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Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We jumped right into our experience and loved the faith factor. Check in with us if you want to but we respect your desire for peace and quiet, so we went about our Merry way since we were only there for 2 days! What a great time. The kids loved the property, the dogs lived the hiking, my husband and I loved and appreciated the amazing thought and craftsmanship that was put into everything from the maintenance of the cabins and grounds to the well cared for animals and hard work you could see in everything that was done! We stayed in Deer Run and loved everyone about our stay. We will be returning and would recommend it to anyone !

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2014

Thank you for your wonderful review. It means a lot to Bob and I that you and your family enjoyed your stay and that you appreciate our efforts. Come back and see us. B&D

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Reviewed March 23, 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, traveled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 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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Reviewed March 18, 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, traveled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 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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Reviewed March 17, 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, traveled solo
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 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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Reviewed February 25, 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, traveled with family
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 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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Reviewed February 24, 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, traveled with friends
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 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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Reviewed February 21, 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, traveled as a couple
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karbersridge, Owner at Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 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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Additional Information about Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins

Address: Box 124 RR 2, Elizabethtown, IL 62931-0124
Location: 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 Specialty Lodging in Elizabethtown
Price Range: $100 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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