Punderson State Park

Pataskala Road Trip

State park pleases with resort-like property, particulars After a full day of touring covered bridges in Ashtabula County, my family and I stayed the night at Punderson State Park in Newbury, Ohio, before heading back home to Columbus. We arrived on a foggy afternoon in early May. Daffodils and red bud blooms lit up the gloomy weather and the sight…


Kingwood Center

Mansfield Outdoor Play Road Trip

Thousands flock to majestic grounds each spring for colorful blooms Every spring people want to know when they can witness the full splendor of 20,000 tulips at Kingwood Center, a former estate that’s now a 47-acre public park in Mansfield, Ohio. Tulips have been Kingwood’s main attraction since the grounds opened to the public in 1953, one year after the…


Pigeon Roost Farm

Family Favorite Hebron Road Trip Seasonal

Pick pumpkins, pet animals, play outdoors Nothing says autumn like a well-groomed pumpkin patch. When the calendar turns to October, I always go looking for a place to pick up a few jack-o-lanterns to be. This year my family discovered Pigeon Roost Farm, along Rt. 40 in Hebron, Ohio. Seeing my 2-year-old daughter’s face light up as she wandered among…


Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

Road Trip

Property provides great view of Lake Erie, many amenities for families My family recently stayed at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake during a weekend getaway from Columbus to northeastern Ohio. We expected that Ohio’s newest lodge would provide a home base as we explored the area’s many tourist attractions, but the five-year-old lodge wound up being a destination…


Geneva on the Lake

Geneva on the Lake Outdoor Play Road Trip

Lakeside town offers splendid sunsets, sentimental ‘Strip’ Think beach towns, and some famous locales spring to mind, such as Virginia Beach, Coney Island and Myrtle Beach. But Ohioans can enjoy a quirky little beach town of their own without having to climb aboard an airplane or spend hours upon hours behind the wheel. If you’ve still got time before the…


Murphin Ridge

Adams County Road Trip

 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 a small television in the…