Cherry Valley Lodge is a Great Ohio Family Getaway and Home of CoCo Key Water Resort

picture of Posing with the bear outside of Sunflower Restaurant

Cherry Valley Lodge is a great Ohio Family Getaway or a place to host a retreat, reunion, or event.  Cherry Valley Lodge is located just north of Columbus, Ohio. It offers a 200 hotel rooms set on beautifully landscaped 18 acres of land with 2 courtyards. It is also home of a 50,000 sq feet indoor waterpark. Cherry Valley Lodge took us by complete surprise by it’s beauty, size, and accommodations. This place is amazing! It’s a resort in of itself.

picture of Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio
Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio

When  you walk into Cherry Valley Lodge, the beauty of the lodge like setting of rich woods, rustic charm, spacious sitting areas, fireplaces, piano, and floor to ceiling windows with doors that lead out to the courtyard. My kids loved exploring and so did I!

picture of Cherry Valley Lodge
Cherry Valley Lodge

What a beautiful space for reunions, weddings, bachelorette party, corporate meetings, retreats, honeymoon, anniversary, etc.

Cherry  Valley Lodge Features (taken from website):

  • CoCo Key combines the relaxation and enchantment of the islands with the wild excitement of over 50,000-sq. ft. 200 spacious guestrooms and 16 Jacuzzi suite rooms
  • Indoor pool that leads out to a deck and courtyard
  • Banyan Leaf Sap is a 1,500-square-foot full-service spa
  • All guestrooms feature refrigerators, in room coffee service, iron & ironing board
  • Hard-wired high-speed internet access in all guestrooms and public areas, including our lobby and courtyard
  • Distinctive restaurant offering fine and casual, plus in-room and outside patio dining
  • Intimate lounge offering a full variety of spirits and a casual menu beside a cozy fireplace
  • Perfect location for class reunion, family reunions, military reunions or galas

Cherry Valley Lodge Rooms

Again, I was surprised at the beauty of the rooms at Cherry Valley Lodge. Spacious. Beautiful. Clean. All three factors are key for a family traveling and Cherry Valley Lodge has it all.

Our room was a standard double Queen bed room. It was beautiful and did I mention, CLEAN. This is super important to moms. There was even a deck that overlooked the courtyard. The courtyard was beautifully landscaped with blooming flowers everywhere, a good sized lake with ducks to keep the kids entertained, and a walking path surrounding the lake. We enjoyed sitting on the deck, it was peaceful. If you get a 1st floor room, you have a patio outside your room and can walk around in the courtyard. This would be ideal if you booked the Cherry Valley Lodge for a retreat or for your wedding hotel rooms in Ohio.

picture of Hotel Deck at Cherry Valley Lodge
Hotel Deck at Cherry Valley Lodge
picture of View of Cherry Valley Lodge Courtyard from deck
View of Cherry Valley Lodge Courtyard from deck

The rooms are set up with beds on opposite sides of the room, this is great for families. We could actually put our kids to bed and still be able to stay up with a light and TV on since our bed was on the other side of the room.

picture of Cherry Valley Lodge Bed
Cherry Valley Lodge Bed

The TV is on a swivel so it can be seen either in the living area or 1 of the beds.

picture of Cherry Valley Lodge Bed
Cherry Valley Lodge Bed

The bathroom was spacious with the shower, tub, and toilet in a separate room and a double vanity with large mirror in another. There were plenty of towels, so there was no need to request more. This is a big deal for me, with 4 people, there needs to be enough towels. 🙂

picture of Clean bathroom at Cherry Valley Lodge
Clean bathroom at Cherry Valley Lodge
picture of Double Vanity in Cherry Valley Lodge Room
Double Vanity in Cherry Valley Lodge Room

Video Tour of Cherry Valley Lodge Room

Cherry Valley Lodge Restaurants

You don’t have to leave the lodge to get great meals. There are two restaurants at Cherry  Valley Lodge for all your dining needs, or you can order room service.

picture of Double Sided Fish Aquarium at Cherry Valley Lodge
Double Sided Fish Aquarium at Cherry Valley Lodge

My kids loved the double sided fish aquarium at Cherry  Valley Lodge. On the other side is the Lodge Pub where you can grab a snack, cocktail, or even dinner.

