“Weird Ohio” recommends the Longaberger corporate headquarters and factory in Newark as one of the state’s kooky must-see destinations. The striking structure replicates the Medium Market basket--amplified 160 times the size. In Frazeysburg 20 miles northeast, you can create your own basket at the Longaberger Homestead. Organize a group factory tour with 15 to 50 to receive up to three free gifts. The local hotels near Longaberger offer out-of-the-ordinary lodging that can enhance your trip.
The Place Off the Square
Longaberger owns and operates the Place Off the Square hotel, located less than four miles east of the company’s Newark hub. The hotel accessorizes guest suites with Longaberger products. You can choose from vacation packages that include basket-making, a factory tour, exclusive baskets, breakfast in one of the hotel’s two restaurants and a round at the Longaberger Golf Club. The indoor pool is heated during the chilly Ohio winter.
Broadway Guest House
The home-turned-hotel Broadway Guest House offers spacious, private accommodations for groups up to six people. The three-bedroom lodging 9.9 miles west of the Longaberger factory in Granville is situated on a wooded property in a New England-style town. You have all the comforts of home including a two-car garage, 50-inch plasma television and LG washer and dryer. The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Enjoy the wooded landscape scenery from one of the rocking chairs on the sprawling front porch or relax on a wicker love seat in the screened back porch.
Cherry Valley Lodge
The Cherry Valley Lodge, 7 miles west of the Longaberger factory in Newark, offers 200 double queen, king and suite lodging choices decorated in a rustic country style with knotty wood furniture in a color palette of burgundy and forest green. Amenities include a library, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center and landscaped courtyard. For a fee, you can visit the on-property giant CoCo Key Water Resort.
The National Register of Historic Places includes the Granville Inn, an English manor hotel located 9 miles west of the Longaberger factory in Granville. Coal and railroad executive John Sutphin Jones had the Granville Inn constructed in 1923 and its 1924 opening drew 5,000 revelers. The stately stone property has 27 rooms and three suites in period décor with floral-print wall covering and classic furniture pieces. The hotel’s three eating areas include outdoor patio dining and a “Wine Spectator” Award of Excellence winner.
- “Weird Ohio: Your Travel Guide to Ohio's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets”: Andrew Henderson , Andy Henderson and James A Willis ; 2005
- Longaberger: Vacation Packages
- The Palace Off the Squre: Events and Vacation Packages
- Broadway Guest House: Amenities
- Cherry Valley Lodge: Photo Tour
- Granville Inn: Lodging