by LCVB staff member Elizabeth Connor

Things to see before the world ends

Gourmet Soap Market

Gourmet Soap Market

The Mayans are predicting that the world is going to end tomorrow.  Before that happens, here are just a few hidden treasures in Lake County you MUST see.

The Gourmet Soap Market – located in Willoughby, this cute shop sticks out with its pink paint and fun bath-inspired window displays.  For the sweet-lovers, they sell Oreo Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Rice Crispy Treat Soap in their Box of Sweets line.  Or, mini cupcake soaps in a variety of flavors are also available!  For the person who truly has everything, a pair of soap dice might be just the thing that they need.

The Steele Mansion – located in Painesville, this one time giant built by George W. Steele and visited by the likes of Amelia Earhart and the American elite, burned in 2001.  Ten years of neglect, vandalism and unsheltered exposure to the elements ruined the majority of the interior, however, new owners are renovating the entire building to open it as a B&B this summer/fall.   It will once again be the “largest and most costly residence in Painesville.”

The Hach-Otis Sanctuary – located in Willoughby Hills, the Sanctuary is an 81-acre forested tract overlooking the beautiful Chagrin State Scenic River valley.  Within 20 miles of downtown Cleveland, the preserve has been protected as a bird sanctuary since 1944.  Bluffs overlook the Chagrin State Scenic River re-cutting an old valley that was completely filled with glacial drift during the last ice age. The ridges stand more that 150 feet above the stream bed of the ever-changing river.

The Finnish Heritage Museum – located in Fairport Harbor, this museum is a gem waiting just for you.  Surrounded by multiple Finnish gift shops and local delicacies, this museum is comprised of dedicated volunteers, all of whom have some Finnish ancestry and/or connection.  The museum was established to preserve Finnish and Finnish/North American Heritage for future generations.

Biga Wood Fired Pizza – in Kirtland, this small little pizzeria has a delicious menu and you can even bring your own wine or beer!  Wood-roasted breadsticks, a Smokey Blue pizza, or a seasonal Apple – Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Pizza are sure to delight even the pickiest eaters in your party.

For a complete list of Lake County attractions, restaurants, shops, and more visit www.lakevisit.com.

About Elizabeth Connor

Elizabeth Connor is our Social Media Specialist. She has been with the Bureau since 2012 and manages our e-newsletters, blog, and social networking.

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