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20 Festive Holiday Activities & Events in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

There is no place like Ohio for the Holidays! Get into the Holiday spirit by attending these festive activities and events in Ohio! Here is our list of 20 Festive Holiday Activities & Events in Ohio.

20. Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart - Cincinnati, Ohio

19. City Flea Holiday Market at Washington Park - Cincinnati, Ohio

http://www.thecityflea.com/

http://www.thecityflea.com/

18. Merry & Bright at the Franklin Park Conservatory - Columbus, Ohio

http://fpconservatory.org/The-Experience/Exhibitions/Current/Merry-Bright

http://fpconservatory.org/The-Experience/Exhibitions/Current/Merry-Bright

17. Photowalk: OTR aGlow at Park & Vine - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by J Miles Wolf in Over The Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by J Miles Wolf in Over The Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio

16. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Spiegel Grove - Fremont, Ohio

Photo by @padremueller at Spiegel Grove in Fremont, Ohio

Photo by @padremueller at Spiegel Grove in Fremont, Ohio

15. Dickens Victorian Village - Cambridge, Ohio

Photo by @dorjans at Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio

Photo by @dorjans at Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio

14. A Whimsical Wonderland Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by @realfoodbrandae at Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by @realfoodbrandae at Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio

13. Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns - Holmes County, Ohio

http://christmascookietour.com/

http://christmascookietour.com/

12. Holiday Dinner, 12 Days of Christmas at the Culinary Vegetable Institute - Milan, Ohio

http://www.culinaryvegetableinstitute.com/

http://www.culinaryvegetableinstitute.com/

11. Polar Express at Dennison Depot - Dennison, Ohio

Photo by @vwfinney on the Polar Express at Dennison Depot

Photo by @vwfinney on the Polar Express at Dennison Depot

10. Light Up Toledo! Holiday Art Loop - Toledo, Ohio

http://theartscommission.org/featuredloop

http://theartscommission.org/featuredloop

9. A Storybook Christmas - Zanesville, Ohio

http://visitzanesville.info/storybook-christmas-2016/

http://visitzanesville.info/storybook-christmas-2016/

8. Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon - Sandusky, Ohio

http://www.santahustle.com/cedar-point/

http://www.santahustle.com/cedar-point/

7. Winter at the Wilds - New Concord, Ohio

Photo by Ian Adams Photography at The Wilds in New Concord, Ohio

Photo by Ian Adams Photography at The Wilds in New Concord, Ohio

6. Decemburr Dash 5K - Columbus, Ohio

http://www.decemberdash.com/

http://www.decemberdash.com/

5. Mariemont Annual Tree Lighting at Luminary Event

http://www.mariemontppg.com/luminaria/

http://www.mariemontppg.com/luminaria/

4. Luminaria Holiday Event at the Cincinnati Observatory

http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/publicevents/upcoming-events-2/

http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/publicevents/upcoming-events-2/

3. A Christmas Story House - Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @misstruchon at A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @misstruchon at A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio

2. Christmas in Ash Cave - Logan, Ohio

http://www.explorehockinghills.com/

http://www.explorehockinghills.com/

1. Lighting of the Serpent at Serpent Mound

Photo via The Columbus Free Press at the Lighting of the Serpent

Photo via The Columbus Free Press at the Lighting of the Serpent

Do you know of any other awesome Holiday events in Ohio? Email us at ohioexplored@gmail.com to add them to our next list!

 

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10 Magical Ohio Holiday Light Shows

Rikki Teeters

Magical twinkling lights turn dreary winter scenes into mystical winter wonderlands! Make sure to catch one of Ohio's beautiful holiday light shows while they are here. We made a list of 10 Magical Ohio Holiday Lights to help you plan your Ohio Lights visits this winter! 

10. Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by @steve_zeinner at the PNC Festival of Lights in Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by @steve_zeinner at the PNC Festival of Lights in Cincinnati, Ohio

9. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @katie.kotler at the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival in Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @katie.kotler at the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival in Columbus, Ohio

8. Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights - Delaware, Ohio

Photo by @above_the_light at the Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights

Photo by @above_the_light at the Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights

7. Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @melissarose.photography at The Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @melissarose.photography at The Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio

6. Woodland Lights – Dayton, Ohio

Photo by @onthegoprints at Woodland Lights in Dayton, Ohio

Photo by @onthegoprints at Woodland Lights in Dayton, Ohio

5. Wild Lights at The Akron Zoo - Akron, Ohio

Photo by @batlars at Wild Lights at The Akron Zoo - Akron, Ohio

Photo by @batlars at Wild Lights at The Akron Zoo - Akron, Ohio

4. Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden - Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @clegarden at Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by @clegarden at Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, Ohio

3. Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Akron, Ohio

Photo by @megan.conley12 at Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio

Photo by @megan.conley12 at Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio

2. Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo - Toledo, Ohio

Photo by @eva_rudow at Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio

Photo by @eva_rudow at Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio

1. The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill – Clifton, Ohio

Photo by @dilenz11 at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @dilenz11 at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @5orangepotatoes at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @5orangepotatoes at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @adamaaro at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @adamaaro at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @vt_phone_home at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

Photo by @vt_phone_home at The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill 

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10 Ohio Parks to Explore This Thanksgiving

Rikki Teeters

Spending time with family and friends makes Thanksgiving such a special event. This year, we challenge you to spend some of your time together outdoors. Enjoy the natural world around you and be Thankful that we live in such a beautiful place. Here is our list of 10 Ohio State Parks to Explore This Thanksgiving!

10. Scioto Trails State Park in Chillicothe, Ohio 

Photo by @amjophotography at Scioto Trails State Park in Chillicothe, Ohio 

Photo by @amjophotography at Scioto Trails State Park in Chillicothe, Ohio 

9. Stonelick State Park in Pleasant Plain, Ohio

Photo by @sarahonthecoast at Stonelick State Park in Pleasant Plain, Ohio

Photo by @sarahonthecoast at Stonelick State Park in Pleasant Plain, Ohio

8. Harrison Lake State Park in Fayette, Ohio

Photo by @drdeath1313 at Harrison Lake State Park in Fayette, Ohio

Photo by @drdeath1313 at Harrison Lake State Park in Fayette, Ohio

7. Indian Lake State Park in Lakeview, Ohio

Photo by @anna.cameron7 at Indian Lake State Park in Lakeview, Ohio

Photo by @anna.cameron7 at Indian Lake State Park in Lakeview, Ohio

6. Tinkers Creek State Park in Aurora, Ohio

Photo by @tensaicl8 at Tinkers Creek State Park in Aurora, Ohio

Photo by @tensaicl8 at Tinkers Creek State Park in Aurora, Ohio

5. Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio

Photo by @chelseeteleha at Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio

Photo by @chelseeteleha at Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio

4. Salt Fork State Park in Lore City, Ohio

Photo by @ohiostateparklodges at Salt Fork State Park in Lore City, Ohio

Photo by @ohiostateparklodges at Salt Fork State Park in Lore City, Ohio

3. Alum Creek State Park in Lewis Center, Ohio

Photo by @run.with.the.wind at Alum Creek State Park in Lewis Center, Ohio

Photo by @run.with.the.wind at Alum Creek State Park in Lewis Center, Ohio

2. Shawnee State Park in Portsmouth, Ohio

Photo by @thebestchrisbest at Shawnee State Park in Portsmouth, Ohio

Photo by @thebestchrisbest at Shawnee State Park in Portsmouth, Ohio

1. Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio

Photo by @marimaloney at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio

Photo by @marimaloney at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio

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9 Ohio Made Halloween Treats You Can Find At Jungle Jim's

Rikki Teeters

Our favorite local supermarket does a great job of helping us prepare for each season. We can always count on Jungle Jim's to have the best foods for every holiday. This Halloween, we have committed to only giving out Ohio Made treats! We went to Jungle Jim's to find our Ohio Made treats. Here are 9 of our favorites!

9. Honey Filled Candy by Windy Acres

Jungle Jim's Halloween Treats

8. Candy Apples by Jungle Jim's

Jungle Jim's Halloween Candy

7. Pumpkin Cookies by Buskin

Busken Halloween Cookies Jungle Jim's

6. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pecan Crunch Cake by Tina's Sweet Treats

Tina's Sweet Treats Pumpkin Jungle Jim's

5. Juju Pumpkins by Backroad Country

Juju Pumpkins Jungle Jim's

4. Creepy Bacon Chocolate Piggy Pops by Ruby's Squeal Appeal

Creepy Pig Bacon Chocolate Jungle Jim's

3. Dum Dums by Spangler Candy Company

Dum Dums Made in Ohio

2. Boo Cake by Jungle Jim's Bakery

Boo Cake Jungle Jim's

1. Brain Cake by Jungle Jim's Bakery

Brain Cake Jungle Jim's

Make sure to visit Jungle Jim's International Market this Halloween to stock up on Ohio Made treats!

Jungle Jim's Halloween

Blink Art & Light Festival Cincinnati

Rikki Teeters

Cincinnati's first Blink festival was a must experience event. As one of the largest projection-mapping light shows in the nation, Blink brought together a diverse group of people to celebrate light. Local artists built light exhibits spanning 20 blocks across the city. We experienced the festival on Friday night. It was absolutely beautiful (the lights and the unity).

