There is nothing better than getting away from the drama and stress we often find with our daily routines. Step out of your comfort zone and off the couch and spend the weekend away. Explore all that Cleveland has to offer. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie, the solace of the countryside, the energy of the wilderness and the sweet sounds of nature. Take a loved one and have a weekend to remember.

Uncle Tom’s Cottages
5266 Lake Road
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
(440) 466-8791

Experience Lake Erie the way it was meant to be enjoyed, with boating, water skiing, fishing and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. These individual, furnished cottages offer air conditioning, waterfront property and one of the area’s largest cabin selections. The cabins can accommodate up to 10 guests and are focused around having fun, whether it be through playing volleyball or swinging on the playground, playing golf, tennis or renting a scooter to explore the rocky coast. Build memories through photos with this picturesque scenery.

Driftwood Cottages
8114 Barrett Road
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 684-9250

Spend the weekend bonding with friends and family while relaxing by the lake and feeding “Charlie” the squirrel. With individual cottages that can house up to five individuals, Driftwood Cottages is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway. Love lighthouses? Then enjoy the new Lighthouse Cottage that will shed a new light on the love of lighthouses. The cottages offer gas grills, a private beach, internet service, completely furnished cabins and air conditioning. Find the bond your family has by reconnecting.

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

Cottages at the Water’s Edge is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway. Gather the kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles and plan an unforgettable weekend with separate cabins, private beach, wonderful outside amenities for cookouts and outdoor dining. Sink your feet in the sand while the kids shovel for sand glass and listen to the sweet sounds of water crashing into the shore. The owners of these quaint cottages try to make every effort to make their guests’ visits as comfortable and peaceful as possible. End the night by sitting in one of the vintage swings or next to the bonfire enjoying the view of Cedar Point across the shore. Make Cottages at the Water’s Edge a summer destination for years to come.

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J. Palen House
2708 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-0813

Get a personal experience at J. Palen House Bed and Breakfast. Built in the 1800s, this inn offers more than exceptional accommodations. It offers a rich piece of history and exhibits pride, wood floors, stained glass, gas light fixtures and French doors. This plush, beautiful bed and breakfast offers rooms that provide different experiences and cater to individual needs. Centralized in the heart of Cleveland, it has easy access to everything Cleveland has to offer. Enjoy a weekend of being pampered by the wonderful innkeepers at J. Palen House.

American Wilderness Campground & Event Center
17273 Avon Belden Road
Grafton, OH 44044
(440) 926-3700

Experience the wilderness of nature by a weekend of camping. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the world and enjoy a weekend of getting back to the basics. Pitch a tent, cook outdoors, sleep under the stars and listen to the peaceful sounds of chirping crickets as you settle in for the night. Relax around a campfire, telling ghost stories while roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, making s’mores and camp pies. Spend the weekend biking, hiking and swimming in the campground lake. Get back to basics with a family weekend at American Wilderness Campground & Event Center.

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