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4 Easy Autumn Day Trips from Columbus

Autumn has arrived and it feels like Winter is just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to get out there and explore while the weather is mild. Here are a few options for a quick day trip or staycation.

1. Landoll’s Mohican Castle

This wooden castle, located in Loudonville, Ohio, evokes serious Game of Thrones vibes. Stay overnight in one of the eleven uniquely designed rooms and enjoy the Gordon Ramsay-approved menu at the Castle’s onsite restaurant. No, seriously, Hotel Hell made an appearance and turned this place around. Additionally, Mohican State Park is located a hop and skip away for you nature lovers.

2. Mansfield Reformatory

Tour the real-life setting of the classic film The Shawshank Redemption and learn the history behind the notorious Mansfield Reformatory. Summer tours are available daily from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. until September 1. Admission is $12 for self-guided tours, and $17 for guided tours on Sundays. Special discounts apply for students, seniors, and military. Ghost Hunts are also a seasonal option.

3. Gervasi Vineyard

Did you know Ohio has 268 wineries located throughout the state? One of my favorites is Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio, and though it’s perfect for a day trip, I would recommend booking a villa to spend the night. The vineyard offers tours, wine tastings, and the food at its Bistro cannot be missed. The sprawling grounds are stunning, and it’s basically feels you were magically transported to Tuscany.

4. Visit a local brewery

You can’t go wrong with Sunday Funday at Rockmill Brewery and BrewDog. Both have different vibes, but offer up tasty brews and lovely views east of Columbus. Pack a picnic for Rockmill or brunch it up at Brewdog, but since they’re only fifteen minutes apart, why not make it a twofer?

Alicia used to blog at All Kinds of Hungry before taking a (permanent) break to focus on her personal writing. She enjoys eating all the things, music, and finding time to travel. By day she works in academia which enables her shopping habit. As a result, she is on a first-name basis with the UPS man.