Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls

Hocking Hills Road Trip

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 on an antique table, and…


Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Road Trip Zanesville

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. Tom’s also sells an assortment…


Richland Carrousel Park

Mansfield Road Trip

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 homage to the amusement-park ride…



Marion Road Trip

From a popcorn museum to a mysterious revolving ball, Marion has it all With the annual Marion Popcorn Festival arriving in mid-September, it’s a great time to uncover a few kernels of truth about this central Ohio city. Let’s start with our bearings: Marion is about 45 miles north of Columbus. That makes it close enough for a quick day…



McConnelsville Road Trip

Discover historic opera house, charming museums an hour east of Columbus Sometimes the little towns you intend to drive through along the way to somewhere else surprise you the most with their hospitality and curiosities. We found this to be the case with McConnelsville, located an hour and a half east of Columbus. I’m not quite sure where we were…


Blue Rock Station

Muskingum County Road Trip

Property in southeastern Muskingum County pays tribute to owner’s eco-friendly lifestyle The first thing visitors see when they arrive at Blue Rock Station in southeastern Muskingum County is a 1955 Volkswagen bus flanked by a flag bearing a peace sign. Beyond the working barn stands a greenhouse made almost entirely of 2-liter soft-drink bottles. A grass maze invites participants to…


Traverse City

Outdoor Play Road Trip Traverse City

Northwest Michigan city pleases with legendary sand dunes, plentiful beaches Michigan is ideal for families looking for a quick, affordable getaway from central Ohio. A seven-hour drive north reveals many rewarding sights and experiences that you just won’t find here. For starters, let’s talk cherries. Thanks to Peter Dougherty, a mid-19th century Presbyterian minister, there’s an abundance of the juicy…