OHIO TRAVEL & TOURISM GUIDE TO OHIO ATTRACTIONS
The May 2024 Edition ©


D&D in a Castle

This Dungeons & Dragons First U.S. Event will be at Landoll’s Mohican Castle

Tabletop Vacation’s D&D in a Castle, renowned for its immersive Dungeons & Dragons experiences in historic castles, under license by leading toy and game company Hasbro, proudly announced that its first event in the United States sold out in record time. The event was fully booked within 33 minutes of ticket release, underscoring the extraordinary demand for this unique experience.

No fear. Additional event dates have been added for August. Plan a quest to the gorgeously designed Landoll’s Mohican Castle on the border of the beautiful Mohican Forest.

Founded by siblings Cameron and Tara Rout, D&D in a Castle uniquely combines Cameron’s D&D expertise with Tara’s knowledge of castles and history to create unparalleled gaming retreats. Their collective passion has captivated D&D enthusiasts globally, offering a perfect blend of fantasy gaming in picturesque settings. The sell-out event bodes well for the company’s expansion and popularity in the U.S.

“We started with a dream to integrate the immersive experience of round-the-clock D&D with the fantastical setting of castles,” said Tara Rout, Co-Founder & CEO of D&D in a Castle. “Launching in the U.S. at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, a location steeped in architectural beauty and history, is a realization of that dream and a milestone for us.”

Although the July event is booked, there is a waiting list. Given the high demand, D&D in a Castle is delighted to announce two additional U.S. events at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, set for August 11-15 and 18-22, 2024. Like the July event, these will feature intensive D&D sessions, themed meals, and opportunities to engage with prominent figures in the Dungeons & Dragons community. For more information on the events and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://dndinacastle.com/castle-events.

“D&D in a Castle is about creating extraordinary experiences,” said Justin Kautz, Event Coordinator of D&D in a Castle. “The sell-out of our first U.S. event and the addition of a second one is a dream come true. We look forward to bringing more such magical events to our community.”

Dungeons & Dragons has enchanted fans for nearly 50 years with innovative gameplay, allowing friends and family to adventure in fantasy worlds together. The world’s greatest roleplaying game boasts more than 50 million fans to date who have enjoyed the franchise through video games, novels, comics, roleplaying games, and accessories.

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The Roads Less Traveled

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“Wrong Turns Write Life”

Hmmm. I would have taken the long way around until a park ranger challenged my manhood back at Natural Bridges National Monument. I had asked her if the Moki Dugway posed any danger, you know, because of the kids and all.

She looked me straight in the eyes and actually said, “Take off the skirt.”

Wow! In today’s age. Really? …I laughed like hell.

Nuff said. We’re doing it.

As we sat in our stopped vehicle, pulled to the side of the road, and stared at an intimidating sign warning of what was ahead, I looked at my wife riding shotgun and the kids through the rear-view mirror. We still had a choice: drive the long way around a mountain or go over the top of it. The problem with going over it was that it was described as having a steep, narrow, dirt, switch-back road without guard rails and a maximum speed limit of five miles per hour.

I was still thinking about the death-defying cliff drive we experienced just a week earlier when we rolled up to the Yellowstone gate at dusk. On that day, we were alone except for one ranger in one booth. I got to flash my national parks pass for the second time that day. I couldn’t help but smile.

The Yellowstone ranger said we came at the perfect time. I asked why. He said this road had been closed all afternoon because of the snow but had just reopened 30 minutes ago. It was June. Then he made an offer we should have refused. From what he was hearing, he said the road could be closed again in as little as 15 minutes, so if we’re going, we’d better go now.

Somewhere inside of me, I was naïvely thinking if there were any real danger, a ranger would never …

Yellowstone’s East Entrance was along a cliff down on the left and up on the right. At least the right side of the road had a pitch to it, but the left side was a straight drop to a bottom, too far to see. The music was off. This road carved from a mountainous cliff was covered in snow and slightly pitched toward the can’t-look-at-it-drop! If I went too slow, the vehicle felt like it was losing traction and may drift over the edge—too fast, same thing. So, slow and steady was going to win this race. Nobody so much as whisper except for an occasional gasp. Then our bodies stiffened!

