|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
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Summer getaway planners, treat your family to a truly unique vacation that allows togetherness and getting away from the crowd in a pristine, natural setting at Trimble Creek Lodge on beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. We would love to host your family getaway here.
We are a resort with the privacy of a Vacation Home, the extras of a Country Inn and the adventure of a 72-acre wilderness-location peninsula on beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. We offer one-of-a-kind vacation experiences for families, reunions and groups of 8-14 in a rustic upscale set-up that includes: A spacious Lodge for gathering, three unique and charming, fully equipped cottages, plus private boat & swim dock, bunkhouse, treehouse, disc golf course and horse shoe pits. We reserve the whole place to one group at a time so you would have sole access to the Lodge, 3 sleeping cottages and dock during your stay.
You will find plenty of extras here like great beds, fresh flowers, ironed sheets, homemade desserts & breads and on-site innkeepers. We live in a cottage attached to the West side of the Lodge, but you cook for yourselves in your kitchens with options to purchase meal additions, home baked breads or desserts. One reason our place is great for families and reunions is our Lodge Common Space – an airy room with cathedral ceilings, plank oak floors and fabulous views overlooking the lake where you can gather day or night for games, conversations, or meals. Then our guests move to our three cottages for sleeping and showering. The mile-long cove where our private dock is situated is not crowded and perfect for skiing, wakeboarding and swimming. In fact some days you will be the only boat in the cove. On Google Earth, find us at the end of the Trimble Creek cove of Bull Shoals Lake – we are the entire peninsula there.
All getaways include many extras including use of free boat slips and one free stand-up paddleboard or kayak for the week. In addition we offer Two Free Family Style Desserts or Breads – all homemade here at TCL. Enjoy a hand-churned ice cream event with your family complements of us. Or, try a batch of our TCL Crusty Home-made rolls and Lecy’s brownies, one of our cobblers or carrot cakes to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Optional Free baking lessons from Lulu, the TCL Cook are fun and popular here among cooks of all ages. Private dock, Wi-Fi in all the cottages and kitchens with everything from coffee to crock-pots make your stay distinctive, simple and relaxed.
OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING: What a wonderful place for our family reunion! Thank you for a relaxing vacation at your "nothing-more-to-be-desired place." Looking forward to being with you again!
“Remarkably outstanding” only begins to scratch the surface of the feelings we all have for our Arkansas family vacation at your “best kept secret” lake country resort… WOW. Rich & Carla TX
Y’all are amazing! You two go so way beyond what you have to do. You are an inspiration. Jason & Joy AR
Most comfy beds ever! Ray & Lorrie MO
What a bang up delight to find this place and two wonderful innkeepers to provide us with awesome experiences. Paul & Barbara TX
Thank you from all our hearts for making America feel like home! Sonia & Radu - Romania
ADDITIONAL DETAIL FOR FAMILIES & GROUPS
WHAT MAKES TRIMBLE CREEK LODGE UNIQUE?
We, Michael & Lulu, are your Innkeepers during your stay at Trimble Creek Lodge.
We personalize for each of our groups. Homemade ice cream, double chocolate brownies, free baking lessons and help celebrating a special occasion, birthday or anniversary are some of our unique offerings. Every vacation here includes at least two free family style food gifts from our Trimble Creek Lodge favorites including our own hand churned ice cream, double chocolate brownies or fabulous crusty fresh baked rolls. Spend time together in the Lodge, on the dock or at one of the many porches throughout our resort. Then, spread out for sleeping in our 3 stand-alone cottages plus the bunkhouse. We have a gas grill and provide most everything you need in our kitchens (waffle irons, crock pots, good knives, rolling pins, great pots, plenty of dishes and a dishwasher in the East Cottage), bathrooms and bedrooms (fluffy towels, high quality sheets we iron by hand for you, beautiful quilts, fresh flowers and American & English soaps). Bring your food and friends and you are set!
Bull Shoals has 1,000 acres of shoreline and the water is beautifully clean. Guests love swimming or just relaxing off our swim dock and enjoying the seclusion of our beautiful natural location. This lake is so large, you can boat or water ski without getting close to other boats – one of the reasons families love this place. We are located on a 72-acre peninsula in a wilderness area, have a great swim and boat dock with 28-foot slips, electricity, and a fish cleaning station. Our dock is for our guests only in a private cove on what many think is the most beautiful lake in the Ozarks. We have slips for your boats or jet skis, and you can also rent watercraft from 2 nearby marinas - 125 Marina or Buck Creek Marina. We also have 2 Kayaks, 2 youth size Stand Up Paddle Boards and a Jon boat available for a nominal fee for our guests to use during their stay here.
WHAT IS THE SET-UP INCLUDING SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS?
