While away your days at Atwood Lake Resort
There’s a place not far from here where rolling hills sweep to water’s edge and warm, sunny days are alive with sailboats on silver waters. Leafy trees surround a sprawling lake in a canopy of cool shade and just over the hill, vibrant greens and white sands beckon golf fanatics and weekend warriors.
Atwood Lake Resort and Golf Club is a hidden gem in the rolling hills of Carroll County, Ohio. It’s an ideal location for corporate retreats and family vacations. It was my recent pleasure to attend a media weekend at Atwood, and I can attest it’s a lovely getaway destination — even in March when the lake is still ice-covered and the landscape swoons with the gray days of winter. It looks much different in warm weather …
Imagine having your wedding here on the hillside, overlooking the lake with the lodge at your back. Many of the guest rooms open directly onto large flagstone patios that are perfect for warm-weather wedding receptions and parties. Incidentally, Atwood Lake also hosts a spectacular fireworks display in July. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to book a room and sit on the patio with this view of the big bang show? Hmmm. There’s a mini vacation destination idea!
The resort has a host of ballroom spaces. We toured several lounge areas, banquet rooms and meetings spaces that would be perfect for all sorts of special events and corporate retreats. Relaxing hospitality spaces are plentiful, like this one which overlooks the pool. And best of all it can be cordoned off for privacy from other resort guests.
In case you’re a bride-to-be and Atwood Resort sparks your interest, take it from me and call ASAP. The wedding coordinator told me they already have 40 weddings booked for 2014!
The 1,540-acre Atwood Lake sits in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties. It’s a great place to sail, swim and play. Boat rentals are available at several marinas and it’s a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts. The hillside views are spectacular anytime of year but especially in autumn. Winter days are warm and cozy in the sprawling lodge where hospitality reigns and crackling fires woo guests with massive stone hearths.
Come rain, shine, sleet or snow there’s the brilliant, blue of an indoor pool … at least until summer sunshine pulls everyone to the lake’s sandy beaches or an outdoor pool near horseshoe and volleyball courts, children’s play areas and even shuffleboard.
The sprawling lodge was built in the 1960s and operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD). I don’t remember ever staying in the lodge as a youngster, but I do recall childhood picnics by the lake, an occasional afternoon on a pontoon boat, and a brief period of tennis and golf lessons in 1989. (Those lessons were a perk of summer gym class before my freshman year of high school!)
The lake has always been a hub of recreational entertainment. The surrounding communities buzz with activities during the summer season. It hasn’t always been so for the lodge, though, and at one point it was in danger from the wrecking ball. Recognizing the importance of this historic location, the Carroll County commissioners stepped in and saved the day, purchasing the lodge from the MWCD. Today, Atwood Lake Resort and Golf Club is thriving. Guests are pampered, staff accommodate your every need, and dinner is served with a smile. Be sure to ask for a table with a view!
If you’re looking for lighter fare during your stay or when passing through the area, hop the cart shuttle or take a leisurely stroll down the hill to The Chalet. Situated on the Par 3 Course, the Chalet offers food, beverages, cocktails and snacks.
It’s the perfect place to unwind after hitting a few balls on the driving range or spending time on the Par 3 course. Enjoy a table fireside, chat with friends and watch the big game from the lounge area.
We enjoyed an indoor wine tasting at The Chalet during our weekend away. I kept thinking how nice it would be to hang out on the patio with friends in warmer weather. Even if you’re local and not staying at the lodge, The Chalet is a great place to socialize on weekend afternoons or evenings.
The resort property is gorgeous. According to the general manager, plans are in the works for new hiking trails, mountain biking paths and more. And now that the Par 3 Course is completely revived and set to open in Spring 2014, their sights are set on the 18-hole course. The goal: return it to its former splendor for new generations.
The future is bright for Atwood Lake Resort and if you’re looking for a relaxing place to get away from it all, this is it!