What You Need to Know about Geneva-on-the-Lake

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Geneva-on-the-Lake, located on the shores of Lake Erie about an hour's drive east of Cleveland, was one of Ohio's first lakeside resorts.

In the early 1900s, the scenic location was home to dozens of cottages and was popular with the Midwest "gentry," including John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone. Today, the area is filled with outdoor activities, arcades, summer events, and several Lake Erie wineries.


Geneva-on-the-Lake calls itself "Ohio's First Summer Resort." The fun started in 1869 when the first carnival park, "Sturgeon Point" was built. In the early 1900s, Midwest inventors and businessmen, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone, chose the spot to spend camping weekends. Gradually, tents gave way to cabins and cottages, but the site still retains its humble, accessible appeal.


Among the many attractions in and around Geneva-on-the-Lake are the Lake Erie wineries, including the Old Firehouse Winery and Lakehouse Inn Winery right in Geneva-on-the-Lake; the sand beach and fishing at Geneva State Park; the several old-style arcades in downtown; and the many special summer events.


Restaurants in Geneva-on-the-Lake run the gamut from casual lakeside eateries to fine dining. Among them are:

  • Eddie's Grill - Little changed since it opened in 1950, Eddie's is a regional institution. Their burgers, fries, hot dogs, and ice cream treats are good, too.
  • Crosswinds at Lakehouse Inn Winery - Situated at the edge of Lake Erie, they serve fine dining entrees, salads, and sandwiches with a casual lakeside atmosphere.
  • Old Firehouse Winery - Another of Geneva-on-the-Lake's wineries, they serve Mexican and American favorites with house-crafted wines, live music, and a lakeside patio.


    Accommodations in and around Geneva-on-the-Lake consist mostly of cottage communities communities, bed and breakfast inns, and camping at resorts and Geneva State Park (see below). As accommodations, of all sorts, are limited, it's wise to plan well in advance.

    Geneva State Park

    Geneva State Park, located on the shores of Lake Erie, just outside of Geneva-on-the-Lake, is a 698-acre facility, offering hiking trails, a 300-foot sand beach, a marina, outdoor pool, and several picnic areas. Overnight guests can choose from cabins, campsites, and one of the 109 rooms at the Lodge, many of which have Lake Erie views.

    Geneva-on-the-Lake Visitors Bureau
    5536 Lake Rd
    Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH