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9 Akron and Canton Homes Worthy of Your New Year's Resolution List

A new year is upon us, and with it, a new set of resolutions! While tackling your January to-do list can sometimes feel like a chore, immersing yourself in the right environment (a new home, perhaps?) can do wonders in the journey toward a better you. Perhaps settling into a new home is on your list for the new year, and if so, you're in luck. Whether you've vowed to cook more meals at home or pick up a new hobby, these charming properties for sale in the Akron and Canton area are all worthy of your resolution list, and are guaranteed to set you up for success in 2018.

Spend More Quality Time with Family

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

This stunning estate is situated on two lots in a private setting, and boasts quality craftsmanship throughout! The warm and inviting living spaces are perfect for gathering with loved ones. Just look at the floor-to-ceiling windows, crown molding and cozy hearth! We love the idea of settling in for a long game of chess or a conversation by the fire. During the summer months, head outside to the large patio! This outdoor haven features a grilling area, pristine landscaping and plenty of room for a patio set.

Cook More Meals at Home

This home is for sale at 7741 Fox Run Avenue Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Steve Niesel

Maybe you're looking to save a bit of money this year by skipping the takeout and cooking more meals at home! In that case, you will need a gorgeous kitchen like this one. The kitchen island offers additional storage, a stove and a double oven — the perfect preparation space for home chefs. We also love the natural stone countertops, windows above the sink, and stunning wood floors! Once your meal is prepared, enjoy it in the nearby dining area or on the back porch.

Embrace Your Green Thumb

This home is for sale at 388 North Hametown Road, Bath | Listed by Barb Hudak

Nothing says home quite like a beautiful, thriving garden. Whether you have a green thumb or not, this home makes cultivating plants fun and easy! The sun room is located outside of the master bedroom on the second floor, and offers gorgeous views of the property and surrounding scenery. Cover the sill with potted plants, or work on perfecting the landscape. With 7.8 acres of land, there is plenty to work with!

Have Friends Over More Often

This home is for sale at 5702 Ryan Road, Medina | Listed by Stephen Merkle

Friends and family will love visiting this gorgeous Medina home — and with five bedrooms, there is plenty of room for them to spend the night if they wish! Gather around the fireplace in the large family room, cook meals together in the eat-in kitchen, or retreat to the den downstairs. The space was designed with entertaining in mind, and features a kitchenette, separate dining area and plenty of space for a large tv or pool table.

Pamper Yourself

This home is for sale at 1075 Mornington Circle, Uniontown | Listed by Dominic Fonte

If you don't already believe in love at first sight, you will when you step into this stunning home! Featuring a grand entryway, upscale kitchen, and elegant detailing throughout, just living here would be a treat. But if you want to take pampering to the next level, take a peek inside the master bath, which features a large soaking tub, a giant stone shower with dual shower heads, and a dreamy walk-in closet. Of course, maybe spending time outside is your definition of treating yourself. In that case, you will be wowed by the spacious patio and firepit. There's really no downside here.

Eat Dinner Around the Table

This home is for sale at 6440 Weston Avenue Northwest, Canton | Listed by Julie Kaszyca

It's important to take occasional breaks from the hustle and bustle of life with a quiet meal around the table. This gives you the chance to catch up with loved ones, discuss plans and actually enjoy the food you've worked so hard to prepare! This home gives you options for family dinners, featuring a lovely formal dining room off the entryway as well as a more casual eat-in kitchen space.

Get More Sleep

This home is for sale at 907 Lynnhaven Lane, Akron | Listed by Barb Hudak

Since we spend around one third of our life sleeping (or at least we should), it's important to invest in a home with a great bedroom! This property features a spacious master suite with natural light, hardwood floors and a connecting bathroom, but our favorite feature is the in-room fireplace that will keep you warm and cozy on cold winter nights. The fireplace also connects to the master bath, so you can enjoy a luxurious bubble bath next to the crackling fire! We can't imagine a better way to relax.

