I’m really excited to interview Bob Hines of Amazing Ashville about Ashville, Ohio. Bob’s tips for the best things to do in Ashville are awesome because he grew up in Ashville, loves the small-town life, and enjoys the weather in all four seasons.
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Ashville is a “village” of just over 4,000 people that is located 22 miles south of Columbus, Ohio. It’s a small town with a ton of character, as you’ll find out during my interview with Bob. Bob says that Ashville has all four seasons and his favorite time to visit is Spring through Fall.
While you’re in town, make sure that you stop by an 1800s Apothecary, Mott’s Military Museum, and Slate Run Living Historical Farm (a working farm from the 1880s) to take a walk back in time. At the Ohio Small Town Museum, you can see many historical exhibits, including the oldest continuously lit traffic light (Guinness Book record-holder). There are numerous festivals and events throughout the year, such as the annual Viking Festival, Commercial Point Karting Classic, Circleville Pumpkin Show, and the Ashville Food Truck Festival. And don’t miss the Ashville 4th of July Celebration for a true taste of small city Americana with a famous fish fry, entertainment, parade, and fireworks show.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out AshvilleOhio.gov, the city’s official website. They are a wealth of information and can share many interesting facts and moments from the city’s history.
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Getting around Ashville
The local airport is John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), which is about a 35-minute drive to Ashville.
Bob says that it’s a good idea to rent a car so you can easily explore the city and the surrounding area. Parking is free in all areas, so there’s no problem finding an easy place to park. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.
Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Bob Hines about Ashville, Ohio. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Ashville, Ohio
- Green dots = best things to do in Ashville, Ohio
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Ashville, Ohio
Who is Bob Hines?
Bob Hines is the author of the award-winning book, “Amazing Ashville: The Most Colorful Community in America” by Reedy Press. Dr. Hines is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University. Before his retirement, he was president of Questline, an energy efficiency marketing company that appeared on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America for eight straight years.
Here are a few articles that highlight Bob’s book and the area of Ashville:
- New Book Highlights Ashville’s Outsized Tales
- Self-Driving Car! Ashville, Ohio! History, Ancestry & Geneology All Around Us!
You can connect with Bob on his website and on Facebook and Instagram. You can buy his book from Reedy Press or your favorite bookstore.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
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To learn more about this region of the U.S., please listen to our other episodes:
- Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame, A Christmas Story & Duct Tape Festival in Cleveland, Ohio
- Riverfest Fireworks, Civic Music Hall & Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Horse Racing, Bourbon Distilleries & KFC in Lexington, Kentucky with Audra
- Bunbury Music Festival, Skyline Chili & Findlay Market in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Mammoth Cave National Park, Corvette Museum & Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green, Kentucky