Looking to take a one day Northern Ohio adventure? The following is our ever growing list of One Day Trip ideas. From Amish Country to Downtown Cleveland, our Visitor Bureau partners and NorthernOhioTourism.com are happy to present to you our suggested trip itineraries.
OHIO DAY TRIP IDEAS
A DAY TRIP THROUGH GEAUGA COUNTY
Nestled in the northeast region of Ohio is the fourth largest Amish community in the world and a great place to enjoy a one day trip. For the shopaholic, there is plenty of shopping.
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Shopping Around Ohio is Always Fun!
This year our 2016 "Fall in Love with Ohio" bus trip was all about enjoying unique shopping experiences. Our day included trolls, blueberry donuts, a beautiful garden/shop, Amish foods, chocolate, antiques, and Ohio wine.
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It's All About the Food One Day Trip
Our 2015 "Fall" in Love with Ohio bus trip was all about the food. At every stop all bus buddies received a special food item. Food gifts included: an apple pie, a sleeve of Buckeye chocolates, a bag of Shearer's potato chips, a bottle of Lehman's pop, a maple cinnamon roll, a jar of jelly, a bag of cheese, a sampling of apples, and a tasting of Ohio wine.
This is a great trip to take with friends.
If you want to take this one day trip you are going to want to pack a cooler. Every stop offers a
selection of food that you can sample and/or buy. You will be traveling through three (3) counties. This trip can be completed in one day.
Stop 1: (Summit County)
191 Logan Pkwy, Akron, OH
Stop 2: (Stark County)
(From Gardner Pies – Drive time 15 minutes)
Harry London's Chocolate Factory
5353 Lauby Road, North Canton, OH 44720
Stop 3: (Stark County)
(From Harry London’s - Drive time 34 minutes)
Shearer's Potato Chip Factory
692 Wabash, Brewster, OH
Stop 4: (Wayne County)
(From Shearer’s - Drive time 15 minutes)
4779 Kidron Rd. Dalton, OH 44618
330-857-5757 or 877-438-5346
Stop 5: (Lunch Time) (Holmes County)
(From Lehman's - Drive time 25 minutes)
Berlin Farmstead Restaurant
4757 Township Rd 366
Millersburg, OH 44654
Stop 6: (Holmes County)
(From Berlin Farmstead only about 2 blocks away)
Downtown Berlin - Shopping
Stop 7: (Wayne County)
(From Berlin - Drive time 15 minutes)
Ashrey Country Store
8922 OH-241, Fredericksburg, OH 44627
Stop 8: (Wayne County)
(From Ashreys - Drive time 16 minutes)
Shisler's Cheese House
U.S. Rte. 30 and Kidron Rd.
Orrville, OH 44667
Stop 9: (Wayne County)
(From Shisler's - Drive time 3 minutes)
The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café
333 Wadsworth Rd. Orrville, OH 44667
Stop 10: (Wayne County)
(From Smuckers - Drive time 18 minutes)
133548 Mt. Eaton Rd N
Doylestown, OH 44230
Stop 11: (Wayne County)
Silver Run Vineyard & Winery
376 Eastern Rd. Doylestown, OH 44230
For more fun things to do in Wayne County, call or download your Wayne County Visitor Guide:
A Day on an Ohio Island
If you want to escape to a place that will make you feel like you have really left home, then may we suggest a little Island exploring on Put-in-Bay. Located in Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay is just one of four Islands.
Put-in-Bay is home to the third tallest national monument as well a very popular destination for friends and families to enjoy a little Island paradise.