Yikes!

Snow drifted over our lane as high as our vehicle, leaving the slightest space in the opposing lane to maneuver around it. And let’s face it, these weren’t full-width lanes. We couldn’t have turned around if we wanted. As if that weren’t bad enough, there were no guard rails. When we thought it couldn’t get any worse, the road became icy. Driving in reverse was out of the question. I was afraid the vehicle would slide off the edge if we stopped. So we crept ever so slowly, careful not to look over the bare edge. My knuckles were as white as the landscape. My wife clutched the dashboard, and the kids closed their eyes, sensing imminent danger. These driving conditions continued for such a long time I wondered if we’d ever make it.

“STOP!”

In the middle of the road, there was a bison blanketed in snow. All I could think was, how in the heck did he get up here? Then, oh, great, now what do we do?

As I paused to gather my thoughts, everyone felt the car start to slide, and yelled, “Move, move, move!”

We thread the needle of the large animal on the side with the snow drift and the sheer death plunge on the other side.

“Please Mr. Buffalo; do NOT nudge us in any way.”

My wife snapped me back to the present situation and pulled off, contemplating another mountain adventure, “Are you going or not?”

I phoned a friend who had come this way in the past.

“Matt, did you go on this dirt road over Mount…?”

“If you don’t go over it, you will miss some of the most spectacular views,” he deadpanned.

Queuing up Pink Floyd’s Learning to Fly, we ascended into the sky. Though, I thought The Turning Away may have been the more appropriate song choice.

This was one speed limit I certainly would not break. Once we were clearly at breakneck heights, I felt my breathing quicken …just a little bit.

The kids loved it.

They also loved my fear. “Dad, how fast would we hit bottom if the road’s edge crumbles around this next turn?”

“QUIET! Let me concentrate!” I was serious.

Meanwhile, my wife was busy taking pictures and some out-of-focus videos. Her sound effects were in awe of the incredible views; she kept pointing as if I was supposed to look. I did, briefly, here and there.

Going up, I had to drive on the outer part of the 1 ½ lane road. Since no other vehicles were in sight, I could hug the rock wall on the inner part of the lane, still conscious of the slight dirt embankment separating us from a death fall.

There were times when I, too, got swept up in the amazing breadth of scenery the closer we got to the summit. It was like looking out of an airplane window (except when rock cliffs were in my peripheral vision) and seeing a ribbon of road stretching for what might have been a hundred miles.

It was a sight to behold.

“Car!” shouted my wife.

“Holy %&#@!*^&%!” I countered.

We passed within inches of each other. I was maxing out at five miles per hour, teetering along the outer edge to provide room for passing. I imagined stones beneath my tires crumbling over the edge.  The oncoming car, with the safety of the inner lane, whizzed by doing nearly 10 miles per hour. Some people are just crazy.

We caught our breath when we landed on the other side, looking back at what we had just conquered as our car entered The Valley of the Gods.

I smiled back to when we landed on the other side of the Yellowstone expedition and entered a valley of paradise. On queue, three pelicans flew overhead from the lake to the tune of Three Little Birds.

So I was reminded, “Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.”

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun! 

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World Heritage Meets Hometown Charm

In Chillicothe, Ohio

Nestled in the rolling Appalachian foothills in southern Ohio, Chillicothe invites travelers to embark on an extraordinary journey. Beyond its charming streets and welcoming community lies a treasure trove of ancient wonders, intriguing historical sites, and modern-day culture.

Long before history was recorded, over 2,000 years ago, the landscape was much different in central and southern Ohio when early Native American ancestors once lived and gathered on these lands. They constructed this area’s largest concentration of magnificent earthworks that served as sacred gathering sites. These sites are now globally recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio’s first and only World Heritage Site. Five of the eight sites are in Chillicothe, where they are protected by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, with Ohio History Connection managing the other three sites in Newark and Oregonia.

These awe-inspiring earthen complexes showcase the ancient ancestors’ advanced knowledge of engineering, geometry, and astronomy. They intricately designed complexes in the shapes of squares, octagons, and circles, and most have solar and lunar alignments woven into these ancient structures, highlighting the ancestral understanding of the cosmos.

