Take a Digital Detox for Spring Break
Unplug, unwind, and reconnect with nature at these Ohio State Park Lodges
Spring Break is the perfect time to rejuvenate and unplug — both literally and figuratively. And the Ohio State Park Lodges offer the ideal setting. While they have all the modern amenities necessary to keep you connected during your stay, there are plenty of ways to detox from digital overload, too.
It is easy to unplug at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge as you enjoy the outdoors with some of the best nature scenes that Ohio has to offer.
Ease into your mornings with a cup of coffee and time for reflection on your private balcony overlooking Lake Erie. As you head out for the day, leave your smartphone behind and focus on mind and body renewal.
Walk the grounds of Maumee Bay State Park for some exercise and quiet observation. You can hike one of several marked trails or stroll along the 2-mile wetlands boardwalk to catch a glimpse of roaming deer or owls nesting in the trees.
If there is still snow on the ground, you can cross-country ski for an afternoon and then warm up in the lodge in plush leather sofas by the roaring fireplace. Cross-country ski equipment can be rented from the lodge.
Whether you stay in one of the modern lodge guestrooms or a comfortable furnished cabin with a fireplace, you can round out your evenings by checking out a book from the lending library or relaxing in the indoor sauna and hot tub. Ahh!
The inviting Punderson Manor Lodge makes it easy to unwind without digital distractions.
Your time away starts with a good night’s sleep in peaceful northeast Ohio where the dark skies away from city lights give you a stunning view of the stars.
Punderson’s unique lodging gives you the option of staying in modern guest rooms, English Tudor-style estate rooms in the original part of the Manor House, or private two-bedroom cabins.
The large glass windows in the lodge and the Cherry Dining Room surround you with nature. Take time to watch for wildlife on the rolling hills, or take a stroll down to the boardwalk along the 150-acre glacial lake.
Indulge yourself in the outdoors at Punderson State Park where you will find more than 14 miles of hiking and walking trails. If there is still snow on the ground, head out to take advantage of the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and lighted sledding hill with a new mechanical lift.
Punderson is in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, so one of the best ways to unplug is by driving some of the back roads in the area to soak in the scenic landscape and a slower pre-digital pace of life.
In the evening, enjoy the complimentary board games and movie rentals as you settle back into your room to enjoy the simple luxuries that you do not take time for at home.
Scheduling time away from digital devices is easy at Mohican State Park Lodge, which sits on 1,000 acres of woodlands. Exchange screen time for nature time on one of the many hiking trails that range from one to six miles round-trip. Walking in the Mohican State Park and the Mohican Memorial State Forest takes you through a variety of terrain giving you time for reflection and exercise.
Nature paths and quiet sitting spots are all close to the lodge for quick and easy respites throughout your stay.
If you prefer to unwind indoors, take advantage of Mohican’s fitness room and indoor heated pool and sauna. Or catch up on your favorite book by settling into one of the many comfortable sitting corners throughout the lodge that are ideal for indulging in a good read. For families looking to unwind together, the indoor game room will provide hours of fun. Or you can inquire at the front desk about seasonal recreational programs.
Let the morning sunlight be your alarm clock as you awaken to the natural splendor that surrounds Deer Creek State Park Lodge.
All lodge guestrooms have private balconies or patios where you can spend time reading, watching wildlife, or just enjoying a quiet conversation.
For a little more privacy, you can hide away in one of 25 spacious cabins on the property with views of the woods or the lake. Deer Creek is a pet-friendly facility, so you can include the four-legged members of the family in your getaway.
For the ultimate digital detox experience, book the unique historic Harding cabin. This one-time presidential retreat can be your personal hideaway providing you the privacy that you need to unwind.
Spend some time outdoors in Deer Creek State Park as you enjoy Ohio on the verge of spring. Marked trails throughout the park make it easy to plan several hours exploring some of the property’s 3,100 acres. With the unpredictable Ohio weather, if there is still snow on the ground, you can spend a day snowmobiling or cross-country skiing on the sprawling landscape.
Nothing helps you unwind more than a relaxing swim in the indoor pool. You can round out your evening with the full-service menu at Rafter’s Restaurant in the lodge and a nightcap at Harding’s Lounge.
What better way to rejuvenate than to explore the scenic grounds of Salt Fork State Park Lodge located in southeastern Ohio. Once you arrive, put your digital devices away and fill your time and imagination with nature.
As Ohio’s largest state park, you can fill several days exploring the outdoors. Find hidden treasures and get some exercise as you go geocaching on the grounds. Hand-held GPS units are available for rent from the lodge. Take a map and explore one of the 14 miles of hiking trails that take you through some of the most stunning scenery in the state. Keep your eyes open for roaming wildlife in the forest as you reconnect with nature.
After you soak in the fresh outdoor air, the indoor pool and hot tub will be waiting for you upon your return to the lodge. For a little nostalgia, head to the indoor game room or play a board game. If you are simply after some quiet time, find an over-stuffed leather couch by the fireplace or a comfortable second-floor rocking chair in front of the wall of windows.
Whether your way of unplugging is exploring the outdoors or simply doing nothing at all, each of the Ohio State Park Lodges can provide you just the right balance.
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Written by: Anietra Hamper
Ohio resident Anietra Hamper is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in covering outdoor activities.