Ohio

I often have found that people describe Ohio as being boring.

So I started adventuring within my home state.

This portion of my wordpress is meant to prove that Ohio is beautiful, and should really get more love. Here are a few fun ideas for your next Ohio adventure.

Cincinnati Area //

These are, in my opinion, the two best spots downtown to see the skyline: Devou Park and the Mount Adams Steps.

The arts district in Cincinnati is called Over The Rhine. It is an up and coming neighborhood. A few years ago, local artists were commissioned to paint 36 different murals all over the district to visually represent a poem that was written by citizens. The murals can be found scattered throughout. If you want to know more about it, look up “The Cincy Ink Project”. It’s really cool.

If you’re feeling artsy, check out the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park — it’s free. Then make your way over to a coffee shop. There’s lots of them, but my favorite is Coffee Emporium downtown.

Right outside of Cincinnati, you can visit a castle in Loveland. It was built by hand, and it is absolutely beautiful.

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Here is a list of the best & most affordable places to have dinner in Cincy:

  • The Eagle OTR — southern comfort food
  • Green Papaya — Thai food
  • Sleepy Bee Cafe — brunch
  • Rooted Juicery + Kitchen — health food
  • Happy Belly — health food
  • Senate — burgers
  • Taste of Belgium — chicken & waffles

Here is a list of the best coffee shops in Cincy:

  • 1215 Coffee Lab — OTR
  • Coffee Emporium — Downtown
  • Deeper Roots — Oakley
  • True West Coffee — Hamilton
  • Collective Espresso — Downtown

Here is a list of the best snack places in Cincy:

  • GRAETERS ICE CREAM of course
  • Streetpops!!!
  • Brezel Pretzels
  • Off the Vine Juice Bar
  • The Macaron Bar
  • Holtman’s Donuts
  • Boba Cha Bubble Tea

Dayton Area //

Indian Mound Reserve is a great light hiking spot for someone who loves just walking and talking. It has a beautiful waterfall called Cedar Cliff Falls within its woods.

You’ll find fun coffee shops and murals around The Oregon District. It’s the arts district of Dayton. This one is called Press Coffee Bar, but there are a lot more.

Yellow Springs //

This is what you would define as a hippie town, and it’s a blast to take a day trip to.

You’ll find joy & laughter in the colorful walls of the coffee shops around town, the small business feel, and especially in the hiking at Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

On your way out, make sure to stop to Young’s Jersey Dairy. It’s all homemade ice cream and waffle cones right there on the dairy farm.

Columbus Area //

Yes, there IS more to Columbus than the Buckeyes! Though I love campus, it is even better to get off campus.

Downtown is beautiful if you can find good parking!

Take a walk on the Scioto Mile, or ride your bike on the trail that goes straight through downtown. There is a bridge that crosses the river with a perfect view of the Columbus skyline — because of the river, the skyline is very visible if you’re entering from any area of the city.

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There is a beautiful state park just outside of the city called Hocking Hills. It has beautiful blue waterfalls, caves, and a sense of tranquility that comes with having no service. To get to these waterfalls, go to the Old Man’s Cave part of Hocking Hills. For higher up hikes, I recommend Conkle’s Hollow.

The Columbus coffee scene is almost as strong as the beans they roast. Seriously, there are SO many coffee shops. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • The Roosevelt Coffeehouse
  • Boston Stoker
  • Mission Coffee
  • Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op
  • Stauf’s German Village
  • Pistacia Vera
  • Red Velvet Cafe

If you happen to visit any or all of these, pick up a Columbus Coffee passport — if you get four stamps at four different coffee shops, you can get a free t-shirt at the visitor’s center.

Columbus also has a bunch of beautiful parks.

There is Inniswood Botanical Garden Metropark, which doesn’t allow food or dogs, but because of this reason it is so clean and well kept. And filled with so many beautiful flowers.

The Park of Roses in Clintonville is a great place to go on a date. It blooms best in August, but is calming any time of year. There is a cute cafe called Flowers & Bread right across from it that is always worth a visit.

Toledo Area //

There is this beautiful metropark outside of the city called Oak Openings. What drew me there was the incredibly tall trees. Standing within them felt like a dream; it’s a hammock lover’s paradise. But make sure that you bring bug spray.

Cleveland Area //

Anyone who says Cleveland isn’t a great city obviously hasn’t looked hard enough.

First of all, Cleveland is home to Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There is a beautiful waterfall there called Brandywine Falls. If you want my advice, don’t go to the observation deck. Find a trail down to the ravine and go creeping — that’s how you get a close up look of the falls.

 

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