#SummerFiesta Challenge…Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

Fiesta Tent Sale, before the crowds.

Fiesta Tent Sale, before the crowds.

The Fiesta Tent Sale is a popular event...be prepared to wait in line!

The Fiesta Tent Sale is a popular event…be prepared to wait in line!

Don’t forget to bring a towel or (Fiesta Tent Sale insider tip) put a sock on your hand to wipe down dust from the factory.

Don’t forget to bring a towel or (Fiesta Tent Sale insider tip) put a sock on your hand to wipe down dust from the factory.

At Fiesta Dinnerware, we’re always up for a challenge. So we’re challenging ourselves and you, our faithful Fiesta fans, to a series of summer resolutions. We’re not talking about the standard types of resolutions like losing weight, these resolutions will be fun!

For the month of June, we challenge you to make a summer resolution to “be a tourist in your own backyard.” Be sure to follow along with #SummerFiesta to read all about our adventures this summer. And post your adventures too, using the same hashtag. We can’t wait to see where your #SummerFiesta takes you!

Since our first resolution involves being a tourist in our own backyard, it’s just in time for the next Fiesta Tent Sale. So if you happen to be in our backyard or coming into town for the tent sale, we’ve created a fun list of places to go and things to do, just like a true tourist.

A Tourist’s Guide to the Fiesta Tent Sale

The Fiesta Tent Sale will be held June 18-21 and is at the home of Fiesta – the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, West Virginia. For some, that means a quick jaunt across the Ohio River. For others, it might mean traveling through several states to get there.

Either way, the tent sale is a unique experience. Aside from grabbing some great bargains on your favorite dinnerware, you might as well make a vacation out of it and enjoy all there is to offer in the beautiful region surrounding the factory.

We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tourist destinations in a tried and true travel guide. There’s literally something for everyone!

When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale, why not take some time to see the local sites? Laurel Caverns is a must see for nature lovers.

Photo courtesy www.laurelcavernspark.com.

For Nature Lovers

  • Tomlinson Run State Park– New Manchester, WV
    Enjoy nature in a couple of different ways; either wilderness in its original state or more recreationally with boating, miniature golf, swimming, and a campground.
  • Beaver Creek State Park– East  Liverpool, Ohio
    Wildlife and history all rolled into one; explore Gaston’s Mill, pioneer village and abandoned canal locks while you’re here.
  • Hocking Hills State Park – Logan, Ohio
    Waterfalls, caves, ziplining, stunning views. Do we need to say more?
  • Blackwater Falls– Davis, WV
    A five story high waterfall that travels through an eight-mile long gorge. Gorgeous!
  • Beech Creek Botanical Gardens– Alliance, Ohio
    Butterfly house conveniently opens June 22…perfect timing.
  • Oglebay Resort – Wheeling, WV
    1,700-acre resort and lodge that has golf, dining, shopping, gardens, museums, and even a zoo on its grounds.
  • Laurel Caverns Park– Hopwood, PA
    Home to Pennsylvania’s largest cave, there are over three miles of passages to explore.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? Spread Eagle Tavern is a must see for history lovers and foodies.

Photo courtesy www.spreadeagletavern.com.

For Foodies

  • Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn– Hanoverton, Ohio
    Experience fine dining surrounded by Federal Period architecture; built in 1837!
  • Church Brew Works – Pittsburgh, PA
    This former church is now a local brewery and foodie spot.
  • Salt of the Earth– Pittsburgh, PA
    Modern American dining with communal tables, locally sourced.

For Antiquing & Shopping Enthusiasts

  • Pottery City Antique Mall– East Liverpool, Ohio
    Antiques galore! You might get lucky and find some vintage Fiesta.
  • Roger’s Sale/Flea Market– Rogers, Ohio
    Voted “The Best Flea Market in Ohio”, it’s the largest open air market, featuring more than 1,600 vendors.
  • Centre Market – Wheeling, WV
    Built in 1853, an eclectic mix of shops and dining.
  • Amish Country– Millersburg, Ohio
    Explore the unique culture of the Amish in central Ohio.
  • Tanger Outlets – Washington, PA
    An open-air outlet mall that’s any outlet shopper’s dream.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? The Museum of Ceramics is a must see for history lovers.

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

For History Buffs

  • Homer Laughlin China Company Factory Tour– Newell, WV
    Be sure to check dates because tours are not available during the dates of the tent sale. If you’re in the area for an extended stay, we invite you to stop by for the behind-the-scenes inside scoop.
  • The Museum of Ceramics– East Liverpool, Ohio
    Thousands of examples of pottery created in and around East Liverpool.
  • The Hall Closet, Hall China Factory– East Liverpool, Ohio
    Founded in 1903, Hall China is the largest manufacturer of specialty dinnerware. It recently joined Homer Laughlin under the HLC Inc. umbrella. Behind-the-scenes factory tours are available between 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. You must have a reservation in advance. Call 330.385.2900 ext 2147 to RSVP or for more information.
  • Grave Creek Mound – Moundsville, Ohio
    Built more than 1,000 years ago by the prehistoric Adena Native Americans, it’s nearly 62 feet high and 240 feet wide. It’s one of the largest mortuary mounds anywhere in the world.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? Falling Water is a must see for history and architecture lovers.

Photo courtesy www.fallingwater.org.

For Pop Culture Fans

  • Falling Water– Mill Run, PA
    Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous work melding nature and architecture.
  • Kentuck Knob – Chalk Hill, PA
    Very close to Falling Water, this is another Frank Lloyd Wright house located in the Laurel Highlands.
  • Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, PA
    An extensive collection of the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon, this is the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist. Did you know he was a Fiesta enthusiast?
  • The World’s Largest Teapot– Chester, WV
    How often do you get to see something like this? Count us in!
  • Hilltop Drive-In Theater– Chester, WV
    Drive-in theaters are as rare as Medium Green Fiesta. We’re lucky to have this retro gem in our area.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? Mountaineer is a must see for gaming lovers.

Photo courtesy www.moreatmountaineer.com.

For Those Who Love Gaming

When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is a must see for ghost hunters.

Photo courtesy www.wboy.com.

For Ghost Hunters

  • Mothman – Point Pleasant, WV
    Made popular by the book and movie starring Richard Gere, you can now experience a Mothman Festival and museum to keep this ghost story alive.
  • Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, WV
    Day and nighttime tours. Even stay here overnight…if you dare!

For more tourist attractions, please visit the following websites: www.topofwv.com, www.visitpa.com, www.discoverohio.com. Visit the Fiesta Dinnerware Pinterest board for more, too!

*If it’s your first time at the tent sale, be sure to check out this article from our friends at The Charleston Daily News, “6 Tips for a Fiesta Tent Sale First-Timer.” 


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