Families Put Down Roots During Reunions at Ohio State Park Lodges

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Families Dig Reunions at Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers. Literally.

“Remember when.” These two little words are at the heart of many a discussion at multi-generational family gatherings. And Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers encourage the conversation – and add a fun touch of symbolism as well – with the Family Tree reunion program.


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Through this popular program, families gathering at any of five Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts qualify to receive a free tree to plant in the state park during their stay. They can then chart the tree’s growth over the coming years just as they chart the growth of the youngest child in the family.

“Strengthening bonds and understanding family roots is a priority for family reunion participants, and when we see families gather to plant a tree’s roots in the ground we can tell from their faces that the symbolism of the process is not lost on them,” said Hinch Knece, marketing manager for Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers. “Even the littlest family members understand that a tree will grow just like they will. And for families who return year after year – and we have many such groups – watching the tree grow taller and stronger along with their youngest members is a powerful reminder of the importance of family connections.”


The five Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers operated by Xanterra are located close to major Ohio cities and surrounding states, making it easy for families to gather from a variety of locations. Salt Fork Lodge is 12 miles from Cambridge near the I-70/I-77 interchange. Mohican Lodge is east of I-71 approximately 75 miles from both Columbus and Akron. Punderson Manor Lodge is 35 miles east of Cleveland and north of US-422. Maumee Bay Lodge is 12 miles east of Toledo and north of the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). Deer Creek Lodge is 35 miles south of Columbus and east of I-71.

Knece recommends that families plan their reunions as early as possible to secure accommodations that are perfectly suited for families of all sizes. Accommodations include lodge rooms with kid friendly bunk beds as well as cabins with full kitchens and living rooms, a perfect gathering space for intimate family cookouts and late-night card games. All lodges also have a variety of pet-friendly accommodations.

Each of the five state park lodges and conference centers also offer a wide range of activities suitable for every member of the family. During the summer, lodges offer supervised children’s activities including crafts and water games. Families can also try geocaching, which is like a high-tech treasure hunt using hand-held GPS units to search for treasures hidden in the parks. There are also games like basketball, volleyball, archery, disc golf, shuffleboard and horseshoes, indoor and outdoor pools, beaches and other adventures like fishing and boating and naturalist programs.

For information about arranging reunions visit www.ohiostateparklodges.com or call 1-877-496-9224.

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