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Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
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Elmhurst, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Visit to the piney woods”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

We had a great stay. I would highly recommend this place. There are 6 cabins, but we hardly saw the neighbors. Our dog could be on his leash all the time, but he was happy to go visit the horses and other animals. The bed was nice. The kitchen was good. The hosts gave us the advice we needed to come prepared. We had a sweet time and hope to come again,

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
THANK YOU for staying with us and a big thank you for your wonderful review. So glad you had a good time and that your dog had a good time as well. Dogs need vacations too. ha. Come back and see us.
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Charleston, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

These cabins are nestled into an absolutely charming part of the Shawnee National Forest. We stayed at the Bear's Den and were blown away at the craftmanship and detail of this cabin. Everything about the cabin was done and prepared thoughtfully. It is quiet and secluded, yet has all of the creature comforts you might also crave (satellite TV, DVD player, WiFi).

You will not regret staying at one of these cabins.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
A big thank you for taking the time to review our place. It makes our day when guests are happy with our cabins. Come back and see us.
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Des Moines, IA
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Wow! It doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful well maintained cabins in a scenic setting. Perfect location to a number of spectacular hiking trails. The owner hosts Bob and Dixie are an absolute pleasure and take great pride in what they have created. Put his at the top of your list if you are visiting the area.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased when someone enjoys our place. We know you have lots of choices and appreciate you choosing us. Come back and see us. You are just nice to have around.
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Grafton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

My daughter and I, along with her two dogs, stayed in the Deer Run cabin here. The cabin was very comfortable and very well maintained. The amenities were great! The kitchen was fully stocked with cookware and utensils, and there were plenty of towels and extra bedding. There were two electric fireplaces in the cabin which were very nice, both for the heat and the ambiance. The heater in the cabin was more than sufficient to heat up the entire place. There were two full bathrooms in Deer Run, (very nice, especially with two women!) and there was plenty of hot water for both of us to take showers. The WiFi was a great bonus, and helped us to be able to plan our day trips. The large screened-in porch, with plenty of seating and a picnic table, is a great place to hang out. There was a very nice area outside the cabin with a fire ring and plenty of seating around it. The firewood is provided at no charge, which was great! We had a great fire and even cooked hot dogs over it! There is quite a lot to see and do around the area, we made trips to Rim Rock, Garden of the Gods, and Cave in the Rock. Amazingly beautiful and awesome places. The hosts, Dixie and Bob Dart, are just the most friendly and welcoming hosts you could ever imagine. The fact that it is dog-friendly is a big plus. Rim Rock Dogwood Cabins is a must stay place in that beautiful part of the country. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post such a nice review. I still get a kick out of each and every word a guest writes about us. Love the picture your daughter posted of her four legged family. You are right, the area is very, very special and we are so fortunate to live her. Thanks again
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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Wonderful little cabins located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest! We stayed in the Bear’s Den cabin for 2 nights with some friends and had a wonderful experience. The cabins are well maintained and nicely decorated. The kitchen is well stocked with equipment for preparing food. Each site is relatively secluded with its own fire pit, grills, etc.

The Rim Rock recreational area is just across the street, and their onsite trail is very nice. We enjoyed seeing all the animals they have on site while walking around the property. Other beautiful hiking spots are just a short drive away. They allow dogs, so feel free to bring your pets!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you so much for your review. Bear's Den is one of our original (with lots of updates) cabins and one of my favorites. So glad you enjoyed Rim Rock trail (also one of my favorites). It looks different each time I hike it. I am very, very pleased that you had a good time. Come back and see us.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

My wife and I have stayed at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins a total of 4 times now. Each visit has been a great experience and it seems like we are always planning the next trip back. We have stayed in 4 of the 5 cabins on the property, and each one is a unique experience with something different to offer groups of different sizes.

Being from St. Louis, we initially selected these cabins as a mid point to break up the drive during a trip to Nashville. After we had such an enjoyable experience, we simply decided to skip Nashville and just stay at the cabins on our next trip.

The access to hiking trails and southern Illinois' unique landscape provide us with plenty of things to do in the area. Rim Rock recreation area is literally across the street and Garden of the Gods is just a short drive away. Believe me, it is a real treat to come in off the trail and be able to have a hot shower and a comfortable bed waiting for you.

For a quiet romantic getaway, these cabins cannot be beat. We love sitting on the screened in porches and just enjoying the peace and quiet. There is also an immense amount of natural beauty in the area and this is a perfect place to use as a home base during your explorations.

In addition to the peaceful environment and generous accomodations, Bob and Dixie Dart are great hosts who honestly love what they do. It's extremely evident from the individual cabin decorations right down to their cheery and helpful attitude. There are no grumpy innkeepers here.

