Location & Directions


The Culinary Vegetable Institute is nestled in the rural village of Milan, Ohio. Often described as “a piece of New England in northwestern Ohio”, Milan is the birthplace of American inventor Thomas Edison. The village, located minutes from the shores of Lake Erie, is rich with history and has many local attraction and is within driving distance to Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus metro areas.



From OH-2: Exit on Route 13 (Mudbrook Rd.) and travel south approximately 4 miles. The Culinary Vegetable Institute is on the left side of the road (look for a sign indicating the entrance).

From the Turnpike: Take Exit 118 (Route 250) and travel south towards Norwalk for 1 mile. At the first traffic light turn left onto Route 13 (Mudbrook Road). The CVI is approximately ½ of a mile on the right side. You should see the sign indicating the entrance. If you cross over the turnpike you have gone too far.


Distance to Major Cities

  • Chicago, IL – 293 miles
  • Cleveland, OH – 56 miles
  • Columbus, OH – 109 miles
  • Detroit, MI – 118 miles
  • New York, NY – 502 miles
  • Pittsburgh, PA – 173 miles
  • Toledo, OH – 65 miles


Places to Stay


Hampton Inn & Suites (Sandusky/Milan) – Click here and enter corparate ID#0003105525 for discounted corporate rates (based on seasonal pricing and availability).  You can also call 419-499-8000 or 800-HAMPTON and request the Chef’s Garden/CVI rate with ID#0003105525.

Luxury Farm Stay – Stay the evening in our Exectutive Chef’s Suite for a one-of-a-kind culinary getaway!

Angel Welcome – A charming bed and breakfast in Milan, OH.

Captain Montague’s – Award winning bed and breakfast on the shores of Lake Erie. Experience the thrill of exploration, the elegance of beautiful accommodations, the serenity of open water.

Georgian Manor Inn – B&B – Elegant, well-appointed AAA Four Diamond lodging located in Norwalk, OH

Kalahari Resorts – Authentic African themed waterparks, resort and convention center. Sandusky, OH.

Sawmill Creek Resort – The Lodge in Huron, OH features 240 deluxe guest rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor pools, game room and casual lobby sitting rooms with decor themed to reflect the North American Woodland Indian.

The Victorian Tudor Inn – An upscale lodging facility minutes from Lake Erie and Cedar Point.


Nearest Major Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) – 45 miles


Things to Do

A Christmas Story House – 54 miles

Cedar Point Amusement Park – 14 miles

Historic Lyme Village – 11 miles

Kalahari Indoor Water Park – 6 miles

Kelleys Island – 36 miles

Merry-Go-Round Museum – 12 miles

Put-In-Bay Island – 31 miles

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – 58 miles

Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum – 2 miles


Smoke-Free Facility

The Chef’s Garden and The Culinary Vegetable Institute are smoke-free and tobacco-free facilities. We appreciate your cooperation in observing our policies within our facility and on our surrounding properties. Our patrons and veggies thank you.