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How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Party at Oakwood Resort

Everything You Need to Have a Great Time with Your Bridal Party Your bachelorette party should be a time to goof off and recenter with your best girlfriends as you take a break from planning your wedding. Getting married can be an expensive, stressful ordeal, and you deserve some quality rest and relaxation. Taking a trip will help you take your mind off the wedding for a few days as you catch up with your friends. You can get away…

How to Keep Workers Productive on a Corporate Retreat

Tips for Managing Your Employees in a New Work Environment Taking your employees on a corporate retreat is a great way to rebuild your team’s camaraderie after months of working remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic upended traditional corporate life for thousands of companies, and now many of them are trying to bring their teams back onsite. Lots of companies have also had to hire new workers recently as the competition for talent heats up across the market. A corporate retreat can…

How to Take the Stress Out of Your Next Summer Vacation

Find Lodging or a Resort That Will Take Care of Your Every Need Taking a vacation is often more stressful than we realize. It’s easy to book a trip but getting through a trip is often easier said than done. That’s why you often hear the phrase, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” Getting to and from your destination requires planning and research. You will also need to find food and fun things to do when you arrive the…

How to Stay in Touch with Your Bridesmaids in the Lead Up to Your Bachelorette Party

Keep Everyone on the Same Page to Make the Most of Your Time Together at Oakwood Resort Putting together a bachelorette party can be overwhelming, especially when you’re in the middle of planning a wedding. This is supposed to be a relaxing time for you and your best girlfriends, some of whom you probably haven’t seen in years. Getting together with everyone requires planning and constant communication. Your plans could easily change at the last minute, and you need to…

Breakfast Buffet Returns June 25th, 2022!

The professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant has created a special breakfast buffet available Saturday and Sunday mornings to both local residents and hotel guests.  The bountiful buffet will be served from 8:00am until 11:00am Saturday and Sunday mornings all summer long! An extensive array of delicious items will be featured on the weekend breakfast buffet.  There will be our staples, of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, build your own omelet station, cinnamon…

July Entertainment 2022

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New Summer Brunch Menu at The Pier & Back Porch

Our new brunch menu is fresh, hot and made to order. We will be featuring all of your favorites, some with a twist. If you are in the mood for something different, we will be featuring some exciting new signature dishes, only available at The Pier and Back Porch. Start your weekend off right, come and join us for our new summer brunch menu from 8-11 every Saturday and Sunday!!! We are now serving at our new Bloody Mary and…

Wooden Boat Show 2022

Oakwood Resort announces they will once again serve as the host site for the Wawasee Wooden Boat Show.  The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 9:00am until 3:00pm.  There will be a Thunder Run around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, at 3:00pm for those wishing to participate but the event will not include any formal judging of the boats. Food and beverage service will be available through The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  Additionally,…

How to Stay in Shape While on Vacation

Tips for Eating Healthy and Exercising During Your Stay at Oakwood Resort Staying fit while on vacation is no easy feat. Going to another location usually means abandoning your normal routine for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, but that can lead to bad habits. You will likely have to eat out or drink more than you’re used to while on vacation, which can ruin your diet. Your day may also be packed full of activities, leaving little time for exercise.…

How to Pack for a Summer Vacation at Oakwood Resort

What to Bring When You’re Staying on Lake Wawasee in the Summer So, you’re heading out for a vacation on Lake Wawasee? Now, you just have to figure out what to pack. Oakwood Resort has everything you need to enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but you will want to bring some personal possessions along for the trip to make the most of your stay. There are so many wonderful activities to enjoy and…

June Entertainment 2022

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Summer Hours at The Pier & Back Porch

Oakwood Resort announces a seasonal change to their hours of operation at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  The published hours of operation will begin effective May 2nd, 2022. Beginning Monday, May 2nd, The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant and Bar will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Lunch hours begin at 11 am everyday. Saturday and Sunday, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is available for hotel guests and area residents from 8:00am until 11:00am. The Pier…

The Pier & Back Porch’s 2022 Summer Menus

The Pier & Back Porch has exciting news! Our brand new lunch and dinner menus are available starting May 16th, 2022. It marks the return of some old favorites as well as some exciting new appetizers and entrees. Starting May 2nd we are open 7 days a week, The Pier & Back Porch is the place to be for delicious food and a view of beautiful Lake Wawasee. Click below to view our brand new menus! Lunch Menu Dinner Menu

The Best Team Building Activities for Remote Work Teams

Bringing Your Remote Team Together? Add These Activities to Your Inventory. Remote work has changed the face of corporate America for better and for worse. Many people miss the intimacy of working together in the office, while others value the added flexibility of working from home. It helps them stay closer to their loved ones, especially when looking after a parent or child. But remote work can have its limits. Companies of all sizes bring their remote teams together at…

How to Make Sure Everyone Attends Your Next Conference

Location, Location, Location: Choosing a Conference Space for Maximum Attendance Getting everyone together for a conference for work isn’t always easy. More people are working remotely than ever before across all different types of industries. But meeting in person is still an essential component of working as a team. Regardless of why you’re putting together a conference, it’s important to choose a conference space with a convenient location, so everyone in your circle can attend without going too far out…

May Entertainment 2022

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Wawasee Oakwood Fine Arts Festival 2022

Chautauqua-Wawasee is holding the 8th annual Wawasee Oakwood Fine Arts Festival on May 28th in the park of Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana. This Festival brings together over 30 local and regional artists from around Indiana and beyond. All art has been juried to qualify for inclusion in the festival. The beautiful outdoor setting provides a family-friendly environment. Children’s activities and playground are available. Food vendors are onsite for snacks and lunch, with outside seating available. Attendance is free. Stop…

Derby Day Party 2022!

Oakwood Resort announces its Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Saturday, May 7th, 2022.  Beginning at 3:00pm, enjoy counting down to the greatest 2 minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar has created a special menu: Southern Fried Chicken with Roasted Rosemary Red Skin Potatoes, Sauteed Asparagus And Kentucky Bourbon BBQ Sauce $14 Oakwood Spicy White Chili with Garlic bread $8  …

Mother’s Day Brunch 2022

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Mother’s Day Brunch at The Pier Restaurant.  This Mother’s Day, celebrate Mom with an unforgettable buffet served Sunday, May 8th, 2022, from 11:00am until 2:30pm.  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be delighted to provide you and your family members a bountiful brunch buffet. An extensive selection that includes a wide variety of delicious menu items will be featured for the Mother’s Day Brunch.  Favorites include a smoked salmon platter,…

April Entertainment

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Easter Brunch 2022

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort invites you to our annual Easter Brunch at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant. Celebrate Easter and allow our professional and experienced culinary team provide you and your family members a delicious and bountiful brunch buffet. This year we have an abundance of exciting new mouth-watering menu items. Seating every half hour beginning at 11:00 am. The brunch will be served Sunday April 17th, 2021 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Try…

2022 Lenten Special from The Pier & Back Porch

Take advantage of our Lenten Special. A fish & chips special is available every Friday from March 4th thru April 14th, 2022 at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant.  Every Friday, from open to close, guests can enjoy beer fish & chips served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, malt vinegar, and ketchup for only $8.00! Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  Offering 79 spacious guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting…

St. Patrick’s Day Special 2022

Oakwood Resort announces their special St. Patrick’s Day dinner event at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Join us for a “We Bit O’ Fun” at our St. Patrick’s Day celebration that will be going on from March 17th thru the March 19th, 2022. Enjoy food and drink specials, like our Honey Glazed Corned Beef with cabbage and potatoes for only $14! Saturday the 19th, Todd Harrold will be providing the entertainment, From 7pm until 10pm! Reservations are…

March Entertainment

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February Entertainment

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Valentine’s Special 2022!

Oakwood Resort is excited to introduce its chef-created Valentine’s Dinner menu for The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Celebrate with your sweetheart and enjoy an elegant dining experience.  The talented Culinary Team at The Pier Restaurant will create and offer a special feature specifically for you and your special someone.  Dinner includes a soup or salad appetizer, entrée, and dessert for two accompanied by a complimentary bottle of house wine.   Available for $95.00 per couple (exclusive of tax and gratuity), overnight…

January Entertainment

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The Pier & Back Porch Winter Closure

The Pier & Back Porch will be closed from 11 a.m. Dec. 19th, 2021 until 4 p.m. Dec. 31st, 2021 then we will be closed from 11:00 am Jan. 1st until we resume our normal business hours on January 4th, 2022. We appreciate your understanding while our restaurant is closed. Allowing our associates to spend time with their families – particularly at this time of the year – is something that’s very important to us. We look forward to serving…

December Entertainment

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Breakfast with Santa Book Reading at Oakwood!

Indiana author and illustrator, Kathleen Petitjean, will be presenting her award-winning book, The ABC of DOG: Essential Manners for Good Dogs on a Friendly Planet. Inspired by her and her therapy dog’s work with children with special needs, The ABC of DOG is “an everybody’s book disguised as a children’s book.” Its timeless messages of kindness resonate with all ages, abilities and walks of life. Kathleen will be leading a group-participation book reading and activity throughout the morning. She will…

New Year’s Eve 2021!

Wondering what to do to ring in the New Year? Come stay with us at the Oakwood Resort and take advantage of this great offer! You must make your reservations by Dec. 24, 2021 call 574-457-7100, or email us at info@oakwoodresort.com to book your stay. $25 Restaurant gift card valid only on December 31st, 2021 Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  Offering 79 spacious guest rooms, 35,000 square feet…

November Entertainment

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Old Fashioned Christmas 2021

It’s time for the Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration Looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity? Chautauqua’s Old Fashioned Christmas is the answer. After Thanksgiving’s turkey stupor, on Saturday, November 27, come to Oakwood Resort in Syracuse. Yes, Santa will be there with his reindeer, and yes, you can pet them! Enjoy the Live Nativity and Sleigh Rides …and, of course, the Big Tree Lighting. The popular reading of the Christmas story from the Bible at the historic Oakwood Chapel…

Breakfast with Santa 2021

The Pier & Back Porch culinary team will provide you and your family members’ a delicious array of favorite items on Saturday, December 18th, 2021.  An extensive selection of delicious menu items will be featured during breakfast.  Scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage and a parfait station will be featured along with a top your own pancake station for the children in attendance.  A wide assortment of special toppings will be available and children are invited to top their…

Check Out The Pier & Back Porch’s New Fall/Winter Menu

  This menu takes effect October 12th, 2021

Halloween 2021 at The Pier & Back Porch

  Saturday October 30th is the Halloween Party at The Pier & Back Porch. Live entertainment by Joe & Sue, food and drink specials as well as prizes to give away. Make your plans now, we can’t wait to see you there!⁠

Getaway to Oakwood Resort and Save 25%

Need a getaway? Plan a trip to Oakwood Resort on beautiful Lake Wawasee. Book a two-night stay with us, anytime from now until 12/30/2021 and receive a 25% off your stay. Simply visit www.oakwoodresort.com, book your stay using the promo code “Save 25”, and enjoy all that Oakwood Resort has to offer! Call 574-457-7100 to make your reservation today!

Weeknight Specials at The Pier & Back Porch

Oakwood Resort announces the fall and winter weekday specials at The Pier Restaurant and Bar. Launching immediately, a budget-friendly menu that is available from Tuesday through Friday evenings all fall/winter long. Stop on in to enjoy these delicious meals at special prices. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at The Pier & Back Porch. Come hand pick your own taco selection which includes 2 tacos, rice and beans, and chips and salsa for just $8.00! Every Wednesday is Build your own…

Fall/Winter Hours at The Pier & Back Porch

Starting October 5th, The Pier & Back Porch will be changing to their fall/winter hours.

October Entertainment

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Thanksgiving Day Buffet 2021

An extensive selection of traditional menu options (with some exciting new additions) will be featured on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Priced at $32 for adults, $16 for children aged 5 to 12 and free for children under 5, guests are strongly encouraged to secure their reservations early by calling (574) 457-8700. Guests can also enjoy two carving stations that will feature both turkey and prime rib.  An array of traditional side dishes such as sweet potato casserole and green bean…

Updated Raw Bar Hours

**Attention** Starting Monday 9/13/2021, the raw bar, at The Pier & Back Porch will be closed Monday thru Thursday. You can still enjoy all of your favorites on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays!

New Hours for The Pier & Back Porch Effective 8/23/2021

Oakwood Resort announces a seasonal change to their hours of operation at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant. The published hours of operation will begin effective August 23rd, 2021. Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  Offering 79 spacious guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a waterfront restaurant, and the Oakwood Coffee & Creamery. Our 27-acre resort has become a premier northern Indiana destination for corporate clients, families…

September Entertainment

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Top Reasons to Love Summer Vacations at a Hotel

The entire reason for hotels to exist is to make guests comfortable! While some do it better than others, the best hotels in South Bend, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Houston, or anywhere else are those that make guests feel at home when they aren’t at home. There are tons of reasons to love staying in hotels, especially during vacations. Following are some of the top reasons why staying in a hotel is the best option – especially for summer vacations!…

Pier & Back Porch Updated Hours

The Pier & Back Porch will have special hours starting 8/9/2021. We have the pleasure of hosting Godfrey and Bennington again this year. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you soon! Normal hours return on 8/21/2021, Thank you!

August Entertainment

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Amazing Record-Breaking Facts About Hotels You Never Knew

Hotels have long been at the epicenter of travel for people going back thousands – yes, thousands – of years. Staying in hotels while away from home isn’t a new concept and in fact, the idea is older than people think. Some people might recall the story of the birth of Jesus, with Joseph and Mary being told there was “no room at the inn,” which might be the farthest back many people would recall a “hotel” being mentioned. However,…

Plan Now for Fall: Top 5 Things to Do in Northern Indiana

Summer has officially just begun, but there’s no better time to be thinking ahead to an amazing autumn adventure in Indiana! The state is infamous not only for its gorgeous fall color displays, but also for the abundance of festivals, celebrations, gatherings, and events that welcome the cooler weather each year. Many popular areas in Indiana, from the Indiana Dunes National State Park to Raccoon Lake to Oakwood Resort, become some of the most traveled-to destinations in the state each…

The Bag is Back!!!

The Pier & Back Porch has brought back this great offer. Buy 6 domestic beers and a cooler bag for only $15!!! Come back with the bag and get a refill of 6 domestic beers for $12. All summer long the Pier & Back Porch is the place to be!!! The Pier & Back Porch offers dining with a view, and then enjoy your favorite Starbucks™ beverage, or ice cream treat at The Oakwood Coffee & Creamery. Take in the…

July Special: 10% Off Weekday Nights at Oakwood Resort

Plan a day trip to Oakwood Resort on beautiful Lake Wawasee. Book a one-night stay with us, Sunday thru Thursday night, during the month of July 2021, and save 10% off your room! Just book your stay at OakwoodResort.com and type the promo code “JULY21” to take advantage of this great offer! The Pier & Back Porch offers dining with a view, and then enjoy your favorite Starbucks™ beverage, or ice cream treat at The Oakwood Coffee & Creamery. Take…

July Entertainment

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Tips for Planning a Family Reunion Near South Bend, IN

The idea of bringing all of your family members together in one location to reminisce about long-forgotten memories and to make new ones can be an exciting one! However, the task of putting together such an event and finding a great location for a reunion can be a daunting one. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be, though! There are some excellent tried-and-true tips, suggestions, and pieces of advice you should follow in order to make the…

The Wagon Wheel Orchestra Patriotic Pops Concert

Sponsored by Chautauqua-Wawasee, join us on the lawn in front of the gazebo on the shores of Lake Wawasee on Sunday, June 27, 2021 for a family friendly event – come by boat or bring your chairs, blanket, family, and friends! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Chautauqua-Wawasee at 574-377-7543 or email info@chautauquawawasee.org

How to Plan a Wedding Post-COVID-19

Looking for the Perfect Wedding Venue? Keep These Tips in Mind The pandemic has changed virtually every aspect of our lives, including weddings. The desire to get married can be overwhelming even if it means planning a major get-together in the middle of a pandemic. Luckily, the worst appears to be over, at least here in the U.S. But event planning isn’t what it used to be. Some people may still be reluctant to travel or see their loved ones,…

Weekday Getaway Special June 2021

Need a getaway? Plan a day trip to Oakwood Resort on beautiful Lake Wawasee. Book a one-night stay with us, Sunday thru Thursday night, during the month of June 2021 at these special rates and receive a $25 gift card to The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant. The Pier & Back Porch offers dining with a view, and then enjoy your favorite Starbucks™ beverage, or ice cream treat at The Oakwood Coffee & Creamery. Take in the natural beauty around…

June Entertainment

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Wooden Boat Show 2021

Oakwood Resort announces they will once again serve as the host site for the Wawasee Wooden Boat Show.  The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  There will be a Thunder Run around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, at 3:00pm for those wishing to participate but the event will not include any formal judging of the boats. Food and beverage service will be available through The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  Additionally,…

Taps Across the Water at Dusk

The Syracuse American Legion and Chautauqua-Wawasee are so proud to be able to present “Taps Across the Water at Dusk”, and we hope to see you there! Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  Offering 79 spacious guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a waterfront restaurant, and the Oakwood Coffee & Creamery. Our 27-acre resort has become a premier northern Indiana destination for corporate clients, families and leisure…

Oakwood Fine Arts Festival 2021

We hope you come and visit the annual Oakwood Fine Arts Festival, sponsored by Chatauqua-Wawasee on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9am – 4pm.  This annual family-friendly event brings artists from around the area and gives the lake community the opportunity to experience Fine Art in an up-close and personal, yet casual outdoor setting.  For more information, please contact Chautauqua-Wawasee at 574-377-7543 or email info@chautauquawawasee.org Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest…

3 Things to Include in Your Next Training Seminar

How to Organize the Ultimate Corporate Learning Retreat Times are changing, and your employees and colleagues should never stop learning. Continuing education is the key to success in life and business. Regardless of what field you call home, now’s the time to host a corporate learning retreat. The pandemic has changed the nature of work. Most people have been physically isolated from one another for months, leading to new trends that have put some out of business and brought record…

Derby Day at The Pier & Back Porch

Oakwood Resort announces its 8th Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Saturday, May 1st, 2021.  Beginning at 1:00pm until 6:00pm, enjoy counting down to the greatest 2 minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar has created a special menu: Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich: Smoked Turkey Breast, Ham, Mornay Sauce, Tomato, Bacon, Texas toast (Two Slices open Face) $12 Oakwood Spicy White Chili with…

Book the Premier Event Venue in Indiana for Your Next Gathering

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic looks to be winding down, thankfully, many people are looking ahead to resuming plans for all kinds of events – weddings, showers, reunions, corporate conventions and retreats, and more. Furthermore, spring is here, which means that it’s the perfect time to make plans for those events, and when it comes to planning and making reservations, the earlier the better! When you begin planning for your event, regardless of what type of event it is, you’ll…

Tiki Bar Opening Soon!

