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June
29

Celebrate the Fourth of July - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Summer weather, fantastic food, family fun, and fabulous fireworks can only mean one thing in Northeast Ohio. It's time to celebrate the 4th of July, and, as always, communities across Northeast Ohio will be pulling out all of the stops to celebrate this special day. You're sure to find a great place to celebrate July 4th close to home, and many local events include so much to see that they're spread across multiple days. Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with these eight amazing July 4th events around Northeast Ohio.

Bay Days 2022 Festival

Cahoon Memorial Park East – 27134 Lake Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140

The fun starts early in Bay Village, with the Bay Days 2022 Festival kicking off on June 30 and lasting all the way until the big day on July 4. There will be live music from a different band every night at the park gazebo, along with a Classic Car Cruise-In with live DJ, a Vintage Baseball Game featuring two local club teams, and a Children's Bike, Trike & Wagon Parade. Throughout the festival, attendees can also enjoy carnival rides, delicious food from local vendors, and informative booths from community organizations. It's all capped off by the Gala Fireworks Display, which takes place after dark on the 4th of July.

Avon Lake Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks

Weiss Field – 33401 Webber Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44102

The Avon Lake Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 1 and lasts until the fireworks light up the sky late in the evening. In between, you'll enjoy an on-stage Independence Day Celebration, along with live performances from Anne E. Dechant, Seeing Scarlet, and a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Some of your favorite local food trucks will be there all evening to provide outstanding meals, with Jones Bones BBQ, Off the Griddle, Fired Up Tacos, Cathy's Cle & Kona Ice, and Kountry Krunchins among the food trucks set to appear at the celebration.

Valley City 4th of July Parade, Car Show, Music, & Fireworks

Mill Stream Park – 1200 Maple St., Valley City, OH 44280

For a full day of fun on the 4th of July, try a trip to the Valley City 4th of July Parade, Car Show, Music & Fireworks celebration at Mill Stream Park. Begin your day with the 4th of July Parade, which travels down State Route 303, West River, School Street, and Maple Street before ending at Mill Stream Park. Then stick around at the park for the Classic Car Show in the afternoon while enjoying some great concessions for lunch. The evening features a live performance from Soundcheck, followed by a wonderful fireworks display after dusk.

North Canton Community Celebration & Fireworks Display

Hoover High School – 525 7th St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720

Held on the large lawn in front of Hoover High School, the North Canton Community Celebration & Fireworks Display is packed with fun for the whole family. It all starts at 5:30 PM when the food vendors, face painting stations, and children's activities open for the evening. The Scenic Route will be taking the stage a bit later in the evening, playing all of the hits from the past five decades in a free outdoor concert. Of course, you won't want to miss the fireworks display, which takes place shortly after the band leaves the stage.

Aurora July 4th Fun Run, Parade, Festival & Fireworks

Bicentennial Park – 115 E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora, OH 44202

Looking for a healthy, fun way to start your July 4th celebrations? The Aurora July 4th Fun Run, Parade, Festival & Fireworks starts early in the morning with a 5k fun run with awards for the top three finishers in every age bracket from kids to seniors. The July 4th Parade starts after the fun run is complete, followed by the Festival & Grand Marshall Celebration, which lasts all afternoon into the evening, and the fireworks display, which kicks off after dusk.

New Philadelphia First Town Days Festival, Parade & Fireworks

Tuscora Park – 161 Tuscora Ave. NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

One of Northeast Ohio's largest July 4th celebrations takes place in New Philadelphia, where the 45th annual First Town Days Festival, Parade & Fireworks features five days packed with events from morning through evening. Whether you're interested in a Fishing Derby, Frog Jumping Contest, Turtle Races, Wiffleball Tournament, or some more conventional Independence Day fun, you're sure to find it during this festival. Events take place throughout New Philadelphia, with many of the biggest attractions being located at Tuscora Park.

Orrville Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration

Orr Park – 440 N. Elm St., Orrville, OH 44667

The Orrville Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration is part carnival, part softball tournament, and all family fun. The softball tournament is a major attraction, with three days of games at Orr Park to crown a champion. While the tournament is happening, visitors of all ages can enjoy a free carnival featuring food, carnival games, and rides that the kids are sure to love. It all wraps up on the evening of July 3 with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Northeast Ohio.

