Visiting historic Coshocton, Ohio with the family

I grew up a measly 30 minutes from Coshocton, Ohio but it wasn’t until having children of my own that the small, historic town really called to me that it needed some more exploring.

Roscoe Village

An 1830s canal town, Roscoe Village was once a bustling port (a modern day Nassau?!).  Today, with costumed interpreters and well-manicured gardens, young and old will enjoy a stroll along the brick promenades.  Living History tours are available at a cost, but you don’t have to pay admission to enter the historic street and shop or dine.

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Canal Boat – Monticello III

After learning so much about the Ohio-Erie canal on our short trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we were really eager to take a boat ride on a section of the old canal.  The Ohio-Erie canal functioned as a 1830s roadway, carrying goods all the way from Lake Erie to the Ohio River- It was a huge economic endeavor for the young State of Ohio – even if most of the canal was dug by Irish immigrants for 30 cents a day plus a portion of whiskey (interesting!).

The Monticello III is driven by two Percheron horses that weigh about 2300 lbs each.  One man walks behind the horses while another steers the boat from the stern.  This type of canal transportation could only go up to 40 miles a day, but realistically more like 10-15 assuming the boats would line up to go through the locks.  All of these facts were given by our kind guide.

This is the type of boat ride that’s perfect for us high-anxiety mamas.  There are no bumps, there is no speed, just a leisurely, smooth ride where our kids were still able to spot a turtle and learn from history (I mean, who can ask for more?)

Also, kids under five are FREE and a child-sized sports bottle of punch (in the gift shop) was 50 cents! Who can beat that?  #thankyouowners

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Clary Gardens

Even though much of my family lives nearby, I hadn’t heard of Clary Gardens until a friend visited.  It turns out the land to make this emerging botanical garden was only purchased in 2001, so the space is fairly new.  Just a minute drive from Roscoe Village, this is the perfect place to pack your family a picnic lunch and enjoy some time in nature.

Our kids loved the Lookout Tower and that’s where we ate our sandwiches.  I fell in love with the Theatre in the Ravine and decided that we’re either going to have a vow renewal ceremony, or I’m making sure one of my kids is married in this serene place  (#momalwayswins).   You wouldn’t need more than an hour here, unless you’re going for a special event (like my vow renewal?!).

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Jackson later told me that they were posing like “Christ the Redeemer.” We’ve definitely had Olympic fever! Maybe a trip to Rio is in the cards?

These family-friendly places are just a sampling of Coshocton.  Did I mention there’s also a pretty legitimate wine trail?  Maybe for a day that grandma has the kids?  I’ll just leave that info HERE just in case. 😉

Have you been to Coshocton?  What’s your go-to picnic meal?  Maybe you already have a spot picked for your child’s wedding?  I’d love to hear!

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Why this Dave Ramsey follower still uses a credit card

As much as I preach the Dave Ramsey financial gospel, there is one solid thing that I disagree with him on.

I think you can get out of debt and pay your bills and still have a credit card.  

Now, as Paul Harvey would say, here is “the rest of the story.”

We never struggled with credit cards.  We had a car loan and student loan when we took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.  We were young and dumb, BUT we were smart enough to know that paying 18% interest was just DUMB.

So I say this all with a disclaimer:  If you’re still silly enough to pay 13%-30% interest, or think balance transfers are an advanced financial decision, this post may not be for you.

In the last couple of years we began to use credit cards fairly heavily.  Not because we’re accruing debt, but because of the type of household we run.  My husband is a self-employed salesman and we realized that all of the money he was spending each month on gas, hotels, and even some fast food, was doing nothing for us.  After a visit to our local bank branch we realized that opening one of their cards could help us accrue some points and at the very least get cash back or some small travel.

Here are three reasons we use credit cards:

Travel Hacking  

Exactly two years ago my mom saw Bryce of 10xtravel talking about Travel Hacking on Good Morning America..  Not only was Bryce a familiar face from my hometown of only 3500 people, but he helped me (via email) come up with a plan to fly our family of 5 to Australia using credit card points.  I know that Dave likes to poo-poo credit card points ,but we were able to cut the cost of our Australian airfare by nearly $4000.  We also saved $450 on an expensive Sydney hotel and still came home with a bunch of miles to fund some free flights to Banff(we paid about $125 in taxes vs the $1356 cost).  Travel hacking takes focus, but for organized people like us, the benefits outweigh the work.

