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Ohio: The Heart of It All! April 24, 2010

Posted by carol in Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.

During tough economic times, we have to make sacrifices. This might mean postponing or cancelling your summer vacation plans. Why not make the best of your ‘staycation’ right here in Ohio, where there is plenty to do and see–all within a few hours drive.

Need some help planning that staycation? Pick up Neil Zurcher’s Ohio Road Trips for some wonderful suggestions. Local publishers Gray and Co. have provided a copy of this book to our library for review. Mr. Zurcher has written a useful resource for Ohioans and Ohio-lovers. Now in its 2nd edition, this guidebook is chock-full of  Zurcher’s personal favorite destination ideas. Our local king of the ‘one-tank-trip’ lets folks decide how far they want to travel in order to seek out some of the Buckeye state’s most popular tourist destinations, like Amish country, Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Cleveland’s Rock Hall. Ohio Road Trips is arranged by region, and includes addresses and phone numbers, for those smart cookies who plan their trip and/or call ahead to inquire about any costs & hours of operation for each destination.

Readers and potential travelers won’t be bored reading this cleverly written guide! Even lifelong Ohio residents will be surprised by some of the offerings included. For example, did you know there is an accordion museum right here in Rocky River, a wild safari in Port Clinton, a bicycle museum in New Bremen? Whether you are a city mouse, or a country mouse, Zurcher includes 52 irresistible locations you’ll want to visit, revisit, or discover, including: canoeing in Loudonville; antiquing throughout the state; visiting the State’s Prehistoric Indian mounds; touring the Mansfield Reformatory, where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed; or sampling the fare at the wineries in Ohio. A word of warning, however, reading Mr. Zurcher’s book might make you hungry, as he also highlights some of the state’s ice cream shops, homemade chocolatiers, burger joints, and potato chip factories to name a few. In fact, I think this reviewer better go have a snack. While I’m snacking, I think I’ll plan my next trip–in Ohio!                                                                                                                                                                             ~Carol



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