To say the past year has been the ultimate test of mental and physical health would be the understatement of, well, the year. Like many Arkansans, my wife and I desperately needed some time away from the perils and plight of the world after enduring all that was 2020 and all that has become of 2021. We sought out an antidote at Country Charm Log Cabins in Bismarck, and it was just what the doctor ordered.
Fortunately for us, the Natural State has plenty of places off the beaten path from which to choose to accomplish such a desire — no matter which corner of the state you look, there is a myriad of cabins or lodges and places to camp or glamp. It was a little overwhelming trying to narrow down all of the great options to just one, but something about Country Charm Log Cabins just felt right. It is a quiet refuge amongst the trees, but not inconveniently out of the way at only an hour away from our home in Little Rock, and about 30 minutes from Hot Springs. (It was really important for us new parents to feel “close” to our 14-month-old on our first weekend without him.)
When looking through the website, it’s easy to see why the place is so highly rated on Tripadvisor, Facebook and Google. Upon arriving and seeing the spot firsthand, it definitely lived up to its glowing reputation.
Country Charm Log Cabins consists of six distinct cabins on more than 40 wooded acres, which include walking trails, ponds and a gazebo. Each unique cabin features an outdoor hot tub, grill, hammock, fire pit, porch swings, and fully equipped kitchens.
The originality of the custom-built cabins is definitely part of the “charm” of the place, as it’s easy to see why people would want to make return trips — not only to relive the experience over and over, but also to have a very different experience each time. No two cabins are the same.
There’s the Ozark Log Cabin, a two-level, 1,092-square-foot cabin with a king bed, queen bed, whirlpool tub, upper loft, and all of the other amenities featured in each cabin.
The Ultimate Honeymoon Log Cabin also features a king bed, outdoor hot tub and indoor whirlpool, but shakes things up with an open floor plan and even a brass dance pole.
Then, there’s the Romance Log Cabin, which has a unique all-season room that connects to the outdoor hot tub and outdoor shower, each of which is situated within a covered and privacy-fenced deck.
The Couples Log Cabin offers a little more of a quaint take on many of the former details. A smaller and even more intimate space, it’s a one-room cabin with a queen bed, indoor whirlpool just a few feet away from the bed, outdoor hot tub and shower (which is also covered and fenced.)
The Red Leaf Spa Cabin is, in the owner’s words, “the ultimate in privacy and amenities.” It includes an infrared sauna, massage table, treadmill, two-person jetted tub, as well as the outdoor staples of the hot tub, grill, fire pit and hammock.
The Hide Away Log Cabin was where we spent our weekend, and definitely lives up to its name. It is the last cabin on the row, perched on a hill within the tranquility of the forest. The one-room cabin has a Tempur-Pedic queen bed, a curved satellite TV, as well as the outdoor hot tub, porch swing and hammock. It was also just a short walk from the nature trails and ponds, which was a nice added benefit. There was also something really nice about being the furthest-out cabin on the property. That really cemented the secluded and relaxing vibes.
The website even includes 3D tours of each cabin to help you choose between all the great options.
Country Charm Log Cabins is definitely a hidden gem and the perfect place for a weekend (or week-long) getaway. We spent our whole stay on the property but read many reviews of folks staying at Country Charm while spending their days in Hot Springs for the races, Bathhouse Row, or the many other tourist attractions of the Spa City.