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Ohio Wine Country Trip Guide

Expand your wine palate (and maybe see a covered bridge) in the pretty countryside around Ashtabula County.

Farmlands in Ashtabula County

Farmlands in Ashtabula County

What to do

Bridges driving tour This popular self-directed tour features 18 historical covered bridges, including the 613-foot-long Smolen-Gulf Bridge. (800) 337-6746; visitashtabulacounty.com. During the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival in October, visitors tour the bridges and enjoy music and activities. (440) 576-3769; coveredbridgefestival.org

Shopping in Ashtabula Believe it or not, you’ll have time to shop for fudge, works by Ohio artists, delicate locally made jewelry and more on the three-block stretch of downtown when the drawbridge lifts to let boats pass. (800) 337-6746; accvb.org

Debonne Vineyards' Cabernet Franc

Debonne Vineyards' Cabernet Franc

Wineries Our favorites include: Debonné Vineyards in Madison, with a cool lineup of special events; Harpersfield Vineyard in Geneva; humble but special Markko Vineyard in Conneaut; St. Joseph Vineyard in Thompson; scenic South River Winery in Geneva; and the relatively new Winery at Spring Hill near Geneva. 

Where to eat

Ferrante Winery and Ristorante Just south of Geneva, patrons sample hearty Italian dishes and wonderful wines made on-site, including the award-winning Pinot Grigio. (440) 466-8466; ferrantewinery.com

Harbor Perk An Ashtabula coffeehouse goes hip with potted plants, tin ceilings, comfy leather furniture and aromatic beans fresh from a classic red roaster. (440) 964-9277; harborperk.com

Rees’ Corner Drink a malt at this old-fashioned soda fountain in Geneva, then check out the gift shop. (440) 466-0785; reescorner.com

Tarsitano Winery and Cafe Foodies pair wines made from organic grapes with a chocolate truffle plate, cured meats and other upscale offerings at the homey restaurant in a restored barn. (440) 224-2444; tarsitanowinery.com

Where to stay

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake The resort near Geneva State Park has contemporary country-inn appeal, with a four-story fireplace, on-site restaurants and live music. A delightful 2-mile paved path links the lodge to the state park beach, and bike rentals are available. (800) 806-8066; thelodgeatgeneva.com

Louis Penfield House Thirty miles southwest of Geneva, a three-bedroom Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home sits on 30 wooded acres. penfieldhouse.com

Michael Cahill Bed and Breakfast Perched on the hill above Ashtabula Harbor, a nicely landscaped spot welcomes travelers to an inn with a wraparound porch and antique furnishings. Rooms are small but comfortable. (440) 964-8449; cahillbb.com

For information: The Ohio Wine Producers Association (800) 227-6972; ohiowines.org

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