Don't Neglect the Laundry

This home is for sale at 2166 Mackay Circle Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Mary-Margaret Evans

We know, we know — laundry is one of the most notoriously boring and time-consuming chores there is. But this home boasts a laundry room you might actually want to spend time in. The white built-ins provide plenty of storage and amp up the aesthetic, and the taller ceiling allows you to stack the machines to occupy as little room as possible. Once you're done folding, reward yourself with a refreshing beverage on the gorgeous outdoor patio!

Start a Hobby

This home is for sale at 10088 Forty Corners Road Northwest, Massillon | Listed by Dominic Fonte

Have you ever thought of cultivating a vegetable garden? What about raising your own chickens? 2018 would be a great year to start a new hobby, and this property, with 11.9 acres of pristine land, offers plenty of opportunities to do so. The acreage is a rare find (especially in such a fabulous location) but we are also smitten with the home itself. Featuring a charming brick exterior with modern amenities, it's the perfect space to relax after a long day working on the land.

The Top 12 Sledding Hills Near Akron and Canton

Winter in Ohio is a magical time of year. A fresh, overnight snowfall has a transformative effect on our landscape, turning a normal park into a wintery wonderland filled with opportunities for snow angels, fort-building, snowball fights and (of course) sledding. Our area is surrounded by a number of hills perfect for fast and furious tobogganing — you just have to know where to go. We gathered up our favorite sledding hills in the Akron and Canton area to make your decision a bit easier. Don't let the fresh snow pass you by!

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

2077 Newton Street, Akron This is one of the most popular sledding destinations in the Akron area, and for good reason! The large and steep hill is perfect for snow-day adventures, and includes a rope along the side to help you on your trek back up. Anyone who doesn't want to join in the sledding can entertain themselves by cross-country skiing in the park or warm themselves by the fire barrels. Since the park is so conveniently located, you can expect to see lots of other sledding-hopefuls during the colder months. Get there early to avoid the crowds, or better yet, stay late! The park is open until 11 pm on certain days.

Cascade Valley Metro Park

1061 Cuyahoga Street, Akron You have options in the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park — two sides of the hill offer ideal grades for rapid sledding. Parking is available either at the top or bottom of the hill, and there are several fire barrels to warm your mitts between runs. You can enjoy about 150 feet of the hill and an additional 200 feet of flat run before the trees begin. How far can you make it?

Sand Run Metro Park | North Hawkins Area Sledding Hill

800 N Hawkins Avenue, Akron When the pond freezes over, Sand Run Metro Park is one of the best places to go ice skating in the Akron area. But that's not the only winter attraction in the area — the North Hawkins Sled Riding Hill is one of the most renowned sledding destinations in the region. The park is lit at night, which allows for sledding well into the evening.

Firestone Metropark

55 E Warner Road, Akron Adults and kids alike will love sledding at Firestone Metro Park. The enormous hill here accommodates sledders of all levels, and provides plenty of space to spread out and not crowd your fellow riders. The sledding hill is unlit, so make sure to arrive well before sunset to maximize your fun!

Boettler Park Sled Riding Hill

5300 Massillon Road, North Canton This large hill incorporates varying inclines to please speed-seekers and beginners alike and is located near the playground on Heritage Hill. But there is no need for a playground during the winter months! Kids flock here for the sledding opportunities — and some even bring skis or snowboards.

The Lake Area Sled Riding Hill

521 South River Road, Munroe Falls Head to the ever-popular Munroe Falls Metro Park for your next dose of winter adventure. The sledding hill here is lit at night for those who want to sled under the stars, and there are cross-country skiing trails located nearby for the parents.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park | Kendall Hills Sled Riding Hills

5465 Quick Road, Peninsula Located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this little-known winter wonderland boasts several prime sledding hills alongside snowshoeing, cross-country skiing trails, ice fishing, and plenty of snow! There are steeper inclines for the daredevils, but also plenty of shallower hills for those who want to take it slow. Warm your hands by the fire barrel at the top of the hill while you pick out your best route, get a running start, and race to the bottom!

