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Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield

Ohio had key battlefields in the War of 1812. One was Fort Meigs overlooking the Maumee River from a bluff in Perrysburg, south of Toledo.  Today, it’s one of the largest reconstructed, wooden-walled forts in the United States.

The museum & visitors’ center is en route to the fort, so a full view doesn’t offer itself until guests walk out of the back door of the museum. There, eyes are met with a great wall of timber between blockhouses made of the same wood. At one corner, a massive weeping willow tree cascades a feeling of peace and serenity, gazing across the grassland, woods, and wide river below. But, as the fort’s inner soul is revealed, there was a time when the grounds were soaked in blood.

Leading to this war, the young American nation was being pushed around by the British, disrespecting its sovereignty as a nation. Faced with trade limitations in Europe and the Impressment (kidnapping/forcing) of US citizens at sea to take up arms in Britain’s Royal Navy in its war with Napoleon Bonaparte and the French forced America’s war hand if it was to survive as a country.

The United States, led by President James Madison, declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812, which continued until February 18, 1815, according to the Library of Congress.

Fort Meigs was built in February 1813 at the order of General William Henry Harrison, who later became the ninth President of the United States. Original defensive earthworks remain to this day, although time and erosion have lowered them a bit from their original height of 14 feet. Inside the reconstructed 10-acre fort, these long and high manmade hills create a maze-like interior. The Siege of Fort Meigs in April-May of 1813 was a defining battle in the War of 1812.

The war ended as a draw by most historical accounts, albeit the 1814 Treaty of Ghent. It took a while before the news of the Treaty crossed the Atlantic. In the meantime, the historic Battle of New Orleans was fought in January 2015. The treaty enabled the US to push westward without regard to Native American lands or resistance from the British, all in the name of Manifest Destiny.

“To your posts then, fellow soldiers, and remember that the eyes of your Country are upon you.”  ̶  General William Henry Harrison

Several of the fort’s seven blockhouses share parts of the story behind the fort’s construction and defense against sieges. Historical interpreters, dressed in 1812-era clothing, present demonstrations of camp life, weapons, and other activities throughout the summer. Reenactments and special events further highlight America’s rich military history of the time.

The visitors’ center houses a museum. Look at it from afar and see it is designed like a blockhouse. The exhibits and recovered artifacts share what historians and archaeologists have deciphered to have happened at the fort, and the battles waged there. Included are weapons, accouterments, uniforms, and soldiers’ items.

The entire park complex spans 65 acres. It’s a great place to learn about history and relax for a picnic or walk. Click here to view hours, admission, location, and more.

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

Ohio Mountain Bike Trail

Waggoner’s Run Mountain Bike Trail 

Welcome to the Waggoner’s Run Mountain Bike Trail, a newer mountain bike trail in Gibsonburg, Ohio (Sandusky County).

This is a moderate ride mainly due to the last mile, which gets more technical with its hilly, root-exposed, and rocky terrain. The natural features with lots of twists and turns around trees are paired with manmade obstacles, bridges, skinnies, tabletops, and rock gardens. The trail’s newest feature is a challenging teeter-totter placed right before one of the biggest drops on the trail. On average, the nearly 6-mile one-way course takes an hour and forty minutes to complete.

Waggoner’s Run Mountain Bike Trail was a collaborative project between the Flatlanders Bicycle Club and the Sandusky County Park District in 2019 and is located within SCPD’s “White Star Park.” The Flatlanders completed the trail and dedicated it in October 2020. It was named “Waggoner’s Run” to honor local cycling enthusiast and bicycle shop owner Dan Waggoner.

The trail is also open for hiking. No horseback riding, pets, or motorized vehicles are permitted. It is recommended that hikers hike the trail in reverse and stay alert for oncoming bike traffic. The one-way mountain bike trail starts at the parking lot next to the railroad tracks on County Road 65.

The latest trail conditions and timely information is reported on the Waggoner Run Mountain Bike Trail Facebook Page. Leave no trace and practice low-impact hiking and cycling.  Riding on a muddy trail damages the trail.  It leaves ruts, contributes to erosion & creates an unrideable, hard-to-fix trail surface.  If you leave a visible rut, the trail is too muddy to ride. Come prepared.  Keep your equipment in good condition and carry the necessary supplies.  Helmets are highly recommended for bicyclists using this trail.

The Gibsonburg area offers a small rural northern Ohio farm town in Sandusky County. Outdoor enthusiasts know it well for “White Star Park,” which offers hiking trails, an inland quarry lake for SCUBA diving, and mountain bike trails.  Gibsonburg is only two hours from Columbus, Cleveland, and Detroit, so getting there is not part of the challenge! Gibsonburg is also known for “Ideal Bakery,” home to its amazing donuts, pastries, and cinnamon rolls.

While visiting the area, 15 minutes up the road is Fremont and Ghoul Runnings Kayak Adventures. This kayak livery offers guided and self-guided tours along the scenic Sandusky River and the beautiful Fremont Reservoir from May to Fall. The owners, Beth Turner and her husband Bob, have been running it for 33 years.  They offer a variety of 2- and 4-hour trips, and specialty adventures include a history tour, singles kayaking group, bird and nature, sunset, moonlight, and more.

Sandusky County has so much to see and do, from kayaking in the Sandusky River to festivals and farmer’s markets. There is always something fun to see and do in the area.  For more information about its events and attractions, visit

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5 To-do’s in Wayne County

Five things to do in Wayne County this summer:

Shop and stroll downtown Wooster with a Dora Drink.

Did you know you can shop and sip downtown Wooster with the designated outdoor refreshment area? All you have to do is stop in a restaurant or bar and pick up your favorite drink in a dora cup! When shopping, some stores don’t allow drinks inside, so look for the door signs to see if your drink is welcome. Visit for times, participating restaurants, boundaries, and more.

Attend an Ohio Light Opera Performance.

If you haven’t seen an Ohio Light Opera performance, now is the time! OLO runs between June and July with six shows for you to enjoy. Shows include “No No Nanette,” “H.M.S Pinafore,” “Arizona Lady,” “Camelot,” and “Orpheus in the Underworld.” Buy your tickets online at, book a hotel, make an overnight stay out of it, and enjoy everything Wayne County has to offer!

Fire in the Sky in Orrville

Head over to Orrville and watch the largest single-aged softball tournament in the county and the 20th annual Fire in the Sky carnival! This event is fun for all ages. Kick-off ‘Fire in the Sky’ with a 4th of July parade full of candy tossing and excitement. Enjoy watching the softball games over at the diamonds, or head over to the carnival and play a few games, ride some rides, and enjoy some delicious carnival food! Once the evening is winding down on the last day, find your spot for the Fireworks to cap off your 4th of July!

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Farmer’s Market

What could be better than a Saturday at the farmer’s market? Can’t think of anything! Visit downtown and shop at multiple vendors selling locally-grown produce and other locally-made goods! Grab a bouquet of flowers, some fresh bread, jams, jellies, and more. The farmer’s market is always a fun stop on Saturday mornings, and the best part is that each Saturday is a little different, making it a great weekly shopping spot!

Get Outside

Wayne County has 25+ walking paths, preserves, parks, and trails. Grab your family or some friends and get outside in nature! Stroll along the paths and see what new plants, bugs, and animals you can spot while reconnecting with nature. Once you’re out on the paths, take in all the beautiful sights while hearing the sounds of creeks running, birds chirping, and leaves rustling. Getting outside is free and fun for all ages. Create a scavenger hunt before leaving and see what you can find! Pack a picnic, enjoy a nice sunny day, take a few photos, and breathe in the fresh summer air.

Wayne County is full of summer fun! Follow on social media or visit for dates, times, and more fun things to do this summer.

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Brews-N-Vines Trail

Check Out the New Grand Lake Brews-N-Vines Trail Experience

May is the beginning of patio season, and that is the perfect time to check out the new, enhanced Grand Lake Brews-N-Vines Trail.  If there is anything better than hand-crafted coffee creations, locally made wines, and specially brewed craft beers, it may just be enjoying those beverages in the fresh air with lots of sunshine…or moonlight.

Download your free passport at  and (while supplies last) pick up a free starter kit. Visit the venues along the trail and earn points you can redeem for a Brews-N-Vine t-shirt and/or a Brews-N-Vines ball cap. With 11 months to finish the trail, this can become a wonderful way to spend time with friends and family. You will find that each venue has its own particular charm and hospitality.  These are locally owned small businesses that take pride in their products and are genuinely happy to have you stop by for a sip or two.

The trail includes breweries: Moeller Brew Barn, Tailspin Brewery, Lake Rat Brewing, Gongoozlers Brewery, and Second Crossing Brew Co.  You will also enjoy the wineries: 5 Vines Winery, The Winery at Versailles, The Vineyard at Evergreen Farm and GR8 Vines Winery. Finally, all you coffee lovers, you’re covered.  The coffeehouses on the trail are; Winans Chocolates + Coffee (Wapakoneta and Maria Stein), New Bremen Coffee Company, Hazelnut Coffee, Rooster Joe Coffee & Co., Brew Nation, and Cozy Cabin Café.

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Discover Your Adventure in Mohican

Everyone is preparing their summer plans, and Mohican is here 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 the only IMBA EPIC mountain biking trail in Ohio.  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.  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 this famous camping and canoeing industry.

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 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, there are cabins, cottages, treehouses, a state park lodge, and even a castle ready to welcome you.

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

Enjoy these fun upcoming events:

  • June 10: Summer Beach Festival | Pleasant Hill Lake Park
  • June 10: International Wine Festival at the Mill Fundraiser | Wolf Creek Grist Mill & Museum
  • June 30 & July 1: Antique Festival | Downtown Loudonville
  • July 1- 22: Annual Classic Car Show | Downtown Loudonville
  • July 4: Fireworks | Downtown Loudonville
  • July 15: Christmas in July & Fireworks | Pleasant Hill Lake Park

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 the 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 for more information, or find them on Facebook- Discover Mohican.

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Bring Out The Best In Your Backyard

With A Visit To Ohio’s Amish Country

The days are getting warmer, and that means more time spent outdoors relaxing and enjoying family and friends. In Amish Country, they know a thing or two about slowing down and savoring those moments together. They also know how important a beautiful outdoor space can be to making summer memories.

The good news is that the region has an array of options to help you create your backyard oasis.

Let’s start with construction plans. Want to expand your patio, add a firepit or design a grilling station? Keim Home Center has everything you need to bring your Pinterest-inspired landscape to life. From building materials to home décor and everything in between, Keim is a home improvement paradise. Before you check out, be sure to go upstairs to the Carpenters Café for a sandwich and a birds-eye view of the impressive retail space.

If you need a safe place for your pets to play, Swiss Valley Fence has you covered. They’ll help you select the right fence and railing and simplify the process with professional installation services. Learn how to customize your fence with a wide range of colors and design features.

Next, look for the perfect outdoor fireplace. A visit to Erb’s Stove Center is a must. The store offers many styles of fireplaces, pits, and grills. Their team guides you and ensures you know how to properly care for and maintain your purchase. While there, you’ll also be able to explore pergolas and sheds that can be customized for your yard. The Amish countryside provides a beautiful backdrop and will have you envisioning new potential for your property.

Perhaps you’ll need more seating to create a place for conversations, lounging, and sharing a meal. Amish Country has many locations for you to find eye-catching outdoor furniture – from rustic porch rockers to Poly furniture in contemporary styles. The furniture builders in the region are known for crafting durable and lasting pieces and want you to love them as much as they do. Kauffman Lawn FurnitureLuxcraftThe Cabin Store, and Homestead Furniture are among the places we recommend visiting. The variety of colors, styles, and fabrics will surely inspire you.

