Treats and History on South Bass Island

South Bass Island, also known as Put-In-Bay, is home to a unique experience The Chocolate Café and Museum. This stop is for the choco-junkies and sweet teeth, but also for the historians. As the name suggests there is a small museum dedicated just to chocolate—which tracks the history of chocolate and its journey across the Earth.

Everyone will leave with some new expertise on the topic as well as some goodies.
It is also a true café in the sense that they serve coffee, they offer seating and display cases featuring traditional and usual chocolate treats.

Chocolate began its journey in South America as the cocoa plant and the first chocolate shop was supposedly opened in 1657 in London by a Frenchman. Since this time every major city has had a chocolate house and the treat is closely tied to many histories and cultures all over the world.

It is in this tradition that the Chocolate Café and Museum presents itself.

Ohio History on Summer Vacation

Now is the time to visit some of Ohio’s historical sites. If you were asleep during Ohio History class or have moved from and another state, you might not know how interesting much of Ohio is. Here are a few suggestions for summer historical visits.

Campus Martius in Marietta it contains both the Rufus Putnam House, Rufus Putnam was an early Ohio settler and Revolutionary War veteran, as well as the Ohio Company Land Office. The latter was built in 1788 with the rest of the settlement and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Likewise, you can learn much about the original Ohioans—the indigenous people who lived here long before European settlers. One of the most exciting sites is the Hopewell Culture Earthworks. These seven mounds have been upgraded to the short list from inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is also the Serpent Mound. This spectacular mound is 1,348 feet at its peak and is known to be the biggest existing effigy mound in the world. This special piece of Ohio is also on the short list to be entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lastly, don’t forget that Ohio, though far north, has lots of interesting Civil War sites for amateur historians. In Cincinnati one can visit the home of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. One could then visit the place that inspired the novel. It is about an hour away traveling along the Ohio River in Ripley, Ohio. There one will find the Rankin House, home of abolitionist John Rankin.

These are just a few highlights of all the historic places one can visit this summer in Ohio!

3 Ohio Trails Under 1 Mile

Thinking of taking the whole family on a hike? Worried that the kids or other family members might not be able to handle the trail? These three trails will get you and your family active this summer despite age or ability. They all fall in at under 1 mile and will provide everyone with fresh air and beautiful scenery.

Cattail Trail, Garfield Park Reservation
This short but gorgeous .2 mile trail in the Cleveland Metroparks has not only wild flowers and wildlife, but also includes beautiful 1930’s stonework you’ll observe while hiking. The trailhead is near the park maintenance center on Garfield Parkway.

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, Put-In-Bay
This one might take a little more planning, but the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, South Bass Island, Put-In-Bay, is a hidden treasure. The .5 mile loop features a unique variety of wildflowers and migratory songbirds. This easy, breath-taking hike can add some spice to any Lake Erie adventure. The trail head is located at 1962 Put-In-Bay Road.

Indian Mound Reserve Trails, Cedarville
The Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville features more than one under-one-mile trail. While all of the 166 acres are beautiful, Cedar Cliff Falls can be reached via the Upper Rim Trail which is just over half a mile long.