We have exciting news to share with you. The Tiki Bar at The Pier & Back Porch will be opening soon!  You will again be able to order all of your favorite food and drinks while enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Wawasee!

Weekend Breakfast Buffet Returns June 5th, 2021

  The professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant has created a special breakfast buffet available Saturday and Sunday mornings to both local residents and hotel guests.  The bountiful buffet will be served from 8:00am until 11:00am Saturday and Sunday mornings all summer long! An extensive array of delicious items will be featured on the weekend breakfast buffet.  There will our staples, of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, build your own omelet station, cinnamon…

The Pier & Back Porch New Summer Menus

The Pier & Back Porch has exciting news! Our brand new lunch and dinner menus are available starting May 3rd, 2021. It marks the return of some old favorites as well as some exciting new appetizers and entrees. Open 7 days a week, The Pier & Back Porch is the place to be for delicious food and a view of beautiful Lake Wawasee. Click below to view our brand new menus! Lunch Menu Dinner Menu

May Entertainment

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Have You Experienced the Oakwood Coffee & Creamery Yet?

Whether you’re planning your first trip to stay at Oakwood Resort or you’re getting plans to travel here for your annual visit with us, make sure that your plans include our new Oakwood Coffee & Creamery shop! The Coffee & Creamery has a huge menu that’s full of treats, sweets, snacks, pick-me-ups, and even sandwiches and light menu items. The shop is an authorized purveyor of Starbucks™ coffee, too – that means you can order the best Starbucks™ has to…

The Pier & Back Porch Expanded Spring Hours

Oakwood Resort announces a seasonal change to their hours of operation at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  The published hours of operation will begin effective April 5th, 2021. Beginning Monday, April 5th, The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant and Bar will be open from 7:00am until 10:00am for hotel guests to enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast.  Saturday and Sunday, a made to order breakfast is available for hotel guests and area residents from 8:00am until 11:00am. The Pier Bar is…

Mother’s Day Buffet 2021

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Mother’s Day Brunch at The Pier Restaurant.  This Mother’s Day, celebrate the family matriarch with an unforgettable buffet served Sunday, May 9th, 2021, from 11:00am until 4:00pm.  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be delighted to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet. An extensive selection that includes a wide variety of delicious menu items will be featured for the Mother’s Day Brunch.  Favorites include a smoked…

The Pier & Back Porch Summer Hours: Effective May 3rd, 2021

Oakwood Resort announces a seasonal change to their hours of operation at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  The published hours of operation will begin effective May 3, 2021. Beginning Monday, May 3rd, The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant and Bar will be open from 7:00am until 10:00am for hotel guests to enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast.  Saturday and Sunday, Made to order breakfast is available for hotel guests and area residents from 8:00am until 11:00am. The lunch menu will…

What to Look for in a Great Banquet Hall or Event Venue Near Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Event planning – regardless of what kind of event it’s for – often begins with choosing an event venue. The location of where your event will take place is going to impact everything about the occasion, from who is able to attend to activities that will be available to food and drink that will be enjoyed. Whether you’re planning a corporate retreat, family reunion, wedding, bridal shower, or any other event, Oakwood Resort has the perfect space for you. Choosing…

Spring Savings From Oakwood Resort

We are welcoming spring at Oakwood Resort. Check out this great deal we have for you! This is a limited time offer and ends on April 30th, 2021. Don’t miss out, make your reservations today!

Warsaw, Indiana Events Venue & Banquet Hall at Oakwood Resort

Are you looking for a great event venue near Warsaw, Ft. Wayne, and South Bend? The banquet halls at Oakwood Resort have more than sufficient space to accommodate your guests and still leave enough room to move around. Space, however, is just one of the many finer points of Oakwood Resort. So, look no further if you’re in the market for a Warsaw, Indiana events venue and banquet hall. Oakwood Resort is near Warsaw, Goshen, South Bend, and Ft. Wayne…

April Entertainment

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Upcoming Spring Events at Oakwood Resort

Finding things to do near South Bend and close to Ft. Wayne, Goshen, Warsaw, and even Chicago is easy, thanks to the exciting spring calendar at Oakwood Resort. From live entertainment just a couple hours’ drive from Chicago to dining specials and fun activities less than an hour from South Bend, Oakwood Resort has something for everyone this spring! Our very own restaurant, The Pier & Back Porch, is situated right on Lake Wawasee, and is a popular destination for…

Igloo Dining at The Pier & Back Porch

Exciting news from Oakwood Resort and The Pier & Back Porch. Igloo Dining is now available! Enjoy Lakeside dining year-round with us! Visit us at oakwoodresort.com/igloo-dining. Times are limited, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply, visit www.oakwoodresort.com for full details.

How to Choose an Event Venue for Your Next Corporate Retreat

Tips and Tricks for Choosing the Best Location for Your Team Businesses large and small are looking for ways to keep their teams together during the coronavirus pandemic. Working from home has its benefits, but many companies depend on in-person interaction as a part of their operations. After a long year of being stuck at home, it may be time to bring your workers together for a corporate retreat; but planning an in-person get-together during a pandemic can be tricky.…

2021 Lenten Special at The Pier & Back Porch

Don’t forget to take advantage of our Friday fish & chips special available for lunch and dinner during Lent at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant.  Every Friday, from open to close, guests can enjoy beer fish & chips served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, malt vinegar, and ketchup for only $8.00! Oakwood Resort is beautifully positioned in Syracuse on the edge of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  Offering 79 spacious guest rooms, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, a…

Easter Brunch 2021

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort invites you to our annual Easter Brunch at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant. Celebrate Easter and allow our professional and experienced culinary team provide you and your family members a delicious and bountiful brunch buffet. The brunch will be served Sunday, April 4th, 2021, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. An extensive selection of mouth-watering menu items will be featured for the Easter Brunch. Try some of our one-of-a-kind entrees, such…

March Entertainment

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Why Your Team Needs a Corporate Retreat Now More Than Ever

Get Your Employees Back on Track with Team Building Activities Corporate life may never be the same again. The coronavirus pandemic has upended office life for millions of Americans all over the country. Many companies have had to suspend in-person operations as a way of limiting the spread of COVID-19, but some companies are better suited to remote work than others. If your employees have been stuck at home for the last year, consider planning a corporate retreat to bring…

Must-Know Info about Planning Your Corporate Event near South Bend, IN

Organizing any type of corporate event, company retreat, or conference is no easy task. However, this guide aims to simplify that task and take a good portion of the stress out of the event planning. Many events for companies, businesses, and corporations are geared toward sharing company strategies, projections, plans, ideas, and changes – they can also have the goal of improving relations between employees as well. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much present, it doesn’t have to…

February Entertainment

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Wedding Etiquette Tips: What to Forget and What to Follow Before Your Big Day at a Wedding Venue near South Bend or Ft. Wayne

Getting married is big – huge! It’s one of the most important decisions anyone can make in their lives and as such, there are many “rules” that have been set up over the years that every bride and groom should follow…or not! Before you arrive for the big day at your event venue near Warsaw, Indiana, you should know that your actions before your big day will affect your wedding day, including relationships after it’s all done. Following are some…

Start off 2021 with a stay at Oakwood Resort

Happy New Year from Oakwood Resort. In honor of the arrival of 2021, we have a special offer for you!  Book a stay of 3 or more consecutive nights and you will receive up to 21% off your stay.  Make your reservation with us and stay with us between now and March 30th, 2021 to receive this special discount. For details or if you have any questions about this offer, contact us at OakwoodResort.com or call us at 574-457-7100.

What’s New at Oakwood Resort for January 2021?

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the fun stops at Oakwood Resort! Our hotel near South Bend is keeping the fun and excitement going all season long – even if you’re far away from us right now. From our new online gift shop and new to-go specials from our restaurant to special packages and more, we’ve got a vast array of things to look forward to this winter right here at Oakwood. Following are just a handful of things to…

January To-Go Special from The Pier & Back Porch

In celebration of the arrival of 2021, The Pier & Back Porch is proud to announce a take out special for the entire month of January. Call us and order your favorites from us to go and receive 10% off your order. Call 574-457-8700 to place your order and save! Offer valid through Jan. 31st, 2021

Valentine’s Special 2021!

Oakwood Resort is excited to introduce its chef-created Valentine’s Dinner menu for The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Celebrate with your sweetheart and enjoy an elegant dining experience.  The talented Culinary Team at The Pier Restaurant will create and offer a special feature specifically for you and your special someone.  Dinner includes a salad appetizer, entrée, and dessert for two accompanied by 2 complimentary glasses of wine.   Available for $90.00 per couple (exclusive of tax and gratuity), overnight accommodations beginning at…

January Entertainment

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The Pier & Back Porch Winter Closure

Pier & Back Porch will be closed from 11p.m. Dec. 19th, 2020 until 4 p.m. Dec. 31st, 2020 then we will be closed from Jan. 1st until January 5th, 2021 We appreciate your understanding while our restaurant is closed. Allowing our associates to spend time with their families – particularly at this time of the year – is something that’s very important to us. We look forward to serving you soon!

Top Things to do Near South Bend in Spring 2021

Spring will be in bloom before too long, and it’s always a good idea to get plans in order ahead of time when planning a getaway. Whether you’re considering a couple’s weekend getaway, a family vacation, or even a corporate retreat, the entire area, from South Bend to Ft. Wayne to Warsaw and beyond, is never without plenty of things to do and see in the spring – or any time of the year, for that matter. Despite the COVID-19…

Oakwood’s New Online Gift Shop

Big Announcement! Oakwood has added a gift shop to our website. We’re super excited to announce the launch of our new online gift shop! It’s now easier than ever to browse your favorite Oakwood clothing and products and have them delivered right to your door. You can also stay up to date with new products, as well as taking advantage of special online-only offers. Get 20% off your first order! Simply place your order by December 18th, 2020 and enter…

December Entertainment

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Winter Special at Oakwood

Check out this great deal! Book a two-night stay with us and receive HALF OFF the second night! Call us at 574-457-7100 to book your stay today!

Fall Family Fun at Oakwood Resort near South Bend

One of the best features of our incredible Indiana hotel and resort here at Oakwood is our impressive variety of activities available throughout the entire year – without even having to leave our grounds! No matter what your go-to is when it comes to entertainment, dining, physical activity, or relaxation, Oakwood Resort offers some of the best ways to unwind, reconnect, and enjoy every minute of your getaway. We are the ideal destination for any trip away from home; Oakwood…

New Year’s Eve 2020!

Wondering what to do to ring in the New Year? Come stay with us at the Oakwood Resort and take advantage of this great offer! You must make your reservations by Dec. 24, 2020 call 574-457-7100 to book your stay. $25 Restaurant gift card valid only on December 31st

Update: Old Fashioned Christmas has been Canceled

While we know the true meaning of Christmas isn’t about presents and parties, we are still a bit sad to make this announcement.  With the increase of COVID 19 cases county and statewide, our organizers of the Old Fashioned Christmas, have decided it is in the best interest of all who would attend to cancel this year’s event. For any further questions about this announcement please contact Chautaqua-Wawassee at www.chqw.org or on Facebook @ChautaquaWawasee  

Can a Corporate Retreat Help You Grow Your Business?

While every company owner in existence is focused on facets of business like increasing revenue, improving the bottom line, and expanding their footprint in their respective markets or niches, it’s also just as critical – if not more so – that they focus on their employees. Employees who know they are valued, appreciated, comfortable, and satisfied with wages and benefits are far more likely to really care about improving the profit margins and growth for the business they work for.…

2nd Annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Oakwood

For those looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity, Chautauqua-Wawasee, along with the Syracuse Parks Department and Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, plan the 2nd annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Oakwood Resort for November 28, from 6:00 to 8:00. The celebration is open to the public, free of charge, no registration is required. The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Oakwood Resort, with activities starting at 6:00 around the tree near the Oakwood Inn. Wawasee High School…

Upcoming Holiday Events at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse

If you’re searching for a hotel near South Bend, Fort Wayne, or Shipshewana that has plenty of fall and winter activities planned, you don’t need to look further than Oakwood Resort. While it’s important to remain vigilant in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, it’s also important on a different level to still enjoy events, each other, and experiences – safely. Unfortunately, many companies, organizations, and businesses have had to cancel various events for the remainder of the year…

Comedy Night at The Pier & Back Porch

Each Friday night from now until Dec. 4th, 2020 The Pier & Back Porch and the Fort Wayne Comedy Club present Comedy Night! Come enjoy food and drink specials while watching some of the funniest stand-up comics around. Call and make your reservations today at (574)457-8700 or (574)457-7100  

New Breakfast Menu at The Pier & Back Porch

Our new breakfast menu is fresh, hot and made to order. We will be featuring all of your favorites, some with a twist. If you are in the mood for something different, we will be featuring some exciting new signature dishes, only available at The Pier and Back Porch. Start your weekend off right, come and join us!

Planning Your Event During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Even though things are very different this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to postpone or cancel your plans for a great event! Whether it’s a wedding, corporate retreat, family reunion, or holiday party, you can still host a memorable day your attendees will remember forever. The key is to be careful, follow guidelines, and book your event at Oakwood Resort. Oakwood knows how important it is that you and your guests remain safe;…

Why So Many Companies Choose Oakwood for Corporate Retreats

Company retreats, corporate outings, conferences, and company meetings in Syracuse are some of the most common events that regularly take place at Oakwood Resort. We have a variety of event venue options available that are perfect for groups of all sizes, from small board meetings to corporate holiday parties, conventions, and more. Your company event is important, and we know that you want it to be one to remember! Our venue options ensure that your event will be nothing short…

November Entertainment

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Breakfast with Santa 2020

The Pier & Back Porch culinary team will provide you and your family members’ a delicious array of favorite items on Saturday, December 19, 2020 An extensive selection of delicious menu items will be featured during breakfast.  Scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage and a parfait station will be featured along with a top your own pancake station for the children in attendance.  A wide assortment of special toppings will be available and children are invited to top their…

Fall Festivals and Activities near Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, IN

There is never a lack of activities, festivals, and opportunities for fun when guests stay with us at Oakwood Resort! No matter what time of year it is, there is always something enjoyable to refresh and revitalize your zest for life. With autumn having finally arrived, now is the perfect time to plan things to do in Syracuse. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many amazing events scheduled – and all are planned with everyone’s safety as top priority.…

New Menu Starting October 5th!

With our new hours comes our exciting new winter menu! Some of your favorites return as well as some exciting new entrees! Download our full menu!  

Weeknight Specials

Come enjoy these delicious meals at these amazing prices.  Weeknight Specials starting Oct. 5th

Thanksgiving Day Buffet 2020

An extensive selection of traditional menu options (with our take on a few new items) will be featured on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Priced at $32 for adults, $16 for children aged 5 to 12 and free for children under 5, guests are strongly encouraged to secure their reservations early by calling (574) 457-8700. Guests can also enjoy two carving stations that will feature both turkey and prime rib.  An array of traditional side dishes such as sweet potato casserole…

5 Facts You Didn’t Know about Oakwood Resort

You may already know that Oakwood Resort is a hotel in the South Bend/Goshen/Ft. Wayne area that is steeped in history, but there are many things you probably don’t know about us, too! We’ve worked hard over many decades to earn our reputation as one of the best hotels in Indiana, and we invite you to come and experience our resort for yourself! Below are some things you may not know about Oakwood Resort: 1. Oakwood Resort Has Won Multiple…

Farwell To Summer Special

Check out this great deal! Book a two-night stay with us and receive HALF OFF the second night! Call us at 574-457-7100 to book your stay today!  

Readers Choice Awards Best Hotel in Fort Wayne.

Readers Choice Award 2020. Best Hotel

Halloween Party at The Pier & Back Porch!

On Saturday, October 31st come party with us this Halloween, Live entertainment provided by Double Gemini, as well as food and drink specials all night long! There will be costume contests with prizes awarded for the best ones!

Fall/Winter Hours 2020/2021

October Entertainment

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Derby Day

                      The Exacta Box Drink Menu is here.                 All Prizes sponsored today by Woodford the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.               First Prize Purse for Best Dressed!                 First Prize Purse for Best Hat!  