Far from mere relics of the past, these earthworks stand as enduring monuments to the generations that came before us. Unlike towering cathedrals, these complexes’ spacious enclosures and mounds served as venues for ceremonial gatherings, fostering connections between communities and honoring significant rites of passage. The earthworks invite contemplation on the shared human experience and the legacy of the early Native American ancestors. The UNESCO designation underscores the outstanding universal value of these sites and emphasizes the importance of preserving and sharing their cultural heritage with the world.

Beyond the ancient earthworks, Chillicothe radiates a captivating blend of historical allure and modern vitality. Travelers can explore the beautifully restored 19th-century mansion at Adena Mansion & Gardens, once the home of Thomas Worthington, a pivotal figure in Ohio’s statehood journey. The gardens feature three terraces of flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees as they functioned during the 1800s. The north lawn provides a spectacular view of the Mt. Logan Range, which inspired the design of the Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

The Ross County Historical Society offers engaging exhibits that span different eras, shedding light on the history of the Northwest Territory and the founding of the state of Ohio, the prehistoric cultures of the Scioto River Valley, the area’s involvement in the Civil War, Camp Sherman, and World War I, and historical vehicles and transportation. Additionally, you can tour a log house with artifacts depicting what life was like in the community’s early days.

As dusk descends upon Chillicothe, the evening is just coming to life on Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater for “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama. The production unfolds under the star-studded sky. The life story of the legendary Shawnee leader comes alive on the stage as he defends his sacred homelands during the late 1700s. This action-packed annual summer production immerses audiences with galloping horses, a live military cannon, and breathtaking battle sequences.

Downtown Chillicothe pulses with the vibrant energy of a city that knows its history and embraces its future. Strolling along the charming streets, visitors will be greeted with the timeless architecture that blends seamlessly with the modern buzz of local restaurants, quaint cafes, and unique boutique shops. Downtown comes alive with melodic strains of live music drifting from cozy pubs and from the historic Majestic Theatre. Jump on the Chillicothe Trolley for a nostalgic journey along the downtown streets or explore the city on an immersive tour with the First Capital Brews Cruze, a fifteen-passenger party bike.

A trip to Chillicothe is a timeless voyage where ancient civilizations harmonize with the lively modern culture. It’s an opportunity to witness the legacy of Native American craftsmanship while embracing the warmth of southern Ohio hospitality.

Let the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau assist you with planning your epic adventure. Learn more about the area by visiting www.VisitChillicotheOhio.com, downloading the official Visit Chillicothe Ohio mobile app, or calling 740-702-7677.

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A Kaleidoscope Of Experiences

It’s time to start planning your getaway to Coshocton County! Coshocton beckons travelers with a kaleidoscope of experiences. Immerse yourself in rich history, explore the beauty of nature, or simply unwind and reconnect with loved ones. With something for every interest, Coshocton promises an unforgettable getaway.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are a variety of options for adventure and relaxation. Exploring the county’s scenic water trails by canoe or kayak is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air and may even offer a glimpse of the many Bald Eagles and Osprey that use the rivers to hunt for fish. Explore the Eagle Ridge Disc Golf Course! This course has 18 holes that will challenge players of all levels. The course is free and open year-round. It features beautiful scenery and more than 11 miles of pathways for walking.

Immerse yourself in the past at Historic Roscoe Village! Take a self-guided Living History tour and learn through the captivating digital kiosks the history of 19th-century tradespeople like printing press operators, broom squires, weavers, doctors, and teachers. This tour features 7 historic buildings and is available daily from 10AM to 4PM. Purchase tickets and start your tour at the Roscoe Village Visitors Center! Be sure to include a visit to the nationally accredited Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. This museum features East Asian Art, Ohio history, Prehistoric Art, and special exhibits. The Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride opens Saturday, May 25, and runs throughout the summer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.

Escape to Clary Gardens, a free botanical paradise open year-round! Explore 20 scenic acres bursting with vibrant rose gardens, tranquil ponds, a captivating outdoor amphitheater, and a storybook trail. Unwind on a romantic stroll or family picnic amidst the beauty of nature. Children will be delighted by the whimsical play area, while the open-air pavilion offers a unique venue for special events. Don’t miss the Birds of Prey Falconry demonstration on June 4th, the Moth / Light Exhibit on June 27th, or make your wedding unforgettable in Ohio’s top outdoor venue!

