Years ago, the Penguin classical music guide would rate recordings, but also give a "rosette" in rare instances in which a performance had a particularly moving quality that defied a star rating. Bear Run is like that.
If I would rate Bear Run solely on the amenities, I would likely give it around a 4.5, which is very good, but there are many, many undefinable positive qualities as well.
Let's start with the basics. We stayed here for several nights as part of a family reunion in which various groups stayed either in the inn or in cabins. Bear Run has an inn with three rooms and several cabins. Our group included people from toddlers up through their late 50s, with many different backgrounds despite the family connection. Particularly the newer cabins are far nicer than one would expect and well-appointed. We ourselves stayed in the suite in the inn, which was basically a large L-shaped room with two king beds and a bath. Throughout our time, our extended family used the downstairs living room area, which was very nice and included a full-sized refrigerator. There was a hot tub for 4 outside that we did not use. Our room was very comfortable.
The setting is beautiful. The inn and cabins are next to a huge meadow. There is a pond and shelter right nearby. We cooked several meals outside at night with two grills, a picnic area, and even a fire pit where we were able to build a fire and make smokes. On a clear night, make a point of going outside, as you will see more stars in the sky than you likely ever remembered due to the remote location. They have lots of hiking trails, and the countryside is made up of rolling hills and woods. This is not the place if you are looking for an exciting urban nightlife, but it has the best of what you would want in a rural inn in terms of comfort and atmosphere.
The amenities were good with the qualification that this is in a rural area, so while the wi-fi worked, the internet connection ranged from very good to virtually non-existent through no fault of the owners. They have satellite TV with multiple channels. We spent most of our time with family, so we didn't spend much time watching them, but there seemed to be a wide variety.
Speaking of the owners, they are the reason for my reference to a rosette award. Bud and Marsha are very genuine and warm hosts. They were extremely attentive without being intrusive and popped up from time to time with interesting stories (apparently they are acquainted with Joan Baez and she spent some time here), good recommendations, and lots of history. They spent extensive time in the Philippines, and our room and the inn were decorated with all kinds of interesting objects, including an intricate inlaid chest, as well as many other decorative touches. One evening, Bud came by for a hay ride, which sounded uninteresting to me (I live in a semi-rural area), but it turned out to be scenic and fun. The children in our group loved it.
Breakfast each morning at the inn was filling and great. I can recall very nice quiches and an extremely decadent caramel pastry of some sort. Every breakfast began with a lot of fruit.
The inn is about 5 miles from Logan, where there are some restaurants, a nice grocery store, a Wal-Mart (if you find yourself in need of some basics), and several small-town offerings if you want. It's about 20 minutes or so to Hocking Hills State Park, but it's a pretty drive.
Bear Run is a wonderful place to spend a rural weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a night in our quaint Bed & Breakfast Inn, spend cozy nights for two in a cabin designed for relaxation, or bring your entire family and stay in one of our large cabins. We are surrounded by 600 acres of private woodlands and meadows. Three fishing ponds, shelter houses, fire pits and much more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bear Run Inn Cabins & Cottages Logan, Ohio