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September
22

Then and Now: Inside Cleveland's 6 Most Historic Neighborhoods

Cleveland is an old city with a wide range of vibrant neighborhoods, each with a unique demographic and interesting history. Residents of Cleveland know the characters of the city's most popular neighborhoods like the backs of their own hands — but even those who have grown up exploring Little Italy and Ohio City might not fully understand the roots of those communities. In a city that is constantly changing, these areas allow us to take a journey into the past. We delved into six of Cleveland's most historic neighborhoods, uncovering their roots and the beloved landmarks that make them so special. Next time you find yourself in one of these local hot spots, take a look around and try to recognize relics from days gone by!

Ohio City

Photo courtesy of Hattie Kotz via Ohio City

THEN: Ohio City was founded in 1818 as part of the Brooklyn Township, but became an independent municipality in 1836. Despite Cleveland's much larger population (nearly three times the size), the two cities were fierce economic competitors, forming a rivalry that didn't evaporate until the 50s. Even after being annexed by Cleveland, the community maintains its pride, flying the Ohio City flag high on its flagpoles. NOW: Ohio City is known as "Cleveland's Complete Neighborhood," meaning that it truly has it all! Home to the famed West Side Market, the nationally renowned Great Lakes Brewing Co., picturesque parks, trendy shops and countless celebrated restaurants, the community is thriving. Here, you'll find people from all walks of life enjoying the neighborhood's many attractions, and a diverse mix of historic architecture and new developments. LANDMARKS: Visit Campbell's Sweet Factory for sweet and savory popcorn, visit the Glass Bubble Project to witness beautiful homemade glass creations, stop by Great Lakes Brewing Company for a cold one, and marvel at the fresh meats and produce in the West Side Market!

Tremont

Photo courtesy of the Christmas Story House

THEN: Tremont was incorporated into the prosperous Ohio City in 1836, but later annexed by Cleveland in 1867, and is known as one of Cleveland's most historically significant neighborhoods. In the late 19th century, a bridge was constructed connecting the area to downtown, which resulted in an influx of Eastern European residents to the area. NOW: Recently, however, Tremont has drawn in a large number of young professionals and artists — transitioning the neighborhood into a hotspot for dining and entertainment. The streets are now dotted with contemporary townhouses alongside beautiful old churches, resulting in an eclectic feel. The neighborhood is also home to the highest concentration of art galleries, and the creative types who don't already live in the area flock here for the popular monthly art walks, when local galleries keep their doors open late. LANDMARKS: If you're in the area, make sure to stop by the Christmas Story House and the Liminis Theatre to soak in a bit of culture, and grab a casual drink at the Treehouse, or settle in for an evening of fine dining at DANTE. Grumpy Cafe is also a great option for brunch!  

Coventry Village

Photo courtesy of Coventry P.E.A.C.E 

THEN: In the late 19th century, Cleveland's industry and population both grew rapidly. As a result, the city's most affluent residents sought refuge on the outskirts of the city in order to avoid some of the construction rubble. Thus, Coventry Village was born. NOW: Boasting an eclectic assortment of trendy shops, record stores, innovative restaurants and chic bars, Coventry Village has a little bit of something for everyone. The neighborhood is incredibly diverse, drawing in artists, punk rockers, students from the nearby universities, young professionals and even families with kids. The community has a small-town feel, bustling with people walking dogs or getting errands done in the mornings. People greet each other on the streets, and shop-owners catch up with their regular visitors during business hours. At night, however, the area comes alive! Restaurants and nightclubs will with locals and visitors alike. LANDMARKS: Shop for quirky religious artifacts at City Buddha, or colorful, internationally-inspired clothing and gifts at Passport to Peru. Grab a slice at Guy's Pizza for a quick meal, or indulge in a hearty Thai meal at Tree Country Bistro.  

Little Italy

Photo courtesy of Guarino's

THEN: This tiny Italian village is located at the base of Murray Hill, and was first settled in the 19th century by Italian stonemasons and artisans. NOW: Pizza, pasta, stromboli — oh my! Food is largely what defines the atmosphere of Little Italy. Those with a craving for homemade Italian goodies flock here for a festive dining experience, and also to shop at the merchant's storefronts for specialty teas, handmade Italian ceramics and gifts. Additionally, Little Italy is home to the annual Feast of the Assumption Festival and several community churches, making it a desirable destination for the religious crowd. LANDMARKS: Make sure to stop by Cleveland's oldest restaurant, Guarino's (established in 1918), explore the Galeria Quetzal, order a homemade sauce at Mama Santal, or sign up for a walking tour to take it all in.  

Lakewood

Photo courtesy of Cleveland.com

THEN: Lakewood was the first suburb to be established on Lake Erie west of Cleveland. It started small with just 18 families in 1819, but quickly evolved into a bustling township. The settlers here made a living through farming — especially fruit farming due to the fertile soil. Vineyards soon began to emerge, kickstarting Ohio's wine country. NOW: This desirable neighborhood on the lake has accrued several accolades over the years, including a spot on Travel + Leisure Magazine's Top 10 Suburbs in the USA. The heart of the community, Lakefront Park, is one of the largest parks in Ohio, and features a live concert stage, an outdoor swimming pool, playgrounds, sports areas and more. LANDMARKS: Buy a box of chocolates at the beloved Malley's Chocolates (founded in Lakewood), visit the Beck Center of the Arts for some cultural enrichment, and shop around at Geiger's for all of your outdoor equipment!    

The Flats

Photo courtesy of Denise Kramer via Alley Cat Oyster Bar

THEN: This neighborhood's name actually reflects its low-lying location on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. In 1796, Moses Cleaveland and his survey party landed here upon their arrival from Connecticut, and it quickly became an industrial center for the city, defined by its steel mills along the river. NOW: Though historically, the neighborhood was not a desirable place to live, it has since seen a resurgence. The area is home to a thriving community of young professionals, and boasts a vibrant nightlife, several acclaimed restaurants, new condominiums and apartment complexes lining the river, and prime shopping destinations. LANDMARKS: Embark on a luxe dining cruise on the Nautica Queen, grab some fresh seafood at Alley Cat Oyster Bar and enjoy a night out at the Big Bang Dueling Pianos Bar. Also, don't miss the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which opened its doors in 2012, and has already established itself as a must-see destination.
September
22

9 Beautiful Homes for Sale in Cleveland That Might Make You Want to Move

Cleveland locals will tell you that it's the most wonderful place to call home. Clevelanders have access to the sparkling waters of Lake Erie, delicious restaurants on every corner, a laid-back lifestyle, fun community events and friendly neighbors. Plus, the homes are absolutely charming.   We rounded up some of the most beautiful homes for sale in Cleveland and the surrounding area for your house-hunting enjoyment. Be careful — you might just find yourself wanting to move!