Enjoy a delicious and safe exploration of Coshocton County’s craft beverage scene with the Sip and Stay Thursday Package! Available Thursdays through October 31st, this affordable package treats you to a standard room and complimentary breakfast for two at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites. You’ll also receive vouchers to four local wineries or breweries, with transportation provided by Cork & Tap Excursions. Discover new favorites as the featured locations refresh every three months! Book your getaway by calling Coshocton Village Inn & Suites at 740-622-9455 or visit VisitCoshocton.com for details.

The fascinating world of flintknapping comes to Coshocton during the Coshocton Flint Festival & Knap-In! Held May 24th through 26th, 2024, at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds, this popular event attracts talented artisans from across the country. Witness craftsmen demonstrate how to make arrowheads, spears, stone tools, bows, and more from hide and bone. Browse unique vendors selling flint and related tools, and discover the history and techniques behind this remarkable art form. The Coshocton Flint Festival & Knap-In, hosted by the Flint Ridge Knap-In Flint Ridge Lithic Society, is a perfect opportunity to connect with others who share your passion for archaeology, history, and primitive skills.

Coshocton heats up this summer with a sizzling lineup of events! Take to the skies for breathtaking views at the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival (June 6th-8th). The Corvette Cruise-In on June 9th is a must-attend for classic car enthusiasts. Mingle with the community at the lively Summer Kick-Off Block Party on June 15th. End your summer evenings on a high note with free concerts under the stars during Our Town Coshocton’s Summer Concert Series (June 22nd, July 20th, August 3rd, and September 8th).  Plan your summer adventure and discover all the details at VisitCoshocton.com.

Coshocton’s abundance of outdoor adventures makes it a paradise for nature lovers! With so much to explore, you can easily fill several days with unforgettable experiences.  Request a free visitor packet today at VisitCoshocton.com and start planning your escape!

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Small Towns with Big Stories

Welcome to Tuscarawas County and its small towns with big stories!

 

The county’s history begins as the Ohio frontier, with the early residents arriving in the springtime of 1772. Upon experiencing the lush beauty and recognizing the fertile soil surrounding the Tuscarawas River, they established Schoenbrunn Village, its name meaning “Beautiful Spring.” Today, historic Schoenbrunn Village welcomes you to walk in the same footprints those first Ohio settlers trod and to visit the reconstructed first church and schoolhouse on that early Ohio frontier. The original cemetery honors the lives of the six hundred-plus residents that lived there, including Delaware peoples who became Christianized through the teachings of Moravian missionary David Zeisberger, the village leader.

Following a daytime tour of historic Schoenbrunn Village, plan to attend the live outdoor drama Trumpet in the Land, Ohio’s official state play and longest-running outdoor drama, in the evening. The 2024 season opens on June 21st. The epic outdoor production uses song, dance, comedy, and dramatic interpretations to tell the inspiring story of the founding of Schoenbrunn, Ohio’s first settlement during the tumultuous Revolutionary War.

Tuscarawas County is in the middle of the lush, rolling hills of Appalachian, Ohio. Its treed terrain reminded early Swiss immigrants of their homeland in Switzerland, and soon, they established dairy farms for their Swiss Cheese operations, many of which were in the Sugarcreek area. Current Amish residents farm those same fields, creating a confluence of culture and heritage for travelers to experience. Spend time in downtown Sugarcreek, strolling past the murals decorating the facades of many buildings that depict life in Switzerland. Be delighted by the music performed by the Hilltoppers, the Oompah-pah band of the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, at the top and bottom of each hour. Afterward, take in the cultural heritage exhibits on display at the Alpine Hills Museum; later, marvel at the artistry of the Brick Wall Sculpture mural, which illustrates the tales of life in this scenic Swiss heritage village.

Bolivar’s stories go back to the construction of Fort Laurens, Ohio’s only Revolutionary War Fort. Learn the drastic measures the brave soldiers took to serve on the Ohio frontier at this volatile time. After taking in the history, enjoy browsing the antique shops in downtown Bolivar and feed your appetite at one of the local restaurants. If you are ready for a cold brew, stop by Lockport Brewery and enjoy a handcrafted beer.

