Are your weekends sometimes so activity-packed that you welcome Monday's return to work just to catch your breath? As Mother Nature shows off her splendor one last time before winter sets in, fall is a great time to plan a restful weekend getaway far from the bright lights of the big city. Recharge your batteries at one of these delightful cabins within convenient distance from your home in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
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Getting back to nature doesn't have to mean giving up your favorite leisure-time amenities. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls features charming 1840s cabins nestled deep in a natural setting that includes trees, caves, rock formations, and waterfalls. A log cabin also houses Kindred Spirits, the Inn's casual fine-dining restaurant with an open kitchen layout and seasonally enclosed patio. Enhance your feeling of serenity with a massage, body wrap, and other pampering treatments at the onsite spa. Visit the website for information on special packages and promotions.
Get up close and personal with nature at the appropriately-named Antler Ridge Cabin. Sightings of deer, turkey, foxes, and other wildlife let you know you're miles away from the city. At night, sit on the deck and relax to the ambient sounds of owls, frogs, and crickets. Semi-guided deer and turkey hunting tours are offered in season. Antler Ridge has three luxury cabins, the newest of which sleeps up to 12 people. Amenities in all three include air conditioning, washer/dryer, TVs and DVD players, outdoor gas grills, and fully-equipped kitchens.
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Looking for some quality time with your significant other? With four cabins built for two, Ash Ridge Cabins is designed with couples in mind. Located minutes from Hocking Hills State Park but far from urban life, Ash Ridge is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities by day followed by a quiet evening indoors. Furniture in all four cabins is custom-built by local Amish craftsmen. Maple Lane, Lovers Loft, and Sweetheart Cabins are equipped with brand-new game rooms and indoor hot tubs, while Cuddle Bug Cottage has a game room and open-air hot tub. Spacious windows in all units allow plenty of natural light along with spectacular views.
Do you feel like it's impossible to truly get away in our wired world? With no TVs or WiFi service, Tranquil Acres Cabins lets you go off the grid and tune in to nature. The five cabins are situated at least 350 feet apart for a welcome sense of solitude. For larger groups, Sleepy Bear Cabin has a new basement suite that includes a second bathroom and kitchenette. Another recent addition is a pavilion overlooking the catch-and-release fishing pond. Spend the day exploring the nature trails on the grounds, then unwind in your private hot tub or sitting in front of your remote-controlled gas fireplace.
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Like many areas in Northeast Ohio, Mohican State Park owes its spectacular scenery to the Ice Age. More than 14,000 years ago, glaciers traveled across the landscape, carving gorges and creating mineral and rock deposits. Mohican's centerpiece, Clear Fork Gorge, plummets 300 feet deep and measures more than 1,000 feet across at its top. The park has several recently remodeled two-bedroom cabins along the Clear Fork River, some where pets are permitted, that sleep up to six guests. Anglers flock to Mohican for largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, and brown trout. If you want more active pursuits, check out the park's numerous hiking and biking trails, some of which pass the Gorge as well as two waterfalls and a covered bridge.
Anchored by a stunning 150-acre natural "kettle" lake, Punderson State Park offers a wide range of activities to satisfy all ages. Rent a boat at the marina for a day of fishing or sightseeing out on the water. If you want more lively pursuits, challenge family and friends to traditional golf, disc golf, volleyball, basketball, or horseshoes. Lace up your walking shoes or rent a bike and hit the 11 miles of trails, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife or bird sightings. Each of the park's 26 cabins sleeps up to six guests and pets are allowed at some.
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Could there be a more authentic name for a rustic cabin than Possum Lodge? While the cabin itself is in a woodsy, secluded setting, the location offers easy access to a diverse assortment of activities. Nearby Salt Fork State Park, bookended by two lakes, provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, and boating. Zipline tours, wineries, and quaint towns to explore are all within a 30-minute drive. The roomy cabin is designed to be a "home away from home" with a luxurious great-room layout that includes a floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace and satellite TV. Front and rear covered porches hold a gas grill and tavern-style seating so you can enjoy the views while dining or simply lounging with a cold drink and good book.
Historic Marblehead Peninsula is one of Northeast Ohio's more popular getaway spots. Kaspar's Lake Breeze Cabins, located on the shores of Lake Erie, makes a comfortable home base for exploring the many attractions of the area. Marblehead Lighthouse stands guard less than a mile away, while legendary amusement park Cedar Point is visible directly across Sandusky Bay. Kelleys Island and South Bass Island, home of Put-In-Bay, are only an hour away by ferry. All cabins are fully furnished, including color TVs and free WiFi service. Ask about nightly rentals during fall months.
