Located just 15 minutes from The Hotel at Oberlin sits the nearby city of Elyria, OH. Founded in 1817 by Herman Ely, Elyria's development began with the construction of a log house, dam, gristmill, and a sawmill along the Black River. Present day Elyria finds itself as the home of manufacturing, worldwide company headquarters, recreation, and more.
Black River Reservation welcomes half a million visitors each year and is best known for the 5 ½ miles of paved all-purpose trails that follow along the Black River. Scenic picnic areas also welcome families and friends.
The Midway Mall opened in 1967 at the peak of Elyria's population and is still a favorite for shopping and dining in the area.
Golfers will enjoy access to six courses such as; Valley of the Eagles Golf Club, Spring Valley Golf & Athletic, Cherry Ridge Golf, Forest Hills Golf Course, Dragon Ranch Golf Club, and the Elyria Country Club.
Discover Aviation Center celebrates aviation related careers by working with youth to introduce aviation in entertaining ways, outreach, and collaboration. Discover Aviation Days allow you to take the controls with a flight instructor, learn how to build and fly a remote controlled aircraft, or watch world-class performers in the sky.
Arts and Culture abound as Elyria is the home of the Lorain Community Music Theater, Lorain County Historical Society and Museum, Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative, and Monteith Hall, the former home of John Monteith who housed fugitive slaves.
Businesses in Elyria
Elyria is the 14th largest city in the state of Ohio and is the seat of Lorain County. Its close proximity to Lake Erie with a major highway, rail, and water transportation, has positioned Elyria to be the home of 11 of the top 25 employers in Lorain County.
North Olmsted, OH, a west side suburb of Cleveland, OH, is located 25 minutes north-east from The Hotel at Oberlin, and is the eighth most populated city in Cuyahoga County. Purchased by a wealthy sea captain, Aaron Olmsted, in 1806, earliest records show that this area was formerly known as Kingston. In 1823, the people then organized into a township called Lenox. Shortly after, Charles Hyde Olmsted offered to donate books from his father’s personal collection if they agreed to change the name of the area to Olmsted to honor his father.
Several recreation opportunities present themselves in North Olmsted and include the Rocky River Reservation, Rocky River Nature Center, and the Bradley Woods Reservation. Visitors will enjoy several available activities such as hiking trails, bird watching and bird feeding stations, deer sighting, fishing, educational centers, and more.
The Great Northern Mall, a single level indoor shopping experience, is anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and a 10-screen Regal Cinemas & RPX along with 125 additional retailers.
North Olmsted is home to business headquarters such as Moen, Fat Head’s Brewery, Therm-All, and CommutAir, a regional airline.
What is now known as Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, and Westlake, Ohio, were once one territory that dates back to the 1600’s. Through the 1700’s, French and English Colonial powers lived in the area and then later moved elsewhere. It was not until the early 1800’s that the first permanent American settlers came to the area.
Located just 25 minutes from Oberlin, OH, Avon, Ohio is best known for being the home of the corporate headquarters for Duck Tape as well as the home of the Lake Erie Crushers, a Frontier League baseball team.
Other businesses in Avon include Cutting Dynamics, Inc, Lubrizol Corporation, Maroon Group, Bearing Technology, and PMR, Inc.