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TourismOhio Launches Autumn Adventures Website
Ohio getaway planning is easy with DiscoverOhio.com and new Fall/Winter Calendar of Events
9/12/2012

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Tamara Brown, 614-466-8591


COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 13, 2012) – The Office of TourismOhio, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), today launched “Autumn Adventures,” a micro-site accessible from DiscoverOhio.com. The site provides travelers with plenty of autumn getaway planning information including: fall festivals and events, farm markets, wineries and vineyards, sample itineraries and a “build-your-own” itinerary builder, weekly fall color updates and more. Travelers also can order the new Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events for hundreds of festivals and events throughout autumn and into the new year. In addition, Ohio travelers can enter the DiscoverOhio King/Queen Facebook contest to win tickets to the fall-favorite Ohio Renaissance Festival, a hotel stay and more!

“Fall is a popular and wonderful time to enjoy an Ohio getaway, and we have designed 'Autumn Adventures' to provide travelers with an information hub to help them maximize their outdoor experiences all across Ohio,” said Interim State Tourism Director Pat Barker. “We see an increase in empty nesters traveling this time of year, and families will be out in force on weekends and during holidays, so there are plenty of activities and events geared to both these important groups on the Autumn Adventures website.”

Don’t miss the link from DiscoverOhio.com to Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources website where visitors can find more in-depth information on all of Ohio’s State Parks and Natural Areas, upcoming park events, an Ohio Tree Index, scenic driving routes, fall color reports and plenty more great outdoor information.

Following is an overview of the Autumn Adventures micro-site, Calendar of Events and the Facebook contest:

Autumn Adventures Website

Fall Color Report
Check the Fall Color Report on Autumn Adventures or ODNR’s website. Beginning September 19, both will be updated weekly by forestry experts for up-to-date information on when and where to find the most brilliant fall colors in Ohio. Generally, leaves change color earliest in northern Ohio and progress to the southern portions of the state later in October.

Farm Markets and Wineries
There’s nothing more satisfying to the taste buds than biting into a freshly picked fruit from one of Ohio’s finest farms or sampling an award-winning Ohio wine. This page helps travelers chart a course for locating farm-fresh, organic and heirloom produce and just the right wine to complement them. Check out the markets and pick-your-own farms for perfect carving pumpkins and gourds for decoration, not to mention delicious Amish cheeses, fresh-baked pies, pastries, jams and more.

Three-Day Getaways & Itineraries
This section provides themed weekend getaways that are divided into five regions to help travelers jump-start their travel planning. Choose from themes including the Great Outdoors, Ghost Hunting in Ohio, a Lighthouse Hunt and more. For additional ideas, click on the link to sample some fantastic fall itineraries, then create your own itinerary to share with friends and family. Check back in a few weeks for new itineraries and photos.

Fall Festivals and Events
Ohio is alive with fall festivals that celebrate the spirit of autumn and the harvest season. Visit this section for a sampling of festivals and events throughout the state that include pumpkin and apple butter festivals, larger-than-life corn mazes, harvest fairs and much more. Additional events can be found by searching the interactive calendar on DiscoverOhio.com.

Choose Your Own Adventure
The Choose-Your-Own Adventure section allows travelers to pick and choose when and where they want to begin their Ohio getaway. Divided into categories by interest, including: Cities, Culture and Cuisine; Family Fun; Ohio History and Heritage; and Sports and Recreation, the Choose-Your-Own Adventure option gives visitors a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the fall season.

Fall Geocache
More and more people are embarking on modern-day scavenger hunts with a geocaching adventure. Through Autumn Adventures, travelers can see all the sights Ohio has to offer as they try their hands at finding a geocache with the aid of a GPS system. Half the fun is getting sidetracked while hiking Ohio’s scenic trails, snapping pictures of the trees’ blazing red, orange and yellow leaves or tasting some of Ohio’s delectable, locally grown foods.

Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events
The full-color Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events provides travelers with dates, descriptions and contact information for nearly 700 events, festivals, shows, concerts and more taking place between September 2012 and February 2013. Free Ohio Travel Guides and Ohio Calendars of Events can be ordered from DiscoverOhio.com or Ohio’s toll-free tourism hotline, 1-800-BUCKEYE.

DiscoverOhio’s King/Queen Facebook Contest
The search is on for the DiscoverOhio King or Queen. Facebook fans can submit a photo of themselves wearing a crown to the DiscoverOhio King/Queen Facebook contest page. The entrant whose photo receives the most votes through Sept. 26 will receive a prize package including tickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival, an overnight stay at a Columbus hotel, tickets to the COSI Columbus Medieval LEGO exhibit and more! Get all the details on the contest page.


About the Office of TourismOhio

The Office of TourismOhio is the premier source of information for travelers and media about Ohio’s vibrant tourism experiences, attractions and economy. Tourism marketing programs contributed to an estimated $40 billion in sales from visitor spending in 2011. A part of the Ohio Department of Development, the Office’s mission is to market and celebrate Ohio’s unique travel opportunities and promote the State’s outstanding quality of life.


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Editor’s Note: Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events publication cover art and seasonal images across Ohio are available upon request or may be downloaded from OhioTravelpix.com . Search keywords: “Calendar” or “Fall.”

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