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Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Rikki Teeters

We always love exploring Toledo. From Oak Openings Preserve to Maumee Bay State Park, Toledo has everything that an adventurous soul desires. However, we always find it difficult to find somewhere to stay during our Toledo trips. When we heard about the new Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Toledo, we knew we had to check it out.

Toledo Ohio Renaissance Hotel Downtown Lobby

The Toledo Renaissance Hotel features a roof top bar, a top rated restaurant, and beautiful city views. We enjoyed relaxing in the hotel after a day full of adventures.


We stayed on the highest residential floor during our visit to the Toledo Renaissance Hotel. Our room allowed us to see stunning views of Toledo, as far as the eye could see.

Photo by Robert Wagner

Photo by Robert Wagner

Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Blade Book
Toledo Hotel Restaurant
Renaissance Hotel Toledo

When we woke up, our views had turned foggy but just as beautiful. We loved seeing Toledo from a new view point.

Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel Foggy Views
Toledo Renaissance Hotel Foggy Views
Toledo Ohio Map

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

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

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!


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
Ohio's Amish Country

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!

Inn at Honey Run

Rikki Teeters

We spent this weekend exploring The Inn at Honey Run. This magical Inn is one of Ohio's best hidden gems. The Inn at Honey Run is a boutique resort located in the heart of Amish Country. We spent this weekend enjoying the peace and serenity of this lovely hideaway. Surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, the Inn features also hiking trails and an open art museum.

Guests can stay in amazing underground "Honeycombs", luxury cottages, or in the beautiful rooms and suites within the Inn. Each room is unique which makes this Ohio resort even more special. Rooms include many complimentary accommodations including homemade Biscotti and bottled water.

The Inn at Honey Run is home to Tarragon Restaurant. They serve award-winning contemporary American cuisine made from fresh local ingredients. We loved that this upscale restaurant was located in our building. On Saturday night we tasted 4 courses - each more delicious than the last. Our favorite dinner dishes were the Chef's Honeycomb (did you know you can eat honeycomb?) and the Foie Gras Risotto!

Our dinner experience was so great that we had to go back for breakfast in the morning.

The restaurant overlooks a beautiful forest which provided entertainment during our meal. We used our "Bird Book" & "Tree Book" to identify the wildlife that greeted us outside of the window during our meal.

The Inn includes several sitting areas with breathtaking views. We spent time listening to the birds, watching the wildlife (including some very sweet local cats), and contemplating the beauty of our state. The Inn is "Adult Only" which we really appreciated due to the peace and quiet it created.

We loved our weekend at The Inn at Honey Run. We are already planning our next trip!

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