Winter Road Trip
Winter is a time when many wrap up at home and pray for summer, but Trumbull County, in Northeast Ohio, has winter destinations that will make you re-think cold-weather adventures. Bundle up and pack your bags for a winter getaway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh that will surprise you. Once you visit this Ohio’s Snowbelt, it will become one of your favorite winter destinations.
Stay at a Cabin at Greene Eagle Winery
Ask any local, and they will tell you that Greene Eagle Winery is where they go to sip and enjoy the rustic charm of this New England-style winery. In Winter, this winery has even more charm with its roaring fire in the brick fireplace and warm cider. The live music creates a cozy atmosphere.
During the colder seasons book, a stay in the Eagle Cabin just steps away from the winery. This intimate cabin for two is the perfect place to cuddle up after a night of wine tasting at the Greene Eagle Winery.
Pro-tip: Bring everything you need for breakfast to the cabin so when you wake up, you can enjoy every minute of your weekend.
Shop Till You Drop at Ohio’s Best Mall
While many malls have reduced stores, the Eastwood Mall in Niles still offers spectacular shopping opportunities. You’ll find stores for everyone in your family!
If you are looking for unique, the Eastwood Mall has a location called MiMe, a one-of-a-kind experience where you can make 3D images of yourself or your whole crew, and the Dillards Outlet, where you can spend the day sifting through the racks of items to fill your basket. The treasures you can find here are limitless.
If you are ready for a little break from your shopping extravaganza, check out the entertainment that is offered. The Eastwood Mall aquarium will excite any fish lover, Chuck E Cheese will entertain the littles, and Extreme Air is where your kids can jump their winter blues away and mom can sit back and recharge.
Pro-tip: After shopping at the mall, visit the local shops in one of the many small towns throughout Trumbull County.
Experience Fishing on the Ice at Mosquito Lake State Park
Ohio is known for its fishing, and one of the best places to Ice fish in Ohio is on Mosquito Lake. During the winter months, Mosquito Lake becomes an ice village of colorful tents splayed out across the surface. Fishermen and women head out for a day of fishing, bringing in the walleye and other species for a winter haul. A few things to know when ice fishing in Ohio.
- You must have a valid Ohio fishing license
- Know the size and daily limits for the fish that you hope to catch
- Learn the ice fishing regulations for where you are fishing
- Make a checklist of things you will need to have fun and be safe
- Consider leaving a “float plan” with someone who knows that you will be out on the ice, indicating where you are fishing, where your vehicle is parked, and when you plan to return home.
Pro-tip: Grab warm weather gear and everything you need for the best experience (Ice fishing gear and supplies)
Stay Warm Looking at Works of Art
If bundling up and fishing on the ice is not for you, don’t worry; one of Ohio's most engaging art galleries is waiting for you. At the heart of the Medici Museum of Art, you will find the most extensive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings depicting the Boy Scouts. The display is one of America's best gatherings of the Norman Rockwell’s and will undoubtedly keep you enraptured for the afternoon.
Pro-tip: Parking is free, and the museum is committed to accessibility for all audiences.
Walk Through Automotive Past
Don’t take a trip to Trumbull County without visiting their Packard past. The National Packard Museum is a 23,000-square-foot building packed with the history of the area but, most importantly, Packard’s. Take time from the cold outside and wander the exhibits indoors for a few hours to learn more about these luxurious cars. There are rotating exhibits depending on when you come; call ahead to see what is on display.
Fill Your Wine Glass at Hartford Hill Winery
When you pull up to Hartford Hill Winery, you might think you will just be sipping wine in a barn, but it is so much more than a barn. You are met with live music and friendly faces as you pull open the doors on the weekends. Come hungry because you will want to try one of their specialty pizzas while sitting by the blazing fire at the fireplace's hearth. Try each wine on one of their tasting boards with a cheese plate to get the whole Hartford Hill experience.
Experience Trumbull County to have a winter adventure that will leave you surprised. You will find that this NE Ohio hidden treasure will become one of your cold-weather favorites. Reimagine winter and get out to explore.
Brandy Gleason is a lover of all things winter and Northeast Ohio calls her name when the snow is flying. Once you get to know her you find out she's always looking for the next adventurous thing to experience. She is the face behind Ohio Road Trips where she curates the fantastic things to do in Ohio.