Long Weekends Spring/Summer 2022

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GO Laurel Highlands Explore the Laurel Highlands in southwestern Pennsylvania and discover picturesque covered bridges, outstanding outdoor recreation, four Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, and an abundance of craft beverage makers.

Covered Bridges

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Ligonier Country Market

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Sample some of Indiana’s best low-and-slow-cooked meats at Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House, and get a flavor for great Kentucky cuisine at Hermitage Farm.

Make a family getaway to Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, and experience an afternoon of fun on the farm (and ice cream) at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Ohio.

Stay at an Indiana hotel shaped by the designs and colors of Vera Bradley, and take a bicycle tour of Niagara-onthe-Lake in Ontario.



See butterflies at Pennsylvania’s Hershey Gardens and explore a new exhibit at Illinois’ The Morton Arboretum. Pages 34 and 60




Explore a museum dedicated to the life and music of the Man in Black in downtown Nashville, and visit the historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford in Michigan.

Get up close to the roaring water of Niagara Falls at Cave of the Winds in New York, and hike Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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President & Publisher Lute Harmon Jr.

I couldn’t have been more than 10 or so the first time I visited one of Lake Erie’s beaches. Living in a landlocked portion of Ohio as a kid, I had been to Lake Erie before, but I didn’t realize you could visit real sand beaches along its shoreline. Then, one weekend, family friends of ours from church who had moved to Lorain County called and invited us up to make a trip to Lakeview Beach. I remember the drive through downtown Lorain and then heading west on U.S. Route 6, the site of Lake Erie already within view. But then we pulled into the parking lot, unpacked and made our way toward the sand. That’s the memory that sticks with me: Taking in that expanse of Lake Erie that stretched out in front of me. We splashed in the water, played in the sand and walked along the shore all afternoon and even lingered as the sunlight began to creep away, hoping to wring out the last few moments of fun before heading back home. My first newspaper job was in Lorain, and soon after I got to town, I went back to Lakeview Beach. It was as great as I remembered it — better actually — and many days working in Lorain, I stopped by for a few minutes to take in the water and the memory.


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The view from the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Tealblue waters rushing below us against a lush summer landscape. It was definitely an adventure to remember.


Leland, Michigan, is a historic fishing village on the shores of Lake Michigan that is shabby chic, artistic and charming all rolled into one special place. It is located outside of Traverse City, and the drive is just as enjoyable as the town.

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Falling neck deep in the Greenbrier River when I was a 4-year-old boy chasing waterbugs. Gave my Grandparents a good laugh.

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Sea kayaking around Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

spend a day at stan hywet. Explore Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, OH. Completed in 1915, this 64,500 square foot Tudor revival manor house was home to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family. Now it’s a historic house museum open April-December with 70 acres of historic gardens, a garden for children and beautiful grounds for the public to enjoy. Spend a relaxing day touring magnificent Stan Hywet!

stanhywet.org | 330-836-5533

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

spend your friday night on the rails. You never have to worry about your Friday night plans again because Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has you covered. From date night to a girl’s night out or a memorable evening with family and friends — we have something for everyone. If you’re celebrating or treating yourself to a well-deserved night out, we have several excursions for you.

cvsr.org | 330-439-5708

Downtown Akron Partnership

downtown akron: places, events, adventures. Picture yourself savoring the unforgettable sights, spaces and events you can only experience downtown. Akron’s most energetic neighborhood is welcoming to all, and offers opportunities for all ages to enjoy events, culture and entertainment. Whether you’re planning a day of family fun, an evening of great food and live music with friends, an afternoon of shopping, or a day of recreation on the Towpath Trail or in downtown’s green spaces, the possibilities are endless, so plan your visit today.

330-374-7676 | downtownakron.com

experience living history. Hale Farm & Village

Nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley, our immersive interpretation brings historic traditions to life across the 90 acres of Hale Farm & Village. Enjoy the natural beauty of our living history museum by exploring 32 historic structures, craft & trade demonstrations, heritage breeds, and gardens. Just 10 miles from Akron and 25 miles from Cleveland, join in the fun during our public season starting in June, and experience signature events, seasonal programs, and workshops year round.

2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH 44210 | halefarm.org

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In Bloom

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From botanical gardens to summer festivals, there is plenty to experience across the region this season. By Charity Ervin, Elena Kousaie and Hallie Rybka

THRU APR 30: Fred

& Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming


This annual showcase at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Approximately 7,000 tropical butterflies spanning 60 species from around the world fly freely in the warm, lush environment of the conservatory. Special educational programming and butterfly-themed activities are also offered. Grand Rapids, meijergardens.org 4


All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead before traveling.

APR 9: Syracuse




With 26 local vendors, including 15 dedicated to wine and spirits, the Syracuse Wine Festival offers a fun atmosphere for those aged 21 and over. Located in the CNY Regional Market, the festival offers separate afternoon and evening sessions. Both include a glass, wine and food sampling, “paint and sip” attractions and more activities. Syracuse, syracusewinefest.com

MAY 14: Lake


of Egypt Paddle Fest

Enjoy an afternoon of leisurely paddling on Lake of Egypt in southern Illinois. Bring your kayak, canoe, paddle board or pedal boat (or rent a kayak in advance) to take part in this third annual event, which also offers prizes, food from Sinisi’s on Main food truck and live music by The Jake Myers Band. Marion, enjoyillinois.com

Biggest Week in American Birding MAY 6–15:


This northwest Ohio region is considered the warbler capital of the world and is a prime destination for spring migration bird-watching. Headquartered at the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, this event features a series of keynote speakers, field trips to prime birding destinations such as Magee Marsh, programs at Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a Birder’s Marketplace, bird trivia night and more. Oregon, biggestweekinamericanbirding.com

MAY 14: 83rd



Located in Richwood, the ramp capital of the world, the Feast of the Ramson is a celebration of the native wild onion. A Southern-style feast consists of ramps, fried potatoes, ramp bacon and ham, brown beans, cornbread and locally sourced sassafras tea. The $20 adult tickets also provide access to an arts and crafts show, local jewelry and textile vendors and music from local bluegrass artists. Richwood, richwoodchamberofcommerce.org MAY 27–29: Forecastle


APR 22–24:

Dogwood Arts Festival


Located at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, the Dogwood Arts Festival features a colorful display of pieces by artists working in mixed media, pottery, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. The festival also provides live music from local acts on two stages throughout the weekend. Knoxville, dogwoodarts.com


For 20 years, this music festival has remained a staple in the Midwest, offering a weekend of local food, a range of musical styles and great vibes at Louisville’s scenic Waterfront Park. This year, headliners include Jack Harlow, Porter Robinson, Tame Impala, Tyler the Creator, Phoebe Bridgers and more. Louisville, forecastlefest.com MAY 28: AES


500 Festival


Held on the eve of the Indianapolis 500 and adding color to downtown Indianapolis since 1957, the AES 500 Festival Parade has grown to be one of the nation’s largest parades. The festivities feature celebrities, costumed characters, patriotic units, larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, awardwinning bands and all 33 drivers competing in the Indy 500 — the world’s largest single-day sporting event. Indianapolis, 500festival.com JUNE 2–4: Mountain




“The Party Never Stops” at Ace Adventure Resort during the Mountain Music Festival. The festival’s eighth year features more than 30 bands on a mountaintop

APR 27–30:

Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous


The Appalachian Arts Studio is hosting 75 carvers from across the United States. Visitors can enjoy live carvings and a small auction in addition to live music from eight bands that cover genres such as rock, blues, country and acoustic. Craft, art and food vendors are available, and many carvers bring finished pieces to sell as well. Ridgway, chainsawrendezvous.org




MAY 6–22: Rochester




Visitors to Rochester’s historic Highland Park can enjoy the collection of thousands of lilac varieties as they bloom. Taking place Thursdays through Sundays, the free festival celebrates the flower for three weekends and also offers two concert stages with more than 135 performances, an arts and crafts show featuring over 160 artists, and ticketed events. Rochester, rochesterevents.com

MAY 7–15: Tulip


Time Festival

Since 1929, the city of Holland has blossomed with hundreds of thousands of tulips, bursting with color in public parks and along the streets. Throughout eight days, events and activities for all ages take place in a variety of locations, most within a 4-mile radius of downtown, including national entertainment acts, walking tours, parades, the Tulip Immersion Garden and more. Holland, tuliptime.com MAY 15: Fort

Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival


Honor the beauty and traditions of Japanese culture. The festival returns in-person this year at the Allen County Public Library, where you can experience Japanese music, dance performances, food and a tea ceremony. Plus, enjoy an anime contest, cosplay, a haiku contest and children’s activities. Fort Wayne, cherryblossomfw.com 66


JUNE 2–5: 32nd

Annual Great American Brass Band Festival


Celebrate brass music during this free, family event held annually in downtown Danville. As well as a weekend of music, enjoy activities such as yoga in the park, a vintage baseball game, a gallery hop, the Main Street Parade and more. Danville, gabbf.org JUNE 3–5: Johnstown



The three-day festival brings local, regional and national polka acts to Peoples Natural Gas Park. For a daily admission of $5, the festival features the most well-known polka bands in the country, and also offers food and craft and art vendors. Polkafest encourages visitors to enjoy the surrounding area’s rich history, green mountain scenery, national parks and downtown eateries. Johnstown, visitjohnstownpa.com/polkafest

JUNE 3–5: Chevrolet

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix


The Detroit Grand Prix showcases world-class auto racing, featuring the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, the Chevrolet IndyCar Grand Prix and more. This year, the event returns to Belle Isle, a 982-acre island in the Detroit River. Off-track fan activities include interactive displays, music, merchandise and food and beverage options. Detroit, detroitgp.com

JUNE 10–18: Bill

Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival


The longestrunning bluegrass festival, this popular Indiana event takes place at the Bill Monroe Music Park. Throughout nine days, experience performances by 35 bands, including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Appalachian Road Show and Donna Ulisse. The festival also offers daily music workshops, a traditional bean dinner, Sunday’s bluegrass jam and on-site camping. Morgantown, bill monroemusicpark.com


stage, workshops, camping and vendors for food and art. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy zip lining, whitewater rafting and the other adventures New River Gorge has to offer. Oak Hill, aceraft.com

JUNE 4–5: 57th


Street Art Fair

Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the 57th Street Art Fair is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts. Considered the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, the event showcases fine art and crafts, including glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, digital arts, wood, ceramics and fiber. Chicago, 57thstreetartfair.org JUNE 11–12: Allentown




This 65th annual festival returns to downtown Buffalo with a showcase of several exhibitions, including clay, hard creative crafts, soft creative crafts, drawing graphics, glass acrylic, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Concessions, busker performances and a student design contest are also featured. Buffalo, allentownartfestival.com JUNE 14–19: North

by Northeast Festival


The North by Northeast Festival (NXNE) promotes

JUNE 12–26: FestivALL


With over 100 events, 50 venues, 50,000 annual attendees and 800 artists and performers, FestivALL takes over Charleston for 10 days. The citywide multi-arts festival presents a mix of music, theater, dance and visual arts from local, national and international artists. Taking place in 50 locations throughout the city, activities can be enjoyed in theaters, outdoor spaces, intimate galleries and events spaces. Charleston, festivallcharleston.com JUNE 16–18: New

emerging musical artists while also supporting Toronto’s live music venues by hosting gigs at various locations. The emphasis is on Canadian talent, but new acts from around the world also take the stage throughout the five-day event. Toronto, nxne.com

Blues Festival

York State


Celebrate Life!

One of the largest free blues events in the northeast, the New York State Blues Festival returns to the state fairgrounds in Syracuse to celebrate its 30th anniversary and showcase blues music and culture. Experience regional and national artists from multiple genres while also learning about the role blues music has played in the development of popular music. Syracuse, nysbluesfest.com

at Gervasi Vineyard





Experience an upscale Tuscan-inspired winery resort featuring award-winning wines and spirits, boutique shopping, luxurious suites and exceptional cuisine at three distinct restaurants.

This spring and summer, visit Gervasi Vineyard for wine and spirits tastings, outdoor dining experiences, live concerts and car cruise-ins!