There are different ways to get to the Island during the summer. By private boat, plane or ferry. On our journey we chose to take Miller Ferry. A 20 minute ride over to Put-in-Bay. Whether you want to walk on the ferry, take a bike, car, camper or motorcycle, Miller Ferry can accommodate. We decided we would leave our car at the dock in the provided free parking area. (Miller Ferry departs Catawba End of Rt. 53 North, off Rt. 2. For GPS enter: 5174 East Water St. Port Clinton, Ohio, www.millerferry.com, 800-500-2421)
Once off the ferry we opted to rent a golf cart for our day's exploration of the Island. We made our selection at E's Golf Carts. E's is a family-owned business located at the top of the Miller Boat Dock. They offer 2-4-6 and 8 passenger gas powered carts. They were extremely friendly and answered all
our questions. (419.285.5553)
If golf carts are not your idea, then Put-in-Bay also offers bicycles, taxis and an Island Train. (For more info see "Getting Around the Islands".)
Perry's Cave and Family Fun Center
(979 Catawba Ave.)
Perry's Cave and Family Fun Center offers a wide arrange of things to do, such as Fort aMaze, Rock Climbing wall, 18-hole miniature golf, antique car museum and what we came for Perry's Cave.
Perry's Cave was originally discovered by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry during the War of 1812. The underground lake that is shown to the right was a resource for fresh drinking water for the troops. The tour of the limestone cave lasts about 20 minutes and is not handicapped accessible.
(1/2 mile from downtown Catawba Ave.)
The butterfly house located next door to Perry's Cave is a 4,000 sq. ft. aviary. Here you will experience butterflies flying all around as well as on you. There is an educational presentation available at no extra charge. Attached to the aviary is 5,000 sq. ft. gift shop filled with everything butterfly, garden gifts, nature gifts and more.
Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave
The winery was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman. Besides the delicious wine created here, the Winery is also known for it's Crystal Caves. The world's largest geode was discovered in 1897 while the digging for a well. The walls of the cave are covered in strontium sulfate, a blueish mineral called celestite.
Perry's International Peace Memorial and Visitor's Center
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was erected on Put-in-Bay to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812.
During our visit we were fascinated by the all the history located within the visitor center. Throughout the warmer season the visitor center offers various events such as free concerts and firing and living history demonstrations. The day we visited we were treated to a battlefield troop cooking demonstration.
(located on Bay View Ave, downtown)
All this touring can really work up an appetite. And one place that is a must stop on the Island is The Boardwalk. If you love seafood, then a bowl of their Famous Lobster Bisque is a must have. Another of our favorite dishes is the perch. If you do not like seafood they offer hamburgers and fries, nachos, salads and more.
If The Boardwalk does not interest you there are plenty of other wonderful places to dine.
Put-in-Bay Winery on the Doller Estate
(392 Bayview Drive)
Home tours and wine tasting.
Not only can you taste and enjoy the wine created at the winery you can tour the Doller House. This historic Victorian Italian ate Doller Mansion was home to Valentine Doller, one of the Island's wealthiest and most influential citizens. During your tour of the home you will learn about island living and how the home evolved. Outside in a separate building you will get to see the last remaining ice house and a display of how winter travel across the ice evolved.
The Put-in-Bay Winery also offer an exhibit that follows the grape from its seed state to in the bottle. After your tour of the winery, visitors are welcome to a wine tasting and/or to shop their gift shop. You may also enjoy a glass of wine in their area garden or the panoramic front porch which offers a spectacular view of Lake Erie.
Stonehenge Historic Home Tour
(808 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay)
During the 1800's many grape growing farms and wineries prospered on the island. This beautiful historic landmark is just one of those estates that has been preserved and made available throughout the summer months to the public to tour. The stone home and wine press cottage are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the items you are able to view include island memorabilia and antiques from a time gone by. There is also a gift shop located on the premises where you will find many unique items.
7th stop: South Bass Island State Park
Catawba Ave. 419.285.2112
If you are looking to spend a little time with nature may we suggest the South Bass Island State Park? This beautiful campground includes 120 non-electric tent camping sites and eleven full service RV sites with electric and sewer hook-ups. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. The park also offer the following amenities; a children's playground, waterfront campsites, pier fishing, a pebble swimming beach, jet ski and watercraft rentals and snack and coffee shop.
