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November
19

20 Things to Do This New Year's Eve in the Cincinnati area

We've reached the end of another year and while we look forward to new beginnings in 2018, we still have one more day to celebrate 2017 and send it off the right way! Make a toast to the many memories shared this year with family and friends at a local event in the city this NYE! Our New Year's Eve event guide begins with kid-friendly events during the day, continues with live concerts during the evening, and ends with more than ten late-night parties and soirees to keep you going through midnight. Gather your friends and family and paint the town red (or blue and orange)!

Kid-friendly Events

Happy Zoo Year December 31, 5 – 9 pm at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden As part of the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights, the Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating the new year with a Happy Zoo Year party. Activities include Winter Wonders by Madcap Puppets, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby Zoo Year — all capped off with an early countdown and fireworks show beginning at 8:55 p.m.! New Year's Eve Blast at Fountain Square December 31, 6 pm – 1 am at Fountain Square

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation via Fountain Square

This annual celebration is a must-see for kids and kids at heart. Join thousands of fellow Cincinnatians as we dance the night away, eat tasty treats, and play a few goofy games on the Fountain Square stage every half hour. New Year's Eve Cruise December 31, 9 pm – 1 am at BB Riverboats BB Riverboats has two cruise options this New Year's Eve! Earlier in the day, the New Year's Eve Kids Cruise from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm will have live music and party favors for the whole family! Meet with beloved characters from BB Riverboats' Pirate, Princess and Super Hero cruises, enjoy a lunch buffet and participate in fun, kid-centered activities. For adults, their elegant New Year's Eve Cruise takes you on a nighttime trip down the river complete with a three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, a late night snack buffet, and party favors.

Live Concerts  

Rumpke Mountain Boys' 2 Night New Year's Eve Ball December 30 and 31, 7 pm at 20th Century Theater This lively New Year's Eve Ball is a two night extravaganza! The Rumpke Mountain Boys is a band made up of vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, banjo and dynamic special effects. Join them and special guests David Gans, Old Salt Union, The Pickin' Pear and Restless Leg String Band as they rock the 20th Century Theater on New Year's Eve and the Eve of New Year's Eve! New Year's Eve with ISWHAT?! December 31, 8 – 11:30 pm at MOTR Pub Hosted by ISWHAT?!, this MOTR event will feature performances by BioniC, Stallitix and DJ Apryl Reign. As one of Cincinnati's favorite party spots, this is the place to be on NYE. RSVP on Facebook to get updates. New Year's Eve Concert 2017 December 31, 8 pm – 10:30 pm at Cincinnati Music Hall If you prefer an elegant sound, buy tickets for Cincinnati Pops New Year's Eve Concert. Featuring the vintage-style vocals of jazz artist Morgan James, jazz fans and music lovers do not want to miss this! Pigeons Playing Ping Pong NYE December 31, 9 pm at Madison Theater Over the river in Covington, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will be hosting the show of the new year at Madison Theater. Their blend of original songs, psychedelic improv jams, and contagious, smiley stage presence will have everyone dancing! Buy your tickets online.

Parties + Special Events

Q102's New Year's Eve 2017 December 31, 7 pm – 1 am at The Newport Syndicate The Rusty Griswolds, Gangsters Famous Dueling Pianos and Q102's DJ Mark McFadden are providing the sounds at this annual sell-out party. Tickets include dinner, dancing, drinks and party favors, but depending on which package you choose, you could up your experience with box seats, a dessert and coffee bar, a private premium cocktail bar, and more! Check out the pricing options here. New Year's Eve 2018 at Howl Splitsville December 31, 7 pm – 1 am at Howl Splitsville Cincinnati Whether you're there for the dance party, the dinner buffet, the drink tickets or the complimentary champagne toast, this annual NYE celebration is a blast. Starting at $35 for the Just Dance option, you can choose your price and your party amenities here. RSVP on Facebook for updates. NYE at Netherland Plaza December 31, 7 pm – 1:30 am at 35 W 5th St Hilton Netherland Plaza is recreating their 1931 grand opening party to ring in the new year! If you want to join the fun, simply buy your tickets, dress the part and get ready to dance the night away! The best dressed couple wins dinner for two at Orchids, and the event includes table seating with an unlimited sparkling wine centerpiece, a cash bar, a buffet dinner and dessert, live music from the Queen City Serenaders, a midnight champagne toast, and a festive balloon drop. New Year's Eve 2018 at The Madison December 31, 8 pm at The Madison Event Centre The trip into Covington is worth it for this annual shindig. Dress to the nines, enjoy drinks, appetizers, a buffet dinner and late-night snacks prepared by the in-house chef and culinary team. Then dance the night away on three different floors of music entertainment! Whether you opt for the general admission or VIP tickets, you're in for an unforgettable night. 9th Annual New Year's Eve Speakeasy Party December 31, 8 pm – 1 am at Know Theatre Know's legendary New Year's Eve bash includes all the flappers, fedoras, martinis, back-room casino games and jazz we've come to adore from the year 1923. Dance to live music downstairs and a live DJ upstairs, snack on delicious appetizers, and drink your fill of Manhattans, Sidecars and Martinis from the bar. When the clock strikes midnight, enjoy a champagne toast on the house and keep the party going until 1 am. The best part is your ticket purchase directly benefits the Know Theatre! New Year's Eve Dance December 31, 8 pm – 1 am at Harmony Lodge

