Midwest Living Review
During Akron's rubber-fueled heyday at the turn of the century, wealth flowed fast and furiously through the city limits. Nowhere is that affluence more evident than at Stan Hywet (that's "stone quarry" in Old English), the Tudor Revival estate where Goodyear Tire founder F.A. Seiberling spent his salad days. Downtown Akron is a 10-minute drive away, but that's easy to forget when you're surrounded by this glorious 70-acre time capsule.
Visit options range from a self-guided Manor House tour ($14) to the Grand Estate tour ($24), which includes guided commentary about both the home and gardens. There's also a Nooks and Crannies tour ($28) that gives visitors the chance to peek behind the velvet ropes at areas like the servant's quarters and the fourth-floor tower. The hour-long guided Manor Tour ($19) is perfectly enjoyable, conducted by docents who offer amusing bits of trivia about every room. For instance, a birdcage hangs in the reception room because Mrs. Seiberling loved birds (and named them after famous opera singers of the day), and an easel sits in the breakfast room so the Seiberling children could learn a new verse or poem placed there every week.
The well-manicured grounds are a tour in and of themselves; expect to spend an afternoon traversing the estate. Fuel up at Molly's Shop and Cafe, serving a concise but tasty lunch menu in the renovated stables of the carriage house.