Introducing The 2024-2025 Buckeye Lake Region Tour Book

May 9th, 2024

There’s no better way to begin planning your trip to Buckeye Lake than with a free publication of the Buckeye Lake Region Tour Book!  This year, we are excited to announce that Escape to Buckeye Lake has partnered with the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce for the 2024-2025 edition of their annual chamber guide, bringing you fun facts, places to eat, outdoor activities, and more for your unforgettable lake stay.   

With this edition you can find: 

Dive into the vast history of Ohio’s very first state park – celebrating 75 years in 2024 – with a complete breakdown of when it was first founded, the history of the canals that supported water across the state, its time as a booming amusement park in the 50s, to the beautiful state park as we know it today.  Plus, read and learn about the surrounding communities and villages that makeup the Buckeye Lake Region. 

Outdoor Recreation
Buckeye Lake offers a myriad of options for outdoor recreation! Find free parks and nature areas around the shoreline and enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing.  Or, book your adventure with the list of local businesses at the lake that offer unique experiences like Pea Ohana Watersports, 3XP Tours, Captain Buck’s Pontoon Tours, LakeBound Outfitters and more. 

Upcoming Events
From the popular Winterfest weekend in January to the Backwoods Fest in fall, you’ll find a list of upcoming events you won’t want to miss this year.  Bring friends and family and pick from the diverse list of festivities both on the water and the shore. 

Where to Eat, Shop, Explore, and More
New this year, find all the different places to eat, shop, explore, and more with easy-to-read color-coded numbers and village maps!

Take a peek at the guide online or pick up a copy at local businesses around the lake!

Don’t wait, book your stay today! With multiple short-term rentals all around the lake, you’ll find the best stay for your getaway.  Find lakefront cottages and photo-worthy homes with beautiful waterfront views to make your trip as memorable as possible.

6 Wedding Venues to Say, “I Do” Around the Lake

February 22nd, 2024

Located just 30 minutes east of the state’s capital, Columbus, Ohio, and less than 3 hours from major cities including Toledo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati, the Buckeye Lake region is the perfect place to tie the knot in intimate, cozy settings for your destination wedding.  Check out these 6 wedding venues to say, “I do,” around the lake!

Barn at the Backwoods | 8572 High Point Road, Thornville
Home of the popular Thornville Backwoods Fest, the Barn at the Backwoods is an event venue situated just 10 minutes south of Buckeye Lake with a myriad of outdoor and indoor settings for your ceremony.

Offering professional staff with a cozy atmosphere, a fully licensed food and alcohol facility, and over 10,000 square feet of floor space, The Barn at the Backwoods has everything for your important day. With catering options, an in-house DJ, minister services, and cake and bakery services, this rustic venue is the perfect venue to walk down the aisle!

Learn more about planning your wedding day at the Barn at the Backwoods.

Barn on the Hill | 11397 Somerset Road, Thornville
The Barn on the Hill is a versatile venue to make your wedding celebration an event to remember, located just 15 minutes east of the lake! Operating from April to November, this venue is the perfect location for wedding parties of up to 150 guests. Host your wedding day in a beautiful, natural setting on this 35-acre property with views of green valleys, a charming pond, and more.

Learn more about booking your day at the Barn on the Hill.

Buckeye Lake Winery | 13750 Rosewood Drive, Thornville
Situated on the southern banks of Buckeye Lake, say, “I do!” with a lakeside view! The Buckeye Lake Winery has everything you need to make your wedding day special, including banquet facilities that can accommodate groups of 12 to 250 people, with full beverage and catering services available. Enjoy a beautiful ceremony space with a wedding pavilion, wine garden, and more!

Book a beautiful waterside wedding at the lake and check out the Buckeye Lake Winery’s helpful wedding brochure.

Celebrations Banquet Hall | 2240 Refugee Street, Millersport
Celebrations Banquet Hall is based right in the heart of Millersport! Plan your perfect day in this rustic barn, large enough to accommodate all of your closest loved ones. Enjoy the indoor banquet hall, both an indoor and outdoor ceremony/celebration space, and a hidden bridal suite. Plus, you can book an Airbnb offered by the venue for you and your newly wedded spouse.