National Historic Landmark District, Historic Zoar Village, has a big story to share! Known as America’s most successful Communal Society, residents began to call Zoar home in 1817 as they arrived seeking religious freedom. Enjoy the architecture of the original brick and timber structures, the museums, the bakery, and the large garden. Featuring unique events throughout the year, you may even want to time your visit to take in Maifest, the harvest, antique festival, or fall season ghost tours to hear from one of the original residents!

Dover has a downtown filled with friendly merchants and locally owned cafes, diners, and restaurants- not to mention a hand-crafted candy store, a cupcake shop, a floral shop, and several offering new and vintage decor for your home! When you are ready to explore the outdoors, stop by Riverfront Park to enjoy the artistically created swing beckoning you to hop on for a riverside ride! The Dover museum offerings include the original Victorian Home, J. E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum; a museum sharing the life story of master carver, Ernest “Mooney” Warther, at the Ernest Warther Museum and Gardens; and a museum mentioned in Ripley’s Believe It or Not – Famous Endings Museum- that tells of stories of those who have passed on. Dover has more than enough to do for a day or a few!

Travelers looking to add to their wardrobe will enjoy the shops in downtown New Philadelphia, whose merchants offer styles for the whole family. With cafes, restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, and a maker’s market, you will enjoy this city and its many brightly colored murals.

Have you traveled to Dreamsville lately? Discover Dennison and tour the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum to learn about the famous song’s tie to this Tuscarawas County community and the importance of this iconic American railroad depot. While you are there, enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant. Your entire family will enjoy the magic of the Polar Express train ride offered each Christmas season.

Newcomerstown is proud to share the stories of former residents Cy Young and Woody Hayes! Visit the Olde Main Street Museum and take a step back in time to see the collections of these favorite sons on display in the exhibits.

Interspersed with the small towns are grand arts adventures, farm markets, trails, rock climbing, dog parks, a drive-in movie theater, and the best homemade ice cream! Tuscarawas County is in the heart of Appalachian Ohio and warmly called “The Other Side of Amish Country.” You will be welcomed with friendly smiles throughout your visit, regardless of where your adventure takes you! With many lodging options, you will sleep comfortably in one of our many clean, comfortable hotels!

Visit www.TravelTUSC.com, call 800-527-3387, or stop by the Welcome Center at 124 East High Ave, New Philadelphia, for more information about the small towns with big stories.

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Medina Combo Tour

In Medina County, the putting greens are lush, the microbrews are cold, and accommodations are close by and welcoming. That can only mean one thing: time to get the old gang together for a golfing road trip! Here are three golf and brewery tour options to kickstart your weekend planning.

Northern Medina County

Kick off your tour of Northern Medina County golf courses with Coppertop Golf Club, Valley City, Ohio, which features an 18-hole course. The onsite Golfer’s Pub offers refreshments and delicious food. Once off the links, sample the unique bites and refreshments at Jilbert Winery & Brewery, Valley City, Ohio. Choose from a variety of wines, beers, and appetizers. Ready to accommodate nearly any size group of travelers. After a few drinks, relax and regroup at Comfort Suites. Brunswick, Ohio, is an easy 10-minute drive from Valley City.

On day two, head to Bunker Hill Golf Course in Medina, Ohio, a gorgeous 18-hole course that will test your mettle but not so much that beginners can’t have an enjoyable outing—looking for a substantial feast? Stop by Lager Heads BBQ Smokehouse, Medina, Ohio, where the name says it all about the fare at this establishment. Satisfy your hunger and thirst with a selection of BBQ, beer, and cocktails! Looking for even more craft beers? Check out the selection at Hoppy Dude Brews, Hinckley, Ohio; you’ll find everything from stouts to pilsners to IPAs.

Central Medina County

Start your Central Medina County adventure at the Pleasant Valley Country Club, Medina, Ohio, an 18-hole public golf course on 165 acres of beautiful Ohio landscape. After a long day on the course, your group has probably worked up a thirst, so quench it at the Wrecking Crew Brewworks, Medina, Ohio, where the beers on display are as unique as their names. Finally, put up your feet for a well-earned rest at The Huffman House, Medina, Ohio, a historic, family-owned rental property offering four bedrooms, three baths, and 3,000 square feet of comfort.

