Living in the heart of Cleveland provides a wide variety of options for a three-day trip. One destination spot that stands above all others is Vermilion. Relax in the Cottages at Water’s Edge and the private beach and enjoy great food and great music in the town’s popular Woodstock Cafe. Enjoy a delicious, creamy ice cream cone while taking in the history and spirits that linger in Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium. Learn the rich history of the boats of the sea and hike the trails of the future. Here’s your guide to a three-day weekend in Vermilion.

Waters Edge (Credit, Danielle Coots)

Cottages At Water’s Edge

6419 W. Lake Road
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-9480

Feel like family while relaxing at the Cottages at Water’s Edge. It provides various comfortable cottages, each with its own character, that provides everything to ensure a wonderful weekend. Sleep late while snuggled with loved ones and listen to the lake water crash against the rocky shore. Sit by the nightly bonfire and enjoy the lights and glow of the area’s largest amusement park. Each cottage contains its own patio for great evening dining and the best view of Lake Erie on its private, clean beach for a great swimming spot. There are no televisions in most cabins, so family time is a must at this great vacation spot.

Woodstock Cafe (Credit, Danielle Coots)

Woodstock Cafe
665 Main St.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-7687

Missed Woodstock? Take in a part of history when visiting Woodstock Cafe. See the images of musicians that made history. Relive the sounds of Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimi Hendrix while enjoying a cold domestic beer. Warm up with a mason jar of homemade soup or a piled-high croissant turkey sandwich. Enjoy a delicious cheesy pizza while dancing the night away with a local band. Get your groove on in this unique establishment that will recreate youth.

Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium
5598 Liberty Ave.
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-3663

Order a smooth, rich chocolate shake in this unique ice cream shop. According to the plaque just outside the entry door, the shop was originally the town’s first funeral home. But don’t worry, there is nothing creepy about Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium. Sit down with the family and enjoy some of the best chicken dumplings or cabbage rolls. This is a great place for comfort food or a haunting look into the past.

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Maritime Museum (Credit, Danielle Coots)

Gore Orphanage 
8365 Gore Orphanage Rd.
Vermilion, OH 44089

The Gore Orphanage is long gone but the spirits of over 100 children linger throughout the park that has since been developed. The orphanage was originally built in 1903 by Mr. and Mrs. Sprunger, who lost their own children in a tragic accident. One terrifying night, the orphanage became engulfed in blazing flames. Horrifying screams came from within and continued until the last child’s scream ended with death. Legend has it that a man from town intentionally set the fire because he disliked children. Remnants of the long-gone building can be found throughout the park and a chance to hear children giggling and playing is a high possibility.

East Sandusky Bay Water Trail
River Rd. (Off Cedar Point Dr.)
Sandusky, OH 44089
(419) 627-5884

The East Sandusky Bay Water Trail is a great way to experience Lake Erie the way it was meant to be enjoyed. It’s not only great for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, but it is a great place to enjoy a nice family picnic in the sand of any of the beautiful beaches along the trail. Walk the many paths that wind and twist along the edge and visit some of the most beautiful lighthouses in the area. Take in the breathtaking views and the occasional snap shot to remember the day.

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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