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The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Provides Perfect Opportunity to Make Up for Lost Time

Aug 28, 2020 01:02PM ● By Vanessa Orr

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For many people, one of the roughest things about the pandemic has been the fact that they’ve missed or had to postpone special occasions—such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more—while quarantining. Now that more areas are able to open to the public, The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is welcoming back guests who are looking for an upscale, relaxing place to stay.

“So many special moments were missed during the shutdown,” said Daisy Hall, director of Sales & Marketing, Delaware North at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. “Now people are making plans for romantic weekends, or girlfriend getaways, or belated birthday celebrations, and there’s no better place for an escape than Ohio’s wine country.”

The Lodge is a true destination resort, with 109 guest rooms and 25 lakeside cottages. Guests can enjoy bucolic views of the southern shore of Lake Erie, relaxing games of golf, and one truly unique feature guaranteed to attract those looking for fun—a wine shuttle that makes daily trips to local vineyards.

“There are more than 30 different wineries in the area that guests can visit on their own, or they can take our shuttle for a tour of Ohio wine country,” said Hall. “Our guides know the area and the wineries very well, and know who specializes in dry wine vs. sweet wine, who serves the best food and who offers entertainment.

“It’s so enjoyable to get on the shuttle and not worry about needing directions or a designated driver,” she added of the amenity, which comes in premium and deluxe versions. “It’s a truly carefree experience.”

The Deluxe Wine Shuttle offers a four-hour tour of three wineries for $35 a person, and the Premium Wine Shuttle provides a five-hour tour with four different stops for $45. The Lodge also just added a Signature Immersion Tour on weekends that is hosted by Certified Wine Specialist Lauren Fiala, who travels with guests to three specific wineries for tastings and small bites for $75. That tour, which was previously only offered on Saturdays, is now available on Sundays as well.

“The wine shuttle is open to the public, so people can reserve space even if they aren’t overnight guests of the resort,” added Hall.

In addition to wineries, the area has a lot to offer guests, including the Strip, which kids love for its arcade games and miniature golf courses, and the marina at Geneva State Park. Guests can rent golf carts from The Lodge and drive to the Strip or the beach. 

“There are also 19 covered bridges in Ashtabula County, including the longest covered bridge in the U.S., and we have maps for those who want to do a self-driving tour,” said Hall.

The Lodge itself has both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the octagonal, glass-enclosed Horizons Restaurant, which features a wide-open view of the lake and the grand fire terrace, making it a picturesque place to dine year-round and catch a stunning Lake Erie sunset.

Despite the fact that COVID has caused a number of weddings to be postponed this year, The Lodge has been able to continue to successfully and safely host these events, and is currently booking dates for 2021 and 2022. 

“We are still holding weddings, which is atypical of many locations in Ohio,” said Hall, adding that while venues in the state are permitted to have up to 300 people as of June 1 per state guidelines, The Lodge maxes out at 190 guests for social distancing purposes.

Guest and Employee Safety a Priority

Even before the pandemic struck, The Lodge at Geneva made a point of providing guests with a very high level of safety, security and cleanliness. But now the facility has taken it up a notch, according to Hall.

“Guests will see the full impact of our Rest Assured™ program, which provides for additional sanitation, as well as re-engineered operating procedures that minimize risk and increase hygiene protocols as recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control),” Hall explained. “Our parent company, Delaware North, owns properties in Yosemite National Park and in Yellowstone National Park, so we are used to working through a lot of different situations in order to best take care of customers and make sure they feel comfortable.”

Protocols have been put in place in all areas of The Lodge so that guests can enjoy their stay while still social distancing. For example, the wine shuttle has reduced capacity from 14 passengers to eight, and the staff is performing additional cleaning between drop-offs and pick-ups. 

This is especially important as The Lodge tends to attract a lot of visitors in fall, which is prime leaf-peeping season, and the perfect time of year to visit wine country.

“There’s nothing quite like driving past the vineyards with the windows down and smelling the lush scent of the harvest,” said Hall of the pleasures of visiting in September and October. “People like that they’re not just getting a hotel room when they stay; they can walk to two different wineries from The Lodge, or take a golf cart to the beach. Families like it because there are so many wide open spaces and natural places to discover. 

“We even have 8,500 feet of group meeting space, which makes it the perfect place to hold an executive meeting or a church retreat in a breathtaking setting,” she said. “People come here to make memories.”

To learn more about The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, visit https://www.thelodgeatgeneva.com.