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Five Ohio State Park Lodges are celebrating the December holidays with fun and festive events and affordable getaway packages.
“Here in America’s heartland we celebrate the holidays with gusto and a lot of garland,” said Dianna Rom, regional director of sales and marketing for Ohio State Park Lodges. “The decked-out lodges provide a festive backdrop for families and friends who want to enjoy a merry and affordable holiday getaway.”
Operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the lodges are located throughout the state.
Salt Fork State Park Lodge is 12 miles from Cambridge near the I-70/I-77 interchange.
Mohican State Park Lodge is east of I-71 approximately 75 miles from both Columbus and Akron.
Punderson Manor State Park Lodge is 35 miles east of Cleveland north of US-422.
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge is 12 miles east of Toledo and north of the Ohio Turnpike (I-80).
Deer Creek State Park Lodge is 35 miles south of Columbus east of I-71.
Here are some of the festivities planned at Ohio State Park Lodges. Visit websites for complete details.
Punderson Manor State Park, Newbury
The elegant Punderson Manor will offer “Brunch with Santa” each Sunday in December leading up to Christmas. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2013, parents will treat their children to brunch surrounded by festive decorations which serve as the ideal backdrop for the opportunity share a wish list and have a photo taken with the big man himself, Santa Claus. Reservations are recommended.
Deer Creek State Park Lodge, Sterling
Deer Creek State Park Lodge creates a home-away-from-home feel as it partners with local area garden clubs to decorate the lodge in festive holiday lights and ornaments. This year there are 13 trees and 20,000 lights with most of the ornaments constructed of natural materials. In addition to maintaining a “lodge” appeal, this approach offers guests the opportunity to see how they could make similar ornaments at home.
Salt Fork State Park Lodge, Cambridge
Salt Fork State Park Lodge features a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party with games beginning at noon Dec. 31 and organized activities throughout the day. Included are designated “Parents Night Out” time periods, family photos, a “Salt Fork’s Got Talent” contest and a family party with a DJ from 10 p.m. to midnight. There will also be an adults-only DJ party in the lounge to ring in the New Year. The party is free to all lodge guests.
The lodge also makes a great home base when visiting one of the area’s celebrated holiday traditions – Dickens Victorian Village in nearby Cambridge. For the eighth year, this incredible seasonal public art display features close to 200 mannequins depicting 80 scenes throughout the town. The displays are available through Jan. 4, 2014. Salt Fork State Park Lodge is one of the closest lodges to the Cambridge event, and the lodge offers an array of lodging options and special rates.
Mohican State Park Lodge, Loudonville
Mohican State Park Lodge in north central Ohio is a convenient and comfortable base for downhill skiers who want to enjoy a day on the slopes followed by a New Year’s Eve party at either Snow Trails Ski Resort or Clear Fork Ski Resort.
The lodges offer three fall specials that make a holiday visit even more appealing.
The “Bed and Breakfast” package for seniors is perfect for quick getaways; the “Kids Eat Free” program is great for budget-minded families with kids who are always on the go, and the “3 for 2” package allows guests to stay three nights for the price of two.
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, Oregon
Answering the age-old question, “What do we do with the kids now that Christmas is done?” will be the popular Maumee Bay State Park Lodge Winter Carnival Dec. 26-30, 2013. During those days, the ballroom of the lodge is transformed into a large recreation center with carnival games for children of all ages. In addition to the games – such as a cupcake walk, ring toss, hockey challenge, and bean bag toss – guests can enjoy the lodge’s indoor swimming pool, splash garden, children’s soft play area, Wallyball courts, game room and fitness center. Or they can visit the park’s acclaimed Nature Center, featuring a boardwalk through a wetland area that attracts many species of birds and other wildlife. The Winter Carnival is open only to lodge guests, and the lodge is offering special rates starting at $94.99 on weekday nights, $109.99 on Friday night and $119.99 on Saturday night. The promotional code is CARNIVAL.
For more information about Ohio State Park Lodges visit the individual websites or www.ohiostateparklodges.com
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