Have always wanted to visit the Columbus suburb of Westerville and nearby Otterbein College. After surviving almost an hour local trip on the #1 line to Westerville, I got off at the bus stop and learned that the bridge to the center of town was under repair!! Ducking into a nearby dry cleaner I called for a taxi. Nearly 1 1/2 later a cab materialized after repeated calls to the dispatcher!!! Apparently, no driver was interested in such a local, piddly call. I finally made it to the Downtown which is barely 3 blocks of very charming businesses and saw a bit of Otterbein (which is very tiny). Overall, Westerville is like a New England style stage-like set as seen in those old Twilight Zones episodes. There are very nice stores here for antiquing. Of special mention is 'Westerville Antqiues' which has a very appealing selection at very fair prices and is famous for its house cat. Of special, special mention is that the owner took me back to the bus stop via the detour in his own car!
P.S.the bridge is scheduled to re-open August 19, 2011.
I had wanted to but couldn't figure out how, without a car, to visit the Barber Museum- which is located in Canal Winchester, Southeast of Columbus. Hopefully, you will figure a way since it sounds like a very tonsorial-centric place!
The Park of Roses in the Clintonville area of Columbus is a wonderful hidden treat. Every type of Rose is growing and blooming in a beautiful garden setting complete with a fountain and gazebo. If you are a true photographer buff, this is a wonderful opportunity to take your time, work on your telephoto skills using different lenses, and working with models that won't figid all over the place. The roses peek blooming season is mid-June to early September. A wonderful way to spend several hours. Come in Mid June and you might hit the Rose Festival. The website I left should have that info.
About 10 mile Northeast of Columbus, off of interstate 270 is the town of Westerville. This has a postcard perfect feel to it, like the ideal main street USA. You might think you might see Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee. Great little walking town with a great coffeeshop, nice restaurants, galleries and so forth. In nearby Alumni Creek Park there is a stage area where summer music festivals are performed. This is also somewhat of a collegetown itself with Otterbein College about a block from 'uptown'. A nice place to spend half a day and grab a meal, or a full day if there is a festival.
Walking, Biking, Hiking, Running, Skating.... it is 12 miles mostly along the Olentangy River. It is a nice wide area, and pretty scenic. Can be a romantic place to talka walk or a family activity which allows kids to bike away from the street.
YellowSprings, Ohio is a nice daytrip getaway about 45 minutes West of Columbus, off of I-70.
This is a very cool Hippietown with a cool little main st. with many little shops and stores that sell new age stuff and vegitarian foods and all things earthy. Anitoch University is right off the downtown area which makes for a nice stroll. Anitoch is a unique university with a very liberal ciriculium which makes for many artsy types walking around campus. There is a great state park near by with beautiful walking trails which lead up to some nice springs. A very laidback, liberal town in a very conservative state.
Conrads College Gifts. This specialty store located at 316 West Lane Avenue in front of the Holiday Inn & opposite St. John Arena at OSU. This store caries a wide variety of college gifts & accesories & we encountered very courteous sales people.
More pictures of Festival. This Owl was a sculpture made from Soapstone. The artist is Clarence P. Cameron out of Madison, WI.
Yes, dear readers, look at the photo, this is my face. Notice the 7 chins, I am going for 13, and this way midgets can climb up my face. This is why I travel alone. But somehow I still love life!