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Ohio Day Trip: Chagrin Falls

Bob and I went on a day trip to Ohio this past Saturday (April 6).  We saw three waterfalls, a covered bridge and a few birds.  In my previous blog posts I shared photographs of Brandywine Falls, the Everett Road Covered Bridge, and the Beaver Marsh and heron rookery — all three of which are located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

After photographing the Great Blue Heron at the rookery, we left Cuyahoga Valley National Park and ate lunch at a nearby Texas Roadhouse.  We both enjoyed steak entrees.  After lunch we drove to the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls, which was about a 30-minute drive from Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The second waterfall that we saw during our day trip was right in the middle of Chagrin Falls.

There are two vantage points from which to see the Chagrin Falls waterfall.  A boardwalk leads down to an observation platform from each vantage point.

From the first vantage point you can see the boardwalk for the second vantage point (opposite side).

View of falls from first vantage point

In addition to viewing Chagrin Falls from the observation platform of the first vantage point, we ventured down to the river bed for another prospective.

View of Chagrin Falls from the river bed

The next photograph was taken from the second vantage point.

This is the second time that we have visited this waterfall.  Our first visit was in early August last year.  There hadn’t been much rainfall, so we saw very little falling water during that visit.  Provided below is a photograph from our August 2012 visit.  Notice the big change in water volume between that visit and our visit this past Saturday!

Chagrin Falls in August 2012

 

After looking at the waterfall, we climbed back up to Main Street.  We went inside the Popcorn Shop, where Bob enjoyed a cup of coffee and I enjoyed a Vanilla Custard cone.   Bob said that the coffee was good.  The Vanilla Custard cone was so rich and creamy; delicious!.

The Popcorn Shop

PopcornShop

There was one more thing about Chagrin Falls that we liked … MOTORCYCLES!

I mentioned to Bob that we should ride to Chagrin Falls on the motorcycle one day.  He agreed.

Weekend Visit in Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Chagrin Falls

Our weekend visit  to Ohio was precipitated by a travelzoo.com email that I received on July 16.  One of the Travel Zoo offers was for lodging and meals at The Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  We didn’t take advantage of the travelzoo.com offer; however, photographs of the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls piqued my interest for weekend travel.

We stayed two nights (August 3-5) at the Clarion Hotel in Beachwood, Ohio.  On Saturday, August 4, we visited nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

On Sunday, after checking out of our hotel, we drove to Chagrin Falls, which was less than 10 miles from our hotel.  We arrived at Chagrin Falls shortly before 9:00 AM.  We found parking easily along Main Street, near the village’s famous Popcorn Shop.

 

These beautiful flowers caught my eye, as we pulled into a parking space along Main Street.

The waterfall, for which the village is named, is below these flowers.

Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls

There are two vantage points from which to see Chagrin Falls.  A boardwalk leads down to an observation platform from each vantage point.

This photograph was taken from the second vantage point.  Do you see the boardwalk on the opposite side of the falls?  The first two photographs of the falls were taken from the observation platform at the bottom of the boardwalk.  The white building that you see above the falls is the Popcorn Shop.

After looking at the waterfall, we climbed back up to Main Street.  We crossed Main Street to a park located alongside the Chagrin River.

The first thing that caught my eye was the sculpture of a cat.

I took a picture of the Popcorn Shop, too, from the park.

Popcorn Shop

It started to drizzle, so we made our way back across Main Street and went inside the Popcorn Shop.  The first thing I noticed as I walked in was the smell of popcorn….Mmmmmm!  According to reviews, the Popcorn Shop has three of the best things on earth: popcorn, coffee and ice cream.  Bob ordered a Double Espresso coffee; I ordered a baby Vanilla Custard cone.  Bob said that the coffee was good.  The Vanilla Custard cone was so rich and creamy; delicious!.  By the way I was the first person to have a Vanilla Custard cone that day, as I ordered one a little after 9:00 AM!  We purchased a 1-gallon tin and filled it with double cheese popcorn.  The tin of popcorn was a gift for our friends, Valerie and Michael, who took care of our cat, Patches, while we were away.

We  departed this lovely village soon after our morning snack and began our drive back home.

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