Beautiful Inside and Out

This home is for sale at 4117 West 217th St., Fairview Park | Listed by Kevin Davey

The striking curb appeal in this home is obvious (just look at those beautiful orange steps!) but the inside is just as lovely! Enjoy a warm and welcoming kitchen, abundant natural light, and a sun-splashed deck out back.

A Gorgeous Amherst Home

This home is for sale at 410 Quarry Lakes Dr., Amherst | Listed by Matt Chase

We can't decide what we love best about this gorgeous Amherst home. Maybe it's the impeccably landscaped yard, the charming shutters, or the sun-splashed deck in the backyard. Maybe it's the cozy living room with a fireplace and high ceilings, the spacious kitchen with modern appliances, or the open layout. Regardless, we think everyone can agree that this property is a charmer!

A Home That Stands Apart

This home is for sale at 29322 Hummingbird Circle, Westlake | Listed by Dianna Hosta-Stickney

Polished Brazilian cherry floors, vaulted ceilings, a stunning kitchen and large dining area all set this home aside from the rest. Located in a private cul-de-sac, the property offers easy access to Crocker Park and the Westlake Rec Center, as well as a spacious deck for entertaining during the summer months.

Old World Charm Meets Modern Comfort

This home is for sale at 6807 Dartworth Dr., Parma | Listed by Dianna Hosta-Stickney

Old world charm meets modern comfort in this gorgeous Parma home. The spacious front porch overlooks a beautifully landscaped yard and pond — offering the perfect setting for soaking in the sunshine. Inside, you will find fresh paint, gleaming original hardwood floors, a cozy fireplace in the living room and plenty of natural light.

An Inviting, Cape Cod-Style Home

This home is for sale at 1376 Parkview Dr., Lyndhurst | Listed by James Mills

This incredible brick Cape Cod-style home is nestled in a desirable Lyndhurst neighborhood, and boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms and countless recent updates. Step into the inviting kitchen to find granite countertops, modern appliances and hardwood floors, and enjoy not one but two walk-in closets in the master bedroom.

A Dream Home From Every Angle

This home is for sale at 17591 Gates Landing Dr., Chagrin Falls | Listed by Listed by Kevin Davey

This home is a dream from every angle. Conveniently located just three minutes from Chagrin Falls and in the Kenston School system, the four-bedroom beauty is filled with desirable features — including a stone fireplace, abundant natural light, a modern kitchen with a beautiful custom backsplash, an open layout, and a spacious master bedroom with adjoining bath.

Come and Stay Awhile

This home is for sale at 30800 Silktree Ln., Westlake | Listed by Matt Chase

Sunlight spills into this beautiful three-bedroom home all year long, thanks to the large windows throughout. This creates a warm atmosphere that invites you in to stay awhile. And with a large deck, a cozy fireplace, french doors and new carpeting, why wouldn't you want to stay?

The Ultimate in Luxury Living

This home is located at 1260 Pine Spring Dr., Macedonia | Listed by Steve Burgess

This stately four-bedroom, six-bathroom home was custom designed and built by the developer on a highly covetable lot. Enjoy more than 6000 square feet of space to spread out, luxurious living on three levels, and stunning views throughout. During the summer months, make sure to make use of the tranquil saltwater pool out back!

An Absolute Charmer

This home is for sale at 561 West St., Amherst | Listed by Listed by Matt Chase

Located just blocks away from downtown Amherst, this four-bedroom colonial home boasts a large kitchen, a southern-style deck, plenty of shade from the mature trees in front, beautiful hardwood floors and so much more. We just can't help but fall in love with it!
September
22

Homes for Sale in Akron & Canton That Epitomize Modern Kitchen Trends

The kitchen is often affectionately referred to as the "heart of the home," and there's no mystery as to why! This is where we gather to prepare our daily meals, to catch up with loved ones and to host get-togethers. We spend a large portion of our time in the kitchen, so it's important that it reflects the owner's personality and style preferences. We hear lots of buzz about modern kitchen trends on local blogs and renowned design publications alike, so we gathered up some of our favorite homes for sale in the Akron and Canton area that reflect those trends. We hope they inspire you!  

Natural Stone Countertops

Every Cook's Dream

This home is for sale at 6742 Glengarry Ave. Northwest, Canton | Listed by Rana Tawil

This home, located in the coveted Estates of Glenmoor, is situated on two lots in a picturesque setting. While the striking curb appeal is enough to sell us, the gourmet kitchen should not be overlooked. Featuring granite countertops, glazed maple cabinetry, a custom backsplash and a large kitchen island, this space is every cook's dream. A Striking Balance

This home is for sale at 5817 Island Dr. Northwest, Canton | Listed by Sally Goodnow

The black stone countertops offer a striking contrast to the white cabinetry and grey backsplash. The result is a modern and clean look that is easy to personalize with decoration! Eclectic Yet Inviting

This home is for sale at 256 21st St. Northwest, Canton | Listed by Peggy Johnston

This stunning home in Canton is as beautiful inside as it is outside — just look at this kitchen! The white cabinetry works off of the neutral backsplash, which complements the granite countertops. A warm hardwood floor brings it all together for an eclectic yet inviting look!

Monochromatic

A Bit of Warmth

This home is for sale at 1443 Reserve Dr., Akron | Listed by Mary Yoder

Splashing a warm color like rusty red in your kitchen is a simple way to make it seem even more inviting. The red adds a cozy feel, and really brings out the warm tones in the cabinetry, tying everything together in a delightful way. A Bold Statement

This home is for sale at 2869 Chaucer Dr. Northeast, Canton | Listed by Heather Mehilis

Red can be a good way to tie everything together — or it can make a bold statement! Take this home for instance, which incorporates crimson to add a layer of elegance and brightness to the space. Striking White

This home is for sale at 178 25th St. Northwest, Canton | Listed by Steve Neisel

Sometimes sticking with all white is the best way to go. The simple color palette in this kitchen makes the space feel larger and more open, and gives it a clean look.  

Mixed Elements

A Kitchen Worthy of a Dream Home

This home is for sale at 2485 Auburn Pl., Akron | Listed by Michelle Sanders

The beautiful backsplash in this home adds a layer of dimension to this space. We love the balance of the mixed neutrals against the white and stainless steel! A kitchen this beautiful makes it easy to label this property a dream home.

Warm and Elegant All At Once  

This home is for sale at 5430 Downingsgate Cir. Northwest, Canton | Listed by Terri Macioce

The vibrant warm cabinetry in this home is enough to draw anyone in, but you'll also be drawn to the striking black appliances and the grey backsplash. Mixing colors and materials works well in this kitchen! The same elegance found here can be found throughout the four-bedroom home.

