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4 | VisitAshtabulaCounty.com Welcome to Ohio Wine Country Explore the rolling vineyards of the Grand River Valley Visit charming lakeside towns Drive through historic covered bridges Don’t forget your suitcase... you’re going to want to stay awhile!
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Thousands of years ago, the area was covered by glaciers whose retreat formed what we know today as the Great Lakes. The rich and fertile soil left behind, paired with the area’s unique micro-climate, creates conditions ideal for growing grapes. Slopes and valleys move air and drain water, allowing the flavors in the fruit to develop without being diluted. Warm sunny days and cool nights extending into the fall stretch the growing season long enough to give winemakers the perfect fruit.
Located just five miles from the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in northeast Ohio, you’ll find the gently rolling hills of the Grand River Valley. The countryside is dotted with over 30 wineries and row after row of lush vineyards. In fact, there are more wineries here per square mile than in any other region.
This vibrant and expanding vineyard region is responsible for over 50% of the grapes grown in the state of Ohio. Though grape stomping still takes place at the annual Grape Jamboree Festival, the fruit is highly respected in the
Grand River Valley. It is no longer a place where the native Concord and Niagara grapes rule. Ohio is cultivating some of the best Pinot, Cabernet, Riesling, and Vidal in the country. It is a place where the arts and sciences collide as wine farmers and vintners collaborate over barrels in the cool cellars.
Guests are delighted to discover awardwinning estate wines and numerous boutique wineries. Difficulty often lies in deciding where to share a glass: along the waterfront, in a century-old church, or on a sprawling patio under the stars. They find unique culinary experiences to accompany every good bottle and live music on each calendar.
The Grand River Valley was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983.
Grape varieties suited best for the climate include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot, in addition to Franco-American hybrids such as Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Traminette.
Kent State University
Ashtabula campus offers degrees in Enology (the art of making wine) and Viticulture (the science of growing grapes) to prepare skilled students for the grape industry.
Over the past several years alone, winemakers from the Grand River Valley region have accumulated more than 60 national and international awards.
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The Grand River Valley is a little piece of viticultural heaven-on-earth.
Laurentia Vineyard & Winery
South River Vineyard
From Vine to Wine
On the ridge of the Grand River, visitors will find rolling acres of manicured vineyards. Sunny fall days release the sweet smell of ripening grapes. The delicious scent hangs heavy in the air and locals drive with their windows down, breathing deep.
Fresh-pressed grape juice is unlike anything you’ve tasted and is only available for a window of time.
The wineries are very handson. Guests are often served or given a tour of the cellar by owners, their family, and friends.
Visitors can participate in a robust calendar of events 12 months a year. In the winter, curl up by a cozy fire while you listen to live music.
Most impressive about these wineries is their lack of pretense. Come as you are: dressed up or dressed down. Drink what you like: sweet or dry. There is a camaraderie and sense of pride amongst these neighbors who invite guests to sip their passion. Let them know what you enjoy and they will be happy to help you make your selection.
We Know Pinot
Wine Tasting Tips
See – check out the color and clarity of the wine by tilting your glass against a white or light-colored table or paper.
Swirl – swirling the wine “wakes it up.” It has been stuck in the bottle for a while, and swirling opens the wine up. It gets more oxygen in to further release the flavors and aromas.
Sniff – the best way to smell is by taking a series of short, quick inhalations.
Sip – take a small sip in your mouth, swirl it around a bit to cover your entire palate, then swallow. This gets wine on different parts of your tongue to get your taste buds working.
Visit one of the many tasting rooms at local wineries and let your tastebuds explore.
The Grand River Valley lies along the International Pinot Belt (a narrow band of latitude that stretches from France to Oregon) where many great Pinots are grown. Pinot Gris is a cool-climate grape – which works perfectly with our growing conditions. It ripens early enough in the season for good ‘hang time’ so grapes can reach their fullest maturity. Winemakers love to work with it in their cellars as the wine can be made into a wide range of styles: dry with a hint of oak in the French style (Gris) or with no oak and a touch of sweetness in the Italian style (Grigio).
The cask project began as an idea in 2010 to have a continual red blend from the Grand River Valley. Each year a percentage of the wine is bottled and sold to make room for the next year’s harvest. The date on the bottle represents the year it began “10” and the year it was bottled “23.” Each winery uses a different 500 gallon oak barrel from different countries and fills it with vinifera grapes from their farm.
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Midweek is typically less busy at local wineries, and overnight hotel rates are lower as well.
Winter Warmer Trail January 2 - February 9 20th Annual Ice Wine Festival Month of March Wine-n-Bloom Month of May Woof,
Trail Month of June Cask, Corks & Forks September 9 Adult Trick or Treat Trail Month of October
Saturdays, Sundays in December
Grand River Cellars
for these events
The family has been producing nationally and internationally acclaimed wines since 1937.
Ferrante Winery & Ristorante
The Ferrante Family has over 85 years of rich winery history. The family has been producing nationally and internationally acclaimed wines since 1937 when they opened their first winery in Cleveland’s Collinwood area. In the 1970s Peter (Papa) Ferrante built a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the family’s Harpersfield Township vineyard.
Pete (Papa) Ferrante & his wife Josephine (Mama) Ferrante created a legacy that now 5 of their 8 children are continuing to honor. Anthony Ferrante manages 40 acres of manicured vineyards, and Winemaker Nick Ferrante continually experiments with new innovative technology/techniques to keep his wines cutting edge.
With over 60 acres of manicured vineyards, Nick and his team specialize in the agriculture of Vinifera & French American Hybrid style grapes including Gewurztraminer, Riesling,
Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, and many others. Truly a grape to glass experience!
In the Ristorante, sisters Carmel and Mary Jo Ferrante along with the entire extended Ferrante family and staff provide the ultimate dining experience.
The full-service restaurant incorporates the Ferrante Family’s Italian traditions with an elevated twist. A hearty rich lasagna featuring Mama Jo’s homemade renowned sauce will certainly not disappoint. Looking for something less traditional? Be sure to indulge in Ferrante favorites such as Gnocchi Brue: filet mignon, potato gnocchi, gorgonzola crumbles, mushrooms, and onions in a rich wine demi-glacé. No matter what you decide these Italian-inspired dishes are paired perfectly with the Ferrante wines.
Family encourages you to sip, savor, and salute family tradition!
Debonne Vineyards hosts an annual summer bocce tournament, a favorite pasttime of the Debevc family.
Share in the traditions of the generations of winemakers in the Grand River Valley.
Debonné Vineyards was established during the third generation of the Debevc family’s viticulture history. Anton Debevc, a 1914 immigrant from the Slovenian State of Yugoslavia, purchased a general fruit farm in Madison, Ohio in 1916. Anton’s son, Tony Sr., helped expand the vineyard in the late 1960s. In 1971, Tony Sr. and his son, Tony, began their journey as commercial winemakers, establishing world-class standards in the Lake Erie and Grand River Valley regions. Debonne Vineyards was founded as a winery in 1972 with the construction of a winemaking facility and a charming Chalet.
The Ferrante Family has been producing nationally and internationally acclaimed wines since 1937, when they opened their first winery in Cleveland’s Collinwood area. In the 1970’s Peter Ferrante built a stateof-the-art winemaking facility in the family’s Harpersfield Township vineyard. Pete (Papa) Ferrante & wife Josephine (Mama) Ferrante created a legacy that now 5 of their 8 children are continuing to honor at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante.
The Esterer family is continuing their father Arnie’s legacy at Markko Vineyards. Arnie was the first winemaker in the Ashtabula County region, and studied under the late Dr. Konstantin Frank, a well-known viticulturist and winery owner who promoted the vinifera varieties in the Finger Lakes area in New York and other areas along the East Coast throughout the 1960s and into the early 1980s.
At the Winery at Spring Hill, Tom Swank is the third generation owner making wines and ciders, while his sister, Cindy, makes delectable creations in the bakery.
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The Debevc family has a long tradition in the Grand River Valley wine region. Tony Debevc and his father started Debonne Vineyards back in 1972. Ohio’s largest estate winery is known for its beautiful, organic scenery of rolling hills filled with acres and acres of grapevines. The winery itself features a large selection of wines as well as appetizers and sandwiches. Keeping the family tradition alive, Tony Jr. joined the team at Debonne in 2008 and started a brewery that is now known as Double Wing Brewing Company to commemorate his father’s love of flying.
In 2004, Tony and Beth Debevc teamed up with life-long friends, Cindy and Jeff Lindberg and purchased one of the original wineries in the region that fell upon hard times. Grand River
Cellars Winery & Restaurant opened its doors as a supper club featuring live entertainment and a large lunch and dinner menu to accompany the quality wines produced from the region.
In 2019, Tony and Beth decided to build a new addition to the Grand River Valley wine region and Cask 307 was born. This new facility was built on a need to educate the consumer on regional wines and to be the gateway to the valley. This winery features unique regional wines, specialty craft beers made specifically for them by Double Wing Brewing Co., and specialty cheese plates and light fare.
The family welcomes you to explore the Grand River Valley… Ohio’s Wine Country.
debonne.com grandrivercellars.com cask307.com
Ice wine: how sweet it is
Ice wine is a specialty available in very few places around the country. Typically made from Vidal Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling or Cabernet Franc, these grapes are harvested while frozen. The longer a grape stays on the vine, the greater the residual sugar content. Each frozen grape only yields 2-3 drops of juice! It is not uncommon to see grapes being picked at midnight with headlamps and flashlights. The result is a very sweet dessert wine. The annual ice wine festival is held each March with ice carving demonstrations, wine marshmallows around the fire and live music.
Feel the Lake Effect
Ashtabula County is tucked in Ohio’s most northeast corner, known locally as the heart of the snowbelt. Here, lake effect snow is a common occurrence. This phenomenon occurs in only a handful of places around the world. When freezing cold air moves across the open waters of Lake Erie, it picks up moisture and accumulates, typically falling in large amounts as it hits land. These bouts of heavy snow showers regularly create winter wonderlands throughout the region.
Lakefronts sparkle with icy wave sculptures and rolling vineyards appear to be covered in a blanket of white. Winemakers are busy tending barrels and tanks in the cellars. Wineries stoke toasty fires and pull extra seats around the fireplaces, both indoor and out. Guests can even find an igloo to relax in for dinner! Midweek is always the best time to beat the crowds. Lodging costs are low and availability is high. Live music and entertainment are still abundant on the weekends.
Winter in the Grand River Valley is a special season. If you’ve not embraced a snowy visit, it’s time.
fire & ice
Several wineries in the area offer unique takes on their sweet wines by adding an element of heat. Laurello Vineyards features a unique Habanero Ice Wine called “Simply Mad” while Rosabella Winery offers “Casper,” a moscato-style wine infused with ghost peppers.
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The Lakehouse Inn
Ice Wine Harvest
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Benny Vino Winery
834 South County Line Road, Geneva 440-361-3049 bennyvinourbanwinery.com
Benny Vino Winery produces distinctive wines that showcase the quality and commitment of what they do. Stop out and try some of these handcrafted wines and enjoy the facility. Their friendly staff is there to make your experience one that you won’t forget.
Buccia Vineyard Winery and B&B
518 Gore Road, Conneaut 440-593-5976, bucciavineyards.com
Buccia Vineyard Winery and B&B produces estate-grown, cool-climate wines. Stroll the vineyards, enjoy wine tastings, live music, and delicious snacks. Plan your wedding or special events.
7259 Warner Road, Madison 440-307-9586, cask307.com
The gateway to the Wine Region, Cask 307 was designed to welcome patrons to the region and educate them about the grapes we grow here and the wines we drink. A selection of specialty beers is available along with small plates to enjoy.
& Double Wing Brewery
7840 Doty Road, Madison 440-466-3485, debonne.com Ohio’s largest estate winery is open year-round and offers a large selection of award-winning wines, crafted beers from their on-site brewery, and a small food menu to enhance your experience.
winery listings that follow.
Emerine Estates Winery
5689 Loveland Road, Jefferson 440-293-8199, emerineestates.com
A family-owned and operated winery. Emerine Estates is the home of allnatural exotic fruit and traditional wines. We dare to be different. Stop in and taste the excellence.
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Dogs are welcome at many wineries across the Grand River Valley region. Look for the paw print on the
5585 State Route 307, Geneva, OH 44041 (440) 466-8466 www.ferrantewinery.com Sample award winning wineS in our TaSTing room Full Service Italian Ristorante Open 7 Days a Week Live Weekend Entertainment
go, dog, go!
Ferrante Winery & Ristorante
5585 State Route 307, Geneva 440-466-8466, ferrantewinery.com
One of the largest estate wineries in the Grand River Valley. State-of-theart winemaking facility where thirdgeneration winemaker, Nick Ferrante, has been producing innovative wines for over 80 years. Full-service Italian Ristorante and live entertainment.
Grand River Cellars
5750 S Madison Road, Madison 440-298-9838, grandrivercellars.com
Winery & Restaurant with a large selection of wines for every palate. Full lunch & dinner menu with a selection of sandwiches & entrees from burgers to steaks, crab cakes to lobster tails. GF menu too. Live music 4 nights a week.
6387 St Rt 307, Geneva 440-466-4739, harpersfield.com
An estate winery located in the Grand River Valley Region, specializing in estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other Vinifera Varietals. Their family farm is open year-round and offers interesting small plates to pair with their wines as well as weekend entertainment options.
6451 N River W, Geneva 440-361-3088, hundleycellars.com Uncork and unwind in a friendly atmosphere with beautiful views of the Grand River Valley. Thoughtful menu, delicious wine, and love for the guests are their specialty. Family-owned. Live Music 2-5 p.m. every Sat. and Sun.
636 Rt. 534 South, Geneva 440-361-4573, kosicekvineyards.com
A third-generation vineyard with deep grape roots. Their wine list includes exquisite bottles locally grown and produced on-site. Light food menu available to provide the perfect pairing. Please see website for hours.
4573 State Route 307 E, Geneva 440-415-0661, laurellovineyards.com Laurello Vineyards is a boutique cantina nestled in the Grand River Valley of Geneva, Ohio. They provide awardwinning wines and authentic food. They will be waiting for you!
