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“River's Run Lodge: Rugged and Full of Rules”
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Big Bend Lodge
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“River's Run Lodge: Rugged and Full of Rules”
Reviewed August 26, 2006

I was on a redwood trip with my two children. I booked a room for 3 nights at this place because there is very liffte near the Avenue of the Giants. When we got there we found we were in the only unrenovated room--something not made clear on the website. It had not been touched since the 1940's, except for adding a fridge in the 70's. There were many rules we had to abide by --including recycling all food scrapes and giving food to the chickens. I have no problem with recycling, but many rules were enforced with an additional charge if not complied with. It seems that the proprieters were somewhat irritated with the inconvenience the guests caused. There were numerous possibilities fo r extra charges-- renting out tubes to float in the river, renting lawn chairs, etc. The funniest posting in the room said something like "Don't fix anything if it breaks. Notifiy the owners." I didn't realize that the coast was two hours away from where we were (but it was only 50 miles!) so I ended up paying for any extra night, as there was no refunds for changes in the itenerary. The most annoying experience was when we first arrived we found we had no cell phone service. There was a pay phone to make long distance calls for a $1 in quarters. Because we were short on quarters I told my husband to call back on the pay phone number, only to find that this was their "reservation line", and my children had no way to speak to their dad when he called back. It was extremely rustic in the cabins with many spiders and moths. Even though there are slim pickenings when it comes to lodging near the Avenue of the Giants, I would never use this Lodge again.

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BigBendLodge, Partner at Big Bend Lodge, responded to this review, May 16, 2011
Hello,

River’s Run Lodge has gone through major changes since your last stay and we hope that if you return to the Avenue of the Giants you grant us a second chance. A group of six families have purchased the place and changed the name back to the original Big Bend Lodge. The lodge and cabins still have a rustic 40’s feel (in a good way, without the spiders and moths). Rules, rental rates, and extra charges have been decreased while friendliness, fun, and relaxation have been maximized. We look forward to our first season and invite you to stop by and give us another try!
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Property: Big Bend Lodge
Address: 63250 Big Bend Lodge Road, P.O. Box 111, Leggett, CA 95585 (Formerly River's Run Lodge)
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Leggett
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Leggett
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Summer like it used to be. Big Bend Lodge is a small 1940’s resort that sits on an idyl­lic and com­pletely pri­vate sec­tion of the South Fork of the Eel River in Northern Men­do­cino County. We have nine rustic cabins with full kitchens that can accommodate 4 to 5 people each and some of our cabins are dog friendly. A well-kept secret amongst California families and groups who've been coming to the lodge for decades, Big Bend Lodge strives to maintain the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of days gone by when the perfect vacation was floating on a river all day and then telling stories around a campfire at night. A wonderful place for children, Big Bend Lodge is also a perfect place for a group of adults to book for a completely private and relaxed get-away.*Under new ownership by six families who have been coming to the lodge for years.* ... more   less 
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Big Bend Hotel Leggett

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