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Unique Lodging Options in Southeastern Ohio

Tonya Prater, Owner

These unique lodging options in Southeastern Ohio are perfect for those seeking a break from chain hotels. 

Not only do I love to find unique things to do when I’m visiting a destination, but in my book, that destination gets double points if they also have unique places to stay.

Southeastern Ohio wins the jackpot because I found some really cool places to lay your head that you’ll want to know about before you plan your visit! Plus, I have options for a romantic getaway for two or a full on family vacation.

Unique Lodging Options in Southeastern Ohio

If you read my post on quirky and unique things to do in southeastern Ohio then you may remember that I mentioned The Wilds, one of the largest conservation parks in the United States.

Not only are visitors able to board a bus and take a safari tour through land that was once strip-mined by the Big Muskie, but you’ll also find several lodging options. 

A Giraffe walking along the road at The Wilds

Wild Nights at the Outpost Camping Experience

New to The Wilds, visitors can arrange to sleep in the pasture with the animals. How fun would this be? Pack up your family, head to The Wilds with your sleeping bags and air mattresses and The Wilds will take it from there.

A staff member will transport your group (up to six from the same household) to the Outpost in the pasture where you’ll find a pre-packed cooler waiting for you to prepare your dinner on the grill. Enjoy an evening under the stars and around the fire pit with zebras, giraffes, and other rare and endangered animals lingering nearby.

This unique camping experience is not inexpensive but it’s also sure to be an experience you’re not likely to forget.

Find more information here

Inside a yurt modeled after traditional Mongolian yurts

Nomad Ridge at The Wilds

If camping isn’t your thing, maybe you’d be more comfortable glamping?

The award-winning Nomad Ridge offers the ultimate romantic getaway with 11 climate-controlled traditional yurts that offer incredible views of The Wilds from the observation deck.

Relax around a fire pit as you enjoy the views of the Milky Way far from the city lights or enjoy a cup of coffee as you witness the animals begin to stir in the morning as the sun begins to rise.

Find more information about Nomad Ridge

Straker Lake Cabins

The Cabins surrounding Straker Lake are perfect for a family getaway.

Each of the seven cabins offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Sit on your enclosed deck and enjoy the view of the lake or rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy time on the lake. Catch and release fishing is available. You’ll find hiking trails nearby to enhance your stay for the ultimate unplugged getaway. 

Find more information about The Cabins at Straker Lake here

The Lodge 

The Lodge is a luxury six-bedroom, six-bath, ADA accessible cabin that sleeps up to 12 people comfortably and provides the ultimate in nature therapy.

The lodge is comfortably appointed but I can assure you that you’re not gonna want to spend your time here indoors.

Sit around the fire ring, enjoy the view from the deck, play cornhole, fish, swim in the Lodge Lake, jump in a canoe, or on a pedal boat and enjoy time on the lake.

Find more information about The Lodge here

Each of the lodging options at The Wilds also includes an Open-Air Safari Tour during normal operating hours.  

The view of the lake from Burr Oak State park Lodge

Burr Oak Lodge

The ride to Burr Oak Lodge along the Route 78 or the Ohio Scenic Byway is an adventure in itself.

Take in the gorgeous views along a route that is popular among motorcycle enthusiasts and full of twists, turns, and hills.

The Buckeye Trail runs right through the property so you’ll find plenty of hiking trails and a gorgeous view of the lake from the balcony off the lobby.

When you tire of the outdoors (if that’s even possible), you can take a dip in the indoor pool. In addition to standard rooms, The Lodge features 22 suites that have a King bed with an adjoining room with either a sleeper sofa or set of bunk beds.

Find more information about Burr Oak Lodge here

The Lodge in Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge allows access to the great outdoors for those who want to immerse themselves and a lovely pool for those that don't.

Salt Fork State Park Lodge

The draw to Salt Fork isn’t necessarily the lodge but the convenience of staying in the largest state park in Ohio.

There’s no shortage of what you can do. Swim at the beach, rent a pontoon boat and relax on the lake, hike on the many nature and hiking trails, golf, play basketball or shuffleboard, sun yourself by the outdoor pool or practice your nature photography skills.

If it’s a rainy day, the Lodge has you covered. Spend time in the Game Room, or borrow a board game from the front desk. The comfortable rooms all have balconies that overlook the pool or the southeastern Ohio scenery. Like Burr Oak, bunks are also available at this property. 

Find more information about Salt Fork State Park Lodge here

A peek at the suite at the Stockport Mill Inn.

Stockport Mill Inn

Stockport Mill was the last operating flour mill along the Muskingum River. When it closed, it was turned into an inn with efforts made to retain the character of the rustic mill.

You’ll find a variety of rooms; from compact rooms to large suites with jacuzzi tubs to the Captain Hook 2-bedroom suite with an in-room hot tub.

The quaint property is decorated with period antiques and historical elements at every turn. The Stockport Mill Inn is charming, the sunset views are incredible, and the made-from-scratch food that is served is not to be missed. 

Look for a full review of my experience soon but in the meantime, you’ll find more information on the Stockport Mill Inn here

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Have you discovered unique lodging in Southeastern Ohio? Leave a comment so we can check it out. 


Monday 21st of September 2020

I don't live too far from these, I'll keep in mind for next weekend trip!

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

We love staying in cabins and yurts on our travels so I loved learning about all of these unique places to stay!

Tonya Prater

Saturday 12th of December 2020

The more unique the better! It's so fun to stay in something a bit different, isn't it?

Cindy Ladage

Monday 14th of September 2020

While all sound neat, I would love to stay at that mill! How cool. Protection Status
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