For your project’s finishing touches, head over to the Sheyiah Market campus. The Gardens, an indoor/outdoor garden center, has an endless selection of plants, pots, baskets, decor, and accents that will excite you about the possibilities in your backyard. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you learn about all the ways you can transform your landscape.

To add a whimsical element to your property, visit nearby Sol’s in Berlin for lighthouses, wishing wells, and yard terrariums.

No outdoor party is complete without something delicious to eat. Where is it better than in Ohio Amish Country to find bulk meats, cheeses, and sides? Stop by one of the many area markets for local flavors and the freshest options. Walnut Creek CheeseTroyer MarketHeini’s Cheese ChaletThe AsheryGuggisberg Cheese, and Winesburg Meats are just a few local favorites.

As you prep for your next outdoor project, visit the traditional hardware stores and modern home centers on your DIY Day Trip when you Visit Amish Country.

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“A Must Visit in 2023”

Few places in the US can claim to be one of the fifty destinations on the planet selected by Forbes Magazine as a must-visit in 2023. Ohio’s Hocking Hills is one of the destinations to make the prestigious list. While growing in popularity in the Midwest, much of the country is not yet aware they are in such close proximity to the remarkable Hocking Hills.

Widely known for its world-class hiking, sparkling waterfalls, and expansive scenic vistas, the Hocking Hills is also known for its serenity and cozy cabins in the woods where travelers reconnect with nature, their loved ones, and themselves. The region is truly the natural crown jewel of Ohio.

Seasoned visitors are often looking for something new while still focusing on nature. The new Hocking Hills Butterfly Trail is just the ticket. Featuring fourteen stops, the self-guided tour takes butterfly enthusiasts around the Hocking Hills, learning about different butterfly species, their habitats, what they like to eat, and their travel plans. Some butterflies, like the Monarch, travel to Mexico and back each year. At each stop, there is a giant pair of butterfly wings of the featured butterfly. They make for great photos, and kids of all ages love them.

One stop along the Hocking Hills Butterfly Trail is Butterfly Ridge, a butterfly conservation center. The initial idea for Butterfly Ridge came into being in early 2014.  The idea was to have a garden that would focus on the health and well-being of butterflies native to southeastern Ohio.  The garden, which opened on July 1, 2017, is open to the public seasonally to visit and learn about butterflies, moths, and other pollinators.

Hiking is likely the number one activity in the Hocking Hills, but many may not know other activities are offered. Although the Hocking Hills is not home to any PGA golf courses, plenty of unique golf experiences keep you entertained. The region has three disc golf courses. One is located in Hocking Hills State Park. Nine of the eighteen holes are now open and can be found near the new Hocking Hills State Park Lodge & Conference Center. The second and third are located at Logan High School and Hocking College, respectively. Both are eighteen-hole courses, and all are open to the public.

Have you ever heard of Park Golf? At Wormburner Park Golf, one of only two park golf courses in the United States, you’ll find a fun and simple sport that anyone can enjoy. Unlike regular golf, you only need 1 club and 1 ball to play. You hit the ball from a teeing ground towards a hole, counting the number of strokes you take until the ball goes into the cup. The object is to put the ball in the cup with the fewest strokes. Think BIG mini-golf… or smaller regular golf.

For the traditional golfer, there is the Hocking Hills Golf Club, a Par-71 course measuring 5,861 yards. The rolling terrain has been modified into a magnificent layout by designer Jack Kidwell. From the bent-grass tee boxes and the tree-lined fairways to the meticulously manicured greens, every acre of the land is shaped and fitted to blend with the natural landscape while lining you up for the perfect shot.

For the kiddos and kiddos at heart, there’s putt-putt golf. Adventure Golf at Remple’s Grove is a beautifully designed course with a waterfall surrounded by dining, shopping, a petting zoo, and canoe livery. Also located in the midst of shopping, dining, and a flea market is Hocking Hills Mini Golf at the Hocking Hills Market.  Eighteen holes of fun and vibrant greenery and water features make you feel like you’re putting your way through Hocking Hills.

The first step to having the best possible Hocking Hills vacation is to pledge to visit responsibly. It’s easy. Go to and pledge to be a responsible traveler. Everyone who takes the pledge receives a sticker and card so you can let everyone know you are a responsible traveler.

Planning a great getaway to the Hocking Hills is easy. Visit to search for lodging, activities, festivals, and more.

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Retail Therapy at Diverse Shops 

Visit Medina County to Enjoy some
Retail Therapy at Diverse Shops

Whether you’re shopping for a specific event or just enjoying the hunt – you are sure to find truly unique treasures while shopping in Medina County. Strolling the streets of the towns heightens the experience, too – with plenty of places to refuel before continuing to the next shop. From handcrafted home furnishings to novelty gifts, antiques, and so much more – you’ll find items to satisfy any passion.


If you’re a knitter or want to become one, stop by Black Locust Farm at 110 Bank Street in Lodi, Ohio, which stocks every kind of yarn imaginable, along with all the other gear that goes with knitting. And don’t worry if your knitting skills are rusty or nonexistent – the folks at Black Locust Farm will teach you everything you need to know. Like tea and crumpets, good books and great coffee go together, which is the idea behind Second Look Books & Brews, a used bookstore and coffee shop at 119 Wooster Street. Browse the treasured tomes while sipping your favorite caramel macchiato.


Start by painting some pottery at All Fired Up, 233 S. Court Street, then browse the latest jewelry, glass, pottery, and household creations at Bella Moxie at 236 W. Liberty Street. Next, stop by Candyapple & Company, 109 W. Washington Street., a boutique selling – you guessed it – candy apples! In all flavors, from caramel to gourmet chocolate. Or visit the gift shop at Castle Noel, 260 S. Court Street, to catch a little holiday spirit. Looking for something for a particular someone? Stop by ​​​J.K. Gift Shop, 207 S. Court Street, and browse through the many collections of jewelry, gifts, spa essentials, and fashion apparel. Or indulge your flair for interior illumination at ROOT Candles, 623 West Liberty Street. Explore the many styles and fragrances of the candles on display.


Christal Kaple Art, at 29 Center Street, lets you indulge your passion for expertly rendered artwork in acrylic, resin, alcohol ink, and other media. Visit Elements at Funky Junk Boutique, 18 West Main Street, a lifestyle boutique featuring home decor, giftware, furniture, vintage finds, baby items, DIY home decor supplies, and women’s clothing and accessories. Or talk to the folks at Velvet’s W. Main Framing, 9 W. Main Street, for advice on framing your latest artistic masterpiece, or purchase some of the already framed watercolors or gifts on display. Then select a beautiful, handcrafted handbag, shoulder bag, cross-body bag, or wallet at Finns Fickle Goods, 30 Center Street.


Stop by Ruby Moonat, 229 College Street, to examine the refurbished vintage furniture and antique China, or visit Opal Dragonfly Boutique,110 High Street, for the latest fashions, bath and beauty supplies, gifts, and holiday values. And if you need some strings for your Stratocaster or reeds for your saxophone, stop by Wadsworth Music, 133 College Street.

Your retail therapy at diverse shops awaits in Medina County.

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Relax with History & Nature

It’s time to start planning your getaway to Coshocton County! Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or just relaxing with family and friends, there’s something for everyone in beautiful Coshocton, Ohio.

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 Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal town. Stroll down the brick streets while exploring the self-guided Living History Tour exhibits, enjoy the Shops of Roscoe Village, and dine in a local restaurant or pub. The Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride opens Saturday, May 27, and runs throughout the summer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Visit the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, which features a wide range of exhibits, including Native American artifacts, Chinese decorative arts, and Ohio art and history.

Clary Gardens, an emerging botanical garden, is free and open to the public year-round. Its 20 acres of hillside gardens, ponds, rose garden, outdoor amphitheater, and children’s garden create the perfect place for family fun, a romantic stroll, or a picnic. The new open-air pavilion is available for private functions. Clary Gardens hosts annual events, including a Butterfly House and Family Fall Festival and Ohio’s top outdoor wedding destination.

The all-new Sip and Stay Thursday Package is a great way to safely experience local wine and beer in Coshocton County. Available only on Thursdays throughout June, this affordable package includes a standard room and free hot breakfast for two guests at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites, vouchers to four locations, and transportation provided by Cork & Tap Excursions. Guests will visit Wooly Pig Farm Brewery, Raven’s Glenn Winery & Restaurant, Yellow Butterfly Winery, and Rainbow Hills Winery, Brewery, and Pizzeria. Reserve your package; call Coshocton Village Inn & Suites at (740) 622 – 9455. Availability is limited. Details may be found at

The Flint Ridge Knap-In is coming to Coshocton County Fairgrounds May 26 – 29, 2023! This popular event attracts skilled flintknappers from around the country. During the weekend, attendees can watch flintknapping demonstrations, participate in workshops and classes, and browse vendors selling flint and related supplies. The Flint Ridge Knap-In is a great opportunity to learn more about the ancient art of flintknapping, see skilled artisans at work, and connect with others interested in archaeology, history, and primitive skills. For more information, visit Flint Knappers.

Upcoming events include the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival (June 8 – 10, 2023), Corvette Cruise In (June 11, 2023), and Our Town Coshocton’s Summer Concert Series (June 24, July 15, August 4, September 9, 2023). Find all the details at

Outdoor opportunities are abundant in Ohio, and Coshocton is fortunate to have so many excellent attractions, so it is easy to spend several days here! Request a free visitor packet today at

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Coshocton’s Corsage: Clary Gardens

Cultivating a Botanical Legacy 

Whether it’s love at first sight or love everlasting, Clary Gardens is nature’s corsage in Coshocton, Ohio. Its beauty grows in the heart of each visitor and wedding party immersed in the splendid 20-acre hillside at the edge of the restored historic canal town, Roscoe Village.

What started as a tribute garden of roses grew to engage the wedding industry. And the pathway between is a storybook affair. …Click here to see the full multimedia story.

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Cookies, Brownies, And A Runaway

This is part of a series of stories
“Wrong Turns Write Life”

Ah, the early trips! Those first couple of times, I could feel freedom and adventure leaving home without Mom and Dad.

On my first trip, I was sandbox-age. My buddy Eric joined me. It would be a sign of the times ahead of us as we explored the boundaries of independence and our knack for mischief.

It was an early summer morning, and we wanted cookies, but my mom said, “No.”

I knew of another friend, Kyle, down the street, and his mom always had a full cookie jar in her kitchen. So, Eric and I were off to get our fix even though I knew Kyle was at his dad’s for the weekend.

I guess you could say it was our first foodie outing.

The house was locked, and nobody was awake, so we did the natural thing … and slid through the doggy door. We were little tykes, so we staggered the kitchen counter drawers to use as climbing steps.

I was on the counter, hand in the cookie jar, when Ms. E. appeared as a silhouette down the hall leading to the kitchen, “Rocky, is that you?”

My middle name is Rocco. I was named after a saint.

Ms. E. rubbed her eyes in utter disbelief as if she were still dreaming.

The next thing she saw was two tiny butts simultaneously squeezing through that doggy door.

Minutes later, my mom stepped outside to see us in my sandbox and asked, dumbfounded, “Were you in Ms. E’s house just now?”

Tasting chocolate chip on the corner of my mouth, I licked it and said, “No.”

There would be some time I had to chore off before I would get a taste of freedom again.

Three houses down, that was the length of my leash – on a bicycle. Coincidentally, my turnaround spot was in front of Ms. E’s house.

