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Best Social Club

Prosperity Social Club

It says so right in the name, after all. Take an aesthetic trip back in this wonderfully less-than-trendy Tremont hangout, a place that'll make you feel like you just walked into the basement of the coolest grandma ever. The vibe here is made for chatting, which is why the two small TVs are tuned to an old movie channel and old board games are stacked on a back table. Put the phone down for a second and enjoy the company. It's a social club, after all.

1109 Starkweather Ave., 216-937-1938,

Staff Pick: Cleveland Plays

Best Beach

Mentor Headlands

Boasting a mile of gorgeous beachfront (the largest in all of Ohio) and 120 total acres of natural serenity, Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor is the next best thing to hopping a plane south. Better, actually, because you don't actually have to go south. The park is Northeast Ohio's one-stop shop for swimming, tanning, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and, most important: sitting around working on that pasty tan.

9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor,

Staff Pick: Huntington Beach

Best Place for Rock Climbing

Cleveland Rock Gym

The best indoor climbing to be found in Northeast Ohio is out in Euclid at the Cleveland Rock Gym, which caters to experts and novices alike. Thirty-foot-high walls and 12-foot boulders await the vertically inclined, though equipment rentals and intro classes are the way to get started on your adventure into the sky. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment, because the Cleveland Rock Gym is pretty popular these days.

21200 St. Clair Ave. Building B3,

Euclid, 216-692-3300,

Staff Pick: Whipps Ledges

Best Place for Cross-Country Skiing

Chapin Forest

The Chapin Forest Reservation in Kirtland covers 390 acres, plenty of ground that (usually) becomes a beautiful, snow-dusted landscape come winter. The Lake Metroparks expanse is a sight to see, a mission that's best accomplished by cross-country skiing its six miles of trails. Open daily until 9 p.m., the ski lodge rents all the equipment you need, and the helpful staff keep a full mile of trail lit up into the nighttime hours if you can't make it out before the sun goes down.

10090 Chillicothe Rd. (Rt. 306),

Kirtland, 440-256-3810,

Staff Pick: Big Met Golf Course

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