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Travel Information Index

Now that I have lots of travel stories and links to my published stories posted here on my web site I decided that I needed to create an index with links to help my readers quickly find stories by searching their area of interest. NOTE: Some links will be listed multiple times when the diversity of an area offers multiple travel experiences.

Originally I categorized stories by location. I will still post to the location categories listed on my home page and note the location/state/region here for quick reference  with link.

Thank you for your interest in my travel commentaries. Wishing you safe and pleasant travels – ALWAYS!   Becky Linhardt -                                                               Travel Writer,  MTWA

ACCOMMODATION/PLACES TO STAY

FL Rosemary Beach Cottage Rentals

FL Gibson Inn – Apalachicola

IL  The Carleton of Oak Park - Oak Park/Chicago

IN The Villa Inn - Indianapolis

IN Stay and Play Golf - Indianapolis area

IN Madison Vineyards Winery Bed & Breakfast - Madison

KY Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill - near Lexington

KY Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn – Bardstown

KY Beaumont Inn – Harrodsburg

KY Hall Place Bed & Breakfast - Glasgow

KY Rose Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast - Lexington area

KY Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant - Berea

KY Weavers Rest Cottage - Berea

KY Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast - Lebanon, near Bardstown – General Morgan headquartered in this fine Ante-Bellum Home

MI Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge - north of Alpena – stay on a lighthouse island

MI Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island

MI Harbor Grand Inn - New Buffalo -  far southwest corner of Michigan not far from Chicago, IL or the Indiana Dunes in NW Indiana

MI The Inn on Ferry Street – Midtown Detroit

MI Westin Book Cadillac – Downtown Detroit

OH English Manor Bed & Breakfast - Miamisburg/Dayton

OH Stockport Mill Inn - Stockport – near Marietta and Athens

OH Hyde House – Nelsonville

OH The Inn at Cedar Falls - Logan/Hocking Hills

OH Kelleys Island State Park – shoreline camping

OH Glenlaurel: A Scottish Country Inn - Hocking Hills/Logan NEW feature: The Scottish Links at Glenlaurel

OH The Inn on Kelleys Island - Kelleys Island – north of Sandusky

OH Kalahari Waterpark Resort - Sandusky

SC The Westin - downtown Greenville

TN Delta Queen Hotel - Chattanogga – Stay overnight on a historic steamboat

ADVICE/ESSAYS

Beyond Regional – To Tour or Not to Tour

ART/CRAFT RELATED – Festivals, Museums, Events

CANADA – TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival

ITALY – Norman Chapel - Palermo, Sicily

ITALY – Greek Ruins at Selinunte, Sicily

IN Theater Town - Valparaiso

IN Museum of Miniature Houses - Carmel/Indianapolis area

IN The Sanctuary - The Art of Nancy Noel – Zionsville near Indianapolis

KY Paint Your Own Stoneware - Louisville Stoneware

KY Crafts in Berea - Festival, Workshops, Shops, and Studios.

KY Little Loomhouse - Traditional  Weaving - Louisville

KY Flame Run - Hot Shop and Glass Art Gallery – Louisville

KY The Stephen Foster Story - musical theater – Bardstown

KY My Old Kentucky Home - Outdoor summer musicals

KY Beaumont Inn – includes Arts Council of Mercer County Gallery

MI Detroit Institute of Art – Midtown Detroit

MI Detroit Theater District

MI Motown Historical Museum - music, music, music!

