It’s pretty simple, you owe a lot to your mother. It’s not really up for debate, she was the one who created you — Literally. And that’s no offense to dad, because clearly he played a very important role, but let’s be honest…she had it a little bit tougher don’t you think? It’s for this reason among a litany of others that you should probably think about doing something special this Sunday. Luckily for all us Ohio residents, there’s no shortage of fun and unique things to do. While there’s way, way more than five, we’re going to give you just a few of the activities we like best.
Annual Mother’s Day Tea at The Culinary Vegetable Institute — If you haven’t already been, Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to visit this Ohio gem. Highly renowned chef’s from all over the world gather here to focus on how they can benefit from the unique, sustainable vegetables grown right here in Ohio. What’s that mean? Super tasty food is what we’re guessing and that’s awesome because mom loves food and when you take her to the serene setting of the Chef’s Garden, she’ll love you forever (Even though she already does). At the Mother’s Day Tea event you’ll sip on sumptuous tea while enjoying a lavish spread of decadent sweets and savory offering with a contemporary twist amidst a rustic, springtime decor. Enjoy!
Take the Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay for a Day — Our affinity for Put-in-Bay has already been well documented, which is precisely why we think you should take your mother there. She’ll not only appreciate a tasty lunch at the Reel Bar or maybe even a quick adult beverage at the Round House, but really enjoy the zen-like ride aboard the Miller Ferry on the way over. At about 20 minutes long, it’s the perfect time to chart your own course for the day and chat about how much you appreciate everything she does. Pro Mom Tip: Grab a golf cart from E’s after sauntering up the hill and head out out Scheef Park for some alternate island perspective.
Explore the New Hiking Trails at Hocking Hills State Park — From up north at Put-in-Bay to down south at Hocking Hills, we’re all over the place and we know it. It’s fine though, just hop in the car and drive…nowhere in Ohio is that far. Especially when we’re talking about this place because it’s 100% worth this trip. They’ve also just opened a two new beautiful trail systems, something they haven’t done in 50 years. One of which will take you to the second-largest cave in Ohio. So you can help navigate your way to the freshly cut trails when you arrive, look for the names Whispering Cave and Hemlock — the two new monikers for the bridge trails connecting to the Old Man Trail System. Since we let you in on this cool news, all we ask is that you take pictures and share with us. Sound good? Perfect.
Unplug and Create Scented Soy Candles at Manitou Candle Co. — So, this place is seriously cool and your mom will not just like it, she’ll love it. This mellow, yet somehow vibrant space in the Columbia Tusculum neighborhood of Cincinnati is the perfect spot to shut off your phone and just do something different. Not only will your learn the art of making scented soy candles at Manitou, but leave with some really unique tangible memories. Learn well and smell good my friends.
Explore a Small Town — Honestly, this one is tough because Ohio is chock full of really unique small towns. So instead of focusing on just one, we’ll rattle off a few. Yellow Springs is easily one of our favorites and it’s not just because Dave Chapelle lives there. This cute town has a super mellow, almost hippy vibe that we really dig. Stroll downtown and visit Dark Star Books, Dino’s Coffee Shop or the Yellow Springs Brewery. Next up, Wooster. We’ve talked about this one before, but it’s definitely worth a revisit. Bustling with energy and what seems like a new restaurant opening every few months, this charming town is perfect for a day visit with mom. Our recommendations? Lunch at the newly renovated Spoon Market & Deli followed up by coffee and Hungarian pastries at Tulipan. If you feel like you need more time, stay in lavish quarters of the St. Paul Hotel, which just added new four new rooms for added vacancy. And last but not least, Oberlin. Of course you kind of have to hit up the Frank Lloyd House, because it’s the Frank Lloyd House. You’re going to want to grab your bike as well — Oberlin’s numerous bike trails lend perfectly to this mode of transportation. Where to eat? Try the Italian Hash N’ Eggs for brunch or The Feve Burger with pickled jalapeno at The Feve. Anything that’s pickled is fantastic. You can take that to the bank.
Have something you’d like to add to this list? Let us know!
PS. We love you mom.