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Our piece of heaven in the pines was created for those who enjoy quilting, creating, knitting, crocheting, and other crafty hobbies.  It is nestled in the pines of Alto, NM, less than a quarter mile off of HWY 48/Mechem.  The address is:  229 Fort Stanton Road, Alto, NM 88312.  SEE MAP!  Very quiet and safe!

We offer a unique, peaceful, year-round mountain retreat opportunity catering to those who want to create or get together with a group of friends to relax, refresh and renew, surrounded by pine trees, the Alto wild horses, elk and other wildlife, as well as a view of the Capitan mountains!

Stitch-n-Pines Retreat Center is located in Lincoln County just miles from Fort Stanton, Smokey Bear’s birthplace, Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Grindstone Stables, Ruidoso’s Winter Park, Flying J Ranch, Ski Apache, Noisy Water Winery, three local casino’s, Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, and so much more!

The house has three nice size guest bedrooms with three beds in each.  There are night stands, projection alarm clocks, plugs with USB's to charge your electronics, lamps, luggage stands and a desk in each room.  All of the rooms have Twin XL frames with Plush Serta mattresses, 1800 Thread Count Sheets, warm micro-suede/fleece blankets and quilts, except the master bedroom upstairs has a queen bed in place of one of the Twin XL’s.  There’s even a shorter mattress on one of the beds just in case it’s hard for someone to have a tall mattress.

There are 2 ½ bathrooms:  Master has a walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi tub with two vanities and a nice size closet with extra storage and a linen closet.  The downstairs full bath is a shower/tub combo and vanity.  This room also leads into a laundry area and breakfast/snack bar with a freezer/fridge and microwave.  Oh, and you can’t forget we have the ear plug dispenser for those who have snorer’s in their room.

There is a large living room with a gas fireplace, couch, love seat, and rocking recliner.  The dining room has an antique table that can accommodate all nine retreaters.  There is a covered deck upstairs and one downstairs to view the wildlife, sew or just chill.  Sturdy tables and chairs are provided with upgraded electrical on the posts.

The Creative Center located downstairs has many design walls (with ladders for taller projects), an Accuquilt station (multiple dies/mats), cutting/ironing station (irons/cutting tools/rulers) and plenty of bright LED lighting.  There are also some side/cutting/ironing tables available for use.

The covered car port is available for loading/unloading upstairs and covered deck downstairs with a 70” rolling cart to assist with loading/unloading downstairs.  There is a ramp for easier access to both levels.

The full kitchen upstairs boasts just about every type of appliance, kitchen gadget and utensil you can imagine, with paper products or the real deal.  You won’t need to bring crockpots, roasters, pots/pans, hair dryers, or anything else as it has been covered for you.  A propane BBQ/Smoker is available for your use.

Fire extinguishers, first aid kits, emergency flashlights and other safety features are located both upstairs and downstairs.  Each level of the retreat house is accessible via outside, so no one is REQUIRED to use the stairs.  We also have a generator for power outages, and soooooo much more!!!

The Retreat Center has two bedrooms with three beds and a bathroom for each.  There's also a communal bathroom with an ADA stall and two smaller stalls for those sewing or visiting in there.  The Center also has a full Accuquilt cutting station with several dies, cutting and ironing stations, design walls, side table, rulers, irons, cutting tools, storage, water machine and so much more, including a kitchen with microwave, Keurig, refrigerator, countertop oven and more.  Either way, retreaters will receive a 20% discount when they are calling Stitch-n-Pines their home.

Base rental:  2-Night minimum stay with arrival at 3:00 p.m. and check-out at 11:00 a.m. on the day of departure.  Early arrivals/departures are subject to availability.

This is our third year of retreaters and we are already booking into 2025, with several other groups looking at possible dates year-round.  Please get your retreat scheduled as soon as possible for best availability.  Waiting lists will be created in the event dates fill up quickly.

You are welcome to come tour the facility or if you’re unable, here’s a WALKING TOUR of the inside.

Many answers to your questions may be found in the Stitch-n-Pines FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).  Please review for answers to more of your questions, including deposit and rental rates. 

Please see CALENDAR regarding availability but understand that bookings occur daily and you will need to finalize your booking with us first.  Once dates are finalized and as the date gets closer, a personalized agreement will be forwarded to your group contact for signature. 

Upon receipt of your contract and deposit, you will receive our Stitch-n-Pines Welcome Packet.  In the agreement, we will need a list of each retreat attendee and basic information (address, phone, email, birth date, emergency contact, current medication list).  Upon check-in, each member of your group will be required to personally sign a Stitch-n-Pines Waiver of Liability.  All guest will follow the Check-out Procedures at the end of their stay.  Payment is due from ONE PERSON (Coordinator) via check/cash/money order.  Stitch-n-Pines Retreat Center doesn't accept credit cards; however, A Quilting Stitchuation does in the quilt shop.


Rooms:  Plush Serta mattresses on twin XL beds, linens (1800 count sheet sets), micro-suede/fleece blankets, homemade quilts, night stands with lamps, desk, and closets.

Bathrooms:  In-floor radiant heat, hair dryer, towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, first aid kits, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, and cotton swabs, balls and pads. 

Laundry Facility:  Detergent, extra towels, linens and blankets, and an ear plug dispenser (for snorers)!

Full Kitchen/Pantry:  Utensils, pots/pans, dishes, silverware, bowls, staples, microwave, dishwasher, ice maker (reverse osmosis and water purification system), common appliances such as a roaster, waffle iron, griddle, coffee maker and Keurig, can openers, toaster, etc., for you to prepare your own meals, you just bring your own food and make yourself at home!  We even provide some seasonings and staples (flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda/powder, etc.)

Living Room:  Gas fireplace, couch, love seat, reclining rocker, blanket to snuggle with and entry to the upper, covered deck where we have a unique photo opportunity and great places to sit and enjoy nature or sew.

Creative Center:  Ironing/cutting stations with irons and cutting tools, solid oak tables, several large design walls, scrap cans, amazing ceiling LED lighting, comfortable/ergonomic chairs, and leads out to the lower, covered deck with outdoor seating and in nice weather a place to sew.

Breakfast/Snack bar:  Fridge/freezer, microwave, snack cart, Keurig and a hot/cold water machine.

Each level is accessible via one of the driveways with ramps, so no one has to use the stairs if they do not wish to or are unable.  Central air/heat, ceiling fans all over and extra LED lighting.  USB Ports are located throughout the retreat house for your convenience.  Dining Room table easily sits 8 and room for some folding chairs/table (available).  Whether you choose to stay a couple of nights or a week, you’re sure to find what you’ve been looking for – the perfect retreat center!

Thank you for your interest!  If you can take great care of our mountain retreat, we’d love to have you!

Eugene and Jackie Lynn Hunter, Owners   and        575-973-2191