Cedar Point Brew and BBQ: Coaster Thrills and Foodie Delights

Cedar Point Brew and BBQ: Coaster Thrills and Foodie Delights

Five words: my family loves amusement parks. They’re a way to pull ourselves out of our normal routine and forget the daily grind exists for a few hours. There’s a huge bonus when a theme park has fun foodie offerings apart from chicken nuggets and fries. If there’s beer (and good, craft beer!)? Even better. So when you add all three of those together, what do you get? You get Cedar Point Brew and BBQ, of course! We headed up to Sandusky, Ohio for the third annual festival’s 2017 kickoff weekend…

Haunted History of Marietta, Ohio: 7 Spooky, Kooky, Crazy Tales

Haunted History of Marietta, Ohio: 7 Spooky, Kooky, Crazy Tales

There’s plenty if reasons to love the haunted history of Marietta, Ohio, even if you’re not of fan of getting the pants scared off you. The cute Southern Ohio city has awesome restaurants, beautiful scenery, and plenty of American history to keep you revisiting. But, if you want to head there to check out its haunted past, there’s plenty of spots to visit. Here’s my seven favorite places to get your haunted Marietta, Ohio thrill fill. On my first day visiting Marietta, Ohio, the gang at Hidden Marietta gave me (and…

10 Ways Marietta, Ohio Is so Much More than its Tomatoes

10 Ways Marietta, Ohio Is so Much More than its Tomatoes

If you live anywhere in Ohio, you know about Marietta tomatoes. The perfect shade of tomato red, sweet, and hearty, they’ve definitely put the city on the produce map. But what’s the draw when it’s not Marietta Tomato season? On a recent trip to the city I discovered 10 reasons why Marietta, Ohio is so much more than its famous tomatoes. I’ve passed by Marietta, Ohio dozens of times in my travels with the hope that one day I’d get to visit the quaint city in person. My seventh grade Ohio…

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

Living in Ohio has its advantages. One, the state is only about six hours wide via road trip so you can allow plenty of time for pit stops. Two, being a Midwestern state has its benefits (no extreme weather conditions!). And three? There’s plenty of hidden gems. Once you stray way from the major cities, there’s plenty of off the beaten path attractions to discover. Here’s 14 Ohio hidden gems you need to check out when visiting the Buckeye State. 1. and 2. So Creepy It’s Downright Cool If you’re…

Top Indoor Columbus, Ohio Activities to Beat the Cold

Top Indoor Columbus, Ohio Activities to Beat the Cold

In our Midwest winters, we do get a handful of days that make me want to throw my boots and a jacket on and head outdoors. Then there are the rest of them: cold, blustery, and mainly downright willful to keep me and The Kid inside all day. Once we’ve tired of watching Netflix and playing video games (yes, I’m terrible at them but they’re still fun!), we want to get out of the house and enjoy fun, indoor activities. Activities that keep both our health up and minds sharp….

Quirky (But Cool!) Ohio New Year’s Eve Ball-Dropping Ceremonies

Quirky (But Cool!) Ohio New Year’s Eve Ball-Dropping Ceremonies

A few years ago, my go-to New Year’s Eve celebration of choice was to hop into my jammies, grab a few snacks, and try to stay awake until the ball dropped in Times Square. Lately, I’ve found a reason to stay out and party with my family (yes, there are plenty of family-friendly New Year’s parties in my area!). One of my favorite ways is to hunt down unusual ball-dropping ceremonies and, it turns, out Ohio has some quirky and cool ones. Looking for a reason to stay out of…

Columbus Holiday Guide | 2016

Columbus Holiday Guide | 2016

There’s a reason that Ohio’s capitol sits almost perfectly in the center of the state: so all of its residents have easy access! If you’ve never visited Columbus, Ohio, you really need to start planning a trip. If you’ve never visited during the holidays? You’re really missing out on the merriment!  Beginning on November 18, 2016 Columbus holiday events are not to be missed! Check out our 9 favorite reasons to head into the city for the holiday fun this year for this year’s Columbus Holiday Guide. Franklin Park Conservatory From November 19 through…

Why Burr Oak Lodge Is The Perfect Melding of Relaxation and Activity

Why Burr Oak Lodge Is The Perfect Melding of Relaxation and Activity

Our third and final stop on our giant Great Ohio Lodges road trip (Hueston Woods and Shawnee came before it!) found us headed back towards home- and to Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center. Centered around Burr Oak Lake, the views of the Ohio State Park and so many family-friendly activities that we were kept pleasantly occupied, the lodge is a perfect respite for folks looking to have a laid back vacation with the opportunity to get out there and enjoy nature. Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by Shawnee Lodge…

Beautifully Away and Unplugged at Shawnee Lodge

Beautifully Away and Unplugged at Shawnee Lodge

Stop two on our tour of all three Great Ohio Lodges was Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center and very different from Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center. The Kid and I learned all about relaxing and unplugging- and even what it’s like to swim in the middle of a 63,000 acre forest! Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes it so much fun for families. I was not asked to state a particular point of view…

Heading to SouthPark Mall in Strongsville? Check out The Rail Restaurant

Heading to SouthPark Mall in Strongsville? Check out The Rail Restaurant

Getting asked and saying yes to check out a preview of The Rail Restaurant in Strongsville, Ohio has been an August highlight for this foodie family. We hung out with other foodie writers and family staff members, enjoyed the fun, friendly atmosphere, and sampled a variety of what the restaurant has to offer its guests. It was a foodie lovers dream- and one of those dreams that you don’t want to wake up straight way. First thing’s first: The Rail is Ohio proud! All we had to do is look around to…