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The History of Donna’s Premier Lodging

Donna's Premier Lodging - Thursday, March 12, 2015

We often times get guests wondering how Donna's Premier Lodging started.  I sat down with Donna Marie this week and got the scoop....

In 1988, Donna Marie Golden bought an Amish home that would later become Donna’s Premier Lodging. Her initial intentions were to renovate the house into a rental property (duplex). In the middle of renovations she decided to turn the lower section into a Bed and Breakfast room called the Country Heart Room and in May of 1991 Donna’s Country Bed and Breakfast opened for business.

It did not take long for Donna Marie to realize her passion and renovated the upstairs into three additional Bed and Breakfast rooms; Country Bear, Peaches and Cream and the Dainty Heart Room.

It was during this time that Donna Marie interacted with many honeymoon and anniversary couples and decided that her next venture would be a romantic bed and breakfast type accommodation perfect for a couple’s getaway….complete with an in-room Jacuzzi and a gas log fireplace. When Donna Marie bought the Amish home back in ’88 the property also came with a barn. Through Donna Marie’s vision this barn became what is now Cottage #1. With the popularity of Cottage #1, Donna Marie soon followed up with construction of Cottage #2.

In 1995 a property south of town with 6 wooded acres and a small cabin came available for purchase. Donna Marie jumped on the opportunity and renovated the cabin with a Jacuzzi and fireplace and aptly named this cabin the “Original Log Cabin”. Not long after, in 1996 Chalet #1 and #2 were built.

After purchasing a neighbor’s house beside the Cottages, more renovations began and the Bridal Suites came into fruition in early 1998. Below their house was a large garden which soon became the location of the three Villas in late ’98.

In March 2001 construction on the Cedar Cabins began and were available for rent by July 2001. With the completion of the Cedar Cabins, Donna Marie saw the need for a larger office space and renovated the Bed and Breakfast rooms into what is now our commercial kitchen, office and lobby and Donna’s Country Bed and Breakfast became Donna’s Premier Lodging.

The final major renovation came in 2004 when the space below the office became the Sauna Suite; complete with an invigorating in-room steam sauna.

Today Donna’s Premier Lodging boasts 17 accommodations for couples all featuring an in-room Jacuzzi and a gas log fireplace – the perfect destination for a honeymoon or romantic get-a-way! We’ve expanded our package list for the ultimate experience and now offer in-room massages, chocolate covered strawberries, birthday cakes and a whole host of other sweetheart packages. Donna’s Premier Lodging has become a popular destination for intimate weddings and elopements. In the plans for this spring is a brand new pavilion on our main grounds located near our waterfalls. This 10’ x 10’ pavilion will offer a location for outdoor weddings; complete with Azek hardwood flooring, deluxe tongue & groove cedar ceiling, double roof and lighting.

So drop the kids off at grandmas for the weekend and take some time to rekindle the fire and see for yourself why Donna’s Premier Lodging has been a favorite vacation spot in Ohio since 1991.

1) Construction of main office
2) Original Donna’s Country Bed and Breakfast exterior
3) The Country Heart Room exterior (now the Sauna Suite)
4) Original Donna’s Country Bed and Breakfast exterior
5) The barn that is now Cottage #1
6) Construction of one of the Cedar Cabins
7) The barn that is now Cottage #1 and the back of the office
8) The house which is now the Bridal Suites building
9) The Original Log Cabin before renovations
10) Construction of the Bridal Suites building
11) Construction of one of the Cedar Cabins



Jeri commented on 12-Mar-2015 08:18 PM

I love that you have something so unique to the area and you take such great care of your guests!!
It's very nice to read the history behind where you are at today :)
Love it!!

us commented on 24-Aug-2015 05:18 PM

Awesome story!

Anonymous commented on 28-Aug-2015 08:36 AM

We have been going to Donna's every year for the past 15 years for birthdays or anniversaries and have stayed in most of the accommodations......some 3 or 4 times each. So very relaxing. We will be staying again next week and have told our friends about it. They will be coming in 3 weeks.

Sally commented on 12-Apr-2016 05:21 AM

“If you want to win, beat everyone else.” -My 92 yr Old Grandpa It sounds like Donna has "won"

Ellis Culpit commented on 12-Apr-2016 09:21 AM

This is such an amazing story! I'm so glad Donna Marie had the vision to create such a wonderful oasis for couples.

Amber commented on 28-May-2016 08:20 PM

I just love stayin at Donna's. Such friendly people and amazingly clean rooms! Can i borrow ur housekeepers??? lol

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