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As Valentines Day Approaches in Clinton County in Southwest Ohio

Monday, February 10th, 2014

It seems a little hard to be lovable when so many of us are fighting snow, ice and literally taking our lives in our own hands trying to get into our offices, but Valentines Day is coming so we need to step back and remember those we care about at this special time.  Make an evening of it on Valentines and take in a show at Wilmington’s Murphy Theatre, eat in one of our fun and romantic restaurants and stay overnight at one of our hotels.  It’s all good.

I ran across a great blog that addresses tips for planning a Valentine’s getaway.  I simply loved it and I hope you will to.  Great advice by another blogger.  (Why not share?)

Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Have you made your plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Well, it’s time to get cracking. Please do not wait until the last minute, because the situation could turn out bad, horribly bad. Although, I want to focus on Valentine’s travel plans gone wrong, I need to digress for this public service announcement. Here it is. Do not purchase a stuffed animal for an adult for Valentine’s Day and think that you have completed your shopping. There is an exception to this rule, because iced up stuffed animals are welcomed.

Unadorned stuffed animals should stay in the store. Your grown-up significant other stopped playing with stuffed animals a long time ago, so please stop giving her last minute stuffed animals unless the furry fellow is wearing some new diamond bauble that you just bought her.
Okay, so back to my travel article with tips on how to keep your Valentine’s Day ideas from going terribly wrong.

1. Be realistic. Don’t surprise her with a trip in which she’ll spend multiple days away, especially if she has a job, children, household responsibilities and hasn’t done her hair. Women usually love romantic travel surprises, but if you plan to whisk her away somewhere, make sure that she has time off from work and her other responsibilities are taken care of. Do not assume that she’s waiting around for you with nothing to do. Help her plan for the getaway. Ask her if she could clear her calendar. Tell her that she needs to find someone to care for her children (if she has kids) and give her advice on what she should pack.

2. Keep it stress-free. Don’t arrange a bunch of adventurous activities for her if she isn’t the adventurous type. Although it is fun to watch couples jump out of airplanes on the The Bachelor or watch the challenges on The Amazing Race, Valentine’s Day is probably not the best time to force your girlfriend to face her phobias. It also isn’t wise to plan a bunch of activities that you’d like to do without considering her.

3. Keep it private. Do not arrange to share a hotel suite with another couple and put your girlfriend on a pull-out sofa in the living area. Sharing a suite isn’t a hot idea for Valentine’s Day, but if you must split the cost with another couple, make the suite a two-bedroom/two bathroom suite.

4. Spend time with your real significant other. Don’t go on a trip with your friends or side piece and leave your significant other at home. You’ll eventually be found out. So, unless you are seriously ready to end the relationship, it’s probably a good idea to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one.

5. Don’t get your dude or lady hyped up over nothing. Staycations are great, but the motel down the street with the fake palm trees in the room isn’t an island getaway. Sorry, but ugh, no. If you are hinting that you are taking her to Paris, you better take her to Paris, France and not Paris’ Rib Shack down the street.

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Traveling With Kids Around The Holidays – Clinton County in Southwest Ohio

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

I ran across a good post that gives advise for traveling with kids around the holidays.  I thought I’d share it with you.  Reducing the stress around the holidays is a good thing!  Check it out.

Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Christmas Time Has Arrived in Clinton County in Southwest Ohio

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Okay, I’m ready!  In fact, I’m more than ready – for Christmas.  Once the Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival arrives, it’s all about the holidays in Wilmington and Clinton County.  The parade took place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and it’s the unwritten beginning of the holiday season in our area.  Thousands brave the cold to see illuminated parade entries as they roll down Main Street in Wilmington.  Thanks to Rob Jaehnig for his leadership and all of the volunteers that make this event happen.

The Trappings

This year I broke my own oath, I shopped on Black Friday and bought electronics on Cyber Monday!  I guess I am now part of the trap that many get caught in.  I didn’t however shop on Thanksgiving.  I refuse!  That day was reserved for family, turkey and all the trimmings and  giving thanks.  How about you?

Shopping Yet?

Have you started shopping?  I am about half done and am planning on visiting our specialty shops this weekend for those people that you have no idea on what to buy.  I love running into something and it just jumps out at you and says a person’s name.  We do lists in my family but what happened to the idea of using a little ingenuity to choose a gift?  Besides if we really need something most of us go out and buy it.  Why not search your heart this holiday season and pick out something that will touch the other person’s heart?  Isn’t that what Christmas is really all about?  Drop in our local shops and find that special gift.




