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In 1788, the Ohio Company of Associates built the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory. At the site of their original headquarters now stands the Campus Martius Museum, dedicated to exploring the theme of migration throughout Ohio?s history.

  • Size: The museum?s main exhibits house more than 100 artifacts spanning the nearly two centuries from 1788 to 1970.
  • Eye-Catcher: A jacket worn on stage by contemporary country singer Dwight Yoakam highlights the impact Appalachian emigrants had on the region.
  • Permanent Mainstay: A wing of the museum houses the restored Rufus Putnam house, which was built on the original 18th-century fort.
  • Don't Miss: Artifacts from the Marietta area, including early tools and fire-prevention equipment.
  • While You're in the Neighborhood: You can also pay a visit to the Ohio River Museum?only one block away on the Muskingum River?to see the last surviving coal-powered sternwheeler towboat.
601 Second Street
Marietta,
OH
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The staff at Equestrian Ridge Farm has been tending to steeds and riders on its 200-acre estate for more than 10 years. During riding lessons in a medley of styles—including dressage, single driving, and trail riding—trainers educate equestrians of all levels at the facility’s two large, indoor arenas. The barn houses between 15–20 horses at any given time, a handful of which are reserved for lessons or reenactments of chase scenes from The Lone Ranger. Equestrian Ridge also offers under-saddle training for horses by an experienced instructor who tailors each session to the steed’s temperament and riding style.

26711 Pumpkin Ridge Rd
New Plymouth,
OH
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When the morning fog clears, a bridge fashioned out of five rustic corncribs appears to pay homage to EagleSticks Golf Club's roots. Originally used to feed the horses that grazed on the erstwhile farm, the wood from the corncribs now arches over a creek that splits the fairway on the 11th hole—a 591-yard par 5 dubbed the course's signature attraction for its bending fairway, elevated tee box, and visible ties to a bucolic past. Designed by renowned Ohio architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the 6,508-yard course challenges golfers with constant elevation changes—some of which exceed 100 feet—that demand accuracy, sound course management, and the ability to activate the cart's hang-gliding wings. Throughout the round, bentgrass fairways and greens present a much more hospitable landing place than the course's thick, bluegrass rough. At various hillcrests and elevated tees, players can take in a full view of the course's scenery, which includes several waterfalls and woodlands populated by oak, maple, ash, locust, and cherry trees ripe for the hugging.

After a day on the links, golfers can gather at Mac's Sports Bar to quiet rumbling bellies with a menu of classic American food such as burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Guests can unwind in Mac's dining room—which features eight televisions, an open-beam ceiling, and other contemporary touches—or at the adjoining patio, which attracts summertime breezes and ghostly golf balls trying to reconnect with their long-lost owner.

Course at a Glance:

  • Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan

  • 18-hole, par 70 course

  • Length of 6,508 yards from the farthest tees

  • Bentgrass fairways and greens, bluegrass rough

  • Scorecard

2655 Maysville Pike
Zanesville,
OH
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Any golfer who played a round at Vista Golf Course between 1973 and 2010 may not recognize the course's current vistas. In 2010 the course underwent a major overhaul that saw the replacement of many ponds and tee signage. Though still not an especially long golf course?care was taken to keep it manageable for beginners?several par 4s extend more than 400 yards, giving longer hitters the chance to gain an advantage. A driving range and putting green also give every visitor the chance to work toward improving their swing mechanics.

2600 Hennessey Dr
Nashport,
OH
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Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and manage arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lifting and lowering motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses pushing and pulling motions to develop toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.

3590 Maple Ave
Zanesville,
OH
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