Peninsula combines the best of small-town living with the outdoor opportunities offered by a close proximity to nature.
The basis of the town’s picturesque and easily walkable core is a cluster of locally owned and operated businesses that feature things created and produced locally — arts, crafts, food, you name it. The businesses work together to promote each others’ wares and to sponsor special events to attract visitors to the town. The town is full of historical locations which any of the residents will be glad to share with you.
Peninsula sits at the entrance to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, one of the most heavily used parks in the national park system with plenty of opportunities to do active outdoors things with its hikes, camps, bike trails and volunteer programs. It’s also home to a group of reclaimed farms run by individual and family farmers and open to the public during certain visitor hours. CVNP hosts a weekly farmers market that features products from these farmers as well as other farmers and food producers in the region.
Come to Peninsula for the culture too. In addition to its downtown art galleries, Cuyahoga Valley National Park hosts lectures, art shows and concerts at several locations, while the downtown G.A.R. Hall’s rafters ring to the sounds of its Voices in the Valley series which features folk, bluegrass, blues and Americana performers. The Peninsula Art Academy offers exhibitions as well as classes in a range of arts and crafts.
Whether you like outdoors activities, the arts, good food, shopping, history or just beautiful scenery, you’ll find it in Peninsula.
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2 Responses to “Peninsula”
Peninsula is one of my most FAVORITE places to visit in all of the United States. However, there is no great coffee or tea shops, no really geat restaurants. The Winking Lizard is a chain, and the other restaurant is basically a greasy spoon except when they have BBQ or Rib Fest in the parking lot. People come from all OVER the area to visit Peninsula, there is a natural draw to the place. I love the fact that all the shops are independently owned & wouldn’t change that for anything. The place is just BEGGING for a great ice cream shoppe as well. Comeon folks in Peninsula! Bring some great restaurants, coffee/tea houses & ice cream to the place & you will really have a “fantastic” place to visit. I want to eat in Peninsula after a day on the trail or shopping & there just isn’t anyplace to do this. We are driving from FL this Christmas & one of my first stops will be Peninsula, however we will have to find somewhere else to eat. 🙁
Mary Booth Peninsula Councilperson
I’m surprised that two years later no one has reviewed us again, so I guess I will respond to Bernie’s comments above. Regarding our restaurants, yes, the Winking Lizard is a chain, but it is an original small northeastern Ohio chain of which we were the third location in 1991. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun and the place is packed most of the time. We don’t get heartburn over “chain”. Fisher’s Cafe has been family owed for three generations beginning in the 50’s! You can call it greasy spoon, we call it home-style with pride. The food’s great there also, and it has awesome weekly specials, clambakes, lobster dinners, and a lot more; this week it’s mussels. Rich might close the back for a private party if you ask him just right, and the locals have spent many a Friday night catching up to each other and welcoming plenty of tourists fresh off the trails. We don’t have more restaurants, tea houses or ice cream parlors because we are a small community that has been gradually eaten up by National Park since 1974, leaving us without the development of municipal sewer and water as has occurred in most other communities. So your call out to Peninsula Folk to do better just shows that you really don’t know much about us and is really arrogant. We are doing all we are legally and safely allowed to do. We think we already have a really fantastic place to visit, and evidently so did the National Park Service, and now the couple million other people it brings to us every year. You’re welcome to find someplace else to eat, I don’t think we’ll miss you.