Murder Mystery at the Historic Hotel Lakeside

 Friday, May 29, 2020 - Sunday, May 31  
Hotel Lakeside (map)

Consider yourself warned - everything is not as it seems at historic Hotel Lakeside! Join us along the shores of Lake Eerie for an interactive murder mystery provided by Keith & Margo's Murder Mystery.

This chilling experience, perfect for people with a passion for cold blooded murder, slippery red herrings, diabolical clues and ingenious detective work, immerses hotel guests into an unusual, exhilarating and spine-tingling adventure. The intrigue begins Friday evening upon check-in, with the case cracked by Sunday's brunch.

The undercover actors and actresses among you will play their parts to the end, and you can linger on the edges or attract attention with your enigmatic behavior. Meanwhile, enjoy the Hotel Lakeside accommodations, delicious meals and amenities offered at Lakeside Chautauqua - all packaged together to create a suspenseful and memorable weekend.


Friday, May 29

Check-in at historic Hotel Lakeside and meet other sleuths at a Mocktail Party. At this point, all you know is that there are imposters among the crowd. Hmmm... that's strange! Suddenly, you start to notice that your drink smells like burnt almonds.

Later that evening over hor d'oeuvres in the Hotel Lakeside lobby, you observe that everyone in the group has some suspicious characteristics. This isn't going to be the quiet dinner you imagined. After all, this is where it all gets started - usually with a big bang! And you without an alibi.

Because of the circumstances, you may even start to notice how interesting the seasoned homicide investigators can twist your words around and make it look like you aren't who you say you are. Particularly since that crumpled up piece of paper you casually tossed away during the party turned out to be a major clue.

Saturday, May 30

At breakfast the next morning, new evidence emerges and you start to see an interesting picture starting to form. Maybe that old lady across the table isn't old... or even a lady! Something isn't adding up. After breakfast and some updates, you decide to clear your mind - enjoy a dip in the pool, a round of tennis, walk along the lakefront or any of Lakeside's other included amenities. But, keep your eyes peeled for new clues.

Just when you thought you were onto something, more twists and turns are discovered over lunch. You decide to spend the afternoon nonchalantly grilling a few of your prime suspects.

By Saturday evening, you've combed through the clues and narrowed it down to one suspect. Don't say anything to anyone. You don't want to tip them off. After all, there is a prize at the end of this investigation.

Feast on hor d'oeuvres and dinner as new pieces of the puzzle are gathered. It's a good thing you didn't tell anyone about your theory - it just got carried out the door in a body bag. Now what? You have to rethink your strategy and solve the crime by the morning.

Sunday, May 31

You've finally cracked the case and handed in your brilliant theory. You can even read it. A hush falls over the room as the tireless detective paces back and forth. There's a smirk on his face, and he's finally figured it out. You're feeling pretty good about your guess, but missed it by that much!

Either way, you'll have a great time at a beautiful location with delicious food and interesting people, and even manage to relax after all of that sleuthing. Job well done!

Keith & Margo's Murder Mystery

Keith O'Leary and Margo Morrison have masterminded a unique and unforgettable weekend that will put you smack dab in the middle of a homicide investigation.

Heralded by the media as a phenomenon and new form of audience participation theater, Keith & Margo's Murder Mystery offers ordinary people the opportunity to indulge themselves in one of the most unusual, exhilarating and spine-tingling experiences ever!

Come match wits with their detectives. You'll enjoy the delicious cuisine of the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room and spectacular views and experiences along Lake Eerie. It's truly a weekend to kill for!

Murder Mystery Package/Registration

Bring along a friend or two to crack the case, or register 10 or more friends and make it a party! To register and book your room for the weekend-long Murder Mystery at the Historic Hotel Lakeside, contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 230.


Arrive: Friday, May 29, 2020
Depart: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Package Price

Economy Room: $320/person (double or single occupancy)
Standard Room: $350/person (double occupancy); $400/person (single occupancy)
Deluxe Room: $399/person (double occupancy); $499/person (single occupancy)
All Murder Mystery registrants must stay in the Hotel Lakeside to participate.

Package Includes
  • Two-night accommodations at Hotel Lakeside; each room uniquely furnished with antiques
  • Welcome reception with hor d'oeuvres Friday evening
  • Breakfast buffet Saturday morning
  • Plated lunch Saturday
  • Reception with hor d'oeuvres and plated dinner Saturday evening
  • Closing brunch buffet Sunday
  • "Murderous Intentions" mystery writer panel discussion and book signing with Toni L.P. Kelner (aka Leigh Perry) and Andrew Welsh-Huggins on Saturday afternoon
  • Free use of amenities across the grounds, including pool, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, mini-golf and small fitness center
  • Entertainment with Mercury, Queen tribute band, at Hoover Auditorium Saturday evening
  • Keith & Margo's Murder Mystery acting company's weekend-long whodunit culminating with the reveal at the Sunday brunch buffet


Hotel Lakeside
150 Maple Ave
Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440

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April 2020