Early Sept 2011 a group of 6 girls from WI came to Iowa for a few days. We stayed here for 4 nights and each day it seemed things got better and better! When we first arrived it was about 10:30pm, and as none of us knew anything about the area we were a bit apprehensive. As we pulled in, we saw a light on at the main house - Dwight had waited up for us - and even tried calling to see if we were ok (but I had poor cell reception :p )! Our cabin was well-kept, clean and comfortable. The rec-room allowed us an extra bathroom (a necessity with 6 ladies) as well as a kitchen, pool table, and satellite tv - needless to say we all spent a good part of the night here. Every morning we made our way down to Dwight and Arlene's house where we had an amazing breakfast each day! Arlene makes some of the best muffins around!!! Be sure to ask about her pie baking contest and her traveling book-club.... Dwight took us out in the gator on a little tour of their farm one evening, it was very interesting to hear about the history of the area. They have peacocks, donkeys, goats....and apparently there is such a thing as a cat-bird! I was able to get up a few mornings and just sit outside with my cup of coffee and do some reading by the pond, very relaxing indeed! Something else I really enjoyed was when we were waiting for our delicious breakfast to finish cooking one morning, Arlene took us on a guided tour inside their home. I have always loved old homes and artifacts, and this one was no exception! There are a few guest rooms inside their house that are kept vintage-looking, and one bathroom even has a clawfoot tub!
Dwight and Arlene are 2 very hospitable people, you will definitly feel at home when you stay here - and I say "when" you do, not "if." If you are looking for a relaxing solitude this is definitly the place to come to kick back for a while! I can gaurantee you will enjoy your stay and have made 2 new friends in the process!
On a side note:
For those of you who need a place to workout when you travel, there was a treadmill in the rec-room. Otherwise, just a walk or run in the fresh air and quietness of a rural retreat is always welcome!
We were about 20 minutes from Pella, a historic Dutch town, where we spent an afternoon just browsing and there is a tasty coffee shop there called Smokey Row (I highly recommend as well). Also, we were only about 10 or less minutes from Knoxville so we were able to run into town a few times to pick up some necessities.
cabins are small but cozy and are just what you need for a good nights sleep
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