One of Ohio’s Largest Parks Also Holds Most Rare Plant Species in the State

Oak Openings – the largest of the Toledo Area Metroparks. Oak Openings serves as a nature preserve, and is located between Whitehouse, Ohio and Swanton, Ohio. The park is part of the Toledo Metroparks. The park sits on 5,000 acres, and was once named one of the 200 “Last Great Places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

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This Ohio Lighthouse Shines Green!

The Marblehead lighthouse was built in 1821 by William Kelly. The lighthouse took 11 weeks to build with the help of 2 other workers. The first lighthouse keeper was Benajah Wolcott. After Benajah, the lighthouse was kept by Ida Lewis – the first female lighthouse keeper in the United States. The lighthouse has had sixteen keepers in all. The US Coastguard is now responsible for the maintenance of the beacon.

Wait…This Mountain is in KIRTLAND OHIO??

The Gildersleeve mountain, at its peak sits 593 feet above Lake Erie, and 1,163 feet above sea level. Its northern slopes transition down the Portage Escarpment to the Erie Plain. The Sharon Conglomerate ledges are a huge part of this, offering incredible views as you will see below:

Eyring Wetlands Metropark

Eyering Wetlands Metropark is an Ashtabula County Metropark that was opened in October 2017. Eyring Wetlands was the 5th Ashtabula County Metropark to open to the public since the 2014 park levy was passed. It is located in Geneva Ohio on 52 acres that were donated by conservationist Don Eyring. The Property was once a cornfield and dairy farm that was converted to wetlands over the years by Eyring and his colleagues, naturalist Herb Janke and biology professor Dr. Ed Hauser of Lakeland Community College.

Kosicek Vineyards: Wines For Any Palate

Opened in 2013, Kosicek Vineyards was started by the Kosicek family who had been farming grapes for 3 generations along Lake Erie. This Winery offers over 20 different types of wines made from grapes that are estate grown or locally grown and crafted on site.

Vineyard Woods, A Scenic Wine Country Getaway

Vineyard Woods is located in the heart of the Grand River Valley wine region and offers a relaxing and scenic lodging experience. The Villa and Cottages at vineyard woods are the perfect settings for a romantic weekend getaway or just a great place to stay if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Vineyard Woods currently offers 4 lodging options, 3 located in the Vineyard Villa and one in the private Oak Cottage. More cottages are underway for the future.

Harbor Perk, a Cozy Coffeehouse on the Historic Ashtabula Harbor

Harbor Perk is an independent coffee shop and roasting co. located on Historic Bridge Street in the Ashtabula Harbor.  Harbor Perk is housed in a historic brick building that was built around 1899. The Building was originally the site where bulk foods that were being dropped off by ships traveling through the Ashtabula Harbor would be stored until being sold at a market or grocery store. The port in Ashtabula Harbor was once the busiest port on The Great Lakes. Shipments of ore would be dropped off at the port be transported to Youngstown to be made into steel. Although the steel industry has diminished bridge street still holds a wonderful view into the history of the rust belt. Harbor Perk is located just off the harbor near the lift bridge that goes up every 30 minutes to let fishing boats & sailboats pass through providing a unique setting for your morning coffee break.