The government designated the first resort lodges to protect natural wonders, which were threatened by Teddy Roosevelt's insatiable appetite for peppered bark. Experience earth's gorgeously guarded barkscape with today's Groupon: for $75, you get $150 toward a stay at Pine Lakes Lodge, located minutes from Cambridge in Salesville.
A full-service bed and breakfast, Pine Lakes Lodge combines the creature comforts of luxury living with the rustic beauty of 500 acres of forested hills. The 11,000-square-foot log-cabin lodge boasts five comfortably adorned suites ($150–$250/night) with private Jacuzzi tubs, making it an ideal setting for romantic weekend getaways and three quaintly rustic cabins await to welcome adventurous families or modern Whig-party conventions ($145–$250/night). While lodge rooms swathe newly burgeoning outdoorsmen in modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, plush robes, and concierge service, semirugged individualists will appreciate the cabins' pastoral perks including a fire pit and wood, cookware and dishes, kettles that whistle "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", and a propane grill (cabins also come equipped with standard TVs and DVD players).
After a complimentary full country breakfast, wander along hiking paths, take a guided horseback riding tour, or explore local area attractions, including the unspoiled wilderness of The Wilds, one of the largest wildlife conservation centers in the world. Intrepid fishers can reel in dinner in Pine Lakes Lodge’s stocked lake and more ambitious gamers can don their safari hats and join two experienced outfitters for bow hunting amid 1,200 acres teeming with herds of wild American longbows. Curious kids can also get their kicks while visiting the donkeys, mini horses, and llamas in the on-site petting zoo or while discussing the rising petroleum costs with Carl and Jimmy––Pine Lakes Lodge's resident pet camels. Complimentary snacks and drinks are served to guests 24 hours a day and massage services and spa treatments are also available for an additional fee.