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Hot Eats & Cool Stays

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Ohio has some very cool getaways anytime of year featuring unique, interesting and unusual lodging from bed and breakfasts to inns and cabins. And the same is true for your dining pleasure. Ohio has restaurants and eateries to please any foodie looking for something new, different or just plain off the wall.

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Steam by Chef Marcus Meacham

Steam and North Market in Columbus
North Market in Columbus, Ohio is excited to announce the addition of new merchant Steam, led by local Chef Marcus Meacham, to the Market family. Steam will be located in the space between Lan Viet Market and Sarefino’s Pizzeria.

Steam is an original, chef-driven concept offering unique-to-Columbus mantou bun (Chinese steamed buns) sandwiches. Chef Meacham plans on a customary menu along with a rotating menu that will be used to showcase other North Market merchants by including their best in class ingredients. Chef Meacham hopes this feature will generate additional interest in Market merchants and showcase their items in a way that patrons may not have previously considered. Reflecting the spirit of North Market, Steam will continually seek out what’s new while maintaining customary, crafted, and consistent meals.

“I can’t imagine a better next step for Steam,” says Meacham. “This opportunity will expose Steam to a larger audience and allow for more collaborations among vendors at Columbus’ only remaining true public market.”

In addition to sandwiches, Steam will carry snacks to include a veggie of the day, cold noodle salad and chips. The other salad on the menu, 36 Mix, features Asian pear, fried chicken thigh, goat cheese and chow mein noodles on a bed of leafy greens.

North Market officials are thrilled to be able to showcase a top talent in the chef world and to welcome Steam into the fold. “We are so pleased to have one of Columbus’ most celebrated chefs joining the NoMa family with such a compelling concept! In keeping with our mission of incubating local entrepreneurs ‘chef driven’ Steam is the perfect fit,” adds North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe.

Steam has been running out of a small location inside of Little Rock Bar in Italian Village since earlier this year and is where this concept got its start. From the beginning Chef Meacham’s concept has gotten rave reviews having been featured in 614 Magazine as well as Columbus Alive.

North Market has been in operation since 1876 and is Columbus’ last remaining true public market. It has more than 30 merchants offering a wide variety of fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood, flowers and other specialty food items. The Market also provides an international selection of freshly prepared foods, distinctive gifts and personable service from owner/operators and is home to the oldest Farmers’ Market in Central Ohio. The North Market is open daily. For more information, visit http://www.northmarket.com/.

Sol – A Spanish-inspired Scratch Kitchen

Sol – A Spanish-inspired Scratch Kitchen
Chef Michael Schoen worked and trained at some of the best restaurants in Chicago. But the millennial knew that one day his goal was to bring home what he learned and open a restaurant near his roots.

Enter David Bartulovic, owner of The Players Club bar and restaurant, and partner in the Lost Nation Sports Park. A native east-sider as well, Bartulovic sought to offer an uptown experience in Downtown Willoughby.

Once introduced, they instantly recognized the opportunity to create something special. Their partnership has resulted in Sol, a Spanish-inspired scratch kitchen which infuses a variety of influences from many regions. Since its inception, the restaurant has delivered bold flavors through an elevated menu of tapas, entrees and salads, all of which are created from locally-sourced ingredients.

“From the time you walk in the door, Sol is a not a traditional dining experience. Chef Michael brings a diverse background to Downtown Willoughby with his flavors, creativity and versatility – a new experience at every meal.”

Sol just celebrated its one-year anniversary with the launch of a brand new menu. Chef Michael has preserved customer favorites including the marinated flank steak and double bone-in pork chop along with other “BIG plates” and “BIG greens”.

The new menu will offer additional variety as well as a new section Chef dubbed “between the bread”.  These easy-to-share handheld sandwiches and burgers maintain the Spanish-inspired influences, and play on the establishment’s relaxed atmosphere.

Dining out is supposed to be fun, whether you’re by yourself or with a group. Eating to me is the most natural conversation piece and we should practice that. So the menu is designed to satisfy the needs of those seeking a big meal or those that just want to graze and socialize with friends.

Sol is located at 38257 Glenn Avenue in historic downtown Willoughby, Ohio. Hours are Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-12am, Friday – Sat: 11am – 2am and Sunday: 10am – 8pm. Learn more at http://solwilloughby.com/.

Get Your Comfort On

 Winter Ice at Hocking Hills Old Mans Cave

January in the Hocking Hills has all the elements of comfort.  The Hills are serene in winter’s embrace.  Cave walls grow ice beards.  Waterfalls freeze in suspended animation.  Eagles, hawks and other magnificent birds are visible in the leafless trees.  It is the place to rejuvenate as you connect with nature, loved ones and yourself.

But, it’s not all about just chill’n.  There’re plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy Mother Nature’s softer side.  The 52nd Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike, on January 21, will be followed by the Logan Frozen Festival in Historic Downtown Logan.  More than twenty ice sculptures will be displayed along Main Street along with ice sculpting demonstrations, music in the Hocking County Courthouse, music in Worthington Park and performances by Artista in Logan’s newest Main Street music venue.  Ice frame and ice throne will provide the perfect selfie opps.  Corn hole fans will enjoy the ice corn hole games in Worthington Park and new to downtown will be a Pop-up-Shop featuring the works of local artisans and other collectibles.  Plenty of good food and family fun will round out the day.

