Ohio

There are so many ways to go, see and do the celebration of this season.

Whatever unique experience is on your bucket list, the state of Ohio is sure to provide.

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands area in the northcentral part of Ohio offers all kinds of adventures to experience. There’s something about being “home for the holidays.” For Shores & Islands locals and visitors, there are some pretty unique seasonal activities that don’t happen anywhere else. Make an extended weekend of  your holiday shopping excursion and tour charming island villages or enjoy quiet walks along the Lake Erie coastline or shady wooded trails. For the more adventurous, experience a new adventure like zip lining through the color-changing treetops, or fully embrace the season at a holiday bazaar or show. >MORE

About an hour South of  the lake is Ohio’s only wax museum, Biblewalk in Mansfield. It is the largest Biblical wax museum in the United States and well worth the stop. Take an unforgettable walk through the Bible at this wax museum. How about dinner and a show? You’ll find it at Biblewalk’s Dinner With Grace where the popular show, The Sower and the Shepherd is continued through October. >MORE

Just across the highway is the famous Ohio State Reformatory where much of the 1994 film, Shawshank Redemption, was filmed. Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Other movies filmed at this location were Tango and Cash, in 1989, and most recently, Escape Plan 2 starring Sylvester Stallone. It is at this location that the Blood Prison is now open for the Halloween Season. Spend a day at Malabar Farm, home of former author Louis Bromfield. He showed a great interest in conservation. Enjoy a wagon ride, learn about  Maple Sugaring, walk or ride on a trail through the scenic property. >MORE

Check out a state park. Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake. Further south the Hocking Hills region offers similar recreation opportunities. Start with an aromatherapy jacuzzi bath; accented by a warm fireplace in a cozy cottage at The Inn at Cedar Falls.  That sets the stage for a relaxing weekend, secluded in the still woods of southern Ohio. Visit Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave.  Retreat to the lodge for a seasonally selected menu at the Kindred Spirits Restaurant or sip their delicately crafted cocktails. >MORE.

Beaver Creek State Park, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is one of Ohio’s most scenic parks. The park includes Little Beaver Creek, a state and national wild and scenic river, and 2,722 acres of forest wilderness. Buckeye Lake, constructed as a canal feeder lake in 1826, is Ohio’s oldest state park. The park has long been a popular vacation spot and today offers endless water-related recreational opportunities including swimming, skiing, boating, and fishing. Char-Mar Ridge Park is a 128-acre nature park that is part of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County system. It is almost entirely wooded with hickory, oak, maple, beech, and other deciduous trees. As such, the 1.7-mile trail is almost entirely in the woods, affording a shady walk even on the hottest days. The trail offers some challenges, since it travels up hill and down through the ridge and ravine system.

Ohio is commonly referred to as the Buckeye State due to the prevalence of Ohio Buckeye trees within the state’s borders. For other delightful destinations to extended your weekend, >CLICK HERE… 

 

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