Wilderness were Paradise enow, I feel like waxing poetic over our two day mid-week stay at Wilderness Lodge. 3 generations, 6 people stayed in Jack's Cabin built in 1909 where we stayed when the grandparents (us) were first married 35 years ago. Little has changed but the ownership now returning to people who really care again-a whole new lease on life for this retreat. The clear Black River runs only yards away. The picnic lunch arrived in a proper English hamper. We snuggled under old quilts--soft covers made in hard times and watched the mist rise over the river. Our late friend once owned this place but the new owners made us feel that they were our new friends. Gracious country living.
Food prepared from the freshest ingredients with herbs from the kitchen garden just outside the 1034 lodge building. Zip lines, pool, hiking trails are all just waiting to be discovered by our new generation. Horses no longer on premises but found a trail ride at nearby Brushy Creek so all was well with our birthday girl and her best friend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Wilderness Lodge, we have over 25 different cabins, suites and cottages for guests to enjoy. All cabin prices are based on a per person, per night charge since dinner and lunch are included with the package. Breakfast is available continental style from 7:30am to 9:30am, and we also serve a hot breakfast from 8am to 9am. For dinner, we have 4 seatings at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. During the week there is just one dinner seating between 6pm and 7pm (but we still try to be flexible if guests would like to come a little earlier or later). As far as activities, there is of course the Black River directly across the road from Wilderness Lodge for a little (or a lot) of water fun. Just a short walk from the cabins, the river, gravel bars, and side streams are great places to explore, swim, catch water critters and just relax in the sun. For a bit more adventure, we rent canoes, rafts, kayaks, and tubes for floating. We port floaters upstream in the morning for a 4 to 6 hour float (depending upon how fast the river is moving and how many gravel bar breaks you take) that ends up right back at our rivers edge campground. There are plenty more outdoor activities on the property including hiking, fishing, miniature golf, horse shoes, basketball, shuffle board, a playground, frisbee golf, etc -- we even recently found a cave to explore for those not afraid of small spaces. :) There are also a number of cool nature attractions within a short car ride, including Elephant Rock State Park and the recently opened Johnson Shut-ins. To get out of the heat, we have an air conditioned rec room with games & indoor activities -- and we plan to keep the main Lodge open all day long (over the last couple years it was only open during the meal times). Also in the main lodge is the Ripple Room Lounge, open for cocktails and beverages from 5pm to 9pm everyday. For the readers in our crowd that want a little piece and quiet, we have taken one of the Rock Cabins and converted it into a library refuge. Finally, on Saturday nights, we will also hold an informal friendly family game night in the main lodge for anyone that wants to attend. Unwind. Cool Off. Eat Well. Enjoy Wilderness! Wilderness Lodge Resort ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Hotel Lesterville