A Rustic Country Vibe

The home is for sale at 8250 Kent Ave. Northeast, Canton | Listed by Dominic Fonte

The woodwork in this kitchen is absolutely one of a kind, drawing you in with its detailing and rustic country vibe. You will find that same custom detailing throughout the home — a four-bedroom beauty nestled in Northeast Canton.    
September
15

10 of the Most Haunted Places in Ohio

Whether you're driving down a deserted winding road, cozying up in the house on a dark and stormy night, or hanging out around the campfire, scary stories are a fun way to pass the time. Ohio has its fair share of historical hauntings, some of which are almost too terrifying to be entertaining. From castles abandoned by their makers to old prisons with storied pasts, our state is filled with spirits both friendly and foul. We rounded up a few of the most haunted locales in Ohio, all with a spooky story of their own. Read on if you dare — you might just meet some of the region's most iconic ghosts. The Most Haunted Places in Ohio Include:

The Ohio State Reformatory| Schwartz Castle | The Cincinnati Subway | Staley Road | The Franklin Castle | The Akron Civic Theatre | Squire's Castle | The Sedamsville Rectory | The Golden Lamb | The Fudge Road Bridge

The Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Dennis Cabrera via the Ohio State Reformatory

As the prison that served as a main filming location for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fallen Angels (2006), Air Force One (1997), and The Wind is Watching (2013), the Ohio State Reformatory is creepy enough to have gained a national reputation. The site was notorious for countless violent instances when it was active, and now the ghosts of ex-prisoners are said to heckle visitors as they pass. In fact, the Ohio State Reformatory is so haunted that it has now become somewhat of a tourist attraction, hosting regular tours, a spectacularly terrifying haunted house, and dining and lodging onsite.  

Schwartz Castle

Columbus, Ohio Like all fantastic scary stories, this one starts with love. Frederick William Schwartz, a successful German businessman and apothecary owner, built the impressive home on Columbus's 3rd Avenue to impress his fiancé, who still lived in Germany. Schwartz adored this woman and spared no expense in his construction of the mansion, making sure to include elaborate windows, a turret, a ballroom and mosaic tile floors. Before they were married, however, she called off the wedding, and Schwartz spiraled into insanity. He became a recluse, growing his hair long, wandering around the neighborhood barefoot, sunbathing in the nude on the roof and indulging in occult rituals. During this time, he also added to the castle, building a secret room, towering ladders and five levels of basement space. The building has since been converted into apartments, and rumor has it that residents will sometimes find strange cold spots or hear footsteps on the stairs. Passersby have even reported seeing Schwartz himself staring through the second-story windows onto 3rd Avenue, or laying naked in the sun on the rooftop.  

The Cincinnati Subway

Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Jake Mecklenborg via CincinnatiTransit.Net

Most major cities have subway systems, but none have a twisted past quite like Cincinnati's. In the early 1900s, when the river trade was flourishing, Cincinnati decided to implement a 16-mile long rapid transit subway loop encircling the city, using the local canals as a guide. Construction officially began in the late 1920s, but work was slow. In the wake of WWI, there was a massive shortage of construction materials — and that was just the beginning of the roadblocks. Subpar planning caused foundations surrounding the route to crumble, and lawsuits began to build. Then, prohibition hit, causing local taverns to close and crippling the city's cash flow. By the time the cash ran out, only a few miles had been constructed, and with the invention of the automobile, people stopped caring about a mass transit system. The tunnels were eventually abandoned and closed to the public, but they still wind beneath the Queen City, serving as a reminder of one of the biggest infrastructure blunders our country has ever seen. Some say that the tunnels have never been put to use because of a paranormal spirit running loose down there, others say that if you listen closely, you can hear footsteps and breathing in the darkness, but everyone agrees that venturing too near is always an eerie experience.  

Staley Road

New Carlisle, Ohio Staley Road is one of those places that just feels a little spooky. Even in the middle of the day, the trees arch over the roadway, blocking the sun and casting long shadows across the pavement. Legend has it that Elias Staley, who ran a nearby flour mill (now known as the Bloody Barn), went on a murderous rampage one night and still haunts the road. Others believe Satan worshippers used to practice in the area. As a result of these stories, motorists travel to Staley Road on dark nights for a bit of a scare. While most make it out unscathed, some have reported strange things like unusual car trouble or ghostly figures standing alongside the road.  

The Franklin Castle

Cleveland, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Judge Raymond Pianka via Cleveland Historical

The Franklin Castle is commonly known as the most haunted building in Ohio. The home was constructed in the mid 1800s by Hans Tiedemann, a wealthy German immigrant. The grand house has changed over the years, but the initial construction included 21 rooms, a fourth-floor ballroom, dumbwaiters, wine cellars, hidden passageways and marble fireplaces. That's plenty of room for ghosts, and this building has its fair share. Life was never happy for Tiedemann and his family whilst living on the property. Before construction was finished, Tiedemann lost his mother and young daughter, Emma, to disease. Over the next three years, the family buried three more young children, and eventually Tiedemann's wife, Louise. To take his mind off of the tragedies, the head of the family devoted all of his energy to his home — adding a series of secret passageways and hidden doors, before selling it. The structure was eventually converted into a meeting place for the German Socialist Party during WWI, and then into a residence, and finally into a multi-unit property. Occupants have reported hearing babies crying in the walls and violent yelling that has kept them awake at night. Others have sworn they saw a crying girl upstairs, or a tall, lean woman dressed in black peering out of the second-story windows. Still, others have reported vanishing objects or piles of human bones in the passageways. While there are many rumors surrounding the mansion and the family who built it — one thing is certain: residents in the Franklin Castle never stay very long.

The Akron Civic Theatre

Akron, Ohio

Photo courtesy of the Akron Civic Theatre

The Akron Civic Theatre is one of the most stunning examples of architecture in town, boasting a domed, rotating ceiling with beautiful murals, ornate columns and a grand archway over the stage. There's no question that the building is iconic, but rumor has it that a trio of ghosts haunts the stage and the surrounding areas. The first of the trio is a girl who allegedly died by jumping into the canal behind the theater. She can sometimes be seen on dark nights wandering along the edge of the canal, crying uncontrollably. Then, there's the ghost of Fred, an old janitor who used to work in the building, and is rumored to attack those who leave messes in the bathrooms. Finally, theatre-goers have also reported seeing an old man sitting in the upper mezzanine — always impeccably dressed, and no doubt waiting for the next show to start. For most patrons, these ghosts are a welcome presence, and a fun topic of conversation during intermission. Just make sure to leave those bathrooms as clean as you found them.

