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January
19

Get Active This Winter at These 9 Places Around Ohio

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When the snow flies in Ohio, the fun has just begun! With opportunities for skiing, ice skating, winter hiking, and countless other activities, it's the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors in Ohio. Be sure to check out these nine amazing outdoor destinations in Ohio this winter. 

Mill Stream Run Reservation

16200 Valley Pkwy., Strongsville, OH 44136

Tobogganing at the Chalet at Mill Stream Run Reservation is a winter tradition in Northeast Ohio. With its two 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes, Mill Stream Run offers the thrill of a fast-paced toboggan ride all winter long, with or without snow. Just be sure to hold on tight—once you start moving, you're likely to top 50 miles per hour before you reach the bottom! You can always warm up in the Chalet or slow down and explore the park's snowshoe and cross-country ski trails while you're there. Mill Stream Run Reservation is operated by Cleveland Metro Parks and is just 20 minutes from the city.

Alpine Valley Ski Resort

10620 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

One of Ohio's top skiing destinations, Alpine Valley Ski Resort is nestled among the rolling hills of Northeast Ohio, less than 40 minutes from Cleveland. Their varied terrain includes gentle slopes that are great for beginners, as well as some more advanced slopes for seasoned skiers. Alpine Valley Ski Resort also offers equipment rentals and hands-on skiing courses with skilled instructors to help new skiers learn the ropes. If you get a little hungry between runs, stop in at the on-site restaurant for a bite, or warm up with a beverage at the Snow Belt Saloon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

5793 Boston Mills Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264

Endless winter adventures await at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This wild 32,500-acre playground in Northeast Ohio includes 125 miles of hiking trails open year-round. The 19.7-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is especially popular among cross-country skiers thanks to its smooth grade, while the rugged Ledges Trail meanders among large rock formations that become encrusted in icicles every winter. Cuyahoga Valley National Park also offers some great opportunities for snow tubing and sledding, especially in the Kendall Hills section.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

Blendon Woods Metro Park is one of the best places in Columbus to get away from city life for a while and experience nature. This 653-acre park includes a waterfowl refuge and nature center, with an elevated platform overlooking Thoreau Lake that's a popular year-round spot for bird watching. Blendon Woods Metro Park also includes several trails that are perfect for a winter hike. The 2-mile Sugarbush Trail is especially popular among cross-country skiers. Best of all, the park has a shallow, man-made pond that freezes over in winter to form a natural ice skating rink.

Buckeye Lake

2905 Leibs Island Rd. NE, Millersport, OH 43046

A mere 30 minutes from Columbus, Buckeye Lake is one of the great winter destinations in Central Ohio. When the 3,100-acre lake freezes over in winter, it's one of Ohio's best ice fishing spots, thanks to its abundant populations of saugeye, panfish, and bass. Stop in one of the gear shops or cafes around the lake to warm up, and be sure to visit on January 22, 2022, for Winterfest. This annual event includes food and drink, live music, and various events around the lake, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. Buckeye Lake is accessible for fishing through Buckeye Lake State Park, including a 4-mile shoreline path that connects the North Shore to Lieb's Island.

Mad River Mountain

1000 Snow Valley Rd., Zanesville, OH 43360

Central Ohio's premier ski and snowboard destination, Mad River Mountain is located just an hour from Columbus in the rolling hills of Zanesville. Skiing is available December through March most years on the 1,460-foot mountain, with a vertical drop of 300 feet. Mad River Mountain offers challenging runs for experienced skiers, as well as a learning area with easier terrain for beginners. There's even a tubing area that kids can enjoy while the grown-ups ski and a bar and grill in the lodge that serves up tasty drinks and pub grub.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opened in 1875, making it the second-oldest zoo in the United States. It's one of the absolute must-visit attractions in the Cincinnati area, no matter the season. In winter, visitors have some particularly special events to look forward to, including the spectacular PNC Festival of Lights. Visit on a winter weekend for Penguin Days, an annual event that includes discounted admission and a chance to meet the zoo's resident penguins up close and in person. Penguin Days goes from January 10 to March 11.

Fountain Square Ice Rink

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Fountain Square is at the center of Downtown Cincinnati. Every year from November through February, the square is overtaken by a massive outdoor ice rink open to public skating. A 90-minute ice skating session including skate rentals is just $10, and kids 4 and under can skate for free. The rink also includes a separate area for ice bumper cars, which are a heck of a lot of fun. Visit after dark to see Fountain Square lit up in holiday lights, and be sure to check out some of the shops and eateries that are just footsteps away. It's a perfect place for a romantic winter night out in Cincinnati. 

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

An outdoor sculpture gallery spanning more than 300 acres, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a unique place in any season. But it's a particularly magical place in winter, when the trees, trails, and more than 70 sculptures are dusted with snow. Every year, the park also hosts a spectacular holiday lights display. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is located in the community of Hamilton, less than 30 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati. 

Let It Snow

Where will you be spending your time outdoors in Ohio this winter?

December
22

Love Exploring Ohio? You Should Be Following These 9 Instagram Accounts

Explore Ohio Via Instagram - Cutler Real Estate

Planning a trip or looking for a new home? Thanks to social media, you no longer have to interpret vague written descriptions of people, places, activities, and events. High-quality, detailed pictures are just as close as your cell phone.

Follow these wonderful Instagram accounts to learn more about all the amazing attractions of Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Ohio Travel

Want to learn more about Ohio's historical sites and impressive architecture? Ohio Travel shines the spotlight on the state's county seats and the distinctive buildings located there. Take in the stunning grandeur of locations such as the Hancock County Courthouse, Great American Crossroads Mural in Bucyrus, and Court Avenue in Bellefontaine, the oldest concrete road in America. Ohio Travel also features quirky landmarks like the former Longaberger Co. headquarters, AKA "the picnic basket building," and the New Straitsville Museum, with its recreation of a classic barbershop with the original chairs and mirrors.

Ohio. Find It Here.

