Guests at Gateway Lodge who select the Gallery Rooms or Luxury Suites have a gourmet breakfast included in their room fee, as well as afternoon tea and snacks upon arrival. On Friday, the lodge forgoes the tea and snacks, instead substituting wine and appetizers. Cabin guests may have breakfast in the dining room at an additional fee.
The main lodge building was built as a grand log cabin in 1914. There are four Gateway Lodge Gallery Rooms in the main lodge, newly opened, rustic, cozy, and luxurious. With bark-lined walls and reclaimed wood for its doors and ceilings, the bedrooms take its guests back to the past. The amply-sized bathrooms are fitted with copper sinks, rainfall showers, and stone tiles, and include upmarket toiletries. Each of the Gateway Lodge Gallery Rooms has a desk and a closet, fine linens, and plush robes and slippers. Guests wishing queen-sized beds should choose Gallery Rooms 1 and 2, while those wishing for two double beds should select Gallery Rooms 3 and 4.
The Gateway Lodge Luxury Suites have an old-fashioned air, but their fireside Jacuzzis and spacious bathrooms are indulgence itself. Each suite has a gas fireplace with that wonderful two-person hot tub nearby, a sofa, a mini-fridge, a king bed, and a private balcony with rocking chairs on it, looking out into the surrounding woodlands. Guests of the suites are welcomed with a snack basket in their room. The large bathrooms have double sinks and rainfall showers.
There are six Gateway Rustic Cabins, each sleeping 2-6 people. Each cabin has an outdoor fire ring and a picnic area, and the chance of viewing some of the many animals resident in Cook Forest State Park. The cabins have comfortable living rooms and kitchens that include cooking utensils, tableware, and serving dishes. Each cabin is provided with linens, and with 1/8 cord of firewood. There is no cell service in the cabins, but guests are welcome to use the phone at the main lodge.
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