Well rested and ready for day two, book your tee times at Shale Creek Golf Club, Medina, Ohio. Visit the Granite Grille for a quick bite or look into booking your next event at this gorgeous venue. Just a quick 5-minute drive away, head to Planted Flag Brewing, Medina, Ohio, to check out the tasty brews and delicious food.

Southern Medina County

Begin your weekend tour of Southern Medina County golf courses at Ridge Top Golf Course, an 18-hole public golf course in Medina, Ohio. With an amazing patio, delicious menu, and selection of more than 16 local draft beers, Blue Heron Brewery and Event Center, Medina, is the perfect stop after a round of golf. After that excitement, relax and recharge at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wadsworth.

Ready to hit the links on day two? Take a cruise to Rawiga Golf Club, located in Seville, Ohio, a championship public course with a club that hosts special events like weddings, banquets, charity events, leagues, and more. Cap your weekend at yet another exciting local brewery, Wadsworth Brewing Company, located in downtown Wadsworth, featuring a selection of craft beers with flavors as unique as their names!

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10 Places To Go Wild In Ohio

Go Wild, Ohio, with these 10 Animal Attractions 

African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton offers drive-thru and walk-thru safaris featuring over 400 exotic animals. Visitors can also enjoy Camel Rides, Animal Shows, and Pig Races. Click here to plan your visit. 

Akron Zoo has six diverse themed areas where visitors can explore and experience over 700 animals and 90 different species. Click here to plan your visit.

Butterfly House at Wheeler Farms is an enchanting climate-controlled world of over 1,000 butterflies. Also, enjoy the outdoor butterfly gardens. Click here to plan your visit.

Cleveland Aquarium is on the ground floor of a powerhouse constructed in 1892 to provide electricity to streetcars. The unique building and history are woven into a fantastic undersea world. Click here to plan your visit. 

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest claims North America’s largest collection of primate species. It also has an enormous two-acre indoor tropical rainforest. Click here to plan your visit. 

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden opened 140 years ago. Over 1.5 million people visit over 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually. Click here to plan your visit. 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium features species from around the globe, from its world-famous gorilla family to the world’s largest snake in a zoo and unique sharks. Click here to plan your visit. 

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge features bird-watching over 7,000 acres of wetlands and woodlands. It’s a top North American destination for migratory and songbirds. Click here to plan your visit. 

Toledo Zoo and Aquarium houses the internationally famous Hippoquarium®. Other exhibits that make this zoo special are the Arctic Encounter, Frog Town, and Primate Forest. Click here to plan your visit. 

The Wilds offers safaris across its 10,000 acres and is one of the world’s largest and most innovative conservation centers.  It is home to rare and endangered animals from around the globe.  Click here to plan your visit.

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The Candyland Children’s Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio, has multiple floors designed for kids to discover and learn through exploration and play. Learn engineering at the water table, wind tube, race track, and ball track. Costumes and props open the imagination of what’s possible. Use a variety of materials to express self through art. A farm-to-table experience features a barn, farmers market, food truck, and ice cream truck. Burn some energy on a two-story climbing structure and ninja warrior course, and strengthen gross motor skills by climbing, running, and jumping! There’s even a two-story cityscape with buildings, costumes, and toys for different professions.

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Plan A Summer Adventure

In Grove City

Whether you’re 8 or 80, life needs adventure. Big or small, physical or spiritual, inside or outside, art or athletics, heart pounding or heartwarming…adventure makes us feel new again.

Of course, adventure comes in as many shapes and sizes as adventurers.  For some, adventure lies in the quest for adrenaline-inducing activity. For others, adventure is learning or sharing or the simple quest for moments of stillness surrounded by nature, which is part of what makes Grove City, Ohio, so special.  Just a short drive from Columbus, this unexpected nature paradise caters to everyone from thrill seekers to wine sippers (and all those in between).

