It’s a One Tank Trip, and a short boat ride to South Bass Island, home of the Village of Put-In-Bay in Lake Erie. For many the islands have become a rite of summer but for others, especially with large families, it can be an expensive One Tank Trip. We show you this week the most inexpensive way to get to the island as well as some free things to do and some places that offer a good value for your admission fee. Enjoy the island
We take a tour of Portage Lakes this week with a long-time resident who has started a retirement business to show visitors the lake just like the locals do, in a comfortable pontoon boat. We also discover a tire executives’s mansion that is now owned by a local community and used for weddings, parties and meetings. And, what would a One Tank Trip be without sampling the best ice cream in the area. Take a look
We get to tour the Ohio Statehouse on this week’s One Tank Trip and our very special guide for a part of the trip is Ohio Governor John Kasich who was nice enough to show us around his historic ceremonial office. I also show our viewers one of my favorite State House attractions a painting that was held hostage for a while by the painter. It’s a great story and best of all tours of our state capitol are free.
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.