Right away, I was excited to dive in to the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide when it arrived in the mail. The fresh, new Ohio. Find It Here. logo appealed to me, and I wanted to join the group on the cover for their fun night out under the lights of downtown Cleveland.
The pull-out map was an unexpected surprise, and when you lose cell service at an inopportune time (it happens!), it could be really helpful. I used it to help me see locations around the state that I had yet to discover. The color-coded guide breaks down the regions of Ohio, which was very helpful as I started flipping through the pages.
Each region has a section featuring some of the most popular attractions, but also giving lots of attention to smaller towns and highlighting unique shops and activities. If you are a food-lover like me, you will love the gorgeous full-page photos of some of the best sweets available in each region. My favorite? The ice cream of Central Ohio!
The large, arresting images and engaging stories of Ohio make the guide fun to browse. The photo of the Ohio Valley Wine Trail on page 67 immediately inspired me to start planning our next trip in southern Ohio. I wasted no time in looking up nearby wineries and the tempting photos of Meranda-Nixon sealed the deal. The idea of a wine-inspired trip led me to think chocolate so I began checking out some tasty options on page 66, and that pointed me to Jungle Jim’s Food Emporium – which is a must-see if you haven’t been there before. I quickly realized this whole trip would be full of food unless I found some other activities for us. A few more flips through the purple section of Southwest Ohio, and I added a trip to Ikea and maybe a stop in Lebanon to the list.
Would anything special be going on in that region during my spring break? The colorful 2016 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events was up next to answer that question. Happily, I discovered the same color-coding, and flipped directly to the purple section for the Southwest region. I found some fun options, including live music, a sweets festival, and something that inspired me to plan a getaway with my kids: the Easter Bunny Express train ride in Lebanon. I can just see their smiling faces as they board the train! There are so many new places and experiences that I haven’t tried – you really can find it all in Ohio!
The calendar also features an index that lists festivals by category. We love farmers markets, so that is useful to have a list of those, as well as nature-based and foodie events all in one place. For those who love theater or live music, the index will surely be a good start for a summer’s best bucket list.
The 2016 Ohio Travel Guide and the Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events are available on Ohio.org or by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE. The digital edition of the guide (including the calendar) is available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
Let the inspiration begin!
Guest blogger: Stacie Osborne