We're getting out of the office - and touring Ohio - with our #FHroadtrip travel series. Tag along as we explore what there is to see, do and eat across the great state of Ohio!I've slowly worn a path through rural southwest Ohio traveling to Miami University and the quaint town of Oxford where my daughter studies. Just 45 minutes north of Cincinnati, the "Oxford bubble" is separated and surrounded by miles of woods and farm fields.What to DoOn your way into town, you'll pass Huston Woods State Park boasting a restored 1830s farm, nature center, woodland cabins, a lodge and a wide range of outdoor activities. Oxford is also home to a number of preserves and nature trails including the student-popular "Bluffs" hillside.
What to SeeOxford is a true college town with its heart just adjacent to Miami University campus. A "Top 100" college ranked by US News, Miami is nickname "Ohio's Ivy" and reminds one of new England with its prevalent red brick and high pitched roofs. Students make up nearly half the population of the 7-square-mile town, so the college influence is everywhere, including "uptown" Oxford where most dining, boutiques, bookstores and typical campus bars are located.What to EatWe've had excellent food at Quarter Barrel, known for its fresh menu including lavosh, fish, locally sourced meats and micro brews. Paesano's Pasta House offers classic Italian food, pastas, wine and white tablecloths.And, since you are on campus, there are the old standbys. Steinkeller Bier Hall and Restaurant with its authentic German food and live music. Mac & Joes Saloon, serving students with beer, burgers, wings and more beer since 1941. If you want the full campus bar experience, begin your afternoon at the Brick Street Bar for Beat the Clock-then, just follow the crowd. You'll likely end your journey in the wee morning hours at Bagel & Deli, renowned for 90 bagel and sandwich options served before, during and after a night out.As you head out of town-and seek some sugary goodness-check out the Butler County Donut Trail with providers scattered in area communities. It's gaining ground as a destination tour.Even if you don't have a student at Miami, it's worth the beautiful drive to visit Oxford in the fall. In October there, you'll swear the sky is extra blue and the leaves are electric.