I was a beginner and loved the freedom my new wheels gave me. Our street didn’t have sidewalks, at least not down by my house. Still, it was safe. Sort of. I guess.

The third house was approaching. I was on the edge of the road traveling opposite traffic, just like I was not supposed to do. A car came behind me as I turned into the middle of the road. I was startled when the driver beeped at me. Not a hello beep but an angry one.

Back home, I came to a stop against the side steps. This was the only way I could end a bike ride without crashing. We had a long blacktop driveway. Mom was outside, and I was about to go in for a glass of water when a police car pulled all the way up to the house. This was an incredible sight for me. The officer spoke with my mom, and I didn’t quite understand what it was all about. Finally, he approached me. Mom just stood off to the side.

Mesmerized by the uniform, holster, and all, I didn’t pay one bit of attention to a word he said. But I caught the gist. It was a lecture about bicycling safety. I was intimidated, to say the least. In my mind, when you do something wrong, and the police come, there’s but one conclusion – jail!

“I have to go to the bathroom,” I squeaked out.

The officer paused, looked at my mom, and she said to be quick.

I was quick, all right. I sprinted to my bedroom, grabbed underwear, a shirt, and my favorite stuffed animal (a monkey holding a banana), and then found a towel in the bathroom to wrap it all up. I only had cartoons and kids’ shows as a guide, so in lieu of a stick to tie it to, I improvised and used a yardstick. I slipped out another door and headed for the woods.

My mom saw me.

“What are you doing? Where are you going?”

When I stopped and turned, the yardstick snapped, and my sack flung to the ground.

At this sight, my mom and the officer seemed to burst out something but quickly contained it.

Now I really did have to use the bathroom.

Instead, I had to listen to the rest of the safety lecture and then got the bonus lecture on running away. It all seemed so threatening to me.

As the black and white pulled out of the driveway, I remember being very surprised that I wasn’t in cuffs in the backseat.

After my bust, I felt on the lam, always looking over my shoulder.

Okay, one more for the foodie crowd.

I looked up from my chair, which was attached to my desk, and wondered if I had heard my teacher correctly.

Yep! She said it again – “…brownies!”

I put my pencil down from doodling on the desktop and refocused on the classroom.

“…So if you want to stay after school tomorrow for brownies, you’ll need a note from your parents,” she concluded at the bell.

When I got home, I promptly remembered to relay the information to my mom. She didn’t bat an eye, wrote a quick note, and tucked it inside my folder for tomorrow.

At the end of the next day, my mouth was watering. I gazed at the clock three times, and all three times, the long minute hand didn’t budge. One minute to go, and it seemed to take an hour.

Then, finally, brownie time!

“If you’re staying after for brownies, line up here,” my teacher directed.

Bam! I was second in line, eagerly waiting to satisfy my sweet tooth. My focus slowly turned foggy as background noise penetrated my one-track mind. It was laughter.

“Rocky wants to join the Brownies, Rocky wants to join the Brownies …” was the chant gaining volume around me.

I looked around. I was the only boy in line. My teacher looked at me with an expression of …unease.

“Rocky, boys can’t join the Brownies. Brownies are Girl Scouts.”

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

Kings Island Turns 50

50 Years Ago, The Hit TV Show The Partridge Family Filmed at Kings Island During the Park’s Inaugural Season

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Kings Island Amusement Park opened on April 29, 1972. That inaugural summer, The Partridge Family filmed on location at Kings Island from August 7-11, 1972. The episode premiered in January 1973 and was titled “I Left My Heart in Cincinnati.” The following summer, The Brady Bunch filmed an episode at the park but didn’t use the park name. The Partridge Family did. The episodes featured the family on rides still operating today.  The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench guest-starred as a waiter in the episode.

The Hannig Family shared their photos behind the scenes of the shoot. …click here to continue

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Vintage Ohio Postcards

I was in #Greenville, #Ohio yesterday to visit a friend who shared his postcard collection of the town and Darke County with me at The Coffee Pot …Now I’m sharing some with you because, well, just because…
And yes, they used to race ostriches at The Great Darke County Fair.
And yes, there used to be a streetcar service from Greenville to #Dayton, so I’m told.
The other two #postcards are a play on the word Dark(e) as in #DarkeCounty.

Toledo’s Buns of Fame

Ninety years ago, Tony Packo served authentic Hungarian food in the “glass city.”  Ever since the legend of this eatery grew with every signature Packo’s chili hot dog sold.

This inventive recipe was dubbed the Hungarian hot dog. Tony cut a Hungarian sausage in half, added spicy chili sauce, and put it on rye. Although it resembled an American hot dog, there was nothing like it.

So, it was a place the locals raved about for years.

Then, in the early 1970s, the hottest star of 70s cinema – Burt Reynolds – stopped in for a bite. Of course, they wouldn’t let him leave without an autograph. Reynolds being the character he was, grabbed a bun and scribbled his name on it. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the place displays wall-to-wall (foam replica) buns signed by famous people the world over.

Tony Packo’s reached worldwide fame when a character on the #1 television show, M*A*S*H raved about his hometown eatery in episode after episode.

There are now several Packo’s restaurants in the Greater Toledo area. The original is located at 1902 Front Street. Plan your visit at

Picture This

at Lehman’s

It’s summer and you go to your garden, pick fresh veggies and bring them to the grill where you’re cooking up locally sourced meat. You add some fresh herbs and bring your home-cooked meal to the outdoor table with friends or family gathered around. You talk about your plans to camp and explore this summer. Someone else talks about their plans to try something new, like candle making or canning. One of the kiddos asks to start a game of horseshoes after dinner, and you all pick teams and have fun playing in the fresh air. From plant to plate to pantry, you can savor the outdoors this summer with the help of Lehman’s.

Rural and relaxing – that’s what you get when you visit Lehman’s rumbling retail store. Remember when time moved a little slower? When food, activities, and time spent with friends and family seemed simpler? Lehman’s exists here to bring back the simplicity in everyday life from food, heat, light, and water to outdoor games, activities, and family fun.

Jay Lehman founded Lehman’s in 1955 with the goal of selling non-electric appliances to the local Amish. The store and brand grew much bigger than what he had imagined.

The mission hasn’t changed. Lehman’s provides people with the tools and products that offer a simpler way of life. It might not be possible every day in today’s world. But sometimes taking a break from often-hurried lives to stop and connect with each other even for a short time can lead to better overall well-being.

A trip to Lehman’s is like a trip back in time. What you’ll find are products you may have thought no longer exist. The practical and hard to find is what Lehman’s strives to provide for their customers. Anything that will help build a life that is understanding, comforting, sustainable, prepared, and satisfying.

Along with providing tools for a simpler life, Lehman’s wants to help you on your journey by providing workshops and family-friendly events. This summer’s schedule includes workshops like wood carving, grilling, canning, ice cream making, and fermenting. They are also bringing in experts in the simpler life, like YouTube star Justin Rhodes, to talk about sustainable homesteading.

Also on the calendar are fun lighthearted events to help savor summer, like Christmas in July, a car show, goat yoga, a 5K, pottery demonstrations, and more. Bring the whole family as you will find something for every age when you visit Lehman’s in Kidron.

Lehman’s full schedule of events is listed online at Plan your visit to Lehman’s on the Square in Kidron, OH to savor the summer with a simpler life.

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30 Lord of the Rings Caches


And Other Outdoor Adventures in Coshocton

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Coshocton County is filled with outdoor adventures for all. Scenic water trails, historic sites, neighborhoods, public gardens, and trails offer options for adventure seekers and those searching for a place to relax. It’s the perfect place to plan your next outdoor experience.

The Coshocton Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the launch of the all-new Coshocton Ring Trail. The trail is based on JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and will contain more than 30 caches! Geocaching is a great way to introduce navigational tools and wayfinding to kids of all ages. Using the technology within a smartphone, cachers use satellite technology to find hidden clue boxes throughout the county. Once the passport sheet is completed, it can be redeemed for an exclusive coin, available only at the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.

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Chillicothe: Where To Be!

As the rolling Appalachian foothills grow closer, you know you are arriving in the charming town of Chillicothe in southern Ohio. Nestled in these hills are exciting and fun experiences just waiting for your arrival. From action-packed productions to exquisite, scenic views from more than 200 miles of trails, there is plenty of entertainment and activities to keep the whole family engaged.

Summer in Chillicothe offers unique sounds, from the relaxing chirping of birds in the forests to the exciting cannon fire from the annual “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama. Together these create the perfect soundtrack for your visit. Reconnecting with nature and relaxing in the great outdoors can be found at any of the five State Parks and National Park and numerous city and county parks. As you traverse along the trails, you are rewarded with breathtaking views such as the vertical cliffs of sandstone and shale that descend into the beautiful Paint Creek Gorge at Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve. Just stepping out of your car at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park will transport you back 2,000 years ago when Native Americans lived on the land. You will walk along the passages that this ancient culture did when they constructed the massive earthen mounds and walled enclosures. The Hopewell Culture used these sites for gatherings and celebrations, but much remains a mystery about this prehistoric culture as archaeologists continue to discover new findings.

Evenings are supercharged with excitement at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre for the nightly production of the “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama. It brings to life the epic story of Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, as he defends his native homelands. As you sit beneath the starry southern Ohio sky, you’ll become surrounded by the story with galloping horses entering along the sides, expertly choreographed action scenes, and a superb storyline that connects and resonates with the audience.

While in town, let your palate participate in your getaway by enjoying the local flavors! You’ll find everything from savory, smoky barbeque to a retro diner experience to sweet treats from neighborhood bakeries. Many of these can be found in the revitalized historic downtown district in Chillicothe. As you stroll along the streets, you can quench your thirst with flavorful coffee from one of the many coffee shops or find your new favorite craft beer. Explore the many other communities throughout the county to find unique flavors, including the local winery, where you can enjoy live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.

Time your visit with one of the many festivals or events throughout the summer. You can watch as rally cars zip through courses at area forests during the Southern Ohio Forest Rally, sit back and observe how drivers handle obstacle courses at the annual Ohio Jeep Fest, or simply enjoy the small-town charm of the Frankfort Sunflower Festival and become part of the community for the weekend. If you enjoy America’s favorite pastimes, come to the V.A. Memorial Stadium as the Chillicothe Paints take on another top collegiate team from the Prospect League. It makes for a fun and exciting evening.

Whether you want to explore historic sites, relax with outdoor recreation, or have a combined experience, Chillicothe is a perfect getaway. You can start planning your ideal escape by visiting the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website or downloading the official Visit Chillicothe Ohio mobile app. You can create a personalized plan to ensure that you don’t miss any of your must-see sites and activities.

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Nature Calls, Sidney Awaits

Looking to escape to a slower pace? Take a break from the day-to-day and head to Sidney, just 36 miles north of Dayton. Here, in the seat of Shelby County, you’ll find over 400 acres of parkland to explore, along with unique shopping and dining destinations that evoke all the charm of small-town Ohio.

Outdoor Oasis 

Outdoor enthusiasts, rejoice! There’s plenty to discover in the 220 acres of woodlands, waterways, and lakes in Tawawa Civic Park. This natural oasis offers something for adventurers of all ages. The wooded park is a popular outdoor location for family get-togethers, picnics, and cookouts, offering more than 20 shelters and play areas throughout, along with plentiful opportunities for solo activities like fishing and hiking encouraging visitors to unplug and unwind.

