As one of the friendliest suburbs of Cleveland, you'll find smiling faces, friendly barks, and wagging tails in the city of Solon, Ohio. This city's friendliness is so well-known that Solon made headlines in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" and in Bloomberg Businessweek's "Best Places to Raise Kids." These rankings, of course, extend to our furry best friends, as dog-friendliness comes standard in Solon! The city has a rich history in "oppawtunites" and a booming economy. It's even rumored that Solon was named after the Athenian lawmaker — Solon — who is known as the "Father of Democracy." That definitely suits this '"muttropolitan" city!
You can bet dog owners love living in Solon. There are 4 vets within the city limits, 4 groomers, and 7 pet shops. Your doggo has everything he needs to keep him happy and healthy! On top of this, there are 5 restaurants with outdoor seating areas where you can bring Fido to join you for a meal. After chowing down, you can visit one of the 5 city parks for a nice stroll in the community. In the Timberlake park, there is a 4-mile fitness trail where leashed dogs are more than welcome to join their owners for a suburban hike!
Dogs and their humans alike are "raising the ruff" in Solon!
Does your dog love to feast on your table scraps? Lucky dog! In the Richmond neighborhood, you'll find the Burntwood Tavern, which has locations all over Ohio. The good news is, the Solon location is totally pup-friendly! For lunch at the Burntwood Tavern, try the Tavern Dip, Burntwood Burger, or a wedge salad. The dinner menu is just as delicious! You can gorge on dinner entrees like grilled Mahi fish tacos or a chicken diablo sandwich. Fido is more than welcome to sit beside you, and if he's lucky, maybe you'll give him a piece of your meal!
Does your dog love Mexican restaurants and long walks? Well, you can get both in The Meadows neighborhood! First stop has got to be Senoritas Bonitas Mexican Grill & Cantina. The walls of this restaurant are covered in murals of senoritas bonitas, which, of course, translates to "beautiful girls." The decorations are tasteful, and the food is authentic. Fido will definitely approve of "whining and dining" here! For entrees, try the Big Papa Burrito or the fajitas del mar! Polish it off with a cazadores pinarita! After an indulgent meal, we're sure Fido will be ready for a walk. Also in The Meadows is the Portz Parkway Fitness Trail. This 4-mile stretch begins in the Timberlake Park and has four fitness structures along the way!
Does your dog love the rugged "pawspects" of exploring nature preserves? If your dog barks at the chance to go for a walk through historic natural areas, then he'll love hiking through the South Chagrin Reservation in the Cannon Road neighborhood. The reservation is filled with hemlock forests, creeks, ravines, and sandstone ledges. The famous outdoor sculpture known as Henry Church Rock calls this reservation home. The sculpture was carved by Henry Church in 1855. You and Fido can check the sculpture out and much more in the South Chagrin Reservation! If you're looking for a place to eat, head to Munch. This vegan restaurant is dog-friendly and serves up healthy options like the Far-Out Falafel, Papa's Portobello Wrap, and Roo's Romanian Pastrami Sandwich.
Is it "im-paw-ssible" to get your dog to stop begging when you pull out a tub of ice cream? If this is the case, he'll get along just fine with the other pooches in the Holy Hill neighborhood. Dogs go mutts over the smells that waft from Mitchell's Ice Cream! The ice cream parlor is dog-friendly and offers some amazing tastes in the sweet spectrum. Dog owners can try a turtle sundae, banana split, or a Cleveland brownie surprise. Mitchell's offers fruit smoothies, cakes and pies, and dozens of flavors of ice cream too! After you've satisfied your sweet tooth, you can head to the Solon Community Park for a nice walk in the sunshine.
When you drive with Fido, does he hang his head out the window with his tongue in the wind? If you live in the Bedford neighborhood, he might get a chance to see deer passing through the Harper Ridge Picnic Area while he does this! The Harper Ridge Picnic Area is a section of the South Chagrin Reservation which extends through multiple neighborhoods of Solon. Dogs are welcome to join in the festivities at Harper Ridge. You and your four-legged best friend can throw a picnic, play horseshoes, volleyball, or have a game of fetch in the play area. This is the "bark side" of Solon and Fido will love it!