Laurentia Vineyard & Winery
4599 S. Madison Road, Madison 440-296-9175, laurentiawinery.com
Offering world-class estate wines served with a locally inspired food menu in a rustic, relaxing, log cabin-style tasting room. Exclusive club memberships are available.
6193 South River Rd. W, Geneva 440-361-4104, mcellars.com
We showcase the true potential of winemaking in our region by handcrafting world-class wines that create meaningful connections between land, vines, and people.
Old Firehouse Winery
5499 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-9300, oldfirehousewinery.com
An eclectic winery and restaurant in the heart of Geneva-on-the-Lake. Overlooking Lake Erie, Firehouse features nightly music in summer, a lakefront Sunset Bar, and a working Ferris wheel (operates seasonally). Open seven days a week year-round.
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3951 State Route 307, Austinburg 440-275-5218 rosabellawinery.com Wines for every palate, dog-friendly outdoor patios, spacious tasting room, wine tastings, delicious pizzas & small bites; including cheesecake flights, wine slushies, wine floats, & sangrias. Open year-round. Check website for hours.
Silver Crest Cellars
4511 Bates Road, Madison 440-428-0677, silvercrestcellars.com Classic Wines. Locally Grown. Locally Produced. Silver Crest Cellars is a collaboration of local winegrowers producing traditional dry red and white wines, as well as some sweeter wines.
South River Vineyard
6062 South River Road, Geneva 440-466-6676, southrivervineyard.com Situated in a picturesque church on a hill, South River Winery offers beautiful wines that showcase the grapes grown right here in the Grand River Valley in an unparalleled setting.
5961 State Route 7, Andover 440-965-6900, stablewinery.com
Stable Winery is a family-owned winery located in a near-century horse stable in Andover, OH. We offer a variety of wines featuring grapes grown primarily in the Grand River Valley AVA, as well as beers, bourbons, and a selection of handcrafted food offerings.
4275 Bates Road, Madison 440-307-9571, stonegaitwinery.com
Stonegait Winery offers estate bottled and primarily estate-grown wines. Featuring Vinifera and French American Hybrids. They have a large selection of wood-fired oven pizzas, sandwiches, and shareables. Join them outside on the large patio, or inside by the fireplace on a chilly night!
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The Lakehouse Inn Winery
5653 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8668, thelakehouseinn.com
A boutique winery producing handcrafted, small-batch wines. Our wines may be enjoyed any time of the year across the resort property. Outdoor seating, overlooking Lake Erie, is also available on the patio from Memorial Weekend through September.
The Winery at Spring Hill / Spring Hill Cider Works
6062 S. Ridge Road West, Geneva 440-466-0626, thewineryatspringhill.com
Welcome to The Winery at Spring Hill! Make yourself at home. They pride themselves on having a friendly staff and a warm comfortable atmosphere. Sample some of their selection of wines from dry to sweet or their handcrafted hard ciders. Enjoy their delicious menu, Ohio craft beers, and enjoy live music on Fri., Sat., and Sun. Browse through their retail gift shop which offers many great gift ideas. Cheers!
Committed to an exceptional dining experience for over 2 decades. Serving both classic and creative dishes made with pride. Pasta, Beef, Seafood, Gluten Free, and More! Ask for a local wine recommendation to pair with your menu selection.
186 Park Avenue, Conneaut, Ohio | 440-593-6766 | www.BiscottisRestaurant.com
Open Tuesday-Saturday at 4:00. Open Sunday (May-December) at 4:00. Closed Monday
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SPECIAL EVENTS LIVE MUSIC BED & BREAKFAST COOL CLIMATE, HAND-CRAFTED ARTISNAL WINES Wines, Vines and Vows in a Breathtaking setting Singers, Songwriters, Artists and Entertainers Hot tubs, soft pillows and breakfast at your door 518 GORE ROAD • CONNEAUT, OHIO 440.593.5976 // BucciaVineyards.com
The region may be known for a bustling winery district, but Ashtabula County is producing more than award-winning vino. Craft beer drinkers and connoisseurs of fine spirits have come to delight in the area’s creative cocktails and more.
Red Eagle Distillery is an unexpected delight on a winding road lined with wineries and vineyards. Housed in a red barn from the 1800s with original interior, the owners pay homage to age-old stories of locals stilling spirits in barns during prohibition. Bourbon, rye, brandy and vodka are produced on-site and star in cocktails such as “Cherry Buckaroo” and “Peanut Butter Cup.”
Debonné Vineyards was the first winery in Ohio to open a microbrewery: Double Wing Brewing Company, serving and distributing award-winning beers.
Seven Brothers Distilling utilizes an innovative low-temperature distilling process that captures delicate flavors and produces inspiring results using all natural ingredients.
Three Sips Brewing specializes in making mead (honey wine) and hard cider. They utilize ingredients from local farms in their production process, resulting in delicious flavors like apple pie and peach.
The Winery at Spring Hill produces ice cider. The “frosted apple” is as unique as the “frosted raspberry” dessert wine sold alongside a half dozen hard cider flavors produced on-site.
Cloven Hoof Brewing is the area’s microbrewery in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor. Crafting brews ranging from sours to IPAs and lagers, Cloven Hoof regularly collaborates with neighboring businesses to create unique brews only available at those establishments.
Housed in a former photography studio, Dark Room Brewing Company will open in 2023 in downtown Geneva and will provide a unique craft beer experience.
Looking for a non-alcoholic treat? Grab a bottle of grape juice at Ferrante or splurge on an old-fashioned Richardson’s Root Beer float at White Turkey Drive-In. Caffeine lovers rejoice at Harbor Perk in the Ashtabula Harbor where there is no shortage of coffee-inspired creations.
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Coffee beans from Harbor Perk blended with vanilla beans in a blonde ale is on tap as Bean Baptism at Cloven Hoof Brewing.
Red Eagle Distillery
Debonne Vineyards and Double Wing Brewing Seven Brothers Distilling
The Winery at Spring Hill
Pick up some ingredients to make these delectable dishes during your next trip to Ashtabula County.
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with local roasted grapes, Ohio honey, fresh herbs, and Havarti.
Serves 4 - Time: 30 minutes
1 cup Ohio Grapes, Concord preferred
1 pizza dough or flatbread, rolled out
1 T olive oil
2 cups Havarti, shredded ¼ cup Ohio honey
¼ cup fresh herbs, chopped: parsley, sage, and basil are best salt to taste
1. Preheat oven to 425. On a baking sheet lined with parchment, arrange grapes and toss with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Bake for 10 minutes until grapes have softened and are just bursting.
2. On another baking sheet, roll out your dough or flatbread, and sprinkle with the shredded Havarti. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown and melted.
3. Once the flatbread has baked, top with the roasted grapes, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh herbs. Season with salt one more time and serve warm. This is a great appetizer or pairs well with a tossed salad for an entrée. Enjoy!
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Recipes, styling, and photos by @thatswhatsheeats/Aubrey Johansen
Suggested Wine Pairing South River Vineyards Karma
Maple Roasted Apple & Brie Crostini
with local brie and maple roasted Ohio apple compote with thyme and sea salt.
Serves 4 - Time: 20 minutes
1 baguette, sliced into rounds
1 Ohio Apple, small diced
¼ cup Ohio Maple Syrup
1 T fresh thyme
1 tsp sea salt
1 wheel brie
1. In a small sauce pan, combine apples, maple syrup, and thyme. Bring to a simmer, for 10 minutes until apples have softened. Stir in salt and remove from heat to cool slightly.
2. Preheat oven to 400 and arrange sliced baguette on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
3. Slice brie into small bite size pieces and place one slice on each crostini.
4. Top each crostini with a spoonful of the maple apple mixture, drizzling all leftover syrup over the top. Sprinkle with any additional herbs and salt you may want and enjoy.
Suggested Wine Pairing Ferrante Riesling or Mom’s Apple Pie
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Pan Seared Walleye
with fresh tomato & grilled corn salsa over creamy Ohio Corn Polenta
Serves 2 - Time: 35 minutes
2 Lake Erie Walleye filets
1 cup Ohio corn polenta
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 ear Ohio corn
1 cup Ohio tomatoes
½ cup fresh herbs: cilantro or parsley are best
3 T butter
3 T olive oil salt to taste
1. In a pot that has a lid, bring 4 cups of water to a boil with a heavy pinch of salt. Once liquid is bubbling, reduce heat to medium and whisk in the polenta, continuously stirring until all is combined. Turn the heat to low, and cover for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once polenta has softened and cooked through, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter.
2. While the polenta is cooking, char corn over gas range, on a grill, or broil in the oven, just until kernels form some golden-brown color. Remove from heat, cool to the touch, then cut the kernels from the cob. Dice the tomatoes and chop the herbs. Combine corn, tomatoes, herbs, and a sprinkle of salt, and set aside.
3. In a nonstick skillet, add the final tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of oil. Bring pan to medium-high heat. Pat fish filets dry with a paper towel and season well with salt. Place the fish skin side down in the butter and oil, and allow the first side to cook 3 minutes, then flip.
4. In a large serving bowl, dollop the polenta on the bottom of the plate, topping with the walleye, and spooning some of the salsa over the top. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Enjoy!
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Suggested Wine Pairing Debonné Vineyards Chardonnay
Delight and discover award-winning estate wines and numerous boutique wineries in Ohio’s Wine Country.
Celebrate life’s grandest moments in the Grand River Valley!
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Please call ahead before visiting. Hours may change seasonally.
For the History Buff Morning
Grab a coffee at Harbor Perk in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor and set off to explore the Ashtabula Maritime Museum.
Spend the afternoon on the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Trail. You don’t want to miss the Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge, the longest in the US. Head east towards Conneaut and you’ll pass a few more on your way. Be sure to get your Covered Bridge Trail mobile pass by scanning the code above and check in along the way!
Stop for lunch at Sparky’s Place for a burger, salad, or flatbread. Check out their seasonal drink specials. Or, if you’re traveling from May - October, stop by White Turkey Drive-In in Conneaut for a retro throwback.
Stop by Heavenly Creamery, a church-turned-ice-creamshop for a scoop of dessert.
Visit the North Coast WWII Museum in Conneaut, full of original uniforms, letters, and other wartime memorabilia.
Enjoy dinner at Rennick Meat Market, a butcher shop in the 1900s.
Book a tour with Eerie Harbor Ghost Walk and learn about all the lore of the historic Ashtabula Harbor.
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Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge
a drive around Ashtabula County and explore what interests you.
For Family Fun Morning
Fuel up for a day of fun with breakfast at Mary’s Kitchen or Horizons at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Then, head over to Lake Erie Canopy Tours and take their swan boats out for a paddle or experience the outdoor adventure course.
For lunch, get a hot dog or famous cheeseburger at Eddie’s Grill. Walk down “The Strip” for souvenirs and an after-lunch sweet treat at Pucker Up Candy Shoppe. Check into the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake and enjoy their indoor or outdoor pool.
Head over to Adventure Zone for bumper boats, games, and more. Rent a golf cart and cruise down to dinner at family-friendly Old Firehouse Winery or GOTL Brewing. Gamers in your family will love Game On! arcade.
For the Dog Lover
Go for your morning walk at Geneva State Park or any of the Ashtabula County Metroparks trails.
Have lunch at Ruff Life on the Lake, and pick up a few treats and toys for fido.
Explore the area’s many dog-friendly wineries.
For the Outdoor Adventure Seeker Morning
Stay at the Hampton Inn and then just around the corner grab a coffee at The Station Coffee in Austinburg and hit the Greenway Trail, perfect in any season. Head over to Conneaut Township Park to search for beach glass.
For lunch, visit Briquettes Smokehouse overlooking the historic Ashtabula Harbor and the bascule bridge. Ask if they have any exclusive brews on tap from neighboring Cloven Hoof Brewing. Up for some water sports?
Rent a hydrobike or kayak at Harbor Yak and explore where the Ashtabula River meets Lake Erie. Or, rent a jet ski or paddle board from Bula Coast Water Sports. Prefer to stay on dry land? Rent an electric bike from On the Lake Electric Bikes. They will bring the bikes to you! If you’re up for another hike before dinner, check out the trails, flora, and fauna at the James K. Bissell Nature Center. In season, pick your own apples at Brant’s Apple
Relax after a fun-filled day at one of the many great patios around the area, such as Stonegait Winery, Stable Winery, Cask 307, Buccia Vineyards and B&B or Benny Vino Urban Winery. South River Vineyards is a great place for a nightcap and to catch the sunset.
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Ruff Life on the Lake
On the Lake Electric Bikes
Lake Erie Canopy Tours Harbor Yak
For the Food & Wine Lover
Begin your day with a classic diner-style breakfast at the Little Pie Shop or Kay’s Place for your favorite breakfast combo. Looking for something a little lighter (or sweeter?) - visit Madsen Donuts or Corner Coffeehouse.
For a casual meal that packs a whole lot of flavor, try Harbor Halcyon. Their salads and burgers are delicious and pair perfectly with truffle parmesan fries with garlic aioli.
Enjoy a cellar tour at M Cellars. Book your time on their website.
Most wineries offer tasting flights. Sample from sweet to dry and let your palate do the work. Be sure to bring home a bottle or two from your trip to share later.
Explore the area’s wineries and indulge in the best chef-inspired food they have to offer. Crosswinds Grille, Bascule Bridge Grille, or Black Door Tavern provide an upscale feel with smaller plates.
Don’t forget dessert: Biscotti’s Restaurant not only serves comforting traditional Italian fare, but their dessert menu is like one you’ve never experienced. Decadent layers of chocolate ganache fill a chocolate cake big enough to share with at least two people. Tiramisu and creme brulee are also favorites on their menu.
Once your belly is full, Vineyard Woods provides a secluded retreat within proximity of many wineries, including neighboring Kosicek Vineyards.
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private, and restorative getaways in scenic Harpersfield, the heart of Ohio’s Grand River Valley wine region.
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conneaut ohio’s gateway
Visitors come from near and far for a quiet, Northshore escape.
Conneaut Creek is considered one of the premier locations in the world for steelhead fishing. Bring your rod and head to the river or charter a boat to participate in some of the best walleye and perch fishing the lake has seen in years.
Travel by boat; the Conneaut Marina has over 300 slips. Residents welcome guests to experience the places that make their community rich with attractions like the Conneaut Arts Center, the Conneaut Railroad Museum, and covered bridges.