picture of The Lodge Pub sitting room
The Lodge Pub sitting room
picture of The Lodge Pub at Cherry Valley Lodge
The Lodge Pub at Cherry Valley Lodge

We actually grabbed dinner at The Lodge Pub and took it outside to the courtyard. We enjoyed a delicious hot pizza, perfect after an afternoon at CoCo Key Water Resort. Unfortunately my camera got a little wet while at the water resort so I couldn’t take pictures while in the courtyard. It was so peaceful sitting on the deck under the gazebo. It was the perfect backdrop for a picnic party with the kids. The staff at The Lodge Pub were super friendly and accommodating.

The Sunflowers Restaurant is a more formal restaurant at Cherry Valley Lodge but without the stuffiness. They serve up favorites such as New York Streak, Yellowfin Tuna, Seafood, pastas, soups, salads, and gorgeous desserts. This would be a lovely romantic dinner spot as well.

picture of Posing with the bear outside of Sunflower Restaurant
Posing with the bear outside of Sunflower Restaurant

CoCo Key Water Resort at Cherry Valley Lodge

Cherry Valley Lodge is home of CoCo Key Water Resort, a 50,000 sq ft indoor water park open year round. This can be added to your room per day. Be sure to read my full review of CoCo Key  Water Resort.

Book your next Ohio Family Getaway, Reunion, or Retreat at Cherry Valley Lodge

One of the best surprises about Cherry  Valley Lodge is the price. They offer many specials throughout the year for as low as $99 per night.  When you book online, you can add water park passes, spa services, and even a bottle of wine with a click of a button. Special  prices for travel groups, meetings, and wedding packages.

Ohio Family Getaway

I highly recommend the Shiver Me Timber Family Package to get all the benefits of a Cherry Valley Lodge Ohio getaway with the fun of CoCo Key Water Resort and lots more. This is an awesome Ohio Family Getaway! A family of 4 would receive all of the following for about $249.

  • Overnight Stay for 2 nights
  • 4 Water Park Passes for the whole stay
  • 4 Tickets to the Works Museum
  • 4 passes to choice of bowling or putt-putt golf
  • 4 Movie Theatre tickets to Hollywood Theatres
  • Pizza Hut Express Family Dinner
  • 2 Child Size t-shirts
  • $5.00 Arcade Cards

We plan to take another trip down to Newark, Ohio this fall when the weather cools to enjoy this fabulous Ohio Family Getaway and probably again when it is freezing cold outside this winter! You really can’t beat this deal!


This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Cherry Valley Lodge and CoCo Key Water Resort who provided accommodations and park tickets for review & giveaway.

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267 thoughts on “Cherry Valley Lodge is a Great Ohio Family Getaway and Home of CoCo Key Water Resort

  1. Megan Hernandez says:

    I really like the look of the Banyan Leaf Spa. I would like to try that out while the kids are at the water park.

  2. Heather says:

    The Cherry Valley Lodge looks really nice! We’re actually visiting Columbus, Ohio in a couple weeks, and this would be absolutely perfect!!!! I love that they are “the only hotel in the nation that’s also an arboretum and botanical garden” and that “Cherry Valley Lodge features two breathtaking courtyards that offer lovely quiet places to relax and unwind.” Sounds amazing!

  3. Elizabeth Towns says:

    Cherry Valley Lodge is a real gem. It is the closest to a resort that exists in Central Ohio. What I love about it is the wood. I know that is odd, but the deep polished almost mahogany rich wood in the sitting and atrium areas give the Lodge a warm old fashioned leisure feeling that makes me feel like I am supposed to relax here. I love Cherry Valley!

  4. Cindy says:

    Connie, Please let me know if it still doesn’t work. Did you sign in at the top of the page? You should be able to sign in and then your info will appear at the bottom of the screen where you will put in your password and then click VOTE under CINDY ORLEY and then hit enter. If you don’t hit enter then it doesn’t count. Thanks and let me know if it still doesn’t work. Cindy

  5. gayle says:

    Like the Banyan Leaf spa.
    Never heard of this place until now, definately going to consider for our next short weekend trips.

