Two Washington County locations included on road trips site
MARIETTA — Two places in Washington County have been included in the newly launched RoadTrips.ohio.org by TourismOhio.
The 10 themed road trips provide adventures in family fun, cuisine, thriving cities, romance, outdoors, arts and culture including major celebrations such as the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and the sesquicentennial of the Cincinnati Reds.
Campus Martius Museum has been named a stop on the Highway to History road trip and the Adelphia Music Hall and Hackett Hotel have been named a stop on the Lovers’ Lane road trip.
“We are thrilled to have Campus Martius and the Adelphia Music Hall from our area included in Ohio’s new road trips campaign,” said Deana Clark of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Road trips provide a fun and accessible way for travelers to explore a new place or rediscover a place they have already been.”
The Adelphia Music Hall and the upper-floor Hacket Hotel are located on Second Street, both adjacent to the affiliated Galley restaurant. The Adelphia Music Hall is an entertainment promoting local artists and national entertainers.
The Hackett Hotel was originally constructed in 1899 by oil man John H. Riley. It was renovated and re-opened in 2012 as The Hackett. The “chic boutique hotel includes five rooms plus a common area known as the Confluence. When you stay with us, you enjoy one of the most unique experiences in Ohio and the Mid-Ohio Valley,” the website describes the accommodations.
Campus Martius is from the Roman Empire and in Latin means “Field of Mars” where the legionnaires camped. In the 18th century, it was a fortification in Marietta created by the Ohio Company, the organization which settled in Marietta and the newly created Northwest Territory. Settlers lived at Campus Martius, including Rufus Putnam and Benjamin Tupper.
Campus Martius Museum, which includes the Ohio River Museum on Front Street on the Muskingum River, was built on the site of the original fort and contains many artifacts from the settlement and earlier times.
Ohio is a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio, said. Research indicates visitors are driving to Ohio from surrounding states, he said.
“We created RoadTrips.Ohio.org to be a fun and easy way for families and friends to find experiences they can enjoy together,” MacLaren said.
Sites can be found on RoadTrips.Ohio.org in two ways.
The Find All Trips button allows the user to individually browse all 10 road trips. The second and perhaps the most fun is the Find Your Trip button, take a short quiz and let the site recommend road trips based on responses to what the user wants to find in Ohio.
RoadTrips.Ohio.org features 10 themed road trips:
* Thriving Cities (Urban)
* Foodie Fill-Up (Cuisine)
* To the Moon and Back (Space/Aviation)
* Highway to History (History)
* Are We There Yet? (Family)
* Rock, Ride and Explore (First-time visitor)
* The Scenic Route (Outdoors)
* Culture Cruise (Culture)
* Lovers’ Lane (Romance)
* Winning Drive (Sports)
RoadTrips.Ohio.org also shares insider tips, such as must-try restaurants, eateries, lodging and more along-the-way information that makes a drive into a memorable experience.
TourismOhio is within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency and promotes Ohio as a destination of choice.