I heartily recommend these cabins to friends and family every time the subject comes up. Definitely worth your time and money!

Room Tip: Deer Run is our favorite cabin so far with Coyote Hollow a close second. They are all very nice tho...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
I love our repeat guests. Makes me feel like a million bucks that you pick us for your precious getaways. We know you have LOTS of choices. Come back and see us. As you know, the area is spectacular. We work hard to keep up in regard to a good home base where guests can relax after their outdoor adventures. Hope to see you soon.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

My wife and I stayed at Rim Rock's Dogwood cabins over Christmas and had a wonderful time. We stayed in the Bear's Den which is the first cabin in the row of three on that side of the property. Since it's the first cabin it is open to larger space than the other two (Cougar's Howl and Deer Run). There's an open field to the right of the property which leads to the gravel road that cuts back to the owner's home and animals. This worked out very well for us since we brought our two dogs. The open area provided an easy place to walk the dogs at night before bedtime without the fear of disturbing any of the other cabins. The cabins are the perfect distance away from each other. We could see both of the other cabins on our side of the property easily enough, yet there was enough space between them to provide privacy.

The Bear's Den was the perfect size for the two of us and our two small dogs. The cabin has a queen size bed, a loft with a mattress, as well as a bunk-bed next to the loft. The sofa in the main living area is also a pull-out sleeper. The cabin was beautifully decorated for the season and smelled wonderful upon arrival. The cabin is very clean. Most everything you would expect to need while on your stay was in the cabin, aside from groceries which you have to bring for yourself.

While on our visit we hiked the 1.6 mile perimeter trail which we started by the Deer Run cabin. It winds back around behind the cabins and back up to the main property where you can see the owner's horses, goats, guineas, donkey's, etc. My dogs enjoyed visiting the local farm life. The trail is well marked and eventually winds back to the main entrance of the property. We also hiked the Rim Rock trail which is a short walk across the main street into the National Forest. This trail was well paved until you get to the stairs to go down into the old Ox Lot and Pounds Hollow. There are rock steps to take you down and then a wood path to the Pounds Hollow recreational area. Eventually you have to turn around and walk back up the same way. This was a pretty long, but beautiful hike, especially for the season. Lastly, we drove to the Garden of the Gods and hiked their short Observation trail. This shows you the infamous Camel Rock along with all of the big rock settings. There are also other trails you can walk but we did not venture out too far. It was a beautiful area for sure.

The last thing I wanted to mention was how nice the owners of the property are. Before our trip I had emailed Dixie because there had been a lot of rain in the area the night before and was worried about possible flooding or road closures that would hamper our ability to follow the directions on the website. Dixie was nice enough to check the roads out for herself and email me back saying everything would be fine. My wife and I will definitely stay at Rim Rock's Dogwood cabins again if we decide to go back into that area. The fact that there is no extra charge for bringing your dogs and how pet friendly they are was a big turn-on for why we chose to stay here. Thanks Bob and Dixie!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
What a nice review and very much appreciated. I know your time is valuable and appreciate you taking time to review our cabins. I have to give kudos to the ladies who help Bob and I clean our cabins. Missy, Rachel and Cindy. They work so hard to do everything just right. Thank you again and come back and see us.
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Property: Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
Address: Box 124 RR 2, Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Region: United States > Illinois > Elizabethtown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Elizabethtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Five beautiful pet friendly Southern Illinois Shawnee Forest cabins near Garden of the Gods. These Southern Illinois cabins are all sizes and include full kitchens and all essentials, linens, coffee pot, electric fire place, outside fire pit including wood, outside grills (gas and charcoal), full bath with shower, heat and air, screened in porch, satellite TV and wifi. Eagle's Retreat and Deer Run have two bathrooms. Our Garden of the Gods cabins are located in the Shawnee National Forest adjacent to Rim Rock Hiking Trail. Our Shawnee Forest cabins are near Garden of the Gods and Pounds Hollow Lake. These Illinois cabins are near Cave in Rock State Park, Saline County Wildlife area, Glen O Jones Lake, Ohio River, Kentucky Amish Country, Bell Smith Springs and much more. Southern Illinois cabins are pet friendly and have various animals here on our property. We have a private 1.6 Mile hiking trail around our 77 acres and Rim Rock hiking trail is right across the road from the cabins. Hike without ever getting into your car. We are only 1/3 mile from River to River Trail. We are on the American Discovery Trail, the Ohio River Scenic Byway and the Shawnee Scenic Byway. Our Southern Illinois Cabins are in a very private setting on 77 acres surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. All cabins have large water heaters and either queen beds or comfortable queen sofa loungers as well. We have various animals on our property for our guests to enjoy. ... more   less 
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