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Discounts

We have two American Express cards- two major hotel branded cards- and both of them offer discounts on everything from groceries to airlines and even chocolate.  If you have an American Express card, scroll down on the main page and just “Add” these discounts to your card.  Here are the promotions currently added to my card:

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Another example I can think of is the Fairmont credit card.  They provide breakfast coupons, spa discounts, and more when being a cardholder while also staying at their hotels.  The Fairmont card does carry an annual fee, so it’s important to weigh the cost with the benefits

Security

I know numerous people say that debit cards are just as safe as credit cards, but I beg to differ.  If someone gets ahold of your debit card number, they aren’t essentially spending the issuer’s money, they are spending YOUR money.  Credit cards also provide numerous extra benefits that my debit card does not- such as some rental car coverage, lost baggage coverage and more.  I feel safer using a credit card online (and who doesn’t make lots of purchases on the internet?).

 

Conclusion

So while we LOVE Dave Ramsey and will forever be indebted to him (see what I did there?) for our financial peace, we really do think that credit cards can be used responsibly.  It’s not for everyong (if you’re renting your couch, please don’t open a credit card), but we’ve found using credit cards to be beneficial to helping us reach our travel goals-  and save us some moola!

 

What do you think?  Do you use a credit card for travel benefits and discounts?

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4 great {family} beaches near Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers was a place I’d never really dreamed of or hoped to visit.  Now I want to move there (no joke)!  After a great deal using points on nonstop flights to Southwest Florida, I found myself researching a place I knew little about yet planned to travel there with our three small children.

 Two themes I kept finding in my research were “great beaches” and “great sunsets.” I made it my goal to experience the best of both! That said, here are 4 great family beaches to check out when  you find yourself in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Fort Myers Beach

Well, of course!  Fort Myers Beach felt like a mix of Bob Marley and Bob Dole!  Ha!  The northern end of the island is home to numerous bars and restaurants that let you dine or drink beachside.  The southern end of the island is mostly home to condos and quiet beaches.  North or south, a sunset view is on the horizon (literally) and you’ll be glad you’ll pulled up a chair.  

While Sanibel gets noted for a shellers dream, I found numerous sand dollars on Fort Myers Beach that were just washed up on the shore.  Beach access points are throughout the island but they do contain metered parking and it’s $2/hour.  

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Sunset on Fort Myers Beach. Magical!

 

Lovers Key State Park

Lovers Key State Park is an island that received its name because it was so remote, only lovers would make the trek by boat. Now the drive to Lovers Key is just a quick jaunt south of Fort Myers Beach.  There’s so many things to do within the State Park:  hiking, birding, and kayaking, just to name a few.  We chose to spend our time on the beach!  

Lovers Key State Park charges an admission fee of $8 per car.  From the main parking area you can walk to mid beach or you can take a tram to the south beach.  Our family chose to take the 15-minute tram ride.  The south beach contains a concession stand and restrooms.  From there you can walk over 2 miles of unspoiled beach.  

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Lovers Key State Park is a quiet spot for the family.

 

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island was listed in Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.  Driving into Sanibel, you’ll quickly understand why.  The island has strict zoning laws so it feels much more secluded than it is- couple that with white sand beaches and millions of seashells and you have a place that the entire family will enjoy- young or old.

 We parked near the Sanibel Lighthouse and walked along the bay.  The bay contains the same beautiful beach but is nearly wave-free, making it great for the little ones.  This area also is home to a short fishing pier.  If you’re looking for a beach that is away from the high-rises and nightlife, you may consider staying on Sanibel Island!

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The view of the bridge leading you onto secluded Sanibel Island.

 

Naples Beach

While Naples is known for its designer shopping outlets and historical fishing pier, it should also be known for its 7 miles of white sand beach. Naples is a known for its wealth, and the well-kept beaches are a testimony to this.  There is public access at many different points, but entering at Lowdermilk Park gives you access to two playgrounds and sand volleyball courts, plus concession stands and restrooms.  You’ll have to pay a meter, but you’re family will be happy to have more than just the beach available!

What’s your family’s favorite beach near Fort Myers, Florida?  Any tips you would add?

For your continued reading:  3 Family-Friendly Places to View Wildlife in Southwest Florida

 

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Dennison Railroad Depot Museum with kids

It’s not often that you visit an historical museum that is equal parts fun for the kids AND interesting for adults. Dennison Railroad Depot Museum fits the description and more.

