|This trip has been redesigned from an outstanding 2019 mystery tour. We loved our time in the German Village and wanted to explore more. We have added more time for touring as well as shopping and exploring on your own. This tour combines history, beauty, shopping, and Christmas in all of its splendor! A complete tour package, as you only purchase one meal. |
HIGHLIGHT CITY: Columbus, OH • Dayton, OH
FEATURES: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Offers world-class horticulture, art, and nature-based exhibits. The Conservatory features the historic 1895 John F. Wolfe Palm House, 83,000 square feet of glasshouses, botanical gardens including the Scotts Miracle-Gro Garden. The Conservatory owns the largest collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly in a botanical garden and is home to internationally recognized light artist James Turrell’s Light Raiment II, which illuminates the John F. Wolfe Palm House every evening from dusk until dawn. • Conservatory Aglow - The biggest and brightest holiday show in the history of the Conservatory, extending beyond the building and into The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden as well as the Grand Mallway. Artfully placed light installations highlight the lush horticulture displays within the interior biomes and courtyards, while the classic poinsettia plant floods the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse with rich holiday colors. The Paul Busse model railway, hand-blown glass ornament trees, and family-favorite poinsettia trees provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. • Guided Tour of German Village - The internationally recognized historic district just blocks from downtown Columbus, Ohio. Enjoy hearing the colorful stories of the German immigrants who settled the area in the 1800s, the decline of the 1900s and the restoration efforts that resulted in the charming village we have today, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • Book Loft - One of the nation’s largest independent book stores! The pre-Civil War era buildings that once were general stores, a saloon, and a nickelodeon cinema, now are home to 32 rooms of Bargain Books. • Helen Winnemores - Considered the oldest store of its kind in the United States, Helen Winnemore’s has been in continuous operation since 1938 and still follows many of the traditions established at that time. When you open the door to our shop, you are invited to make yourself at home as you explore 8 rooms of American made crafts. • Red Stable - Featuring more than 100 local artists and vendors creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and art for everyone! • Schmidt's Fudge Haus - Offering the finest fudge and chocolates, bringing the old-fashion, old-world taste of chocolate right to you. • Schmidt’s Restaurant and Banquet Haus - Culmination of five generations of the Schmidt family working to bring real German food and authentic German hospitality to the community. Schmidt’s has been a staple in the German Village for more than 120 years. Schmidt’s began crafting its German cuisine in 1886. Today, their menu features some of the most original and delicious German dinners. • Kelton House - Underground Railroad Historic Site - Built by Fernando Cortez Kelton, a prosperous wholesaler of dry goods and pharmaceuticals, the Kelton House incorporates elements of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The garden features hedges, statuary, diverse plant specimens, lattice work and mixed perennial borders that demonstrate a Victorian sensibility. The simple beauty of the mansion’s façade, however, housed dangerous politics (for the time). The Keltons were active supporters of the abolitionist movement. They did all they could to assist ex-slaves, freed slaves and freeborn blacks and fugitives, including one young woman who was sheltered at the home for ten years. • Columbus City Tour - Highlighting the Ohio Statehouse, the vibrant Short North Arts District, historic Goodale Park with the Sells Circus House, the exciting new National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and more. • The National Museum of the United States Air Force - The world's largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space.