ASHLAND -- The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District unveiled 10 state-of-the-art vacation log cabins in Pleasant Hill Lake Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Guests can choose to lodge at either one of the four deluxe cabins or at one of six standard-sized cabins. Each log cabin is bedecked with a queen bed, two sets of bunk beds, two full baths, a full kitchen, a gas fireplace, central heating and air conditioning as well as an outdoor hot tub.
Deluxe cabins also include a washer and dryer, and an additional pull-out sleeper sofa.
“Our original cabins were built in the early 50’s," said Louis Andres, Park Naturalist for Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. "They couldn’t be rented year round; they didn’t have a lot of amenities. They were outdated.
"People want more amenities.T they want heating and air conditioning, they want fireplaces, they want a full kitchen, wifi, big screen TV’s, hot tubs.
"When we designed these (cabins), we designed these with all of those features that folks want to see in a cabin," he said.
The cabins will be open year-round and can be rented weekly throughout the summer and nightly (with a minimum of two nights) beginning this fall. Two of the cabins are handicap accessible.
Originally intended to open in April, the cabins were completed in January after a 2-year developmental process. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the debut date until June due to safety and health concerns.
Hochstetler Milling and Shrock Construction in Loudonville collaborate on the construction of the cabins. A majority of the furniture is locally crafted from reclaimed barn siding and beans.
The funds collected from project Muskingum's oil and gas-well leases were reinvested into the campgrounds and parks, covering the costs of the cabins.
Rental rates can be viewed and reservations made at the Muskingum Watersched Conservance District website. The cabins will officially open to the public on Friday, June 19.
“All you need to bring is your food and personal items and you’re good to go," said Andres. "We would like to theme each cabin, but right now we’re just trying to get them open.”
Andres plans to theme each of the cabins around a local historical figure such as Jedidiah Smith, a mountain man from Perrysville, or Johnny Appleseed.
Supplemental packages can also be purchased, including a selection of regional history-themed soda bottles.
“We’ve bottled our own soft drinks with the (local) history on the label," Andres said. "There’s a company in Cleveland that does custom labeling and I thought ‘How cool would it be to take some historical figures and places and put them on the bottle to celebrate them?’
"It’s pretty good stuff. It’s all made with no caffeine and all natural ingredients. It’s an old family recipe as they say.”
Flavors come in Gold Rush Orange, Helltown Black Cherry, Mountain Man Rootbeer, Appleseed Vanilla Cream, Rosella Rice Strawberry and Greentown Ginger.