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Dennison, Ohio is the epitome of a railroad town.  The small village lies halfway between Columbus and Pittsburgh, a perfect 100 miles from each.  This distinction made it a place born out of pure need- A steam train could go 100 miles before needing water.

One of the perks of the Railroad Depot Museum is that for kids under 7- admission is FREE.    Kids are also given a scavenger hunt to to help, Bing (the railway dog), to find all of his bones.   On top of this, they receive a dog-tag style necklace and earn a charm once they completed the hunt.   This interactive play helped my kids learn about the railway in a fun way!

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Throughout the museum there were also hands-on displays.  (Here’s Jackson acting as a newspaper boy).  There were also cranks to maneuver and lights to operate.  They could even play with some kitchen toys in the kitchen car.  This helped gain their interest, even at their young ages.

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What I didn’t realize was how big of a role the Dennison stop played in WWII.  Not only was the rail station a Salvation Army canteen, the line was located in a strategic location for troops going west for training or east for departure overseas.  Overall, the canteen (and the station) served over 1.5 million US troops.  The photographs and antiques from this time made this a nostalgic destination for my mother and I, who heard my grandma tell so many stories about the war and the role my grandfather and great uncles played in it.  We even wondered if they, too, had passed through the Dennison depot?

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Exiting the museum, there is a caboose for children to play on (it was a little rough but may be better for older kids) and also picnic tables.  While we were visiting the adjoining restaurant was closed, but it appears it has reopened.  We ate lunch at the Dennison Yard Italian Tavern where the kids meal is a build-your-own pizza!

Tips if you go:

Dennison is only 45 minutes from Berlin, OH.  This would be a great excursion from Amish Country!  The museum is well-suited for all ages, so bring the kids AND grandma and grandpa.

The depot is largely handicap-accessible BUT because much of the museum takes place inside train cars, we did NOT use a stroller here and I wouldn’t really recommend it.  If you have a little baby or toddler maybe a baby carrier would be best?

Dennison Railroad Depot is not just a museum, they offer many specialty events throughout the year.  The most popular with families has to be The Polar Express.  Check out their website for more info.

Homeschoolers- studying WWII history OR the role of railroads in the 20th century? This is a must-see.

Put the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum on your Ohio Bucket List!  Kids of all ages will enjoy it.

 

*This was NOT a sponsored post.  My family and I just enjoyed a fun day out.  However, post may contain affiliate links.*


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Weekend reading- July 23, 2016

Happy Saturday, friends.  How is July almost over?   I’m actually enjoying the heat because soon we’ll be in a pile of white and full of cabin fever (and crankiness) – oh, is that just me?

We’ve had a week of firsts- last Saturday was our first family movie, and last night was our first family baseball game (pictured below).  We’re crossing more things off of that Summer Bucket List and not letting the sunny days pass us by!  What have you been up to?


Here are my favorite links from the past week:

Life/Parenting

Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain– well that explains my everyday life!

A Mama Fesses Up via Coffee + Crumbs

Travel

Catch the Olympic Spirit: Visiting Olympic Sites and Centers in the USA via Suitcases and Sippycups

A simple rule for traveling {and life} with kids  via Life Your Way

Finances

How I earned over $600 Hustling Craigslist “Gigs” via  Budgets are Sexy

 

Have a great weekend!

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Update on New Years’ goals

2016 goals and aspirations- UPDATE

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How are we halfway through the year?  It’s crazy how quickly that happens.  I’m not gearing up for Christmas yet (Hobby Lobby is for.the.love), but I did want to review how I’m doing on my New Year’s Resolution. I could probably do better, but the fact that I’m still talking about my January goals in July is better than most Americans!

Personal/Health

Run the Blackhand Gorge 10k trail run in August (I ran the 5k in 2015)-  I may have a heart attack, but I’m still planning to do this.  My training has been less than stellar (i.e. virtually nonexistant).

Eat one fruit and one vegetable everyday (It’s that bad.  Why aren’t M & Ms a fruit?!?)- I’m totally doing this.  I’ve been eating a lot of homemade salads.  And everyone knows that homemade salads really stink unless they include hard-boiled eggs and some bacon.  Waa. 

