Seven Reasons to Plan a Drive-To Meeting at an Ohio State Park Lodge

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Ohio State Park Lodges, January 13, 2014 – Midwestern organizations looking for a venue for a meeting or event will find some compelling reasons to pick a drive-to destination like five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Seven compelling reasons, in fact.

“As companies fill in the 2014 calendar with meetings and events, savvy staff are also watching the bottom line and seeking ways to minimize expenses while still choosing a fun and service-focused venue,” said Dianna Rom, regional director of sales and marketing for Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “The lodges are all located within an easy drive of major Ohio cities, and they offer an array of services that meetings participants will appreciate both during and after meeting hours.”

Here are seven reasons companies should consider a drive-to meeting at an Ohio State Park Lodge.

Significant savings on travel costs. Many companies rent buses or arrange carpools to keep travel expenses low.

Teambuilding. Each lodge offers an array of fun and effective teambuilding activities like paintball, golf tournaments, team geocaching and ropes courses. Lodges can also connect volunteer-minded meeting participants with local non-profit organizations to engage in projects like building playhouses or working at food banks.

Each lodge also features a variety of recreational activities for participants arriving early or staying late. Four of the five lodges offer championship golf courses, two offer disc golf, and all feature indoor and outdoor pools, fitness facilities, outdoor sport courts, boating, fishing and hiking.

Since meetings participants are arriving via ground transportation they have much more packing latitude to bring sports equipment like golf clubs and tennis rackets as well as casual clothing for workouts and hiking.

Getting there is part of the fun. In Ohio drivers have the option of getting off the highway and taking the roads less traveled. Ohio is full of charming towns, distinctive museums and historic sites, wildlife refuges and breathtaking landscapes.

Drive-to destinations make it easy and inexpensive for meeting participants to bring guests and spouses. And since each location has plenty of park recreational offerings and nearby attractions, there is plenty for guests to do while meetings are in session.

Playtime. Since meeting participants traveling by car have more packing latitude than they would if they traveled by air, there’s plenty of room to pack play clothes for post-meeting fun. Most meetings at Ohio State Park Lodges include fun after-hours activities such as barbecues, bonfires, cornball tournaments or ladder golf.

Meeting facilities at Ohio State Park Lodges can accommodate groups of many sizes and needs. All properties feature on-site professional meeting planners, audio-visual services, fax and copy services and specially priced customized conference packages. Lodges offer public spaces such as lobbies, decks and patios that can be set aside for displays, receptions and some meal functions.

The five lodges operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts are all located within an easy drive of major cities throughout Ohio as well Pittsburgh, Detroit and other Midwestern cities.

Salt Fork State Park Lodge is 12 miles from Cambridge near the I-70/I-77 interchange. Mohican State Park Lodge is east of I-71 approximately 75 miles from both Columbus and Akron. Punderson Manor State Park Lodge is 35 miles east of Cleveland north of US-422. Maumee Bay State Park Lodge is 12 miles east of Toledo and north of the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). Deer Creek State Park Lodge is 35 miles south of Columbus east of I-71.

For information about arranging meetings, planners should visit the individual websites or www.ohiostateparklodges.com or call 1-877-496-9224. Travelers can also follow Ohio State Park Lodges on Facebook or Twitter.