Favorite Photos of 2016

With 2016 ending, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of the year. As I compiled these photos, I am humbled by the amount of support that I have continued to receive this past year! I am so grateful and would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of you! I am so appreciative of your time spent reading Ohio Girl Travels and the amazing positive feedback which inspires me to write and share more with you! I truly feel blessed to walk through this world with the support of so many family, friends, and readers!

2016 took me to many wonderful places around Ohio, the United States, and the World! While browsing through hundreds of photos, it was hard to choose my favorites. Because really, every photograph is my favorite! Every picture transports me back to that moment in time, and in life, those moments are what makes our life complete! I smile and reflect on the wonderful memories I have made and how incredibly blessed I am, knowing that I am living my life to the fullest! As you look through a few of my favorite photos of 2016, I encourage you to browse your own 2016 photo collection and reflect upon the memories you made!

I hope you enjoy my favorite photos of 2016!

Haywood County, North Carolina:

Read why I love Haywood County (click here)

Haywood County, North Carolina Haywood County, North Carolina

Skiing Excursions (read post here)

Skiing in North Carolina ~ www.ohiogirltravels.com Skiing in North Carolina

Hiking Adventures (read post here)

Smoky Mountains Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains  Smoky Mountains

Sampling Lots of Craft Beer (read post here)

North Carolina Craft Beers  North Carolina Craft Beers

If you haven’t visited Western North Carolina, you should add it to your list!

San Francisco and Napa Valley, California:

Golden Gate Bridge (read post here)

Golden Gate Bridge  Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Botanical Garden (read post here)

San Francisco Botanical Garden  San Francisco Botanical Garden

Napa Valley (read post here)

Napa Valley, California  Napa Valley, California

Monterey, California:

Monterey Bay Aquarium (read post here)

Monterey Bay Aquarium  Monterey Bay Aquarium

Carmel-by-the-Sea (read post here)

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California  Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

17-Mile Drive (read post here)

17-Mile Drive, California  17-Mile Drive, California

17-Mile Drive, California  17-Mile Drive, California

17-Mile Drive, California 17-Mile Drive, California

Scenic Highway One (read post here)

California's Highway 1  California's Highway 1

California's Highway 1  California's Highway 1

California's Highway 1  California's Highway 1

Monterey and Big Sur, California have some of the world’s most stunning coastlines! If you want a road trip of a lifetime and be in awe of the breathtaking scenery along the Pacific Coast, a visit to Monterey County, California should be on your list (read my convincing post here)!

Ohio Getaways:

Athens, Ohio (click here for a Weekend Getaway Guide)

Athens, Ohio  Athens, Ohio

Butler County, Ohio (click here for a Weekend Getaway Guide, or here to read more about Butler County)

Butler County, Ohio  Butler County, Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream

Velvet Ice Cream at Ye Olde Mill  Velvet Ice Cream

Downtown Columbus (click here for a Weekend Getaway Guide)

Columbus, Ohio  Columbus, Ohio

Sailing Aboard the When and If Schooner 

When & If Schooner  When & If Schooner

Put-in-Bay (click here for a Weekend Getaway Guide)

Put-in-Bay, Ohio  Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Put-in-Bay, Ohio  Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Shawnee State Park & Lodge (read post here)

Shawnee State Park  Shawnee State Park

Motorcycle Rides:

Ohio’s Windy 9 (read post here)

Ohio's Windy 9 Motorcycle Routes  Ohio's Windy 9 Motorcycle Routes

Ohio's Windy 9 Motorcycle Routes  Ohio's Windy 9 Motorcycle Routes

Essex County, Ontario (read post here)

Essex County, Ontario  EPIC Wine Country, Ontario, Canada


Niagara Falls (read post here)

Niagara Falls  Niagara Falls

Essex County, Ontario (read post here and here)

Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada  Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada

Essex County, Ontario  Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada

Toronto (new blog posts about Toronto coming soon!)

Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada


Late October I spent two weeks visiting my best friend, Lisa, who lives London. We took several day trips from London, including Oxford, Cambridge, the Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, Dover, Leeds Castle and Canterbury. It felt wonderful to be back in one my favorite cities (London) in the world with one of my favorite people (Lisa) in the world! (lots of blog posts about my England adventures will be arriving soon!)

London, England London, England

England England

Oxford, England Oxford, England

England Cambridge, England

The loves of my life:

My husband ~ Chad

I am incredibly blessed to have my husband’s love, friendship, and support! This year we celebrated 11 years of marriage and 21 years together (we were middle school sweethearts)! Chad’s constant encouragement, love, and support makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Golden Gate Bridge  When & If Schooner

Essex County, Ontario  Spirit Airlines

My dog ~ Izzy

After the loss of her sister, Annabelle, last year, Izzy has become more spoiled than ever! She’s my best friend, makes me laugh and is the best snuggler! I love coming home to her lovely smile!

Izzy Izzy

My cats ~

This year I lost my beloved cat, Max to cancer. He was such a friendly and sweet cat and the best lap cat ever! I miss his snuggles! Max

Max and his sister, Maddie have been inseparable for 13 years, so I can only imagine how lost Maddie must feel without her brother by her side! But she has taken over Max’s spot and now loves being a lap cat!

Max and Maddie

I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite photos of 2016! Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year! 🙂

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Amanda C | The World Incorporated says:

    Heather, you had some amazing travels in 2016! I’m hoping I can do an Essex County wine tour (but no motorcycle haha) with my sister this spring. 🙂 Will definitely need to seek you out for some tips!

    Love all your photos – especially the fur babies.

    Hoping you have a 2017 full of love and travel! CHEERS!

    1. Dear Amanda,
      Thank you so much for all the kind words and encouragement!! 🙂

      You will love the Essex County Wine Region (even if you aren’t on a motorcycle, lol)! So many great wines with wonderful views!

      Wishing you a wonderful 2017 with lots of travel and creating lovely memories! Xoxo! 🙂

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