Additional things to know:
- If you plan on staying on the island overnight, many of the local accommodations require a two night stay on the weekends.
- You will need a State Driver's License for any Golf Cart Rentals
- Check out Miller Ferry's website for coupons.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes!
- Make sure you check the ferry schedule for last departure.
Our future Put-in-Bay Island to do list:
- A ferry jaunt to Middle Bass Island
- Learn about the famed Hotel Victory that once stood where the State Park now resides. Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum off Catawba Ave., downtown
- Kayak the Bay
- Jet Ski the Bay
- Take the tour Train
- Check out the Chocolate Museum
For additional information about Put-in-Bay please see our Lake Erie Island page.
Have you explored our local Scenic Byways?
What a wonderful way to explore Ohio! Grab the family or a few friends and take a tour on any one of the areas scenic Byways.
For a listing of local scenic Byways click here.
Geauga County – A Gourmet Get-A-Way!
Geauga County is known for its beautiful rural landscapes and Amish country making it a favorite stop for people looking to take life at a slower pace and take home an amazing array of fresh, tasty goodness! To many people, taking a road trip means packing a small cooler to snack from along the way. Visitors to Geauga County that are ‘in the know’ arrive with a large empty cooler to take home their souvenirs.
As you make your way through Chardon’s Historic downtown area you’ll want to plan a stop at Sage’s Apples for seasonal goodies; berries, peaches, and of course apples! Richards Maple Products has been in business 100+ years and offers everything Maple! Looking for Maple BBQ sauce? Maple cotton candy? Maple coffee? Maple dog treats? This is your stop! If its close to lunch time, gourmet pizza at Noce or tea at Rosepointe Cottage are excellent choices. Summer Friday nights also offer up an amazing Farm Market on the Square, with an open air concert.
During the summer growing season the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market in South Russell is a wonderful place to browse and find locally grown/produced everything! From veggies to meat, flowers to herbs, something for everyone!
In Burton you will have to personally decide on your favorite chocolate with stops at Buckeye Chocolate and White House Chocolate. Either way you win! Sunrise Rise Farm offers up beautiful plants and ‘gourmet gift baskets’ filled with many local goodies, while Geauga Country Meats will provide you with the freshest meat you’ve ever had. Burton Log Cabin will supply you with pure Geauga County Maple Syrup and you may even catch them making some of that yummy Maple Candy.
Next stop Middlefield, the heart of the 4th largest Amish community in the world! Many people equate Amish country with cheese and here you have two amazing stores to shop for your favorites! At Middlefield Cheese Co-op you can watch cheese production through their large window that overlooks the factory floor if you visit early on a production day. Middlefield Cheese offers a museum that showcases their history and a video that shows you the cheese making process.
Of course no trip is complete without fresh bakery! Amish Home Craft & Bakery, Countryside Home Bakery and Nauvoo Family Market are brimming with home-baked goodness! Have you ever had a warm Amish “Fry Pie?” MMmmmm! Of course, no dessert until you have had dinner and Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is a perfect choice. Now that your cooler is full of take home treats and you are too full to move…you just may want to spend the night!
So how does everyone not weigh 500lbs you ask??? Did we mention we also have Geauga Park District with a great bike trail & the all new Observatory Park? Pioneer Waterland, Camp Hi Canoe Livery, Chips Clubhouse and so much more??? You can start your journey here www.TourGeauga.com and request a Visitor Guide. See you soon!
Lynda Nemeth, Executive Director,
Geauga County Tourism
Bakeries to Railroad Museums, there is so much to do
(as published and used with
permission by Wayne County Visitor Bureau)
A DRIVING TOUR OF SCENIC WAYNE COUNTY
Take US 30 W from Canton through Dalton. Just south of Rt. 30 on
Zuercher Road, (take Wenger Rd. south off of Rt. 30 and follow
signs) you'll find P. Graham Dunn, maker of laser engraved
inspirational carvings. (P. Grahman Dunn will be moving to their new
facility on Rt. 30 in Feb. 2008.)
