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How close can we fly to your location, and what about a rental car?

The closest airport with commercial flights and car rental is Jonesboro, Arkansas, (JBR) which is about a 1-hour drive from Shady River. JBR offers Hertz car rental.

The closest large airport is Memphis, Tennessee, (MEM) which is about a 2-hour drive from Shady River. We are also about 2-1/2 hours from the Little Rock, Arkansas, (LIT) airport. These larger airports offer multiple car rental options.

Private planes can land at the Pocahontas airport, but there's no local car rental available. The nearest car rental to Pocahontas is about 40 minutes away, in Jonesboro.

 

How do we find you?

You'll need a car to get to us. There is a "zoomable" area map here. Click [-] to zoom the map out and see where in the world we are. Click [+] to zoom in for a close-up view. If you have a GPS unit, you can also enter the map coordinates so you can drive right to our location. Map coordinates for the property entrance are: 36 20' 02.88" N      91 06' 04.85" W

 

Do you have hi-speed internet, phone, or TV?

Our remote location prevents us from having phones or an Internet connection in the cottages. While the mountains around us block cell phone reception to much of our property, there are "hot spots" on the property where cell service is available.

Connection for TV channels is not provided, but a TV and DVD movies and player are placed in each cottage for your enjoyment. Feel free to bring your own DVDs.

 

Is this "getaway" for families or couples?

All combinations of people come to Shady River, usually for a weekend or a week.  The cottages sleep four guests comfortably, but will sleep six. Children should be supervised during all activities on our property and on the river. Shady River provides a canoe, kayaks, and tubes, along with the necessary personal flotation and safety devices.  Due to insurance regulations, all equipment, including the electric kart, is for use by Shady River registered guests only.

 

Are children welcome?

Yes. We do charge and additional $15 per person, per night, if there are more than 2 people in your cottage.

 

Are children safe in your rural surroundings?

Children should be supervised during all activities on our property and on the river.  Shady River provides a canoe, kayaks, and tubes, along with the necessary personal flotation and safety devices. Due to insurance regulations, all equipment, including the electric kart, is for use by Shady River registered guests only.

 

Can we bring our pets with us?

Small house-broken dogs are welcome. An additional $15 per night fee is charged for each dog you bring. We must have a credit card on file for any guest bringing pets. Guests will be responsible for any damage or injury done by the pet, including replacement cost of any furniture damaged. Pets must never be left alone in the cottages.

 

Can we smoke in the cottage?

No, we don't allow smoking in the cottages. You can smoke outside, but in order to protect the woodlands, please be sure to properly extinguish and dispose of your cigarettes.

 

Can you arrange for us to fish the river, take float trips, etc.

To make arrangements for fishing and other river excursions, contact "La Dolce Vita Arkansas." Mable will be happy to help you plan and enjoy your time on the river!

Shady River provides a canoe, kayaks, and tubes, along with the necessary personal flotation and safety devices. Due to insurance regulations, all equipment, including the electric kart, is for use by Shady River registered guests only.

 

Do you have a swimming pool?

No. We swim in the clean, cool, shady Eleven Point River.

 

Are there scheduled events?

Your schedule is your own. Check out our Things To Do page.  We suggest you think about bringing sketch pads, field guides, binoculars, a camera, and river wading shoes.

There are occasional festivals and events in our area. Study our Area Attractions page for more information.

 

Is there anything else to see and do in your area?

Lots. See our Area Attractions page.

 

Where can I get groceries and supplies?

Most people drive into the nearby town of Pocahontas (population about 7000), which has supermarkets, restaurants, and a Walmart Supercenter. See the Contact/Location page for a map. The maps at the bottom of the page here show locations of restaurants and the supercenter in Pocahontas.

 

What do we need to bring?

We furnish most of what you need, including kitchen utensils, silverware, plates, pots, pans, bed sheets, pillows, blankets, comforters, towels, washcloths, and soap.

You should bring whatever you would generally take to stay at a hotel, plus food, swimwear, sunscreen, and other personal items you'd like to have with you during your stay on the river. We suggest you think about bringing sketch pads, flora and fauna field guides, binoculars, a camera, and river wading shoes.

Shady River provides a canoe, kayaks, and tubes, along with the necessary personal flotation and safety devices. Due to insurance regulations, all equipment, including the electric kart, is for use by Shady River registered guests only.
 

 

Should we bring our own food?

There is no food service on the premises. Most people stop in one of the supermarkets in Pocahontas upon arrival in our area. Each cottage is equipped with a full kitchen and all necessary utensils. The water is our good, cold, clean well-water, but you might prefer to bring your own.

If you are arriving late, with advance notice and an extra fee, we will supply the cottage with food for you to prepare your first breakfast.

 

What can I expect the weather to be like when we're there?

Arkansas weather is always unpredictable. We have all four seasons well represented, without harsh winters. The summer months are warm to hot with cooling local thunder showers a few times during the week.  We have our dry-spells, and our wet-spells.

Currently at Shady River

Click here for average temperature and precipitation, month-by-month.

 

Do you take reservations throughout the year?

We take reservations between March 1 and the Monday after Thanksgiving. The cottages are closed during winter months.

 

Is an advance deposit required before we arrive?

We charge your first night's lodging at the time your reservation is made. This assures that the cottage will be held for the date(s) you have requested. If you stay for additional nights, we will collect for those after you arrive, payable by charge card or cash as you wish.

 

What is your cancellation or no-show policy?

Once a reservation is made, you can cancel it and receive a refund of your reservation deposit, less a $25 cancellation fee, as long as the cancellation is made at least one week before your scheduled arrival date. If you cancel on shorter notice, or if you do not show up for your reservation at all, we cannot refund the one-night's lodging you paid for at the time your reservation was made, but we will cancel any additional nights you may have reserved at no additional charge.

 

What is your checkout procedure?

Since any balance due on your account is collected on your arrival day, you don't need to locate us to check out. Just leave the cottage door keys on the kitchen table and lock up as you leave.

Please leave things as you found them (no need to make the beds...we'll be changing them and the towels). Doors and windows should be locked. All dishes should be washed and put away. Please remove any opened food from the refrigerator and cabinets and place it in the trash receptacle outside the cottage.

 

In case of a medical emergency, where would we go.

The "Five Rivers Medical Center" in Pocahontas, Ark. is only 12 miles away.  It is a 36-bed hospital with full emergency-room services.

 

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