The Old Vermilion Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast. Relax in comfort and indulge your dreams in the perfect getaway. Located in the heart of Vermilion’s Historic Harbor Town District, our Jailhouse is perfect for a romantic evening, family vacation, girls or guys night out, and we can even provide the backdrop for your proposal to the love of your life.
Built in 1910, this jailhouse was beautifully recreated with the upscale clientele in mind. Recalling the charm of yesterday, the Jailhouse retains the original jail bars and layout. The interior details are fashioned in the style of a mythical dream castle based in an ancient European-style. With its luxurious décor and faux marble floors you will feel like royalty.
The Old Vermilion Jailhouse is within walking distance of all of the attractions that Vermilion has to offer including shopping, fine dining, beaches, the harbor, and more. Located just 30 minutes from the world famous Cedar Point, the Jailhouse provides the perfect setting for you to bring your family and friends. We invite you to relax and enjoy our unique city.
A private inn, the Jailhouse can accommodate up to five (5) guests. Over 600 square feet of space is available for your exclusive use. You and your guests will have privacy without the interruption of other guests.
The Old Vermilion Jailhouse is the only privately owned and operated exclusive Jailhouse bed and breakfast in the world.
Most people that live in Cleveland have no idea what the plaza beneath those two huge airplanes (F4 Phantoms) is all about...
It was the inaugural project of The Cleveland National Air Show Charitable Foundation as a memorial & celebration of our historic our participation in the barnstorming era of aviation with the National Air Races. The marble ground surface features the etchings of many legends of aviation, some whom I can call friends and acqaintences. There are some that have been deceased, whom I only wish I could have met. Also, the aircraft that will obviously get your attention, are two F4 Phantoms, which are gorgeous Cold-War era fighters. The two there are from the Thunderbirds & Blue Angles air display squadrons. There is also the main plaque wall which highlights the our historic era in aviation as well the more modern age and the Cleveland National Airshow, in particular.
The plaza is located at Burke Lakefront Airport, downtown; N Marginal Rd.
Gray's Armory is a castle-like building that serves as the hub of the Civil War re-enacment group; The 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K. The Armory is fascinating to peruse. They do offer tours, but you'll have to call or visit the website for more information about that, since I don't know. On-site parking is also available.
Inside are many rooms, filled with historical Civel war era pieces; weaponry, gear, photographs, etcetera. I became keenly fascinated, but didn't get to spend as much time familiarizing myself with the history of the Armory in Cleveland... I plan to eventually. If you can get an opportunity to go, do so! :) It's a truly unique place in the midst of downtown.
Head south to Holmes County, Millersburg and spend a day in Amish Country. Visit the shops which sell the wares of the Amish Farms and craftsmen in the area. While it's not all Amish, the entire communities values of hard work and handcraftsmenship have roots in the Amish Community. Be careful of the buggy's on the roads. They may be moving slow, but like cars, they have the right-of-way.
My Holmes County page
Holmes County is south of Wooster and you'll need an entire day to visit. Or plan a night in Holmes at one of the many motels that provide home quilted comforts. Don't miss dinner at any one of several Amish Restaurants. [The Amish don't really own the restaurants, but they're the cooks and the waitresses, bringing the goodness of their homes to you.]
Interested in Coverd Bridges? Ashtabula County has one of the highest concentrations in northeast Ohio. It's quite a drive from Cleveland. If you're on the eastside, figure at least 2 hours each way. From the westside, make that 3 hours. Better yet, add a night to your stay, but make that night over near Ashtabula. Mentor, Painesville, Geneva and Ashtabula all have places to stay and things to do. Here are a few VT links to help you out.
My Ashtabula page
VT's Mentor, Ohio page
VT's Painesville, Ohio page
VT's Geneva, Ohio page
VT's Conneaut, Ohio page
The memorial to Leif Ericson was dedicated to commemorate the fisrt Viking Settlement in North America; they were the first Europeans to settle in North America.
To find it, you need to go the East Bank of the Flats (downtown) and walk along the West side of Shooters (not the dock side) and go to the end of the building, and it's right there, at the bottom of an old bridge. The monument is entirely as it looks in the photo; there's nothing else to describe anything further about why it was placed there nor are there any other acommodating signs/plaques.
I am placing this destination as an off-the beaten path tip, even though it's right downtown on Superior Ave, in obvious view to all. I do this because it's not seen nor treated as a major 'tourist attraction', nor should it really be so. It's just a lovely place to go if you want a relaxing spot to visit. There's a small garden outside where you can read and relax... and the library itself is huge, especially with the new Stokes Wing and its fresh modern architecture. The remainder of the library, on the outside, looks like a city hall or courthouse building... it's massive; if you notice in the photo; the buildings keep going into the horizon; it spans 2 blocks! :) Many floors also feature computers which are free to use for Internet access.
