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One of the (pre-pandemic) highlights of last year was our stay in a treehouse at The Mohicans. The folks from The Mohicans in Glenmont, Ohio operate a stunning wedding venue with a connected series of cabins and treehouses, all tucked beautifully in the woods.
They kindly hosted us last year in El Castillo, one of their newer treehouses, and earlier this year they reached out about hosting us in one of their newest properties: The Manor. So we packed up the boys and brought some close friends within our quarantine bubble along for a quiet weekend away!
The Manor is a restored 200-year-old cabin with a contemporary addition. It’s a beautiful marriage of rustic cabin living with all the modern amenities.
The Manor features three bedrooms and three full bathrooms: two rooms with king beds, and one room with a pair of queens. They’re nicely appointed and comfortable, with fun details like a kettle and French press kit in the bedroom.
All throughout the house you can see the transitions from the original cabin to the modern addition.
There are large common areas, like a living room with old stone fireplace (which isn’t operational), a well-equipped modern kitchen, sitting areas, and a dining room table that seats twelve.
The cabin sits on a hillside overlooking the surrounding woods and farmland. Next to it is a second structure that they seem to be renovating into more living quarters. I also spied a collection of Wooster paving bricks out back.
When we visited last year, we got to hang with chef Drew Slane, who runs the kitchens at the wedding venue and at their upcoming catering arm, Treehouse Provisions in Cleveland.
Chef Drew produces some pretty amazing food. Last year we watched him whip up wings, pork chops, pasta, roast beef – all memorable.
He kindly insisted on dropping off dinner with us at The Manor, so we got another taste of his work, from fall-off-the-bone Peruvian chicken to a vegan red curry, roasted veggies to short rib bolognese.
We made a point to explore the area around the Manor, hiking up the hillside through some nearby fields, spotting an oil well and an old deer blind, and enjoying the changing sky.
Because it was a mixture of kids and adults on the trip, we planned ahead by bringing games, crafts, and other activities. Our friends had been gifted a large Lego set that was a little too complex for their younger kids, so they kindly brought it along and let Will have at it. He was in heaven, spending a total of seven-and-a-half hours over the weekend putting together the Avengers’ helicarrier, a nearly 3000 piece set!
The Mohicans are a convenient 15 minute drive away from Mohican State Park, so we spent part of an afternoon exploring some of the shorter trails and sites. This was our first time really visiting the park, and we were floored at the scenic views and the multitude of trails, including bridle trails, mountain biking trails, and snowmobile trails.
We enjoyed the views at the Clear Fork Gorge overlook and hiked a few of the trails nearby, spotted the fire tower, and crossed the covered bridge. All beautiful, even in the depths of winter.
Although I was not-so-secretly disappointed the fire tower was closed for the season. Usually you can climb the many stairs to enjoy unobstructed views of the park. My whole goal in life, my wife jokes, is to climb the highest spot – a tower, a building, a hill – in any area and just look down on it all.
Back at the cabin, we built a fire in the firepit out back and roasted s’mores after the sun went down.
The next morning we awoke to a new view of the cabin, with a few inches of snow having fallen overnight. It highlighted the coziness of the cabin while we made breakfast and coffee.
Then we took advantage of the new-fallen snow to go sledding on the hill and savor the quiet of a walk in the woods.
I’m a big believer in forest-bathing, the Japanese practice of immersing yourself in the quiet of the woods. And something about snowy pine trees creaking in the winter wind offered just that sort of calming respite.
Thanks to the folks from The Mohicans for sharing their newest property with us! It made for a delightfully cozy stay in the woods, and we can’t wait to come back.
Find The Mohicans at 23164 Vess Rd. Glenmont, OH 44628 (740) 599-9030
Learn more about The Mohicans, their wedding venue, treehouses, and cabins at themohicans.net.
The forthcoming Budd Dairy Food Hall in Italian Village announced its final vendor, a chicken-centric spot called Cluck Norris Ass-Kickin’ Chicken.
BrewDog also announced that it would open its fourth central Ohio brewpub at 97 E. Dublin Granville Rd. in New Albany later this year. This joins locations in Short North, Franklinton, and their big facility in Canal Winchester.