Taking its name from the state's tourism slogan, Ohio. Find It Here. promotes the diversity of attractions and experiences available to tourists and residents. Categories covered include Outdoor & Recreation, Family, Food & Shopping, and Hotels & Lodging. The site also features things to do and see based on seasons, holidays, and regions. Find information about weather, roads, and highways to help with your planning. You may find yourself in one of the Instagram posts showing people enjoying the Columbus Zoo, Hocking Hills State Park, and other attractions.

Ohio Explored

Florida and California may have year-round sunshine, but nothing compares to the four seasons of beauty found in Ohio. The natural wonders found in the photos on Ohio Explored include a rainbow over Lakewood, a cascading waterfall at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and a "tunnel" of trees in Sugarcreek MetroPark. Mother Nature's drama is on display during a stormy day at the Clifton Mill and a water spout hovering over Lake Erie. Since beauty can be found in several diverse places, there are also shots of ice cream cones, cookies, and coffee mugs.

Experience Columbus

As the state capital and home of Ohio State University, Columbus is a huge draw. Experience Columbus is full of images showcasing the people, places, and activities that make up this dynamic city. Pictures celebrate outdoor murals, local sports teams, the downtown skyline, historic architecture, and scenic parks, to name just a few subjects. 

614 Magazine

614 is, of course, the area code for Columbus. It's also the title of a lifestyle magazine covering all things Columbus, from news and civic affairs to food and drink to arts and music. Their lively Instagram account features information about special events such as Restaurant Week, What? Music and Arts Festival, and Columbus Brewing's recent pop-up market. Have fun with the interactive posts, such as the poll for "Best Burger" that raised money for local charities. 

Only in Ohio

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If you spend any time at all on social media, chances are you've seen the irresistible articles from Only in Your State. This site takes a deep dive into the unique features of each state, promoting the fascinating but little-known attractions that are off the beaten path. Only in Ohio is their account devoted exclusively to the charms of the Buckeye State. Marvel at a glowing full moon above Mile Long Pier in Lorain, step down into Old Man's Cave at Hocking Hills State Park and follow the boardwalk in Brown's Lake Bog near Wooster. Tag your photos with @only.in.ohio to share your favorite spots!

Visit Cincy

How many cities have a footprint that spans three states? The Cincinnati region extends from Ohio into Kentucky and Indiana, making it a great jumping-off spot to explore as well as a vibrant destination in its own right. Visit Cincy is the Instagram account of the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, so you can be sure they have the lowdown of all the points of interest. Did you know Cincinnati is home to the most extensive living mural ever created? What is the backstory of downtown's iconic Tyler Davidson Fountain, also known as the Genius of Water? These are only a couple of the fun facts you'll learn when you follow this account.

Ohio Magazine

According to Ohio Magazine, life in the Buckeye State is all about "beauty, adventure, and fun." The Instagram account is an offshoot of the popular publication documenting these aspects of Ohio for more than 40 years. Their photos continue the same theme, sometimes capturing all three features in one image. Recent posts include the Home for the Holidays tree lighting in Delaware, "A Christmas Carol" at Cleveland's Playhouse Square, and a flashback to the memorable OSU-Michigan "Snow Bowl" in 1950. Be sure to click on the link to their bio, which features a directory of links on a wide range of categories such as Best Hometowns, Road Trips, Famous Ohio Foods, and Ohio's Great Outdoors.

Destination Cleveland

Ohio's second-largest city, situated on the shores of Lake Erie, certainly merits its own Instagram account. Destination Cleveland, maintained by the convention and visitors bureau, covers every inch of the area, from downtown and the neighborhoods to the suburbs and outlying region. In December, the site is doing a small business "Advent calendar" highlighting a different dining or retail option each day. These types of posts focus on Cleveland's identity as a fast-paced urban center, but you'll also be delighted at the spectacular scenery in many of the photos.

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words

Do you have a favorite photo that captures the essence of Ohio? Where was it taken? 

August
14

Columbus: Visit These 10 Places on a Road Trip to Marietta

Road Trip to Marietta - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Wanderlust is part of our American heritage. Fortunately, there are a number of intriguing road trips from Columbus, OH that are short on distance, but long on culture and entertainment.

Picturesque Marietta, just under a two-hour drive from Columbus, bills itself as "Ohio's First Adventure," but they're not just bragging. No less an authority than National Geographic calls Marietta one of the best "adventure towns" in the United States. Use this helpful guide to plan your own adventure in Marietta.

ATTRACTIONS

The Castle Historic House Museum

418 4th St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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You'll feel like a member of royalty for a day when you visit The Castle, a stunning Gothic Revival home dating back to 1855. Built for the then-princely sum of $10,000, The Castle has housed lawyers, bankers, and even a member of the Ohio Senate. In addition to antiques and historical furniture, museum displays include many items related to various owners of the home. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Hours vary by season and advance reservations are required, so visit the website for more information.

Trolley Tours

241 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

Enjoy the charm and history of Marietta from a comfortable seat on the Trolley Tours. You'll get a unique perspective of the town thanks to entertaining stories from the knowledgeable tour guides. The 90-minute trip covers all noteworthy areas of Marietta, including beautiful residential streets, so you can decide which places you want to explore in depth. Trips depart from the Armory parking lot at 10 a.m. Call or visit their Facebook page for more information.

Marietta River Trail

Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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Marietta is nestled in the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. The latter provides a scenic backdrop for a pleasant walk along the Marietta River Trail. Construction is occurring in phases, but the current configuration runs 3.28 miles, just long enough for a family-friendly outing. Leashed four-legged family members are welcome, so bring your precious pooch along. The trail begins at the Indian Acres Boat Ramp, extending to E. 8th and Jefferson streets.

Children's Toy and Doll Museum

206 Gilman Ave., Marietta, OH 45750

Do your kids think history is boring? They'll love the "education" at the Children's Toy and Doll Museum. Founded in 1976, the museum outgrew two other locations before settling into its current home in a Queen Anne-style house. Nine separate rooms contain themed collections featuring dolls and dollhouses along with a wide selection of antique toys and games. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for kids. Hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. weekends.