Akron Rib, White & Blue Festival

Lock 3 – 200 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Akron, the Rib, White & Blue Festival is a four-day event focused on fantastic food and live music. There will be a free concert during every night of the festival at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, with Monica Robbins & The Whiskey Kings, Bruce in the USA, Georgia Players Guild Best of Queen, and Creedence Relived all taking the stage on separate nights. The fireworks in Akron take place after the conclusion of the Rubberducks game on July 4, and Lock 3 offers great views of the display.

Food, Family, Fireworks, and Fun

Where will you celebrate the red, white, and blue this July?

June
28

Top Producers - May 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

Since 1947, Cutler Real Estate has been helping people buy and sell homes around Ohio. But we recognize that a real estate company is only as good as its Realtors. It's why we strive to provide the support and business tools our Realtors need to achieve success. 

Each month we recognize those agents who have gone above and beyond to meet and exceed their goals. We congratulate the following Realtors and groups for providing the superior customer service people have come to expect from Cutler Real Estate. Join us in celebrating the top producers, production leaders, and listing leaders for May 2022.

Regions:

Northeast Ohio

Columbus & Central Ohio

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Northeast Ohio

May 2022 Top Producers - Alliance, OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Canton, OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Carrollton, OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Fairlawn OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Greater Cleveland OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Green OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Malvern OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - North Canton OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - North Wooster OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Stow-Kent OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Wooster OH - Cutler Real Estate

Columbus & Central Ohio

May 2022 Top Producers - Buckeye Lake OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Clintonville-Beechwold OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Dublin OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - German Village OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Grove City OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Historic Dublin OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - New Albany OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Powell OH - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Short North OH - Cutler Real Estate

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

May 2022 Top Producers - Florence KY - Cutler Real Estate

May 2022 Top Producers - Incline District OH - Cutler Real Estate

Ready To Help

If you're looking for an experienced real estate professional, we can help. Find out how Cutler Real Estate can assist you with buying or selling a home across Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Find a Realtor today.

June
24

June LoLo Gift Offers - Cutler Real Estate

Poet James Russell Lowell once declared, "And what is so rare as a day in June?" This beautiful month, the gateway to summer, is even more special thanks to the latest lineup of freebies from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.

Pick up some tea in Northeast Ohio, olive oil in Columbus, and a sandwich in Cincinnati as you discover the wonderful variety of small local businesses around our region.

June Gifts:

Canton: A Drink

Cleveland: Loose Leaf Tea

Medina: Cookies

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

Akron: A Drink

Columbus: Olive Oil

Wooster: A Drink

Cincinnati: A Wrap or Sandwich

Canton: A Drink

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

5854 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Need a quick pick-me-up? Or maybe you want some time to relax and reflect. Whatever your current mood is, you'll find what you need in a drink from Muggswigz Coffee & Tea.

About Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

Canton native Alex Haas, founder of Muggswigz Coffee & Tea, takes a scientific and global approach to creating the perfect cup. In addition to studying chemistry and biology, Alex has sampled numerous types of coffee and tea during his extensive international travels. It's not surprising that USA Today named Muggswigz one of America's 10 best coffeehouses.

Contact and Hours

330.754.1017

Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Cleveland: Loose Leaf Tea

The Tea Lab

5th Street Arcades, 530 Euclid Ave., Suite 17, Cleveland, OH 44115

High school chemistry was never this much fun! Class is in session at The Tea Lab, where you can choose from more than 150 loose leaf flavors that brew up a great hot or iced drink.

About The Tea Lab

At The Tea Lab, they believe tea is more than just a great-tasting beverage. Their incredible knowledge can help you find blends that promote good health, from fighting heart disease to easing anxiety and depression. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-the-minute info on new products as well as special promotions, such as 10 percent off "Today's Tea Tomorrow."

Contact and Hours

216.650.7017

Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Medina: Cookies

The Honey Bee Bakery

23 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256

Do you believe that a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand? Then run, don't walk, over to The Honey Bee Bakery and fulfill your daily requirement with this month's tasty offer.

About The Honey Bee Bakery

Make any day special with a treat from The Honey Bee Bakery. Everything is made fresh in-house daily, including the from-scratch frosting on their hand-decorated sugar cookies. Send your taste buds to Europe with their delicate French macarons, available in more than two dozen flavors, including cherry Icee and salted caramel.

Contact and Hours

330.725.0912

Tuesday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts

141 E. Main St. #101, Kent, OH 44240

Everybody has that one person who's difficult to shop for. Problem solved when you use your $10 certificate toward one of the amazing items at McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts.

About McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts

For more than 37 years, McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts has been Kent's go-to source for art and framing needs. Chances are you'll find Cass McKay herself behind the counter, sharing her incredible design expertise with customers wanting to display their beloved prints, photos, and other art pieces.

