As one of the most unique places I’ve ever stayed, the yurts at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls takes glamping in Ohio to a whole new level. Luxurious amenities, no televisions and the peaceful scenery of Hocking Hills will make you live in the moment while enjoying a true glamping experience. Whether for a romantic escape, girlfriend’s getaway or just need a peaceful night alone, you’ll make lots of memories while yurt camping. Keep reading to see why you need to stay in one of these luxurious yurts in Ohio!
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What is Glamping?
Glamping is a term for “glamorous camping” and started to become popular in the late ‘90s and ‘00s during various international recessions, as travelers looked for more affordable ways to travel. Glamping can mean different things to different people. For travelers used to backcountry camping, just having a shower might be considered glamping. At some resorts, glamping can cost more than $500 per night, with butlers to start your campfire.
Essentially, glamping is camping with a little less “roughing it.” Whether that means sleeping in an upgraded tent, a cabin, treehouse or yurt, glamping is more popular than ever before, and glamping opportunities are popping up everywhere.
What is a Yurt?
Yurts may have been the original version of glamping, although they were initially designed for mobility, not luxury. Yurts date back to nomadic tribes of Mongolia in 600 BCE; the portable structures were easy to disassemble and move to a new location. A yurt is a round structure made of canvas stretched across wood ribs.
In modern times, yurts became a popular lodging option for U.S. State Parks and National Forests. Backcountry yurts are commonly used by cross-country skiers in places like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As the popularity of glamping grows, more destinations are adding yurts as a lodging option for travelers looking for an alternative to a traditional hotel or camping experience. There are many places where travelers can sleep in yurts in Ohio; with everyone from state parks to luxury lodges offering yurt rental in Ohio.
What Does the Inside of a Yurt Look Like?
Yurts can vary greatly but in general, a yurt is one large, round room with a skylight in the center of the ceiling. Usually, the wooden ribs that hold up the structure are visible from inside the yurt, although this may be covered for aesthetics. Some of the more luxurious yurts may have partitions to add privacy in the yurt, especially those that have been equipped with a bathroom. Yurt design and decoration range from minimalist and rustic to five-star.
Yurts in Ohio: Glamping at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls
The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls is best known for its Hocking Hills cabins and cottages. The Inn offers luxury cabins, cottages, bed & breakfast rooms, and lodges, in addition to three Pacific-style yurts which were added in 2017.
The 20-foot diameter yurts at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls combine the best of camping with luxury amenities. Each yurt has a king bed or two twin beds, full bathroom, electricity (no TV, but are Wi-Fi accessible), gas log stove, two rocking chairs, a kitchenette (with microwave, sink and mini-refrigerator) and a wood deck with Adirondack chairs. The yurts have heating and air conditioning so you can enjoy Ohio glamping in any season. The yurts at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls just might be the most luxurious yurts in Ohio with Douglas fir frames, NASA-developed reflective insulations (which helps keep each yurt climate-controlled year-round) and a round skylight in the center which allows tons of natural light to bathe the yurt throughout the day and makes for the perfect window to watch the stars at night as you lie in the comfy bed.
Cabins are spread throughout the woods of the property, which is bordered by Hocking Hills State Park on three sides. The on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits, serves up gourmet American fare in a casual fine-dining atmosphere. Spa treatments occur in an 1840’s cabin on the property; the perfect end to a hiking weekend. Complimentary breakfast is also included with every stay at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls. You could spend your entire visit without leaving the Inn’s property as it has everything you’ll need for a relaxing getaway!
Our Yurt Glamping Experience:
Checking into the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, the friendly staff gave us instructions to accessing our yurt and directions to where to park. Guests of the yurts have their own parking lot and wagons to haul your belongings (it’s a short walk and a fun way to haul your belongings).
We stayed in the yurt named Firefly. After punching in the unique access door code, we couldn’t help but smile as we entered the yurt. A bright and cozy space welcomed us with cute décor that complemented the Douglas Fir wood frame and white insulated walls. The gas log fireplace framed by two wooden rocking chairs looked like the perfect spot to relax and read a book. We placed our snacks in the kitchenette, then took a board game outside to play on the attached deck. We sat outside playing games, then decided to lounge in the hammocks, which is always fun trying to get in and out of! 😉
After enjoying the outdoors and each other’s company, we followed the paved path to the Inn for dinner. The Inn’s onsite restaurant, Kindred Spirits, provides casual fine-dining and serves local gourmet meals. The restaurant is located in the property’s original 1840’s log cabin, making it a neat place to dine for history lovers.
Full from dinner, we walked back to our yurt, taking in the clear, star-filled night sky. We both decided to read a book and snuggle in the comfy king size bed. We watched the stars from the skylight and slept like a baby. The next morning, we awoke refreshed and walked to the Inn for the complimentary breakfast. While this time we opted not to get spa treatments, we will definitely add them to our list for the next visit to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.
What to Pack for a Yurt Stay:
For some yurt camping trips, you will need to pack everything, including kitchen utensils and linens. With this Hocking Hills yurt rental, you can pack just as you would for a hotel stay. Everything you need, including plush robes, is provided for a comfortable stay at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls. Since there is a kitchenette, you may want to bring food and snacks, plus drinks to stock the refrigerator. Other than this, just bring what you need for a relaxing weekend.
When is the Best Time of Year for Yurt Glamping?
Summer is probably the most popular time for yurt camping, but glamping in Ohio is fun in every season. Spring and summer are great for hiking to nearby waterfalls and swimming at local beaches. Fall brings colorful drives and hikes, plus cool nights that are perfect for sipping warm cider on your yurt deck. Winter is a beautiful time to experience yurt glamping; whether you partake in outdoor winter adventures or just snuggle up by the woodstove for a romantic weekend indoors.
Whatever season you decide to visit, be sure to make your reservations early, because these yurts in Hocking Hills at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls book up quickly!
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls Details:
Location: Southeast Ohio, nestled within Hocking Hills State Park
Address: 21190 State Route 374, Logan, OH 43138
A special thanks to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls for a lovely stay at one of the most luxurious yurts in Ohio! I was an invited guest of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. As always on Ohio Girl Travels, all opinions are my own.