SHOPPING

Wit & Whimzy

152 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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When you visit Wit & Whimzy, the name alone lets you know you're in for a unique experience. The shop is filled with a carefully curated collection of artisan-crafted items from local and regional artists and small business owners. On any given day, you can find unique jewelry, home decor, bath and body products, apparel, and accessories that are perfect for yourself or gift-giving. Many items have a Marietta, Ohio, or West Virginia theme. Wit & Whimzy is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Teri Ann's

290 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

Tired of shopping at national chain stores with mass-produced clothes and no customer service? Teri Ann's features women's designer clothes and accessories so you can put together your own stylish look. Cheerful and knowledgeable service is a hallmark of the family-owned store, founded in 1961 by George and Virginia Zide and named after their eldest child. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

DINING

Marietta Brewing Co.

167 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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Marietta has a rich past, but the city has also embraced the best features of modern-day life. Head to Marietta Brewing Co. for locally-made craft beer and "guest" beverages from top Ohio breweries. The food menu includes eight types of burgers along with other brewpub classics such as pizza, chicken wings, and nachos. Dine in or order online for carry-out. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Buckley House Restaurant

332 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

Dining out is truly a special event at The Buckley House Restaurant. Located in an elegant Victorian-style home listed on the Ohio Historic Register, The Buckley House was built in 1879 as a private residence. The seasonal menu is influenced by the delicious flavors and healthy ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy the impeccably landscaped grounds from the outdoor dining areas on the front porch and back deck. The Buckley House serves dinner from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every evening but Sunday and reservations are recommended.

LODGING

The Lafayette Hotel

101 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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Legend has it that American Revolution hero Marquis de Lafayette was the first tourist to visit Marietta during its fledgling days. The occasion is memorialized in the name of The Lafayette, one of the last remaining riverboat-area hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Marietta, The Lafayette has a distinctive triangular shape that allows guests a view of either the Ohio or Muskingum rivers. Amenities include a private fitness center, dry cleaning service, onsite laundry facilities, two restaurants, and a coffee shop. Visit the website for a list of specials and themed packages.

The Hackett Hotel

203 Second St., Marietta, OH 45750

Marietta's past meets the 21st century at The Hackett Hotel, a "casually chic" boutique hotel located on the second floor of a fully renovated 1899 building. The hotel's five rooms have their own individual decor and each one is named after an influential figure from Marietta's history. Modern amenities include free WiFi and HD TVs. Conveniently located on the first floor, The Galley is a lively gastropub with 24 beers on tap along with a menu that combines gourmet dishes and bar food classics. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Saturday.

Hit the Road, Jack

What's been your most memorable road trip from Columbus, OH?

August
12

10 Places for a Family Weekend Getaway Around Ohio

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Who's ready to get out of the house and get away for a weekend? These last few months have brought our families together closer than ever. Unfortunately, that also meant pretty close quarters at home. While many of our summer vacation plans may be postponed until next year, there's still plenty of time to make the most of a quick trip around the state. Load up the kids, pack a handful of snacks, and head to one of these destinations that are perfect for a family weekend getaway.

Put-in-Bay

Distance From: Cleveland (85 miles) | Columbus (130 miles) | Cincinnati (235 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Looking to get away only to kick back and relax? Then stay put in Put-in-Bay! This island in Lake Erie is a fantastic play to have an enjoyable yet relaxed family vaca. You can either stay on the island itself or take the ferry back and forth to the mainland. Perry's Cave Family Fun Center is a must-do as it has everything imaginable: mini golf, rock climbing, a maze, and even gemstone mining. There are also tons of hiking trails, nature walks, and on-water activities to fill your getaway!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Distance from: Cleveland (20 miles) | Columbus (129 miles) | Cincinnati (235 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Super close to Akron, your visit to Cuyahoga Valley National Park will make you feel worlds away from the city. This wonderful natural space is a great place to camp and get your family in touch with nature. Hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, and stargazing are just the tip of the iceberg! Bring a few coolers of food for unforgettable picnics or eat one of the restaurants just outside of the park. You can stay in lodging within the park or camp at a nearby campground just outside of the park's limits.

Geneva-on-the-Lake

Distance From: Cleveland (53 miles) | Columbus (190 miles) | Cincinnati (296 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor family fun, Geneva-on-the-Lake is the place to be! Charter a fishing boat or play mini-golf. Take a zipline canopy tour or go canoeing down the Grand River. If the weather isn't cooperating, a roller rink and multiple arcades will deliver indoor fun. Just be sure to hit the beach when you can as no trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake is complete without actually being on the Lake.

Hocking Hills

Distance From: Cleveland (197 miles) | Columbus (57 miles) | Cincinnati (135 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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If your family can't spend enough time outdoors then set a course for Hocking Hills! Southeastern Ohio's scenic wonderland has two nature preserves, five state parks/forests, and six natural attractions. Hike to the Old Man's Cave or Cedar Falls. Camp in a tent or stay in a cabin. Plus, there are plenty of other family-friendly attractions like High Rock Adventures, Skyview Drive-In, Rollerball Lanes, and R Adventure Park.

Sandusky

Distance From: Cleveland (63 miles)Columbus (112 miles) | | Cincinnati (225 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Have an adventure on the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky. This town is home to adrenaline-pumping action including Cedar Point amusement park, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark, Castaway Bay Waterpark, and Kalahari Resort. Add a new interesting museums and lovely state parks into the mix, and you've got an active weekend that your kids will love!

Mason

Distance From: Cleveland (227 miles) | Columbus (85 miles) | Cincinnati (24 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Travelers to the Cincinnati area know that there are hours of fun to be had just a few miles north in Mason. Home to King's Island, the largest amusement park and waterpark in the Midwest. In fact, there are so many great family-friendly attractions around Warren County that Mason is a great home base. Jump & Jack's playground, the WEB Extreme Entertainment, and EnterTRAINment Junction are a few miles east.

Cumberland

Distance From: Cleveland (136 miles) | Columbus (77 miles) | Cincinnati (185 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Looking to get a little wild on your family getaway? Then head to Cumberland and visit The Wilds. This unique zoo features animals from around the world and you can go on your own safari through the park. You can take a zipline tour, learn about animals in the nature center, and even spend the night on the property and let the sounds of wildlife rock you to sleep.

