Oakwood Resort: A quick weekend getaway

Last weekend Mark and I took a quick trip up to Northern Indiana. We stayed at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, IN. The resort is on Lake Wawasee, and it is exactly what we needed for a quick weekend away.

The stay was actually my Valentine's Day gift, but this was the first weekend we could get away. I was pretty excited to get out of dodge for even just a night.

The resort has spacious rooms, and even those with a courtyard view still had pretty amazing views.  Each room has a Keurig (seriously) and a mini fridge. The grounds were clean and beautiful. It was great to be able to walk around and enjoy the scenery.


Okay...the on site chapel was a little creepy


We enjoyed walking on some of the paths around the resort, and just sitting lakeside for the afternoon. 

We opted to eat at the onsite restaurant, but there are other options in town.  That being said, we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. At check in the reccomended we call and reserve a table. They thankfully still had seats when I called. I had the best mac and cheese ever (It had pulled pork and caramelized onions...and it was delicious). Mark had one of their BBQ burgers and fries (which was also delicious...and I had a pecan bourbon milkshake.
It was marvelous. 

Later in the evening we stopped by the bar for drinks. Drinks were decently priced, the bartenders were attentive and they had live music. Most of the people in the bar area were actually locals, so that was a fun change. 

The next morning we were back at the restaurant for their Easter Brunch. It was awesome. Prime Rib. Ham, Cajun Eggs Benedict, crab fingers, shrimp cocktail, an omelette station and that is just some of the offerings. I had made our reservation well in advance (I was researching the resort after we had booked the trip in February), and I am glad we did. The place was booked solid all morning.  A good number of the people enjoying brunch were actually locals. 

Check out is at 11:00, but since we were doing brunch, they let us have a noon check out. We weren't rushed at all. After check out we enjoyed the view from some adirondack chairs by the lake before heading out. 

Things to know

  1. The staff was very professional and accommodating. 
  2. They have a little beach area, a dock and boat slips that I'm sure are used heavily in the summer
  3. They do their own lake tours in the peak season
  4. They open up the bar to the waterfront during peak season.
  5. They are pet friendly. We did not take Lily and Tank with us, but we did ask what their definition of "pet friendly" is (some places require you to bring kennels...which we do anyway, some only let you leave the dogs in the room for 15 minutes alone, some will charge you a fee if the dog is in the bed etc). They charge a $25 per night fee for dogs. The dogs are allowed on the beds and furniture. You can bring a kennel if you want but it is not required.  We saw at least 2 families that had their dogs with them during our stay. 

We plan to return in the fall...possibly with the bassets.

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