Tucked into a lush green Ohio forest are seven treehouses, two designed by Pete Nelson of Discovery’s Treehouse Masters. Expect unusual architectural features—stained glass, loft bedrooms, spiral staircases, wraparound decks—and no two treehouses are alike. All contain modern furnishings and an indoor toilet, at minimum; most have full baths. Also on the 75-acre property: ground-level, Amish-built cabins, and a barn for events. themohicans.net
For hiking, mountain biking, and swimming head eight miles northwest to the 1,110-acre Mohican State Park. Or explore Hollywood connections in Mansfield, 30 miles northwest, on the Shawshank Redemption Trail of film sites.
Bring binoculars and sample a safari-like scene without flying to Africa. Decks of hillside yurts at the adults-only property are next to fields where animals roam the Columbus Zoo grounds. Inside each yurt is Asian-style decor—think bamboo flooring—and a private bath, one/two beds, and temperature controls. Rates include a zoo tour, dinner, breakfast, and concierge service. thewilds.columbuszoo.org
Summer parties in Columbus include the three-day Jazz and Rib Fest, July 24–26. The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum honors all branches of military service and major military conflicts.
The 500-acre resort with a 10-acre water park makes room for tents, RVs, cabins, and glamping. Atop wooden platforms are canvas tents outfitted with Amish-built log furniture. Cook on a charcoal grill or fire ring. Bathrooms and showers are a short walk, as is a lake stocked with fish and access to kayaks, canoes, miniature golf, and an indoor swimming pool. clayspark.com
Pay homage to gridiron greats at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 15 miles southeast in Canton, also home to the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. An hour north is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; concerts Oct. 29–30 celebrate the site’s 25th anniversary.
Sleep on futon beds at yurts in Delaware, East Harbor, Harrison Lake, Hueston Woods, Kelleys Island, Maumee Bay, Mosquito Lake, and Paint Creek State Parks. Some sites are rustic (as in no toilet/shower); others include a private bath.
Photos Courtesy Compelling Photo and Visit Canton