So, this was our 2nd time staying at Golden Bear Lodge as we decided to do something a little different for Thanksgiving this year and take the show on the road with our extended family.
• Beautiful, idyllic setting nestled in lovely Amish countryside
• Very large cabin that housed our entire party very comfortably
• Nicely manicured grounds
• Owner is incredibly responsive and communicative
• Remote enough to feel completely away from it all, but close enough to shopping if you need something
• Great Hot Tub
• Large fireplace
• Some of the games in the game room were not operating properly
• Saw some mouse droppings in one spot
We had been to Golden Bear Lodge for our in-laws 50th wedding anniversary a couple years back. We loved it and decided to try again. It was a good call. The place has such a nice feel to it and they do a good job of having it very clean and orderly upon check in. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer setting. Very rural, in Amish country, you feel as though you stepped back in time, yet we were 40 minutes or so from our home south of Cleveland. We checked in a couple days before Thanksgiving and were fortunate enough to see an Amish barn raising. There was seemingly eighty or so Amish that put up a huge barn in a day’s time….an experience we’ll never forget! Having stayed there for three nights, the place is large enough to give everyone their own space. My wife did all of the up front communicating with one of the owners…Jesse…and he was very responsive. I forgot some clothes I had hung up in one of the closets and I reached out to Jesse to retrieve them a few days after we checked out. Again, he was very easy to work with and allowed me easy access to the property to get the clothes. While this place certainly isn’t inexpensive, it’s easier to rationalize the cost when you have a larger party. It would have been nicer to have some of the games in the game room operating properly and Jesse indicated he would address that. We did see some mouse droppings in one spot only, but did not see mice, so it didn’t really detract from the experience at all….just wanted to mention it in the spirit of full disclosure. Again, Jesse was adamant that would be addressed immediately. All in all, a really nice time and really great memories that we can cherish for a long time. I would highly recommend Golden Bear Lodge.