Squire's Castle

Willoughby Hills, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Thom Sheridan via the Cleveland Metroparks

Situated in the heart of the North Chagrin Reservation outside of Cleveland, Squire Castle is a popular destination for afternoon picnickers and photographers — and for good reason. Though the building is in ruin, many of us would feel like royalty if we were lucky enough to live in it. In fact, the building was constructed by Feargus B. Squire in the late 1800s for the gatekeeper. He was planning on building a magnificent estate on the surrounding land for him and his wife, but a tragic incident stopped him from achieving his dream. Squire's wife didn't visit his property much out of hatred for the outdoors, and when she did visit, she suffered from insomnia. Legend has it that she would roam the house at night with a red lantern. One of these nights, she roamed into the trophy room, which was filled with skulls from her husband's hunting adventures. She was startled at the sight of them, and in the darkness she tripped and broke her neck. Of course, Squire was overcome with grief and halted construction on his project immediately. In 1922, he sold the land to Cleveland Metroparks, but some say that the ghost of Mrs. Squire still wanders the property, carrying a red lantern just as she always did.  

The Sedamsville Rectory

Cincinnati, Ohio The Sedamsville Rectory, which rests in the tiny Sedamsville neighborhood in Cincinnati, was built over 120 years ago. It first belonged to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, housing priests that served the community, but this once holy building has since been plagued by violence and tragedy. After being abandoned by the church, the structure was reportedly used as a venue for illegal dog fighting. The current owners have reported feeling ice-cold breezes on uncharacteristically hot days, and being scratched and shoved by unseen forces. They have had the structure investigated by paranormal experts and ghost hunters multiple times.

The Golden Lamb

Lebanon, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Haunted Travels USA

The Golden Lamb, which dates back to 1815, is one of Lebanon's most beloved landmarks, but also its most haunted locale. The grand hotel has hosted many influential figures over the years, including Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and more recently, Sarah Palin, and is also a favorite destination for locals looking for a romantic getaway. But, according to legend, some of these guests never checked out. Rumor has it that there are two ghosts who haunt the Golden Lamb. One is a young girl, believed to be either Sarah Stubbs, daughter of a previous innkeeper, or Eliza Clay, who died onsite from a high fever in 1825. The other is the spirit of Charles R. Sherman, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice who died at the inn in 1829. Neither ghost is aggressive — indeed, we believe that they are happy to be forever at home in such a cozy and cheerful place.

Fudge Road Bridge

West Alexandria, Ohio Sometimes referred to as the "Crybaby" bridge, the Fudge Road Bridge is a short and narrow bridge that crosses a small creek in an unassuming stretch of Preble County. According to stories, those who stop their vehicle near the bridge may hear an infant crying if they mutter "mama" three times in a row. In stranger news, there is also said to be a beast who lives in the woods nearby, and sometimes seeks shelter under the bridge. Some have heard it growling as they cross. The decrepit bridge is currently closed to vehicle traffic — in case you needed another reason to steer clear of the area.

Scared Yet?

Ohio has a very interesting (and sometimes terrifying) history to be sure. If you're yearning to learn more about it, check out the 14 of Ohio's coolest castles and the fascinating stories behind them.
September
15

The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in Cleveland [Interactive Map]

This post was updated on September 26, 2019, to reflect the most current information.

Halloween is nearly upon us, which means that Cleveland's most prepared ghouls, goblins, princes and princesses are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating. When it comes time to knock on doors, there are several fail-safe methods for filling your bag with sweets. Of course, wearing the perfect costume is a big part of it, but choosing a route that is walkable and filled with friendly, candy-bearing houses is also important. We rounded up the neighborhoods in Cleveland that are the most ideal for trick-or-treaters. So don your costume and ready your sweet tooth, because you're about to get a lot of candy.

The Best Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods in Cleveland Include:

Old Brooklyn | Shaker Heights | West Boulevard | Parma Heights | Ohio City | Lakewood | Jefferson | Westfield Park | High PointNew Hampton

 

Old Brooklyn

Make your way to Old Brooklyn, located on the west side of Cleveland, for a warm, welcoming atmosphere, extravagant Halloween decorations, and (most importantly) plenty of candy. Known as an accessible, family-friendly neighborhood, the streets of Old Brooklyn are filled with children of all ages on Halloween night. Make a day of it and check out the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in costume before trick-or-treating starts!  

Shaker Heights  

This upscale suburb located just east of town is known for its pristine golf courses, safe streets and beautiful homes. The spacious front yards are always filled with crowd-pleasing decorations, and residents of the homes will generously dole out candy to those who approach their door. Regardless of what route you take, you will surely be met with friendly faces and other fun-loving families taking part in the candy hunt.  

West Boulevard

As one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Cleveland (and also one of the most picturesque), we couldn't leave West Boulevard off the list. In this area, you will find modern houses, friendly residents, and several safe and fun trick-or-treating routes for the kids.

Parma Heights

Located just east of Pearl Road in the suburb of Parma Heights lies a mecca for trick-or-treaters. Set yourself up on Parma Park near the intersection at Pearl Road, and enjoy nearly a mile and a half of candy-rich real estate running all the way to Pleasant Valley Road. The residents of this street are known to go all-out with their decorations — even playing spooky music to enhance the Halloween experience. If you're lucky, you might even snag a cup of hot apple cider or a bag of freshly popped popcorn.  

Lakewood

Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, Lakewood is a very popular area for families with children to make their homes, which means that residents try to make Halloween a fun-packed event for little ones! We are particularly drawn to trick-or-treating along Edgewater in the northern part of the suburb. Here, the homes are decked out in their spooky best, and there are plenty of treats to go around.

 

Ohio City

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio City offers up an unparalleled amount of charm. The residents go all-out for Halloween, slinging pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, eerie skeletons and spooky lights on every surface they can reach. The kids will have a grand time navigating the homes, and, of course, collecting their just reward for ringing the doorbell.  

Jefferson

The charming and inviting township of Jefferson goes all out for holidays and festivals, and Halloween night is no exception. Bring the family for trick-or-treating, and admire the beautiful homes and spooky decorations. The streets are safe and walkable, and everyone dresses up in costume to maximize the Halloween spirit!  

Westfield Park

Located in Olmstead Township, Westfield Park is a prime destination for families with little ones. The residents welcome trick-or-treaters (usually donning costumes themselves), and dole out handfuls of treats to hopeful candy hunters. Like any great Halloween destination, the lawns are decked out with festive (and sometimes terrifying), decorations, including dry ice for an added misty effect.

 

High Point

Trick or Treating in Akron & Canton You might want to bring a few extra bags to the High Point development this Halloween — residents here are notoriously generous with the sweets! Mosey on over (you'll find it off of Drake Road in Strongsville, just 20 or so minutes southwest of downtown Cleveland), and get ready for a night you will not soon forget.

 

New Hampton

Nestled in the Broadview Heights suburb, New Hampton is one of those neighborhoods every Cleveland trick-or-treater needs to hit at least once in their career (if not every year). The decorating often begins weeks ahead of time, and the final results are truly a sight to behold. Expect an abundance of Halloween spirit from the residents on October 31!  

