If you want a little adventure involved in a weekend getaway, maybe you should forget hotel chains—and stay somewhere truly unique. From jail cells and gypsy wagons, to train cabooses and Sioux tipis, Ohio is FULL of unique accommodations that are guaranteed to give you the unique experience you desire, and the following are just 11 of our favorites. (Be sure to check out
part 1 and part 2 for even more unique getaway ideas.)
1. The Old Vermilion Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast (Vermilion)
Want to know what it's like to spend a night behind bars? Then you'll want to check out this unique, historic bed and breakfast within Vermilion’s Historic Harbor Town District. (Complete with authentic sliding, iron jail bar doors.) It is located at 691 Grand St., Vermilion, OH 44089.
2. Zoar School Inn Bed and Breakfast (Zoar)
History, charm and an exceptional breakfast await you at this gem of a getaway in the historic Zoar Village. It is located at 60 Third Street, Box 509, Zoar, OH 44697.
3. Ravenwood Castle Gypsy Wagons (New Plymouth)
For a truly unique, rustic getaway, check out the gypsy wagons at Ravenwood Castle. Each of the two heated wagons include ceiling fans and a kitchenette, but you will need to bring your own bedding, towels, air mattress or sleeping bag. (Pictured is Gypsy King's Wagon.) Ravenwood Castle is located at 65666 Bethel Rd., New Plymouth, OH 45654.
4. KD Guest Ranch Lodge (Adamsville)
"Bringin' the West to the East," this small guest ranch in Muskingum County offers unique lodging in addition to horseback riding. It is located at 9280 Young America Rd.,
Adamsville, OH 43802.
5. The Inn at Dresden (Dresden)
The Inn at Dresden is a true hidden gem. Guest rooms have different themes, the food is exceptional and the view from the terrace is breathtakingly beautiful. The Inn at Dresden is located at 209 Ames Drive, Dresden, OH 43821.
6. Secluded Sanctuaries Tipi Buteo (Logan)
Located within the Hocking Hills area is a traditional Sioux style tipi that features wood floors inside, a queen bed, indoor chiminea and seating for two. Secluded Sanctuaries is located just off of State Route 93, about six miles south of Logan, OH 43138.
7. The Inn at Honey Run Honeycombs (Millersburg)
Spend your days exploring Ohio's Amish Country and your nights at this truly charming getaway, where relaxation and upscale casual dining abound. The Inn at Honey Run features unique suite options, such as the earth-sheltered Club Level Honeycombs. It is located at 6920 County Rd. 203, Millersburg, OH 44654.
8. The Martin Country Store (Creola)
This roadside 1920s country store in Fiddlestix Village welcomes guests with all the comforts of home, history and charm of an old fashioned general store. This lovely little getaway features 1930s furnishings, a kitchenette, king-size bedroom, full bath, a vintage country store area and a front porch. It is located at 24180 State Route 93, Creola, OH 45622.
9. Little Red Caboose (Creole)
Another unique and historic overnight option in Fiddlestix Village is the Little Red Caboose, a 1926 B&O caboose. It features two twin-size beds, a kitchenette, bathroom, dining cove and a porch. It is also located at 24180 State Route 93 Creola, OH 45622.
10. Clay’s Park Resort (Lawerence)
The canvas cabins at Clay's Park Resort in Lawrence is "where comfort meets a starry night." With custom, Amish built log furniture and wood platforms, these canvas tents feature one queen bed, one set of bunk beds and a trundle bed. (Pictured above is the Glam Kit, which includes bedding, end tables, lamps and more for $40 extra.)
Clay's Park Resort is located at 13190 Patterson St. N.W., N. Lawrence, OH 44666.
11. Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast (Oberlin)
A night at this stop on the Underground Railroad and charming bed and breakfast will give you a truly unforgettable experience.
(Pictured is The Union Room.) It is located at 14945 Hallauer Rd.,
Oberlin, OH 44074.
Have you stayed at any of these places before? What other unique places to stay in Ohio are there? Share your experiences, photos and opinions with us!