Trekking along the park’s seven miles of trails, you’ll encounter Big Rock, a 12-foot-tall glacial boulder left from the Ice Age. The one-mile-long Benjamin Trail follows a millrace. It extends the length of the park. It used to supply water to Sidney’s first water and electric plant located nearby on Brooklyn Avenue. Next, seek out the 1971 Ross Covered Bridge in the middle of the park for postcard-worthy photo opportunities. For those who like to venture off the beaten bath, longer nature trails are located toward the back of the park.

Hit the Links

In addition to its parks, Sidney is also home to a variety of golf clubs, perfect for an afternoon on the green or a weekend getaway. Shelby Oaks Golf Club provides a fun and challenging experience for golfers of all skill levels across its 27 holes. Rob Fridley, who has been the director of operations at Shelby Oaks Golf Club for forty years, notes that the course is home to one of Dayton’s Top 50 Golf Holes, Number 9 South.

Situated on the Sidney Moose Lodge grounds, the Moose Golf Course is open to the public. Originally the Shelby County Country Club, this 9-hole, the 35-par course features tight fairways and smaller greens, much in the tradition of early golf course design.

Established in 1965, Arrowhead Golf Club is just 15 minutes from Sidney and offers an eighteen-hole course layout, practice facility, and full pro shop. In addition, Arrowhead boasts an on-site restaurant, The Bunker, a favorite with visitors and locals alike.

Trail Ways 

Hop over to Sidney’s Canal Feeder Bike-Hike Trail for more outdoor fun. This 3.4-mile paved trail follows the former Sidney Feeder Canal and later runs parallel to the scenic Great Miami River, a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Did you know that the Great Miami is #1 in Ohio for smallmouth bass, and the river itself has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Water Trail — a distinction that has been given to only 32 other locations in the United States.

The Veteran’s Memorial Walkway is a multi-use ADA-accessible path that provides 4.5 miles of paved trails for walking and cycling. Memorial trees line the walkway commemorating organizations, friends, and family.

Shop Local 

Once you’ve had your fill of nature, venture to downtown Sidney for an authentic taste of small-town living. As you stroll the sidewalks, you’ll find several unique shopping destinations bordering the traditional town square. The Ivy Garland is a gift shop specializing in gift and decorator items for all occasions. Next, head around the corner to Vin & Joy, a fashion boutique offering a variety of fun gifts, on-trend accessories, and the latest in women’s apparel. Moonflower Effect features organic essential oils, custom blends, diffusers, ethically sourced clothing, and more. While you’re there, why not also book an hour-long dry salt therapy session in their new salt room for ultimate relaxation? Greenhaus Coffee offers a unique Coffee Shop | Plant Shop concept in the heart of downtown. The retail side offers indoor plants, home décor items, and locally crafted gifts. In addition, guests will enjoy their café offering a fantastic selection of Purebred Coffees, made-to-order seltzers, natural fruit sodas, teas, toasts, pastries, salads, and more.

If you’re up for a detour, check out Gallery 2:TEN and Re:Vive Home Décor & More, just minutes from downtown, and discover works from more than 40 different artists and craftspeople. Shop original pottery, jewelry, metal sculptures, and hot-blown glass creations along with a wide array of vintage, reclaimed, and artfully repurposed furniture.

Small-Town Bites 

Feeling hungry? Downtown Sidney offers several appealing reasons to stick around for a bite to eat. Partake in a refreshing chilled beverage on one of many outdoor dining patios overlooking the idyllic town square with the majestic Shelby County Courthouse positioned at its center. During its construction in 1883, the limestone, sandstone, and marble were brought in by canal boat. The courthouse’s looming 170-foot center tower features four clocks. The town square is the site of many special local events, such as cruise-ins and the farmers market held from early June through early October.

The Spot, an iconic diner, was first established in 1907 as a lunch wagon operated by Spot Miller. Today, it’s an art deco-style diner loved by locals for its fresh-ground hamburgers, crispy onion rings, thick malts, and homemade pies. It’s a great place to stop by for a dessert, meal, or snack. Dine-in or order carryout and picnic like a pro in the shade of the old-growth oak trees on the Shelby County Courthouse lawn.

Family-owned Italian pizza shop Amelio’s Pizzeria is serving up years of family heritage and Italian culture. Husband and wife Rob and Toni Thorne named the restaurant after Toni’s great-grandfather, Giuseppe Amelio Cecere, who came to America from Italy in 1920 and opened a pizza shop in his garage.

Yet another dinner option is The Bridge Restaurant, serving upscale eats like steak and seafood prepared fresh in-house daily, or Tavolo, offering modern Italian fare. Before calling it a night, be sure to check out what’s on tap at Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen. This trendy bistro boasts 48 taps featuring a wide selection of Ohio brews and craft cocktails.

As their motto goes: Sidney Ohio. A spirit we share.

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Ohio Memorial Weekend Destinations

Here are 16 Ohio Memorial Weekend destinations that truly symbolize the holiday and our remembrance of those who died in active military service.

Champaign Aviation Museum

Fallen Timbers Battlefield

Fort Jefferson

Fort Meigs

Fort Recovery

Fort Steuben

Mansfield Soldiers & Sailors Memorial

MAPS Air Museum

McCook House Civil War Museum

Motts Military Museum

Ohio Veterans Museum & Hall of Fame

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Veterans Memorial & Museum

Spirit of ’76 Museum

USS Cod Submarine Tour

WACO Museum

These are just 16 Ohio Memorial Weekend places to go or things to do out of many others, with military collections at various historical museums, events, and sites. Visit to see these sections of the website for more ideas of where to go on Memorial Day in Ohio or discover other places for long weekend getaways.

(Sp)Ring in Travel Season

with Historic Roscoe Village

The blossoms on the trees are budding with color, a soft warm breeze filled with scents of delightful eats dances down the street, and the soft hum of visitors’ voices fills the air.  Could it be?  Vaccinations are finally here – it’s time to travel and there is no better place to be than Historic Roscoe Village!

While the excitement of speeding back to the norm is deliciously appealing, the argument to not just rest but to restore one’s being is greater than ever.  Restore and return to simpler times on a canal town tour that brings history to life. Leisurely strolls can be enjoyed through historic homes and businesses, as digital and skilled interpreters narrate every step along the way. This hybrid approach enhances the 1800s with a modern-day design by marrying technological advances within authentic historic sites to give a more in-depth view of the past than ever before.

While touring, listen for the ring of the anvil from the village smithy as it cries out letting visitors know that 1800s traditions abound, accented by fresh, new, and creative experiences. Offerings like the hands-on activities in the new Hay Activity Center give guests a feel for trades and skills of the time. With nine different crafts for all kids and kids-at-heart, a step back to the 1800s in the activity center is a memory-maker.

Continue to explore down the brick-paved sidewalks while being fully immersed in the atmosphere of historic homes and shops turned twenty-first-century businesses; the experience is nothing short of nostalgic, mirroring of all the hard work that plowed a way to today.  Hand-crafted creations can be found all around in the vibrant village from the local potter’s clay mugs, custom designs of precious gems and jewels from G.A. Fisher, to one of the most noteworthy of Ohio’s 50 famous foods, Roscoe Village Apple Butter in the Roscoe General Store alongside nick-knacks, home-made fudge, the latest seasonal fashions, and so much more.

Take time to reignite a passion for flavor and grab a bite or a pint at the brand-new Huck’s Tavern located right in the heart of Roscoe Village.  This newly renovated establishment is one for the entire family to enjoy with gourmet hotdogs named for favorite fidos and a welcoming rustic pub atmosphere.  Across the way, legendary onion rings are the thing at the restored Warehouse Steak and Stein – one of the most popular stops along the Ohio and Erie Canal today and when it was in operation during the 1830s as a shipping warehouse.  And round out “the Tour of Roscoe” with a sweet treat of hand-dipped ice cream from McKenna’s Market at Medbery.

No trip is complete without enjoying nearby Lake Park’s horse-drawn canal boat ride. Be transcended to yesteryear as the horses clip-clop down a restored section of the Ohio and Erie Canal while the captain tells the tales of transport from long ago. Rides will be available every Friday-Sunday starting in late May with rides on the hour from 1-4 p.m.

What are you waiting for?  Come, relax, rest, and restore unlike ever before in Historic Roscoe Village. For further information on the village please visit or call 740-622-7644.

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It’s Storytime In Steubenville

Steubenville Fountain

Everyone loves a good story and there are dozens of them painted on walls, captured in stone, displayed in nature, and informal exhibits in Steubenville and Jefferson County. And all can be viewed or experienced while safely following all state protocols.

Begin with the twenty-five larger than life murals depicting the area’s heritage painted on buildings in Steubenville, the “City of Murals.” The Pioneer leading to the West, eye-catching Riverboats, the old-time Firehouse, and the Steam Laundry bring back memories of earlier times. Legendary figures such as Dean Martin and Abraham Lincoln look down upon passersby. Learn the remarkable history of Steubenville natives Dorothy Sloop and Moses Fleetwood Walker who are represented on city walls. A map and a fun scavenger hunt are available at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center to help navigate your trail.

Then return to the Visitor Center and tour the reconstructed Historic Fort Steuben. A visit to this 18th century military fort with displays and artifacts in each of its eight buildings, is a must. Entertaining and informative tour guides bring the past to life, describing the difficulties and struggles of life on the Ohio frontier. Youngsters enjoy the scavenger hunt and the Fort Mural Quiz. In the Exhibit Hall additional displays include the culture of the original native tribes, the history of surveying, and an exhibit as part of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. The adjacent First Federal Land Office is also open for tours as an example of a 19th century home office. The annual festival, Ohio Valley Frontier Days is held the first weekend in June. The fort is open daily through October. Fort Steuben Park with its inviting Veterans Memorial Fountain and view of the West Virginia mountains is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch and there are several nearby restaurants offering take-out menus that appeal to every taste. 

Be sure to include a walk or hike on one of the many trails in Beatty Park, a natural preserve with historic stonework and native plants in the heart of downtown. The park features seasonal StoryWalks as well. Check out the Facebook page of Friends of Beatty Park to find the scheduled hikes and events that have been planned. While exploring the downtown take time to admire the stained-glass windows and architecture on the historical churches. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – the oldest in the city – boasts priceless, magnificent Tiffany windows.

Just a short ride down St. Rt. 7 along the Ohio River takes you to the rolling green hills and rural back roads of Jefferson County and to historic Mount Pleasant. This charming village is filled with stories having been a crucial site for the Underground Railroad and the anti-slavery activities of the 19th century. The village contains a National Historic District which includes the Friends (Quakers) Yearly Meeting House, built in 1814, and the Free Labor Store, which refused to sell products made by slave labor. An annual open house and garden tour is held there the first weekend in August. 

After strolling the quaint streets of Mount Pleasant, you should be ready for a hearty meal at the nearby Farm Restaurant in Adena which features delicious food as well as charming décor. Or maybe you would like to stop by Black Sheep Vineyard to enjoy a glass of their hand-crafted wine in a cozy country setting.

Celebrate the peace, beauty, and joys of nature by pitching a tent or setting up an RV at Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins, just 20 minutes from downtown Steubenville. The 1300-acre park with an 80-acre lake offers camping, cabins, hiking trails, pontoon rentals, kayaking, fishing, hiking and picnicking as well as planned activities all summer. It’s a perfect place to share stories around a campfire.

For more information on these, other attractions, dining and lodging in Steubenville and Jefferson County, visit  or call 866-301-1787.

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Motorcycle Thru Amish Country

It’s an easy and scenic motorcycle ride through the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country.