Charmy’s Persian announced that their new pop-up location will be 1145 Chesapeake in Grandview. They’ll be open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
I know Valentine’s Day is this week, and many feel the pressure to do the standard chocolate and flowers. But I wanted to offer up a few more ideas to celebrate the day, or really any time you’re spending with that special someone.
Mikey’s/Hot Chicken Takeover Virtual Pizza Party
This Sunday Mikey’s and HCT bring back their popular Hot Mikey’s Takeover collaboration pizza. They’re kicking it off with a virtual pizza party – just order your tickets by Thursday, Feb. 11. Then you pick up your pizza ingredients at Mikey’s downtown, and tune in for a party with Mike and Joe DeLoss this weekend: latenightslice.com/store/vdayhmt
Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory
One advantage of earlier sundowns is night-time events like the Conservatory’s Chihuly Nights, where you can experience the glass sculptures in illuminated form. They’re doing special select nights throughout the year. fpconservatory.org/exhibitions/chihuly-collection
Carryout Cocktail Hour
Order bottled cocktails from a local shop and schedule a cocktail hour at home! Spots like Lawbird, The Light of Seven Matchsticks, The Bottle Shop, and many other bars and restaurants are bottling some incredible creations. The Light of Seven Matchsticks, for instance, just released a new travel-themed series.
Order Up a Home Beer Tasting
Many breweries have adapted by offering beer delivery. So order up some interesting beers from a local brewery (or two or three), then put together a tasting! Try rounding up a collection of beers from one brewery, or comparing similar styles across a variety of breweries.
Ignore the chilly temperatures and get outside. Select a Columbus Metro Park and plan a hike through one of their scenic areas, like the Tall Pines section of Walnut Woods Metro Park. Better yet: pair a hike with a stop for coffee, a beer, or carryout lunch at a nearby restaurant. metroparks.net
Give the Gift of Donuts
You KNOW I’m going to advocate for donuts. Many bakeries are doing fun donut shapes, flavors, and decoration for Valentine’s Day. And don’t forget that Mardi Gras is right around the corner, which means paczki! (If you need ideas, consult my Complete Guide to Columbus Donuts.)
Catch Some Jazz Online
Many organizations and venues have converted their offerings online, which means you can still enjoy concerts, theatre, dance, and exhibitions from your home. Jazz Arts Group launched a new online platform called JAG.TV to host their concerts, and they have multiple shows on the horizon. jazzartsgroup.org
Play: CBUS is a new indoor facility that, at 52,000 square feet, has the designation of being the world’s largest indoor ropes course. It includes ninja courses, multiple climbing walls, ropes courses of varying difficulties, a kid’s play area, and even a full-service restaurant and bar. And because of its size, it’s ideal for socially distanced indoor play. playadventureparks.com/location/columbus/
Spinach for Breakfast; muffin style! Ok so I will first say, you can’t taste the spinach. They taste like little banana muffins that happen to be green 😉 They have no added refined sugar (only banana and apple sauce), so they are perfect for kids.
I like to sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on top, which does add sugar- but also adds fun 🙂 These are so simple to make. Have your kids help you in the kitchen!
Low Sugar Spinach Banana Muffins
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned whole oats
2 medium ripe bananas
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 big handful of spinach
preheat the oven to 350F
add the oats to a food processor and process until a flour is formed (it won’t be a perfect flour consistency)
add everything else to the food processor and process until combined
spay a 24 slot mini muffin tin with oil
fill each slot almost all of the way full
if desired, sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top
bake for 13 minutes, and then allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack.
store in an air tight container in the fridge, or freeze!
Spinach for Breakfast https://www.spinach4breakfast.com/
There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:
The Columbus Dispatch and other outlets are reporting that the TeeJaye’s Country Place will be closing its long-running location at Morse and High Street in Clintonville, the one noted for its historic neon drive-in sign. According to the Dispatch, the TeeJaye’s owners are searching for a new location nearby. No word on what will take it’s place.
The Locust Table, a new breakfast, brunch, and lunch cafe, has opened at 16 Crossing St. in Powell.
Kitchen Social at Polaris announced they would be opening a second location at Bridge Park in Dublin this summer. The new restaurant is slated for 6791 Longshore St.
Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Hot Chicken Takeover’s annual collaboration, the Hot Mikey’s Takeover pizza, returns Feb. 14 with a virtual Valentine’s Day party. Tickets for the party, hosted by Joe DeLoss and Mikey Sorboro, include a build-your-own pizza kit and are on sale through Feb. 11. The Hot Mikey’s Takeover pizza will be available Feb. 13-21, a Ma’s Mac version available Feb. 22-28, and a vegan version will be sold at Mikey’s Convention Center store on Feb. 15, 21, and 28.
Coast Wine House in Historic Dublin reopened this week after being closed over the holidays
I’ve got a super easy and delicious valentines day breakfast idea for you to do with your kids! I bought this little heart shaped mold on amazon that makes these pancakes so darn cute. I also used these all natural dye-free sprinkles by Supernatural to make them a little extra 🙂 This recipe is really easy, have your little ones help you!
Valentine’s Day Applesauce Pancakes
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of almond milk
1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
dash of salt
1/3 cup of applesauce
add everything to a mixing bowl and mixed until combined. The batter will be lumpy.
heat a pan over medium heat and place the heart shaped molds in the pan
pour about 1/4 cup of batter into each mold, once it begins to bubble remove the molds
flip pancakes and heat on the other side for 2-3 more minutes
There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:
Boxwood Biscuit Co., a creation of chef Tyler Minnis from The Market IV and Luke and Annie Williams Pierce from Lawbird, announced it will make a brick-and-mortar home at 19 W. Russell. St. in the Short North. To help fund their new home, they’ve launched an IndieGoGo campaign.
Momo Ghar’s first stand-alone restaurant, located at 2800 Festival Ln. in Dublin, soft opened yesterday. Owners Phuntso and Pramod Lama shared that they have permanently closed their original location inside Saraga International Grocery on Morse Road, although their North Market location remains open.
Happy Little Treats vegan bakery will soft open in its new space at 1203 N. High St. Feb. 5-7, with a grand opening scheduled for Feb. 11-14.
Cleveland-based TownHall finally made its Columbus debut this week at 792 N. High St., on the ground level of the Moxy Columbus Short North hotel
The newest central Ohio Swenson’s location – the fifth overall – is set to debut at 6710 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg on Thursday, Feb. 4
The long-running Josie’s Pizza at 952 W. Broad St. in Franklinton seems to have closed after 62 years in business
The new coffee shop and milkshake bar Shake No Eight is now open at 1537 N. High St. next to Ohio State’s campus
A food hall called Bubbly Hall is coming soon to 6031 Central College Rd. in New Albany
Business First reported that Godiva will close all of its stores nationwide, including the local shops at Easton and the Sunbury outlets
MozMoz Cafe has opened in the old Acre space at 2700 N. High St. in Clintonville
Between new restaurants and old favorites, I’ve got sandwiches on the brain these days, and I wanted to highlight a few worthy of your attention! What’s not to like about sandwiches? They’re compact, easy for carryout, and you can fill them with anything.
The new Emmett’s combines superior coffee service with a thoughtful breakfast and lunch menu. Leading off the morning meal is the One-Handed, a nicely composed little sandwich of egg, cheese, crispy prosciutto, and rosemary aioli in an English muffin.
Newfangled Kitchen in Bexley builds their menu around homemade meatloaf (“Ma!”), serving it in a series of burger-like sandwiches. (Are burgers sandwiches? Discuss.) The Fang layers the meatloaf with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, American cheese, and their signature smoky, slightly sweet fang sauce.
Look, you know I love Preston’s, and I love their new home inside the North Market. And now they’ve added a sister concept, Honey’s Fried Chicken, dishing out succulent fried chicken in many forms. The Honey’s Chicken Sandwich piles honey-kissed fried chicken with lemon/thyme mayo, shaved onion, red cabbage, and house pickles. Get on this one.
