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THE VICTORIAN HOUSLEY HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST W/ENGLISH GARDEN
Location: (Map It) 24055 Front Street (P.O. Box 272) Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522
The Victorian Housley House Bed and Breakfast w/English garden was built in the 1800ís and is listed on the National Registry. It is located in the beautiful Historical canal town of Grand Rapids, Ohio. When you stay at the Housley House there are many things to do. Whether you want to have an intimate wedding, birthday party, meeting, club, tea party or just enjoying a campfire in the English Garden that is loaded with wonderful smelling perennials, beautiful roses, 2 gazeboís and a Victorian 3 tiered water fountain.
Then when you feel like exploring you can go to the beautiful Butterfly House where over 500 butterflies come every year for you to experience, you can go bird watching because your chances of seeing one of our beautiful majestic eagles is very good! Also, there's the famous Walley run, so fishing is a big part of this small town and then there is shopping, canoeing, eating at the awesome restaurants, hiking or biking the many trail and toll path or stepping back in time as you board The Volunteer, that is an authentic 1800ís mule-drawn canal boat, for a trip along the restored canal of the Miami and Erie canal.
This fun filled historical ride takes you back 150 years to days gone by and you will view the historic Isaac Ludwig Mill and Interpretive Center, a restored and working canal-era sawmill and Grist mill. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
As Innkeepers, Don and Teresa Marie have been blessed everyday with the simple treasure of this house and their vision and desire is to fulfill those dreams of those that were a part of the house before them; The Entemanís and Larry Dillin. And that dream was to keep this beautiful home alive and full of love and for all to see.
So let Don and Teresa Marie spoil you for a
day or more as you stay in one of the beautiful rooms, whether it be the Dillin
Room that over looks the Maumee River and Front Street and has the private
Jacuzzi and feather bed or one of the others. They promise that your stay with
them, whether it be a short over nighter or a vacation away from home, will be
one to remember!
Welcome to the Triple T Western Bed & Breakfast! The Triple T sits amid 20 wooded acres of God's country in NW Ohio. Guests enjoy our tranquil setting, horseback trail rides or lessons, pony cart rides, walking the trails, swimming in the outdoor pool or just enjoying a glass of wine under the gazebo on the patio.
We offer secure, comfortable bedrooms with private bathrooms, cable television, and wireless Internet. Wake up, to a home-cooked countrybreakfast while watching horses graze.
Whether it's a birthday party, family reunion or church youth group, the Triple T offers a wonderful day of horseback riding, pony carts and swimming. What better way to end a perfect day, than roasting hot dogs or s'mores at the fire ring in the evening.
Be sure to visit the Triple T Western Bed & Breakfast anytime of year. Experience for yourself why everyone says "At the Triple T, you Come as a Guest and Leave as a Friend!"
CASTAWAY BAY INDOOR WATERPARK RESORT
Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: (Map It) 2001 Cleveland Road in Sandusky, Ohio (entrance to the Cedar Point Causeway)
The Caribbean meets Sandusky in this resort destination for vacationers. With its tropical theme, guests at Cedar Pointís Castaway Bay feel like they have just landed on an island paradise upon entering this lush indoor waterpark resort. Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, a 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark loaded with water activities for all ages, a day spa, fitness center, state-of-the-art arcade, restaurants, retail shops, adjacent marina and space for meetings, group events and birthday parties.
Cedar Pointís Castaway Bay indoor waterpark features a 35-foot-tall, 520-foot-long water coaster that uses water jets to propel riders uphill! Swooping turns and a wild ending are whatís in store for guests daring enough to challenge Castaway Bayís 10 slides, including three 35-foot-tall body slides. Guests are sure to get wet at the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse that is highlighted by a gigantic water-filled bucket that dumps more than 1,000 gallons of water every two minutes! Younger guests splash the day away at Toddler's Tide Pool, which features a tandem slide, water pipes and sea creatures. A wide variety of other wet and wild fun also awaits guests at Castaway Bay.
Printout: Castaway Bay
Locations: (Map It) 4600 Milan Road ∙ Sandusky, OH 44870 (Sandusky)
Phone: 1-800-913-9653 (WOLF)
Looking for an adventure of wet and wild fun? Great Wolf Lodge Family Resort in Sandusky is the perfect place for great entertainment and excitement! The giant park is acknowledged for being one of America's leading indoor water parks. GWL is home to twelve colossal slides, six pools, a lazy river, and more exhilarating activities. The Lodge is made up of four vast regions to explore, including an indoor and outdoor water park. But the journey doesn't stop there! Great Wolf also permits tourists to stay multiple nights in one of their cozy suites. They also offer a family friendly story time session for young children every evening and various other daily activities out of the water parks. The resorts offer a wonderful opportunity for family fun time and a vacation from the usual.
