Cedar Fair expands hotel footprint with Ohio resort acquisition

Cedar Fair plans on upgrading and modernizing Sawmill Creek Resort's facilities and infrastructure over the next two years. Photo credit: Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. (Sawmill Creek Resort Golf Course)
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., most known for its Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, has acquired the nearby Sawmill Creek Resort from owner Greg Hill. The addition of the property’s 236 guestrooms brings the company’s room count to more than 2,300.

The 235-acre resort is located in Huron, Ohio, and includes 28 acres of Lake Erie waterfront. The property features a conference center, three restaurants, an 18-hole golf course and club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and retail space. It is located less than 15 minutes from Cedar Point. Cedar Fair plans on upgrading and modernizing the resort’s facilities and infrastructure, with work to be completed during the next two years.

“We are excited about the opportunity to add Sawmill Creek to our growing portfolio of resort properties serving Cedar Point, Cedar Point Shores Waterpark and the Cedar Point Sports Center, which is currently being expanded to include an indoor sports facility,” Richard Zimmermann, CEO/president of Cedar Fair, said in a statement. “Along with Hotel Breakers, Cedar Point’s Express Hotel, Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort and Lighthouse Point, Sawmill Creek’s 236-room resort lodge strengthens both Cedar Point’s and the Sandusky area’s appeal as a unique and adventurous vacation destination.”

Cedar Fair is currently developing two new hotels adjacent to two of its other amusement parks: a SpringHill Suites by Marriott near its Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, N.C., and a Hyatt-branded hotel on the site of its Canada’s Wonderland amusement park near Toronto in Vaughan, Ontario.

Cedar Fair owns and operates 11 amusement parks, including its flagship park Cedar Point, four outdoor water parks and one indoor water park. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Ontario. It also operates an additional theme park in California under a management contract.