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  • Jungle Jim's International Market, Inc.

    Located in Fairfield, Ohio, Jungle Jim's International Market is arguably the largest supermarket in the country, spanning nearly 6 1/2 acres. Jungle Jim's showcases approximately 180,000 products including nearly 60,000 international items, over 12,000 wine labels, as well as mountains of imported cheeses, exotic wild specialty meats, fresh seafood, and a dazzling display of 1 1/2 of acres of fresh produce. With on-site facilities such as the 1200-person capacity Oscar Event Center and in-store cooking school, which serves up exciting cooking classes, Jungle Jim's has something for everyone. Each week, the store is visited in excess of 82,000 shoppers, whom “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio calls “Foodies”. Jungle Jim's Tour Department also offers tours of the store Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available for $5 a person and take groups on an hour tour of the over 300,000 sq. foot “Food Paradise”. Tour groups will learn about and taste all types of food from around the world. Each tour participant also receives a $2 gift certificate.
    Jungle Jim's has been featured on the History Channel, Good Morning America, The Food Channel, NPR Radio, The Travel Channel and more! At Jungle Jim's International Market, we're not just a store; we're a destination!

    • Address: 5440 Dixie Hwy
      Fairfield, Ohio 45014
    • Phone: Local Number: 5136746000
    • Email: contactus@junglejims.com
    • Website: http://www.junglejims.com
  • Mesopotamia Village Historic District

    The center of Mesopotamia, better known as the "Commons", is surrounded by 28 buildings, 21 of them built before the Civil War and included on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Fairview Cemetery, which was established in 1818 and sits adjacent to the Commons on the east side, features unique stone markers carved out of limestone by local sculptor, Howard Brigden. A number of Civil War veterans are buried here.

    The End of the Commons General Store, which has been in continuous operation since the 1840s, sits at the south end of the town’s center. 
     

    Today this area is part of the fourth largest Amish settlement in the country and the second largest in Ohio. Here among the tidy farms and whitewashed houses that dot the countryside in rural northwest Trumbull County, this close-knit community makes a living by farming, working in wood or operating a small unique specialty shop.

    Across from the General Store on the east side of the Commons sits the worlds's largest Amish horse and buggy which stands 14' high and 32' long.


    • Address: State Routes 87 and 534
      Mesopotamia, Ohio 44439
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406934295
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  • Ravenwood Castle & Medieval Village

    An escape from the real world awaits you!  The Ravenwood Realm sits atop the highest hill in scenic Swan Township where delightfully different rooms suites and cottages with fireplaces help you create your own fairy tale!
    Dine in the Great Hall, stroll through the gardens and forest, and vist the nearby parks of the Hocking Hills and  Lake Hope.  Plenty of interesting activities, shops, antiques malls, art galleries and much more are within a few miles.

    • Address: 65666 Bethel Road
      New Plymouth, Ohio 45654
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8004771541
    • Email: ravenwood@hocking.net
    • Website: http://www.ravenwoodcastle.com
  • the Wilds

    The Wilds, located near Cumberland, Ohio, is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, spanning 14 square miles in Southeastern Ohio. Board a Safari Transport or Open-Air Safari to view and learn about rare and endangered animals from around the world roaming freely in large, natural habitat, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelope.

    Visitors can pick their own P.A.C.E. -- Personal Adventure in Conservation Education -- and depart the transports during the tour at destinations like the Lake Trail and the new Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center that features cheetahs, African wild dogs, and dholes. Also available are evening Sunset Safaris, Family Camp Weekends, private Wildside Tours, overnight packages at Nomad Ridge at the Wilds, special monthly theme activity weekends, the Overlook Cafe, Gift Market, private and group tours, Birding Station, Butterfly Habitat walking trail, summer youth WildeCamps, Lodge at the Wilds, Winter Safari Tours, memberships and more.

    The Wilds is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in the months of May, September and October.

