There is a strong sense of nostalgia for the times when slow rides aboard a train were the only way to reach far-away places. Many of the old railways in Ohio have been abandoned for being too slow or unprofitable and are today being converted into compelling tourist attractions. Most are operated by not-for-profit organizations that provide education about the historic role of railroads in the Ohio past. In general, they offer great fun aboard the restored historic passenger cars, often pulled by old diesel locomotives through the beautiful Ohio landscape. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Cincinnati Dinner Train
2.Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
3.Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
4.Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
5.Lorain and West Virginia Railway
6.The Ohio Railway Museum
7.Zanesville and Western Scenic Railroad
7 Best Ohio Train Trips
- Cincinnati Dinner Train, Photo: Cincinnati Dinner Train
- Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Photo: Courtesy of Kenneth Sponsler - Fotolia.com
- Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Photo: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
- Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, Photo: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
- Lorain and West Virginia Railway, Photo: Lorain and West Virginia Railway
- The Ohio Railway Museum, Photo: Courtesy of Evgeniya - Fotolia.com
- Zanesville and Western Scenic Railroad, Photo: Courtesy of nadianb - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Kenneth Sponsler - Fotolia.com
More Ideas in Ohio: Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
The beautiful grounds of Stan Hywet in Ohio are definitely an experience that visitors will not soon forget. The lush, manicured grounds and the historic buildings help guests step back into time and learn about one of the influential families that helped shape not only Akron, Ohio but also the United States as a whole.
The estate was originally started by none other by one of the co-founders of Goodyear Tire, FA Seiberling. The residents of the hall and gardens have had a large impact on both local and national culture. In fact, Henrietta Seiberling was one of the inspirations for what is currently Alcoholics Anonymous. It is also the first historic landmark in Akron and is the sixth largest publicly open historic home.
Visiting is generally broken into two major sections - the hall/estate and the gardens.
Manor House - Featuring stunning Tudor style architecture by Charles Schneider and influenced by English architecture, the 64000-square foot house was intricately planned, designed, and built in 1912. The family moved into the home at the end of 1915. Currently, the museum located in the manor house is filled with items that have been curated from around the world. Guests should pay special attention to the incredible amount of detail and love put into the building - like the 21,000+ separate panes of glass, over 20 fireplaces, and hand carved panels made out of sandalwood, oak, and black walnut.
Gardens - Over 70 acres of natural beauty surround the outside of the buildings, gardens that were carefully designed by Warren Manning, a well-known landscape architect, around the same time the house was built from 1912 to 1915. Make sure to check out the English Garden, lovingly created by a female landscape architect named Ellen Shipman. One of the most beloved areas of the gardens is called the Birch Tree Alley, which is an over 500-foot-long alleyway of grey birch trees that forms a long corridor that visitors can walk through. There is a vista at the end of the corridor as well, overlooking the lagoon, and a pair of tea houses made of stone and wood. There is also the breakfast room, a blue, white, and gold themed garden, outside of the breakfast room portion of the house, as well as the dell, which is a woodland garden and natural amphitheater. Make sure to allow time to see them all.
Corbin Conservatory - Also designed by Schneider, the gothic conservatory is made of over 4000 separate laminated panes of glass and was originally used for growing produce as well as other plants. Although the original structure did not withstand the test of time, it has been recreated with historic accuracy.
Gate Lodge and Carriage House - Two of the service buildings on the grounds are open for tours as well. The Gate Lodge was built for the superintendent of the property to live in so that they could effectively manage the property. It currently plays home to an exhibit on the birth of AA. The carriage house was essentially the garage/stable and living area for the estate’s chauffeur and any groomsman. This area is also open for tours as well as housing a dining option for hungry visitors.
These historic grounds are a great place for any school field trip looking to immerse students directly in history. There are a variety of different tour options, but all tours require at least two weeks reservation in advance to secure a spot. Each tour accommodates 15 students and one adult chaperone, but larger groups can be split up. There are self-guided and guided tour options at a variety of price levels lasting from one to two hours in length. Students and teachers can also collaborate with local groups to complete a “quest,” or on grounds scavenger hunt to find the hidden treasure. There are tours that focus on the local butterfly population and that allow students to geocache as well, all while working within educational guidelines. Teachers can also purchase and use the explorer backpacks, which come complete with magnifying glasses, tweezers, bug catchers and an insect guide to identify what they catch!
Shopping and Dining
Visitors should stop by Molly’s while on the grounds, which operates and both a shop and a cafe. Stop into the carriage house and check out the souvenirs, grab a sandwich, drink, snack, or ice cream. Anyone can visit Molly’s, as no admission fee applies unless visitors also choose to take a tour while there.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, Akron, OH, 44303, Phone: 330-836-5533
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More Ideas in Ohio: The Mohicans
The Mohicans is a charming and rustic getaway in the heart of Glenmont, Ohio that offers a unique retreat and exquisite wedding venue. The getaway provides an unforgettable glamping experience with one-of-a-kind authentic tree houses and well-appointed Amish built rustic cabins, all designed and constructed by world-renowned tree house designers, Kevin Mooney and Pete Nelson. Six sustainably designed treehouses and four log cabins are made with recyclable and locally sourced materials and feature solar heating and hot water, and comfortable furnishings. All lodgings have fully equipped kitchens for self-catering purposes and spacious living and dining rooms where guests can relax in style. The Mohicans is located in Glenmont, Ohio and close to several attractions and activities, including the Mohican State Park, the Findley State Park, and the Malabar Farm Park.