Wayne County along with Holmes, Medina, and Tuscarawas counties together make up the largest Amish community in the world. Motorcyclists often share the back roads with Amish horses and buggies. Many of the Amish families in Wayne County stay true to their agricultural roots. Many also work with businesses that attract visitors worldwide. The Amish are especially well known for their wood furniture and baked goods. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a genuine homemade Amish deep dish pie made fresh with no preservatives.

The Amish enjoy the simple life and avoid many modern conveniences. Minimalist lifestyles are vogue among America’s younger generations (albeit they’re well-wrapped in the latest technologies) today so they could actually learn a lot about living off the grid by visiting with folks in this Amish Mecca. The original Amish immigrants came to the U.S. from Switzerland in the 1690s. They were led by a religious man named Jakob Ammann. His followers became known as “Amish.” They settled in Pennsylvania to escape persecution. In the 1800s, much more Amish immigrated a bit westward to Ohio. This influx included the Swiss-German Mennonites. The Amish and Mennonites are both Anabaptist sects that formed as part of the Protestant Reformation but separate from it. Although they share many of the same beliefs and culture, Mennonites have adopted more technology into their daily lives so if you see an “Amish” person using a cell phone or driving an automobile, they are likely Mennonites.

There are about a half dozen stops across Wayne County that get just as much attention as the novelty of seeing a full-blown Amish community at every turn.

In Kidron, Ohio, your ride will take you to an Amish store that was begun in 1955 by Jay Lehman. Lehman’s Hardware Store grew from its modest beginning serving Amish family needs to a major destination and superstore serving a bustling Amish community. It is also called upon by Hollywood today to come up with pieces to use for period films. The vast product line has plenty of old-fashioned treats in addition to fascinating non-electric goods. A helpful staff is always eager to demonstrate these peculiar and effective tools if you can’t figure them out. This walkthrough history is like meandering a living museum.

Next door there is a regularly scheduled old-time auction house that draws mostly Amish men bidding on livestock and the like. It’s quite an experience to sit in and watch. Lehman’s also offers a café making it a great stop to stretch your legs.

Then you may continue to other signature stops in the county. If you want to see a show, consider America’s Premiere Lyric Theater Festival, The Ohio Light Opera. Swing by The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café to taste the products of this company’s icon brands. Over at P. Graham Dunn, become mesmerized by the lasers cutting inspirational messages into the wood products which are sold on-site. Top the leisure ride through Wayne County’s leg of this motorcycle tour with a picnic on a blanket amidst the beautiful vistas at Secrest Arboretum. Then explore their diverse landscape, theme gardens, and plant collections.

To plan your ride this spring, summer, or fall, contact the Wayne County Visitors Bureau at or call 800-362-6474 to request a free motorcycle touring brochure with a complete guide, including maps.

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Lavender & Sunflower Harvests

Maize Valley Lavender by Paul Basel Photography

From a past edition of OhioTraveler

Maize Valley Farm, Market, Winery & Craft Brewery near historic downtown Hartville is excited to announce it will be offering multiple ways that guests may experience Lavender Harvest and Sunflower Harvest!

“Lavender harvesting at Maize Valley has steadily been growing over the past three years,” said Co-Owner and family member at Maize Valley Bill Bakan. “We have over 2,500 plants consisting of 10 cultivars covering almost two acres.  These cultivars are suitable for culinary, processing, or ornamental uses.  The third year of production is when most plants begin to reach maturity.  In late November & December, we cover the entire field with fabric to protect the plants from bitter winter wind chills.  The plants were looking very healthy when we tucked them in. We are preparing for a great harvest!”

Lavender Harvest season is targeted to begin mid-June at Maize Valley and lasts about five weeks. Visitors may take a short walk to the field where they will receive all the tools and instruction that they need to cut their bouquet.  They will be offering two different daily U-Cut time slots.  There will be a 12:00pm to 3:00pm time slot and a 5:00pm to 8:00pm available Monday through Saturday (Closed on Sunday).  The winery, craft brewery and restaurant will be open from 10:00am till 8:00pm Monday through Saturday for those wishing some refreshments.  Maize Valley produces 16 on-site Craft Beers on tap and over twenty varieties of wine ranging from sweet to dry at their restaurant. Admission rates, details, and weather updates will be available on the Maize Valley event page and website.

Aqua Life at Grand Lake St. Marys

at Grand Lake St. Marys
By Frank Rocco Satullo, your Tour Guide to Fun!

Nothing embodies the epic fun and historic oddities at Ohio’s largest inland lake than the record-setting number of Amphicars – known as the cars that swim – dotting the roads and waves between Celina and St. Marys, Ohio.

Grand Lake St. Marys is a place nobody forgets, past or present. From today’s largest gathering of Amphicars to its former, largest roller-coaster in the world, this vacationland has been amazing its visitors for more than a century. …READ MORE…

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Garden Railways

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Featured Video of the Month

This month’s featured video showcases
Garden Railroading with G-scale model trains.

Garden trains are great for staycations or gift ideas. Enjoy combining outdoor model railways with landscaping. Stores like Dixie Union Station in Mason, Ohio can equip all your model railroading needs. The footage in this video also features Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Reconnect and Make Memories…

Photo by Joe Murray

A story by Gene Betts and the
Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau

During winter, my wife Amanda and I began discussing ideas for long weekend getaways for the family. Because of our jobs, we knew it would be difficult in the coming summer to plan a full week vacation, so we had decided on smaller getaways throughout the summer for us and the boys.

In January, at a family dinner one Sunday with my parents, Amanda, began telling them of our plans for the summer. She explained to them that we were trying to pick some destinations for a few long weekend getaways. As she tossed out some of our ideas, my father Jim spoke up and shared that one of his favorite trips was the summer he took us to see the “Tecumseh” Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe.

As the youngest of three siblings, I barely remembered that trip, so I asked him why it was so memorable. He spoke of the adventures he had taken us on during that trip, from paddle boating to the moment when we sat in the amphitheater and the “Indians” came on stage. His laugh was infectious when he remembered how we jumped when the first gun went off during the production.

An idea came to me while he shared his memories about the trip from so many years ago. What would it be like to recreate this family getaway with my kids and include my parents? Of course, I’d have to get Amanda’s approval before I mentioned anything about it to my parents or kids. However, the idea of making a lasting memory for my dad, kids and myself seemed like the perfect option. That evening, after the boys were tucked in to bed and Amanda and I was watching some television, I brought up the idea and without any hesitation she agreed.

Come June, we made our journey to Chillicothe with tickets to see the “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama on Saturday evening. Friday afternoon we pulled in to the hotel’s parking lot and the fun was about to begin. After spending a few hours in the van, we got checked-in at the hotel and needed to get some exercise.

It was a beautiful summer day, so we made the short drive from the hotel to Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. This was the first stop from my father’s memory of our visit twenty-five years ago. Although I saw images of the park online, seeing these expansive earthworks was more than we could have imaged. The park ranger who gave us a guided tour was wonderful, not only did he give us information that we were looking for about the site, but he also interacted with the kids and provided details on their level.

After walking around the park for a few hours, we were off and heading into the historic First Capital District in downtown Chillicothe. It was getting close to dinnertime and we found a wood-fired pizza shop that we figured the boys would enjoy. We sat outside on the patio that gave us a great view of the shops and buildings in downtown. Amanda and my mother had already began planning to visit the shops Saturday morning while me, my boys and father went on an adventure of our own.

Saturday morning dawned, as the ladies planned their shopping and spa day, us guys packed up the van and headed to Bainbridge in western Ross County. During the original visit, Dad had shared that he had taken the family out in a canoe but couldn’t remember where it was, so I did a little research and decided we would make a new memory with the boys and visit Pike Lake State Park where we could rent pedal boats. My youngest son, Matthew went in a pedal boat with me while my dad took Caden with him. My dad and I both did most of the pedaling, but the boys were having so much fun that neither of us could complain. After a little while, we returned the boats and moved on to our next stop, some miniature golf at Paint Creek State Park. It felt really good to “hang out” with my dad and sons, I couldn’t remember the last time we spent such quality time together.

We had decided to meet back up with Mom and Amanda that afternoon for lunch. As we got back into Chillicothe, Amanda text that they had decided on a place for lunch, and we met up with them at the Old Canal Smokehouse. We all enjoyed the smoky flavored BBQ, as the boys raved about their mac and cheese and shared our morning adventures with Grandma and Mom.

We had two more stops planned before returning to the hotel to get ready for the evening’s performance of “Tecumseh”. After lunch we took the boys down the street to see the two cabooses that were parked along the street. The volunteer who was working that day gave us a wonderful tour, and really connected with the boys. They couldn’t stop asking questions and were fascinated by the model train.

My mother had specifically wanted to visit the 19th century mansion known as Adena Mansion & Gardens. We all loaded back in our vehicles, followed our GPSs across town and up a hill to this gorgeous estate. After taking care of the admission, we began exploring the interactive museum they offered. This helped keep the boys engaged during the visit, I was afraid it would have been a “look but don’t touch” experience, and I would spend most of the time trying to keep the boys from touching. After the museum, we met up with our tour guide for a tour of the mansion, which I knew the boys wouldn’t be able to touch anything. She greeted us at the steps of the mansion dressed in period clothing and the warmest smile. She was endearing and interacted with the boys along the entire tour, while providing the adults with the information we were there to discover.

The time had arrived for us to take the boys to see “Tecumseh!” and I think I was just as excited about this part of the trip as they were. This was the part that my father most remembered about the trip twenty-five years earlier. We arrived early so we could enjoy dinner at their terrace buffet. After dinner we made our way to the amphitheater for the show. The boys settled in their seats between Amanda and me, and my parents took the aisle seats on my left. The show began and just like Dad remembered, we all jumped when the first gun fired in the production.

Not only was I watching the boys’ reaction to the production, but I kept an eye on my father who was also watching our reactions. During the final rays of daylight my father and I made eye contact and the smile that grew across his face told me that this trip and experience would be something that would remember for the rest of our lives. I can only hope that I get to share a similar experience with my sons and grandchildren.

Click here to plan your trip to the Chillicothe, Ohio area.

By Gene Betts

Marion’s Scenic Golf Courses

Sometimes, you just want to play a relaxing round of golf with friends.

Whether it’s a day out or a weekend getaway, discovering a new golf course makes any trip more enjoyable. Golf can be an intimidating game for many, but not in Marion County, Ohio. Local golf course owners cater to the casual golfer, families, and folks just looking to get outside and enjoy themselves. While the courses are well maintained, Marion’s links are a perfect fit for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

A popular family course is Green Acres just south of the city of Marion. Owned and operated by brothers John and Steve Grimes, the par 60 course plays quick, no more than two hours per round. You’ll find many a golfer on the course weekday evenings as it’s the perfect place for an after-work round. Weekday and weekend specials make Green Acres affordable.

Kings Mill Golf Club near Waldo has a long history in Marion County. The course was designed by famed architect Jack Kidwell and has become “our favorite course” for many golfers. Nestled along the Olentangy River, Kings Mill is a mixture of hills, flat terrain and rolling grounds to provide a very scenic and enjoyable round of golf. Owners Linda and Richard Krom took over the 52-year-old course in 2017, ensuring that all of Marion’s golf courses remain locally owned. The rolling terrain of the course makes for a great golf experience and the many vistas from the tees and greens add to a golfer’s enjoyment. The signature #3 hole is a par 3 elevated tee that overlooks a new covered bridge built in 2016.