Contact and Hours

330.673.5058

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Akron: A Drink

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

373 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44311

Fortunately, correct pronunciation or spelling of the shop's name isn't required to redeem this month's offer from Muggswigz Coffee & Tea. Your toughest job will be choosing among the wide range of flavors.

About Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

Other coffee shops may boast about being the best, but Muggswigz Coffee & Tea can back up their claims. Throughout its history, Muggswigz has been recognized with local, regional, and national awards. Accolades include top scores at the North American Tea Championship, Ken Davids Coffee Review, and the SCAA Regional Barista Competitions.

Contact and Hours

330.845.8770

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Columbus: Olive Oil

Green Olive Company

59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215

What's not to love about olive oil? It's a high-quality superfood that packs a punch in both flavor and health benefits. Take your cooking to a new level with olive oil from Green Olive Company.

About Green Olive Company

Not all olive oil is created equal. Green Olive Company sells "early harvest" extra-virgin olive oils made from the first press to maximize taste and healthy qualities. Green Olive also sources from artisan farmers who use sustainable methods to create products that are good for you and the environment.

Contact and Hours

614.512.7124

Sunday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wooster: A Drink

Boba Bowl

127 W. Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691

Have you hopped on board the bubble tea bandwagon yet? Use your free offer from Boba Bowl to try this delightful beverage that's as much fun to create and look at as it is to drink.

About Boba Bowl

Variety is the spice of tea at Boba Bowl. With dozens of different flavors available in fruit tea, milk tea, coffee, and boba pearls, the potential combinations are endless. Traditional boba and their signature crema are cooked in-house from the freshest ingredients. Following a special diet? Many of their drinks are gluten-free and vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.

Contact and Hours

330.462.8323

Tuesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cincinnati: A Wrap or Sandwich

Dean's Mediterranean Imports

108 W. Elder St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

When you're on the go, a sandwich makes the perfect portable meal. A healthy sandwich or wrap from Dean's Mediterranean Imports keeps you nourished and satisfied.

About Dean's Mediterranean Imports

A native of Lebanon, the namesake of Dean's Mediterranean Imports was inspired by his mother's homestyle cooking and his own entrepreneurial passion. After 30 years, Dean has passed the torch to his daughter Kate, who carries on his legacy of providing tasty Mediterranean dishes and top-quality specialty foods.

Contact and Hours

513.241.8222

Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Let the Sun Shine In

LoLo Gifts for June - Cutler Real Estate

Cutler Real Estate has teamed up with LoLo Gifts to bring a ray of light into everyone's day with our great free offers. It takes only a few minutes to keep the fun going year-round. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to learn more.

June
15

Nature Photography Destinations - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Did you know that every June 15 is Nature Photography Day? While there's never a bad time to capture the natural beauty of Ohio, this day provides the perfect excuse to explore the scenery of your favorite communities and take some great photos in the process. Whether you're exploring glacial, urban waterfalls in Northeast Ohio, gorgeous gardens around Columbus, or an ancient, world-renowned historic site near Cincinnati, you're sure to capture something special. Start your photography journey with our guide to nine of the best places around Ohio to capture nature for Nature Photography Day.

Berea Falls Scenic Overlook

136 E. Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017

One of the cool things about Ohio cities is how opportunities for nature photography are seamlessly integrated into urban landscapes. The Berea Falls Scenic Overlook, located a short drive from the heart of Cleveland, is one great example. After the glaciers receded following the last ice age, melting water formed rivers that reshaped the landscape. The Berea Falls were created by water from the Rocky River, carved through the abundant sandstone around Berea. There's so much natural beauty to capture here, with a different look every season.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

6947 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264

Also located a short drive from Cleveland is the vast Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which features some of the most spectacular scenery that you'll find anywhere in Ohio. The park is located around the Cuyahoga River, with a mix of forests, rolling meadows, and farmland, all connected with an extensive, well-maintained trail system. Brandywine Falls is one of the most popular natural sites within the park and a perfect destination to seek out for nature photography. There's a viewing deck near the falls that makes it easy to get a great photo, as well as a nearby trail that allows you to capture images from various angles.

Mill Creek Park

123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509

Did you know that Ohio is home to the second-largest metropark in the United States, behind only Central Park in New York City? Mill Creek Park covers more than 2,500 acres, with a diverse selection of attractions located within park borders. There are beautiful gardens, lush wetlands, waterfront scenery, historic structures, and so much more to capture. Spend your day near the historic Lanterman's Mill, the Fellows Riverside Gardens, or the Ford Nature Center. The D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center is the ideal place to start your journey at Mill Creek Park.

