Sustainability is evident throughout the property with repurposed and recycled features in one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the Midwest.
Halfway between Cleveland and Columbus in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, lies a fantastical hotel straight out of a storybook fairytale. The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Grand Barn Wedding Center occupies 75 acres of beautiful indigenous landscape overlooking the rolling hills of the Mohican Valley and offering visitors a truly magical experience.
The hotel is owned by husband and wife team, Kevin and Laura Mooney whose childhood memories of spending time on the Mohican River and its surrounding woods left an indelible impression. In 2005, they took a leap of faith and purchased a portion of wooded land in the village of Glenmont. The couple built several cabins then changed focus after seeing a book about treehouses. In 2011, they collaborated with Pete Nelson, the host of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, on early treehouse designs. Sustainability is evident throughout the property with repurposed and recycled features including 100-year old barn siding, reused windows, doors, and cabinets and artisan-crafted hand-hewn beams. These vintage elements are complimented by lavish touches, including chandeliers, high-end furniture, and luxurious bedding. The Mooneys felt it was important to balance the resort’s rustic design with elegance and pomp.
The Grand Barn Wedding Center is The Mohicans’ crown jewel and one of the most exclusive and sought-after wedding venues in the Midwest. This breathtaking venue is surrounded by the largest treehouse resort east of the Mississippi making it a prime location for couples from all over the United States looking to wed. The two-story timber structure features barn beams, hardwood flooring, a vast solid oak staircase leading up to an upper level mezzanine with access to a second story outside deck. There is also a large covered deck on the main floor perfectly suited for a ceremony or cocktail reception before heading inside for dinner, where tables rest under white and crystal chandeliers. Sliding barn shutters, hay loft ladders, and solid pine trusses add to venue’s rustic charm.
Heading up catering is world-class Executive Chef Drew Slane, a conceptual culinary artist who approaches his cooking with elegance, polish and flare. His expertise in fine dining is juxtaposed by his penchant for scratch cooking. He has cultivated relationships with local farmers and purveyors giving him the advantage of using the freshest ingredients and best products the area has to offer. His style can be described as ‘refined rural rustic.’ His career has spanned the gamut from intimate ‘mom & pop’ restaurants to famous Cleveland landmarks to world-class establishments, including Classics at the Intercontinental (part of the AAA five diamond team).
The treehouses all have their own unique signature. Some of the stand-outs include the gothic-inspired Little Red treehouse with its massive stained glass window and 30 foot extension bridge. The Nest is a whimsical honeymoon suite and features cathedral windows and a massive cedar shingle domed roof. Another favorite is the Tin Shed which features a corrugated metal exterior, a full-sized garage door in the back, and a 100-foot extension bridge connected by a steel spiral staircase. By the end of this summer The Mohicans will have 10 treehouses available for guests including Silver Bullet, a renovated classic 1978 Airstream trailer perched 22 feet off the ground. Another new treehouse, The View will feature 90 percent glass in three of its four walls. To combat the harsh winter months the treehouses are well-insulated, have heated flooring, incorporate passive lighting design techniques, and even have insulated and heated water lines. Infrastructure is in place for up to 15 total treehouses—a number the Mooneys hope to reach in the next couple of years.
Written by Miguel DeJesus, PR Specialist at The Mohicans