OH Short North Arts District - Columbus

OH The Dairy Barn Arts Center - Athens

OH Arts on The Square – Nelsonville

OH American Sign Museum - Cincinnati

OH Art in Bloom event at the Cincinnati Art Museum

OH Stuart Opera House – Nelsonville

OH Photography – Cincinnati

OH 2nd FotoFocus Biennial – Cincinnati

OH The Cleveland Museum of Art 

OH The Arts in Over the Rhine - Cincinnati

OH Showboat Majestic - Cincinnati – Last working showboat in the USA

OH DooDah Parade - Columbus – Short North Arts District – July 4th

OH Wildflowers in the Hocking Hills Shoot the Hills Annual Photography Competition – Hocking Hills – April

OH Summer Music - Cincinnati

OH Cowan’s Auctions - Cincinnati

OH Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland

SC The Greenville County Museuem of Art - Largest collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors

TN Arts and Artists in Gatlinburg

TN Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Gatlinburg. Enjoy a week of creativity.

TN The Music Scene in Nashville - NSAI

TN Dogwood Arts Festival - Knoxville

WI Door County - Hands On Art Studio – DIY

AUTOMOBILES/AUTO TOURING

IL Double Decker Bus Tours - Chicago

IL Gangster Tours - let the “driver” deal with South Side Chicago traffic

IN Roads Less Traveled in Southern Indiana

IN Amish Country - Heritage and Quilt Garden Self-Drive Tours

KY/WV Hatfield-McCoy – Audio-Driving Tour - Pikeville, KY and nearby WV

KY Urban Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail – Louisville and central Kentucky

KY Self-guided tour of craft studios - Berea

KY Beaumont Inn – included Walking & Driving Tour of Mercer County

MI Driving America at the Henry Ford Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

OH Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Mansfield

OH Auto driving tour at Dawes Arboretum - Newark

OH The Wilds - Safari in an open bus

TN Tennessee’s Civil War Trails - Eastern Tennessee

TN Great Smoky Mountains - Autumn Glory – A colorful drive over the mountains

BEACHES

FL Rosemary Beach

FL St George and the barrier islands of Apalachicola Bay

IN Indiana Dunes - NW Indiana/Lake Michigan

MI Traverse City - Life is a beach – and a bowl of cherries

MI Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge - north of Alpena – stay on a lighthouse island, the rock beaches are great to explore and the views are incredible

OH Kelleys Island State Park Beach

OH Kalahari Waterpark Resort – Sandusky

WI Door County - Peninsula State Park, Whitefish Dunes State Park and more

CHOCOLATE

IN Trader’s Point Creamery - near Indianapolis

IN The Sanctuary - Ghyslain Chocolates – Zionsville near Indianapolis

IN Ganache Chocolatier - Zionsville near Indianapolis

IN Endangered Species Chocolate - Factory Tours FREE – Indianapolis

IN The Best Chocolate in Town - Indianapolis – Downtown

KY Rebecca-Ruth Candy - Bourbon Chocolates, Factory Tours – Frankfort, KY

KY Bellevue – includes Witt’s End Candy, Schneider’s Sweet Shop

MI Moomer’s Ice Cream - Traverse City (seasonal)

MI Screams Ice Cream - Hell

MI Cherry Republic - Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix – dark chocolate covered dried cherries heavenly!

OH Goumas Candyland – Granville  Foodies Love Ohio’s Small College Towns 

OH Putnam Chocolates – Marietta -  Foodies Love Ohio’s Small College Towns

OH Fountain Square  – Cincinnati – Graeter’s Ice Cream - yummy!

Creati-Vacation

KY Paint Your Own Stoneware - Louisville Stoneware – Design and decorate your own keepsake plate, bowl, platter, etc.

KY Little Loomhouse - Traditional  Weaving - Louisville – Weaving lessons available

KY LearnShops and Make It, Take It, and Give ItCraft Workshops in Berea

TN Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Gatlinburg. Weekend and week-long arts and crafts workshops

WI Door County - Hands On Arts Studio. The complex of building offers 4 studio spaces in which to create your own art using wood, metal, glass, or ceramics. Make it one day; come back to pick it up the next – or have it shipped home.