It's lovely to photograph outside and good fun to peruse inside, if you have enough time to wander through...
When around Cleveland, keep an eye out for these historical markers. They're not just in Cleveland, though; throughout the entire state. So, you'll probably come across a few while galavanting about Cleveland. Hopefully they'll be encouraging to do some walking through Cleveland and see more the city up close. These markers are a great little addendums to your understanding of Cleveland history. :)
The e-Tech Hatchery now occupies the former C-Tix 'hut' on Star Plaza, downtown. It debuted in February of this year, as an inexpensive opportunity for start-up business to build and grow with strength. They occupy the space for only a few months, and passers-by can observe the goings-on, because most of the walls are big plate-glass windows. I feel that it's a wonderful idea, and I really hope that it proves to benefit Cleveland and new businesses in the long-run. Check it out if you're over in Theater District! It is located at the intersection of Huron and Euclid (between E13th & E14th Sts), on Star Plaza.
If you end up staying at the Holiday Inn Select (it's right near the harbour and Rock and Roll hall of Fame) I suggest that if you want a great view of the harbour and Rock and Roll Hall of fame you should go to the top of the car park, it's especially beautiful at night when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has all sorts of lights lit up it'd be a great picture.
Although it's certainly obvious, I have moved this tip here since it's really not a must-see. Nonetheless, it's novelty thing to gawk at. You can watch the neon 'strings' move and sometimes it rotates 360 degrees. As I mentioned, it's across the street from the HRC; on Huron Rd., downtown.
On the HRC side of the road, are small plaques in the ground; one is a 'camera spot' to stand on to get a good photo of the Guitar; slightly past it is a another plaque for someone with you to stand to be framed nicely in the same shot, if you choose.
I had always wanted to do rock climbing on one of those rock walls you always see. My friend Jess had a picture of her rock climbing on her profile on Myspace. When I saw this I told her she definitely had to take me the next time I came for a visit.
Kendall Cliffs is professional rock climbing gym in Ohio that has a large climbing area. There are a variety of climbing areas for different skill levels with the height of the wall reaching about 35 feet up. There is a beginner level for bouldering which has a straight wall and easier rungs to hang onto. Then there are more advanced levels where you have to problem solve and use upper body strength to get to the next level. Most of these walls are at an angle.
The coolest feature of the place there is a 35-foot arch traversing the middle of the building. It looks like a little piece of an actual mountain in the gym. Here you can see people with ropes climbing what looks like a mountain. Some people were climbing and hanging onto the top of the ceiling. It was a pretty cool sight.
When climbing I started on the beginner walls and got pretty high before coming down. Don’t let the beginner levels fool you they are pretty hard. I did fall down at least once trying to come down. I tried to do the beginner level with harder rungs but could not get myself up. I think you have to be a contortionist to do this.
It amazing to see the more skilled climbers doing their thing. Their conversations I was eavesdropping on focused on solving ‘bouldering’ problems. In a real mountain, there are not handholds for you to get to up the rocks easily. The more experienced climbers looked like Spiderman or something. They were moving up sideways and sometimes hanging on only with their hands and letting their feet dangle, using their upper body strength to get up. In fact, some course were challenging even for them to solve. They were working together to find new ways to place their hand and feet and move up these more challenging courses.
About 5 miles west of Cleveland in Rocky River, you'll find Bradstreet's Landing. The large pier attracts fisherman from all over while the beach is a favorite launching point for kayakers. It is also a favorite with dog walkers as pets are allowed! This beach is only cleaned once a year at the end of may. By Autumn, it is full of driftwood. Very peaceful place for a picnic!
Off of Lake Road in Rocky River
This is the oldest civic horticultural center in the country and offers seasonal indoor exhibits (ie. Lots of Lillies in the Spring) as well as 4 acres of outdoor gardens. Inside you will find many varieties of tropical plants, fruit trees, water gardens, and cacti. Outside you can stroll through the Japanese Garden and the English Garden. There is a talking garden for those with visual impairments - you are encouraged to touch and smell the plants and flowers!
Parking and entrance are FREE!!!
Open daily 10 am - 4 pm
See Travelogue for more pictures!!!!
James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. He was born November 19, 1831 near Orange, Ohio. He became the second President to die by assassination on September 19, 1881. He is entombed at Lakeview Cemetery with his wife, Lucretia. There is memorabilia from his life and Presidency in the lobby area. Climb the stairs to the observation deck for spectacular views of the city!
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