Yellow Springs

Distance From: Cleveland (195 miles) | Columbus (56 miles) | Cincinnati (70 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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There's a reason Yellow Springs is known as "Everyone's Favorite Place." Arts, culture, local cuisine, and outdoor recreation all combine to give you an awesome weekend trip. Take a family bike ride through the trails within John Bryan State Park or hike around Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve. Grab fresh food from Flying Mouse Farms then dust off your new favorite book at one of the two Yellow Springs independent bookstores. With events nearly every weekend in downtown, there's always something fun to see and do for the whole family in Yellow Springs.

Amish Country

Distance From: Cleveland (78 miles) | Columbus (84 miles) | Cincinnati (200 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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If you've never visited Ohio's Amish Country, then you're in for a yesteryear treat! Amish Country is full of unique little towns that give you a sample of true Amish life. Take an Amish Heartland Tour in Millersburg, eat at the Amish Door Restaurant in Wilmot, and visit the "Little Switzerland of Ohio" in Sugarcreek. Whichever towns you stop in, be sure to sample the fresh cheese and pick up a few handcrafted souvenirs around Berlin.

Toledo

Distance From: Cleveland (114 miles) | Columbus (146 miles) | Cincinnati (202 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Instead of heading to the three Big C cities, head to Toledo and experience a different side of Ohio. The Toledo Zoo, Imagination Station, National Museum of the Great Lakes, and Wildwood Park are just a few of the great destinations inside Toledo. With dozens upon dozens of indoor and outdoor attractions that are ideal for all ages, Toldeo may just become your new favorite urban getaway in Ohio!

Family Roadtrip

Where is your favorite place to take the family for a weekend getaway? Tell us where we should plan our next family staycation in the comments!

March
27

Take a Sunday Drive Around Cincinnati

Cincinnati Sunday Drives - Cutler Real Estate

Do you ever come down with a case of wanderlust, but vacation just isn't in the cards right now? With as little as one day and one tank of gas, get away from it all and take one of these fascinating trips around the Cincinnati area. 

Barn Quilt Trail of Boone County

6282 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005

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Quilts have a nostalgic appeal that instantly creates a homey feeling of comfort. Enterprising crafters have taken "quilting" to a new level, and many of their works make up the Barn Quilt Trail of Boone County. Donna Sue Groves, a representative of the Ohio Arts Council, inspired the project with a quilt square painted on the side of a barn in Adams County to honor her mother. Boone County's collection, sponsored by the Florence Women's Club, features more than 60 barn squares in traditional and contemporary patterns.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

 
 
 
 
 
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It may seem a more appropriate site for Halloween visits, but Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is not your everyday cemetery. Established in 1845, Spring Grove is the second-largest cemetery in the United States and one of only seven to hold the designation of National Historic Landmark. In addition to the burial grounds, Spring Grove includes a stunning 733-acre arboretum with an extensive collection of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials. Download a map from the website and tour the grounds by car or foot. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

Riverside Drive Statue Tour

Riverside Dr. and Greenup St., Covington, KY 41011

 
 
 
 
 
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Sneak in some local history with a family visit to view the impressive artwork along the Riverside Drive Statue Tour in Covington's Licking Riverside Historic District. Start with the statue of John A. Roebling at the foot of the bridge spanning Cincinnati and Covington that bears his name. As you make your way along the riverfront, you'll pass impressive historic mansions along with statues of notable figures such as Captain Mary B. Greene, first licensed riverboat captain along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and James Bradley, a former slave who became one of the first black students at Oberlin College. 

Eden Park Tour

1292-1298 Elsinore Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Iconic Eden Park may define Cincinnati more than any other area in the city. Its name is taken from "Garden of Eden," as it was called by original owner Nicholas Longworth. Start your tour at Elsinore Arch, a stately structure built as a valve house for Cincinnati Water Works that also serves as the entrance to Eden Park. Other stops include Mirror Lake, a reflection pool with a 60-foot fountain, and Presidential Grove, which features a tree dedicated to each president of the United States. Hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

"Secret Cincinnati" Tour

229 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073

 
 
 
 
 
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Once you've seen the traditional Cincinnati sites such as Great American Ball Park and Fountain Square, it's time to check out the lesser-known but equally interesting spots. The "Secret Cincinnati" Tour is based on Kathryn Witt's book, Secret Cincinnati: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. Start at Petri's Flowers Building, where a whimsical mural imagines characters from artistic masterpieces enjoying a "Garden Party at the Taft." Other visual treats along the way include a Western mural adorning a park in Old Seminary Square and St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, with an exterior designed to resemble iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

City of Sculpture

1 High St., Hamilton, OH 45011

 
 
 
 
 
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Hamilton's commitment to culture led then-Governor Bob Taft to officially recognize it as the "City of Sculpture" on August 16, 2000. Community members founded a non-profit group under the same name to continue installing sculptures from local and national artists in various public spaces around Hamilton. One of their projects involves teaming up with Leadership Hamilton to provide a series of sculptural bike racks throughout the downtown area and along Main Street. After spotting the sculptures around town, finish your tour at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, featuring more than 80 sculptures in a beautiful natural setting. The park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for kids aged 6-12.

ArtWorks Public Art and Murals

20 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Not all art galleries are behind four walls. ArtWorks is a non-profit organization helping to make Cincinnati a diverse and vibrant open-air art gallery. The Public Art program matches youths aged 14-21 with professional artists who serve as mentors. Since 1996, members of ArtWorks have created more than 12,500 projects, of which one of the more notable works is the "Sing the Queen City" sculpture greeting people entering the city on the Roebling Bridge. Visit the website and download the convenient map of self-guided walking tours.

Hocking Hills State Park

19852 State Route 664 S., Logan, OH 43138

 
 
 
 
 
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With five separate sections offering a diverse range of landscapes and features, Hocking Hills State Park is like Mother Nature's amusement park. More than 330 million years ago, the area was submerged beneath the Atlantic Ocean. As the waters receded, various natural wonders carved out by a melting glacier came into view. Get a brisk workout on the hiking trails that's rewarded with breathtaking sights of cliffs, waterfalls, caves, and sweeping panoramas. Hours are dawn to dusk year-round.