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JULY 7–10: Cleveland


Tall Ships Festival

Experience our nation’s rich maritime history during this four-day ticketed event along Cleveland’s Lake Erie waterfront, featuring live entertainment, family-friendly programming, exhibits, food and beverage options and tours aboard the fleet. The Parade of Sail kicks off the celebrations with a display of eight traditional sailing vessels. Cleveland, tallshipscle.com

50th Anniversary Season


Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700s. This summer marks the 50th anniversary season for the theater experience staged outdoors at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, featuring galloping horses, cannons and large battle sequences. Chillicothe, tecumsehdrama.com JULY 1–2: 51st

Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree


JULY 4: 16th

Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival


The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrates the Fourth of July with a free event held in East Park. Visitors can enjoy food from Nashville’s best hot chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and more eats and drinks from local vendors. Enjoy the Fire Truck Parade at noon, as well as live music from local bands throughout the day and an Amateur Cooking Competition for those wanting to show off their own hot chicken recipes. Nashville, hot-chicken.com

This free, familyfriendly festival is billed as the official festival of the state of Tennessee. The entertainment begins at 9 a.m. on both days, with more than 35 music and dance categories on two stages. The streets of this small town are also filled with handmade craft booths and food vendors. Smithville, smithvillejamboree.com JULY 7–17: Indiana

Expo’s Summer Celebration



One of the largest cultural events of its kind in the world, this summer celebration features music, art, dance, food, film and more exhibitors. For 51 years, the Indiana Black Expo has empowered individuals through education, events and hands-on initiatives to celebrate and strengthen African American communities. Indianapolis, summercelebration.net JULY 8–17: Toronto

Outdoor Art Fair JULY 10–24: Pittsburgh

Vintage Grand Prix


Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the nation’s only vintage street race and is the largest vintage race event. Starting with the Kick-Off Rally on July 10, the two-week event is filled with race weekends, car shows, parties, parades and motorsport events. The event closes with Schenley Park Race Day. Pittsburgh, pvgp.org


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Canada’s longestrunning contemporary outdoor art fair showcases collections of 2D and 3D art, craft and design, photography and digital media to help visitors connect with artists. This summer celebrates 60 years of influencing the accessibility, appreciation and participation in the arts in Canada. Toronto, torontooutdoor.art JULY 10–11: Paradise

and Beer Festival



One of the most prominent breweries

in the northern Kentucky area, Braxton Brewing Co. hosts this free festival that is appropriate for all ages. Musical acts ranging from local bands to nationally recognized talent add to the atmosphere centered on music, food, beer and fun. Covington, paradise-fest.com JULY 13–16: Start.ca

Rocks the Park


A staple of London’s summer celebrations for 17 years, Start.ca Rocks the Park features worldclass artists along the Thames River in Harris Park. Integrating different genres on different nights to appeal to a range of preferences, musical acts include Alanis Morissette, Nelly, TLC, The Beaches, Garbage and more. London, rockthepark.ca JULY 21–24: Finger

Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance


Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance is a ticketed four-day festival located near Ithaca that provides a multicultural experience for attendees. Music acts of a wide variety of genres play on four stages. The festival also offers camping, food vendors, morning yoga, art vendors, a parade, a vinyl lounge, Indigenous storytelling and a band/instrument contest. Trumansburg, grassrootsfest.org AUG 5–7: Dublin




Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Dublin Irish Festival returns to Coffman Park to showcase the best in Irish dance, music, art and culture. The largest three-day Irish festival in the world, the event invites visitors of all backgrounds to enjoy history, tradition, food and performances. Dublin, dublinirishfestival.org AUG 11–14: National

Blueberry Festival


Celebrate South Haven’s tremendous blueberry crop and its cultural role in southwest Michigan at one of the country’s oldest continuously running fruit festivals. Enjoy a parade, musical acts, blueberryinspired foods, a pie-eating contest, rides, the Blueberry


JUNE 16–SEPT. 4: Tecumseh!

AUG 9–17: Elvis



To honor the 45th anniversary of the rock ’n ’ roll icon’s passing, Elvis Week 2022 is planning a massive celebration to top all past celebrations. Located at Graceland, the festival offers daily events, shows and concerts featuring multitalented guests, friends, family, costars and more. The candle-light vigil is held on Aug. 15 and the traditional “Big Elvis Show” on Aug. 16. Memphis, graceland.com

Festival Craft Fair and more family fun. South Haven, blueberryfestival.com AUG 12–14: Heritage


AUG 19–SEPT 5:

Canadian National Exhibition


This 18-day end-of-summer event has grown from humble beginnings in 1879 to the largest fair in Canada, offering a familyfriendly mix of exhibits, live music, agricultural displays, shopping, sports events and a casino. The highlight is the expansive carnival midway filled with rides, food and more traditional entertainment. Toronto, theex.com



Located on the waterfront of the Ohio River at Heritage Port Amphitheater, the Heritage Music BluesFest features a main stage with Blues Music Award Winners and a second stage dedicated to regional artists from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. With weekend passes starting at $90, visitors can enjoy three days of music and awardwinning blues artists. Wheeling, heritagemusicfest.com AUG 14–15: Crave

Music Festival

Food +


With more than 40 restaurants featured, Crave is an epic food and live music festival showcasing chefs, food trucks, craft beer and cocktails. Enjoy fun for the whole family with children’s activities, a car show and food experiences such as baking and cocktail demonstrations and the Cuban Sandwich Cook-off, plus 10 musical acts performing throughout the

AUG 27–SEPT 6: Auburn

event at Masterson Station Park. Lexington, cravelexington.com AUG 20–21: Chicago

Water Show

Duesenberg Festival


Air and


The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show of its kind in the United States. Featuring high-flying thrills from civilian and military pilots in a range of aircraft, the show can be viewed at North Avenue Beach and along the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street. Chicago, chicagoairandwatershow.us

at the riverfront columbus, ohio


Major attractions during this event billed as the world’s greatest classic car show and festival include the annual garage cruise, the downtown cruise-in and the Parade of Classics. The finale includes a showcase of automobiles from around the world. Funding efforts from the event support the onward growth of the festival as well as automobile-related museums in Indiana. Auburn, acdfestival.org

200+ Artists 3 Stages Shadowbox Live Fri. 8:30 p.m. We Were Promised Jetpacks Sat. Night

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Great Selection of Food and Drinks Rhinegeist Beer Garden Family Fun

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Road Trips This month, we team with Visit Canton to explore these can’t-miss destinations and experiences in Stark County, Ohio.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The National Football League had its start in 1920 at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership in downtown Canton. Today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame tells the story of the game and pays tribute to its greats through a mix of artifacts, interactive exhibits and unique films. The circular first-floor gallery traces the history of the game’s first century. The second floor is organized by theme, from on-field innovations to dynasty teams, offering fun interactive experiences, like comparing your football grip to those of a few iconic quarterbacks. Additional galleries highlight today’s game and the history of the Super Bowl. Although more than 27,000 men have played football at the professional level, just more than 360 are immortalized with a bronze bust in the Hall of Fame Gallery, which brings fans face to face with the legends. Two film experiences included with admission bring visitors deeper into the heart of the NFL. “A Game for Life” features a hologram Joe Namath and inspiration from the likes of Jim Brown and Steve Largent in an innovative presentation, while the Super Bowl Theater offers a largerthan-life look at the Big Game. 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708, 330/456-8207, profootballhof.com 10

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MAPS Air Museum


The hangar full of military aircraft is a labor of love. Visit and you’re likely to see volunteers working away at one of MAPS Air Museum’s restoration projects. The Military Aviation Preservation Society was founded in 1990, and its museum in North Canton holds dozens of aircraft on loan or received as gifts over the years to be restored. What started as a small collection in the beginning, has grown into an impressive tribute that helps highlight our military heritage and share the stories of American sacrifice. Aside from the aircraft inside, an outdoor area holds additional flying machines, and on any given day MAPS Air Museum is open, a tour guide is more than happy to show visitors around and share the fascinating tales behind the aircraft in the organization’s care. As impressive as the planes are, the museum also features fascinating educational displays of acquired military artifacts. It also dedicates a significant amount of space to the stories of men and women from Ohio who served in the military throughout our history, honoring their service and duty to our country. 2260 International Pkwy., North Canton, Ohio 44720, 330/896-6332, mapsairmuseum.org

William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Following President William McKinley’s assassination in 1901, people across the nation donated to fund a beautiful monument to the fallen leader. President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated it in 1907, and the McKinley National Memorial serves as the final resting place of the president, his wife Ida Saxton McKinley and their two daughters. The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located nearby and tells the story of not only the McKinleys but the larger history of Stark County while also dedicating space to science, which was of particular interest to the president. The first floor features a hands-on science space perfect for kids. The second floor features a large gallery that tells the story of Stark County’s evolution from newly settled territory to center of industry. It also includes “The Street of Shops,” a life-size replica of a historic town. A separate gallery features furniture and artifacts original to the McKinleys’ time in Ohio and the White House as well as animatronic versions of the president and first lady, who share their story on a range of topics. 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708, 330/455-7043, mckinleymuseum.org Long-Weekends.com


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The Troll Hole Museum If your troll knowledge peaks out at grade-school pencil toppers or the cute wild-haired dolls of your youth, The Troll Hole Museum in Alliance promises a fun, nostalgic and educational visit. Founder Sherry Groom’s spot offers guided tours on the hour, starting with a fun area chock full of troll dolls in creative environments, including a stadium filled with trolls decked out to support various NFL teams. From there, the tour covers the basics of troll lore from Scandinavian countries and the mythology that has grown up around the creatures over the centuries, as well as pop culture’s interpretation of it, from horror movies to adorable kids toys. The Troll Hole Museum’s artist brings the information to life with fun displays and re-creations. The tour delves into the origins and the differences between the Norfin brand trolls of the 1960s and the Russ brand ones of the ’80s and ’90s. The experience culminates in multiple rooms that hold Groom’s collection of more than 9,000 artfully displayed troll dolls — a Guinness World Record. 228 E. Main St., Alliance, Ohio 44601, 330/596-1157, thetrollhole.com

Massillon Museum Art and history merge at the Massillon Museum. Created in 1933 to preserve the city’s history, the free museum now collects, safeguards and exhibits art and artifacts that span photography, artwork, domestic goods of bygone days, football memorabilia and more. A variety of artifacts from throughout the city’s history are presented alongside a neighboring gallery showing photographs of local businesspeople that represent both big industry and small shops in Massillon over the span of 180 years. The colorful Immel Circus Gallery features Dr. Robert Immel’s 100-square-foot miniature circus, created from more than 2,600 pieces the dentist carved using tools from his practice. Circus memorabilia from Immel’s personal collection is also featured. Massillon’s own Paul Brown shaped the game of professional football as we know it, co-founding and coaching the Cleveland Browns (the team is named after him) before later helping found the Cincinnati Bengals. The Paul Brown Museum located on-site features personal items from the legendary coach, and a wall-length timeline shares milestones from his life alongside a gallery dedicated to Massillon Tigers football. 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, Ohio 44646, 330/833-4061, massillonmuseum.org

Ida Saxton McKinley’s family home still stands along Market Avenue in downtown Canton. The first lady grew up there and she and William McKinley lived there from 1878 to 1891 during his time in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is now half of the experience of visiting the First Ladies National Historic Site in downtown Canton. Scheduled tours of the Saxton-McKinley House leave from the First Ladies National Historic Site Education Center just down the street. The Education Center teaches visitors how the responsibilities of the first lady have evolved over time to include a public role. It also houses a collection of first lady inaugural gown replicas stretching from Jacqueline Kennedy to Melania Trump. Another first-floor exhibit tells the story of William McKinley and Ida Saxton’s courtship and wedding. The Education Center also highlights the work of Black fashion designer Ann Lowe, who created clothing for Jacqueline Kennedy and a range of other high-society figures of her time. 205 Market Ave. S., Canton, Ohio 44702, 330/452-0876, nps.gov/fila 12


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Canton Museum of Art Founded in 1935, the Canton Museum of Art has grown over the decades into a cultural centerpiece of the city. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on works on paper from the 19th century forward, with an emphasis on watercolors, and American ceramics from the 1950s through today. The collection includes watercolors from artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Alice Schille and Charles Burchfield, as well as oils, prints, drawings and other pieces by Andy Warhol, Clyde Singer, M.C. Escher, Julian Stanczak and Roy Lichtenstein. The museum’s ceramics holdings include works by Viktor Schreckengost, Toshiko Takaezu, Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw and Viola Frey. Displays of work from the permanent collection change every three to six months, and a dozen or more special exhibitions are held throughout the year. Upcoming special exhibitions include “Abandoned America: Everything Must Pass” (April 26–July 24), which showcases Matthew Christopher’s incredible photography of abandoned sites. Museum admission is free every Thursday, courtesy of the PNC Foundation. 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, Ohio 44702, 330/4537666, cantonart.org

Canton Food Tours


Inspired by a food tour she took in Arizona, Canton Food Tours president Barbara Abbott launched her curated mix of eating, drinking, socializing and exploring in 2012. Her signature offering is the Hall of Fame City Food Tour — three hours of visiting four to five different restaurants for chef-selected entrees presented as small plates. Each stop lasts about 20 minutes and tour-takers sit with different people at the various locations. In between each restaurant, tour guides point out local history, architecture and public art. The Hall of Fame City Tour includes the location of Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership where the NFL was founded in 1920, as well as where the brick-lined Lincoln Highway runs through downtown. Restaurant locations on any given tour could range from a landmark spot that has been around for more than a century to a fun hot dog joint. Group tours can be catered to the occasion, be it a girlfriends’ evening out or a group of co-workers enjoying an afternoon of team building. Couples can sign up for one of the public tours. For more information, call 330/4950929 or visit cantonfoodtours.com.





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If you plan on visiting the Burgh, make sure you head to the city’s Strip District, a halfsquare-mile area neighboring the Allegheny River. What was once an industrial part of Pittsburgh home to foundries and mills is today a showcase for cuisine. The district is full of markets, restaurants and carts representing foods from around the globe. Stop in Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. (affectionately known as Penn Mac) for a sample of thinly sliced prosciutto or imported Italian cheeses, or make a trip to Wholey for fresh seafood. Order the rainbow salad or fish tacos at Kaya, a top-rated local restaurant with Caribbean flair. Early risers should stop by Pamela’s P&G Diner on 21st Street, which serves up thin and crispy pancakes alongside other familiar diner breakfast items. If on the go is more your speed, the district is also home to a variety of food carts, like Edgar’s Best Tacos or Lucy’s banh mi cart. Between 11th and 33rd streets, south of the Allegheny River and north of Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, visitpittsburgh.com — Rachael Jirousek

Tony Packo’s Cafe’s Hungarian hot dog is a Toledo favorite. Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House serves some of Indiana’s best barbecue (below).




The original Tony Packo’s Cafe has been feeding locals since 1932, but travelers have long sought it out as well. They do so not only for the tasty lineup of fried pickles, hog dogs and chicken paprikash, but also because visiting has become a Toledo rite of passage. Celebrities and politicians have been stopping in for years, as evidenced by the rows of autographed hot dog buns (foam replicas, actually, for the sake of preservation) that line the walls. It all started when Burt Reynolds visited in the 1970s and signed a real hot dog bun. The tradition stuck. Today, the display of autographed buns winds through the dining space in a collection that ranges from former presidents to famous musicians to acclaimed film actors. The restaurant’s most beneficial celebrity connection came in the form of Toledo native Jamie Farr mentioning Tony Packo’s in several episodes of the hit television show “M*A*S*H” during the series’ run, bringing the spot notoriety far beyond northwest Ohio. But don’t let the pop-culture connections distract you from the real reason you’re here — to sample from the lineup of tasty eats. The Hungarian hot dog is a must for a first-time visitor, as is a side of fried pickles, but we wouldn’t blame you if you veered off course to order chili or chicken paprikash. So, what is a Hungarian hot dog anyway? It’s a Tony Packo’s invention that features a split sausage served in a hot dog bun and covered with the restaurant’s signature meat sauce, mustard and onions. (Add shredded cheddar cheese on top for a small additional fee.) Lunch patrons order at the counter, while the restaurant transitions to table service each evening. No matter what time of day you go, just be sure to bring your appetite. 1902 Front St., Toledo, Ohio 43605, 419/691-6054, tonypacko.com — JIM VICKERS



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3 This restaurant housed in a tiny building next to the railroad tracks started small and remains that way today. Owner Rob Ecker, who serves as pit master and chef, brings his culinary knowledge along with a neighborly, do-it-right-every-time attitude to this central Indiana spot. Simply put, Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House serves some of Indiana’s best barbecue.

Ecker, who was raised in the South, has been cooking since he was 8 years old. He attended culinary school and spent years as a chef that included time working at upscale restaurants for Disney. But the 2008 recession and jobs in other industries eventually brought Ecker and his wife, Tina, to the Hoosier State. Then that old building next to the railroad tracks called to him. Rusted Silo — just 1,700 square feet of space with 30 seats — opened in 2018. Ecker’s Rollin’ Silo food truck followed. The restaurant’s menu is small, unpretentious and filling. The meats span slow-cooked barbecue favorites: beef brisket, pork butt, smoked chicken and ribs. Sides include mac-n-beer cheese, collard greens, ranch beans and cheese grits. Desserts are bourbon pecan pie, Mama June’s Nanner Puddin and peach cobbler. Ecker adds that the menu is locally sourced as much as possible. The restaurant also has a component of giving back. The staff is well paid, so tips go to a community fund, and the Rollin’ Silo traveled to Kentucky in December 2021 to feed tornado victims. All of it adds up to a feel-good spot. And those trains that rumble by? Occasionally, they’ll stop for dinner, too. As Ecker likes to say, “We’re one of the few restaurants with ribs that are so good it can stop a train in its tracks.” 411 N. State St., Lizton, Indiana 46149, 317/994-6145, rustedsilobrewhouse.com — ELIZABETH GRANGER Long-Weekends.com



4 Hermitage Farm in Oldham County is everything we love about Kentucky: heritage, bourbon, horses, history, bluegrass beauty and good food. Dating back to the early 19th century, the farm and its lovely pre-Civil War main house and smokehouse, which are both available for overnight stays, is the old South reimagined by Laura Lee Brown and her husband Steve Wilson, two avid historic preservationists. Conserving the heritage of this nearly 700-acre farm was the impetus for the pair to step in and prevent it from becoming a subdivision. The couple, known for their extensive art collection, were leaders in reviving Whiskey Row in Louisville by creating 21c Museum Hotel where their artwork is on display. Art is a recurring theme in their endeavors and here at Hermitage Farm, various pieces from their collections can be seen at the Main House. They’ve taken it one step further by creating ArtWalk, a nighttime outdoor installation that synchronizes videos and sounds along a 1,500-foot-long boardwalk that runs parallel to Little Sinking Creek. The farm’s Bourbon Experience offers options such as learning about the classic Kentucky spirit from seed to sip, guided bourbon tastings and classes at Barn6 that teach the craft of making your own Manhattan. There’s a bourbon for every taste and pocketbook. Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year and WhistlePig Boss Hog 1.5-ounce pours go for $200 each, but you can sip Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond for $8. The ever-changing seasonal and locally sourced menu at Barn8 is creative and innovative, incorporating a variety of global and regional flavors. Think of it as Southern cookery gone rogue. Hermitage Farm has a long history of breeding thoroughbreds that went on to win the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Breeders’ Cup and more. On even years, the farm hosts the three-day Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event competition. There are tours for every aspect of the farm. Partake and dig deep or just relax and enjoy the tranquil peace of its history. 10500 U.S. Route 42, Goshen, Kentucky 40026, 502/398-9289, hermitagefarm.com — JANE AMMESON


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Explore Appalachian Country BELMONT COUNTY TOURISM 67800 Mall Ring Rd., Unit 485 St. Clairsville 43950, 740-695-4359 visitbelmontcounty.com Belmont County, Ohio is known for its small town hospitality, picturesque main streets and beautiful landscapes. Discover museums and events that represent the heritage and history located in the heart of Appalachia. Plan your visit to friendly, beautiful, Belmont County today!

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY OHIO 124 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia 44663 800-527-3387 traveltusc.com Springtime in Amish country refreshes your soul with colorful landscapes and time spent tasting your way through wineries, breweries and luscious local dining. Cap off your weekend with a live theatre performance!



EXPLORE HOCKING HILLS 13178 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan 43138 800-HOCKING (462-5464) explorehockinghills.com Pamper yourself with scenic hikes through prehistoric caves with waterfalls. Visit day spas, try shinrin-yoku a/k/a forest bathing. Woodland sauna pods, cleansing salt cave and cozy cabins await in the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s natural crown jewels.

PORTSMOUTH-SCIOTO COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU 342 Second St., Portsmouth 45662 740-353-1116 ohiorivertourism.org The Portsmouth-Scioto County area is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto Rivers. Visit our flood wall murals, antique shops, museum, microbrewery, local eateries, hiking, mountain biking trails and pump track.

MARIETTA – WASHINGTON COUNTY 241 Front St., Suite 7 Marietta 45750, 800-288-2577 mariettaohio.org We were the first settlement in a new frontier over 225 years ago and our early pioneer spirit can still be felt throughout our community. Navigate our rivers, explore our shops, taste our cuisine and immerse yourself in our rich culture and history.

ROSS-CHILLICOTHE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 230 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe 45601 740-702-7677 visitchillicotheohio.com Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Season of the epic outdoor drama, “Tecumseh!” and explore the beauty of the Appalachian foothills along with ancient earthworks in Ross County!


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CAMBRIDGE/GUERNSEY COUNTY VCB 627 Wheeling Ave., Suite 200 Cambridge 43725, 800-933-5480 visitguernseycounty.com Cambridge/Guernsey County is home to Salt Fork State Park & Lake, Seneca Lake and The Wilds. From sandy beaches to safari tours, numerous parks serve as a backdrop to amazing family getaways. Request a FREE guide!


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432 N Whitewoman S.t Coshocton 43812, 800-338-4724 visitcoshocton.com Open seven days a week! Home of Historic Roscoe Village, The Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Three Rivers Wine Trail, locally owned shopping & dining, Three Rivers Ride Motorcycle Trail, Hunting, Fishing & Coshocton Ring Geotrail.



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Take a journey into the rainforest during a visit to the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. Home to more than 100 species of birds as well as nonflying animals, Bird Kingdom is open daily for self-guided tours in its 46,000-square-foot building. Inside the aviaries, visitors can spot a variety of rare and endangered bird species, such as the hyacinth macaw and double-yellow headed Amazon, as well as beauties like the eastern rosella. Bird Kingdom is also home to other species, including the nocturnal critters in the Night Jungle, which is home to bats, reptiles and amphibians. The real showstopper is the three-floor main aviary, with a waterfall, native rainforest plants and the Living Wall — a vertical garden above a pond that re-creates a natural ecosystem. Also included in admission, Lorikeet Landing allows visitors to feed these brightly colored Australasian parrots as they land on you for a treat of nectar. 5651 River Rd., Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 7M7, 905/356-8888, birdkingdom.ca — Rachael Jirousek






On the run, Jesse James and his gang often galloped across this broad valley ringed by woods and rolling hills, taking refuge in the caves here in south-central Kentucky while the law tried to hunt them down. That was over a century ago, but the 500 acres comprising Jesse James Riding Stables and Outlaw Cave seem hardly to have changed in all those years. A herd of around 40 or so horses graze and play in the pastures, and owner Ricky Carey describes the trail rides as unspoiled nature with no houses in sight when riding, just a beautiful range of forest and hills. Carey, who has a background in Extreme Cowboy racing, and his daughter Jessica Dover run the family business which opened in the 1970s. But despite Carey’s expertise, there’s no extreme horsemanship here. It’s all family friendly with custom-made saddles so kids can ride double with an adult. The one-hour tour is geared for kids and first-time riders, while the two-hour option is for those with riding experience. Exploring Outlaw Cave is an easy 45-minute walking tour and one of the few around that is handicapped accessible. Want to get down and dirty? Sign up for the Beyond the Wild Cave Tour. The 90-minute experience takes cavers into the depths of the cave. The adventure involves crawling through passageways, climbing up and down slopes and through canyons and other caving feats not for the faint of heart. You’re going to get muddy so bring along a plastic bag to hold your cell phone. Beyond that, the Careys supply the equipment needed: kneepads, gloves, headlamps and helmets. Members of the National Speleological Society guide the cave tours. There are plenty of other activities onsite. The western-themed mini-golf course is the largest in the area. For those wanting to spend the night, there are cabins and RV hookups. 3057 Mammoth Cave Rd., Cave City, Kentucky 42127, 270/773-2560, jessejamesandoutlawcave.com — JANE AMMESON


Horses graze and play at Kentucky’s Jesse James Riding Stables (above). Pose with the sculptures at Tennessee’s Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center (left).



7 Bust a move with Beyonce. Rub elbows with The Rock. Joke around with Jack Black. The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Pigeon Forge offers the chance to get up close and personal with life-sized sculptures of your favorite movie stars and musicians. They’re so eerily authentic, you’ll find yourself expecting them to talk and move. Operating in Tennessee since 2012 (and with sister locations in Los Angeles; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Branson, Missouri) the Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest-running attraction of its kind in the United States. The entrance is hard to miss. Just look for the giant Great Ape of Pigeon Forge scaling an Empire State Building replica 102 feet above the main drag of Parkway Boulevard.

