About 30 miles northeast of Cleveland Ohio is a smallish town called Chardon, Ohio. Chardon is known for its Maple Syrup industry, the season begins with Tapping Sunday in March and continues until the sap becomes too hard to draw from the trees. On the last weekend in April, Chardon even has its annual Maple Festival. The city proper has a number of parks and golf courses and being only 10 miles south of Lake Erie, Chardon is an ideal getaway during the holiday months.
Here are 3 amazing things you can do this winter in Chardon.
Maple Highlands Trail
This one is for the nature lover in all of us. 20 miles of gorgeous trails that travel through different habitats depending on which way you’re going. There are woodlands, wetlands, farmlands, and Amish neighborhoods along the trail so opportunities abound to spot Wild turkeys, Turtles, and snakes crossing the trails. The trail also has an amazing collection of covered bridges so come check it out for yourself if the outdoors are your thing.
Antiques on the Square
This charming antiques shop is actually a cooperative of over 20 dealers selling a variety of antiques and collectibles in one beautiful location. The building was purchased and renovated in 1868. It’s been in Chardon Square ever since and covers 3 floors with 6000 square feet of Victorian, Oak, and Mahogany furniture. The collection of glass wear, jewelry, paper collectibles, sports memorabilia, and miscellany is second to none in the area. If you love antiques this place is a must-see.
Sage’s Apples has been a family farm for nearly 150 years. Everything that is grown is sold through its market store in Chardon Ohio. The Sage family moved to the area from New York in 1843. Before the 1950s the produce was sold at stands in front of the family home. In the ’50s the stands were moved into the barn, and the first “Store” was started. Today the farm still produces great produce but now hosts outdoor events like wedding and family gatherings, and even does U-Pick apple picking and pumpkin patches in the fall. This is a great family experience for kids of all ages.
The great lakes areas have so much to offer, and the Lake Erie coast is one of the richest. Check it out for yourself this winter.