View pricing, packages, and more at MillersportCelebrations.com

Once Upon a Time Event & Equine Center | 11965 Zartman Road, Thornville
Located in Thornville, Ohio, this locally owned venue is perfect for all your event needs.  Plan weddings, receptions, birthdays, and more at this unique and rural equine farm with beautiful views of the pond and surrounding woods, only a few minutes south of Buckeye Lake.

Vinberige Vineyards | 5400 OH-204, Thornville
Located in the rolling Appalachian hills of Perry County, Vinberige Vineyards offers beautiful views and wine!  Celebrate your special day with the picturesque vineyard and rustic event barn.

Where to Stay for the Big Day
The Buckeye Lake region offers a myriad of lodging options including unique, lakeside short-term rentals to traditional hotels just minutes away. Find the perfect place for you and your party on our Where to Stay page and start planning your special day at Buckeye Lake!

Weekending at Buckeye Lake: Plan the Perfect Escape

April 28th, 2023

Weekending at Buckeye Lake – Whether you’re looking for a fun family trip, a romantic couple’s getaway, a girl’s weekend or a quick bro-cation, Buckeye Lake is the perfect place to be!  With 3,100 acres of water, unique and lakeside short-term rentals, outdoor recreation, shopping options, and restaurants placed all around the 35 miles of shoreline, you’re sure to find something for you and your loved ones!  Check out this itinerary to help you plan the perfect weekend escape and make Buckeye Lake your vacation destination. 

Book Your ‘BNB
The days are getting warmer and the short-term rentals are filling up!  Whether it be lakefront cottages or unique, photo-worthy homes, find the perfect place for you and your party to enjoy the lake life

Morning: Kick off the weekend with a trip to Coffee Shack Coffee Roasters & Cafe for breakfast and your favorite brew.  Afterwards, take a stroll around the North Shore for beautiful views of the lake, year-round fishing, and the best birding spots in central Ohio!  When you’re done, browse through The Yellow Sundress Resale Boutique for cute clothes, decor, and more.
Afternoon: Take a drive to Millersport and shop lake life necessities at Buckeye Lake Place – whether it be a Buckeye Lake souvenir or your next favorite decor piece, you won’t leave empty handed! Grab a bite at Buckeye Lake Winery with beautiful views of the lake, and relax on the outdoor patio with fire pits!

Weekending at Buckeye Lake: Plan the Perfect Escape

Evening: To end the night, experience great vibes, great music, and great drinks at Papa Boo’s right on the water!  

Morning: Start the day off with Buckeye Lake Coffee Company and savor your coffee lakeside!  Afterwards, discover great shopping at local stores such as Lake’s End or  Picadilly Vintage.
Afternoon: Hit the water and spend an afternoon on the lake! Stop by Lakebound Outfitters or Buckeye Lake Boat Rental for all your outdoor gear needs, including kayaks, bicycles, camping gear, and paddleboards – then swing by the Thorn Township Kayak/Canoe Launch for a fun afternoon on the water!

Weekending at Buckeye Lake: Plan the Perfect Escape

Evening: Enjoy dinner at the new Blue Heron Kitchen & Pub for Instagram-worthy meals and desserts at this lake-inspired, elevated dining destination. Grab a nightcap and enjoy the atmosphere at the stylish Hereinafter Cocktail Tavern, open past midnight on Fridays and Saturdays! 

Morning: Grab brunch at Millersport Coffee and take a trip to Brooks Park where you can overlook the newly rehabilitated wetland and the animals that inhabit it! 

Weekending at Buckeye Lake: Plan the Perfect Escape

Afternoon: Bike around on the 4-mile shoreline path across the top of the dam that connects the North Shore to Lieb’s Island and offers a variety of areas for fishing and relaxation!

Bonus: After checkout, grab a cone from Buckeye Lake staple, Weldon’s Ice Cream Factory, and enjoy a sweet treat before heading home!  

Plan for Summer 
The fun doesn’t have to end! Check out annual summer events happening around the lake, including 4th of July boat parades, pub paddles, the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival, and more! 