The Mohicans offers beautifully appointed, and uniquely designed accommodations in the form of one-of-a-kind authentic tree houses and Amish built rustic cabins, designed by world-renowned tree house designers, Kevin Mooney and Pete Nelson. All lodgings have comfy décor and rustic furnishings and feature king or queen-size pillow-top beds dressed in plush linens and soft pillows, and private bathrooms with bath and shower combinations, fresh towels, bathrobes, and organic bath products.
Cabins and treehouse have fully equipped kitchens with fridges, gas ovens and stoves, microwaves, coffeemakers, toasters, dishwashers, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery, and spacious dining rooms with tables and chairs for up to 10 guests. Ample living rooms have leather couches armchairs, rockers and modern amenities such as LCD televisions with cable channels and DVD players, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and complimentary wireless Internet. Private balconies, decks, and patios have picnic tables, charcoal grills and fire rings for outdoor dining and all linens and towels are provided.
Cabins include The Mohican, The Walhonding, The Kokosing, and the Killbuck. The Mohican can accommodate up to 15 guests with four bedrooms and two full bathrooms; The Walhonding features four bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms and can host up to 12 guests. The Kokosing has two bedrooms and one full bath and can accommodate up to eight guests, and The Killbuck has two bedrooms and one full bath with space for up to eight guests.
Six treehouses include the Little Red Treehouse, the Old Pine Treehouse, the White Oak Treehouse, the Moonlight Treehouse, the Tin Shed Treehouse, and the Nest Treehouse. The Little Red Treehouse features a one-bedroom loft with an indoor toilet and an outdoor shower and can accommodate up to two guests; the Old Pine Treehouse offers one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a loft-style sleeping area with a queen-size bed, and one full bathroom with a shower.
The White Oak Treehouse features one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a loft-style sleeping area with two queen-size beds, and one full bathroom with a shower and the Moonlight Treehouse offers one bedroom with a queen-size bed, a loft with a queen-size bed and one full bathroom. The Tin Shed Treehouse has two bedrooms with queen-size beds in a loft area and one full bathroom with shower and bath, and the Nest Treehouse is a single room suite with a queen-size bed, half a bathroom, and an outdoor shower.
All lodgings have fully equipped kitchens for self-catering purposes with all the appliances, utensils, crockery and cutlery necessary for a hassle-free self-catering vacation.
Amenities and Recreation
Activities in the area include Tree Frog Canopy Tours just outside the town of Loudonville, visiting recently restored Pine Run Grist Mill, which was built in the 1830s, Pleasant Hill Lake and Dam, and the Mohican Valley Trail.
Weddings and Events
Nestled in the heart of the green rolling hills of the Mohican Valley, the Mohicans offers a unique and beautiful venue for exclusive weddings, ceremonies, and receptions. The magnificent Grand Barn Event Center boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and is fully equipped for all kinds of events and functions with ample space for up to 50 guests. The Grand Barn also offers exclusive Tree House wedding packages for up to 12 guests, which include a night’s stay in the tree house for the bride and groom, an officiant, custom-made bouquet and boutonniere, wedding cake and professional photographer. Unique additions include chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals, and Champagne.
22650 Vess Road, Glenmont, OH, 44628, Phone: 740-599-9030
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More Ideas in Ohio: Bear Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast in Kingsville
Surrounded by acres of rolling Ohio woodland near Kingsville, Bear Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast provides a relaxing mountain retreat like no other. Set on the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Tour, the charming country inn features four tastefully appointed and decorated guest rooms with comfortable décor, cozy fireplaces, private bathrooms and beautiful views. The bed and breakfast has a farm pond where guests can enjoy swimming, fishing and relaxing in the warm sunny month, and a lovely waterfall is a short walk away.
Bear Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast features three beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated with country-style décor and comfortable furnishings. Each room has a private en-suite bathroom with shower/bath/shower-over-bath, and modern amenities, including a cozy fireplace, a DVD player, and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Inn’s flagship room, the Captain’s Room boasts commanding views of the Inn’s beautiful grounds and surrounding woodlands and features an ornate queen-size bed dressed in deluxe linens and plush pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, vanity, fresh towels and high-quality toiletries. The room also has a fireplace, comfy seating and modern amenities.
Located on the second floor of the Inn, Susie’s Room is wonderfully furnished with a comfortable king-sized bed dressed in deluxe linens and plush pillows, an en-suite bathroom with shower, vanity, fresh towels and high-quality toiletries, and a sitting area with a DVD player and comfy seating.
The Guest Room is located on the first floor next to the sitting room and features a queen-size bed dressed in deluxe linens and plush pillows, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, vanity, fresh towels and high-quality toiletries.
Acomplimentary gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room against a backdrop of beautiful woodland views. Featuring everything from cereal, fruits, and freshly baked pastries to egg dishes, cheese, freshly brewed coffee and organic teas, breakfast at the Bear Creek Farm won’t fail to disappoint.
Bear Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast offers an array of amenities to enhance guests’ stay, including a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning with delicious hot and cold choices, a farm pond that guests can use for swimming, fishing and relaxing, and a network of hiking trails to explore the farm.
Bear Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast is situated on the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Tour, which has 18 covered bridges which can be visited year-round. The bed and breakfast is also ideally located within close proximity to several attractions in the area, including the quaint town of Conneaut, which is set around the beautiful bluffs of Lake Erie and the mouth of Conneaut Creek and home to many boutique shops, a sandy beach, and a rich shipping history. Other notable attractions include the D-Day Conneaut, home to the largest D-Day re-enactment in the U.S., the Wine and Walleye Festival, Ashtabula County, and the Beach Glass Festival.
5504 State Road, Kingsville, OH 44048, Phone: 440-813-1635
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