For a number of years we've spent a fall week-end at Rock Eddy Bluff in October or early November. We look forward to it as if to a return to Eden! Rock Eddy has other, more modern accommodations, but we choose to stay in their "Line Camp Cabin"--a small 1840's style cabin that's the coziest place you'll ever see. It's like stepping into some pioneer's home--but with no sense of "museum" to it. There's no electricity; lighting is from kerosene lamps. No running water, but good water is provided in big carboys (I think they're called) with taps; they're quite convenient for washing or cooking, and you can easily refill them from the iron pump outside. Heat is from a cast-iron wood-stove, and it does a great job. There's a lovely old propane-fueled cook stove. We usually cook at least one meal over a wood fire in the fire-pit outside. It's great for hot-dogs or marshmallows. (You can split firewood if you want to.) There's an outside shower if the weather's nice (or if you're brave), or an old tin bath-tub which makes you think you're in a western movie. And if you think the idea of a charming out-house is somehow oxymoronic you'll have to think again at Rock Eddy.
The cabin is set deep in the woods and there is lots of beautiful tramping to be done. You'll want to spend an hour or two just lying on top of the high, high bluff gazing at the farm-scape out across the Gasconade--as still as an artist's landscape. Or watching the hawks sailing the thermals high above. There's a canoe you can use on the river, and you can of course swim. (I've been known to skinny-dip.)
At night you'll be dazzled by more stars than you've ever seen. There's the occasional hoot of an owl, and if you're lucky you may be treated to a veritable cantata of coyotes calling among the distant hills.
Tom and Kathy Corey, the proprietors, are folks with whom you'll quickly feel like old friends. They're smart, easy, witty, happy, and just plain comfortable. And they leave you alone. (By the way, Tom built all the cabins himself.)
Needless to say we plan to continue spending time at Rock Eddy every year. Some folks dream of retiring to Florida; If I could retire from retirement I'd go to Rock Eddy; there's no pleasanter place to end my days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the Missouri Ozark hills! This off-the-beaten-path getaway is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Guests find peace, serenity, and invigorating outdoor activities. Canoe the river, fish, hike, nature/bird watch, or simply relax in bucolic surroundings overlooking the river valley and wooded ridges. Our modern, secluded cottages are popular with couples and families. Or, take a romantic step back to the 1800's to a small cabin tucked into the woods and an original log cabin peering into the valley. Ozark river access with canoes provided. If you wish to avoid the well-worn tourist haunts and enjoy an authentic country experience then you should love Rock Eddy Bluff Farm. Well mannered pets are welcome. ... more less