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From flowers to baskets, Ohio has it all!

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A May 2002 trip to Ohio by Amy Travels

Quote: I have been regularly visiting Ohio since 1979, when my sister moved to the Columbus area. On my most recent trip to Ohio, I was based in Pickerington (just outside of Columbus.) Highlights of this visit included Easton Town Center, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Dresden area.

From flowers to baskets, Ohio has it all!

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Overview

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Ohio has a lot to offer tourists. My previous trips to Ohio have included visits to: King’s Island in the Cincinnati area, the former Sea World in the Cleveland area, the Air Force Museum in Dayton, and the Columbus Zoo, just to name a few. I highly recommend all of these attractions. My most memorable trips to Ohio were the two visits I made to Sea World (now part of Six Flags.) I loved all of the shows and I can't wait to take my daughter there for the first time.Quick Tips: Before you plan your trip, check to see if the attractions you wish to visit are open on the date you plan on being there. Don't assume popular attractions are always open (as we did!)Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Hampton Inn East

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Hotel

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The Hampton Inn East is located just south of I-70 in Pickerington, Ohio. (Take the Route 256 exit off of I-70.) Since Pickerington is located about 10 miles east of Columbus, it is a good base for exploring the Columbus area. I stayed overnight in the Hampton Inn East in June 2000. The Hampton Inn East is only a few years old. It features large rooms with extra amenities such as hairdryers, coffee makers, etc. Other amenities include an indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool. The rate also includes a nice breakfast buffet, not just toast and coffee like many motels provide. Since the Hampton Inn East has interior corridors, it is very quiet. However, the motel is right in the thick ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2002

Cracker Barrel

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Restaurant

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Unlike our previous stops at Cracker Barrels around the country, this time we ate dinner there. As with breakfast, the food is plentiful, good, and reasonable. The most expensive item on the menu was about $13. My husband, daughter, and I were able to eat dinner for about $22 total. The dinner menu features burgers, sandwiches, salads, and dinners. My husband ordered a dinner and got a main course, two sides, and two pieces of corn bread. I ordered a cheeseburger platter that included fries and coleslaw, and my daughter had a kids’ meal. The restaurant itself was typical of all the Cracker Barrels we’ve been to. There’s a large store inside and they’re all laid out the same, maki...Read More

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Easton

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Attraction

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Easton is located off of I-270, northeast of downtown Columbus. Just take the Easton exit. It consists of a two-level mall and other shops, restaurants, townhouse apartments, and hotels set in a small-town setting. Warning: Everything is really spread out—wear comfortable walking shoes. Also, allow plenty of time. I could have easily spent the entire day there. My niece, who goes to Easton practically every weekend, recommended parking in the garage adjacent to the mall. We did and it worked out well for us. She also said that winter is a good time to go if you want to avoid the crowds and can brave the cold. And, we heard that Easton is decorated beautifully for Christmas. Ea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2002

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a 90-acre park and conservatory. The original Victorian glasshouse, now called Palm House, was constructed in 1895. In 1992, a $14 million expansion added four computer-controlled climate zones and two outdoor courtyards. The conservatory now houses more than 1,200 species of plants. Collections at Franklin Park Conservatory include: Himalayan Mountain, Tropical Rainforest, Desert, North Courtyard, South Courtyard (Bonsai Courtyard), Pacific Island, Show house (orchid and bonsai collection), and Palm House (40 species of palms.) All of the collections contained exhibits explaining the habitats—average temperature, rainfall, etc. O...Read More

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Hunters Run

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Attraction

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Hunters Run shopping center is within walking distance of many Pickerington motels and features shopping, dining, and the 16 screen Marcus Theaters. The main stores include Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Barnes and Noble. (I’ll fill you in on the Barnes and Noble later.) Restaurants include Long Horn Steak House, Steak ‘n Shake, Pizzeria Uno, and Bob Evans. (I will soon be adding a review of Steak ‘n Shake to my Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania journal.) My family and I spent our Saturday evening at Barnes and Noble. It was a big deal for me, because there aren’t any Barnes and Nobles located close to where I live. Barnes and Noble provides one-stop shopping for items such as books, magazines, journal...Read More

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Dresden, Ohio

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Story/Tip

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Located about an hour east of Columbus and 2½ hours from Pittsburgh, Dresden is home of the Longaberger Basket Company. Longaberger put Dresden on the map when it began in the 1970s. The drive from the Columbus area takes you through the peaceful countryside, passing many farms with cows. If you are going to Dresden from Columbus, take Route 16 East and you’ll pass the world-famous basket office building in Newark. (From other points west, take the Pataskala exit off of I-70, then go north to Route 16 East.) This building, which looks like a giant basket just dropped there from outer space, houses the Longaberger Basket Company’s corporate headquarters. It is located just south of Route 16—...Read More

Packing Tips

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Here are some packing tips that make it easier to take a last-minute weekend getaway, like my family and I often do. Keep a duplicate set of toiletries/cosmetics stored in cosmetic bags. That way, you just have to place them in your suitcase or carry-on when packing. This eliminates the need to pack these items at the last minute and the chance that you’ll forget something. Some of the items I buy in trial sizes to save room. I also keep an electronic packing list. This eliminates the need to make a new list for each trip and the chance that you’ll forget something. I maintain separate lists for the different kinds of trips I take. For example, I have separate lists for camping, ...Read More