ETHNIC PRIDE & HISTORY

ITALY – Norman Chapel - Palermo, Sicily

ITALY – Greek Ruins at Selinunte, Sicily

IL – Devon Avenue - Chicago

MI Arab American National Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

MI Polish Heritage - Hamtramck/Detroit

MI Tulip Festival and Dutch Culture - Holland

MI Jimaan Paddle - Petosky – Paddle a Native American lake canoe on the bay – bonus: regional tales

MI Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – Midtown Detroit

MI Detroit’s African American Heritage

OH Fort Ancient - Native American History, Archaeology, Events, and June Programs

OH Japanese Garden at Dawes Arboretum - Newark

TN Nashville’s African American Heritage

WI Door County - Stavkirke and Scandinavian heritage sites

FOOD & WINE – and Beer

FL Rosemary Beach - Dining and Retail

IN Indiana Wine Trail - SE Indiana

IN Madison Vineyards Winery - Madison

IN Trader’s Point Creamery - near Indianapolis

IN The Sanctuary - Zionsville near Indianapolis

KY Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill - Country Cooking and Historic Recipes

KY Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn – Bardstown

KY Bellevue – Witt’s End Candy – full line of Moon Pies

KY Urban Bourbon Trail - Louisville

KY Beaumont Inn – includes private Bourbon tastings; true Southern fried chicken and country ham

KY Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant - Berea

KY/OH Foodies love Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

MI Jiffy Mix Factory Tours - FREE – Chelsea – near Ann Arbor

MI Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island

MI Polish Heritage - Hamtramck/Detroit

MI Tulip Festival and Dutch Culture - Holland - New Holland Brewing Company, the Dutch love their beer

MI Screams Ice Cream - Hell/Howell north of Ann Arbor - The ice cream is good but the presentation is fantastic – fun not spooky.

MI Moomer’s Ice Cream - Traverse City (seasonal)

MI Cherry Republic - Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix

MI Traverse City – Life is a beach …. and a bowl of cherries

MI The Whitney – Midtown Detroit

MI Lamy’s Diner at the Henry Ford Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

OH Athens – Locavore – “30-mile meal” 

OH Terry’s Turf Club – see * Foodie BONUS on the posting for the American Sign Museum re: one of Cincinnati’s favorite burgers

OH Foodies Love Ohio’s Small College Towns - Regional and ethnic specialties, “Loca-vore”,  and more.

OH Rhapsody Restaurant – Nelsonville – Hocking College Culinary School

OH Rockmill Brewery Tasting Room - Lancaster

OH Somerset Herbs - Perry County

OH Ice Cream Museum and Factory Tours – Utica

OH Short North Arts District - Columbus

OH Fountain Square  – Cincinnati

OH Graeter’s Ice Cream - Chunky Chocolate Chips

OH The Mustard Club - Beer, Brats and Spicy Mustards

SC Main Street Restraunt scene – Greenville

WI Door County - Ligonberry pancakes and more at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

WV Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier - Parkersburg

FUN FOR KIDS

FL Rosemary Beach

FL Apalachicola Bay & St. George Island

IL Gangster Tours - let the “driver” deal with South Side Chicago traffic

IL Chicago Botanical Garden - programs, play areas, gardening experiences

IN Indiana Dunes - Junior Ranger Program

IN Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - DINOSAURS and more

IN Museum of Miniature Houses - to scale miniature houses and toy soldiers – Carmel

IN Amish Country - horses, Amish dress and culture

IN/KY Falls of the Ohio State Park - Clarksville, IN across from Louisville, KY

IL Chicago Botanical Garden

IN Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Treasures of the Earth

IN Trader’s Point Creamery - near Indianapolis

IN Carter’s Toy Museum - Zionsville near Indianapolis

IN Endangered Species Chocolate - Factory Tours FREE – Indianapolis

IN Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - Treasures of the Earth – permanent exhibition

KY Louisville Zoo - Polar bears and more

KY Kentucky Horse Park - Lexington

KY MegaCavern – Underground Cold War Secrets – Louisville – It’s a bit spooky!