Photo courtesy of CincyHop

CincyHop is continuing this local tradition of great music and superb dancing on New Year's Eve. Snacks and champagne will be provided in addition to a beginner swing dance lesson, an open social dance, and a dance competition — all for just $10. Find more information on the Facebook event page. New Year's Eve at MadTree Brewing December 31, 8 pm – 1 am at MadTree Taproom MadTree Taproom won't just be filled with beer on December 31! Join them for drinks, food, live music, and a DJ as they ring in the new year. You can RSVP on Facebook to get updates and ticket details. New Year's Eve Dance December 31, 8 pm – 1 am at Dance Club Studio The band Dirty Rice is going to help Dance Club Studio members and nonmembers dance the night away at this lively event. Bring your own alcoholic beverages and enjoy pop, bottled water, a deluxe buffet, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight at the party! RSVP on Facebook and call (513) 752-4956 to reserve your tickets. Black Light Ball at Urban Artifact December 31, 8 pm – 2 am at Urban Artifact

Photo courtesy of Urban Artifact

Urban Artifact's first ever Black Light Ball will transform the upstairs space into a black light masquerade wonderland. Come for the wild colors and stay for the dance beats and specialty drinks! Open bar tickets are $65 and get you access to the upstairs glow level, downstairs music, pints of Urban Artifact's craft beers, wine and cocktails, and a special midnight bubbly toast. Get your tickets here and RSVP on Facebook. Ring in The New Year with The Bell Event Centre December 31, 9 pm – 1 am at Bell Event Center Tickets to this amazing party include hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, dessert, a champagne toast, a popcorn bar, a festive photo booth, a live DJ and convenient parking. Ranging in price from $100 per person or $700 for an eight-person table, this will be an elegant and unforgettable celebration you won't want to miss! New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball 2017 December 31 at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport The annual soiree at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport includes an overnight stay, cocktail hour, an open bar, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, a photo booth and much more! At $299 per couple, it's the perfect option if you want all of the fun and none of the late-night driving. Call (859) 746-5608 to buy your tickets and get more details. You can also follow the hotel on Facebook for updates. New Years Eve 2017 at the Brewery December 31 at Rhinegeist Brewery

Photo courtesy of Rhinegeist

The annual NYE party at Rhinegeist is one you'll look forward to year after year. In the past, they've had live DJs, local food, an upstairs speakeasy, wine, cocktails and a bounty of in-house brews! Follow the brewery on Facebook for event updates. New Year's Eve at The Stretch December 31 at The Stretch Cincinnati's The Stretch is always throwing stand-out parties and New Year's Eve is no different. In past years, they've had party favors, DJ entertainment, a live Q102 broadcast to ring in the new year, a midnight champagne toast, special-edition kegs, and a donut bar from Holtman's Donut Shop! Follow them on Facebook for 2017 event updates.

Happy New Year!  

November
10

9 Columbus Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

This post was updated on October 22, 2019 to reflect the most current information.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days of the year, not only because it gives us an excuse to eat everything in sight, but also because it provides an incredible opportunity to relax and spend time with loved ones. Of course, sometimes the chore of preparing a full-blown feast can cut into your relaxation time. If you prefer to leave the cooking to someone else this year, consider making a reservation at a local restaurant instead. These Columbus hot spots are hosting Turkey Day celebrations with seasonal fare and plenty of good cheer, so you can spend that extra time considering what you are thankful for—primarily, no dishes.

All of these restaurants will be serving a meal on Thanksgiving day, November 28th, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

The Boat House

679 W Spring Street, Columbus | 10:30 am-3 pm At the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers sits the Boat House, one of our city's most special dining experiences. On Thanksgiving, come enjoy the views and an elegant champagne buffet with brunch items and some Thanksgiving favorites! You'll also have access to bottomless mimosas all day, snow crab legs, amazing views and live entertainment.  Call 614-469-0000 or click here to make a reservation.  

