Secluded Resort Nestled in Wooded Countryside
Nestled in the heart of northern Ohio’s snow belt, a forest of oak, maple, and birch trees—decked out each winter in a mantle of white—spreads across 700 acres of peaceful countryside. Tucked into this bucolic scenery is Quail Hollow Resort, which offers year-round relaxation amid the natural splendor. In keeping with the resort’s surroundings, the spacious, sun-kissed lobby has the feel of a rustic lodge, with craggy stone pillars and warm-hued wooden furnishings resting under lamps dangling from the lofty ceiling.
The rustic aesthetic extends to king rooms, where earth-toned curtains and valances frame the windows, some of which overlook the resort’s championship golf courses. Like a fleet of elephants attempting flight, king beds come accompanied by an abundance of soft feathers; they fill the down comforters, pillows, and designer duvets.
At CK's Steakhouse and Lounge—where visitors can use their dining credit (not valid for alcohol, taxes, or gratuities)—chefs craft a creative surf 'n' turf menu that includes Prime aged beef and seafood dishes such as pretzel crusted walleye ($25). Large windows offer up views of the wooded grounds, and vibrant artwork adorns the walls. CK's Lounge offers a more casual alternative, with signature martinis, handheld comfort food, and live entertainment on the weekends.
Painesville, Ohio: Forested Winter Wonderland Off the Beaten Path
Situated downwind of the Great Lakes, Painesville turns into a winter wonderland in the colder months when lake-effect snow blankets the area's slopes with a fine, skiable powder. About a 30-minute drive south from Quail Hollow, families and scrawny snowballs looking to bulk up take to the downhill trails of Alpine Valley, which range in difficulty from easy to expert. Adjacent to the ski slopes, snowboarders bounce off the rail grinders and tabletops of the terrain park, and at a separate tube park, visitors go careening over runs while tucked inside an inflated donut.