Jeannette Petrolia
General Manager
(440) 415-1501
Anne Houdek
Yopko Penhallurick LLC
(440) 834-8615

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (Oct. 3, 2007)
– Boost your wine IQ, catch the holiday spirit Elizabethan-style, or gather friends and family for Thanksgiving with these new packages at the Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake:
·        Discover winemaking secrets with the Kent State University (KSU) Wine School Package
·        Party like its 1599 with the Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste Package
·        Create family memories with the Thanksgiving Getaway
October  26 – 28; or November 9 – 11, 2007
Wine lovers can discover the secrets of winemaking in Northeast Ohio by taking part in the first KSU Wine School Package.  Guests take a behind-the-scenes look at the wine business during special classes taught by nationally recognized wine professionals. The weekend begins with a Friday evening wine tasting reception and continues with the following itinerary:
·        Guests visit a vineyard to walk among the grapevines and learn about the science of grape growing (viticulture), Northeast Ohio grape production, how soil and geography (Lake Erie, hills and valleys) affect grapes and how grapes are processed into wine (enology). 
·        During lunch at a winery, attendees can listen to a wine expert share current issues and challenges in wine production and describe regional vintner cellar techniques. Guests will be invited to taste wine straight from the barrel and compare wines.
·        The day concludes with dinner at the Lodge; a sampling of area wines; and a discussion about the wine business, including marketing and logistics of wine distribution and how Northeast Ohio varietals play a part in the region and the world.
·        During a mid-morning program, guests learn about wine industry trends around the world and in Ashtabula County; how different wine glasses enhance the tasting experience; how bottle shapes promote preservation and aging. Terminology and understanding a wine label will also be discussed.
The KSU Wine School Package
The KSU Wine School Package includes two-night accommodations; Friday wine tasting reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres; Saturday: $20 breakfast voucher, KSU wine classes at two wineries with lunch at one winery; dinner at the Lodge.  Sunday: $20 breakfast voucher; KSU wine class. The package is offered Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26 through 28 and Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 (the same program is offered on each weekend), and begins at $275 per person, based on double occupancy. Guests receive access to online educational materials, wine dictionary, vineyard handbook, and are awarded a certificate from Kent State University upon completion of the program. 
Book this package by October 31, 2007
The Thanksgiving Getaway is a group package designed for families and friends who wish to begin the holiday season in a big way with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet and plenty of opportunities to create memories. Book a minimum of five rooms for two nights (November 22 Thanksgiving Day; and Friday, November 23) and receive Wednesday, November 21, at no charge for all five rooms. Reservations must be booked by October 31, 2007. Rates begin at $119, based on double occupancy. A two-night minimum stay for five rooms is required to receive the special “buy-two-nights-get-one-free” rate. For more information or to make reservations, call 866-762-1593 or visit
December 6 or December 7, 2007
Become a member of the royal court with the Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste Package. Queen Elizabeth I herself majestically presides over the festivities throughout the evening. Pageantry abounds as singers and players, dressed in period costume, perform traditional holiday music and plays. Each course of the five-course Grande Feaste dinner is announced with fanfare, followed by special entertainment. 
The Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste Package includes an overnight stay and the Feaste; Thursday, December 6 or Friday, December 7, starting at $139 per couple. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. For reservations, call 866-442-9765 or visit The Feaste is presented by the Kent State University Ashtabula and the Ashtabula County Choral Music Society with featured guest performers Madison Chorale and Consort.
About the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
Located at 4888 North Broadway (State Highway 534) in Geneva-on-the-Lake, the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake features 109 finely appointed guest rooms (the majority with lake views); Horizons, an upscale restaurant with a striking octagonal dining room and breathtaking view of Lake Erie; a lounge with a rectangular bar and great views of Lake Erie; and amenities that include a fitness center, game room, indoor pool and gift shop. The Lodge entrance is located one mile north of Geneva State Park, on the left. For room reservations, call 866-442-9765 or visit For Horizons reservations, call (440) 466-7100, then press "2."
The Lodge is adjacent to Geneva State Park, which encompasses 698 acres featuring 1.6 miles of Lake Erie shoreline as well as a beach and bathhouse, six-lane boat ramp and marina, hiking, picnic areas and more. To learn more about Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, visit
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company's portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; Old Town San Diego; The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake; The BALSAMS Grand Resort; and St. Mary Lodge and Resort. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ expertise in the hospitality industry, visit
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