We recently met some close friends for a weekend at Cedarwood Lodge on the White River near Flippin, Arkansas. It was such a nice resort and we had such a good time! The owners, Ken and Mary Ann Green, were very nice and welcoming. They even arranged great weather. My first impression was “Wow!” You just never know what to expect when you go somewhere new, and Cedarwood Lodge exceeded our expectations!
Located right on the White River, the views were beautiful, and the setting serene. It was the perfect place to feel like we were getting away, and yet still have everything we needed to be comfortable and have a great time. Grocery stores, including a Walmart Super Center, were only about a twenty-minute drive away.
The lodge consists of three different buildings that can accomodate up to 25 people, plus a separate Dining Hall. Our party consisted of 12, so we stayed in a combination of the River Lodge and River Cottage.
We were also able to use the Dining Hall for our meals so that there was plenty of room for us to all cook and eat together. I was really impressed with how well-stocked the kitchens were. It was so nice to have everything we needed to make our gluttonous meals.
The grounds were well-kept and nicely landscaped, and offered a variety of options for gathering both indoors and out.
Trout fishing is the claim to fame of the area. Some of us used one of Cedarwood Lodge’s rental boats, and others hired Bent Rod Guide Service. They all caught their limit of fish and had a great time.
As a special treat, we experienced the “shore lunch” offered by the Bent Rod fishing guides. They provided fried trout, fried potatoes, cole slaw, and macaroni salad. They even brought boiled eggs from their own chickens, and sliced tomatoes straight out of their garden! One of their wives is a baker, so they brought an assortment of generous cake slices for dessert. It’s called a “shore lunch,” because normally they fix it right on the shore for their clients, but on this occasion they were able to use this nice dining hall. It was quite a feast, and you can’t eat your fish any fresher!
Escaping & Exploring
If fishing isn’t your thing, then you might enjoy reading a good book on the deck overlooking the river, visiting with friends, or just relaxing.
The girls went exploring. We found some flea markets and enjoyed the quaint towns and beautiful river views. We also went for an invigorating morning walk down the country roads.
You also don’t have to be totally unplugged as all the cabins have TVs with satellite, and internet wi-fi.
My husband and I arrived the day before the others, so we ventured to Bull Shoals to eat at Club 178. We were surprised to find this hidden gem – they had wonderful food and an upscale atmosphere. It would be suitable for a special evening or celebration, but equally comfortable for a more casual night out.
If you’re looking for a place where you can take your family or friends for a great getaway, then take a look at Cedarwood Lodge‘s website for more information. When you call Mary Ann to book your stay, tell her the Mid-Life Blogger sent you. It would tickle me pink to send a deserving business some new customers. I’d say it’s definitely worth the drive!
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