Conneaut has three award-winning wineries: Markko Vineyards, Tarsitano Winery, and Buccia Winery and B&B
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Conneaut Township Park September 8-10, 2023
The sandbar at Conneaut Township Park is a favorite launch spot for paddle boarders and kite surfers.
Conneaut Township Park boasts the largest beach in the county and is home to a 1936 retro-modern lighthouse. It is one of the few places in the country that visitors can drive their vehicle out onto the beach. Because of migration patterns and the unique sandbar created by the breakwall, Conneaut finds itself a stopping point for many rare bird species. The deep-water port continues to bustle as it did over 200 years ago with commercial and recreational boats, alike.
Don’t let the peaceful yesteryear feeling of this community fool you into thinking that it is not a modern town that knows how to throw a party! Each August, this sleepy little town transforms and hosts one of the largest D-Day Reenactments in the world. The living history event is free and is made memorable by over 3,000 reenactors who are in character all weekend.
Embracing the abundance of the north shore, Conneaut hosts a Perch & Pilsner Festival the second weekend in September. Visitors can enjoy craft and domestic beer and local wines paired with delicious perch and walleye—all to the beat of live music with a fireworks finale.
There are plenty of options for the food lovers: Sparky’s Place offers from-scratch comfort food, Heavenly Creamery’s ice cream selection will leave you asking for another scoop, or be transported back to the 1950s at White Turkey Drive-In
Travelers looking for the amenities of a lakefront destination without the hustle-bustle of a crowded tourist trap will feel right at home in Ohio’s northeast corner. Start planning your trip today at VisitConneautOhio.com
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Bakery on the Square
34 Public Square, Andover 440-293-1200 bakeryonthesquare.com
Bakery on The Square serves a wide range of bread from their Andover Sourdough to a delicious variety of holiday bread. They have had their sourdough starter going since 2004. Enjoy a wide range of pastries and an espresso bar where European-style coffee drinks are created. Quiche and french toast, muffins, scones, cinnamon buns, and danish are served every day. Located on the Square in Andover, Ohio.
Bascule Bridge Grille
1006 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-964-0301, basculebridgegrille.com A casual, yet elegant, chef-owned modern-American restaurant. Featuring local and seasonal ingredients, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Online reservations are available.
186 Park Avenue, Conneaut 440-593-6766 biscottisrestaurant.com
A come-as-you-are Italian dining experience offering pasta, chicken, seafood, veal, and steak entrees, as well as mouth-watering appetizers and desserts. Family-owned and operated for over 20 years, this favorite local restaurant in Conneaut’s Port District serves wine from area wineries, beer, and liquor. Plan your next get-together in one of their private party rooms. Handicap accessible. Gluten-free menu items available.
Blended Smoothies & Ice Cream
1018 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-536-5907, blendedashtabula.com
Located in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor. Our shop offers Healthy Eats and Sweet Treats! Smoothies, Wraps, Bagels, and Salads are all made with fresh ingredients and no added sugars. Ice cream for the cheat days! Inside and outside seating available. Perfect to sit down and enjoy the views or to stop in for a quick snack to take to go.
405 Morton Drive, Ashtabula 440-964-2273
Locally owned and operated since 2009, Briquettes Smokehouse specializes in traditional BBQ, smoked meats, and craft beer. Fun, friendly, community atmosphere with seasonal patio dining and a great riverside view.
620 E. 6th Street, Ashtabula 440-261-9025
Enjoy a nice cold drink and food while sitting on the Ashtabula Riverfront on top of the iconic BUM BOAT.
Cloven Hoof Brewing Co
1308 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 40-536-4344, clovenhoofbrewing.com
A nano-brewery in historic Ashtabula Harbor brewing and serving their own craft beer on-site including IPAs, sours, hard seltzer. Now serving wine on tap. Offering snacks such as meat/cheese platters, Bavarian hot pretzels, and pepperoni balls.
5464 Lake Road East, Geneva 440-361-3160 facebook.com/cornercoffeehouse.gotl A chill atmosphere located right on the main strip in Geneva-on-the-Lake. Specializing in hot and iced coffee beverages. They proudly grind and brew Caruso’s beans and offer a large variety of doughnuts and sweet treats.
Crosswinds Grille at the Lakehouse Inn
5653 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8668, thelakehouseinn.com
Enjoy seasonal farm-to-table menus in a casual lakefront setting. Open yearround. Reservations recommended.
Darkroom Brewing Company
32 North Broadway, Geneva
Located conveniently between GOTL and Ohio’s Wine Country, Darkroom Brewing Co. brings big flavor to the nanobrewery scene. Opening Spring 2023, stop in and see what’s fermenting!
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Black Door Tavern
A gathering place for friends, food, and fun! Known for our fresh-from-scratch kitchen and the largest selection of craft beer and bourbon in Ashtabula County! 1001 Broad Street Conneaut, OH 440-265-6061 SparkysConneaut.com Follow us for updates & specials www.facebook.com/sparkysconneaut
East End Bar & Grill
5236 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-361-3880
A fun, laid-back space located at the east end of the famous GOTL strip. A fullservice bar with multiple outdoor patio spaces, live entertainment, pool table, and an array of featured drinks - there’s always something new to try!
5377 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake, 440-466-8720, eddiesgrill.com
This 50’s restaurant features foot-long hot dogs, cheeseburgers, RICHardson Rootbeer, fresh lemonade, Dairy Queen, pizza, and an arcade. Open daily Memorial-Labor Day at 11am, and weekends starting Mother’s Day weekend.
Fire! Chicken Sandwiches
1001 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-650-5002
Located in the Ashtabula Harbor, Fire! Chicken Sandwiches is serving up fried chicken sandwiches and classic accompanying sides, like coleslaw, and mac and cheese.
Goblin Wine & Ale House
4964 S Spencer Drive Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-1768, goblincustoms.com
Serving 20 craft beers on tap and wines from only local wineries. Also enjoy Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Wine Slushies in the summer. Be sure to try the Goblin Grill serving appetizers and sandwiches. Open from May to November. Check the Facebook page for current hours and specials.
5243 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-361-4864, gotlbrewing.com Brewery, restaurant, full-service bar. Outdoor dining overlooking Lake Erie! Home of the Steak on a Stone, 800° grilling tableside.
1119 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-536-4291, harborhalcyon.com
Welcome home! Live like a local and enjoy premium burgers, steaks, seafood, pastas, and salads at affordable prices in the hidden gem of historic Ashtabula Harbor. Clean and cozy atmosphere specializing in kindness and exceptional service. Open every day for you.
Harbor Perk Coffeehouse & Roasting Co
1003 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-645-0862, harborperk.com
Located in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor, the Harbor Perk offers 100% Arabica coffee roasted fresh in-house. Enjoy hand-crafted coffee-based beverages, 100% all-fruit smoothies, and locally made baked goods and snacks all inside a cozy century building.
264 Sandusky Street, Conneaut 440-593-6080, heavenlycreamery.com
130 Flavors of Premium Small Batch Custard made on site each season.
5504 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-7990
Local tavern, serving angus burgers, amazing wings with homemade sauces, deep-fried footlong hotdogs to name a few. Many other menu items. Dogs are welcomed on the outdoor patio.
Hil-Mak Seafood Restaurant and Market
449 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula 440-964-3222, hilmakseafoods.com They offer a wide selection of seafood at both their market and restaurant. Dine in at the fine dining restaurant or get something to take home from the market!
Horizon’s Restaurant & Lounge
4888 North Broadway Geneva-on-the-Lake, 440-466-7100 thelodgeatgeneva.com/dine/horizonsrestaurant
Horizons Restaurant is the signature dining experience in Geneva-on-theLake. From the striking, glass-enclosed octagonal dining room with spectacular Lake Erie views, to seasonal local menus featuring classic American cuisine, Horizons presents Ohio Wine Country dining at its finest.
5552 State Route 193, Kingsville 440-224-2104, kaysplacerestaurant.com
Family owned for 20 years. Kay’s commitment to serve homemade food and offer a place where people feel like family and can enjoy their families. Scratch pies and soups are their specialty!
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Fire! Chicken Sandwiches
5426 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-5884, madsendonuts.com The relentless pursuit of the perfect donut for over 80 years!
5023 New Street,Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8606
Providing great food at affordable prices for nearly 70 years. Be sure to try Mary’s Famous Cinnamon Rolls! Check Facebook for Mary’s Urban Kitchen Food truck hours & location. Catering services also available.
Murphy’s Pub & Ale House
5475-B Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-361-3634 welcometomurphys.com Open seasonally, Murphy’s is a family favorite in Geneva-on-the-Lake for authentic Irish cuisine, craft beers (including a properly poured pint o’ Guinness!), live Irish music and an outdoor patio for lakeside sunsets.
Nights & Weekends Pizzeria
1035 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-661-4061
A wood-fired pizzeria serving Neapolitanstyle pies alongside small plates, salads, craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Casual atmosphere, family-friendly, with a welcoming staff. Let the good times roll!
1800 South Broadway, Geneva, popparazzigourmetpopcorn.com
Experience delicious Gourmet Popcorn & Hand Dipped Homemade Ice Cream made in-house! Try their Classic & Traditional flavors, as well as their unique flavors, for those with adventurous tastebuds.
Pucker Up Candy Shoppe
5334 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-344-5171, facebook.com/ puckerupcandyshoppe/ You can be a kid in a candy store. Satisfy your sweet tooth, walk along the Candyland floor, and take photos in front of the 60-foot mural. A favorite stop at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Red Eagle Distillery
6202 South River Road, Geneva 440-466-6604, redeaglespirits.com Ohio Bourbon, Vodka, Rye, Brandy & Red Maple! Housed in a red barn from the 1800s with the original interior. Specialty cocktails and beer on tap!
Rennick Meat Market
1104 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-964-6328, rennickmeatmarket.com
A steak house situated in an old butcher shop. They provide a variety of homemade food and cocktail menu items, along with an extensive wine, bourbon and whiskey menu.
Ruff Life on the Lake 5514 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-361-3854, rufflifeonthelake.com
A perfect destination for the dog-centric traveler! Bring your four-legged friend and enjoy a relaxing meal in our beautiful back patio or inside the main shop. Wine, beer, cider, and specialty cocktails are also available. Stay and shop for Fido in our extensive gift shop.
Seven Brothers Distilling Co. 6527 N River Rd W, Harpersfield Twp 216-930-4330 sevenbrothersdistillingco.com Seven Brothers is a family-owned craft distillery operating (legally) since 2010. They hand-craft Vodka, Gin, Rum, and Whiskey, and serve craft cocktails at their new facility in Harpersfield Township.
Sparky’s Place 1001 Broad Street, Conneaut 440-265-6061 facebook.com/sparkysconneaut/ A gathering place for food, friends, and fun! Known for their fresh-from-scratch kitchen and the largest selection of craft beer and bourbon in Ashtabula County!
Sportsterz Bar & Grill
5422 Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-361-4839, sportsterzgotl.com Best Food and Entertainment in Genevaon-the-Lake.
The Black Door Tavern 6202 South River Road, Geneva 440-466-6604, blackdoortavern.com A small plate and cocktail bar in Ohio’s Wine Country, located in a beautifully restored century old home.
5326 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8888, thecoveniteclub.com Since 1963 The Cove has been Rockin’ N Rollin’ for 60 Years! Live Bands Every Weekend, in addition to Magic Shows, Drag Shows, Midget Wrestling and other Entertainment can be seen throughout the week. Check out our new outdoor patio and stage.
5050 Lake Road West, Ashtabula 440-536-4095 facebook.com/littlepieshop Restaurant and pie shop serving great breakfast and lunch. Fresh-made pies are baked every day and are for sale by the slice, half pie, or whole. Eat-in or take your goodies to go.
The Station Coffee Drive-Thru 1760 OH-45, Austinburg 440-206-6268
Ashtabula County’s newest coffee drive-thru! The Station offers sourdough pastries, seasonal specialties, and houseroasted coffee.
The Swiss Chalet & Beer Garden
5475 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8650
Top forties, oldies, karaoke, and contemporary music 7 nights from midJune to mid-September! Live bands weekends with Karaoke Sundays through Thursdays. Visit their website or check them out on Facebook for a full schedule.
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Three Sips Brewing
4501 Wheeler Creek Road Geneva, 440-721-8384
ThreeSipsBrewing.com Specialized in making mead (honey wine) and hard cider. Everything they brew is made from local small farms. Visit them - their location is on a beautiful working farm!
5028 Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-6306
Food, fun, and spirits year-round, a fully stocked bar, a great menu offering hand battered walleye, char-grilled burgers and steaks, and the biggest fresh wings around.
2448 West Center Street, Ashtabula 440-998-2663
North Kingsville’s favorite soft serve ice cream stop! 40+ flavors of soft serve ice cream! Don’t forget to grab pizza and hot dogs while you’re there.
White Turkey Drive-In
388 East Main Street, Conneaut 440-593-2209, whiteturkey.com
An original 1950s root beer stand with open-air counter seating and jukeboxes playing Stop in for their famous White Turkey sandwich and a frosty RICHardson root beer float. A local favorite!
Yankies Bar and Grill
5482 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8888, yankies.net Yankies provides the Hottest Party in the Northcoast. DJ M@ And Live Bands Every Friday & Saturday Night. Nightly Entertainment through Summer. Open in the Offseason, please check our website or Facebook for updated hours.
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Ruff Life on the Lake Cafe & Dog Boutique Restaurant and Gift Shop • Doggie Daycare • Pet-Friendly Patio and Dog Menu Open April - October. Check Facebook for off-season hours. 5514 Lake Road, (440) 361-3854 Geneva-on-the-Lake has gone to the DOGS! East End Bar & Grill
Bridges History to
Drive through one of Ashtabula County’s historic covered bridges and witness the past and present collide.
Olin Covered Bridge
Riverview Covered Bridge
Ashtabula County is considered the covered bridge capital of the state and is home to 19 of these unique structures. Some look upon these engineering feats and appreciate the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the builders. Others are in awe of the simple beauty of the historic structure as part of the landscape: magical and colorful crossings set against the area’s rolling hills and vineyards. Covered bridges offer a one-of-akind look at a bygone era.