Newberry Park

2800 13th Street, Cuyahoga Falls This hill, located just behind Summit Christian School, is a very popular spot for locals! During the school week, you'll likely find students tobogganing or throwing a few snowballs during recess.

Water Tower Hill

Off of North Summit Street, Barberton Nestled in the northeast corner of Barberton, Ohio, Water Tower Hill is a popular sledding destination for locals. The hill might not be the largest in the area but certainly packs a punch with its gorgeous scenery and convenient location.

Silver Park

2930 South Union Avenue, Alliance A supremely fun sledding hill awaits you at Silver Park! Here, you'll find several hills of various size and steepness. Most sledders flock to the largest and steepest hill, not only because of the prime sledding terrain, but also because of the convenient set of steps that makes getting to the top easy.

The Twinsburg Sledding Hill

8897 Darrow Road, Twinsburg If you venture behind Kent State University, you'll find two slopes that are perfect for sledding! While not officially part of any park, this hill is the most popular destination in Twinsburg after a fresh blanket of snow, and offers fun for all ages. Choose between the steep slope or the shallow slope depending on your bravery level.

Quail Hollow Park Sled Riding Hill

13480 Congress Lake Avenue, Hartville Conveniently located near the Stewart Manor House in Quail Hollow Park, this sledding hill is a favorite among those who live between Akron and Canton. There are fun events at the house year-round, including s'more making and tours during the winter months! Explore the house and then hit the sledding hill for a full day of winter fun. When the conditions are right, visitors can also enjoy cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Have Fun Out There!

There are so many opportunities for outdoor fun in the winter months. Check out the best places to go ice skating near Akron in Canton, or our guide to skiing in Ohio.

10 Romantic Wintery Lodges in Ohio to Escape to This Season

During the winter months, it can be tempting to cozy up on the couch with a movie and a warm bevvie, but you don't have to forego your adventures and travel plans just because it's cold outside. In fact, winter is one of Ohio's most peaceful seasons — and the perfect time to book a romantic getaway with your sweetheart! Our state is home to a variety of cozy lodges and luxury suites, all boasting fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, picturesque views and more to make for a warm, whimsical weekend. We've gathered up some of our favorite winter getaways in Ohio, so what are you waiting for? Relaxation is just an easy road trip away.

The Treehouses at the Mohicans

Location: 23164 Vess Road, Glenmont Pricing: Approximately $250 a night

Photo courtesy of Chris McCleland via the Mohicans

Take your weekend getaway to new heights with a romantic stay at the Mohicans tree houses! And fear not, these luxury abodes are a step above the tree houses you played in as a kid. Each house is custom designed with sleek interiors, stunning views and cozy amenities. Winter is actually the best time to visit these houses, as they are reserved for wedding guests on the weekends from March through December. Little Red is one of the newer houses, and was designed for adventurous couples. Crafted by renowned treehouse designer, Pete Delson, it was initially created as a brewery and tasting center for Tree House Brewing Company Beer, but has since been converted into a romantic getaway complete with stained glass windows and a lofted bed. We also love the Moonlight treehouse! Tucked away in the trees, this gorgeous house was crafted with 100-year-old barn siding, which makes for a stunning (and cozy) collision of old and new. Enjoy gorgeous views, luxe comforts and a full kitchen to make delicious home-cooked meals. Call 740-599-9030 to make a reservation.