The first thing visitors notice is the abundance of parks. Grove City is like one never-ending glorious playground. Every green space offers a remarkable range of outdoor activities, from freshwater kayaking and tree-canopied cycling to cross-country skiing and the thrill of fishing and hunting for wild game at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Serious players and amateurs can tee it up with friends at the award-winning Pinnacle Golf Course or aim for LVL UP Sports Paintball Adventure Park. Adventure innovators won’t want to miss Kickmaster Footgolf, the first dedicated footgolf course in the country. If that’s not enough activity, you can always catch some air at the skatepark or backpack down the one-of-a-kind REI River Trail from dawn to dusk, ending the day by sleeping under the stars. This is a place to get your heart rate up and let your spirits soar.

If you like your adventure a little softer, Grove City is also an ideal spot for bliss seekers to refresh both mind and soul naturally. Leisurely canoe paddling down a State and National Scenic River offers time for self-reflection and, if lucky, a glimpse of wildlife enjoying their sanctuary. Family camping trips mean stories around the campfire and a chance to count constellations. You can feed your curious mind in the historic Grove City Town Center and your hungry appetite in a variety of local eateries. If adventure is sweeter with man’s best friend by your side, join your dog on a walk (or run) at one of many pet-friendly parks. And Mother Nature’s handiwork is on display everywhere you look, especially in parks and gardens. Bottom line, you may not like your adventure heart pounding, but Grove City’s natural beauty means it will always be breathtaking.

Adventures in learning include outdoor summer festivals and events, like Arts in the Alley and EcoFest, exploring everything from arts to sustainability. You can always find your favorite libations at Plum Run Winery or popular craft beer pubs. Celebrate the finer things in life at the Grove City Wine and Arts Festival, a two-day outdoor festival showcasing Ohio’s wine industry and local creatives.

From heart-pounding exhilaration to heartwarming family time, Grove City is up for fun and down to earth. It is invigorating and relaxing. Close to the city but far from its temperament, it’s a natural escape to work out or rest up. Best of all, there is no rush hour in Grove City; your journey is perfectly paced for you—and anyone else you bring along for the ride.

To start planning your adventure, go to visitgrovecityoh.com or call 800-539-0405.

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How It’s Made in Shelby County

For decades, Shelby County has enjoyed the distinction of having the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs per capita in the State of Ohio. Today and throughout its history, Shelby County is known as a place that builds things. With a visit, you’ll quickly see why this region is a hotbed for manufacturing and how that came to be.

Your day begins with a tour of the Airstream manufacturing facility, affectionately known as “the Mothership.” You’ve seen these iconic travel trailers on the highway; now, with a guided factory tour, you can witness first-hand how they’re built. From the first stages of assembly through final checks for quality assurance, these world-class travel trailers are manufactured exclusively in Jackson Center, Ohio.

After the tour, a visit to the Airstream Heritage Center is a must. Paying tribute to nearly 100 years of business success, the Heritage Center displays an incredible collection of vintage Airstream trailer trailers, interactive exhibits, and Airstream collectibles of every imaginable variety. The Airstream Starbucks and Airstream Supply Company are popular on-site stops as well for a cup of coffee and souvenir from your visit. An Airstream Touring Coach plant tour is also available for those craving more.

Nearby downtown Sidney is home to Austeria Wine Boutique, where guests treat themselves to curated wine tastings at this newly opened bottle shop featuring more than 900 bottles of wine. Wine prices begin at $10-$15 per bottle and include local, national, and international varieties for patrons to discover, sample, and purchase.

Day 2 begins with stretching your legs on a walking tour of downtown Sidney. Here, you can visit the F & M State Bank, built in 1917 by famed architect Louis Sullivan, who served as a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright. This exquisite architectural masterpiece, best known for its “jewel box” design, is not to be missed. From there, you’ll stroll across the street for a peek into the Monumental Building, originally constructed in 1877 to honor Shelby County’s fallen Civil War soldiers. Where Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley once performed, the beautifully renovated Opera House on the upper level is now home to Sidney’s Municipal Court.

Downtown dining options include the famous Spot Restaurant, where guests have enjoyed mouthwatering meals for more than 117 years. The fresh, homemade pies are out of this world. Other downtown dining options include Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen and Amelio’s Italian Pizza Shop. Murphy’s features locally sourced ingredients in their varied menu of tasty dishes and 48 taps of your favorite beers. Amelio’s is best known for their signature brick-oven pizza, fresh salads, and pasta.