Many ask why the bridges are covered. It has been speculated that the purpose was to provide shelter during inclement weather or to prevent horses from being afraid of crossing the water. The real reason is to protect the structure supporting the bridge. Without protection from the elements, the wooden timbers supporting the bridge would decay and eventually collapse. By keeping them dry, the bridges last much longer.
The earliest documented covered bridge structures remaining in the area date back to 1867 (Mechanicsville and Windsor Mills) and 1868 (Root, Middle, and Harpersfield), but not all are over a century old. Ashtabula County boasts the construction of a bridge as recently as 2016: Riverview pedestrian bridge, which is located under Smolen-Gulf. The longest covered bridge in the United States is the Smolen-Gulf bridge at a length of 613 feet. Built in 2008, it has a life expectancy of 100 years. Also found in northeast Ohio is America’s shortest drive-through bridge: Liberty Street. Of Ashtabula’s 19 bridges, 17 are still operational, allowing vehicle traffic through year-round.
The annual Covered Bridge Festival is held the second weekend in October. Learn more at coveredbridgefestival.org
Above: Windsor-Mills Covered Bridge | Jim Reuschling
Olin Covered Bridge
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Throughout each season, Ashtabula County’s historic covered bridges offer a wonderful passage into yesteryear. Magical and colorful crossings, set against the area’s rolling hills and vineyards, offer a one-of-a-kind look at a bygone era.
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Covered Bridges are a popular spot to take scenic photos of the bridge architecture as well as surrounding natural beauty.
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Don’t forget a memento from your trip. These items and more can be purchased at the Ashtabula County Visitors Center located at 1850 Austinburg Road, Austinburg, OH. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Ultrasoft t-shirt designed by GV Art & Design
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Bissell Maple Farm
82 West Ashtabula Street, Jefferson 440-563-3263, bissellmaplefarm.com Maple Syrup manufacturing and bottling facility with a small gift shop located in Jefferson. The Bissell’s have been making maple syrup for over 100 years. Open to the public year-round, but please check their website for special closures.
Blue Dragon GOTL
5448 Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-812-6096
Blue Dragon GOTL has been in business since 1985. Located on “The Strip” at Geneva-on-the-Lake, they supply Geneva and surrounding areas with unique gifts and souvenirs! Extended seasonal hours, and weekends through December.
Bridge Street Art Works
1009 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-206-8399 bridgestreetartworks.wixsite.com Art Gallery, open all year with art and wares for purchase from various artists of diverse perspectives and styles. Two women artists and business partners represent 30+ local/regional artists. Tourists welcome! Pet friendly!
Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor 1005 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-964-8000, carlisleshomestore.com Home furnishings, gifts, wine, greeting cards, and unique things. Free gift wrap and open daily.
910 East Main Street, Geneva 440-466-3545, catherinechristmas.com The area’s largest gift shop! You will find different themes and gifts around each corner of this Century home. A family destination you will want to visit year after year! Be sure to follow Catherine’s Christmas on Facebook. Season runs the last Friday in August through December 24. Call for seasonal hours.
Earth’s Natural Treasures
56 S. Broadway, Geneva 440-466-4368, earthsnaturaltreasures.com Geneva-Health Foods Market Boutique and More The Natural Café. Organic groceries, natural health and body products, vitamins and supplements, gemstones, clothing, sterling jewelry, GOTL-Harmony Jade-The Micro Pub and more!
Fat Sally’s Warehouse
1569 Laird Drive Ashtabula 440-813-4336
If you’re interested in a century-old building featuring vintage treasures and unique ideas, come to the historic Ashtabula Harbor and enjoy some oldworld charm at Fat Sally’s Warehouse.
Gift Shop at The Lodge
4888 North Broadway Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-7100 thelodgeatgeneva.com/stay/amenities/ gift-shop
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake’s Gift Shop features many Ohio-made products including regional wines, jewelry, apparel and gifts.
Goblin Custom Cycle
6708 N. Ridge W, Geneva 440-466-1768, goblincustoms.com Motorcycle aftermarket parts, retail, and motorcycle repair. Complete Harley Davidson repair shop. Full-service performance work & tire service. Complete line of Harley Davidson aftermarket parts and Goblin apparel available.
1025 Bridge Street, Ashtabula mkt.com/heartmadeboutique Handcrafted body care, clothing, accessories, fun, funky and unique gifts with class and a little sass!
In The Zone Gaming
2205 E Prospect Road, Ashtabula 440-998-6052, itzgames.com Trading Card Games, Tabletop Games, Dice, and more!!! Ashtabula’s #1 Hobby Store. You are sure to find something fun for your whole family.
28 N. Broadway, Geneva 440-319-1314 facebook.com/mooreantiquesgeneva Located in downtown Geneva, our multi-dealer shop offers a wide variety of antiques from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Stop in and browse. You’re sure to find a treasure!
100 Austin Road, Geneva 440-361-3064, nkmeats.com Local, Ohio-raised and seam-butchered meats, artisan- style charcuterie and salumi. Locally sourced from farmers who not only care for their animals, but care and cultivate the land they’re raised on.
1788 Mill Street, Austinburg 440-275-3211
Noema Gems is a rock and gem shop where you will find a variety of unique treasures including jewelry and loose gemstones with settings. We also carry decorative items, minerals, slabs, rough rocks and more. The selections and oneof-a-kind gifts are unlike anything you’ll find on other store shelves. Stop by to browse and explore. Find us on Facebook, and check our page for up-to-date hours.
997 Day Street, Conneaut 440-265-1266 sandbarsuds.com Sandbar Suds’ goal is to provide you with the best lathery, bubbly bar of soap you’ve ever encountered. You’ll be looking for reasons to jump back in the shower or bath. Sandbar Suds carries skin care products as well as household items!
The Covered Bridge Shoppe
1101 Harpersfield Road, Geneva 440-361-3405
thecoveredbridgeshoppe.com Nestled in the scenic Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark. Enjoy ice cream, a beverage, or a snack on the deck overlooking the Grand River. All profits are reinvested into the park.
The Refindary Vintage Market
39 S. Chestnut Street, Jefferson 440-536-2598, refindary.com
The Refindary Vintage Market brings together the eclectic vision of multiple vendors in one location. Two floors of antiques, vintage, primitives, rustic, collectibles, & handcrafted items in a historic 1890s building.
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bridge street historic ashtabula harbor
Where the Ashtabula River meets Lake Erie is a vibrant entertainment district known for its historic buildings, local retail shops, and unique restaurants.
In the shadow of the iconic bridge, flavors collide at Bascule Bridge Grille. The food looks as amazing as it tastes. With a menu changing seasonally, adventurous eaters rejoice at the thoughtful playground for your taste buds. Lamb shanks with beefy crimini mushrooms, duck breast with pinot blueberry reduction, and beef bolognese have all been spotted on the menu. No matter how full you are, don’t skip dessert with a selection from their top-shelf Scotch and Bourbon menu.
TJ Rennick operated a butcher shop from 1889-1962 that inspired today’s culinary destination: Rennick Meat Market. Familiar menu items like strip steak, filet, and porterhouse are found alongside braised rabbit, picanha, and several vegetarian options. Everything is homemade, from the pasta to the Worcestershire sauce. Classic and creative cocktails are featured – of course guests should give the Rennick Manhattan or the Old-Fashioned Butcher a try.
Briquettes Smokehouse serves southern-style BBQ. You’d be hard-pressed to find a local who hasn’t licked their fingers from their award-winning ribs. It’s perfectly acceptable to order a smoked meat tray with brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey, ribs, and corned beef all for yourself. They don’t judge. The Turkey Reuben is unlike any melt you’ve tasted. Belly up to the craft beer bar for the best view of the waterway and lift bridge.
The port of the Historic Ashtabula Harbor is home to a colorful history. The Ashtabula Harbor was considered a major stop on the Underground Railroad during the American Civil War where slaves once boarded ships to freedom across Lake Erie on their way to Canada. In its early days it was one of the busiest ports in the world, employing immigrants from many European nations.
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Rennick Meat Market
Bascule Bridge Grille
hit the brakes for these events Beach Glass Festival June 24 & 25, 2023 Wine & Walleye Festival July 21-23, 2023 Harvest in the Harbor October 7, 2023
The relaxed, intimate setting of Harbor Halcyon offers everything you would hope for to chat and chill, plus a little more. The menu will surprise and delight with selections like premium steaks, burgers, and grilled paninis. Chef specials throughout the week satiate your palate while going easy on your wallet. Enjoy late hours on their hardscape and your favorite hand-crafted cocktail while listening to one of the live weekend performers.
Hil-Mak Seafood Restaurant offers a variety of seafood selections at their restaurant which neighbors their fish market. Seasonally, they operate a food truck. Try the lobster bisque and hush puppies; you won’t be disappointed.
Nights and Weekends
Pizzeria serves up wood-fired pizzas on weeknights and, you guessed it, weekends. They offer classics like pepperoni and cheese and mix it up with seasonal flavors. Their Italian chop salad is a musthave starter.
Breathe deep. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh roasting coffee beans. Harbor Perk Coffeehouse purchases the finest arabica beans available to roast daily, so the selections vary by season.
At Blended Smoothies & Ice Cream, you’ll find a variety of healthy options from salads, smoothie bowls, bagels, and more.
The craft beer at Cloven Hoof Brewing Co. does not disappoint. As a nanobrewery, they keep only a small quantity of extremely high-quality brews available at one time.
The brick façade at Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor reminds guests of the age-old building that houses this pristine shop. Owner Toni’s warm smile and the exceptional customer service from her staff makes every trip a delight. Tables are tastefully displayed with high-quality gifts changing seasonally, making no two visits the same.
The sassy products and specialty clothing at Heartmade Boutique are nothing compared to the owner. Melody’s handmade smallbatch body products are customizable and available in 80 fragrances. All ingredients are sourced from Ohio purveyors. Accompanying gifts are fun, funky, snarky and unique.
When you step into Bridge Street Art Works, you have entered a gallery of fine works from talented local artisans. It is hard to know where to look first with so many original creations adorning the walls and displays.
Harbor Gardens and General Store offers cooking classes, local produce, and a focus on hyperlocal foods, many grown just a few miles away.
Discover vintage treasures at Fat Sally’s Warehouse. Explore several floors of antiques and locally made items.
You know what they say... “An IPA a day...”
Bascule Lift Bridge
Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor
Nights and Weekends Pizzeria
all roads lead Home
Some of the people you may meet during your travels around Ashtabula County have deep roots in our area. Some have spent time living and working in other parts of the world, but have returned home to start businesses and give back to their hometowns. Others have called Ashtabula County home for a lifetime. Get to know our “Faces of the Places” while you’re visiting.
Jenny and Gunar Luhta Harbor Halcyon
When Gunar and Jenny Luhta decided to put down roots for their family, the decision to return home was an easy one. Gunar’s great grandparents immigrated from Finland and settled in the Ashtabula Harbor area. He grew up playing on Lake Erie waters and made a career captaining ships.
Early in their marriage, Gunar & Jenny lived on a sailboat. They raised their babies on the seas, settling in places like Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. When returning landside to care for family, the Luhta’s jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the rebirth happening on Bridge Street. In 2017 they opened Harbor Halcyon, a community gathering spot with friendly service and delicious food and drinks. Halcyon embodies the warm welcome that they experienced in their travels and has quickly become a local favorite.
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Melody Griffith Blended Smoothies & Ice Cream
Melody grew up in Ashtabula and moved to Colorado for a number of years until recently moving back to her hometown. Her passion for living a healthy lifestyle prompted her to buy Blended Smoothies in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor in 2022 and share options for healthy meals on the go.
Bill Holden Buccia Winery and B&B
Bill grew up in the rural farming community of Pierpont, about 15 miles south of Buccia Winery and B&B. Years later he found himself right back to his farming roots after spending years working in Atlanta, Vancouver, and Nashville. The wines Bill produces at Buccia are cool climate and estate grown, with some being unique to the region such as Agawam, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, Vignoles and Steuben. His wines are bottled in small lots and hand-crafted, focusing on the characteristics of each vintage which lets each wine tell a story of the growing season. Visitors to Buccia will find a casual, yet elegant, environment where the motto always is, “Peace, Love, Wine.”
The Laurello Family Laurello Vineyards
When Larry and Kim Laurello founded Laurello Vineyards in 2002, they reignited a decades-old family tradition. Larry’s grandfather, Cosmo, established the family’s first Ohio-based winery in the 1940s, eventually leaving the fields behind to establish a railroad-construction company. That company still exists today, although Laurello Vineyards honors the family’s past while setting down fresh roots for the future.
The family mainly creates Old World–inspired blends and single-varietal wines with crisp acidity and firm tannic structure to balance the fruit-forward notes. Ohio-grown grapes appear in many wines such as an off-dry, pear-tinged riesling and an unctuous cabernet franc-cabernet sauvignon blend, which ages in French oak barrels. Laurello Vineyards also features a casual bistro, which tempts visitors with its gourmet cheese and antipasto boards, panini sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas.
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Brian and Jennifer Diehl Brant’s Apple Orchard
Since April 2014, Brian and Jennifer Diehl have owned and operated Brant’s Apple Orchard, a favorite fall destination in the area. Since taking over from the Brant family’s hard work in establishing the orchard, the Diehls have added more trees, expanded the market and bakery, built a playground, added walking trails, and added more seating areas, but have made sure to keep the nostalgic and family atmosphere that makes the orchard so special.
The Kosicek Family
It is a family affair at Kosicek Vineyards! Owners Tony and Maury Kosicek turned a favorite family hobby into a blossoming agritourism business in the heart of the Grand River Valley. Wearing many hats, the family combines farming, winemaking, hospitality, and customer service to create a premier winery experience for their customers. Their children, Emma and Anthony, have grown up with memories planting, harvesting, and working in the cellar. Even the family dog, Brix, is a regular.
Kosicek produces over 20 varieties of award-winning wines. They offer a small menu of delicious pairings and are open year-round. Guests are surrounded by a working vineyard where the wine that they sip originated. Locals know this winery for making you feel like an old friend. Thoughtful touches surprise and delight visitors, like the colorful field of sunflowers grown for customers to enjoy and pick during harvest. The varied wine list includes reds, whites, specialty, and ice wines. You might be surprised how refreshing a wine slushie tastes on a hot summer day!
