Northeast Ohio

Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’ – Running the Shawshank Hustle in Mansfield, Ohio (2024)

Shawshank Hustle race Mansfield Ohio

When The Shawshank Redemption premiered in 1994, I was only 10 years old. My older brother enjoyed watching the movie and I always watched, too (thankfully it was the made-for-TV version- oye!!).  While the Shawshank Redemption didn’t excel at the Box Office, it did become a cult classic.  I remember touring the Ohio State Reformatory back […]

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The best Christmas lights in Mansfield, Ohio (2023)

Enjoy a family-friendly evening enjoying Christmas lights in North Central Ohio Our family loves looking at Christmas lights! It’s a fun and memorable way to spend an evening once the winter darkness sets in. There’s something special about driving around together on a dark evening — and viewing Christmas lights allows us to get out

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Our Favorite Spots within Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Great Falls of Tinkers Creek - CVNP - Viaduct Park - Waterfalls of Ohio

Things to do in Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park may not have the grandeur of Yellowstone or the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon, but is worth the visit! While most national parks are expansive preserves in rural areas, Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies between two of Ohio’s largest

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First-timers guide to visiting the Prairie Peddler Festival

prairie-peddler-festival - marketplace- butler ohio

Just on the outskirts of the beautiful Mohican State Park lives the home of the Prairie Peddler Festival. It is hard to believe that we’ve lived in North Central Ohio for nearly 6 years, but only visited the Peddler for the first time last year! We enjoyed our day exploring the many craft booths, catching

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Nutty for Nutcrackers at the Steubenville Ohio Nutcracker Village (2023)

The Nutcracker Village in Steubenville is everything it’s cracked up to be! Ok, enough with the puns! In all seriousness, we loved our visit to see the Nutcrackers in Steubenville. My kids thought mom was a bit crazy for driving 2.5 hours to see some wooden figures, but in the end, they agreed that the

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Worden’s Ledges – unique Ohio hiking

Worden's Ledges Hinckley Reservation - Ohio

Worden’s Ledges are the perfect destination for those interested in art, outdoor adventures, and history. Worden’s Ledges are located within Hinckley Reservation, which is part of the Cleveland Metroparks! Hinckley Reservation is also home to one of our other favorite Ohio hikes – Whipp’s Ledges! We recently visited this beautiful area of Northeast Ohio and

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