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Marietta-Washington County

Marietta-Washington county is a place of bold beginnings and new adventures for travelers of all ages. Established in 1788 Marietta is known as the first settlement in the Northwest Territory. This picturesque river town with European ambiance is conveniently located just off Exit 1 on I-77. Named by the Smithsonian Magazine as the #6 best small town to visit in 2014, Marietta is positioned at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. Its brick streets are lined with lush hardwood trees and opulent Victorian homes. Our city is always alive with activity, modern yet delightfully old.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Our Home Away From Home" by Donnie Marie Estep

For the past fifteen years, we have been traveling to Marietta a couple of times a year- embarking on new and unexpected adventures- and enjoying every minute of it!

We stay at the House on Harmar Hill- a beautiful bed and breakfast perched high atop Marietta with a spectacular view of the rivers and downtown below.  Doug and Judy Grize who operate the B&B are like family and we enjoy our visits with them.

For fine dining, we turn to The Galley and Spagna's where we always know we'll have excellent food and service. We absolutely love shopping downtown Marietta, one of our favorites before it closed, was Barking Dog Books and Art.

Initially, we planned an itinerary including museum visits, Valley Gem excursions, carriage rides, July 4th fireworks, ghost walks, and Christmas shopping. These days, we just go with the flow. There is always something interesting happening in Marietta. We check the online calendar for events at Marietta College and the Mid Ohio Valley Players Theatre. But, we reserve plenty of spare time for unexpected discoveries.

In 2005, we happened to be trapped on Harmar Hill when the river flooded. It was a fascination experience, watching the river rise and spill over her banks. We stayed an extra night and had a wonderful and interesting time from our safe and dry vantage point high above it all.

Marietta is our home away from home- partly because of its small town feel, but also because there is something for everyone to do here. We have visited in every season of the year and enjoyed the variety of the atmosphere. Whether we are traveling alone or with another couple, we have found that we stay together and play together the whole time.

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