About this listing
Honoring our Nations grand, natural wonders
NOTE: Please inquire for one night rentals. They may be possible especially for larger groups and/or weekdays. Limit is set to 6 guests (adults)though additional children will be considered.
Welcome to my listing !! This is a rustic, yet elegant, Amish crafted log cabin. Amenities include 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths. There is one king in the master bedroom downstairs(1st floor) , one full bed in the basement bedroom and two queen beds in the two bedrooms upstairs. The lodge sleeps 12 total by utilizing the full sleeper sofa in the Bears Den and the awesome bunkhouse. The master bedroom includes a gas fireplace for added coziness and romanticism sure to ease the mind.
The bunkhouse is an upper level in the upstairs bedroom that has two twin mattresses set with sleeping bags for the kids to snuggle into(fun adults like this too).
The full sleeper sofa is in the "Bears Den" where you can drift off next to the ambiance of a cozy fireplace. The kitchen is an open layout and adjacent to the great room. It has an island and a 2 place sitting bar.
I offer on site hot stone, Swedish and relaxation massages by Licensed Massage Therapist Katie. Inquire for rates! (subject to availability. Please try to book appx. two weeks in advance)
For the fun spirited, feel free to pitch tents in the woods around the cabin during the warmer months. An outdoor fire ring is great for those summertime bonfires and smores.
Indulge in the outdoor rain shower! Try out invigorating hot/cold therapy in conjunction with the hot tub or sauna. (shower operational May 15-Sept 15)
Breakfast ready? bring the buckaroos running by ringing the triangle dinner bell. Then, swing your legs into the rugged saddle bar stools while savoring your favorite western entrees. Outside, brand your steaks on the grill with the Wyoming bucking horse brand!
A wonderful, spacious great room with a river rock chimney rises 28 feet to the ceiling! The vintage ski lodge loft is where apres' skiing you can enjoy a specialty themed drink like "Snow Shoe" or "Pain Killer". The ski loft is complete with a 1950's vintage ski lift chair from Breckenridge, CO! Its situated neatly in front of a daunting ski slope mural that will make you feel as if you are really there!!
An outdoor stone fireplace graces the large wrap around deck for all your social gatherings. The fireplace reaches towards the sky 35 feet. It is adorned with twenty river rocks from the Yellowstone River commemorating the historic 1988 wildfires of Yellowstone National Park (can you find the river stones?) A Hot Spring, 4 person hut tub with waterfall is on the deck situated in front of the outdoor fireplace(outdoor quiet hours 11pm-7am). Pour a glass of wine and it doesn't get much more romantic, or relaxing, than this!
Forgot your wine? Wine is available on-site for a 10$ per bottle donation.
A mature, hardwood forest encompasses the lodge (three acres owned, but part of a larger forest) with a creek to the rear. A hammock swings from the towering trees near the creek. It is secluded in the summer and sits about 250 feet from the road. There is central air, heat pump furnace, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, iron with ironing board, microwave, appliances, blender, gas grill, 42 inch LED TV in great room and 32 inch LCD in master bedroom(both with DVD players), internet, DVD library, utensils, pots, pans, griddle, crock pot, linens, towels, blankets, ping pong table, dart board and board games.
A balcony off the upper bedroom is great for the morning coffee/tea. There is a 2 1/2 car attached garage(for bookings after 2/23/17 only one spot in the garage will be open for parking). Firewood will be stocked in plenty.
The semi-finished walk out basement houses the laundry room (wash basin,washer and dryer), full bath, ping pong table, bedroom and two person sauna. There is plenty of storage space for all your gear or luggage your group may have brought along. Also, a fitness center with TV/DVD player, room for yoga with mats, aerobic programs, kettle ball, jump rope, bench, medicine ball, dumbbells, and free weight exercises.
As you exit to the outside from the basement you will arrive at the 16x24 foot outdoor patio with patio lounge chairs, table and outdoor fireplace.
Enjoy the Ansel Adams art display and as you browse, under your feet you will find USGS Benchmarks embedded in the natural slate floor. These are of your favorite peaks; Longs, Whitney, Clingmans Dome, Grand Teton and others.
The master bathroom spa tub is surrounded by authentic petroglyphs etched in the tile which are located in several western parks such as Arches, Canyonlands and Death Valley. There are plenty of interesting books and periodicals on hand to waste away a relaxing weekend, or week, here at the Hickory Creek Lodge.
Area activities within 35 minutes of lodge include; ECO corridor in Springfield (bouldering, whitewater kayaking, biking), Mad River Mt ski resort, Mad River canoeing/tubing/kayaking (with rentals), renowned Mad River trout fishing, Piatt Castles, Zip Lining at Markin Farms, Ohio Caverns, quaint shops in West Liberty, Urbana and Yellow Springs, Youngs Jersey Dairy (putt-putt, dining, petting farm), Amish Country tours, Cinemas, Marmon Valley Farms (horseback riding/wagon rides) Kiser Lake, John Bryan, Indian Lake and Buck Creek State Parks and Glen Helen Nature Preserve for fishing, boating, rock climbing, Rappelling, hiking and biking. There are many paved bike trails branching out from Urbana where one can travel miles.
The nearest town of Urbana is appx. 10 min from the lodge with all fast food restaurants, bistros, hometown restaurants, super Walmart, hospital, Kroger, bowling alley, and all basic life needs.
