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Weekend in Ohio

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary. We drove to Ohio, where we are spending the night at Best Western Inn & Suites in Akron.

Our initial plan was to attend the Yankee Peddler Festival in Canal Fulton and then go to the hotel. We changed our minds, though, when we saw the weather forecast (rain and more rain). The festival is held rain or shine; however, we didn’t feel like walking through the mud and slipping and sliding up and down the wet, grassy slopes. The weather forecast looks much better on Sunday, so we made plans to attend the Yankee Peddler Festival tomorrow.

So, what to do today? We talked about visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Then I learned that today is Smithsonian Magazine’s fifth annual Museum Day, which offers free admission at museums in the USA. Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the more than 1,200 museums that participates in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. As we expect free admission to encourage a large turnout at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and neither of us particularly enjoy crowds, we decided not to go to the museum.

So what did we end up doing today? We went to the Lodi Station Outlet Mall located in Burbank, OH. The outlet mall was located approximately 20-30 minutes west of our hotel. This outlet mall features two vintage trains in addition to a lineup of nationally-known retail brands, including Aeropostale, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Gap Outlet, The Children’s Place, Bath & Body Outlet, Nautica Factory Store and Tommy Hilfiger, and many others. The trains, the Sophie and the Victoria, were built by hand and hail from England. The trains follow tracks that wind all around the outlet mall, with several stops for passengers getting off and getting on the train. This mall is quite unique. I don’t believe there is another one like it in the United States. Please correct me if I am wrong!

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Train stop outside Food Court
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The Sophie
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We ate lunch in the food court at Subway, did a fair amount of window shopping and made a couple purchases. We didn’t ride the train. I don’t know why we didn’t ride the train; it would have been fun. Oh well, next time ….

We checked into our hotel around 2:00PM and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in our room. This evening we enjoyed delicious steak dinners at the Longhorn Steakhouse, which was located near our hotel. All in all, we had an enjoyable day on this our 11th wedding anniversary.

Tomorrow: the Yankee Peddler Festival!

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