Ottawa, Ohio – A Small Town Walk-About


The village of Ottawa is located northwest of Columbus, just a little over 2 hours drive.
Originally, this area of Ohio was inhabited by the Wyandot and Ottawa Native American tribes. In 1817, a large parcel of land was ceded to the United States. The village of Ottawa was eventually incorporated in 1861.


We spent a very fun few days in Ottawa. Lodging at an Airbnb in the outskirts of town, this made for a great location to base our exploration.

Ottawa has a small town vibe with all the charm that comes with it. Older architecture, street art, memorials and fun people!

The surrounding areas are also fun to explore with Glandorf (check out the St. John’s Church and nearby cemetery) and Bluffton if you decide to visit here! Even if you don’t plan a stay, if you are traveling through the area, it is a great stopping point to check out, stretch your legs and get something to eat!

If you like trains, there is a line that goes through the center of Ottawa downtown rather frequently.

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