Happy Halloween!

September
15

13 Halloween Events to Attend in Columbus This Year

It's the most frightful and fabulous time of the year! Halloween is almost upon us, but luckily, you won't have to wait until October 31 to celebrate. Columbus is hosting a wide variety of spooky yet sweet Halloween events throughout the month, including costume contests, pumpkin carving, a spooky campout, adult trick-or-treating and more. From family-friendly gatherings to 21-and-up events, we've rounded up the events we are most looking forward to this month. So, get dressed in your Halloween best, prepare your sweet tooth, and get ready to make this a season you will not soon forget.

Hitchcocktober | October 1-31

Film still from Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958) 

For the eighth year running, the Gateway Film Center will countdown to halloween by showcasing the best films from Alfred Hitchcock. This month-long celebration of cinema and suspense will feature Vertigo, The Wrong Man, Strangers on a Train, The Birds, Psycho and more, all presented on the big screen.

The Glass Axis Pumpkin Patch Art Sale & Glass Workshop | October 6-8

Join Glass Axis to roam through a pumpkin patch like you've never seen! Here, you will find numerous local glass artists providing demonstrations, opportunities to take a class and make your own glass pumpkin or fall-themed creation, and a wide array of beautiful glass pumpkins to choose from — just don't try to carve these ones.

The Halloween Campout Weekend | October 13-14

Located just over an hour northeast of Columbus, Pleasant Hill Lake Park is a popular destinations for camping during the warmer months. Finish off the camping season in style at this Halloween-themed campout, which will feature a full gauntlet of family-friendly activities including pumpkin carving, costume contests, a chili cook-off, trick-or-treating, karaoke, campsite decorating and more!

Monster Bash at the German Village | October 14

Who says adults are too old to trick-or-treat? Indulge in a bit of 21-and-up trick-or-treating at the annual Monster Bash in German Village. You'll venture from stop to stop on the surrounding streets to sample delicious concoctions and sinful treats before gathering at the Meeting Haus for drinks, dancing, a photo booth, a costume contest and the Ohio State game on the big screen.

All Hallows' Eve at the Ohio Village | October 14 & 21

Graphic courtesy of Ohio Village 

Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at this historical, family-friendly event. Sit down for a spooky retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, try your hand at pumpkin carving, and interact with a number of strange characters roaming about Ohio Village. There will also be fortune-telling, crafts, games and more!

Dublin's Halloween Spooktacular | October 19

Guests of all ages will enjoy this festive and spooky event! Don your costume and stop by the Dublin Community Recreation Center for candy corn crafts, live performances, photo opportunities, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and more.

Highball Halloween | October 20 & 21

Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber and the Short North District via Highball Halloween

You are what you wear at this elaborate costume party! On October 20 and 21, the streets from Goodale to Nationwide will be filled with bright lights, vibrant colors and party goers for the nation's most high-fashion Halloween event. The event bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District, boasting costume couture fashion shows, goofy contests, live art, and electrifying stage performances. Proceeds will benefit clean and safe initiatives, public art installations and more in the Short North Arts District.

Boo at the Zoo | October 20-22 and 27-29

Bring the whole family out to this no-scare event of epic proportions! The Columbus Zoo will be decked out in its Halloween best for merry-not-scary festivities, including animal shows and performances, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle race, hayrides, fun story times, pumpkin carving, pumpkin smashing and more! We hear that even Batman and Wonder Woman are taking a break from saving the world to be there.

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival | October 22

Photo courtesy of the Easton Town Center

Pets are as cute as can be already, but we absolutely cannot resist them in costume. Stop by Fenlon Square to see the fluffiest ghouls, goblins, and ghosts imaginable at the Halloween Pet Parade. Prizes will be given to the best group, scariest and funniest costumes. Afterward, enjoy a variety of family-friendly games and activities!

HalleBOOia! | October 27

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Join the Ohio State University School of Music for their annual Halloween concert, which will feature student vocalists and instrumentalists dressed in their best costumes. The spooky ensemble will feature theme music from your favorite seasonal movies, jazz and contemporary pop tunes, spoofs and more. The concert is completely free — just bring yourself (and a costume, if you wish)!

Halloween Family Funday at North Market | October 29

You know the North Market as a prime destination for gathering fresh produce, baked goods, locally made crafts and more — but you've never seen it like this! Stop by the market on October 29 for a full day of Halloween fun, including crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, music and more. And the best part? This event is completely free!

Freaky Flight Tours | October 27-30

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During Halloween week, ZipZone will feature nighttime ziplining through the trees! Dress in your favorite costume (one that can be worn with a harness), to compete for best-dressed. Then grab a pumpkin and chuck it from the line for the chance to win prizes.

Trick-or-Treating at the Conservatory | October 28th

Come in costume and visit trick-or-treat stations throughout the Franklin Park Conservatory. Your little ones will even be able to decorate a custom treat bag to collect their loot! The event is free with the price of admission, so this is the perfect opportunity to see all that this beloved Columbus landmark has to offer — including art collections, scenic gardens and more.

Happy Halloween!

September
8

Have a Drink for A Cause: Cutler Real Estate to Host Karma Keg at Rhinegeist

Who knew that by simply sipping a drink, you could be helping someone in need? Karma Keg, a monthly event hosted by Cutler Real Estate throughout Ohio, makes this dream possible by bringing the community together over good beer — for a good cause. These monthly events take place in beloved venues across their respective towns, ranging from classic neighborhood bars to upscale wineries. On September 25, Cincinnati will host its first Karma Keg event at Rhinegeist in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood.

What It Is

What is the great cause? Well, it could be anything. Part of what makes Karma Keg so fun is that none of the charities are chosen in advance. People show up with their friends and family and make a donation to drink from the keg. Towards the end of the night, a name is drawn, and all of the funds raised that night are given to the charity of the winner's choice. Anyone who happens to be in attendance that night is welcome to join in the fun! Since its inception in Columbus earlier this year, Karma Keg has already raised nearly $5,000 for local charities including the Akron Children's Hospital, the Delaware County Humane Society, Refuge of Hope, Pelotonia, Creative Living, Habitat for Humanity and Canine Companion for Independence. Your favorite charity could be next!

How It All Began

Karma Keg is the brainchild of Vinny DeFrancisco of Cutler Real Estate. He heard of a similar concept in Houston (run by Ryan Bokros), and decided that such a wonderful event needed a place in the Midwest. Especially since he had been personally affected by events like this before. "A friend who I met during an event like this became a lifelong friend. He helped me raise a lot of money during my cancer treatments," he said. The main goal here is to bring people together. "I love connecting people," he says. "If I introduce someone, it could lead to them getting a job, [getting] married, etc." Cincinnati's first Karma Keg is expected to draw hundreds of charitable beer lovers from all over the Tri-State area. You never know who you'll meet at a fun event like this.

