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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Originally the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens comprised of 3,000 acres (1214.06 hectares) in 1916 and was built amid 1912-1915 for F. A. Seiberling. It featured a Tudor Revival 65-room Manor House and the largest landscape gardens. Today the grand estate has seized down to 70 acres (28.33 hectares) yet is one of the most elegant mansions and ornate gardens of the country. The mansion is one of the best examples of Tudor Revival architecture and has well kept period decor that gives a glimpse of a bygone era. The themed gardens such as the Breakfast Room Garden, English Garden, Birch Allee Vista, Japanese Garden, Lagoon and The Dell are a delight to all visitors. The Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens also houses the Corbin Conservatory, a beautiful Gothic style greenhouse and the Gate Lodge where Alcoholics Anonymous took form. Home to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and The Annual Classic, Antique & Collector Car Show, a visit to this magnificent place is a must when in the city.

Perkins Stone Mansion

Constructed in 1837, the Perkins Stone Mansion belonged to Colonel Simon Perkins, who was the son of Akron's founder General Simon Perkins. This historic house museum is now maintained by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron and is also their headquarters. One of the most striking Greek Revival style houses in the area, the repository is decked with period furnishing telling the story of its past residents, city and county.

Hale Farm & Village

The historic parcel of land that Hale Farm & Village is built on was donated to The Western Reserve Historical Society by Clara Belle Ritchie. Historic buildings from around the country were relocated to the land to create a living history museum and village called Wheatfield. Visitors will learn about life during the Civil War and the history of the region. Exhibits relating to fashion, technology, and other subjects can be seen here as well.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Located just about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) south of Cleveland, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company is located on Grant Street in Akron, OH. The wonderful brewery produces small batches of a variety of handcrafted beers. Several kinds of ales, wheat beers, lagers and barrel-aged beers are brewed on site. Each of their flavors is unique and well-balanced, that are sure to impress even the strictest beer connoisseur. Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. also offers regular tours of their brewery, the tour includes a stop over at the tasting room, which is also available separately for private events and parties. Check the website for more information.

Virginia Kendall State Park Historic District

Virginia Kendall State Park Historic District is a historical district known for its naturalistic landscape. Before being turned over to the city, it was used as a hunting retreat. Rustic lodges were built as proof for creating a Civilian Conservation Camp. The landscape comprises of sandstone ledges, comfort stations, shelters, meadows and man-made lakes surrounded by rocky hills.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was established in the 1970's and today is one of the oldest and most beautiful rail excursions in the country. Step aboard this historic train and take a ride through the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park and enjoy views of the magnificent rivers, valleys, forested areas, and meadows that will give you a new perspective and an admiration for the beauty of nature. Based on your choices, you can also enjoy some refreshing ales, fine wines, and delicious snacks on the tour aboard this historic train ride.

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