Welcome to Chardon, Ohio!
Host to the annual Geauga County Maple Festival as well as being the county seat for Geauga County, Chardon is one of the most dynamic small towns in all of Northeast Ohio. From our charming Main Street shops and restaurants to our beautiful parks and cultural activities, Chardon has something fun to offer everyone.
Chardon Easter Egg Hunt Begins Series of Events
About 150 children and their families came to the Square on April 4 for the Chardon annual Easter Egg Hunt. Thanks goes to Lucas Pest Control for sponsoring the hunt again this year. The project is a joint effort of Chardon Tomorrow, the Chardon Square Association and the Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mark your calendars for these these upcoming events:
The 85th annual Maple Festival will be held April 23-26. Watch for Chardon Tomorrow’s float in the parade featuring the WinterFest queens and princess. For a full schedule go to maplefestival.com.
The third annual HeART of Geauga Arts Jam will be held Saturday, June 27. For more details visit their web site here.
The Chardon BrewFest and 5K Race for Suds will be held September 19. Sponsors and volunteers are now being accepted. Call (440) 273-3077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hotel Funded by Local Investors Coming to Chardon in 2016
Check out this article from the Plain Dealer:
Northeast Ohio has landed another new hotel, this one in the heart of Geauga County.
Longtime Chardon funeral director Marc Burr announced recently that he and a group of investors are moving forward with the development of a 65- to 70-room hotel on Ohio 44, just northwest of downtown Chardon.
It would be Geauga County’s first nationally-branded hotel.
“I’ve noticed that Chardon for a long time has needed one,” said Burr, the sixth-generation operator of Burr Funeral Home. “Nobody has ever tried to do it. It might as well be me.”
Burr said he expects construction on the new hotel to start this summer, with an opening date in the summer or fall of 2016. He has contracted with Westlake-based Emerald Hospitality Associates, which operates 21 properties in seven states, to help develop and operate the new hotel.
A brand for the property has not yet been decided upon, but Emerald operates a variety of hotels, including Hampton Inns and Hilton Garden Inns.
Last year, Destination Geauga, the county’s tourism arm, contracted with Lakewood hotel consultants Hotel and Leisure Advisors on a feasibility study for the project. That study, funded by Chardon Tomorrow and other groups, confirmed the viability of a hotel in Chardon.
Geauga County is currently home to several small hotels, including the 29-room lodge at Punderson Manor State Park in Newbury Township and the 18-room Red Maple Inn in Burton. There are also numerous bed and breakfasts throughout the county.
Burr said it isn’t his intent to compete with existing properties.
“My hope is that with the introduction of a branded hotel, that will bring folks into the community for business who may not have been here before,” said Burr. “They’ll find out about all the great things in our community and they’ll want to come back.”
What is Chardon Tomorrow?
Our mission: Preserving and Enhancing the Character of Chardon by encouraging investment, fostering a sense of community, and developing partnerships with community stakeholders to create a more vibrant and sustainable quality of life.