Opened in 1971, Whetstone Golf Course just east of the city of Marion epitomizes golf in Marion County. Described as a challenging and fair test for golfers, the course ranges from flat to rolling with mature trees, and water on six holes. Whetstone is a rare course that manages to be friendly to newcomers while simultaneously pushing experienced players to improve their skills. There are multiple tee lengths at Whetstone to cater to players of all ages and skill levels.

For more information on Marion County golf course, click here.

Google 360 Captures Dayton Trails

Google has incorporated 360-degree virtual imagery of hundreds of miles of Dayton-area trails and park destinations into its Google Maps.

Five Rivers MetroParks partnered with Outdoor Adventure Connection and Dayton Hikers, and collaborated with dozens of regional partners, to capture more than 600 miles of hiking, equestrian, mountain bike, water and paved trails. This includes panoramic street view imagery-of regional hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, water and paved trails, providing outdoor recreation enthusiasts with interactive visual resources to plan and inspire adventures. People across the world now have the ability to virtually explore many of the region’s trails and landscapes.

“The information Google Maps provides is valuable to local trail enthusiasts and tourists,” said Amy Dingle, director of outdoor connections for Five Rivers MetroParks. “People can use these images as a tool to plan experiences on our amazing trails and public lands.”

Users can access the images of the Dayton region’s trails and landscapes by visiting Captured areas include:

“This project is the most comprehensive of its kind in Ohio,” Dingle said. “Its success is a true reflection of the outdoor culture here and showcases Dayton, Ohio, as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest.”

Professional photographers, travelers, organizations and those who wish to promote areas of cultural, historical or touristic significance may apply to participate in the Google Street View camera loan program. A Street View Trekker backpack or a Street View app-compatible 360 camera is provided to organizations so they may capture comprehensive imagery of a designated area or site.

Similar to the camera unit affixed to vehicles that capture Google’s Street View images along roads, the Street View Trekker backpack has 15 cameras that capture images about every two seconds. Volunteers from Five Rivers MetroParks and Dayton Hikers collected the images last summer.

The Street View Trekker backpack was mounted on a kayak to capture rivers and lakes, and on a utility cart to record images of the nation’s largest paved trail network, with more than 300 miles of connected trails. In addition, volunteers Jim Lewis, Laney Ketring, Dan Murray and Andy Niekamp wore the 50-pound Street View Trekker backpack to capture 80 miles of the area’s hiking trails.

Data collected from the Street View Trekker backpack and detailed information about each “trekking” session was sent to Google upon the project’s completion. Google has been processing the images since then to incorporate them into Google Maps.

Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

Find Your 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’s 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 up 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 alike can tee it up with friends at the award-winning Pinnacle Golf Course or take aim at 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 from dawn to dusk down the one-of-a-kind REI River Trail, 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 naturally refresh both mind and soul. Leisurely canoe paddling down a State and National Scenic River offers time for self-reflection and, if you’re 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. Invigorating and relaxing. Close to the city, but far from its temperament. It’s a natural escape to workout 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 or call 800-539-0405.

Ohio’s Largest Gem Stone Collection

An adventurous trip to Brazil brought 60 tons of semi-precious stones back to Ohio Caverns’ rock shop. Visitors to Ohio Caverns may now purchase hand-selected, cut and polished agate, amethyst, citrine, quartz and many other rock-types as show pieces or in the form of bookends, lamps, candleholders and a lot of jewelry.

The journey to bring such a collection to Ohio for the first time was a learning experience for Tim Grissom of Ohio Caverns.

“It was a trip to remember,” Grissom said. “And it wasn’t easy.”

The venture began out of need. For decades, Ohio Caverns had a supplier out of Indiana for its amethyst and other pieces to retail in their gift shop. Amethyst is especially popular because of its brilliant purple color. It’s a quartz based mineral best known for being the birthstone for February.

“Our supplier threatened retirement,” Grissom laughed. “But we didn’t take his forewarning seriously enough to develop a contingency plan.”

A couple of years ago, that supplier said it’s no bluff. He’s retiring. The folks at Ohio Caverns were fortunate enough to negotiate the purchase of their former supplier’s remaining inventory. They hoped it would last a few years. They sold it all in half that time, but already had a new plan in the works.

Believe it or not, rock pedaling is big business and very competitive. Rather than settle for mail-order rocks that serious suppliers passed over when hand-selecting their own inventory in-person, Grissom and others at Ohio Caverns decided to go directly to the source. They wanted to hand-select the highest grade of semi-precious stones with hopes of coming home with a three-year supply. After a 28 hours travel time, Grissom found himself in the mining town of Soledade, Brazil among buyers from Germany, Japan, China, Australia and elsewhere.

“It’s a very desert-like climate but this town is built on the rock business,” Grissom said. “It’s in Brazil’s southernmost state before crossing over to Uruguay.”

Trucks pour in from the nearby mines and deliver semi-precious stones to the competing family businesses to cut and polish them into showroom quality.

“I had to employ an interpreter to navigate around town because my Portuguese is terrible. I know a little Spanish so there are some similarities but not enough,” explained Grissom.

The advantage that in-person buyers have is that they can personally inspect each individual piece to ensure it’s of the highest quality. If a particular piece doesn’t have enough color, you can replace it. The rejects are likely used in part to fulfill online orders by wholesale rock buyers around the world.

Grissom learned about each vendor in town first-hand. These are family businesses. It is highly competitive from one family business to another. The families running these competing businesses are huge because they’ve been at this for generations. Within one family, there may be different variations of the same product but everyone within an extended family business cooperate and work together.

Grissom ran into one exception where a large family had a rift within it. After the patriarch of the family died, his heirs feuded over the business he left behind.

“The division within that family was in plain view,” Grissom said. “They built a wall straight down the center of the building!”

Once the buying adventure was complete, Ohio Caverns’ order filled three intermodal containers designed to stack on cargo ships, place on flat train cars and transport by tractor trailer without ever having to be unloaded and reloaded. It took 10 weeks for Grissom’s hoard to get to Ohio. Part of the process included an inspection by customs at port in New York. The containers were transported to Columbus, Ohio by train and then by semis from there to the final destination in West Liberty, Ohio. Click here for a 3-D tour of the rock and gift shop at Ohio Caverns.

The gift and rock shop inside the Ohio Caverns visitor’s center also sells bags of rough to sift through to find semi-precious stones. These are used outside at an authentic gem mining sluice. Mining is for all ages. Bags of rough come in 3, 5 and 8 pounds. So if you want a hands-on mining experience you can get your hands a little wet and dirty hoping to score iron pyrite (fool’s gold), aventurine, quartz, calcite, amethyst and much more. For the budding Paleontologist, there are even fossilized sea creatures in rocks and shells to find.

The authentic wooden, gem mining sluice has a 13-foot tower and 80-foot flume. Water is piped out of the tower and splashes its way through staggered planks of narrow chutes. Along the flume, people gather with their bags of rough. There, they slide wooden plates into grooves at the sides of the channel as they pan for real gemstones, minerals and fossils. The mining sluice is easily accessed by those with limited mobility.

Ohio Cavern’s is known as America’s most colorful caverns. It offers one-of-a-kind treasures such as the Crystal King. The Crystal King is the largest and most perfectly formed pure white crystal stalactite found in any cave. A rare discovery at Ohio Caverns is its helictites or “soda straws.” These resemble curly straws hanging from the ceiling. Somehow, they grow longer in a way that seems to defy gravity, twisting in weird directions up, down, sideways and all around. These are the only known caverns in the country where dual formations are found. This oddity consists of iron oxide tipped off with milky white calcium carbonate. Ohio Caverns is located in a quiet park setting covering 35 acres of countryside. It has a playground and two large pavilions for sheltered picnicking.

To plan a visit to buy a piece of Ohio’s largest semi-precious stone collection or to see the one-of-a-kind wonders in America’s most colorful caverns, visit

The Lusty Month of May

It’s not just a song title from the beloved musical “Camelot”.  The lusty month of May is a great description of how we feel about spring.  It’s a little easier to find yourself lost in a daydream while the first hummingbird of the season hovers out your window.  Mother Nature’s pallet contains endless varieties of green.  Wildflowers carpet the forest floor.  Dogwood, redbud and flowering crabapple trees burst with colorful blooms.  The air is sweet and the evening’s song is provided by a chorus of peepers.

Waterfalls erupt in thunderous motion as spring rains feed their fury.  Clifftops offer up miles and miles of the season’s awakening.   Inviting warm days make it impossible to resist going outside to play.   What better place to succumb to the lusty month of May than the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s natural crown jewels.

This May give in to those urges.  You know the ones, taking a road trip, taking a mental health day or two, playing outside like you did when you were a kid.  The Hocking Hills has a plethora of playgrounds.   From hiking among wildflowers and waterfalls to playing in an adult sandbox with really big toys it’s all here in the Hills.

Get a bird’s eye view of spring’s splendor on a zipline canopy tour.  With more than sixty ziplines the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest.  The Hocking River is moving, making canoe and kayak tours effortless.  See a side of spring which can only be seen by horseback.  Drop a line and catch dinner.  There’s nothing like a fresh fish dinner cooked over an open fire on a cool spring evening.

Don’t miss the Hills’ newest attraction; Hocking Hills Sandbox.  This adult sandbox features real earth moving equipment.  Play with a bulldozer, track loader, excavator and high lift.  All the construction equipment you craved as a kid is waiting for you in a grown-up sandbox.

After a day of being a kid, kick back on the deck of your private cabin in the woods.  Gaze at the star filled night sky while you toast the marshmallows soon to be melting over chocolate and graham crackers for the ultimate ooey gooey sweet dream inducing treat.  Your every sense will be satisfied when you spend a little bit of “The Lusty Month of May” in Mother Nature’s Camelot.

Are You An Eaterarian?

eaterarian trail
Diners enjoy the famous fried bologna
sandwich at the G & R Tavern in Waldo

You are not a connoisseur. You are not a gourmet. You are not a foodie. You are an Eaterarian. You like to find those out of the way eateries with great food, an unassuming atmosphere, and where having a laugh with my friends isn’t considered inappropriate. You usually find these places by accident. It would be great if you had a list, maybe even a map of places like that. A list of all the great diners, little local places, and stand-up eateries – all within a few minutes of each other. Places with those ‘best-ever’ breakfasts, works-of-art burgers, authentic throwbacks, and just plain, comfortable food.

Sound like you? The good news is you can find all of this in Marion County as you travel the Eaterarian Trail. Nine incredible, unique eateries that are truly local, totally comfortable, and memory-making. Here’s the rundown.

Baires Restaurant

So often, a great local restaurant is as much about the owner as it is the food. Such is the case at Baires where Marcela Barrios is as likely to be sitting talking with customers as she is in the kitchen creating culinary adventures. Breakfast and lunch are the mainstays at Baires, delivered in traditional comfort food and an occasional Argentinian twist. All meals are prepared from scratch and with an eye toward the healthy, without sacrificing taste and texture.

Carlyle Restaurant

Small, but mighty describes this local favorite that recently moved from Richwood in northern Delaware County to its current home on the east side of Marion. No surprises here as your comfort food favorites on the menu will have you planning your next visit before you leave.

Colonial House Restaurant

Traditional family dining and a robust menu of comfort food favorites make the Colonial House a weekend favorite. But don’t wait until then – you might just slip in to a table without a wait Monday through Friday.

Courtyard Grub and Pub

In the shadow of the County Courthouse, the Courtyard Grub & Pub is a prime example of what a bar and grille should be. However, it should more properly be called a grille and bar as the emphasis is on the food. You would expect burgers to dominate the menu at a place like this, but honestly, you may not expect such an incredible selection of unique, perfectly prepared beef on a bun. Consider their bacon cheeseburger, listed as the Parole Burger on the Courthouse-themed menu. Topped with aged cheddar and two slices of thick-cut bacon, the burger itself is partially made of ground bacon.

