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Road Trip Masters visit county

Vineyard Woods recently hosted the crew from Road Trip Masters as they are currently filming season 2 to be shown starting in January on Discovery’s Destination America channel.  Road Trip Masters is a half-hour TV show hosted by two educators, Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer. They have one: To tell the story of unique travel destinations across America.

Driving around in their 1968 convertible Cadillac, Nick and Brian explored Ashtabula County and its growing tourism economy.

During their time in the area they visited Vineyard Woods in Harpersfield, Bissell Maple Farm in Jefferson, Harbor Yak in Ashtabula, NaKyrsie Meats in Geneva, Briquettes Smokehouse in Ashtabula, Crosswinds Grille in Geneva-on-the-Lake, and a couple of Ashtabula County’s 19 covered bridges.

After visiting Bissell Maple Farm and hearing the story behind it’s popular bourbon barrel maple syrup produced locally, Road Trip Masters hit the county roads to find the shortest and longest covered bridges in the United States.  Any summer trip to Ashtabula County must involve a Lake Erie sunset, and what better way than by kayak, courtesy of Harbor Yak in Historic Ashtabula Harbor.

“It was great to learn about the natural assets in the county that can be explored like the maple syrup industry, watching a beautiful Lake Erie sunset from a kayak, and then staying in the heart of the Grand River Valley wine region that is home to over 20 wineries.” said Nick Kessler, co-producer of Road Trip Masters.

A key focus of the show is where to eat while traveling to unique destinations of the United States.  With a true farm-to-table experience, NaKyrsie Meats gave them a butchering demonstration of locally raised animals that are served fresh at restaurants Crosswind Grille and Briquettes Smokehouse, among others.

“In today’s day and age, you have to know where your food is coming from and that it is being handled properly.  It was satisfying to see it in action and more importantly it was delicious”  added Brian Fulmer of Road Trip Masters.


Vineyard Woods is a family owned business aimed at driving agri-tourism to Ashtabula County.  Set on 10 acres of vineyard land and 16 acres of rolling woods, Vineyard Woods is a brand new lodging property in the Grand River Valley wine region.  The 10 acres of wine grapes are not only a beautiful setting for a walk through the property for it’s guests, it also provides local wineries with much needed local grape production.


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Carl Feather is lodging tax administrator for Ashtabula County and the founder of The Wave newsletter. He is 25-year newspaper industry veteran and frequent contributor to West Virginia's Goldenseal Magazine. He enjoys photography and videography, which he shares at his blog,, and his Feather Cottage You Tube channel.
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