- Alexis Larsen Contributing Writer
Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers plenty of charming B&Bs, cozy inns and romantic cottages to choose from if you are looking to make a weekend out of your road trip.
Here are a few options that are off the beaten path to grab a night’s rest in.
At Boulders Edge Cabin and Tipi Retreat
Experience the magic and tranquility of camping in traditional Sioux Native American tipis, reminiscent of “Dances with Wolves.”
Each tipi sleeps 10 comfortably, sits on a wooden deck and has a wood-burning stove inside. Guests provide their own sleeping gear cot or mattress, sleeping bag and chairs. Picnic tables, fire rings and a solar shower are provided.
Hocking Hills Caboose
“All Aboard!” This recently renovated, antique train caboose hidden deep in the woods will be a hit with kids, railroad buffs and anyone seeking an unusual escape.
The caboose has been transformed into a fully equipped cabin that sleeps five and features kitchenette, full bath and a cozy fire pit just outside the door that overlooks a stunning woodland valley.
Salt Creek Retreats’ Mongolian yurt
In addition to cabins, this is an option for visitors seeking to sleep in the unusual. Salt Creek Retreats’ cabins and yurt sits on 60 secluded acres near miles of private trails, a fishing pond, scenic overlook and a river for swimming.
Dog friendly and fully stocked with dishes, utensils, pillows, chairs, heater and a grill, the yurt sleeps up to six.
Ravenswood Castle’s Medieval Village, castle rooms and Fairytale Village Cottages
The design of Ravenwood Castle was inspired by castles built to defend the border between England and Wales in the 12th and 13th centuries.
The building is much newer, of course. Cottages, decorated as homes in a medieval town, offer kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs. Or stay in the castle in a room with medieval flair. Freebies include parking, and breakfast served in a great hall.
The Glenlaurel Scottish Inn
A traditional Scottish hamlet, complete with Old World-style crofts and cottages, is part of the charm of The Glenlaurel Scottish Inn, which aims to transport guests to the Scottish hills.
Glenlaurel’s fine dining and Scottish Links Golf help visitors immerse themselves in a Scottish experience.
Majestic Oaks Lodge
A number of Hocking Hills lodging operators have taken luxury to the next level. The Majestic Oaks Lodge is for those looking to throw a big party.
With space for a whopping 44 guests, this stunner boasts 9,000 square feet of indoor living space; 4,800 square feet of gorgeous outdoor decks with two eight-person hot tubs; a heated, indoor pool; eight full baths; a dazzling gourmet kitchen and 18 acres of woodlands and trails.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has just unveiled the newest lodging experience in southeast Ohio’s gorgeous Hocking Hills region.
In addition to its existing cabins, charming cottages and cozy inn rooms, the Inn now offers guests yurt accommodations, starting at $199 per night.
Each of these year-round, raised, dome-shaped dwellings are 20 feet in diameter and boasts a private deck, a king-size bed (or two twin beds), bathroom with tiled shower, comfortable rocking chairs, a gas-log stove, microwave and under-counter refrigerator.
The yurts’ walls and roof beams are crafted of accordion lattice, and all made of Douglas fir. The circular dwelling’s rafters soar upward to the central vaulted ceiling, creating an open, spacious feeling and offering an abundance of soft, natural light. They accommodate a maximum of two adults.