Imagine escaping the doldrums of cabin fever by retreating to another cabin set in an Appalachian forest. Don’t discount the winter season as a time for a getaway. The scenery has a new and open look. The rates go easy on the wallet making an escape to Burr Oak Lodge ideal for couples and families.Photo credit: Timothy E. Black
Burr Oak resembles its sister lodge at Shawnee State Park. A fire welcomes winter guests to the reception area and main gathering room with high cathedral ceilings. Overlooking Burr Oak Lake, this spot hosts weddings and other events. The lodge, with both guest rooms and meeting rooms, makes a perfect venue for group gatherings and celebrations. The indoor pool is popular with the kids.
Having stayed in the comfortable lodge before, I opted to stay in a cottage. Situated on two loops within walking distance of the main lodge, the cottages have views of the lake or forest. Having not seen photos of the interior, I really didn’t know what to expect. I imagined a very rustic cottage similar to one that I had stayed at for summer camp. This cottage exceeded my expectations. As luck would have it, snow fell, completing the wintry scene.
The two-bedroom model had one bedroom with a double bed and another with several bunks, including one with a double mattress on the bottom. This cottage could easily accommodate six people. The living and kitchen area has a screened porch with a table and chairs, making for a spectacular view. The kitchen is well equipped with a kettle, microwave, stove and refrigerator and just about every cooking utensil that you could think of – personally, I found the pizza cutter came especially in handy.
We settled in and improvised our own style of hygge, the popular Scandinavian style of comfort, coziness, wellness and warmth. The cozy living room had comfortable seating, cable tv and even a chess table. Other games are available as well.
If you opt not to cook, the Cardinal Dining Room at the lodge serves three meals per day and also has a bar that features cocktails as well as local brews.
With 40 miles of hiking trails keeping fit and enjoying nature comes easily. For kids, an on-site naturalist presents regular programs. Be sure to check the calendar of events to see what’s happening during your stay.
Make winter your friend and head out to Burr Oak State Park. You will return revived, refreshed and ready to survive the remaining few weeks of winter.
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