Lookin Good Mural Blink Cincinnati
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Blink 2017 Cincinnati
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Washington Park Cincinnati
Blink Cincinnati 2017
Blink Cincinnati 2017
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Findlay Market Blink Cincinnati
Findlay Market Cincinnati
Findlay Market
Findlay Market

Blink runs from October 12-15 in downtown Cincinnati.

Hotel LeVeque Downtown Columbus Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Wow! This boutique hotel located in Downtown Columbus, Ohio just moved up to the top of our "Must Visit" list. Hotel LeVeque impressed us from the time we arrived. They literally dazzled us with their celestial theme which appered in details from the beautiful lobby check-in desk to the planetarium projected on the ceiling of our room. Their star-gazing theme represents the connection between LeVeque tower and the stars above. Our wedding theme was celestial so we definitely are partial to that theme.

Hotel LeVeque Columbus Ohio

After participating in the Made Local Marketplace all day, we were exhausted. We we very happy to find that our room was a relaxing getaway. Our bed was very comfortable. We ordered room service from KEEP, a french restaurant located in the lobby, and stayed in for the night. Everything that we needed was located within our hotel and for that we were very grateful.

Hotel LeVeque Room Columbus Ohio
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We loved that Hotel LeVeque supplied locally made shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soaps. Cliff Original makes grooming products for hair care, skin care and beard care. All of their products are made in Ohio! They are paraben-free, sulfate-free chemical-free and cruelty-free. And they smelled AMAZING!

Cliff Original Columbus Ohio

The stunning lobby at Hotel LeVeque called for us to explore. It included a Starbucks (which continued the celestial theme) and a delicious french restaurant & liquor bar called The Keep.

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Every time we have driven through Columbus, we admired the beautiful LeVeque Tower. It's unique and beautiful shape draws the eye. Our dreams came true when we actually got to stay inside this historical Ohio building. According to their website, LeVeque Tower has been a beacon of hospitality in downtown Columbus since 1927 – it once even served as an aerial lighthouse for Amelia Earhart. That legacy lives on today in the Hotel LeVeque, a vibrant destination that suffuses the building’s original art deco architecture with glamorous celestial-inspired interior design. This lovely boutqiue hotel is truly on of Ohio's Hidden Gems.

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7 Amazing Ohio Made Sauces + Weekend of Fire

Rikki Teeters

We are fans of sauces at Ohio Explored, especially when those sauces are made in Ohio! Our favorite local grocery store has a whole section dedicated to sauces including many of those that are locally made. Here is our list of 8 Ohio Made Sauces. All of these sauces & makers will be featured at Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire on October 7th & 8th!

1. Sugar & Spice Gourmet Salsa - Made in Waynesville, Ohio

Sugar and Spice Salsa Jungle Jims

2. Chili Rocks Hot Sauce - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

Chili Rocks Cincinnati Ohio Jungle Jims

3. CaJohns Fiery Foods Co. - Made in Westerville, Ohio

CaJohns Firey Foods Jungle Jims

4. Campana's Hot Sauce - Made in Lorain, Ohio

Campanas Hot Sauce Jungle Jims

5. Angry Irishman Chipotle Mustard Sauce - Made in Bowling Green, Ohio

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6. Spicy Chub Rub - Made in Beavercreek, Ohio

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7. Black Swamp Gourmet Barbeque Sauce - Made in Toledo, Ohio

Black Swamp

Jungle Jim's has aisles full of amazing sauces. They even have a section dedicated to Ohio Made sauces. From spicy (like very very spicy) to sweet, you can find all the sauces of your wildest dreams here.

Jungle Jims Sauces
Ohio Proud Jungle Jim's Sauces
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Taste all of these amazing Ohio Made sauces and many more this weekend at Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire!

Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

Rikki Teeters

Guest post written by Leah Deppert of By Travel & Error

Cleveland Ohio

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cleveland. While summers are a blast in the Land, CLE really shows off in the fall with it’s color-changing leaves, slightly cooler temperatures and plethora of activities and events for all. Foodie? Outdoor Adventurer? Beer/Wine Connoisseur? Theater Lover? Sports Fanatic? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to book your fall weekend getaway to Cleveland.

