Hi there! Assistant Director Kaitlynn here, I just got back to the office after a wonderful Staycation here in Gallia County! The plan for my vaca was to relax and watch all the movies and TV I had been adding to my list. However, my problem is that I get antsy if I sit too long so I grabbed my friends and hit up some of my favorite Gallia spots. Check out a few of my favorite staycation/vacation ideas and a couple that I have in mind for my next staycation.
1. Take a Class
2. Downtown Shopping
|Lucky Cat & Potted Edge|
- Charm Boutique
- Lucky Cat
- Potted Edge
- River City Leather
- Once Again Consignment
- Next Level Gaming Center
- The Artisan Shoppe & Studio
- The Rogue Crusade
3. Farmers Market
The Raised Around Rio Farmer & Artisan Market is held in the village of Rio Grande every Wednesday and Saturday along College Avenue. I love to get fresh produce, goat milk soap, fresh bread, cheese and it's a great place for special gifts from handmade jewelry to aprons, bags, and more! I also love to grab dinner at the market with their various food vendors that change week to week.
4. Trail Walks
Whether you are trying to be healthy or just want to enjoy nature, Gallia County has several trails to choose from. The Holzer Hike and Bike Trail is perfect for an easy stroll or ride. Click here for a full trail listing.
5. Art Galleries
|Artisan Shoppe & Studio Gallery Show|
6. Drive the Serpent Bones
|Sarah Guthrie, creator of the Serpent Bones|
One of my favorite summer pastimes is just jumping in the car and taking a drive in the country. The Serpent Bones is a trail designed with two-wheel enthusiasts in mind but four-wheels do just fine. There are several routes that run through Gallia County and into neighboring communities.
7. Take the Passport Challenge
Do you like to win prizes? Of course, you do. The Passport Challenge is the GCCVB's summer program where participants visit specific locations get their special passport sheet stamped or take a selfie as proof. From local shops, to historically significant spots the locations on the Passport Challenge are a fun way to explore Gallia! Download yours here!
8. Visit a Vineyard
Merry Family Winery and Twisted Vine Family Vineyard. Follow them on social media to be sure to catch their special events including live music, painting classes and more!
9. Kayak and Canoe Tours
This one is at the top of my list for my next staycation. Raccoon Creek Paddles and Oars located in Rio Grande offer several options for Kayak and Canoe tours. If you don't own a Kayak or Canoe, no worries you are able to rent them! I definitely want to try Kayaking!
10. Eat ALL of the Food
Tuscany Cuccini, McClure's Family Restaurant, Bob Evans, to name a few. Because what good is a vacation without good food? And of course, don't forget dessert at Sprinkle & Pop!