The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard

Location: 1700 55th Street NE, Canton Pricing: $189-$369 per night
Gervasi Vineyard is truly a dream getaway for wine enthusiasts! Set on a 55-acre vineyard, the Tuscan-themed hotel makes you feel like you've escaped to another world — without having to leave the state. The villa suites are decorated with gorgeous Italian details, including rustic wooden doors, stucco walls, limestone floors and grand stone fireplaces. Cozy up next to the fire with your sweetheart while you split a bottle of wine from the vineyard, or better yet, venture to the Crush House Tasting Bar! Here, you'll be able to sample a flight of the vintner's hand-picked selections for as little as $5. Ready to relax? Treat yourself at the full-service spa onsite, or order a lavish plate of chocolates or cheeses to the room. Call 330-497-1000 or visit this page to make a reservation.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Location: 21190 State Route 374, Logan Pricing: $179 and up

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Nestled in the heart of Hocking Hills, the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls is a couple's paradise. Imagine being immersed in serene natural surroundings, hiking to scenic caves and waterfalls by day, treating yourself at the full service spa, and cozying up in a charming private abode. The cottages are situated on two acres, and come equipped with a whirlpool hot tub, a gas log stove, plush robes, and freshly baked cookies upon your arrival. Call 1-800-653-2557 to make a reservation.

Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast

Location: 1268 Magnolia Road SW, Dellroy Pricing: $588-$648 for a two night getaway package
Escape to Atwood Lake this season, which is absolutely spectacular at any time of year. For the best views (and coziest lodging), there's no better place to stay than Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast. The lodge is independently owned, and the owners are dedicated to providing everything you need for a comfortable, romantic and memorable vacation. During the day, you can embark on a horseback ride, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply cozy up with a book to enjoy the peaceful setting. Book the romantic getaway package (available December through May), which includes two massages and a $20 credit you can apply to lodging or the gift shop. You can even purchase fresh flowers to surprise your sweetheart at check-in! Call 330-735-2824 to make a reservation.

Landoll's Mohican Castle

Location: 561 Twp. Road 3352, Loudonville Pricing: Prices vary depending on day, visit the reservations page for details

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If you've always dreamed of staying in a castle, now is your chance! Nestled deep in the heart of Mohican country, this luxury hotel offers easy access to Ohio's Amish country as well as several prime wineries and vineyards. Of course, there's really no reason to leave! The hotel boasts a full-service spa, a sauna, a hot tub, in-room comforts and an onsite restaurant — all of the ingredients you need for a memorable winter vacation. Additionally, this venue hosts concerts, comedy shows and mystery dinners frequently during the weekends. Check the event schedule to see if there's something fun coming up! Call 419-994-3427 or visit this page to make a reservation.

The Inn at Honey Run

Location: 6920 County Road 203, Millersburg Pricing: $169-$369 per night
This boutique resort offers a tranquil getaway on 56 acres of breathtaking landscape. So tranquil in fact, you might forget you're in Ohio! Relax in one of the inns 39 charming guest rooms, suites or cottages, each of which boasts a unique personality and a romantic ambience. Opt for one of the club-level honeycomb rooms. These abodes are built directly into the hillside and feature stunning views, a cozy gas fireplace, complimentary coffee, luxe bedding and bathrobes, and complimentary wine and appetizers in the Tarragon Lounge. When it comes time for dinner, there's no need to leave the property — the Tarragon at the inn is an award-winning restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine crafted with fresh, seasonal and delicious local ingredients. Call 330-674-0011 or visit this page to make a reservation.

Murphin Ridge Inn

Location: 750 Murphin Ridge Road, West Union Pricing: $130-$250

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Situated on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland, Murphin Ridge Inn offers breathtaking views of the Appalachian foothills, and is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway year-round. During the winter months, guests can drive through the neighboring small towns to take in the sights, shop for antiques, and snack on freshly-baked goods. When you return, enjoy dinner in the onsite restaurant, gather around the outdoor fire pit, or cozy up with a book in your private cabin. Of course, we would come for breakfast alone — which includes sweet and savory options like warm coffee cakes, biscuits and gravy, hearty pancakes, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Call 938-544-2263 to make a reservation.

