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Area Description

Celebrate your valued getaway time in Lake County, northeast Ohio’s coastal oasis on the east side of Lake Erie, next to Cleveland. Hospitality reigns supreme with a variety of impeccable new and renovated hotels, B & B’s and a distinguished golf resort. Premier attractions, magnificent Lake Erie beaches, lush Lake Metroparks, acclaimed wineries, waterfront and gourmet restaurants and splendid special events like the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival and Painesville Party in the Park will charm, entertain and rejuvenate you.

Enjoy elegant tea rooms, lighthouses, fishing, championship designer golf courses, nationally rated historic sites like the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Lake County History Center, Historic Kirtland and the Kirtland Temple. Birding is booming in Lake County. 100’s of species rest and feed along the shores, parks and arboretum grounds throughout the year. Rare sightings of the purple sandpiper, plus flocking birds to 20 species of warblers attract birders from 400 miles. Several special species make Lake County home all year at Mentor Marsh.

Amazing Lake County natural resources resemble the New England ambiance, like the 450 acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and nearby Sand Dunes, 3,600 acre Holden Arboretum, Lake Metroparks 27 unique parks, including the 235 acre Lake Metroparks Farmpark or the 424 acre Penitentiary Glen, with a vast forest, and breathtaking ravine overlooking the Grand River. Nurseries abound in Lake County, like Bluestone Perennials, third largest in the county.

Three million fans have attended Cleveland Indians Class A affiliate Lake County Captains at the beautiful $27 million Classic Park baseball field since 2003. Lake County’s largest city, Mentor is ranked seventh in Ohio in retail sales where 150 restaurants plus shopping thrive, especially at Great Lakes Mall. Nostalgic boutique shops and unique dining flourish in Willoughby, Painesville and Madison. Unique and refined Lake County meeting facilities and conference hotels will enhance your image and success. The Grand River Valley winery region is the largest in Ohio.

Over 22 wineries make Lake and the surrounding regions a major destination. Experience the Lake County grandeur and beauty that dazzled the first settlers to the 19th century Cleveland industrialist titans who built their summer mansions here.

Includes Cities/Towns: Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Here are just a few examples of special attractions: • Tour James A. Garfield National Historic Site, home of USA's 20th President. Explore Historic Kirtland Village, a restored 19th century village that showcases the early American frontier, including a Holiday Nativity Show with 700 crèche's. Smack a golf ball, go fishing, or walk the nature trails at the Holden Arboretum while enjoying the beauty of 3500 acres of display gardens, learn how wine is made at one of our many award wining wineries, shop our specialty stores or sit on our beaches and watch the sunset over Lake Erie.

Cultural Activities

Enjoy outstanding live theater from June through August at Rabbit Run Theater, one for the few barn theaters still in operation in Ohio. Located near the shores of Lake Erie, Rabbit Run is a unique theatrical experience in a quaint and charming setting. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show on the beautiful grounds.

The Fine Arts Association is a non-profit community arts organization with classes and private instruction for all ages (infants through adults) and ability levels in the disciplines of music, music therapy, art, dance and theater. Annually more than 3500 students attend classes and private instruction on site, with more than 3000 served in off-site education programs. Fine Arts also offers a full season of outstanding community theatre performances, concerts and cultural activities. Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is a National Historic site consists of a marine museum and lighthouse tower that is open to the public and provides spectacular views of Lake Erie. The marine museum houses its’ original 3rd order Fresnel lens, the Frontenac pilothouse, nautical artifacts, and more.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service that commemorates and interprets the life, career, family, and legacy of James Abram Garfield, 20th President of the United States. The site includes guided tours of the Garfield home, visitor center exhibits, a biographical film, walking paths, and dozens of special events each year.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. USA Today named Farmpark “one of 10 great locations to dig up old dirt on farming.” Visitors can milk dairy cows, learn how cheese is made and meet dozens of breeds of livestock. On weekends and during special events you may help make ice cream the old-fashioned way! Horse-or-tractor-drawn wagon rides are the mode of transportation throughout the park.

Explore the Plant Science Center to see a greenhouse, hydroponics display and the Great Tomato works exhibit.

Visit the Woodland Center to learn the history of maple sugaring and what it takes to produce maple syrup. The park also features a reservable pavilion, gift shop and cafe. Admission applies. Host site of Vintage Ohio and Village Peddler Festival. See additional attractions at www.lakevisit.com

Public transportation

Laketran is Lake County’s regional public transportation system that provides three types of bus services: local bus routes, demand response Dial-a-Ride and Park-n-Ride for Cleveland commuters. All services are open to the public. The fleet servicing these routes consists of 16 kneeling local route buses, 22 motor coach buses for commuter service and 76 paratransit vans for Dial-a-Ride. Laketran’s bus fleet is 100% ADA accessible and equipped with a lift.
In 2012, Laketran carried just over 780,000 riders. About 330,000 of our passengers use in-county, local bus route each year, 200,000 Park-n-Ride customers commute to Cleveland annually, and 250,000 seniors and people with disabilities use Laketran’s nationally recognized door-to-door Dial-a-Ride, which offers customized trips by appointment. Many Laketran routes connect or transfer with Cleveland RTA routes, allowing Lake County residents transit access to Cuyahoga County. Riders can use Laketran and Cleveland RTA schedules to plan their travel throughout Northeast Ohio.

Medical Facilities

Nearby hospitals: Euclid Hospital in Euclid and Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights.
There are also wellness centers in the area.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Lake County, Ohio?

For those of you that retire in Lake County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the upper 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the winter, great for a day of shopping in Lake County! Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Lake County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Lake County!

Summertime in Lake County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in Lake County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  21  27  34
 Feb  22  29  37
 Mar  29  37  45
 Apr  39  48  58
 May  50  59  68
 Jun  59  68  77
 Jul  64  73  81
 Aug  63  71  80
 Sep  56  65  73
 Oct  46  54  62
 Nov  37  44  51
 Dec  26  33  39

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  26  1
 Feb  0  24  1
 Mar  0  21  0
 Apr  0  6  0
 May  0  1  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  2  0  0
 Aug  1  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  1  0
 Nov  0  9  0
 Dec  0  23  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  17  20 %
 Feb  2 "  14  22 %
 Mar  3 "  13  27 %
 Apr  3 "  14  36 %
 May  3 "  14  47 %
 Jun  4 "  12  57 %
 Jul  4 "  11  62 %
 Aug  4 "  10  62 %
 Sep  4 "  11  55 %
 Oct  3 "  13  44 %
 Nov  4 "  15  35 %
 Dec  3 "  17  25 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  19 "  20  11
 Feb  13 "  15  8
 Mar  11 "  8  5
 Apr  3 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  3  2
 Dec  17 "  13  8

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Cost of Living for Lake County, OH

Lake County, Ohio cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

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Senior Assistance in Lake County, OH

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