About the Venue

Photo courtesy of Nate Yelton via Rhinegeist

Rhinegeist is one of the most beloved gems in Cincinnati, serving crisp and flavorful craft beer to thirsty residents of Over the Rhine. The name actually translates to "Ghost of the Rhine," and refers to its location in the historic brewery district in OTR. Built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant, Rhinegeist gave the building new life when it opened in 2013. The owners believe in the power of beer to bring great people together and build a community. What better venue to host this community-building charity event? Come tap the Karma Keg with us at Rhinegeist, and experience all there is to love about this local haunt. Cincinnati's first Karma Keg will take place at Rhinegeist Brewing starting at 7 pm. We hope to see you there! RSVP here.
September
8

14 Must-Attend Halloween Events in the Akron and Canton Area

Gather 'round all you witches and warlocks, ghouls and boys — the spookiest season of the year is upon us again! Between the caramel apples, costume contests and frightful fun, there will be plenty to celebrate over the next few weeks, but Halloween wouldn't be complete without attending one or two of these festive, local events. From family-friendly gatherings to 21 and up events, we have rounded up some of the parties, festivals and bashes in the Akron and Canton area that we are most looking forward to. Mark your calendars and get ready to make this a Halloween you won't soon forget!

The Fall Festival at Ramseyer Farms 

September 23-October 29, Saturdays and Sundays

Photo courtesy of Ramseyer Farms

Spend the day on Ramseyer Farms, located just outside of Canton, and fall in love with fall all over again. The festival features giant corn mazes, face painting, and fun activities for all ages. Fuel your adventures with a number of delicious fall-themed concessions, including fresh kettle corn, apple cider and barbecue.

The Carnival of Horrors 

September 29-October 29 The Carnival of Horrors, located in Cuyahoga Falls, was proclaimed the most terrifying haunted house in the Midwest, but it also rests among the top five most terrifying haunted houses in the world according to Monster Junkie Magazine. Only the bravest souls will be able to make it through all four attractions, which include an abandoned fun house, a freaky forest, an insane asylum and a freak show in 3D terror vision. Each offers a new labyrinth of chaos, wrong turns and monsters — and if you think you can escape unfazed, think again.

Brew at the Zoo: Halloween Bash 

October 7 Enjoy a casual beer and wine tasting from local establishments as you stroll through the Akron Zoo after hours. Though costumes are not required, we challenge you to dress up as your favorite zoo animal for bonus points.

The Great Pumpkin Fest 

October 7 Celebrate all things pumpkin at Mapleside Farms, which happens to be home to some of Ohio's largest pumpkins. The entire family can join in the fun with the pick-your-own pumpkin extravaganza, a crafting tent, a pie eating contest and more! Once you've picked the pumpkin of your dreams, sit in on the carving demonstrations to get inspiration for your next Jack-O-Lantern.  

Spooky Science 

October 13, 14, 20 and 21 This educational event gives a different meaning to the word "spooky." In the natural world, there are countless species that tend to spook or creep people out, but the goal here is to allow families the opportunity to explore, experience, enjoy and learn about nature in a fun creative way. Attractions include an enlightening night walk, a chance to identify the sounds of the night, and a mad scientist who will explain the science behind his crazy experiments.  

Monster Bash, Presented by Creepy Classics 

October 13-14 Settle in and grab your popcorn! This two-day movie marathon event will feature the most classic and frightening Frankenstein and Dracula films at the Canton Palace Theatre. Guests are welcome to buy individual movie tickets or a weekend pass for the full spooky experience.  

The Art After Dark Costume Party 

October 14

Photo courtesy of the Canton Museum of Art

Don your cleverest costume, grab a few friends and get ready to dance the night away at this swanky event. The Art After Dark Costume Party takes place at the Canton Museum of Art, and features a non-stop dance floor, roaming entertainment, craft beer, a tarot card reader and other spooky surprises. Make sure to enter the costume contest for the chance to win prizes! All proceeds from the party will benefit the Canton Museum of Art and the Massillon Museum.  

The Massillon Zombie Walk 

October 14 For the 10th year in a row, the streets of downtown Massillon will fill with the undead — but that doesn't mean it won't be a lively celebration. The annual zombie walk will feature a live performance from New Wave Nation, local vendors and artists, kids activities and crafts, and of course plenty of spooky costumes.  

The Children's Pumpkin Jamboree at the Dragonfly Tea Room 

October 14 Located in historic downtown Canal Fulton, the Dragonfly Tea Room is a popular destination for elegant finger sandwiches and soul warming tea. For this event, bring the children to do crafts, play games, and decorate a pumpkin to take home!  

Boo at the Zoo 

October 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 Dress up your little superheroes and princesses for this scare-free event at the Akron Zoo. Grab your candy passport and use it to hunt for treats around the zoo after hours. Between bites, make sure to give a Halloween greeting to your favorite animals!  

Spirits and Spirits Masquerade Ball 

October 21

Photo of the Players Guild

Join the Players Guild Theatre for its second annual Masquerade Ball. Here, you'll find two kinds of spirits — the ones you consume and the ones inhabiting the theater. Dress in the costume of your choice, and enjoy a night full of dancing, libations and performances from haunted characters throughout the evening.  

The Halloween Charity Ball 

October 27 Akron's biggest event of the season is expected to draw hundreds of costumed imbibers to the Tangier this year. Grab a drink from the open bar and head out to the dance floor, where a live DJ will be slinging tunes all night. Make sure to dress in your Halloween best to have the chance to win $500 in the costume contest!  

The Glow at the Fieldcrest Estate 

October 26-28

Photo courtesy of the Fieldcrest Estate

Enjoy wandering through the richly decorated grounds at the Fieldcrest Estate for the annual Glow festival. Guests will enjoy hayrides, a magical maze, demonstrations from jack-o-lantern artists, and thousands upon thousands of carved pumpkins that will light up the night.  

Spooky Fest at Mapleside Farms 

October 28-29 This family-friendly festival is as spooky as it is fun! Enjoy scary story times, Halloween-themed games, and a nighttime flashlight corn maze adventure. Kids and their parents are invited to dress up in costumes for the full experience — and kids are welcome to participate in the costume parade. Bonus: Find a golden apple in pumpkin village, and you will have the chance to spin the prize wheel.

Happy Halloween!