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September Entertainment

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Derby Day Party at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar

  Oakwood Resort announces its 7th Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Saturday, Sept 5th, 2020.  Beginning at 1:00pm until 6:00pm, enjoy counting down to the greatest 2 minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar has created a special menu: Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich: Smoked Turkey Breast, Ham, Mornay Sauce, Tomato, Bacon, Texas toast (Two Slices open Face) $12 Oakwood Spicy White Chili…

The Pier & Back Porch Summer Hours

Oakwood Fine Arts Festival

Come join us for the Annual Oakwood Fine Arts Festival, presented by Chautauqua-Wawasee on Aug. 15th! The Oakwood Fine Art Festival is still on! There is a minor change, however. In light of the Governor’s recent announcement, we would like to make you aware that masks now MUST be worn. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to review the Governor’s order, please visit the website below. https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm We are all very excited to see you there!…

August Entertainment

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“Best Hotel” Vote Now

Once again, we’ve been nominated for the ! Please scan the QR code and vote for us! We truly appreciate the honor of serving you, and we look forward to seeing you real soon! #oakwoodresort

Covid 19 Update

Update to capacity Via the Governor of the state of Indiana Orders.

Full Blog post Testimonial

We recently stayed at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana, and had an amazing time! We were looking for a ‘getaway’ from home for a few days that was kid-friendly, but with some fun perks for mom and dad as well.  Oakwood definitely checked both of those boxes! Full Blog post Testimonial

July Entertainment

Tiki Bar at The Pier & Back Porch…

We have exciting news to share with you. We have added a tiki bar to our brand new floating docks. You will be able to order all of your favorites while enjoying the beautiful views of Lake Wawasee!  

The Pier & Back Porch Back on Track Plan

Here is the reopen schedule for the Pier & Back Porch.

Unforgettable

I normally do not post reviews of anything, but the Thanksgiving Buffet we had today was unforgettable. The ambiance of the solarium where we were seated was just perfect, with a lovely view out the tall windows overlooking Lake Wawasee . The food magnificent. All the Thanksgiving favorites were there, and the carrot cake and pumpkin pie for dessert, were the best. The wait staff was very attentive and responsive to all our requests. We are from Fort Wayne and…

Most Wonderful Weekend

Just spent the most wonderful weekend at Oakwood Resort. I goofed up my dates for my sister’s birthday day weekend but they were able to find a room for us. Loved the room! Beds were sooooooooo comfortable. We slept great! Dinner at The Pier was amazing. The Beef and Reef had a steak that melted in your mouth.Since the spa was busy Sat, we scheduled massages on Sun. There was only 1 masseur on schedule but they had one on…

Loved this Place

I loved this place. We attended a wedding here in May. This place is right on a lake with a beautiful view every way you look. It’s quite and peaceful. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable. I loved the beds! Never slept that well on a trip. The staff all of them were extremely friendly and helpful. This would be a great place to go on a get away weekend. Highly recommended!…I’ve never slept so well on a trip!…

Thank you again

We wanted to say THANK YOU again for the time, patience, and help you put into making our wedding day absolutely perfect!  The little things helped us feel very cared for.  We will always cherish the memories! We will always cherish the memories. Bride & Groom, September 2017

Christmas Party

I attended a company Christmas party at the resort.  The staff was attentive and very professional.  The food served was amazing.  Everything was clean and decorations were beautiful. Matt, December 2017

Amazing

Amazing find!  We happened upon this place looking for a quiet, romantic spot for our anniversary.  We were not disappointed. The staff was so friendly and went above and beyond to make our stay special. The room and view were so comfy and romantic; just what we had hoped for! What a great place!Can’t say enough positive things about it.A quiet, romantic spot for our Anniversary.Jennifer, November 2017

Beautiful Place

Upon arrival, we were taken aback by how beautiful this place was. Check-in was such a pleasant experience because the staff was beyond friendly. Once we got to our room, we were amazed at how tastefully done and clean it was. I have to mention the bed as well… SO comfortable! The view was spectacular and the food at the restaurant was beyond amazing!  We were sad to leave and seriously considered just moving in. Sad to leave and considered…

June Entertainment

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Fine Arts Festival 2020

  Come and join us at the annual Oakwood Fine Arts Festival, sponsored by Chatauqua-Wawasee on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10am – 5pm.  This annual family-friendly event brings artists from around the area and gives the lake community the opportunity to experience Fine Art in an up-close and personal, yet casual outdoor setting. For any questions about the event, or being a vendor please contact: Oakwood Fine Arts Festival 702 East Lake View Road, Suite 100, Syracuse, Indiana 46567…

COVID-19 Carry out Hours

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are restricting our restaurant hours. We will be open for carry-out and online ordering during these times. Call us at 574-457-8700 or Order online at: www.toasttab.com/the-pier-back-porch

May Entertainment

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April Entertainment

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Top 5 Bars Near Ft. Wayne, Indiana

The vibe of any city can almost always be revealed in the personalities of its most popular pubs, bars, clubs, and taverns. Whether the top watering holes offer food into the wee hours of morning or not, it’s the selection of beers, wines, mixed drinks, and cocktails that almost always really gets any party going. Ft. Wayne, Indiana bars are some of the best in the country, and when you also include the top bars in the surrounding areas, the…

Plan a Girls’ Weekend in Syracuse, Indiana

Any time you can take a vacation – or even just a weekend getaway – is sure to be a good time full of memorable experiences. While any girls’ weekend near Goshen or Ft. Wayne is bound to be a good one, being able to collect your gal pals and leave the world behind calls for a special kind of trip. And it all begins with the hotel you choose as your “home base” for the weekend. As one of…

March Entertainment

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Easter Brunch 2020

  Oakwood Resort announces their annual Easter Brunch at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant.  Celebrate Easter and allow our professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members a bountiful brunch buffet.  The meal will be served Sunday, April 12, 2020, from 11:00am until 4:00pm. An extensive selection of delicious menu items will be featured for the Easter Brunch.  Priced at $32 for adults, $16 for children aged 5 to 12 and…

Best Attractions Near Nappanee, Indiana

Time magazine has listed Nappanee, Indiana as one of the top ten small towns in America – and for good reason. The infamous publication cited the town’s ability to reinvent itself to face the future in prosperity as one of the biggest reasons to include Nappanee on its list. With so many attractions, historical features, cultural celebrations and more, the little town offers plenty to do for anyone and everyone who visits. Here are some of the best things to…

Valentine’s Day at Oakwood Resort

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means that you’ll need to plan the perfect surprise with your sweetheart! Whether you and your love have been together for decades or this will be your first Valentine’s Day together, you’ll want to book somewhere that will provide the perfect backdrop for a perfect way to say “I love you”. You’ll want to book Oakwood Resort! The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant and Bar Oakwood is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering specials…

Top 5 Facts You Didn’t Know about Syracuse

Syracuse, Indiana is a unique, tiny town that encompasses less than two square miles of land area. Although this little gem has fewer than 3,000 people calling it “home”, Syracuse certainly doesn’t lack beauty, activity, or unforgettable features and places. Think you know all there is to know about Syracuse, Indiana? Here are five little-known facts about the place for you to stack your knowledge up against: Syracuse’s Ties to Barnum & Bailey Circus Two classmates from the Syracuse High…

St. Patrick’s Day Special

Oakwood Resort announces their special St. Patrick’s Day dinner event at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Saturday, March 14th, 2020. The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar has created a special menu of Corned Beef, Steamed Cabbage & Carrots, New Potatoes served with Irish Soda Bread and  Pint of Green Beer! All for only $23 per person SoulShout featuring John Kirkwood will be providing the entertainment, From 7pm until…

Features of the Best Corporate Retreat Locations near Ft. Wayne

Corporate retreats in Syracuse (or anywhere near Ft. Wayne, Indiana) are all about your ROI; you want the time, money, and effort that you invest in your employees to churn out positive employee relationships, high employee satisfaction, and more in order to grow your company. The location you choose for your retreat can make or break that growth. It’s more critical than many people realize to choose a location for your corporate retreat that suits more than just your budget…

Thinking Ahead: 5 Reasons to Choose a Venue Now for Your Spring Event

During late winter and into early spring, while outdoor temperatures heat up, so do bookings and reservations for everything from wedding venues to corporate retreat locations to family reunion banquet halls. If you’re planning on hosting any kind of an event near Ft. Wayne, South Bend, or Syracuse this spring that requires reservations, coordination, and bookings, you’re going to want to choose a venue and reserve it now, before those temperatures start climbing and the reservations desks start getting really…

Lenten Special at the Pier & Back Porch

  Oakwood Resort announces their plan to offer a special Friday lunch and dinner during Lent at The Pier Restaurant.  From Friday, February 28, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020, from open to close, guests can enjoy Beer battered Pollack and fries for only $10.00 and a second complete serving will be available for $5.00. “We look forward to offering our guests who abstain from eating meat during this time a special selection created with them in mind.” states General…

The Best Winter Activities Near Goshen, Indiana

You might think it’s not easy to find things to do in Indiana in the winter, especially since the state isn’t located in a year-round warm, sunny location! However, Midwesterners have traveled to Goshen, Indiana and nearby towns and cities for decades to get their fill of everything from shopping, dining and entertainment to relaxing on a weekend getaway at award-winning resorts in the area. Fortunately, there is always a slew of events and opportunities for fun in the area,…

February Entertainment

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Awesome Things to Do near Nappanee, Indiana

Located in Elkhart County, Nappanee, Indiana is a fabulous area that is full of stunning architecture, a strong sense of community, and plenty of options for things to do near Goshen, Syracuse, Warsaw, and other popular visitor locations. Regardless of the time of year and no matter your budget, you’ll have no trouble finding plenty of fun things to do in the Nappanee area, from festivals and celebrations to unique shopping events and hotels for the perfect getaway! Festivals One…

The Book of JOY Book Discussion

The Book of JOY Book Discussion When: January 24, 1:00 – 2:00 Where: Syracuse Public Library 115 E. Main Street Syracuse, Indiana Cost: Free, open for the public Why: if you’re feeling a little down after the holidays, read this book and join our discussion Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse Public Library are planning a discussion on “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a World of Change”, to be held January 24, from 1:00 – 2:00 at the Syracuse Public Library…

Valentine’s Day Special!

Oakwood Resort is excited to introduce their chef-created Valentine’s Dinner menu for The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Celebrate with your sweetheart and enjoy an elegant dining experience.  The talented Culinary Team at The Pier Restaurant will create and offer a special five-course feature specifically for you and your special someone. Dinner includes soup, salad, appetizer, entrée and dessert for two accompanied by a bottle of wine.   Available for $95.00 per couple (exclusive of tax and gratuity), overnight accommodations beginning at…

5 Overlooked Features of Perfect Wedding Venues near Fort Wayne

There are tons of items that need attention on every wedding day checklist; one of the most important, without question, is finding the perfect location. There are plenty of places that claim to be the best Fort Wayne wedding venues, so how do you choose one? A study done in 2018 by The Knot found that booking a venue is the single most expensive decision couples make – so you’ll want it to be perfect. You’ll need a location near Fort…

New Year Events in Fort Wayne, IN

Ringing in the New Year in Fort Wayne, Indiana Fort Wayne is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The entire town comes together to celebrate, and this year looks to be no different. There are dozens of great bars and restaurants in the area to grab a drink or a bite if you want to keep things simple, family-friendly events if you have small children, and high-end events if you like to celebrate in style. Check out our…

Tips for Hosting Your Next Corporate Event

Put Your Company on the Map with a Stylish Corporate Event Nothing energizes your company like a lavish corporate event. Whether you’re looking to wine and dine new clients, reach out to potential business partners, or just bring your team closer together, there are so many ways to throw an elegant corporate event. Finding the right location is the key to success. Your event will essentially become the face of your company, so you need to make the right impression.…

Winter Activities in South Bend, IN

How to Celebrate the Holidays in South Bend, Indiana The South Bend area is teeming with excitement during the holiday season. With its lively cultural activities, plentiful snowfall, and festive shopping, this cozy Indiana city has something for everyone that rivals any large city in the United States! Whether you plan on visiting from far away or you live in the nearby area, these South Bend events should be at the top of your seasonal to-do list. Regardless of if…

3rd Annual “Polar Plunge” Fundraiser

  Oakwood Resort announces their beach area will host a Polar Plunge Fundraiser.  The Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020, with registration opening at 11:30am and the Plunge beginning at 12:00pm.  The net proceeds from the event will benefit Turkey Creek Fire Department which provides fire, rescue and paramedic services to the citizens of Turkey Creek Township and the town of Syracuse.  With a combination of career and volunteer staff, they staff two stations 24 hours a…

Plan the Ultimate Office Holiday Party with These 5 Tips

Finding the Right Venue for Your Office Holiday Party The holidays are right around the corner and your company needs to celebrate. It’s likely been a long year for you and your team, so make this year’s office holiday party the best yet. The idea of putting together an office holiday party might bore some of your employees to death, but, with a little planning and the right venue, you can turn this once-a-year event into an occasion your employees…

5 Tips for Marketing Your Event the Right Way

How to Promote Your Event After putting in countless hours setting up the venue and setting a date for your event, the last step is telling people about it. For most people, this is the hardest part but in reality, there are so many different ways for you to get the word out and tell people about your event! From computers to cellphones to good old-fashioned word-of-mouth, you’ve got plenty of great options, and it’s best to combine a few…

How to Write Out the Perfect Bridal Shower Checklist

Making the Perfect Checklist for a Bridal Shower Planning a bridal shower can be incredibly stressful because so many things have to be perfect for the bride-to-be’s celebration. The idea of planning a bridal shower can be so daunting that it may feel impossible to know where to start. The first thing to do is physically write out a checklist for the bridal shower that consists of tasks that have to be completed for the big day. Here are some…

Oakwood Resort Announces New Year’s Eve Festivities

Oakwood Resort Announces New Year’s Eve Festivities Syracuse, IN – November 26, 2019 – Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant announce the New Year’s Eve Celebration they’ve created to wrap up 2019 and kick off 2020.  The event will take place Tuesday evening, December 31, 2019. The restaurant is featuring a special menu that will be served at 7:00pm.  The Pier & Back Porch’s talented and professional culinary team has created a menu which…

Choosing the Right Venue for Your Baby Shower

How to Plan the Ultimate Baby Shower Having a baby is a cause for celebration. Hosting a baby shower at a banquet hall takes the pressure off you and your guests. Everyone can relax and enjoy themselves without having to worry about cleaning up after themselves, especially the mom-to-be. Throwing a baby shower isn’t the same as hosting a wedding or family reunion. It’s a place for moms, sisters, daughters, aunts, and friends to gather and celebrate this momentous occasion.…

5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Banquet Hall

  What to Look for in a Banquet Hall for Your Next Event Whether you’re planning a wedding, a star-studded business conference or the ultimate family reunion, planning your next event all starts with finding the right banquet space. You need room for your loved ones or colleagues to gather and commemorate this occasion. The venue or banquet facility will set the tone for your entire event, greeting your guests as soon as they walk through the door. There are…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: December 2019

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Breakfast with Santa 2019

The Culinary Team will provide you and your family members’ a delicious array of favorite items on Saturday, December 14, 2019, with two seatings at 8am and 9:30am. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with Santa Claus.  Professional photography will be provided at no charge but parents and family members are welcome to also take photos if they wish.  An extensive selection of…

5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Event

How to Plan the Perfect Event Planning the perfect event for you and your attendees can be difficult because it can be easy to become overwhelmed. However, there are some things to keep in mind while planning your event that will make the process go smoother and result in the perfect event. Here are 5 tips for you to consider when planning your next event: 1. Make a Budget When you start planning an event, it can be very easy…

Thanksgiving Day Buffet 2019

An extensive selection of traditional menu options (with our take on a few new items) will be featured on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Priced at $32 for adults, $16 for children aged 5 to 12 and free for children under 5, guests are strongly encouraged to secure their reservations early by calling (574) 457-8700. “It will be a pleasure to have our guests enjoy a special time with their family here at Oakwood Resort.  Our Thanksgiving Day buffet features a…

Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration

For those looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity, Chautauqua-Wawasee plans to celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse November 30, from 6:00 to 8:00.  The celebration is open to the public, free of charge, no registration is required. The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Oakwood Resort, with activities starting with music by a brass ensemble on the gazebo near the Oakwood Inn.  At 6:30 we will light the Christmas tree and…

Tips for Finding the Best Event Space in Northwest Indiana

The Perfect Location in Indiana for Events Whether you’re planning a family reunion, wedding, class reunion, or any other large gathering, an event space is the center of it all. Finding one that caters to all your needs is important; to ensure that your event goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide plenty of enjoyment and comfort to the attendees. However, finding an event space in Northwest Indiana is not always easy, so it is important to know…

Planned Power Outage: September 30, 2019

PSA! Monday, 9/30/19, there is a planned power outage at Oakwood Resort. There will be no electrical service and likely no phone service from approximately 9am until early afternoon. We do apologize for the inconvenience but appreciate your understanding!

