Monday, April 21, 2014

Discover Mohican Treehouse Cabins


Photos by OHventures

Halfway between Cleveland and Columbus is an adventurer's paradise, an outdoorsman's dream, and one of the most unique attractions found in all of Ohio: The Mohican Treehouse Cabins. If you ever had a desire to live Swiss Family Robinson style for a day, or if you wanted to bring back childhood memories of the treehouse you had in your backyard, now you can! The Mohicans, located in Glenmont, Ohio in Knox County, have these exciting accommodations available for anyone to stay!

Two treehouse cabins are located on site all year 'round, with many more in the works, according to The Mohicans owner, Kevin Mooney. For those who are more comfortable staying closer to the ground, four luxury cabins can also be rented. No matter which option you choose, you will be treated with suprising features, such as granite countertops, expensive linens, and flat screen TVs with DVD players. All cabins (including the treehouse cabins) have indoor plumbing with restrooms and fully functional kitchens, complete with coffee pots, mini refrigerators, and microwaves.

Borrowing technology from the zipline industry, the treehouses are constructed upon platforms with heavy-duty bolts and hardware fastened to the trees to ensure safety, and to provide flexibility for when the trees inevitably grow in size over the years. These cabins are nestled in the treetops starting at around 20 feet in the air, allowing for beautiful picturesque views of the Mohican Forest, and providing a peaceful refuge for birdwatching or reading with a mug of coffee.


The first of the treehouse cabins to be built at The Mohicans is the White Oak Treehouse, which was erected in 2012 and sleeps four campers comfortably. The rails of the White Oak Treehouse (both inside and out) are taken from vines that were removed from trees in the area, and add a beautiful and rustic feel.

The Grand Barn


The scene stealer, however, is the Brew Haus Treehouse, a two guest cabin built in 2013 and featured on the Animal Planet television program "Tree House Masters." Originally intended as the beer brewing site for the Mooney family, it was soon transformed into a place to sleep due to the growing demand of those wishing to stay in the White Oak Treehouse. The beer-brewing equipment was relocated to The Grand Barn at the entrance to The Mohicans, which serves as a spot for corporate retreats, weddings, and other events. 


The Brew Haus Treehouse stands out amongst the canopies due to its striking red exterior (an ode to the red barns dotting the Amish countryside) and its enormous head-turning stained glass window. The gothic-inspired structure is accessed via a 30-foot long extension bridge with a staircase ascending from a nearby tree. The inside is equally impressive, with a vaulted ceiling and cozy feel!



When staying at The Mohican cabins, there is certainly not a shortage of fun activities to keep you occupied! Try ziplining at Tree Frog Canopy Tours, canoeing with the Loudonville Canoe Livery, hiking the Mohican State Park, or attending a pow wow at the Mohican Reservation.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mohican Treehouse Cabins Photo Blog

Who: Alone, with your significant other (in the Brew Haus Treehouse), or with a group (in the White Oak Treehouse)
What: Lodging at the Mohican Treehouse Cabins
When: Any season of the year, depending on how many leaves you want to see out your window.
Where: The Mohicans located in Glenmont, OH in Knox County.
Why: To relive memories of your childhood treehouse and to have some prety cool stories to tell.
How: Book a stay by visiting www.themohicancabins.com and prepare yourself for fun!



Photos by OHventures

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse

Brew Haus Treehouse - Kitchen

Guest Post: Culinary Adventures in Cleveland


Photo by OHventures - A view of Cleveland from Whiskey Island

The following is a guest post especially for OHventures by freelance tourism writer Susie Dent

While many visitors to Cleveland come to experience the nostalgia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, foodies including myself know that this vibrant city’s rock may not have anything to do with the likes of the Rolling Stones but rather with the lobster roll found at the Hodge Podge truck. A city’s local cuisine offers a peek into the heart and soul that makes each city tick and Cleveland is no exception. As a die-hard foodie myself, I could not wait to dive deep into the heart of Cleveland’s culinary scene.

With an exciting array of adventures to satisfy any palette, Cleveland is as rich in tastes as it is in culinary activities. On my recent trip to this culinary capital, I began my adventure following in the footsteps of some of my favorite Food Network shows.

