State Park Lodges Offer Change of Scenery for Winter-Weary Ohioans

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State Park Lodges Offer Change of Scenery for Winter-Weary OhioansCOLUMBUS, OH – Ohioans who are ready to trade in snow blowers and shovels for spectacular views of snow-covered hillsides are welcome to enjoy the comforts of lodge rooms or cozy cottages at Ohio State Parks.
 
Special packages that feature discounted rates make winter state park getaways even more appealing and a great value for those who are looking to redeem Ohio State Park gift cards. For the first time, the popular gift cards are being accepted for overnight stays in eight of Ohio’s luxurious state park resort lodges, as well as state park cottages and campgrounds.
 
State park lodges offer the amenities of a fine hotel, plus access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking and cross-country skiing. Each lodge has a dining room with panoramic views of the surrounding park, a comfortably furnished lobby, lounge and indoor swimming pool. Some locations also offer fitness rooms, saunas and whirlpools.
 
Ohio State Park lodges offer a variety of wintertime packages. Here is a sampling:
 
Burr Oak State Park Resort  (Glouster, Ohio)
“Cabin in the Woods” – Package includes two nights of lodging in a two bedroom cabin, two souvenir mugs, instant hot chocolate and popcorn. Available through February 28. Blackout dates: January 16-18. $89 plus tax. Standard cabins only.
 
Deer Creek State Park Resort   (Mount Sterling, Ohio)
“Go Bucks! Buckeye Package” – Package includes a one night stay, one large one-topping pizza and an OSU blanket.  Watch the game in your room or at Harding’s lounge on the Big 10 Network. Available through April 7 (some black out dates may apply). Starting at $100.95 plus tax. Prices based on park view rooms.
 
Hueston Woods Resort and Conference Center   (Oxford, Ohio)
“Family Escape Package” – Package includes one or two nights of lodging, a large one-topping pizza, 20 game room tokens & family movie night. Taxes not included. Available through April 30. One Night Package: Sunday – Thursday, $109 standard double room; Friday or Saturday, $119 standard double room. Two Night Package: Sunday – Thursday, $189 standard double room; Friday or Saturday, $199 standard double room.
 
Lodge at Geneva on the Lake*   (Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio)
*Resort does not accept Ohio State Park gift cards
“Winter Escape Package” – Come see the beautiful winter landscape in Northeast Ohio and visit some of the 17 covered bridges in Ashtabula County. Available through March 31. Starting at $89 plus tax, per couple. Package includes breakfast for two.
 
Maumee Bay State Park Resort    (Oregon, Ohio)
“Winter Warm Up Bed & Breakfast” – Package includes one night of lodging in double room or double lake view room and two breakfast coupons. Available through April 30. Sunday – Thursday, $127 plus tax in double or double lake view room. Friday – Saturday, $147 plus tax in double or double lake view room.
 
Mohican Resort and Conference Center   (Perrysville, Ohio)
“Winter Pizza Package” – Package includes one night of lodging, one large pizza, one movie rental, popcorn and a $10 retail coupon for beverages or other snacks. Subject to availability. Available through April 30. Sunday-Thursday, standard double room: $109, queen room: $139, king room: $149; Friday – Saturday, standard double room: $129, queen room: $155, king room: $165. Price does not include taxes.
 
Punderson Manor Resort   (Newbury, Ohio)
“Quiet Side Package” – Package includes one night of lodging in a standard double lodge room. During your stay, journey through the local towns and back roads. Visit an Amish shop for authentic crafts, furniture, or stop for a fresh Amish cooked meal. Available through April 20. Sunday – Thursday, $72 plus tax per couple in a double room; Friday – Saturday, $90 plus tax per couple in a double room. Excluding holidays and February 13-14, & 20.
 
Salt Fork State Park Resort    (Cambridge, Ohio)
“Cool Nights, Hot Tub” – Cottage package includes two nights of lodging in a two-bedroom Lakeside Chalet cottage with hot tub, a romantic dinner for two in Timbers Restaurant, and a bottle of champagne with two souvenir champagne flutes. Taxes not included. Stay a third night with this package and pay $59 (chalet only). Available through June 18. $419 per couple. Package is not available on these dates: February 13-14, April 10-11, May 22-24.
 
Shawnee Resort and Conference Center   (Friendship, Ohio)
“Winter Package” – Package includes two nights of lodging. Available through April 30. Sunday – Thursday, $130 in a double or double lake view room; Friday – Saturday, $150 in a double or double lake view room. Not available February 13-14.
 
Information about other lodge specials, discounted rates and winter events at Ohio State Parks is available at www.ohiostateparks.org. Find out about facility amenities and make reservations while online.
 
Lodges that accept the Ohio State Park gift cards include Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork and Shawnee. The gift cards can be used forovernight stays as well as dining room meals and gift shop merchandise.
 
Ohio State Park gift cards are available in any denomination. They can be purchased during regular business hours at any state park office or by calling (614) 265-6513. To purchase by mail, print the order form from the state parks web site, www.ohiostateparks.org, and mail it to the address on the form.
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.gov.