It is hard to believe, but in the 19th century Lipetsk was one of the largest resorts of the Russian Empire. It began to be developed in 1806. The initiative belonged to Alexander I, the reason was the spring with mineral water, discovered in 1800 by the county doctor Vander. He brought to the Imperial College information about the healing properties of water. Deindustrialization was carried out in the city, they began to build sanatoriums. Half a century later, doctors revealed the beneficial properties of therapeutic mud, which was found in the region. Soon, Lipetsk received the status of a resort of European importance, but the revival of industry soon turned the city into a center of industrialization, first of pre-revolutionary Russia, and then of the Soviet Union.
Despite this, the region has preserved a lot of natural places with protected forests, reservoirs filled with fish species, hunting grounds. Enterprises of the tourism sector have directed their efforts to revive the former glory of the largest recreational center of the country. Recreation centers created in the protected forests are great for spending the New Year and Christmas holidays. The seven best of them are described in this review.
Recreation center Usadebka
To celebrate the New Year in the bosom of nature invites the recreation center “Manor”. Cozy wooden houses are located in the forest area. They can be rented entirely or one of the rooms with private facilities can be rented. Guests take care of food on their own. The price includes the use of a microwave, barbecue facilities, stove and refrigerator. A washing machine is provided in each cottage. It offers a sauna, rental of sports equipment, a banquet hall with a dance floor, fishing, the opportunity to visit historical places that are within walking distance, as well as book excursions to the Kulikovo field, Blue Lakes and monasteries.
“Very nice place to stay with the whole family. For children, a play area is interestingly thought out. There is even a hut on chicken legs, where you can play, and at the same time plunge into a fairy tale. The bath is not just a bath, but a Siberian vat, useful for health and convenient for steaming. Its visit is included in the price, but the accessories will have to be rented” Marina, Russia
Baza Otdykha Kazaki
In the village of Alexandrovka, a recreation center “Cossacks” was built. But this does not mean that it is decorated in the spirit of a Cossack village. On the contrary, the interiors are classic, with elements of stylistics of the late 19th century. For accommodation there are 41 rooms,two of which have a category of increased comfort. A continental breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant, followed by an à la carte kitchen. A comfortable bar counter has an evening gathering with a glass of your favorite drink. It is easy to organize leisure activities here. For sports enthusiasts, there is a gym. Romantically inclined couples will enjoy a walk on phaetons in the summer and a sleigh in the winter. Experienced instructors of the arena will teach horse riding. But the main highlight of the hotel project is an outdoor heated swimming pool (open in the summer). Another, smaller one is located indoors.
“The recreation center resembles a large landlord estate. The rooms are located in a historic building, have their own horse yard with a covered arena, a restaurant. The interiors of the rooms have a hint of luxury. At leisure you can go to the karaoke bar or play billiards and board games» Mikhail, Russia
Malva Guest Houses
The guest houses are 12 km from Malva Manor, the former fiefdom of the Romanov boyars. Here is the border of the reserve Galichya Gora. Previously, there was a village, whose inhabitants moved to other places. Their houses were restored, communications were brought to them and a hotel complex was created. For guests, kitchens are equipped, gazebos with barbecue facilities are built, convenient paths are laid to the bank of the Don River. The houses have absolutely everything that is necessary for a comfortable stay, except for the Internet. You can come with pets, for their accommodation is charged an additional fee. A nice sauna has been built on site.
“Far from civilization and it’s wonderful! Nothing will distract from outdoor recreation. You need to stock up on food in advance and calmly spend time fishing or walking in the forest. It is advisable to come by your own car, free parking is provided for cars” Vitaly, Russia
Recreation center Donskoy les
In Zadonsk, among the forest, there is an excellent recreation center,where you can cheerfully celebrate the New Year. The country club is preparing a special New Year’s program, which includes accommodation from December 31 to January 2, several show programs with the participation of Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden, surprises, drawings, street festivities, active games in the fresh air. Children will be shown an interactive performance, in which all the little guests will take a direct part. For accommodation are provided chalets,central, family and guest buildings, bungalows with heating. The SPA complex has 2 rooms for 4-5 people. This is for those who dream of spending their holidays without leaving the bath with a swimming pool. The two-storey restaurant feeds guests on an à la carte menu. In the banquet hall “Lesnoy” tables are set for those who bought the “Full Board” package.
“It is very beautiful here, the territory is large, you can walk along the paths to the Don River. Usually they do not swim here because of the strong current, even on Epiphany they do not cut an ice hole. But through the suspension bridge you can go to Cape Guskov. It offers beautiful views and there are many places for photo shoots. Meals in the hotel are not imposed, so you can cook yourself or take advantage of the restaurant’s offers. They cook well and try to please all categories of tourists” Elena, Russia
Goritsy Hotel & Resort
Family club “Goritsy” specializes in organizing useful leisure for parents with children. The complex of health procedures is based on swimming. The hotel has created a beautiful wellness center, which has a thermal zone, swimming pool, gym, massage room, a team of professional instructors. They teach children to swim and do it well. For accommodation there are rooms of four categories – Standard, Superior, Suite and Suite. In the main restaurant, breakfast is served in the morning, then waiters serve an à la carte menu. You can have a snack in the lobby bar or karaoke club. The hotel has a children’s club. During the New Year holidays, young guests will be entertained by animators.
“There are excellent conditions for wellness treatments. From each steam room there is access to the pool. 2 bottles of drinking water are brought to the room daily, tea is offered. The bathroom has a full set to match the 4-star hotel. We liked everything except the prices in the restaurant. In my opinion, they are a bit overstated.” Lyuba, Russia
Guest House Krutogorye
The recreation center is located in the village of Krutogorye. The guest house – log house is divided into rooms with amenities and an equipped kitchen. Guests can always use the grill and cook dishes on the coals. Services include: organization of fishing and hunting, shops, equestrian club “Olympus”, accommodation with animals, parking. The building has a games room with billiards and air skiing. Apartments are in great demand among large companies.
“I liked that the guest house is in a closed area, parking under video surveillance. There is something to do for both adults and children. A few steps away is the Borinsky spring with the purest water. You can fish on paid and free plots. The administrator will tell you where to go” Alexander, Russia
Guest House Yakor
One-storey guest house is located in the village of Yarlukovo (26 km from the center of Lipetsk). It has three bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, a common kitchen-living room, a terrace, a sauna. The receptionist provides tourist information. From here, the easiest way to get to the regional center is to walk around the sights. If you celebrate the New Year here, you will need to independently purchase products, prepare and decorate the room. The obvious advantages of the hotel include the availability of amenities, fresh air, barbecue facilities. For those who want to celebrate the holiday in a close company of friends in nature and with comfort – this is the best option.
“We rented a house and didn’t regret it at all. The hosts took care of us, left us tea, sugar, seasonings. Our company had a great time, and we women hardly got tired of cooking. A dishwasher is provided. The men had their own entertainment – barbecue, sauna. The place is just gorgeous. Nearby are the forest and the river” Anna, Russia
A lover of outdoor activities is recommended to pay attention to the tourist complex “Donskoy Les”. Give birth with children will have a great winter vacation in “Goritsa”. For a good rest away from the city noise, other recreation centers located in the villages of the Lipetsk region are suitable.