Rest.  Like really rest.  Nap without guilt.  Take a day off  from cleaning.  Repeat.  Read a book and lay down. – I’ve been doing so well!  Probably 3 days a week I get a 20 minute nap.  It’s just what I need to get me through the afternoon.

 

Parenting

Implement things I am learning in Boundaries with Kids-  I think I better go back and reread this.  Summer is hard.  I don’t do well without a routine and it’s hard to have a routine when there are neighbors and house projects and travel.  We’re starting back to a partial homeschool days this week (Godblessuseveryone) and we shall see if that makes a difference.

Read to the kids during daylight hours (we read a lot before bed, but incorporate this more into the daytime)I realized this was majorly lacking so we took a long trip to the library last week.  The oldest and I are starting a chapter book today.

Marriage

One date night/month- We’re doing really well at this.  We’ve even been away for two nights (once in March and once in June) without kids.  Maybe our goal should be one night AWAY per quarter.

Make Brian’s lunch once per week (ok, I know that sounds simple, but I know it’s a way I can serve him and make his mornings easier)- I’ve done this maybe once every two weeks.  I AM A SLACKER.  

 

Faith

Romans 12:12 says we (Christians) are to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  My goal for this year is to live that out.  Exude joy.  Have more patience (yikes!).  Be faithful in prayer.  If I say I will pray for something, really PRAY for it  (you do it, too).

I don’t think anyone can ever “arrive” on either of these items.  Have I been more intentional with the words that come out of my mouth?  Definitely.  Have I still failed about a gazillion times?  Oh yes.  Thankful for His grace, and the grace of my husband and kids.  

 

Financial

Continue funding Roth IRAs and 529s- We’re doing this!

Buy a flip/investment house- We looked at a few in the spring but haven’t found the right one.  For our first investment we want something that doesn’t require too much of an overhaul, but it also has to be in an okay neighborhood, and in our price range.  Specific at all?  Finding this combination has been tricky but we’re still in the game. 🙂

 

Travel

We’re slowly marking things off our of 2016 Travel Plans.  Our most recent visit was Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but in the meantime we’ve been working on our Summer Bucket List.

 

How are you doing on your yearly goals?  Do you make goals?  What’s been the hardest one?

 

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The long days of {a mother’s} summer

Thoughts on a world full of tragedy

School took place from late August until the end of May, but summer was when you got your education.

It was July of 1994 and we were free.  A two-wheeled Huffy gave my brother and I all the freedom we could ever need.  We’d bike down 2 streets and knock at the door of my brother’s friend, then zigzag on to the next house, our numbers growing each time.

An empty acre of grass beckoned — for 2 hours I was one of the boys.  Sitting in deep centerfield, I alternated between catching fly balls and picking weeds.  We’d stop at home and rummage through Dad’s change jar for dimes so we could buy ourselves a nutritious lunch of Jo-Jos from the corner market- 10 cents a piece.

Those were the glory days.  We owned our time and felt as though we owned the world, nevermind we had $12.87 in our piggy banks and ate Ritz crackers as though they were a staple of survival.

We knew nothing but living life.  


 

It is 22 years later and the Ohio humidity hasn’t changed one bit.  I’m now the proud owner of two vehicles, 4 bikes and enough Chinese plastic in my garage that know that while I may not own the world, I certainly own enough of it’s junk.

The news is heavy again.

Before I’ve had my toast, my newsfeed reminds me these are dark days.  There is hate and violence and death.  How long, Oh Lord?

I’m not the little sister anymore, I’m the mom to a little girl and her two older brothers.  And while the day-to-day parenting doesn’t change, the times feel like they have.

Maybe the incidents of violence have not increased, but the 24-hour news reminds us everyday of the sad state of our hearts.

Orlando.  Nice.  Dallas.  Minneapolis.

The kids are engrossed with Teletubbies so I take my coffee up the stairs and turn on the TV in my bedroom.  I’m not ready for my children to know these things– to hear the manner in which so many lives were lost.

The truth- Motherhood changes your perspective.  Men that were killed, those are your husband.  How do you explain this to your children? An 11-year old run over by a truck?  How do you wrap your head around the sick soul that ended the lives of 10 children?  Mothers weep for the mothers who have lost a piece of their heart.


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It’s 4 pm and the baby is up from her nap and we’re in the backyard.  It is the heat of the day.  The blondie’s cheeks turn a bright shade of red.