Cleveland Photos

Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

Friday *Time to Paint the Town Red*

  •  4:00 PM: Check-in at your lodging. Cleveland has recently had quite a few amazing hotels built in the downtown area.
    • Kimpton Schofield Hotel: Location, location, location! Book here.
    • Aloft Cleveland Downtown: Artsy flair and close to many popular attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & the East Bank of the Flats! Book here.
    • Cleveland Hostel: Need a budget friendly option? Check out the Cleveland hostel which is outside of downtown but in a great neighborhood called Ohio City. Think lots of cool bars and plenty of locally owned restaurant options.
    • For a full list, check out TripAdvisor’s reviews!
  • 5:00 PM: Grab a glass of vino or craft beer (pumpkin-flavored preferably) from the Heinen’s Grocery Store 2nd floor rotunda balcony bar. Happy hour in a grocery store? YES! This historic building was previously home to the Cleveland Trust Company and has recently been restored to a grocery store. Check out their events calendar for themed nights like “Bubbles Because-Latin Lovers”. Done and done.
  • 6:00 PM: No visit to Cleveland is complete without a stop on East 4th Street. Craving pasta? Eat at Chinato. A bit more adventurous? Check out the innovative pairings at the Greenhouse Tavern. On a budget? Tacos at Barrio it is.
  • 7:30 PM: Time to be entertained! Consider going to a concert at the House of Blues, attending a show in Playhouse Square or cheering on the Cleveland Indians during the playoffs.
Cleveland

Saturday *Learn From the Past: A Day of History, Art & Good Italian Food!*

  • 9:00 AM: Wake up and head to the West Side Market! Taste and sample in-season goodies to your heart’s desire. If you’re still hungry, head to Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont. Order the Waffles, Shipwreck Omelette and Pecan Bacon. Yummm…
Cleveland West Side Market
  • 11:00 AM: Choose one or two museums to visit. There are so many to choose from, but some of the most popular include the Rock & Roll Hall of FameCleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
  • 1:00 PM: If you’re lucky enough to visit when the Cleveland Flea is happening, be sure to check out this local favorite! If you’ve recovered from brunch, the food and drink options here will not disappoint.
  • 3:00 PM: Looking for a bit of fresh air? Check out one of the many stretches of the Cleveland Metroparks. Edgewater is close to downtown and has great paved trails and views of Lake Erie. Short drive don’t bother you? Check out one of the many apple orchards near Cleveland and pick a bushel while sneaking a few crunchy bites.
Fall in Cleveland Ohio
Fall in Cleveland Ohio
  • 7:00 PM: After a bit of R&R, head to Little Italy to feast on pizza, pasta, wine, tiramisu and cannolis. Corbo’s Bakery is the perfect after-dinner sweet spot.

Sunday *Explore the Great Outdoors*

Cleveland Coffee Ohio

11:45 AM: Check out of your hotel and say a “see you soon” to downtown CLE. Grab your wheels and head to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train station in Independence where you’ll hop on the 12:50 PM train headed for Peninsula. Enjoy the shades of yellows, reds, oranges and greens outside your window and experience all the fall feels.

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Autumn Cleveland Ohio Fall
  • 1:30 PM: Get off the train in Peninsula and rent bikes at Century Cycle to work off all those calories you’ve consumed this weekend. Make a quick stop at Szalay’s Farm & Market to listen to some live music, gawk at the hundreds of pumpkins and (of course) savor some fall treats (apple cider and corn on the cob on a stick, anyone?!).
Szalay's Sweet Corn Farm Market Cleveland
Cleveland Ohio Market
Cleveland Ohio Donuts
Cleveland Ohio Pumpkins
Cleveland Ohio Pumpkins
  • 4:30 PM: After more outdoor adventures, return your bike and head back to Independence via the train feeling tired but happy. Vow to return to CLE because you barely scratched the surface. Drive (or fly) home thinking to yourself, “I was skeptical, but Cleveland IS pretty great…” I won’t even say I told you so.

Check out this “All the Fall Things” video that Destination Cleveland recently released and grab your calendar to decide when you are booking your fall weekend getaway to Cleveland!

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The Wallhouse Hotel Walnut Creek & Exploring Ohio's Amish Country

Rikki Teeters

We love visiting Ohio's Amish Countryside. It is one of our favorite places in Ohio. This beautiful place located in east-central Ohio is surrounded by rolling hills. Ohio's Amish Country consists of multiple neighboring counties and is home to more than 40,000 Amish people.

Ohio's Amish Country

During our recent visit to Ohio's Amish Country, we discovered the Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek. This hotel is a little piece of luxury located right in the middle of Amish Country. With balcony views of the countryside and a short 2 minute drive to the best food around, this hotel easily became one of our favorite places to relax and unwind after exploring the region.