The Pier & Back Porch: Seasonal Specials Launching 10/8/19

Launching October 8th, a budget-friendly menu is available from 5:00pm to closing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesdays are designated as “Create Your Own Tacos” night for only $8.00.  The culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch will prepare a duo of tacos and serve them with a side of Mexican rice, tortilla chips and salsa.  Wednesdays will feature a 12-inch cheese pizza served with a 32-ounce Oakwood lager for $12.00 with additional toppings available for $1.00 each.  Thursday’s…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: November 2019

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Live Music at The Pier Bar: October 2019

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BEING MORTAL BOOK DISCUSSION 2019

The Chautauqua-Wawasee organization located at Oakwood Resort has planned a discussion of the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.  Commenting on this book, Time Magazine said “This should be mandatory reading for every American”. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.  Being Mortal reveals the suffering…

Chautauqua Wawasee’s Fall Color Cruise 2019

For further information, please contact info@chautauquawawasee.org or 574-377-7543. www.CHQW.org

The Best Autumn Events and Activities to do around Northern Indiana

Autumn Activities in Indiana for the Whole Family With fall soon approaching, there are so many fun things to do in Indiana this weekend if you happen to be in the area. Whether that means going to a local arts and crafts festival, enjoying a holiday beverage sampling event, visiting children’s museums, horseback riding or spending time at Lake Michigan, one thing is for sure: There is something for everyone to enjoy this season. There are millions of places throughout…

Don’t go to Brunch without Knowing These Brunching Tips

Etiquette Tips for Brunching in Fashion When someone asks you to brunch, there may or may not be any speculation about what that entails: It’s simply a meal in the late morning or early afternoon, right? Although that may be true, there is proper etiquette that comes along with brunch that may not be as common as it should be. It’s important to know what that etiquette is if you want to really brunch in fashion! Here are ten tips…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: September 2019

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4 Fun Church Retreat Ideas

Engage Participants in Fun, Meaningful Activities at Your Next Retreat for Church Searching for church banquet program ideas and fun church activities isn’t always easy, but you’ll be off to a great start when you first choose your event’s location. Oakwood Resort has an impressive history of hosting church retreats, banquets, and activities of all kinds! However, finding retreat centers in Indiana for your activities for church is only the first step. What comes next is getting your attendees to…

New Restaurant & Bar Hours Effective October 7, 2019

The published hours of operation will be in effect October 7, 2019 through May 3, 2020. Beginning Monday, October 7, The Pier Restaurant and Bar will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:00pm until 8:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am until 11:30pm and on Sundays from 8:00am until 11:00am.  On Saturday and Sunday mornings, a special breakfast menu will be available from 8:00am until 11:00am for local residents and hotel guests.  Various selections such as stuffed French toast, design your…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: August 2019

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5 Ways Successful Businesses Praise Their Team Members

How Businesses Show Employees They are Important Keeping the employees of your company happy and motivated can be a difficult task because not all employees are the same. All of your employees may not respond to one type of praise, so you have to find different ways of showing them that you are grateful for them choosing your business as their workplace. With unemployment currently at an all-time low, show your employees that you know they could give their talents…

6 Reasons to Rent a Conference Room at Oakwood Resort

Mixing Fun with Business When looking for a conference room rental for your company, you’ll want a location that will have different activities available for your attendees to do in between meetings. From a game room to walking paths, Oakwood Resort has a wide variety of offerings to keep everyone busy and having a great time when they aren’t in a meeting. Here are six reasons why your next conference should be held at Oakwood Resort: 1. Catered Meals When…

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Patriotic Pops Concert 2019

Sponsored by Chautauqua-Wawasee, join us on the lawn in front of the gazebo on the shores of Lake Wawasee on Sunday, June 30, 2019 for a family friendly event – come by boat or bring your chairs, blanket, family, and friends! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Chautauqua-Wawasee at 574-377-7543 or email info@chautauquawawasee.org

Looking for a Low-key Romantic Getaway in Indiana? Here Are Some Ideas

Romantic Getaways in Indiana Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and spend time with your significant other for the weekend or you are seeking adventure, you can find it in Indiana. There is no shortage of ways you can spend the weekend with your loved one at a perfect couples retreat in Indiana, and here are just a few of them: 1. JW Marriott in Indianapolis  Planning a weekend to spend in Indianapolis can be exciting, especially with…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: July 2019

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Fine Arts Festival 2019

We hope you come and visit the annual Fine Arts Festival, sponsored by Chatauqua-Wawasee on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10am – 7pm.  This annual family-friendly event brings artists from around the area and gives the lake community the opportunity to experience Fine Art in an up-close and personal, yet casual outdoor setting.  For more information, please contact Chautauqua-Wawasee at 574-377-7543 or email info@chautauquawawasee.org

Your Wedding Guests Will Love Vacationing at Oakwood Resort – Here’s Why

Having a destination wedding at the Oakwood Resort can be a very special experience. Your wedding could be held amidst breathtaking views overlooking the beautiful Lake Wawasee, and you can just imagine your reception banquet held right under a vast canopy of stars decorating the night sky. If you’re more inclined to enjoy indoor festivities, you can still have a romantic ceremony that will provide everyone with a panoramic view of the lake and all of its beautiful surroundings. No…

Wooden Boat Show 2019

Oakwood Resort announces they will once again serve as the host site for the Wawasee Wooden Boat Show.  The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  There will be a Thunder Run around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, at 3:00pm for those wishing to participate but the event will not include any formal judging of the boats. Food and beverage service will be available through The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  Additionally,…

Your Guide to Thrilling Northern Indiana Attractions

Visiting the Indiana Area? Knowing Where You’re Going is the First Step Northern Indiana has some of the most beautiful sights to see in the United States, from Wawasee Lake to the Indiana Dunes State Park to the college of Notre Dame; there is no shortage of places to visit that satisfy every taste for adventure. If you’re looking for things to do in Warsaw, Indiana, South Shore, Syracuse, Chesterton, or any other place in the northern part of the…

Why Visiting Lake Wawasee Needs to be On Your Summer Bucket List

For years, people from all over the region have flocked to the retreat centers in Indiana to indulge in the diversity of summer fun to be found at beautiful Lake Wawasee. The lake, located just a little to the southeast of Syracuse, Indiana is the largest natural lake in the state and offers loads of fun activities to suit every taste. This pristine location has long been recognized as a popular summer destination for both young and old. If you…

Customers are Raving about Our Banquet Space and Culinary Experience

Discover why Hilltop Banquet Center is the ultimate choice for an unforgettable event The best banquet spaces are those that are surrounded by expansive grounds, offer a variety of engaging opportunities for activity, are elegant and spacious, and are complemented by a menu of delicious food – Hilltop Banquet Center offers all of this and so much more! You’re probably asking: What does the Banquet Hall offer? Oakwood Resort is less than an hour away from South Bend and Fort…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: June 2019

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11 Perfect Ways to Relax in Indiana This Spring (And Get Pampered!)

Find Your Happy Place with These Soothing Activities Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some much-needed warmer weather. From budding forests and meadows to the open waters of Lake Wawasee, you’ll find dozens of ways to have fun and relax here in Indiana. If you’re waiting until summer to take your next vacation, learn how you can relax this spring without straying too far from home. Take a load off with…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: May 2019

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Five Delightful Ways to Experience the Outdoors at Oakwood Resort during the Spring

Springtime is finally here, which means the long weeks and short days of winter are over! Trying to find exciting things to do outdoors can sometimes be difficult, but if you’re event planning in Indiana, Oakwood Resort offers several fantastic activities to enjoy outdoors. From cookouts by the fire to the renowned tour boat rides, there is something for everyone at Oakwood Resort. Lake Wawasee Tours If you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon on the water, the famous Oakwood Tour…

Mother’s Day Buffet 2019

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Mother’s Day Brunch at The Pier Restaurant.  This Mother’s Day, celebrate the family matriarch with an unforgettable buffet served Sunday, May 12, 2019, from 10:00am until 2:30pm.  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be delighted to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet. An extensive selection that includes a wide variety of delicious menu items will be featured for the Mother’s Day Brunch.  Favorites include a build…

Derby Day Party 2019

Oakwood Resort announces their 6th Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Beginning at 2:00pm until 6:00pm, enjoy counting down to the greatest 2 minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar has created a special menu for the event that features Kentucky Hot Browns, Bourbon BBQ Hot Chicken Sliders, Oakwood Spicy White Chili and unique drink specials that include…

Easter Brunch 2019

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Easter Brunch at The Pier Restaurant.  Celebrate Easter and allow the professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet.  The meal will be served Sunday, April 21, 2019, from 10:00am until 2:30pm. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, compliments of Oakwood Resort, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with the Easter Bunny…

Historical Lake Wawasee Cruise 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:00 – 4:00 PM Sponsored by Chautauqua-Wawasee Featuring, local historian, Ann Garceau from the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum For reservations, contact 574-377-7543.

3 Things You MUST do During Your Stay at Oakwood Resort

Must-Try Activities to Enjoy at Oakwood Resort Oakwood Resort is filled with exciting activities and luxurious accommodations. Regardless of what you like to do, you can find something to enjoy during your stay with us. If you’ve never been to the area, we’re here to tell you about all the things to do on the property. From fun-filled outdoor games to delicious upscale dining, there are so many reasons to book your stay at Oakwood Resort. Be sure to enjoy…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: March 2019

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Looking for Your Perfect Wedding Destination in Indiana? Look No Further!

Why Oakwood Resort Is the Perfect Wedding Destination in Indiana Your wedding is one of the most important events in your entire life. It brings all your loved ones together for an amazing celebration of your devotion to another person. That’s why finding the perfect wedding venue is so important. You want everyone in your life to feel comfortable, enjoy fun activities and eat well during their stay. You also need a glamorous space for the actual ceremony and reception.…

14 Unbeatable Reasons to Have a Grand Gathering this Year

Whether it’s with friends, coworkers, family members, or the community, a grand gathering of people who share a common thread of any type is almost assuredly guaranteed to be a good time! While it can take some time and careful planning and coordination on the coordinator’s part, the end result is a group of people who become better acquaintances, better friends, and better people all around. There are so many fantastic reasons to attend a gathering, regardless if it’s a…

Lake Wawasee Boat Tours 2019

The Oakwood Tour Boat was custom built by Winninghoff in Rowley, Massachusetts. It was built in 1986 for the US Parks Department who used it as a canal tour boat in Maine. Oakwood Resort acquired the boat in July of 2013 to offer tours of scenic Lake Wawasee to our guests. The Oakwood Tour Boat The Oakwood Tour Boat is in operation beginning the 3rd week of May through September. The tour boat departs from the Oakwood Pier each evening; contact…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: April 2019

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4 Ingenious Ways a Corporate Retreat Can Help Your Business Flourish in 2019

Start 2019 Off on the Right Foot with a Corporate Retreat In the business world, sometimes you need to hit the refresh button. Working out of the same office every day can leave you feeling stuck in neutral. Unless you do something to change up your normal routine, 2019 might end up looking a lot like the year before. If you want your business to reach new heights, try taking your team on a corporate retreat. With the right conference…

The Pier & Back Porch: New Hours Effective May 5, 2019

Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 10:00am (Continental Breakfast Only, Complimentary to our overnight hotel guests) Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am – 11am (Breakfast Buffet)   Lunch: Daily: 11:00am – 5:00pm   Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm   Oakwood Resort announces a seasonal change to their hours of operation at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant.  The published hours of operation will begin effective May 6, 2019. Beginning Monday, May 6, The Pier…

Lenten Special Offered at The Pier & Back Porch

Oakwood Resort announces their plan to offer a special Friday lunch and dinner during Lent at The Pier Restaurant.  From Friday, March 8, 2018 through Friday, April 19, 2019, from open to close, guests can enjoy a blackened tilapia sandwich topped with arugula, boursin cheese and caramelized onions, the sandwich will be served with a French baguette and fries for only $12.00 and a second complete serving will be available for $6.00. “We look forward to offering our guests who…

Valentine’s Dinner 2019

Oakwood Resort is excited to introduce their chef-created Valentine’s Dinner menu for The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Celebrate with your sweetheart and enjoy an elegant dining experience on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 or Saturday, February 16, 2019.  The talented Culinary Team at The Pier Restaurant will create and offer a special five-course feature specifically for you and your special someone. Dinner includes soup, salad, appetizer, entrée and dessert for two accompanied by a bottle of wine.   Available for…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: February 2019

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Come out for The Pier’s Weekly Specials through May 2, 2019

We hope you’ll be able to visit The Pier and Back Porch this chilly season and take advantage of our great Weekly Specials, now through May 2, 2019!

The Pier & Back Porch Holiday Hours of Service

We want our valued guests to stay up-to-date on the Pier & Back Porch’s Holiday Hours.

Oakwood Resort Applauds The Indiana Association of the Deaf

Here at The Oakwood Resort, we are an all-inclusive getaway location where everyone is welcome. We applaud the services of other organizations that make it their aim to give support and assistance to others. For that reason, we would like to showcase one of our most highly respected organizations for their role and impact in our local society. The Indiana Association of the Deaf has been servicing our community for more than a hundred years. Their mission, to preserve, protect,…

Breakfast With Santa

With the holiday season already upon us, people are looking forward with anticipation for every little special event they can enjoy. No matter what you’re expecting to do during this season, you can be sure that Oakwood Resort has it all ready for you. Even the young children can get their jollies while they spend a morning with Jolly old Saint Nick when he comes to town. On Saturday, December 15th, everyone is invited to come and join us here…

What to Look Forward to at Shooting Ranges Near Oakwood Resort

With more than 27 acres of land surrounding the beautiful Oakwood Resort, guests have their pick of many wonderful and exciting things to do. Whether they are planning on jogging along the miles of trails that meander in and out of the surrounding forest, or they’re ready to take to the water in the beautiful Lake Wawasee, they have plenty to look forward to when they come. Even if you choose to search for adventure outside of the grounds, you’ll…

10 Steps to Planning the Perfect Corporate Conference

Planning any large event can be very overwhelming. There are many minute little details that need to get done. Still, it doesn’t matter if your event is large or small, regardless of the theme or purpose, the basics of planning a corporate event are pretty straightforward.   Plan Your Budget: If you have figures from previous events, then you can base your budget on past records. If not, you’ll have to make sure you have reliable estimates for travel, catering,…

Winter is the Time for Planning the Spring

Right now, in the heart of the winter season, it is difficult to think about spring and summer. But if you are a farmer or artisan by profession or by heart, it is the perfect time for you to start thinking of your summer plans. Next year, 2019, will be the eleventh year since the region has opened up its Syracuse Farmer’s Market.   As the winter season begins to melt away and the warmth of the sun starts to…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: December 2018

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Breakfast with Santa 2018

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Breakfast with Santa at The Pier Restaurant.  The Culinary Team will provide you and your family members’ a delicious array of favorite items on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 8:00am until 11:00am. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with Santa Claus.  Professional photography will be provided at no charge but parents and family members are welcome to also…

2nd Annual Polar Plunge Fundraiser (2019)

Oakwood Resort announces their beach area will host a Polar Plunge Fundraiser.  The Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, January 26, 2019, with registration opening at 11:30am and the Plunge beginning at 12:00pm.  The net proceeds from the event will benefit Turkey Creek Fire Department which provides fire, rescue and paramedic services to the citizens of Turkey Creek Township and the town of Syracuse.  With a combination of career and volunteer staff, they staff two stations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days…

Winter Is Coming … Time to Break Out the Snowmobiles!

There are only about 3,000 full-time residents living in the area around Lake Wawasee, but as soon as the first flakes of winter snow start to fall, that number swells to more than 35,000 people claiming the town as their own. The sudden surge of population might be a surprise to most people in a small town, but to those living near Lake Wawasee or any of the other seven lakes in the area, the phenomenon business as usual.  …

NYE 2018

  Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant announce the New Year’s Eve Celebration they’ve created to wrap up 2018 and kick off 2019. The event will feature a more casual atmosphere than in past years and is scheduled to take place Monday evening, December 31, 2018. The restaurant bar will be open from 1:00pm until 4:00pm for pre-celebration cocktails, football game viewing and dining options from the bar menu. At 5:00pm, the restaurant will open to the public for dinner.…

Why You Can Appreciate the Art Education Association of Indiana

We all appreciate when we are in the company of like-minded people. At the very least, it puts us in a position where we can rub shoulders with those that not only understand what we do, but also respect it. While there are many such organizations in all different fields of interest, one particular area appreciated the most is in the field of art.   If you are an artist, or even an art lover, you will most likely appreciate…

The Many benefits of The Rotary Club of Indiana

The Rotary Club of Indiana has been a positive presence in our community for many years. Every year for the past two decades, they have made it possible for both charitable and Not-For-Profit organizations to raise funds for a vast number of humanitarian projects created for the benefit of the community.   Their goal of making positive changes in the local community as well as the rest of the world, has attracted many professionals from all fields. Their doors are…

Discover Scenic Biking Trails Around Lake Wawasee

There are few things that can compare to the first time you master the skill of riding a bike. It was likely the first time you were able to multitask, combining a careful sense of balance with speed, agility, and maneuverability. Of course, you weren’t aware you were doing those things; your mind was intensely focused on the thrill of the ride. For a child, a bicycle also represented their first experience with freedom and independence. Once you knew how…

Thanksgiving Buffet 2018

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Pier Restaurant.  Celebrate Thanksgiving Day and allow the professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful buffet.  The meal will be served Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 10:00am until 2:30pm. An extensive selection of traditional menu options (with our take on a few new items) will be featured on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Priced at $28 for adults, $14 for…

Tips for Planning Your First-Time Family Reunion

There is something very memorable about bringing your loved ones together in one special place. As we get older, life takes us all further away from each, so bringing us all back together is not always easy. While everyone is excited about the event, there are many details that need to be taken care of. Anyone planning a family reunion will have to know how to plan, organize, and interact well with all sorts of people. For first time planners,…

Plan Your Holiday Celebration at Oakwood!

