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Ohio Bucket List: Punderson Manor State Park & Lodge

Punderson Manor is only 35 minutes from Cleveland, Ohio.

Punderson Manor Lodge is located near Newbury in northeast Ohio, approximately 35 minutes from Cleveland. Found in Punderson State Park, this historic lodge offers rooms in the English Tudor Style property. Construction began on the property in 1925 and was used as a girls’ summer camp before it was acquired by the state of Ohio in 1948. Though the lodge rooms and dining were open to guests in 1956, it officially opened as Punderson State Park Lodge in 1966.

An aerial view of the Punderson State Park Lodge grounds in Geauga County.
Today guests find a marina, beach, hiking trails, golf course, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor pool at Punderson State Park. Lodging options include a stay in the “old” tower section of the lodge, which is the original part of the lodge, or in the newer quarters. 26 cabins are also available for reservations.

Lodging options include a stay in the “old” tower section of the lodge, which is the original part of the lodge, or in the newer quarters. 26 cabins are also available for reservations.

Windsor Suite at Punderson State Park Lodge

I’ve had my eye on Punderson Manor for several years. My husband and I love to tour historic homes and properties. How cool would it be to stay in one? If you had asked me before last summer, I would have readily agreed to sleep in the gorgeous “Blue Room” or Windsor Suite with a king-size bed, large bathroom, living room, Jacuzzi room with a large fireplace. After hearing stories and reading this article about Punderson’s hauntings,  I’ve decided that I’d be more comfortable in one of the cabins. As long as I skip the evening ghost stories around the fire. And you probably won’t catch me on the Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour though I’d love the horse and carriage tour or Geauga County Amish Country tour.

The property recently underwent a major renovation that included significant infrastructure enhancements. Improvements to the property will continue throughout the year. These include new indoor and outdoor pools, cabin renovations including new furniture, flooring and wall coverings, and expansion of the boardwalk to the cabin area. All renovations are timed for minimal disruption for the guests. The park has partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to offer other improvements. These include a 700-foot floating boardwalk on Punderson Lake, a mechanized lift for the sledding hill, construction of a restroom near the 18-hole disc golf course and renovations to the park’s playground equipment.

To celebrate the reopening, Punderson Manor Lodge is offering a number of promotions throughout the spring to save guests money. And don’t forget, the longer you stay, the more you save with the 10/20/30 deal.

A visit to this lodge and state park is on my bucket list this year. Is it on yours?

Thanks to the Xanterra Parks & Resorts for alerting me to this location and providing photos and inspiration for this post. 

Dominique King

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

I really miss visiting Punderson every year for my writers' conference! They were working on the cabins last time I visited there, and I talked with the workers then as they let me in to have a peek at the work going on. I'd love to return and stay in one of the cabins now! I stayed in the newer part of the in when I stayed there. I used to take at least one daily walk around the cabin complex when I was there (great way to take a little 10-minute break from the conference), and we loved sitting out in the big lawn chairs enjoying the first of an early spring...where the daffodils and other flowers were already blooming during our April conference while it was still pretty brown and soggy up here in Michigan. Great place to stay and quite close to places like Chagrin Falls, Amish towns like Mesopotamia and, of course, Cleveland.


Wednesday 1st of April 2015

I'm hoping that I'm able to visit Punderson this year. I really want to spend more time in Ohio- I just keep getting pulled in other directions. ;) Protection Status
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