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Christmas 2021

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Lazy River Cottage. We are excited to share our festively decorated cottage with you and your family. The pictures don’t do it justice. It is truly a magical place to enjoy some time during the holidays.

We thought “An Old Fashioned Christmas” style would fit the cottage perfectly. Sprinkled throughout the cottage, you’ll find a few festive touches sure to put a smile on your face.

A reindeer welcomes you on the buffet in the dining room. This is where you’ll find our guest book and game basket. We absolutely love getting to read your notes in the guest book. Thank you!

The downstairs Master Bedroom has a small nod to Christmas. I love the cedar greenery and you can never go wrong with tartian plaid and navy blue.

Upstairs in the sleeping loft you’ll find our family’s favorite reindeer nestled between the twin beds. This special little reindeer has spent the last 8 Christmases in our son’s room. He’s in high school now and has decided to share him with you and your family this year during your stay at Lazy River Cottage.

The Queen Bedroom upstairs features a few snow dusted pine trees and a Santa Clause on the bombay chest.

The two story rock fireplace is one of my favorite features of the interior of the cottage. It’s stunning all on its own, but something about a fire and a mantle decorated for Christmas, makes it even more stunning.

The mantle is ready for your stocking to be hung with care.

The mantle features a pine, cedar, and magnolia garland with red ornament accents and two nutcrackers that have been in our life since we first got married. I bought these years ago and we have enjoyed them over the years, but they just look at home here on the mantle at Lazy River Cottage.

The living room has two lighted features, the 9 foot tall Christmas tree and the 32’ of garland on the balcony railing. Both of these are controlled with a remote. We tried to label it to make it easier.

The lighted garland, tree, and front door feature the 3 ribbons that set the tone for “An Old Fashioned Christmas”. I plan to do a post next week specifically about the tree and garland and how to get that look, in case anyone’s interested.

If you stay at Lazy River Cottage during the holidays, be sure to use the dimmer switch to the living room lights on the wall by the closet under the stairs. It makes the evening feel even more magical with the lights dimmed, the Christmas lights on, and the fire going.

Last, but not least, I decided to try something different on the front door this year and I love how it turned out. We also added a festive welcome mat to greet you when you arrive.

I’m not a videographer, but we hope you enjoy this short tour of the main living area all decorated for Christmas at Lazy River Cottage.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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We would love to host your next mountain getaway to Mentone, AL! Located on Little River by DeSoto Falls, kayak beautiful Little River during your stay at Lazy River Cottage with kayaks provided for guest use. Check out our website at for more information about Lazy River Cottage in Mentone, AL, just steps from DeSoto Falls and DeSoto Falls Trailheads.

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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

We happened upon this best-kept secret in North Alabama in 2017 when looking for a place to spend quality time with family.  The serene beauty of Mentone, AL along with its close proximity to Chattanooga, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Atlanta drew us in. 


Our family has spent as much time as possible on Little River by Desoto Falls ever since.  It has become a place of refuge and rest for our family and we have been blessed to have the opportunity to make countless memories in this extraordinary area of the state. 

We hope you and your family and friends will make as many wonderful memories here as we have.

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