Visitors never know who they might find just around the next corner, be it John Wayne, Bela Lugosi, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and other beloved legends to contemporary personalities such as George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks and Snoop Dogg. Visitors come away with photos so realistic, they might just be able to convince family and friends they were mixing and mingling with the stars themselves. The museum adds a dash of Hollywood glamour to the natural rustic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains region. Round out a wander through the Hollywood Wax Museum by tagging on a trip through Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors (a competitive 5D adventure in the Castle of Chaos) or endure Outbreak — Dread the Undead, which are part of the larger complex. No matter when you go, the stars are sure to be out. Pigeon Forge’s Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is open 365 days a year. 106 Parkway Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863, 865/428-5228, pigeonforgewaxfun.com — AMY LYNCH Long-Weekends.com



Located about 30 miles south of Lexington in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers a living-history destination where travelers can slow down and savor the simple lifestyle of the Shakers, an industrious sect that arrived in Kentucky in 1805. Endeavoring to create their version of heaven on earth, they started a frontier settlement called Pleasant Hill that blossomed into one of the nation’s largest Shaker communities. Today, Shaker Village’s bucolic setting — with 3,000 acres and 200-year-old buildings ­— provides an inviting environment for family fun. Activities range from hiking trails through a nature preserve to relaxing riverboat rides to following in the Shakers’ footsteps by climbing the twin spiral staircases inside the 1839 Trustees’ Office. That beautifully preserved structure was once Pleasant Hill’s hub, but it now houses overnight guest rooms outfitted with Shaker-style furnishings and The Trustees’ Table, a restaurant that serves farm-to-fork meals and a classic Shaker dessert: lemon pie.




During Family Farm Days in April, kids get the opportunity to feed lambs, chicks, piglets and other barnyard babies that were born on Shaker Village’s farm. From May through August, Family Fun Days offer themed programming that introduces youngsters to Shaker innovations such as seed packets and the famous flat brooms that swept the nation during the 1800s. A Father’s Day Weekend Escape presents a trio of events — a vintage baseball game, a classic car show and an antiques-andgarden show — that deliver a winning getaway for the entire family. In fact, some parents (and even grandparents) use Shaker Village’s weekly day camps as an opportunity for a family vacation. They book a room or an on-site cottage to spend the night. Then, while the kids are busy at camp, the grown-ups explore Shaker Village on their own, visit nearby thoroughbred horse farms or tour the Bourbon Trail. 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330, 859/734-5411, shakervillageky.org — DAMAINE VONADA





Coshocton is the place where rivers converge and foothills rise, creating an area rich in beauty and adventure. Woodbury Wildlife Area, Clary Gardens, and Lake Park feature ample opportunities for outdoor activities like swimming, camping, hunting, fishing, and cycling. The all-new Coshocton Ring Geotrail launches this spring. Beverage enthusiasts will be delighted with the eight unique wineries and craft brewery on the Three Rivers Wine Trail. A free passport program and overnight packages make the perfect girlfriends’ getaway or romantic trip for two. Connect with the past in historic neighborhoods and hear well-loved stories of the canal era while strolling the brick-lined streets of Historic Roscoe Village, where shopping, dining and tours are available seven days a week. Float down a one-mile restored section of the original Ohio and Erie Canal on The Monticello III Horse Drawn Canal Boat on summer weekends. Watch balloons take to the skies at the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival June 9 -–11 or explore fields of sunflowers at the Coshocton Sunflower Festival August 12 – 14. Coshocton is an easy drive from Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Ohio’s Amish Country. Order a free information packet today! VisitCoshocton.com | 800-338-4724 Long-Weekends.com










Seneca Rocks rises nearly 900 feet. An observation deck on the main trail offers great views (above).




Those looking for some family fun in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest need only look to Seneca Rocks, rising nearly 900 feet into the sky. Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the forest, Seneca Rocks offers rock climbing, recreational hiking and even guided horseback riding, all within the rugged surroundings of some of the best natural beauty in the Mountain State. The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, located at the base of the rock formation, is a great place to start for those looking to explore the area. Usually open from late March through late October, the center offers incredible views of the vertical rock face for those looking to enjoy this natural wonder without the effort of a hike. The Seneca Rocks Trail offers a moderately difficult trek to the summit of Seneca Rocks. The 2.6-mile round trip begins at the Discovery Center before crossing Seneca Creek and then winding its way up the rock through a series 28


of steps and switchbacks. Hikers can look for informative signs along the trail for some fun facts about Seneca Rocks and the region. After ascending about 700 feet, hikers will be able to enjoy an observation deck and take in great mountain views. Those looking for an alternate way to the top of Seneca Rocks can opt for a guided horseback ride courtesy of Yokum’s Riding Stables, open from April through November. Guides help visitors explore the rugged area the same way the early settlers did. The 90-minute ride takes visitors to the top of Seneca Rocks and back down again while also allowing for a few minutes at the summit to take in the scenery. Yokum’s Riding Stables can accommodate riders ages 6 and up and groups of up to 14 people at a time. Intersection of U.S. Route 33 and West Virginia Route 28, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia 26884, 304/5672827, fs.usda.gov — NATHAN HAVENNER




VISIT FULTON COUNTY Whether it’s playFUL, tasteFUL, or cheerFUL, Fulton County offers more than a weekend “FUL” of Fun. Take a day to discover the charms of the past at Ohio’s largest living history destination, Sauder Village. With hands on activities, costumed guides, and the new 1920’s Main Street, this attraction is sure to engage every member of your family. Find affordable family fun at Ohio’s finest and best fair during Labor Day weekend. The Fulton County Fairgrounds host many exciting events throughout the year, including The National Threshers Reunion, Antique Motorcycle Show, Crosley Car Show, horse and dog shows and more! Enjoy top notch entertainment, food, and beverages at locally owned restaurants, wineries and breweries. Get revved in the excitement of “Saturday Night Lights” at Oakshade Raceway and Delta Motorsports. Be amazed by the unique shopping offered by talented artisans and quaint boutiques. Unplug and relax trekking on Fulton County Trails, playing in great parks and even touring a bison ranch. You will find comfortable and affordable lodging, including Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn and Suites, Rodeway Inn, Sauder Heritage Inn and campground, and Fulton County Fairgrounds camping (directly off the turnpike). To find your FUL in Fulton County, go to visitfultoncounty.com or call 419 337-9669 Long-Weekends.com






Book your stay at one of 18 hotels and set off on your next big adventure. With hiking, biking, kayaking, or meeting a herd of bison, Grove City is up for fun and down to earth! Walk the labyrinth at the Gardens at Gantz Park or ramp up at the Grove City Skate Park. Paddle down a national scenic river at Trapper John’s Canoe Livery, or take aim on the largest paintball castle in the midwest at LVL UP Sports. If creativity is more your speed, pour a candle at The Chandler for a “scent-sational” experience then paint your way through three hands-on Grove City art studios. Taste your way through the Grove City Pizza Trek featuring local hot spots like Tammy’s Pizza and Plank’s On Broadway. Once you’ve purchased from six different Pizza Trek locations, turn in your guide for a free tee. Details at visitgrovecityoh.com/pizza. Spring and Summertime in Grove City mean there are plenty of local events to attend with weekly farmer’s markets, Shop Hop and Food Truck Festivals, Wine and Arts Festival, Ecofest, an educational festival promoting sustainability and innovation, and so much more! Plan your adventure at visitgrovecityoh.com or call 800-539-8747.



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Young’s Jersey Dairy has been an Ohio family favorite for generations.




This spot just north of downtown Yellow Springs is one of Ohio’s oldest and most popular agritourism destinations for a very good reason: It’s all about families. Members of the Young family have been operating the place for generations, so they understand that creating wide smiles and warm memories is as important as producing the homemade ice cream that entices folks from far and wide to their southwest Ohio farm. Moms and dads bring toddlers here just to order their first ice cream cone. Kids can hardly wait to feed the friendly goats, pet the downy ears of newborn calves and climb aboard the Moovers and Shakers barrel train for a rollicking ride around the farm. Visitors of all ages enjoy sending golf balls through a windmill and barn at the Udders & Putters miniature golf courses and attending Young’s Jersey Dairy’s special events. (Think Easter egg hunts, Memorial Day weekend carnival rides and an “orphan” car show featuring Edsels, DeSotos and other extinct vehicles.)

The destination’s latest attraction is the Dairy Store, which combines a creamery, confectionery, dairy bar and comfort food restaurant. The entrance of the spacious, barn-style building looks like a silo, and travelers are sure to find plenty of seating indoors and outdoors on its shady front porch or Cow-Patty-O open-air dining space. Young’s Jersey Dairy’s ice cream selection varies with the seasons, with featured summertime flavors including favorites like black raspberry and peaches & cream. No matter when you choose to visit, chances are the dairy will have something on its menu you’ve never tried before. In early 2022, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Caramel Swirl debuted. A Dairy Store original, the ice cream is packed with crushed cookies that are made in-house from a tried-and-true Young family recipe. 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387, 937/325-0629, youngsdairy.com — DAMAINE VONADA Long-Weekends.com




The roots of Hershey Gardens stretch back to 1937 and chocolate-maker Milton Hershey’s desire to “create a nice garden of roses” in the town that bears his name. Starting at a relatively small size of 3 acres, the garden grew over the 80 years that followed to an attraction that today spans 23 acres and 11 themed gardens. Visitors can still take a walk among the rose bushes, while also enjoying a wide assortment of flowers, shrubs and trees. The themed gardens are good for families looking to spend part of a day strolling among beautiful blooms. The Historic Hershey Rose Garden offers an assortment of 3,000 roses spanning 115 varieties, while The M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden celebrates its founder’s love of horticulture with a special seating area surrounded by the M.S. Hershey rose as well as colorful plants and shrubs. Youngsters will enjoy The Children’s Garden with its mix of secret hideaways, creatures and characters. There’s also a Japanese Garden, Herb Garden, Perennial Garden and a Native Plant Garden as well as a shady grove of oaks and an arboretum featuring statues representing the four seasons and a collection of trees, ranging from beech and bald cypress to hemlock and flagrant snowbell. Located in the Milton and Catherine Conservatory, the yearround Butterfly Atrium is one of just 25 indoor, tropical butterfly atriums in the United States. Step inside to see dozens of rare butterfly species from South and Central America as well as Africa and Asia. Hershey Gardens is less than 2 miles from Hersheypark, so families can opt for a morning or afternoon of solitude to accompany a day of amusement park thrills. 170 Hotel Rd., Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033, 717/5343492, hersheygardens.org — ELENA KOUSAIE 34


Milton Hershey founded Hershey Gardens in 1937 (top). The Butterfly Atrium is one of just 25 of its kind in the United States (above and left).




VISIT HUNTINGTON Huntington is bursting with energy and activity. Whether you are hoping to enjoy a breath of fresh air at a scenic park or you’re searching for an adrenaline rush like no other, you’ll find all that and more. Visit Beech Fork State Park, a well-known outdoor destination that is home to a 720-acre lake, more than 30 miles of shoreline, hundreds of campsites and some of the best trails in the area. The park draws visitors interested in fishing, boating, birdwatching and other nature activities. Celebrate Appalachian ingenuity and grit through exhibits, folk craft demonstrations and family-friendly events at Heritage Farm, a living history museum that showcases Appalachian culture and is West Virginia’s first Smithsonian affiliate. Feeling adventurous? Try the Treehouse Trek at Heritage Farm, a 750-foot series of canopy bridges that sends you 60 feet into the air. Or spend an afternoon at Camden Park. This beloved summertime destination features more than 30 rides and attractions, including Kiddie Land, a midway, a miniature golf course, a petting zoo and paddle boats. Recreation is all around. Plan your trip to H-Town now.










Grand Bend Beach (above) and Cantara Beach are both in Lambton County.



More than 180 miles of wide, sandy shores meet crystal-clear blue water just across the Canadian border in Lambton County, Ontario. Cantara Beach, which is located about 60 miles north of Detroit, and Grand Bend Beach, about 70 miles further northeast along the Lake Huron shoreline, are two of Canada’s 27 Blue Flag beaches — noted for their commitment to conservation, education and accessibility — and make up what is known as Ontario’s Blue Coast. The Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education awards the Blue Flag designation to beaches, marinas and tourism boats around the world. Beaches that receive the honor must adhere to and maintain strict criteria that ensure cleanliness, safety and a healthy relationship between visitors and the natural ecosystem. Cantara Beach in Sarnia has been a Blue Flag beach since 2014. In addition to its inviting sandy beach, Cantara Park also offers rentable picnic pavilions, a concert stage near the water, 38


a BMX and bike track, and many paved and unpaved trails for hikers to enjoy. Rubber mat walkways make the beach more accessible to people who use wheelchairs or parents with strollers, and accessible chairs for beach access are also available. Grand Bend Beach, located in the town of Grand Bend, has been a Blue Flag beach since 2008. Its balance of natural scenery and easy access to local shops and eateries along the boardwalk make it a summertime favorite. Add incredible sunsets lauded by National Geographic and the availability of experiences like parasailing and those offered at Xtreme Watersports (choose from options ranging from Jet Skis to water jet pack rentals) and travelers are sure to find options to match their level of adventure. Cantara Beach, 1200 Lake Chipican Dr., Sarnia, Ontario N7V C31; Grand Bend Beach, 90 Main St. W., Grand Bend, Ontario N0M 1T0, ontbluecoast.com — CHARITY ERVIN





When you’re ready for outdoor adventure, visit Belmont County, Ohio! Grab your kayak, load the bikes, or put on your walking shoes – miles of trail and glistening shorelines await you. Regardless of your skill level you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, relaxed atmosphere, and small-town hospitality that Belmont County has to offer. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or an afternoon to unplug, we have the perfect outdoor spaces for you to explore. Belmont County welcomes visitors to an area rich in history and natural beauty right in the heart of Appalachia. We are proud to be home to many festivals, parks, historic landmarks, and museums. See Longhorn cattle roam, enjoy outdoor country music, unwind in quaint small towns, and explore unique shops. Stay with us in one of our 20+ lodging facilities. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy friendly, beautiful, Belmont County! To request your 2022 Visitor’s Guide, go to visitbelmontcounty.com or call 740-695-4359 today!