September
8

The 10 Best Late Night Restaurants in Columbus

Whether returning from a night on the town, a late movie, or a long evening of work or studying, sometimes Columbus residents find themselves out and about — and hungry — in the early hours of the morning. While the majority of local restaurants close their kitchens by 10 pm, there are a handful of gems that serve the late-night (or early-morning) crowd. From 60s-style diners to modern industrial hotspots, we rounded up our favorite restaurants with kitchens open past midnight. Next time hunger strikes well past dinnertime, skip the subpar drive-thru and try one of these instead! The Best Late-Night Restaurants in Columbus Include: 

Dirty Franks | Blue Danube | Mikey's Late Night Slice | Dan's Deli | The Walrus Kitchen & Public House | Little Palace | Buckeye Donuts | The Thurman Cafe | Condado Tacos | Red Brick Tap & Grill 

Dirty Frank's

Kitchen open until 1:45 am daily

Photo courtesy of Dirty Franks

Dirty Frank's, conveniently located on 4th Street, invites customers in with its wildly colorful atmosphere, cold beer, craft cocktails and (most importantly) vast menu of delicious hot dogs. Look for unique dogs like "Puff the Magic Popper," stuffed with cheddar cream cheese, jalapeño and real bacon bits, or "Slappy Pappy's Super Sloppy," with bacon, coney sauce, cheddar, sour cream and French fries. You can grab almost anything on the menu for under $4, so go ahead and order seconds if you're hungry!

Blue Danube

Kitchen open until 11 pm Sundays, 12 am Monday through Thursday, and 2:30 am Friday and Saturday This landmark on North High Street has served Columbus since 1940, and offers hearty comfort food served in a funky space with a jukebox and full bar. You'll be thrilled with anything on the menu, but standouts include the mac 'n' cheese, breakfast quesadilla and half-pound hot dog.

Mikey's Late Night Slice

Kitchen open until 3:00 am daily

Photo courtesy of Mikey's Late Night Slice

This locally owned Columbus chain slings pizza pies piping hot from the kitchen, and is well known for its unique (and delicious) topping combinations. Look for the Cheezus Crust, a signature item that features American cheese melted atop two slices of pizza and pressed into a sandwich.

Dan's Deli

Hours vary — view the calendar to find a cart near you! This self-proclaimed "neo-classical" mobile hot dog kiosk is a saving grace when the late-night hunger sets in. Established in 1994, Dan's Deli started as just one small cart in the heart of Columbus. It has since expanded to include 56 mobile restaurants serving Central Ohio! Look for classic hot dogs, bologna sandwiches and juicy steak gyros.  

The Walrus Kitchen & Public House

Kitchen open until 1 am This newer, industrial haunt offers incredible burgers, clever bar bits, craft brews, a full bar and live music in an approachable and festive atmosphere. Standouts on the menu include lobster pierogies, portobello fries, deep fried deviled eggs and an impressive lineup of flatbreads — and you can taste it all until 1 am nightly.

Little Palace

Kitchen open until 1 am Sunday through Thursday, and 2 am Friday and Saturday This historic bar downtown is popular for its casual 60s vibe, full bar and hearty fare. Visitors can expect pizza, stromboli, subs, burgers, gyros, fries and more — all served until 1 am on weekdays and 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Buckeye Donuts

Kitchen open 24 hours a day

Photo courtesy of Buckeye Donuts

You haven't had a donut until you've had a Buckeye donut. From Boston Cream to plain glazed, all of the donuts at Buckeye are made fresh daily using only quality ingredients. The shop is conveniently located on High Street in the heart of the campus neighborhood, and is a favorite for college students looking for a late-night study snack. Looking for something savory? Buckeye Donuts also has a selection of delicious breakfast items, gyros, salads and more — but seriously, don't leave the shop without a donut.

The Thurman Cafe

Kitchen open until 2:30 am daily The Thurman Cafe is known far and wide as one of the absolute best places to get a burger in Columbus. The burgers are so good, you might find yourself craving one in the early morning hours. Lucky for you, the kitchen is open until 2:30 am. Order the Thurman burger (or even the towering Thurmanator if you feel up to the task) to ease your late-night hunger.

Condado Tacos

Kitchen open until 2 am daily

Photo courtesy of Condado Tacos

This beloved local taco joint made our list of the best tacos in Columbus thanks to its approachable atmosphere, customizable menu and late-night options. Here, patrons are given the opportunity to order tacos exactly how they like them, first choosing the tortilla, then the meat (double if desired), cheese, salsa and a hot sauce. Beware of the ghost pepper sauce — this fiery number is for experts only. Stop in at one of the three Columbus locations daily until 2 am!  

Red Brick Tap & Grill

Kitchen open until 12 am Sunday through Thursday, and 2 am Friday and Saturday Located in the charming Merion Village, Red Brick Tap and Grill serves up hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, house-smoked meats, sandwiches, burgers and more — and more than 30 beers on tap! There is truly something here to satisfy every appetite. Catch a game on the big screens or settle in on one of two patios on warmer nights. The kitchen is open until 12 am Sunday through Thursday, and 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays!

Looking for more food inspiration?

Here are the 25 Most Instagram-Worthy Meals in Columbus.

September
4

The Best Local Beers to Drink This Fall in Cleveland

This post was updated on September 26, 2019, to reflect the most current information.

When the leaves start to change, so does the beer selection at your neighborhood taproom. The return of that familiar fall chill means that we are seeing fewer of those light, fruity sours and more hearty pumpkin-flavored ales, all of which are sure to go well with the tailgates and harvest events filling your fall calendar! Cleveland breweries have certainly honored that warm-to-cold transition in their newly released brewskies. From ales to stouts, here are some local, autumn-inspired beers that deserve a spot in your fridge all season long. Bottoms up!  

Masthead Brewing Co.

Pumpkin Spice Latte IPA ABV 7.5%
 
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It isn't truly fall if you aren't drinking a PSL! So throw on your favorite sweater and head to Masthead Brewing Company for their latest concoction: the Pumpkin Spice Latte IPA! This gorgeous brew was created with real pumpkin, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmegs, cloves, coffee beans from Six Shooter, and real Madagascar vanilla beans.  

Working Class Brewery

Clock Out P.B. Stout ABV 6.0% This fall, Working Class Brewery has their popular Clock Out P.B. Stout on tap! This sweet chocolate stout is infused with creamy peanut butter—what more could you want on a chilly fall day? We can't wait to sip this one near a cozy fire this season. 

Great Lakes Brewing

Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale ABV 8.0%

Graphic courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing

Great Lakes Brewing encourages beer fans to not be afraid of things that go hop in the night—like this rich Imperial red ale. This spooky beer, named for one of the most notorious vampires to ever haunt storybooks, is ruby red in color and features a toasty malt body lurking beneath a delightfully bitter, hoppy bite.  

Forest City Brewing

Kurbisleichen Pumpkin Ale   ABV: 8.2% Forget pumpkin spice lattes—pumpkin-flavored beer is where it's at. This Kurbisleichen-style ale is full-bodied and packed with autumn flavors. The sweetness of the pumpkin and the aromatic notes of allspice, nutmeg, ginger and clover meld well with German Pale and Dark Munich malts, creating a rich profile to warm the soul and transition you into the colder months.  

