Interested in taking a relaxing vacation?
There is a lovely place that over the past year has seen visitors from 44 states and 22 foreign countries. They have received thank you letters and had fond memories shared by many of these travelers. They recently received a letter from a Japanese businessman who visited last year and ended up relocating relatively close.
The letter in part read, “I have been to many countries: Europe, middle-eastern countries, Asia, Central and South America. People often ask me about my favorite place. I always say ‘Geauga County!’ Then, many of them give me the look, “what in the world is it?” I love Geauga County. Every time I come back from tough places, I drive there from my house in Pepper Pike. It’s really healing to me to breathe there!” So the secret is out, this amazing tourism destination. Geauga County; and the good news….you’re already here!
We are very fortunate to live in an area that has so much to offer, and most people don’t think about all of the wonderful activities in their ‘own backyard’ or at least within an easy drive. Think about the research you do before going on vacation, reading about places to visit, searching online for activities and special events. But at home we seem to get stuck in our own routine and not really explore new possibilities until someone recommends something or maybe an out of town guest is visiting.
Is this exploration of our small businesses important?
Absolutely! It’s these small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors that gives Geauga County the friendly, small town feel that it has. It’s this feeling that visitors are looking for because it is slowly becoming harder to find, and we embrace visitors who enjoy spending their time and money in our county.
According to the latest full Tourism & Economics report in 2011 Geauga County had seen a 7.4% growth in sales. The amount of spending in direct and indirect sales from Tourism that year was $185.6 million and taxes generated to the county were over $4.5 million. So all of these visitors are creating a very positive economic impact to our community!
Now it’s your turn! We hope you take advantage of this summer to visit locations you are not familiar with and become a tourist in your own back yard. For instance: plan an adventure day. Jump in the car and visit five places in the county you have never been, venture to the other side of the county pick a cute locally owned shop, eat in a small restaurant, visit one of our fabulous Geauga Parks, stop at a farm market, enjoy an outdoor concert. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to feel as if you have gotten away!
For great ideas stop in the Geauga County Tourism Office in Middlefield, check out the coming events window, and peruse the brochures. You can also friend Geauga Tourism on Facebook for great reminders and updates, check out our website, or call 440-632-1538