“It was hard to visualize. We came out here on a path all the way out to the edge and you could sort of see it. But as the trees came down you could see more of it, and it was just breathtaking.”
Tina Watson is referring to the view from her back porch at the White River Inn Luxury Bed and Breakfast Lodge. Situated some 300 feet above the river, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired lodge is a comfortable home away from home for visitors.
The lodge, built from coastal Western Red Cedar, sits on the very edge of a hill near Cotter. Getting there is interesting -- you leave Denton Ferry Road, which is paved, and take a long, curvy, winding gravel road up to the front door. But once you get there, you are in the lap of luxury.
“There are a lot of places to stay up here, but they’re rustic. There’s not a whole lot of places like this up here,” Tina told me when we took the tour.
The front door opens to the Great Room and its magnificent view of the sky on the other side of the lodge. Great beams of Douglas Fir stretch overhead. A mountain lion overlooks the leather furniture.
Straight out the back door you’ll find the most magnificent view of the White
River valley. The back patio overlooks several of the river’s bends. You can almost see all the way to the Bull Shoals Dam.
The White River Inn’s five guest suites are decked out in Mission furniture with high-end linens. Whirlpool baths and separate showers are available in each room. There’s a Jacuzzi on the back deck and several common areas in which to mingle.
Throughout the property, there are animals -- fish, deer and exotic wild animals that Moose Watson managed to take over the decades on hunting expeditions overseas. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more impressive trophy set anywhere.
There are animals outside, too. A deer feeder draws does and bucks in close to the lodge for viewing, and American Bald Eagles are often spotted from the deck and the wide windows.
White River Inn
924 County Road 174
Cotter, AR 72626