Entries by Wendy and Mike Pramik

Murphin Ridge

 Inn welcomes families seeking escape to solitude Talk about remote. Murphin Ridge Inn sits along a gravel road atop a mountain ridge in the Appalachian foothills in southwest Ohio. The inn’s closest neighbors are the residents of a small, Adams County Amish community. And although Murphin Ridge has wireless Internet connection in six cabins and […]

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Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls

Cabins offer respite for weary city folk Energized by cups of Starbucks consumed during an hour’s drive from Columbus, we barge through the front door of a cabin in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. We spy a kitchen stocked with dinnerware and utensils, a cozy bed smothered in wooly blankets, fresh chocolate chip cookies […]

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Inniswood

Metro gardens offer magical places for kids to explore Inniswood Metro Gardens in the Columbus suburb of Westerville is a scenic nature preserve that’s delightfully kid-friendly. The 121-acre site at 940 S. Hempstead Rd. contains colorful flower gardens, easily navigable walking trails and – best of all – a children’s area where kids are encouraged to […]

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Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Tasty treats served in true 1950s fashion My family often visits St. Clairsville, Ohio, my husband’s hometown two hours east of Columbus. We like to break up the drive by stopping halfway in Zanesville to visit Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl. The restaurant, at 532 McIntire Ave., features ice cream that’s freshly made on the premises. […]

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Anthony-Thomas

See how buckeye candies are made at candy company Bang. Hiss. Bang. Hiss. Noise making doesn’t conjure images of creamy peanut butter and chocolate buckeye candies. But those sounds resonate at the Anthony-Thomas Candy Co. factory on the west side of Columbus, where the 57-year-old company makes batches of 160,000 of the delectable treats at […]

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Perkins Observatory

View moon, planets, stars at public viewings When I was a little girl, my dad often encouraged me to look up at the nighttime sky. Using his U.S. Navy-issued binoculars, he’d point out constellations, such as the Big Dipper and Orion. Dad also taught me about the phases of the moon and how a lunar […]

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Slate Run

Historical farm presents past perfectly As a child, I’d often watch my mother slaughter chickens. She’d select a rooster from the flock, swing it around to get it dizzy and chop off its head with an ax. After she soaked the body in warm water to loosen the feathers, she’d pluck them out one by […]

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Richland Carrousel Park

Ride an old-fashioned roundabout in downtown Mansfield To a child, the only thrill greater than seeing an old-fashioned carousel is climbing aboard one of its shiny, majestic creatures. One of the best places for children of all ages to do just that in Ohio is in Mansfield, 45 minutes north of Columbus. The city pays […]

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