13 The Idlewild Park & SoakZone that visitors know today traces its beginnings to the spring of 1878 and property owner William Darlington’s arrangement with entrepreneur Thomas Mellon, who was permitted to “occupy [Darlington’s] land for picnic purposes or pleasure grounds.” Mellon, owner of the Ligonier Valley Railroad, formed a park around the tracks, building campgrounds on both sides of the rails and promoting it as a prime picnic spot for churches and families. In 1931, the amusement park element of the space began to take shape, and in 2012, it was recognized as the longest-operating theme park in the Pittsburgh area. Today, Idlewild abounds with family-oriented thrills for children of all ages, including a robust lineup of rides and water attractions as well as walk-through exhibits. Little ones take to kid-friendly adventure sections of the park, such as Story Book Forest, Bigfoot’s Mudslide in Jumpin’ Jungle and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. For the older crowd, Idlewild offers a fun lineup of classic rides: the Paratrooper, the Scrambler and the Tilt-A-Whirl, to name a few, as well as rides that are specific to the park, such as Paul Bunyan’s Loggin’ Toboggan, a flume ride with a 125-foot ascent to a 30-foot tower, and Ricky’s Racers, a miniature car ride through the trees. For extra fun in the sun, families gravitate toward the SoakZone, which offers activities for lazy-river dwellers and slide masters alike. The Little Squirts, Float Away Bay and Wowabunga Family Wave


Pool areas are the best hubs for younger park-goers. When it comes to the daredevils of the group, popular spots include the Hydro Racers, a quartet of head-first racing slides; the Pipeline Plunge, a course of two twisting funnels with a 50-foot drop; and the Serpentine Slides, a twisting and turning chute with a big splash at the end. 2574 U.S. Route 30, Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15658, 724/2383666, idlewild.com — KELLY POWELL

Welcome to family time in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Whether you’re looking for an escape from the ordinary everyday with the family at a waterpark hotel, or an eclectic night out with friends at a wine bar or brewery, in Michigan’s Little Bavaria, there’s something fun for everyone all year long.

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While the traditions and culture of Michigan’s Little Bavaria give visitors a sense of being in Germany, it’s really chicken and Christmas that put Frankenmuth on the map as being one of Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland has called Frankenmuth, Michigan, home since its inception in 1945. With a showroom the size of two football fields, it’s no wonder it’s the world’s largest Christmas store. Right in the heart of Downtown sits Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, two of the largest independently owned restaurants in America located right across the street from one another. Together, these two restaurants serve 1.8 million all-you-can-eat family-style chicken dinners. Frankenmuth truly is a destination offering something for everyone. From boat rides on the river by Bavarian Belle, a traditional paddlewheel style riverboat, or an intimate wine and chocolate tasting experience by Frankenmuth FunShips. See a different side of Frankenmuth with Frankenmuth Kayak Adventures, or a climb in the trees at Frankenmuth Aerial Park. With its close proximity to Detroit, only an hour away in fact, Frankenmuth is steadily becoming known as a place to go for close to home outdoor adventures. Let’s not forget the festivals. Family memories and traditions begin at the more than 18 major events that take place in Frankenmuth annually, such as the Olympic-style Dog Bowl featuring dog races, disc competitions and more, or the popular Auto Fest for those with a love of classic cars. There’s also a number of cultural festivals that pay homage to the roots of the community, such as Bavarian Festival or Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, both featuring polka bands, German dance groups and entertainment.



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In sports, it’s best to go big or go home and that is no problem at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Visitors are greeted at the entrance by the world’s largest bat — a replica of Babe Ruth’s own Louisville Slugger — that stands 121 feet tall and weighs in at 68,000 pounds. The real thing, used by Ruth to hit 21 of his record-setting 60 homeruns in 1927, is on display inside. The museum collection honors legends of America’s pastime and chronicles lesser-known stories of baseball history. See Joe DiMaggio’s bat from when he broke the all-time, hit-streak record and the one Pete Rose used while swatting his 2,000th hit in 1973. Exhibits also showcase the trials and triumphs of pioneering Black ballplayers like Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory experience also allows visitors to get in the game. Hold a piece of history as you grip your hands around a bat used in Major League play and pose for a photo at home plate. You can also see, hear and smell the bat-making process during a factory tour. Then, look for the names of your favorite players on the Signature Wall and climb into a massive baseball glove carved from Kentucky limestone. Afterward, follow the 1-mile Walk of Fame down Louisville’s Main Street that features the names of legendary players like Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench and Rod Carew alongside replicas of their custom Louisville Slugger bats. Reserve the museum’s All-Star Experience for a deeper tour of areas and artifacts not on public view — like the 3,000 bats in the museum’s Bat Vault — and leave with a fullsize, personalized Louisville Slugger bat. The experience also offers an in-depth tour of the manufacturing process that is so close to the action it requires safety glasses. 800 W. Main St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202, 877/775-8443, sluggermuseum.com — LISA SANDS


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The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory pays tribute to the official bat of Major League Baseball. A factory tour is part of the experience (top), and a 121-foot-tall replica of a famous Babe Ruth bat greets visitors outside (right). Long-Weekends.com


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Since its 1982 launch in Fort Wayne, the Vera Bradley company has amassed an incredibly loyal following for its whimsically patterned cotton bags, luggage and accessories. Now, thanks to a partnership between cofounder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Provenance Hotels, Vera Bradley devotees can fully immerse themselves in the brand by booking an overnight stay at The Bradley hotel in downtown Fort Wayne.


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The Bradley hotel’s decor is shaped by the look, colors and designs of Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley company’s product line.



The accommodations opened in July 2021, just a block from The Landing district and within easy walking distance of attractions like Promenade Park, Arts Campus Fort Wayne and Parkview Field. The 124-room property teems with the clever design details and vibrant touches the brand is known for, which show up in the form of printed wallpapers, quilted headboards and bold color palettes. The hotel’s luxurious guest rooms and suites all feature premium bedding, plush robes, spa-style bathrooms and minibars stocked with Indiana-made products. In another nod to creativity, the lobby lounge area, the ground-level Arbor restaurant and the trendy Birdie’s rooftop bar all benefit from thoughtfully curated relationships with local artists such as Julie Wall of The Hedges studios and muralist Theoplis Smith III (aka Phresh Laundry), anchoring the property even more firmly to its hometown roots. “We envision The Bradley being an extension of the creative community here,” says Bradley Baekgaard, “a place where local art is a focal point and something to be enjoyed by not only our guests but the larger community.” Hotel visitors also have access to a 24-hour fitness center, airy meeting spaces and bicycles to borrow for quick spins around the downtown area. Want something special to remember your stay? Snag a Vera Bradley bag in the hotel’s signature Indiana-themed print at one of the on-site retail shops to take home as a souvenir. 204 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802, 260/428-4018, thebradley.com — AMY LYNCH Long-Weekends.com


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16 Explore the Niagara-on-the-Lake region on bicycle to appreciate the area’s viticulture from many vantage points. Bring your own bike or rent one from Zoom Leisure Bikes and head to a scenic waterfront trail that is part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route. Travel northwest along Lake Ontario’s southern shore for a peek at Toronto’s famous CN Tower in the distance. A leisurely ride through Niagara-on-theLake’s quaint downtown leads to the Niagara Parkway. Pass by historic Fort George and sev-

eral picturesque wineries including Inniskillin, which is world-renowned for its ice wine, before taking in the brilliance of the blue-green Niagara River. It is easy to navigate the area’s flat and even back roads that connect peach and apple orchards and more than 50 Ontario wineries. Spacious tasting rooms and shaded outdoor seating areas provide a perfect respite for cyclists, and many wineries have small bites, casual restaurants or pop-up events with food trucks. Throughout the region, well-tended public garden displays are lush and vibrant. Farm markets and roadside stands are abundant with local fruits and vegetables. End a good ride with sweet and savory rewards — a bag of freshpicked cherries or peaches from Kurtz Orchards

farm market or a charcuterie plate and a glass of perfectly chilled riesling at Between the Lines Winery. Take in a Lake Ontario sunset from the viewing deck at Konzelmann Estate Winery, the area’s only lakefront winery, and be sure to pick up some Ontario-grown fruit spreads at Greaves Jams & Marmalades. If you’re feeling more adventurous, jump on the Welland Canal Parkway Trail and bike alongside the cargo freighters making their way from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. A museum and viewing area at Lock 3 is worth a look. Cool off after a long ride at Nickel Beach in Port Colborne at the southern end of the path. For more information about these and other destinations in the area, visit niagaraonthelake.com. — LISA SANDS

At the heart of America’s inland waterways, find a sophisticated rivertown that inspires. Paducah, Kentucky is a confluence of cultural heritage and creativity where art goes beyond something to appreciate – it’s a way of life. A designated UNESCO Creative City, Paducah is gaining acclaim as a destination for those who crave rich, authentic cultural experiences! Plan your visit at Paducah.travel






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The strikingly designed building exhibits strength, seeming to rise out of the ground next to the Scioto River. Opened in 2018, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in downtown Columbus focuses on the shared experience of military service to country and the personal stories of those who have defended our nation. Inside, exhibits share that story of service not through artifacts but interactive displays and the words of those who have worn the uniform. It is a powerful presentation that sheds light on the sacrifice made not only by the members of our military but their families as well. The main exhibition gallery follows the curve of the building’s concrete rings, and the mezzanine level is home to a Remembrance Gallery honoring our fallen heroes. The grounds also include a 2.5-acre Memorial Grove. 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614/362-2800, nationalvmm.org — Jim Vickers




Dedicating an entire museum to a single musical artist is a tall task, but Johnny Cash is not your usual musician. Located in downtown Nashville on the first floor of a brick building along Third Avenue, the Johnny Cash Museum announces itself to passersby with a marquee bearing the legendary musician’s last name in four illuminated letters. The museum’s examination of Cash’s career is thorough and the artifacts on display offer an insightful look into an artist who has been inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame. Allow at least an hour to explore, as there are moments where fans will want to slow down and take in the exhibits that trace Cash’s life, from his boyhood days in Arkansas, all the way to his late-career work, which found him covering songs by bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden in his inimitable style. One part of the museum examines Cash’s legendary performances at Folsom Prison and San Quentin during 1968 and 1969, respectively. Along with snippets of Cash performing on stage, artifacts on display include a pair of metal prison cups with a handwritten note from the musician attached to them: “These cups given to me by the warden of Folsom Prison – 1968, J.R.C.” Another section delves into “The Johnny Cash Show,”


an ABC music variety program he hosted with his wife and lifelong partner, June Carter Cash, from 1968 to 1971, while a hallway lined with Cash album covers illustrates his prolific recording career. Once you’re in downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame is just a short walk away, as is the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, where Cash first met June Carter backstage in 1956. 119 Third Ave. S., Nashville, Tennessee 37201, 615/256-1777, johnnycashmuseum.com — JIM VICKERS





Meet Mt. Pleasant - home to Soaring Eagle Casino, Central Michigan University, the Chippewa River, and the midwest’s premier American Indian Museum, the Ziibiwing Center. Between our regular festivals and unique downtown shops, we’re hiding pockets of the world. Visit Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and experience adventure by choice or by chance.







