Five Reasons to Visit Ohio’s Mohicans Treehouse Resort

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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT OHIO’S MOHICANS TREEHOUSE RESORT
By Mary Farah

 

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As a travel writer, I’m always up for an adventure. I’ve had the pleasure to see some beautiful destinations and one-of-a-kind resorts. When the opportunity arose to pay a visit to the Mohicans Treehouse and Wedding Venue in Ohio, I jumped at the chance. Having never been to Ohio let alone stayed in a treehouse, I didn’t quite know what to expect. What did I find? An extremely unique and rural escape.

Read on for five fun facts about the Mohicans and why you should plan a trip.

1. It’s Perfect for “Glamping”
I love to unplug and be far out in nature. That doesn’t mean I necessarily love the idea of camping. Visitors (who include Matthew McConaughey) can enjoy the best of both worlds at the Mohicans. Wifi will be scarce in your treehouse or cabin (more on those later) and civilization is a good 10 miles away. Take the opportunity to enjoy the DVD player and movies in the room, read a book, or do what my husband and I did. We downloaded movies and watched them on our laptop while enjoying a bottle of wine.

The grounds are pristine and there are over 75 acres of wide-open spaces for long walks and solitude. If you just can’t stand the thought of not checking your phone, rest assured. Service is accessible at the lake near the gateway entrance.

No treehouse and cabin are alike and amenities include a kitchenette, cookware, and plates. Toiletries like shampoo and a hairdryer are not included, so pack accordingly. We stayed in the El Castillo treehouse (which means “castle”) and loved that there was both an outdoor and indoor shower. We marveled that the water was warmer than some hotels we’ve stayed in.

2. The Treehouses are Crafted and Built by the Amish
We had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Mooney, founder of the Mohicans, and learn more about the resort. Located in Mohican-Loudonville, Ohio, the area has a strong Amish population. The craftsmanship and attention to detail within the treehouses are remarkable. We learned that most of Mooney’s contractors are from the Amish community. We even managed to see some horse-pulled buggies during our stay!

As cell phones are not the norm for his staff, Mooney explained that you’ll see more pay phones than usual when in town. Since craftsmanship is a common trade among the Amish, it’s often a family affair. Most have been in the business for multiple generations. Each treehouse truly tells a story and boasts near-magical energy.


3. It’s one of the Top Wedding Venues in the State
Take a look on the Mohicans Instagram, and you’ll notice they host a lot of weddings. They’re recipients of nearly a dozen wedding venue awards and are continually named a “Best Of Weddings” pick from the Knot (seven consecutive years).

The wedding venue makes for exquisite fairy tale nuptials. The building is a stunning two-story timber frame. It sits among hardwoods and pines high atop the hills of the Buckeye state’s Mohican Valley. The elaborate solid oak rustic staircase leads up to the mezzanine with access to a second-story deck perched outside.

Guests can book the whole resort (six cabins and eight treehouses) for their big day. If something more intimate or spontaneous is desired, the grounds are just as ideal. As someone who got married at the Beverly Hills Courthouse with under 25 guests, I love the thought of a treehouse elopement.

4. Enjoy some of the Best Food Coming Out of Cleveland
During our stay, we got to experience a delicious, informal dinner in the resort’s kitchen. When guests book an event with the Mohicans, they can work with their on-site catering services. As I follow a gluten-free diet (and primarily pescatarian) I was impressed at the versatility of the culinary staff.

We began with potato chips right out of the oven. Salty and flavorful, it was easy to forget we had more plates coming since these were so irresistible. Next up was a vegan Thai green curry bursting with flavor thanks to a hint of heat from Thai red peppers. For our main course, we devoured a line-caught red snapper with a beet and cilantro puree. They pulled out all of the stops and the meal was a highlight of our trip.

Given that the Mohicans cuisine is top-notch it’s not surprising they’ve extended beyond the resort. Treehouse Provisions opened last year and is located in Cleveland. Locals can order online and carry out their meals or utilize DoorDash for delivery. Favorites like burgers and pasta make up just some of the wide array of selections. Need catering for a special day or big game? Treehouse Provisions is an excellent choice.

5. More Exciting Accommodations are on the Way
Although the travel industry has in no doubt struggled since 2020, the Mohicans have persevered remarkably. Two new cabins, the Manor and the Farmhouse have recently opened with more on the way. Plans are underway for another treehouse, a glamping tent treehouse, and even an Airstream cabin. The bar has been set high for their peers and similar destinations.

The resort is centrally located 65 miles from Columbus Airport and 80 miles from Cleveland Airport. You’ll find supermarkets 20 miles away from Mount Vernon. You’re also a stone’s throw from the charming town of Loudonville.

Looking to experience a treehouse stay on the West Coast? The Mohicans sister property, Klickitat Treehouse Resort, awaits you in White Salmon, Washington. As a lover of the Pacific Northwest, I cannot wait to see all they have to offer. Maybe a follow-up story will arise?


Mary is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles. She’s written on her blog, Along Comes Mary, since 2012. Her work can be found in various online outlets as well as FWT Magazine. Mary is a proud member of IFWTWA, the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association. A former Executive Board Member, she currently serves on their Conference and Editorial Committees. Keep up with Mary’s adventures at: http://www.alongcomesmaryblog.com/

 

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