Wallhouse Hotel Walnut Creek
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Who knew that one of highest rated hotels in the US is located in Ohio's Amish Country? We were exhausted after days full of exploring the region, so the big comfy beds the Wallhouse offered welcome solace.  This peaceful place features several lounges where guests can relax, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a pool & hot tub, and a breakfast buffet!  We loved our stay and we will definitely be back. The Wallhouse was even kind enough to provide a code for Ohio Explored followers! Enter code OHEX when you book at The Wallhouse Walnut Creek and you will receive a surprise in your room!

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This region has some of the best homemade food in the world! The famous Der Dutchman restaurant is located just down the street from The Wallhouse. Many of the restaurants in the area feature home cooked traditional Amish food. Yum! We visited The Chalet in the Valley where we had delicious German food! German food is common among Amish due to their Dutch German hertitage.

The Chalet in the Valley
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There are several markets that sell locally made goods. Troyer's Country Market is one of our favorite Ohio Made markets! Oh and if you love Cheese, Ohio's Amish Country is a must visit! Every few miles there is somewhere to taste locally made cheese. Yes, please! Ohio's Amish Country is also home to some of the world's best craft malls and antique stores. Make sure to get your shopping done early in the day, because most shops and restaurnts close by 6pm and many are not open on Sundays.

Ohio's Amish Country provides endless opportunities to explore. We keep returning time and time again. We look forward to our next trip to this amazing part of Ohio!

10 Perfect Ohio Pumpkin Patches

Rikki Teeters

Pumpkin picking is definitely one of our favorite fall activities in Ohio! It makes for the perfect Ohio adventure with loved ones. Pumpkin season always passes way too quickly, so make sure to go out to your favorite local farm soon! We have compiled our list of 10 Perfect Ohio Pumpkin Patches to help you find farms with plenty of pumpkins! Happy Picking! 

10. Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio

Photo by @paigeb614 in Ostrander, Ohio

Photo by @paigeb614 in Ostrander, Ohio

9. Jacquemin Farms at Shaw Farms in Milford, Ohio

Photo by @arossmann824 at Shaw Farms in Milford, Ohio

Photo by @arossmann824 at Shaw Farms in Milford, Ohio

8. Heritage Farms Pumpkin Pandemonium in Peninsula

Photo by @png_amandas at Heritage Farms in Peninsula, Ohio

Photo by @png_amandas at Heritage Farms in Peninsula, Ohio

7. Hidden Creek Farms in Sunbury, Ohio

Photo by @madsgreg at Hidden Creek Farms in Sunbury, Ohio

Photo by @madsgreg at Hidden Creek Farms in Sunbury, Ohio

6. Kingsway Pumpkin Farm in Hartville, Ohio

Photo by @samantha10780 at Kingsway Pumpkin Farm in Hartville, Ohio

Photo by @samantha10780 at Kingsway Pumpkin Farm in Hartville, Ohio

5. Luther’s Farm Fall Fest in Richfield, Ohio

Photo by @ratch_mc at Luther’s Farm Fall Fest in Richfield, Ohio

Photo by @ratch_mc at Luther’s Farm Fall Fest in Richfield, Ohio

4. Nickajack Farms Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Photo by @suzie_kb at Nickajack Farms Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch in North Lawrence, Ohio

Photo by @suzie_kb at Nickajack Farms Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch in North Lawrence, Ohio

3. Burger Farm & Garden Center in Newtown, Ohio

Photo by @kristin_aka_keb at Burger Farm & Garden Center in Newtown, Ohio

Photo by @kristin_aka_keb at Burger Farm & Garden Center in Newtown, Ohio

2. Lehner's Pumpkin Farm in Radnor, Ohio

Photo by @littleadvcbus at Lehner's Pumpkin Farm in Radnor, Ohio

Photo by @littleadvcbus at Lehner's Pumpkin Farm in Radnor, Ohio

1. Fleitz Pumpkin Farm in Oregon, Ohio

Photo by @amweills at Fleitz Pumpkin Farm in Oregon, Ohio

Photo by @amweills at Fleitz Pumpkin Farm in Oregon, Ohio

12 Best Spots to Watch the Leaves Change in Ohio This Fall

Rikki Teeters

There is no place in the world like Ohio in the fall. We have to admit Autumn is our favorite season (though we love each of Ohio's seasons). Fall is just magical! From cool air & crispy colorful leaves to football games and fall hikes, Ohio has it all. Here is our list of the 12 Best Spots to Watch the Leaves Change in Ohio This Fall!

Photo & artwork by @natterdoodles. Print available in our shop! 

Photo & artwork by @natterdoodles. Print available in our shop! 