Another local favorite is The Bridge Restaurant. The Bridge offers steaks, chops, and fresh seafood selections in a lovely setting. Guests can dine in or “Al Fresco” on their beautiful outdoor covered patio. For lighter fares and a unique menu of health choices, Greenhaus Coffee is the place to go. Not only is their coffee out of this world, but their offering of fresh, tasty breakfast and lunch items will have you planning your next visit before you leave the table.

After lunch, tour the Wallace Family Learning & Innovation Center, where you’ll learn the compelling story of how Shelby County emerged from a primitive wilderness 200 years ago to the innovative and vibrant community it is today. A total of six galleries featuring interactive displays & exhibits are exceptionally well presented and very informative.

On Day 3, It’s time to get crafty. After a couple of days of seeing how it’s made in Shelby County, it’s now time to make something yourself at Hammer & Stain. This curated, do-it-yourself studio offers guests the opportunity to transform unfinished wood into beautiful and personalized home décor. Guidance with crafting charcuterie, wovens, & more are also offered. With your finished souvenir in hand, the balance of the day can be enjoyed by visiting local downtown specialty shops and boutiques or simply relaxing on the beautiful Shelby County court square, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A short drive beyond downtown Sidney opens up a variety of additional shopping and dining options. Gallery 2:10, Re: Vive Home Décor & More, and Sidney Flower Shop are ideal stops to pick up something nice for yourself or a friend. Fun, locally-owned dining options include Los Toros Cocina & Cantina, Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse, and High Grounds Café.

To learn more, www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.

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Discover Your Adventure in Mohican

Everyone is preparing their summer plans, and Mohican is ready to help. The Mohican Area will once again be buzzing with visitors from all over. There’s a little something for everyone, whether for kids, couples, friends, sports enthusiasts, animal lovers, or nature admirers.

Mohican State Park and Forest are home to many recreational trails, including Ohio’s only IMBA EPIC mountain biking trail.  Whether hiking, biking or by horseback, the Mohican trails are full of scenic views and year-round beauty.  Nearby Malabar Farm is one of Ohio’s most unique and interesting State Parks equipped with a brand new Educational Visitor Center.  Home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter, and conservationist Louis Bromfield, Malabar Farm State Park is a true working farm. The area is proud to be home to the Mohican, a state scenic river that runs along the Wally Road Scenic Byway.  Known to be “Ohio’s Largest Recreational Complex,” the Wally is the heart of the famous camping and canoeing industry, with another addition of the brand new Spellacy Covered Bridge.

Visit downtown historic Loudonville and stop in the unique specialty shops, or take a day trip to Amish Country, where you can tour an Amish home and farm.  Walk the shopped-lined main streets, and be sure to stop and enjoy some baked goods! Visit the area museums or take in a movie or a play in Loudonville’s historic Ohio Theatre. Listen to live entertainment at one of many local wineries.

Whether you stay a week or a weekend, Mohican Country is home to many family-owned and award-winning accommodations. From rustic to royal, cabins, cottages, treehouses, a state park lodge, and even a castle are ready to welcome you.

It doesn’t matter if you are exploring the outdoors at one of the State Parks, sipping local wines, or enjoying the day on the river—each day is another chance to find yourself in a really great place and make memories that last a lifetime!

Join some fun events:

  • May 25th– Mohican Arts and Crafts Festival | Downtown Loudonville
  • June 8th – Wine At The Mill Fundraiser | Wolf Creek Grist Mill
  • June 29 – Family Fun on the Farm | Malabar Farm State Park
  • July 4th – Fireworks | Downtown Loudonville
  • July 5th – Antique Festival | Downtown Loudonville
  • July 6th to 22nd – Annual Classic Car Show | Downtown Loudonville

Plan to stay for the week or weekend. With over 5,000 campsites, private cabins, a castle, a state park lodge, historic bed and breakfasts, and more, there is a place that will welcome overnight visitors to make it their home away from home. Take a stroll through downtown Loudonville for shopping and dining. There is plenty of room to discover the best of Mohican. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for more information, or find them on Facebook—Discover Mohican.

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