The Group Travel Leader

OHIO 2017

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10 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 Coshocton Visitors Bureau. "When visitors tour the factory and see so many people working in such a patriotic environment mak- ing fl ags, it really brings out pride in being an American." COOPER'S MILL BUCYRUS An hour north of Columbus, Cooper's Mill makes a tasty stop. roughout the store, visitors can sample and shop for numerous food products made in Ohio. Monday through Friday in the adjacent factory, visitors can watch the production of the jellies and jams sold in the store. Groups stand at the windows overlooking the produc- tion area as a guide explains the cooking and canning process. "My parents started the business in 1969 with a picnic table on the roadside and sold produce from their garden and apple but- ter made on their farm," said retail manager and daughter of the original owners Sharon Sparks. "Groups can see how we still make apple butter using our large copper kettles over a wood fi re." Among the store's all-natural products are 40 fl avors of jams and jellies, fi ve relishes and fi ve apple butters, including no-sugar fl avors. Numerous unusual combinations include the corn cob and dandelion jellies. ere are also a variety of fruit syrups and apple- sauce fl avors. Sharon's brother Dan develops new recipes, such as their new line of barbecue sauces. In the deli area, apple cider doughnuts are fried daily and glazed several ways, all available for sampling. Inventive fl avors of fudge, such as chocolate with a chewy praline layer, are made several times each week. Cinnamon glazed nuts, roasted on-site, are another sta- ple. Visitors can buy fresh peanut butter made four ways, pies baked in Ohio, raw honey, and local cookie and pancake mixes. e store stocks farm-fresh produce, candles made at a factory just a mile down the road, hand towels, rag rugs and other kitchen items, so allow time for shopping. Courtesy Cooper's Mill Apple butter canning at Cooper's Mill M A D E I N O H I O O hio Travel Treasures (OTT) is a fully licensed and bonded receptive operator for the state of Ohio and surrounding states. They specialize in creating unique and different tour packages for the group travel market. OTT brings to the professional tour planners a wealth of knowledge, contacts and tour ideas with over 90 years of experience and references. They welcome the opportunity to provide a wide variety of tours for group travelers. OTT customizes each and every tour so there is never a "cookie cutter" trip. SPECIALIZES IN Both themed and general customized tours mostly in Ohio and adjacent states CONTACT INFORMATION Diane Sphar 800-582-5997 THREE FEATURED ITINERARIES Shoreline Treasures Ride the Buckeye Rails Made in Ohio OHIO TRAVEL TREASURES OHIO R E C E P T I V E O P E R A T O R Courtesy Ohio Travel Treasures Pennsylvania's Kiski Junction Railroad

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