We continued on our epic winter adventure last year to the state park lodge called Punderson Manor State Park Lodge. Hidden away beside a 150 acre glacial lake only 30 minutes East of Cleveland, Ohio, this park lodge has plenty to offer visitors who want to play golf on their 18-hole championship golf course, take a swim in their beautiful pool, or just have a relaxing visit complete with hiking. In addition, there is fishing or you can borrow their canoes or other water equipment and spend an afternoon lazily exploring the lake. First, take a little time to explore the lodge itself which has plenty of touches from Medieval times.
The restaurant right on the grounds has plenty to offer on their menu, In addition to the beautiful lodge complete with fully furnished rooms, they also offer complete cabins with bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens.
Although the park had plenty to offer visitors, Punderson Manor has been undergoing a massive renovation project that will prepare the Grand Dame of the Ohio State Park Lodges to serve their guests even better in the future.
Other upgrades include:
- Updated cabin interiors, including new furniture, flooring, and wall coverings
- New indoor and outdoor pools. The pools had been very popular with guests but the new pools have been even more popular.
- Replacement of the Manor House’s exterior trim
- Expansion of the lakefront boardwalk to the cabin area
- Installation of improved cable and WiFi systems (in progress)
- Exterior renovation of cabins (in progress)
- Trail improvements (coming soon)
- New sledding hill tow rope (coming soon)
- New wastewater treatment system (coming soon)
As part of this process, guests may notice minor construction work and equipment on site during the weekdays.
The lodge renovation is one of many improvements coming to Punderson State Park this year. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which oversees the state’s 74 parks, is investing $6.2 million in Punderson State Park improvements. In addition to the aforementioned 700-foot floating boardwalk on Punderson Lake, other projects include a mechanized lift for the park’s popular sledding hill, campground improvements, and construction of a restroom near the 18-hole disc golf course.
After checking in with the friendly front desk staff, we left our luggage in a pile in our room and headed out to explore the park. First we checked out the lodge itself and Tom got lots of great pictures of this locale with it’s emphasis on knights. The restaurant overlooks the large lake and provides a great view of the sunset every evening.
This resort is a great location to visit at any time during the year. We were there during a quiet time when the colorful leaves had all blown off the trees and photographers were waiting for the beautiful winter snow scenes and colorful leaves to return in the spring. We have them penciled in for a return visit in the spring!