Rustic Cabins within Old Schoolhouse Surrounded by Nature
John James Audubon’s meticulous documentation of birds helped to carve out his standing as one of America’s foremost naturalists and a staple of science textbooks. It’s fitting that one of the eight rooms at Adventures Unlimited’s Schoolhouse Inn bears his name, and not just because the inn is an authentic converted school building: the woodland resort, tucked away from civilization, is peppered with birds’ nests in its towering oaks and pines. Underscoring the idyllic location, Coldwater Creek flows through to Blackwater River, which moves through miles of state-protected forest and along the western border of the tranquil Adventures Unlimited resort.
The old schoolhouse stands in the center of the resort. In addition to the Audubon quarters, the other rooms bear the names of famous American authors and naturalists as a tribute to the building’s studious past and its pupils’ fondness for sleeping on top of books. The William Faulkner room, with one queen-size bed and a private screened porch, ensures a secluded, peaceful wilderness retreat, and the Dr. Seuss room features a queen-size bed and bunk beds.
All eight rooms share a similar design, from their hardwood floors to their high ceilings and antique furnishings, but four of the rooms feature seasonal gas fireplaces and lead out to a communal porch, where wooden rocking chairs and porch swings sway in the open forest breeze.
Adventures Unlimited: Acres of Outdoor Adventure
Adventures Unlimited lies just past the official boundary of the Blackwater River State Forest and takes advantage of its position by dedicating itself to outdoor excursions. In the five-hour Ultimate Zip Adventure conducted by Zip Adventures, groups of up to eight soar 40 feet above Coldwater Creek's sugar-white sandbars and the surrounding forest. Along the way, 14 observation platforms provide access to up to 900-foot ziplines that overlook the rugged terrain. The trip culminates in a climb up a massive spiral staircase to the final launching pad, from which one can see Coldwater Creek meander through the entire forest, forming oxbow lakes and flawless cursive zs. As zipliners glide through the canopies, they might catch a glimpse of the many canoes and kayaks that journey through Coldwater Creek. During kayak trips, participants mount a floating steed and paddle on 4- or 7-mile treks down the river.
Between outdoor adventures, many guests at Adventures Unlimited might venture to nearby Milton to eat or gather supplies. Fishing is allowed in Coldwater Creek—home to large-mouth bass, catfish, and pickerel—for those with valid Florida fishing licenses. At night, Adventures Unlimited converts its game field into a planetarium, and stars and constellations shine undisturbed in the rural sky.
What You Get
For $329, a three-night stay for up to four in any Schoolhouse Inn room, valid through February 29, 2012
Or, for $379, a three-night stay for up to four in any Schoolhouse Inn room, valid March 1, 2012–June 30, 2012
Included in both options:
4- or 7-mile kayaking trip for two
Ultimate Zip Adventure for two
Microwave and refrigerators
Barbecue pits nearby
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires.
Must travel by 2/29 or 6/30, based on option purchased
Limit 2/ person, may buy 2 more as gifts
$35 fee may apply for all cancellations; 2-week cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 21+ to check in
Valid only at Schoolhouse Inn
Must sign waiver
Credit card required at booking
For zip line, 70lb weight min, 250lb weight max; subject to weather
6.5% sales tax for kayaking/zipline, $15 resort fee/day & 4.5% lodging tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
How To Book
Call Adventures Unlimited.
Choose a valid date based on option purchased.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
Consult Adventures Unlimited’s index page for more information about the Schoolhouse Inn rooms.
In All Included Rooms
Private or shared porch with rocking chairs
In John James Audubon, Dr. Seuss, American Poet’s, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain Rooms
Two queen-size beds; one queen-size bed and one bunk bed; or one queen-size bed and one full-size bed
Standard occupancy: Two
Maximum occupancy: Four
Adding occupants above standard: $167.39 per person to participate in zipline and kayak activities; no extra charge for guests staying in room but not participating in activities
William Faulkner, Margaret Mitchell, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Rooms
One queen-size bed
Standard Occupancy: Two
Maximum Occupancy: Two
Adding occupants above standard: Not allowed
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Resort fee includes: Wireless Internet access, overnight parking, green fee, restaurant coupons, use of trails, and a map of trails available upon request
Rollaways: Not available
Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
Pet policy: Pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: Upgrades may be available during booking or at check in for an additional cost.
What It's Worth
For $329, a three-night stay for up to four in any Schoolhouse Inn room, valid through February 29, 2012 (up to $327 value)
Or, for $379, a three-night stay for up to four in any Schoolhouse Inn room, valid March 1, 2012–June 30, 2012 (up to $327 value)
Included in both options:
4- or 7-mile kayaking trip for two ($60 value)
Ultimate Zip Adventure for two ($258 value)
Total value: up to $645
By plane: 35 miles from Pensacola Regional Airport (PNS) or 45 miles from Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)
By car: About 40 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida
Plan on cooking your own meals. Every cabin has a refrigerator, and there are plenty of barbecue pits near the inn.
Many campers make the 13-mile trip to the nearest town, Milton, about once a day to gather groceries and supplies.
If you intend to use any TVs, telephones, clocks, or radios, make sure to bring your own. None of the cabins have them.
Cell-phone coverage is spotty in the woods, but AT&T usually receives the best signal.
Too many to list! The relaxed style, the cabin was amazing...offered all the comforts of home! Great view of the river. Enjoyed kayaking but the zip line was by far the best...if you haven't done it before this is the best place to try it. Our guides were awesome (Dave and Amanda)...entertaining yet fixated on saftey first! Give "Big Bertha" a try you won't regret it. It may take a day or so to relax with no tv, radio or clocks and limited phone service...but once you adjust it's wonderful!
Donna D. ·
June 15, 2014
The wide range of "Adventure" activities available on site at very reasonable rates.
Marianne A. ·
September 22, 2013
The staff was spectacular.
Darlene B. ·
September 22, 2013
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