If you’re just tuning in I made a trip to Ohio, Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Cedar Point. After leaving Put-in-Bay we headed back to Sandusky and our first stop was the Merry-Go-Round Museum. If you want to go it is located at 301 Jackson St., in Sandusky, Ohio.


Maybe it was the kid in me but I had a great time. The museum is housed in an old post office. It is complete with a carousel and a display of carousel animals. I didn’t know there are so many varieties. You can actually ride the carousel and see the workshop where new animals are created and old ones are brought back to their original splendor. The gift shop was fully stocked (until I got there) and all items were unique and reasonably priced. Again I took the best pictures and had to be pried out of the museum so as not to hold up the rest of the tour. Put the Merry-Go-Round Museum on your list. By the way, they host parties there and weddings. I can just picture the possibilities.

We left there and zoomed down the road to Cedar Point. Let me correct that it was Cedar Point Amusement Park and Resort. In the past I only thought about the amusement park component. Snoopy was there to get us, he was so friendly and treated me like an old friend. Snoopy is the official mascot of Cedar Point. We took a tour of the beautiful hotel and beach. Did you know that this summer Cedar Point will celebrate 141 years and they opened in 1870? Where have I been? You could spend the entire weekend there and still not ride everything. This park has been named as the Best Amusement Park in the World for the 13th consecutive year. The poll was conducted by Amusement Today.

If you are a roller-coaster fanatic this is the place for you. The 310-foot tall Millennium Force roller coaster was also selected as the “Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World.” There are shows, restaurants and games, and after visiting this great location just three hours away there is no need to fly to Florida.

We had our lunch at the famous Pink’s. I’m sure you have heard the name or maybe dined there in Hollywood. Pink’s is renowned for its gourmet hot dogs and has been a Hollywood legend for more than 70 years. Think about Cedar Point for HalloWeekends XV, its annual fall festival of fun and frights. It begins in September.

Just when I thought the trip was over as we said goodbye to Snoopy we boarded our coach and off we went to Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard in Berlin Heights, Ohio. What a great way to end our tour. We tasted so many types of wine and enjoyed cheese, crackers and fruit straight from the orchard of the winery. Let me mention the beauty of the winery, a very comfortable place, I can see myself going back. Of course the wine was available for purchase and we were invited to take a walk through the orchard and ended up in the barn where we could buy fruit and spreads to take home. The perfect soundtrack for this weekend, you guessed it, the Ohio Players’ “Roller Coaster” and “Ohio.”

(Email the columnist at deb­bie­norrell@aol.com.)

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