12. Lanterman's Mill

Photo by @royal_imagery at Lanterman's Mill

Photo by @royal_imagery at Lanterman's Mill

11. South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville, Ohio

Photo by @alex_cooke at the South Chagrin Reservation

Photo by @alex_cooke at the South Chagrin Reservation

10. Devil's Bathtub in Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio

Photo by @evan_couch at Hocking Hills State Park

Photo by @evan_couch at Hocking Hills State Park

9. Glen Echo Ravine in Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @piercerdave at the Glen Echo Ravine

Photo by @piercerdave at the Glen Echo Ravine

8. Blue Hen Falls in Brecksville, Ohio

Photo by @kelwarner5 at Blue Hen Falls

Photo by @kelwarner5 at Blue Hen Falls

7. Lake Erie

Photo by @amyonthebay in Oregon, Ohio

Photo by @amyonthebay in Oregon, Ohio

6. The Ledges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Photo by @23cot at The Ledges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Photo by @23cot at The Ledges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

5. Berea Falls in Berea, Ohio

Photo by @oltjonm at Berea Falls in Berea, Ohio

Photo by @oltjonm at Berea Falls in Berea, Ohio

4. Brandywine Falls in Northfield, Ohio

Photo by @dangerousbiz at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @dangerousbiz at Brandywine Falls

3. Athens, Ohio

Photo by @nick.bolin in Athens, Ohio

Photo by @nick.bolin in Athens, Ohio

2. Chillicothe, Ohio

Photo by @blakelloyd over Chillicothe, Ohio

Photo by @blakelloyd over Chillicothe, Ohio

1. Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @kscherer95 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio

Photo by @kscherer95 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio

Le Méridien Columbus The Joseph in The Short North

Rikki Teeters

We spent Labor Day weekend exploring The Short North. This bustling area in downtown Columbus has some of Ohio's best shops and restaurants. It is also home to many beautifulmurals and art galleries, including Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, where the lobby and second floor showcase beautiful art merging a gallery with a hotel. The Short North is a walkable neighborhood that has something for everyone to see and do.

Short North Mural Columbus Ohio

When exploring a new area in Ohio, we like to stay overnight so we can get the full local experience. During our Short North trip we stayed at Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph! This beautiful boutique hotel is located in the heart of The Short North. It is the perfect place to stay when exploring this area.

The Joseph Columbus
Columbus The Joseph Hotel Lobby Short North
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We took advantage of the amazing food and drink options located right in the lobby of our hotel - SOUL and The Guild House. It was raining during most of our stay, so we loved that we had access to such great food and drink options without even leaving our hotel!

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Soul at The Joseph
Cheese Plate - Soul at The Joseph
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Cocktail - Soul at The Joseph

After dinner and drinks at Whiskey on High at SOUL on Friday night, we went exploring (we don't mind a little rain). We walked all the way up and down high street while taking in the sights. We shopped and people watched all evening long. And of course we ended the night with our favorite Ohio Made Ice Cream, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, which is just a couple blocks down from Le Méridien!

Jenis Ice Cream

Our room was a perfect place to relax after exploring. We had a lovely view of High Street which seemed to stretch all the way across Columbus. The hotel provided local travel guides and suggestions about more places to explore. The hotel staff were so kind and helpful during our stay. They made us feel right a home. We really enjoyed our short trip to the Short North and we cannot wait to go back!

Le Méridien Hotel Room Columbus
The Scout Guide Columbus
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The Short North View Columbus Ohio

You can follow Le Méridien Columbus The Joseph on Instagram at @lmcolumbusthejoseph! Explore Ohio everyday ith us on Instagram at @OhioExplored!

Bourbon Ridge Retreat Hocking Hills

Rikki Teeters

Hocking Hills is one of the most beautiful regions in Ohio. Filled with rolling hills, beautiful trees, and natural landmarks, this local area has become one of our favorites in Ohio. We just returned from our getaway to Bourbon Ridge Retreat in Logan, Ohio, at the heart of the Hocking Hills area. This serene property is tucked peacefully away in the hills and includes 202 acres featuring hiking trails, 5,000+ fruit trees, beautiful wild flowers, a suspension bridge, picnic areas, and a private pond.

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We stayed at The Woodford cabin, one of several at Bourbon Ridge Retreat, and it was a dream come true. Our cabin included a fully equipped deluxe kitchen, a private pool (which turned into a hot-tub at night), a theater room, and the most beautiful shower we have ever seen. After spending our days exploring Hocking Hills, it was so nice to come home to a perfect hideaway to relax between adventures. 

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Bourbon Ridge Retreat is one of our favorite discoveries in Ohio. We recommend it to any couple or family that wants to get away on a relaxing trip. You can learn more about Bourbon Ridge on their website.

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Pizza 101 With Tablespoon Cooking Co.

