My original review was deleted somehow, this is my second attempt :) My husband and I stayed in the BEAUTIFUL Tree Top Hideaway from Friday August 30th, to Labor Day (Monday Sept 2nd). I want to first start by saying how absolutely amazing this tree house cabin was, the ROLF resort, and the incredible owners Myron and Ann McKee.
I am a big researcher and planner when it comes to vacations. I had found ROLF online when searching for the perfect weekend getaway. I had also been told through a friend’s friend about ROLF. I was immediately pulled in from the first look at the website and the specific details regarding the rooms, pricing, food, floating, and other outdoor activities. I understand the price is a little higher than some other facilities out there, but I assure you, you will not be disappointed, and the experience is worth every penny! Booking was very easy, as we booked through their website. Make sure to print out the directions from whichever location you are traveling from….would be very confusing without them! We were coming from the St. Louis region.
Upon arrival we went to the lodge and checked in. Ann was there to help us and she was one of the most kind, warming, helpful individuals I have met in a long time. She immediately made us feel as though we were family. We were given the key to our Tree House and off we went. The first impressions were speechless! WOW!! I thought the pictures on the website were outstanding, but being there is person I can say the cabin is more than I ever could have thought. Everything was squeaky clean, beautiful furniture and a fully stocked kitchen and bathroom (coffee, creamer, sugar, ice trays, spices, toaster, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, soaps, towels). The air conditioner was ice cold and bed linens were clean and very comfortable. LOVED the Tree Top Hideaway! And the best part? The amazing views, sounds, and location of the balcony!!! We were out there more than anywhere!! Includes a small table, several chairs, and a beautiful wood swing. Made it perfect for morning coffee, reading, lounging, and game playing! Could never once hear the other cabin residents or campers. Best view of the house (ROLF) if I had to say ☺!
We did the 7-mile float on the river both Saturday and Sunday. LOVED IT! Especially on Sunday, it had rained early morning, which made the river just beautiful! A low haze was over the water and had a perfect mixture of cool and warm in the air. Just amazing! Highly recommend the float trip! It truly allows you to see the beauty the region has to offer. We rented a 2-person canoe and it was perfect. There were also several kayakers if that is more your style. We floated the first day for about 5 hours, taking our time. And on Sunday my husband was apparently trying out for the Olympics and we made it through in less than 3.
Saturday evening we took our Jeep out to a field past their main lodge and was given the resorts telescope to view the stars. Ann was so friendly and excited for us to use it. We heading out to the field around 8pm and was set up and ready to go within a few min. Once dark had come in, we saw someone walking towards us. This gentleman was the owner Myron McKee. He was generous enough to spend time with just the two of us and pointed out some of the beautiful starts, constellations, and milky way. Myron is one of the most knowledgeable, passionate, generous individuals we have met. He shared many stories about the resort, his past, his passion in life, his mission, and educated us on the river, stars, and region. For him to take time out of his own personal life to join us (especially on his birthday weekend), it was more than we could have asked for. Truly an incredible man and we were honored to have had the opportunity to talk with him.
We ended up bringing our food with us, my husband has a gluten sensitivity, and though I have no doubt he could eat the delicious food there, we wanted to take the easy route on it. But we did have the honor of meeting their head chef, Bob (I believe). We heard several very satisfied guests with their meals and the food always looked delicious! He was extremely kind and we enjoyed having the opportunity to talk with him also.
Checkout was a breeze (just extremely sad to leave) and Ann was just as sweet as ever! I had the opportunity to catch Myron before leaving also, and gave him a hug bye. Truly inspirational people and YES we will absolutely be back! Thank you ROLF for the perfect weekend we needed!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tree House Cabins at River of Life Farm offers the most scenic and relaxing experience you'll find in the Missouri Ozarks. Located on the banks of the North Fork of the White River, there are a multitude of outdoor activities, including fly fishing for wild trout, hiking and caoneing. Come to River of Life Farm and be surrounded by nature, and enjoy the peace and serenity that it has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tree House Cabins At River Of Life Farm Hotel Dora
- Tree House Cabins At River Of Life Farm Missouri/Dora