Shack Up With Mother Nature

July 30, 2018

Hotels & Camping for the Outdoorsy


Okay, you're a tree hugger ... I mean, outdoor enthusiast. And, while you know your trip to CLE probably includes a romp through the city's emerald necklace system of parks or an adventure through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, you've got to find a place to crash. Consider a stay just miles, minutes or footsteps from Mother Nature's finest work.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Image © Larry E. Highbaugh, Jr.

This national park, which encompasses a whopping 33,000 acres of federally protected land, can keep you busy for days with hiking, biking, bird watching, exploring and camping.  

Hotels South of Cleveland: One of the first places you might look for a hotel is within the suburb 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. 

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 Metroparks

Image by Cody York

Cleveland wears its very own bling - an emerald necklace. To be exact, it's 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 HotelsWherever 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 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 serves lovely desserts and maintains a tea room welcoming guests throughout the week. 

Holiday Inn Strongsville: Just down the street from this well-known national hotel chain is the Mill Stream Run Reservation, which is a part of the Cleveland Metroparks. 


Image © Brooke Johnston

If while you've been checking out the aforementioned overnight options, you've found yourself rolling your eyes and thinking, "Outdoor getaways must involve camping, because isn't that the whole point? To be one with nature??" We get it! Good thing the Cleveland region has plenty of places to pitch a tent, start a campfire and roast some weenies.

CampgroundsFrom RV parking to lifeguarded swim parks, these Northeast Ohio campgrounds have a little of everything. 

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