The Berwick

3250 Refugee Road, Columbus | 11 am-5 pm The Berwick, a family-owned event venue, is known for its mouthwatering Italian cuisine. The restaurant hosts an annual Thanksgiving buffet, and this year's is expected to be the best yet! Indulge in all of your holiday favorites for just $27.50 ($14 for kids). If you'd prefer a take out option, the Berwick has you covered! Order for the family and enjoy your meal at home. Call 614-235-7100 to book your spot.  

Coopers Hawk Winery

4230 The Strand, Columbus | November 19th, 11 am-9 pm Butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey, and cranberry sauce—oh my! Coopers Hawk Winery will host a special Thanksgiving dinner on November 19th to celebrate the occasion. Accompany your meal with the suggested Riesling Chenin Blanc or a cranberry sangria from the winery. For reservations, click here or call  614-428-6999.  

J Liu Restaurant and Bar

6880 N High Street, Worthington50 W. Bridge Street, Dublin10 am-5 pm J Liu, recognized for its fresh ingredients and modern fare, will host a special Thanksgiving buffet in celebration of the holiday. Expect all of your seasonal favorites with a bit of a contemporary twist! Call 614-888-1818 to reach the Worthington location, or 614-718-1818 to reach Dublin.    

Lindey's

169 East Beck Street, Columbus11 am-6 pm Nestled in the heart of German Village, Lindey's is a long-time favorite for locals and visitors alike. The establishment is known for its thoughtful and inventive cuisine, and the menu will not disappoint on Thanksgiving! Expect artisan farm boards, rotisserie pork belly, maple brined turkey, aged duck, roasted Brussels sprouts and so much more. For reservations, click here or call 614-228-4343.  

Tucci's

35 North High Street, Dublin11 am-5 pm

Photo courtesy of Tucci's 

Known for its gorgeous outdoor patio and high-quality steaks, Tucci's is an elegant option for anyone looking to get out of the house on Thanksgiving. The three-course dinner is just $50 per person, and will not disappoint. For reservations, call 614-792-3466.  

The Guild House

624 North High Street, Columbus6:30 am-Close This artisan eatery features creative new American cuisine in the Short North Arts District. Come experience it during Thanksgiving! The restaurant will serve its normal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as a prix-fixe dinner with optional wine pairings. Call 614-280-9780 to make a reservation.  

Nicola Restaurant + Bar 

4740 Reed Road, Columbus | 11:30 am-6:30pm This cozy Italian eatery is serving a Thanksgiving meal with specials, including their traditional Thanksgiving plate with all the fixings. Make a reservation and enjoy their offerings with all of your friends and family! Click here to make a reservation.  

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills

21190 State Route 374, Logan12-5 pm  Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head into Hocking Hills for a quick getaway! On Thanksgiving Day, the inn will host a multi-course dinner with traditional fare. Think: savory turkey, decadent sides and homemade pies. Reservations are required. Call 740-385-7489 for reservations.      

Happy Thanksgiving!

November
10

6 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in the Akron & Canton Area

This post was updated on October 30, 2019, in order to reflect the most current information.

There is no doubt that enjoying a home-cooked meal around the dining room table is a delightful Thanksgiving tradition. Doing the dishes afterward, on the other hand, is one tradition we could do without! Luckily, there are a handful of local Akron and Canton restaurants offering up Turkey Day feasts of their own. Bring your loved ones to indulge in a hearty buffet or an elegant prix-fixe meal in the area — you will still get to spend time together, and you can relax knowing the kitchen will be clean when you get home.

Beau's on the River

1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls 11 am-3 pm

Photo courtesy of Beau's on the River

The holiday brunch buffets at Beau's on the River are legendary — and Thanksgiving will be no exception. The selection is fresh, healthy and delicious, and you can eat your fill of trimmings while marveling at the nearby river and falls. Call 330-920-7520 to reserve your spot.  

The Galaxy Restaurant

201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth 11:30 am-3:30 pm For just $27.95 a person ($13.95 for kids ages 6-12), you and the family can sit down to a spectacular feast at the Galaxy Restaurant. Menu offerings will include freshly carved turkey and pork, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and all of your favorite seasonal items. Call 330-334-3663 to reserve your spot. Large groups are welcome.  

Tangier Thanksgiving Buffet

532 W Market Street, Akron 10:30 am-3 pm Cleveland Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Join the Tangier Event & Entertainment Center for an elegant brunch buffet this Thanksgiving! You can choose from a selection of traditional favorites and contemporary options. Think: roasted turkey, broiled whitefish, artisanal cheeses, butternut squash soup and more! Call 330-376-7171 to make a reservation.  

Mulligan's Restaurant and Pub

4118 Belden Village Street, Canton 11 am-8 pm The cozy yet elegant atmosphere at Mulligan's draws you in from the beginning. Cozy up in a booth for Thanksgiving day to enjoy options from the regular menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Don't miss it! Call 330-493-8239 to make a reservation.  

