Happy Days Are Here Again
Happy Days Lodge
Located at 500 West Streetsboro Street/State Route 303, Peninsula, OH 44264 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
This historic facility is an ideal venue for large organizational events and group retreats. This space offers a unique getaway from the office, including an easily accessible trailhead adjacent to the parking area. In addition, the convenient location between Akron and Cleveland and easy access from Route 8, I-271, and I-77 make this a great choice for traveling guests.
Happy Days Lodge’s 4000 square-foot Great Hall, screened-in porch (note: the porch is not air-conditioned or heated), scenic grounds and access to miles of trails, make this a one-of-a-kind meeting spot.Plan Your Event
History of Happy Days Lodge
Happy Days Lodge is named for the theme song of Roosevelt’s New Deal political platform, “Happy Days Are Here Again”. The building was constructed in 1938-39 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
The architecture of Happy Days speaks to its history and provides a unique atmosphere for events. The CCC subscribed to rustic “parkitecture” design developed by the National Park Service in the early 1900s. This style emphasizes horizontal lines, low silhouettes and choices of color and materials found in the local surroundings. Happy Days is constructed of wormy chestnut, wood from the American chestnut trees killed by the early 20th-century blight that devastated this once-common tree. The sandstone floor and fireplaces, made from locally quarried sandstone, complement the wood.
"Happy Days Lodge provides a terrific venue for working meetings. Accommodations were fabulous and the food was outstanding. The staff was tremendously helpful, providing structure to allow us to use resources optimally. In the six hours we spent there, our faculty completed several projects that would have taken days or weeks under other circumstances."
- Kent State School of Nursing