Back on Rt. 30, or you may want to travel the more scenic and historical
Lincoln Highway, (watch for the Red, White and Blue signs with the large
"L") you won't want to miss the bigger than life cinnamon rolls at Das
Dutch Kitchen before heading toward Kidron on CR52. On the corner, stop
at Shisler's Cheese for some of the best tasting cheese you'll ever
find. If it's Thursday, you're in for a special treat. It's auction day
in Kidron. After visiting the famous Lehman's Hardware, where you will
find all the non-electrical appliances and equipment used by the Amish,
don't forget the specialty shops at the Olde Millstream Plaza. Take home
an authentic hand made quilt or a beautiful handcrafted item from the
World Crafts Store. Don't miss the Kidron Community Historical Society,
right on the square in Kidron.
Continue your journey by taking Emerson Road(CR 79) W out of Kidron to
US250 W. Watch for slow moving buggies. Travel through Apple Creek where
there are wonderful restaurants, unique shops and Troyers Home Pantry,
an Amish bakery. Continue on US250 toward Wooster. A "must see" is the
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Agricultural
Technical Institute. Enter off Madison Avenue at the main entrance to
OARDC and drive through the Secrest Arboretum. In the spring the trees
are breathtaking. The Rose Garden is in its prime in early June.
For the balance of your driving tour click here: waynecountycvb.org
Exploring the Charming Square of Medina:
If you have never taken a road trip to the
picturesque town of Medina Ohio, which was originally part of the
Connecticut Western Reserve area, then you are truly missing the
opportunity to check out to me one of Ohio’s prettiest squares. A
definite Norman Rockwell painting. The county courthouse towers over one
side of the square and the rest of the square is surrounded by mom and
pop shops that offer an afternoon of shopping and exploring.
Before you start to explore the town of Medina, there is a Waffle House
located not far from I-71 heading into Medina on Rt 18, just in case you
want to grab a little breakfast before you hit the shops, which
generally open at 10 am.
After breakfast I would suggest your first stop be the Root Candle
Factory located just off the square. The founder Amos Ives Root
started his candle making business in 1869 by using bees wax. Originally
involved in the manufacturing of beekeeping equipment, Mr. Root took his
love of beekeeping in a different direction by beginning to roll sheets
of beeswax from his hives around wicks to create altar candles for
churches. To this day, Root Candles is continuing the tradition of
making beeswax candles as well as a large variety of other candles to
add fragrance and charm to your home. The Root Candle Factory offers a
retail store as well as a factory store. For information
on Root Candles check out their website at www.rootcandles.com.
Now it is
off to Medina Square where you will find a furniture store, various
gift shops, jewelers, clothing stores and even a model train
store to snoop around. Plenty of shopping places to keep you
busy for the entire afternoon.
you are looking for someplace different to have an afternoon break while
still staying on the square, may I suggest Miss Molly’s Tea Room.
Located within walking distance of the square on W Washington St., Miss
Molly’s offers a wonderful light menu as well as an opportunity to
explore their gift shop that carries everything from English China to
fine lace and purses. For information about Miss Molly’s Tea
Room go to www.missmollys.net. Miss 'Molly's is located at 140 W.
Washington St. and their phone number is 188-Tea-Cup-1 (888-832-2871)
If you want something not quite as fancy, Dan’s Dogs-A Hotdog Eatery may do the trick. Located on the square you will definitely have your
selection of Hot Dog choices to choose from.
Plan your day around one the various yearly events held on the square
for a full day of fun.
If antiques are your passion, there are many antique stores in and
around the city of Medina. For a full listing check out www.visitmedinacounty.com.
