Above photo compliments of TheTravelingPraters.com
The plan was simple enough. Head to Ohio to spend two days researching my SecretCleveland book. In January. In questionable weather conditions. I didn’t say I always have the best plans, but sometimes a missed opportunity leads to something quite unexpected and enjoyable. Day one in Cleveland was fantastic. Decent weather, albeit a bit cold, but no rain. Day two, not so lucky. Woke to a downpour and Tonya (my partner in crime on so many projects) and I decided we would attempt to drive to Cleveland and “play it by ear.” About 45 minutes into our 90 minute drive we decide that it’s just not worth it. I’m disappointed because I want to get more work done, but spot an exit for Medina said “let’s go check it out.”
Of course, Tonya, being an Ohio native, had been to Medina numerous times, but you start to look at an area a bit differently when you are looking for book content. Our change of plans ended up being one of the best unexpected turn of events and I can’t wait to go back. Until I can, I fully expect anyone nearby to go check out the town and spend a bit of time exploring the Medina area. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Our first stop was the local visitor center results in a great chat with Dan, Medina County Visitors Bureau Executive Director. He has loads of knowledge about the area and I absolutely can’t wait to share some of his suggestions in the Secret Cleveland book and here on the blog. Be sure to stop in and say hi and pick up a few suggestions beyond what is offered here of things to do in the area.
One of the coolest things, in my opinion, in the area is nearby Worden’s Ledges. As soon as the weather warms up I’m checking it out in person. Tonya visited on a warmer winter day and really loved it. She said “Worden’s Ledges are huge sandstone rock formations that feature the artwork of folk artist Noble Stuart.” and they are pretty spectacular. Seriously, click over and read Tonya’s story….I’ll wait.
Pretty cool, right? I love finding odd and quirky things like this and Worden’s Ledges is just the start for the Medina area.
During a visit you’ll want to be sure to check out Castle Noel, America’s largest indoor Christmas entertainment attraction. Of course, living near the World’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s, I was intrigued by a business that bills themselves as a Christmas entertainment attraction. As luck would have it Castle Noel was closed during my visit. Yet another reason to return to Medina.