The G & R Tavern

Where’s Waldo? More importantly, where’s the G & R Tavern in Waldo? Famous for their bologna sandwich and mile-high pie, the G&R serves up the epitome of comfort food. People come from down the street and across the nation to order the first thing on their walled menu; the famous bologna sandwich. Fresh sweet pickles and onions lie atop a fried ¾ inch slice of the G&R’s homemade-recipe bologna. But leave some room for dessert. With your choice among 6 flavors, each slice of their homemade cream pie stands nearly five inches tall with whipped topping. It certainly is one dessert big enough to share!

Marion Diner

When you think of a diner, you think of bacon and egg breakfasts, homemade soups and grilled sandwiches for lunch, and comfort food dinners. That is exactly what you get at the Marion Diner, plus a little more. The Diner sits on the south edge of Marion, but locals travel from all over town for their traditional breakfast menu that includes 15 omelet selections. The place fills up at lunch time as diners look forward to one of the many offerings from the Pit Smoked Sandwiches section of the menu. Ribs, chicken, and chops bring them in for dinner with large portions and steaming side dishes.

Shovel Restaurant

Some of the best food finds are in nondescript buildings. This is true of Marion’s Shovel Restaurant on the city’s west side. Inside, an atmosphere of casual comfort gives you a sense of what is to come – large portions, great combinations, and an efficient staff. Lunch choices include a large variety of sandwich choices, plus chili, vegetable beef, and ham and bean soups. But the stars of the menu are the burgers. Several versions of the Char can be had, as well as a Prime Rib burger that is taller than it is wide.

Stewart’s Root Beer

Imagine an old-fashioned root beer stand. Ice cold root beer floats, cheeseburgers, foot-long Coney’s, milkshakes, and more all delivered to your window by carhops. Stop imagining and head to Stewart’s Root Beer Drive-in just north of downtown Marion on Main Street. The menu includes 22 sandwiches choices, six of them burger variations. The root beer floats are made with the original recipe root beer and come in frosted mugs – the perfect cooler on a hot summer day.

Victor’s Taco Shop

Feeling saucy? Next time you are in the mood for Mexican cuisine, try Victor’s Taco Shop. This quaint little joint on the corner offers you an authentic meal at a great price. Choose either the walk-up window or two, yes two – drive-thru windows. Each meal is made to order which gives you just enough time to scroll through your newest stories on Facebook while you wait at one of their picnic tables. Feeling daring? Try the largest Chimichanga you have ever seen.

For more on the Marion Eterarian Trail, see the full article here. 

Balloons, Dulcimers, Corvettes + More


Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a family-fun getaway.  From entertaining events such as the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, and the Indian Mud Run to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is just the place to take a break from life’s hectic pace.

In June, enjoy The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, featuring balloon launches, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon nightglow, midway rides, an antiques flea market, craft, and food vendors, a Kiddie Tractor Pull, and more.  “This year’s festival features tethered balloon rides on Thursday evening from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., as well as a Dale Earnhart NASCAR Simulator on Saturday,” said Coshocton Visitors Bureau Interim Director Mindy Brems.  “The live musical entertainment includes The Jason Pendola Band, Blend A Cappella Group, British Invasion, The McVay Brothers, and Chris Higbee.  The best part is that festival admission and parking are free.”  Find a Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival schedule at

“Corvette enthusiasts will enjoy the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In in June,” added Brems. “Guests will also enjoy Frank Allen’s 50’s and 60’s music as they stroll the village.”

Coshocton is also the host of the longest-running heritage music festival in Ohio—The Annual Coshocton Dulcimer Days, held every June in Historic Roscoe Village at the Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus.  The festival features music workshops, private lessons, free concerts, and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships.  Visitors to the event will enjoy music, vendors, raffles, artists’ booths, traditional Appalachian music, and a headliner concert Saturday evening with special guests Madeline McNeil and National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Joshua Messick.

The Indian Mud Run takes place in June at Coshocton Lake Park. This Park fundraiser is a challenging 5K obstacle race, including approximately 20 obstacles along Lake Park’s beautiful Scarr Loop and Eagle Ridge Trails. Register at  “Past participants have said that this is one of the best mud runs they’ve ever done, so we know the runners this year will have a great time. There is even a kids’ course available so that the whole family can participate,” said Brems.

Coshocton is home to several popular attractions, including Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal-era town offering a glimpse into life in the 1800s. This summer, experience the Village’s historic scavenger hunt—Mudlarked in Roscoe where guests visit the historic buildings and collect objects along the way.  Most of the Famous Shops and Restaurants of Roscoe Village are open seven days a week, so visitors can immerse themselves in a quaint, nostalgic street rich with history discovering delightful shops, enjoying delicious dining and unique lodging options.

A visit to Coshocton in the summer is made extra special with a ride on the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat, where the huge draft horses pull the Canal Boat along an original restored portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride are entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s canal life, sharing tall tales and history.  The canal boat is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the summer.

For those who love Ohio wines, staying in Coshocton offers easy access to 17 unique wineries within a 55-minute drive, including those on Coshocton’s Three Rivers Wine Trail, which features Raven’s Glenn, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills, Yellow Butterfly, Indian Bear, and Baltic Mill.

Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton’s many affordable lodging options.  From luxury cabins, friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and guest houses, finding the perfect stay for a getaway is easy.  There are overnight packages to choose from that include wine tastings, Roscoe Village tour tickets, or a Girlfriends’ Getaway.

Request a free visitor packet and find more details about getaway packages, attractions, events, and more, at or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.

COSI is a Standout!


COSI – Center of Science & Industry – is a standout in Ohio but is also one of the most respected science centers in the nation. It makes science fun with hands-on discovery and has done so for decades! COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout ten themed exhibition areas including Ocean, Space, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace®, Progress, Adventure, Innovation Showcase, its outdoor Big Science Park and WOSU@COSI. Beyond the exhibits, you’ll find COSI’s hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, a High-Wire Unicycle, the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, Science 2Go! retail store and the Atomicafe’ restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year. For more information, visit


This award recognizes Ohio’s standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at

The Price Is Right


The Price is Right in Coshocton 

This is an excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

The time and price is right to get away to nearby Coshocton in East Central Ohio.  From fun family events such as a 3D archery shoot, live bluegrass music, and the Dogwood Festival for the Arts; to amazing attractions like Unusual Junction (home of the original Price is Right sign), the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Coshocton is just the place to spend quality getaway time.

Looking for a fun, unusual shopping experience? Then Unusual Junction is the place—offering an Amish cheese outlet, a huge selection of hot sauces and mustards, teas, and unique gifts.  Lava Rock Grill Diner is where the huge original Price is Right sign hangs – signed by Bob Barker.  Plus, find the Universe Prom & Bridal Superstore for the largest selection in the region.

For those who love wineries, Coshocton is conveniently located within 25 miles of ten unique wineries including those on Ohio’s Three Rivers Wine Trail which features Raven’s Glenn, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills and Yellow Butterfly.

Cheese goes great with wine and Pearl Valley Cheese in Coshocton County does it well.  This four generation, family-owned business, has been making award winning Swiss cheese for over 85 years and the honors are still rolling in.  They were recently awarded a gold medal in the World Championship cheese contest for their Rindless Swiss Cheese.

Coshocton is home to Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s town offering tours of the historic buildings depicting life in this once bustling town along the Ohio and Erie Canal. During the month of May when visitors take the 1:00 p.m. guided tour, they visit an 1800s doctor’s office, see how weavings were done on traditional looms in the craftsman’s house, and may even get to participate in an old-fashioned school lesson, and visit with the rugged village blacksmith who uses old-fashioned tools and fire to demonstrate the forging techniques that were used in the 1800s.

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Historic Roscoe Village offers Mudlarked in Roscoe a ‘tour at your leisure’ where visitors get the chance to experience an historic scavenger hunt collecting objects along the way while learning what life was like during the 1800s.  The Village is also filled with delightful shops and restaurants – most of which are open seven days a week.

Kids young and old enjoy meeting Fred & Rock and Willie & Bill, the huge draft horse teams that pull the Monticello III Canal Boat along an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride are entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s canal life sharing tall tales and history.  The canal boat is open Memorial Day through Labor Day Tuesdays through Sundays.

Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton’s many affordable lodging choices.  Find friendly bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels and motels, campgrounds, guest houses, and luxury cabins.  Several overnight packages are also available for family fun, girlfriend getaways, and romantic weekends for two.

Find more details about getaway packages, attractions, events and more, at or call (740) 622-4877 or (800) 338-4724.  You can also request a Free Visitor Packet to make planning your Coshocton getaway easy.

Ohio Paintball Country


Painting Memories

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Trigger an outdoor blast at Paintball Country – one of the biggest and best locations for paintball wars.

This 40-acre paintball destination is on the 210-acre Niederman Family Farm between Cincinnati and Dayton. It features five woods fields and six speedball fields, which are lit to bring action well into the night.

Special scenario productions are often offered, attracting several hundred serious paintball competitors from across the country to compete in major themed events.

If you’re not an expert shot, don’t worry, walk-in first-timers can have just as much fun. Just show up and the folks there will provide all the equipment you need.

Paintball had a humble beginning. Foresters used them to mark trees and farmers used them to mark cattle. Then, one day, two foresters turned the guns on one another in a friendly – colorful – firefight. Today, it’s one of the top extreme sports in the world and has many variations, including x ball, hyper ball, ultimate air, woods, speedball and special scenario war games.

“Safety rules and regulations make paintball a safe sport for anyone from 10-years-old to senior citizens,” said Brian Garver. He runs Paintball Country at Niederman Family Farm. “Referees on the field enforce safety with strict game rules.”

Each player is required to wear safety goggles at all times. The rifle is an air gun. Players are eliminated when a paintball splats on them. Being hit by a paintball leaves a bright colored paint mark on the clothes.

“Sometimes, it can sting a little bit,” smiled Bethann Niederman. She runs Niederman Family Farm.

A paintball has a thin outer skin with colored liquid inside it resembling a gelatin-like capsule. The liquid interior is non-toxic, non-caustic, water-soluble and biodegradable. It rinses out of clothing and off skin with mild soap and water.

“We get lots of church groups, scout troops, business groups and family reunions,” said Garver.

It’s no wonder paintball is one of the world’s most popular outdoor participation sports.

“The nice thing about our farm is that it can accommodate groups from 20 to 300 people,” said Bethann Niederman. “We have a restored 1890s barn which is suited with modern amenities and a spacious deck.”

The barn is perfect for corporate outings, weddings, receptions and reunions. The pavilion is perfect for school groups, scouts and clubs. Parties feature a hostess, giant jumping pillow, food, animal visits and the play area, complete with giant ship, tunnels and more to explore.

Paintball Country is open Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. There’s a fully stocked pro-shop and custom website where you can order anything you need. Paintball Country on Niederman Family Farm is located at 5110 LeSourdsville-West Chester Road in Liberty Township, Ohio between Cincinnati and Dayton. Call 513-779-6184 or visit and

Historic Trains a Family Destination


Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Along a twelve-mile section of railroad first constructed in the late 1860s, the the volunteer-operated trains of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway have thrilled kids of all ages since its founding in 1972. These trains, making the quiet journey along the Hocking River Valley, mainly during summer and fall weekends, provide a glimpse into a slower-paced life that was once commonplace long ago. Who needs Doc’s DeLorean and his flashy flux capacitor when you’ve got a real time machine at your disposal to take you through history? 