Oakwood Resort is now accepting reservations for small group gatherings and large corporate events for holiday celebrations. The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant is an ideal lakeside location for private events.  Charming and unique, your guests will enjoy a panoramic view of beautiful Lake Wawasee as they dine.  As an added incentive, all individuals who book their private event for 20+ guests in the restaurant before October 31, 2016 will receive a $100 gift card.  Lunch or dinner holiday reservations…

The All-In-One Wedding Venue: Why a Resort is a Perfect Place to Plan Your Special Day

For most people, their wedding is the most important day of their lives. Many start planning when they are very young, collecting photographs, studying images, choosing music, and making plans, plans, and more plans. Whether you are the bride or the groom, it is an exciting time for all. There are a thousand and one decisions to be made. Most start with the big decisions, and as the day gets closer, they work their way down to the smaller details.…

Weekend Breakfast Menu – Effective October 13, 2018 – May 5, 2019

Oakwood Resort is pleased to announce a new special breakfast menu starting October 13, 2018 through May 5, 2019.  On Saturday and Sunday mornings, a special breakfast menu will be available from 8:00am until 11:00am for local residents and hotel guests.  Various selections such as stuffed French toast, design your own 3-egg omelets, an Oakwood Resort spin on eggs Benedict and several other options will be offered.   Pier and Back Porch Restaurant Weekend Breakfast Menu *All Menu Items are…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: November 2018

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Live Music at The Pier Bar: October 2018

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BBQ, Bacon, Blues & Wine Festival

There is nothing more American than some good old-fashioned downhome barbecue. Who doesn’t enjoy the tangy sauces, tender meats, and the fragrant aroma wafting through the open air on a lazy afternoon? Add that to the fresh smell of crispy bacon simmering in a pan and you have a meal to die for. Well, it’s that time of year again! A time when you can take the best of American eats and serve them up with a healthy dose of…

New Restaurant & Bar Hours Effective October 6, 2018

Oakwood Resort announces a seasonal change to their hours at The Pier Restaurant.  The published hours of operation will be in effect October 6, 2018 through May 3, 2019. Beginning Saturday, October 6, The Pier Restaurant and Bar will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:00pm until 8:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am until 11:30pm and on Sundays from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  On Saturday and Sunday mornings, a special breakfast menu will be available from 8:00am until 11:00am for local…

20 Weird Things Guests Have Left in Hotel Rooms

Bed and breakfast owner Shane McDeath once found an old, beat-up notebook in a guest room with “Why I Love Salad” written on the front, followed by 40+ pages within on why salad was amazing. It looked like the owner had written in it over several years. There were also a few things written that suggested that the notebook’s owner believed salad was alive, too! Sound weird? It may not be half as weird as some of the other items…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: September 2018

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Best Ways to Utilize Your Hotel’s Fitness Room while on Vacation

If you’re the traveler who frequents hotels often and you really do need to use the fitness centers, you probably already know how difficult it can be to find the high-quality equipment you’re used to using. Many hotels, if they have a fitness center at all, are limited in the equipment they offer – you might be lucky to find a treadmill, stationary bike, and maybe a couple free weights or dumbbells. While the finest hotels and best resorts indeed…

3rd Annual Car Show Fundraiser

Oakwood Resort announces that their 3rd Annual Car Show will be hosted on the beautiful grounds of the 27-acre resort.  In conjunction with the Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation, the event will serve as a fundraiser to continue the walking trails around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  The event will take place Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 11:00am until 2:30pm. Those interested in participating in this public event may register at Oakwood Resort on the day of the event beginning at…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: August 2018

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2018 Wooden Boat Show

Oakwood Resort announces their pier area and boat slips will once again serve as the host site for the Wawasee Wooden Boat Show.  The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  There will be a late day Thunder Run around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, for those wishing to participate but the event will not include any formal judging of the boats. Food and beverage service will be available through The Pier…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: July 2018

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Fireworks over Lake Wawsee: July 7, 2018

Celebrate Independence Day by watching a spectacular fireworks show on the edge of Lake Wawasee.  At Oakwood Resort, we have the perfect place to see the show from our beautiful lawn and back patio.  Complete your celebration with food and drinks from The Pier Restaurant & Bar, and a relaxing overnight stay at Oakwood Resort. Call to make your room reservation! 574-457-7100.

Live Music at The Pier Bar: June 2018

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Mother’s Day Buffet 2018

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the family matriarch with an unforgettable buffet served Sunday, May 13, 2018, from 10:00am until 2:30pm.  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be delighted to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet. An extensive selection that includes a wide variety of delicious menu items will be featured for the Mother’s Day Brunch.  Favorites include a build your own omelet and pancake stations, smoked salmon with accompaniments, Danish bleu…

Derby Day Party 2018

Oakwood Resort announces their 5th Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier & Back Porch Restaurant & Bar.  Saturday, May 5, 2018.  Beginning at 2:00pm until 6:00pm, enjoy counting down to the greatest 2 minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar has created a special menu for the event that features Burgoo Stew, Kentucky Hot Browns, Southern Gentleman Sliders with smoked pulled pork and unique drink specials that include…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: May 2018

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New Restaurant & Bar Hours Effective May 7, 2018

The Best Natural Wonders in Indiana to Visit

Known as the “Racing Capital of the World,” Indiana is full of extraordinary beauty that you won’t find in other states! From the sands of the Dunes to the Caves of Hoosier National Forest, there are plenty of places to visit that will surely provide a new appreciation for the unique allure of the state. Following are some of the coolest natural wonders near Syracuse that you should drive to, from fossil beds, canyons, and caves to waterfalls and wildlife:…

Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day!

Plan to celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day at The Pier Restaurant.  Sunday, April 29, from 11:00am until closing, and you can enjoy shrimp scampi with garlic bread for only $10.00. The dish, created with shrimp sautéed in butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine, is flavorful and decadent.  Relax and savor a great meal, scenic view and time with your family and friends while enjoying this fresh and flavorful entrée.  Add a glass of house white wine as an accompaniment…

Travel Tips That Will Save You Time and Hassle

Create the Ultimate Family Vacation in Indiana with These Travel Tips Families that vacation together stay together. If you’re thinking about taking a family trip this summer, it’s always best to start planning ahead. Kids aren’t always the best travel companions, so you’ll need to come prepared. No one wants to see their family vacation fall apart because someone forgot the snack packs. Use these family travel tips to plan the ultimate family vacation in Indiana. Keep the Car Organized…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: April 2018

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Easter Brunch 2018

Celebrate Easter and allow the professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet. The meal will be served Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 10:00am until 2:30pm. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, compliments of Oakwood Resort, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with the Easter Bunny at no charge to parents. An extensive selection of delicious menu…

Celebrate National Crunchy Taco Day!

Plan to celebrate National Crunchy Taco Day at The Pier Restaurant.  Wednesday, March 21, from 4:00 pm to close, and you can enjoy 3 seasoned ground beef crunchy tacos with Spanish rice, sour cream and guacamole for only $8.00. Relax at the waterfront restaurant and experience an affordable and delicious meal, view overlooking Lake Wawasee and time spent with family and friends while enjoying specials to mark this food holiday.  Margarita’s will be available either frozen or on the rocks…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: March 2018

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Lenten Special Offered at The Pier and Back Porch

Oakwood Resort announces their plan to offer a special Friday lunch and dinner during Lent at The Pier Restaurant.  From Friday, February 16, 2018 through Friday, March 23, 2018, from open to close, guests can enjoy beer battered cod with tartar sauce, hush puppies, tator tots and cole slaw for only $12.00. Relax and enjoy a great meal at a budget-friendly price each Friday through Lent.  Guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary second serving of the crisp beer battered cod upon request.  “We…

Celebrate National Fettuccine Day!

Oakwood Resort announces their plan to celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day at The Pier Restaurant.  Wednesday, February 7, from 4:00pm to close, guests can enjoy this amazing comfort food with garlic bread for only $10.00. The dish was named by an Italian restauranteur, Alfredo Di Lelio, at his Rome restaurant, “Alfredo” in 1914.  Created with butter, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, guests will enjoy relaxing and savoring a great meal and also a scenic view and time with family and friends.  “We’re…

Valentine’s Dinner 2018

Oakwood Resort is excited to introduce their chef-created Valentine’s Dinner menu for The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Celebrate with your significant other and enjoy an elegant dining experience on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  The talented Culinary Team at The Pier Restaurant will create and offer an Italian feature specifically for you and your special someone. Dinner includes veal marsala, garlic whipped potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts and squash, available for $15.00 per person, and will be available for guests from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. …

Live Music at the Pier Bar: February 2018

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The Perks of Booking Your Wedding with Oakwood Resort

Your wedding and everyone in attendance deserves the very best luxury location for such an amazing event, and Oakwood Resort has everything a stunning getaway for a resort wedding should have. Those looking to incorporate everything from premium lodging and entertainment to fine dining and a resort spa all in one location will find everything at Oakwood Resort. Another benefit of booking your Indiana wedding at Oakwood Resort is the convenient location; we are easily accessible from Indianapolis, South Bend,…

How to Plan the Ultimate Winter Adventure in Syracuse

As Indiana weather turns to snow and ice, Syracuse blossoms into a winter wonderland full of exciting activities. Lots of snowfall and low temperatures mean big winter fun in Northern Indiana. After the holidays, the area becomes a beacon of outdoor recreation and festive cheer. Learn about all the events coming to Syracuse this winter and enjoy the best of the Indiana seasons. Ice Fishing and Snowmobiling on Lake Wawasee With over 3,500 acres of water, Lake Wawasee has become…

Polar Plunge 2018 Fundraiser

Oakwood Resort announces their beach area will host a Polar Plunge Fundraiser.  The Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, January 27, 2018, with registration opening at 11:30am and the Plunge beginning at 12:00pm.  The net proceeds from the event will benefit Turkey Creek Fire Department which provides fie, rescue and paramedic services to the citizens of Turkey Creek Township and the town of Syracuse.  With a combination of career and volunteer staff, they staff two stations 24 hours a day,…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: January 2018

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Live Music at the Pier Bar: December 2017

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Fun Ideas for a Corporate Retreat with a Purpose

Whether it’s a destination corporate retreat, a conference, convention, or any other similar gathering you’re planning, there are things you need to do to ensure that planning a corporate retreat won’t be a disaster for you and everyone involved. With all the variables you need to consider, from the venue to employee engagement to event goals, the planning process for a team event can seem overwhelming at first. However, if you start planning as early as possible and incorporate some…

Using Technology to Improve Event Planning and Service Delivery

Are you planning to offer event planning services, such as a training seminar or team building activities, near Fort Wayne or Elkhart? If you’re in the business of event planning, one of the hurdles you may have encountered is data management. Keeping all the details organized and accessible for parties involved can be a bit complicated. There is also a problem of gathering data that can smooth out operations or further your business reach. By using the latest technology, however,…

New Year’s Eve 2017 Celebration

Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant announce a special New Year’s Eve Celebration to wrap up 2017 and kick off 2018.  The event will be a 1980’s themed party and it is scheduled to take place Sunday evening, December 31, 2017, from 7:30pm until 1:00am.  The Pier’s talented and professional culinary team will create and serve a three-course meal for all guests in attendance. The special New Year’s Eve package includes overnight accommodations in a deluxe guest room, three-course dinner…

Fall and Winter Weekday Specials at The Pier Restaurant & Bar

Oakwood Resort announces the fall and winter weekday specials at The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Launching immediately, a budget-friendly menu is available from 5:00pm to closing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesdays are designated as “South of the Border” night.  The culinary team at The Pier and Back Porch will prepare dishes with a Spanish influence.  Wednesdays will feature “Italian” entrees that highlight pastas and savory sauces, made in-house by the culinary team.  Thursdays showcase “Comfort Food” where satisfying home-style classics are served.  All…

Breakfast with Santa 2017

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Breakfast with Santa at The Pier Restaurant.  The Culinary Team will provide you and your family members’ a delicious array of favorite items on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 8:00am until 11:00am. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with Santa Claus.  Professional photography will be provided at no charge but parents and family members are welcome to also…

Celebrate Autumn and Winter at Oakwood Resort in Indiana

There’s nothing like planning a romantic getaway in the middle of fall and winter. When we say “getaway”, we typically mean getting out of the city or our neighborhood and venturing to a secluded destination for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle this fall/winter, learn about some of the amazing things to do at Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee and start planning your romantic getaway in Indiana today! See Nature at Its…

How to Keep Your Event Interactive and Your Audience Engaged

Everything from meetings to team bonding activities requires audience engagement to be effective. While there is much to thank about the arrival of smartphones, they can also serve as outlets for a bored audience to chip away at the time. The good news is that you can keep them engaged by making the event interactive. Here are some ideas: Make sure the setting exudes comfort The way a conference space is arranged can set the tone for the entire affair.…

Corporate Event Contests and Competition Ideas

A company retreat doesn’t have to be a boring affair. It also doesn’t have to be the same every time. How else can employees look forward to the next one if what’s on offer has always been the same? That said, here are some ideas that will surely inject some fun into any corporate outing: Jeopardy! Having fun at a corporate retreat doesn’t mean having to spend a whole lot of money. With a game of Jeopardy, all you need…

Thanksgiving Day Buffet 2017

  Oakwood Resort announces their annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Pier Restaurant.  Celebrate Thanksgiving Day and allow the professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful buffet.  The meal will be served Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 10:00am until 2:30pm. An extensive selection of delicious menu items will be featured on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Priced at $28 for adults, $14 for children aged 5 to 12 and free…

What You Need to Turn a Good Event into a Great One

Event planners dream of the perfect event for their clients and for themselves. After all, a well-talked about event could mean more clients in the future. But even the best efforts in event planning could result in just an okay event. But you aimed for a great event! It is possible that you need to do more to reach your goal. You also need to prepare to face your most difficult critic – yourself. When was the last time you…

How to Keep Your Event Budget on Track

One of the most challenging aspects of event planning is setting the budget. That’s because you need to find a way to balance your desires with your budget, being realistic and not losing profit and returns on investment. Nothing may be as challenging, but with careful planning and tracking, you can keep your client happy while sticking to a specific budget. How to create an event budget Be upfront with everything budget-related When preparing to plan your event, consider in…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: November 2017

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5 Tips to Avoid Bad Event Planning Habits

Event planning is only as good as the outcome. This is why event planners analyze all possible scenarios – good or bad, and then prepare for them with contingency plans in place. All it takes is one mistake for everything to go down the drain, after all. With your reputation as a planner at risk of being jeopardized with the smallest of mistakes, it is important to know more about the most common mistakes in event planning and the best,…

Need Entertainment for Your Corporate Retreat? Consider These Awesome Ideas

When people organize corporate retreats, they usually focus on planning team building activities that hone the participants’ skills while promoting teamwork and cooperation. There’s definitely nothing wrong with doing this but, if you’re planning a company retreat for your staff, it shouldn’t be your only priority. To have a successful event, you also need to provide excellent entertainment that will help your employees enjoy and have fun. Not sure where to begin? Here are some ideas you can explore: Set…

Car Show 2017

Photos: Courtesy of Velocity Concepts Winners: People’s Choice Award: Mike and Wanda Tiltges of Syracuse for their 1999 Carroll Shelby Series 1 roadster (this only one of 4 in the world, in this color) Current Classic Award: Doug Jansen of Kendallville for his 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Future Classic Award: Pete Meyer of Syracuse for his 2014 Porsche 911 GT3For more information, check out this article on Ink Free.

The Pier Restaurant Gift Cards

Oakwood Resort announces they are launching a special for anyone purchasing $100 in gift cards.  Now through December 17, 2017, individuals will receive a free $10 gift card with each $100 gift card purchase. Every gift list has them; those people who have everything.  What to give those people can create unnecessary stress at an already stressful time.  Take the guesswork out of gift giving and share The Pier & Back Porch experience with your family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors. …

5 Important Things to Do When Planning an Outdoor Corporate Event

Training seminars and other corporate events can be dull and boring, which is why many event organizers are looking for ways to make them more exciting. One of the most popular techniques is to hold events outdoors, which adds an air of excitement and creates a festive atmosphere. But, if you’re thinking of having an outdoor event, take note that organizing one is different from and a lot more challenging than planning indoor events. To ensure you’ll have a successful…

Goodie Bag Ideas for Your Corporate Event

In event planning, it’s not enough to just get the venue right, you also have to consider other aspects, including what would make memorable takeaways for guests? While you could always go the traditional route and give away items such as pens, tote bags, or other supplies, you can make much more of an impact by giving away items that guests can use in everyday life, not just office life. Before going into specific items you can put inside goodie…

Tips for Networking at a Corporate Event

Interaction is a necessity, be it at a corporate retreat or a conference. Doing this may send a shiver down your spine, especially if you’re not too big on making conversation. But there are ways to network without taking you too far out of your comfort zone. Consider these networking tips when attending corporate events: Don’t try to be someone else It’s never a good idea to build a relationship based on lies in regular life situations, and that same…

Plan Your Holiday Celebrations at Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant

The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant is an ideal lakeside location for private events.  Charming and unique, your guests will enjoy a panoramic view of beautiful Lake Wawasee as they dine.  As an added incentive, all individuals who book their private event for 20+ guests in the restaurant before October 31, 2017 will receive a $100 gift card.  Lunch or dinner holiday reservations for 20+ guests in The Pier and Back Porch may be secured by calling the restaurant directly…

New Virtual Event Technology

Technology has invaded every aspect of life, and it’s not surprising to find it making a dent in various events. It’s not a secret that technological improvements have made daily tasks much easier to manage, and there’s no reason it couldn’t be useful for meetings or corporate activities. Here are some event technologies and how you can use each for your activity: Event Apps Rather than print numerous guides on what to expect during a particular event, organizers have turned…

Explore These Wallet-Friendly Event Planning Ideas

When it comes to organizing company events, many business owners think that they need to have a substantial amount of money. But, if you feel the same way, you have to realize that this is not the case! Yes, planning a trade show, corporate outing, and any other event does require money, but you can take several steps to reduce your expenses. Here are some of the budget-friendly event planning tips you can use: Choose the right location One of…

How to Bounce Back from Event Tech Glitches

Many companies nowadays rely on technology when hosting trade shows, training seminars, and other events. This isn’t really surprising since modern innovations make it easier for the organizers to increase attendance rates, provide attendees with the information they need, and make the event successful. However, even the most advanced software and devices can develop issues, which could negatively impact the guests’ experience. Fortunately, if you’re planning a corporate event, you can do something to prepare for these issues and ensure…

Trends in Corporate Events for Fresh and New Options

What usually comes to mind when you hear the word corporate events? If you still think about boring presentations and activities that can lull you to sleep, then you clearly have not experienced the new trends in company retreat ideas and corporate events. The ever-evolving corporate landscape demands for changes in activities and ideas for team building or seminars, some of which are done outside of a company meeting space. So believe it when we say, company outings are no…

Healthy and Delectable Food Options for Corporate Events

Team building activities, although fun and educational, can be tiring. Good thing there are food and snacks that will energize employees and get them ready for the next round of presentation, talks, and activities. The choice of snacks and meals these days are no longer usual and ordinary, which many team building participants would be very happy to know. Culinary offerings are now chosen based on evolving taste, the kind of nourishments they offer, and many other considerations. Depending on…

New Restaurant and Bar Hours Effective October 9, 2017

The published hours of operation will be in effect October 10, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Beginning Sunday, October 10, The Pier Restaurant and Bar will close at 4:00pm each Sunday and will not be in operation Mondays.  The restaurant and bar will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:00pm until 8:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am until 11:30pm and on Sundays from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  Summer seasonal hours will begin again in the early spring and continue until early fall.