LODGE An ideal space for all your group gatherings, card games, pool tournaments, and simply spending time with friends and family. This large, airy space houses the library, vintage pool table, family-style dining tables, sofas, chairs, fireplace, hardwood floors, cherry paneling, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, and a twenty-two foot window wall with spectacular views of the lake and our Heart of the Ozarks hillsides. (We are at 900 feet elevation, the lake at 650). Attached to the East Cottage, and opening to back and front decks complete with grill, a sun deck, a sun-shading pergolas and outdoor furniture, the Lodge is a favorite with all our family reunions for lounging, refreshing, outdoor meals and catching up with those we love in our naturally mosquito-free location. The treehouse, disc golf course, foosball table (porch location) and nearby horseshoe pits provide additional outdoor fun for your group. The Hot Tub Room, a lovely 12 X 12 redwood enclosed room with windows on three sides, houses our hot-tub-for-two and is also attached to the Lodge. About 1200 sf or a combined 2600 sf with the East Cottage. Wi-Fi available. Available all Seasons.
EAST COTTAGE Typically the location for joint dinner preparations, the two and a half bedroom East Cottage is fully equipped with kitchen, lake view grill, bathroom, satellite TV, living room, sofas, chairs, air conditioning, linens, fireplace and two fridges for those extra vacation foods. Two queen-sized beds, two queen sofa sleepers, one futon, and one twin chair sleeper provide sleeping for 2-6 guests. Attaches directly to the Lodge. About 1400 sf. Wi-Fi available. Available all Seasons.
MEADOW HOUSE A charming two-bedroom cottage style vacation home provides additional sleeping, kitchen and bathroom spaces for groups using the East Cottage and Lodge. A kitchen, family room, TV, bathroom, linens and air conditioning make the Meadow House perfect for families with younger children, grandparents, or those who enjoy a quiet getaway. A large covered porch provides lovely forest vistas where wild turkey regularly feed over rolling hills. Each bedroom sleeps two in queen beds and the family room also offers sleeping for teens or children on a large sofa and a twin futon. Sleeps 2-6. About 900 sf. Wi-Fi available. Summer Only.
THE BARN AT TRIMBLE CREEK LODGE And Yes! It's really in the Barn! A perfect additional "away from the crowd" sleeping space for a couple. One bedroom with a queen bed, bathroom, family room/kitchen with full sized futon, and lovely views of an oak tree dappled meadow, located between the Meadow House and the Lodge/East Cottage. Located on the ground floor of our barn. Sleeps 2-4. Wi-Fi available. Summer Only.
BUNKHOUSE A Separate sleeping space with a view of the forest, is an option for all groups who also rent the Lodge and East Cottage. Located just west of the Lodge, it provides sleeping and adventure for 5-6 tweens or teens in one full size futon and two sets of bunk beds. Guests sleeping in the Bunkhouse come into the Lodge or East Cottage to use a bathroom. Summer Only.
BATHROOMS & SHOWERS Trimble Creek Lodge offers a total of four guest bathrooms (one each in the Meadow House, East Cottage, Barn at TCL and Lodge). The Lodge bathroom has a large old-fashioned claw foot tub and an assortment of bubble baths (not a shower though). We also have an outdoor shower located near the East Cottage with a privacy screen on three sides and the forest on the third.
SLEEPING SUMMARY East Cottage: Green Room (1 queen), White Room (1 queen), Tile Room (1 double futon). Family Room (2 queen sofa sleepers and 1 twin chair sleeper). Meadow House: Blue Room (1 queen), Pink Room (1 queen), Family Room (1 large sofa & 1 twin futon for teen or child sleeping); Bunkhouse: 1 full futon & 2 sets of bunkbeds; the Barn at Trimble Creek Lodge: 1 queen & 1 full futon; Lodge: everyone for fun, dinner or gathering 24/7 (no beds).
SUMMER AVAILABILITY: All Spaces 2-14 guests.
SPRING & FALL AVAILABILITY: Lodge & East Cottage Only 2-6 guests
WHAT'S NEARBY? The Buffalo River is not far and lovely for day trips & river floats. The nearby White River is famous for trout fishing. We are only an hour from the shows and shopping in Branson, MO. Harrison, AR, 45 minutes, has great prices on antiques, plus groceries and restaurants. Visit Yellville or Flippin AR for used books & groceries. Eureka Springs is great for upscale boutique shopping & Victorian architecture. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is in Bentonville, AR – both 1.5 hours west. Google Arkansas Trails for hiking info in this region.