Topiary Park

480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you love art just as much as you love nature, then the Topiary Park in Columbus is one destination on our list that you definitely won't want to miss. It's home to one of the world's largest, most impressive topiary gardens, with 80 perfectly maintained life-size topiaries. The topiaries are laid out in a way that recreates a painting from the post-Impressionist era painter Georges Seurat.

Historic Clifton Mill

75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316

Located less than an hour west of Columbus, you'll find the idyllic, natural setting of Historic Clifton Mill. Home to one of the few working grist mills in Ohio, Historic Clifton Mill is a great destination for blending nature and historical photography. The mill itself is a beautiful structure, which has been preserved to look and work just as it did during its heyday. The natural woodlands, serene creek, and gently flowing waterfalls surrounding the mill provide endless opportunities for capturing the perfect photo.

Schnormeier Gardens

8701 Laymon Rd., Gambier, OH 43022

With more than 50 acres of beautifully manicured gardens to explore, Schnormeir Gardens will keep you coming back again and again for nature photography. Many of the gardens here were created in the Chinese and Japanese styles, with abundant water features blending in with natural scenery. There are lakes, waterfalls, streams, woodlands, bridges, and beautiful, exotic plants to discover. Spring and summer are ideal times to visit for photography, with so many of the plants within the gardens in full bloom.

Loveland Castle

12075 Shore Dr., Loveland, OH 45140

Part historic landmark, part tribute to an order of knights, Loveland Castle is unlike any other destination on our list. It is, after all, a castle that looks like it was plucked straight from the medieval era and dropped into modern-day Ohio. The castle itself is more than worthy of some dedicated time with the camera, and the natural beauty around Loveland Castle makes this a fun destination for nature photography. While you're there, check out the on-site museum to learn more about how and why a stone castle was built in the 1920s around the corner from Cincinnati.

Serpent Mound Historical Site

3850 OH-73, Peebles, OH 45660

Here's another truly unique destination with a history that stretches back thousands of years to a time when Ohio looked very different than it does today. The Serpent Mound was built by the Adena tribe of Native Americans who called the area home thousands of years ago, stretching for 1,300 feet and built in the shape of a serpent. It's the largest effigy mound of its kind in the world and still stands out among the wooded, hilly landscape even after thousands of years. So if you want to capture something unique to Ohio which can't be found anywhere else, this is the perfect place to find it.

Krohn Conservatory

1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Cincinnati area is also home to some more conventional locations for nature photography, including some like the Krohn Conservatory, which doesn't even require you to leave the city. Created in 1933, the Krohn Conservatory is home to thousands of plants from around the world, with different "houses" holding plants from different parts of the world. The Palm House replicates a tropical rainforest environment, while the Desert House is attuned to plants that thrive in an arid, hot landscape with minimal rainfall. The Krohn Conservatory is also home to the Orchid House, which showcases orchids from all around the world, and the John Carroll Bonsai Gallery, which highlights the unique techniques used to grow bonsai trees.

Frame Your Next Ohio Adventure

These nine destinations are just the start of what you'll find in Ohio. From limestone caverns deep underground to the rolling, rustic landscape of Amish Country, there's so much to explore. What will you capture next?

June
8

Summer Road Races - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

It's finally summer in Northeast Ohio. At least it feels like summer, and that's good enough for us! Time to get outside and get moving. 

Luckily, we'll have plenty of opportunities to do just that in the Cleveland, Akron, and Canton areas over the coming months. Lace up your running shoes and get ready for these exciting summer races in Northeast Ohio this season!

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation Parkrun

4524 E. 49th St., Cleveland, OH 44125

You'll have multiple opportunities to participate in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation Parkrun throughout the summer. This weekly 5k takes place every Saturday at 9 am in Cleveland's Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation. It's a fun, family-friendly event that's always free to participants. Whether you want to run, walk, jog, volunteer, or simply cheer on the participants, it's a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Stick around afterward for post-Parkrun coffee at the Canalway Center Café.

Sippo Lake Parkrun

5712 12th St. NW, Canton, OH 44708

The Sippo Lake Parkrun is another event that takes place weekly throughout the summer months, giving you numerous chances to participate. Starting every Saturday at 8 am, the Sippo Lake Parkrun follows a picturesque route through Sippo Lake Park in Canton. The course utilizes a combination of paved roads, crushed limestone paths, and hiking trails and offers some beautiful scenery. This weekly run is entirely volunteer-organized, and anyone is welcome to participate free of charge. 