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Great Wolf Lodge (originally called ďGreat Bear LodgeĒ) is the smallest waterpark of the current three at 33,000 square feet. However, with a total of 9 slides and 5 pools, a 25-foot rock climbing wall, a toddler tree house area, and an arts-and-crafts playhouse in the lodge itself, it still has a lot to offer. I especially like the adult-only hot tub tucked away in a corner!
Our family has stayed at Great Wolf Lodge several times and one of my favorite things about it has been the lobby. Really! This space is very homey, despite its Paul Bunyanesque size, and lodge guests are encouraged to use it as an auxiliary living room. Itís a very pleasant spot to hang out too, with a large fireplace, several comfy seating areas grouped around coffee tables large enough for a rousing board game (available at the reservation desk), a coffee cart, and a two-story animated clock tower that puts on regular shows.
During one stay, I spotted an elderly man in the lobby in flannel PJs, robe, and slippers, reading the morning newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee as he sat by the fire. Iíve also seen solitary adults reading and enjoying the quiet, a foursome playing cards, a crowd of pajama-clad tots listening to the nightly bedtime story, several families watching the clock tower show, and (in the lodgeís annual December Snowland celebration) guests singing Christmas carols under real-looking snow falling from the lobby ceiling while they waited for Santa to arrive.
For me, the lobbyís crowning touch is the mounted moose head on the wall that sings at timed intervals, never failing to draw a crowd of amazed kids and amused adults. You havenít lived until youíve heard a stuffed animal head singing ďCanít Get Enough of Your Love, BabyĒ in a voice that sounds just like Barry White!
The other thing I really enjoy about Great Wolf Lodge is the food. Whether you have a drink and appetizers in the Gitchigoomie Grill while seated under the authentic aeroplane that hangs from the ceiling or you enjoy a family-style meal in Lumber Jackís Cook Shanty, you wonít be disappointed Ė the food in both places is excellent. In fact, the burgers in the grill are the best Iíve ever eaten!
A nice touch in the grill is the kidís menu, which offers goodies like hamburgers and hot dogs, mac & cheese, and PB&J, along with drinks for childish palates, made of ingredients like lemonade, ice cream, piŮa colada mix, and juices. They even offer an appetizer plate with taste treats like peanut butter pinwheels with jelly dip and strawberries with fruit dip. How cool is that? - Review written by Betty Winslow.
Location: (Map It) 7000 Kalahari Drive in Sandusky OH 44870
Phone: 419-433-7200 or 1-877-525-2427
In May of 2005, the Kalahari Waterpark Resort opened the largest indoor waterpark in Ohio at that time, with an 80,000 square foot waterpark, 308 guest rooms, 2 restaurants, a day spa, a miniature golf course, a pottery decorating area, a video arcade, and an amazing meeting and conference center. With the opening of a huge expansion project on December 21, 2007, the Kalahari will become the largest indoor waterpark in the US, with a mind-boggling 160,000 square feet of water fun.
For large families or extended family groups, this is probably the park to pick. Their Village Suite, the largest room available among all three waterparks, holds 12 adults and includes a full-sized and fully equipped kitchen. In addition, thereís plenty to do besides just play in the water.
Does your family like arts and crafts? You can decorate pottery, do make-it-take-it crafts, have body art done, or get a caricature made. If unique shopping is more your bag, you can pick up a cool swimsuit or an authentic piece of African art or have someoneís name engraved on a piece of rice and set into jewelry.
Family members who are into health and fitness can play miniature golf, use the workout area, or get a massage at the spa. Plus, I canít forget to mention the Surfari FlowRider. Surfing in Ohio. And indoors, yet. How cool is that?
Thereís even a two-story dry playhouse area for tots who arenít so fond of the water, and (in the summer) a big outdoor pool area lined with rentable bungalows that include mini fridges, flat-screen TVs, and lounge chairs. Really, thereís something for everyone!
I love Ohio waterpark vacations, especially in the winter. You never have to worry about the weatherís effect on your plans. You arenít taking a long expensive airplane trip to get somewhere (which means no hassles with airport security Ė yay!) You can spend an entire day in your swimsuit, even in January. Best of all, you can eat, sleep, shop, and play without ever having to go outside.
