Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Discover The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake

Photos by OHventures

The romanticism of Ohio's Lake Erie shoreline is encapsulated to perfection at the upscale yet affordable Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Immaculate views of the state's northernmost shore and an array of activities and attractions for folks of any age are at your fingertips when staying at the Lodge.

A tourist attraction for decades, the village of Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ashtabula County has long been known for its 1950s style "Strip" of arcade games and carnival foods along the coastline, and its impressive collection of more than 20 wineries spanning the countryside. It wasn't until 2004 that the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake came into the scene, meaning that 2014 marks its 10th anniversary since it was first constructed!

Over the past 10 years, the Lodge has seen much growth and has become a staple to the local economy. I recently spent an enchanting weekend at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake and saw for myself all the fantastic pleasures that can be unearthed while staying at this hot vacation spot.

Upon arriving on Sunday morning, I stopped at Horizons, the on-site restaurant, which was serving an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet complete with made-to-order omelets, cut-to-perfection prime rib, and all the breakfast classics. I sat out on the patio where I reveled in the cool Lake Erie breeze and gawked at the elegant gazebo on the grounds of the Lodge.

With a full belly, it was time to hop aboard the much-anticipated wine shuttle tour which I booked for myself beginning at 1:00. The wine shuttle pulls right up to the front entrance and takes thirsty tourists to 4-5 wineries in the area, and returns to the Lodge approximately 5 hours later. Anyone is welcome on the shuttle (even those who are not staying at the Lodge), but reservations are required at $20 a person.

Our tour guide for the day was the delightful and personable Don, who led us to 4 wineries: the newest winery on the block, Kosicek Vineyards; one of the most widely known wineries in the area, Ferrante Winery; an old church which was converted into a winery, South River Vineyards; and Grand River Cellars, a spot with great live entertainment.

After being adequately wined and dined, we took advantage of the Lodge being located literally within walking distance of the "Strip" of Geneva-0n-the-Lake. Here, we visited The Old Firehouse Winery (whose name explains itself, grabbed some deep-fried snacks and rode the Ferris Wheel!

Upon returning to the Lodge, my party found that our room had a perfect view of the sunset over the lake and we were getting there just in time to watch it while sipping on even more wine provided by the Lodge (Grand River Valley Riesling)!

After a much-needed slumber, we arose the next day to cap off our trip by renting bikes from the front desk and taking a cycling adventure on a lakeside trail!

This was just the tip of the iceberg of what Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake has to offer. Go and you'll be the envy of your friends!

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