Cliff House Inn near Jasper, Arkansas.
I don't often give business advertisements or endorsements on The Seventh Sola, but I will for the Cliff House. This place will always be special in my heart. It's located just south of Jasper along scenic Ark Route 7 in the Buffalo River country—in the heart of the western Arkansas Ozark Mountains.
I have stopped and eaten at the Cliff House several times through the years during my travels in AR. I have also stayed for several days in the inn part, located on the lower level of the restaurant building. The previous owners and the new owners are wonderful people and make you feel right at home. The food is great, especially the Angel Flake biscuits! There is a nice little gift shop where you can buy Ozark souvenirs. And the view from both the restaurant and the inn balcony is breathtaking. You can get up in the morning to watch the sunrise, and you'll find to your surprise on opening the door that there will be a carafe of hot coffee, mugs, cream and sugar on a tray outside your room waiting for you. Then, you can sit, relax, talk to the Lord and watch with wonder as the sun rises over the mountain ridge across the Buffalo River Canyon. If you're lucky, there will be clouds wafting below you through the canyon, especially if rain has fallen the evening before after a hot summer day.
The Buffalo River itself, of course, is the most beautiful river in the country as far as I am concerned. Stop in, take a dip, cool off, and even hike some of the many trails in the region. Be sure you take a camera.
The price of the rooms has gone up a bit since I last stayed, but to me, the $80 a night is well worth it. There is a larger suite if you want it, and the cost is a bit more. And after looking on the Cliff House website, I see that they have acquired some nearby cabins for guests to stay if you want a more rustic, private setting. I actually stayed at these very cabins when they were owned by someone else, and they're great!
So if you're in the mood for a vacation and a good place to get away from it all, visit this area, and stay/eat at the Cliff House. You'll be glad you did!