Head south of Downtown Cleveland to the counties of Medina, Summit and Mahoning to take a little T.O. from the urban frenzy. Pick some apples, visit a few historic sites, peruse a museum or just sit still for a few hours. We all need a little break sometimes.
Things to Do
- Tour the grounds of the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a sprawling country estate originally built more than 100 years ago for Goodyear Tire and Rubber co-founder F.A. Seiberling. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, it is said to be one of the largest homes ever built in the U.S.
- Grab some culture at the Akron Art Museum, which is notable for its sizable collection of art produced after the year 1950. Notably, the museum dedicates a large portion of its gallery space to works that were created over the years by artists in Northeast Ohio.
- Relish your weekly trip to the farmer's market? Take your hipster status one step further by going straight to the source at Mapleside Farms in Medina County. It's within this 122-acre fully functioning orchard that you're able to purchase and pick 17 different varieties of apples including Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Empire and Melrose, as well as all the apple products you could shake a stick at. How 'bout them apples?
- What was adulting like back in the 19th century? And, would I have lived beyond the age of 21? These are the kinds of questions one asks themself when perusing the open-air, living history museum known as Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio. Learn how to blacksmith, make brooms, churn butter and all sorts of others life skills for which you probably know nothing. While there, check out the agricultural center and farm animals.
- Continue to keep things cool and calm with a picturesque trip down to Mill Creek Metroparks to scope Lanterman's Mill, an historic structure that was used to grind corn, wheat and buckwheat back in 1845. The views alone are absolutely stunning.
Reach the Travel Experts
Plan your quiet escape with help from the travel experts at Akron-Summit CVB
, Mahoning County CVB
and Visit Medina County