Peter (PJ) Macchia, Jr. The Cove Nightclub
PJ’s father, Peter Macchia, started The Cove Nightclub in 1963 after working at The Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, California during the 1950s and ’60s. He wanted to bring a live music venue to his childhood summer vacation destination, Geneva-onthe-Lake. The Cove became a popular venue for up-and-coming rock bands and performers from Northeast Ohio, as well as national acts, and still is to this day. PJ operates the Cove and has invested in many other businesses in the Genevaon-the-Lake community such as Sporterz Bar & Grill, Yankies Bar & Grill, and vacation rentals. In 2023, The Cove will celebrate its 60th anniversary with special events honoring the legacy of the venue.
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Visit • Play • Stay 4858 Cork Cold Springs Road • (440) 466 -2242 • Harpersfield.us The Heart of the Grand River Valley
North Coast WWII Museum
This museum in Conneaut features exhibits and artifacts that showcase the history of WWII, as well as the life of service personnel and their families. The highlights: Uniforms and equipment used by U.S. soldiers during this tumultuous time in U.S. history, and exhibits focusing on the German forces and the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
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Ashtabula Maritime & Surface Transportation Museum
The museum dedicated to maritime heritage was built in 1871 and was once home to the lighthouse keeper and Coast Guard chief. It displays maritime artifacts (including the largest piece of beach glass in the world) and tells the story of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes shipping.
Conneaut Railroad Museum
Dedicated to the men and women who worked for local railroads. The Nickel Plate Road 755 was among the last steam locomotives in Conneaut in 1958. The museum itself is housed in the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern passenger depot, constructed in 1900. Local area rail history is portrayed through photographs, rail artifacts, and full-size displays, & more.
Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club
Visit the beautiful grounds including two museums: The Agricultural Heritage & The P&LE Railroad Depot, which tell the story of an era gone by. Along with the country store, a one-room school, a 1900s gas station, and more! Experience one of the 3 shows each year. There’s something for the entire family.
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museums centered around WWII, maritime and railroad heritage, and more in Ashtabula County.
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Morgan Swamp Preserve | Open year-round, daily, dawn to dusk Visit www.nature.org/morganswamp to learn more or contact The Nature Conservancy in Ohio at (440) 563-3081 or via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 3973 Callender Road, Rock Creek, Ohio, 44084 AMENITIES: Visit Morgan Swamp Preserve to enjoy 3 miles of interpretive trails that wind along the state-designated Wild & Scenic Grand River and through a rare hemlock-yellow birch swamp, a canoe/kayak launch on the Grand River, an accessible ﬁshing pier at Bliss Pond, a playground, and a picnic pavilion. The Long Pond Trail at Morgan Swamp Preserve is accessible from Footville-Richmond Rd. The GPS Coordinates are: 41.66352, -80.89017 EXPLORE THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S GRAND RIVER CONSERVATION CAMPUS The Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center Open the ﬁrst weekend in April through October, Saturday-Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm Visit www.nature.org/bissellnaturecenter to learn more, or email email@example.com for information on school programming. The ﬁrst of its kind in the county, the nature center is part of the Grand River Conservation Campus and features exhibits on the natural history of northeast Ohio, as well as special events and programming.
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Swim, fish, and boat in our Great Lake. Soak up the sun on our sandy beaches, and explore our many parks.
Lake Erie is the shallowest, warmest and most biologically productive of the five great lakes, containing more consumable fish than all of the other four combined. The Lake Erie walleye fishery is widely considered the best in the world. Because it is so shallow, Erie is the only Great Lake that is entirely above sea level. The outlet is the Niagara River; consequently, it is Lake Erie that feeds water to Niagara Falls. Walleye, perch and steelhead fishing is ideal off the Ashtabula County shore, referred to as the Central basin. Depths and temperatures combine for the perfect conditions. Even a first-time fisherman can reel in a great catch!
Charter boat companies such as Anger Management Fishing Charters, DB Sportfishing Charters, and T&V Charters operate out of marinas in Geneva and Ashtabula and offer first-class experiences on the water – they won’t even make you touch the worms! If fishing isn’t your idea of fun on the water, ask a charter about their sunset cruises.
Play in the sand
Offers concession stand, tennis, basketball and volleyball court. Plank walkway to beach. Nature trail through wetlands area and sand dunes.
Beautiful public park on the shores of Lake Erie with many amenities including a public boat launch, concession stand and beach area.
Conneaut Township Park
Sandy beach, concession, pavilions, boardwalks, playground, basketball, volleyball & bocce courts, and soccer field. A favorite spot for beach glass hunters.
Geneva State Park
Geneva State Park reflects the character and charisma of Lake Erie. The shimmering expanse of the lake lures vacationers to beautiful Breakwater Beach.
Conneaut Township Park
Go Treasure Hunting
Ever been lucky enough to find a smooth, colored “rock” on the shore? Chances are, you found a piece of beach glass!
Gently rolled by the waves, the sharp edges of broken glass are smoothed among the rocks and pebbles. When visiting the Great Lakes, beachcombers are often pleasantly surprised to find sparkles lining the shore. Over time, Mother Nature gives us a lesson in recycling and transforms discarded glass into coveted gems known as beach glass. (Along the ocean, these pieces are called sea glass).
Often taking decades to smooth, shards of glass tumble among the rocks and sand at the bottom of the lake and eventually wash ashore. Where the glass originated is anyone’s guess. It can originate from depression glass, beer bottles, or even old boat lights. The most common colors are shades of green, blue, white and brown. Many believe that the best time to spot beach glass is after a storm when the rocks have been churned up, or early in the morning after a night of waves pushing the pebbles around.
Each year, Ashtabula Harbor pays homage to these gifts from the lake at the annual Beach Glass Festival. Local artisans sell jewelry and magnificent pieces of art made from their shoreline finds.
Ohio is home to 15 wild and scenic rivers. Ashtabula County boasts FOUR of those rivers twisting and turning through the countryside:
Once the border between the Algonquin and Iroquois Indian tribes, the name translates as “river of many fish.” 88 species of fish have been documented in the waters.
Heavily wooded watershed harboring exceptional variety of wildlife populations and unique, sometimes rare, plant communities. Nationally noted for quality steelhead trout fishing.
River Recreation Beach
Pristine semi-wilderness conditions, good quality water and variety of fish species allow the ideal habitat for beavers and river otters.
Pymatuning Lake Creek
Outstanding recreational fish populations, including northern pike and yellow perch, not common in Ohio’s rivers and streams. Anglers pull prized catches from the waters, canoe and kayakers paddle under natural canopies and bird watchers spot migrating species along each of the meandering rivers.
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Art Challenge What kind of art can you come up with using items found on the beach? Let your imagination run wild! Tag us in your photos @visitashtabulacounty
Canoe the Grand River
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Anger Management Fishing Charter
4599 Padanarum Road Geneva-on-the-Lake 724-544-0686
With over 20 years of fishing experience on Lake Erie. Anger Management Fishing Charters provides anglers with a top notch fishing experience. They will take you for a fun and action packed day of walleye fishing aboard a 32 foot Contender Boat. All fishing gear is provided so get ready to create life lasting memories. Sunset cruises are also available.
Ashtabula County Metroparks
91 N Chestnut Street Jefferson 440-576-0717
A great place to explore! With 10 open parks, over 45 miles of trails, birding, fishing, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, cycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. “For Fun, For Health, For Life.”
Ashtabula Township ParkLakeshore Park 1700 East 1st Street, Ashtabula 440-964-3819 lakeshoreparkashtabula.org
Lake Shore Park, a beautiful park on the shores of Lake Erie with outdoor recreation, boating, swimming, picnicking & Indian Trails Park with primitive and paved walking trails, with several locations in the Gulf area, along the beautiful Ashtabula river including River View pedestrian covered bridge located below the Smolen Covered Bridge.
DB Sportfishing Charters,
4499 Padanarum Road
Come aboard and enjoy a day of fishing with the largest Charter Fleet in Geneva-on-the-Lake & Ashtabula, Ohio. They have multiple boats to accommodate families, clients and groups of all sizes. They go where the fish go!
Geneva-on-the-Lake Golf Course
3825 Fobes Road, Rock Creek 1-800-Me-Canoe grandrivercanoe.com
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Lake Erie jet ski, kayak, and stand up paddle board rentals. GOTL shack offers rental information, sweets, snacks, beverages, and Bula Coast Water Sports merchandise.
4902 Al Mraz Drive
Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8797 visitgenevaonthelakegolfcourse.com The Municipal Golf Course is the best choice for a round of golf in Ohio’s Summer Resort, Geneva-onthe-Lake. This unique course offers a sculpted wooded landscape that will take players through 6,569 yards of golf. From the first tee to the last green, the course allows visitors to improve their skills on the par 72 course. Contact them for specials throughout the week. Golf and footgolf available, clubhouse with full bar. Outdoor pavilion is available for events.
A family-owned and operated business since 1966. They are dedicated to providing you with a safe and enjoyable river experience along the scenic Grand River in northeast Ohio. Search for fossils, fish, and watch the otters play. Escape the noise and commotion of city life. Ask about special trips like the overnight in a Native American Tipi. Large groups welcome. Come unwind and relax on the beautiful scenic Grand River in a kayak or canoe.
Harbor Yak Outfitters
1 Ferry Drive, Ashtabula 440-990-0161, harboryak.com
Explore the Ashtabula River and our harbor by boat, kayak, SUP or hydro bike. Showcasing sandbars, the Ashtabula lighthouse, Bascule lift bridge and a scenic river, there’s no better place.
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BULA Coast Water Sports
Grand River Canoe Livery
DB Sport Fishing Charters
Come experience Ashtabula County Metroparks, a great place to explore! With 12 open parks, more than 2,500 acres and over 50 miles of trails, which includes 33 miles of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.
It’s time to discover the splendor of four seasons. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy what Ashtabula County has to offer. The spring, summer, and fall for birding, fishing, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, and cycling.
Our winters may be cold in Northeast Ohio, but the snow provides opportunities for snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing. There is something for everyone, so bring your family and friends, get outside, and enjoy the natural beauty of Ashtabula County.
The Western Reserve Greenway Trail is a paved rail-trail extending 33 miles, stretching from the city of Ashtabula southward to the county line where it continues for 17 miles into Trumbull County.
The North Shore Trail is 5.25 miles of shared roadway and asphalt trail for foot traffic and biking, the northern portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail. Beginning at Morrison Station on West Avenue in Ashtabula continuing north to Walnut Beach on Lake Erie. This is the northern terminus of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway.
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County Parks & Trails
Lake Erie Canopy Tours
4888 North Broadway Geneva-on-the-Lake 866-601-1973 lakeeriecanopytours.com
Experience the awe-inspiring view of Lake Erie as you zip over creeks and foliage in Geneva State Park. Open seasonally May-October, Lake Erie Canopy Tours offers a natural setting for a thrilling day of discovery. Plan zipline excursions with side-by-side double ziplines and treetop towers up to 60 feet high! Or take advantage of the adventure climbing courses, boat and golf cart rentals. With so many combinations for fun, Lake Erie Canopy Tours is your perfect outing this year!
River Marine, Bridge Street Ashtabula 440-474-2179, tnvcharters.com Lake Erie walleye, perch, or steelhead fishing charter. One to six people on a 30-foot Baha furnished with the most up-to-date equipment. Looking for a great family adventure or a getaway with friends? Give Captain Tim a call for availability and prices.
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
3973 Callender Road, Rock Creek 440-563-3081, nature.org/ohio Hike the beautiful forested trails, drop a canoe into the Wild & Scenic Grand River, or visit their nature center to learn about the region’s unique plants and wildlife.
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Nestled in the scenic Harpersfield Metropark. Gallery of local artworks and souvenirs. Ice cream, beverages, snacks. Deck overlooking the covered bridge and park! ALL PROFITS ARE REINVESTED INTO THE PARK. THE COVERED BRIDGE SHOPPE 1101 HARPERSFIELD ROAD, GENEVA, OH 44041
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4991 & 4993 Presidential Drive Geneva-on-the-Lake 412-614-1655, ahoycottages.com
Two cottages within 50 steps of the Strip. Both have fully equipped kitchens & bathrooms. Captain’s Quarters can sleep 6 with a queen-sized bed in the bedroom, a sofa bed in the living room and a futon on the enclosed front porch.
Anchor Motel & Cottages
5196 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-0726 anchormotelandcottages.com
19 Cottages and 34 motel rooms. Clean, fully equipped, and conveniently located on the Strip. There is also a Lounge and Restaurant on the property.
Campbell Beach House
7256 Lake Road West, Saybrook 614-832-2824 campbellbeachhouse.com Beautifully updated home with a full view of Lake Erie. Low pricing, large deck, hardwood flooring, stainless appliances, roomy home, all amenities. One mile east of GOTL, 2 miles from center of the Strip. 2 miles of wooded walking trails behind the home, lakefront with wonderful sandy bottomed private swimming out front (travel carefully down to shorefront).
5195 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake 330-788-1616, captainscovegotl.com
Two cottages: sleeps 7 and 9, one house: sleeps 16 plus, cable, on the strip, park and walk.
Christopher’s Dockside Cottages
4876 N Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake 724-588-9341, christopherdockside.com
Christopher’s Dockside Cottages is located just across the street from picturesque Lake Erie. Adjacent to the Lodge, Christopher’s Dockside offers premium lodging with a cozy laid back atmosphere.
4971 Presidential Drive Geneva-on-the-Lake 412-614-1655, cozycottagesgotl.com 1 and 2 bedroom cottages available. all have air conditioning, bathrooms, kitchenettes, and wifi and shared firepit. the 2 bedroom cottage has the same but has a full kitchen, and tv. extra fee for linens and small pets.
Dolly’s Vacation Rentals
503 1/2 Furnace Road & 709 Buffalo Street, Conneaut 440-813-4503
Home away from home- Cottage just three blocks from lake and sleeps 4-5 all amenities. Or House sits on 4 acres and sleeps 4-5 all amenities. Peaceful & 2.5 miles from lake.
