Cedar Point Brew and BBQ: Coaster Thrills and Foodie Delights

Cedar Point Brew and BBQ Festival

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…

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

The Wilds Off the beaten path Ohio

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…

Seven Places You Won’t Believe Exist in Ohio

Think about every movie or television show you’ve seen. Now, think about how many of the characters hail from Ohio. Maybe it’s because we live in Ohio and always catch the reference to the Buckeye State, but it’s a very common scenario. Leave it to Beaver ‘s very own Ward Cleaver was a farmer’s son hailing from Shaker Heights, Ohio. “Laughing Sal” in The Godfather Returns was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The Professor from Gilligan’s Island? Cleveland as well. There’s hundreds of references to Ohio in film and print when you really…

Escape the Cold at Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio #LakeErieLove

How many times this winter have you dreamed of a tropical family getaway? I’ve definitely lost track of my wishes for a warmer climate or a respite from the winter blues! If you live anywhere close to Northern Ohio, a trip to Castaway Bay in Sandusky is not only an awesome weekend road trip, but the temperature is always 82 degrees. Now that’s an Ohio winter I can get on board with! What’s Castaway Bay? Castaway Bay is a four-season water park and resort just outside of Cedar Point in…

Exploring The World’s Largest Geode at Put-in-Bay

I have been an avid fan of crystals and geodes since I was in grade five and my parents took me to a lapidary shop. At the shop, they sold uncut geodes that were simply fascinating to me- unleashed potential that held who-knows-what-sort of stones and crystals. I begged them for an uncut one and they happily purchased one for me. As I watched the shop expert slice through the middle, I don’t remember blinking. In a few minute’s time, but what seemed like forever to me then, the geode…

Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio

I recently visited Sandusky, Ohio, and was lucky enough to visit The Merry-Go-Round Museum. Opened on July 14, 1990, the unique museum was created from a love of carousels and The U.S. Post Office’s commission of a Cedar Point carousel horse for 1 of 4 carousel horse stamps in 1988. Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio Instead of a few hundred visitors they were expecting for issue day, the crowd was well over 2,000! A non-profit group with a love of carousel horses then opened the museum so all could enjoy…

Cedar Point Without the Roller Coasters

Riding the Railroad I’ll be the first to admit it: I do enjoy the feel of adrenaline rushing through my veins, the feel of the wind whipping through my hair, and that awesome dry mouth sensation I get when I’m about to test my limits. Without sounding too much like a York Peppermint Patty commercial, I tend to be an adrenaline junkie as of late. The kid is old enough to finally dig riding fast rides and I am grateful. But, what if you have children that do not meet…