AA Executive Catering

5211 Tuscarawas Street, Canton 10 am-4 pm The cozy yet elegant atmosphere at AA Executive Catering draws you in from the beginning. Cozy up at a table on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, a brunch menu and a non-traditional menu. Call (330) 477-8588 to make your reservation.  

Hartville Kitchen

1015 Edison Street, Hartville 44632 9 am-6 pm While Hartville Kitchen isn't technically "open" on Thanksgiving, they're still on a mission to make putting a Thanksgiving dinner on your table as easy as pie! That's why they're offering a curbside Thanksgiving meal pick-up on the big day. All you have to do is place your order before end of day on November 21st and you'll be treated to a fresh, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie—which will be hand-delivered to your car on Thanksgiving Day.    

Happy Thanksgiving!

November
10

12 Places to See Santa in Akron and Canton This Year (Events, Photo Opportunities and More!)

Santa Claus is coming to town! And before he makes his list and checks it twice, you and your family will be able to meet him and share your wishes in person. Lucky for us, Ohio is one of his favorite states to visit, and he will be available at multiple locations around the Akron and Canton area for photo opportunities, breakfasts and more! We rounded up the top 12 places to see Santa near Akron and Canton this year, so grab your camera, round up the little elves, and get ready to catch him before he heads back to the North Pole. Akron Area

Free Photos With Santa at Graf Growers

When: November 26, December 3 & December 10
Where: Graf Growers, Akron
Bring the entire family (even your pets!) to Graf Growers for a personalized visit with Santa! Warm up with hot chocolate from the cocoa bar and enjoy holiday treats while you're waiting. Kids are also welcome to join in and make a holiday craft to take home with them! Photos will be emailed to families within one week, and although they are free, donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign are encouraged.

Photos with Santa at the Humane Society of Summit County

When: December 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: The Humane Society of Summit County, Akron
Well behaved dogs, cats, critters and humans are all welcome to grab a photo with Santa at this event! Your furry friend will look pawsitively fabulous set against a colorful holiday background, and you'll leave with a keepsake to display proudly every season. There will be a minimum $15 donation for a 5-10 photography session with the Big Guy himself, and all proceeds will go towards supporting animals awaiting adoption.

Snack With Santa

When: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 3-5 p.m.
Where: The Akron Zoo, Akron

Photo courtesy of the Akron Zoo

This fun tradition at the Akron Zoo includes animal encounters, visits with Santa, and more! After capturing the perfect family photo with Kris Kringle, enjoy a variety of snacks, entertainment and crafts, and explore the Wild Lights exhibit when the sun goes down (admission is included).

Santa and Archie the Snowman Chapel Hill Mall

When: November 18-January 1, Hours Vary
Where: The Chapel Hill Mall, Akron
Santa, Archie the Snowman, and an impressive lineup of holiday characters will be available this season at the Chapel Hill Mall! Come grab a photo with him and witness the spectacular holiday display, and then explore the mall afterward to take advantage of the holiday specials.

Photos with Santa at Summit Mall

When: November 10-December 24, Hours Vary
Where: Summit Mall, Akron
When the time comes to grab your annual family photo with Santa, Summit Mall is one of the best places to be! Santa will be available daily in the Dillards Women Court. Skip the line by booking your appointment in advance here.

Breakfast with Santa at the Hartville Marketplace

When: December 9, 8-11 a.m.
Where: The Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market, Hartville  
Children and adults alike will have a blast at this food-filled event. Join Santa Claus for a hearty breakfast at the Hartville Marketplace. Tickets are just $8.50 for children and $10 for adults, and include a full meal, a goodie bag and a professional photo with the man in red. There are only 50 spots available for each time slot, so make sure to get your ticket in advance here!

Breakfast With Santa at Lock3

When: December 9,10, 16 & 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Lock3, Akron
Santa is going to be hungry after all of that flying around! Bring the family and join him for a pancake breakfast at Lock3. After eating their fill and sharing their Christmas wish list, your kids can explore the Akron Children's Museum, ice skating or a game of Polar Putt-Putt. Make sure to bring your camera to document the occasion! Call Lock 3 at 330-375-2877 to make a reservation.   Canton Area

Santa Land Photos at Belden Village

When: November 11-December 16
Where: Belden Village Mall, Canton
The family photo tradition has returned to Belden Village Mall! Sponsored by the Akron Children's Hospital, this event allows children to share their wish list and get a professional photo taken with Santa. Attendees will all receive a complimentary Santa plate to take home, and anyone who purchases a photo package will receive a $20 promo card from Shutterfly, and a free surprise phone call from the Big Man himself.

