September 22, 2013

OHIO, THE HEART OF IT ALL



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Welcome to Ohio! Ohio is known as “the heart of it all” because the state roughly resembles the shape of a heart and because it has so much to offer to visitors. There’s something here for everyone. I’m going to focus on some of my favorite places in Ohio. We’ll be starting in the north and working our way south to my hometown, Cincinnati.

                                             
While you’re in the area, you will definitely want to visit Cedar Point Amusement Park. The view of Lake Erie from the top of the Ferris wheel is breath-taking.
 
As we head south, our next stop is Ohio’s Amish country. Ohio has the largest Amish population in the United States, located in Holmes County. A trip there is like traveling back in time to a more peaceful way of life. You can spend time in one of the several small towns like Sugarcreek or Charm, sampling some of the delicious Amish cuisine and browsing in the many small shops.
 
And, you can tour the picturesque countryside where you’ll see Amish children weaving baskets and Amish women making their gorgeous quilts. You can even take a ride in an Amish buggy.

We’ve now arrived in Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West, which is situated on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. Cincinnati has a large German population, going back to the city’s early years, and we have several  festivals each year to attest to that.
 
The Irish also played an important part in Cincinnati’s history. And, we have an annual festival on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate them and the contributions they made to the city.

I hope you’ve enjoyed “touring” my favorite places in Ohio and that you’ll come for a visit soon. There’s so much more to see and do!

I’m giving away a paper copy of one of my novels (winner’s choice) to someone who leaves a comment on this post. Happy Reading!  

Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. Mixed Messages and Unfinished Business, the first two novels in her Malone Mystery series, take place on the west side of Cincinnati. Both books are available at Amazon, B&N and other fine retailers. She is currently working on the third book for her series.

(pictures provided by Patricia Gligor)

22 comments:

Patricia Gligor said...

Annette, thanks for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. I'm a true "Buckeye" and I always enjoy telling people about my state.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Pat,

I so much enjoyed reading your blog and finding out more about Ohio, especially since I have several relatives who live in your state. I also look forward to reading your mysteries.

GmaLaLa said...

I have been to and through Ohio many times. Every visit is fabulous. I so enjoy this part of the heartland. Thanks for sharing your life experiences from Ohio.

Joyce A. said...

Congratulations for having two mysteries published with settings highlighting your home town. I hope to do the same with my stories set in Kansas City. I enjoyed reading your description of the Amish areas in Ohio. It would be interesting to take your mystery readers into that realm sometime.

marja said...

Ohio sounds like a place I'd really like to visit one day. Thank you for sharing the state with us.
Marja McGraw

john M. Daniel said...

Pat, I'll be flying into Cleveland tomorrow, and will be in Ohio for a week. It's a beautiful state!

Lesley Diehl said...

Pat, loved your little tour of Ohio. Now I'll do more than simply pass through it on the interstate.

jrlindermuth said...

Hi, Pat,
Nice tour of your state. Ohio inherited Pennsylvania's native Americans when they were forced to move and lots of our Amish when they could no longer afford land prices here.

Linda Rettstatt said...

Pat, Thanks for your tour of Ohio. I grew up in Pennsylvania, but spent most of my childhood summers in the Cleveland area and, yes, visited Cedar Point. Your post brought back some great memories.

James R. Callan said...

A well-done tour of Ohio, Pat. I had two contracts at the Aerospace Research Lab in Dayton at the Wright-Patterson base. Enjoyed my time there. Even won a trophy in a tennis tournament there. (Obviously, that was a long time ago.) Thanks for reminding me of the great things in Ohio.

Evelyn Cullet said...

Your state has many interesting places to visit. But I have to ask the inevitable question, is there really a WKRP radio station in Cincinnati?

catslady said...

I too live in PA and for many years Cedar Point was our vacation spot :)

Crystal Benedict said...

Your books sound intriguing, I like a good mystery. What a wonderful description you gave of your state. I have never been that I remember but it sounds like a place I would like to visit.

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Mary Deal said...

My mother was born in Ohio. Even though she left there when she was 14, she bragged about it all her life - all her life. She always wanted to go back but never made it. Maybe I should go and visit. Maybe she will be with me. That was a nice quick jaunt through your state.

Fiona McGier said...

Thanks for the tour of parts of Ohio I've not made it to yet. One of my husband's sisters lives in Dayton with her family, and we've been there a few times to visit. We enjoyed the friendly folks we met there, and will be back. Though we don't do amusement parks anymore, now that the kids are adults and can pay their own way in!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

What a great idea! Loved hearing about Ohio, Patricia, I have yet to visit your state, thanks for telling us about it.

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for your tour of Ohio today. In spite of the fact I was born and raised in Michigan, I've never really toured Ohio but only visiting places like Crane Creek for bird watching and Port Clinton. Since I live in NC now, I travel back to MI twice a year to visit my kids and of course I drive through Ohio a lot, but never stop to visit. I should really do something about that.

Mark R Hunter said...

I've been to Cedar Point three times now ... ready to go again!

William Kendall said...

I've been in the state once, as a child. I should go again.

I do know someone through blogging who lives there and photographs frequently in the area.

Patricia Gligor said...

I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by and left a comment. I've enjoyed being Annette's guest this week and having the opportunity to "brag" about my home state.
I decided to draw two names. Jacqueline Seewald and Linda Rettstatt will each receive a copy of one of my books. I've contacted them by email.
Again, thanks for hosting me, Annette. Happy reading!

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