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Weekend in Hudson, OH

We spent 3 nights September 20 through September 23 in Hudson, OH.  We rented the Hudson Home AirBnB.  The location of this AirBnB was ideal for our activities. We went bicycling on trails in and near Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and we visited the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  A food market and restaurants were within walking distance from our rental.

We were en route Hudson, OH at 7:15 am on Friday, September 20.  We stopped for breakfast in Youngsville, PA at Richard’s Family Restaurant. “That was good; it was enjoyable”, Bob said after breakfast. Bob had a Greek omelet with home fries and toast. I had French toast and bacon.  The service was fast, as we were back on the road at 8:10 am.

We told Google maps to take us to Hudson OH, using an off highway route. From Youngsville Google maps said it was 133 mi 3 hours and 25 minutes to our destination, with an ETA of 11:23 am.  A deer ran across the road in front of us, shortly after leaving the restaurant. If there had been a second deer, it is likely we would have hit that deer.

We arrived in Hudson around 11:45 am. We passed by our AirBnB and drove to Szalay’s in Peninsula for lunch. The  farm market was open; the outdoor eatery was not. We drove back to Hudson.

We ate lunch at Johnny’s Diner, located in Hudson at the Acme Market plaza. This is what the webpage says about Johnny’s Diner:

“Go back in time to the glory days of malt shop diners. Johnny’s Diner is a delicious blend of 50’s style diner and hometown Hudson.”

Johnny’s Diner

Johnny’s Diner

I liked the diner’s 50s ambiance; the service and food was good as well. We didn’t order anything that the diner appears to be noted for i.e., burgers and shakes. We can, though, attest to the fact that the Chef’s Salad and melted tuna sandwich are delicious.

After lunch, we drove to the AirBnB that we rented for 3 nights. The AirBnB is located about 1/4 mile from the Acme Market plaza. We “checked in”, carried in our baggage and got settled in. Checking in involved entering a combination for a lockbox and using the key inside the lockbox to open the front door. Once inside we returned the key to the lockbox. Near the kitchen door was a key to use for the rest of our visit. That key was for the back door, which happens to be the most convenient door to use. Parking is at the back of the house.

Our rental AirBnB – living / dining room

Our rental AirBnB – back yard

Our rental AirBnB – Our host left snacks for us.

Later in the afternoon we walked the quarter of a mile to the Acme Market and purchased a few groceries (mainly breakfast items, beverages and snacks).

We ate dinner at Perkins Restaurant, located in the Acme Market plaza.

This AirBnB does not have a TV. It does, however, have the Internet and a computer monitor. Bob didn’t bring the Fire Stick, as the AirBnB listing said there was no TV. Therefore, Bob assumed that there would be nowhere to plug in the Fire Stick. He could have plugged the Fire Stick into the monitor. We were able to watch Amazon Prime and Hulu, though, by hooking up Bob‘s Surface Pro tablet to the computer monitor.

 

The next day (Saturday, September 21) we ate breakfast at the house from purchases that we made the day before. Then we went for a bicycle ride, which you can read about here.

We ate lunch at Szalay’s Outdoor Eatery. Bob had a polish sausage, and I had a hot dog. For dessert we had fruit sundaes–vanilla soft serve ice cream with pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and bananas.

After lunch we returned to the house, where we stayed until late afternoon.

We ate dinner at Subway in the Acme Market plaza.  I am sure that you can tell that we made good use of the nearby shopping plaza.

After dinner we drove to the Ira Trailhead on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where we went for a short evening bicycle ride.

We returned to the house around 7:30 pm.

 

On Sunday, September 22, we went to the zoo.  We felt that the zoo was a better choice, given the extreme heat, than riding bicycles.

We were en route Cleveland Metroparks Zoo at 9:00 am. We arrived about 50 minutes later. Our tickets were half price because we are members of the Erie Zoo. We visited all seven zoo locations.

