On our one-day visit to Vermilion for the VHS Class of ’75 reunion, we spent the night in rooms in Linwood Park. It’s the first time I’ve been to Linwood Park, or even heard of it, and I’ve been going to Vermilion for about 40 years.
Linwood Park describes itself as a “family park,” but it really reminds you of an old-fashioned American summer colony. Located right on the shores of Lake Erie, it is a quiet enclave of white wooden cottages with lots of kids playing outside on the wide, shaded lawns, a nice beach, a small store, a candy store/grill/ice cream shop, and a tabernacle. We stayed in rooms above the ice cream shop and treated ourselves to the beach before and after the reunion.
Visiting Linwood Park is like taking a throwback journey to an earlier, more relaxed, pre-cell phone and social media America, when riding bikes and playing on a playground and treating yourself to some penny candy was all a kid wanted on a fine summer’s day. It’s hard to believe it’s still here — but it is, just like it’s been for more than 100 years. It’s worth a visit.