Donna's Premier Lodging

A cozy retreat for two

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published:

Picture yourself walking across the threshold of a quaint little cottage hand-in-hand with your sweetheart. Upon entering, candlelight fills the room as candles are placed strategically on countertops and end tables to cast the perfect glow around the room. A bucket of champagne on ice sits welcomingly on the nearest table.

As the two of you pour yourselves a glass, you take in the surroundings of the beautiful cottage and make yourself comfortable. Tucked in the corner of the room is a small heart shaped Jacuzzi for two, surrounded by candles and rose petals. The fireplace flickers along the far wall and emits a soft, warm glow as you cuddle up close to your significant other on the couch. You feel totally secluded from the busy city just outside your window.

Storefront after storefront grace the south edge of State Route 39 as it passes through the heart of Berlin. People bounce from door to door with shopping bags filled to the brim with goodies they have purchased and vehicles constantly buzz up and down the busy street. It's hard to imagine that just behind this row of businesses, awaits peaceful cottages, villas and suites all ready to host the most romantic of getaways for any couple.

When Donna Marie Schlabach bought the land for Donna's Premier Lodging, she planned on turning the buildings into a rental property of sorts, explained Nicole Hershberger, employee at Donna's. As she thought on her business venture some more, she began to envision a romantic bed and breakfast feel for her cottages

and villas.

20 years ago, Donna Marie took pride in being one of the only lodges in the area. While much has changed since then, and many other lodges have been incorporated into the area, Donna Marie's care for her guests has kept her going strong.

Donna's Premier Lodging focuses mainly on couples and being a perfect romantic getaway. Every room has a couples Jacuzzi and fireplace setting, both perfect for sharing a glass of champagne and the company of a significant other.

Newly married couples can take advantage of honeymoon suites and accommodations. Couples can also take advantage of anniversary packages or just a nice get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Rooms can be customized to fit every couples needs and make their stay magical. Each room is prepared with candles and rose petals to set a romantic scene. Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries can be ordered and prepared upon arrival and after awaking from a peaceful slumber a hot meal can be prepared for guests right in their room.

Friendly staff at Donna's will work with you to create the ultimate dream getaway package. "We often have men call in and say 'I'm looking to surprise my wife,' and we work with them to customize a package that works for them," said Hershberger.

Donna's set-up is the perfect scene for wedding proposals. After receiving a call from a man who wanted to create a night his girlfriend would never forget, the staff got right to work prepping their room for the big night. "We lit candles and had a special CD playing the groom-to-be had requested,"

said Hershberger.

For the month of February, Donna's provides Valentines packages for couples. The "Prelude to Romance" package includes a one night stay in a cedar cabin, chalet or villa. Couples receive a box of chocolate covered strawberries or a sweetheart cake, a complimentary bottle of champagne and a Romance Breakfast will be served directly to your room in the morning. Rose petals and candles are placed around the Jacuzzi and and more rose petals are sprinkled on the bed to complete the romantic ambiance.

Another special package for February is the "Romantic Sensations" package which includes a one night stay in a cottage, bridal suite or sauna suite. The Romantic Sensations card game and 7 Steps to a Perfect Night of Passion make this package perfect for growing closer to your partner and getting to know them on a deeper more romantic level. Heart shaped petals and candles are placed around the Jacuzzi and bed in this package as well, and a bottle of strawberry champagne is provided.

The "Chocolate and Peppermint Perfection" package includes a one night stay in a cabin, chalet or villa, a peppermint perfection cake for two and complimentary bottle of chocolate wine. Couples can also enjoy the freshly fallen snow on a romantic sleigh ride or carriage ride for two.

"We do anything we can to make a couple grow closer together," said Hershberger. "Relationships can be hard and it's important to take the time to strengthen it and grow closer together."

All together Donna's provides 17 accommodations. Cottages, villa's and suites sit on roughly three acres within walking distance to downtown Berlin. cedar cabins and chalets are just a mile from town tucked back in six acres of wooded seclusion.

Hershberger said, while the lodging is mostly geared towards couples, she is working on developing packages for the solo traveler. Often times you just need to get away and allow some time for yourself; you need some downtime. "Who doesn't like a warm bubble bath or kicking back to read a good book in front of a fire?" said Hershberger.

Donna's is always looking for ways to improve their guests stay. "We are open to calls, if someone says we want 'x,y,z' we look into it," said Hershberger.

So drop the kids off at grandmas for the weekend and take some time to rekindle an old fire. Bring passion back into a relationship or just take time to grow closer to the one you love. Don't just wait for a birthday or anniversary as an excuse, plan a spontaneous get away to surprise your sweetheart or make this Valentine's day the best one yet.

Donna's Premier Lodging is located 5523 East St. in Berlin. To make a reservation call 330-893-3068 or 800-320-3338 between 8:15 a.m. and 9 p.m. To learn more about different packages and accommodations visit www.donnasofberlin.com.

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