Midwest Living Review
Scenery used to be the big draw at Cherry Valley Lodge, and for many visitors, it still is; attractive landscaping and a national arboretum surround the property, which sits a short drive east of Columbus. For years, the resort relied on business retreats during the week and couples and girlfriend getaways on weekends. But a new Coco Key water park has dramatically changed the character of the resort. That's great news for families who flock here on the weekends for quick, splashy getaways, but adults hoping for a quiet country-lodge escape may be surprised to find flip-flop wearing tots swarming the upscale lobby. (Even the staff seem a bit frazzled by the change.) Despite its slight identity crisis, Cherry Valley provides all the amenities you'd expect at a modern resort -- a full-service restaurant, spa, swimming pool, workout room and high-speed Internet access. Coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs and refrigerators are in each room. Our suite was large and comfortable, with a fireplace in the living room, a wet bar with microwave and a whirlpool tub in the bathroom. Outside, visitors can hike and bike the scenic trails and stroll through the extensive gardens. The patio at Sunflower's restaurant offers lovely views of a pond with two waterfalls. Inside, the restaurant repeats the lodge theme, with a huge stuffed black bear greeting guests. The food is what you'd expect for an American lodge -- lots of steak, seafood and pasta options, served in generous portions. We found ourselves wishing there were two dining choices, though; a buffet for families and a classier choice for couples who want a peaceful, special-occasion meal.