If you’re anything like I was, when you think of spending the night in a state park, you think of roughing it in a cabin with no heat or pitching a tent and sleeping in the great outdoors. Those options are fine and well for the outdoorsy folks in the world, but I prefer a comfy bed, indoor plumbing, and all of the creature comforts of home.
As I sit here looking out of my window at yet another round of winter weather and heavy snow in Eastern Ohio, I get a little giddy with delight at the thought of bundling up and heading outside to play in the snow. Yes, as an adult I still adore snow play with my family! We love winter sports and recreation, and Ohio has plenty of mild days in the season to take advantage of pristine winter days.
All over my home state our state parks are jam-packed with winter recreation and luxury, and five Ohio State Park Lodges are open throughout the winter and offer families winter vacation options and fab getaway packages with their 10/20/30 Deal and bed and breakfast packages. Here’s how the 10/20/30 Deal works:
10% off 1 night, 20% off 2 nights, and 30% off 3 nights when you use promo codes STAY1, STAY2, or STAY3.
This year there’s also a Bed & Breakfast package where you can save 15% when you combine lodging and included cooked-to-order breakfast. Use the code BNB2 when you make your reservation.
Whether you’re an Ohio native or are choosing the Buckeye State as a winter getaway for your family, Ohio State Park Lodges offer comfortable accommodations, full-service dining, and an all-over winter wonderland attitude!
Salt Fork State Park Lodge
Salt Fork Lodge, located in Guernsey County near Cambridge, is in the heart of Ohio’s largest state park. With over 17,000 acres of state park land, the lodge is a fun respite and a great option for a winter getaway. The park offers ice boating and fishing, sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
After you’re done with the outdoor fun, the lodge features a dining room, coffee shop, snack bar, gift shop, lounge and lobby areas, indoor game area and can accommodate up to 450 people. Lodge and cottage guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool & sauna.
Mohican State Park Lodge
How about 96 lodge rooms with über-comfy accommodations? Mohican State Park Lodge
in Perrysville is the spot! The park is only 75 miles from both Columbus and Akron- a quick jaunt from two major Ohio cities. Along with free outdoor winter activities including hiking trails and snowmobiling and access to wifi, the lodge’s Olympic-sized, indoor swimming pool and sauna
will allow you to relax after a fun day outdoors. The lodge also offers a restaurant and lounge, and a gift shop for those must-have souvenirs.
Have a furry baby that you can’t bear to leave at home? Mohican State Park Lodge has three rooms especially for families with four-legged friends!
Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center
How about an English Tudor-style Manor
with 31 guest rooms & seven estate rooms, all decked out in antique-reproduction furnishings in the middle of an Ohio State Park? You betcha!
Indoor activities include an indoor swimming pool (newly renovated!), fitness center, and game room, or you can head outdoors and hike on 14 miles of trail, geocaching, and disc golfing- all free of charge! Located only 40 miles southeast of Cleveland, the lodge is a quick car trip and well worth the drive.
Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center
12 miles east of Toledo sits Maumee Bay Lodge
with its gorgeous private balcony views of Lake Erie. The Lodge offers lofts, suites, and single/double room accommodations, Outdoor recreation includes geocaching, hiking, and fishing,
or you can escape the cold and take advantage of the fun, indoor activities.
Swimming, a fitness center, hot tub, and sauna are fine for relaxation, and board game and DVD rentals will keep the kids occupied.
Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center
With 110 spacious rooms and private balconies and patios, Deer Creek Lodge
is both family-friendly and comfortable- and only 41 miles south of Columbus! Room amenities include coffee makes and satellite television (all the comforts of home!) Guestrooms and suite are available year round, or splurge on a loft guestroom that sleeps eight!
The lodge offers a full-service dining room, lounge, wifi, hot tub, and indoor pool. How about a spa treatment for Mom & Dad? Yep, Deer Creek Lodge offers professional spa therapy! How’s that for a relaxing vacation?
So, what are you waiting for? Feel free to use the links above or call 1-800-282-7275 and book a visit.
Have you had the pleasure of visiting an Ohio State Park Lodge? What was your favorite winter activity?
Photos courtesy of Ohio State Park Lodges