One of my other favorite stops while I am in Medina County and located
just north of Medina Square by about 20 minutes is Hollo’s PaperCraft store. A wonderful store for paper, envelopes, stationary,
scrapbooking paper and miscellaneous party supplies. Their address is
1878 Pearl Rd (R 42) Brunswick and the phone number is 330-225-0911. For
more information – http://www.hollos.com
If you would like to take a historical side trip while in Medina,
Captain and Mrs. Martin Van Buren Bates, “The Giants of Seville” are buried just south of Medina in the town of Seville, Ohio. Mr. Bates
was seven feet, eight inches and weighed 470 pounds while his wife Mrs
Bates was seven feet, eleven inches and weighed 413 pounds. For
additional information check out http://villageofseville.org. The Seville Historical Society at
330-769-3471 offers by appointment the 1st Sunday of every
month Noon to 5 pm, except January and February the opportunity to view
displays featuring information about the famous couple.
There are two other museums located in Medina County. The America’s Ice
Cream & Dairy Museum and the Medina Toy & Train Museum. For additional
Medina County historical places visit www.visitmedinacounty.com
Make sure you take your camera and wear your walking shoes because there
is lots of places to visit during your day trip.
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(Special thanks to Medina County Convention & Visitor Bureau for
use of their town photos.)
Trip - Akron, Ohio
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This trip is somewhat of a sentimental journey for me. When I was a
little girl my mother would drive by this home and say “your cousin
lives there right there across from that mansion and she is friends with
one of the children”. Well, needless to say all I wanted to do was call
my cousin up and see what she could tell me about this house and who had
grown up there. It was the most beautiful home I had ever seen coming
from a small town. It was grand.
As I grew older I realized that it was open to the public for tours. It
took me 19 years to finally take the tour of the home that I always said
I would own one day (not sure what day I meant) and it left me with a
“Gatsby” magical feeling. The family of this home played such an
important role in our NE Ohio history. When you think of Akron Ohio you
have to think about the rubber industry and how it changed all our lives
and this family was very much apart of Akron's rubber industry.
your first stop is to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, Ohio. It is
considered one of the best Tudor revival homes in United States. Built
1912 – 1915 by the Seiberling family its grandeur is well worth a day
trip. The gardens are maintained by a grounds crew and the tour is very
interesting. (I had the distinct pleasure on one of my visits to have a
grandchild give the tour, great perspective on the home). I don’t
want to spoil the tour by telling you additional facts so this is all I
will say about this home. To find out additional information and about
special home events see StanHywet.org.
714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 330-836-5533 (Photo courtesy of
Times do vary so please refer to
their website linked above.
After a morning/early afternoon tour of the home and gardens I tend to
find I need nourishment. A wonderful local stop that will take you
back in time is Swenson's. Swenson's is an old fashioned drive thru
located approx. 10 west minutes from the mansion. (40 S Hawkins
Ave. Akron). These old fashioned hamburgers have been pleasing
area palettes for many years. I seem to prefer the traditional Galley
Burger and side order of those wonderful onion rings along with the
house drink a Californian.
For your third stop since you are in the neighborhood I would suggest
stopping at West Point Market on 1711 W. Market Street and right around
the corner from Swensons. You will find a unique selection of foods.
From premium wines to Belgian chocolates to a various selection of
imported foods that you are going to be glad your belly is full from Swensons.
But my motto is there is always room for chocolate.
Now we are off to our next stop which is the Cuyahoga Valley National
Park. Depending on the day there is always something happening in the
park. There are two links I review for the days activities: Day In the
Valley and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.gov. As I head north from Stan Hywet
on Akron Peninsula Road I like to look at the carved Indian in the
Valley and walk the strip of shops in the small town of Peninsula.
They have a wonderful old fashioned bookstore I always seem to find
myself spending a few minutes in. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rail
Road has a stop in Peninsula and offers special events on the train
certain evenings. Check out www.cvsr.com
My final stop before heading for a nice dinner is Brandywine Falls.
Nestled on Brandywine Road in northern Summit County, Sagamore Hills.
Decking takes you down to the falls for a wonderful view and photo
session. Truly a NE Ohio gem. To tired to go home?