The Holiday Party at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

When: December 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton  
Kick off the holiday season in style at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Activities include musical entertainment, crafts for the kids, open hearth cooking demonstrations, special planetarium and science shows, a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and a chance to visit with Santa! Make sure to bring canned goods to donate to the Hunger Task Force.

The Santa Fly In at the MAPS Air Museum

When: December 3, 1-4 p.m.
Where: The MAPS Air Museum, Canton
Santa Claus is comin' to town, but this year, he left his reindeer at the North Pole. Santa will fly in via plane to the MAPS Air Museum to visit the girls and boys on his "nice" list. Get your picture taken with him before he heads home, enjoy punch and cookies, and take some time to explore the museum as a family!   

The Holiday Celebration at the Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center

When: December 3, 3-6 p.m.
Where: The Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center, Minerva
Celebrate the season at the Nature Center! Make holiday-themed crafts, enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate by the fire, listen to live music, and (most importantly) visit with Santa in an 1800s-era cabin. This free event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!

Light Up Downtown

When: December 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Canton
This holiday festival will feature live performances, fantastic fireworks, and a special visit from everyone's favorite man in red! Bring the whole family for this fun-filled event, and don't forget that camera — you'll need it to capture all of the memories! Photos with Santa will be available on the main stage shortly after fireworks have concluded.

Happy Holidays!

November
3

11 Akron and Canton Area Homes for Sale Perfect for Hosting Your Upcoming Holiday Party

The holidays are quickly approaching, and while we love baking cookies and decorating as much as the next person, we think spending time with loved ones is the main reason for the season. Of course, if you're the type who loves hosting family and friends, you will need a home that truly fulfills your knack for entertaining. These homes for sale in the Akron and Canton area all boast grand kitchens, open floor plans, elegant dining rooms, enviable entertainment spaces, and just the right amount of coziness — all the ingredients needed for the best holiday party imaginable. So pick your favorite, click the address for more details, and let the festivities begin!

Grand Kitchens

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, and you'll need a good one if you're planning on preparing food for your get-togethers! These properties feature kitchens worth boasting about. Every Cook's Dream

This home is for sale at 17 West Dr. NE, Hartville | Listed by the Worthington Team

This kitchen is every cook's dream, featuring stunning hickory floors that match the cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a large center island, a gas stove and granite countertops. That would be enough for us, but the home also boasts an elevator, a wine cellar and two master bedrooms. A French Colonial That Draws You In

This home is for sale at 391 Nathan Cir. NW, North Canton | Listed by Tammy Grogan

It's difficult to avoid falling in love with this two-story French Colonial in North Canton. Just look at all of those elegant details! We're particularly smitten with the kitchen, which features granite surfaces, copper accents, ceramic tile flooring, a center island and a four-burner counter.

Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans make it easier to travel from room to room without ruining the vibe of the party, and allow the host to be involved in the conversations even if he or she is working away in the kitchen. Love at First Sight

This home is for sale at 7113 Blue Thistle Cir. NW, Massillon | Listed by Josh Twitchell for Ann Norton

Maybe you don't believe in love at first sight, but we think you will when you see this property! Located in the highly sought after Jackson Local School District, this Skip Rea home boasts a majestic two-story foyer, hardwood floors, a private office, a formal dining room, a gorgeous kitchen with quartz countertops, and more. The open layout makes it easy to travel from room to room and enjoy it all! A Home That's As Charming on the Inside as it is on the Outside

This home is for sale at 2228 Edison St. NW, Uniontown | Listed by Tammy Grogan

If the charming shutters on this Colonial-style home don't immediately draw you in, perhaps you'll be taken by the interior. The open layout, plush carpeting and modern features make it the perfect place to host gatherings big and small.

Elegant Dining Rooms 

The best conversations happen over a good meal, which is why dining rooms are such an important feature in the home. These properties all feature stunning dining areas perfect for your next formal dinner! A Formal Dining Room With A View

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

Welcome to your dream home! Located in the Jackson Township, this four-bedroom property boasts modern amenities, a walk-out lower level, a game room area, a cozy gas fireplace, and an abundance of windows and storage options. The formal dining area is accented by a gigantic arch-top window, so you can keep an eye out for Saint Nick while you're eating. The Home That Has It All

This home is for sale at 6440 Weston Ave. NW, Canton | Listed by Julie Kaszyca

If you're looking for a home that has it all, look no further. The gorgeous kitchen offers an abundance of countertop and cabinet space, and the welcoming great room has a vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Of course, the formal dining room is nothing to scoff at either. An Elegant Soirée in the Making

This home is for sale at 7550 Carmen Dr. NW, North Canton | Listed by Dominic Fonte

This four-bedroom beauty backs up to the golf course and boasts awesome views, and that's enough of a selling point for us, but the inside of the home makes the deal even sweeter. The modern finishes and abundant natural light make it the perfect space for an elegant soirée.