Getting Feedback from Your Employees at a Corporate Outing

Hosting a corporate retreat is one of the best ways to get feedback from your employees. In addition to researching corporate retreat locations, organizing transportation for the attendees, and coming up with a delicious menu, spend some time thinking about how you can gain feedback from your staff during the event. Bringing your team to a new location will help them reflect on everything they’ve experienced at work since they started the position. You can use this feedback to change…

Jazz Up Your Company Retreats with These Evening Reception Ideas

Are you planning a corporate retreat? If you are, you’re probably thinking of formally opening the event with an evening reception centered around champagne, speeches, and small talk. There’s technically nothing wrong with this since it’s the traditional way of doing receptions and has been around for a long time, but you have to realize that it’s not your only option. There are many other ways to spice up evening receptions and make them more fun and memorable, such as…

Planning a Corporate Presentation? These Storytelling Techniques Can Help You

One of the best ways to create a corporate training seminar that’s successful is to prepare a high-quality presentation. If you’re making one, you probably already know that you can use several methods to make your presentation engaging and memorable and grab the attention of your target audience. However, one of the things you might not have explored is storytelling. Contrary to popular opinion, storytelling is not just for kids; it’s also a great way to pique the interest of…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: October 2017

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Team Building Activities You’ll Want at Your Next Corporate Retreat

If you’re scheduled to have a corporate retreat soon, one of the things you should do is to choose group activities for your event. This is crucial since selecting the right team building activities will promote active participation among your employees and foster teamwork, cooperation, and camaraderie. It will also help you have a successful retreat and ensure your event planning efforts won’t go to waste. But which activities should you choose for your corporate event? There are actually hundreds…

The Perks of Throwing a Resort Wedding

Save Time and Energy with a Resort Wedding on Lake Wawasee As you start planning your wedding, you might find that accommodating everyone’s schedule is easier said than done. Even if you have your heart set on the perfect venue, getting your loved ones to and from the ceremony might throw a wrench into your plans. Instead of forcing everyone on your guest list to make lodging arrangements of their own, you can keep your loved ones close to the…

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at Oakwood Resort

  Oakwood Resort announces their plan to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at The Pier Restaurant.Monday, September 18, from open until close, guests can enjoy a cheeseburger with a side of French fries for only $7.00. Relax and dine in the restaurant or on the shaded outdoor patio and savor a great meal, scenic view and time with your family and friends while paying homage to America’s favorite sandwich.  Seasoned to near perfection, the cheeseburgers at The Pier are accompanied with…

Fishing on Lake Wawasee

Northern Indiana’s Lake Wawasee spans over 3,000 acres and is filled with clean, clear water. It’s a fantastic spot for motor-boating, water-skiing, sailing, swimming, and fishing. The lake is a favorite for anglers for several reasons. One is the wide variety of fish; Wawasee is filled with bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, walleye, and northern pike. It’s lined with boat docks, making it a great choice for those who prefer fishing by boat. There are also several places anglers can fish,…

5 Wrong Moves That Could Derail Your Corporate Event

Whether you’re planning training seminars for your clients or organizing a corporate retreat for your staff, you have to ensure that you’re not making one (or more!) of the top event planning mistakes. These blunders won’t only cause you to waste a ton of time, money, and effort; they’ll also make your guests unhappy and dissatisfied and turn your entire event into a failure. Here are some of the mistakes you should avoid: Not having a budget Unless you have…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: September 2017

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Live Music at The Pier Bar: August 2017

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How to Plan a Destination Wedding

Northwest Indiana banquet halls are all about bringing your most important dreams of love to life. Whether lavish and huge or humble and intimate, weddings are meant to be glorious in the eyes of the newlywed couple and their closest friends and family with whom they have shared their favorite moments. Not every wedding day location has to be on a white sandy beach or in a lush green and moonlit forest, but planning destination weddings to take place at…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: July 2017

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Celebrate National Mojito Day at Oakwood Resort

Oakwood Resort announces a drink special that will be offered on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  On National Mojito Day, guests may enjoy a delicious fresh mint muddles mojito for only $5.00.  From open until close, all adults 21 and older are welcome to visit The Pier and Back Porch overlooking Indiana’s largest natural lake and enjoy a mojito for a special price of $5.00. Mojitos have been in existence for more than five-hundred years and Cuban farmers made the beverage…

Roar Along the Shore

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2nd Annual Car Show Fundraiser Hosted by Oakwood Resort

Oakwood Resort announces that their 2nd Annual Car Show will be hosted on the beautiful grounds of the 27-acre resort.  In conjunction with the Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation, the event will serve as a fundraiser to continue the walking trails around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.  The event will take place Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 11:00am until 3:00pm. Those interested in participating in this public event may register at Oakwood Resort on the day of the event beginning at…

Celebrate National Martini Day at Oakwood Resort

Oakwood Resort announces their plan to commemorate National Martini Day on Monday, June 19, 2017.  At the relaxing waterfront restaurant, The Pier and Back Porch, guests can enjoy their choice of any martini from open until close for only $7.00 each. “From Ernest Hemingway to James Bond, martinis have become a popular drink of choice.  Our associates decided to honor not only the classic beverage but also our valuable guests with a special price on “your call” martinis.” explained Director…

Tap Takeovers Summer 2017

Oakwood Resort announces the 2017 summer season Tap Takeover dates at The Pier Restaurant.  Launched at 6pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017, Tenth and Blake Beer Company was the first brewery featured and they had a brewery representative on-site to educate guests about the brewing process. Nine total dates have been planned to allow guests a great opportunity to enjoy incredible local and regional craft beers.  In addition to great brews, a limited supply of giveaway items will be available…

Celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day!

Oakwood Resort announces their plan to celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day at The Pier Restaurant.Wednesday, June 14, from open to close, guests can enjoy a serving of strawberry shortcake for only $4.00.  A strawberry shortcake martini will also be created and offered by the talented mixologists for $5.00. Guests are invited to relax and dine in the restaurant or on the shaded outdoor patio and then savor the specialty dessert offering following their meal.  Strawberry shortcake parties became popular in…

Live Music at the Pier Bar: June 2017

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The Pier Restaurant & Bar’s NEW Raw Bar Menu

Oakwood Resort announces the introduction and official launch of the Raw Bar at The Pier Restaurant.  Available daily through September, guests can enjoy house-made sushi rolls, oysters on the half-shell and shrimp cocktail beginning at 5:00pm. The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant is delighted to provide guests with a custom-created bounty of fish and seafood creations.  Several more traditional salads along with various lettuce wraps are also available at the Raw Bar for guests who desire…

Team Building Activities Your Office Can Do At Oakwood Resort

In the heart of Syracuse, Indiana, Oakwood Resort offers a premium and unique opportunity for your company to hold an effective, entertaining, and memorable corporate retreat or team building conference. Our facilities offer an incredible variety of opportunities for team building activities of many types, so you’re sure to host a corporate outing that will be one for the books. It’s vital that you schedule different activities at an Indiana retreat center that offers several different activities that cater to…

Summer Weekend Breakfast Buffet

  The professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant has created a special breakfast buffet available Saturday and Sunday mornings to both local residents and hotel guests.  The bountiful buffet will be served from 8:00am until 11:00am Saturday and Sunday mornings May through October 22, 2017. An extensive array of delicious items will be featured on the weekend breakfast buffet.  Priced at $16 for adults, $8 for children aged 5 to 12 and free for children under 5,…

National Wine Day Celebrated at Oakwood Resort

Commemorate National Wine Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  At the relaxing waterfront restaurant, The Pier and Back Porch, guests can enjoy a glass of delicious red or white house wine from open until close for only $4.00 each. “As people ease into Memorial Day weekend, we look forward to a day of socializing with our guests.” said Aaron Smith, Director of Food and Beverage.  “It will be great to welcome our valued guests and hear what they have planned…

Celebrate National BBQ Day at The Pier & Back Porch

Celebrate National BBQ Day at The Pier Restaurant. Tuesday, May 16, from open to close, any guest at the restaurant can take advantage of the special BBQ meal created with them in mind.  For $5.00, guests can enjoy three BBQ pulled pork sliders on mini brioche buns served with a pickle spear and side of cole slaw.  Additionally, bottled domestic beers will be offered for only $3.00 each. While roughly seventy-five percent of American households own a grill, many do…

Celebrate National Pie Day May 13, 2017

  Oakwood Resort announces their plan to celebrate National Apple Pie Day at The Pier Restaurant.  Saturday, May 13, from open to close, a duo of specials featuring apples will be offered.  Bottles of Angry Orchard will be available for $2.00 each and a generous wedge of house-made “Kathy’s Apple Pie” will be offered for $5.00. Following dinner or just as an afternoon treat, sit back and enjoy a slice of what roughly thirty-six million Americans identify as their favorite…

The Pier Restaurant & Bar: Hours Effective January 3 – April 30, 2017

Boat Tour Begins May 25, 2017

The Oakwood Tour Boat was custom built by Winninghoff in Rowley, Massachusetts. It was built in 1986 for the US Parks Department who used it as a canal tour boat in Maine. Oakwood Resort acquired the boat in July of 2013 to offer tours of scenic Lake Wawasee to our guests. The Oakwood Tour Boat The Oakwood Tour Boat is in operation beginning the 3rd week of May and continues through mid-October. The tour boat departs from the Oakwood Pier each…

Celebrate National Enchilada Day on Cinco de Mayo!

Oakwood Resort announces their plan to celebrate National Enchilada Day at The Pier Restaurant.  Friday, May 5, from open to close, guests can enjoy seafood enchiladas with Spanish rice, ancho sauce, sour cream and guacamole for only $8.00. Relax and savor a great meal, scenic view and time with your family and friends while enjoying seafood enchiladas and special beverage specials to also mark Cinco de Mayo.  Margarita’s will be available either frozen or on the rocks for $5.00 and…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: May 2017

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4th Annual Derby Day Party

Oakwood Resort announces their 4th Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  From 11:30am until 6:00pm, enjoy counting down to the greatest 2 minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant & Bar will create a special menu for the event that features Burgoo Stew, Kentucky Hot Browns, Southern Gentleman Sliders with smoked pulled pork and unique drink specials that include such race day favorites as Mint Juleps…

How to Plan a Company Retreat

It can seem like attempting the impossible when it comes to trying to plan a corporate retreat or corporate outing at which employees have a great time while still getting a lot of work done. However, it certainly is possible to do so – you just need to know how to strike a good balance between the two. Fortunately, there are some people out there who plan training seminars at corporate retreat locations of all kinds for a living –…

3 Reasons Why a Corporate Retreat Is Good For Business

Discover Why a Corporate Outing Is Just What Your Business Needs If you own a small business or a mid-sized company, you might want to consider investing in a corporate retreat. While it might sound like just an excuse to get out of the office, getting your employees away from the daily grind is often just what the doctor ordered. Monotony can be a death sentence for morale and productivity. Asking your employees to keep their heads down and do…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: April 2017

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Mother’s Day Brunch 2017

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the family matriarch with an unforgettable brunch buffet served Sunday, May 14, 2017, from 10:00am until 2:30pm.  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be delighted to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet. An extensive selection that includes a wide variety of delicious menu items will be featured for the Mother’s Day Brunch and a carnation will be given to each Mother celebrating at The Pier Restaurant.  Priced…

Don’t Miss Our Lake Wawasee Boat Tours

Oakwood Resort proudly offers tours of scenic Lake Wawasee to guests on the Oakwood Tour Boat. The boat was originally custom-built by Winninghoff in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1986 for the U.S. Parks Departments for use as a canal tour boat in Maine. In July of 2013, Oakwood Resort acquired it and we’ve been using it ever since to take our guests on tours of the lake. At the time of this post, the Oakwood Tour Boat runs from Memorial Day…

2017 Wooden Boat Show

Oakwood Resort announces their pier area and boat slips will once again serve as the host site for the Wawasee Wooden Boat Show.  The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 10:00am until 5:00pm.  There will be a late day Thunder Run around Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake, for those wishing to participate but the event will not include any formal judging of the boats. Food and beverage service will be available through The Pier…

National Margarita Day!

In honor of National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22 from 3pm – 9:30pm, join us at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant & Bar for $5 margaritas.  Also enjoy blackened Mahi tacos, served with Mexican rice for an additional $10.  Please call 574-457-8700 for more information.

The Pier Restaurant and Bar: New Hours May 1 – September 30, 2017

Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 10:00am Continental Breakfast Only Continental Breakfast is complimentary to our overnight hotel guests. Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am – 11am Breakfast Buffet Breakfast Buffet Prices: Adults $16, Children 5-12 years old $8, Under 5 years FREE Lunch: Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm

Live Music at the Pier Bar: March 2017

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Our days are filled with “to-do” lists and there don’t ever seem to be enough hours in any day.  Too many times we focus on what we have to get done instead of doing what brings us joy.  Escape reality and enjoy a slice of paradise at Oakwood Resort!  There’s so much to do and experience – from our private beach area to a peaceful kayak adventure on Indiana’s largest natural lake.  You can also enjoy a bicycle ride around…

Our days are filled with “to-do” lists and there don’t ever seem to be enough hours in any day.  Too many times we focus on what we have to get done instead of doing what brings us joy.  Escape reality and enjoy a slice of paradise at Oakwood Resort!  There’s so much to do and experience – from our private beach area to a peaceful kayak adventure on Indiana’s largest natural lake.  You can also enjoy a bicycle ride around…

Easter Brunch at Oakwood Resort

Celebrate Easter and allow the professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful brunch buffet.  The meal will be served Sunday, April 16, 2017, from 10:00am until 2:30pm. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, compliments of Oakwood Resort, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with the Easter Bunny at no charge to parents.  An extensive selection of delicious menu…

Valentine’s Dinner 2017

Oakwood Resort is excited to introduce their chef-created Valentine’s Dinner menu for The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  This Valentine’s Day, celebrate in style with your significant other with an elegant dining experience.  The talented Culinary Team at The Pier Restaurant has created an upscale menu specifically for you and your special someone that will be offered Saturday, February 11, Tuesday, February 14 and Saturday, February 18. An extensive selection that includes a shared starter, choice of salad and also an…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: February 2017

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Oakwood Resort’s Outdoor Activities

All the Ways to Explore the Outdoors at Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee When you come to Oakwood Resort, you can take advantage of this gorgeous location on Lake Wawasee in more ways than one. We have over 27 acres of pristine property for more outdoor fun and adventure. More than just a lavish resort on the lake, Oakwood Resort gives you so many reasons to get outside and soak up the scenery. Take a look at all of the…

Syracuse-Wawasee Winter Carnival 2017

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort announces their beach area will serve as the host site for the Boomerang Backpacks Polar Plunge Fundraiser.  The Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, January 28, 2017, with registration opening at 3pm and the Plunge beginning at 3:30pm.  The mission of Boomerang Backpacks is to nourish low-income elementary school students on weekends by providing backpacks full of food and inspire high school students to experience community service through project-based learning. Priced at $25…

Celebrate Your Valentine

  Love is in the air at Oakwood Resort.  Celebrate with your sweetheart with a special dinner at The Pier & Back Porch available on the following dates: Saturday, February 11, Tuesday, February 14, or Saturday, February 18. $85/couple (exclusive of tax and gratuity).  Please call 574-457-8700 for reservations.   Valentine’s Menu Starter Fondue Blend of Imported Cheeses, Assortment of Breads and Vegetables   Salad Baby Kale and Blueberry Avocado, Feta, Toasted Walnut, Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette   Entrees (choice…

Banquet Halls Near Goshen That Are Perfect for Any Occasion!

