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Akron, Ohio, is the county seat of Summit County and acts as the namesake of the Akron Destination. The territory is home to cities other than Akron, including Ashland, Loudonville, Canton, Youngstown, Medina, and the largest city within the destination, Cleveland. The word "Akron" is a derivative of a Greek word meaning "summit," and the city's metropolitan area is home to roughly 700,000 people. Akron is known for being the colloquial "Rubber Capital of the World" due to the many rubber companies that took up residence in the region. The Goodrich Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and General Tire are a few examples of such establishments. Akron's average annual temperatures range from 20 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, though it is not uncommon for that range to expand out from 4 degrees to 89 degrees, respectively. For warm-weather activities—including the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National park—it is recommended that tourists visit between mid-June and mid-September. It is possible to experience snow between December and March, though typically only 2.8 inches of snow falls per month during that time.
The Akron Destination is named for the [largest] city that lies within its borders. Akron, Ohio, is the county seat of Summit County and is the fifth-largest town in the state. "Akron" is derived from an Ancient Greek word "ἄκρον," which means "summit" or "high point." An estimated 190,000 people live in the city proper, though when accounting for the surrounding metropolitan area, that population rises up to roughly 700,000 residents. Akron's historical roots are linked with the manufacturing of rubber, and more specifically, tires. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is one of the largest tire companies that operates in Akron in modern times, directly inspiring one of the nicknames for the city: the "Rubber Capital of the World."
The largest city within Akron Destination's borders is Cleveland, located on the shores of Lake Erie. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Orchestra, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and Cleveland Botanical Garden are only a few of the numerous attractions listed as "the greatest hits" by Destination Cleveland. Concerning nature outdoor areas, Lake Erie serves as another point of interest. Reportedly, during the summer, various events with live music take place on the lake's beaches. There are also kayak, paddleboat, and jet ski rentals for guests' convenience.
Though Akron is overshadowed in both size and population by the metropolitan area of Greater Cleveland to the north, its downtown is still home to a number of attractions, many of which are free. The Downtown Akron Partnership lists a few examples of "free things to do in downtown Akron," such as the Akron Art Museum, Lock 4, and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. If visitors are willing to spend a small attraction fee ($10 or less), the number of potential activities expands to include the National Museum of Psychology, the Hower House, the Akron Children's Museum, and the Nightlight Cinema. A sizeable proportion of these activities are described by the Downtown Akron Partnership to be friendly for "families," "children," and "people of all ages."
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the most prominent outdoor attractions in the Akron Destination, acting as a buffer between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. The park is comprised of approximately 32,000 acres, which were designated initially as a National Recreation Area in 1974. It wouldn't be until the year 2000 that the land would be redesignated as a national park, making it the only national park that was previously a "national recreation area." Attractions that can be found within the park include the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which spans nearly 21 miles; multiple visitor centers such as Canal Exploration Center and Boston Store; and the Summit County trail, which passes through Akron and further south for almost 70 miles. Millions of people have been reported to visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park annually, with the most recent data in 2020 indicating that 2.7 million tourists passed through the park during that year.
Apart from Akron itself, the Akron Destination is home to a number of communities and other features. Ashland, Mansfield, Canton, Boardman, and Youngstown can be found within the territory, in addition to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. [Though not part of the Akron Destination, Cleveland is a short distance to the north of the region.] Additionally, Cleveland is found in the northern part of the region. Interstates such as I-71, I-76, and I-77 connect many of the major cities within the Akron Destination, with the latter road acting as a direct path into Cleveland.
Ohio as a whole is described as "a relatively flat state," though it is also noted that it is "not made up entirely of plains." Forests, river valleys, and relatively small hills all constitute the Akron Destination in some part, all of which act as habitats for a number of wildlife species. Animals that sit at the "top of the food chain" in the state are black bears and coyotes. Squirrels, mice, raccoons, and white-tailed deer are other examples of mammals that can be found in the Akron area, the latter of which is the Ohio state mammal. Given the forests and other natural features in the territory, local flora is relatively diverse. White wood aster, bee balm, wild geranium, butterfly weed, and savanna blazing star are plants that are described to "thrive in a northeast Ohio climate." Some people select these types of species for their "Akron, Ohio, garden," given their broad range of colors.
Median temperatures in the Akron Destination fluctuate a decent amount over the course of a year. In the winter months—spanning from December to February—the average temperature is generally between 20 and 34 degrees Fahrenheit, though it is not uncommon for the low on a given day to approach 4 degrees. During the summer—from approximately the end of May to mid-September—temperatures typically lie between 65 and 82 degrees, with occasional highs that stretch up to 89 degrees instead. May and June are the rainiest months of the year, with an average of 11.2 "rainy days." June has a slightly higher average rainfall of 3.3 inches (compared to 3.0 inches in May). Akron, Ohio, is far enough north that it does have the potential to experience snow between December and March. Such snowfall is relatively mild, with an average of 2.8 inches per month during that time.
