Ohio

Alluring art & beauty at Schnormeier Gardens

Visiting Schnormeier Gardens in the hills near Gambier, Ohio is like finding a secret treasure. Why? This private, home garden is a diamond of a destination, yet it’s only open in June of each year. Schnormeier Gardens is named after Ted and (the late) Ann Schnormeier, who built their private residence here in 1994, before beginning the gardens in …

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Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a gem of an outdoor recreation spot and that is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Well-known for its 4.3-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Blackhand Gorge is approximately 50 miles from downtown Columbus, OH by taking Interstate 161 to …

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Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

Unfortunately, vandals have damaged the property at Hemlock Falls. This has ruined it for all visitors! Ughhh. Per Jason from the Richland Co Park District- as of 5/20/20 – The Hemlock Falls property and the main falls are still open to the public via the Clear Fork Valley spur trail, but only via that trail …

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All ages can learn and explore at Malabar Farm State Park

The former home of author Louis Bromfield is Ohio’s most versatile State Park Malabar Farm State Park offers a full day of outdoor fun for the entire family. Hiking, educational opportunities, literature studies or history – there’s a lot to enjoy at Malabar Farm. Here are some things you may enjoy during your visit to …

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Satisfy your wanderlust with these six waterfalls of Ohio

There is just something about a waterfall. Maybe it was growing up in the era when TLC’s “Waterfalls” was a #1 hit. Ha! Maybe it is the soothing sound of falling water that evokes relaxation and peace. Whatever it is, visitors to Ohio have the joy of finding multiple waterfalls throughout the state. Here are …

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The Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek, Ohio

Walnut Creek, Ohio is known for rolling hills, idyllic farmland, craft shops, and family-style foods.  It’s a hospitable place, one oozing with country-styled B & Bs and hotels.  That’s absolutely awesome- if that is your style.  But if you’re looking for something a little more edgy, shiny, and modern in Ohio’s Amish Country- I recommend …

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Kid Favorite – Hershberger’s Farm Petting Zoo

*This visit to the petting zoo was hosted by the Holmes Co Chamber. All opinions are my own, as this wasn’t our first visit.* 😉 What’s better than a kid-friendly petting zoo that will keep your kids happy for a solid hour or more? A kid-friendly petting zoo with a bakery on-site where Mom can …

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Holiday events within a 5-hour drive of Central Ohio

I’ve spent the last 15 years within an hour of Columbus, Ohio, so I’m finding I’m ready to get out and explore more of my home AND neighboring states.  Ohio and bordering states Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia offer a plethora of events to relish in Yuletide joy! Here is my guide to Christmas & …

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