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Paris Wolfe enjoys writing about interesting getaways as much as she does discovering them.

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Destination: Akron … RubberDucks, a Wine Train and a Zoo, Too

2018 Editions Get Away Hobbies March/April 2018 Outdoors


Who Wouldn’t Want to Spend a Day in Akron?

When you don’t have time for a full vacation but need a travel fix, consider Akron. It offers a detour from routine and is rich with day trip possibilities.


If you like sports … Cheer on the RubberDucks. The Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate (formerly the Aeros) plays downtown in the comfortably cozy 7,630-seat Canal Park. Check the schedule ahead of time for promotions and giveaways. Make time to grab tacos or old-school Mexican food at El Gato Taqueria pre-game. For tickets, visit or call 330-253-5151.

Train for one or two of the area’s best-known races. The 16th FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay will take off Sept. 29; The Towpath Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K follows Towpath Trail between Akron and Cleveland on Oct. 7;


If you like the outdoors … Look at the Cuyahoga National Valley Park from a different perspective. Paddle a kayak 2, 4.5 or 6.5 miles on the Cuyahoga River with Burning River Adventures. Choose either self-guided or guided kayak trips. You’ll be dropped at a starting point and paddle with the river flow. Remember your camera. For reservations, visit or call 330-969-BOAT.

Pack up your camera, lace your hiking boots and visit Brandywine Falls, a 65-foot waterfall accessed via boardwalk or more demanding trail, in Sagamore Hills Township;


If you like history … Flashback to the mid-1800s at Hale Farm & Village to see an average village. Double your fun with a visit June 9-10 to the Sow and Grow Farm Festival & Plant Sale. In addition to the usual demonstrations — glassblowing, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving — learn about draft horses, beekeeping, sheep shearing, fiber dying and more. Shop historic and heirloom annuals, perennials and herbs.

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Winter Wonders – Our Region’s Best Outdoor Places to Explore

2018 Editions January/February 2018 Outdoors
It’s challenging to get enough exercise and sunlight during the short days of an Ohio winter. Ohio’s state parks provide a venue for both. Geneva, Headlands and Punderson state parks offer three different experiences in Northeast Ohio. Pick one, pick all three — then venture out to one of our incredible metro or county park systems. And don’t forget our local county parks if you get a case of cabin fever. Cleveland Metroparks ( has Ohio’s tallest and longest toboggan chutes at Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. Big Met Golf Course in the Rocky River Reservation, the North Chagrin Nature Center, and the Hinckley Lake Boathouse and Store rent snowshoes. ...
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A Winter Break Along the Alabama Coast

Featured Travel
When not eating, the ocean beckoned. Along the shore, we squinted behind our sunglasses to soften the sun’s intensity. Wading in tepid saltwater, we watched seagulls swarm beachgoers with snacks. ...
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The Real Mayberry

2017 Editions Featured Get Away November/December 2017 Things to do Travel


If you watched any or all of the 249 episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s — or still catch reruns — consider a visit to Mount Airy, N.C. Griffith, who plays Sheriff Andy Taylor in the show, grew up in this small town and used it as a model for his series.


While the show exists only in reruns today, parts of the town are happily stuck in the past. Just six and a half hours down Interstate 77 you’ll find an entertaining getaway that makes the most of its connection to Barney, Aunt Bee, Opie and the rest of the gang.


Glimpses of the Past


During our visit, we slept in the retro, pragmatic and clean Mayberry Motor Inn at the edge of town. Keep in mind, this is a flashback to simpler times, and the motel appropriately small and historic. Rumor has it the owner sometimes dresses up as Aunt Bee while working the front desk.


The best start to visiting the town, after a good night’s sleep, is the Squad Car Ride. While we waited our turn in the Ford Galaxy (the fleet consists of ’62 ’63, ’64 and ’67 models) we checked out the replica of Wally’s Service Station.


Inside the historic corner building, we took turns posing in the jail cell and propping our feet on Andy’s desk. Definitely Facebook moments.


For our ride, we perched on the vinyl backseat and cranked down the old windows. Riding up and down the streets, we learned about the man and the show. We saw places that Andy Griffith/Andy Taylor frequented such as Floyd’s City Barber Shop and The Snappy Lunch.


After getting the lay of the land, we slid into a small booth at the 94-year-old The Snappy Lunch diner for North Carolina’s official pancake-battered pork chop sandwich.

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An Herb Experience from Blogger Paris Wolfe


Sansho Pepper Experience is Startling


As the Blogmaster for The Herb Society of America, I seek herb experiences when I travel. I want to see what’s different, new or part of the local culture. The older I get the further I have to reach for new experiences; travel is a great way to find them.

A recent visit to the Jean-Talon Market in Montreal was a jackpot. It’s like Cleveland’s West Side Market, but local to the Canadian city.

My favorite store in the historic market was Epices de Cru, a colorful exotic vendor of herbs, tea, and spices. The husband and wife owners travel the world to bring home the best ingredients from the “ordinary” to the unusual. Think: Cinnamon leaf or avocado leaf (use like a bay leaf with a different accent.) I was so entranced I visited twice. The second time I spent an hour perusing shelves and deciding just what to carry home.

