County is a destination spot for relaxation and great summer events.
By Linda Chojnacki The Plain Dealer
Just 30 minutes east of Cleveland is a hidden gem.
Itís Lake County and it offers great summertime events and relaxing
destinations where you can enjoy nature, the arts, unique dining, and much
Tell me about some of the exciting events that are
coming up in Lake County.
Robert Ulas, executive director, Lake County Visitors Bureau: From June 30
to July 4, we have the Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras at Fairport Harbor
Lakefront Park. Itís an outdoor event on the lake that features carnival
rides, entertainment, and a grand parade.
You wonít want to miss Gnomes in the Garden at Holden Arboretum, which
runs until September 25. There are custom-painted gnomes throughout the
arboretum and gardens, and they add a fun and festive element to a leisure
walk.Lake County Metroparks has a Nature of Art Program that runs through
September. It has an artist that performs music in collaboration with
print naturescapes in an outdoor park facility.
Rabbit Run Theater in Madison is one of the few outdoor barn theaters
left. They actually open up the sides of the barn so that you get the
breeze from the lake while you watch the show. Itís very high-caliber with
professional performers and great sound and settings. Itís really a unique
experience. July 1 to 9, the theater is doing Urinetown. Thereís also a
host of other productions scheduled.July 8 to 10, families will enjoy the
Gathering of Eagles Air Show at Lost Nation Airport. It draws a lot of
World War II planes.
July 23 and 24 is Pirateís Weekend in Fairport Harbor. Dress in your
favorite pirateís attire and join in the fun.
Our biggest event is Vintage Ohio August 5 and 6 at Lake Metroparks
Farmpark. Sample some great wines and pair them with your favorite
On August 10, Mentor will hold the Take Pride in America U.S. Marine Drum
and Bugle Concert at Mentor High School Stadium. The event draws about
10,000 people annually.
You definitely donít want to miss the Lake County Fair August 16 to 21 or
Art in the Park in Downtown Painesville on August 20. Downtown Painesville
is really a quaint little town, and there will be tents with
If youíre a bocce ball enthusiast, make plans to attend the Cleveland
Challenge Cup of Bocce August 26 to 28. Bocce players from all over the
country come in for the event.
What is the goal of the Lake County Visitors Bureau?
Bob: We want Lake County to be a destination spot for visitors. Itís also
a great choice for businesses that are looking for a quieter, bucolic spot
for meetings. Most of our major wineries, as well as Holden Arboretum and
Moreland Mansion, have great private meeting rooms. We have the largest
winery region in Ohio. Our tagline is, ďGet Away to Lake County, Lake Erie
Eastís Coastal Getaway Oasis.Ē
Tell me about some of the other reasons to visit Lake County.
Bob: We have great bed and breakfasts in Madison and Willoughby, as well
as a Frank Lloyd Wright rental vacation home in Willoughby Hills. There
are only three of these homes in the world.
We have major resorts like Quail Hollow that offer world-class golfing.
And donít forget about the Lake County Captains for an intimate evening of
minor league play.
After your game of golf or an evening at the ballpark, enjoy great
waterfront dining at Pickle Bills and other destinations.
Enjoy a charter fishing excursion. People donít realize that the fish
migrate from the islands to our deeper waters in the summer. So we have
great fishing in the summertime, which includes perch and steelhead trout.
You can fish our rivers or troll the lake. Charters go out of Chagrin
River, Grand River, Mentor, and Fairport Harbor.
Relax at one of our many beaches. Headlands State Beach Park is the
largest beach in Ohio. Mentor Headlands Lagoon is near Mentor Headlands
and is a 450-acre nature preserve. It features great pathways for birding
and ends at a rustic beach on the lake. In fact, Mentor was named the
number one birding spot in the country. Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
also has a wonderful beach. You can pull up and the beach is right there.
We also have a large nursery and orchard district.
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