Read A Book This Winter!

Crab Apple Books/MIDDLETOWN – Floor to ceiling new and used books, complete with nooks and crannies to sit and read in. This spot also features hot coffee and drinks to reward you for stepping out of your house and into the winter chill. If you’re in the market for some local art or gifts, Crab Apple Books has you covered — it’s basically a one-stop shop for all your needs this holiday season.

Wheatberry Books/ CHILLICOTHE – Sometimes you have to take life by the reins and steer yourself into a new adventure. Avid reader and owner of Wheatberry, Chelsea Bruning, did exactly that. Borne out of a passion for independent literature and a dream, Wheatberry Books sits in historic Chillicothe in perfect proximity to Paper City Coffee and the Mighty Children’s Museum. Equipped with a play area for kids and open late, this hometown favorite is perfect for busy professionals and parents looking to escape for a quiet moment between the pages of a new book.    >MORE 

Hit the Slopes

CHESTERLAND – Check out the Meadow Trail at Alpine Valley. Located east of Cleveland, Alpine Valley’s 11 trails offer an even mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs as well as snow tubing! Sign up for a group, private or semi-private lessons or enroll your children in a Kids Ski Academy program to make for a snowy family affair! Open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends,  natural snow and snowmaking have created some AWESOME skiing conditions. A rad weekend is on its way, friends!


Watch your surroundings sparkle as you snowshoe throughout beautiful winter scenery at Milan Towpath Metro Park. Once an early canal and railway, this park is the perfect spot for both outdoor adventurers and history buffs alike. Or head to Cuyahoga Valley National Park where you can rent your own snowshoes for free!


Hold on tight as you speed down-hill on the icy, 700-foot toboggan chutes in Strongsville. The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation is the perfect place for your next snowy adventure. While no snow is technically required, a little dusting can make for a gorgeous thrill. Be sure to come back in the fall for seasonal hay rides and concessions.