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The White River Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Cotter B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 April 2014

My son and I celebrated my 65th birthday here. We had a great time fishing and relaxing and being entertained by Moose and Tina! They are super gracious folks and even grilled up a few rainbows for us in lieu of the planned meal. Only problem we had with these two is they tried to feed us to death with some of the best food anywhere. We nearly died!!!
The fishing guides Moose lined up were exceptional and we learned a lot about fishing the White as well as the surrounding area being on the water all day with them.
Sweet people. Go there. Even if you don't like Arkansas, go there just to meet Moose and Tina. You will be better having done only that. All the rest they do so well is a bonus!
Thanks again Moose. Thanks Tina for having us in your home!

Room Tip: ALL the rooms are fantastic!
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Tim C
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13moose, Owner at The White River Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2014

Tim,
Thank you so very much for the kind words. We so appreciate you taking the time to write about your time with us. Tina and I both enjoyed you guys and hope to get to see you again soon. Hey, how about a retirement party. This time we will have fillets instead of ribeyes, a little portion adjustment.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Absolutely perfect in every way. Food was fantastic, rooms are very comfortable. Unlike any lodge we have ever stayed. Staying here is like visiting with your best friends. Tina and Moose are wonderful hostesses. Husband had a wonderful time fishing with an excellent guide chosen by Moose. My favorite room has the 2 queen beds since it is kind of off by itself and has a little deck with more privacy. So glad this Inn is only 2 hours away since we plan to return as much as possible.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hootentown
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My wife and I stayed at the White River Inn in Cotter, AR from October 4-6, 2013. Tina and Moose, the B&B owners, had every fine detail covered. My wife and I have three young children at home, and we haven't had a weekend alone together in quite some time. We both commented that we got two weeks worth of relaxation and rest in three short days.
We have stayed at B&B's across the U.S. The attention to detail, passionate customer care, location, accomodations, and the lodge owners combined to make the White River Inn our favorite of all.
Moose and Tina were so accomodating and gracious. We really enjoyed being around them, but they gave us plenty of space when we needed it. They are both very interesting people who really made us feel special and took an interest in making sure that we got what we came there for- a relaxed and stress-free time.
The surroundings are spectacular both in the Lodge itself and where the Lodge is situated on a cliff overlooking the White River and the Ozark Mountains. From the deck of the Lodge we even saw a Bald Eagle catch a fish out of the river!
It does cost a little more to go first class, but the value for what we got was well worth the cost we paid. We will be back, and hopefully soon.

Room Tip: We got the full tour from Tina and Moose. There isn't a bad room there. They are all fantastic...
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Scott C
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

High on a bluff over the White River is this beautiful lodge owned by Moose and Tina Watson. If you want to go on a fishing trip with class dont look any further. We chose the all inclusive 3 day with 2 days fishing. The meals, breakfast and dinner were gourmet and totally delicious. We weren't around for lunch. Dinner was served with wine.The building is so meticulously designed to the finest detail making the most of the spectacular view. Moose is a hunter fisherman and has a lots of taxidermy. Each with its own special story. We would spend hours talking over the meals. They are such fantastic people. After fishing we would sit in a spa looking out on the Ozark mountains. One day my wife and I had a massage which was one of the best I had for $100/hr. This lodge beats the older unimproved fishing resorts around. You will be amazed at the quality of this B&B. It is priced higher but you get what you pay for. We definitely hope to run into Moose and Tina again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

White River Inn is an incredible experience. We had a corporate retreat there and had the perfect combination of work and fun. Great facilities, hosts, food and fishing. We caught over 100 fish, and the guides were instructive, kind and entertaining.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank HenryR30889
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

The fishing is superior in the Mountain Home, Cotter area of Arkansas, but the accomidations are marginal at best. Most of the lodges are kind of rustic to say the list and usually full of noisy fishermen.
We found an exception to this in the White River Inn.
Perched high above the White in a beautiful location, the Inn is a glory in itself all wood, and glass, and class.

There is nothing about it that isn't perfect, from the rooms to Tina's wonderful homemade, and I mean homemade breakfasts.

It's a little hard to find, and your GPS will only get you close, but Moose can give you good directions.

The lounge areas are exceedingly comfortable, and the porch overlooking the white defies description. Read what the other folks have said about it, and take it all as gospel.

It is a might expensive, especially for Cotter, but worth every penny if you like the best.

Can't comment on the guide service as we already had a guide we like.

Room Tip: We were in #3 and thought it perfect. Choose 2 or 3 if you can get them and don't need the big r...
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank 1George
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

The hosts Moose and Tina are a couple of the nicest and caring people you will ever meet. They take a genuine interest in who you are and taking care of your needs. They respect your privacy, but are always available if you need them.
The lodge itself is a great reflection of the personality of Moose and Tina; it is fantastic. You are greeted with a fantastic view of the White River from atop a bluff in a wooded and secluded estate. You are surrounded by the Ozarks, near to Bull Shoals & Norfork Lake and Mountain Home for amenities. I also feel the lodge could stand alone as a destination.
It will be our go to place when we visit that part of Arkansas in the future.

Gary & Genice

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gary E
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Address: 924 County Road 174, Cotter, AR 72626-9217
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Region: United States > Arkansas > Cotter
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cotter
Price Range: £129 - £240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The White River Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White River Inn is an all inclusive Orvis Endorsed Trout fishing lodge. The lodge is warm and luxurious with five large suites.All are appointed with custom made furnishings in the mission style, 600 threadcount linens and leather sofas. 31 wildlife rich acres provide guaranteed privacy as well as spectacular views. The 130 ft back deck is a birdwatchers paradise where bald eagles and other birds of prey are seen daily.There are also a plethora of well fed song birds and hummingbirds to be viewed closely at our feeders. Wonderful food, spectacular trout fishing and southern hospitality are what keep guests coming to stay again and again. We cater to upscale travelers, families, and fly fishermen, as well as spin fishermen looking for one of the finest trout fishing experiences in North America. The lodge is a perfect location for corporate retreats and team building, or family getaways. Come relax and enjoy The White River Inn experience! ... more   less 
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