Last Updated on April 25, 2023

Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. offering 20 miles of driving and 45 miles of trails for hiking, biking and running. Just outside the park boundary, an historic Youngstown, Ohio vacation rental delights visitors.

The park, established in 1891, is renowned for its magnificent gardens, recreation opportunities, and breathtaking views. Its cascading waters, steep, wooded hillsides, sandstone outcroppings and meadows are beautiful no matter the season.   

My husband and I had the opportunity to stay in a lovely Youngstown, Ohio vacation rental situated right on the edge and entrance to this stunning park, and even better, the house was a 1500-square-foot historic English Tudor built in 1934.

Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio

As we pulled up to the house, we could already hear the sound of falling water coming from Lanterman’s Mill, located just across the street.

Mill Creek Park occupies 2,882-acres in Mahoning County in the midst of the Youngstown metro area. The Downtown Youngstown area has recently experienced a revitalization, making it ideal for visiting with several good restaurants, nightlife and frequent cultural festivals as well as the campus of Youngstown State University.

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Historic Youngstown, Ohio vacation rental living room and work area.
Historic Youngstown, Ohio vacation rental living room and work area. Photo courtesy of VRBO

This 1934 two-story brick Tudor home with a slate roof features two-bedrooms and one bath, all upstairs. One room includes a double bed, the second, two twins with a large closet. The bathroom stands out with its subway tile, black and white tiled floor, pedestal sink and original bath fixtures in the shower area.

As a matter of fact, we were impressed with how the entire house captures the essence of the 1930s and 40s. Even with some modernization, most of the original walls, doors and floors remain. The home is full of charm, history and artistic flare, with a collection of eclectic paintings lining the stucco walls of the living room.

Most of the artwork located throughout the Youngstown, Ohio vacation rental are gifts from local artists or pieces Christine, the owner, has collected through her travels. Other antique appointments throughout the home enhance its historical significance.

The first floor boasts an entry way, full living room with gas log fireplace and a separate designated work space. The fully-equipped kitchen was completely updated in 2014. The dining room includes a full-sized table and a washer/dryer is located in the basement of the house.

An attached one-car garage includes a home security system and a fenced outdoor patio just off the kitchen is perfect for enjoying a cup of early morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.

Book your stay at this Youngstown, OH vacation rental.

Historic Youngstown, OH Vacation Rental

English Tudor homes are the types of houses that were built in Medieval England during an era known as the Tudor period. Interesting characteristics of Tudor homes in the U.S. copied from these homes include asymmetrical exteriors, off-center front doors, steeply pitched roofs, tall narrow windows and jetty overhangs.

Christine Donaldson purchased the Tudor home in 2014 and transformed it into a Youngstown, OH vacation rental. She was born and raised in Youngstown and graduated from YSU (Youngstown State University).

Despite living in other destinations throughout the U.S., she always felt a nostalgic draw to the town she grew up in. Owning the house gave her an opportunity to return from Florida, where she is an adjunct professor, to enjoy the wonderful Ohio summers.

Christine says that each time she comes home and walks into the front door of her home, the lighting, beauty and ambience makes her thankful she owns this delightful property. In addition, she feels a strong mission and purpose to maintain the house and preserve its history and architectural beauty.

Historic Lanterman's Mill.
Historic Lanterman’s Mill. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

Whether guests are arriving to spend time with family and friends, see the sights of the park and other lovely features of this picturesque Northeastern Ohio region or just passing through for a night or two, it’s the history that draws travelers to book Christine’s home.

The views of the park and 1845 Lanterman’s Mill, one of Youngstown’s most historic landmarks are spectacular. At night we opened our bedroom window to hear the water falling in the gorge.

And yes, it felt just like home.

Book your stay at this historic Youngstown, OH vacation rental.

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