Taking a tour of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on the scenic shores of Lake Saint Clair just north of Detroit, it’s easy to envision the first family of the American automotive industry as they lived here in the 1920s and 1930s. The preserved estate was officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1978, but 2021 marked the property’s first major expansion in more than nine decades with the opening of a newly reimagined visitor center and administration building. The 40,000-square-foot facility now houses three interactive displays: a permanent installation that tells the “Ford Family Story”; “Driven by Design,” a rotating display of rare vehicles; and a space dedicated to hosting traveling exhibitions. Aesthetically, the reinvigorated visitors center blends right in with the existing Cotswolds-style architecture on display throughout the rest of the estate while still holding firmly on to contemporary sustainable design principles. A stroll through the two-story visitor center proves the perfect complement to leisurely explorations of the grounds and a walking tour of the storied home itself, designed in the 1920s by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn. If

these walls could talk, they’d surely recount family meals shared in the elegant dining room and quality time spent amid the refined collection of thoughtfully appointed art and furnishings. Don’t miss the chance to admire the rose garden and duck into the adorable stand-alone playhouse built for the Fords’ beloved daughter Josephine in 1930. The waterfront Continental restaurant at the visitor center serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Longtime Detroiters will be happy to find the iconic Hudson’s department store’s Maurice Salad on the menu. 1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236, 313/8844222, fordhouse.org — AMY LYNCH


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Earthen spires carved by wind tower as high as 150 feet along the Lake Ontario shoreline at this New York State Park named after its most remarkable feature. The 597-acre park is in the Finger Lakes Region of the state, and the best way to take in its natural beauty is by hiking the five scenic trails that range in length from just under a quarter mile to nearly 1.3 miles. The longest is the Bluff Trail, which stretches east from the parking lot up along the lakeshore formations, leading hikers to spots for great scenic views. The second-longest trail, the 1-mile East-West Trail crosses a portion of the interior of the park away from the shore, while the Garner Point Trail passes north to south through woodlands. 7700 Garner Rd., Wolcott, New York 14590, 315/947-5205, parks.ny.gov — Charity Ervin


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Mount Nittany rises over State College, Pennsylvania, and stands as the most iconic natural feature of this part of Centre County. The Big Ten college town is home to Penn State University and has long been known as Happy Valley, a name coined because the presence of the college allowed the community to be largely unharmed by the Great Depression. The mountain figures prominently in the State College environment — the university’s mascot is the Nittany Lion (named after the eastern mountain lion) — and the geographical feature serves as a backdrop to daily life here. Although many travelers visit during the fall to take in a football game at Beaver Stadium, State College also offers a thriving downtown, great local breweries and nearby hiking trails that are fun to explore. Some of the area’s best-known trails are at Mount Nittany, less than 5 miles from campus in the neighboring town of Lemont. Fair warning, the trailhead doesn’t have the type of parking lot one might expect. There is a small parking area less than a quarter mile down the road, and hikers frequently park along the berm of Mount Nittany Road between that lot and the trailhead kiosk. The Mount Nittany Conservancy preserves more than 800 acres, and hiking accessible from the Mount Nittany Trailhead includes more than 8 miles of trails and many scenic views, including those of the campus and the community. The blue-blazed trail offers a 4.6-mile round trip around the entire mountaintop, while the white-blazed trail that sits within it offers a 3.5-mile round trip. (You can download trail maps in advance to plan your route.) The trail is well maintained and suitable for a variety of ages, but the hike requires a rocky and steep climb to the flat mountaintop and has an elevation gain of 650 feet. 500 Mount Nittany Rd., Lemont, Pennsylvania 16851, nittany.org — JIM VICKERS


Pennsylvania’s Mount Nittany has more than 8 miles of trails (above). Pokagon State Park in Indiana offers the chance to get close to nature (left).


22 This 1,260-acre park tucked into the northeast corner of Indiana near the Michigan and Ohio state lines allows families to immerse themselves in the peace and calm of nature. The plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities at Pokagon State Park range from camping and hiking to horseback riding and paddling. After breakfast cooked over the campfire, set out on an exhilarating hike on one of nine trails ranging from easy to rugged that wind through the park’s diverse habitats. Sights along the way include small lakes, marshland, lakefront, old-growth trees, wildflowers and wildlife such as deer, the endangered Blanding’s turtle and sandhill cranes. The hike to Hell’s Point — the highest part in the park at an elevation of around 1,100 feet — tra-

verses a moderately difficult trail to the observation platform, and it is worth the trip. Seasoned hikers can take the Hell’s Point Challenge, an 8-mile hike that covers eight of the park’s trails and includes the walk up to the point. Travelers can also opt to experience one of the park’s trails on horseback by way of a guided ride. After a morning of hiking or horseback riding, cool off in the clear waters of Lake James, and warm yourself in the sun on one of the park’s two sandy beaches. Rent a kayak or paddle boat and see the park and neighboring cottages from the water. Be sure to check out the popular sandbar not far offshore from the park’s lodge. Also be sure to stop at the nature center, which was renovated for a spring 2022 reopening. See native turtles and other reptiles, spot birds and other wildlife at its observation area, learn about the park’s rich Native American history and participate in one of the center’s programs. 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, Indiana 46703, 260/8332012, in.gov/dnr/state-parks — KRISTINA SMITH Long-Weekends.com



The Bailly Homestead is part of Indiana Dunes National Park (above).


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23 In the early 1800s, the Quebec-born Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein established a trading post on the Little Calumet River in Northwest Indiana. At the time, the region was considered a vast no man’s land of swamps, swales, sand dunes and useless beach frontage along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. But Bailly, who had been granted a furtrading license by President William Henry Harrison despite having spent time in a Detroit prison for aiding the British during the War of 1812, recognized that the location was the perfect gathering spot for Native Americans and European explorers to buy and sell furs and other goods. It only got better when the first stagecoach line was established between Detroit and Fort Dearborn. Bailly, ever the entrepreneur, opened a stop where passengers could dine on meals prepared by his wife Marie and horses could be fed and watered. The two-story house where he and Marie lived with their many children was furnished with items imported from Europe, its size and luxury well beyond the rough log cabins

that most early settlers called home back then. Bailly’s homestead is now part of the 15,000acre Indiana Dunes National Park, one of the most biodiverse spots in the country. Here there are 50 miles of trails, soaring dunes, woodlands with rare native plants and butterflies, and 15 miles of Lake Michigan beach. It’s a short walk from the Bailly homestead to Chellberg Farm, another historic site tucked away in the park. The Chellbergs were one of many Swedish families who lived and farmed in the dunes starting in the last half of the 19th century. The farm’s home and outbuildings include a barn built around 1870, farm animals and maple syrup making. Birders should mark their calendar for the annual four-day Indiana Dunes Birding Festival held each May and hosted by the Indiana Audubon Society. For those who want to get out on the water, there’s a 90-minute Riding with a Ranger Tour aboard the Emita II that follows the park’s coastline. 1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, Indiana 46304, 219/395-1882, nps.gov/indu — JANE AMMESON


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YOUR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE IS CALLING When warm weather rolls around, it’s time to get outside! Located in central Pennsylvania, Columbia & Montour Counties are a perfect long weekend getaway destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The north branch of the mighty Susquehanna River, the East Coast’s longest river, flows directly through both counties and provides one of the best East Coast outlets for outdoor recreation. With ample boat launches and several nearby outfitters, it’s quite simple for anyone to enjoy some river time. Wildlife is abundant - don’t be surprised if you take a paddle break and see a bald eagle soaring overhead. Or perhaps fishing is your ideal escape…the peace and tranquility of a vacation spent streamside just can’t be beat! Envision casting your line and waiting for that monster fish to strike while you take in the picturesque surroundings of Pennsylvania. Feeling adventurous but prefer earth underneath your feet? With miles upon miles of trails scattered throughout the counties, you’ll be in hiking heaven. One highlight is the Falls Trail system at Ricketts Glen State Park, where you can hike past 21 stunning waterfalls. Whether your passion is hiking, biking, kayaking, or fishing – you’ll find it here! To begin planning the perfect long weekend outdoor getaway, visit iTourColumbiaMontour.com.

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24 Dive into the water of a naturally formed swimming hole, swim your way to a waterfall and perch next to its cascade on a stony ledge. Swimming at the foot of Enfield Falls is just one of the wild and wonderful experiences that await adventurers at the more than 1,100-acre Robert H. Treman State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region. (It can only be done when lifeguards are on duty though.) Named for the pioneering conservationist who donated much of its land, the park sits off the southern tip of Cayuga Lake and features a 2-mile-long, glacier-carved gorge known as Enfield Glen as well as numerous waterfalls. Because the gorge’s rugged rock walls impede mobile phone service and make driving or biking directly to its most notable sites impossible, the park possesses a pristine, get-away-from-itall ambiance relished by hikers, campers, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. Follow Rim Trail to the top of the 115-foottall Lucifer Falls to get a stunning view of the

gorge. Then, stay on Gorge Trail as it runs parallel to the verdant course of Enfield Creek, free from the ding of incoming text messages. Instead, you’ll hear only the sweet songs of orioles and indigo buntings and the soft, soothing sound of cascading water accompanying your steps along the way. Along these trails, hikers cross arched stone bridges and climb craggy sets of steps — including the challenging, workout-worthy Cliff Staircase — that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Those federal workers also constructed the park’s renovated cabins as well as the handsome pool house that is still in use at the swimming hole. Before you take the plunge, go see the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps encampment that is displayed inside the park’s historic Old Mill, which a Treman ancestor built. 105 Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca, New York 14850, 607/273-3440, parks.ny.gov/parks — DAMAINE VONADA





Discover new adventures with each new season in Tucker County, West Virginia. The high mountain paradise has it all: miles of winding trails; beautiful, cascading waterfalls; a diverse arts community and tasty, local brews. From groomed, but natural, bike trails zigzagging across a riding mecca, to the awe-inspiring vistas with little more than a bench to enjoy the view, the obtrusions are limited to keep the experience as the goal. Wind through wild landscapes on a popular hiking route leading to some of the state’s most prized scenic areas. Ride a robust system of trails, from easy to complex. Or cast your line in one of the many mountain streams and rivers crisscrossing the county’s lush forested hills. Plus, spring rainfall combined with snowmelt creates spectacular sights at some of the most well-known waterfalls in West Virginia, like Blackwater Falls and Elakala Falls. Explore the craggy, mountaintop plateaus; the deep, misty forests; the sprawling green meadows and the breathtaking mountain views. And with convenient lodging options to suit every traveler’s needs — from secluded cabins to full-service resorts to primitive camping and everything in between — planning a getaway to Tucker County has never been easier. canaanvalley.org | 800-782-2775




25 When you first hear about Cave of the Winds, you almost can’t believe it’s true. Can I really stand at the bottom of one of Niagara Falls’ towering torrents of water? Yes, almost every day of the year, but the experience is a must for summer visitors to Niagara Falls State Park, where thousands of people descend to the base of Bridal Veil Falls each day. The attraction is located on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park, which offers all-day parking for $10. From there, travelers can explore the oldest state park in the U.S., taking in views from the top of Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls and Horseshoe Falls, and buy a ticket to Cave of the Winds. (Tickets are not sold in advance, so you must purchase admission on the day of your visit. Stop by early to get the timeslot you want.) When it is time, visitors line up to enter Cave of the Winds Pavilion, home to a film presentation that delves deeper into the history of Niagara Falls and how renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted helped save the area from the industry and carnival atmosphere that dominated it during the 19th century. The film also details how Nikolai Tesla harnessed the power of






the falls to generate electricity — alternating current that could be sent over long distances. The brief and insightful presentation sets the stage for the elevator trip 175 feet down to the base of Bridal Veil Falls, but not before visitors don a poncho in order to stay dry. The boardwalks at the bottom, which travelers can explore

at their own speed, offer incredible views of the falls. Be sure to spend a few moments at Hurricane Deck, a section where one can feel the true fury and power of the rushing water. Goat Island, Niagara Falls, New York 14303, 716/285-0705, niagarafallsstatepark.com — JIM VICKERS


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Tennessee boasts one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls per square mile in the United States. The state’s unique natural topography coupled with its extensive system of rivers and streams makes for more than 325 magnificent cascades, all nestled among lush forests. Many of the waterfalls are located within or near Tennessee’s state parks. Whether you’re looking for an easy or challenging hike, three state parks within easy driving distance from Sparta, Tennessee, offer opportunities to see waterfalls. The moderately strenuous, 1.5-mileround-trip River Trail at Burgess Falls State Park takes visitors past four waterfalls on the Falling Water River, while the 1-mile Ridge Top Trail provides sweeping views down the main canyon of the Falling Water River. Falls Creek State Park, located 42 miles south of Burgess Falls State Park, is home to the free-falling, 256-foot Fall Creek Falls — the largest in Tennessee. A hiking trail sets off from the parking area on the

plateau and ends near the gorge, where you can jump into the natural pool at the base of the waterfall. Fall Creek Falls State Park also caters to travelers with cabins, campsites and the Lodge at Fall Creek Falls. Rock Island State Park — a park at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky rivers, is home to Great Falls, a 30-foot, cascading horseshoe waterfall. The natural feature is found below a 19thcentury cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. RV and tent campsites are both available within the park. The best time to visit Tennessee’s waterfalls is in the spring when the snow melts and seasonal rain showers power the cascades. All three state parks offer guided waterfall hikes. Burgess Falls State Park: 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., Sparta, Tennessee 38583, 931/432-5312; Fall Creek Falls State Park: 2009 Village Camp Rd., Spencer, Tennessee 38585, 423/881-5298; Rock Island State Park: 82 Beach Rd., Rock Island, Tennessee 38581, 931/837-4770; tnstateparks.com/parks — AMY BIZZARRI



