"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old," wrote President Garfield, one of Mentor, Ohio's most prominent former residents. Take his words to heart and book your stay in one of the Mentor, OH hotels, where you'll find enough adventure to keep a spirit of any age young. There's no teacher like the (aptly-named) city of Mentor, and the wise wanderer has much to learn as its mentee.
Hire one of the Mentor rental cars and make your first stop at Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio's longest public-swimming beach on the shores of Lake Erie, which is just 7.5 miles northeast from here. Stretch out on the natural sands and listen to the waves break as the sun warms you. After a swim, dry off with a walk up the coast to the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve. Run your hand through the beach grasses whose roots sustain this ecosystem and watch some of the local wildlife.
A short drive down the coast, the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve is an ideal place for ornithologists to practice their craft. Nestled in a kayak, drift through the lagoons with your binoculars at the ready; records note that birdwatchers have seen more than 150 bird species here, from Hooded Mergansers to Blue-Winged Teals. Now, don't return to one of the hotels in Mentor just yet. Make your way to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and tour the home of the nation's 20th president. Once nicknamed "Lawn Field" by reporters, this house is the site of Garfield's successful front-porch campaign in 1880. Getting hungry? Follow the scent of oregano along Mentor Avenue into one of the many Italian restaurants and debate between the gnocchi and the chicken parmigiana.
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