Lock 30 Woodlands RV Resort Earns High Praise

June 3, 2010 by   - () 2 Comments

Columbiana County officials in eastern Ohio have organized a new group to promote local travel and tourism.

But meet Karen Anesi, who runs Lock 30 Woodlands RV Resort in Lisbon, Ohio, and who has been bringing in tourists for years, according to the Youngstown Vindicator.

The campground takes its name from the number of the nearby lock on the Sandy & Beaver Canal, which operated in the early 1800s and eventually closed because of the growth of railroads.

The 68-acre campground was recently lauded by Ohio Magazine for what has been called “glamping” — a cross between glamour and camping.

Anesi calls her campground a “boutique” operation with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and a garden where people can pick dill to add flavor to their meals. Campers are parked so everyone can see the creek, she said.

The resort is open from April through October, and it has all the amenities, including a pool, clubhouse, water and electric, and a bocci court. Events include a dog show and a talk on wildlife cooking.

Anesi’s husband and children also work at the site.

Anesi said that she has drawn people from Chicago, New York, Ontario and Florida, but the average camper comes from within a two-hour drive.

Ken Weimer, a retired airline worker, and his wife live in nearby Columbiana but stay at the campsite in the warmer months.

“It’s the best place we ever went,” he said.

Lock 30 is one of 60 members of Best Parks in America network. Woodall’s said Lock 30 is the highest rated in the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

There’s also an old firetruck on the grounds that’s not there for fires. Anesi said it’s used for small parades they have at the grounds for the kids Saturday mornings.


2 Responses to “Lock 30 Woodlands RV Resort Earns High Praise”

  1. Karen Brucoli Anesi on June 4th, 2010 6:30 am

    What can I say? I’m grateful for the praise from one of the local newspapers, but there are a number of errors in the story. One that I’d like to correct is the mention of “dog shows”. We have a dog “shower”, not a show. The fireside chat was all about cooking with herbs–grown in the community herb garden–no mention of cooking with wildlife. Finally, we are open year-round. Always have been…

  2. Steve Bibler on June 7th, 2010 10:58 am

    Thanks for these clarifications!