Lonely Planet Writer

You can now sleep beneath the stars in a luxury yurt in Ohio

Heading to Ohio and don’t want to stay in traditional traveller accommodation? Your choice has just expanded as new luxury yurts have opened to provide a different lodging experience in the Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio.

You can now sleep in a luxury yurt in Ohio. Image: Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan already offers cabins, cottages and inn rooms, and it has now added luxury yurts to its offering. The yurts’ walls and roof beams are made of Douglas fir, and the rafters soar upward to the central vaulted ceiling, offering an abundance of soft, natural light. Thanks to the Hocking Hills’ incredibly dark skies, visitors can gaze at the twinkling stars from the comfort of their yurt’s private deck or while lying in bed. The area is marked by deep forests, soaring rock faces, craggy caves and rushing waterfalls, as well as real-deal Appalachian music and moonshine.

You can now sleep in a luxury yurt in Ohio. Image: Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Combining rustic tent camping with refined cottage life, visitors can hear the comforting sounds of nature while staying warm and cosy inside their private yurt. Each of the raised, dome-shaped dwellings are 20 feet in diameter and have a private deck, a king-size bed or twin beds, a bathroom with shower, rocking chairs, a gas-log stove, microwave and refrigerator. A complimentary breakfast is provided. Among the amenities is a dining room that specialises in fine American cuisine, and a spa that offers treatments including couples massage.

You can now sleep in a luxury yurt in Ohio. Image: Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

According to owner, Ellen Grinsfelder, the modern yurt is an adaptation of the circular shelters used for centuries by Central Asian nomads. Their structure is rooted in the spiritual beliefs of those early Mongolian tribes with the round shape evoking the sky, while the central pillars symbolise the connection between earth and the heavens.

You can now sleep in a luxury yurt in Ohio. Image: Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Yurt reservations at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls are available here.