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A perfect destination wedding doesn’t have to be hours away from home. In fact, five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts offer an array of venues – from elegant gazebos to casual beachfront settings – that provide couples and their guests with options to suit every budget and style.
Located throughout the central and northern parts of the state, the lodges all offer services and packages that make wedding planning a breeze. The five lodges are located within an easy drive of major cities throughout Ohio, so guests will be undeterred by distance even though the weddings may feel like they are located far from home.
“Many couples have big dreams for their weddings, and we make sure those dreams come true no matter the size of the budgets,” said Cindi Bessette, director of sales for Ohio State Park Lodges. “Every one of the lodges has a dedicated staff who will work closely with couples so they can get hitched without a hitch.”
Each lodge is as distinctive as the parks where they are located. Recently renovated, Punderson Manor Lodge in northeast Ohio’s stunning Geauga County is an elegant Tudor-style mansion that appeals to couples dreaming of a sophisticated celebration. Maumee Bay Lodge in northwest Ohio is situated on the shore of Lake Erie, and the lodge’s vast green lawn with the lake as the backdrop promises picture-perfect ceremonies and receptions. Deer Creek Lodge’s expansive golf course offers an enjoyable way for the wedding party to get acquainted or for guests to bide their time before the ceremony.
In addition to helping couples plan their weddings, staff in each location will work with them on lodge and cottage accommodations and pre- and post-wedding recreation like golf and children’s activities. Staff also help arrange menus and tastings and put couples in touch with florists, DJs, officiates, bakers and transportation services.
Punderson Manor Lodge offers two outdoor locations and four private banquet rooms for ceremonies accommodating 30 to 100 guests. The elegant and intimate lodge features an 18-hole championship woodland golf course, boating and fishing, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children’s activities and other park activities like disc golf and geocaching. Accommodations include lodge rooms as well as cottages.
Deer Creek Lodge features ceremony venues for up to 250 people, including an elegant lakeside gazebo with views of Deer Creek Lake, grand ballroom and mezzanine. Some couples choose to stay – and prepare for the wedding – in the lodge’s historic Harding Cabin, where President Warren G. Harding enjoyed playing cards and visiting with close associates. The cabin overlooks Deer Creek Lake and features sleeping accommodations for up to eight people, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, fireplace, private boat dock and screened-in porch. Accommodations include lodge rooms and cottages.
Maumee Bay Lodge features two outdoor ceremony venues with views of Lake Erie as well as a large outdoor tent that can accommodate up to 130 guests. This sprawling, scenic lodge offers an array of activities for guests and couples, from golf to water activities. It features a championship golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soft play area for young children and beach activities like a water slide and bicycle rentals. Accommodations are in the lodge as well as cottages, some which can accommodate more than one family.
Mohican Lodge offers couples a lush forest setting for their special day. The lodge can accommodate up to 150 guests in the ballroom as well as arrange outdoor ceremonies on the public patio. Mohican is known for its abundance of wildlife, especially birds, as well as its proximity to area attractions including Malabar Farm State Park and Amish Country. On-site facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor play areas, game room and exercise room. Accommodations are in the lodge.
Salt Fork Lodge is located in Ohio’s largest state park, and the lodge itself is located several miles from the park entrance, making the destination feel remote while being easily accessible from Columbus, Cleveland and other major cities in Ohio. The park itself features an array of forested hills, meadows and valleys. The lodge can accommodate weddings for up 450 people for banquets and 900 guests for receptions. Boating and fishing are big at this park, which features two marinas and the massive Salt Fork Lake. Accommodations include lodge rooms and cottages, including many cottages with striking lake views.
To inquire about hosting a wedding ceremony, couples should visit the event planning section of the individual lodge websites for sales staff contact information or call 1-877-496-9224. For general information about Ohio State Park Lodges and individual reservations visit the individual websites or www.ohiostateparklodges.com. Travelers may also call 1-800-AT-A-PARK (800-282-7275) for general information and individual reservations.