Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast

47 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio 44077
Innkeeper(s): Debra & Tom Fitzgerald
  • Introduction

    Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast - Painesville, Ohio

    Fitzgerald’s Irish Bed & Breakfast offers warm Irish hospitality in a unique sixteen-room French Tudor built in 1937. This magnificent and recently restored home is a landmark of craftsmanship, from its ornate staircase, hard-wood floors throughout, unusual turret and slate roof, to its elaborate 11 foot fireplace. You will be charmed by its unique castle-like architecture.

    Just three miles away are some of the most-visited trails and beaches in the Great Lakes region. Mentor Headlands and Fairport Harbor are the two most popular Lake Erie beaches. Also close by are over twenty of Ohio's finest wineries, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland Mormon Temple, Lawnfield and abundant shopping in Mentor.

    Several restaurants are within walking distance offering family style dining, fast food, or gourmet dining.

    Fitzgerald’s Irish Bed & Breakfast is located 30 minutes east of downtown Cleveland, close enough to take in a Browns, Indians, Cavaliers or Force game. Also in Cleveland is the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, the theater district, Severance Hall, Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Debra & Tom Fitzgerald for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People are attracted to the architecture of our Tudor home and the Irish theme.

    What are you best known for?

    Once people have our breakfast and especially Tom's scones, they look forward to the next breakfast!

    What makes your inn unique?

    The Irish theme. Also, Maria Van Trapp stayed here overnight.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    All of the wood, especially the living room with a high ceiling and wormy chestnut beams.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    There are over 30 wineries that start within 15 minutes of our B&B. Also, the close proximity to Lake Erie beaches.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    It is just immaculately clean.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Lake County has the most public beach access on Lake Erie.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Holden Arboretum is close by, the largest contiguous arboretum in the US. Also, President Garfield's home is just down the street in Mentor; Lakeview Cemetery is the burialsite for President Garfield, the Rockefellers, and many more. We are just 30 minutes from downtown Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the many museums, theaters, and professional sports games.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There are restaurants and an Aveda Salon/Spa.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Bistro 70.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Ohio wine producers
    Go to the Vines and Wines Trail to see the wineries near our B&B; Lake county Visitors Bureau -

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    4 guests rooms each with a queen size bed and private bathroom.

    Do you accept pets?


  • What to See and Do in the Area

    Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast Wine Country

    Come and admire the stirring architecture of the common areas indoors or lounge on the sun porch while enjoying the park-like yard to watch the migrating birds. Fitzgerald’s Irish Bed & Breakfast is sure to become your number one choice for a romantic getaway in Northeast Ohio.

    • Lake Erie beaches and lighthouse
    • Fishing charters
    • Holden Arboretum
    • Six Flags
    • Ohio wineries
    • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    • Cleveland Museum of Art
    • Antique shopping
    • Cleveland professional sports
    • Lake Erie College (within walking distance)
    • Lake Farmpark
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Canoeing
  • Guest Comments

    Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast Living Room

    "I think from my observation that you two have covered all the bases as to making this “home away from home”…and a lovely home may I add. The décor is warm, inviting, lovely & tasteful, not overwhelming. The breakfasts were superb. Hospitality wonderful. The alcove was PERFECT for stitching. You have all those convenient clothes hooks, towel bars, kleenex boxes well located, and the candy treats in very tempting locations."Rick and I have enjoyed our Christmas 2002 present to each other tremendously. Thank you."

    Rick & Barb

    "Tom and Debra, What a special gift you have. God has truly blessed this endeavor!! Keep up the good work, you will profit in more ways than just financial!!! We’ll be back with friends. (It was all wonderful)."

    John & KJ, Mentor, OH

    I’m certain we’ll have to stop doing B&B’s because wherever we stay from now on we’ll tend to compare with the Fitzgerald and none will measure up to this—Why did you have to spoil us?"

    Bill & Dorothy Harrisonburg, VA

    "Thank you for your gracious hospitality and wonderful food. It was a memorable honeymoon for us. The room and house is in superb condition. It was a perfect getaway after a perfect wedding. We will recommend Fitzgerald’s and the Bushmills suite to all our family and friends."

    Frank & Stephanie, Jacksonville, NC

    "I consider Fitzgerald’s B&B my home when I’m visiting with Susan at Lake Erie College. Your interest in her and her welfare at college are reassuring to me and Jim. We’ll see you next time!"

    Ginger & Jim, Cedar Crest, NM

  • Directions

    Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast Map

    1. Located 30 miles east of Cleveland in downtown Painesville
    2. Easily accessible from Route 2 or I-90

    From Route 2

    1. Exit at the Route 283/535, Painesville exit. (Richmond Street)
    2. At the exit ramp light, turn left and go south 1 mile
    3. At the Painesville Square, turn right on Mentor Avenue
    4. Fitzgerald's Irish Bed & Breakfast is the first house on the left

    From I-90

    1. Exit Route 44 and go north to Route 2 East
    2. Follow directions above