Beginning January 14 and every Saturday and Sunday in January the 4th Annual Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise will offer up classic comfort foods in twelve, locally owned restaurants.  Cruise from inviting restaurant to restaurant as you enjoy stunning scenery and great authentic comfort foods.  The menu ranges from all-time favorites like Mac & Cheese to local favorites like Jack’s Steak House famous Cabbage Soup.  No need to worry about those New Year’s Resolutions.  Along the Cruise there are plenty of beautiful spots to stop, take a hike and work off a little comfort food fuel.  Best of all, the Comfort Food Cruise brings comfort to others; $5 of every ticket goes directly to local food pantries.  Click here for all the details and tickets.

Readers of Ohio Magazine voted Hocking Hills as Ohio’s best outdoor winter getaway.  Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a cozy romantic getaway to the bosom of nature’s softer season southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills is the place to find winter comfort.

STEM and the Soap Box Derby

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The International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) is entering new territory with the launch of a curriculum as part of its STEM-based education program. The curriculum is directed at children in grades fifth through eighth.

The curriculum features five modules that contain activities that engage learners with project based lessons, team building, inquiry based learning, creative problem solving and FUN!

“We’re extremely excited and proud of the new curriculum,” said Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur. “The Derby has come a long way over the last several years and this is another piece of the puzzle that adds to the continuing growth of the Derby’s education program. We piloted and tested the modules last year and received positive feedback from educators and students. We made some changes over the last year and feel that we have a great product that can be used inside or outside the classroom using the Soap Box Derby and gravity racing as a tool to give students a fun, STEM-based learning opportunity.”

The Akron, Ohio based nonprofit organization, best known for sanctioning and operating Soap Box Derby races around the world, including the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, began its education initiative in 2010 with the creation of the Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition. Two Soap Box Derby cars were placed in the National Inventors Hall of Fame School as a test to see if children in a classroom setting would benefit from constructing, fine-tuning and racing Derby cars. The GRC STEM Team competition is now held in seven different locations and has grown to include more than 300 teams. The teams come from traditional classroom settings, after school programs and youth programs such as Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2011 Soap Box Derby Mini Cars and workbooks were introduced as part of the education program. The cars are 1/13th scale replica cars of the Derby’s three divisions: Stock, Super Stock and Masters. Mini Cars are now being used in classrooms and after school settings around the country to introduce students to STEM through gravity racing.

“The curriculum idea really came from educators who were already involved with our GRC and Mini Car programs,” said Derby Vice President Bobby Dinkins. “They told us that Soap Box Derby was a great hands-on learning tool for their students and they wanted more.”

The modules focus on developing STEM competencies such as prototyping, research, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and teamwork.

The five modules can be purchased together or separately. One module is not dependent on the other and most of the necessary supplies are packaged with each module.

For more information please go to: /education-program/curriculum.aspx.

Leatherlips

LeatherlipsAdmission to the Leatherlips Statue is Free at Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio

  • Open: Dawn to Dusk
  • Location: (Map It) 7377 Riverside Dr. at Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-410-4550 (Audio tour by cell phone: 614-763-3100)
  • Web: Click Here

Leatherlips at Scioto Park in Dublin, Ohio stands 12 feet high. This  stone monument to Chief Leatherlips looks out over what was once Wyandot land. The Dublin Arts Council in Dublin, Ohio had Ralph Helmick, an artist from Boston, create the structure out of limestone in 1990. The statue itself is a photogenic piece of art but a unique walkway atop the sphinx-type recreation of the chief’s head provides a nice view of the Scioto River at sunset. The chief was named Leatherlips because his word was a strong as leather. If only the white man’s word was as strong he may have lived longer. He was executed, nearby, in 1810 by his own people for signing over their lands in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville.

Deep Darkness Exploration

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Do you have what it takes to go across the
Ohio-Indiana stateline to explore deep darkness?

Would be adventurers can now descend, climb, crawl and kayak deep underground in Indiana’s longest cave system.  Indiana Caverns, near Corydon Indiana recently opened a new, guided high adventure cave exploring trip.

Descending a 93 foot shaft into a remote section of passage discovered in 2010, explorers then descend a steep mountain of breakdown using a hand line before reaching the underground river, 200 feet underground.  Splashing and wading downstream, eventually the party of no more than 10 has to take to kayaks to continue exploring the deepening water.  The underground stream features a large population of blind cave fish as well as blind cave crayfish and other spelean species.

The section of cave that is visited is just a tiny portion of the vast Binkley Cave system south of Corydon Indiana.  The first serious exploration and mapping was done by the Bloomington Indiana Grotto of the National Speleological Society.  Since 1967, all research and exploration has been done by the Indiana Spelological Survey, with exploration quickening since 2009.  The length of the system has grown for 22 miles in 2009 to 42.5 miles and growing, making it the 7th longest cave in the United States.

More information can be found at indianacaverns.com/cave-exploring.

Magical History Tour

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington National Cemetery

If you are venturing up or down the east coast of the United States, get a preview and inside look at what’s ahead by clicking on the links below. Each month, a new story is added.

Begin the Journey

Monticello

Jamestown

Colonial Williamsburg

Mount Vernon

Arlington National Cemetery

U.S. Capitol

National Mall & Monuments

Philadelphia Freedom

New York City

Coming Soon:

Plymouth & Cape Cod

Boston

Charlestown Navy Yard

Cooperstown

Gettysburg

Falling Water

Stories by Rocco Satullo, your tour guide to fun!

Visit Before You Go

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Visit Before You Go Ohio Travel Videos

Grab your popcorn and enjoy dozens of Ohio travel videos featuring tourist attractions from around the state. Please note the “Lost in Ohio” series features places that may not be current attractions. Spend a couple of minutes and visit before you go.