written by Cara Strickland photogrpahy by The Lodge at St. Edward State Park
When you first drive to this secluded hideaway, it will be hard to believe that something surrounded by such lush forest is still so close to civilization. But the beautiful scenery and quiet location is only part of the allure of this historic building—formerly a seminary, which opened in the 1930s. Once you step inside, you’ll find plenty to enjoy and explore (plus more outdoors), but you’re also close to many excellent local restaurants and attractions if you want to rejoin the world for a while.
To create guest rooms, former dormitory rooms were combined, offering a traditional hotel experience with little touches that hint at the lodge’s history. Choose from room sizes in queen, double queen, king, lodge king or queen (which are larger), and the St. Edward’s king, which is a small well-appointed suite. Many of these rooms have accessible options, and dogs are welcome in certain rooms, with a refundable deposit. If you’re really wanting to stay in luxury, check out the Daniels Suite, which has a soaking tub along with the luxurious shower option present in the other guest rooms, a suite experience, and art on the walls from the owners’ personal collection.
With three dining options on site, there is no need to leave the property to eat well. Enjoy light and casual fare at Father Mulligan’s Heritage Bar, enjoy a whimsical bar experience and light bites downstairs at The Tonsorium Bar (the site of the former barber shop, complete with the original chair), or dine for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea (Thursday and Friday) at Cedar + Elm, the flagship restaurant, featuring cuisine that is almost entirely cooked using the visible wood fire. If you’re feeling like staying in bed, room service is only a phone call away.
Enjoy the on-site spa with a variety of massage and skincare treatments, and a sauna, available by appointment. Keep your workout on track with a fitness center. Borrow a complimentary mountain bike or lawn game or stretch your legs on one of the many trails. Cozy up in the library with games, snacks, and soft drinks available at all hours. Wander the gallery of fine art in the hallway with frequently rotating exhibits. Pick up whatever you’ve forgotten, or a gift for those at home, at Provisions retail shop. Take part in complimentary weekly yoga classes. Learn about the lodge’s history with a walking tour and well-placed plaques. If you’re interested in hosting an event, they can do that, too.
14477 JUANITA DRIVE NE