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Eminence Canoes, Cottages & Campground
Reviewed August 17, 2010

Can pictures ever be deceiving! I booked this trip for me and my family. Thinking it would be a great time and memory, and was I ever wrong! We stayed in what was called a "cottage", but was actually a stinky, built in the 70's and never updated duplex. Dark paneling, a loud window air conditioner unit, a broken range, all the drawers in the kitchen broken, and a dirty shower. The room had 3 double beds and a futon and the room rates incude 2 people only. With an upcharge of $20.00 per person, this made our room cost about $200.00 per night. This room was not even worth it! We were not aware of the dog policy either, and after being there for less than a day, the owner found out and told us to leave immediately. We were extremely apologetic and told her we would leave.We were packing up when she came into our duplex, demanded the key,made a scene in front of my kids (for the 2nd time) and handed me a bill she had already run on my Visa card (that I made the reservation with) for almost $800.00!!!!! Even though, we were leaving then, she charged me for another night, another $80.00 in extra guests fee (for towels that were never provided anyway), and $300.00 for a dog fine. Don't let the sweet southern accent fool you. Once you give her your credit card number, you are at her mercy and she shows her true sneaky colors. I cancelled my credit card so she can't do anymore damage. I will never go back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

Our family stayed in duplex cottage #4 for the last 3 nights. We were a little unsure of staying here based on past reviews, but it had all the ammenities that we wanted. We were pleasantly surprised. Check in was no problem and the staff gave us suggestions on when to float, where to swim, what to see, etc. Upon entry to the cottage, we noticed how clean it was! There was a bedroom with a queen bed, two full size beds in the main living area and a futon. The kitchen had a full size refrigerator, stove/oven, sink, dishes, silverware, and cookware. There was a toaster, microwave, and coffee maker (filters, salt and pepper were provided). We had a picnic table, gas grill, and small fire pit perfect for making S'Mores.
Canoed the Current River the next day; they picked us up at our cottage and dropped us off after. This couldn't have been easier!
The next day we went zip lining at Eagle Falls....the kids had a total blast! The morning we left, we went horseback riding at Coldwater Ranch. It was very hot but very enjoyable.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2010

We stayed in cottage 30 and had an amazing weekend. The place was extremely clean - the view was great - both King size beds were clean, fresh and comfortable. The TV was small and outdated and that is the ONLY complaint. The hot tub was well maintained and made the evenings in a lot of fun after driving around all day. The owners were great and very nice and accomadating. Fire place, vaulted ceilings, full kitchen, movie selection, deck with gas grill, nice comfy shower... I cannot understand how anyone would NOT have a great time here!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

Eminence Canoes, Cottages, and Campground was a great family vacation. Our family of 4 stayed in cottage #3, a simple 2 bedroom cottage with a small kitchen and living area. The cottage was very clean, the beds were comfortable, the appliances all worked, including a gas grill, and the A/C worked great which was a plus since the weather was in the upper 90s. The cottage did have a certain "cottage" smell to it, but it was nothing unbearable--this is coming from someone who is pregnant. The owners, Cami and Dick, were incredibly hospitable, as well as their staff. They provide everything you need for canoeing and tubing. There were many great sites to see in the area including Round Springs and Cave (we saw wild horses there!), Licks Log walking Trail, Rocky Falls, and places to fish along the river bank, including many other sites. They provide literature with all the sites to see in the area. Eminence and the area is incredibly beautiful to explore. They also have free movie rentals with many many selections to choose from (a small children's section however). There is also a great pizza restaurant in Eminence called "Hideaway Pizza" that sells Chicago style stuffed pizza. It was delicious!

Eminence Canoes, Cottages, and Campground provided the perfect place for our family to vacation together. It was an affordable vacation. We had to pay for the gas in our car and rental fee for the cottage. We had received one free canoe rental, and the tubes were free while we were there. We cooked all of our own meals except one. And all of the site seeing and exploring was free. Our 2 small children had a great time. We would definitely go back, however we would probably choose a time of year that was not quite so hot and humid. And the drive there is on very curvy roads, so if you get motion sickness, be prepared for the drive.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