National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile

288 Spicer St., Akron, OH 44304

Summa Health's Akron Marathon Race Series includes several much-anticipated races and runs throughout the summer months in Akron. First on the schedule this year is the National Interstate 8k and 1 Mile race. The event spans two days, with the 1-mile race kicking off at 7 pm on June 24, followed by the 8k run at 7:30 am on June 25. Both races begin on The University of Akron college campus and follow a course that provides a scenic tour of Downtown Akron. Registration is still open, and awards will be given to top finishers in various categories. 

Will Run for Tacos

2425 W. 11th St. #2, Cleveland, OH 44113

Would you run a 5k for a taco? On Saturday, July 16, you can do just that and help fight hunger in Cleveland while you're at it. Will Run For Tacos is a 5k run/walk that helps raise money for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Participants will be rewarded at the end of the race with a finisher medal, t-shirt, and free taco courtesy of The South Side (additional prizes will be given to top finishers). Race day registration and packet pickup is at 7:30 on the morning of the 16th, and the walk/run gets underway at 8:30, beginning at Hermes Sports & Events.

Akron Trail Marathon

499 Memorial Pkwy., Akron, OH 44310

Also taking place on July 16, the Akron Trail Marathon is a challenging race that takes participants through some of the most beautiful parklands in the Akron area. Whether you choose to run the course as a marathon, half marathon, or 10k—the event includes all three—you'll be treated to scenery including woodlands, waterfalls, historic canal locks, and sweeping meadows. The Akron Trail Marathon helps support the Summit Metro Parks Foundation trail fund and follows a portion of the (mostly paved) Towpath Trail over varied terrain, with plenty of hills to keep things interesting!

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland Half Marathon

1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is an amazing local German microbrewery and beer garden in Downtown Cleveland, and every year they host the Hofbräuhaus Cleveland Half Marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk. The festivities begin bright and early on Sunday, August 7, with registration and packet pickup beginning at 6 am, followed by the half marathon at 7, and then the 10k and 5k at 8. The races begin and end at the brewery, and all participants will receive a complimentary beer and bratwurst, in addition to t-shirts and finisher medals. 

Burning River Endurance Run & Relay

Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Returning for its 16th year in 2022, the Burning River Endurance Run & Relay is not for the faint of heart. This grueling run and relay race follows a wide range of roads and trails from Cuyahoga Falls through some of Northeast Ohio's most beautiful and rugged landscapes, including Summit Metro Parks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Stretching from Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31, the event includes 100-mile and 50-mile solo runs, as well as a 100-mile relay.

Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k

200 Innovation Way, Akron, OH 44316

Akron has long been known as the "Rubber Capital of the World," in large part because the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been headquartered here since 1898. This year, August 13 will bring about the return of the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, one of several summer events that are part of the Akron Marathon Race Series. The race starts at 6:30 am, with the starting line at the Goodyear Proving Grounds and the finish line at Goodyear World Headquarters. 

Born to Run

Where will you hit the ground running this summer around Northeast Ohio?

June
3

Spend the Day on the Water - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

One of the many advantages of living in Ohio is the abundant natural resources and recreational opportunities available throughout the state. You'll find plenty of sparkling lakes where you can go boating, fishing, or swimming, and each has its own uniquely beautiful setting.

If you're looking to spend the day on the water near Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati, the following eight lakes are great destinations.

Portage Lakes

5031 Manchester Rd., Akron, OH 44319

Instead of representing just one lake, Portage Lakes is a system of eight lakes that encompass over 2,000 acres. They're very popular destinations throughout the year, with bass fishing in season and ice fishing in the winter. Two of the Portage Lakes, Rex Lake and Cottage Grove Lake, have a swimming area for boaters, and you can relax on a 900-foot public beach and swim at Turkeyfoot Lake. And when you're ready to take a break from your time out on the water and try some different activities, you'll find hiking trails and picnic areas surrounding the lakes.

Pymatuning Lake

6100 Pymatuning Lake Rd., Andover, OH 44003

Pymatuning Lake is Ohio's largest inland lake, covering just over 17,000 acres. Located on the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line, it's a popular destination for boaters, swimmers, and campers. And if you'd like to fish for walleye, this lake is the perfect destination. Near the causeway, you can enjoy a public swimming beach with amenities like changing facilities, showers, and restaurants, so it's a great place to go with the kids.

