Cleveland January 03, 2018
9 Tiny Towns Around Cleveland Where Snowfall Changes Everything
The landscape of Northeast Ohio changes dramatically where there is snow. Communities near Cleveland in the snow belt are
covered in snow, providing the perfect conditions for wintertime adventures like sledding and conducting a snowball fight. Communities just beyond the secondary snow belt receive simply a picturesque dusting of snow. No matter where you go, you are guaranteed to see some diverse landscapes. If it’s picture-perfect winter scenes you’re craving, you must pay a visit to these nine pretty places:
1. Auburn Township
Located 25 miles from Downtown Cleveland in rural Geauga County is a tiny town that one could easily overlook, as it is home to only a few thousand people. This community's local claim to fame is the Leader Tractor Company, which produced locally-sought tractors in the 1940s. Approximately 6,443 people call this tiny town home. During your visit, you may see the Auburn Township Museum (pictured), which dates back to 1840. After you're done sightseeing, grab a slice from Sirna's Pizzeria or head over to Original Sandwich King for a sandwich you'll never forget.
Chardon is a teeny town with only about 5,000 residents, but its landscape is endlessly charming. Only about 10 miles from the lake, this community is in the primary snow belt and receives an admirable amount of snow each winter. Locals don't mind too much, though, as long as things are snow-free when the Geauga County Maple Fest rolls around.
3. Chagrin Falls
Chagrin Falls is quaint and picturesque, a true snowglobe town if ever such a place existed.The town takes its name from an incredible waterfall that attracts thousands of visitors each year. After you walk around this picture-perfect town, warm up with some soup at Lemon Falls then stock up on sweets at Sugar Me Desserterie.
4. Northfield Center
This quaint community of about 5,000 is a genuine winter wonderland. Its five square miles are filled with charming Victorian structures, many of which make the area look like a sleepy model train town. After you're done sightseeing, you should definitely swing by Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill for a dinner your taste buds will never forget.
Amherst is one of the larger communities on our list, and it is absolutely worth visiting in our colder months. The sandstone capital of the world is an absolute dream when gently frosted, and its downtown district offers scenic shopping and dining opportunities.
6. Brownhelm Township
This township was founded in 1816, and today it retains much of the charm that originally drew settlers to the scenic area. This charming Lorain County community covers roughly 20 square miles, hosting a population of only 8,000 or so. This community's claim to fame is its election of John Mercer Langston, the first African American to take public office in the nation. During your visit, be sure to explore the splendor of the Vermilion River Reservation.
This community is doubtlessly a charmer, and its entirety is transformed by the presence of snow. Of particular interest are the campuses of the Brecksville Reservation and the and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which consists of an incredible 2,500 acres.
8. Munroe Falls
Nestled in eastern Summit County, this quaint community has a total area of about 3 square miles, filled to the brim with the most charming community members. During your visit, you must explore the vast acreage of the Munroe Falls Metro Park when it is coated in snowfall.
This college town is perhaps the furthest and largest on our list, but it flawlessly maintains a small-town atmosphere that is only enhanced in the winter. The dreamy landscape of this charming town is breathtaking, and the mom and pop shops of Downtown Wooster will charm your socks off.
Cleveland is surrounded by beauty, and we Clevelanders can’t help but take advantage of its gloriousness with a day trip every once in a while. The surrounding communities are overflowing with snowy splendor, making them a perfect destination. What is your favorite quaint community that you feel truly comes to life in the winter?
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