I received a stay at the Red Cedar Lodge to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.


I was recently able to stay at the Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City, IA with my fellow North Iowa Bloggers for a fun weekend getaway.  Even though I have driven by the property many times when entering Charles City, this was my first visit and I was more than impressed.

The owner, Lorraine Winterink rolled out the red carpet for us, providing snacks, wine, and lots of Charles City goodies  while she enthralled us with the history about the lodge and how her and her husband, Tom, built these cabins in his hometown.  They were inspired by lodges where they lived in Arizona, and wanted to bring that feel back home.  As someone who has lived in AZ myself, the cabins had the luxury of a southwestern getaway, with a welcoming midwest feel.

We were lucky to stay during a seasonably warm fall weekend, and it was absolutely beautiful.  The property was still green, with some beautiful fall colors peeking through.  We walked down the path from our cabin that led directly to the Cedar River.  In the summer months, it allows perfect access for enjoying water sports such as kayaking, or just a lazy float down the river.  It was still beautiful in October, a very serene view.

RCL view from cabin

RCL path

RCL Cedar River

Our cabin was the Sunrise Ridge model that sleeps 10-12 people.  We only had a group of 6, so there was ample room and I could easily see a family (or 3) enjoying the cabin without being too crowded.  It was equipt with a full kitchen, two bathrooms with all the amenities of a fancy hotel, wifi access, plenty of reading material and board games, and a fireplace that warmed us as enjoyed girl talk at night.

RCL cabin

Red Cedar Lodge is a great destination spot that I would recommend  to anyone for a girls’ weekend, family reunion, or just a fun “staycation” for people who live in North Iowa.  It was a fun getaway, and I will be sure to return.


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  1. I loved following along with all of you when you were doing your Charles City trip—-it made me wish I had spent some time there as well before I moved. The lodge looks amazing and it seems like you all had a great time there! Thanks for the virtual tour!

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