Travel to Northern Ohio – Episode 246

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Seth Oakley about traveling to his birthplace in Northern Ohio.

Years ago Ohio and Northern Ohio in particular, had a very bad reputation for pollution that one can only get when a river (the Cuyahoga) catches fire. But these days Lake Erie is cleaner than it has been in maybe a hundred years and boasts sites like the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, Cedar Point, surfing, and even a burgeoning wine region.

The area is rich in history as the site of the Battle of Lake Erie, the birthplace of Thomas Edison and one of the first states added to the new United States.

Seth also gives us a glimpse of small-town life with a side trip to his hometown of Milan which is the home for both the Milan Melon Festival and the little-known superhero Melon Man.

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Show Notes

Northwest Territory
Cuyahoga River
Moon Handbooks: Ohio
Ohio: Off the Beaten Path
Milan, Ohio
Lake Erie
Zebra mussels
Ohio on Wikipedia
History of Ohio
City of Cleveland
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Science Center
Ohio’s sports misery
LeBron adds to Cleveland sports setbacks
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
LeBron signs with Miami
Sandusky, Ohio
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Cedar Point
Destination: Cedar Point Amusement Park
Soak City
Sandusky Hotels
Lake-effect snow
Lake Erie Islands
Battle of Lake Erie
Paper Moon Vineyards
Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermillion, Ohio
Thomas Edison
Ohio Festivals and Events
Milan Melon Festival
Firelands Wineyards
Great Lakes Brewery
Melon Man’s Facebook


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

3 Responses to “Travel to Northern Ohio – Episode 246”



I enjoyed the show on Northern Ohio but felt that your guest did not give Cleveland its due, not surprising since he was from Milan and so spent most of the show on that area. Some things he could have mentioned are:

The Cleveland Museum of Art where an acquisition philosophy of quality rather than quantity has led to a broad collection of masterpieces. Much of the new addition now open.

The Cleveland Orchestra performing virtually throughout the year either in Severance Hall or, in the summer, at the Blossom Music Center near the Cuyahoga National Park south of the city.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden with a glass enclosed recreation of a Costa Rica tropical rain forest and Madagascar sun-baked spiny desert to explore. Nearby Natural History Museum also a jewel.

Extensive hiking and biking opportunities in the 16 nature preserves comprising the 22,000 acre “Emerald Necklace.”

Shaker Square, one of the earliest planned shopping areas in the US, now an entertainment area with great restaurant choices. Accessible from downtown by rapid transit.

And there is a lot more like the Natural HIstory Museum, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the old worl styel The West Side Market, and on and on.

Here is a little known treasure: Kirtland, a small settlement half an hour east of Cleveland, where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered shortly after the Church was founded. Between 1831 and 1838 Joseph Smith and early members of the Church established Church headquarters here, built a temple, and laid a foundation of strength for the future. There is a restored village and, up the hill, the original Temple of a separate branch of the LDS.



Just one other correction to the Northern Ohio show. The winery that was said to be on Middle Bass Island has been closed for nearly ten years. The State of Ohio is in the process of turning the island into a state park:

Mark Macho


Re: episode 246

Put-In-Bay is listed on the oldest maps as Pudding Bay perhaps because of
its baglike steamed pudding shape.

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