Enviable Entertaining Spaces

One of the most important pieces of the party puzzle is having the perfect space to entertain your guests. These homes offer dens with plenty of room for pool tables, large TVs and the like so you can step your party up a notch. A House That Feels Like A Home

This home is for sale at 3526 Hastings Dr., Medina | Listed by Stephen Merkle

You and your family will feel right at home in this stunning Kewsick Colonial. Enjoy an open floorplan, a fenced in backyard, four spacious bedrooms and a finished basement perfect for entertaining. Better yet, the kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and a kitchen island, so preparing snacks is a piece of cake! A Home With All of the Ingredients for a Perfect Party

This home is for sale at 4961 Middlebranch Ave. NE, Canton | Listed by Peggy Johnston

This gorgeous three-bedroom home boasts a two-story great room with 17-foot ceilings, a large dining room, a gas kitchen, and a wet bar — but the biggest party essential is the large recreation room.

Cozy Living Rooms

After dinner, you and your guests might want retire to the living room for a rousing game or some lively conversation, and these homes offer the perfect setting!   A Cape Cod Escape

This home is for sale at 6923 Swamp St. NE, Hartville | Listed by Mike Boylan

Escape to this stunning Cape Cod-style home, which sits on 5.75 acres and offers a tranquil setting and unparallelled privacy. The opportunities for entertaining here are endless, and the living room is centered around a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling fireplace that definitely ups the coziness factor. A Beautiful Home with Plenty of Room for A Gathering

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

This all-brick custom home in Akron is a gem not to be missed. With five bedrooms and more than 6,000 square feet, there is plenty of room to spread out — and the gorgeous living room would be perfect for a large gathering.
November
3

The Top Columbus Restaurants That Opened Their Doors in 2017

2017 has nearly come to a close, and what a year it has been. Columbus' culinary scene is constantly changing, but in the past twelve months we witnessed the addition of so many new and incredible restaurants. From surprising brunch digs to authentic Filipino cuisine, there's more on our city's menu than ever before! We rounded up our top ten favorite restaurants that opened their doors in 2017, each offering their own unique feel and flavor. Happy eating, and happy New Year!  

Watershed Kitchen & Bar

1145 Chesapeake Avenue, Columbus Opened: January

Photo courtesy of Greg Davis via Watershed Kitchen & Bar

The modern digs of the Watershed Kitchen & Bar are located smack dab in the center of the Watershed Distillery and production facility, which can make it a bit difficult to find. Of course, that's part of the reason we love it so much. The bar whips out approachable yet surprising cocktails crafted from spirits distilled on site, so while you're sipping, you can learn about the process behind the drink. Of course, the cocktails are just half of the equation. Settle down in the dining room to enjoy a Midwestern meal crafted with local and seasonal ingredients. The philosophy here is honest food, honest drinks, respect for ingredients, and respect for people — and it's definitely one we can get behind.  

Kuya Ian's Bistro

6863 Flags Center Drive, Columbus Opened: March  

Photo courtesy of Kuya Ian's Bistro

Filipino food has finally made its mark on Columbus in the form of Kuya Ian's Bistro. This family-owned spot might look unassuming from the outside, but the menu is filled with soul-warming cuisine from the Philippines that impresses even the most discerning of palates. The prices are low, the portions are generous, and the friendly atmosphere will bring you back again and again.

Cosecha Cocina

987 North 4th Street, Columbus Opened: March

Photo courtesy of Cosecha Cocina

Following their other successful concepts, Harvest Pizzeria and The Sycamore, Grow Restaurants made the leap into Mexican cuisine with Cosecha Cocina, which has been wildly successful since its debut in mid-March. The restaurant is housed in a charming refurbished barn, and the menu includes inventive small plates and shareables that are steeped in Mexican influence, but incorporate a modern twist.

The Keep

50 West Broad Street, Columbus Opened: March

Photo courtesy of The Keep

Located in the historic LeVeque Tower, the Keep Liquor Bar is a modern French brasserie and cocktail lounge that pays homage to the speakeasies of the 20s and film noir while offering its own modern take. The state-of-the-art beverage program includes regional craft beers, specialty cocktails, and a wide variety of wine by the glass or the bottle, and the menu is filled with French classics and surprising combinations that are sure to wow.

The Olive Branch Coffee and Pizzeria

5600 Gender Road, Canal Winchester Opened: April

Photo courtesy of the Olive Branch Coffee and Pizzeria

The Olive Branch offers up excellent coffee and scratch-made pizza, which means our two favorite things have finally collided. Where else can you enjoy a soul-warming espresso drink alongside woodfired pizza? All menu items are made to order and customized entirely to your preferences — so you can choose one topping or all of them. Regardless, we're sure it will be delicious.

