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Best Place to Get Off the Grid
Beckham Creek cave Lodge
Forget about cushy hotels, room service and walks around a bustling downtown. This woodsy retreat is just that: in the woods. Built in 1989, this 5,800-square-foot luxury home was built directly into Beckham Creek Cave. The lodge sits on 280 acres of total isolation and is surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The original cave walls are used whenever possible, which makes this extravagant home unlike anything else in the area. But don’t let the rustic exterior fool you. Inside you’ll find a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a game room with huge windows that look out across the valley to the bluffs. Upstairs is a master bedroom honeymoon suite that has rock walls and a Jacuzzi tub. There are three more bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Once you’ve logged in all the quiet time you can handle, you can bundle up in your winter coat and head out into the surrounding woods for a leisurely hike on one of the many trails that runs along the Buffalo National River.
Things to Love
Perfect For: A family retreat
The Best Part: You’re staying in a cave! Need we say more?
Nearby Fun: You can float the National Buffalo River during the rainy season, rock climb or take a drive along the scenic national Byway-Hwy 7.
Don’t Forget to Pack: Your walking shoes
Cost Per night: Call 870-446-6043 for updated pricing once the cave re-opens in early 2015.
Where to Find It: In Parthenon, Arkansas; Head south on 327 from Jasper, Arkansas
More Information: beckhamcavelodge.com
Stop along the way
Stop for lunch at Ozark Café (107 E. Court St., Jasper, Arkansas, 870-446-2976). This old-timey joint opened its doors in 1909 and has been serving home cooking ever since. If you think you’re up for a true man-versus-food situation, order yourself the Cow Patty: Two chicken-fried steaks served in a skillet. Or try the deep-fried burger, which is exactly what it sounds like. And the Excaliber Burger is really just two buttery grilled cheese sandwiches that hug a hamburger patty.