Cleveland December 30, 2017
9 Enchanting Towns Around Cleveland That Feel Like You’ve Fallen Into A Snow Globe
While Cleveland is the crown jewel of Northeast Ohio, it takes a few other gems to fully adorn our crown. By that I mean the Northeast Ohio community is full of small town gems, many of which come to life with a particular energy in the winter months. Many of Cleveland’s neighboring communities could easily be described as winter wonderlands, and you’ll definitely want to pay them a visit this season:
Brecksville is a charming community with a history that dates back to 1811. No doubt its founders were enthralled by its stunning landscape, full of wooded bluffs and waterways. For wintertime wonder, you must visit Brecksville Reservation and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
2. Rocky River
This Cleveland suburb is named for the river that forms its eastern border. In the winter its landscape becomes magical, especially in the Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Reservation. This stunning landscape was once home to musicians Michael Stanley and Kevin Barnes.
While the community of Berea is stunning, its natural spaces are breathtaking. The splendor of the Rocky River Reservation extends through Berea, creating a few waterfalls that are pure magic in the winter.
This lakefront town is overflowing with charm all year round, but in the winter months it could easily set the scene for a Christmas movie. A 16 block historic district becomes a vintage winter wonderland, and its charming mom and pop shops and restaurants will keep you feeling cozy.
As the site of the southernmost reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks' Emerald Necklace, one would expect that this area gets less snow. It is actually part of thee secondary snowbelt, though. With oodles of snow promised every year, Hinckley Reservation is bound to become a winter wonderland.
6. Chagrin Falls
Chagrin Falls, as you can tell, is aptly named. At the heart of this quaint suburb is a natural waterfall that is especially enchanting in the colder months. This town is tiny, but it has a big attitude. It is home to the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, one of the oldest community theaters in the country, and its influence has been memorialized in the song
Chagrin Falls by Canadian band The Tragically Hip.
The Strongsville Commons area is absolutely splendid when snowy, and the nearby Strongsville Historical Village is absolutely darling. Mill Stream Run Reservation is just around the corner, and after your adventure you can warm up at South Park Mall.
Since 1869, the stunning scenery of Eddy's Fruit Farm has captivated locals. Much of Chesterland is just as beautiful when coated in snow. Doesn't this stunning landscape just make you want to go sledding?! Rumor has it that one of the best sledding hills in town is hidden in Orchard Hills Park.
Medina is a bit of a drive, but this picture-perfect town is definite worth it. The historic Medina Public Square is quaint and charming in the winter months, and a variety of one-of-a-kind shops offer places to escape the cold.
The splendor of these enchanting communities will knock your fuzzy socks off, so you’ll definitely want to bundle up when you pay them a wintertime visit. Where is your favorite picture-perfect winter town in Northeast Ohio?
For more snowy splendor, check out this
picturesque winter farm.