Mosquito Creek Lake

2961 Warren Meadville Rd., Cortland, OH 44410

A visit to Mosquito Creek Lake, located near Youngstown, offers plenty of water-based activities like boating and fishing. Crappie, walleye, bluegill, perch, bass, and flathead/channel catfish are abundant. Five launch ramps and boat rentals make fishing on the lake convenient. When you're ready to swim, head to the lake's public swimming beach, complete with a dog swimming area and roomy dog park attached.

Lake Hope

27331 OH-278, McArthur, OH 45651

About an hour's drive from Columbus, Lake Hope is situated in one of the state's most historic and scenic state parks. The area is rugged and beautiful, filled with steep gorges and narrow ridges. The lake is relatively small compared to some others in the state, but it's still ideal for boats, canoes, and rowboats. Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are offered on the lake, so you can learn a new skill as you take in the beautiful natural setting. If you'd like to swim, head toward the dam to locate a beach complete with a bathhouse with restrooms, showers, and changing booths, as well as a concession building.

Seneca Lake

22172 Park Rd., Senecaville, OH 43780

Ohio's third-largest inland lake, Seneca Lake is an extremely popular destination for boaters. You'll find ski boats, sailboats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, and other watercraft sharing the lake's 3,550 acres of water. You can even dock your watercraft at The Dockside Restaurant and enjoy a meal before heading back on the water. If you'd like to haul in some fish from the lake, you'll find many species in abundant supply, including crappie, bluegill, bullheads, and largemouth bass. A sandy swimming beach is also available, with a full concession stand on-site.

Tappan Lake

84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville, OH 44693

Fishermen and recreational boaters often flock to Tappan Lake's 2,131 acres. It's easily accessible from Stock and Franklin townships, with their roads bordering three long bays on the north side. If you like to fish from the shore, the lake is the perfect spot since it has 47 miles of shoreline, which is the most of any lake in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Caesar Creek Lake

8570 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068

This large lake is just about an hour north of downtown Cincinnati, and it's the perfect spot to spend a day on the water. You'll find plenty of places to go boating, kayaking, and fishing, along with plenty of amenities like a marina, launch ramps, and dock rentals. Fishing for muskellunge draws many visitors to the lake, and it's known to offer some of the best crappie fishing in the state.

Harsha Lake

3294 Elklick Rd., Bethel, OH 45106

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Located about 25 miles from Cincinnati, Harsha Lake is often called East Fork Lake due to its location in East Fork State Park. Seven boating launch ramps are available, and plenty of fishermen head to the lake for crappie, bass, and bluegill. The large lake also has a 1,200-foot public beach and swimming area where you can go when you're ready to relax. If you'd like to enjoy a picnic, you'll also find plenty of areas around the lake where you have a bite to eat before heading back out on the boat.

Miami Whitewater Forest Lake

Mount Hope Road, Harrison, OH 45030

Located only about 30 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Miami Whitewater Forest Lake has a wide variety of watercraft to rent, so you can easily get out on the water. Choose from rowboats, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and motor and pontoon boats; pick up some fishing gear; and head out on the water. Several perfect picnic spots are situated around the lake when you're ready to take a break.

Ready to float your boat?

Which Ohio lakes top the list of the ones you'd most like to visit this season? 

June
1

Dinner Theater - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

If you're looking for a unique way to spend an evening this summer, dinner and the theater might be just the outing for you. Ohio is home to an impressive array of performing artists, including actors, comedians, and musicians. Take some time to get out there and see them at any of the exciting venues listed below.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

1260 Euclid Ave. Inside Crown Plaza at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH 44115

At The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, you get to play the part of a detective in a gripping theatrical murder plot. As you eat your four-course dinner and enjoy access to a cash bar, you will watch the murder scene unfold before your eyes. Each event features plainclothes actors sprinkled throughout the audience, giving the proceedings a more unpredictable and dramatic flair. It's an interactive experience where anyone in the room could be a part of the mystery. At the end of the night, the person who figures out the identity of the murderer first will win a small prize for their efforts. 

Amish Country Theater

4365 OH-39, Millersburg, OH 44654

Hoping to bring your kids on your night out? The Amish Country Theater is one of the few fully family-friendly theater establishments in Ohio. This local theater features a full complement of nightly variety shows that evoke the popular vaudeville shows of the early 20th century. Special guests appear periodically to shake up the venue's usual farm-themed routines. The performances are diverse, surprising, and always entertaining, giving you something new to look forward to each time you visit.

