Author: Richard Christensen

Packing Cubes will Change the Way You Travel

Packing cubes. Several of my fellow travelers swear by them, yet I’ve never jumped on that wagon. Chalk it up to routine. I’ve been packing for vacations with the same skills I learned in Cub Scouts and on camping trips. Recently, TravelWise sent me a set of packing cubes to review and I must admit my travel habits have now changed. Packing and luggage handling are now both easier. Disclosure: TravelWise provided me with a set of packing cubes for review. Opinions, as always, are purely my own. This post may contain links from a trusted partner. Thank you...

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Family Fun at Marietta’s Sweet Apple Farm

In September I was invited to the Sweet Apple Farm Market for a tour and lunch. Being from an area surrounded by farms and orchards, I was right at home. Sweet Apple Farm’s mission is to provide a destination full of family friendly fun. The farm dates back to 1940 and current owner, Mona, does a wonderful job keeping visitors happy. Disclosure: This tour was part of a press trip provided by Marietta, Ohio CVB. As always, opinions are purely my own. Sweet Apple Farm’s season begins in July and August with berry picking. Things really pick up in...

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Apples Abound at Marietta’s Hidden Hills Orchard

On a recent agritourism tour in Marietta, Ohio, we were invited to visit the local Hidden Hills Orchard. Living near several apple and peach orchards here in Michigan, I was interesting to see how things were done in southern Ohio. I was impressed by what I saw. Originally farm land dating back to the 1890s, orchard planting began in 1998. Current owners, Tom and Cathy, bought the orchard in 2011 and have been improving and expanding ever since. With over 6 acres of apples plus cherry and peach trees, Hidden Hills has much to offer during the summer and...

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Marietta’s Busy Bee Restaurant Serves Up Farm-to-Table for the Community

When the Busy Bee first opened in the 1940s, most dishes were likely made from scratch. But in post-war America food service began to chance. More factory produced items, such as baking mixes and sauces, could be manufactured at a lower cost and shipped across the country. Meat and dairy products benefited from refrigerated shipping, while out of season produce is flown in from other countries. As diners, we’ve gotten used to processed food. Busy Bee’s new owner, Larry Sloter, is bucking that trend.   Disclosure: Breakfast was provided by Marietta, Ohio CVB. Opinions, as always, are purely my...

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Local Tourism is Thriving in Marietta, Ohio

In this day and age of travel to far off destinations, a glut of sameness has dulled our vacations. We jet off to all-inclusive resorts or travel down the highways where every exit features the same monotonous chain eateries. A recent trip to Marietta, Ohio assured me that there are still destinations to visit where local tourism thrives. I have crossed the Ohio river here on I-77 en route to South Carolina many times, but never realized just what I was missing. Here are a few of my thoughts after spending a few days in this lovely old town....

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