    • Address: 14000 International Rd
      Cumberland, Ohio 43732
    • Phone: Local Number: 7406385030
    • Email: communications@thewilds.org
    • Website: http://www.thewilds.org
  • End of the Commons General Store

    End of the Commons General Store is Ohio’s oldest general store located 45 minutes east of Cleveland, in the scenic Amish community of Mesopotamia, Ohio where Geauga, Ashtabula &Trumbull counties meet. We are on the Register of Historic Places and have preserved the building, while maintaining a large display of antiques, dating to the mid 1800’s. Today, the 15,000 square foot retail store is lined with antiques which date back to the early 1800’s. A visit to the general store is reminiscent of days gone by; one will find a treasure of old fashioned goods,hard to find kitchen gadgets and an antique collection that is certain to bring back fond memories of childhood.  During the summer months one may find the owners car collection dating from 1914 parked outside. We provide memories and treats from the past and feature many of your favorites:

    • Address: 8719 State Route 534
      Mesopotamia, Ohio 44439
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406934295
    • Email: info@endofthecommons.com
    • Website: http://www.endofthecommons.com
  • Historic Dublin, Ohio

    Rediscover life in the slow lane. Meander brick-lined sidewalks of Historic Dublin, Ohio —a National Historic District. Nestled along the banks of the Scioto River, Dublin is one of the oldest communities in Central Ohio. Here, Irish is an Attitude.

    Browse quaint shops for unique art, Irish imports, jewelry, gifts, purses,  antiques, home decor, wine or fine yarns. Enjoy charming examples of early 19th-century architecture. Dine at Biddie's Coach House (a Victorian tea room), Oscars or the Dublin Village Tavern (offering great burgers, Shepherd's Pie, Irish egg rolls). Stop by the Brazenhead--an authentic Irish pub--for a pint and some fish + chips. Dine in a romantic setting at Tucci's. Savor fine teas from around the world at TehKu Tea Company. Savor sweets from MJ's Candy Bar (voted the #1 candy store in Columbus) or Sisters Sweet Shoppe--where you'll find Buckeye Crunch + chocolate covered fruitcake. Build a cupcake at Our CupCakery's cupcake bar then enjoy it with a hot coffee at Java Jan.  Dine at Mezzo Italian. Shop for jewelry, home decor and gift items and fashions at the new Clover Boutique. Sample amazing sushi rolls at Mr. Sushi. Savor French pastries at La Chatelaine. Enjoy amazing cuisine at J. Liu or a selection from their martini menu.

    Visit Dublin between 5p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the summer months for Slainte Thursday (that's Gaelic for "Cheers!") This multi-sensory grazing event offers live music, special offers from merchants and plenty of Irish attitude. Stop by the Visitor Center for the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau's self-guided walking tour to learn more about this charming district.

    Note: Some Historic Dublin shops and businesses are closed Sundays. Call ahead for hours.

    • Address: Bridge & High Streets
      Dublin, Ohio 43017
    • Phone: Local Number: 8002458387
    • Email: info@historicdublin.org
    • Website: http://www.HistoricDublin.org
  • Shawshank Trail Tour

    The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Tour in Mansfield, Ohio!  Explore the sites!  Stand in the same location as Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman!  See where this impressive movie was filmed!   Hear the fascinating stories!  The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Brochure will help you navigate your way around Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio at your own pace visiting the same sites as Hollywood once did when they were filming Shawshank Redemption.  Visitors and fans can print the brochure from www.shawshanktrail.com with directions for each destination.Highlights of the tour let you see first hand the tunnel in which Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) dug his way to freedom, on display at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory.  Or the opening scene at Pugh Cabin on the property of Malabar Farm State Park where Andy waited for his wife and lover.  See where Brooks fed the pigeons in Central Park in downtown Mansfield.  You can even sit in the very seats where the premier of The Shawshank Redemption was shown in 1993 at the Historic Renaissance Theatre. These are just a few attractions in the Mansfield area where Hollywood walked . . . now you can too!The web site lists attractions that are open to the general public with their hours of operation.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras for great photo opportunities!  Please note that the Oak Tree is located on private property and photos may only be taken from across the road on Malabar Farm State Park's property.The majority of the movie was filmed in Mansfield, with scenes from Ashland, Butler, Upper Sandusky, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Portland, Maine.

    • Address: 124 N. Main St.
      Mansfield, Ohio 44902
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8006428282
    • Email: jpuster@mansfieldtourism.com
    • Website: http://www.mansfieldtourism.com

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