Columbus, IN Art and Architecture Tour

506 5th St., Columbus, IN 47201

 
 
 
 
 
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When you hear "Columbus," you probably think automatically of Ohio. But the "other" Columbus, across the Indiana state line, has been named one of America's top historic destinations by National Geographic Traveler. Columbus has been dubbed "Athens on the Prairie" thanks to the city's unique mix of public art and modern architecture. The visitor center boasts a Dale Chihuly chandelier, while the library was designed by I.M. Pei and features a Henry Moore sculpture adorning its outdoor plaza. 

Mt. Airy Forest

5083 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

 
 
 
 
 
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Cincinnati is a bustling urban center, but a peaceful oasis is only 15 minutes away. At 1,459 acres, Mt. Airy Forest is the largest facility in Cincinnati's park system. Along with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, Mt. Airy has Ohio's only wheelchair-accessible treehouse. The arboretum features 30 acres of gardens, several gazebos, and a scenic lake. Bring Fido along for a romp in the enclosed dog park. Be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy at one of 23 picnic areas. Mt. Airy is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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May
28

8 Spectacular Glamping Destinations Near Columbus That You Should Visit This Summer

"Glamping", or glamorous camping, is all the rage these days. There are plenty of people who enjoy the serenity of camping in the wilderness, with nothing but themselves and their trusty pop-up tent. But sometimes it's nice to experience nature without having to rough it! For those who crave that outdoorsy vibe but want to keep a hold on the comforts of home, glamping is the perfect compromise That's why we rounded up some of our favorite glamping destinations only a short drive from Columbus! On this list, you'll find everything from luxurious cabins to #InstaWorthy yurts to rustic tree houses — all ready for your weekend getaway.

Orchard House Bed & Breakfast

4058 Columbus Road, Granville Distance from Columbus: 32 miles Columbus Camping Glamping Cabins

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From April through October, you can enjoy a unique camping experience at the Orchard House. Enjoy sleeping on a comfortable queen-sized bed with a down comforter, a private half-bath in the main manor, and a secluded outdoor solar shower — all set amongst lush forest backdrop. As an added bonus, you'll have full access to all of the best amenities including gourmet breakfasts, an add-on massage, tent-side refreshments and a bonfire at the end of every night. You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Delaware State Park

5202 U.S. Highway 23 N, Delaware Distance from Columbus: 45 miles Delaware State Park is full of dense woodlands, expansive meadows and a shimmering 1,300-acre reservoir. Located just north of Columbus, you can visit this glorious park for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing! While they offer plenty of normal camping sites, you can also reserve a luxurious yurt any time May through October. These cozy yurts come completely furnished with futon beds, a table and chairs, a cooler and a ceiling fan. Outside, you'll find a charcoal grill and picnic table with a canopy — so you can enjoy both the outdoors and the indoors on your camping trip! You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Arhaven Bed & Breakfast

5250 Goss Road, Sugar Grove Distance from Columbus: 45 miles The quaint Arhaven Bed and Breakfast offers two places for you to rent, the Haven Suite, which is a luxury suite in the main house, and the Feathered Nest, a newly built glamping cottage! This one-of-a-kind cottage offers a bed made from fine linens, flower arrangements, battery packs for your electronics, a darling bathroom and much more. This adorable vacation destination located in the beautiful Hocking Hills is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway! You can make a reservation by visiting this page

The Mohicans Treehouses

23164 Vess Road, Glenmont Distance from Columbus: 77 miles Take your getaway to new heights with a stay at the Mohicans tree houses! Each house is custom designed with sleek interiors, stunning views and cozy amenities. While these beauties are usually reserved on the weekends for wedding guests, you can visit during the week and they are available all winter — perfect for a snowy escape! If you're looking for something more "ground-oriented", the Mohicans also have several grounded cabins on site that you can rent all year long and all of them are just as opulent as their elevated counterparts. You can check their availability here and make a reservation by visiting this page

Nomad Ridge at the Wilds

14000 International Road, Cumberland Distance from Columbus: 80 miles

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We can't think of a more spectacular glamping destination than Nomad Ridge. This awe-inspiring park, created by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, offers private yurts full of unique accent features like bamboo flooring and Asian-inspired decor. Sit on your own personal deck, nestled among the trees next to the animal pasture areas. Or take in the sweeping view of the Wilds from the observation deck where you can see everything from rhinos to red-tailed hawks. And in the evening, relax by the fire and look up at the stars in the open sky! You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Hueston Woods State Park

6301 Park Office Road, College Corner Distance from Columbus: 112 miles Located in College Corner, Ohio, Hueston Woods State Park boasts 3,000 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing, canoeing and fossil hunting! Glamp in their adorable yurt that offers electricity, a refrigerator, microwave, TV and outdoor grill. Or, spend the weekend in style at one of their rustic cabins at the Resort Lodge. These state-of-the-art cabins are full of everything you could possibly need for a stylish weekend away. Plus, take full advantage of the resort's amenities like the outdoor swimming pools, game room, restaurant and tennis courts. You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Clay's Park Resort

13190 Patterson Street NW, North Lawrence Distance from Columbus: 115 miles Columbus Camping Glamping Cabins

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This spacious, 500-acre resort offers an RV park, a campground, an event center and a water park, so no matter how you're looking to spend your "glamping weekend", you're sure to have a blast at Clay's Park Resort! Settle into one of their custom-built canvas tents, each featuring one queen bed, one set of bunk beds and a day bed, along with a charcoal grill, a hammock, a fire ring and a picnic table. The area also boasts a stocked fishing lake, kayaks and canoe rentals, miniature golf, and a heated indoor pool. You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Columbia Woodlands

6593 McKracken Drive NW, Dover Distance from Columbus: 125 miles Columbia Woodlands combines the height of luxury and the peacefulness of nature in their sprawling 400-acre property that boasts upscale cabins, magnificent glamping tents, and a wedding and event center. Spend the day fishing in one of the nearby ponds, hiking their eight miles of trails, canoeing, swimming or just settle in with a good book in one of their hand-carved rocking chairs. The possibilities are endless at this quaint getaway destination!   You can find a full list of their glamping options and make a reservation by visiting this page  

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May
14

19 Essential Historic Landmarks Around Ohio, Mapped

Ohio is known for our love of sports, our delicious Buckeyes and our rock and roll — but our incredible state is also bursting with history. Not only are we the birthplace of aviation, but we have also been home to several presidents and inventors and the site of plenty of historic battles. There are hundreds of historic sites in Ohio that are waiting to share the stories of great people, places and events that made our home what it is today. We rounded up 19 of the must-see attractions around the state, so you can get started on planning your historic tour of Ohio! Which landmark will you visit first?
Start planning out your road trip using our interactive map!

