“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.”
Who knew southwestern Ohio was chock-full of wide, smooth trails perfect for skating? Over 300 miles of connected trails to explore, most of them converted rail trails or along rivers (meaning flat and smooth), await us. But what is more, we think you will find this region to be surprisingly beautiful, boasting thick forests, wide rivers, open farmlands, and charming small towns, all centered around the interesting small city of Dayton. It will exceed your expectations.
In fact, Allan Wright, Zephyr’s founder, would even venture to say that the best-paved trails in the world are in Ohio!
- Dates: September 28 - October 2, 2020
- Cost Per Person: $2,250
- Optional Single Supplement: $600
- Private Tour Minimum: 10
- Activities: Skating
- Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
- Guides: TBD
Other Info: Bikers are welcome (bike rental is an extra $25 per day).Book this Tour
- Skate on the largest (and some may even say best) paved trail network in the nation – 330 miles (sorry, but you won’t have time to skate them all!)
- Enjoy charming small towns, beautiful riverscapes, bucolic scenery and friendly and welcoming locals
- Stay two nights in small-city Dayton directly on the Miami River and two nights in the lovely town of Yellow Springs
We meet at the Dayton, Ohio airport and shuttle to a beautiful nature preserve south of the city for our initial skate on the Great Miami River Trail. After introductions to all your wonderful tripmates, you can choose to participate in a skating clinic to refresh your skills or begin skating right away! This 12-foot wide rail trail hugs the river, making its way through several quaint towns and many beautiful parks full of mature trees that provide shade until we reach downtown Dayton. Along the way, be sure to stop at the charming and historic little downtown of Miamisburg.
Dayton has a rich brewing heritage. We’ll have dinner at the Carillon Brewing Company, where you can taste beers from different points in history and see how they have changed from “sour” ales of the 1850s through the drinks of Post-Prohibition to today’s craft brews. Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, you’ll enjoy watching the beer being made via old-fashioned methods with copper kettles, wooden barrels, and charcoal fires that make each batch of brew. Plus, it is also a beautiful and brand-new museum!
Skating distances: 10 miles / 18 miles / 25 miles
We start the day with a shuttle to the town of Tipp City where we’ll skate another section of the wide, flat Great Miami River Trail, through vibrant river towns and acres of parkland. We’ll be heading downstream with the river, so you’ll be able to make the miles fly by with ease! Our skate takes us back through Dayton, the birthplace of flight (remember the Wright Brothers?). If you have interest, we encourage you to visit the Air Force Museum for a little exploration time before we reconvene for a tasty dinner.
Skating distances: 9 miles / 17 miles / 33 miles
This morning we'll pack up our bags and check out of our hotel before hitting the trail for the quaint little town of Yellow Springs. Our route today takes us to the trail hub town of Xenia, with paved trail “spokes” radiating out in five directions! We'll start our skate with a brilliant green canopy of trees overhead, as well as a skate under a beautifully restored covered bridge. You’ll skate on three connecting paved paths – the Little Miami, Creekside, and Mad River Trails. Yellow Springs (population 3,700) has what is likely to be one of the cutest main streets you’ve ever seen! Before or after an intimate dinner at our hotel, the property’s southern-style front porch will tempt you with comfortable rocking chairs where you can just hang out and watch the world go by.
Skating distances: 10 miles / 18 miles / 28 miles
Rise and shine! We'll start with a filling breakfast in our charming hotel. Next, we skate out the back of our hotel to the trail, this time turning north toward the historic town of Springfield (and beyond, to the reservoir in Buck Creek State Park, if you choose). If you’re a history or architecture fan, you might want to visit the Heritage Center Museum or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House before or after lunch. Choose to skate back to Yellow Springs, or ride back in the Zephyr shuttle. No visit to Yellow Springs would be complete without a visit to the famous Young’s Dairy for ice cream, so be sure to save time for a post-skate treat! If ice cream isn’t your thing, visit the local brewery in Yellow Springs – the patio overlooks the trail we were just on. Our final celebratory dinner will be at a lovely downtown restaurant, where we can toast our skating accomplishments.
Skating distances: 10 miles / 20 miles / 32 miles
After an early breakfast at Ellie’s Restaurant and Bakery, we will shuttle to Xenia and skate a beautiful out-and-back route, (with flexible mileage) south toward the town of Corwin before returning to Xenia. The surrounding bucolic countryside is comprised of cornfields, beautiful rows of trees, farmhouses, and creeks full of kids fishing and swimming. We get you back to the hotel in time to shower and check out before setting everyone loose for lunch in Yellow Springs. We will provide an airport shuttle (arriving at 3:00 PM) for those who are flying home today.
Skating distances: flexible
NIGHTS 1 - 2 >> FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES / DAYTON, OHIO
Perfectly located directly off the trail and along the Great Miami River, this brand-new hotel offers spacious, comfortable rooms with friendly and accommodating staff. It is also within walking distance of many restaurants and pubs in downtown Dayton.
NIGHTS 3 - 4 >> MILLS PARK HOTEL / YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO
This small yet cozy hotel is located at the end of Yellow Springs’ three-block downtown. It offers modern rooms along with historic charm provided by its southern-style front porch complete with rocking chairs, a cozy lobby with couches and a sweeping staircase, a cute gift shop, and on-site restaurant. You will feel right at home here!Book this Tour
We meet you at Dayton, Ohio Airport (airport code DAY) at 12:30 PM on the first day of the trip. Plan on a flight arriving no later than 12:00 PM. If you are driving, you can park your car in long-term parking lot for as little as $4.95 per day. If you arrive early to Dayton, you can easily take a shuttle downtown and we will instead pick you up at an as-yet-to-be-determined hotel on the first morning of the trip.
On the last day, we will shuttle you back to the airport by 3:00 PM, so you can fly out any time after 4:30 PM. Upon booking, we will send you a Pre-Departure Packet with more information on this trip and suggestions for what to do if you want to spend extra time in the area.
- At least two Zephyr guides accompany the trip and a third is added as necessary.
- Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
- All of your dinners and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. In general, we leave lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.
- All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
- All trail fees and permits are included.
- NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.
The average September temperature in Ohio is pleasantly in the mid-60s with the average high in the mid-70s. Though there is a lower risk of rain, you will still want to bring rain gear just in case.
Changes to Your Itinerary
While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience.
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