Rikki Teeters

Eating Local is such an important part of Living Local in Ohio! When you eat local you are supporting local community members and small businesses. Eating Local also allows you to know exactly what goes in your food. Though there are many great restaurants in Ohio, sometimes the best locally made meals can be made in your home kitchen. At Ohio Explored, we have been making an effort to buy all of our food ingredients from local shops and farms.

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Pizza is one of our favorite local meals. However, we have never been able to master the art of Pizza Making at home. That is until we found Tablespoon Cooking Co. We recently took their Pizza Making class at Findlay Kitchen in Over-the-Rhine. Owner Jordan Hamons and her team taught us how to make pizza dough, sauce, and toppings from locally sourced Ohio Made ingredients!

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Findlay Kitchen
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Tablespoon Cooking Co. even provides complimentary local craft beers and wines during the class. It makes for a perfect date night or evening out.

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After our class we ate homemade pizza for the next couple of days and it was delicious each time. It is amazing how simple pizza is to make with local ingredients. We will never buy canned sauce or pre-packaged dough again. We really enjoyed our class with Tablespoon Cooking Co. and we will be signing up for another one very soon!

Uptown Oxford Ohio

Rikki Teeters

We fell in love with Uptown Oxford while we were students at Miami University years ago. Though it was lovely during the school year, Oxford was always the most special during the summertime. When most of the students are home for the summer, this small town is returned to the locals who call Oxford home.

Beautiful historic brick streets in Uptown Oxford are lined with shops and restaurants. Locally owned places like Bodega and Kona Bistro as well as popular chains like Chipotle and Skyline provide locals and visitors with many food and drink options. Uptown Oxford is also home to over 20+ bars and night clubs which transform the city into a different world at night.

We recently visited Oxford and made sure to stop in Uptown Oxford to snap some photos of how the city has changed since we called it home.

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Healthy Homemade Açaí Superfood Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Rikki Teeters

Smoothie Bowls are all the rage in 2017. For good reason too, since they can be extremely healthy and delicious. You might have seen Instagram posts of beautiful bright smoothie bowls made by local Juiceries. Did you know that you can make your own healthy smoothie bowls at home? There are endless possibilities for DIY healthy smoothie bowls. Our very favorite type of bowls are Açaí (ah-sigh-EE) because of their taste and health benefits.

As always at Ohio Explored we strive to support local with all of our daily purchases. To create our Homemade Açaí Superfood Smoothie Bowls, we make sure to buy all of our ingredients from local markets. Jungle Jim's International Market is an amazing Ohio-owned market in Cincinnati where we can easily find all of our ingredients. They offer a lot of Ohio Made Ingredients as well as healthy exotic foods like Açaí puree which can be difficult or impossible to find a basic super markets.

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Açaí berries are widely known as a superfood because they are helpful for a variety of health issues, including arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, skin appearance, detoxification and general health. The Açaí berry is a fruit harvested from Açaí trees, which are native to the rain forests of South America. Açaí berries contain antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.

Healthy Homemade Açaí Superfood Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Note: You can buy fresh or frozen fruit for this recipe depending on your preference of smoothie texture. For thicker texture, use frozen fruits. For more liquefied texture (our favorite) use fresh fruits + frozen Açaí puree). Always use fresh fruits for toppings.

To make this delicious smoothie bowl, you will need to buy the following ingredients.

Ingredients for the Smoothie Bowl:

  • 2 Packets Unsweetened Açaí Puree (The Sambazon packs at Jungle Jim's come with 4 Packets)
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Water

Healthy Toppings:

  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 Sliced Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded or Sliced Coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
  • 1/4 Cup Ohio Made Granola
  • Drizzle of Ohio Made Honey

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry fresh fruits.
  2. Remove Açaí puree from freezer. Run under water for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Break up the puree with your hands while it is still in the packets before opening.
  4. Use clean scissors to cut open the Açaí puree packets and empty them into a blender (we use a NutriBullet blender).
  5. Add all ingredients for smoothie bow into blender.
  6. Blend long enough to dissolve all ingredients. Be careful not to blend too long or it will become pure liquid.
  7. Add Healthy Toppings & Enjoy.

Ohio's National Park: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Rikki Teeters

Ohio has one of the nations best National Parks. Cuyahoga Valley National Park spans multiple cities in Northeast Ohio. We spent Sunday exploring CVNP at our Instameet. We explored Ledges, Blue Hen Falls and Brandywine Falls.

We gathered in the morning at the Happy Days Lodge parking lot near the Ledges trail-head.

Our hike leaders Mady @wanderlustinohio and Rich @reveller515 started the day by giving overviews of their hike options - Brandywine Falls & Blue Hen Falls - two of the most Instagrammed icons in the park. Then we divided into three groups to begin our adventure around the park.

