We read many reviews of the Old Squat Inn before reserving. As with most previews, we took each with a grain of salt. We tend to like those with one star for "too secluded" or "not very kid friendly". I was entertained by one for the Old Squat Inn (a collection of reconstructed log homes from the 1800s) that said "needs updating". Sign us up!
We arrived at night and found our caretaker sitting on the front porch of our cabin with a roaring fire in a porch-side fireplace, just finished being built that day. He had a fire in our inside wood stove too. After some simple instructions on how not to burn the cabin down (we're new to the wood stove thing) and settlement on a time for breakfast, we were left to a breathtaking view of the night sky. It takes a periodic departure from suburban living to re-embrace the universe.
The cabin was simple.... as they were in the 1800s! It did, however have logical upgrades like indoor plumbing and electricity with some less logical, but welcome upgrades like television and a microwave oven. There was an upstairs, but we didn't use it. The kitchen was suitable for a lenghty stay with a full-sized refrigerator, dishes, and utensils.
The first morning we woke to the sun rising over a pond of a couple acres in our "front yard". The view was gorgeous and while we didn't see any wildlife, the tracks were there around the pond. I'm sure wildlife is routinely seen on the grounds. We went to breakfast in the main lodge and enjoyed sausage, eggs, hot coffee, and the typical breakfast fare but with the less typical fresh pumpkin pie. It was all delicious, hot, and plentiful.
Our next night and morning were as pleasant as the first. We were treated like family and lacked nothing... except the stresses of our routines at home. The Old Squat Inn is rustic in most regards. If you're looking for luxury, don't go. Don't wear heels, don't look for room service or ice machines (there was ice in the freezer, though), don't expect turndown service. Otherwise... BRAVO!
We will return to Old Squat Inn for a lengthy stay. We look forward to its rustic charm, uniqueness, and seclusion. We were made to feel welcome and welcomed back. We were connected with simplicity again. Not easy to find these days.