KY Elk & Bison Prairie - Land Between the Lakes

KY Beaumont Inn – includes information on Old Fort Harrod State Park

KY The Stephen Foster Story – musical theater in Bardstown

KY Old Louisville Ghost Tours - Louisville

KY Bellevue – Candy shops and events

KY River Discovery Center – Paducah

KY Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill - historic farm and craft demos

MI Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island

MI Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge - north of Alpena – stay on a lighthouse island to have kids experience life without electricity and explore the natural world

MI Jimaan Paddle - Petosky – Paddle a Native American lake canoe on the bay – bonus: regional tales

MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens/Children’s Garden - Ann Arbor

MI Moomer’s Ice Cream - Traverse City (seasonal)

MI Jiffy Mix Factory Tours - FREE – Chelsea – near Ann Arbor

MI Gallup Pond - Ann Arbor – fun on the water

MI Locking through at Sault St. Marie - FREE – The BIG boats, feats of engineering, lots of water – what’s not to like.

MI Oswald’s Bear Ranch - Upper Peninsula – west of Sault. St. Marie

MI Tulip Festival and Dutch Culture - Holland – kids love the working windmill and the gardens

MI Screams Ice Cream - Hell/Howell north of Ann Arbor - The ice cream is good but the presentation is fantastic – fun not spooky. Other attractions in Hell include goofy golf and the Halloween themed merchandise at Screams, year round.

MI People Mover – Detroit’s Downtown Monorail

MI Traverse City – Life is a beach …. and a bowl of cherries

MI Driving America at the Henry Ford Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

OH Athens – “30-mile meal” – great food and opportunities to visit the farms where local foods are grown

OH Mountain Biking - Hocking Hills

OH Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo

OH EnterTRAINMENT Junction – West Chester/Cincinnati

OH Kelleys Island State Park – swimming, shoreline camping, nature trails, etc.

OH Kalahari Waterpark Resort - Sandusky

OH Mad River Mountain - Bellefontaine – ski, snowboard, tubing

OH Great Lakes Science Center - Cleveland

OH Hot Dog Museum at O’Betty’s - Athens

OH Dawes Arboretum - Discovery Center and Nature Programs

OH Over the Rhine - Cincinnati – Children’s  Play Area in downtown Washington Park

OH Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo

OH Inland Seas Maritime Museum - Vermilion – Shipwrecks, Big Boats and more!

OH The Wilds - An African Safari in Ohio – Cumberland south of Cambridge

OH Ice Cream Museum and Factory Tours – Utica

OH Fountain Square  – Cincinnati – Graeter’s Ice Cream - yummy!

OH Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum - Greenville

OH Fort Ancient - Native American History, Archaeology, Events, and Programs

OH Butler County Parks - SW/Hamilton

OH The United States Air Force Museum - Dayton – Free fun

OH Kelleys Island - State Park, Inscription Rock, Glacial Grooves

OH Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad – Nelsonville

SC Falls Park on the Reedy – Greenville

TN Great Smoky Mountains National Park

WI Door County - beaches, children’s art programs, farm visits

WV Blennerhasset Island’s Wild Side - south of Parkersburg

GARDENS

IL Chicago Botanical Garden - Chicago

IN Quilt Gardens - Amish Country

KY Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill - historic farm and herb gardening

KY My Old Kentucky Home - Bardstown

MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens - Ann Arbor

MI Tulip Festival and Dutch Culture - Holland – early May for the Tulip Festival: lots of tulip in bloom – then colorful annuals in the summer brighten the heritage area

