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“Corporate Retreat”
Review of Red Cedar Lodge

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Red Cedar Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Charles City B&B and Inns
GreenLeadersBronze level
Charles City, Iowa, United States
1 review
“Corporate Retreat”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Red Cedar Lodge is a favorite destination for our Corporate retreats. The rustic setting is perfect stage for strategy meetings. It is close for all our executives to meet there, yet removed from town so we can easily focus on planning.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you so much Penny for the nice review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your retreat and meeting in the comfort of your cabin. Your small group was the perfect size to utilize the space and furnishings. We hope everyone left feeling refreshed ~ even after a day's worth of work!

Best Wishes,
Tom and Lorraine Winterink
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Vinton, Iowa
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We took up kayaking earlier this summer. I stumbled across the Red Cedar Lodge website while searching for maps and reviews for kayaking trips on the north end of the Cedar River. While the weather didn't cooperate, our weekend stay at the Red Cedar Lodge did not disappoint. Tom was very welcoming and the cabins are beautiful. We saw lots of wildlife and took advantage of the close proximity to Charles City (i.e. grocery stores and restaraunts). Our boat stayed home this time, but the weekend stay was one of the most enjoyable and relaxing weekends we have had in years. We are looking forward to our next visit at the Red Cedar Lodge!!!

Room Tip: The Moonlight Bend cabin has the best view of the river.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Thank you Clay for the wonderful review! We're so glad you found Red Cedar Lodge too:)

The weather doesn't always cooperate with our visitors but it's great you enjoyed your time in Moonlight Bend cabin! We hope to see you back again in Spring or Summer with you kayaks to really enjoy some fun on the Cedar River. Please plan ahead as weekends book quickly.

Thank you again for all the nice things you noticed and taking the time to mention.

Happy Kayaking!

Lorraine & Tom
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Knoxville, Iowa
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We were back in Charles City for my father-in-laws funeral and wanted a more initimate place to stay for our family (it was also our son's 7th birthday)! From the moment we walked through the door a sense of peace came over me. What a wonderful place for us to mourn the loss we had just experienced and celebrate the birthday of our son! My husband and sister-in-law grew up on the Cedar River and this was a great place to share memories. The lodge was immaculate. Very clean, comfortable beds, rustic decor to match the setting! Loved, loved the fireplace! We will definately be back under happier circumstances! Our boys want to explore the river and the woods! Thank you Lorraine and family! What a gem you have brought to Charles City!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Kristi,

Those visiting Red Cedar Lodge for family funerals have a special place in our hearts. We're pleased we could accomodate your family and glad you found peace being togethe r~ food for your souls.

Thank you for commenting on our cleanliness, comfortable beds and warm fireplace. We pride ourselves on the details.

We sure hope to see your families again to enjoy snowmobiling and kayaking in the months ahead!

Thank you for the review!!

Happy 7th Birthday to your son!

Tom & Lorraine Winterink
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West Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Great owners , very personable , easy to plan a group gathering for your peaceful get away overlooking the river.
We enjoyed two large cabins, campfire , and enjoyed cooking in and sharing family stories and food.
This is a new very clean , very accessible from highway and near city if you need groceries.
Do not hesitate to connect a visit here as you will enjoy a comfortable bed and fireplace, porch, and enough room to walk around and enjoy the beauty of nature. Sit on a bench near the river.
Really enjoyed our two night stay. Everything in the kitchen cupboards you would need. Beautiful showers and bathrooms. Lots of space here. Country cabin look , but modern clean feel.

Room Tip: Large cabins sleep 10 but for older people I would suggest 6 , unless you have children
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
We appreciate your very nice extensive review on all the destinguishing features we offer at Red Cedar Lodge! We are also thrilled to have another guest visit us from Chicago!!

We're pleased we can be "in the background" and enable such family gatherings in several cabins as your family planned. We hope to welcome you back again to Red Cedar Lodge this coming year!

Best Wishes,
Tom & Lorraine Winterink
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a wonderful time relaxing in your beautiful cabin. Much attention to detail was considered when building the cabin. I surely appreciated the cleanliness of the cabin and the helpfulness of the owners. The grounds are very peaceful, and I especially enjoyed the swing by the river. I would certainly come back again.

