We were looking for a place to take my mother since she is partially handicapped. It was a nice drive to Burr Oak, many curvy hilly roads.
We stayed at the Lodge only not a cabin.
Exterior: It is in good shape, clean but a little dated. There was some tennis courts, a nice playground for kids, something like a city park with swings and a newer wood playground set. There was a horseshoe pit and some shuffleboard pads. We never used any of them but it appeared the lodge provided all the items you would need for the shuffleboard and tennis. There were many trees surrounding the lodge and at this time of the year the view of the lake is minimal. You can take a very steep walk down to the lake which was fine for us and the kids but my mother was unable to make the trek. The lake was beautiful, very calm water. We took a nice pontoon boat ride that was provided by the lodge for only $5 per person, $4 for kids. It was an hour long and the guide provided some history and we saw some cranes and other wildlife.
Interior: Our room was nice and roomy, clean and odor free. One side of the lodge is smoking and the other is non-smoking. The furnishings were a bit dated but very functional. The beds were more firmer than we were used to, but the pull out couch was very comfortable for our kids. The cable tv was nice but reception was spotty at times. The main lobby is on the second floor but our room, the dining room and the pool are all on the first floor. There is no elevator but there was a side entrance that enabled us to load, unload without stairs. The lobby was very nice, roomy and had a ping pong table, large screen TV and many board games to choose from. They did have a computer room with internet access you could use for $5 for a half an hour. I don't believe they had wireless in the rooms.
Pool: The indoor pool was nice with 3 foot at one end and 8 foot at the deep end. No lifeguard. They have sliding doors which open up to a deck where sunbathers can lounge while still watching kids at the pool. There is no hot tub. We didn't find any towels either, we had to request extra for our room and we took those with us to the pool.
Dining room: Very large with windows all around to view the trees, partial view of the lake (because of all the trees) and many hummingbirds as they fed on the feeders attached to a deck surrounding the dining room. The food and service was very good, prices reasonable. Dinner prices were a little much for a family since they didn't offer anything under $11 except for appetizers. The cheese quesadilla for $7 was plenty of food for a meal and was very good. Staff was very courteous and was always there with refills and extras for people splitting food without extra costs.
We did not check out any of the hiking trails since we took my mother but we did drive out one day. You have to drive to Nelsonville to find a decent place to eat. Athens is not far away if you want to check out Ohio University. Overall I would say it was worth the trip for us but not my partially handicapped mother who could not see much of the lake and their were no elevators. Anyone else needing to take a handicapped person to a lodge on the lake should check out Hueston Woods. We went there last year and it was much better with patios off the first floor rooms with chairs to view the lake.
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