There is nothing better than ending a nice summer day with a hot crackling fire to warm the chill of the night. Bonfires are a celebration of friends, family and gatherings and Cleveland offers some of the best places for a traditional bonfire or a relaxing atmosphere with a wood-sizzling fireplace. From vacation and retreats to a piece of heaven in the city, looking for a bonfire in the heart of a big city is not hard at all.
Cottages at the Water’s Edge 
6419 W. Lake Road
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-9480
www.watersedgeonline.com

Cottages at the Water’s Edge is a delightful vacation spot along the shores of Lake Erie that offers more than just cottages on a piece of land. It also offers a hopefulness about the value of family bounding and the value of spending time together. Each night, weather permitted, the caretakers build a strong fire and situate the metal chairs around the calming fire near the lakeside. Sitting by the bonfire and feeling the lake breeze through your hair is a great ending to the perfect day.

Crystal Rock Campground
710 Crystal Rock Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 684-7177
www.crystalrock-campground.com

Crystal Rock Campground brings back childhood memories of sleeping in a tent, riding bikes through the campground and watching cartoons on the big screen on a Saturday night. But the best thing about camping is the late night bonfires and campfire songs. Get the s’mores fixings or a campfire pie ready for a great treat. Crystal Rock Campground offers clean facilities and a family-oriented retreat for the whole family, along with the Saturday night movie for not only children but the whole family.

Beulah Beach Camp & Retreat Center 
6101 W. Lake Road
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-4861
www.beulahbeach.org

Beulah Beach Camp & Retreat Center focuses on religion and mission work. There are programs focused on children, men, women and groups of both or all. With a rigid daily schedule, it is nice to end the day as a group around a big blazing fire that brings togetherness and builds bonds. Open since 1921, Beulah Beach is dedicated to God’s word and bringing good to the community and to one’s self. Nestled on the beaches of Lake Erie, it offers a great location for an evening of relaxation.

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The South Side 
2207 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 937-2288
www.southsidecleveland.com

Located on the historic side of Tremont, The South Side is a diamond in the rough and is known for its wonderful and spacious outdoor patio. The South Side offers retreat to the hard day and a great social place for everything that creates happiness. Its great patio offers more than just a spacious area but also a huge roaring fire for the summer night chill. Gather with friends, family or meet a new acquaintance while dancing the night away with the sounds of sweet guitar music and the roar of a great fire.

Das Schnitzel Haus
5728 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44114
(440) 886-5050
www.dshparma.com

Das Schnitzel Haus is known for two things – its beer garden and its great fireplace. This unique establishment brings German cuisine to the heart of Cleveland. With its famous brats and potato pancakes, it also offers American classics for those who prefer tastes beyond German fare. With an outside lodge-style patio, it provides a comforting and relaxing atmosphere for everyone to settle down by the fire with a cold beer and enjoy the rhythm of the fire.

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Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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