Ninth getaway of Christmas: Winter Carnival at Ohio’s Maumee Bay State Park Lodge
Head 10 miles east of Toledo, Ohio, to Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, a beautiful 1,336-acre Ohio State Park on the shore of Lake Erie known for its recreational facilities and magnificent natural environment. Featuring 120 guest rooms with private balconies and 24 two- and four-bedroom cottages, plus golf course, meadows, wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife, the lodge makes a wonderful holiday home base for visiting Dickens Victorian Village in nearby Cambridge, Ohio.
Now through Jan. 2, 2016, you can step back in time to ye olde England as you walk among nearly 200 life-sized and handmade mannequins representing classic Victorian scenes: Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, the town crier, groups of carolers, a bucket brigade, lamplighters, school children, street peddlers and Father Christmas.
Cambridge’s Dickens Victorian Village is truly a sight to behold, with figures garbed in vintage clothing, their faces individually sculpted and painted, and stationed near antique lampposts and in windows in a streetscape including original buildings dating from the 1800s.
A TripAdvisor.com “Certificate of Excellence” recipient, this lodge caters to families with its full-service dining room, ice cream parlor and snack bar, free book lending library, complimentary board game lending and DVD player/movie rentals. Other amenities include high-speed wireless Internet access, self-service laundry facilities, a gift shop and a cocktail lounge. There are lobbies and sitting areas throughout the property, and three generous fireplaces that offer the perfect setting for kicking back and enjoying each other’s company.
There are a host of health and recreation facilities and programs available, including a fitness center, hot tubs and saunas, racquetball/wallyball courts, a Nature Center and wildlife refuge, geocaching, bike rentals, a two-mile boardwalk – even massage therapy services (advance reservations required). The indoor pool is open year-round and features kid-friendly splash park fixtures.
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge also hosts the very family-friendly Winter Carnival, an event that takes place – after the last Christmas present has been unwrapped and the last Christmas cookie eaten – in a giant indoor playground. Turn the kids loose on activities like Jacob’s Ladder, jousting and inflatables while they’re still enjoying their Christmas break from school. Enter the lodge’s transformed ballroom for these activities and more, including games where winners accumulate tickets that can be exchanged for great prizes, an indoor heated pool and children’s splash pad, a game room and soft play area.
Winter Carnival 2015 takes place Dec. 27-30, 2015. Discounted room rates start at $125.99. For more information about a perfect family getaway at Maumee Bay Lodge and its Winter Carnival, click here. To learn more about Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio, visit the website.