But there’s still that lingering thought: life at a slow pace. What a novel concept! Imagine an afternoon with the kids aboard an authentic train ride, taking in the history and still-remaining industries of a valley once vital to a growing nation. These trains, usually taking about two hours to make a full trip, depart the former brick-producing capital of Nelsonville, a quaint town with an emerging art district on the original Public Square. The Square is home to unique art galleries and shops, as well as the equally impressive Stuart’s Opera House. Nelsonville’s depot has ample parking around it and is only a short walk from the Square and its famous neighbor: the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store. 

Out of your coach window, you’ll take in Ohio’s Appalachian foothills, including the tranquil Hocking River, a favorite of canoe and kayak enthusiasts. These hills are absolutely spectacular during October when the leaf color change is at its peak! Remnants of the area brick industry, once an economic powerhouse and primary job source, are still visible and pointed out to you by a knowledgable volunteer via the speaker system installed throughout the train. Other sites include Lock No. 19 of the Hocking Canal and Haydenville, Ohio’s last company town. Additionally, other mining activities on-going in the valley include a two gravel mining operations and an impressive lumber mill, indicating untapped natural resources still abound in the area. 

In addition to the weekend trains operating from May through October, the volunteers of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway put in the extra hours to bring special themed trains to life. Can’t-miss events include Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery, the traditional Santa Trains, and the New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks. 

Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery features bandits on horseback attempting to stop the train—Old West-style! With guns making noise and the thunderous gallop of the horses bringing the train to a stop, you’ll be a part of the action! And the kids absolutely love it! Partnering with Smoke Rise Ranch, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway’s volunteers put on quite a show! This as an incredibly popular event, so you’ll want to book your tickets as soon as possible. 

Due to high demand, in October, the railroad expands into the week, operating extra trains on Thursdays and Fridays from Nelsonville at 1:00 p.m. between October 1st and 30th. While no different than the October weekend offerings at Noon or 2:30 p.m., these trains simply offer you a great option to take in the area and its impressive history. 

Toward the end of the year, as Thanksgiving bellies are full and little hands set to writing lists to a certain Jolly Old Elf, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway’s Santa Trains take to the rails again for a tradition that is almost as old as the railroad itself! A staple part of the railroad’s schedule, St. Nick himself—and sometimes Mrs. Claus (or an elf if she couldn’t make the long trip from the North Pole)—climbs aboard the train for a Christmas tradition you’ll want to make part of your holiday must-do list! Santa visits with each and every child during the train ride and then hands out a candy cane treat after the visit. A great opportunity to hand-deliver that cherished wish list! And, of course, the train cars are heated and decorated throughout. One of them even is heated by an old-fashioned coal stove! 

The full schedule of events for the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, complete with downloadable brochure, is available at You can purchase your tickets there too or by calling (740) 249-1452. Weekend trains throughout the summer don’t usually sell-out, so you can usually just wait and buy at the depot when you arrive for your train ride. But you’ll definitely want to reserve your seats ahead of time for any other train. If purchased ahead, tickets are held at will call in the Nelsonville depot. Prices vary, but the average ticket price is around $15. And keep in mind that there is a small extra fee to purchase tickets in advance. But this is arguably an easily affordable family trek in a world of ever-rising costs! 

Tips to remember! There are no restrooms on the antique train cars, so you’ll want to make a stop in the depot restrooms before taking off on your journey. Parking is generally plentiful (and free!), with three lots available around the station. No food or drinks are sold on the train or at the depot, but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) drinks aboard. No pets are allowed either, so Fido will have to sit this one out (unless he’s a certified service animal). More details are at You can also get regular updates from them if you have Facebook or Twitter (just search for “Hocking Valley Scenic Railway”). Finally, all trains are currently diesel-powered, but a real 1920s-era steam engine is soon to be in operation! 

All aboooard!

Love History? Love Steubenville


Love Steubenville & Jefferson County!

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

The past becomes more meaningful as you journey along the historic trails of Jefferson County in eastern Ohio. Begin with one of the earliest settlements, in Steubenville: Historic Fort Steuben. A visit takes you back over 200 years to a time when hot showers and microwaves were never imagined. One of only two fully reconstructed forts in the state, Historic Fort Steuben recreates life on the early Ohio frontier in the ten wooden buildings within its picket walls, in the adjacent First Federal Land Office (an original log structure from 1801), and in the exhibits and programs in the Visitor Center.

Built on its original site overlooking the Ohio River, the Fort has an active archaeology dig and displays depicting the process of excavating, uncovering and recording the artifacts. A visitor can learn about early military drill and discipline, the skills and tools used by the frontiersmen, the hardships of camp life, and the methods of surveying that were critical in the first great mapping of land for sale and settlement. A more domestic picture is captured in the Land Office where early land owners registered their deeds. Besides the Exhibit Hall and the Museum Shop, the Fort Steuben Visitor Center is also home to the Steubenville/Jefferson County Visitor Center and is a resource for information on the attractions, dining, shopping and events in the area. On Thursday evenings from late May to  late July, free concerts are held in the Berkman Amphitheater in Fort Steuben Park, drawing hundreds to hear live entertainment.  Be sure to plan a trip around the annual festival, Ohio Valley Frontier Days when the Fort swarms with soldier, settler, surveyor and Native American reenactors who vividly bring the period to life. Music, games, dance, crafts and food add to the fun. Get more details at

The past is also depicted in the larger than life Murals of Steubenville, 23 artful presentations of important as well as everyday events and people of the city’s history that are painted on buildings throughout the downtown. A self-guided tour can be obtained at the Visitor Center. One of the most photographed is an enormous mural of Steubenville’s native son, entertainer Dean Martin along with some of his Rat Pack buddies. Dean’s memory lives on in the annual Dean Martin Festival in June through musical tributes and entertainment. It culminates in late June with the Steubenville Hometown Celebration in the downtown with a classic car show, fun and games for the kids, balloons, mini-train rides, Trolley rides down Historic North Fourth Street, tours of historic mansions and churches and an Oldies Concert in the Berkman Amphitheater.

Downtown Steubenville is a busy place but you can find green space and a walking trail in Beatty Park or sit along the Ohio River and watch the barges and boats float by. Information on other recreational opportunities can be found at the Visitor Center.

Want to take a ride in the country? It’s only a few minutes away down St. Rt. 7 along the Ohio River before you find rolling green hills and rural back roads. The Jefferson County Scenic Byway begins at Rayland and is a combination of a greenway, a recreation trail and an area of historic interest. The 15-mile route follows Ohio 150 from Rayland on the east to US 250 on the west. Of particular historic interest is the village of Mount Pleasant, heavily involved with the Underground Railroad and the anti-slavery activities in the 19th century. The village contains a National Historic District which includes the Friends (Quakers) Yearly Meeting House, built in 1814, and the Free Labor Store, which refused to sell products made by slave labor. An annual open house and garden tour is held there the first weekend in August.

After strolling the quaint streets of Mount Pleasant, you should be ready for a hearty meal at the nearby Farm Restaurant in Adena which features delicious food as well as charming décor. Or maybe you would like to stop by Black Sheep Vineyard to enjoy a glass of their hand-crafted wine in a cozy country setting.

For more information on these and other attractions in Steubenville and Jefferson County, visit or call 866-301-1787.

Hidden Places Secret Spaces


Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

This opportunity was offered in the past but may not be currently available.

Hidden Places Secret Spaces offers an inside look at unique locations throughout historic downtown Marietta.

“People don’t realize the wonders these empty buildings hold,” said Lynne Sturtevant of Hidden Marietta. “There is such a rich history to the area and each of these spaces has a unique story waiting to be told.”

Tiber Way (Butler between Front and Second Streets) – Built in 1900 with a curved front so that trains could get around it, Tiber Way has housed various businesses. The tour will cover the section that served as the Marietta Sanitarium.

316 Third Street – The Bosworth House This wonderful downtown mansion was built in 1868. After the last private resident died in 1982, it became offices. Feel free to inspect it from top to bottom. This historic property is for sale.

243 Front Street – The Lock Keeper’s HouseThe Muskingum River locks were hand-cranked by a lock keeper on call 24 hours a day. His house served as his office as well as his residence. Marietta’s lock keeper’s house was the most elaborate and largest on the Muskingum. Come in and take a look around.

276 and 282 Front Street – American Flags and Poles and H. Rietz Company Antiques – featuring three stops in the historic Union Block – The Union Block has housed dozens of businesses and professional offices. Visit the warren of rooms on each business’s third floor and the basement of American Flags and Poles, which was the first floor before the street level was raised.

167 Front Street – The Marietta Brewing Company – Continue the Conversation – Join others and relax from 4 – 6pm in one of Marietta’s most beautifully restored historic buildings. Chat about local history, upcoming programs and downtown revitalization efforts. Cash bar. Drop-in and introduce yourself!

After the tour is completed there will be social time from 4-6 p.m. with a cash bar at the Marietta Brewing Company. During this time participants in the tour will be able to chat about local history, downtown revitalization efforts and upcoming Marietta Main Street or Hidden Marietta programs.

For more information call 740- 885-8194 or visit

Blossoming Amish Country


Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler.

The southwest Ohio region of Appalachia Country has a little secret –! This is a new web site that highlights the growing Wheat Ridge Amish community and Miller’s Furniture, Bakery and Bulk Foods stores.

This cluster of authentic Amish-owned and operated stores has been around a few decades but it’s remained the kind of secret people love to share. Driving there puts you on the back roads of rural Adams County, across a covered bridge and sharing the road with Amish buggies, pedestrians, bicycles and foot-propelled scooters. It is as you would imagine true Amish Country in Ohio – quiet and serene.

Welcome to Wheat Ridge Amish Country.

When Wheat Ridge Road bends, you come upon a place where it isn’t uncommon to find an SUV parked side-by-side with a horse and buggy. There are several buildings, each with its own staple of Amish-made offerings. But its humble owners of today started as the kids of Lydia and Harry Miller in their humble farmhouse back in the 1970’s. This is where their baked goods led to a booming business in furniture, bulk foods and of course – fresh baked treats hot out of the oven.

Miller’s offers everything from apple fritters to armoires. Through their generations of growth, Miller’s has maintained their down home feel backed by Amish integrity that has people driving hundreds of miles to experience. What is now a large operation, Miller’s Furniture, Bakery and Bulk Foods is still a family business that provides that mom and pop touch.

Today, the 300-acre farm has 34,000 square feet of furniture under one roof, plus more outside, and a separate building for the bakery and another for the bulk food store. The cash registers are powered by wind-generated energy. Plus the Miller’s use a lot of solar energy and air compressors. In every store, you are bound to bump into a Miller working, whether it is the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and now even the 4th generation of the Amish family.

The Amish have excused themselves from modern conveniences, believing that a life of simplicity and hard work brings them closer to God. The Miller family has provided friendly service, lively conversation and quality goods for decades. Nothing’s changed except the size of the family working behind the counters to help their patrons.

Every year, there are special events and sales during Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, a Fall Cookout, End of Year Clearance and from time-to-time, quilt auctions and other special occasions. But they are always closed on the Lord’s day of rest – Sunday.

Miller’s may be one of the last outposts of Ma & Pop shops, but they’re thriving on a business model built the old-fashioned way – they aim to please! And they’ve been doing just that for decades.

To plan a visit to Millers Furniture, Bakery & Bulk Foods and Wheat Ridge Amish Country, call 937-544-8524 or log onto