COSHOCTON -- Escape to nearby Coshocton this summer for a fun-filled getaway.
From entertaining events like the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is the perfect place to find your adventure.
On June 8-10, enjoy the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival sponsored by Frontier Power featuring balloon launches, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon night glow, midway rides, antique flea market, craft and food vendors, and more.
Returning this year are Tethered Balloon rides, with full-service balloon rides available with prior reservations.
"Balloon launches take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting)," said Mindy Brems, director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau. "Live musical entertainment includes the Blend (1950's acapella) and The Rorey Wesney Band. Festival admission and parking are free."
A complete schedule and listing of balloons are available here.
"Corvette and classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 11," added Brems. "We typically have around 200 corvettes showcased on the street that day. "Guests can stroll through Historic Roscoe Village while getting an up-close look at some beautiful cars, whose owners are proud to show them off."
Now through June 18, visitors will be fascinated by the Pushing the Surface Quilt Show at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village.
"This exhibition of 26 works is a dance of color, beauty, ingenuity and story," said Patti Malenke, director at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. "Participating artists are from across the United States as well as Israel." The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum also houses Native American tools and basketry, Ohio pioneer history, classic Japanese and Chinese artifacts and the famous Newark Holy Stones.
Coshocton is also the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio -- The 43rd Annual Coshocton Dulcimer Days on June 16-18 in Historic Roscoe Village. The festival features music workshops, free concerts, and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships.
Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, raffles, artists' booths, traditional Appalachian music, and headliner concert Saturday evening with musicians The Vanderveer Brothers String Band and Jeff Hames.
The Indian Mud Run takes place on June 24 at Coshocton Lake Park. This Park fundraiser offers a "weekend warrior" challenging 5K obstacle race including approximately 20 obstacles along the beautiful Scarr Loop and Eagle Ridge Trails at Lake Park. For the brave, a 10 K course filled with more challenging obstacles is available. Register at IndianMudRun.com.
"We've been told by past participants that this is one of the best mud runs they've ever done, so we know the runners this year definitely will have a great time," said Brems.
Coshocton is home to several popular attractions including Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal era town offering a glimpse into life in the 1800s. Self-guided tours are available daily.
Most of the Famous Shops and Restaurants of Roscoe Village are open seven days a week, so visitors can immerse themselves in a quaint, nostalgic street rich with history discovering delightful shops, enjoying delicious dining and unique lodging options.
A visit to Coshocton in the summer is made extra special with a ride on the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat where the huge draft horses pull the Canal Boat along an original restored portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal.
Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride are entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s canal life sharing tall tales and history. The canal boat is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the summer.
For those who love wineries, staying in Coshocton offers easy access to Ohio's Three Rivers Wine Trail which features Raven's Glenn, Baltic Mill, Indian Bear, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills and Yellow Butterfly.
"Guests will love the diversity of the wineries," said Brems. "From a restored flour mill to a historic yellow barn, the locations are as varied as the selection of wines."
For outdoor enthusiasts, Coshocton has a lot to offer. Woodbury Wildlife Area is the largest public hunting and fishing land in the State of Ohio. Perfect for sporting or bird watching, it is something Coshocton is proud of! If you'd like something a bit less rustic, why not try the Coshocton Crow Geotrail? Use the GPS feature in your smartphone to locate 13 caches hidden in interesting places. Complete the passport and you'll earn a collectible coin!
Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton's many affordable lodging options. From luxury cabins, friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and guest houses, finding the perfect stay for a getaway is easy. There are overnight packages to choose from that include Wine Tastings, Aquatic Center swimming passes, a Girlfriends' Get-a-way and more.
Request a free visitor packet here or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.