Peruvian-dubbed, neoclassically constructed, and still completely original: Lima, Ohio, remains an archetypal representation of America’s melting pot idealism. Did you ever expect to find such a slice of utopia in contemporary society? Lima, known as “The Bean,” is awash with tradition from every corner. Close your eyes to picture weather-worn, yet still statuesque monuments flanked by gnarled willows from centuries past. Lima is your very own porthole into history, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirit of what made America great.
Self-proclaimed “Gleeks” may be chagrined to discover the musically charged television series was merely set, but not filmed, in downtown Lima, but visitors to this Columbus suburb still sing its praises. Lean your head back to ponder the sandstone colonnades flanking the Second Empire-designed entryways of civic buildings and Lima hotels. A flash of sunlight grabs your attention as the sparkling waters of the Ottawa River draw you to their edges. The pristinely preserved historic district is also a lure, where your only challenge will be to not get lost in the overabundance of antiquities. When the first pangs of weariness begin to emerge after a day full of new experiences, spend the night slumbering in one of the welcoming hotels in Lima to awaken at first light, refreshed and curiosity piqued at the scent of fruit-filled pastries…is that blueberry or raspberry?
Has the call of Columbus begun to sound as loudly as the nearby train whistle piercing the sky? Pay homage to Lima native and original Beach Boy Al Jardine as you hum along to “Good Vibrations” in one of the rental cars in Lima on your way toward the glittering city. Your choice of Columbus, OH hotels anxiously await your arrival with congeniality, and perhaps even a cool cocktail.
True wanderers know the journey is more than just geography. Expand your boundaries with nothing but Travelocity’s affordable Lima, OH hotels and your penchant for adventure.