Lights, Camera, Scene in Ohio!
By Meg Berno

Lights, Camera, Scene in Ohio!

Growing up in the small town of Wilmington, I’ve always felt we could claim a little Hollywood magic since the movie “Lost in Yonkers” filmed at our beloved Murphy Theatre. It wasn’t until I began working with the Ohio Tourism Division that I realized there are plenty of Ohio locations that travelers visit after being inspired by television and movies.

If you’re anything like me, you vow to stop by that restaurant or the house from that movie that runs every holiday season, and a week later you forget which show you were watching and the name of the business. Was it Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” or Adam Richman on “Man v. Food Nation” that raved about that sandwich, and what city was he in? Oh, and what’s the name of that one movie with the leg lamp?

Today’s launch of the new Scene in Ohio website is just what travelers like me (and those with better memories) need for planning our next trip to a famous spot! The website is a repository of information on Ohio restaurants, attractions and destinations that have been featured on the big and small screens. Not only can you search for locations you’ve seen, but the site also shows additional famous places by category and geographic area for easy trip planning. Here are some highlights of the website:


  • Location Listings – This is the core feature of the site. We’ve started with more than 50 locations that are searchable in a number of ways including name, city and category (movie, TV, food). We’ve also pulled in photos, YouTube videos and Yelp reviews where available.
  • On-Screen Ohioans – This is our showcase of some of the stars born in Ohio and even some that have adopted the Buckeye state as home. We’ve included a short bio for each star and a link to their Internet Movie Database profile.
  • Did You Know? – This section captures some of the quirkier facts about Ohio’s links to fame including sitcoms set in Ohio and why you’ll find a “Days of Thunder” stockcar at Jungle Jim’s International Market.
  • Itineraries – In addition to sample itineraries for movie buffs, foodies and more, you may also build your own trip itinerary that you can share with other users.
  • Tell Us More – And because we know we’ve just gotten started on collecting Ohio’s famous places, this is your opportunity to tell us what we should add to the site. Is there a restaurant, business, landmark or other attraction that you’ve seen on TV or in the movies that you think we should add?

So, take a look at the new site and let the trip planning begin! Having helped bring this website to life, I have to say not only does Ohio have plenty of famous places, but each location has a great story, delicious food or picture-perfect scenery that helped make it famous.

As for places I’m headed to next, a Lavender Lemon cupcake at Sugar Cupcakery, the Thurmanator at The Thurman Café and a stop at A Christmas Story House (leg lamp, anyone?). Which Scene in Ohio locations will you visit next?

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.