Deep in the foothills of the Ouachita River Mountains, better known as the “Ouachitas” is a rustic Airbnb cabin like no other. Acres of secluded woods where the Ouachita River flows and trails are waiting to be explored. Standing on the deck of this peaceful retreat allows one to hear nature waking up and moving about foraging for the day. It is Fall now so the sound of the leaves rustling and falling to the floor of this beautiful land is a peace you just can’t find in the city. A hammock sits waiting for guests to lay down the city life and absorb the fresh air while taking in the goings on of the water foul nearby.
The owner and host of this cabin is Bill. He is a retired Electrical Engineer, had a shop for 10 years where he restored automobiles and is an avid Ducati racer. His side-kick Cota is a 160 pound English Mastiff with a huge personality and supplies humor better than most comedians. He was named after the Circuit Of The America’s which was the first track Bill took his Ducati up to 200mph.
There is also a Critter monitor on site named Obama. Last one of a large litter to survive the outdoor life of doing what he does best. He will approach you with a very vocal greeting while walking around the cabin making sure everything is as it should be.
Bill decided after spending several years in Africa and traveling through Europe, he would pay forward the hospitality he was given by opening the doors of the Ouachita River Cabin and becoming an Airbnb host. Having a choice of booking the King or Queen rooms, you simply can’t go wrong. The Queen room is cozy and on the bottom floor while the very spacious King room is upstairs with a “to die for” bed and a large deck overlooking the River. The interior of this cabin is adorned with pieces of the life Bill experienced in other countries. My one and only night in this Ouachita River cabin was spent mentally absorbing a culture I will never get to experience in person and I can say that Bill put it within my grasp and I was able to capture it in photos and in my mind. The most interesting one to me was the elephant leg that when looked at closely had the most interesting carvings in it!
The morning of my departure, I walked in to Bill’s home to be greeted with a candle lit table set for one. As I watched him cook bacon, eggs and biscuits, I asked him why he wanted to be an Airbnb host since he obviously loves the solitude that comes with this location. Bill told me that when he was traveling through Europe, he would spend hours talking with the hosts of the B&B’s he stayed in. He knew right then that he wanted to meet interesting people from all over the world and get to know their stories. He made that dream come true just under a year ago through Airbnb. The journal in the cabin shows the lives he has touched in a short time and I believe there are many more experiences in store for Bill, Cota and Obama the cat.
Don’t miss out on what Arkansas and this Airbnb host has to offer. Travelers looking for hiking, kayaking, mountain biking or just some good ole R&R can find Bill and his crew here and here. It is also possible to rent the entire cabin. You won’t be disappointed.