Mohican Hideaway dome

Mohican Hideaway is an AirBnB dome located in Brinkhaven.

BRINKHAVEN -- If you love sleeping under the stars, kayaking down the Mohican river and sitting by a campfire, but you can’t go without a soft mattress and air conditioning, a glamping dome might be the perfect camping experience for you.

The dome at Mohican Hideaway is the first dome available as an AirBnB stay in Ohio, according to owners Angela Pride and Nick Frank.

The engaged couple from Seville bought a seven-acre property along the Mohican River last year and began accepting reservations in mid-October.

They're nearly booked through January.

“We were nervous just a little anxious on how it would do because this is our first Airbnb," Pride said.

The couple was shocked at how quickly reservations came pouring in. Most of the bookings were from Ohio families, but then they started coming from out-of-state.

“We apparently must have met Airbnb’s algorithm,” Pride said. “We now have Chicago, Illinois. We have somebody from Maryland coming. There's quite a few from Indiana. We’re starting to get out-of-state, so that's pretty exciting.”

The couple hopes to add another dome this spring and possibly a third and fourth down the road, but Pride says they will stop after that to ensure guests can still enjoy privacy and seclusion in their domes. 

The couple wanted their unique AirBnB to feel like a home away from home. The cozy campsite features a queen-size mattress on the ground and a loft with a full mattress on top. A small heating and air conditioning unit provides climate control. Guests can prepare almost anything in the kitchenette, which offers a microwave, toaster/air fryer, induction top, sink, coffeemaker and numerous pots and pans. 

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The dome also has WiFi and a TV projector that allows visitors to stream their favorite shows.

Outside, there's a patio with a fire pit and hot tub. There's even laundry machines available onsite. 

“When we envisioned this place, we wanted it to be not just a stay, but an experience and something that you remember," Pride said. "Whether you're here with your significant other and you're watching Netflix and you have this crazy feeling like you're in the forest or you're out here sitting in the hot tub looking at the stars."

Despite its modern amenities, the dome still offers plenty to do in the great outdoors. Guests can launch kayaks from the riverside or stargaze in the field. 

The dome is just minutes from the Bridge of Dreams, about 15 minutes from Tree Frog Canopy Tours and about a half hour away from Mohican State Forest.

The Mohican forest and surrounding area have always been a destination for nature lovers. Campsites and canoe liveries abound in Loudonville and beyond.

But Miranda Burrell of the Discover Mohican said more and more families are looking for a combination of comfort and the great outdoors.

“Glamping is becoming a huge thing," said Burrell, the bureau's tourism administrator. "A lot of people view RVs as glamping so that is actually booming right now. Another big draw is the cabins.”

Burrell said Mohican Hideaway is a welcome addition to the tourism community.

“We have a lot of AirBnBs and cabins, but this is the first dome that we’ve had in the area," she said. “I think it’ll add a lot to our area because people are kind of looking for some different ideas outside of camping or just a cabin.”

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