Monday, July 6, 2009

A Teachers view- Stay-cations in Northern Ohio

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great ideas! This week she continues to talk about great stay-cations here in Ohio!

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Stay-cations – Northern Ohio

It’s now cool to vacation in your own state. Think a vacation in Ohio is about a much fun as dental work? Think again! There are some hidden gems in this great state and deals to be had. Here are some ideas for visiting Northern Ohio.

Looking for peace and quiet? Look no further than Mohican State Park. Stay at the lodge and enjoy hiking trails, awesome food, and the indoor pool. Head into Loudonville and go canoeing (they don’t call it the canoe capital of the world for nothing!) down the Mighty Mohican River (really just the Black Fork of the Mohican River and really not that mighty). Have lunch downtown at the Main Street CafĂ© and stroll through the shops along Main Street.

Head to Cleveland for a little Ohio History lesson provided by inventor Garrett Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and President Abraham Lincoln on a free, guided walked tour of Cleveland. Don’t forget to visit the Westside Market while in Cleveland – home of some of the best food this side of the Appalachians.

In Sylvania, near Toledo, visit the Sylvania Historical Village and watch costumed interpreters demonstrate daily life in the 1840’s. While in Toledo, take in a Toledo MudHens game.

Is your family into biking? Check this out…your family can bike along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail between Cleveland and Akron in one direction and then take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad back to your starting point for just $2.