Eagle Cliff Vacation Rentals
5242 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 800-339-4685, eaglecliffinn.com Geneva on the Lake Premium Vacation Cottages and Suites
East End Cottages
4967 Yale Drive Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-781-1251, EastEndGOTL.com East End Cottages, 4967 Yale Dr. 4 Cottages. Main House: 3Bed/1Bath Cottage 1, 2 & 3: 2Bed/1Bath Located at the East End of Town… a stone’s throw to the famous GOTL strip.
Eriesistable View 4471 Lake Road East, Geneva 440-478-0958 airbnb.com/rooms/34438104 Beautiful Cape Cod home on the shores of Lake Erie. Open year-round with spectacular sunsets. Enjoy your stay and experience all that our Grand River Wineries, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and Ashtabula Harbor have to offer.
5172 University Drive Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-796-4069, vrbo.com/486291 Cozy, clean 2-bedroom cottage in a residential area within walking distance to the famous ‘Strip’.
Hampton Inn Ashtabula 2900 G. H. Drive, Austinburg 440-275-2000 ashtabula.hamptoninn.com
Just off I90, centrally located to covered bridges, charter fishing, wineries, Ashtabula Harbor, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and SPIRE Institute. Fuel up with their free hot breakfast from 6:00 am - 9:00 am. Relax in their indoor swimming pool, rev up with a workout in their fitness room, and free WIFI.
633 Hill Avenue, Ashtabula 440-812-5063
Comfort and relaxation describe this 2 bedroom ranch. 5 miles off Rt. 90, it is 1/2 mile to Ashtabula Harbor and fishing charters -1/4 mile to boat ramps -20 min. to GOTL or Spire.
Grove Lake Erie Luxury Motorcoach Resort
6300 Lake Road W, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-261-4063
Discover your oasis at this luxury motorcoach resort exclusively for Class-A RVs. Lots are available for rent or sale. Download their free mobile app to begin planning your stay.
Herb Garden Bed & Breakfast
3699 Route 46 S. Jefferson 440-294-2555, hgschoolofcooking.com
This 1848 farmhouse has been updated with modern conveniences, still showing its country charm. The three lovely guest rooms welcome you along with the spacious wrap-around porch overlooking a pond.
KCD Cozy Cottages
4929 South Spencer Drive
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 330-565-1699
KCD Cozy cottages are located less than 200 steps away from “The Strip” in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio! Each Cottage is newly remodeled, dog friendly, and is decorated with a different theme. Three cottages sleep 4-6; efficiency sleeps 2-4. All amenities are available to make you feel like home: appliances, A/C, heat, WiFi, TV, linens, complimentary coffee, and even dog treats!
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3852 Peebles Road, Kingsville 919-701-5291, kingsvillelodge.com Peace and serenity abound at the Kingsville Lodge. You’ll have everything you need right at your fingertips. With wooded views, a hot tub, 1/2 acre pond, kayaks, firepit, and so much more. There is something for everyone!
5919 Lake Road, W, Ashtabula 614-264-4667, rosariorentals.com
Stay in Amish-built cabins set on the shores of Lake Erie. Lake views, cookouts, bonfires, parks, and beaches. Minutes from GOTL, Geneva, historic Ashtabula Harbor, 20+ wineries, Spire Institute, etc.
182 Lockwood St,Geneva airbnb.com/h/lockwoodretreat Lockwood Retreat is a 4 bedroom vacation home in Geneva Ohio. Familyfriendly and sleeps up to 8 people. Conveniently located near Geneva on the Lake, Spire institute, and many local wineries.
Michael Cahill Bed and Breakfast
1106 Walnut Boulevard, Ashtabula 440-813-0572, cahillbb.com Ashtabula Harbor’s only lakeside B&B for 30 years. Guests enjoy modern conveniences such as central air conditioning and free WiFi in the ambiance of this well-preserved century home.
Ohio Wine Country Rentals
507 Sherman Street, Geneva OhioWineCountryRentals.com
This 4-bedroom rental home is nestled in the heart of Geneva, Ohio’s Wine Country. 10 minutes in any direction you’ll discover dozens of wineries, parks, and Lake Erie beaches!
Orchard View Villas
4749 Dibble Road, Ashtabula 440-789-8397 brantsappleorchard.com
Orchard View Villas gives you a unique opportunity to stay at Brant’s Apple Orchard, wander the property after hours, and watch amazing sunsets. Sansa Suite or the Cortland Cottage can be rented separately or together.
Northcoast Marina and Campgrounds
(formerly Pera’s Motel)
Pera’s Cottages: 5007-5011 Mapleton Beach/Pera’s Motel: 4944 Golf Avenue Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8675
347 West 24th St., Ashtabula 440-998-6272 northcoastmarina.com
Located on the scenic Ashtabula River, just a short cruise from Lake Erie. Come relax at this family and fisherman friendly marina! Northcoast Marina & Campground is situated in a serene environment featuring dockage for 250 boats at the marina and 32 sites available at the campground. Campsites include a boat dock, water, electric, & sewer. Amenities include two hot tubs, a heated pool, a playground, fish cleaning stations, and more! Visit northcoastmarina.com, call, or stop in!
Rustic River Retreats
930 Tote Road, Austinburg 440-789-8397, rusticriverretreats.com
Private 27-acre estate on the Grand River, great for a relaxing getaway in Ohio’s wine country! Centrally in the Grand River Valley wine region. Perfect for families or romantic getaways.
990 Lake Road, Conneaut 724-965-3480, shilohhousellc990.com This lakefront 3 bedroom ranch is fully equipped to meet all the comforts of home. Guests enjoy awesome Lake sunsets and have direct access to the private beach.
Multiple locations in GOTL Geneva-on-the-Lake 800-339-4685, staygotl.com GOTL Premium Vacation Rentals.
A 1950’s era single story motel with one and two bedroom units available. Featuring a brand new pool! Pera’s Cottages offers two summer houses: one four-bedroom and one fivebedroom. Open May-October.
Sunset Vacation Rentals
4690 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-207-0704
Rated Ashtabula County’s #1 vacation experience! Sunset Vacation Rentals has you covered, with so many options to choose from. Offering beautiful lakefront properties, strip-side suites, a large luxury home, to intimate rentals. Complete vacation packages available.
The Cliffside Escape
7842 Cleveland Drive, Conneaut https://airbnb.com/h/ cliffsidegetawayconneaut
Private year-round lakefront rental on 1.5 acres with a covered outdoor hot tub. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, pet friendly. Enjoy Lake Erie sunsets from almost every window!
The Grape Getaway
346 Broadway Street, Geneva 440-361-3143, thegrapegetaway.com
The Grape Getaway: perfect for couples looking to stay together; families making memories; friends meeting up for a few days. Fully furnished with 6 bedrooms, game room, and movie room.
The Harbor Haven
1433 Bridge Street, Ashtabula airbnb.com/h/theharborhaven Brand new luxury two bedroom, two bath condo nestled in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor! Walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and Walnut beach! Close to wineries, SPIRE, and GOTL.
The Lakehouse Inn Resort
5653 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8668, thelakehouseinn.com Nine-room Bed & Breakfast and four cottages on the shore of Lake Erie. Full breakfast is included with your stay. Day spa, casual farm-to-table restaurant, and winery also on the premises.
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TheLodgeAtGeneva.com Experience Ohio’s Wine Country Resort
endless activities all year long!
relaxing resort accommodations, daily wine shuttles, indoor & outdoor pools with pool deck games and snack bar, full-service Horizons Restaurant, Lake Erie Canopy Tours Zipline, boat rentals, destination weddings and meetings, iconic sunsets and so much more- all on the shores of Lake Erie. Plan your perfect Lake Erie getaway today!
4924 S Spencer Drive Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-813-9599, tiffanyscottages.com Nine (9) GOTL cottages in the heart of the Strip down a quiet street. Outside enjoy the inground pool and fire pits. Inside comforts include WiFi, A/C, kitchen/kitchenettes, and more!
Valley View Farmhouse
3422 Mechanicsville Road Rock Creek, 574-238-7336 airbnb.com/users/146672037/listings Families can enjoy a quite vacation getaway at “Grandma’s House” in the country. With 2 queen bedrooms and a futon, a full kitchen, laundry. Nearby wineries, wedding venues, Lake Erie.
740 State Route 534, Geneva 440-624-3054, vineyardwoods.com Upscale lodging in the heart of the Grand River Valley wine region. Vineyard Woods is a secluded getaway that is perfect for the couple looking to relax or friends looking to take a break from the daily grind.
Warner-Concord Farms B&B
6585 S Ridge Road, West Geneva 440-428-4485 warner-concordfarms.com Conveniently located B&B on a vineyard/ horse farm. Opened in 1992, the facility is close to many wineries, restaurants, and Lake Erie attractions. All rooms have private baths, free Wi-Fi, TV, and include a full breakfast.
Vine 460 Vine Street, Geneva 440-810-8110, WineDownOnVine.net This spacious 3-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom home is perfect for families and visitors of Spire Institute or friends visiting the local wineries.
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2900 G.H. Dr. Austinburg, OH 44010 (440) 275-2000, (800) 426-7866 www.ashtabula.hamptoninn.com Free Hot Breakfast • Indoor Pool Fitness Center Microwave & Refrigerator in All Rooms 48 HD channels with free HBO and Nickelodeon Meeting/Conference Room • Group Discount ASHTABULA Off I-90, Exit 223 Ask about our Points & Miles program! 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
4888 North Broadway Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-7100
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5600 Lake Road Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-3555
Enjoy Adventure Golf, Go-Karts, bumper boats, batting cages, two climbing walls, kid’s crawl soft play center, ziplines, and licensed golf cart rentals! Open daily Memorial Day-Labor Day and weekends May and Sept.
Ashley Moores Stables
1269 Doyle Road,Jefferson 440-576-8949
Offering scenic trail rides and riding lessons. Summer day camps, Pony parties, reunions. They have a small Airbnb room on the farm for quiet country getaways.
Ashtabula Arts Center
Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, Inc
4026 US Rt 322, Williamsfield 440-576-5418
Visit the beautiful grounds including 2 museums: The Agricultural Heritage & The P&LE Railroad Depot, which tell the story of an era gone by. Along with the country store, a one-room school, a 1900s gas station, and more! Experience one of the 3 shows each year. Spring Gas-Up (2nd Saturday of May), the Big 3-Day Show (1st Friday of July), and a Fall Show (3rd weekend of September). These shows are a continuous display of antique engines, tractors, vehicles, and much more. There’s something for the entire family.
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
25 W Jefferson Street, Jefferson 440-576-3769
coveredbridgefestival.org Drive to 19 beautiful covered bridges. Visit the festival in Jefferson for entertainment, crafts, fair food, antique cars and engines, a parade, contests, children’s activities, and more. Visit coveredbridgefestival.org for info.
Black Rock Adventure Park and Campground
6231 Weaver Road, Conneaut 440-594-1764
blackrockadventurepark.com Black Rock Adventure Park and Campground is a premier adventure park with RV, primitive, and seasonal camping sites, ATV park, a concert venue and future glamping. Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this familyfriendly park is certain to entertain from sunrise to sunset!
Brant’s Apple Orchard
4749 Dibble Road, Ashtabula 440-224-0639 brantsappleorchard.com Fall in Ashtabula County means going to Brant’s Apple Orchard. Famous for their Apple Cider donuts, award-winning Apple Cider, full bakery, 27 varieties of apples, Cider Slushies, and a wonderful family atmosphere.
Conneaut Arts Center
1025 Buffalo Street, Conneaut 440-593-5888
2928 West 13th Street, Ashtabula 440-964-3396
Located in the Harbor area near Kent State University, the Ashtabula Arts Center is a multiarts nonprofit offering year-round programming in theater, dance, music, and visual arts. See a performance in the indoor 13th Street Theatre or outdoor Straw Hat Theatre, take a visual arts workshop, visit the gallery, or relax on the lawn for a summer concert. And December visitors shouldn’t miss the annual production of The Nutcracker by Ballet Theatre Ashtabula.
Ashtabula Lighthouse Restoration & Preservation Society
Ashtabula 440-319-4835, ashtabulalighthouse.org Come visit the Ashtabula Lighthouse! Offering tours in 2023. Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at the Beautiful Lake Shore Park in August. Date to be announced. Watch their website for more information.
Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum
1071 Walnut Boulevard, Ashtabula 440-964-6847, ashtabulamaritime.org
Come explore maritime and railroad history in the former lighthouse keeper’s residence overlooking Ashtabula Harbor. From a ship pilot house to giant beach glass, you can find it here!
The Conneaut Arts Center offers programming for the community to Experience the Art of Living in the areas of dance, theater, visual arts, exercise, and music for all ages.
363 Depot Street Conneaut 440-599-7878
nhrs.com/chapters/ohio/conneaut Dedicated to the men and women who worked for local railroads. Our Nickel Plate Road 755 was among the last steam locomotives in Conneaut in 1958.
Copper Leaf Studios
5003 Ninevah Road, Ashtabula copperleafstudios.net
Copper Leaf Studios is the working studio of metal artist Chris Zielski. Located on a private farm, studio visits are available by appointment.
D-Day Ohio Inc
480 Lake Road, Conneaut 855-669-2111, ddayohio.us D-Day Conneaut is the historical reenactment of the events surrounding the Allied landings in Normandy France in World War 2.
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D-Day Ohio WWII Museum
851 Harbor Street, Conneaut 440-265-2503, ddayohio.us
WWII and D-Day oriented artifacts and exhibits bring WWII history to life. Regional memorabilia and exhibits highlight the history of those serving at home and abroad. Check website for hours.
Eerie Harbor Ghost Walk
1003 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-228-8458, eerieharbor.com
Enjoy tales of departed sailors and pioneers as you tour the historic streets of the Ashtabula Harbor. Learn about the world’s greatest iron ore port, life of bars, & brothels. Call 440-228-8458 to book.
5003 Ninevah Road, Ashtabula 216-633-9005 flanneldogfarm.com
Small farm, art studio, cottage bakery. Several acres of native plants. Chickens, ducks, bees. Tiny houses. Use website to schedule farm tours or order sourdough bread. Dogs welcome.
Game ON! Arcade & Sports Pub
5483 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8650, GameOnGOTL.com
A family-oriented sports pub with classic and new arcade games. Collect points and take home some prizes! Located at the entrance of Old Firehouse Winery, “Game ON!” has a dozen televisions and full bar service. Check out our new outdoor activity area “The Yard."
