The Studebaker was a fixture on American highways for many years. It’s gone now, but still fondly remembered at a museum in the town where it was once built, South Bend, Indiana. We visited the museum in the mid 90’s and learned that while the car may have driven into history, the company went on. It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.
We recently asked a question on Facebook. Would you like to spend a night at a romantic castle in Ohio? We had over a hundred people respond telling us what they would like. I have sifted through the stories we did over the last forty years and came up with a visit we made in the 1990’s to Ravenwood Castle in the Hocking Hills, southeast of Columbus. While it does not answer every dream you had, it comes pretty close. It is secluded, It was built as a castle. It has modern amenities, like whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. It’s located near one of Ohio’s most popular tourist destinations, the Hocking Hills. It has new owners now and they have made many improvements to the original castle, including a village of quaint cottages on the castle grounds that offer many amenities. If you like what you see in my story, go to the Ravenwood website for today’s pricing and some photos of the new attractions. Just go to www.ravenwoodcastle.com
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We are headed back in time to the year my friends, Eric and Julia Guggisberg opened their Swiss Inn in Charm, Ohio. The Inn has come very far in the last few years. They now have added a winery and developed one of the bigger horse farms in the Amish area.
It’s one of my favorite getaways for Valentine’s Day. The charm of the Inn and now, instead of an Amish sled, they have a real one-horse sleigh that dashes through the snow. It costs extra and, obviously, the prices have changed since we did the story. But it’s still one of my favorite Classic One Tank Trips.
Did you know that in nearby Michigan there is a place where you can spend a night in a home that would be familiar to historic Americans like Patrick Henry and Edgar Allen Poe, among others? Hidden away behind The Marriott-owned Dearborn Inn is a series of replicas of the homes of some famous Americans. The brainchild of Henry Ford, they were originally built to house visiting VIP guests to the sprawling Ford Headquarters. Today, they serve as luxury cottages for people wanting an unusual place to spend a night. (Rumor has it that one of Henry Ford’s sons used one of these cottages as a place to meet a famous girlfriend). If you are looking for some place that is really out of the ordinary for a Valentine’s Day getaway this might be just the place. It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.
I love museums. Especially the unusual. This week’s Classic One Tank Trip travels back in time to Southwest Ohio and, at the time, one of the major African-American Museums in the country. No matter what your ethnicity I think you will find something interesting in this collection of American History. A reminder of a people and a struggle. It’ still there and well worth a One Tank Trip
This week’s Classic One Tank Trip is headed again across frosty Lake Erie to the tiny fishing village, Erieau, which is located almost due north of Cleveland. When I first visited Erieau many years ago and walked into Molly and OJ’s Bar, I was amazed when the bartender greeted me by name and I was recognized by just about everyone in the bar. This was before cable TV and the only station the little village could get clearly on TV was WJW-TV in Cleveland, the station I worked for. So within a few hours I had met just about everyone in town. Molly and OJ’s was the place to get really fresh Lake Erie Perch dinners in those days and it is still true today. The town’s main industry is commercial fishing and you can’t get fresher fish than the local restaurant. This is also Ontario’s wine country and we got to watch how they make ice wine. Not much has changed over the years and I still recommend Erieau, Canada as a wonderful spot to visit anytime of year.
Have you ever looked out over ice-shrouded Lake Erie this time of winter and wondered what’s across the lake? That’s the subject of this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.
We answer the question with a trip to Ruthven, Ontario and visit a huge greenhouse complex. The Colasanti Family has been bringing a taste of the tropics to Canada for at least two generations. In their greenhouse that covers acres, you can sit under an orange tree, or stroll through one of the most magnificent cactus gardens in Canada. But the real attraction is the animal collection, which since our visit has grown to include rides and other family friendly events, making Colasanti’s even more attractive than when we last paid them a visit. One note: While the petting farm was free years ago, today,like many agriculture businesses, they have improved their atttractions and now charge admission. check out their website for current attractions and costs. www.colasantis.com
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