We joined Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ranger, Ryan Ainger, for a hike through the Ledges area. We learned that much of the area was carved out by ocean waters millions of years ago. Ranger Ryan led us into some lesser known areas of Ledges that featured mysterious rock carvings and hidden caves.

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Mady & Rich's hiking groups explored two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Ohio - Brandywine Falls & Blue Hen Falls!

Photo by @wandering.wolf1 on the Blue Hen Falls Hike

Photo by @wandering.wolf1 on the Blue Hen Falls Hike

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Photo by @wanderlustinohio on the Brandywine Falls Hike

Photo by @wanderlustinohio on the Brandywine Falls Hike

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

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Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Photo by @wanderlustinohio at Brandywine Falls

Check our Instameets page to find dates & times of future Ohio Explored Instameets.

Cheese 101 at The Rhined

Rikki Teeters

We love cheese! When we found out about the new cheese shop opening in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, we were thrilled! The Rhined is an artisanal Cheese shop that carries Ohio Made cheese as well as many other high quality American cheeses. We recently took the Cheese 101 course offered by The Rhined!

We joined 14 other cheese lovers for a night of cheese tastings at The Rhined. Owner, Stephanie Webster, took us on a tour of 7 cheeses from all over the US. Our favorite cheese was a local cheese made in Kentucky called Kentucky Rose! Yum!

The Rhined uses handmade pottery as their dishes. Do you recognize this beautiful local pottery? It was made by our June 2017 Ohio Maker of The Month RHEINOceramics!

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20 Ohio Made Products You Can Find At Jungle Jim's International Market

Rikki Teeters

Jungle Jim's International Markets are known for their amazing selection of foods from around the world. But did you know that they also have an enormous local selection of Ohio Made Products? That is no surprise to those who know the Jungle Jim's story because the founder of Jungle Jim's is an Ohioan! People come from all over the world to visit this amazing Ohio Market. We are lucky enough to call Jungle Jim's our weekly grocery store. At Ohio Explored, we make an effort to make all of our purchases from locally owned companies. Jungle Jim's makes it easy for us by offering so many awesome Ohio Made products and by being Ohio-owned. Shopping at Jungle Jim's is a win/win for Ohioans wanting to support local.

Here is our list of 20 Ohio Made Products You Can Find At Jungle Jim's! These are some of our favorites but there are many more Ohio Made brands & products to try at Jungle Jim's. There are thousands of Ohio Made items throughout the store. Let us know your favorites on Instagram!

20. Granola - The Toasted Oat Bakehouse - Made in Columbus, Ohio

19. Chips - OH! Chips - Made in Columbus, Ohio

18. Salsa - A Bit Of A Bite Salsa - Made in Miamisburg, Ohio

17. Spices - Aimee's Blue Ribbon Spices - Made in Granville, Ohio

16. Pasta Sauce - The Organic Farm At Bear Creek - Made in Felicity, Ohio

15. Herbal Tea - The Herbal Sage - Made in Pomeroy, Ohio

14. Free Range Eggs - The Dale Filbrun Family - Made in West Alexandria, Ohio

13. Milk - Hartzler Family Dairy - Made in Wooster, Ohio

12. Kombucha - Fab Ferments - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

11. Kimchee - The Pickled Pig - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

10. Gluten Free Treats - Tina's Sweet Treats - Made in Franklin, Ohio

9. Pure Honey - Don Popp's Honey Farm - Made in Hamilton, Ohio

8. Pure Maple Syrup - Bissell Maple Farm - Made in Rock Creek, Ohio

7. Fresh Bread - Blue Oven Bakery - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

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6. Craft Beer - Rhinegeist - Made in Cincinnati, Ohio

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5. Ice Cream - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Made in Columbus, Ohio

4. Wine - Meranda-Nixon Winery - Made in Ripley, Ohio

3. Cheese - Heini's - Made in Millersburg, Ohio

2. Butter - Troyer - Made in Millersburg, Ohio

1. Produce - Grown by many local farms in Ohio (some within miles from Jungle Jim's)

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These products were found at Jungle Jim's Eastgate location. Most products can be found at both the Eastgate and Fairfield locations.

Ohio Sunflowers at Cottell Park

Rikki Teeters

If you know us, you know that we love Sunflowers! Each year we adventure around Ohio to find these sunbathing beauties. Mid-summer through early fall is peak season for blooming Sunflowers. When we received word that some of the first Ohio Sunflowers were blooming at Cottell Park in Mason, Ohio, we quickly ventured out to find the seasonal flowers. The field was already filled with people when we arrived. We loved seeing so many people filled with delight from flowers.

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