There is a
B & B right next door to the falls as well as another 5
minutes from the falls. Both are charming B&B's. See our Accomodations page for
additional motels/hotels and B&B's.
For dinner I would suggest the Courtyard in Brecksville, Casa DÁngelo's
in Macedonia or Guisseppe's in Northfield Center. All
establishments are within 15 city minutes from the Falls and offer a
wonderful selection of appetizing dishes. If you want sandwiches
to steak try The Courtyard. For pasta go to Casa DÁngelos or
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|Trip - A Day in the Amish
Holmes County, Ohio
One of the most popular destinations in NE Ohio is our Amish Country. I
am asked all the time to give suggestions for places to visit within
Amish Country and I tell everyone that it is an extremely hard decision
to make. There are so many wonderful areas.
I grew up in the country in Medina County. I spent many days traveling
south with my parents into Amish Country. Things have gotten a bit more
commercial since those earlier days but I still enjoy visiting some of
my more favorite stops. My mother still goes down once a week to visit
her friend’s farms and pick-up cheese at a few local stops.
So, for my first One Day Trip to Amish I will be taking you on one of my
typical trips to the Amish Country in Holmes County. (Now please
remember we also have an Amish area in Geauga County and I will be
giving you a One Day trip idea in a later post.)
First thing in the morning I pack my cooler (large w/ ice because I am
going to be bringing back supplies). Second I pack my thermos of coffee
as there will be no Starbucks or McD’s in this neighborhood. Yes, we
can have coffee @ any of the restaurants, but those who know me, know it
needs to be close by first thing in the morning. A few other things to
remember most places are not open on Sunday, take an Ohio map and please
drive slow over hills there may be a buggy just on the other side.
Now there are many ways to get to Amish Country and I will leave that up
to your mapquest or your gps. If you have difficulty email me and I
will be happy to map it out for you.
My first stop is just a little outside of Mt. Hope. I stop at Ashery
Country Store - 8922 State Route
241, Fredricksburg,OH, 330-359-5615. (The
store is located 2 1/2 miles northeast of Mount Hope and 4 1/2 miles
southwest of Mount Eaton. It is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday.) The
store is one of my bulk food store selections. I pick-up all of my
holiday baking supplies, spices and bulk candy/peanuts from here.
During the harvest season there is also usually a vendor outside selling
Being around all that food the stomach normally starts growling and I
can only make it as far as Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt. Hope. (8101 SR
241 – 330.674.0922). I seem to not try new things there and normally
order the chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and salad bar. The other
food looks great but I can not say honestly that I have tasted it. (Oh,
don’t forget to try the peanut butter whip for the homemade bread, very
After lunch I head down to Kidron to another of my favorite stores. Now
you can visit the Lehman’s in Mt. Hope but it is not nearly the size of
the store in Kidron. Lehman’s Brothers, One Lehman Circle, Kidron. This
store has sure changed since I started going there but it brings back a
lot of nostalgia. If you are looking for supplies for outdoors,
emergency preparedness or food prep, this is your stop. From tea
kettles to tools they seem to carry it all. Remember, many things do
not require electricity.
Now that I loaded my car one more time, (thinking how I am going to
explain to the family I could not live without the Brass Student Lamp
and Mole Chaser), it is time to leave and continue our day in Amish
Country. Please note, Lehmans does have a website: www.lehmans.com in case you forgot to purchase something.
Heading south I land in the town of Berlin. There are a lot of shops to
browse in Berlin, some of my favorites are the quilt and craft fabric
stores, Wendall August Forge and the Christmas store. There is a flea
market in Berlin open Thurs-Sat. There is also Berlin Chili Trader’s
that many people like to stop at and get their chilli – barbeque fix.
The rest of the day I spend looking for new places I have not been to in
Walnut Creek or Sugarcreek. You could really spend two to three days in
this area to see all the little towns and if you want to purchase wood
furniture there are many shops along the way.