Photo by OHventures - Melt Bar & Grilled!

Melt Bar & Grilled
Melt Bar & Grilled is as worth its weight in gold as it is its weight in cheese. The restaurant was featured on the Food Network program, Man vs. Food for its “Massive Melt Challenge.” Indeed, it is a challenge but the question remains whether it is a greater challenge for the restaurant to prepare this massive sandwich or for the diner to consume it. Being a cheese addict, I could not wait to dive into this monster grilled cheese sandwich that boasts 13 different cheeses sandwiched in between three slices of bread, accompanied by fries and coleslaw. Don’t expect to dance out of here without gaining weight. This monster meal rings in at just over 5 pounds. Admittedly, I had to share it but it was worth every last taste accompanied by one of the restaurant’s selection of more than 150 beers.

Photo by OHventures - Gorging at Melt!

The Hodge Podge Truck
My next stop was to visit the star of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race, the Hodge Podge Truck. The truck is owned by one of Cleveland’s culinary stars, Chef Chris Hodge, who pioneered Cleveland’s food truck revolution when he launched the “Dim and Den Sum” truck. As for the Hodge Podge, it offers a seasonal menu of fresh, local ingredients to make a number of popular local favorites such as truffle mac-n-cheese and that sumptuous lobster roll I mentioned at the beginning. If you are after something specific, make sure you time your visit properly as the menu changes constantly based on seasonal availability of ingredients.

West Side Market
After completing my Food Network pilgrimage, I headed to some of the local spots that had topped the Cleveland foodie blogs. Located across the Cuyahoga River, West Side Market is a Cleveland institution. The market itself is over 100 years old and beneath its arched ceiling you will find countless locals piling up their generously buttered perogies and their sinful strudels. Keeping in line with the pilgrimage theme, I would definitely have to describe this as Cleveland’s culinary mecca. You can find an array of international meals along with seafood, produce, spreads, and cheeses. I headed over to Sebastian’s Meats to pick up their famous maple cured smokies. But if you don’t have access to a kitchen at your hotel, stop in at Steve’s Gyro stall where you can enjoy large portions and intense flavours for cheap.

Sokolowski’s University Inn
One of Cleveland’s family favorites is Sokolowski’s University Inn that pays tribute to the city’s rich immigration history as it attracted immigrants from all over Eastern Europe. Self-proclaimed as “Cleveland’s Oldest Family Owned Restaurant,” Sokolowski ‘s is famous for its comfort foods featuring Polish and Eastern European cuisine. The experience is completely casual where patrons literally line up as one would in a university cafeteria. But you can be assured of a hearty lunch with Polish favourites such as cabbage rolls, perogies, and kielbasa.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

3rd Annual Fishcreek Raccoon Run

Rocky the Raccoon at the finish line of the Fishcreek Raccoon Run!

Looking forward to Spring? Time to dust off those running and walking shoes, and get ready for to the 3rd Annual Fishcreek Raccoon Run!

The race will be held on Sunday, April 27, and will consist of a 5K and 1-mile fun run centered around the neighborhoods of Fishcreek Elementary School in Stow, Summit County.

While promoting the health and wellness of their students and the community as a whole, the Fishcreek PTA leaders, who are organizing this event, will be using this fundraiser to support programs such as the Reading Club, family connectivity in the school, as well as improved safety and security within the school.

Last year’s race had over 800 registrants, and the organizers expect close to 1,000 participants this year, many who will come from all over Northeast Ohio to compete. This year’s timing company will be Ohio Running Events, which is known nationally for its professionalism and accuracy with timing and reporting of results.



Register today to promote a healthy lifestyle and help support the Fishcreek Elementary students! All information is found at our website www.FishcreekRaccoonRun.com.

2014 Participation Costs:
5K & FUN RUN - $23.00 (Save $2 when you register online! Mail in registration is $25.)
1-MILE FUN RUN only $12.00 (Save $3 when you register online! Mail in registration is $15.)

Register at www.FishcreekRaccoonRun.com