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In a journey of Instagrammable moments, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises plies the waters of the Chicago River passing architectural gems that define the city’s brilliant building heritage, both past and present, as well as its most iconic architects. For nearly 30 years, the boat line has partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center to present the only architecture river cruise narrated by trained and certified CAC docents. Offering both daylight and evening cocktail cruises, guides give the lowdown on both the buildings and the architects. The tour offers an amazing amalgam of styles, from the neoclassical Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the midcentury modern Marina City (at one time the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world) to postmodern designs such as the Harry Weese River Cottages at the foot of the Kinzie Street Bridge and art deco beauties like the Civic Opera House. Chicago has the most movable bridges in the United States, and the cruise showcases

such stunners as the 1928 LaSalle Street Bridge with its four Beaux Arts-style bridge houses and the Franklin Street Bridge, built eight years earlier, that features ornate railings with the shapes of flowers incorporated into its design. The cruise lasts 90 minutes, and it also presents a look at newer structures along the riverbanks, including the St. Regis Chicago (formerly known as Vista Tower), which is the city’s third-tallest structure, and two of the three Wolf Point luxury apartments. Not to be missed is the classical-influenced, art deco-style Old Post Office. The nine-story, 2.5 million-square-foot building recently underwent an $800 million renovation after sitting vacant for two decades. This being Chicago, sometimes the weather can be quirky. But not to worry, the boat line’s vessels have open-air upper decks and climatecontrolled interiors as well as fully stocked bars and concessions. 112 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60601, 847/358-1330, cruisechicago.com — JANE AMMESON





Leave behind your everyday worries and “Live Your Adventure” in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV, where smalltown meets big adventure. Berkeley County’s history leads guests on a fascinating trip through colonial America, the Civil War, and the rise of modern life and industry. Visitors can learn the secrets of the George Washington Heritage Trail (washingtonheritagetrail.com), a National Scenic Byway that spans Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties. The Martinsburg area is an excellent destination for Civil War aficionados and is part of the Civil War Trails (civilwartrails.org). Adventurers can explore the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area that contains extensive primitive camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking opportunities. Berkeley County boasts two nature preserves that house various birds and plants. Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve and the Yankauer Nature Preserve offer easy walking trails that allow uninhibited observation. Cap off your outdoor adventure with a delicious meal in Martinsburg’s diverse downtown food scene. Be sure to visit our local distilleries—Black Draft Distillery and Amani Brewing. And before you leave, enjoy the eclectic shopping throughout our downtown corridor. Experience the rich history and beautiful scenery of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV. Plan your adventure today at TravelWV.com.




28 J. Sterling Morton’s motto was “plant trees,” and the Nebraska newspaperman established the first Arbor Day in 1872. Heeding those words, his son, Joy, of Morton Salt fame, turned his country estate 25 miles west of Chicago into an outdoor museum of evergreen and deciduous trees. His mission was to create a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, The Morton Arboretum has grown to 1,700 sprawling acres and more than 4,600 types of plants. The oldest — native maples — are estimated to be more than 250 years of age. Among the living collections are stands of Asian, conifer, elm, linden and ornamental flowering trees. Drive along 9 miles of paved roads, or walk along 16 mostly shady miles of woodchipped and paved trails. Either route meanders through picturesque woodlands, prairies and wetlands. Check out the Children’s Garden, an imaginative playground of learning activities, water play and giant acorns for climbing. Or wander through the Maze Garden, a puzzle of twisty paths enclosed by steep hedges. The on-site visitor center houses a casual restaurant and stylish shops. The newest attraction, The Grand Garden, opens in September 2022. The rectilinear formal garden is a reimagining of the arboretum’s historic hedge garden, with a landscaped promenade interspersed with pergolas, water features and gathering spaces. Mother Nature’s dazzling shows are on display year-round. Take in the teeming daffodil glade in the spring and the glorious colors of fall foliage. Feel the joy at the annual “Illumination” light-and-sound spectacle that wraps around Meadow Lake and through coniferous forest throughout the month of December. “Human+Nature,” an exhibition by South African artist Daniel Popper, features mega sculptures — up to 26 feet high — of humanesque forms tucked into the landscape and is scheduled to run through March 2023. Insiders know to visit early in the day when crowds are thinner or in late afternoon when the setting sun casts a golden glow. Be sure to stop at the visitor center to learn what’s in peak bloom that day. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532, 630/968-0074, mortonarb.org — PAMELA DITTMER MCKUEN 60


The Morton Arboretum has grown to more than 1,700 acres over the years.




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Need a change of scenery and a little R & R? Head for the Hills, The Hocking Hills. You’ll find cozy accommodations waiting for you. This is the place for fresh air, unlimited outdoor adventures, prehistoric caves, waterfalls and a much needed break. Revive your mind, body and soul in the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s Natural Crown Jewels.

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The ship carries 180 cars along with motorcycles, RVs, tour buses, 18-wheelers — just about anything on the road. It has even ferried the famous Budweiser Clydesdales over the years. The SS Badger sails across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, from mid-May to mid-October. The 60-mile water route is considered part of U.S. Route 10, and it shaves hundreds of miles off a drive from one side of the lake to the other while providing a fun four-hour cruise. The Badger — 410 feet long, or about seven stories tall — was built in 1953 to haul railroad cars across the lake. Loaded railroad cars. In 1992, the ship experienced a rebirth as a car ferry. A National Historic Landmark, the Badger is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. The ship can also accommodate 600 passengers along with all those vehicles. A cruise can include napping but more often is filled with walking the outside decks, sunning, two food-service options, two bars and the popular Badger Bingo. Kids find face painting, scavenger hunts, and coloring contests. The Badger makes one round trip daily during the spring and fall seasons. In June, an additional round trip is added at night. Another automobile ferry option is the Lake Express. It crosses Lake Michigan between Muskegon, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in two-and-a-half hours. Newer and smaller, the Lake Express made history as the first high-speed, auto-passenger ferry in the United States when it launched in 2004. It has more daily crossings, and its season is longer. Both ferries offer crossings for passengers and vehicles or just passengers. SS Badger Ludington Dock: 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington, Michigan 49431, 231/845-9614, ssbadger.com; Lake Express Muskegon Dock: 1918 Lakeshore Dr., Michigan 49085, 866/914-1010, lake-express.com — ELIZABETH GRANGER




HOCKING HILLS: NATURE’S SPA Explore more than twenty-five miles of trails spread between six non-contiguous parks. Hocking State Forest features more than nine thousand acres, including fifty-nine miles of hiking on three trails. Both areas display the wonders of nature with waterfalls, gorges and cliffs. Trails range from easy and accessible to challenging enough for the most adventurous soul. The Hocking State Forest has hidden treasures along far less traveled trails. Try a little yoga by a waterfall. This is Mother Nature’s Spa. The Hocking Hills region has spas beyond the parks and forest. Imagine relaxing in a sauna pod surrounded by nature. How about a little shinrin-yoku a/k/a forest bathing or taking in the forest atmosphere? Feel all your stress drift away in a cleansing salt cave. Rest under a canopy of stars in your private hot tub. Cozy cabins and cottages are peppered throughout the hills with all the comforts of home. Let the spa come to you with an in-cabin massage. Sit around a campfire toasting marshmallows as the stories of the day float on the breeze. This is the land of ahhhs. Begin your adventure at ExploreHockingHills.com or call 800-HOCKING (462-5464)






lakefront views, is the perfect place for people watching. Walk up the hill to the upper portion of the park to get more great views of the downtown skyline in the distance and pose with the script “Cleveland” letters that are strategically placed along the shoreline bluff. Edgewater Beach parking area accessible via Cleveland Memorial Shoreway just west of downtown, Cleveland 44102, 216/635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com — JIM VICKERS

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One doesn’t expect to find beach days in Cleveland, but just west of downtown, an expansive swath of well-maintained sand hugs the Lake Erie shoreline. There’s a beach house, local craft beer on tap, even a place designated for dogs to take a dip on a hot summer day, but all these upgrades have been relatively recent additions. Edgewater Beach has been around for decades, but after control of the lakefront land moved from the state of Ohio to Cleveland Metroparks in 2013, it underwent updates that revived the prime lakefront spot as part of the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. The 2,400-foot beach with 1,000 feet of swimming access is complemented by amenities that promise to make your day on the shore all the sweeter. Rent a cabana or beach chair, join a game of beach volleyball, or bring a kayak and head out onto Lake Erie. For kayakers, there’s a temporary pull-off zone to drop your craft and paddling access follows along the rock jetty inside the buoys at the far side of the beach. (The Cleveland Metroparks website offers a Lake Erie Water Trail map to plan your exploration of the shoreline in advance.) Most people come to the beach on a hot day just to chill out, be that taking a dip in the water, grabbing a Honey Hut ice cream cone at the Beach House concessions stand or purchasing a locally crafted Fat Head’s Brewery beer. The upper level of the Beach House, which has comfy seating and expansive




We can’t blame you for mistaking the waters off the coast of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for a tropical locale. The vivid blue and green hues of Lake Superior rival those of the Caribbean at times. Towering above the water are 200-foot-tall cliffs (the “pictured rocks” of the name), streaked with colorful ribbons of orange, white and blue from mineral deposits seeping out of the ground. While many visitors prefer to see the cliffs by water, don’t overlook the chance to explore the park on foot, too. The best way is by hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail, which traces the edge of the park’s 42 miles of coastline. Intersecting with a variety of trails that extend from parking areas, the North Country Trail takes you right up to the park’s popular sights. It’s hard to avoid crowds at Chapel Rock, but the trail takes you mere feet from the Cambrian Age sandstone carved into a sculptural shape by time. The rock juts out above the water on top of a cliff and is topped with a single pine tree said to be 250 years old. An inviting beach that makes for a perfect lunch spot is a short walk away. Another landmark to seek out is Grand Portal Point. From below, the cliff forms a picturesque archway above the water. But hike to it from above and thrill seekers get a heart-pounding view of the water below. The North Country Trail also takes you to the park’s backcountry campsites (reservations required). Perched on sandy bluffs above the water, they offer access to pristine sand beaches below. Try the quiet Beaver Creek Campground, where hikers are rewarded with a view of the sunset over Lake Superior. You might even have its beach to yourself. The water is cold, but a dip in the lake is just what’s needed after a long day of hiking. 1505 Sand Point Rd., Munising, Michigan 49862, 906/387-3700, nps.gov/piro — ILONA WESTFALL





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climbs. The half-mile Musket Trail starts by the park office and follows a steep hillside, ending at the lookout tower. The halfmile Minie Ball Trail is one of the park’s most difficult, traversing a ravine through which Union soldiers climbed to attack the Confederates waiting above. 683 Droop Park Rd., Hillsboro, West Virginia 24946, 304/653-4087, wvstateparks.com

Oh, the fun your family will have walking along the beach, flying a kite and splashing in Lake Michigan. Dance under the Whirlpool Compass Fountain. Sit by the St. Joseph River licking yummy ice cream and watching a giant freighter. Then snuggle as the sun sets — tomorrow will be magical, too.