The Adena Mansion and Gardens | Chillicothe

The dramatic stone mansion on a hill north of Chillicothe, Ohio, was the home of Thomas and Eleanor Worthington and their 10 children in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Thomas Worthington was one of Ohio's first U.S. senators and served as the sixth governor of Ohio from 1814-1818. You can visit their incredible home which is surrounded by extensive gardens — that include a fruit tree orchard, grape vines and plots for vegetables — and get a unique view into 19th-century life.

The Arcade | Cleveland

Arcade Cleveland The Arcade Cleveland opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It was designed by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith and financed by some of the most esteemed businessmen of the late 19th century, including John D. Rockefeller and Charles Brush. Today, the gorgeous building is one of Cleveland's most popular landmarks and premier destinations for shopping and dining. You can even stay in the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel that occupies the top three levels!

The Birthplace of Thomas Edison | Milan

Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb and many other devices that make our lives simpler, was born in Milan, Ohio in 1847. Visit the Edison Birthplace Museum and peruse their rare collection of Edison's early inventions, documents and family mementos. The museum is open February through December, so make sure to stop by the next time you're in the area to learn all about Thomas Edison's life and how he began the Age of Invention.

Cincinnati Music Hall | Cincinnati

This famous music hall was originally built in 1878 with private money from what is believed to be the nation's first matching grant fund drive. It was recently reopened in October 2017 after an extensive renovation and is currently home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Ballet. You can find this remarkable structure in the heart of Over the Rhine right behind Washington Park, which is always bustling with fun events and festivals for you to enjoy!

The Cincinnati Observatory | Cincinnati

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In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a piece to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. Today, the observatory is open to the public for tours during the week and public stargazing most Thursday and Friday evenings.

The Cincinnati Zoo's Elephant and Reptile Houses | Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Zoo is home to two National Historic Landmarks, the Elephant House and the Reptile House. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the world, built in 1875 in Turkish style. The building originally housed monkeys but is now home to more than 35 reptile species. The Elephant House, a Taj Mahal-looking structure, was constructed in 1906 atop the zoo's highest hill. The gorgeous building is one of the zoo's most popular destinations, home to several endangered Asian elephants.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park | Dayton

The Dayton Aviation Heritage Park is a national park that commemorates three important historical figures — Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The park features several historical landmarks including the Wright Cycle Company Complex which is home to the Wright brother's last surviving bicycle shop, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and many others! Visit to learn all about these famous Dayton residents' lives and their massive impact on the world.

Eldean Bridge | Miami County

 
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Set amidst the backdrop of Miami County's vast farmland and the tree-lined Great Miami River, the Eldean Covered Bridge is one of only two covered bridges remaining in the area. While it was once the second longest of its kind in Ohio, it is the longest "Long Truss" covered bridge in the nation. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to cross over the bridge on foot or by car, but no matter how you decide to journey across, the gorgeous barn-red bridge will no doubt take you back to another time.

Fort Meigs State Memorial | Perrysburg

Fort Meigs was built during the War of 1812 along the Maumee River to provide a supply depot and staging point for United States military operations in Canada. Today, Fort Meigs is the site of a 65-acre park that includes a full-size 10-acre replica of the 1813 fort. If you're looking to get a taste of American history, you can visit the reconstructed fort any time you'd like! Bring the whole family and enjoy one of their battle reenactments or one of their historical demonstrations, which take place throughout the year.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park | Chillicothe

Along the landscape of the Ohio River Valley, you can find earthen mounds and embankments that come together to create geometric structures. These astonishing creations were built by local Native Americans almost 2,000 years ago. These natives called themselves the Hopewellians and they gathered at these earthworks for feasts, funerals and rites of passage. You can learn all about them, and see them in person, at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge | Cincinnati

Ohio Landmarks The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, named for the civil engineer who designed it in 1867, has been an iconic bridge along the Cincinnati skyline for nearly a century and a half. It was the first bridge to employ several new techniques, making it an engineering marvel during the time of its construction. When you're in the area, make sure to take a stroll across it to get a better look and mark the RoeblingFest on your calendar in June, when hundreds of Roebling enthusiasts come together to celebrate the landmark.

The Great Serpent Mound | Peebles

This magnificent site features the world's largest serpentine effigy mound yet to be discovered. The mount winds through trees on a cliff overlooking the Bush Creek Valley in Adams County, averaging about 1,330 feet in length and three feet in height. Historians don't know why this great serpent exists, only that it might have been created by the Adena people over 2,100 years ago. The mysteries don't stop there, however. The ground under the mound is full of cave-like, hollow structures that puzzle historians and visitors alike. We might not ever solve all of the serpent's secrets, but one thing is for sure — it is really gorgeous to look at!

McKinley Memorial | Canton

 
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Former president William McKinley spent much of his life in Canton, where he practiced law and married his wife, Ida Saxton. The McKinley Monument is the final resting place for the 25th President of the United States and his wife. This breathtaking, round building is located in Canton, towering above the trees in Canton and settled at the top of 108 steps. If you're interested in learning more about President McKinley, head down the street to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, which serves as an educational center of history and science for both the local community and a global audience.

Mt. Pleasant Historic District | Mt. Pleasant

Not only is this district adorable, but it's also an area full of rich history. Mount Pleasant was founded in 1803 by anti-slavery Quakers and was a well-known safe haven for fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. The entire town is a must-see for anyone who loves history. We recommend stopping by the meeting house, where Ohio Quakers would meet once a year, and the Burris General Store, which was built in 1895, where you can get a look at all of the original equipment and pick up a souvenir! But, no matter what you decide to do while you're in the area, you should definitely take a moment to stroll along the quiet streets and look at the remarkable historic homes.

