Imagine a place where giant clear-water lakes feed sparkling mountain rivers, ancient towering bluffs rise above the rushing waters of The Buffalo River, magnificent underground caverns are preserved forever, record-breaking trout play in cool mountain streams, abundant wildlife roam in mountain forests, the night sky shines with the brilliance of the heavens. Our editors have recently found such a unique place…
Named after the Cherokee Indian word for 'adventure', this luxury lodge is hidden in a part of America away from mass tourism, yet there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.
From exciting water sports, to fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, crystal mining, antiquing - or just relaxing on one of the plush daybeds or hammocks scattered around the extensive grounds. The perfect respite from city life, the lodge really is a taste of paradise - a chance for you to kick back, experience new things and have no cares in the world for an endless week of fun.
Magical evenings with lake view
Set on 12 secluded acres overlooking Lake Norfork and the Ozark Mountains, this private estate has breathtaking lake views from every angle. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house is newly renovated in an eco-luxury style, with the latest stainless steel appliances, luxury bamboo bed linens, silk curtains, wool rugs and limestone bathrooms with rock sinks, egg baths, rainfall and massage showers.
The large, heated pool comes complete with giant daybeds and cushioned sun loungers.
Evenings are magical; the pool glows in alternating colors and the gardens are lit by hundreds of solar lanterns.
There are plenty of decks around the house with tables and chairs for entertaining and a grand staircase leading down to the lawn.
Water skiiing and wake boarding
On site is a 9-hole Frisbee golf course, in the shade of the giant oak trees, along with a horseshoe pit. The games room features a baby grand piano, pool table, table tennis table, card table, Wii Games, drum kit, gramophone, and dulcimer. Guests can rent a boat from the nearby marina, to go out tubing, water skiing, wake boarding and knee-boarding.
The 550 mile lake is surrounded by rolling hills and trees, as no buildings are allowed on the shores of the lake.
This keeps pollution away from the lake, the water is so clear there are even scuba diving centers. Most days, you will be able to zoom around the lake and never even see another boat.
Fishing & fun shopping
Fishing is another popular sport in the area. Voted 2nd best town in the USA by Field and Stream Magazine, "Norfork Lake and Bull Shoals Lake teem with largemouths, as well as stripers and walleyes. The kicker, however, is that you can also catch big trout with flies in the White or Norfork (North Fork) Rivers. It's fair to say that these tailwaters-part of a 170-mile network of coldwater streams - are some of the world's best trout fisheries.
The nearby Buffalo River was the topic of an 8-page article by National Geographic Magazine.
The USA's first national river floats you gently through rapids by canoe to beaches where you can stop for picnics. Hike along streams to find waterfalls and rocky bluffs covered with wildflowers.
Look out for wildlife, butterflies, hummingbirds, deer and elk. For a fun shopping trip, head to Eureka Springs - beautiful art galleries, blown glass sculptures and handmade jewelry. There are also caves, such as Blanchard Caverns just down the road with spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.
Weather in the Ozark Mountains is mild, with temperatures between 70 degrees and 90 degrees from March until October.Save & Share