I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau

It’s beginning to look alot like “what” in Clinton County in Southwest Ohio?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I can honestly say that even though the stores are sporting Christmas decorations and Christmas craft shows have been going on around the county, as of today there are no Christmas decorations in downtown Wilmington’s storefronts.  Yeah!  Sorry folks, I feel sorry for the humble turkey who gets more and more forgotten each year.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is my favorite time of the year, in fact I expect I’ll start listening to Christmas music very soon, but the pilgrims set an example for us that needs to be followed.  And I’m not just talking about eating so much food that many of us simply maneuver ourselves to the living room couch to get horizontal!  (My mom always says it’s the sage in the dressing.)  I guess this year I’ll make her admit that my plate had enough food on it for a couple of people!

The real message of Thanksgiving

What I’m talking about is concentrating on all the things in our lives for which we are thankful.  I’m thankful for living in a small city that still has the ambiance of small-town America.  I’m thankful for festivals that bring families together.  I’m thankful for a safe haven where the crime rate ranks below the neighboring cities.  I’m thankful for my family and the opportunity to have raised my daughter in such a place.  I’m thankful for the special places that have become the fabric of Wilmington’s history weaving a story that exists today such as the ones still told about the Murphy Theatre.  I’m thankful that this little bit of paradise offers me the opportunity to worship as I wish.  I get to enjoy nature at its finest a short drive away and eat fresh produce from our many farms.  I’ll admit it.  The list of what I’m thankful for goes on and on.  You too?

Hope your Christmas holiday appears when you expect it to.  I expect I’ll be ready to look at downtown Christmas decorations after lunch on Thanksgiving Day!

(Oops!  I spoke too soon!  Christmas garland is being put up on light posts downtown even as I write this!  Too funny.)

Written by Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau


This Clinton County in Southwest Ohio Gal Just Heard of Slacklining

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Okay, there’s always something new coming around the pike that surprises me, but today I was introduced for the first time to slacklining.  Ever heard of it?  Honestly, I don’t know if anyone in Clinton County participates in this sport or not and that’s why I’m writing.  Inquiring minds want to know!

What is slacklining? 

According to Wikipedia, Slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses nylon or polyester webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Many people suggest slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The line’s tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is usually flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping one’s footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for tricks and stunts. Slacklining has quickly become popular due to its simplicity and versatility and its ability to be practiced in a variety of environments. Those who participate in slacklining are often called “slackers”.  So there you have it.  Love the “slackers” moniker. 

Who slacklines? 

Well you’d think by reading the many articles on the web about slacklining that everyone is doing it but me.  Many are amateurs just enjoying the activity for full-body exercise, but there are actually competitions of slackliners, and we’re talking about some who are walking on a slackline across mountain passes.  Okay, maybe it’s not for me!

There’s a Facebook page in our area that is devoted specifically to everything slacklining.  It’s  Check it out.  I know I will be and who knows, maybe Wilmington, Ohio, will one day host a slackline competition.  It’s pretty flat land around here, but we’re known for our resourcefulness and I know we could create a fun and challenging event.  To all the “slackers” out there, may you have balance in your life.

Written by Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Fall Color in Clinton County in southwest Ohio

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Okay, I’m really getting excited now.  Fragments of color are popping up all over the County.  I suspect that after the cooler spell we’re supposed to get later this week that we’ll be seeing full fall color in our neck of the woods.

Barn Quilt Trail

Our county roads are a great place to see it all and you might want to take in our Barn Quilt self-guided Trail that contains 54 barn quilts in full color as well.  Call us today for a brochure that gives you all the information you’ll need to know about the Trail at 877-428-4748.

Clinton County GeoTrail

I ran into some geocachers Saturday that were participating in our Barn Quilt Geo Trail and they were going on and on about the beautiful fall in Clinton County.  Looking forward to your call!  See you out on the back roads!

Written by Debbie Stamper, Executive Director, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau

“I Saw It” in Clinton County in southwest Ohio

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Okay, call me crazy but when I see the first signs of the trees changing color in Clinton County I get excited.  We’re in southwest Ohio so it takes a little longer for fall beauty to arrive, but I was driving home from work the other day and there at the top of a tree was the most brilliant orange I had ever seen.  This is all I needed to make me want to pull out the Halloween and Fall decorations, switch to wearing pullover sweaters and open the windows to let that fresh fall air circulate through the house.  But there was a little hitch.  It was 80 degrees outside, so instead I drove to Cowan Lake State Park in search of more fall color.  Okay, so there wasn’t much out there, but I know that within a couple of weeks the entire county will be covered in fall folliage and I’ll be riding the back roads taking it all in.

What’s on your agenda?

What will you be doing to celebrate the fall season?  I ‘m also looking forward to Branstrator’s Three Sisters Fall Festival, Bonnybrook Farms’ Fall Farm Days and Lantern Light Wagon Ride and Corn Maze, right here in our own backyard.  Check out our calendar of events to get the scoop. In the meantime, I’ll be on the lookout for that brilliant color so be sure and check back.

Written by Debbie Stamper, executive director of the Clinton County Visitors Bureau