What To Do At: Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Dayton, Ohio

Ohio is a move that has been a long time coming. Ever since Dave was accepted into FA52, we knew we would eventually end up here for him to go through grad school. Dave got here in late August to begin class, but I stayed behind in Virginia a bit longer to help my sister with wedding preparations. I just arrived in Ohio one week ago, so this blog will definitely need updating over the next several months. I was able to pull some initial information together based on my first week settling in, as well as all the research I have done leading up to the move. So far (which is admittedly not that far) I don’t have any negative things to say about Ohio. I’m of course sad to leave my family and friends in Virginia, but so far Ohio has been very good to us. It reminds me a bit of New York, with even more options to keep us occupied.

Where to live off post: Everyone you talk to will recommend Centerville or Beavercreek for the top-rated schools. Now, be aware, these areas often come with significantly higher taxes, but the tax increase is reflected in the townships. We chose to build in Centerville, in a community called Bridle Creek Ranch. It is definitely the nicest area we have ever lived in. It’s a beautiful community, the people are warm and welcoming, and there are many cool things to do within a few mile drive. The issue right now we are facing is that our house build is beyond delayed. We were initially promised a closing date in August, but now it looks like we won’t be in until January of 2022 at the absolute earliest. I hope the builders can make up time, but it doesn’t seem like they will. So we are content to stay in our temporary housing for now (and we are beyond grateful that a godly family opened their home to us). But if and when you do find yourself looking for housing in the Dayton area, reach out to me so I can tell you who NOT to build with.

Where to eat: As the resident foodie, I have already checked out most of the top restaurants. I can say that Salar (a Peruvian restaurant in Dayton) is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The atmosphere is very upscale and classy, service is top-notch, and every single menu item we ordered was out of this world. Salar is actually in the running for my all-time favorite restaurant. I had the Pepitas (whipped Peruvian potato balls with a spicy sauce, almonds, and egg) for appetizers, and Dave had the baked scallop parmesan. The Pepitas were a bit “out there” for his tastes, but the scallops were some of the best we have ever had. I got the duck ragu for my entree, and Dave got the seafood rice, and both were sensational. We ended the meal with Valador and cinnamon ice cream, which were both very good as well.

Local activities: As a lover of trains, I will recommend the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. It’s a little under two hours from Dayton and offers elegant dining train rides, interactive mystery experiences, and sunset tours. Glenmont, Ohio, offers a treehouse resort, which is obviously on my list of experiences. Ohio also has a bunch of random full-scale castles that seem pretty neat. Outside of the state, I plan on heading to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (cheap seats are still fun seats!) and checking out the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky, which is about an hour from our house. There is also an Ohio Amish country not too far from here, and I think that will be a good spot for when I am missing New York.

Travel opportunities: Dayton is a pretty good spot in that there are many different options in every direction, within 1, 2, 3, and 4 hours. Columbus and Cincinnati are both an hour and change. Living this far south in Ohio puts you close to the Kentucky border, so Louisville and Lexington are both options if you are okay with about a two-and-a-half-hour drive south. If you drive west, you can get to Indianapolis in just under two hours. To the east, you can reach Pittsburg in a little under four hours. Traveling north, you’ll be to either Cleveland or Ann Arbor in about three hours, and you can end up in Chicago in just under five.

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