Hotel at a Glance: Oakwood Resort
Oakwood Resort has stood on the shores of Lake Wawasee—Indiana’s largest natural lake—since 1893. Guests of the resort have easy access to a slew of activities, which in the winter include ice fishing, skiing, ice skating, and snowmobile riding. The resort is within a 2.5-hour drive of Chicago, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids, making it an easy weekend escape.
- Enjoy the scenery: Rooms and suites overlook the lake or a courtyard; all of them feature in-room Keurig coffeemakers and flat-screen high-definition TVs.
- Stay connected with complimentary WiFi.
- Fresh seafood and steaks are served at The Pier, where you can also enjoy cocktails and craft beers.
- Pamper yourself with botanical-based salon and spa services at J Three, an Aveda concept salon.
Syracuse, Indiana: Lakefront Living in Northern Indiana
You’re never far from the waterfront in Syracuse—the town boasts seven lakes, including the largest natural lake in the state, Lake Wawasee. The 3,500-acre lake is a popular destination all year long. When the lake freezes over, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and ice boating are popular pastimes. Warm-weather activities include swimming and boating (fishing boats, pontoon boats, and jet skis are available to rent at the lake).
Syracuse is also home to a thriving artistic community. Downtown Syracuse—a charming community on the shores of Syracuse Lake—is lined with numerous galleries and shops selling locally made artwork and crafts.