The Akron Destination has a moderately recent history, especially in comparison to other regions of the United States. Akron itself was established in 1825, and within 16 years (in 1841), it became the county seat of Summit County. Some of the early residents of the town were Irish, who were gradually employed to build the Ohio and Erie Canal nearby. This canal was completed in 1827 and soon became a contributing factor to the city's economy. Textile establishments, mills, and furnaces started coming into existence soon thereafter.
Two notably large companies sprang up in Akron during the 1800s: the B.F. Goodrich Company and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Both businesses manufactured rubber and tires, which saw an increase in demand following the commencement of the age of automobiles. Goodyear eventually pursued the zeppelin industry, leading to its involvement in blimp manufacturing in modern times.
Due to the high quantity of rubber fabrication taking place in the Akron territory, the city was nicknamed "The Rubber Capital of the World." Goodrich and Goodyear would be joined by subsequent companies in the early 1900s, such as Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, along with General Tire. The industry continued to flourish throughout the 1950s-60s as automobiles experienced a second surge of popularity in the region.
By the year 2000, the Akron area was home to roughly 200,000 people. Following the results of September 11th, 2001, the city and other surrounding communities put together the Fire Truck Fund. This event ended up raising 1.39 million dollars, which was put toward purchasing additional emergency vehicles for the New York City Fire Department. One of the most recent historical achievements for the Akron Destination was the naming of Akron as an "All-American City" by the National Civic League.
A few relatively famous people have emerged from Akron or nearby areas. Some examples of musicians are Chrissie Hynde, the group Ruby and the Romantics, and James Ingram. Melina Kanakaredes (an actress) and Angie Everhart (a model) were both residents of Akron as well.
The Market Street Inn is located in Wooster, Ohio, in the town's historic district. It was built in 1896 and was owned by multiple owners before becoming a bed and breakfast in 1995. The Victorian-style home still contains many of its 19th-century features, including the wood floors and light fixtures. The current owners live on-site and strive to create an atmosphere of ease and comfort, or in other words, a place that "feels like home." The inn is adults-only and pet-free. A custom-made breakfast is provided for the guests every morning with various options that fulfill any dietary needs and allergy restrictions. The Market Street Inn is open year-round with multiple possibilities of attractions to visit nearby....Read More
Located in the historic district of Willoughby, Ohio, the Homestead House Bed and Breakfast was built in 1884 and has functioned as a bed and breakfast since 2006. The property has previously been used as a family home, a church building, a railroad boarding house, a speakeasy, and a home to the Fine Arts Association. There are five guest accommodations at the Homestead House Bed and Breakfast, each themed after a historic time in the home's lifespan. Deanna, the owner of the property, serves a full breakfast complete with two courses and dessert every morning. The Homestead House Bed and Breakfast is twenty minutes from downtown Cleveland and is open year-round....Read More
Landoll's Mohican Castle has thirty-one rooms available for guests to rent. Since 2002, the castle has been open to the public. The owner strives to help their guests have a memorable experience. Patrons can use the castle to hold weddings, business retreats, or other events at the gazebo and banquet center. The establishment itself also holds its own events during festive seasons such as Halloween and Christmas. Ghost tours are held during Halloween as the property's history contains several ghost stories. The premises also offers an on-site restaurant that serves meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some of the featured amenities at the castle include hot tubs, seasonal fireplaces, an iron and ironing board, and silverware. Typically the month of October is the busiest time of year for the business....Read More
Currently under the ownership of Charlotte and John Schlabach, Quail's Covey Bed and Breakfast operates year-round for visitors to reserve one of the property's three accommodations. Every morning, everybody who is staying at the inn is served a breakfast that may include baked french toast, waffles, eggs, or blueberry pancakes, among other items. Charlotte hopes that her patrons will be able to relax and enjoy the natural surrounding of the property, as she encourages them to explore the grounds and view the wildlife that inhabits the area. The bed and breakfast neighbors 700 acres of Quail Hollow Park, which comprises woodlands in a fairly rural setting, as reported by Charlotte. Along with these natural areas, tourists can also visit the nearby cities of Hartville, Canton, and Akron to explore their restaurants and attractions....Read More
The Berrodin Bed and Breakfast is located five minutes from downtown Akron, Ohio. There are a total of three rooms available, each with its own unique name and theme. The most popular of these is the Anniebabe Room - Bedroom 2, which is the largest room offered to guests. All three rooms share a bathroom on the second floor. Each morning a free continental breakfast is served in the house’s dining room, featuring foods such as yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and oatmeal. Those interested in nearby attractions can visit the Akron Art Museum, the Stan-Hywet Hall & Gardens, and the home of the late Dr. Bob, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Many guests staying at the inn are traveling along the Ohio to Erie Trail, a prominent bike trail that runs close to the property. Regardless of why people may be staying there, Louie, the owner, hopes that guests will feel “like family” during their stay....Read More