Banquet halls are the perfect option whether you’re planning a wedding or organizing a formal corporate function. Fortunately, if you’re having an event in Goshen or any other area in Indiana, you can easily find the perfect Goshen banquet halls here at Oakwood Resort.   Hilltop Banquet Center Our Hilltop Banquet Center overlooks the gorgeous Lake Wawasee, giving you and your guests breathtaking views especially during sunset. The center has two stories and can accommodate 250 people on each floor,…

How to Start Planning your Next Company Meeting with Oakwood

Are you facing a dilemma for an upcoming important event at the office? Perhaps, you are planning a company meeting but running out of time. Or maybe the executives are coming and you need to organize a company meeting space near Fort Wayne, but you’re having trouble. Fortunately, we can offer you a solution to your problem. We can provide you with the best company meeting space near Fort Wayne. Oakwood Resort is simply the perfect place to hold important…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: January 2017

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What Makes Oakwood One of the Perfect Company Retreat Locations Near Chicago

Every business owner knows the importance of giving employees time to take a break from the daily grind to help them refocus. Whether you are running a small company in Chicago or managing more than 100 people, a company retreat offers benefits in more ways than one. That said, picking the right company retreat locations near Chicago is crucial to ensure that members of your team will know you want to take care of them, and in return, they will take…

Winter Tap Takeover

Oakwood Resort announces the 2016-17 winter season Tap Takeover dates at The Pier Restaurant.  Launching at 6pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016, Chapman’s of Angola, Indiana will be the first brewery featured. The following night, Friday, December 16, 2016, a fun interactive event has been planned.  From 6pm until 9pm, all patrons 21 and older can enjoy a pint of Blue Moon (priced at $6.00), then “Paint the Glass” to take home at the end of the evening. Four additional…

Oakwood Resort: Best Indiana Resorts for the Perfect Getaway with Family and Friends

Will you be traveling to Indiana for a family reunion or a weekend getaway with friends? Fortunately, the internet can help you look for options. However, having to check out a plethora of resorts can be time consuming. It can also make the decision-making more difficult from the many choices. Of the several Indiana resorts to choose from, Oakwood Resort is your best bet, whether you will be spending the weekend with your loved ones or getting a break from…

New Restaurant and Bar Hours Effective January 3, 2017

2017 Winter Hours January 3 – April 2, 2017 SUNDAY Breakfast Buffet   8:00am – 11:00am Lunch/Bar            11:00am – 3:00pm MONDAY Continental Breakfast    7:00am – 10:00am TUESDAY Continental Breakfast    7:00am – 10:00am Dinner/Bar                     3:00pm – 8:30pm WEDNESDAY Continental Breakfast    7:00am – 10:00am Dinner/Bar                     3:00pm – 8:30pm THURSDAY Continental Breakfast    7:00am – 10:00am Lunch                                      11:00am – 5:00pm Dinner                            5:00pm – 8:30pm Bar                                 11:00am – 10:00pm FRIDAY Continental Breakfast    7:00am – 10:00am Lunch                                      11:00am – 5:00pm Dinner                            5:00pm – 9:30pm Bar                                 11:00am…

Combining Work with a Fun Company Retreat

Are you looking for company retreat ideas near Chicago that will make the event feel less like work and more like fun? Although the goal is to promote camaraderie and productivity at the end of a retreat, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. There is a way to combine work with fun during a company event. Fun and play may coincide, but usually not fun and work. At least, not all the time. This is why…

Live Music at the Pier Bar: December 2016

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Finding the Right Company Meeting Space in Indiana

Negotiations are best done on neutral grounds, which is why business deals are often done outside of the office, often in a company meeting space where fun and professionalism can mix without the lines being blurred. There’s a venue for everything, including serious business meetings. What’s great about taking business outside of the confines of an office? It gives everyone a break from scenery that they see every day and it breaks any monotony they may be experiencing. Group meetings…

Ideas to Help Make Your Next Company Retreat Fun and Exciting

You can almost hear people groan every time you announce something related to corporate events. But it’s probably more painful for you planning the event, than it is for them. So why not rework the whole company retreat idea? Corporate retreats are important, for the simple reason that they can help boost productivity. With the right activities planned, they can promote cooperation, improve morale, encourage better communication, and provide employees an opportunity to relax and unwind together. The operative phrase,…

Breakfast with Santa 2016

Oakwood Resort announces their annual Breakfast with Santa at The Pier Restaurant.  The Culinary Team will provide you and your family members’ a delicious array of favorite items on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 8:00am until 11:00am. Before or after enjoying a delicious meal, Behind the Lens Photography (based in nearby Milford, Indiana) will be on hand to photograph children with Santa Claus.  Professional photography will be provided at no charge but parents and family members are welcome to also…

Seasonal Specials at The Pier Restaurant and Bar

Oakwood Resort announces the fall and winter seasonal specials at The Pier Restaurant and Bar.  Launching immediately, a budget-friendly $5.00 bar menu is available from open to close.  There are five menu items available that are designed to serve as shareable appetizers or late night snacks. Four drink specials have been created for guests to take advantage of, as well.  Wednesdays are “Wine Wednesday”, where guests can enjoy a glass of featured red or white wine for $5.00 or a…

Planning a Successful Company Retreat

Organizing a company retreat is hard, but putting together a fun and productive one is more difficult. Fortunately, it’s not impossible! You can take the following steps to plan a successful and memorable event for you and your staff.   Choose a great location There’s nothing wrong with going to a tropical destination, but remember that there are many excellent places here in the U.S. If you’re in the Midwest, for instance, why not look for company retreat locations near…

5 Factors to Look for in a Company Meeting Space

There’s nothing wrong with using your own office as a company meeting space, but there are times when it’s not the best choice. This is true particularly if you’re having a big meeting with a large number of participants that your office can’t possibly accommodate. This is also the case if you’re having a meeting with a VIP client or investor that you want to impress. The question now is this: how can you choose the right company meeting space…

Indiana Resorts for Family Vacations

In today’s busy society, being a workaholic — or at least devoting much of your time and energy to work — is considered the key to success. But, if you spend most of your day and week at the office instead of at home, take note that this isn’t really a good thing. Sure, you may be impressing your boss and possibly increasing your chances of getting a raise, but you’re not exactly making yourself and your family happy. So does…

Best Company Meeting Space: Oakwood Resort

Oakwood Resort is popular as a great place to host weddings and spend family vacations. What many people don’t know, though, is that it can also be an excellent company meeting space. So, if you’re planning to meet with VIP clients, investors and suppliers, or if you want to bring your managers together for a monthly or annual meeting, you won’t go wrong with choosing us as your venue. “Why should I opt for Oakwood when there are many other…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: November 2016

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Gift Card to The Pier & Back Porch: The Perfect Present

We are a special for anyone purchasing $100 in gift cards.  Now through December 18, 2016, individuals will receive a free $10 gift card with each $100 gift card purchase. Every gift list has them; those people who have everything.  What to give those people can create unnecessary stress at an already stressful time.  Take the guesswork out of gift giving and share The Pier & Back Porch experience with your family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors.  Instead of selecting gift…

New Restaurant and Bar Hours Effective October 3, 2016

Beginning Sunday, October 2, The Pier Restaurant and Bar will close at 3:00pm each Sunday and will not be in operation Mondays and Tuesdays.  The complimentary Continental breakfast offered to hotel guests will be available from 7:00am until 10:00am weekdays with the breakfast buffet being offered to hotel guests and local residents Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am until 11:00am. Lunch will be available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00am until 5:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am until 3:00pm.  The full dinner menu…

NYE 2016

Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant announce a special New Years Eve Celebration.  The event will take place Saturday evening, December 31, 2016, from 7:30pm until 1:00am.  The Pier’s talented and professional culinary team will create and serve a four-course meal for all guests in attendance. The special New Years Eve package includes overnight accommodations in a deluxe guest room, four-course dinner for two in The Pier Restaurant, live musical entertainment provided by the West Central Quartet, a champagne toast…

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Plan to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Pier Restaurant.  Celebrate Thanksgiving Day and allow the professional and experienced culinary team at The Pier Restaurant to provide you and your family members’ a bountiful buffet.  The meal will be served Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 10:00am until 2:30pm. An extensive selection of delicious menu items will be featured on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Priced at $28 for adults, $14 for children aged 5 to 12 and…

Why Oakwood Should Be the Location of Your Next Company Retreat

If your idea of a company retreat location involves a beautiful setting by the lake with a good combination of indoor and outdoor amenities, then Oakwood Resort is the perfect place for you. Oakwood Resort is a convenient choice for companies looking for a company retreat location near Warsaw, as it is only a short drive away. Why take a Company Retreat? Research has proven the effectiveness of regular breaks for businesses. Doing so allows staff members to recharge their…

October 22, 2016: Wine Tasting and Appetizers

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort announces an interactive social afternoon of fun.  A wine tasting will take place in the bar area on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.  This event will be open to all adults 21 and older and will be hosted by The Pier and Back Porch overlooking Indiana’s largest natural lake.  The tasting will be presented by a representative from Republic National Distribution Company. Priced at $15.00 per person, any number…

Oakwood Resort: Indiana’s Favorite Retreat Center Near Goshen

Are you tired of searching “team building retreats near me” over and over on the internet, without finding the perfect meeting spaces? Your search for hotel venues that are perfect for team building activities ends with Oakwood Resort! Less than 30 minutes away from Goshen is one of the most dramatically beautiful company retreat locations: Oakwood Resort. Sitting on the edge of Lake Wawasee, the largest natural lake in Indiana, the resort may be more known as a destination for…

Best Corporate Meeting Locations near Indianapolis

Located right in the middle of Indiana is the capital city of Indianapolis which is the largest city in the state. Known as the Crossroads of America for all the interstates that meet near the city center. Being the cultural and economic center of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, it is home to Fortune 500 companies, Fortune 1000 companies as well as other notable businesses. So what happens when any one of the hundreds of companies in the city needs a venue…

Corporate Meeting Locations at Oakwood Resort

Are you looking for corporate meeting locations near Chicago and its surrounding areas? Are you searching for a meeting place that’s not just ideal for business but for relaxation as well? If that is the case, the conference rooms at Oakwood Resort are the ideal fit for you. Located less than three hours away from Chicago, Oakwood Resort is situated on the edge of Lake Wawasee, the largest natural lake in Indiana. Centrally located, the resort is close to many…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: October 2016

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Best Corporate Retreat Venues at Oakwood Resort

Working in the city has its benefits, but you have to admit that it also has several downsides. It exposes you to pollution, puts you in the center of rush-hour traffic, and generally makes you more stressed. Of course, you can bet your last dollar that these drawbacks don’t only affect you but also your employees! It may be time to consider looking for a corporate retreat venue.   Why not give your staff and yourself a break and at…

Indiana Resorts: Oakwood and the “Woodie” Boat Parade

Every Sunday morning at 10:00am between Memorial Day and Labor Day on Lake Wawasee, the roar of old engines can be heard as a parade of classic wooden boats makes its way around the lake. The Thunder Run showcases the best of what Indiana Resorts have to offer and it begins at Conklin Bay just outside the back door of The Oakwood Resort. The idea of the Thunder Run first came about during a discussion between Bill Coon and Jeff…

Hotels in Goshen? Consider Staying with Oakwood Resort Instead

There are lots of hotels in Goshen and nearby areas, so why should you choose to stay at Oakwood Resort when you visit Indiana? Well, there are several reasons for this, but one of the most compelling is that we’re the ideal place to stay for families. So, if you have children, or looking for a romantic getaway then you’ll find that staying at Oakwood Resort can lead to a fun and memorable trip since we offer:   Exciting Holiday…

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at The Pier and Back Porch

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort announces their plan to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at The Pier Restaurant.  Sunday, September 18, from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm, guests can enjoy a cheeseburger with a side of French fries for only $7.00. Relax and dine in the restaurant or on the shaded outdoor patio and savor a great meal, scenic view and time with your family and friends while paying homage to America’s favorite sandwich.  Seasoned to near perfection,…

What the Best Resort Hotels near Shipshewana Indiana Offer

Are you looking for resort hotels in Shipshewana, Warsaw resort hotels, or simply a beautiful place to stay in Indiana? If you are, you need to know what to look for when choosing a place. There are several things you must consider, but one of the most important aspects is the amenities each has to offer. The best Shipshewana, Indiana hotels provide a range of features that will help you relax and unwind, making your stay truly comfortable and unforgettable. Some…

One of the Best Indiana Resorts and Events to Experience

Indiana may not be as popular as Florida, California, and New York as far as being a tourist destination, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting. In fact, if you want in on some fun and exciting events, you cannot miss out on the Hoosier State! Indiana hosts numerous events every month, and there are lots of options and Indiana resorts for you to choose from.     Fun Events for the Whole Family If you love music,…

The Pier Restaurant & Bar: New Hours Effective October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016 – April 30, 2017 Beginning October 3rd, the Restaurant & Bar will close at 3pm on Sundays and will be closed all day on Mondays & Tuesdays. Beginning on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 the Restaurand & Bar will also be closed all day on Wednesdays. Continental breakfast will continue daily. Exeptions include: Restaurant opened these dates: October 11, October 18, October 24 & 25 Restaurant closed these dates: Monday, December 19 through Thursday, December 29 Additional execptions may be extended at…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: September 2016

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Why You Should Have Your Company Retreat at Oakwood Resort

Company retreats are important in the growth of businesses, which is why many entrepreneurs are scrambling to organize these events and look for the right venues for their retreats. Several executives approach this situation by buying luxury homes with plenty of acreage and turning these into retreats that give high Return on Investment (such as those featured in the video). But, if you don’t have a big budget, it would be impossible to purchase large properties and turn them into…

Enjoy Stunning Lakes at Shipshewana and Oakwood Resort

If you’re planning to visit Indiana, one of the places that should be on your itinerary is Shipshewana. It might not be as popular as other tourist destinations but, if you want to have a glimpse of what the real Indiana is like, you’ll see that this town is definitely worth a day or two — or even a week —of your vacation time.   Things to Do in Shipshewana, Indiana So, what exactly can you expect when you go…

A Romantic Summer Getaway at Oakwood Resort

When people think about summer, they usually imagine going on beach vacations, hiking and camping trips, or surfing lessons. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to realize that they’re not the only things you can do during the warm months! If you’re married or you’re in a relationship, why not go on a romantic getaway with your sweetheart? By doing this, you’ll spend quality time with each other (something that you may not be able to do much…

Why Oakwood is the Indiana Resort You Are Looking For

If you’re planning to have a company retreat, family reunion, graduation or even an anniversary in Indiana, you’re probably looking for potential venues in the area. Fortunately, you’ll be spoiled with choices since there are many different Indiana resorts. But remember: not all resorts are created equal, so you should do your research and choose the best possible option. This can be difficult to do at first glance, but you can make it easier by knowing what to look for…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: August 2016

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July 27, 2016: Wine and Canvas

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort announces an interactive evening of fun.  Local Syracuse artist, Kathy Boyts will instruct her final “wine and canvas” event before her relocation to Florida.  This event has been scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 6:00pm until 9:30pm.  Kathy will instruct guests how to turn a blank canvas into a fun, brightly colored floral print.  The event is planned outside Oakwood Resort’s waterfront restaurant on the beautiful Lakeside Patio overlooking Indiana’s largest…

Family Fun for Everyone

Our front desk associates often hear, “So, we’re here and having so much fun, we’d like to extend our stay but what activities to you have nearby for our entire family to enjoy?” Well, they’ll soon be in luck!  Nestled amongst the cornfields in nearby Goshen (a mere 15 miles from Oakwood Resort) lies the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Budget-Friendly Activities Traditionally, this long awaited 9-day event is held the final week of July each year.  Admission cost is FREE…

Why Oakwood Resort is the Perfect Corporate Retreat Location

Corporate retreats will never be the same again once you stay at Oakwood Resort. Here are the main reasons why it is referred to by many as the perfect corporate retreat location. Reuniting the Workforce from Key Locations of the Company. Choosing Oakwood Resort to facilitate the reunion of teams from different locations will definitely be a sure winner. Taking Them to a Location Away from Their Workplace. By moving them out of their workplace to come to Oakwood Resort,…

Kendallville’s Apple Festival: Make it a weekend.

