Northeast Ohio is a gorgeous region to admire via road trip. There are rolling hills, gorgeous forests, and rich blue waters that are simply irresistible on a sunny day. However, the landscape also features man-made structures that are mesmerizing and unique, each hiding a history of its own. One can admire all of these lovely traits as they explore history in Northeast Ohio, particularly if you’re on a road trip that focuses on antique exploration. Are you a collector? A casual shopper? Perhaps you’re a history fanatic? No matter what draws you to vintage items and relics of past eras, you are sure to love this two-day road trip throughout the region.
There are so many great antique stores in Northeast Ohio that we're about to take a two-day-long road trip! Are you ready for the first round of adventures?
For an interactive map of day one destinations, click
1. Eastside Relics (4077 Erie St., Willoughby)
This quirky shop has a little bit of everything. While it has offers a wide selection of antiques, it also has an unusual assortment of collectibles from yesteryear. You'll find all sorts of relics, both for yourself and for friends. Antiques make great holiday gifts, after all!
2. Antiques & Uniques (30200 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe)
With over 24,000 square feet of collectibles, there is something for the casual shopper and dedicated collector alike. This huge gallery is beloved by Northeast Ohioans, and it's even equipped with a cafe to offer you a break while you shop 'til you drop.
3. Attenson's Coventry Antiques & Books (1771 Coventry Rd.,
This fascinating little shop is a local treasure and almost an antique itself. Since 1965, this quirky family business has taken visitors on a tour through the ages. History and mystery interact in a splendid way on their shelves, which are jam-packed across the entire 2,400 square feet.
4. Dittrick Medical History Center (11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)
While we're out shopping, we might as well peruse a piece of history. This charming museum doesn't sell items from their quirky collection, but here you'll find antiques unlike anything else you'll see on your tour. From the dark and disturbing to the groundbreaking and fascinating, the history of human medicine comes to life on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
5. Flower Child (11508 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland)
This charming retro store is practically a museum. From vintage clothing to antique collectibles, Flower Child truly carries a one-of-a-kind selection. You'll find all sorts of quirky treasures arranged in beautiful displays that are ever-changing, so there's something new to discover each time you visit.
6. Great Falls of Tinkers Creek (Willis St., Bedford)
As we travel through time, it's important to get some fresh air. After all, antique shops can get dusty! This gorgeous 15-foot waterfall comes with an antique history all its own, These falls once fueled a saw mill, grist mill, and an electric power plant, and their remnants are still scattered throughout the park.
7. Secret Garden Antique Mall (196 S Chillicothe Rd., Aurora)
This charming storefront is an antique itself, located in the historic district of Aurora. With 3,000 square feet of fascinating finds, the interior of this quaint destination will have you in awe. Get ready to discover hidden treasure!
8. Spitzer House Bed and Breakfast (504 W Liberty St., Medina)
After a busy day of antiquing, you'll find yourself looking to relax. Consider staying in a historic bed and breakfast like Spitzer House, a gorgeous Victorian home that dates back to 1890 and comes with a rich and fascinating history.
After you rejuvenate, day two of adventures begins just a short walk away from Spitzer House.
For an interactive map of day two destinations, click
9. Medina Depot Antiques (602 W. Liberty St., Medina)
Tucked away in one of the most scenic communities in Northeast Ohio is a lone train depot sitting beside a huge candle factory. The depot itself dates back to 1894 and has seen decades of use. However, it opened as an antique shop one century after its initial construction and has been one of the community's most cherished antique shops ever since.
10. Medina Square
This community's historic downtown district is too charming for words. A historic ambiance surrounds restaurants, diners, boutiques, and design centers, all of which are well worth checking out. Plus, a gorgeous gazebo sits in the Square's greenspace, offering you a chance to unwind and people watch.
11. The Toys Time Forgot (137 Cherry St. E., Canal Fulton)
Retro toy stores are the best breed of vintage shops. At The Toys That Time Forgot, you'll be treated to a dose of nostalgia as you peruse a selection that spans from the 1950s to the modern era.
12. The Bomb Shelter (923 Bank St., Akron)
This is one antique store that's truly unlike any other. Its quirky exterior hides one of the most incredible collections in the region. With 18,000 square feet of shopping space to explore, one could easily spend hours in this retro superstore. The charms of the last century abound within, though you never know what to expect within its expanse.
13. The Steam Trunk (16 S Highland Ave., Akron)
Highland Square itself is a treat, overflowing with charm and refreshing finds. However, The Steam Trunk is one of its most coveted attractions - and for good reason. This boutique focuses on more masculine merchandise, ranging from antiques to cigars.
14. Medina Antique Mall (2797 Medina Rd., Medina)
This 52,000-square-foot fixture in Medina has been delighting shoppers for over two decades. With more than 500 vendors displaying their wares here, there's certainly no shortage of items to sort through. From nostalgic furnishings and vintage clothing to treasured trinkets and classic jewelry, the collection is sure to contain a few memorable pieces you'll want to take home with you.
15. Brothers Antiques North (2768 Pearl Rd., Medina)
Brothers Antiques is a fixture in southern Medina County, but they recently expanded to the north end of Medina, and locals are hooked. This charming destination features a variety of local history from various eras, and its shelves are packed with an assortment that's out of this world.
There’s a story to be told by every vintage item pictured here. Some are enthralled by these stories, and you’ll find that our region is a goldmine of fascinating antique shops and flea markets. What would you add to this trip? Share your suggestions in the comments below!