Crash with Nature
Overnight Accommodations for the Outdoor Enthusiast
By Lexi Hotchkiss
You're a hikin', bikin', outdoor-lovin' machine. And, while you know your trip to CLE probably includes a romp through the city's emerald necklace park system and/or an adventure through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you've got to find a place to crash. Consider a stay just minutes, miles or footsteps from Mother Nature's finest work.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The national park, which encompasses a whopping 32,000 acres of federally protected land, can keep you busy for days with hiking, biking, birding, questing and camping aplenty.
Hotels South of Cleveland: One of the first places you might look for a hotel is within the community of Independence, which is just a few miles south of downtown Cleveland. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath Trail are just a hop-skip-and-a-jump down Rockside Road.
Silver Fern Bed & Breakfast: Within the Peninsula Historic District, just off the Towpath Trail, sits a refurbished 1874 colonial-style B&B with charming rooms and modern amenities.
Stanford House: If you've got a large group (up to 30 people) who want to make the Cuyahoga Valley National Park their adventureland, consider renting the nine-room Stanford House in Peninsula. Just outside the doors of this 1843 historic home is the Towpath Trail.
Shady Oaks Farm Bed & Breakfast: This five-bedroom B&B in Northfield Center offers acres of woods, trails, lakes and English gardens.
Inn at Brandywine Falls: Built in 1848, this six-bedroom B&B overlooks the 67-foot Brandywine Falls within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Cleveland wears its very own baller bling - an emerald necklace. To be exact, it's actually a 23,000-acre metropark system encircling the city. That means always-easy access to hiking paths, bikeways, bridle trails, tributary fishing, wildlife watching, picnicking, as well as a zoo and several golf courses.
Downtown Hotels: Wherever you are in downtown Cleveland, you're just minutes from the Cleveland Metroparks' bewitching greenspace. So, add some breadth to your trip by staying downtown to get that half-outdoor-adventure-half-urban-paradise kind of experience.
Emerald Necklace Inn: You want the charming beauty of a B&B just a few steps from a gorgeous outdoor paradise? This is the place. The Emerald Necklace Inn isn't just a quaint B&B and guest house boasting oodles of coziness, it also comes complete with a tea room serving guests throughout the week.
Holiday Inn Strongsville: Just down the street from this well-known national property is the Mill Stream Run Reservation, which is a part of the Cleveland Metroparks.
If, while you've been checking out the aforementioned overnight options, you've found yourself rolling your eyes and thinking, "Outdoor getaways must involve outdoor accommodations," we get it, we get it. Good thing the Cleveland area's got plenty of places to pitch a tent, start a campfire and roast some weenies.
Campgrounds: From RV parking to lifeguarded swim parks, these Northeast Ohio campgrounds have a little of everything.