We are honored by the many wonderful families and groups who in the last 15 years have chosen Trimble Creek Lodge for their vacations & getaways. Over the years we created many memories during our own family vacations with our children and extended family & friends. We hope you will do the same during your time here with us in Arkansas, the Natural State. We are fortunate our kids still return “to the Lake.” As a family, we treasure the things that are most different from our daily lives – long and competitive card games, lazy afternoons on the lake, learning new ways to have fun in the water – tubing, skiing, wakeboarding, fishing and making up games of our own!
Here at Trimble Creek Lodge we hope you enjoy leaving your normal lives behind and experiencing life in our unique, natural setting where summer days are distinctive, simple and relaxed. Enjoy fixing and eating family breakfasts or dinners when no one is rushed to get to work, soccer or school. Take the time to enjoy a quiet morning outdoors listening to the birds. Have a family story/discussion night and hear everyone’s stories – Grandpa as well as young ones (Michael & Lorilee have a basket of story-starting questions). Instead of going to the gym, enjoy walking or running on the lanes among the cottages & grounds or down to the lake and back. Borrow a book from our library and read it outdoors, on the dock or in one of our cozy nooks. Play games with your kids.
Please let us know any questions about Trimble Creek Lodge. We want your vacation to be memorable and we are here to help but not to interfere with your family fun and celebrations. When asked if a group's noisy, late-night celebrations will bother us, we often reply, "In 15 years, no one has never been has loud as our own, wonderful, boisterous family!" Our hope is that your family and friends will build your own memories and vacation traditions here in one of the most pristine, natural environments you will find in all of the US.
Michael & Lorilee (Lulu) purchased this house in 2002
We vacationed on Bull Shoals Lake for years with own our kids who loved to ski, wakeboard and swim. Because this lake is so clean, large & open, we felt more secure teaching our then quite young children to ski. We didn’t worry about other boats getting too close if the kids fell while skiing or tubing or if we just wanted to stop our boat somewhere and jump out for a cooling swim!
We realized there were no places quite like Trimble Creek Lodge on this lake– somewhere families could gather in privacy but with a few more amenities than were typically offered in this region. Our business was born in 2002 with the desire to create a vacation location for families that was distinctive, yet simple and relaxed. The way our own family likes to vacation.
As Innkeepers on the property we can offer assistance as well as the free homemade food items and baking lessons for those who want to learn to bake bread, our own brownies or pies. In this wilderness setting we can also offer advice about shopping, safety, boat rentals and other activities. There’s not a guest laundry so we keep your swim, kitchen & bath towels clean during your stay too. We strive to make every getaway memorable & unique while not interfering with family fun & celebrations.
Below are some of our guest's favorite things to do here:
Tube, Waterski Wakeboard & Swim on the lake where the water is beautiful and clean. Relax off the dock where there’s both sun & shade for swimmers and relaxers.
Eat, sleep, read, fish!
Game night in the Lodge – TCL has many games or bring your favorites.
Bring your Discs & enjoy our 9 Hole Disc Golf Course.
Make and eat homemade ice cream!
Watch the hummingbirds, phoebes, bluebirds, orioles, indigo buntings, nuthatches, turkey, osprey, herons, hawks or an occasional eagle.
Bring your bikes for riding between the Meadow House or Barn at TCL and Lodge.
Take outdoor showers in icy cold well water or a bath at the lake.
Go to the next section for more things to do!
The previous section began a list of guests’ favorite activities – continued here:
Boat on this beautiful, clean and sparsely populated Lake – 1,000 miles of shoreline. Pack a picnic, find a nice cove, jump in the lake for a swim or play keep away. Nap or read in the boat with no one else in sight.
Enjoy a baking lesson and learn to make Lulu’s homemade bread, pies or other goodies.
Read a book from home or one of the magazines or books we have available for our guests and sign the TCL Treehouse Reading Wall of Fame!
Float the icy cold White River and fish for trout.
Have a horseshoes or washers tournament.
Have a bonfire, (weather permitting) and bring your guitars! (Our county sometimes proclaims a “burn ban” if the weather is dry. This protects the forests that surround Trimble Creek Lodge.)
Float the Buffalo River and see why this is popular with outdoors enthusiasts.
Travel to the original Bass Pro Shop, Springfield, MO – the outdoor enthusiasts and fishermen & women will thank you!
Explore Branson shows, shopping, & entertainment like Silver Dollar City, Dixie Stampede zip-lines through the woods and more.
Visit the Ranger Boat Factory in Flippin, Arkansas! (Tours M-F, 8:30, 10:30 & 1:30)
Visit the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, set in a beautiful natural location.
Visit the Farmers Market, Antique stores, churches or other community events in Harrison, AR, 45 minutes from Trimble Creek Lodge.
Build your own vacation memories and tell us so we can add them to this list!