Platform Beer Co

S'Mores Yammy ABV 7.9%
 
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One sip of S'mores Yammy from Platform Beer Co. will transport you to a cozy campfire in the Ohio wilderness where spooky stories are both made and told. Enjoy all the tastes of the classic campfire dessert blended of the satisfyingly sweet spiced sweet potato ale.  

Goldhorn Brewery

The Dead Man's Curve IPA ABV: 8.0% Goldhorn Brewery isn't the oldest brewery in town (established in 2016), but its beers reach back to the rich heritage and traditions of the Cleveland community. This beer, named for Cleveland's most infamous stretch of highway, delivers a delicious piney hop flavor and a citrusy aroma. As an American IPA, it provides the perfect balance between bitter and fresh, and is the perfect sipper for warm autumn afternoons!    

Noble Beast Brewing Company

Roasted Sweet Potato Saison ABV 7%
 
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When October rolls around, look for this light and flavorful autumn saison from Noble Beast Brewing Company. Instead of adding more pumpkin to the gauntlet of fall-themed beverages, this beer will feature the more palatable sweet potato. The beer will be fermented with Belgian Saison yeast, which creates a smooth spice profile to complement the natural sweetness.  

The BottleHouse

Space Moth - Black Lager ABV 4.2% Coming in at a light 4.2% ABV, this drinkable dark lager is a soul-warming treat for colder months. Brewed with notes of lightly roasted coffee and bready malts, Space Moth is a fantastic drink for new dark beer drinkers and pretty much anyone else who loves beer.  

Cheers!

September
4

The 10 Best Places to See Fall Color in Ohio

The end of summer is always bittersweet. On one hand, the grilling parties and pool outings have come to an end. On the other, pumpkin is back on the menu, that refreshing chill is in the air, and the trees are exploding into rich reds, vibrant oranges and sunny yellows. Hunting down the best colors is a beloved pastime for Ohio residents — and luckily, we have plenty of incredible viewing spots right in our backyard. We rounded up 10 of the best places to see fall colors in the state, so pack your camera and get ready to fall in love with fall all over again! Note: Most of Ohio's best colors occur in the middle of October, but you can always check the fall color report through DiscoverOhio.com to be sure you're catching them at the best time.

Holmes County

Photo courtesy of Ohio's Amish Country 

Holmes County, the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, is certainly one of the most charming places in the state. On any given day, a leisurely walk or drive in the area will reveal narrow, winding roads, horse-drawn carriages, roadside farm stands, wavy fields of corn and a variety of beautiful trees. During the autumn months, these trees (including maples, oaks and buckeyes) explode into vibrant reds, oranges and yellows, transforming the county into something out of a fairy tale. But don't take our word for it — according to National Geographic, Holmes County is one of the top 10 places in the world to see fall foliage.

Malabar Farm

Fall is our favorite time of year to visit Malabar Farm, not only because of the gorgeous colors and festive atmosphere, but also because of the annual Arts in the Park event. Throughout the month of October, stop by to try your hand at different arts and crafts ranging from photography and basket weaving to poetry and dancing. We also highly recommend taking a ride in the horse-drawn carriage during your visit — there's no better way to tour the farm!

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Photo courtesy of todd v. of Wasted Talent Media via the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Built in 1915, the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a spectacular example of architecture from the era. The home once belonged to the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Frank Seiberling, but was opened to the public after his passing. It now stands as a beloved Akron landmark, and has even received the title of "best historic home tour in America" by the readers of USA Today. Tour the house and marvel at the antique furniture and detailing, but don't miss out on a turn through the gardens. During the fall months, a picnic outside allows you to view the marvelous mansion and the surrounding color all at once.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This centrally located national park is just a short distance from Cleveland and Akron, but its many acres of untouched scenery and countless species of plants and wildlife make it feel like it's worlds away. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is perhaps the most popular outdoor destination in the state, and frequently makes lists of "must-visit" parks in the country. During the fall, this is no less true. The trees explode into color, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for leisurely hikes and picnics.

Caesar Creek State Park

Photo courtesy of ODNR Division of State Parks & Watercraft

Located just a stone's throw away from Cincinnati, Caesar Creek State Park provides an outdoor oasis for city-dwellers looking for a bit of an adventure. During the warmer months, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, biking and even archery are all available for those looking to soak in the Ohio sunshine. Visit a bit later in the year when the weather starts to cool, and you'll be treated to a spectacular, color-splashed landscape.

Hocking Hills

The Hocking Hills region, with its beautiful scenery and entertaining attractions, is certainly worth a weekend trip. When it's warm enough, visitors from around the region pitch their tents or stay overnight in one of the traditional Sioux-style tipis in the area, but there are also cabins to house you when the weather starts to cool down. Visit during the autumn months when the area is bursting with color. There's nothing quite as romantic as a serene autumn hike near Old Man's Cave!

Shawnee State Park

Photo courtesy of ODNR Division of State Parks & Watercraft

Nestled near the banks of the Ohio River, the breathtaking Shawnee State Park boasts six different hiking trails winding through 1,095 acres. Pick your route, pack your camera and enjoy the fall color show. The best time to catch the autumn foliage here is during late October and early November.

The Fire Tower at the Mohican-Memorial State Forest

Tucked between Columbus and Cleveland, Mohican-Memorial State Forest is a popular destination year-round, but we are most fond of the area during the fall. October is the best time of year to catch the color, and the most spectacular views can be seen from the fire tower. Climb up and marvel at the oranges and reds intermixing with the evergreen trees, and afterwards, explore the many miles of trail on foot, by bike or on horseback.

Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks

Perhaps the most picturesque destination in Cleveland, the ruins of Squire's Castle stand proudly in the heart of the North Chagrin Reservation. After a hike in the woodlands (or a rousing game of golf at the Manakiki Golf Course), set out a picnic in front of the castle. From here you can admire the beautiful architecture, soak in the autumn sunshine, and capture pictures of the colorful foliage. While there, make sure to share the story of builder Feargus B. Squire, whose wife supposedly still haunts the grounds.

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

Photo courtesy of Nelson Ledges

Nelson Ledges is a favorite during the summer months. When the sun is high, the ledges provide the perfect platform for cliff jumping into the water. But later in the year, the park is peaceful without the crowds and the splashing, and the ledges become the perfect high point for viewing the fall foliage.  

John Bryan State Park

Photo courtesy of ODNR Division of State Parks & Watercraft

John Bryan State Park is arguably the prettiest park in western Ohio — and that's saying something. The main claim to fame is the stunning limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River, which has been designated as a national landmark. Witness it yourself on a relaxing fall hike with the family, and reward yourself with a meal at one of the many shaded picnic tables.

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