Located on the shores of Lake Erie, smack dab in the middle of Northern Ohio, you’ll find some of Ohio’s best roads and paths for cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming and more. Miles of rolling, rural roads with beautiful scenery ranging from farmland to forest, await you. Spend two or three days exploring the wineries, museums, galleries, shops and eateries that are located throughout the route. You’ll find the entire route has bright green bike route signs to guide you easily on your way. Click here for an interactive Back Roads and Beaches Map and Guide.
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1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast, located in Oberlin, is a Civil War themed B & B with many connections to the Underground Railroad.
Unique and natural foods of the Middle East.
Comprised of more than 14,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art.
Standup Paddling Sales, Lesson, Rentals, Fitness, Excursions on Lake Erie.
The Inn is located on beautiful East Erie Avenue (runs along the coast of Lake Erie) and has 3 large suites that feature private baths and one with a fireplace.
BRaB Geo Trail is a series of 15 caches along our premier cycling and multi-sport route.
"The Beacon B & B" and "A Beach Cottage" vacation rentals at Lakeview Beach in Lorain, Ohio. Welcome to your home for the week!
You'll find free continental breakfast, high-speed Internet access, indoor pool, exercise room, cable television with free HBO®.
Bill's is a bicycle store with a great selection of bikes, accessories, clothes and shoes.
Serving Sandwiches on freshly baked breads; gourmet coffee, tea, and espresso; hearty soups; refreshing salads; and tempting desserts and pastries.
“Peaceful” is the word most often used by guests to describe their stay at The Buckeye and the Frog.
The most unique Mexican restaurant with the best view of Lake Erie.
2.76 acre park with 320 foot long beach and fishing access.
Cozy coffee house in downtown Lorain.
Clare-Mar Lakes Campground & RV Sales, Inc. is 7 miles S. of Wellington, Ohio off Route 58. There are 220 acres of scenic terrain for your camping pleasure.
Common Ground is a non-profit organization located on 21 beautiful acres providing a variety of services to expand potential in youth, adults, and businesses.
Take an exhilarating trip through the transformative treetops of the 30-acre property in the beautiful Vermilion River Valley.
Everything here is designed to make you feel welcome and relaxed.
A quiet B & B in the heart of Oberlin where a Dog and Cat stay along with visiting guests.
A community art center and gallery with a mission to offer art classes and experiences in many mediums to all ages and abilities.
Located on a farm along the Vermilion River, 6 miles south of Vermilion, OH and 40 miles west of Cleveland. Features hot tub, kitchen, meadow, and screened in porch.
This Fairfield Inn & Suites offers the perfect combination of amenities and value.
The main floor has table and bar service for dining and drinking, while the upstairs is a more casual environment where you order food and drinks at the bar.
Findley State Park is in Lorain County south of Wellington on State Route 58. 900+ acres are here year round for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and camping.
FAVA presents changing exhibits of high quality artwork in a variety of styles and media.
Meeting site for the Oberlin Anti-Slavery Society
Fligner’s Market has one of the largest full service meat counters in Ohio, quality baked goods, and Fligner's Catering.
The Follow the Fish Art and Adventure Trails is a new public-art campaign celebrating local artists, nature, and sustainability.
A busy bar & grill in historic downtown Wellington. They're famous for their great wings!
Oberlin College's Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a late example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses.
Chef Craig offers patrons a variety of delicious choices and his brother Ron maintains the very large and varied wine list.
A working fiberart studio and contempory craft gallery which features the work of over 250 individuals and very small studios.
Located at the Black River Wharf - a kayak livery servicing the Black River and Lake Erie.
Newer hotel that joins the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Brands and had it's grand opening on July 25, 2013.
Features 70 guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant and bar, and event space overlooking Tappan Square.
Located 2 blocks from central town square and college. 5 minute walk The inn is situated on a lofty perch across from scenic arboretum, Plum Creek and historic Johnson House.
The Jackalope Lakeside is Lorain's casual restaurant with a fine dining menu.
The John Christ Winery makes award-winning fine quality wines.
This award-winning, quick-service restaurant serves the finest Lake Erie Yellow Perch and Walleye.
Come and relax at this outdoor picnic area and enjoy cool treats or delicious lunch.
Klingshirn Winery is a third generation family farm winery in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Pick your own strawberries at this scenic outdoor stand, and don't forget to try their delicious frozen custard!
Lake Breeze Inn is a charming, new, stone front, contemporary Bed & Breakfast nestled in a manicured, park-like setting with endless views of Lake Erie.
Lakeland Lodges boasts a private, sandy beach amidst a charming landscape where the accommodations are sparkling clean and reasonably priced.
Visit LakeShore Electric Boating at Moes Marine Service and rent a Duffy Electric Boat to explore the beautiful Vermilion Harbor!
42 acres of lake front property for the public to enjoy.
City of Sheffield Lake's westernmost public coastal access site.
Linwood Park is a lakeside recreational community on the shores of Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio.
The Lorain Arts Council is an organization dedicated to the recognition and awareness of the arts in the Northeast Ohio area.
The mission of the Lorain Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the history of the City of Lorain and to share that history.
On October 22, 1913 congress appropriated $35,000 for a light and fog station at Lorain Harbor.
This historic landmark can be found at the Black River Landing in Lorain.
Lorenzo's Pizzeria & Restaurant has proudly served only the finest in Italian cuisine to the Northeast Ohio area for over twenty years.
Main Street Beach is a small, popular Lake Erie swimming beach in downtown Vermilion
Three monuments specific to African American history stand in the park.
Martino's offers a wide array of delicious international style dishes from around the world, or your American style down home cooking favorites.
Enjoy premier wines while relaxing with picturesque views of the vineyard and country side.
17.7 acre park with beach and two-lane public boat launch.
The trail is 13 miles and passes through a variety of countryside including farm, field and forest. Many intersections serve as great places to jump on or off the trail.
Private retreat cottage on park-like grounds.
Visit the Oberlin Heritage Center to explore the history of this small town with nationally significant stories.
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison visited Oberlin and dedicated a bench in the park as part of her "Bench by the Road" project.
The best, hand-tossed pizza pies in town and great ice cream and treats to die for!
Paper Moon Vineyards serves a selection of regional and vinifera wines. The tasting room offers a view of the vineyard, pond, woods and an occasional bald eagle.
Tours of the house, featuring early Greek Revival architecture, are available throughout the summer and by appointment April-November.
Family restaurant with award-winning food, an exciting unique motor sport/aquatic theme, summer Bike Nite Wednesdays and year-round events.
Guests of this Elyria hotel will enjoy many full-service amenities. Business and leisure travelers welcome.
Full service hotel midway between Sandusky and downtown Cleveland. Featuring indoor pool, restaurant, pub, meeting rooms and more.
Located less than .5 mile from Midway Mall, 11 miles from Oberlin College, & 7 miles from the French Creek District in Avon. Elevator (new in 2015), indoor pool, and continental breakfast.
Rhythm of Life Festival will bring together diverse musical acts and workshops for a special event celebrating freedom, creativity, the power of community, and the importance of living in the moment.
All works are mixed media wall pieces entirely made by hand from stuffed cotton fabric, polymer clay, metal and acrylic.
Completely furnished, uniquely decorated and very private lodging for visitors to Oberlin and other destinations in Lorain County.
Combines camping and boating together. Camp directly in front of your floating steel dock.
Rockin’ on the River is Northeast Ohio’s longest running and highest attended outdoor concert series.
Romper Room snack bar has homemade sandwiches and fun food. The Dairy Dock ice cream stand has the best sundaes and sodas you've ever tasted!
The City of Sheffield Lake gave boaters a much needed public access to Lake Erie by renovating the lake-front property which includes a two-lane boat launch.
Conveniently located, within a 5 minute walk, to the Oberlin College campus.
Museum contains the history of painter Archibald Willard, artist of the famous "Spirit of '76." The museum also contains Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts.
Whether you're a serious swimmer or just want to get wet on those hot summer days, the outdoor pool has 6,000 sq feet of water to dip your body in.
Spreng Haus Guest Lodging, located in downtown Wellington, offers overnight guests 1300 square feet of clean and comfortable living!
Locally owned restaurant/tavern serving classic American fare with an upscale twist.
Neat & clean, nice & quiet comfortable rooms. Cable TV, phone, movies. Separate rooms/arrangements for Nonsmokers and smokers.
The Super 8 Elyria has a central location to Cleveland and Sandusky attractions. All rooms offer Free Wireless High Speed Internet and a Free Continental Breakfast.
Services include new and used bike sales, a full service repair shop, bike rentals, ride maps, clothing and accessories. Located in downtown Oberlin.
Distinctive and well-known railroad sculpture and healing garden.
Nine-mile, mostly singletrack mountain bike trail inside Findley State Park in Wellington, Ohio.
Timber Ridge Campground is open to the public from May 15th - October 15th for camping and fishing.
Located on the first floor of the New Union Center for the Arts, FAVA's Gallery Store highlights original work by area artists and craftspeople.
Spanning two adjacent areas separated by the Vermilion River—Mill Hollow on one side and Bacon Woods on the other.
Vineyard and winery set in tranquil surroundings featuring a variety of vinifera wines grown on site and fruit wines.
27-mile trail offering both river and open water travel along the Lake Erie shores.
5.8 acre park on the shores of Lake Erie with a beach and fishing access.
The Village Inn & Efficiencies is a 17 unit lodging facility offering sleeping rooms, small and large efficiency apartments. Their rooms are clean and affordable.
Wellington Country Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Wellington.
This 550 acre park provides opportunities for hiking, biking, strolling, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.
Monument to the Wellington-Oberlin rescuers that participated in the 1858 rescue of fugitive slave John Price.
Their rentals include: kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and bikes.
Here lie former slaves, famous abolitionists, and many who have become known as Oberlin's faces of change. Click here for a map to guide you through Oberlin's faces of change who now rest here.
Bring out your inner artist with a fun, relaxed acrylic painting class.
Located just minutes from the Oberlin College campus, the Wild Goose Inn offers a
peaceful country setting on our organic farm overlooking the Oberlin Golf Club.