhood provide an inviting atmosphere for tourists and residents alike. Each home is painstakingly custom, developed through close partnership between the homeowner and architect. Large front porches and balconies throughout the neighborhood facilitate natural interaction between residents and passersby. Mixed-use architecture includes single family residences, row houses, “live-work” buildings, apartments, businesses, a hotel, and rental properties (this listing, for example). Public spaces are thoughtfully designed for people, not cars. Narrow streets slow traffic and are pedestrian and bike friendly. All this translates to a vibrant neighborhood where people live, work, visit, shop, eat and play. Our unique little corner of the neighborhood with its cobblestone street and remarkable architecture is often the backdrop for engagement, wedding, commercial and other professional photo sessions. Yeah, it’s that pretty here!

Beyond the architectural beauty of South Main, the people here are great too. Residents are about 50/50 full-time vs. part-time, and demographics range from retirees to young families with small children, and everything in between. The vibe is surreally pleasant, almost Rockwellian. We often hear comments questioning the authenticity of this special spot. No, we’re not filming another “Truman Show,” or “Pleasantville.” Summer visitors often ask what it’s like to live in a neighborhood with so many tourists and vacation renters. My wife tells them, “Are you kidding? Everyone here is enjoying themselves. They’re on vacation, they’re getting married, going to a wedding or family reunion.” You know the expression, “Find a happy place?” You’ve found it!


Buena Vista Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • - This apartment is below the main house. We have 2 young children who are home most days, but in bed on upper floors around 8.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom -- Full bath with cast iron Kohler soaking tub, lavender oil 3-in-1 body wash/shampoo/bubble bath, marble shower surround and floor, hair dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom -- Luxurious queen bed with tufted headboard and oversized down alternative comforter, restful essential oil aromatherapy. Living Room - Cozy, full-size sofa sleeper.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting


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River Trail Retreat - A charming garden apartment In South Main
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Corpus Christi, Texas USA

Perfect location, spotless well appointed apartment

  • 5 of 5

This almost brand new apartment was beautifully furnished and decorated. Everything was immaculately clean. Hosts were friendly and helpful. What more could you want?

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet at its best.

  • 5 of 5

These accommodations were great. All the amenities you would need. Close to old main street with many restaurants and coffee shops. I personally liked the peace and quiet of the area and access to the trails along the river.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Cant say enough good things about this sweet garden apartment. Beautiful interior, great location, SO CLEAN :-) and wonderful hosts. We definitely hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place with a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment in a beautiful area! Nicely decorated and super comfy. The owners provide everything you could possibly need. Great linens, towels and soaps. They even left out pool towels and water bottles for us to take to the hot springs along with a nice note !!! We enjoyed breakfast in the park directly across from the property then took a walk along the river. Perfect location!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modern, Large, New, everything we needed! We 100% recommend! Hosts were amazing and great location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this apartment! We stayed two nights and the host and hostess were so kind and generous. The location is perfect and the apartment had everything we needed. Great bathroom, full kitchen, awesome linens, and modern decor. The home is really new too and was so nice to stay at such a great place. We will come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Artesia, NM

Beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

The decor is beautiful and interesting. The bed is very comfortable. The hosts attentive. Overall a great short stay

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
145 Miles
Denver International (DEN)
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Eddyline Brewpub
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Eddyline Brewpub
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Monarch Mountain


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.