Thursday, April 24, 2014

Funny Bunny Run Recap

Photos by OHventures

It's not often that I wait until the DAY OF a race to decide to participate! Usually, I plan out all of my races months in advance. But on April 12, 2014, I made an exception. April 12 happens to be my birthday, and this year I was turning the big 2-9. Even though I am getting older, I am in the best shape I have been in, and I continue to improve my running. Additionally, April 12, 2014 is the 3rd anniversary of OHventures, so there needed to be some celebrating! 

This, coupled with the fact that it was LITERALLY the nicest weather so far this entire year made it a no-brainer to travel down to Sippo Lake in Canton in Stark County for the Funny Bunny Run! The Funny Bunny Run was a 4-mile race whose course included parts of the beautiful Stark Parks trails and the neighborhoods that surround Sippo Lake.

My friend Travis joined me and approximately 500 other runners on the gorgeous blue-skied Saturday morning. The Easter Bunny graced us with his presence, as well as a female bunny whom I assume to be his girlfriend/wife/main squeeze? I couldn't help but chuckle at the sight of these people dressed in bunny costumes, and at all of the folks getting into the Spring spirit with bunny ears and pastel shirts as part of their running attire. Even the Army reps who were passing out free water bottles at the finish line were wearing rabbit ears!

Fun themed races like this are a ton of fun, and they help make races like this more attractive to children and families by giving the event a more light-hearted feel! Despite this, I still was here to compete! Bunny costumes or not, I was determined to take the race itself seriously, as I was considering this to be a good practice run for my upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon!

As mentioned, the course circled the stunning Sippo Lake, which looked so great under the morning sun. Parts of the route were a bit muddy due to melted snow, but overall it wasn't so bad! The course had a few hills I was not too fond of, but I pushed through and managed to finish with a time of 32:23! This placed me 20th overall out of 501 runners! Everyone received a finisher's medal in the shape of an Easter egg, and a crazy colored t-shirt for participating. Not gonna lie, I can't see myself wearing this shirt too often, as the orange/green/purple combo is not quite my style, but you never know!

The Funny Bunny Run was a great birthday gift for both me and this blog. Thank you to all of my readers for their continued support over the past 3 years. I hope to bring you more exciting Ohio fun for many years to come!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Discover Mohican Treehouse Cabins

Photos by OHventures

Halfway between Cleveland and Columbus is an adventurer's paradise, an outdoorsman's dream, and one of the most unique attractions found in all of Ohio: The Mohican Treehouse Cabins. If you ever had a desire to live Swiss Family Robinson style for a day, or if you wanted to bring back childhood memories of the treehouse you had in your backyard, now you can! The Mohicans, located in Glenmont, Ohio in Knox County, have these exciting accommodations available for anyone to stay!

Two treehouse cabins are located on site all year 'round, with many more in the works, according to The Mohicans owner, Kevin Mooney. For those who are more comfortable staying closer to the ground, four luxury cabins can also be rented. No matter which option you choose, you will be treated with suprising features, such as granite countertops, expensive linens, and flat screen TVs with DVD players. All cabins (including the treehouse cabins) have indoor plumbing with restrooms and fully functional kitchens, complete with coffee pots, mini refrigerators, and microwaves.

Borrowing technology from the zipline industry, the treehouses are constructed upon platforms with heavy-duty bolts and hardware fastened to the trees to ensure safety, and to provide flexibility for when the trees inevitably grow in size over the years. These cabins are nestled in the treetops starting at around 20 feet in the air, allowing for beautiful picturesque views of the Mohican Forest, and providing a peaceful refuge for birdwatching or reading with a mug of coffee.

The first of the treehouse cabins to be built at The Mohicans is the White Oak Treehouse, which was erected in 2012 and sleeps four campers comfortably. The rails of the White Oak Treehouse (both inside and out) are taken from vines that were removed from trees in the area, and add a beautiful and rustic feel.

The Grand Barn

The scene stealer, however, is the Brew Haus Treehouse, a two guest cabin built in 2013 and featured on the Animal Planet television program "Tree House Masters." Originally intended as the beer brewing site for the Mooney family, it was soon transformed into a place to sleep due to the growing demand of those wishing to stay in the White Oak Treehouse. The beer-brewing equipment was relocated to The Grand Barn at the entrance to The Mohicans, which serves as a spot for corporate retreats, weddings, and other events. 

