June 2021

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4 Outdoor Day Trips in Ohio

If you’re looking for a day’s worth of adventure, these outdoor spots across the state provide great experiences among trails, woods and water. 

5 Ohio Inland Lakes You’ll Love

These destinations within the Ohio State Parks system offer a wealth of opportunities for on-the-water fun.

5 Ohio Paddling Adventures

Want to float away this summer? These scenic excursions are a good place to start.

6 Ways to Explore Dayton

Whether you want to pedal, paddle or lift a pint, the city of Dayton and the Great Miami Riverway have a lot to explore.

Fly Fishing in Columbus

Our capital city’s rivers and creeks may not seem like a fly-fishing destination, but one local angler has found ample opportunities to cast his line without ever leaving town.

Michigan: 5 Places for On-the-Water Fun

The Great Lakes State’s offerings are plentiful, whether you’re looking to explore inland lakes, winding rivers or adventures along the shore.

Ohio’s Ancient Native American Sites

Native American tribes created elaborate earthworks across Ohio that can still be seen today. These locations contain many mysteries, but also connect us to those who lived here thousands of years ago.

Paddling on the Little Miami River

Navigating the Little Miami River is an experience as much as it is a lesson in the importance of healthy waterways. Since 1967, one family has helped people make that connection.

Summer Outdoor Adventures in Ohio

This time of year in Ohio means it’s time to embrace all the natural beauty our state has to offer. Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

The Birder: Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

Chuck Slusarczyk Jr. has been watching birds in Cleveland his entire life. In early 2021, a photograph he captured there resulted in a surprising discovery. 

The Forager: Jeremy Umansky

Jeremy Umansky makes foraged ingredients a focus of the menu at his Cleveland delicatessen and bakery. Here’s how searching for wild edible plants became part of his life.

The Hiker: Andy Niekamp

In 2011, outdoorsman Andy Niekamp set out to tackle the Buckeye Trail. Nearly 90 days later, he became the first person to complete the route’s 1,444 miles by himself.  

Food + Drink

4 Ohio Food Trucks You’ll Love

These entrepreneurs offer creative and delicious eats that pair perfectly with long days and plenty of sunshine. 

9 Ohio Wineries to Visit This Summer

Our state is home to a wealth of wineries that offer great places to relax, dine and even stay.

Cartridge Brewing, Maineville

This spot offers an oasis where you can fuel up along the Little Miami Scenic Trail, but it’s also a destination worthy of seeking out on its own.

Little Ladies Soft Serve, Columbus

Will and Lydia Chambers’ central Ohio soft serve truck offers a fun lineup of ice cream cones and sundaes, with a couple inspired by the distinctive personalities of their young daughters.

Mahope, Cincinnati

Vy Sok and Mike Laguna’s food truck features tacos, burgers and coney dogs that deliver a fusion of Cambodian and Latin flavors.

Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, Columbus

Jamie Anderson’s stationary food trucks smoke their meats on-site, serving low-and-slow favorites at Columbus’ Land-Grant Brewing Co. and Powell’s Nocterra Brewing Co.

Sapphire Creek Winery, Chagrin Falls

Inspired by places they encountered in Napa Valley, Kathleen and Andy Dangelo’s winery offers an inviting place to spend a day on the patio.

Smashdawgz, Toledo

Darryl and Nina Robinson’s food truck serves a lineup of creatively constructed hot dogs at breweries, wineries and farmers markets across northern Ohio. 

Home + Garden

How to Get an Authentic Johnny Appleseed Tree

You learned about Johnny Appleseed in school. Now, you can buy an apple tree that is a descendant of one he planted for your own yard.

Ohio Life

Chris Davis Discusses the Restoration of the Cuyahoga River

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park biologist talks with us about a project that aims to return the river to a more natural state.

How Kenyon College Preserved Its Rural Feel

Since 1824, the school has been located in the quiet of the countryside. For two decades, the Philander Chase Conservancy has been working to keep it that way.

How Rocky Brands Got Its Start in Nelsonville

William and F.M. Brooks founded their footwear company in Athens County in 1932. Today, it is still headquartered there and still making boots that will help you tackle the terrain.

Live Well Ohio: June 2021

Doctors share advice for protecting your skin from the suns rays and how to safeguard yourself against the itches and ouches waiting for you in the woods. 

Ohio Finds: Woolson Coffee Box

This piece is typical of the wooden bins once found in general stores and small groceries.

The Great Lakes Exposition Opens

On June 27, 1936, the city of Cleveland unveiled a vibrant exposition that drew millions of visitors to the lakefront during the course of its run.