Noble Art Entertainment

5475 Lake Rd., Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041

The Noble Art Entertainment dinner theater experience is always a fun option for a night out in Northeast Ohio. Some of their shows, such as murder mystery dinners, are interactive. Others are more traditional theater experiences. Each is performed during a three- to six-course dinner with vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options available. Vegan dishes may also be provided with advance notice and a small surcharge. Check out the list of upcoming shows and show menus on their website to see which types of events are available this summer.

La Comedia

765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, OH 45066

La Comedia is a popular live dinner theatre in the Cincinnati area. When you attend, you'll be invited to eat your fill from a massive buffet filled with delicious options like fried chicken and fish, homemade cornbread, sauerkraut, and potato soufflé. This company is best known for its musical performances, but you can catch all kinds of shows here at different points in their rotation. This summer, they will be performing Beauty and the Beast starting on June 2nd, followed by The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee starting July 28th.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions

4990 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238 

Cincinnati Landmark Productions has been operating under different names for nearly 36 years. In that time, they have become one of Ohio's premier entertainment destinations. Some of the shows they have lined up for the summer months of 2022 include Newsies, Jerry's Girls, and Carousel. CLP also hosts the Cincinnati Young People's Theater at their Covedale building. This summer, this group will be putting on an all-teen performance of the beloved high school musical Grease.

Cincinnati Dinner Train

2172 E. Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45237

Experience a whole new meaning of "meals on wheels" on the Cincinnati Dinner Train. Buying a ticket on this vintage train entitles you to a four-course dinner served while rolling through the most scenic spots around the outskirts of Cincinnati. The train itself is themed around the 1940s and includes several carefully restored cars to accommodate guests. The highlight of these is the Albee Car, an impressive space featuring a full musical stage. This spot is home to the Queen City Sisters, a retro musical group singing songs from the period to complete the mood. By the time you step off the train at the end of the night, you'll feel as if you've gone back in time. 

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Inside Hilton, 401 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

The Columbus version of The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show offers the same thrilling experience as the company's Cleveland location. Remember that there is a lot of frightening imagery involved at these dinners, including simulated gunshots and sudden blackouts—all guests must be over 15 to attend. Adults can look forward to a thrilling night of puzzle-solving, intrigue, deception, and eventual triumph. Even if you are not the person to eventually catch the killer, you're sure to leave feeling pleased to have had the chance to exercise your detective skills.

The Murder Mystery Company

2101 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus, OH 43232

Over the course of just two hours, The Murder Mystery Company offers a three-course dinner and a Clue-style murder mystery performance. This company themes each of their performances to enhance the experience and provide something different for repeat guests. Some recent themes include Midnight at the Masquerade, Death of a Gangster, and Totally 80s, Totally Murder. Guests are encouraged to dress up to match the theme of the night. Adult guests can also purchase alcohol at any point during the show.

A Murder Mystery Dinner

1625 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220

At Columbus' A Murder Mystery Dinner, you'll experience more than just a show. Guests at this dinner theater are taken through an engaging murder mystery through step-by-step interactive dramatizations of events. In between these dramatizations, guests are invited to solve escape room-style puzzles together as a team. This format is a great way to see how well your companions work together as well as how well each of you works with other people. Some of these events are adult-only, while others accommodate teenage guests as well. Check out your options in advance if you plan to bring younger people to the show.

Double Up on Dinner and Drama

There's nothing like a night on the town to get you feeling on top of the world. Which of these entertainment experiences will you be attending this summer?

May
27

May 2022 LoLo Gifts Offers - Cutler Real Estate

No matter what the calendar says, everyone knows Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. So get the fun going with May's great offers from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts, the latest in our monthly series of freebies.

Whether it's a bakery in Northeast Ohio, an artisan gift shop in Columbus, or a craft brewery in Cincinnati, there are all kinds of amazing small businesses waiting to be discovered. 

May Gifts:

Columbus: Artisan Soap

Wooster: Donuts

Cleveland: A Sweet Treat

Kent/Stow: A Shake & a Tea

Medina: A Pretzel

Akron: Honey

Canton: Milk & Honey

Cincinnati: A Beer

Columbus: Artisan Soap

State & Third

65 E. State St. #01013, Columbus, H 43215

A good shower can start your morning off right or relax you after a long day. Whichever you prefer, pamper yourself with one of the sweet-smelling artisan soaps from State & Third.

About State & Third

The address of State & Third is conveniently featured right in the name of this delightful shop. Owner Becky Brisker, a veteran of the handmade market, thoughtfully curates a selection of unique products, many from artisans in Ohio. Categories include home decor, beauty and skincare, and jewelry.

