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OHIO 2017

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72 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e DER DUTCHMAN RESTAURANT AND CARLISLE GIFTS, BELLVILLE 419-886-7070 derdutchman.com Contact: Michelle Fry mfry@derdutchman.com Just off I-71, Der Dutchman Bellville is a convenient stop on a trip to Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Groups appreci- ate meals that feature flavors from Ohio's Amish Country and made-from-scratch pies and breads baked fresh each day. Located right upstairs is Carlisle Gifts, where your guests will find unique and stylish gifts to take home. DER DUTCHMAN RESTAURANT AND CARLISLE GIFTS, PLAIN CITY 614-873-3414 derdutchman.com Contact: Krista Cross kcross@derdutchman.com Who would have thought you can find the comfort of Amish Kitchen Cooking so close to Columbus? Groups appreciate gather- ing in a delightfully furnished and spacious facility with rural charm and gracious ser- vice. Just a few steps away is Carlisle Gifts, where your guests will find unique and styl- ish gifts to take home. FLINT RIDGE ANCIENT QUARRIES AND NATURE PRESERVE 800-283-8707 ohiohistory.org Contact: Mallory Skrobot mskrobot@ohiohistory.org Hike trails through the 533-acre preserve and see ancient pits left by American Indians who came from far and wide to quarry flint here. In an on-site museum, learn about the official state gemstone. HANBY HOUSE 800-600-6843 ohiohistory.org Contact: Mallory Skrobot mskrobot@ohiohistory.org Visit the family home of Benjamin Hanby— abolitionist, teacher, minister and composer of songs including the Christmas favorite, Up on the Housetop. The home was also a busy station on the Underground Railroad. HONDA HERITAGE CENTER 937-644-6888 hondaheritagecenter.com Contact: Lynn Johnson visit_hhc@ham.honda.com Fueled by the Power of Dreams, the Honda Heritage Center™ highlights the company's successes in North America with an array of products showcasing the challenging spirit that has driven our company to overcome challenges and make a positive impact. A free, self-guided tour of the center is avail- able. We also offer the opportunity to tour the center and embark on a guided auto plant tour to learn about Honda's heritage and see Honda manufacturing in action. Reservations are required. LOGAN ELM 888-770-7425 ohiohistory.org Contact: Mallory Skrobot mskrobot@ohiohistory.org Visit the site said to be the place where, in 1774, Chief Logan of the Cayuga tribe delivered an eloquent speech on relations between American Indians and early Ohio settlers. NEWARK EARTHWORKS - GREAT CIRCLE EARTHWORKS, OCTAGON EARTHWORKS, WRIGHT EARTHWORKS 800-589-8224 ohiohistory.org Contact: Mallory Skrobot mskrobot@ohiohistory.org Visit the Great Circle Earthworks, Octagon Earthworks and Wright Earthworks, rem- nants of a 2,000 year-old complex that is the largest set of geometric earthworks ever known. OHIO HISTORY CENTER AND OHIO VILLAGE 800-686-6124 ohiohistory.org Contact: Mallory Skrobot mskrobot@ohiohistory.org Enjoy exhibits on Ohio history, archaeol- ogy, natural history and more; explore a recreated 19th-century Ohio community; or use our vast library to explore Ohio his- tory on your own at our centrally located flagship site. WARREN G. HARDING HOME AND MEMORIAL 800-600-6894 ohiohistory.org Contact: Mallory Skrobot mskrobot@ohiohistory.org Tour the restored home of the 29th presi- dent of the United States and visit one of the most beautiful presidential memorials, located about one and a half miles from the Harding Home. LODGING DEER CREEK LODGE AND CONFERENCE CENTER 877-496-9224 ext. 110 deercreekstateparklodge.com Contact: Kim Cira kcira@xanterra.com Featuring a wide variety of accommoda- tions, Deer Creek is just 30 minutes south of Columbus but miles away from the ordinary! With full service dining, shuffleboard, golf, tennis, boating, fishing, hiking, bonfires, indoor and outdoor pools, your stay can be as action packed (or laid back) as you desire. OHIO'S RAMBLIN' ROAD TRIP 937-642-6279 ohiosramblinroadtrip.com UNION COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 937-642-6279 unioncounty.org Contact: Tina Knotts tknotts@unioncounty.org Minutes From Columbus, miles from the ordinary. Dine on a covered bridge, witness cutting edge design at Honda manufactur- ing, sip at a spirited winery, pick your own produce at a family farm, take a painting class, all while being teated with good old fashioned hospitality. VISIT GAHANNA - GAHANNA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 866-424-2662 visitgahanna.com Contact: Mary Szymkowiak mszymko@visitgahanna.com Discover Gahanna ... Ohio's Herb Capital, with group experiences that celebrate the senses! Learn to make herbal vinegars and oils. Discover recipes for "Wild" Cocktails. Sample Wine Cakes. Tour a private para- dise (and meet the Willy Wonka of Farmers). Enjoy a field-to-vase workshop. Discover the healing powers of herbs through our "Herbal Trailblazers" tour. VISIT GROVE CITY 614-539-8747 visitgrovecityoh.com Contact: Sarah Lilly sarah@visitgrovecityoh.com Located just seven miles from downtown Columbus, Grove City is the perfect desti- nation for doers. Whether for a day trip or an overnight tour, your group members can become urban backpackers, wine and craft beer connoisseurs, a home DIYer, or even a blacksmith—and they're sure to leave with plenty of amazing memories! ATTRACTIONS COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM 614-645-3400 columbuszoo.org Contact: Amanda Januzzi amanda.januzzi@columbuszoo.org Home to more than 10,000 animals repre- senting nearly 577 species. A recreational and education destination including the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay Water Park and Safari Golf Club. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was named the No. 1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.

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