My mom secured the reservations for this little gem. What was supposed to be one of Eminence's best "cabins." That cabin turned out to be a trailer, trailer #9 to be exact. We're far from rich people to begin with but we certainly wouldn't consider staying in a trailer on our vacation a good time. What makes this bad is that we weren't made aware of our "cabin" before we arrived. Never mind that it was indeed a trailer, but that the dishes were dirty when we arrived, the doorknobs barely turn, one side of the shower door is tied and GLUED, supposedly for OUR safety. There's zero water pressure in the shower and you'll end up fixing the toilet after almost every flush. The TV has a major glitches and is very tiny. The furniture is horribly uncomfortable. There is some kind of plastic padding on one of the queen beds and I have serious doubts the sheets in that place had been changed in a very long time. God be with you should you decide to sleep in the futon in living room. The air conditioner has the problem of shutting off during the night so that you wake up in a sweat, and that's after you've adjusted the thermostat in preparation for that event. Someone in the office told my mom the river was 2 minute walk from our "cabin", but it's more like ten minutes. They DON'T give refunds, and now I know why. It's because this place sucked. There's nothing but tubing or canoeing in the whole town so if you find your facilities as horrible as we did then don't expect the town to entertain you. For a tourist town there was a shockingly limited (as in zero) amount of tourist activities anywhere around. Trust me this is a major ripoff. When we brought up all of this as we left this morning, and that was a whole TWO days early because the trip sucked so much, they had the nerve to tell us they offered a 360 degree view of our "cabin"/trailer on their website. Major lie. If it's there you can't find it. Don't waste your money or vacation time here. Go to the White Buffalo in Arkansas. It's not far from the Eminence hell-hole and it's a much better establishment.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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canoe548, Owner at Eminence Canoes, Cottages & Campground, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2017

Check out our brand new 2017 Cottage 9 called the Cedar Shack. Our website is filled with pictures. Its a marvelous addition to the property.

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Reviewed August 5, 2008

My family and another family of 4 went to Eminence in search of peace and quiet and some good quality family time. We found just that. We stayed in the newer cabin they call the lodge and it was beautiful. This is a log cabin with a nice big deck where we ate our meals. The deck is low to the ground so it was a great place for our young travelers to play. There were two bedrooms with comfortable king size beds and a sleeping loft which the kids absolutely loved. Everything you need is at the cabin. They have a towel exchange every day and they come and get your trash. There is a gas grill outside and fire ring. I almost forgot, there is also a hot tub!!!!! The area is beautiful. We did not float because we had young kids with us, but the resort can organize all of this for you. The staff at the resort gave us tips on what to do with young kids and they were right. Rocky Falls was an awesome sight. I would definately suggest visiting Rocky Falls if you go to Eminence. This is a rock formation "shut-in" with a lovely swimming hole at the bottom. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

We stayed in a cottage with eminence, canoes. We made reservations here because we could not find too many available places and we were doing this at the last minute. The place was $175.00 a night plus $20 extra per adult. It was a run down old smoke filled cabin. Everything smelled like smoke. We had booked two nights but our family could not handle it. We did our canoe trip on the river, which we loved, and headed up to St. Louis the next night. The place was worth $25.00 a night. Not sure what this eminence canoes and cabins think they have here - definitely not a five star hotel!!!! We do alot of traveling and were amazed at what a rip off this place was. We will head back to the current river but not to this outfit.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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canoe548, Owner at Eminence Canoes, Cottages & Campground, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2017

The duplex cottages are the only smoking allowed units on the property. We have upgraded the units with vinyl siding, metal roof, new flooring, walls, etc. The only complaints we receive are from non-smokers who make their reservations late and this is all we have left. We ozonate rooms for non smokers if we know they are sensitive to smoke. We also use heavy deoderizers but a smoking house will always smell like a smoking house. The smokers enjoy the units very much.

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Additional Information about Eminence Canoes, Cottages & Campground

Address: 3/4 mile north of Eminence, Hwy 19, PO Box 548, Eminence, MO 65466
Location: United States > Missouri > Eminence
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Eminence
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
CASUAL. RELAXED. NATURAL. The perfect Resort to "getaway from it all". Your playground is Missouri's largest National Park. 77,000 acres in Ozark Hill Country with 140 miles of crystal clear, spring fed river way. Eminence Canoes, Cottages & Camp gives you choices. You can lodge in our new Log Cabin with fireplace, private 7 person Hydrotherapy Spa and huge covered deck. Suites with all the extras: personal whirlpool tub, fireplace and king-size bed. Standard & Deluxe Cottages have all the COMFORTS of HOME. Accommodating 2-16 guests they are fully equipped with modern kitchens, private picnic area charcoal grill and fire pit. KIDS 6 & under FREE. Free wireless internet hot spot. Our campground is on an Ozark hillside overlooking the Jack's Fork River valley. Shower house and bathroom facility with all the privacy of home. Pull-thru RV sites with full hookups and tent sites. FREE hot showers! Children 6 & under Camp FREE. Pets welcome on campground. ... more   less 

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