The Ruins Of This Famously Massive Hotel Just Outside Of Cleveland Captivate Visitors To This Day

Just north of Cleveland is a grand body of water to whom we owe our early prosperity: Lake Erie. Today, this great lake maintains something of an unfavorable reputation (and so, too does Cleveland, otherwise referred to as the Mistake on the Lake by the occasional disgruntled resident or Steelers fan), but its actually a beautiful feature that offers incredible views and a little taste of island life. Tourists have adored its shores and islands since the 1800s, a history that has created some stunning ruins near Cleveland and throughout the area. Prepare for a road trip, because we’re visiting the former grounds of an endlessly opulent overnight destination — just be sure to bring some bug spray and a sleeping bag!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

This fascinating historic hotel remained in the memories of Northern Ohioans for decades, but its magnificence has unfortunately grown largely forgotten. Would you ever camp alongside these ruins? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Adore exploring abandoned places? Take a virtual visit to this former telescope factory in Cleveland.