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Amish Country is an appealing blend of culture, history and scenery. Immerse yourself in the full experience with a stay at Coblentz Country Cabins. Situated on a gentle hillside overlooking a pond, the cabins are less than 1/4-mile from downtown Berlin and its collection of antique malls, craft and gift shops, and vintage clothing boutiques. There's even a classic general store where you can find anything from gourmet food products to home decor items. Seven cabins offer lodging for up to 10 guests, with amenities including hot tubs, fireplaces, TVs, and full kitchens.
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Photo courtesy of the Orchard House Bed & BreakfastFrom April through October, you can enjoy a unique camping experience at the Orchard House. Enjoy sleeping on a comfortable queen-sized bed with a down comforter, a private half-bath in the main manor, and a secluded outdoor solar shower — all set amongst lush forest backdrop. As an added bonus, you'll have full access to all of the best amenities including gourmet breakfasts, an add-on massage, tent-side refreshments and a bonfire at the end of every night. You can make a reservation by visiting this page 5202 U.S. Highway 23 N, Delaware Distance from Columbus: 45 miles Delaware State Park is full of dense woodlands, expansive meadows and a shimmering 1,300-acre reservoir. Located just north of Columbus, you can visit this glorious park for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing! While they offer plenty of normal camping sites, you can also reserve a luxurious yurt any time May through October. These cozy yurts come completely furnished with futon beds, a table and chairs, a cooler and a ceiling fan. Outside, you'll find a charcoal grill and picnic table with a canopy — so you can enjoy both the outdoors and the indoors on your camping trip! You can make a reservation by visiting this page 5250 Goss Road, Sugar Grove Distance from Columbus: 45 miles The quaint Arhaven Bed and Breakfast offers two places for you to rent, the Haven Suite, which is a luxury suite in the main house, and the Feathered Nest, a newly built glamping cottage! This one-of-a-kind cottage offers a bed made from fine linens, flower arrangements, battery packs for your electronics, a darling bathroom and much more. This adorable vacation destination located in the beautiful Hocking Hills is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway! You can make a reservation by visiting this page 23164 Vess Road, Glenmont Distance from Columbus: 77 miles Take your getaway to new heights with a stay at the Mohicans tree houses! Each house is custom designed with sleek interiors, stunning views and cozy amenities. While these beauties are usually reserved on the weekends for wedding guests, you can visit during the week and they are available all winter — perfect for a snowy escape! If you're looking for something more "ground-oriented", the Mohicans also have several grounded cabins on site that you can rent all year long and all of them are just as opulent as their elevated counterparts. You can check their availability here and make a reservation by visiting this page 14000 International Road, Cumberland Distance from Columbus: 80 miles
Photo courtesy of Grahm S. Jones via Nomad Ridge at the WildsWe can't think of a more spectacular glamping destination than Nomad Ridge. This awe-inspiring park, created by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, offers private yurts full of unique accent features like bamboo flooring and Asian-inspired decor. Sit on your own personal deck, nestled among the trees next to the animal pasture areas. Or take in the sweeping view of the Wilds from the observation deck where you can see everything from rhinos to red-tailed hawks. And in the evening, relax by the fire and look up at the stars in the open sky! You can make a reservation by visiting this page 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner Distance from Columbus: 112 miles Located in College Corner, Ohio, Hueston Woods State Park boasts 3,000 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing, canoeing and fossil hunting! Glamp in their adorable yurt that offers electricity, a refrigerator, microwave, TV and outdoor grill. Or, spend the weekend in style at one of their rustic cabins at the Resort Lodge. These state-of-the-art cabins are full of everything you could possibly need for a stylish weekend away. Plus, take full advantage of the resort's amenities like the outdoor swimming pools, game room, restaurant and tennis courts. You can make a reservation by visiting this page 13190 Patterson Street NW, North Lawrence Distance from Columbus: 115 miles
Photo courtesy of Clay's Park ResortThis spacious, 500-acre resort offers an RV park, a campground, an event center and a water park, so no matter how you're looking to spend your "glamping weekend", you're sure to have a blast at Clay's Park Resort! Settle into one of their custom-built canvas tents, each featuring one queen bed, one set of bunk beds and a day bed, along with a charcoal grill, a hammock, a fire ring and a picnic table. The area also boasts a stocked fishing lake, kayaks and canoe rentals, miniature golf, and a heated indoor pool. You can make a reservation by visiting this page 6593 McKracken Drive NW, Dover Distance from Columbus: 125 miles Columbia Woodlands combines the height of luxury and the peacefulness of nature in their sprawling 400-acre property that boasts upscale cabins, magnificent glamping tents, and a wedding and event center. Spend the day fishing in one of the nearby ponds, hiking their eight miles of trails, canoeing, swimming or just settle in with a good book in one of their hand-carved rocking chairs. The possibilities are endless at this quaint getaway destination! You can find a full list of their glamping options and make a reservation by visiting this page