A staycation is where one takes time off to explore the area surrounding their hometown like a tourist. It’s like a vacation, but at the end of the day you get to sleep in your own bed. There’s nothing like exploring Greater Cleveland’s tiny towns
—the unshakable charm of small-town Midwestern life is captured flawlessly all across Northeast Ohio. Whether you’re planning a day trip or a week of day trips, there are so many delightful communities that are well worth visiting.
1. Moreland Hills, Cuyahoga County
This historic village is home to around 3,000 residents. This village, which was once part of Orange Township, was once well-known for its cheese factories. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may know this site as the location of the Orange Conference, at which their leading figures were in attendance. This site is also home to the country's second settlement house, a place where well-educated middle-class locals volunteered to live to share knowledge and culture with the poorer surrounding community. Hiram House moved from the original site in the 1940s, but the Moreland Hill attraction remains a historical landmark.
2. Perry, Lake County
This lovely Lake County village was named for local hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who claimed victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the early nineteenth century. Today, his namesake boasts of roughly 1600 residents.The first president of Fenn College, Cecil V. Thomas, is among the notable locals to hail from this community. Its history is maintained and celebrated throughout the entire village, though there is no place quite like the Perry Historical Society of Lake County.
3. Bay Village, Cuyahoga County
Bay Village is a small city with a tiny town attitude. This quaint community was founded in 1810 as part of Dover Township, from which it split in 1903. There is much to do in this scenic community, from excellent dining to exploring the enchanting campus of Huntington Reservation. This area has produced some notable people over the years, including
Bates Motel writer Bill Balas, The Price is Right Announcer Rich Fields, actress Patricia Heaton, and investigator Eliot Ness.
4. Hinckley Township, Medina County
Hinckley, a dreamy community that dates back to 1825, is home to the
southernmost Cleveland Metropark
. The township is only home to about 7500 hundred people, but it has found its permanent place in Northeast Ohioan lore thanks to its Buzzard Day celebration every March 15. The community has a rich history, much of which can be observed in the carvings in the sandstone ledges of Hinckley Reservation.
5. Bentleyville, Cuyahoga County
While this petit village is home to under a thousand residents, thousands of locals pass through the area as they explore South Chagrin Reservation. Since 1831, this dreamy community has featured a landscape that leaves locals in awe. Some of the area's most beautiful buildings are produced using stones that were quarried in this area.
6. Oakville, Cuyahoga County
This community boasts around 4,000 residents, but actress Halle Berry is perhaps one of its most famous transplants.The community was only recently incorporated in 1951, but it still maintains a sense of old-school elegance. Featuring plenty of public green spaces and scenic streets, this community is the perfect place to spend a lifetime or an afternoon.
7. Avon Lake, Lorain County
This coastal community is actually an 11 square miles city, but it flawlessly captures the feel of a small town. Much of its landscape—an incredible 220 acres—features lush and verdant parks and green spaces. Its shoreline, as you may imagine, is breathtaking in all seasons.
8. Sheffield Lake, Lorain County
About 9,000 residents call this dreamy coastal wonderland home. Though it's not one of the area's smallest communities, it is regarded as one of the friendliest for home buyers. This delightful city features restaurants, a bed and breakfast, and seemingly endless shopping opportunities.
9. Chester Township, Geauga County
This township is one of five in the state that proudly displays Chester Township as its name. It was once home to Geauga Seminary, a Free Will Baptist school whose most famous graduate, James Abram Garfield, went on to become the 20th President of the United States. While it is no longer the dreamy rural community that President Garfield must have once cherished, this countryside community is overflowing with history and natural splendor.
10. South Russell, Geauga County
This adorable village is 4 miles long and 1 mile wide, a dreamy drive located near Chagrin Falls. It is home to about 4,000 residents who adore their rural landscape and the exciting events it hosts. While farmland and greenery are abundant in this community, it still features plenty of residential sections to provide it a homey feel.
11. Mentor-on-the-Lake, Lake County
About 7,500 reside in this city, but the area's beauty makes many more consider it to be a home away from home. Locals love this dreamy coastal community for its enchanting lakefront scenery and its incredible selection of eateries.
12. Medina, Medina County
Medina is one of the region's hidden wonders. This city is home to nearly 27,000 people, and yet it has maintained a charming Victorian Downtown-style district that provides shopping opportunities to a once-rural community. Its historic district features stunning architecture, shopping, and mouthwatering restaurants. You can find the full article on this dreamy community
The scenery of Northeast Ohio is truly splendid, but it’s the people that make these charming communities so enchanting. What is your favorite local place with small-town charm? Let us know in the comments!