With the bitter cold of winter finally departed, there’s no better time for Ohioans to cash in some vacation days and kick back by the lake. Why spend the money to take the whole family on an out of state adventure when there are many great places to kick back and take it all in the Greater Clevelander area? Whether a vacationer is looking for a rustic cottage, a quaint bed and breakfast, or a waterfront getaway that doesn’t skimp on the 21st century amenities, Cleveland has something for everybody.

Uncle Tom’s Cottages
5266 Lake Road
Geneva, OH 44041
(440) 466-8791
www.uncletomscottages.com

A holdover from the days before the area in front of Lake Eerie was developed, Uncle Tom’s Cottages has offered Cleveland area families the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant summer by the lake since 1936. This cozy resort has two different types of accommodations, cozy two bedroom motel spaces that come with kitchenettes and luxury two bedroom apartments  that come with full kitchens and dining areas. Whether fishing, cannoning, swimming or just relaxing by the water, Uncle Tom’s Cabins is just across the street from the water, so nothing on the to do list need be left undone. With showers and cable TV hookups in each cottage, guests will have all the modern amenities while reconnecting with nature.

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Cottages at the Water’s Edge 
6419 W. Lake Road
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-9480
www.watersedgeonline.com

Another vacation stop that will transport visitors back to a simpler time, Cottages at the Water’s Edge has all the advantages of the modern world without its rustic charm. Each of Water’s Edge’s cottages have showers, kitchenettes included, microwaves, coffee makers and stove top burners. Additionally, kids can play on the sandy beaches while parents lounge by the coast or the whole family can engage in a nice game of waterfront baseball or volleyball. On temperate nights, families can sit by a nice lakeside campfire.

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Driftwood Cottages
8114 Barrett Road
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 684-9250
www.driftwoodohio.com

Nestled right on the edge of Sandusky Bay, Driftwood Cottages gives its visitors the chance to enjoy a restful riverside vacation without having to cut themselves off entirely from the modern world. Driftwood’s main attraction is its Lighthouse Cottages that have room for up to eight people, a full kitchen and a cable TV that comes equipped with a DVD player. Additional, Efficiency Cottages are more modest accommodates that have room for up to five people with fewer amenities for a more naturalistic experience.

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The Lakehouse Inn
5653 Lake Road E.
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
(440) 466-8668
www.thelakehouseinn.com

The Lakehouse Inn is a full service bed and breakfast that has it all. Guests can start their days with a delicious breakfast made with fresh locally grown ingredients. Next, they can enjoy a nice spa treatment, partake in a wine tasting or just take a leisurely stroll along the beach. Later, visitors can sit down for a farm to table dinner prepared at the Lakehouse Inn’s on-site restaurant, Crosswinds Grille. Finally, vacationers can return to their air conditioned, high speed internet equipped rooms to enjoy a picturesque Lake Eerie sunset.

Lake Breeze Inn Bed and Breakfast 
4233 Lake Road
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
(440) 949-2545

Situated so close to the water that you can feel the cool wind coming off the lake, the Lake Breeze Inn Bed and Breakfast presents vacationers with the opportunity to really get away from it all. After waking up to an unbelievable view, guests can enjoy a lovely breakfast and before sunning themselves on the on Inn’s deck. After that, couples can walk along the beach and check out scenic Sheffield Lake. Finally, visitors can enjoy a nice soak in the hot tub before retiring for the night.

Mario McKellop is a freelance writer who has covered the pop culture beat since 2010.

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