Author: sealofthenight

A Few Good Ohio Books for Children

Here is a few good books with Ohio as the theme.

Children’s Books

  • Ohio: What’s So Great About This State? (Arcadia Kids) Paperback – April 7, 2010 by Kate Boehm Jerome
  • Night-Night Ohio Board book – October 4, 2016 by Katherine Sully (Author),‎ Helen Poole (Illustrator)
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) Hardcover – October 7, 2014 by Carole Gerber (Author),‎ Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)
  • I Love Ohio: An ABC Adventure Hardcover – November 3, 2015 by Sandra Magsamen (Author)

  • Lucky to Live in Ohio (Arcadia Kids) Hardcover – May 1, 2017 by Kate B. Jerome (Author)

  • Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way to Ohio: A Christmas Adventure Hardcover – October 1, 2015

Some Ohio Kid’s Books with a Halloween Theme

  • The Spooky Express Ohio Hardcover – August 1, 2017 by Eric James (Author),‎ Marcin Piwowarski (Illustrator)

  • It Came From Ohio!: My Life As a Writer (Goosebumps) Paperback – April 28, 2015 by R.L. Stine (Author)

  • A Halloween Scare in Ohio Hardcover – August 1, 2014 by Eric James (Author),‎ Marina Le Ray (Illustrator)

Even Easter

  • The Littlest Bunny in Ohio: An Easter Adventure – Feb 1, 2015 by Lily Jacobs and Robert Dunn

These books should all be available online. Many local Ohio bookstores might have them or could order these, but check with the stores first.

 

 

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Findlay Market

1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

http://www.findlaymarket.org

Findlay Market in Cincinnati is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated market. The market is open Tuesdays through Sunday with indoor and outdoor vendors. Some merchants do open on Monday’s but not all. There are more vendors in the Spring/Summer due to the added farmers market.

We went on a weekday morning, so not all the vendors were open. We were in the lookout for breakfast, to start our Cincinnati walking tour day. What we found was a leisurely stroll through a market with many fresh items. We were able to get coffee, breakfast sandwiches, corn muffins with queso, and curry chicken salad. We did not find this at one stand, but at many. This is what is great about the market, one can get items from many different stands.

The market’s website has a nice interactive map that shows what is open. It worked on the day we tried it, just hope they keep it updated each day. Check it out ere: http://www.findlaymarket.org/map

Halfway Through the Year and 18 places to visit in 2018

At the beginning of the year we posted this post about 18 places to visit in 2018. The place were not ranked or included for any reason, other than they looked fun to visit. Here in green is an update of our list.

A few from last year, but tons of new ones.

  1. Holden Arboretum – This place has a Canopy Walk and a Tower open in the warmer months. This place has lots of hiking trails. This is a must.
  2. Loveland Castle – A real castle
  3. Celina/Coldwater /Bike path   Biking or walking
  4. Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina (Athens)
  5. Langsdon Mineral Collecton  This place rocks! We went and are getting a review ready. 
  6. Greater Cleveland Aquarium  
  7. Blair Museum of Lithophanes We went and are getting a review ready. 
  8. Lake Hope Lodge  Great to go to lodges, just to check them out.
  9. Columbus Washboard Company
  10. A Farmer’s Market We went to Findlay Market and that review is coming out next week. 
  11. Tabletop Game Cafe
  12. American Packard Museum Lots of classic cars
  13. Findlay Market  Another great market Post coming out next week, as you already know. 
  14. Susie’s Big Dipper  Ice cream, a must
  15. The National Historical Equipment Museum  Interesting
  16. Allen County Museum
  17. Skillet farm to table
  18. Somewhere outdoors for a hike. We did go somewhere, but want to announce it, once post is ready. 

So many places to see in 2018.

It might look like we did not go to too may of our 18 places, but that is okay. We did not put out the list, so we could visit all the places. 

Here are a few more places to visit in 2018

Some of Ohio’s Unique Museums

The great thing about museums is they can be expansive or super small. They can be hyper local or focused on the world. Museums range form huge collections of various artifacts to someones collection of one focus. Museums involve the dedicated and the casual viewers. Museums can attract locals, casual tourists, or serious dedicated fans. Ohio has great vast institutions that attract people from all over the world. Ohio also has museums that are unique and should be highlighted. Some of these museums might not be known by all, but are really great attractions.

Here is our list of some of them:

Bicycle Museum of America

Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum

Ohio River Museum

Our review (click here)

The Museum of Postal History

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Our review (click here)

Ohio Craft Museum

Feline Historical Museum

Our review (click here)

Merry-Go-Round Museum

American Toy Marble Museum

Airstream Factory Tour (not a really a museum)

Our review (click here)

The Cardboard Boat Museum

Blair Museum of Lithophanes

David Warther Carvings 

Our review (click here)

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

The American Sign Museum

Our review (click here)

 

Sugar n’ Spice

4381 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45229

https://sugar-n-spice-restaurant.com

Our quest to eat at any breakfast place we can allowed us to come along this little gem. What we like about breakfast places is that you can find some really local and quirky ones. Sugar n’ Spice Restaurant has been in business for 75 or more years. This shows how popular this place has stayed. This is not a huge restaurant, but it does not need to be, either

We went in the middle of the morning on a weekday. We saw a mix of people from workers to families. The place has a counter and tables around the outer edges of the one room. We decided to sit at the counter in order to not have to wait for a booth. This place probably has a wait during the busy times and on the weekends. So expect to wait. The turnover is quick, but if you in a hurry do not go on the weekends.