For more information, check out our website EscapeToBuckeyeLake.com, download our mobile app, sign up for our monthly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook & Instagram

Dive Into Valentine’s Day at Buckeye Lake

February 2nd, 2023

The most romantic day of the year is almost here, and we’re giving you all the tips and tricks to have your Valentine’s Day date night (or weekend) go smooth-sailing. 

1. Book Your V-Day Getaway
With multiple short-term rentals all around the lake, you’ll find the best stay for your V-Day getaway!  Find lakefront cottages and chic, photo-worthy homes with beautiful waterfront views to make your trip as memorable as possible. 

2. Out & About
Located less than 20 minutes from Buckeye Lake, take a relaxing stroll through the pet-friendly Dawes Arboretum with approximately 12 miles of hiking trails!  Or enjoy a peaceful walk on the lake with the 4-mile Buckeye Lake walking and biking trail with beautiful sunrises and breathtaking sunsets along the shoreline nearly each day!

Dive into Valentine’s Day at Buckeye Lake
3. Gifts Galore
Grab the perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet at Millersport Flowers and pair it with a Valentine’s Day-themed gift basket from Jackie’s Creations, both locally-owned shops in Millersport!  Looking for a little more?  Enjoy a short drive to the historical village of Somerset, offering unique, small-town shopping such as Gypsy Hawaii Boutique and (Mid) Western Second Hand for quality apparel, accessories, home goods, and more. 

Dive into Valentine’s Day at Buckeye Lake
4. Donuts, Drinks & Dinner
Morning: Grab a warm cup and brunch from Coffee Shack Coffee Roasters & Cafe on the North Shore and then partake in the sweetest donut date at Dockside Donuts.
Afternoon: Indulge in a scrumptious bite including gourmet burgers, wraps, and desserts, at Horvath’s Harbor or unique sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and more at Chef Shack, paired perfectly with a craft brew from the attached Buckeye Lake Brewery.
Evening:  Enjoy the relaxing, southern banks of the lake with a delicious and extensive menu at Buckeye Lake Winery.  Afterward, end the night at the new Hereinafter Cocktail Tavern for high-end drinks and a cozy atmosphere. 

Dive into Valentine’s Day at Buckeye Lake

Map out your trip with the Escape to Buckeye Lake appOur app allows you to add different shops, restaurants, and more in one easy-to-read list, keeping you on track for the perfectly planned Valentine’s Day right from your phone!

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Welcome to the Buckeye Lake Region

June 15th, 2021

Lake, land, and leisure…you can find it all at Buckeye Lake!  Located in central Ohio, Buckeye Lake offers visitors their very own personal slice of paradise. Ready to experience the Lake Life? Let’s jump right in!

Pro tip: Download the app to your smartphone to plan the perfect visit!

Buckeye Lake is the region’s premier outdoor recreation destination. The lake offers plenty of ways to experience the excitement of water sports and activities. Sail, kayak, and canoe across the lake, or try jet skiing, paddle boarding, water skiing, and tubing if you want to get your feet wet. The lake is also a popular spot for fishing, and folks love swimming at the two public beaches.

Pro tip:  Try a guided pontoon boat tour at sunset – what a beautiful experience!

There’s plenty to do on the land, too! Hop on a bike or take a walk along the dam trail for some great sightseeing. Have fun shopping in all the cool boutiques or check out the memorabilia from Buckeye Lake Amusement Park during a tour of the Historical Society Museum. Go exploring in Buckeye Lake State Park, a nature preserve that is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Pro tip: Grab your binoculars and stay close to the shoreline to see a wide variety of waterfowl.

Get ready to eat and drink your way around the lake! Make sure to bring your appetite to enjoy everything from hot dogs and pizza to comfort food and ethnic dining. Get there early to secure the perfect seat for all the live music that is performed at venues around the lake. Visit the wineries, breweries, and your favorite pubs for a fun time with your friends. Make plans to enjoy one of the region’s great festivals and special events.

Pro tip: Always finish your day at Buckeye Lake with a delicious frozen treat!

Buckeye Lake’s 35 miles of shoreline means there is a lot to see as you travel around to explore the area. Grab your friends and family and head to Buckeye Lake for all kinds of fun! Lake, land, and leisure – whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. Planning your visit is a breeze when you go to EscapeToBuckeyeLake.com!