The German Village Guest House

Location: 748 Jaeger Street, Columbus Pricing: $194-$229
Dive right into Ohio's Amish culture at the German Village Guest House. Here, you'll enjoy easy access to one of Columbus' most popular neighborhoods (Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, anyone?), and a tranquil place to relax and rest your head. The house was built in the late 1800s and converted to a hotel in 2005. Today it combines old and new, allowing a glimpse into Ohio's history while providing a luxe experience. Guests will enjoy a full continental breakfast buffet in the morning, fresh flowers in your room at check in, and comfortable amenities. You might even be able to sample one of the owner's freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries. Call 614-437-9712 to make a reservation.

Ravenwood Castle

Location: 65666 Bethel Road, New Plymouth Pricing: $149-$239 per night

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Nestled in the woods of the scenic Hocking Hills, Ravenwood Castle is a place all Ohio residents should visit at least once. The rooms are decorated with charming Victorian-era elements and four-poster beds, and the amenities are nothing short of luxe. Highlight rooms include the King Arthur Suite, which encompasses one of the castle's towers, overlooks the formal gardens, and includes a whirlpool tub for two, and the Queen Victoria Suite, a romantic abode bathed in whimsical decor. We also love the Brewer's Cottage, a new addition to the castle which offers a bit more privacy, picturesque wooded views, and a kitchenette. Regardless of where you choose to stay, we guarantee that this will be a vacation to remember! Call 740-596-2606 or visit this page to make a reservation.

Hideaway Country Inn

Location: 1601 State Route 4, Bucyrus Pricing: $189-$375 per night
Whether you're looking for a luxury suite or a charming, B&B-style room, there's a little something for everyone at the Hideaway Country Inn. People flock here from all over the state for the tranquil atmosphere, natural surroundings and nearby attractions. The inn is located north of Columbus and south of Cleveland, which means it offers easy access to small towns for exploring, the Ohio wine trail, and more. The luxury and loft suites are possibly the most romantic option, featuring two-person whirlpool tubs, cozy fireplaces, picturesque views and unique decor. Call 419-562-3013 to make a reservation!

Enjoy your stay!


10 Cincinnati Restaurants That Make Cheating on Your Diet Totally Worth It

2018 is finally upon us, which means that many of us are trying (once again) to tackle a list of lofty New Year's resolutions. Sometimes, that means steering yourself towards healthier meals, but Cincinnati's ever-changing dining scene can make that difficult with its impressive list of delicious restaurants. We know that cravings around this time are inevitable, but if you're going to cheat on your diet, you should at least make it worth it! Whether you're hankering for something sweet or savory, these Cincinnati hotspots serve up decadent, sinfully satisfying meals that will leave you with no regrets. Enjoy!

For Hot Dogs: Senate

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You might have had a hot dog before, but you've never had one like this. Senate, a staple restaurant on Vine Street in Over the Rhine, serves up fresh hot dogs in a variety of interesting (and mouthwatering) flavors. Try the croque madame, a beef hot dog topped with bechamel, ham, and a poached egg served on a brioche bun.

For Donuts: Holtman's Donut Shop

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You might have heart of this cute little donut shop before. Holtman's has been serving the Cincinnati area since 1960, and since 1960, has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The donuts are created from scratch every morning using the highest quality ingredients available, and are based on tried-and-true family recipes that never fail to delight.

For Cincinnati-Style Chili: Empress Chili

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We wouldn't be true Cincinnatians if we didn't include an authentic chili place on this list. Our pick is Empress — the shop that truly started it all. Empress was started by immigrant restaurateurs, Tom and John Kirajieff. The brothers served the first "coney" dog in 1922 outside of a burlesque theatre named the Empress, which of course became the namesake of their new restaurant. The shop has since expanded to three locations across the region, but still stays true to its original chili recipe. Mmm mm good. Still craving chili? Here are the 13 best places to find chili in Cincinnati.

For Pizza: Fireside Pizza

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There's no place to satisfy your burning craving for pizza than at Fireside! The local hot-spot is situated in an old Cincinnati firehouse, and pays homage to the area's brave firefighters with its quirky decor and delicious, wood-fire cooked pizzas. