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Festivals, Castles and Treehouses: Things to do in Loudonville Ohio

Tonya Prater, Owner

Are you looking for things to do in Ohio this month? I have a few ideas to get you started.

Loudonville may be a summer destination for outdoor lover’s but there is surprisingly plenty to do during the winter as well. From fun events and festivals to leisurely drives, to winter hikes for the adventurous, you’ll find activities to suit your interests.

January 12th – 14th, 2018, is the return of the Appalachian Music Festival at the Mohican State Park Lodge. Enjoy a weekend of down-home fun. The open stage brings the musical talent of this old-time music jubilee. You’ll find concerts, crafts, food and more at Mohican State Park Lodge. This event is free and open to the public.

If you’d like to extend your visit, book a room at the lodge. You’ll find a lobby full of table-top games, an indoor pool and game room, and restaurant. With the festival, you’ll find all you need to keep you occupied for the weekend.

Ice sculpting at Mohican Winterfest

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January 13th-14th, 2018, Mohican is kicking off the year with Mohican Winterfest. Enjoy ice sculpting, with demonstrations by Aaron Costic of Elegant Ice Creations. Elegant Ice Creations has been entertaining the area at Winterfest for over 10 years. His award-winning displays bring imagination to life. Audience participation is encouraged, and children can enjoy seeing their names written on ice.

ice sculpting at Mohican Winterfest in Loudonville, Ohio.

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Fire & Ice returns to Loudonville’s Central Park, featuring Mohican artists, performing Fire Spinning, also known as Fire Poi, in front of the ice sculptures. Stand in awe as fire is spun in front of your eyes, embracing your senses. This event is also FREE.

The Mohican State Park & Forest is open 365 days a year. Yes, that means you can even hike during the winter. There is no entry fee. Enjoy the trails and see how they are transformed during the cold weather.  One of my favorite hikes in the park is the hike to Lyons Falls. If you head to Mohican State Park during the winter, don’t forget your camera. The view of a snow-dusted covered bridge is spectacular and if you keep your eyes open, you may see a Bald Eagle or two.

A bald eagle spotted at Mohican State Park.

Looking for a leisurely route for a Sunday drive? Road trip along the Wally Road Scenic Byway. The nearly 11-mile route is located off State Route 3 and runs to State Route514 near Danville.  You’ll pass by many campgrounds and the Mohican Reservation where the annual Great Mohican Pow Wow is held, continuing towards the Treefrog Canopy tours (but if you’re after zip lining, you’ll have to wait until warmer weather). The byway runs parallel to the Mohican State Scenic River and offers pretty landscape views.

In addition to the outdoor activities, there are even a couple unique lodging opportunities for those who prefer to stay warm and snuggle up indoors at a memorable location. Landoll’s Mohican Castle features comfortable castle rooms and cabins with an on-site restaurant which was featured on Hotel Hell with Chef Gordon Ramsey who offered direction for improvements, which the owners and staff have begun to implement.  They offer fun theme weekends and events so check their website for more information.

The Old Pine Treehouse at the Mohicans near Glenmont, Ohio provides an amazing opportunity for Glamping.

If you’re a fan of Treehouse Masters and have wondered where you could spend the night in a Pete Nelson treehouse, look no further than The Mohicans. Two of the six treehouses on-site was built by the renowned contractor and there are also cabins for those who prefer to stay on the ground. Read our review of our stay in the Old Pine treehouse– spoiler- it was AH-mazing.

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