South Village Grille

197 Thurman Avenue, Columbus Opened: May

Photo courtesy of the South Village Grille

Nestled in the heart of German Village, the South Village Grille offers up a range of casual American favorites (think: pizza, steaks, and oysters on the half shell) in a swanky, upscale space. The libations menu is no less impressive, featuring local ciders and beers, craft cocktails, and a selection of wines from all over the world.

Tiger + Lily

19 East Gay Street, Columbus Opened: May Tiger + Lily mixes Asian influences with modern techniques to create fresh, flavorful and piping hot dishes from the kitchen. Whether you choose a rice bowl or ramen with all the fixin's, you can bet that your meal was prepared completely from scratch to order — and that it will be delicious.

Trism

1636 North High Street, Columbus Opened: May

Photo courtesy of Trism

This fast-casual eatery and bar is filled with flavor — and we're not just talking about the food. The vibrant space, complete with colorful murals and modern decor, is nothing short of picturesque, and makes the perfect setting to catch up with friends or coworkers over lunch. The homemade poptarts are one of the most popular menu items, and recently landed on our list of the most instagrammable dishes in Columbus.

Drunch

995 North 4th Street, Columbus Opened: June

Photo courtesy of Drunch

Drunch might be a brunch centric concept, but the lunch and dinner menus are no less impressive. The menu is a brilliant collaboration of five difference chefs, and features scratch-made entrées with local ingredients. Expect hearty menu items like avocado fries, wings, chicken and waffles, flatbreads, and more — as well as an impressive lineup of craft cocktails.

Trillium Kitchen & Patio

2333 North High Street, Columbus Opened: July

Photo courtesy of Trillium Kitchen & Patio

Nestled in the University District, Trillium offers a lively front porch, rustic and modern dining spaces, and an intimate wine-tasting area. So regardless of the feel you're looking for, you'll find it here. The menu is truly a step above the rest, boasting innovative combinations, flavorful ingredients and global influences. Pair your choice with a selection from the carefully curated wine and cocktail menu, and make sure you take advantage of happy hour daily from 4-6 pm!  
November
3

14 Things to Do With The Kids Over Winter Break in Cleveland

The kids are out of school again, which can only mean one thing — winter break is here. Your little elves are reveling in the opportunity to sleep in and play in the snow, and they have long forgotten about homework. It certainly is a joyous time of year, assuming you're the kind of parent who is prepared with ideas and activities to keep those kiddos entertained! Around this time of year, it's important to spend quality time with the family. Luckily, our town makes it easy to do so! We created a list of the best things to do with your kids over winter break in Cleveland, including ice skating, decorating, baking and exploring holiday attractions around the city. These ideas are kid-tested, parent-approved, and are sure to land you on your child's "nice list." Have fun out there!

Experience Rockin' The Holidays on December 16

Photo courtesy of The Ohio City Singers

The Ohio City Singers have long established themselves as a seasonal staple. Comprised of an all-star cast, the 10-member group will celebrate a decade of making music at this all-ages concert at House of Blues Cleveland. Bring the whole family to hear seasonal favorites performed in an Indie-Rock style, including "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Heat Miser." If you love Christmas and Rock 'n' Roll, you won't want to miss it!

Go to a Show at Playhouse Square

Photo courtesy of ProudDad72 Photography

During the holidays, the stages at The Playhouse Square will come alive with musicals, plays, concerts and the like. The Square is the country's second largest performing arts center and one of Cleveland's most beloved landmarks — so it's no wonder that locals and visitors alike flock here for top-notch entertainment! You can expect to find a wide variety of performances almost nightly during the holidays, including family-friendly choices like A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, Peanuts Meet the Grinch, and the Nutcracker Suite.

Visit the Cleveland Museum of Art

A visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art is always a special event, allowing families the opportunity to view pieces and exhibitions from all over the world. During the holiday season, however, the museum is truly a spectacle to behold! Come join in the fun at the Winter Lights and Lantern Displays, which will showcase cross-cultural traditions, colorful lantern displays and more!

See the Holiday Lights

The holiday season wouldn't be complete without a tour of Cleveland's many-splendored light displays. Take a walking tour around your neighborhood once the sun sets, or go out on the town and see what the rest of the city has to offer. Here are some the best places to find Christmas lights in Cleveland:
  • Nela Park: General Electric will display more than half a million lights in the park this season, and the display is free and open to the public. While this exhibit has been popular for years, General Electric has recently announced the sale of Nela Park, so this season might be your last chance to catch the show!
  • The Playhouse Square: This popular theatre district will be a winter wonderland through the end of January!
  • Strongsville Winter Wonderland: The display in Strongsville, located in the city's public square, is consistently rated as one of the best in Ohio.  
  • The Crown Point Festival of Lights: Also located in Strongsville, the Crown Point Festival of Lights never fails to impress. In fact, it was featured on ABC's "Great Christmas Light Fight" in 2015!
  • Taggs Candy Cane Lane: This display in Mayfield Heights has been a fan favorite since its inception in 2004. Enjoy more than 8,500 lights synchronized to holiday music! You can enjoy the display through New Year's Eve.
  • The Chrystal Tours Family-Friendly Holiday Light Tour: Enjoy hors d'oeuvres before embarking on a family-friendly limo tour around the city!
Of course, seeing the lights is only half the fun. Don't forget to make your own home sparkle! Your little elves will love pitching in to help decorate the house and the tree.

