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This thriving community of approximately 23,000 is located 16 miles east of Cleveland. Among its natural assets are easy access to Lake Erie, just three miles away, and  the Chagrin River which runs right through it.  Longtime residents say it always feels like “old home week” here. You can almost smell the apple pies baking, especially during celebrations like the Classic Car Cruise-In, Frontier Days, and the annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House.

Strolling through downtown Willoughby, past the bandstand at Point Park and down Erie Street lined with two-story late Victorian storefronts, is a bit like wandering back in time to a small American town of an earlier era. That’s because the district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, retains much of its old fashioned appeal thanks to an abundance of architectural gems dating from the 1870's to 1920. A civic initiative to restore them and revitalize the city center while preserving its traditional character has been very successful. Now known as the heart of Willloughby,, it has become a gathering place for locals and an attraction for visitors.

Willoughby United Methodist Church, housed in a brick English style Gothic Revival building erected downtown on Public Square in 1906, hosts CityMusic concerts. Its dark wood paneled and beamed interior provides a lovely setting for the musicians and their audience.

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 Willoughby, named after a doctor who established a medical college there in 1834, evolved from a French trading post into a city that can boast about its many quality of life amenities. As leaders look ahead the goal is to grow economically without sacrificing the scale and the spirit that make this such a welcoming place.   Learn More
                            
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Though just three blocks long, downtown Willoughby offers a surprising array of options that include white tablecloth restaurants, an old fashioned ice cream parlor, a martini bar and a brew pub.
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You can throw in a fishing line or go antiquing, browse galleries or try for a hole in one without leaving the city limits. Learn More

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