State park lodges offer fun, festive events

Several Ohio State Park Lodges are celebrating the December holidays with fun and festive events.

Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center creates a home-away-from-home feel as it partners with local area garden clubs to decorate the lodge in festive holiday lights and ornaments. This year there are 13 trees and 20,000 lights with most of the ornaments constructed of natural materials. In addition to maintaining a "lodge" appeal, this approach offers guests the opportunity to see how they could make similar ornaments at home. For more information, go to Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center, Sterling.

The Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center makes a great home base when visiting one of the area's celebrated holiday traditions – Dickens Victorian Village in nearby Cambridge. Salt Fork State Park Lodge is one of the closest lodges to the Cambridge event, and the lodge offers an array of lodging options and special rates. For more information, go to Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center, Cambridge.

The popular Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center Winter Carnival takes place Dec. 26-30. During those days, the ballroom of the lodge is transformed into a large recreation center with carnival games for children of all ages. The Winter Carnival is open only to lodge guests, and the lodge is offering special rates starting at $105.99on weekday nights, $115.99 on Friday and Saturday nights. The promotional code is CARNIVAL. For more information, go to

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, Oregon.