The Ohio Statehouse | Columbus

The Ohio Statehouse is our state capitol building and is truly a magnificent sight to behold! Unlike many of the other states' capitol buildings, the Ohio Statehouse didn't take inspiration from the United States Capitol, because it was actually designed and built before the glorious building in D.C. was ever erected. Instead, it was built in the Greek Revival Style, with many features drawing inspiration from the Tholos of Delphi and the Parthenon of Athens. You can tour our historic capitol building for free — Monday through Friday every hour on the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Ohio Theatre | Columbus

 
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While this stunning theater is one of the state's most beautiful buildings, featuring Spanish-Baroque architecture with breathtaking details (including the 21-foot high chandelier!), it was created as "a palace for the average man." Thomas W. Lamp, the Scottish architect in charge of the Ohio Theatre project in the 1920s, envisioned a place where anyone, regardless of wealth or status, could go and see a film or a live performance. To put the finishing touches on the theater, they chose Ann Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School of Architecture, who traveled around the world to select art and furnishings. Today, you can experience all of the history and majesty at one of the 100+ performances the theater puts on each year.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial | Put-In-Bay

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. And, to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada and the U.S., the Memorial, a Doric column that rises 352 feet over Lake Erie, is situated five miles from the longest undefended border in the world. For a truly incredible view, head up to the Observation Deck of the Memorial when you visit, where you can get a 360-degree view of the Lake Erie Islands and the shorelines of Ohio, Michigan and Ontario.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens | Akron

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Located in one of our favorite Akron neighborhoods, Merriman Valley, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a prime example of the area's stunning architecture. The castle-like residence served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder Frank A. Seiberling and is a popular landmark and tourist attraction today.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums | Fremont

Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th president of the United States from 1877 to 1881, having also served as an American representative and governor of Ohio for several years. Shortly after his death in 1893, his son set about creating a museum and library as a memorial to his father in Hayes' home of Fremont, Ohio. You can visit the estate and museum Monday through Saturday and peruse artifacts from our former president's life. We recommend taking a picnic lunch and settling in a shaded spot on the lush grounds while soaking in the beauty and history of Fremont!   

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April
23

9 Incredible Road Trip Destinations Within 5 Hours of Cincinnati

It's no secret that we love Cincinnati. Our Queen City is located in the heart of the Midwest and, in our opinion, one of the best places to live in the world. But sometimes it's nice to get away. That's why it's so great that Cincinnati is such a centrally located city, surrounded by incredible vacation destinations just a short drive away. Whether you're looking for some mountain air, a country getaway or an exploration vacation in a new city, there's a destination on our list that fits the bill — and they're all within five hours of #Cincy! So pack up your family, grab your camera (and your hiking boots for that matter) and get ready to hit the road! But first, use our list to find out what to do, see and eat when you reach one of our favorite road trip destinations.  

Yellow Springs

Distance: 70 miles | About 1 hour, 10 minutes What to Do: Named one of the most beautiful towns in Ohio by Culture Trip, Yellow Springs, Ohio offers a mix of unique shops, restaurants, theaters and museums. But it's the incredible wilderness that makes this spot so desirable! With multiple orchards in the area and over 2,000 acres of woods complete with cycling and hiking trails, you won't run out of things to do any time soon! We recommend visiting Glen Helen Nature Preserve, which features 25 miles of footpaths that allow you to explore streams, woods and fields, plus the town's namesake: Yellow Spring! If you have extra time, stop by Clifton Gorge, for incredible rock and waterfall views, and John Bryan State Park, where you can get a peek of the Little Miami River and a stunning limestone gorge. Things to See Along the Way: On your drive, you'll pass by some famous Ohio spots that are definitely worth a visit, including the historic Loveland Castle & Museum, the massive National Museum of the US Air Force, and an eclectic 8-acre corn maze! Where to Stay: Mills Park Hotel  

Louisville, Kentucky

Distance: 100 miles | About 1 hour, 30 minutes What to Do: You probably know it as the home of the Kentucky Derby, but there is much more to Louisville than a stylish horse race! Not only is it a city of over 750,000 people, but it's also full of history, great bourbon, and a signature dish known as the Hot Brown (which you should definitely try when you visit). If you can only visit for a few hours, check out the famous Louisville Mega Cavern, an old limestone mine that stretches under 10 lanes of the Watterson Expressway and the Louisville Zoo. And, because of its support structures, it's considered to be the tallest building in Kentucky! If you have some extra time, stop by Churchhill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby goes down every year, and make sure to grab some fried chicken at Chicken King — because that's why you really came, isn't it? Things to See Along the Way: While you're in the car, you'll see some stunning towns, including Richwood, Sparta and La Grange. Bonus: If you're making this a weekend trip, why not stay a night at the beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard? Their luxurious lodge is the perfect spot to wind down and their famous restaurant really is as good as everyone says! Where to Stay: The Brown Hotel  

Nashville, Indiana

Cincinnati Road Trips Distance: 116 miles | About 2 hours, 10 minutes What to Do: Nashville, Indiana is what small town USA dreams are made of. Nestled among bountiful woodlands, this area offers plenty of outdoor adventures like zip lining, mountain biking and horseback riding. The small town itself is ripe for exploring with several art galleries, historic sites and antique stores sprinkled throughout the area. We recommend stopping by the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, a home and studio that teaches about the Hoosier Group impressionist who was largely responsible for turning Brown County into an artists' colony. And, if you have time, visit the Bean Blossom Bridge, a bright red, covered bridge that once served as a major passage into the area. Today, it's the perfect end destination on a hike or a great location to knab a rustic photo for your Instagram feed. Things to See Along the Way: Your drive from Cincinnati to Nashville, Indiana is one of the most beautiful road trips around. You'll pass by several parks, ranches and farms — all perfect places for picnics and wilderness excursions! Where to Stay: The Brown Country Inn  

