Cleveland June 17, 2018
9 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank Of Gas From Cleveland
It is easy to feel like just one dot in a sea of millions of people when you’re in a big city… but not here in Cleveland. The city is undoubtedly large and incredibly developed, but it maintains that charming and friendly small-town attitude despite its growth over the years. It is rich with culture and charm, but so, too, is the surrounding region. It’s easy to fall in love with Cleveland, but be sure to make room in your heart for these wonders all around the Greater Cleveland area and beyond.
1. Gervasi Vineyard (1700 55th St. NE, Canton)
This charming winery and getaway is everything you need for an unforgettable summer day trip. It features incredible architecture, a beautifully landscaped campus, delicious food, and, of course, lots of fine wines. The beauty of this destination is straight out of Napa Valley, and you'll hardly be able to believe that it is so close to home. You can find more information in our full article featuring this pretty place
2. Fossil Park (5705 Centennial Rd., Sylvania)
Hidden about two hours away in Lucas County is a destination that will delight your inner rock hound and history buff. From April through October, you can visit this charming park to hunt fossils from Ohio's ancient oceanic past in the soft shale found in this five-acre park for free. The park opens each day at 7:30 a.m. and closes 90 minutes before sunset.
3. Mansfield Reformatory (100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield)
This beautiful structure was a prison once upon a time, though you may know it today as an iconic backdrop from several Hollywood productions. The structure dates back to 1886, and its long history has given rise to countless tales of hauntings. Though it is no longer a prison, the spirits of some inmates purportedly still linger about. This church-like building opens to the public for various tours, which you can book
4. Vermilion (Erie and Lorain Counties)
Vermilion is known as a small town on a great lake, but it is so much more than just a charming town; it's a little slice of history, a culturally rich district of dining and storytelling, and also your new favorite summertime destination. This New England style community was once known as the Village of Lake Captains, and in just one visit you'll see why so many have chosen to drop anchor here. Sunsets over Lake Erie will take your breath away, but when viewed from the comforts of this splendid little community... well, you simply must see it to believe it.
5. The Old Vermilion Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast (691 Grand St., Vermilion)
While you're in the charming Vermilion area, you simply must book a stay behind bars. Yes, you read that right. At this one unusual bed and breakfast. you can actually spend the night in a historic jail cell outfitted with modern comforts. The jailhouse dates back to 1910, and every nook and cranny seems to hide a history that one can only imagine. You can book your stay online
6. Medina (Medina County)
Medina is a real-life model train town, a flawless and colorful community full of historic splendor and modern day charm. From epic eateries to quaint small town museums, there is a little bit of magic everywhere you turn. 2018 is its bicentennial year, and it seems that there is always some sort of summertime festivity to celebrate that exciting anniversary. While you're in town, be sure to swing by the Castle Noel Christmas museum and A.I. Root Candles!
7. Put-In-Bay (South Bass Island)
Is there a more charming place to celebrate Christmas in July? I think not! South Bass Island is a charming community located near Sandusky, and it's actually an island in Lake Erie. To visit, there are several ferry boats in the area that can take you (as well as your car, though you can also rent golf carts to get around) to the island. While you're there, you should definitely dine at the Boardwalk, swing by the historic Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, and admire the splendors of Crystal Cave. This pretty place is most definitely worth a visit, particularly in the summer months.
8. End of the Commons General Store (4366 Kinsman Rd., Mesopotamia)
Quaint, historic, and charming - these are all words that simultaneously describe the community of Mesopotamia and its crown jewel, a general store that dates back to 1840. Aside from carrying many of the delights for which Amish Country is known, this store also features antiques from the days of its founding. For more on this delightful destination, click
9. Lake Metroparks Farmpark (8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland)
It is easy to forget that our region was once heavily agriculturally focused, especially now that even small rural communities are losing farmland to urbanization. This charming public farm was designed to put locals in touch with our agricultural roots, all while being surrounded by a beautiful landscape and absolutely adorable animals. You can find the full story on this charming destination
Though Cleveland has much to offer in terms of art, culture, and food, so, too, does the surrounding region. Northeast Ohio is overflowing with attractions that you simply must visit, as there is something here to delight each and every type of personality. Pack your bags, because we’re going on a road trip!
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