Geneva Area Grape Jamboree
City of Geneva, Geneva 440-466-5262, grapejamboree.com
The Geneva Area Grape JAMboree celebrates the harvesting of grapes. An entertaining, JAM-packed weekend for the entire family. Celebrate the 58th year on September 23 & 24, 2023!
Harbor Gardens: Demonstration Kitchen & General Store
1022 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-650-5019, harborgardens.org Harbor Gardens is a demonstration kitchen focusing on all things made and grown locally - with a primary fondness for food. Classes include cooking, canning, fermenting & eating.
Noble Art Entertainment Dinner Theater
5475-B Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-536-5139 nobleartentertainment.com DINNER & A SHOW! Visit Genevaon-the-Lake’s premiere theater where every seat is center stage. Enjoy live performances 3 times a year featuring original works hand-crafted by their creative team. All perfectly paired with a 5-course dinner.
784 Middle Road,Conneaut 814-450-6561, northwaysstudios.com Northways Studios creates opportunities to explore imaginative art experiences, plan ridiculous adventures, and find ways to be seriously silly. Their experiences are unique to the region and northern life in general. Explore lakeside living and the way location shapes culture and experience. Contact them to create your unique experience.
Servants of Mary Center for Peace
6601 Ireland Road, Windsor 440-272-5380, servantsofmary.org
Visit the world’s largest statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe that stands 50 feet tall and is covered by over 450,000 mosaic tiles. We also have the worlds largest illuminated fifteen decade rosary, a Chapel, Stations of the Cross Garden, Luminous Mystery rosary garden, Holy Innocents Chapel, gift shop, banquet hall that holds up to 100 guests and the North Star Stable that holds up to 170 guests. All denominations and ethnicities welcome.
Food for Thought Farmers Markets
At Harbor Gardens Demonstration Kitchen & General Store, it’s all about community collaboration. They offer classes on canning, making kombucha, starting seeds, and more. Pick up fresh, locally grown products such as sourdough bread and bagels from Flannel Dog Farm
There is a farmers market in nearly every corner of the county. Visit ashtabulalocalfood.org for a list of locations and hours.
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On The Lake Electric Bike Company
2121 State Route 45, Austinburg 440-218-2453, onthelakebikes.com
Explore Your Outdoors! Specialized in Electric Bikes & Mobility Scooter Rentals. Weekly, Daily, & Hourly. Delivered to your door, place of lodging, park, or bike trail. Geneva on the Lake, Austinburg, Ashtabula, Western Reserve Greenway, & surrounding areas.
Rabbit Run Theater
5648 W Chapel Road, Madison 440-428-7092, rabbitrun.org
Take in a show at Rabbit Run Theater, Ohio’s premier barn theater. Open every summer and located near the shores of Lake Erie in Madison, OH.
2678 Countyline Road, Madison 440-812-4936 regalvineyards.com
Regal Vineyards is your fall destination for fun! Daytime fall festival includes a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, and fall festival foods. Night time experience the Haunted Winery haunted attraction.
Shanti Yoga LoveYoga & Wellness Center
27 Wall Street, Jefferson 440-381-8099, yogalvh.com Yoga. Meditation. Wellness Treatments. Every BODY welcome for group classes or private services at their inclusive, independent, trauma-informed studio (or online). Find your Shanti (inner peace), and do great things.
Spa at the Lakehouse Inn
5654 Lake Road E, Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8668, thelakehouseinn.com
Full-service spa offering massages, facials, waxing, and body treatments. Group spa packages also available. Advance reservations highly recommended. Visit website or call for hours and availability.
Spire Institute & Academy
5201 SPIRE Circle, Geneva 440-466-1002, spireinstitute.org
SPIRE is one of the largest indoor, multisport, training and competition facilities worldwide. SPIRE has the capacity to simultaneously host a residential academy, clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events.
Sport Center Arcade
5438 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-1304
Since 1947, Sport Center is THE place on the Strip to win great prizes. They have some of the best games with the highest payout and a selection of prizes like no other! Open Mother’s Day to Labor Day.
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Brant’s Apple Orchard
Spire Institute & Academy
FLOATS · TURKEY SANDWICHES · BURGERS · FISH · HOT DOGS · ONION RINGS · FRENCH FRIES · COLESLAW · CHILI CELEBRATING 71 YEARS! Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, Mother’s Day through Labor Day Carry-out Available • Great 50s Music • Open-Air Counter & Large Picnic Area Step back into the 1950s at... EST. 1952 388 East Main Road, Conneaut • 440-593-2209 • Follow us
Where: Enjoy the snow along the Greenway Trail, or rent shoes from the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Caught a walleye?
Where: Lake Erie! Not up for catching your dinner? Visit the Wine & Walleye Festival in the historic Ashtabula Harbor in July instead.
Rode a hydrobike?
Where: Harbor Yak in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor
Watched a local arts production?
Where: Ashtabula Arts Center, Rabbit Run Theatre, or Noble Art Entertainment.
Been jet skiing on Lake Erie?
Where: Bula Coast Water Sports has you covered.
Have You Ever?
Love the stuff off the beaten path? Check out these uncommon adventures and unique experiences found in Ashtabula County.
Been beach glass picking?
Where: With 26 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, beachgoers are bound to find tiny treasures along the shore. Tip: the best stuff is found first thing in the morning.
Seen bald eagles in the wild?
Slept in a century home?
Where: Michael Cahill B&B in Ashtabula.
Where: Conneaut Township Park is a favorite perch for these majestic birds.
Enjoyed a meal with your dog?
Where: Ruff Life on the Lake offers a full menu for humans and dogs alike.
Been to an ATV adventure park?
Where: Black Rock Adventure Park in Conneaut. Where: At many wineries in the region. Attend the Ice Wine Festival in March for all things ice wine.
Sipped ice wine?
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Winter Warmer Trail
January 2 - February 9
“Baby, it’s cold outside,” but for members of The Valley Wine Group, things are heating up inside for the 3rd Annual Winter Warmer Wine & Cocktail Trail. Join Debonne Vineyards, Cask 307 Winery, South River Vineyards, Grand River Cellars, Red Eagle Distillery, and Black Door Tavern for this drive-yourself, comfort food & wine/cocktail tasting trail. $7 per person at each stop includes appetizer & tastings. Each place will also have a signature winter cocktail or sangria for an additional fee.
March 20th Annual Ice Wine Festival
March - all month
Everyday - Saturdays 11 a.m.- 5p.m.; Sunday’s through Friday’s 12-5 p.m. The Wineries of the Grand River Valley welcome you to our 20th Annual Ice Wine Festival. Participating businesses include: Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, CASK 307, South River Vineyards, & Red Eagle Distillery.
Winter Glow - Ice Wine Progressive Dinner
March 3, 10, 17, 24
Kick off the Ice Wine Festival with a progressive dinner event the night before. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at Debonné Vineyards with delicious appetizers, soup or salad. Proceed to Grand River Cellars for a wonderful meal. Afterwards, finish off at Cask 307 for a delicious dessert. Each course is paired with
wine. Reservations required; menu to be announced. Please visit grandrivercellars. com for updated information.
May Wine N Bloom Wine Trail
Entire Month of May
A self-driving wine trail. Noon to 6pm each day. Enjoy wine samples and appetizers at each of the participating wineries. Collect a different flowering annual plant at each winery. At a designated winery you will pick up a peck basket to carry your plants and a wine glass per person. Visit http://ohiowines.org/ for more information
Antique Engine Club Spring Gas Up
Browse the collection of restored engines, vehicles, machinery and buildings of historical value. Breakfast at 8. Show begins at 9 and goes to 4. Garden tractor pull at 11 weather permitting.
GOTL Summer Kick-Off Parade May 13
Bring a chair and line the strip at Geneva-on-the-Lake for a parade to kick-off the summer season.
Woof, Wag & Wine Trail
Entire Month of June
Enjoy a Food & Wine tour with your pup! Participating Wineries include: Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Debonne Vineyards, Cask 307 Winery. You can spread your visits out over the entire event duration (though your ticket only entitles you to a tasting at each winery once). Your ticket includes appetizer, wine samples, a dog treat at each location, and a bandana for your dog. $10 donation will go to the Lake Humane Society.
Slice of Summer
A celebration of the beginning of summer in Historic Ashtabula Harbor! Family events and activities up and down Bridge Street and at the Port Authority Park. Food, fun and activities for all ages.
Native American Indian Powwow June 16, 17, & 18
The Eastern Lenape Indian Nation honors their ancestors. This is a weekend of Native American Indian traditions, ceremonies, dances, history lessons, storytelling, food, artifacts, music, & other Native American items.
Burning of the Socks
Burning of the socks is a tradition where you gather and burn a pair of winter socks to say farewell to the cold of winter and spring and embrace the warmth of summer and sandal season!
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Beach Glass Festival
June 24 & 25
Ashtabula Harbor will be filled with beach glass creations large and small. Vendors and collectors gather to show off their treasures. Come for beautiful beach glass art and delicious food.
July Antique Engine Summer Show
July 7, 8, & 9
This show is a continuous display of tractors, gas engines, antique cars and trucks, blacksmithing, wood carving, sawmill, planning, shingle mill, crafts, flea market, music, and so much more. Food is served all three days of the show. Dinner Bell Suppers Friday & Saturday nights starting at 4:30pm.
Wine & Walleye
July 21, 22, & 23
Live music & entertainment, lighthouse, river, and sunset boat tours. Saturday morning sailboat regatta is included in the festivities. Wine Garden Event Tent, providing some of the best wines from Grand River Valley.
August Pymatuning Lake Festival
August 6 & 7
Live music, vendors, games and contests. Huge fireworks display over the causeway.
August 17, 18, & 19
D-Day Ohio, Inc. will invade the Lake Erie shores of Conneaut, and stage the largest D-Day (1944) living history reenactment in the country. Featuring over 1,800 reenactors, spectators will witness a living tribute to the veterans of WWII through dress, mock battles, and living history displays.
August 18 & 19
Bluegrass lovers welcome to the 33rd Annual Bluegrass Festival! Bring a comfy chair and enjoy continuous music featuring several bands. Show goes on rain or shine under the big top tent.
September Thunder on the Strip
The biggest bike rally in Northeast Ohio, always the weekend after Labor Day! The Geneva-on-the-Lake “Strip” is alive with stunt shows, live entertainment, vendors village, and a bike parade!
Cask, Corks & Forks
A progressive wine tasting event. Join us for our annual event as we pop the cork on our vintage “Cask 1023.” Noon– 5 p.m., $10 per person at each winery. The cask project began as an idea in 2010 to have a continual red blend from the
Grand River Valley. Each year a percentage of the wine will be bottled and sold to make room for the next year’s harvest. The date on the bottle represents the year it began “10” and the year it was bottled “23.” Each winery used a different 500 gallon oak barrel from different countries and fills it with vinifera grapes from their farm. Join Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars, Laurello Vineyards, and Cask 307 for an afternoon of wine sampling and tasty appetizers.
Antique Engine Club Fall Show
Stop by to see the collection of restored engines, vehicles, machinery and buildings of historical value! Event includes displays, food vendors, flea market, crafts, & garden tractor pull (weather permitting).
Crafts & Corks Crawl
Join Grand River Cellars and Debonne for a craft crawl. Both wineries will feature a large selection of juried crafters from noon-7:00pm outside on the lawns. It will be a great afternoon of shopping, sipping and relaxing. Music plays from 3:30-7:30pm. Visit both wineries and receive a stamped ticket to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift basket.
September 23 & 24
Celebrate the grape harvest at this two day festival!
Visitors may taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products.
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Thunder on the Strip
Adult Trick or Treat Trail
Month of October
Ghouls just wanna have fun! We’ve conjured up a great time in the Grand River Valley with an Adult Trick or Treat Wine & Cocktail Trail! At Grand River Cellars, Debonne Vineyards, Cask 307, South River Vineyard, Red Eagle Distillery and Black Door Tavern, enjoy 2 wine samples or a mini cocktail and a fallthemed or ghoulish appetizer for $8 per person at each location. Try the featured signature cocktail/sangria at an additional cost. Pick up a trail card at any location and turn in your completed card at your last stop within the month of October to enter to win an Overnight Wine Country Getaway Package.
Dinner & a Thrill
October 6, 13, 20, & 27
Regal Vineyard’s Haunted Winery, located just 7.8 miles from Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, is truly haunted. This haunted house stands in Ashtabula County’s oldest winery –established by the Cohodus family who immigrated from Lithuania in 1919. However, Regal Vineyard’s can’t serve wine, so join Grand River Cellars and Regal Vineyards for the annual Dinner and a Thrill Package! Stop at Grand River Cellars for dinner before visiting the Haunted Winery for an evening of chills and thrills. While at Grand River Cellars, be sure to sample the Fright White or the Blood Red – the official wines of the Haunted Winery – and read all about the history of the Cohodus Family. This is a self-driving tour. Go to grandrivercellars.com for pricing and details.
Brants Fall Festival
October 7 & 8
Fall fun including craft show, 5k race, kids carnival, pony rides, petting zoo, apple launching, horse drawn carriage rides, and more!
Harvest in the Harbor
Traditions of Fall are in full swing with the annual chili cook off, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling...and much more!
Covered Bridge Festival
October 14 & 15
Enjoy a self-guided driving tour to each of our 19 covered bridges, including the longest and the shortest in the United States! You will find live entertainment, vendors, and activities. Be sure to visit the central festival in Jefferson at the Fairgrounds for a parade, antique cars & engines, kids’ activities, souvenirs, & more.
Wine & Wheels Car Show
More than 100 classic cars will share the spotlight with Ohio wines along the Lake Erie shore at the Wine and Wheels Car Show at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Enjoy small bites, courtesy of Horizons Restaurant, as well as multiple food truck options.
November Small Business Saturday
Shop local today! A day to celebrate and support our small businesses.
Weekends in December
Friday & Saturday, Noon-6pm each day. A self-driving tour along the Vines & Wines Trail in Northeast Ohio. At each participating winery, you will receive complimentary appetizers and samples of wines. At each winery you visit, you will receive a ceramic ornament with the winery’s name printed on it to decorate your tree. Call 800-227-6972 to make reservations or visit http:// ohiowines.org/ for more
Light Up the Lodge
Kick off the holiday season at The Lodge’s Annual Light Up The Lodge weekend! From a Christmas Ale Tasting Dinner to photos with Santa, you can find festive fun for the whole family at The Lodge.
