We were recently invited by Ohio’s Mohican State Park Lodge to come and spend a few days at the park and share it with my readers. I said yes as it was a much-needed getaway and we are visiting all of Ohio’s State Parks before we move away. We were there for 3 days and it was in no way enough time to enjoy all it has to offer.
When we first arrived at Ohio’s Mohican State Park it was like magic how weight slid off my shoulders and Sunshine started talking about the forest in such an awe-filled tone. I just realized she has never seen a REAL forest. It was a beautiful moment. The kids who had wilted against the seats perked up and began smiling.
We were late to dinner (van broke down for 6ish hours) but heard a talk from their Naturalist about the conservation efforts employed the dam and the plants & creatures that call Mohican Forest home. We held snakes, frogs, and newts. We also learned how unique Mohican State Park is due to the way the glaciers moved across Ohio.
While we were there we ate WELL at Bromfield’s. The food was extremely affordable. It was fast food prices for sit down at the table and have a meal taste. The meats; pork, chicken, and beef are from local farmers and so are the majority of the veggies. I love that they are actively supporting their local community as it appeals to my KNOWING that a localvore diet keeps fossil fuel usage down, keeps food fresher and it helps with preventing food waste.
They also have worked to make additional eco-friendly choices. They’ve enacted water saving policies and reduced trash. You must ask for a straw if you want one as straws are a major contributor of plastic waste in our world. They are also using larger bottles in the showers and at the sink of shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap which are refillable. They’re able to provide personal cleaning products without filling the landfill. That means they’re refilling bottles to keep you, the air and our water free of chemicals and pollution.
Our rooms were absolutely beautiful. They have renovated and everything is simple and comfortable but still has a level of fancy you don’t have when home. For one, someone fluffed my pillow every day and it wasn’t me! The beds were comfy, the bathrooms were clean and the decks gave a nice place to sit and drink coffee in the morning. We faced the parking lot, but the trees and all the green still made for an incredibly pretty view.
I’ve become a coffee queen after discovering iced coffee at a blogger’s conference. I think I could be addicted and I annoyed everyone with a request for espresso or a coffee shop. Dude…you KNOW you’re in a relaxing area when there are no coffee shops! So…the dining staff and the front desk went above and beyond for the addict er um me. The ladies kept my coffee cup full at Bromfield’s Dining Room
which is hard as I drink a lot. They also brought real milk and sugar. My only complaint is they didn’t have espresso and this gal starts her morning with 4 shots of it. So bring your own or learn to slow it down which is what they’re hoping you’ll do. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch onto that!
They answered question after question with patience from the kids as we haven’t had a family vacation in 10 years. That first night the kids were still hungry and one gal offered to let us follow her to a sandwich restaurant. They were quick and friendly when I called for extra towels since we swam 3 times a day.
Anyhoo! Mohican State Park Lodge also reduced our mental pollution. I mentioned earlier how when we entered the park we all felt more relaxed. I know it has to deal with our nature deficient. We as a society need more nature for our health. We need it as much as we need food free of chemicals and GMOs. We need it as much as a baby needs to be held and nurtured.
The last night we were Ben, my hubby, and I went down to the Boxer’s Lounge (named for Louis Bromfield’s dogs) where I snagged a Mohican Sunrise which was perfectly made. Ben and I walked out onto the large patio that overlooks the lake. The sun was beginning to set and it was beautiful. I propped my feet up on the ledge and sipped
away while the sun went down. It was so peaceful with the fire popping in the background, crickets chirping and the sounds of the night. I think it’s a great family place to have fun as we went rafting, explored Malabar Farms, did some exploring of the grounds and swam, swam, swam! But, it absolutely is THE place to go to connect with your partner. It’s a place to wind down, rest and relax. You know all those good kind of words. But the best thing I think Mohican State Park Lodge is for? Stopping. Just taking anything that beeps, buzzes, dings or rings turning it all off and just rediscovering the world of those you love.
How do you unplug when you’re on vacation?