For dinner I pick one of the many restaurants located throughout the
area. Sometimes I am at Amish Door and other times I land at Der
Dutchmen, depending which road I take home.
From Hot Air Balloon rides, to cheese, to visiting an Amish farm there
are lots of things to do in Ohio’s Amish Country. Some of my favorite
things to do are to shop and eat and there is plenty of both.
Additional places to note: Troyer Trail Bologna, Winesburg; Guggisberg Cheese, Inc. (original Bay Swiss) in Millersburg; and Inn at
Honey Run, Accommodations in Millersburg.
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Trip - A Little Bit of Italy
Now off to Little
Italy. An authentic little Italian community that has kept all its
Italian charm. Located along Mayfield Ave – Murray Hill, there are
bakeries to enjoy the faire, coffee shops to sit and enjoy the view as
well as galleries filled with local artesian ware to browse. For
additional info: http://www.littleitalycleveland.com
Some mornings you wake up and you just feel Italian. Dress in your red
shirt and green khaki pants and load an empty cooler with ice in the
trunk. Where you are going today, you are going to want to bring home
some food for eating later.
Breakfast: This is a tough one. Knowing where your stomach will end up
you may want to just grab a small little healthy yogurt, bowl of cereal
and of course an Italian Coffee at anyone of our local Coffee shops.
Then it is off to the east side of Cleveland.
Stop #1: The first stop in our Day #1 journey will lead you to
Gallucci’s Italian Market located at 6610 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland’s
Midtown Corridor. For many taking this trip it will be the first time in
a long time to see the new Euclid Corridor. At Gallucci’s you will be
met with a wonderful “cast of characters” who will help you make your
meat and cheese selections along with the other delectable goodies
located in the bakery and throughout the store. They do offer a take
out lunch consisting of homemade pizza to pasta to subs. When you are
at the deli please ask for “Kevin”, according to Kevin he is the “good
Kevin, the one that works there”. As you can tell he has a wonderful dry
wit and will make your experience enjoyable, as well as all the other
store employees. Don’t be afraid to let them know your not sure what to
buy. When I go I like to stock-up on the grated Romano Cheese, sharp
provolone and traditional Italian deli meats. Of course in the bakery I
purchase a few loaves of Italian Bread as well as a new love, a loaf of
Portuguese bread. Did someone say homemade cannolli? And don’t forget
the many varieties of olives and their homemade tomato sauce. If you
live outside the Cleveland area or you are flying do not worry they do
Stop #2: Now that your cooler is full and your tummy has been reborn it
is off for a little nature hiking at Lakeview Cemetery (located at 12316
Euclid Ave. Cleveland). I know what you are thinking a cemetery?
Lakeview Cemetery is not your ordinary cemetery. It is rich in history
and the final resting place of our 20th President – James A.
Garfield. President Garfield is the only President that lays In State.
The Monument is open daily April 1st through November 19th from 9:00 AM
until 4:00 PM and is staffed with a guide. The view from the monument
of downtown Cleveland and the surrounding grounds is breathtaking.
The Wade Chapel is another must visit while at the cemetery. It was
built in honor of Jeptha Wade, founder of The Western
Union Telegraph Company, by his grandson. What I find fascinating is the
interior was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Let’s also not forget the see the final resting place of “Rockefeller”,
“Elliot Ness” and many other famous residents. Click here for more info: http://www.lakeviewcemetery.com/famous_residents.html
For dinner may we suggest the Guarino’s Restaurant (12309 Mayfield Rd,
216.231.3100). Located on the main street of Little Italy our party
found the food to be very “Italian” and the cost not to prohibited.
Now what to do for the evening? How about a movie. A Great place to
let your stomach take a rest and your feet. Cedar Lee Theatres located
at 2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. 216.321.5411. What I like about
this theater they offer a chance to view independent films as well as
Hollywood films. I have seen many great independent films at this
After your movie you may want to finish your Italian evening off with a
glass of wine at a local area pub of your choosing.
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