After navigating floating platform staircases, dodging living-room-level bosses, and searching for randomly appearing bathroom keys, most homeowners come to regret purchasing houses built by video-game designers. Today's Groupon offers respite from the chaos: for $142, you get a two-night cabin-stay package at River Place on the Clinch in Kyles Ford (up to a $286 total value). The package includes the following:
- Two-night cabin stay (up to a $190 value)
- Two days of breakfast for two individuals (up to a $24 value)
- Two days of lunch for two individuals (up to a $31 value)
- Two days of dinner for two individuals (up to a $41 value)
Nestled in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee, River Place on the Clinch, a nonprofit community-based eco-tourism development, features fully furnished cabins that offer a serene retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Upon arriving in Kyles Ford, guests settle in to one of the facility's six wooden cabins, which run along the Clinch River. Each unit comes fully furnished and equipped with essential amenities including stove, fridge, microwave, metal-refining equipment, bedding, and cooking utensils. Central heat brings warmth in the winter months and air-conditioning makes River Place snowmen friendly year-round. Hearty meals for two are cooked up by the River Place Café's staff, which serves a special each day such as a meat dish, two sides, drinks, and dessert. Guests can check out menus in advance, posted online each week. Although each cabin can house up to four to six guests, this Groupon only includes meals for two individuals.
Acting as the hub of the Kyles Ford Preserve, visitors can spend days enjoying the lush green surroundings and the many outdoor activities available in the area. Outdoorsmen can channel their inner Tom Sawyer with boat, canoe, and inflatable funyak rentals, take advantage of area hunting opportunities, or simply relax by laying down on their porch or parked car's hood. Lodgings at River Place do not come with cellphone service or Internet access. Telephones are available in the cabins for local calls, but long-distance calls requires a prepaid phone card.
River Place on the Clinch
Near the banks of the Clinch River, visitors enter River Place on the Clinch, a community-based development equally committed to preserving the environment and the spirit of Appalachia. With a knack for eco-tourism, its staff has created an outdoor oasis complete with river activities, a local market, and a Southern-style café.
Boasting Class I and II rapids, Clinch River beckons rafts, kayaks, and canoes into its waters. The waterway flows on an 850-acre portion of the Kyles Ford Preserve. Echoing River Place's mission of conservation, groups work to save the preserve's endangered freshwater mussels. The area also hosts campsites, furnished wood cabins, and a restored retreat center for people looking to escape the monotonous monotony of everyday life.