Relaxation and Recreation at Maumee Bay Lodge

 

Relaxation and Recreation at Maumee Bay Lodge

My boys and I stayed 2 nights at Maumee Bay Lodge during winter break while exploring the Toledo area. We arrived at the property after dark and discovered that our room had a cute furry visitor on one of the beds. If you decide that you want to take home a stuffed animal you can purchase a deer at the gift shop. Our room included a mini fridge, microwave, safe, and flat screen tv.

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Our room was also located a short walking distance from the water. The weather didn’t really cooperate to show off how amazing the property location is. You can’t beat the location right on the water! The gray skies just don’t do it justice.

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Maumee Bay

Maumee Bay pier

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Maumee Bay Lodge offers a variety of activities for guests year round. If you love the outdoors you will find lots of recreational opportunities. If you love connecting with nature you will enjoy the close access to water, nature trails and the nature center. There is also an 18 hole Scottish links golf course, 2 mile wetlands boardwalk, outdoor pool, beach, bike and kayak rentals, basketball and tennis courts and more.

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Maumee Bay Lodge Nature Center

The boys and I took advantage of the indoor pool, raquetball court, and game room each evening during our stay.

Maumee Bay Lodge pool

Maumee Bay Lodge pool

game room

There was also a play area geared for younger aged children located across the hallway from the pool. Families with children of various ages will appreciate that the indoor recreational activities are all within a few feet of each other. The open wall also makes observing the play area easy from multiple sides.

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Maumee Bay Lodge play area

Our schedule and weather didn’t line up to spend as much time at Maumee Bay Lodge during the day because we were scheduled to explore downtown Toledo but we did enjoy a breakfast with a view of the water each morning at the lodge restaurant.

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breakfast Maumee Bay lodge

Dining area Maumee Bay Lodge

I see why Maumee Bay is so popular all year round. We observed families and large groups enjoying themselves by multiple fireplaces while playing games during our visit in the evenings. There were also scheduled activities going on throughout the day.

Maumee Bay Lodge fireplace

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When you are in the lobby, make sure that you take note of the Fresnel Lens from a lighthouse. It’s pretty incredible to see the detail involved in a lighthouse lens.

lighthouse Fresnel Lens at Maumee Bay Lodge

lighthouse Fresnel Lens

We enjoyed our stay at Maumee Bay. The grey skies during our visit have given me another excuse to want to come another time when the weather is warmer.

 

Thanks to Maumee Bay Lodge and Visit Toledo for hosting our visit.

 

You can find out more about Maumee Bay Lodge from their website. 

 

Maumee Bay Lodge is located at 1400 State Park Rd, Oregon, OH 43616.

Sunrise Views of Freighters Frozen in Lake Erie

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During a recent visit to the Sandusky area, we found out about freighters that were frozen in Lake Erie near the bay in Huron, Ohio.

 

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We immediately knew that we wanted to capture some shots of the freighters before and during sunrise. The first challenge was finding a close location to view them from.

 

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Our first location involved a large fence and huge, giant, mounds of snow.

 

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But….that didn’t stop us from taking pictures.

 

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Our second location got even better.

 

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Our final vantage point gave even better views along with the sunrise in site.

 

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Thanks to my fellow travel bloggers (Far Flung Travels, Shalee Wanders, The Traveling Praters and Happiness is a hot pierogi) for joining me on this early morning adventure.

 

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The views were worth the early wake up.

Frozen Views of the Ohio River

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There are some situations that you have to take advantage of in that moment, otherwise you could miss out on them forever.

 

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How many times do we see something and think that we will get back to it only to discover that we forgot about it or we no longer have time to do it or that the moment is no longer there.

 

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I was faced with one of those moments on my way to Sandusky, Ohio. I was driving across the bridge from Northern Kentucky into Cincinnati, Ohio and I noticed how incredible the Ohio River looked frozen over. I was on my way out of town and I knew that there was a good chance that this scene would not be waiting for me when I returned so I decided to quickly deviate my route and take a few minutes to get a few shots of this incredible wonder.

 

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I grew up in the area and this is not a scene that I can recall many times in my lifetime.

 

 

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I still arrived at my destination on time….but first I had to stop for one more frozen view. This time it was to see 98% frozen Lake Erie in the backyard of Sawmill Creek Resort.

 

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Hope you get to take a little time to enjoy the view where you are.

Our 1st Airboat Ride on Lake Erie with Air 1 Airboats

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An Airboat ride has been on my adventure list for a while. I always pictured my 1st airboat ride going through the Everglades. Little did I know that my 1st airboat ride would be on one of the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Erie.  I first found out about Air1Airboats during a media trip to Sandusky. I was immediately intrigued because I knew that I would be back in the area a few months later.

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What it’s like to Surf the Great Lakes

What it's like to Surf the Great Lakes

During a media trip to Lake Erie Shores and Islands, I met Chad and Ryan Whaley from Green Door Media Works. You might also remember these brothers from a previous interview that Chad gave about the Volstead Speakeasy Bar that he and his brother started together in Sandusky.

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Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay

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During our group media trip to Put-in-Bay, we visited Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The monument was established on June 2, 1936.

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