They are known for their wispy thin pancakes and omelets. We ordered a breakfast quesadilla and a salmon platter. If you like a breakfast burrito a breakfast quesadilla is a sibling to this fine dish. The salmon platter had  flavorful salmon patties. We did not order lunch, but some of the menu items looked tasty. There is a cuddlin puppy, which is a hotdog wrapped in bacon with melted cheese and relish served on Texas toast. They also have all types of burgers and sandwiches. They have coffee. The real test of a breakfast place is not over fancy coffee, but if the coffee is refilled often. Our coffee was never empty. The staff made sure we had a coffee. The prices for the food were reasonable and the wait time for food was not long.

Sugar n’ Spice does support the local community, so we felt good about going to this place.

We made to feel at home at this place and taken care of. We felt a sense of fun and were even offered a choice of rubber duckies to pick from. This is a place one should check out and return to often.

 

Cincinnati Zoo

We have written a few  times about the Cincinnati Zoo. Right now is a great time to visit the zoo. Seeing the animals before it gets to be the hottest part of summer is a good idea. When going to the zoo, it is always fun to see some of the less popular animals. Well, can an animal be less popular? Going on a recent, one could definitely tell some were more talked about and had bigger crowds. You can get a discount buying tickets on the zoo website, Kroger, or AAA. Here is a link to zoo discounts from their website – http://cincinnatizoo.org/plan-your-visit/discounts/.

This animal can be found in the World of Insect building.

The zoo even has fish.

Penguin

Penguins are fun to watch.

18 Places to Visit in 2018

A few from last year, but tons of new ones.

  1. Holden Arboretum – This place has a Canopy Walk and a Tower open in the warmer months. This place has lots of hiking trails. This is a must.
  2. Loveland Castle – A real castle
  3. Celina/Coldwater /Bike path   Biking or walking
  4. Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina (Athens)
  5. Langsdon Mineral Collecton  This place rocks!
  6. Greater Cleveland Aquarium  
  7. Blair Museum of Lithophanes
  8. Lake Hope Lodge  Great to go to lodges, just to check them out.
  9. Columbus Washboard Company
  10. A Farmer’s Market
  11. Tabletop Game Cafe
  12. American Packard Museum Lots of classic cars
  13. Findlay Market  Another great market
  14. Susie’s Big Dipper  Ice cream, a must
  15. The National Historical Equipment Museum  Interesting
  16. Allen County Museum
  17. Skillet farm to table
  18. Somewhere outdoors for a hike.

So many places to see in 2018.

Airstream Factory Tour

419 West Pike Street
Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629
https://www.airstream.com/company/tours/

The history of Recreational Vehicles took a turn when Wally Byam acquired the Bowlus Company, took the door moved it to the side and created the Airstream Clipper. For about the next 16 years, except for a period during the war years, Airstreams were only manufactured in California. In July 1952 a factory was opened in Jackson Center, Ohio. In 1979 the California plant was closed, leaving Jackson Center as the only place in the world where the unique trailer is produced.

The Factory is located just down the highway from Armstrong Air and Space Museum. The tour starts at 2pm and leaves enough time in the morning to go the museum and have lunch at Al’s Woody’s Diner. The Airstream Factory also is a fitting location with the museum because NASA used Airstreams as Mobile Quarantine Facility for the returning Apollo 11 crew.

The Factory tour starts at the Service center. The center is where Airstream gifts and parts can be bought before the tour. As the name says it is also where Airstreams are brought to be serviced. The tour is popular thing to do while waiting on service. The guide will give each person a pen (a great souvenir) to sign a waiver and give out ear and eye protection. The tour is on the actual factory floor and protection is needed.

The tour starts with a brief history of the company before heading outside. On the way to the main factory the guide will show some of the campers parked outside. This is not a museum tour or a Dealers lot. Wally Byam’s Gold trailer, “Stella’s Gold Airstream,” is there but the rest are finished trailers about to be sent out and not really for display.

Inside the factory the noise can be loud at places. The earplugs protect visitor’s ears but also block out the guides voice. To get around this one member of the group is given a portable speaker and is kept at the back of the tour. The guide can be heard from the front and back at most times, even over the noise of the factory. Sometimes the noise and spread of the group will make it hard to hear.

The tour goes through the process of constructing an Airstream from the ground up. Well more from sides to the floor to the internals. While it might not seem like much at first. Eventually the trailer comes together to the memorable shape. After the trailer is weather tested it is ready for interior. The interiors and wiring are added and the final product is ready to ship.

Overall the tour is a little under 2 hours depending on the size of the group. The distance walked can be close to a mile. The process of building one of the most memorable trailers on the market is fun to see and the price (FREE) can’t be beat.

When we went the second factory building was being retooled for the next model years line of bus style touring coaches. Expect an update when we get a chance to return.