It’s All In Medina

castle-noel-medina-cvbNestled in Northeast Ohio’s Western Reserve region, Medina County offers natural and manmade features to fit everyone’s interest.  With close proximity to Cleveland and Akron, the area provides a unique pairing of “small town atmosphere with big city flavor”.  There are small towns with unique architecture, town centers with gazebos, wonderful retail, outlets and great dining.  Drive by wide-open spaces including farmland, woods, rolling hills, lakes, streams, ledges, even the continental divide runs through Medina County.

The rural countryside offers beautiful scenic drives all year long but especially in the fall to see the changing colors.  While traveling in Medina County, you may pass by small and large alpaca, horse, dairy, grain, berry and/or tree farms.  Past orchards, mills, garden centers, parks, farm markets, a winery and petting farms.  Come out for an exciting Sunday drive, especially in the fall for the beautiful colors and the drive-it-yourself Fall Foliage Tour.

Unique to Medina County is the Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Rodeos, Stone Carvings in the ledges, America’s largest Christmas entertainment attraction, and colorful history such as the Seville Giants and Victorian architecture.

If shopping is something that is a pleasure, Medina County offers unique retail stops, outlets, farmers markets, antiques, second hand and consignment shoppes, food, art, furnishings and gifts, just to name a few.  Check out a very specialized shop, the Log Cabin Shop, for Early American merchandise and re-enactment supplies.  The city of Medina is home to Root Candles at West Liberty.

A one-of-a-kind attraction in Medina County is Castle Noel, a Christmas entertainment complex featuring “I Had That” Toyland Experience, Blizzard Vortex, Santa’s Chimney Squeeze, stroll past the New York City department store windows from Sax, Bloomingdales and other, the Christmas Movieland prop and costume collection and Santa Klaus Mountain.

Local history is accented with museums:  Medina Toy & Train Museum, Little Wiz Fire Museum, Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum and the Northern Ohio Railway Museum.  Historical societies in Medina County offer unique sites, an 1850’s farm in Brunswick, a one-room school house in York Township, a Victorian home in Medina and Worden Ledges stone carvings in Hinckley (Cleveland Metroparks).

Medina County is blessed with many wonderful parks that offer swimming, hiking, fishing, pavilions, sports fields, an environmental center for education and many wonderful programs for all ages to enjoy.  It even has the Cleveland Metroparks jewel – the Hinckley Reservation.

Medina County also has many festivals and events that take place throughout the year offering fun entertainment for the whole family.  The Medina Ice Festival (February), Wadsworth Herb & Craft Festival (May), Seville’s Largest Yard Sale and Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival (June), Lodi Sweet Corn Festival and Brunswick Summer Celebration (July), Valley City Frog Jump Festival, Medina International Fest and, of course, the Medina County Fair (August), Johnny Appleseed Festival and Walk with the Spirits of the Past (September), Medina County Fall Foliage Tour (October), Candlelight Walk and Christmas in the Colonies (November)

Also featured in Medina County are a number of wonderful art programs: Art-in-the-Park, Arts Week in July, free concerts by community bands, Jazz under the Stars, Concerts over the Valley, Rally in the Alley are throughout the summer and there are a multitude of theatre productions, Shakespeare community and school productions.

Learn more about Medina County and all of these attractions at VisitMedinaCounty.com. Here’s a short video highlighting several things to do.