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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!

Currently, Stitch-n-Pines is available to rent the retreat house for your group of up to nine (minimum of four).  Eventually, we will be moving our quilt shop, A Quilting Stitchuation (currently at 1715 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM), out to the same property, as well as a new building to help accommodate up to 20 retreaters, ADA compliant, with a very large workroom and bedrooms/baths.  We are still in the developing phase to accomplish this mission.  The House Retreat is accepting reservations now for April 2021 and beyond.  A Quilting Stitchuation, LLC will hopefully be moved to the same location around May.  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.

Our first group of retreaters is expected in April.  We already have several bookings for May-August as well, 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, a personalized agreement will be forwarded to your group contact for signature, deposit and approved dates. 

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.


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