Thank you for the wonderful honeymoon! Everything was perfect. Can’t wait to come back with the kids!
Wonderful experience! Michael & Lorilee are incredible hosts! They are there when you need them, respectful of your privacy. Upscale rustic accommodations, I can't stress enough how clean everything is, feels like home. Beautiful property, with gorgeous view of the lake from the lodge. Bull Shoals Lake is clean. Enjoyed paddle boarding, kayaking, paddle boating & tubing on the lake. Will recommend to friends & family.
We had a 60 Wedding Anniversary Reunion for my parents. All five siblings and family had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the water, cooking, and most of all the being away from it all. It was so peaceful and relaxing.
We have stayed with Michael and Lorilee many times. We love them and the rustic upscale experience that they provide. From the welcoming meal, to the gorgeous lake view, to the tastefully decorated accomodations, to the private dock on a peaceful cove, this place can't be beat. Lorilee and Michael are there when you need them, but also very respectful of your privacy. They are very accommodating and easy to work with. Always a great experience.
Thank you so much for the outstanding hospitality and the successful family reunion! I cannot tell you how thrilled I was with your cottages and the lodge. Everything was beautiful, inside and out. The only kitchen we used was the one in the East Cottage and I must say I have never seen a rental so well stocked.
The relaxing atmosphere in the lodge led to great conversations, lots of laughs and catching up with family that we don't see often. Sitting on the patio or in the lodge, looking out at the lake was beyond breathtaking! It's easy to see how the two of you fell in love with the place!
I have already recommended Trimble Creek to others and I will always remember that weekend fondly!
Peaceful, relaxing, secluded getaway with neat, tidy accommodations. Three buildings with comfortable sleeping quarters. Their most excellent beds provide great sleep.
Gracious host and hostess engage with the guests with taste and style. They will cook for you, but if you bring your own food to prepare in one of the three fully equipped kitchens, they might still bring surprises like Lulu's Trimble Lodge bread or home made ice cream. I got Lulu's bread recipe and made some since!
My brothers and I each had one of the 5 bedrooms. 2 in the main house, 1 in the barn apartment, and two in the house on the border. TV's in each. WiFi, too. There is a fully covered tree house near the main house, which we oldsters never entered, but kids would never pass up.
We went out to fish and play golf during the day, but at nite, we were invited to use the fire pit for a bonfire. Horseshoe pits, too.
A pool table and other games are in the great hall that features big picture windows for looking out over the lake.
If you get up before dawn and look out the window, you will see deer, turkey and plenty of other birds to enjoy watching.
I watched the sun come up two mornings. Nice!
If you are considering this place, BOOK IT!
When we were looking for a place on a nearby lake to celebrate our anniversary this past fall, my husband and I wanted someplace special. Trimble Creek is just that place, part lake resort and spa, with beautiful gardens in a private, natural setting. The owners made us feel welcome immediately. For a special anniversary treat they prepared a wonderful fireside meal for us. I still marvel at their wonderful hospitality. This is by no means your average lake resort. I never felt like I had to "make do" in the kitchen, bath or bedroom. We highly recommend Trimble Creek Lodge.
Summer reunions & groups reserve the entire resort. Trimble Creek Lodge is a cross between a Resort, a Vacation Home and a Country Inn, located on a lovely 72 acre peninsula of Bull Shoals Lake in a secluded, wilderness location. You will find plenty of extras like great beds, fresh flowers, ironed sheets and home-made desserts but you can cook for yourselves in our well equipped kitchens. One reason our place is great for reunions is our Lodge Common Space – an airy room with cathedral ceilings and plank oak floors overlooking the lake where you can gather day or night for games, conversations, or meals. This is a great lake for fishing, boating, waterskiing, tubing and other family water fun. The mile-long cove where our private dock is situated is not crowded and perfect for family water sports - you can always find a secluded cove to teach your kids to ski. New in 2015 is a 9 hole Disc Golf Course on Trimble Creek Lodge Property for our guests only! Within an hour’s drive find Golf courses, Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO, White & Buffalo Rivers. Visit the town of Eureka Springs (1.5 hours) for upscale shopping and fabulous Victorian architecture. The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville offers first-class American art in a fabulous natural setting just 90 miles from Trimble Creek Lodge.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 6 2017 - Sep 9 2017
6 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||$225 + Tax|
|Dock||$200 + Tax|
We offer many extras for all our groups. VRBO "QUICK QUOTES" are sometimes incorrect for our property, which has many options. Call 870-436-3222 for your rate. Summers are scheduled 5-7 nights Sat-Sat & Summer Minimum Rates start at $2995 for 10 or fewer guests + fees for additional guests, dock & cleaning fees -14 max. Discounts or extras for Spring/Fall Weekends