Sometimes this break may be a short walk in the woods or a drive in the country. Other times I may feel the need for a longer "getaway", to disconnect and begin to unwind. This helps me to regain perspective, lessen the intensity and check in with my heavenly daddy to be sure I am letting Him steer my life and direct me.
This week, I decided to take two days and drive a few hours to visit the Gateway Lodge and Cook Forest. I had been intrigued by the Gateway ever since I had learned about it at the 2014 Farm to Table event in Pittsburgh. The lodge seemed rustic yet elegant from the brochures and I found myself longing to spend some time there. I contacted the owner's daughter, Jodi, who I had met in Pittsburgh, and booked one night at the lodge. I thought I'd share my discovery, in pictures with all of you.
I had a beautiful day for my drive and the trees were just starting to turn colors. The scenery was refreshing and the Gateway Lodge was up a winding driveway and nestled in the woods. The exterior is logs and dark wood with a narrow front porch with lots of chairs for reading and visiting. The entrance of the lodge takes you into the original 1934 building, which was originally a backpackers inn. It was built in the depression and had 10 tiny bedrooms and a shared bathroom. In recent years, the owners renovated, creating four larger bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. This is where I stayed.
I was surprised by the number of guests on a Tuesday night and met some very nice couples. We shared the afternoon tea time with hot drinks, home baked cookies and apples. The next morning, after a sound sleep in a very comfortable bed, I enjoyed a nice breakfast of eggs, potatoes, bacon, fruit, toast, cranberry scone, and tea. For their breakfast and dinner menu, each guest is given two options to choose between. The lodge seems to be a cross between an inn and a bed and breakfast.
Before I left, I received a quick tour of the facility and was able to see the suites in the newer building. These were very spacious with a hot tub, fireplace, outdoor porch, and attractive, rustic decor. I would personally like to take advantage of a newer suite on a future visit. Upcoming renovations were explained including expanding the entryway and front porch of the lodge.