If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit Northeast Ohio, these are just a few of the things you will get to experience during your time there. Northeast Ohio is comprised of six metropolitan areas, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown and is home to places like the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, tons of Cleveland breweries and Lake Country wineries, including Geneva-on-the-lake.
Seeing Northeast Ohio in 48 hours is quite the challenge, as you’ll never run out of things to do and see and places to eat, drink and be entertained. However, we were up to the task!
Cleveland Brewery Passport.
With so many amazing breweries popping up all over the Cleveland area, one of the first things to get yourself the Cleveland Brewery Passport. There are 30 participating breweries, and you can pick up a passport at any of the locations. Once you arrive, make a purchase and hand over your passport to your server or bartender who will stamp your passport. Turn in your passport after receiving at least 8 stamps and you are entered to win prizes! So to summarize: drink beer, eat food, win free stuff.
During this 48-hour excursion we stopped at Platform Beer Co., Forest City Brewery and Masthead Brewing Co. Not only do you get to try unique beers at each place, but it’s also a good excuse to explore new areas of the city if you haven’t been there before.
If there’s one donut place to stop while you’re in this area, Brewnuts is it. Brewnuts is a small batch, craft beer based donut shop in the heart of Cleveland. Not to mention, one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city. Brewnuts is always hosting creative events or coming up with amazing themes, making it even more fun! We stopped the week before Halloween and were able to enjoy the awesome Hocus Pocus themed-donuts for the day.
Did you know Ohio has 300+ wineries? With many residing in the Lake County region? If you haven’t had a chance to head to this area, add to your list asap! The Geneva area is one of the most well-known wine regions of the state. We made stops at Firehouse Winery (the original firehouse, now converted and decked out in firehouse paraphernalia) and Old Mill Winery (Geneva’s first historic building).
Not only are there plenty of wineries at Geneva-on-the-Lake, but there are also water sports, cruises, restaurants, a state park and so much more! This area is perfect to visit any time of the year.
The Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum give you an experience unlike any other in the area. The Murch Canopy Walk, a 500’ long elevated walkway built 65’ above the ground, gives a unique perspective on the forest and the animals that inhabit them. The Kalberer Emergent Tower takes you above the trees to a height of 120 feet where on a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Erie. Trust us, it’s worth the climb!
These are open between April and November every year. However, there is so much than just these two attractions to see at Holden. While you stroll past lakes, ponds and beautiful flower beds, you can also educate yourself on all of the plants and animals that inhabit this area. It’s beautiful and educational!
Beyond Holden, there are so many nearby parks to explore while you’re in the area. Between Chapin Forest, North Chagrin Reservation (which includes the famous Squire’s Castle) and Edgewater Park, you could spend 48 hours solely outside taking in all the views NEO has to offer.
With so many things to do in Northeast Ohio, it’s time to start planning your next trip!