Kansas City’s Cool Neighborhoods and Hotels

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Recently I had the opportunity to write about cool boutique hotels in Kansas City for Trivago’s Room 5. It was a great assignment because even though I am from the area originally, I’ve rarely been able to see the Missouri city through a traveler’s eye. Growing up in Kansas City, I don’t think I ever stayed at anRead more

Where to go in Ohio for a great weekend getaway

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The American West has cowboys; New York has the Statue of Liberty. While, there’s no iconic symbol that defines the Buckeye State, O-H-I-O does have pride in what it does have: idyllic Great Lakes beaches, professional sports teams, top-rated amusement parks, urban adventures in the three Cs (Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati) and the world’s largestRead more

Putting Mackinac Island on the Map

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A first-timer discovers Michigan’s favorite island getaway Michiganders always have a map on hand. Anytime you talk to someone about places to visit in their state, he or she invariably puts up their right hand and points to a spot on their palm as if they were divining the future like a palm reader. TheRead more

How to find Polaris for Star Trail Photography

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Shooting for the stars with astronomers at the Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio Jim Varadi doesn’t need a Star Chart app on his iPhone to identify stars an constellations in the night sky. The amateur astronomer knows instinctively where to look. So, when I got an assignment to photograph a night-time program at the PerkinsRead more

Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation

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While state parks are known for their camping facilities, there are comfy lodges that put you smack-dab in the middle of nature without the discomfort of bugs or sleeping on the hard ground. Here’s how to choose the state park and lodge that’s right for you and your family. If you live in Ohio, chancesRead more

Create-Your-Own Adventurous Ohio State Park Beach Vacation

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve arrived at this page via an internet search, you’re in the middle of a choose-your-own adventure game. If you’d like to play along, please start with “Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation.” And the winner is: Maumee Bay State Park At around 1,300 acres, Maumee Bay State Park offers a little bitRead more

Create-Your-Own Relaxing Ohio State Park Vacation

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve arrived at this page via an internet search, you’re in the middle of a choose-your-own adventure game. If you’d like to play along, please start with “Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation.” The winner is: Any Ohio state park All of the Ohio state parks allow you to get away from theRead more

Create-Your-Own Offbeat State Park Haunted Vacation

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve arrived at this page via an internet search, you’re in the middle of a choose-your-own adventure game. If you’d like to play along, please start with “Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation.” And the winner is: Punderson State Park Wrapped around Punderson Lake in Newbury, the 741-acre Punderson State Park offers visitorsRead more

Create-Your-Own Offbeat Ohio State Park Vacation

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve arrived at this page via an internet search, you’re in the middle of a choose-your-own adventure game. If you’d like to play along, please start with “Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation.” Now that we know you like quirky and offbeat adventures, we have a better idea of what Ohio state parkRead more

Create-Your-Own Relaxing Ohio State Park Vacation at Deer Creek

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve arrived at this page via an internet search, you’re in the middle of a choose-your-own adventure game. If you’d like to play along, please start with “Create-Your-Own Ohio State Park Vacation.” And the winner is: Deer Creek State Park Wrapped around a lake enjoyed by boaters and fishermen alike, Deer CreekRead more

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