As mentioned in my White River Trout Fishing blog entry, my Ozark mountain lodging management experience began 17 years ago when my wife and I bought our first resort here in Arkansas. From that time forward, I have answered the question, "Where should I stay?".
Styles of lodging varies as much as the interests of travelers. The cities of Harrison and Mountain Home both have a variety of chain and privately owned motels. Resorts on Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Norfork, and the White River have a variety of full service resorts to privately owned houses managed for short term rentals. Areas surrounding the Buffalo River abound with secluded cabins widely ranging in levels of comfort and amenities. Therefore, the answer to the question of where to stay in the Ozarks is most frequently followed with my own question, "What do you want to do?".
Another question that the Ozark vacationer should ask themselves is, "Who am i traveling with?". If traveling with people that do not want to prepare their own food, then know that a secluded cabin may have a long drive to a restaurant. If your husband cannot stand to be without internet connection for a few days, then be sure to check websites for availability of wireless.
I always welcome phone calls and e-mails to my office. If you intend to ask me about the best cabin, resort, or motel in the Ozarks, expect to answer my own set of questions for you. Eventually, you will answer your own question and will end up at the best place to stay - for YOU.