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Northeast Ohio Wineries Tour
See Top Sights and Excellent Wineries in NE Ohio
With stunning views of Lake Erie, an eclectic blend of attractions and historic sites, and plenty of locally crafted wines, the northeastern ridge of Ohio yields a memorable drive tour. You'll start in Copley, make your way north into Mentor, and follow Lake Erie through Cleveland and into Elyria. Whether you're hoping to explore the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or enjoy the simple pleasures of small town America, embark on this tour the next time you visit Ohio.
This tour is best started in Copley, making your way north – there are a number of different wineries and vineyards to explore. Copley, the charming township just minutes west of Akron, is easily accessed from I-77. You can visit nearby attractions like the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, or the Akron Zoo – great for any spring or summer visit.
You’ll want to taste some of the best wines in the region – head for the Winery at Wolf Creek on your tour of Copley and find your new favorite red or white. Along with the monthly Cellar Tour, the Winery at Wolf Creek offers daily vineyard tours accommodating up to 50 guests. Some of the annual events at the Winery at Wolf Creek include the International Wine Festival (June), the Main Street Kent Arts & Wine Festival (June), and the Ohio Swiss Festival (September).
At 70 acres in total size, the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the twelfth largest estate in the United States, and is an architectural marvel. This estate was built by F. A. Seiberling, who also founded the Goodyear Tire Company. Each year the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens hosts top events like the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and the Antique and Collector Car Show.
An ideal destination on your next spring visit to Copley is the Canal Park. You can catch a Cleveland Indians spring training game, or watch as the Akron RubberDucks play all of their home baseball games at Canal Park. Having also played host to the annual Akron Marathon, Canal Park is unique for a baseball stadium – every ticket, no matter the seat, is the same exact price.
From Copley you’ll want to make your way to Mentor – take I-271 north. Closer to the shores of Lake Erie, Mentor is an ideal destination when looking to explore the Chalet Debonne Vineyards. A charming and fun city in it’s own right, Mentor was first settled in 1797.
Plan your stay in Mentor and be sure to include a tour (or two) at the Chalet Debonne Vineyards. Tours of less than 25 people are free – you can arrange for a private tour by calling ahead. On the tour, you’ll get a look at the bottling machine, the Red Fermentation Facility, and the barrel aging room. If you’ve worked up a solid appetite, be sure to enjoy a fine meal at The Grill at Debonne.
Don’t miss out on exploring the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. While you’ll no doubt enjoy the tours and samples at the Chalet Debonne Vineyards, check out this local hot spot of tourism and activity. You’ll start off at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site Visitors Center, and then you can also tour the 20-room farmhouse where Garfield lived.
Keep the tour going strong – you’re almost on your way to Cleveland. Before you depart Mentor, especially for any summer visitors, the Headlands Beach State Park is a near must. A mile long, and covered in white, inviting sand, the Headlands Beach State Park features the longest beach in the entire state – plan for a nice picnic, take a dip to cool off, or hike along designated trails. The Buckeye Trail is 1.5 miles, while the Fishing Trail is just under half a mile.
Continue on this tour heading west from Mentor into Cleveland. A hub of entertainment, tourism, and culture of Ohio, Cleveland features a wealth of top attractions – pro and college sports, performance venues, art, and lots of natural wilderness.
While Cleveland may not historically be known for its wine production, there are some must-see wineries and vineyards in and around the area. And, of course, any visit to Cleveland isn’t complete without a trip through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Just west of downtown Cleveland in Vermillion, the Paper Moon Vineyards is the place to be. Resting on 50 acres of land near the Vermillion River, the Paper Moon Vineyard is a family-owned establishment, offering an eclectic blend of wines to area patrons. Visit in October when Paper Moon Vineyard host their annual Oktoberfest event – food, live music, and plenty of wine make for a most memorable adventure in the fall.
Especially great for any visit you might make during the holiday season, A Christmas Story House is the real deal – the actual home used as the setting for the holiday favorite, A Christmas Story. See where Ralphie, Flick, and Mother Parker were all set during the filming of the famous movie. Don’t miss the Christmas Story House gift shop for fun souvenirs.
Before you depart Cleveland for the last leg of your northeast Ohio tour, you’ll have a few different choices for some outdoor fun: Baseball fans head to Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, while FirstEnergy Stadium is always a great choice for football fans, as it’s the home of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is found just along the shores of Lake Erie, so be sure to launch your boat for a day of aquatic adventures.
Continue west from Cleveland to your final destination on this tour. Elyria, the charming and quaint Ohio city, is home to a wonderful blend of excellent things to see and do. From the nearby Quarry Hill Winery, to the Spring Valley Golf Club, and the Cherry Ridge Golf Club – Elyria is an ideal destination to complete your drive tour.
Established in 2005, the Quarry Hill Winery is proved to be one of the top local producers of fine wines. Whether you prefer a full-bodied red, a lighter and more crisp white – or even a dessert wine like their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine – the Quarry Hill Winery will not disappoint. Just one stop on the very fun and popular “Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail,” Quarry Hill Winery also features light snacks and food, and if you’re looking to host and event, they will rent out gathering space.
Local anglers often land impressive hauls of walleye and perch – you can do the same when you hit the open waters of Lake Erie with Mega Bites Charters. Specializing in creating a fun and exciting fishing atmosphere on Lake Erie, Mega Bites Charters have been thrilling customers since 1983. Baring any severe weather, you can reserve your tour of Lake Erie fishing with Mega Bites Charters for nearly any time of the year.
Hiking through the Black River Reservation is one of the premier ways to enjoy a spring or summer day in Elyria. Choose either the Bridgeway Trail or the Steel Mill Trail – combined they offer nearly 5.5 miles of paved, multipurpose trails. You can hike, bike, walk, or rollerblade all or as much of these trails as you’d like. There are three different picnic areas to choose from, all of which yield unique views of the Black River Reservation. Choose from Bur Oak, which is the middle picnic area along the Bridgeway Trail, Day’s Dream, which connects the two trails, or the High Meadows, which is located at the very southern tip of the reservation.