Maumee Bay resort renovatesWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maumee Bay State Park Resort and Conference Center in Oregon recently completed $1 million in renovations to upgrade its facilities and improve business.
The improvements include water features in the indoor pool, a soft play area for children with a pirate theme and a renovated snack bar and ice cream shop. The indoor pool now includes seven splash features, a waterfall that spills into the pool and a new mural of a large sail.
The resort also purchased new beds and coverings for the lodge rooms, created a display of the original Toledo Harbor Lighthouse lens and installed a new tent and patio overlooking the fountain and Lake Erie.
“These new improvements will benefit business travelers and families alike,” said Patrick Czarny, general manager of the Maumee Bay State Park Resort.
The resort offers 120 guest rooms with private balconies and two- and four-bedroom cottages with fireplaces. In addition, 256 family campground sites with electrical hookups are available in the adjoining state park.
The resort has an outdoor amphitheater and swimming pool, hiking and cross-country skiing, marina with canoe, sailboat and paddleboat rentals, horseshoes, tennis, basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts and an 18-hole Arthur Hill golf course.
Meeting facilities are available for corporate events, reunions, retreats and wedding receptions. It provides the perfect atmosphere for organizations looking to hold a business conference away from the bustle and hustle of the city, Czarny said.
“The facilities have a dual purpose for leisure and group business that is about 50 percent each,” Czarny said. “A large portion of our group business comes from corporations, associations, governments and other organizations holding meetings, retreats and conferences here.”
There are several dining options from the full-service continental cuisine restaurant, Water’s Edge, to snacks and lighter fare in the Icebreaker Lounge. During the summer, additional outdoor venues are available for casual fare.
The resort and conference center is open year-round. However, areas like the beach, golf course and outdoor pool are open only during the peak season, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“Families with small children will particularly enjoy the new splash area in the indoor pool and the new soft playroom,” Czarny said.
Almost 300 people, mostly children, gathered for the recent open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to Czarny.
“I loved running through the new fountains and getting all wet without even getting into the pool,” said
8-year-old Will Griffioen, who visited the resort with his 10-year-old sister Abby and their parents Fritz and Rebecca Griffioen of Perrysburg.
“It’s just so nice to sit on the new benches as my granddaughter wears herself out in the playroom,” said Bonnie Stark of Nebraska who stayed at the resort during the opening.
The resort and conference center is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts Company that runs lodges, restaurants, resorts and other concessions at national and state parks, including eight Ohio State parks. Maumee Bay is Ohio’s newest state park with 1,850 acres situated on Lake Erie just east of Toledo.
With a commitment to the preservation and protection of the environment, Xanterra’s environmental program Ecologix includes a variety of proactive environmental stewardship programs at each location, according to the company.
Maumee Bay State Park resort is located adjacent to the Cedar Point Wildlife Refuge and near the Crane Creek and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuges located west of it.
Xanterra has been recognized for its environmental leadership in the hospitality industry, receiving awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and several state environmental, health and travel departments.
For information, visit www.maumeebayresort.com.
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