Find out for yourself what specials and options each property offers and then choose the one thatís just right for your family. Check them out. You'll be glad you did! - Review written by Betty Winslow
Printout: Kalahari Waterpark Resort
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A destination when guests walk in they feel at home, with the tension of a busy life begin to fade away. The Victorian decor with many interesting pieces of furniture and the large stone fireplace enhance the beauty of the home. Some of the bedroom features are Select Comfort beds, fireplace, whirlpool tubs, robes, TV/VCR, four-poster beds, canopies, all this and more for you. Rose Gate and hospitality go hand in hand as Innkeepers John and Belinda Nesler greet you at the door, with a big smile and a, " Welcome to Rose Gate." You can stay anywhere but you can only experience a bed and breakfast at Rose Gate.
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Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
Location: (Map It) 2091 Marion Mt Gilead Road in Marion, Ohio, 43302
Reservations: 800-456-4000 US Toll Free
Country hospitality and a friendly smile is what you'll get when you step into the Country Inn & Suites, Marion. After check-in, enjoy the comfort of your room or come down and curl up with a good book in front of our cozy fireplace. For those looking to relax in the water, our pool and whirlpool is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you're here for business or pleasure, you'll feel right at home. We also offer free High-Speed Internet in all rooms. Start your day off right with our complimentary breakfast buffet. Country Inn & Suites, Marion also offers on-site guest laundry, same-day dry cleaning services, fax and copy service at front desk and free weekday USA Today newspaper.
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Open from April thru the end of October and is located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay next to the Round House Bar. The Park Hotel is a quaint Victorian Hotel offering a feel of yester year. A TV is located in the lobby for your viewing.
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Location: (Map It) Baker Rd. in Shelby, Ohio
This Fun Park and Campground offers all of the following: Camping spots for your trailer; Luxury Cabins; Kamping Kabins; Heated Pools; Hot Tub; Planned Activities; Pavilions; Fitness Room; 24 Hour Laundry; Fishing Pond; Horseshoes; Long Pull Thrus; patios sites; Propane; Kafe; Convenience Store; Shuffleboard; Paved Tennis Court; 18 Hole Landscaped Mini-Golf; Jumping Pillow; Gem Mining; Paddle Boats; Pedal Karts; Game Room; Sand Volleyball; Playgrounds; This is an exciting Fun Park Campground and is always adding new events. Located a short distance from Cedar Point, Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Thomas Edison Home and Museum, Bucyrus Area Attractions, Malabar Farm, Seneca Caverns, Kingwood Center and many more attractions within a few miles. Season is May 1 thru October 15.
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The Inn at Ohio Northern University
Location: (Map It) 401 W. College Ave, Ada, OH 45810
Phone: 419.772.2500 or toll free at 866-713-4513
Web Site: www.innatonu.com
The Inn at Ohio Northern University is a full-service hotel with beautifully appointed, luxurious accommodations located in the rural village of Ada, Ohio. The Inn is on a beautiful 300-acre University campus. The Inn is just mere minutes away from walking and biking paths, the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, Presser Recital Hall, Elzay Gallery of Art and the ONU Dial-Roberson Stadium. Their convenient location makes it a perfect destination for campus visits, social events, romantic getaways, business travel and weekend leisure.
The Inn offers upscale dining and special events such as quarterly Wine and Food pairings, Thursday Tea at The Inn, Fireside Fridayís and JazzInn. In addition, there are numerous special packages available throughout the year - Cool Rates/Hot Dates, Friends and Family, Holiday Sprit, New Yearís Celebration, Romance and more. The Inn welcomes meetings, groups, and special events. With over 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, groups as large as 100 people can convene a seminar, meeting, wedding or other special event hosted in the boardroom and beautiful garden courtyard, complete with a central fountain and outdoor seating.
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Holiday Inn Express - Bucyrus
Location: (Map It) 1575 N. Sandusky Avenue in Bucyrus, Ohio 44820
It features a complimentary continental breakfast; free high speed Internet; indoor pool, spa & fitness room; Jacuzzi & executive suites; meeting room (30 max). It is a very relaxing hotel in a quiet area of Bucyrus. Located on the Southwest
corner of State Route 30 and State Route 4. Shopping at Cooper's Country Market and L & L Gifts within walking distance. Itís a short drive from the Historical Downtown Area.
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