Basic Biscuits serves all things biscuit-related (and kindly, I might add) from sandwiches to biscuits and gravy, quiche with biscuit crust to French toast casseroles using biscuit dough. Their adorable biscuits sliders can be ordered with egg, cheese, and a choice of bacon or locally made sausage.
The Lox’s house-made pastrami really doesn’t need any introduction. When that ridiculously flavorful and tender meat is layered with Swiss, pickled onions, and mustard on a house-made everything bagel… COME ON! [Gob Bluth voice]
Cravings downtown is a perennial favorite, and their current menu includes the Triple Crunch grilled cheese sandwich. It’s a meal unto itself: thick cut bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheese, a crispy potato cake, and rosemary aioli sandwiched between slices of whole grain. Get it with a side of their house fries, then schedule a nap afterwards.
I’m all on board with Ray Ray’s jerk chicken, brisket, and Carolina pork, but they’ve got some interesting veggie options going, too. At their Land-Grant and Nocterra Brewing locations they serve up a cauliflower burnt ends sandwich, with smoked cauliflower, red cabbage, and choice of sauce. Don’t want to leave our vegetarian friends out in the cold.
Wario’s is one of the reasons sandwiches are on my mind right now. Their sandwiches are just killer: huge portions, quality ingredients. I love the classic Philly cheesesteak, but watch out for the the cold cut. It layers rosemary ham, soppressata, and hot coppa with a picante provolone, colorful house-made giardiniera, Wario sauce, tomato butter, shaved lettuce, and onions on Matija Breads’ semolina seeded roll. I just wish my Subway-eating high school self could see me now.
You’ve long known my love of Kolache Republic, and my favorite offering of their savories is the chorizo, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Such a zesty and wonderfully composed, hand-held breakfast bite.
Okay, this one steps outside of Columbus, but it’s worth the trip. We discovered Ironworks Waffle Cafe at COHatch The Market on an invited Springfield trip last fall. They craft some seriously good waffle sandwiches, and the Davey Moore stood out: fresh-made waffles encasing a chorizo egg scramble, cheddar, candied jalapenos, and a sriracha crema.
I’m no expert on lobster rolls, but I know a good one when I see one, and we were duly impressed with Huli Huli’s offering (and really, kudos to all the food and drink on their menu). They serve the rolls in pairs, loaded with well-seasoned lobster meat in toasted buns, plus a side of fries.
Amongst the Whitney House’s homespun meals (might I suggest their Wednesday meatloaf special?), their adult grilled cheese layers a generous amount of cheese with tomato jam and caramelized onions on whole grain. It’s served – of course – with a side of roasted tomato soup.
Look, any list of sandwiches in or around or anywhere near Columbus needs to include Fox in the Snow’s popular egg sandwich. It’s unreasonably good, a lovingly engineered combination of fluffy souffled eggs, sweet candied bacon, Swiss cheese, bitter arugula, and a tangy Dijon mustard on ciabatta.
Your House | Any Breakfast Sandwich you Make
I believe in you. You can make incredible sandwiches right in your very own home. Get creative and try some new combinations. My favorite recently: fried egg, sausage patty, hash browns, cheddar on ciabatta.
I moved to Manhattan after grad school in 2010, and since then I’ve lived in 7 different apartments. Started out in a 5th floor walk up on the Upper East Side with my best friends, and now a husband and two kids later I’ve landed in my favorite apartment yet.
We decided it was time to redecorate for this one. I love an airy, minimalistic look that is still cozy. I also needed it to be functional because… children. So I started by picking out the couches, which to me were the most important pieces of the living room, and then filled in the rest from there.
I stumbled upon the Albany Park brand and IMMEDIATELY fell in love with their Park sectional and Park armchair. Like, I needed to have them. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to test them out prior, but I bit the bullet and went for them anyway. Let me tell you they are beautiful quality! The fabric is amazing, and they are so easy to clean (I just wipe them down). A great option for a family.
Albany Park is a has a few other sectional and chair style options, which makes the shopping experience way less overwhelming. They are also delivered to you within three days! No waiting 8-10 weeks for your custom couch to be delivered while you sit and watch TV on your floor (I speak from experience). The process is simple and easy. If you are on the hunt for a new sectional, I highly recommend!