Contact and Hours

614.636.0130

Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wooster: Donuts

Lerch's Donuts

2312 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

If Homer Simpson ever tasted the delicacies at Lerch's Donuts, America's favorite toon family would be living in Wooster. Fortunately, you can travel no further than Portage Square Plaza to enjoy your free donuts.

About Lerch's Donuts

Since 1933, Lerch's Donuts has been an iconic fixture in Wooster. Founder John Lerch, Sr. discovered a method to fry cake donuts that left them soft but not greasy, and the rest is history. Lerch's Donuts has long been the #1 food item at the Wayne County Fair, and they can also be found on the shop's mobile wagons at various locations.

Contact and Hours

330.465.5517

Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cleveland: A Sweet Treat

The Sweet Fix Bakery

2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Sometimes you just need a bit of sugar in your day. Head over to The Sweet Fix Bakery for a tasty treat that's even better because it's free!

About The Sweet Fix Bakery

In 2014, The Sweet Fix Bakery started as a modest home-based bakery called Craig's Divine Desserts. The food was truly heavenly, as success led to expanding the business into its current location. Customers rave about the cheesecakes and peach cobbler, along with the homemade ice cream.

Contact and Hours

216.571.9866

Tuesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Shake & a Tea

Main Street Nutrition

1665 E. Main St. #100B, Kent, OH 44240

Double your fun with this month's freebie from Main Street Nutrition. Their creative shakes and flavorful teas satisfy your taste buds while providing a welcome shot of energy.

About Main Street Nutrition

Shakes are often guilty pleasures, but not at Main Street Nutrition. Their shakes may have yummy flavors like German Chocolate Cake and Cherry Delight, but they're so filling and packed with nutrients that they make a complete meal. Tea flavors go beyond traditional Earl Grey with options such as Lemon Berry Punch.

Contact and Hours

330.968.3847

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Medina: A Pretzel

Blue Heron Brewery

3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina, OH 44256

Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, the warm Bavarian pretzel at Blue Heron Brewery is delicious on its own. But the Matrimony Ale beer cheese sauce, whipped cinnamon butter, and German mustard take the pretzel to a new level.

About Blue Heron Brewery

In just five years, award-winning Blue Heron Brewery has quickly established itself as one of the top regional breweries. Their cozy brewpub, with live music and patio seating, is a perfect setting to enjoy Blue Heron's signature brews, along with a Wagyu burger, tuna poke bowl, and other elevated pub fare.

Contact and Hours

330.870.2583

Tuesday - Thursday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Akron: Honey

Akron Honey Company

21 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44308

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If Mary Poppins was being filmed today, Julie Andrews would likely be singing the praises of, "A Spoonful of Honey." Get your free portion of this natural superfood at the Akron Honey Company.

About Akron Honey Company

After growing up hearing stories of his great-grandfather's farm in Georgia, Brent Wesley spotted a vacant lot in East Akron and immediately saw the possibilities. That first apiary was the birth of Akron Honey Company, which has since spawned another apiary on the opposite side of town. Brent's goal? Making his product the "iPhone of honey." 

Contact and Hours

330.552.8858

Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Canton: An Ice Cream Sundae

Milk & Honey

3400 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44709

Celebrate the arrival of summer with everyone's favorite creamy treat. Dig into an old-fashioned ice cream sundae while surrounded by the retro charms of Milk & Honey.

About Milk & Honey

Thanks to the friendly service and menu of comfort food, family-owned Milk & Honey has become a favorite destination for many other families. Customers give high marks for the generous portions and extremely affordable prices. With nearly two dozen types of sundaes, you'll find yourself coming back to try each one.

Contact and Hours

330.492.5884

Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cincinnati: A Beer

Humble Monk Brewing Co.

1641 Blue Rock St., Cincinnati, OH 45223

Ohio has wholeheartedly embraced the craft beer movement, with several highly-rated local and regional breweries. Sample creative beers such as Goldi Lincks and Pancake Porter at Humble Monk Brewing Co.

About Humble Monk Brewing Co.

Take your best friend along on a visit to Humble Monk Brewing Co. The pet-friendly taproom even has a regular Thursday night meetup for "Humble Hounds." NYPD Northside Pizza offers free delivery to Humble Monk, and you can also purchase from on-site food trucks or bring your own eats.

Contact and Hours

513.510.4615 

Wednesday and Thursday: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

A Year-Round Bonanza 

LoLo Gifts Offers - May 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

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