Within 1 hour is Urban Krag indoor rock climbing, Air force museum, Wright Patterson Air force base, casinos, Dayton and Columbus International Airports, COSI, Ervin J. Nutter Center and Nationwide Arena for major concerts. Major shopping/dining/night clubs in Dayton and Columbus.
Within 2 hours is Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds), Ohio Riverboat gambling, Newport Aquarium, waterparks, Kings Island Amusement Park, famous Hocking Hills Region.
This is truly a one of a kind getaway and has been a life passion for me that I devoted many hours of hard labor to. Its my tribute to our country's national parks and wonderlands. Upon arrival you can browse the welcome guide with area brochures, maps, dining suggestions and menus. This is a new home completed in 2011.
This is a non -smoking residence and free of any pets (pets will be accepted on a case by case basis with a 10$ cleaning fee per dog). Please "Like" the Hickory Creek Lodge on site with a face.
You may also view my Guidebook on this site for area attractions; things to do, places to go.
NOTE: This site will charge a small fee for making a reservation . I also get charged a small fee. This is how they make money. Also, note the extra nightly charge for more than two guests. PLEASE SEE HOUSE RULES.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
― John Muir
The entire house, garage and 2.7 acres of forest.
I normally do not meet guests in person. communication is by text, email or phone. I'm easily accessible 24/7 by all three. If you need an in person orientation I will try my best to make that happen if you give me prior notice.
Quiet and peaceful farming community. Rolling pastures and mixed woodlots. Neighbors help neighbors and behold traditional values.
No public transportation . Nearest town 10 miles away. To
The entire house, two car garage and 2.7 acres of forest. Please only use the woods around the house. The rear boundary is appx 50 yards from back patio.
Wifi password is applejuice
Interaction with guests
I normally do not meet guests in person. I may check in with notice to ensure compliance with numbers of guests booked. Communication is typically by text, email or phone. I'm easily accessible 24/7 by all three. If you need an in person orientation I will try my best to make that happen if you give me prior notice.
Quiet and peaceful farming community. Rolling pastures and mixed woodlots. Neighbors help neighbors and behold traditional values of love , family, faith, caring, and kindness. Please respect the neighbors and peacefulness of the community.
No public transportation . Nearest town 10 miles away.
Other things to note
Quiet hours are 11pm-7am for outside areas. Please adhere to this to ensure peacefulness for my neighbors.
- Quiet hours are 11pm-7am for outside areas. Hot tub closes at 11pm. Neighbors have complained about past guests and as a result I must enforce this rule Or result will be total shut down of my lodge operations. Sound carries well at the lodge area. Zero tolerance for noise and rowdiness. If I am called by a neighbor and there is a valid complaint I will have to have you vacate the residence with no refund.
-No smoking of anything. Please go completely outside to smoke
- wifi pass word is applejuice
-There is a $10 cleaning fee per dog if your dog is accepted.
-Please do not throw your beer cans/bottles/cigarette butts or other trash in the yard/woods.
-No illegal activity!
-For long stays please consider purchasing, paper towels, laundry detergent, toilet paper, condiments
-One cup full or Renew in Hot tub keeps chemicals balanced and working properly(under kitchen sink).
-Wifi password is applejuice.
-cell phone service is about 90 percent. My iPhone works in most places in and around the house. Sprint is also spotty. Unsure with other brands.
-Please be respectful of neighbors during late hours. THANK YOU
-No ATV, UTV, motorbikes, etc. use on the property
-No discharge of firearms or fireworks on the property
-I normally have fire starters on hand but if you are very unskilled at fire starting I would suggest a "starter log" or three to get your fires going.
-If you are renting this place to have a wild party please find another place. I cater to mature, responsible and quiet adults.
-If you do not like well water please bring bottled water. I try to have some on hand but not guaranteed.
-There is a manual in the welcome guide to assist you in operating the hot tub, if needed.
Wine is available for a 10$ donation(envelope in kitchen cabinet above wine/over 21 only)
-Please Keep tub covered when not in use.
-All guests(overnight or visitors) must be 21 or over unless accompanied by a legal guardian.
-For those with small children consider this home is not child proofed. There are stairs, ladders, balconies, lofts, etc that are not guarded for small children. Electrical outlets are not guarded. Household cleaning chemicals exist throughout and are accessible. Please attend to children accordingly. One should understand and accepts risks involved with building fires and using fireplaces, fire pits, etc. When using using the hot tub and sauna one should adhere to posted safety precautions and consult with a physician if one had pre-existing at risk medical conditions.
-The lodge is surrounded by woods. There are insects such as ticks and mosquitoes,as well prickly types of plants, poison ivy/oak in the woods. Additionally wild animals such as raccoon, deer, turkeys, snakes are in the area. Bug spray and being "woods wise" is practical.
Hello. Welcome to my listing. I have recently achieved SUPERHOST status and I'm excited about things to come through Airbnb. I have had great experiences hosting and traveling with Airbnb.
I very much enjoy the history of the western US and specifically National Parks. I am an avid book reader on these topics.
I am currently a deputy sheriff, however have been a horse wrangler, hunting guide, stage coach driver, rafting guide and National Park Service Ranger. I also ski patrol in my leisure time.
I enjoy sharing my space with others and giving them a chance to be inspired by our national landscape. I like to hike, bike, camp,rock climb, ski, adventure race, canoe, kayak, ride horses, mountaineer and backpack.
John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt,Steve Mathers, John D Rockefeller Jr and Horace Albright inspire and enrich me!