I watch him swing higher and higher.  He’s learned how to get himself started, to pump his legs.  His t-shirt cape flaps in the wind.  He is 4 years old, but just like his momma once felt, he knows he owns the world.

I pray, “Oh God, help me to focus on this moment.  The joy.  The element of carefree.”

My nature is the nurture them in tighter.  To hold on.  To stay in and hide them from the bad that can happen.

Are my children worried?  Do they know?  Do we change our outlook when we step away from social media and Dateline and the “Summer of Chaos” and instead look at the summer through the eyes of our children?

My children trust in us (their parents) for their safety and then fully enjoy their life.  I too, can trust my Heavenly Father and then go forth.  Be free.  If I’m living for heaven and not for today, I have nothing to fear- for myself or my children.

The long days of summer just got a little sweeter.

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Sunday Reading

Favorite web links – July 10, 2016

I took a break from posting my favorite links from the week- but I’m baaccckkk.

The weekend is almost over, but there’s still some time to enjoy- so read up!

Money

Does this purchase make my life better via KeatsConnelly

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Parenting/Life

Why I’m saying No to Travel Sports for my Seven-Year-Old via Simple Dollar

Real Mom Confessions via Lisa-Jo Baker

Whatever you practice at, you will improve at via Money Saving Mom

 

Travel

7 Must See Nautical Tours in the US via Surf and Sunshine

25 Photos that will make you want to visit Dublin, Ireland via Traveling Canucks – Maybe 2017?!

 

In Case You Missed It:

My review of Belterra Hotel and Casino in Florence, Indiana

 

Have a great Sunday!

 

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Belterra Hotel and Casino (sans kids)

A mini-Vegas on the Ohio River

Confession:  I have been to Las Vegas three times and probably gambled a total of $40.   (#Rebel).

However, when my sweetheart of a hubby told me I could tag along to his business trip to Belterra Hotel and Casino, I jumped at the chance to take a night away with the kids and see what the Belterra had to offer!

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First impressions

Driving from Ohio, it’s a little like where ARE you taking me?  (I watched too much Snapped in my pre-kid life).  We went from Ohio to Kentucky to Indiana.  But the location is perfect, on the steps of the Ohio River, away from the hustle and bustle and the cacophony of Teletubbies and Mike the Knight. 😉  The grounds are clean and well-manicured.

I helped Mr YT carry in all of his samples for the show and then checked in.  Check-in was quick and our room was ready at 10am although we weren’t technically supposed to get in until 3.   *Bonus Points!*

I sent my hard-working hubby a picture of this bathroom with the word:  SOLD!  A good bathroom is enough to woo me for life.

The room was priced under $100.  Where else can you watch TV from the tub for under $100?

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Food

We ate at numerous restaurants at the Belterra Hotel and Casino.  You’re 10 minutes away from the closest town so eating on-site is a must.

Lunch was at Out of Bounds Bar & Grill next to the pool and golf course.  The fried chicken salad was ginormous and fresh.  My only complaint was we got there right at 11 and the lights were still off and they were filling the ice machine.  Not a great first impression.

Dinner was at Stadium Sports Bar and Grill.  Think BW3s and Applebees having a baby.  Get thyself a giant pretzel.   Bread and cheese lovers will both be happy, as the cheese dip is finger-licking good, too.

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Breakfast was at the Nosh cafe.  I grabbed a maple bacon donut before we left.  (Before you start worrying about my heart disease, I did hit the gym that morning, lol).

Pool

Sunshine was everywhere – so while Mr YT worked on making the Benjamins, I worked on getting some tan lines.  #keptwoman

The pool is small, but sufficient.  There were tons of people there and chairs were hard to come by.  (I think a lot of other spouses were tagging along to the convention).  My only complaint was that many of the chairs were literally sitting inches from the pool, lining the sides. It was nearly impossible to get in and out of the pool without brushing shoulders with the sunbathers.  I need a little more space when I’m wearing two feet of spandex on my entire body.  I digress.

That said, there is a pool boy (is that politically correct?) fetching drinks and towels.  And a pina colada at the pool bar was $5 (those will set ya back about $10 in Vegas).

Casino

We only went into the casino looking for food.  Belterra now hates this blog. 😉

The casino was clean- and there’s a non-smoking area if your lungs hate smoke the way mine do.