The state of West Virginia was born of the Civil War, splitting off from Virginia in June of 1861. Formally admitted to the Union two years later, the state has preserved a host of locations tied to Civil War history, but one of the most scenic and beautiful for a day trip surrounded by nature is the site of the Battle of Droop Mountain. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park was the site of West Virginia’s last significant Civil War battle. The Union Army won that November 1863 day, with combined casualties numbered around 400 killed or wounded. By Civil War standards the battle was small, but it was one of the larger ones to occur in the state. An on-site museum provides information about the battle and displays original artifacts from it. Today, the 287-acre site makes for a great day trip. The state park was the first in West Virginia, dedicated in 1928 and created thanks to the efforts of Civil War veterans who wanted to preserve the story of what happened here. One of the park’s most notable landmarks is the wooden lookout tower, a replica of one the Civilian Conservation Corps built here during the Great Depression. (The site is also where Confederate soldiers staged their artillery during the battle.) The scenic spot offers beautiful views looking out over the Allegheny Mountains. The park’s eight trails are all relatively short, with none topping more than a mile, but some routes require strenuous

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Illinois IL 1 Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Tour, 112 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, 847/358-1330, cruisechicago.com PAGE 58 IL 2 The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532, 630/968-0074, mortonarb.org PAGE 60

Indiana IN 1 The Bradley, 204 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, 260/428-4018, thebradley.com PAGE 44 IN 2 Indiana Dunes National Park, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304, 219/395-1882, nps.gov/indu PAGE 52 IN 3 Pokagon State Park, 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, IN 46703, 260/8332012, in.gov/dnr/state-parks PAGE 51


Niagara-on-the-Lake Bicycle Tour, Ontario KY 9 Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202, 877/775-8443, sluggermuseum.com PAGE 42

Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 352 Three Springs Rd., Bowling Green, KY, 800/326-7465, visitbgky.com PAGE 27

Oldham KY Tourism & Conventions, 204 S. First Ave., La Grange, KY, 502/222-0056, touroldhamky.com PAGE 26

City of Maysville, The Cox Building, 2 E. Third St., Maysville, KY, 606/563-2596, cityofmaysville.com/visiting-maysville

KY 11 Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 215 E. Second St., Owensboro, KY, 270/926-1100, visitowensboro.com PAGE 27

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Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, 399 Outlet Center Dr., Georgetown, KY, 502/863-2547, georgetownky.com KY 3

PAGE 26 KY 4 Harlan County Tourism, 201 S. Main St., Harlan, KY, 606/573-4156, harlancountytrails.com PAGE 27

Hermitage Farm, 10500 U.S. Route 42, Goshen, KY 40026, 502/398-9289, hermitagefarm.com PAGE 16 KY 5

Jesse James Riding Stables, 3057 Mammoth Cave Rd., Cave City, KY 42127, 270/773-2560, jessejamesandoutlawcave.com PAGE 21 KY 6

Kentucky Dept. of Tourism, 500 Mero St., Frankfort, KY, 502/564-4930, kentuckytourism.com PAGE 24

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KY 12 Paducah CVB, 128 Broadway St., Paducah, KY, 270/443-8783, paducah.travel PAGE 46 KY 13 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330, 859/734-5411, shakervillageky.org PAGE 22 KY 14 Visit Berea, 3 Artist Circle, Berea, KY, 800/598-5263, visitberea.com PAGE 26

Visit Boyd County, 1509 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY, 606/585-4770, visitboydcounty.com PAGE 26 KY 15

Visit Oak Grove Kentucky, 105 Walter Garrett Ln., Oak Grove, KY, 270/439-5675, visitoakgroveky.com PAGE 25 KY 16

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Kentucky State Parks, 500 Mero St., Fifth Floor, Frankfort, KY, 502/564-2172, parks.ky.gov PAGE 17 KY 8



Michigan MI 1 Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236, 313/884-4222, fordhouse.org


MI 2 Frankenmuth CVB, 635 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI, 989/652-6106, frankenmuth.org PAGE 40 MI 3 Lake Michigan Car Ferries, SS Badger Ludington Dock: 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, 231/845-9614, ssbadger.com; Lake Express Muskegon Dock: 1918 Lakeshore Dr., MI 49085, 866/914-1010, lake-express.com PAGE 62 MI 4 Michigan Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association, P.O. Box 400, Iron Mountain, MI, 906/774-5480 PAGE 56

Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 113 W. Broadway St., Mount Pleasant, MI, 989/772-4433, meetmtp.com PAGE 48 MI 5

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 1505 Sand Point Rd., Munising, MI 49862, 906/387-3700, nps.gov/piro PAGE 66 MI 6

MI 7 Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, 2300 Pipestone Rd., Benton Harbor, MI, 269/925-6301, swmichigan.org


New York NY 1 Cave of the Winds, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, 716/285-0705, niagarafallsstatepark.com PAGE 56 NY 2 Chimney Bluffs State Park, 7700 Garner Rd., Wolcott, NY 14590, 315/9475205, parks.ny.gov PAGE 50

NY 3 Robert H. Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850, 607/2733440, parks.ny.gov/parks PAGE 54

Ohio OH 1 Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, 77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH, 330/374-7560, visitakron-summit.org PAGE 3 OH 2 Belmont County Tourism, 67800 Mall Ring Rd. Unit #485, St. Clairsville, OH, 740/6954359, visitbelmontcounty.com PAGES 18, 38 OH 3 Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB, 627 Wheeling Ave., Suite 200, Cambridge, OH, 740/432-2022, visitguernseycounty.com

PAGE 19 OH 4 Central/Portage County Visitor & Convention Bureau, P.O. Box 391, Kent, OH, 800/764-08768, centralportagevcb.org

PAGE 45 OH 5 Coshocton Visitors Bureau, 432 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH, 740/6224877, visitcoshocton.com PAGES 19, 22 OH 6 Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, P.O. Box 158, Peninsula, OH, 330/439-5708, cvsr.org PAGE 3 OH 7 Dayton CVB, 1 Chamber Plaza, Suite A, Dayton, OH, 937/226-8211, daytoncvb.com PAGE 42 OH 8 Downtown Akron Partnership, 103 S. High St., Akron, OH, 330/374-7676, downtownakron.com PAGE 3


IN 4 Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House, 411 N. State St., Lizton, IN 46149, 317/994-6145, rustedsilobrewhouse.com PAGE 15

OH 9 Edgewater Beach, Edgewater Beach parking area accessible via Cleveland Memorial Shoreway just west of downtown, Cleveland, OH 44102, 216/635-3200, clevelandmetroparks.com PAGE 64

Fulton County Visitors Bureau, 8848 State Highway 108, Suite 102, Wauseon, OH, 419/337-9669, visitfultoncounty.com PAGE 28 OH10

Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, OH, 330/497-1000, gervasivineyard.com PAGES 7, 32 OH11

OH12 Greater Akron Lodging Council, 175 S. Third St., Suite 170, Columbus, OH, 614/461-6462, ohiolodging.com/aws/OHLA/ pt/sp/councils PAGE 69

Greater Columbus Arts Council, 182 E. Long St., Columbus, OH, 614/2242606, gcac.org PAGE 49 OH13

OH 21 National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, 614/362-2800, nationalvmm.org PAGE 47

Chimney Bluffs State Park, New York

OH 22 Noble County Ohio State University Extension, 46049 Marietta Rd., Caldwell, OH, 740/732-5681, noble.osu.edu PAGE 19 OH 23 Office of TourismOhio, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH, 614/466-8844, ohio.org/wps/portal/gov/tourism/home

PAGE C4 OH 24 The Original Tony Packo’s Cafe, 1902 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605, 419/691-6054, tonypacko.com PAGE 15

OH 25 Portsmouth-Scioto CVB, 342 Second St., Portsmouth, OH, 740/353-1116, portsmouth.org/travel-tourism

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OH33 Visit Greater Lima, 144 S. Main St. #101, Lima, OH, 419/222-6075, visitgreaterlima.com PAGE 45

PA 6 Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, 113 E. Main St., Ligonier, PA, 724/238-5661, golaurelhighlands.com PAGE C2

OH14 Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region, 900 Edgewater Dr., St. Marys, OH, 419/394-1294, seemore.org PAGE 64

OH 26 Ross Chillicothe CVB, 230 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, OH, 740/702-7677, visitchillicotheohio.com PAGES 18, 42

OH34 Visit Grove City, 3995 Broadway, Suite 100, Grove City, OH, 614/539-8747, visitgrovecityoh.com PAGE 30

OH15 Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, OH, 330/666-3711, halefarm.org PAGE 3

OH 27 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH, 330/8365533, stanhywet.org PAGE 3

PA 7 Strip District, Between 11th and 33rd streets, south of the Allegheny River and north of Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, visitpittsburgh.com PAGE 14

OH35 Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387, 937/325-0629, youngsdairy.com PAGE 33

Hocking Hills Tourism Association, 13178 St. Rte. 664 Scenic, Logan, OH, 800/462-5464 & 740/385-9706, explorehockinghills.com PAGES 18, 62

Travel Butler County, 8756 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH, 513/8604194, travelbutlercounty.com PAGES 32, 36

Youngstown/Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 21 W. Boardman St., Youngstown, OH, 800/447-8201, youngstownlive.com PAGE 19


Knox County CVB, 501 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH, 740/392-6102, visitknoxohio.org PAGE 45 OH17


OH29 Tuscarawas County CVB, 124 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH, 330/602-2420, traveltusc.com PAGE 18

Vinton County CVB, 104 W. Main St., McArthur, OH, 800/596-4459, vintoncountytravel.com PAGE 19 OH30

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, 4888 N. Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH, 866/806-8066, thelodgeatgeneva.com OH 18


OH31 Visit Canton, 227 Second St. NW, Canton, OH, 330/454-1439, visitcanton.com

OH 19 Marietta CVB, 241 Front St. #7, Marietta, OH, 740/373-5178, mariettaohio.org PAGE 18


OH 20 Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square, Medina, OH, 330/722-5502, visitmedinacounty.com


Visit Dublin Ohio, 9 S. High St., Dublin, OH, 614/792-7666, visitdublinohio.com OH32


Strip District, Pennsylvania


Ontario ON 1 Bird Kingdom, 5651 River Rd., Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7, 905/356-8888, birdkingdom.ca PAGE 20 ON 2 Blue Coast Beaches, Cantara Beach: 1200 Lake Chipican Dr., Sarnia, ON N7V C31; Grand Bend Beach: 90 Main St. W., Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0, ontbluecoast.com

PAGE 38 ON 3 Niagara-on-the-Lake Bicycle Tour, For more information about destinations in the area mentioned in this story, visit niagaraonthelake.com PAGE 46


Tennessee TN 1 Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, 106 Parkway Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, 865/428-5228, pigeonforgewaxfun.com PAGE 21 TN 2 Johnny Cash Museum, 19 Third Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201, 615/256-1777, johnnycashmuseum.com PAGE 48 TN 3 Tennessee Waterfalls Tour, Burgess Falls State Park: 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., Sparta, TN 38583, 931/432-5312; Fall Creek Falls State Park: 2009 Village Camp Rd., Spencer, TN 38585, 423/8815298; Rock Island State Park: 82 Beach Rd., Rock Island, TN 38581, 931/837-4770; tnstateparks.com/parks PAGE 57

West Virginia WV 1 Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, 683 Droop Park Rd., Hillsboro, WV 24946, 304/653-4087, wvstateparks.com PAGE 68

PA 1 Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, 80 E. Corydon St. # C, Bradford, PA, 800/473-9370, visitanf.com PAGE 9

WV 2 Huntington Area CVB, 210 11th St., Huntington, WV, 304/525-7333, visithuntingtonwv.org PAGE 34

PA 2 Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, 121 Paper Mill Rd., Bloomsburg, PA, 570/784-8279, itourcolumbiamontour.com

WV 3 Martinsburg-Berkeley County, WV CVB, 126 E. Race St., Martinsburg, WV, 304/264-8801, travelwv.com PAGE 58

PAGES 32, 52

Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd., Hershey, PA 17033, 717/534-3492, hersheygardens.org PAGE 34 PA 3

Idlewild Park & SoakZone, 2574 U.S. Route 30, Ligonier, PA 15658, 724/238-3666, idlewild.com PAGE 40 PA 4

PA 5 Mount Nittany, 500 Mount Nittany Rd., Lemont, PA 16851, nittany.org PAGE 51

WV 4 River Expeditions, 900 Broadway Ave., Oak Hill, WV, 304/574-2827, raftinginfo.com PAGES 32, 62 WV 5 Seneca Rocks, Intersection of U.S. Route 33 and West Virginia Route 28, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884, 304/567-2827, fs.usda.gov PAGE 28 WV 6 Tucker County CVB, 410 William Ave., Davis, WV, 800/782-2775, canaanvalley.org PAGE 54



Map Your Weekend For location information, see index on pages 70-71.

Lake Superior




MI 6

Ottawa MI 4

Lake Huron 81


Toronto Brampton


Lake Ontario NY 2


MI 3


Lake Michigan

MI 2




IN 2











76 WV 3






OH25 KY 2

65 KY5 KY 9


Frankfort KY 8 KY 7



KY 3

WV 2


OH 2

OH 3


OH 28

Indiana Evansville


OH12 OH21OH13 OH23


PA 3


PA 4 Pittsburgh PA 6

OH 5


IN 4



PA 7


Columbus OH32 OH 7

Springfield 72


OH11 OH31



PA 5






OH 6 OH 4 OH15 OH27 OH 1 OH 8

IN 1


PA 2

OH 9



IN 3


Fort Wayne


New York City

90 90


IL 1

PA 1



MI 7

IL 2

NY 3

Lake Erie

MI 1

Ann Arbor









ON 2


Grand Rapids

MI 3



ON 3 ON 1 NY 1


ON 2

MI 5

New York

West Virginia


WV 6 WV 5

WV 1

WV 4




Kentucky KY12


75 65 KY 1

KY 4

KY 6


TN 2


Nashville TN 3 TN 3



TN 1

TN 3






Atlantic Ocean

S 0






Scale In Miles

0 Scale In kilometers 125


Medina County boasts a wealth of fascinating attractions, unique festivals, outstanding world class dining, incredible shopping, concerts, beautiful parks, and challenging golf courses.



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