We head for Northwest Ohio this week on our One Tank Trip to find out why they call Findlay the “Flag City, USA”. We also take the first ride on a steam-powered train that just moved to a new location in Findlay and finally we stop for lunch at the place locals say a national hamburger chain liked so much they copied much of their menu.
We travel to Ohio’s largest county this week. Ashtabula County. Tiny Conneaut, a city tucked away in the northern corner of Ashtabula County can claim they are the second-largest city in Ohio, in square miles, not population.
There is a brand new attraction in Ashtabula County this year, a quilt trail, with quilts adorning barns, bridges and other buildings. We also made a stop at one of my favorite diners, the Jefferson Diner in the Jefferson, the county seat of Ashtabula County. Take a look at our travels today as it was seen on New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 TV.
Two long-time tourist attractions in Ohio have found new homes. The “world’s biggest” cuckoo clock, once a fixture at Alpine-Alpa in Wilmot seems right at home in it’s new location in downtown Sugarcreek, Ohio and one of the intricate three-dimensional murals of the Swiss countryside painted years ago by local artist Tom Miller, has survived and now calls the Lava Rock Grill in West Lafayette, in Coshocton County home. It was fun tracking down these tourist icons and discovering they are still attracting a new generation of tourists.
You can always find some interesting things to do in Sandusky even in early spring, long before the boats hit the water and Cedar Point comes back to life. The Merry-Go-Round Museum is twenty-five years old this year. The Maritime Museum in downtown is often overlooked by visitors. It offers an unusual peak at shipwrecks, the boat-building industry that once flourished here and even a peak at pirates on Lake Erie. For a real treat try Demore’s, a second-generation Sandusky restaurant that has some of the freshest fish on the lake shore to a one-of-a-kind beer wall where you can sample some craft beers.
We all think of the Pro football hall of fame when we think of Canton. But, did you know, that Canton is also home to many of sports hall of famers? The Greater Canton Amateur Sports Hall Of Fame is located in a historic mansion near downtown. We recently paid it a visit. We also stopped at two of my favorite eating spots in Canton and we let you in on some of the big names in professional football who are also often seen here.
The nicest people live in Ashland, Ohio. At least that’s what the sign along I-71 at U.S. 250 says. We decided to investigate and discovered that Ashland University has been very nice to incoming students giving them a huge chocolate chip cookie. We discoverd a lot of other things that convinced us Ashland is a nice place. We invite you to take a look.
We take off for northwest Ohio today and a auto-themed trip. Bowling Green is our destination for this winter-time getaway. We stop for a look at a unusual wind-farm in BG as well as a unique private-owned museum that is open to the publis. We wrap up the stop with a drive-in restaurant right out of the fifties the “Speedtrap Diner” in nearby Woodville. I invite your comments.
Grab your camera and the kids and take a One Tank Trip to the Center Of The World. It right here in northeast Ohio in Trumbull County. You can also see a brand new aviation museum, the place where the man was born that created the first hot dog, and even a giant pair of drum sticks. It’s all part of today’s trip.
In the summer if the weather serves up lemons, make lemonade. The same can be said for our extreme cold. It’s not going away soon, so you might as well find a way to enjoy it. Try ice-fishing on Lake Erie, with Air 1 Airboats, one of the safest ways to travel across the frozen lake, especially at this time of year when there is still open water on much of the lake.
‘Tis the season to deck the halls at Stan Hywet in Akron. Stan Hywet is the baronial homestead of Goodyear co-founder F.A. Seiberling. It’s one of the major homes in Ohio and the nation that draws visitors all year long, but at Christmas time it really sparkles. Join us as we take a look at Christmas at Stan Hywet on a special Holiday One Tank Trip.