If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but don’t feel like driving very far from downtown Columbus, check out Big Red’s Lodges .
These quaint cabins are nestled in a small wooded area right behind the McConnell Heart Health Center (north of The Ohio State University) . They are just far enough that you cannot hear anything but nature, but not so far that you find yourself saying, “are we there yet?”
Big Red's Lodges were a dream of John H. McConnell , who envisioned a place where people could enjoy peaceful accommodations close to a world-class health facility. My husband and I stayed there over the winter and enjoyed relaxing by the fire and watching our favorite movie. Complete with a kitchenette, we enjoyed a warm cup of joe and popped some popcorn without leaving the comforts of the cabin. With warmer weather now here, it would be a great place to relax on the porch and listen to the birds or walk on the adjacent walking paths and wetlands.
Your stay includes access to the McConnell Heart Health Center, an absolutely gorgeous facility with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Breakfast from the café is also included and offers an array of healthy and tasty options.