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Theresa Russell
Living to travel and traveling for a living.
Interests: travel, architecture, home remodeling, bicycling, kayaking, cruising, hiking, cuisine, cooking, wine, beer
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Ohio is blessed with several picturesque towns settled by New Englanders and Granville fits beautifully into that category. Its Alligator Mound and Infirmary Mound give evidence that ancient peoples settled here long ago. It wasn't until the 1800's that the first European settlement took place beginning with the Welsh and then New Englanders from Granville and Granby, Massachusetts. Not surprisingly, Ohio's Granville took on the style of New England villages with churches at corners, and other buildings and homes representing that typical architecture. Some of the streets bear names of the early Welsh settlers or places in Wales. photo Theresa... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
The thrill of soaring through the air in a canopy of trees draws visitors young and old alike to Common Ground Canopy Tours in Lorain County. We enjoyed several other adventures in the area including cycling on the nearby North Coast Inland Trail before ending our weekend with the perfect thrill-seeking adventure. photo credit Theresa Russell The bike trail is part of the Back Roads & Beaches tour, which passes right by Common Ground where we also got a view of another patch from the Patchwork Trail. The forest setting for this zipping adventure contrasts with the open farm land... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
Everybody knows that Ohio is the birthplace of aviation, and Ohio's Aviation Trail focuses on the history of flying in the Dayton area. The 16 sites are scattered amongst seven geographic areas, including more distant spots like Troy, Urbana and Wapakoneta. It all starts with Orville and Wilbur Wright, and the Wright brothers museum complex is an excellent place to start your tour. The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Aviation Trail Visitor Center provide all the information that you need to get going. Before you head out, be sure to visit the Parachute Museum. Located on the second floor of... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
As if Ohio doesn't have plenty of interesting sites for exploration above ground, it offers a bunch of sites of remarkable underground beauty. Ohio has several different types of bedrock, one of them being limestone, much of which covers the western part of the state. From that limestone comes Columbus Limestone and that is basically found in a line starting at Kelleys Island and going south to Columbus. In fact, the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus is constructed with this Ohio rock. Being a porous type of rock, limestone is greatly affected by water. When water works its way through the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
It's artsy. It's new. It's the first hotel in decades in the Short North of Columbus. Photo Credit Jim Kruger The Joseph impresses upon entry; its patterned marble floors, fluted columns, bar and sitting areas welcome guests to the comfortable lobby. Photo Credit Jim Kruger A member of the Starwood Group, Le Mėridien, The Joseph, named after the owner's father, features world-class art work not only in the public areas, but also in the individual rooms. Some of the artwork comes from the private collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. The hotel displays works from 15 different artists, all with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
What's rare, yellow and finds its home in Ohio? It's not a bird, it's not a plane; it's the Lakeside Daisy. Photo Credit Duane Myers In the stark landscape of the quarries on the Marblehead Peninsula, this tiny flower stands out amongst the rocky, limestone terrain. Very rare because it grows naturally in just a few places, the Lakeside Daisy ranks as one of Ohio's most endangered plant species. Delegated to protect the striking yellow flower, the Lakeside Daisy Nature Preserve covers 19 acres of land that brings to mind a tundra. The daisy itself blooms in late-April to mid-May,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
It all started with an idea by Donna Sue Groves who wanted to honor her mother, a noted quilter. The first trail started in Adams County in 2001 and thus began the Quilt Barn movement that spread across the country. Barn quilts are painted squares that are mounted on a barn or other building. The original Quilt Barns were in Appalachia, but new trails developed throughout the state and country. Currently there are over 30 counties that have quilt barn trails, so no matter where you live in Ohio, there is surely a Quilt Barn Trail near you. Many counties... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
It's funny how a conversation amongst friends morphs into an idea and then into reality. Paul Taiganides, CEO of Mill St. Distillery bragged about raki - what he claims is the best stuff made in his favorite Greek village. But raki, also known as Grappa, has a short season of just three months. Paul also lamented the fact that his friends finished off all of his good stuff too quickly. What could complement Grappa and have a longer duration? Well, moonshine, of course. Welcome to the first legal moonshine producer in Ohio, Mill St. Distillery, located in the heart of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at DiscoveringOhio
It makes perfect sense that the best option for discovering the Brewery District in Columbus is by hoofing it. Concentrated in a half square mile just south of downtown, roughly southwest of Mound and High Streets, the district still bears street names that evoke the brewing industry. Hoster and Blenkner were brewers and Brewers St. needs no explanation. Several of the street names were changed due to the strong anti-German sentiment during WWI. And these are just a few of the facts that I learned on my walking tour with Columbus Brew Adventures. Starting at the Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
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