Northern Indiana is an area that prides itself with many seasonal festivals and celebrations.  From the large Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne to the smaller Ligonier Marshmallow Festival, people in Northern Indiana find themselves with a great selection of events to entertain the whole family. Festivals Provide Family Fun It’s undeniable that families in today’s culture have more obstacles in the way of quality family time together.  The many festivals, like the Kendallville Apple Festival, make a great option for…

Envision Improvement with Style and Comfort at the Oakwood Resort

Goshen city is Elkhart’s county seat in the state of Indiana in the United States. It is home to recreational vehicle industries that center around the RV and automotive businesses. It is where custom bodies for automotive components are built and headquarters to some RV manufacturing companies. The city is greatly associated with manufacturing businesses, which means that people employed in this area are dedicated to their work. Otherwise, the city wouldn’t be having such a reputation as the center for…

Oakwood Resort: Best Corporate Retreat Destination for those near Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN is home to a thriving economy with fast access to the tri-state area. Employment is booming thanks to the local manufacturing sector. It is also a hotspot for the distribution, logistics, transportation, healthcare, leisure and hospitality industries, among others. Many businesses are now based in Fort Wayne, and these companies can make the most of their time in the area by taking their employees on a corporate retreat. Lots of these companies have their own ways of…

Why Oakwood Resort Is the Best Corporate Retreat Center Location in Indiana

Indianapolis is a monument to the success of American companies, being the fourth in the U.S. to earn the fastest growth in high-tech jobs. Likewise, its biotechnology, healthcare, and life sciences in central Indiana are among the major sectors contributing to the economy of the city. The best part about it…it’s only about two hours and forty minutes south of Oakwood Resort, one of the most popular retreat centers in Indiana. It is undeniable that one of the secrets of…

Inaugural Car Show 2016

Oakwood Resort and Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation presents INAUGURAL CAR SHOW WHERE: Oakwood Resort WHEN: Sunday, July 24, 2016 Registration On-Site: 10:30am -12pm Show: 12pm – 2:30pm Judging: 2:30pm – 3pm ENTRY FEE: $20 per car Food vendors + more! CATEGORIES TO BE JUDGED: Current Classic Future Classic People’s Choice Marquis Class (cars valued $100,000+) On-Site Registration For more information, please contact Megan McClellan ed@syracusewawaseetrails.com Event proceeds to go to Syracuse- Wawasee Park Foundation to fund the continuance of the trails around Lake…

Father’s Day Barbecue Buffet

Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort announces their Father’s Day Barbecue Buffet at The Pier Restaurant.  Our fathers give us so much love, time, advice, support, time and understanding.  This Father’s Day, give the family patriarch what he really enjoys; a relaxed, delicious meal with the most important people in his life.  An unforgettable barbecue buffet will be served Sunday, June 19, 2016, from 10:00am until 6:00pm. The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant is…

Garden Party Fundraiser: POSTPONED

This event has been postponed.  This event will be rescheduled to a date that works better for the members of the community.   Please check back for updates.   Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence winner, Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant announce a special Garden Party Fundraiser that will be hosted at the Lakeside Patio.  The event will take place Friday evening, June 24, 2016, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm.  The Pier’s talented and professional culinary team will create both hot…

Live Music at the Pier Bar: July 2016

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Oakwood Resort: Then and Now

Oakwood Resort isn’t just one of the best couple resorts in Indiana, but it’s also one of the oldest. Founded in 1893, the resort was originally a camp meeting ground for people who wanted to strengthen their spirituality while enjoying recreational activities. It has undergone several renovations and improvements over the years, but more than a century after its inception, Oakwood Resort remains dedicated to helping guests revitalize their physical, mental, and emotional energy.   Today, Oakwood Resort has become…

Spend Your Family Vacations at Oakwood Resort

Taking a family trip overseas is fun and exciting but, if you want to avoid the high costs and hassle of going abroad, the best thing you can do is to go on a staycation with your loved ones. By doing this, you can spend quality time with each other while knowing more about your community and enjoying the wonders that it has to offer. Don’t worry since there are lots of fantastic places where you can spend your staycation.…

Company Retreats: How They Can Help You and Your Business

Like many business owners, you are most likely focused on improving your bottom line, increasing productivity levels in the workplace, and motivating your employees to work harder and smarter. There’s nothing wrong with  taking these steps — in fact, they’re highly important in achieving success — but you have to realize that these aren’t the only things you should do. If you want to enhance your corporate culture and create a stronger workforce, you should consider organizing regular company retreats.…

Why Should You Have Your Wedding at Oakwood Resort?

Finding the right venue for your wedding is one of the biggest tasks that you are going to have to take on. It’s also one of the most challenging: if you’re not careful, you can easily end up with a location that isn’t large enough to accommodate all your guests, one that doesn’t match your wedding theme, or one that can’t provide you with the services and amenities you need.   Fortunately, you can avoid these scenarios by opting to…

Live Music at the Pier Bar: June 2016

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May 24, 2016: Wine & Canvas

In March, Oakwood Resort hosted the first Wine & Canvas Event, and we’re doing it again! Join us on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on our beautiful Lakeside Patio, when Kathy Boyts, owner of Creative Fish Gallery, instructs guests how to turn a blank canvas into this colorful fish.  Guests will enjoy cocktails while painting their masterpieces. $35/per person; This event is open to the first 40 people who RSVP.  Please reserve your spot now by calling Oakwood Resort…

Tap Takeover

Seven dates have been planned to allow guests a great opportunity to enjoy incredible local and regional craft beers.  In addition to great brews, a limited supply of giveaway items will be available for guests.  Flights of four will be offered for a cost of only $7.00 each evening a Tap Takeover is scheduled. “Our Tap Takeovers are a great opportunity for our guests to enjoy a wide variety of craft beers,” said Restaurant Manager, Aaron Smith.  “We’re excited to partner…

Derby Day Party 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 Oakwood Resort is excited announce their 3rd Annual Derby Day Party at The Pier Restaurant.  Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 11:30am until 6:00pm, and enjoy counting down to the greatest TWO minutes in sports!  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be creating a special menu that features Kentucky Hot Browns, Burgoo Stew, Pork Belly Sliders, and unique drink specials that include race day favorites such as Mint Juleps…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: May 2016

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 8, 2016 10am This Mother’s Day, celebrate the family matriarch with an unforgettable brunch buffet served Sunday, May 8, 2016 beginning at 10am.  The talented and professional culinary team at The Pier Restaurant will be delighted to provide you and your family members a bountiful brunch buffet. An extensive selection that includes New Zealand lamb chops, roasted beef tenderloin, and a wide variety of delicious menu items will be featured for the Mother’s Day Brunch and a carnation will…

Live Music at The Pier Bar: April 2016

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Girlfriends’ Getaway Package: Currently Unavailable

This package is currently unavailable.   This package is the perfect excuse for a getaway with your best friend. We provide the location and details, and you provide the laughter. Create new memories and start a new tradition with your BFF. Package includes: Deluxe Queen/Queen guestroom for one night One bottle of house wine delivered to your room (Chardonnay or Cabernet) Box of chocolates Two mini pedicures at our J-Three Aveda Spa* Gift bag filled with salt scrubs and all…

The Pier Restaurant & Bar New Hours!

Effective May 2 through October 2016 The Pier Restaurant & Bar will operate under the following hours: Breakfast: Monday – Friday 7am –  10am: Complimenatry Continental Breakfast to our overnight guests. Saturday & Sunday 8am – 11 am: Breakfast Buffet, open to the public, $12/person Lunch: Monday – Sunday 11am – 5pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9:30pm Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10:30pm Bar Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 11pm Friday & Saturday 11am – 12:30am* *Bar…

Spring Break 2016 “Staycation” Family Package

Enjoy a relaxing experience close to home yet far from ordinary!  Grab your calendar, pick a date, pack your bags… Package includes: One-night stay in a deluxe room with 2 Queen beds $50 food and beverage credit to The Pier Restaurant An array of family-friendly movies, available to watch in your guest room or hotel library Select your favorite board game and engage in friendly competition during Family Game Night Toast your own S’mores at our evening lakeside campfires Wrap-up…

Oakwood Resort Hosts First Wine & Canvas Event

Oakwood Resort hosted its first Wine & Canvas event on March 1, 2016. Kathy Boyts, owner of Creative Fish Gallery joined our 40 guests as the instructor from 6:30 until 9:00 that evening. While the weather was chilly and snowy, our artists painted a beautiful landscape featuring a sailboat silhouette on Lake Wawasee against a sunset background. Everyone who attended this inaugural event enjoyed chatting, painting, and a great evening while nibbliig on appetizers and sipping on cocktails. Our team…

Moms’ Night Out

April 28, 2016 Thursday 5:30-9 p.m. at Ceruti’s Summit Park (6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818) Moms Night Out is back and Oakwood Resort is excited to be a part of this fun night! Join together with other moms to enjoy a night of shopping, style, and fun. Each ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, chocolate fountain, a special tote bag, plus entertainment, and stage presentations. You can also register for valuable door prizes! A cash bar will be available. Admission: $20 in advance  •  $25 at the door…

Live Music on April 16, 2016: Jon Durnell Duo

April 16, 2016                           8pm to 11pm at The Pier Bar at Oakwood Resort Jon Durnell Duo The Jon Durnell Duo is a two-man band featuring Jon Durnell on guitar, vocals and backing tracks and Logan Weber on saxophone. Together they play interesting and unique renditions of many of the hottest pop, rock, blues and dance songs that you have come to know and love! From the Beatles to today’s hits, the Jon Durnell Duo plays the perfect mix of music…

Live Music on April 9, 2016: Chris Worth

April 9, 2016                              8pm to 11pm at The Pier Bar at Oakwood Resort Chris Worth Whether you want to dance till you drop or enjoy nostalgia you can’t go wrong with Chris Worth. Chris provides an uplifting, dance-able R&B music collection and is known to be one of Fort Wayne’s finest singers. No Cover Charge. Free Parking.  Visit Chris’ website.  

Live Music on April 2, 2016: Basketcase

April 2, 2016                              8pm to Midnight at The Pier Bar at Oakwood Resort Basketcase As one half of Yellow Dead Bettys, Chris and Renata formed an unusual, yet undeniably strong musical bond. Oldies, Classic Rock, Alternative and Contemporary pop collide into an eclectic show that transcends the acoustic duo genre. The resulting chaos can only be described as BASKETCASE. No cover charge and free parking.  Visit their Facebook page.

Welcome to the Oakwood Team, Jill Garris!

We are so excited to welcome JILL GARRIS, Marketing/Sales Manager, to the Oakwood Team. Jill began her career in Marketing at Dockers Footwear (a licensee of Levi Strauss) in Nashville, Tennessee.  Most recently, she served as the Marketing and Group Sales Manager at Das Dutchman Essenhaus for nearly 11 years and at Nelson’s Catering & Fundraising for the past 1-1/2 years.  She is thrilled for the opportunity to return to the hospitality and tourism industry and “can’t imagine a more…

Easter Brunch 2016: March 27, 2016 *Menu Available

March 27 (Sunday), 2016 10am – 2:30pm Easter Brunch Oakwood Resort and The Pier Restaurant & Bar welcomes you celebrate Easter this year by letting us do the work, so you can enjoy your family and friends. In addition to a delicious meal, kids can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny; photography provided by Behind the Lens Photography. Prices will be $26 for adults, $14 for children 5-12 years od, and free for children under 5 years old.…

Flotilla Road Race: July 4, 2016

July 4 (Monday), 2016 Flotilla Road Race   This is the 39th running of this popular road race which starts at the Syracuse Community Center and has various running/walking options.  For more information visit www.wawaseeflotilla.com.

Oakwood Fine Arts Festival: August 27, 2016

August 27 (Saturday), 2016  10am Oakwood Fine Arts Festival This event features premiere, juried, fine arts and is held outdoors at Oakwood Resort.  There is free admission and the day includes local entertainment, food for purchase, and a children’s art experience.  Click here for artists’ application.  For more details, please visit Chautauqua Wawasee’s website.

Tour des Lakes: July 9, 2016

July 9 (Saturday), 2016  7am – 9:30am   Tour Des Lakes The Syracuse-Wawasee is proud to present the 7th annual Tour des Lakes bike ride! The Tour des Lakes is a leisurely bike ride through gently rolling hills and scenery around our beautiful lakes in Kosciusko County. Our tour travels around over 8 lakes beginning with our very own Syracuse Lake, Lake Wawasee, Papakeechee Lake, Webster Lake, Tippecanoe Lake, and several other small lakes along the way. Between the lakes…

Fireworks Over Lake Wawasee: July 2, 2016

July 2 (Saturday), 2016 4th of July Weekend Fireworks on Lake Wawasee Celebrate Independence Day by watching a spectacular fireworks show on the edge of Lake Wawasee.  At Oakwood Resort, we have the perfect place to see the show from our beautiful lawn and back patio.  Complete your celebration with food and drinks from The Pier Restaurant & Bar.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Patriotic Pops Concert: June 28, 2016

June 28 (Tuesday), 2016  7:30pm – 9pm   Fort Wayne Philharmonic Patriotic Pops Concert Come out to our lawn, right on the edge of Lake Wawasee, and enjoy a community concert sponsored by Steel Dynamics and our generous community.  Come by boat, or bring your chairs, blanket, family, and friends.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  In the event of rain or extreme heat, the concert will be held at Wawasee High School.  Free admission.

Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Experience: May 27, 2016

May 27 (Friday), 2016  7pm – 9:30pm   Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Experience This event returns in 2016 by popular demand.  Held at the beautiful Hilltop Banquet Center, this unforgettable experience includes hearty appetizers, entertainment, and samples of a variety of wines, cheeses, and chocolates.

Purdue Glee Club: April 15, 2016

April 15 (Friday), 2016  7pm – 8:30pm   Purdue Glee Club Performance The Purdue Varsity Glee Club is the principle vocal group of Purdue University.  This select ensemble has a versatile repertoire that will entertain audiences of all ages.  $10 for adults; $5 for children.  Limited number of tickets are available. Purchase Tickets.

Zumba for a Cause: March 18, 2016

March 18 (Friday), 2016  6:30pm Zumba Dance Party Lakeside Fitness, Oakwood Resort, and Chautauqua-Wawasee join forces to provide Zumba for a Cause: Two hours of Zumba with the area’s best instructors, music, appetizers, and cash bar benefiting Destiny Rescue – helping to end child trafficking around the world. The cash bar opens at 6:30pm and will be available through 9:30pm. Zumba starts at 7pm. $15 per person, includes Zumba, snacks, and water; located at Hilltop Banquet Center. Reserve our spot now, or pay…

Live Music on March 26, 2016: 1 Adam 12

March 26, 2016       8pm to Midnight at The Pier & Back Porch at Oakwood Resort 1 Adam 12 1Adam12 is a classic rock acoustic act that plays the best of the 60’s through the present. Adam is great at bringing these songs alive with his personal touch and digital effects. This act is fun for all. No cover charge and free parking.

Live Music on March 19, 2016: The Motor Folkers

March 19, 2016                       8pm to 11pm at The Pier Bar at Oakwood Resort The Motor Folkers The Motor Folkers (aka Greg & Jeff) was formed to entertain the masses with energy driven acoustic music! They pack every venue they play with fans who dance the night away. This is a band that people come to watch for the whole night because of the great variety of music they play, the stage dress and last but not least, the incredible showmanship!…

Live Music on March 12 and April 23 , 2016: Charlie Rocket

March 12 and April 23, 2016                       8pm to Midnight at The Pier & Back Porch at Oakwood Resort Charlie Rocket This trio has a style all their own playing soft rock to psychedelic. No cover charge and free parking.

Live Music on March 5 and April 30, 2016: Will Certain

March 5, 2016                          8pm to Midnight at The Pier & Back Porch at Oakwood Resort Will Certain Will’s music does not simply scratch the surface. It hits deep. Connects with the listener on an intimate level, and leaves them wanting more.It’s like peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, with potato chips on the side. A little sweet, thick and rich, and then some salty crunch!If you have not had the chance to see Will live, you are missing out. Regardless…

Live Music on February 27, 2016: Swick & Jones

February 27, 2016                8pm to Midnight at The Pier & Back Porch at Oakwood Resort Swick & Jones Matt Swick and Garry Jones have been bringing their brand of acoustic music to the Northeast Indiana music scene since 2009. Having met at the Brew’Ha Coffee House in Columbia City, IN, both musicians have been heavily involved in the thriving music scene in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. Swick and Jones bring together elements of folk, blues, Americana, rock, and…

Couple’s Getaway Package

  Let us help you make the most of a special getaway for two. Package includes: Chocolate truffles and assorted fruit platter delivered to your room Bottle of sparkling wine delivered to your room Dinner for 2 in The Pier & Back Porch, up to $50. Checkout extended to 12 noon. Price: $60 Please call (574) 457-7100.  Reservations by phone only. *Only redeemable with a minimum one-night stay in our guest rooms or luxury suites.

Luxury Spa Package: Currently Unavailable

This package is currently unavailable. Relax and rejuvenate at our on-site Aveda Spa & Salon. Package includes: Select ONE of the following spa services provided by J-Three Spa & Salon: 60 minute Swedish massage 60 minute Elemental Nature Facial Manicure & Pedicure *Services are by appointment only and are based upon availability. After purchasing this package over the phone, you must call the salon directly to schedule your service. J-Three Spa & Salon: (574) 337-1005 AND $50 gift certificate to…

Patriot’s Day 2015

Oakwood Resort is proud to be a part of Wawasee Navy SEAL’s Patriots Weekend.  On Saturday, July 25, plane formations flew over the resort and parachuters delighted and entertained the crowd.

Aaron Smith | The Pier & Back Porch | Restaurant Manager

We are so excited to welcome Aaron Smith, Restaurant Manager back to the Oakwood Resort Team.

Ice Fishing Tournament at Oakwood Resort Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ice Fishing Tournament at Oakwood Resort Saturday, February 21, 2015 The following was posted by Indiana Anglers: Alright Anglers, time for the IndianaAngler.com Ice Fishing Series! Our series dates are as follows: Jan. 31 – Webster Lake Registration – 7am Ye Olde Tackle in North Webster, IN Feb 7 – Pike Lake, Registration – 7am Albertsons Sport Shop in Warsaw, IN Feb 21 – Lake Wawasee Registration – 7am Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, IN Categories are: Bluegill/redear and Crappie $20…

Winter Festival 2015

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Memorial Day 2014

Browse through pictures from our Memorial Day celebration, which was kicked off with the amazing John Kirkwood Band!

Easter 2014

Browse through pictures from our Easter celebration!  Oakwood strives to provide a family friendly environment for memories to be made.

Winter 2013/2014

Even through the winter time, Oakwood Resort is a place for fun and family!

Valentine’s Day Package

Only valid Friday, February 13, 2015 or Saturday, February 14, 2015 Package 1: Deluxe room accommodations 1 bottle of champagne & chocolate-coved strawberries delivered to your room Four-course dinner for two in The Pier Restaurant & Bar $189 plus tax Package 2: Luxury suite accommodations 1 bottle of champagne & chocolate-coved strawberries delivered to your room Four-course dinner for two in The Pier Restaurant & Bar $239 plus tax Are you looking for Valentine’s Day dinner plans without without the…

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702 E. Lake View Rd,
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