Two-Story Log-Cabin Lodge near Petting Zoo and Wildlife
Nine buffalo, three longhorn steers, and dozens of white-tailed deer wander across 550 acres of forested hills and meadows on Pine Lakes Lodge's property in eastern Ohio. And those are just the wild ones: there's also an onsite petting zoo with two camels, Carl and Jimmy, as well as llamas and miniature horses. It's a nice secluded patch of nature for animals to find solitude, but not all of them are roughing it here: Leo, the resident bulldog, has his own temperature-controlled house.
It's a nice place for humans to settle into, too. After bird watching or longbow hunting on the private reserve, you can relax at the lovely main lodge, a two-story bed and breakfast sprawled across 11,000 square feet and decorated with exposed wooden beams, a large stone fireplace, and a chandelier made of antlers.
Pine Lakes Lodge's property is made up of a handful of rustic cabins. You can choose to stay in the Bunk House, which sleeps 4 guests, or in the Grainery, which accommodates 10 guests. The Bunk House is done up in country-style decor, with a fireplace, exposed wooden beams, and oversize leather couches. Over at the main lodge each morning, innkeepers prepare a country-style breakfast, which is available for $10 per person.
After the sun sets over the lodge, you can start off a three-course dinner ($30/person) with broccoli-cheese soup or a house-made vegetable broth. There's a varied selection of entrees: try a new york strip steak, a portobello chicken breast, a stuffed pork chop, or a vegetarian Asian stir-fry. Then seal the meal with a dessert such as a mini cheesecake, a brownie fudge sundae, or a yogurt parfait.
When you've had enough of the petting zoo, you can stroll on the property's several hiking trails and to the lakes to try to pet some of the many fish. Pine Lakes Lodge also offers one-hour guided horseback rides ($50/person), mountain-bike rentals ($25/hour), or two-seater John Deere Gator rentals ($100/hour).