Holidays in the Harbor
Dress like Santa (or another holiday character) to spread cheer along Bridge Street during the Annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy small events each weekend!
New Years Eve Gala
Ring in 2024 at The Lodge in Geneva-on-the-Lake with a fun New Year’s Eve Gala event! This evening will feature dinner, open bar, music by Good Question, dancing, & more!
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community and services
All Points Realty Inc
3272 N Main Street, Rock Creek 440-563-3760, allpointsrealty.us All Points Realty has been a leader in the Northeast Ohio Real Estate Market for years. Kathy Holmes is your digital resource for buying and selling homes in Northeast Ohio.
City of Conneaut
294 Main Street, Conneaut 440-593-7401, conneautohio.gov Located in Ohio’s northeasternmost corner along Lake Erie, the city of Conneaut blends a coastal community with scenic rivers and green spaces with a progressive industrial base built upon an international shipping port and major railway and interstate systems.
Clorice Dlugos Group at McDowell Homes Real Estate Services 1005 Bridge Street, Ashtabula 440-812-2542, mcdhomes.com A high-energy team of professional REALTORS striving for the common goal of all buyers and sellers for smooth and successful real estate transactions.
Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce 235 Main Street, Conneaut 440-593-2402 conneautareachamber.org
Conneaut Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
1492 Lake Road, Conneaut 440-599-7697, visitconneautohio.com Conneaut Convention and Visitors Bureau’s purpose is to develop, promote, and encourage tourism, recreation and economic development throughout our area by welcoming visitors and providing information about our beautiful area.
Conneaut Port Authority
929 Broad Street, Conneaut 440-593-1300 conneautportauthority.com Conneaut’s marina and beach area are the most beautiful in Ohio. The marina is the home of hundreds of boats with dockage available for boats up to 30’.
Conneaut Public Library
304 Buffalo Street, Conneaut 440-593-1608, conneaut.lib.oh.us The Conneaut Public Library is a fullservice modern library that sits minutes away from a flourishing business district on Lake Erie’s shores. Known for its innovative programming, the library hosts year-round programs and events for all ages.
Gazette Newspapers/ Great Lakes Printing 46 W. Jefferson Street, Jefferson 440-576-9125, gazettenews.com Gazette Newspapers, publisher of the outdoor recreation guide, Explore showcasing everything Ashtabula County has to offer, the perfect family vacation planner. Published May, June, July and August. Download or pick up your free copy today!
Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
866 East Main Street, Geneva 440-466-8694, genevachamber.org
Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce 4536 Main Avenue, Ashtabula 440-998-6998, ashtabulachamber net
Harbor-Topky Memorial Library
1633 Walnut Boulevard, Ashtabula 440-964-9645
Located near picturesque Lake Erie and Historic Bridge Street, the Harbor-Topky Memorial Library serves the educational and recreational needs of the public through its services, programming, and information resources.
4858 Cork Cold Springs Road Harpersfield Twp 440-466-2242, harpersfield.us Located within the Grand River Valley with 13 wineries, lodging facilities, shops, and a covered bridge spanning the Grand River in a beautiful Metropark.
Historic Ashtabula Harbor Bridge Street Ashtabula, 347-463-5881 historicashtabulaharbor.com Nestled between Lake Erie & the Ashtabula River lies the perfect destination for fun and frivolity! Stroll along the waterfront, dine at their incredible restaurants, and enjoy the unique shops!
Huffman-Mayer-Paolo Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
3705 State Road, Ste# 100 Ashtabula, 440-992-1515 huffman-mayer-paolo.com Offering personalized guidance and analysis to create customized investment plans that help meet your investment goals. A hands-on approach with more than 150 years of combined knowledge and experience.
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Ride with us, stay with us in Ohio Wine Country! Give us a call to book today. Complete vacation packages available! Limos • VIP Party Buses • Passenger Vans • Golf Carts • Luxury Home Rentals 440-207-0704 www sunsetvacationrental com Ride with Us Stay with Us
Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce
54 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson 440-576-0133 jeffersonchamber.com
Kent State University in Ashtabula
3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula 440-964-3322 kent.edu/Ashtabula
Home to Ohio’s first wine degrees and one of the region’s most respected nursing and allied health programs, Kent State Ashtabula offers over 30 degrees on campus for in-demand fields at low tuition rates.
New Leaf United Methodist Church
110 Gateway Avenue, Conneaut 440-593-2525, newleafumc.com New Leaf Church is a safe place to worship! Contemporary worship at 9 am; Traditional worship at 11 am each Sunday. newleafumc.com or Facebook for more information! See you there!
Ohio Wine Producers Association
1 South Broadway, Geneva 440-466-4417, ohiowines.org Trade association helping to promote wineries across the state.
Orwell-Grand Valley Area Chamber of Commerce 143 S Maple Street, Orwell 440-437-5782, grandvalleychamber.org
Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce 68 Public Square, Andover 440-293-5895
The PACOC is comprised of local businesses, organizations, and community members that support and promote the Pymatuning area’s commercial, economic, cultural, industrial, professional, civic, general interests, and growth. Don’t miss People in the Park Saturday, May 28 to Saturday, Sept. 3; Lake Festival August 6 & 7; Simply Christmas Saturday, Nov. 26
Rock Creek Area Chamber of Commerce 3043 E Water Street, Rock Creek 440-567-2325 rockcreekareachamber.com
Ride in Style
Transportation options throughout Ashtabula County
Barley Vine Tours, LLC
Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-862-1012, barleyvinetours.com
Barley Vine Tours Delivers Golf Carts to YOUR location. They pick them up when you are done. Electronically signed waiver and deposit required. Call Today.
Barrels and Bridges Tours 1477 Stumpville Road, Jefferson 440-488-6250
Barrels and Bridges Tours offers winery tours of the Grand River Valley region and covered bridge tours of the area’s historic treasures. Their web page lists details of tour offerings and rates. Custom tours are also available such as trips to Cleveland for plays, ball games, concerts, and antique/outlet shopping.
Premier Transportation Service
399 S Eagle Street, Geneva 440-466-1515
Wine & bridge tours, airport, bus & train station service, taxi, wheelchair transportation, shuttle service. Call them with your questions.
4690 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-855-5314, sunsettaxis.com
Rated Ashtabula County’s #1 vacation experience! With many options to choose from, Sunset Transportation has it covered. They offer a variety of services: wine shuttles, taxi services, golf cart rental, executive services, and more! Open 24/7.
Wine Shuttle at The Lodge 4888 North Broadway Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-7100
Let them do the driving so you can truly enjoy Ohio’s Wine Country. Runs daily, year-round for both Lodge guests and the public. Different
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For generations, Geneva-on-the-Lake has been a family destination and continues to attract anyone who is a kid at heart.
At the unofficial start of the iconic “Strip” sits Adventure Zone Family Fun Center. With over a dozen rides and attractions in the 10-acre park, you’ll be entertained for hours! Families can challenge each other on bumper boats, adventure golf, and arcade games. Zip through the sky on their zipline course or challenge yourself to rock climbing. Little ones can get all their energy out (rain or shine) in the Adventure Krawl tubes, nets, and obstacles. If you need to relax a bit, hop on the 1957 Allan Herschell Carousel – there is nothing more nostalgic than a merry-go-round. Two new escape rooms will be revealed in 2023 as well as the addition of ‘Hammered’, a vertical seat drop that is sure to thrill.
Be sure to stop at Old Firehouse Winery located on the Lake Erie shore. Throughout the year, they host live music, themed craft shows, and seasonal festivals overlooking Lake Erie. Old Firehouse's menu offers family-friendly selections as well as fun drinks for adults, such as wine slushies, frozen margaritas, and wine flights. Be sure to check out the firetruck memorabilia inside and grab a photo in the firetruck at the entrance. During the colder months (November - April), rent a heated igloo and cozy up under twinkling lights.
If you're up for a little family competition, Game On! Arcade & Sports Pub hosts a mix of classic and new arcade games. Collect your tickets and turn them in at the end of the night in exchange for fun prizes!
Make a trip to Geneva on the Lake your family tradition!
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Buckle up & head down the historic “Strip” in Geneva-on-the-Lake. You’ll find food and entertainment, relaxation and many ways to enjoy the outdoors.
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SPECIAL PARTNER SECTION
Oncea farming town with seasonal hunting and fishing cabins, Geneva-on-the-Lake began to transform into Ohio’s First Summer Resort when an enterprising businessman invited visitors on July 4, 1869, to his “pleasure grounds,” a picnic and camping area at Sturgeon Point on the shores of Lake Erie. It was an immediate hit. Shortly after adding a horse-powered carousel and boarding house, popularity of the area grew. Waves of visitors made the easy trip from Pittsburgh, Warren, and Youngstown, often to escape the oppressive heat of the steel mills. For the next 100 years, the Village expanded, adding dance halls and amusement rides, followed by arcades and nightclubs. Music and dance filled the air, hosting performers from Duke Ellington to Jimmy Hendrix. The rise of automobile ownership, coupled with little municipal oversight, caused the town to crowd with wild behaviors. In 1970, Ohio raised its drinking age to 21 and some of the raucous hustle began to diminish. The community returned to more family-oriented activities and began welcoming back visitors who had vacationed there as children.
Today, that tradition continues. A summer drive down “the Strip” at Geneva-on-the-Lake is an annual right of passage. Families pack the sidewalks, stopping at arcades and food stands while live music floats from several stages. The area welcomes travelers year-round with lodging options ranging from a lakefront resort to quaint cottage rentals. Outdoor recreation abounds at the state park, marina, and waterfront. The 72-par golf course, dating to the 1930s, still challenges golfers of any skill level. And for those that enjoy the timeless pastime of camping, several modern campgrounds pepper the surrounding area. The weekend after Labor Day, the strip comes alive with the largest local motorcycle rally in northeastern Ohio, Thunder on the Strip.
A visit to Geneva-on-the-Lake makes for a great vacation for all members of the family. For over 150 years, visitors have been spending vacation time at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Plan your visit at VisitGenevaontheLake.com.
Turn it Up
60 years of rock n’ roll and live entertainment will be celebrated this year at The Cove Nite Club. Let’s take a look back at where it all began. The Cove was opened in 1963 by Peter Macchia, his parents, Frank and Jeanette, and his nephew Bobby Nocera. Pete came to Geneva-on-the-Lake with his parents as a young child and fell in love with the atmosphere. As a young adult, Pete lived in Palm Springs, California, where he fell in love with the entertainment industry.
Cruise around in style
The Strip is golf cart friendly with parking up and down the street.
Pulling inspiration from his time spent in Palm Springs, Pete built and opened The Cove Nite Club in 1963. The venue quickly became a popular spot for up-and-coming rock bands and performers from Northeast Ohio, as well as national acts including; Jimmy Hendrix, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Platters, Donnie Iris, The Jaggerz, Gary Glenn and the Jewel Tones, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Jani Lane, LA Guns, Skid Row, Slaughter, Quiet Riot, and Mushroomhead.
Sunset Transportation is the main taxi service for Geneva-on-the-Lake. Call 440-855-5314 to schedule pick-up. Bicycle rentals are available at multiple locations. Ride along the 2-mile trail in the Genevaon-the-Lake State Park or cycle down to the Geneva Township Park.
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In addition to creating a space where guests can let loose and relax, Pete was distinguished for his civic involvement and influence in bringing economic development to the community such as funding the first condo project in Genevaon-the-Lake and by purchasing and donating the village’s first ambulance. The Cove is still owned and operated by the Macchia family and is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Guests can enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit thecoveniteclub. com for details on upcoming events and seasonal hours.
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Lakehouse Inn Resort
Located on the shore of Lake Erie, in Geneva-on-the-Lake, The Lakehouse Inn provides an all-inclusive experience for guests.
More than just a Bed & Breakfast, The Lakehouse Inn Resort also features a 50-seat farm-to-table restaurant, a full-service day spa and a small batch production winery. In addition, with its terraced gardens and lakefront location, The Lakehouse Inn offers one of the best views in the region.
The Lakehouse Inn has been a staple in Geneva-on-the-Lake for over 80 years, but it is the vision of the current owners that has turned the property into the destination that it is today. When the Fagnilli Family purchased The Lakehouse Inn in 2000, the property consisted of only lodging accommodations. Primarily a summer business at that time, the Fagnilli Family wanted to make The Lakehouse Inn a year-round destination and have spent the past 20 years accomplishing this goal.
The winery was added in 2001 and produces wines created from locally sourced Grand River Valley grapes including Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
and Pinot Noir. A few years later, the restaurant, Crosswinds Grille, opened, followed by the day spa in 2012. The restaurant and spa are both open to the public, so you do not have to be a lodging guest to enjoy these attractions.
Today, the property features nine guest rooms in the Inn, three cottages and a lakefront Beach House. The Inn rooms are ideal for a couple’s getaway and include four suites with soaking tubs and electric fireplaces. The cottages each have two bedrooms and are perfect for two couples traveling together or a girlfriend’s getaway. Or if you prefer a secluded retreat, the Beach House is a stand-alone unit with a private lakefront deck.
The Lakehouse Inn is the ideal destination for the food and wine lover. Guests can wake up to a scrumptious breakfast featuring the freshest local ingredients, relax on the lakefront patio with a bottle of wine and then finish the day with a romantic dinner at Crosswinds Grille.
With indoor and outdoor seating available, Crosswinds Grille at The Lakehouse Inn offers seasonal menus featuring locally sourced, farm-totable cuisine. We recommend trying a Na*Kyrsie steak paired with our barrelaged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Guests looking for some pampering can walk across the street and treat themselves to a spa service. The Spa at The Lakehouse Inn offers a relaxing environment that allows guests to step away from their hectic lives and indulge, whether it be for an hour or a full day! The spa offers a wide range of services including a variety of massages, facials, and body treatments. For head-to-toe relaxation, try a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage or get glowing skin with a Customized Spa Facial.
No matter the season, The Lakehouse Inn Resort is the perfect getaway to relax and unwind.
5653 Lake Road E Geneva-on-the-Lake 440-466-8668, thelakehouseinn.com
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