Looking to hang your hat where the buffalo roam? You might want to consider an overnight stay in Fremont Indiana at the “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve.”
The “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve’s” main mission is to both preserve and honor not only the buffalo but the natural environment in general.
As part of that mission they offer visitors a chance to spend the night amongst the buffalo as part of a getaway meant to soothe the spirit.
Things to Do While There
Overnight guests of the “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve” can enjoy observing the 250 buffalo that freely roam the preserve’s 400 plus acres. Guided buffalo tours are given for the modest fee of $8 per adult and $5 per child.
In addition, there are two areas within the preserve that are designed to aid visitors in reconnecting to the cycles of the earth. The spiritual areas within the preserve are entitled the “Buffalo Vision Alter” and the “Temple.”
Both the alter and the temple at the “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve” are suitable places to engage in prayer, reflection and meditation.
Located opposite the serene waters of a reflection pool, the “Buffalo Vision Alter” pays homage in part to the Native American belief in honoring animals such as the buffalo.
Long considered to be a sacred, totem animal among some tribes, the buffalo has appeared in many Native American legends such as that of the “White Buffalo Calf Woman.”
The “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve’s Temple” was actually once a Buddhist temple. It has since been re-opened to all visitors, regardless of denomination, who wish to reflect on the natural world and reconnect with their spiritual center.
Accommodations and Rates
There are three types of overnight accommodations available at the “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve”; the lodge, tipis and “safari tents.”
The lodge at the “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve” is skillfully constructed out of natural materials, appointed with rustic but comfortable décor and nestled within the heart of the buffalo preserve.
Amenities include a deep, relaxing bathtub, stone fireplace, library and a large porch suitable for wildlife viewing.
As of 2010 overnight accommodations will set you back anywhere from $159 to $179 per night depending on the day of the week.
It should be noted that families with young children are encouraged not to stay in the lodge. A better alternative for them is a stay in one of the preserve’s tipis or “safari tents.”
As overnight accommodations at the “Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve” are based on availability and rates are subject to change without notice, would-be visitors should contact the preserve staff in advance to secure reservations and confirm all details.
Wild Winds Buffalo
6975 North Ray Road
Fremont, IN 46737