Room

The bed was comfy.  The bathroom gets 10,000 points.  And we had a sweet view of the Ohio River.

Resort

Overall, I think this would be a fun place to get away for a night or two if you’re close to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or Louisville.  It’s quiet, the rooms are fairly posh, and the restaurants have yummy food for a reasonable price.    It’s also oh-so-close to Kentucky Speedway- so NASCAR fans- book ahead!

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Have you been to Belterra?  Maybe you’ve been to Las Vegas?  Maybe you’ve eaten a maple bacon donut and decided that you don’t want to eat anything else ever again?  Speak at me!

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Visiting Knox County, Ohio with or without kids

Don’t put Knox in a box (or Baby in the corner, for that matter)

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Knox County is often overlooked. It’s 45 + minutes from Columbus to Knox County’s seat in Mount Vernon and over 90 minutes from Cleveland.  But  don’t let the drive stop you.  You may not realize that Knox is home to a glam hotel, a hip liberal arts college (or 2) and numerous hiking and biking opportunities.  Here’s just a few things to check out for yourself:

Mt. Vernon downtown

Centered around a roundabout (or maybe more of a square-about), the Mt Vernon Square hosts a weekly farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.  Beyond that time, you’ll find antique shops, restaurants, and an excellent coffee shop.  The Happy Bean has a warm, industrial feel.  I could have stayed here all day. Can someone design my kitchen to look like this?  I digress:

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After your caffeine jolt, head to the new Ariel-Foundation Park.  Not far from downtown, the park sits on 250 acres on the site of the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass manufacturing plant.  The landscaping is not something you’re used to- pieces of metal were refurbished to make sculptures and crush glass serves as a mulch-like substitute.  The Rastin Observation Tower is not for those afraid of heights, but 224 steps later, you’ll have a sweet view of Mount Vernon and beyond.  We’ll have to come back on a day when the weather is more cooperative!

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Further to the east towards Gambier is the Brown Family Environmental Center.  The center, run by Kenyon College, is full of educational opportunities for young and old as it includes a Butterfly garden, a 7-acre prairie, and 8 miles of hiking trails.  Our kids learned some new things in the nature center (and C petted a taxidermied squirrel- weird).  The seesaw was also a hit with my family as well as my niece and nephew.  There’s something about a natural play area to bring out the little child in the biggest of kids.

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At this point, you’re just south of Kenyon College, so pop in and check out the historic campus.  If the college was good enough for U.S. President Rutherford B Hayes and actor Paul Newman, it’s good enough for us lowly folk.  Ha!

Continue even further east (Take 229 to SR 62 E) and head towards the small (and I mean, small) town of Millwood.  Lying southeast of Millwood is a gem in the woods-Honey Run Waterfall.  The only waterfall of its kind in Knox County, and managed by the Knox County Park District, there is a hiking trail here and also access to the falls from the Kokosing River (I tried to convince the hubs this is another reason we need a kayak, but NO GO).

The rocks can be slippery, make sure the kiddos have proper footwear.  Our tennis shoes worked just fine, but swim-type shoes would be best.  The water is cold, but in the heat of summer this is a great place to cool off.

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After all of that climbing, hiking, swimming and learning- you’ll be ready to head back to Mt Vernon for a little pampering.

I spent one night at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and it was surprisingly luxurious for small-town Ohio.  Tiled showers, pillowtop beds, and in-room Keurig coffeemakers make you feel like you’re in a big city boutique.  Mr. YT gave me a night away for Mother’s Day (good job!!), so I was here sans kids, but I did see a baby and some tweens in the breakfast room.  That said, my room only had a shower, so if you’re taking a baby or toddler you may want to call ahead and confirm you’ll have a tub.    If you’re not taking the kids, take the hubby and request a king bed!  Ahhh! Ha!  We might do this for our coming-soon-anniversary-date.

Need somewhere for dinner?  I dined at the Alcove Restaurant.  It’s a Mount Vernon classic- they’ve been in business over 100 years!  I filled up on one of the best cheeseburgers and slice of peanut butter pie that I’ve ever eaten (holy calories!)- and talked extensively to my Aussie waiter (then texted my husband to remind him I’m still up for a move to Oz).  The decor is a little dated, but you’re there for the food- enjoy it!

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Have you been to Knox County or Mount Vernon, Ohio?  What’s your favorite hiking spot or restaurant?

 

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