OH Somerset Herbs - Perry County

OH Kelleys Island State Park - Lilac Walk in May

OH Japanese Garden at Dawes Arboretum - Newark

OH Washington Park – Over the Rhine - Cincinnati

OH Kelleys Island State Park Lilac Walk

OH Wildflowers in the Hocking Hills

TN Dogwood Arts Festival - Knoxville

WV Blennerhassett Island State Park - Parkersburg area

HISTORIC PLACES/MUSEUMS/TOURS

ITALY – Norman Chapel - Palermo, Sicily

ITALY – Greek Ruins at Selinunte, Sicily

IL Gangster Tours - Chicago

IL Double Decker Bus Tours - Chicago

IN Amish Country - near Elkhart – Self-Drive Heritage and Quilt Garden Tours

IN Museum of Miniature Houses - Carmel

IN/KY Falls of the Ohio State Park - Clarksville, IN across from Louisville, KY

IN Carter’s Toy Museum - Zionsville near Indianapolis

IN Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - Treasures of the Earth – permanent exhibition

IN Dinosaurs at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

KY/WV Hatfield-McCoy – Audio-Driving Tour - Pikeville, KY and nearby WV

KY Lincoln Birthplace and Boyhood Home - Hodgenville

KY My Old Kentucky Home - Bardstown

KY The Stephen Foster Story – historic/musical – Bardstown

KY Beaumont Inn – includes information on historic Harrodsburg

KY River Heritage Center – Paducah

KY Urban Bourbon Trail - Louisville – Historic hotels, bars and restaurants

KY Millennnium World Peace Bell - Newport

KY Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill - near Lexington

KY Kentucky Horse Park - Lexington

KY Little Loomhouse - Traditional  Weaving - Louisville

KY MegaCavern – Underground Cold War Secrets - Louisville

KY John Hunt Morgan House - Civil War General – Lexington

KY Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast - Lebanon, near Bardstown – General Morgan headquartered in this fine Ante-Bellum Home

KY Old Louisville Ghost Tours - Louisville

MI Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island Tower of History and Fort Mackinac

MI Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge - north of Alpena – stay on a lighthouse island or just take a day trip for a guided tour of the island and its historic lighthouse.

MI Arab American National Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

MI Locking through at Sault St. Marie - Kids love seeing the BIG boats – FREE

MI Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - Midtown Detroit

MI Downtown Detroit - Pub Crawls and Historic Tours of downtown

MI Detroit’s African American Heritage

MI Driving America at the Henry Ford Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

OH Stockport Mill - Stockport – water-powered, producing electricity now

OH Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland

OH American Sign Museum - Cincinnati

OH – Cowan’s Auctions - Cincinnati

OH Great Lakes Science Center - Cleveland

OH Inland Seas Maritime Museum - Vermilion

OH Ohio Statehouse – Columbus

OH Veterans Plaza – Capital Square – Columbus

OH Ice Cream Museum and Factory Tours – Utica

OH Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum - Greenville

OH Fort Ancient - Native American History, Archaeology, Events, and Programs

OH Showboat Majestic - Cincinnati – Last working showboat in the USA

OH The United States Air Force Museum - Dayton – Free fun

OH Fountain Square - free movie nights during the summer season; ice skating in winter.

OH History/Antiques at the Wooden Nickle

SC Upcountry History Museum – Greenville

TN Nashville’s African American Heritage

TN Tennessee’s Civil War Trails

TN Delta Queen Hotel - Chattanogga – Stay overnight on a historic steamboat

TN Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and Little River Train Museum - Townsend

WI Door County - Washington Island Farm Museum

WV Blennerhasset Island   State Park with historic recreation of early 1800′s mansion – south of Parkersburg

NATURE & OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

FL Rosemary Beach - On the Water

FL Kayaking Apalachicola Bay

IN Indiana Dunes - NW Indiana

IN/KY Falls of the Ohio State Park - Clarksville, IN across from Louisville, KY

KY Elk & Bison Prairie - Land Between the Lakes

MI Matthaei Botanical Gardens - Ann Arbor – great walking trails

MI Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge - north of Alpena – stay on a lighthouse island – no electricity but propane supplies hot water, lights, and refirgeration so that you can enjoy getting out into the nature that surrounds you.

