Women walking dogs outside Ruff Life on the Lake

8 Ways to Enjoy Geneva-on-the-Lake

Each summer, the crowds return to this lakeside town known as Ohio’s first resort. Here are ways to enjoy this longtime lakeside favorite

Ruff Life on the Lake: Sit! And then chow down at this restaurant and bar that offers a dog-friendly place to dine outdoors. The comfort food fare includes starters like buffalo chicken dip and a giant warm pretzel, and specialties span pierogies, pot roast poutine and a build-your-own burger. Drinks include Blue Dog wines and ciders crafted in the Grand River Valley region. That doesn’t mean humans have all the fun, though. The on-site boutique carries toys and treats so your best friend can go home with a doggy bag of its own. 5514 Lake Rd. E., Geneva 44041, 440/361-3854, rufflifeonthelake.com

People walking across bridge at Lake Erie Canopy Tours (photo courtesy of Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau)
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake: Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a family vacation, the 109 rooms and suites and 25 lakeside cottages at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake offer a welcoming spot to make a lakeside getaway. On-site amenities range from a pool and fitness center to Lake Erie Canopy Tours’ aerial adventure park with exciting lakeside zip line tours and an adventure course for adults featuring more than 30 obstacles (there’s also a pint-sized version for kids ages 4 to 10). The on-site Horizons Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner in a glass-enclosed, octagonal dining room with Lake Erie views. 4888 N. Broadway, Geneva 44041, 866/806-8066, thelodgeatgeneva.com

Allison’s Mini Golf: Claiming the title of the nation’s oldest continuously running mini golf course, this spot has been around since 1924. The 18-hole course is as fun as it is deceptively difficult (in a good way). Obstacles range from steep hills to bowling pins. Then there’s hole No. 12 that fronts Geneva-on-the-Lake’s strip, letting passersby see your putting prowess (or not). No matter what you end up scoring, just know there is the option of a Grumpy’s Lemonade and a comforting concession stand waiting for you at the end. 5456 Lake Rd. E., Geneva 44041, 440/466-7922, allisonsminigolf.com

Interior of the Lakehouse Inn (photo by Martello Photography)

The Lakehouse Inn: This boutique hotel keeps it small with eight guest rooms, three cottages and a beach house rental, but it goes big with beautiful accommodations and amenities. Book a reservation at the on-site Crosswinds Grille, which focuses on fresh ingredients from nearby farms in a menu that spans chops, steaks and seafood. The Lakehouse Inn Winery produces small-batch wines sourced from the Grand River Valley region, while The Spa at Lakehouse Inn offers massages, facials, waxing and body treatments. 5653 Lake Rd. E., Geneva 44041, 440/466-8668, thelakehouseinn.com

Geneva-on-the-Lake Golf Course: This longtime favorite opened in 1927 and today offers summer visitors 18 holes of golf covering 125 acres. The course has a clubhouse, covered carts with windshields, even bunkers that contain PGA-quality sand. The course is fit for players of all skill levels, making it a good choice for a summer outing with co-workers, friends or family. It is also conveniently located at the center of Geneva-on-the-Lake’s strip, within easy walking distance of downtown lodging, attractions, bars and restaurants. 4902 Almraz Dr., Geneva 44041, 440/466-8797, gotlgolf.com  


Classic Fare
When you visit Geneva-on-the-Lake, be sure to sample the resort town’s signature food and drink. 

Eddie’s Grill: If you go to Geneva-on-the-Lake and don’t visit Eddie Sezon’s legendary open-air spot, you’re not doing it right. Order a footlong hot dog and a root beer, and you’ll be in good shape. eddiesgrill.com

Madsen Donuts: Opened by Carl Madsen in 1938, this doughnut shop makes everything fresh the morning of, and we highly recommend going with the glazed among the dozen classic options. madsendonuts.com

Old Firehouse Winery: When the summer gets hot, the hot go and get a wine slushie at the old firehouse. There’s also a 1956 Ferris wheel out back, where you can take a spin. oldfirehousewinery.com