On a 35-acre property just 25 miles outside Cleveland sits Marigold Bed & Breakfast, a charming respite from city living. Five miles of wooded walking trails crisscross this rural property, where you might see birds, deer, wild turkeys, and even the resident llamas and alpacas. Upon arrival at the 44-year-old estate, a welcome basket of local goodies and two wineglasses greets guests. Marigold Bed & Breakfast encourages relaxation, such as lounging in the living room next to the crackling fire.
This Groupon also includes a dinner for two with homemade spaghetti and meatballs, salad, desserts, and beverages. The B&B’s four quiet guest rooms offer a peaceful night’s sleep, as well as private baths. In the morning, the friendly staff serves breakfast in the dining room or on the outdoor patio, surrounded by gardens. When you’re ready to explore the area, feel free to get a restaurant recommendation from the inn’s proprietor, who is a former president of the Geauga County Tourism Board.
Chesterland, Ohio: Quiet Country Life Just Outside Cleveland
Though it’s just 25 miles east of Cleveland, Chesterland is a rural retreat. In the fall, you can go apple picking at nearby Patterson Fruit Farm, take a hayride through the countryside, and admire the brilliant fall foliage. Five miles from the inn, Alpine Valley Ski Resort begins making snow when the temperature drops below 28 degrees. Guests can race down ski trails ranging from beginner to expert, snowboard at the terrain park, or take advantage of the tube lift to go sledding.
For a dose of history, head into Cleveland. The city is stocked with museums; perhaps the biggest draw is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a massive shrine to music. Here, music buffs can find everything from John Lennon's Gibson acoustic guitar to Otis Redding's sweater to the antigravity concession stand from Bob Dylan's first concert on the moon. A lesser-known museum is the A Christmas Story House, where fans of the cult-favorite Christmas movie can wander through the actual house where the film was made, as it’s still decked out in preserved furnishings.