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 camel, Carl, as well as 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. It’s 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. The rooms are luxurious; the Buffalo Hills room features jacuzzi tubs for two, flat-screen TVs, and private patios that look out to the nearby hills and meadows.
Each morning, innkeepers prepare a country-style breakfast that you can enjoy in bed. After the sun sets over the lodge, make your way to the dining room a three-course dinner. There's a varied selection of entrees depending on the season, but in the past the menu has included 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.
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), and two-seater John Deere Gator rentals ($100/hour).
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What You Get
Stay for two
1-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday; not valid for Friday or Saturday night stays
Option 1: $119 for a queen room (up to a $175 value)
2-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday; not valid for Friday or Saturday night stays
Option 2: $235 for a queen room (up to a $470 value)
Option 3: $261 for a king room (up to a $623 value)
2-night stay, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday; not valid for Monday–Thursday night stays
Option 4: $299 for a queen room (up to a $470 value)
Option 5: $325 for a king room (up to a $623 value)
Included in all 2-night options:
One 3-course dinner for two
Daily breakfast in bed
Two logo wine glasses
Policies and Fees
Book by: 7/4/14
Travel by: 7/31/14
Blackout dates: Not valid 7/4/14
Cancellation policy & fees: 48-hour cancellation notice required or fee of one-night's stay up to the Groupon price applies