5 FREE Christmas Events near Columbus, Ohio

This post may contain affiliate links. Central Ohio is the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas season with your family!  The chilled air and falling snow will get you in the mood to take in the sights and sounds with your children.  Here are 5 free Christmas events near Columbus, Ohio! Scioto Mile Christmas lights Bicentennial Park along the Scioto Mile is a great place to chill in the heat of summer, but now you can enjoy it once the …

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Enjoying history and scenery in Summit Metro Parks

As much as I love going on a hike, very few things can beat a FALL Ohio hike.  No 98% humidity, fewer bugs, and the crunch of leaves underfoot.  #Perfection.  On our first trip to Summit Metro Parks, we were given the most glorious autumn day, and the history and scenery that we encountered did not disappoint.  There are so many great hiking spots in Northeast Ohio, and Summit Metro Parks and this was definitely one not to miss. Gorge …

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All aboard! The Hocking Hills Caboose- Unique Ohio Lodging

All aboard!  Take a seat!  I can’t wait to tell you all about our stay at The Hocking Hills Caboose- a unique Ohio lodging opportunity.  Our young family had a fantastic time at this Hocking Hills cabin-like property, and I’ve been bursting to share! I couldn’t believe the interest from friends and family- even grandma- on what it was like to sleep in a caboose.  I’ll be honest, I’m no happy camper and was worried about whether the Caboose would …

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Five Reasons You Must Visit Marietta, Ohio

Marietta is a small city that lies right along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio.  While little in size and numbers, it’s bursting with local attractions.  I’ve passed through Marietta many times on I-77, but stopping in the city for 3 days gave me an appreciation for its diverse attractions, gorgeous river views, and historic homes.   I came up with five reasons you must visit Marietta, Ohio, but in reality there are many more. #1  Marietta has enough to keep …

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Hiking at the Whipp’s Ledges within Hinckley Reservation

One of the things I love about following various Instagram accounts is getting new ideas for where to hike.  Hiking at Whipp’s Ledges within Hinckley Reservation was one of the places that caught my eye for our family.  I fell in love with this type of typography after last year’s trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Whipp’s Ledges is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system in Northeast Ohio.  While we only hiked the Ledges Trail, there appear to be 7 foottrails within …

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Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – Mansfield, Ohio

A member’s review + tips for if you go Back in December, my mom was asking me what kind of Christmas present she could get for my kids.  Knowing we were relocating to Mansfield, Ohio right after Christmas, I thought that money towards a family membership to the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum would be just the ticket (pun intended) to keeping the kids occupied on dreary Ohio days! We’ve been three times so far, and it’s safe to say that this …

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Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

My introduction to Northeast Ohio’s Hemlock Falls came from an Instagram post.  Ever since then, I’ve been scheming a time and place to see this hidden waterfall.  I’m so glad we did!  What an Ohio gem! While Hemlock Falls is located NEAR Mohican State Park, it’s actually on private property managed by the Mohican School in the Out-of-doors.  Eventually the Falls will be on the new B & O Trail as the land was recently purchased by the Mohican Watershed Conservancy. …

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2017 Travel Bucket List

Where I want to go this year. 2016 was a year of big travel and big changes for our family.  We traveled Down Under in January and moved an hour away from our home of 7 years just two days after Christmas.  Now that the boxes are unpacked we’re settled in to our new city (kinda) – I wanted to share with the world our travel plans for 2017. (Our 2016 Travel Bucket List) Ohio  Toledo Zoo & Aquarium  +  Oak …

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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- I recommend taking a closer look at The Wallhouse Hotel. Room We stayed as guests of The Wallhouse in a premium corner suite.  The two-room suite was extra large. I don’t know about …

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A visit to the Newark Earthworks with kids

Some of the best travel happens right outside your door.  We lived nearly on top of the Newark Earthworks for 7 years, yet never really fully explored them.  When some nice November weather hit us, I realized that NOW was the time to visit. The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures IN THE WORLD.  The earthworks were built by the Hopewell culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D.   Over the years, the growth of Newark destroyed many …

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