I put together a slideshow of some of the zoo animals that we saw during our visit.

Bob put together a short video too.

What a hot day! The car thermometer read 94 degrees, when we returned to the car. We had an enjoyable time at the zoo. Our time there, though, would have been more enjoyable had it been about 20 degrees cooler. The animals may have been more active too.

We departed the zoo at 2:00 pm. We were back at the house by 3:00 pm. We were both whipped, and our feet hurt. Still the day’s activities were better than riding bicycles. At least we were able to find some relief in air conditioned buildings.

 

We departed Hudson at 7:30 am on Monday, September 23. We stopped for breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant in Streetsboro, OH. We both ordered Classic Breakfast – 2 eggs, 2 pancakes and bacon.  Filling and delicious!

When we left Hudson it was cloudy and a comfortable 68 degrees. It started raining in Conneaut, PA and the rain stayed with us rest of the way home. We returned home around noon.

What a wonderful weekend getaway!

VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Getting There – Warren PA to Hudson OH

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 11; the post was published on September 27.]

Today begins Day 1 of our 13-day vacation.  We are traveling to Eureka Springs, AR to attend the annual Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) Reunion rally. This is the first year Bob and I have attended this motorcycle event. I am driving the car, and Bob is riding the motorcycle.  Because of pain in my back and legs I cannot ride day in and day out so many miles.  Even driving the car so far will not be without discomfort and possibly pain. I have to admit, though, it is much easier packing the car, rather than the motorcycle, for such a long vacation!

Bob came home from work at noon. We packed the car and were on our way to Ohio by 12:15 pm.  According to the GPS, our ETA at the Clarion Hotel in Hudson, OH was 4:08 pm. We made it as far as Jones Chevrolet on U.S. Route 6 in Warren PA, when Bob realized he had forgotten his chaps. Bob turned around to go back home to get his chaps, while I pulled into the parking lot of Jones Body Shop to await his return. In addition to putting on the chaps, Bob stopped for gas. Our only other stop on our way to Hudson, OH was a fuel/bathroom/beverage stop at the Sheetz in Meadville, PA (U.S. Route 322).

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Meadville, PA Sheetz station
That is not a blue sky!

Bob put on his rain gear at Sheetz, as radar was showing rain. It did rain for a short time in Pennsylvania and almost the entire time we were in Ohio.

We arrived at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Hudson, OH around 6:20 pm, a little more than 2 hours later than anticipated.  Our hotel room is generously sized. We have two double beds separated by a nightstand, a table and two chairs, and a small chest of drawers with a TV on top of it. The furnishings are well worn, especially the upholstery which is threadbare. The beds are noisy, but comfortable. The bathroom is on the small side, but clean. Wireless Internet is available, but slow.

Soon after arriving at the hotel we ate dinner at Cruisers Bar and Grill, located inside the hotel. Neither of us felt like driving somewhere to look for a restaurant, so a place to eat inside the hotel was very welcome.  Bob ordered a pulled pork sandwich and Onion Rings. I ordered an American Cheeseburger and French fries. There were several people at the bar, so the noise level was higher at Cruisers than we are accustomed to.  The service and food, though, were both excellent.

We drove 162 miles today, following the route on the map shown below.

If we travel to Hudson, OH in the future, it would be best to avoid I-271 at rush hour! Traffic was stop and go for the 20 miles that we were on I-271.

We were in bed by 9:00 pm. We both slept well. The bed was comfortable; the room was quiet; and the temperature was just right (no need for AC, heat or the fan).  Going to bed so early it was no surprise that we were up, showered, dressed and had eaten breakfast by 6:15 am. A hot breakfast was complimentary with our hotel accommodation. I had scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, cranberry juice and hot tea. Bob had scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee. We would stay at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Hudson, OH again. In fact, the hotel is located near Cuyahoga Valley National Park and would make a perfect place to stay while visiting that park.

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