  6. amy h says:

    OMG! I cannot believe this giveaway! My family and I will be heading to Columbus, OH later this month for my graduation. This seems like it would be a very nice place to stay while we were there. *crossing my fingers*
    I love the fact that they have “getaway packages” ranging from family to golf packages. My husband is an avid golfer, so this should make him very happy. I myself would love a trip to the spa. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  7. pamela james says:

    They have a spa where for $30 you can get a martini and a manicure!
    This place looks wonderful! Thank You!!!

  8. Donna Timmerman says:

    I love the amazing gardens and of course the spa. But I like best that it is in Ohio. And if I win I can go out and visit my long time friend who lives there.

  9. susan murray says:

    I would Love to Win this Cherry Valley Lodge getaway My in-laws are going to be
    celebrating 50 years of marriage and we need to give them a nice getaway

  10. connie black says:

    Also entered your:
    Chadwick giveaway
    Shred Sled giveaway
    Cedar Point giveaway
    Knex giveaway
    Biggest Loser Scale giveaway

  11. Holly says:

    I love the fact that they have a waterpark. I live in Akron (right outside of Barberton)…this would be a great one tank trip for me!

  12. Cindy says:

    Connie, I sent you an email. Yes, you need to put 1 comment per contest entry. Comment #1 Entered Chadwick Giveaway Comment #2 Entered Shred Sled Giveaway, etc…

  13. connie black says:

    Also entered your:
    Chadwick giveaway
    Shred Sled giveaway
    Cedar Point giveaway
    Knex giveaway
    Biggest Loser Scale giveaway
    Sorry wasn’t sure if it was one entry each or one for all you entered so I just put them all together.
    Love your giveaways and posts as you can tell

  14. connie black says:

    I love the fact that they have a huge INDOOR water park! My kids love to swim and play in water so in the winter they are extremely bored!
    I am so glad you did this review. I have only lived in OH for 5 years so there are a lot of good hiding places I don’t know about!
    Thanks for this post!!!! 🙂

  15. Tricia Andrews says:

    I learned that a current special going on at the Banyan Leaf Spa is a manicure and martini for $30!!!

  16. Sarah Sisler says:

    Cherry Hill Lodge and CoCo Key Resorts seems like a fantastic getaway for a family! I like that it has everything you need in one place. This will be a trip we definately will have to make!

  17. marci says:

    what i like is that they have everything you could possibly need or want during your over-night stay. Such a love place, I’m only approximately 70 miles away. I would love to win this. My anniversary of 23 years is comin up, this would be the best get-a-way i could ever wish for. 🙂 Thank you for this chance!! 🙂

  18. Joanie Flaig says:

    Have never been to Cherry Valley Lodge, but we have a CoCo Key Water resort here in Cincinnati and it’s awesome! This trip would be a nice little getaway, and I would love to check out what else there is to do in the Akron area.

  19. Sarah Hirsch says:

    that looks great! I would love to go and bring my family.
    Something else that looks nice about Cherry Valley is the Banyan Leaf Spa (although on a family vacay there wouldn’t be an opportunity for me to use it)

  20. Steph S says:

    I love the location of the Cherry Valley Lodge! I’m always looking for an excuse to go to Columbus, and this would be a great reason!

  21. Courtney Wood says:

    My family went for a weekend stay in June to CoCo Key @ Cherry Valley Lodge. We had an amazing time! My 4y/o loved it! We have visited all of the indoor water parks in Ohio and thus by far is the best for a family with little children! CAN”T WAIT TO GO BACK!!

  22. Donna says:

    The lodge looks absolutely beautiful. This would be a great family getaway! I never heard of this place before, Thanks Posting the info!

  23. Cindy says:

    You are welcome, Lauren. It is much smaller than the big named places in Sandusky but the price tag is a lot smaller too. I feel like for young kids between ages of 3-10, this is a great choice. Their family packages are super priced too. Just be warned that the deal days are way too busy and it is smaller than GWL, etc.

  24. Lauren Presutti says:

    I was so excited to read this, we have never heard of this place and are very anxious to give it a try. Especially since our only experience with an indoor park was up in Sandusky (which we had a great time and the kids STILL talk about going back) but I love all that this has to offer for a lot less, thanks for posting this and just introducing it to us period!:-)

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