Patti

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thanks Patti for the nice review! We're happy that you and your friends enjoyed yourselves so much at Red Cedar Lodge! The swing by the river is one of our favorite places to stop and enjoy the river and wildlife too. We're glad you found the peace, quiet and cleanliness to your liking! :)
Hope to see you all again soon!
Tom and Lorraine
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

My family and another family gets together every June for our annual reunion. We have stayed at several diffent locations, but none like the Red Cedar Lodge. The accommodations are just absolutely beautiful, the scenery breathtaking, and owner and operator (Tom Winterink) very personable and truely interested in you having a great stay. The Red Cedar Lodge is a wonderful get-away. You can experience canoeing/kayaking on the the Cedar River. The spaciousness of the lodge grounds gave us the opportunity to set-up a horseshoe pit and a badminton court for our family games. The facility is very close to Charles City which affords you the opportunity for golf, disc (frisbee) golf, local diner and if interested pubs. I highly recommend the hospitality and accomodations offered at the Red Cedar Lodge!

  • Stayed June 2012
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thanks for the very nice review!

We appreciate it when guests enjoy their time at Red Cedar Lodge and post their impression for others! I really enjoyed meeting your families and happy the weekend was everything you had hoped!

It was a pleasure to see you all having so much fun~ that is exactly what Red Cedar Lodge is all about.

Lorraine and I hope you'll return for more badminton or plan a "snowed in" getaway this winter!

Tom Winterink
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Lonsdale, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed at the Red Cedar Lodge (Eagle's Nest) in January and everything was perfect. The owners were great and very accomodating. There was a snow storm and Lorraine called to make sure we new about it and said we could check in early. Tom made sure the outdoor fire & hot tub were ready for us even though it was 10 below zero & snowing. Trails were plowed through the woods so we could go for a walk - it was great! Cabin was immaculate & stocked with everything you could possibly need. It was perfect for a romantic getaway & I highly recommend the Lodge for any type of event. Good view from any cabin. Eagles nest is a bit more secluded but the others have a better view of the river so depends on what you like.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank dmm507
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RedCedarLodgeIowa, Owner at Red Cedar Lodge, responded to this review, February 24, 2012
Wow, so nice of you to post a review! We remember your visit well ~ we were all so excited for a snowy weekend and storm! We appreciate that you enjoyed Red Cedar Lodge enough to help encourage others to choose us for a Couple's Getaway.

We pride ourselves in our cabins being "immaculate" and fully stocked with essentials in the kitchen. We hope that guests like you will come again and again and regret the time to go home. :)

Thanks for the details in your post about our cabin locations, view and kudo's for Tom's fire building skills~ his favorite thing! Come back to see us and enjoy a fun kayak trip on the Cedar!

Tom and Lorraine
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Property: Red Cedar Lodge
Address: 1880 Gilbert St, Charles City, IA 50616-9128
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Location: United States > Iowa > Charles City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Charles City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape from your to-do list and retreat to the country! Three warm and beautiful log sided cabins along the scenic Cedar River await you. Located 1 mile west of Charles City, Iowa, our luxury cabins spaciously grace the high banks of the river providing a recreational getaway for family fun, adventure, solitude and wildlife viewing. Relax at the secluded Fireside Patio or explore 28 private acres. Our cabins feature a gas fireplace, full kitchens and appliances, BBQ grills, large decks,37" HDTV and wireless internet, campfire rings, lodge pole furnishings and pillow top mattresses. Activities at the Lodge or in town include kayaking, canoeing, golf, disc golf, biking, fishing, fly fishing, tubing, lawn tennis, hunting, girlfriend getaways, star gazing, art walk, barn quilt tour, shopping and more!Whatever you wish during your visit ~ a busy day of fun activities or relaxing in nature's playground ~ it's our desire to provide a retreat in which families, friends or business associates can unwind and reconnect...Return to Simpler Times. ... more   less 
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