Feeling adventurous I asked for the most unusual product and was introduced to sansho pepper. I can’t decide if the person assisting liked me or hated me when I was allowed to sample the small “peppercorn” which comes from the berry of a deciduous shrub – prickly ash — cultivated in Asia.
It was like my first experience with wasabi. Intense nerve confusion. I wasn’t sure if I was going to live or die. I lived.

First, the tip of my tongue numbed. That electrified numbness spread. From cheek to cheek I sensed a citrus – lemon/lime, maybe – coolness. And, my mouth started to water. It wasn’t hot or spicy, but like something had a hold of the nerves in my mouth. It expanded beyond taste to a physical sensation. And, it lasted nearly 10 minutes.

Once I realized that anesthesia was the expected experience and the limit (I wasn’t succumbing to rare nerve poison), I was fascinated.  

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ADHD – Adults Can Have It, Too

Health & Wellness July/August 2017


No Kidding — Adults Can Get It, Too


By Paris Wolfe


When Lisa, 55, of Cleveland was treated for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) this year, she felt like a new person. Her productivity improved, she slept better and life became more manageable.

“I couldn’t believe the difference,” she says. “(Medication) helped me focus instead of bouncing off walls. Before, I would be working on something and be distracted by the next shiny thing that came along. Then, I’d get anxious because I would get behind on the first project.”

That anxiety snowballed and may have caused depression. Once the ADHD was addressed, her depression and problems seemed to melt away.

An Adult Diagnosis

Before a comprehensive five-hour series of tests diagnosed Lisa, she didn’t realize adults could be affected. Like many, she thought ADHD was just for kids.

Not so. ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Research suggests it persists into adulthood for at least 50 percent of those diagnosed as a child. As many as 10 million adults may be affected.

People in their 50s and 60s fall into those numbers. ADHD didn’t suddenly appear with Generation X. Despite the lack of diagnoses, it has been around for a long time, spanning generations. While causes aren’t definitive, studies attribute ADHD to genetics as well as to smoking and drinking during pregnancy.

Symptoms may be less apparent in the over-50 population because they’ve had longer to learn coping skills and life hacks.

One of the most common ways adults realize they’re affected is during an exam of a child or grandchild.

“They sit in the room with the provider who asks questions about the child, and the adult starts to see the light.

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Lake Erie Islands

Featured July/August 2017 Travel

Island Time

Explore the Shore Among Lake Erie’s Jewels


By Paris Wolfe


Few places in Ohio combine history and nature — and, let’s face it, a bit of partying — as successfully as Lake Erie’s popular islands.

Summer is the best time to practice your island hopping in western Lake Erie’s collection of little land masses. The Ohio “Keys” are rife with activities from mid-April through late October when the weather is temperate and the lake is free of ice.

While the islands are a boater’s paradise, landlubbers have easy access to three of the four islands by ferry. And, once there, bikes and golf carts dominate the streets. Rentals are available at the ferry stop. Cars are welcome, but few folks opt to ferry them over.


Island Hopping


South Bass Island (1,588 acres) is home of the legendary Put-in-Bay. It draws perhaps the most enthusiastic crowds for playing and partying on weekends, and recovers on weekdays. It’s popular with college students and bridal parties on the weekends, with a mellower vibe during the week. Plan accordingly.


Middle Bass Island (805 acres) is less commercial than South Bass but offers a handful of shopping opportunities as well as a state park and 184-slip marina.


North Bass Island (593 acres) is a mostly unimproved state park open to primitive camping with a special permit, hiking, picnicking, biking, wildlife watching and fishing. It can be accessed only by airplane or personal watercraft.


Kelleys Island (2,888 acres) is home to more than 300 people, making it both residential and recreational. Biking, hiking and beaches make up its attractions.


The actual experience at the islands might depend on the timing and location of a visit. Weekend evenings are rowdier and “crowdier,” while weekdays are slow and leisurely.

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Hocking Hills

Get Away May/June 2017 Outdoors Things to do


Hocking Hills

Find Romance, an Adrenaline Buzz or a Family Connection

Andrea Coats and Chad Gordon made their first trip to Hocking Hills the year they met. Both divorced with teenaged children, they needed a romantic escape to focus on each other. A few days in the woods worked — the Medina couple has been together five years.

From time to time, the two return to Hocking Hills in the southeast part of the state, and plan to return again this summer to enjoy the romance of the picturesque region.

“We get a cabin by ourselves with a hot tub and grill. We grill steaks, sit in the hot tub and watch the hummingbirds around us,” Coats says. “It has beautiful woodland scenery, which makes it romantic. It’s a holding-hands, walking-around, being-alone kind of place. That’s my idea of romance. I like to be alone together.”

Gordon says, “We like it as a couple because the seclusion allows us to give full attention to each other. With immersion into nature and escape from urban, suburban and digital routines, it sounds cliché, but it’s like going back in time.”

Choose Your Own Adventure

Coats and Gordon found — and have nurtured — their romance in Hocking Hills. But there are plenty of other things to discover just a short car ride from Northeast Ohio.

With only two hotels in the area — a Holiday Inn Express and a Baymont — most of the accommodations are cabins and lodges. These are convenient for anything from couples’ getaways to family gatherings. While most options include hot tubs, some larger properties offer in-ground pools for swimming or ponds for fishing.

When visitors venture into public, it’s usually to one of the six separate areas that make up the 2,356 acres of Hocking Hills State Park.

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