As you know by now, I am a junkie for unique spots and when our anniversary came around I was on the search. I wanted to cross off some bucket list items and stay on the cheap while doing so. We didn’t have a ton of time, so we wanted to stay sort of close to Ohio. I searched for quite some time, and we bookmarked many interesting places but none were “it.”
Finally, while doing my search I stumbled across something that I felt was truly unique that was close enough to two bucket list spots. Enter, the Red Caboose Motel. Now, I’m not saying this place is like a Ritz Carlton or anything, so if you’re into swanky places then a train car may not be for you. They do have a farm house onsite that looks pretty nice as well, if odd is not your thing.
When the weekend finally arrived and we hopped in the car to leave, I was so excited to see what was in store for us. If you are a Cincinnati reader then this is definitely worth a long weekend get away. When we pulled in, I could hardly contain myself. REAL cabooses lined the lot and I instantly reverted back into a 5 year old. I squealed with delight when I saw all the different colored cars.
“Oooooh oooooh!!! I wanna stay in that one… and that one…. and…..” So, have I mentioned that I have an incredibly patient and awesome boyfriend? Yeah, he’s used to my 5 year old tirades. 🙂 We drove around the bend and arrived easily at our little caboose. We chose the smallest one because of the great price, and because we knew that we would be in and out of the room the majority of the time. If you have children, they do offer bunk styles as well for some larger accommodations.
The next morning we woke up to a beautiful country sunrise, and we decided to explore.
It was a beautiful foggy morning, and the whole area was covered with a sparking blanket of dew. It was so peaceful and serene. They even had a cool little petting zoo where I made some new buddies.
We were hoping to get breakfast but the place has some odd hours, so we were never able to get in there for the food. There was an old silo that they let people climb to the top of it for the view but it cost money so we passed that one up. It wasn’t much though, so if you and the kiddos want to check it out I think it’d be worth it. There is also a playground by the silo too, so there is plenty of things to do here.
There was also a train station nearby where you could hop on the trains or visit a train museum, but we had plans for some other things. The location is awesome because it’s within an hour to an hour and a half drive of both Gettysburg and Hershey, which coincidentally were both on my bucket list! I’ll post a separate story about those soon! If you’re interested here are the details!