Driving around the great lakes of USA

Driving around the great lakes of USA

Today we have a bit of a quick drive back through the corner of Pennsylvania.
We visit Mazza Winery.
We continue on the coastal back roads, and follow the trail that is green sign posted.
Exploramum and Explorason – Mazza Winery
Here you buy tokens to try wines – not free like in Australia.
I used to work in Cellar Door at a Winery, so find this strange.
Just after this we found a great Thrift store.
I didn’t keep the name of the store, but told the guy I would add it in.
So if you are reading this blog, let me know and I will pop the name in.
Great antiques and collectables at a bargain price.
We spent 2 hours in this shop – on the left heading towards Geneva area.
As we drive into Geneva, there sits a wagon offering free rides.
Considering we haven’t had a lot of fun of late, we really enjoy this.
Exploramum and Explorason – traditional horse and cart ride at Christmas
We get a short ride around town.
The people are lovely, so we offer a nice tip as really this has been a load of fun.
It is a really pretty town.
Exploramum and Explorason – traditional horse and cart ride at Christmas
We love the horses!
We had driven through Geneva-on-the Lake.
We try to find accommodation early and have a break.
We end up heading back 45 minutes drive to try to find a “different” motel.
We find this pine and log feel room.
Exploramum and Explorason – Geneva on the Lake
Alas, the walls are paper thin.
The internet is not working – we paid for Wi-fi.
It is also next to a bar.
Never stay next to a bar.
At 1:00 a.m. on this Saturday night, I am praying!
On one side they have the pub music, and the room next door is partying on.
On the other side, he is abusing his girlfriend.
As soon as it is light, we are out of here.
The only highlight was meeting some nice people down the road.
Snowman cupcakes were given to Explorason, and nice country hospitality.
Exploramum and Explorason – snowman cupcakes
We drive straight through Cleveland.
I decide I need more Amish and we go on a hunt.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cleveland
We find so many nice places for photographs.
This is Vermillion.
Exploramum and Explorason – pretty Vermillion
Then, we suddenly drive through Cedar Point Resort.
I have no idea this is water park land – 4 in fact.
We get an awesome deal and decide it is time for a treat, and to stay at a resort.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay wave pool
There is a wave/beach pool.
Also a cargo crossing – I attempt this and strain 2 muscles!
I am so unfit – yipes.
My son however gets addicted!
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay ropes and barrels
This water bucket goes off every 3 minutes.
There are a load of slides, but we both enjoy these two.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay waterslides
This is a fun pool, with basketball, and climbing objects.
There is way more to do than I show on this blog.
A clean and well staffed waterpark. Right in the Resort Hotel.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay snake walk
The fire side is glorious.
There are loads of kid activities.
A real family place.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay Christmas tree
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Santa all make appearances.
They have games and activities for kids day and night.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Charlie Brown
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Snoopy
This sandman is so cute.
It is located near the games arcade.
We do a Scavenger Hunt and end up there.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay Sandman
I love the Grotto Spa.
It is indoor and outdoor.
This place is over 200 rooms, and only 10 are occupied.
There are more staff than guests.
We meet friendly families – it is really nice.
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay Grotto Pool
One of the activities is painting.
You can choose to paint all sorts of things.
We work together on a Bird House.
At lesson for the day?
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Bird House painting
Then there is decorating Christmas cookies.
There are so many cookies, and only a few families doing this activity.
Kids work with the parents – it is fun!
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Cookie decorating
There is also a TGI Friday.
We have Kids Eat Free passes.
They have synchronised lights to music along the lake wharf.
So lovely!
What a great end to a good rest – we feel recharged and ready to go on.
I think we should make it a pre-Christmas tradition for us to recharge at a resort before each Christmas. Let’s see if we do !
Exploramum and Explorason – Cedar Point Resort Castaway Bay TGI Friday’s
Oh – and right opposite we have a whole street of lovely Christmas lights too.
Exploramum and Explorason – Christmas Lights
Merry Christmas to every-one reading this.
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