The Brew Haus Treehouse stands out amongst the canopies due to its striking red exterior (an ode to the red barns dotting the Amish countryside) and its enormous head-turning stained glass window. The gothic-inspired structure is accessed via a 30-foot long extension bridge with a staircase ascending from a nearby tree. The inside is equally impressive, with a vaulted ceiling and cozy feel!

When staying at The Mohican cabins, there is certainly not a shortage of fun activities to keep you occupied! Try ziplining at Tree Frog Canopy Tours, canoeing with the Loudonville Canoe Livery, hiking the Mohican State Park, or attending a pow wow at the Mohican Reservation.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mohican Treehouse Cabins Photo Blog

Who: Alone, with your significant other (in the Brew Haus Treehouse), or with a group (in the White Oak Treehouse)
What: Lodging at the Mohican Treehouse Cabins
When: Any season of the year, depending on how many leaves you want to see out your window.
Where: The Mohicans located in Glenmont, OH in Knox County.
Why: To relive memories of your childhood treehouse and to have some prety cool stories to tell.
How: Book a stay by visiting and prepare yourself for fun!

Photos by OHventures

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse - Kitchen

Culinary Adventures in Cleveland

Photo by OHventures - A view of Cleveland from Whiskey Island

The following is a post written especially for OHventures by freelance tourism writer Susie Holt

While many visitors to Cleveland come to experience the nostalgia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, foodies including myself know that this vibrant city’s rock may not have anything to do with the likes of the Rolling Stones but rather with the lobster roll found at the Hodge Podge truck. A city’s local cuisine offers a peek into the heart and soul that makes each city tick and Cleveland is no exception. As a die-hard foodie myself, I could not wait to dive deep into the heart of Cleveland’s culinary scene.

With an exciting array of adventures to satisfy any palette, Cleveland is as rich in tastes as it is in culinary activities. On my recent trip to this culinary capital, I began my adventure following in the footsteps of some of my favorite Food Network shows.

Photo by OHventures - Melt Bar & Grilled!

Melt Bar & Grilled
Melt Bar & Grilled is as worth its weight in gold as it is its weight in cheese. The restaurant was featured on the Food Network program, Man vs. Food for its “Massive Melt Challenge.” Indeed, it is a challenge but the question remains whether it is a greater challenge for the restaurant to prepare this massive sandwich or for the diner to consume it. Being a cheese addict, I could not wait to dive into this monster grilled cheese sandwich that boasts 13 different cheeses sandwiched in between three slices of bread, accompanied by fries and coleslaw. Don’t expect to dance out of here without gaining weight. This monster meal rings in at just over 5 pounds. Admittedly, I had to share it but it was worth every last taste accompanied by one of the restaurant’s selection of more than 150 beers.

Photo by OHventures - Gorging at Melt!

The Hodge Podge Truck
My next stop was to visit the star of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race, the Hodge Podge Truck. The truck is owned by one of Cleveland’s culinary stars, Chef Chris Hodge, who pioneered Cleveland’s food truck revolution when he launched the “Dim and Den Sum” truck. As for the Hodge Podge, it offers a seasonal menu of fresh, local ingredients to make a number of popular local favorites such as truffle mac-n-cheese and that sumptuous lobster roll I mentioned at the beginning. If you are after something specific, make sure you time your visit properly as the menu changes constantly based on seasonal availability of ingredients.

West Side Market
After completing my Food Network pilgrimage, I headed to some of the local spots that had topped the Cleveland foodie blogs. Located across the Cuyahoga River, West Side Market is a Cleveland institution. The market itself is over 100 years old and beneath its arched ceiling you will find countless locals piling up their generously buttered perogies and their sinful strudels. Keeping in line with the pilgrimage theme, I would definitely have to describe this as Cleveland’s culinary mecca. You can find an array of international meals along with seafood, produce, spreads, and cheeses. I headed over to Sebastian’s Meats to pick up their famous maple cured smokies. But if you don’t have access to a kitchen at your hotel, stop in at Steve’s Gyro stall where you can enjoy large portions and intense flavours for cheap.

Sokolowski’s University Inn
One of Cleveland’s family favorites is Sokolowski’s University Inn that pays tribute to the city’s rich immigration history as it attracted immigrants from all over Eastern Europe. Self-proclaimed as “Cleveland’s Oldest Family Owned Restaurant,” Sokolowski ‘s is famous for its comfort foods featuring Polish and Eastern European cuisine. The experience is completely casual where patrons literally line up as one would in a university cafeteria. But you can be assured of a hearty lunch with Polish favourites such as cabbage rolls, perogies, and kielbasa.