Geneva, located about one hour's drive east of downtown Cleveland, is situated in the heart of Northeast Ohio's wine country. The town of around 6,600 residents also has a charming downtown shopping district, is within a few miles of Lake Erie, and boasts an excellent school system.
Geneva, like most Northeast Ohio communities, was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. The town was first settled in 1805 by people from western New York and was named for Geneva, New York. Geneva became a city in 1958.
According to the 2010 US census, Geneva has 6,215 residents, 94% of whom are white, 1% African-American, and 5% Hispanic. In addition, 43% of Geneva residents are married. The median age is 40 and the median household income is $35,048.
The Geneva Area City School District serves the city of Geneva as well as Geneva-on-the-Lake, Harpersfield Township, Geneva Township, Trumbull Township, and Austinburg Township. Facilities include four elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school.
Restaurants in Geneva, Ohio:
For a town of its size, Geneva offers a number of excellent restaurants. Among these are:
- Luisa's Mexican Restaurant
- Mary's Diner
- Best Friend's Deli
- Chop's Steakhouse
- Coconuts Tiki Bar and Grill
- Cups of Joe's
Geneva is home to the annual Grape Jamboree, held in late September. The two-day weekend event features two parades, a smattering of grape foods, an antique show, wine tastings, and variety of grape-related exhibits and activities.
In addition to the restaurants, the Geneva area is home to 20 wineries, most of which serve food. Among the best of these are the Old Mill Winery (pictured above; try the wine burgers), Harpersfield Winery, Spring Hill Winery (don't miss the spacious and scenic patio), and Laurello's (which has excellent pizzas).
Shopping in Geneva, Ohio:
Shopping in Geneva includes Broadway Antiques, Arthur & Lloyds (a collectible store with an old-fashioned soda fountain), Catherine's Christmas Shop, and Victoria's Country Corner. In addition, many of the wineries have gift shops.
Famous Geneva, Ohio Residents:
Notable Geneva residents, past and present, include R.E. Olds (the founder of Oldsmobile), Platt Spencer (the inventor of the Spencerian style of cursive writing), MLB pitcher Brian Anderson, and actress Emy Coligado.
Hotels near Geneva, Ohio:
There are numerous places to stay around Geneva. Among these are the Holiday Inn Express (check rates) and the Hampton Inn (check rates), both located one exit east of Geneva off I-90. In addition, there are several charming bed and breakfast inns, located just north of Geneva in the resort town of Geneva-on-the-Lake.