The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake reported an excellent year as cabin rentals and canopy tour revenues paced the growth, according to lodge and county officials.
“We’ve had our best year ever,” said Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski. He said the county will see the largest profit ever.
“We were able to have a full year of the canopy tours ... [and] what were noticing is the cottages have taken off,” he said.
Kozlowski said final figures on the lodge were not complete for 2019, but the lodge was on pace for a one percent rise in occupancy as well.
He said there are more people coming to the lodge, but many are from traditional tourist areas such as Youngstown, Warren and Pittsburgh with growth in the Columbus market.
“We are seeing more people from upper New York,” Kozlowski said.
The county balance on the lodge as of the first of December was $15,475,000, Kozlowski said, with an annual payment of about $1.1 million. He said the final payment goal is still 2033.
The lodge annual profit is part of the debt payment which also includes revenue from the transportation Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau and other tourism related sources, he said.
Charlene Horgan, general manager at the lodge, said there was a 10 percent overall growth over 2018.
“We saw nice gains in the cabins and canopy tours,” she said.
Horgan said a variety of new events helped the volume and the lodge and will continue in years to come.
The first week of December, the lodge had a Christmas weekend that provided a variety of options for visitors and local residents as well.
“It is going to become an annual event,” she said.
“We planted a 30-foot evergreen. It was loaded with lights,” Horgan said. She said there was story time with Mrs. Claus and a breakfast with Santa with 400 people attending.
“In 2019 we created a Signature Immersion Wine Tour and we have a wine specialist on staff,” Horgan said.
“We visit three wineries,” she said of the event that includes a barrel tasting, relaxation and private wine tasting and food pairing.
“We are very happy with the success of the 2019 tour and definitely planning to continue it in 2020,” she said.
Physical improvements at the lodge include expansion of the outdoor pool deck, Horgan said.
“That will include a permanent food and beverage stand. We are going to add some cabanas and [other improvements[,” Horgan said. She said the improvements are expected to be completed by May.