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“Wonderful Getaway in the quiet and peaceful woods of Norfork Lake.”

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Mockingbird Bay Resort
Irving, Illinois
1 review
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“Wonderful Getaway in the quiet and peaceful woods of Norfork Lake.”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed for a week at this resort. Let Me Tell You/. We live in the country, but this was so relaxing and peaceful. Wildlife everywhere. Lots to do , from antiquieing to fishing to just hanging out. The Host and Hostess are wonderful people and so concerned about your comfort. The cabins our so clean and comfy, have everything you need. Shopping just minutes away.
Nature galore, Did some hiking and a zip line. LOL. Just in conclusion. Loved it LOVED IT OH AND DID i TELL YOU i LOVED IT.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Kennett, Missouri
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Owners Frank and Loretta was very welcoming and extrememly pleasant to deal with. My husband and I had our dog with us and we all enjoyed our stay. The scenery and surrounding was amazing to just take in. Would definitely stay there again!

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

This place is by far one of the best place I've stayed in all of my traveling (which is a lot) owners Frank and Loretta were very accommodating And knew the real meaning of Arkansas hospitality. Upon arrival they greeted us and gave us a tour of the place to ensure we would be satisfied . This place thinks of there guest 100% they even are pet friendly! They let us bring along our 4 legged fur baby!! (Because even dogs need vacations) they offer a place for you to grill your own food out doors (and even sell amazing steaks at the office,from a LOCAL farmer so you don't have to run back to town) they went way above and beyond and offered us a pizza from their own cabinet for us to cook in our cabin for dinner! The next morning we took their boat out for a drive and the puppy went swimming! I wish I would have know how nice and accommodating this place was going to be ahead of time because I would have booked it for longer and brought some friends and s'mores stuff (did I mention they have a playground for kids and a beautiful outdoor fire pit?!?) Definitely gets and A+ by my standards and would recommendit to anyone looking for a nice relaxing place to get away to check it out! Well worth the price and definitely an amazing experience!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Where else in this country can you go where the shorelines remind you of being in Canada(without going through customs) and you are fighting fish that were bred to survive in the ocean? Yes, these fish hit like freight trains and you better be ready for the fight of your life!

I went to Mockingbird Resort for a work trip with some of the best fisherman in the business and we were all amazed by the fisheree that Norfork Lake has to offer. The Striper fishing was out of this world offering up stripers tipping the scales around 30 lb, the Crappie and Bass fishing can be lights out, and if you need a guide, there are excellent, knowledgeable guides Frank and Loretta would be happy to set up for you to make your day that much more enjoyable! There was not a day that I counted more than 5 boats, probably reason being that this lake is 22,000 acres of surface water and over 550 miles of undeveloped shoreline, this lake offers serenity!

Talking about serenity and a place to recharge your batteries, look no further than Mockingbird Resort! It is a quint little resort where you matter! you come in as strangers, and you leave as Friends!! Frank and Loretta know what it is to work for what you have! They are there to entertain you when you want to be entertained but slip off to give you privacy when you would just like to take it all in! Frank was telling me the first cabins were built in the 1950's and I promise you would never know that by looking at them! This place was immaculate and cabins were updated to make it a place I would like to take my family back to and spend some time in the future.

If fishing is not your idea of a vacation, take a boat ride, go skiing, tubing, what ever your fancy, but make sure you enjoy some time on the water because it is beautiful!! If you do not own a boat, well you are in luck, there are a few marinas around the lake where you can rent boats and still be able to just get away and relax!

Thank you Frank and Loretta!!! You have a Class A operation there and I look forward to seeing you when I come back in the near future!!

Pat Kalmerton

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Mockingbird Bay Resort never let's us down. It's cabins are clean and well equipped, and the owners treat us like family. We've been coming here 10 years now and hopefully will be coming for many more. Our daughter and her family have started coming and even though she and the kids don't fish, they love it here. Lots for them to do.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

As a trip leader for the Ouachita Mountain Hikers (Hot Springs), I needed new trails after ice storms damaged everthing over in western Arkansas and Oklahoma. A few moments on the internet and Mockingbird Bay Resort popped up as a place to stay. What luck, and a drive-by of another so-called "5-star" recommend proved we were in the best digs. We were well and comfortably lodged in the big Lake House...five of us. Frank and Loretta offered advice and guidance on everything from trails to dining. We were soon trekking the entire length of David's Trail, Robinson Point Trail and the Lake Norfork Trail...24 miles in all. A great three days and total agreement that we will not only be back, but will bring more of our members. Rick Ericson

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

Mockingbird Bay Resort is a great resort of great quality and character. The owners are a super nice couple. Everything is clean, homey and very relaxing and the cabins offer modern amenities (like Wifi and satellite). Although this place hits full potential in spring and summer months, it is still a great family getaway.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Mockingbird Bay Resort
Address: 217 Sycamore Springs Cir, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8971
Region: United States > Arkansas > Mountain Home
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Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Mountain Home
Number of rooms: 8

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