All State Blog Swap with Jennifer

If you didn’t already know, I am part of the Ohio Blogging Association, which links me up with many other wonderful bloggers who discuss various topics that include restaurants, travel, crafts and their lives.

I have decided to be part of the All State Blog Swap, where bloggers from around the great state of Ohio are paired up and the two post on the other blog. For a full listing of blog swap participants, please visit the blog Poise in Parma.

My blog swap partner is Jennifer of I’ve got to get this off my chest…! She’s has decided to write a bit about Athens and even touch on some festivals (for the record, I don’t include Palmer Fest because it seems to be more a college party).

So I hope you enjoy her post and I hope you read other posts of hers at her blog where she discusses some rather interesting topics in very smart and humorous ways.

I think you’ll like it. I do.


Over the River and Through the Woods

How exciting! This is my first blog swap and I am just delighted to have been paired with Kristian from Ohio Festivals. My blog is I started it after an amazingly looooooong Amtrak trip from Ohio to Boston, Massachusetts. If you check out my blog, please read “Happy Holidays, Amtrak.”

Although my blog covers a wide range of topics, this particular blog swap is only for Ohio bloggers. For this reason, I want to introduce you to my neck of the woods…. Ahhhh….Athens, Ohio.It’s an eclectic town where the downtown is called uptown and the locals are called townies, and the students are mostly bobcats.Follow me so far?

There are plenty of things to do in the college town whether you are a townie, a bobcat, a little of both, or a guest in our town.

Because I plan to be a food critic in my next life, I would be remiss if I did not mention that Athens has some fabulous cuisine offered by local business owners.Yes, chains exist, too, but mmmmmmmm the local restaurants are dee-lish!Yes, there is an Applebee’s and a Ruby Tuesday, but our locally owned restaurants are superb.Casa, Zoe’s, Sol, and Salaam are just a few of the downtown’s uptown dining options.Mmmmmm….now I’m hungry.

Athens is rich in history and opportunities to explore the great outdoors.Miles of bike paths and trails are great for runners, hikers, and cyclists alike.I’m none of those things because of an obscene lack of coordination, but I do enjoy the natural beauties that abound in this quaint college town.

We also know a little something about festivals.We know how to host a wonderful festival and we know how to burn a festival to the ground…sort of.Yep, we are talented!

Two fabulous Athens festivals are the Paw Paw festival and Brew Week (I’m declaring Brew Week a festival because this is my blog post and I’m allowed to do these kinds of declarations!).The Indian Mound Festival is a good time, too, of course.

A more notorious festival would be Palmer Fest.It’s such a bad example of a festival that it’s not even worthy of the full “festival” title.It’s just a Fest.Palmer Fest is to Athens as a cockroach is to Southern living.It gets bigger and uglier each year, but there is seemingly no way to get rid of it.Google Palmer Fest and you’ll see why I’m disgusted.If that sort of festival interests you, please start one in your own hometown.

Athens Is a great place to call home. You should come see it for yourself!