Red River Gorge

Distance: 146 miles | About 2 hours, 20 minutes What to Do: Settled among the rolling hills of Kentucky, just past Louisville, sits Red River Gorge. Totaling a beautiful 29,000 acres of land, this lush state park is a great place to spend the day hiking or the night camping. The gorgeous landscape features spectacular sandstone cliffs and breathtaking vistas — making it one of the most popular rock climbing areas in the Midwest. If you're looking for an incredible rock climbing experience, the 5.9-rated route, Send Me on My Way, is a fantastic choice. But you should also make sure to check out Chimney Top Rock, Caver's Route and Tower Rock. After a long day of hiking, climbing and exploring, visit Miguel's Pizza to refuel. There you'll find some of the best pizza around along with a climbing gear store, where you can purchase all of the gear your outdoor enthusiast heart desires! Things to See Along the Way: Enjoy lunch (or stay the night) in Lexington before continuing your trip! Where to Stay: Cliffview Resort  

Millersburg

Distance: 204 miles | About 3 hours, 30 minutes Cincinnati Road Trips

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What to Do: If you haven't visited Ohio's Amish Country yet, you're in for a treat. Holmes County, Ohio is home to the world's highest Amish concentration and the idyllic area features gently rolling hills and charming farms. While you can't go wrong with visiting any of the 10 tiny country towns around the area, Millersburg is a fantastic starting point. Get a taste of an authentic Amish experience at Yoder's Amish Home, a 116-acre farm open for tours almost every day. Take a tour of Heini's Cheese Chalet, home of one of the most famous products that comes out of Ohio's Amish Country. There are so many things to do in the area, you can make an entire weekend out of it, but if you don't do anything else in the Amish Country, you absolutely have to stop and grab something to eat. The area boasts some of the best cozy restaurants around, including Tarragon at the Inn at Honey Run, The Chalet in the Valley and Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen — all offering mouthwatering, homecooked meals that are crafted with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Things to See Along the Way: The trip to Millersburg is pretty much a straight shot, passing right through Columbus! Stop for a spontaneous lunch at one of our favorite restaurants that don't require reservations or grab a coffee to fuel the rest of your journey at one of the best coffee shops around. Where to Stay: The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast  

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Distance: 250 miles | About 3 hours, 50 minutes What to Do: Ann Arbor is one of the most charming towns in the Midwest and if you haven't paid a visit yet, a summer road trip is the perfect opportunity! Ann Arbor was recognized by Business Insider as one of the coolest small towns in 2018 and holds a high spot on plenty of other "top 10" lists. While you're there, keep an eye out for fairy doors — artist-designed miniature doors hidden on walls or in entryways in downtown. For the perfect Ann Arbor outing, take a picnic lunch from Zingermans, a historic marketplace that offers all of your deli favorites, out to Gallup Park and spend the day enjoying the beautiful Michigan wilderness. While you're there, you should definitely try out some of the fantastic breweries all around the city! Our favorites include Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery, Arbor Brewing Company and Wolverine State Brewing Company. Things to See Along the Way: On your journey, you'll pass through the beautiful town of Maumee, a charming town just outside Toledo. Stop and stretch your legs and grab lunch, or simply spend a few hours roaming the town! Where to Stay: Weber's Boutique Hotel  

Put-In-Bay

Cincinnati Road Trips Distance: 239 miles | About 4 hours, 20 minutes What to Do: Located on South Bass Island just off of the coast of northern Ohio, Put-In-Bay is a beloved summer getaway from people all over the Midwest! This gorgeous town draws nearly two million visitors each year all due to the charming shops, fantastic fishing opportunities and excellent restaurants. Due to Put-In-Bay's incredible location on the coast, kayaking, swimming and boating are all great choices of activities in the area! And, amusement park enthusiasts should definitely pay a visit to Cedar Point before you leave. This incredible park is consistently ranked among the best in America and offers some of the best roller coasters, rides and petting zoos around. Things to See Along the Way: If you feel like stopping during your trip, there are plenty of museums and attractions along the way! The Bicycle Museum of America, Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Gene Autry Mural & Park are only minutes away from your route and offer some truly spectacular sights. Where to Stay: Put-in-Bay Resort  

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Distance: 291 miles | About 4 hours, 40 minutes What to Do: Known as a gateway to the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers pretty much any type activity you love to do on vacation, from tourist attractions to outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. The first thing you should do when you get into town is take a ride to the top of the Space Needle! The 407-foot high observation deck offers a breathtaking view of the Smokys and will kick off your sense of adventure. Then head into town for some good old-fashioned Southern grub at Bennett's Pit BBQ, a locally owned and operated restaurant for over 27 years. Finally, partake in a Gatlinburg must — eclectic attractions. Learn something new at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum, play a round of Hillbilly Golf, and be amazed at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum. You'll never be bored in this weird and beautiful city! Things to See Along the Way: Pigeon Forge is another touristy and stunning town full of things to do located just 25 minutes from Gatlinburg. Dolly Parton's famous amusement park, DollyWood, is located here and definitely worth exploring on a summer afternoon along with hundreds of other fun attractions in the area. Where to Stay: The Lodge at Buckberry Creek  

Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati Road Trips Distance: 294 miles | About 4 hours, 40 minutes What to Do: There are plenty of things to do and see in the Windy City, from exploring Millennium Park and getting a photo with the illustrious Bean to getting a thrill at 1,353 feet at the Willis Tower Skydeck. One of our favorite things to do in the area is visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, which is filled with masterpieces from every era. Travel Tip: Enter the museum on the Monroe Street side instead of on Michigan Avenue, you'll encounter fewer lines and will be able to get out of the Chicago heat faster!    While you probably won't be able to see the whole city in one day or even a weekend, there are a few essential spots that you should visit to get the full Chicago experience. Grab a slice of the city's famous pizza at Pequod's; see a show at Second City, where Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Gilda Radnor and many other SNL alumni got their start; and take a leisurely stroll along the Lakefront Trail, where you'll get stunning views of both the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan! Things to See Along the Way: Stop halfway in between Cincinnati and Chicago in Indianapolis. If you only have time to see one thing, check out the largest children's museum in the world — the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Inside the massive museum, you'll find a planetarium, a carousel, science labs and so much more! Where to Stay: Freehand Chicago  

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