I received a stay at the Red Cedar Lodge to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.
Red Cedar Lodge is located on the Cedar River just outside Charles City, Iowa. Tom and Lorraine moved back to Charles City to build a home, a business, and a life in Tom’s hometown. They found the perfect property on the Cedar River and built the perfect getaway for visitors to the area who want to canoe or kayak down the Cedar River, hike across the fields and through the woods, or just relax and take in the views from the porch, campfire, or hot tub. According to Lorraine, Tom, the son of a local architect, put a lot of thought and many of his own good ideas into the plans for the cabins, and it shows.
The North Iowa Bloggers were treated to a two-day getaway in Sunrise Ridge Cabin at Red Cedar Lodge in return for an honest review of the property. Having traveled to five continents and experienced great lodging all over the world, let me assure you this property is easy to recommend. It’s nicely furnished in a cabin style, well cared for, and immaculate. With two bedrooms on the main floor, a loft with a double and a bunk bed, and a sleeper sofa in the living room, this cabin easily sleeps 10. Our group of six women had plenty of space and with two full bathrooms, no one had to wait long to use the beautiful showers.
The open living space flows from one area to the next allowing everyone to gather without crowding. There is a large flat screen TV which we never turned on and a gas fireplace which we used both morning and evening to take off the October chill. The WiFi performed well with six bloggers on-line at the same time on several devices each. The kitchen is well equipped and fully supplied with all the essentials.
The grounds are as well thought out and planned as the cabins. The fire pit has plenty of chairs surrounding it and there is wood available to build a campfire. The amazing hot tub with lighting that changes from red to green to blue is located on an attractive brick patio with a fireplace. After a busy day exploring Main Street, Charles City, the hot tub provided an extra special treat for us to relax and unwind.
The path to the river is easy to find and the photo opportunities were excellent. In mid-October, the kayaks were already stored away for the winter but having kayaked the Cedar River before, I can tell you this would be a great experience.
Whether you’re looking for a place for a family gathering, a girlfriends getaway, or a romantic couple’s weekend, Red Cedar Lodge has a lot to offer. It was a perfect getaway for us.
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