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. You’re encouraged to relax here⎯feel free to kick back in the living room next to the crackling fire.
Upon arrival at the 44-year-old estate, guests receive a welcome basket with local goodies and two wineglasses. You can get a peaceful night’s sleep in the B & B’s four quiet guest rooms; each has a private bath. In the morning, the friendly staff serve 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
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.