MI Gallup Pond - Ann Arbor – part of the Huron River Water Trail

MI Oswald’s Bear Ranch - Upper Peninsula – west of Sault. St. Marie

MI Jimaan Paddle - Petosky – Paddle a Native American lake canoe on the bay – bonus: regional tales

OH Mountain Biking - Hocking Hills

OH Kelleys Island State Park - kayaking, September circumnavigation of the 17-mile shoreline.

OH Mad River Mountain - Ohio’s largest ski resort

OH Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo

OH Dawes Arboretum - Eight miles of hiking trails

OH Kelleys Island Audubon Club Birding Programs - Kelleys Island near Cedar Point/Sandusky

OH Spring Wildflowers in the Hocking Hills

OH Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo

OH The Wilds - An African Safari in Ohio – Cumberland south of Cambridge

OH Kayaking in the Hocking Hills - Athens/Logan

OH Butler County Parks - SW/Hamilton

OH Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Mansfield

TN Great Smoky Mountains/Cades Cove/Townsend

TN Great Smoky Mountains – Autumn Glory TN to NC

WI Door County - kayaks, water bikes, fishing, hiking, camping and more

WV Blennerhasset Island’s Wild Side - south of Parkersburg

OVERVIEWS

Foreign Travel – To Tour or Not to Tour

FL Rosemary Beach

FL Apalachicola Bay/St. George Island

IN Indiana Wine Trail - SE Indiana

IN Roads Less Traveled in Southern Indiana

IN Amish Country

IN Rural Cool – Vevay

KY Fine Craft Culture - Berea

KY Beaumont Inn and Harrodsburg area

KY Bellevue – historic town across the Ohio River from Cincinnati

KY/OH Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Riverfront

MI Midtown Detroit

MI Middle Island Keeper’s Lodge - north of Alpena – stay on a lighthouse island where you and your guest have the whole island to yourselves – small island, big overview

MI Downtown Detroit

MI Traverse City area

OH/KY Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Riverfront

OH Fountain Square - Cincinnati

OH Arts on the Square – Nelsonville

OH Summer Music - Cincinnati – many concerts are FREE

OH Kelleys Island - Lake Erie Islands north of Sandusky

SC Southern Charm and Urban Energy – Greenville

TN Arts and Artists in Gatlinburg

TN Nashville

TN Great Smoky Mountains/Cades Cove/Townsend

TN Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Autumn Glory

TN Knoxville

WI Door County

SHOPPING/UNIQUE MARKETS

ITALY Strategic Shopping - Overseas

IL Devon Avenue - Ethnic Treasures – Chicago

IN Amish Country- Auctions - near Elkhart

KY Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill - Shaker-style furniture and crafts

KY Little Loomhouse - Traditional  Weaving - Country Arts styling – Louisville

KY Traditional and Contemporary Fine Crafts - Shops and Festivals – Berea

KY Bellevue - artisan shops and quirky gifts

MI Arab American National Museum - Dearborn/Detroit

MI Polish Heritage - Hamtramck/Detroit

OH Short North Arts District - Columbus

OH Antiques and Architectural Treasures - Cincinnati

OH Cowan’s Auctions - Cincinnati

OH  Hocking Hills - Antiques  Rockbridge & Logan

TN Arts and Artists in Gatlinburg

SPORTS

IN “Stay and Play” – Golf in Hamilton County – Indianapolis area

OH Glenlaurel: A Scottish Country Inn - Hocking Hills/Logan NEW feature: The Scottish Links at Glenlaurel

OH Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Mansfield

OH Mad River Mountain - Ohio’s largest ski resort

OH Kayak Poker Paddle - 17 miles around Kelleys Island – annual September event

        As a travel writer it is my responsibility to select the best places, events, and experiences to present to you. Most travel has been on my own though some has occurred on sponsored press trips. Travel listings here will be more informal than my published articles.

 

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