Experience the Tallest, Fastest Ice Chutes in Ohio

This winter, Cleveland Metroparks will celebrate 50 seasons of successful, fun-filled tobogganing! Experience the icy thrill for yourself at the Chalet in Strongsville. Here, you'll find two 700-foot chutes, and plenty of kids having the time of their lives.

Seas'n of Play at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Photo courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, located in Cleveland's historic Flatts neighborhood, hosts a number of fun-filled events throughout the year, but we have to admit that the Seas'n of Play is one of our favorites. The aquarium will be transformed into a spectacular explosion of lights, and Santa himself will be swimming with the fish!

Play Laser Tag at Arena 51

Laser tag is a great way to have fun indoors when the weather outside is frightful. The state-of-the-art laser tag at Arena 51 arena features mazes, obstacles, targets, and more for a competitive and thrilling experience, and even offers all-day passes for unlimited adventure. Run, hide, dodge and shoot your way to a day filled with family fun!

Stay In And Make a Batch of Cookies

You'd best have something to put next to the fireplace when Christmas Eve rolls around, and we hear homemade cookies are Santa's favorite. Whether you're using a tried-and-true family recipe or trying something new, stay in on a snowy day this winter and fill the house with the smell of fresh-baked cookies. We particularly love this recipe for Italian Pignoli Cookies from local blogger Eat Drink Cleveland.

Visit the Cleveland Zoo

There are zoos, and then there's the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The 183-acre space is filled with more than 2,000 animals from all over the world and countless attractions. After visiting the lions, tigers and bears, take the opportunity to get a picture with Santa and tell him what you're wishing for this year. He will be visiting from the North Pole on weekends from December 2-17 starting at 11 am! More details here.

Visit the Christmas Story House

Photo courtesy of the Christmas Story House & Museum

A Christmas Story (1983) is on the top of everyone's list for must-watch family movies during the holidays! After the movie is over, relive all of Ralphie's greatest adventures at the Christmas Story House & Museum, which features the Parker home restored to its original movie splendor. You'll find original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Want to extend the experience? Make a weekend of it and stay overnight!

Conduct an Experiment at the Great Lakes Science Center

You could say the Great Lakes Science Center has fun down to… well… a science. Here, you and the family can gaze at the stars in the planetarium, engage with hundreds of fun and educational exhibits, and even make things explode — under the supervision of experts, of course. See? Learning really can be fun.

Try a New Snow Sport

Whether it's skiing, snowboarding or tubing, winter break is the perfect time to get out on the slopes and try something new. The nearby Alpine Valley Ski Resort offers several runs for beginners, as well as an expert run to challenge yourself. Additionally, kids and adults alike will love the Polar Blast Snow Tubing area! Enjoy a thrilling day filled with fast-paced runs, and a convenient conveyor to transport you and your tube back up the hill. For more difficult terrain, head to Boston Mills and Brandywine, which both offer a few more blues and blacks than Alpine Valley.

Take a Scenic Train Ride  

Trains might not be the most convenient way to travel, but they certainly are the most fun! Enjoy a nostalgic train ride through Ohio's winter wonderland on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. While any route comes with its fair share of adventure, we are particularly fond of the Polar Express rides throughout November and December, which allow families to don their pajamas and journey to the North Pole.

Update: The Polar Express rides are now sold out, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will not be resuming regular train rides until January 20. The train will host many fun excursions in January, and pre-purchased tickets make the best holiday gifts! Visit cvsr.com for more details. 

Go Ice Skating

Photo courtesy of the Wade Oval

There's nothing more magical than carving new ice on skates — especially when surrounded by festive lights and holiday music. Northeastern Ohio is filled with a number of indoor and outdoor skating rinks, all of which offer the perfect opportunity for a winter adventure with the family. Here in Cleveland, our favorite place to skate outdoors is the Wade Oval, which is open from early November to early March (weather depending), and boasts free skating lessons on Saturdays at noon.

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, we hope your days are merry, bright and filled with holiday fun. Tag us in your Instagram photos (@cutler_real_estate) for the chance to be featured!

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