5 Beautiful Places to Visit in Lake County

We live in an area that is so full of beauty and is also full of a variety of things to do.

Mentor Headlands

The first thing I think about when I think of beautiful places in Lake County are the beaches. So let’s begin with Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor (take State Route 44 from anywhere and head North to Lake Erie where 44 ends.) It is a 120-acre lakefront park which boasts a mile long natural sand beach. It is Ohio’s longest. I have been to this beach and the sand is nice and the beach is remarkable. I fantasize that Lake Erie is the ocean when I go there. Really! Also there are change booths, concession areas, and restrooms. A federal break wall is located at the east end of the park that offers fishing opportunities for smallmouth, largemouth, bluegill, walleye, carp and several other kinds of fish. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. A scenic picnic area with tables and grills is provided and can be reserved by calling the state park at (440) 466-8400.

Manakiki Golf Course Photo by golfclevelandohio.com
Manakiki Golf Course
Photo by golfclevelandohio.com

Golf courses are handsomely groomed pieces of prime real estate that are adorned with impressive landscaping that you can enjoy while playing your favorite sport! And there are many in Lake County to choose from. One of these is Manakiki (in Willoughby Hills, 35501 Eddy Road, near the corner of St Rt 91 and St Rt 6). Manakiki’s name is believed to be a Native American word for maple forest and was suggested by the predominance of maples along tree-lined fairways.The 200 acres were originally the summer estate of Howard Hanna, a prominent Cleveland industrialist. The property was then obtained by a group from the Willowick Club and converted into Manakiki Country Club. Later it was sold to the Metroparks Systems for one dollar. I have also been there and it is very beautiful indeed.

grapes on a vine

I love driving through wine country in midsummer when the leaves are full on the grape vines. When you are going down the road, watch the perfectly lined up rows go by quickly; it will make you dizzy! Rows of corn can do that too. Mile after mile, acres of grapes are grown in the sandy soil for the wine making industry, which is famous locally and around the world, and it is in our own back yard. When you visit them, ask them about their awards or look on their display walls for their plaques and trophies. Lake County boasts over a dozen wineries. It also has two breweries and two micro-distilleries. You’d do well to visit them.

If you’re the adventurous type, why not see the beauty of Lake County from a boat! JEO Sailing offers charters and lessons. Imagine yourself sailing on a gorgeous sail boat. It’s a beautiful summer day on the lake! You’re enjoying your company, the boat, the landscape of the Erie shore and then the brilliant sunset. Does that sound good to you? Then call Master Captain James O’Donnell at (216) 401-9017. Most folks book sunset sails, and afternoon parties are also enjoyable. Spontaneous appointments are welcome says the Captain.

Holden Arboretum

Winding walking trails, flower beds, humming birds, and bird feeders – these are some of the things you will see at The Holden Arboretum. The Holden Arboretum, located at 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, has a wide variety of activities and tours to help you discover all that nature has to offer. Spring, summer, winter or fall – each season brings new opportunities to learn more and reconnect with nature. Have an hour? Even with a short time to spend at The Holden Arboretum, there are a number of areas to explore near the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center. Stroll through the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Butterfly Garden, see native Ohio wildflowers in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden or discover what’s in bloom in Holden’s Display Garden. Planning a longer visit? Follow the trails to the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, walk along the shore of Corning Lake, or take a peaceful hike through the natural areas on either the Old Valley or Pierson Creek trails. Guided tours are also available, with expert guides. Call 440.946.4400 for more information.

Whether it’s golfing on a pristine course, seeing beautiful gardens on walking paths, hanging out on the beach, sailing along on the waves of Lake Erie, or watching the rows of grapes whiz by as you drive through wine country, there are so many beautiful things to see in Lake County. Why not hop in the car and go on an adventure before summer ends?

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold