Eagle Cliff Hotel (Inn)

The Eagle Cliff Hotel was built by Bert Warner for the GOTL tourism trade.

The Eagle Cliff Hotel was built by Bert Warner for the GOTL tourism trade.


This sign is located at N41 51.675 W80 56.672.

Resort-town charm preserved and updated

The Eagle Cliff is an example of a hotel built specifically to serve the late-19th century tourism business at Ohio’s first lakefront resort, Geneva-0n-the-Lake.

The hotel was built by Bert Warner. A 1913 newspaper article noted that “Eagle Cliff Cottage” was operated by Mrs. Amelia Warner.

Proprietor in 1935 was F.H. Cannon. The next owner was Giles Cook, who also owned the Waffle House across the street. Hank and Mary Jayne Dreier owned it after Cook.

It was purchased in 1990 by Jerry, LuAnn and Lyndsey Busch, who renovated it for modern-day tourists and renamed it the Eagle Cliff Inn in 1995. It also has gone by the name of The Beach Club.

The Eagle Cliff is on the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 20, 1995. It’s significance is in the areas of entertainment and recreation.

The name “Eagle Cliff” comes from a huge eagle’s nest that was located in a tree on a lot next to where the hotel would be built in 1880. The Warner family was very influential in the development of the resort town, and they also built Warner’s Colonial, which also still stands.

The Eagle Cliff was actually a cluster of accommodations. The Hotel itself had 18 rooms in 1935. There were cottages, as well. The Hideout, at the rear of the court; Siesta and Fiesta, twin cottages each offering 2.5 rooms; the Manor, a paneled cottage that accommodated eight persons; and the Villa. The Hideout, Siesta and Fiesta are part of the National Register of Historic Places listing. These buildings were moved to the property in the 1930s.

Today, the Eagle Cliff has nine guest rooms on the second story and two on the third. The first story is used for year-around apartments.

Eaglecliff front

Eagle Cliff back  esgle middle

More information about the Eagle Cliff Inn is available at the facility’s website.


Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Memories of Ford's

Most of my summer childhood memories are at Ford’s! My parents met there right at the picnic table. We vacationed there every summer along with my grandparents and great aunt and uncle until they passed away. We made amazing friends there that we still vacation with on Putnam Drive!! I could never thank the Payne’s enough for my childhood memories. Playing Indians in the huge back yard, solving make-believe mysteries, playing release and listening to everyone playing penny poker when my sister and I should have been sleeping. I now bring my son to Geneva every summer. He is the 5th generation at Geneva!

Sara Turner Campos

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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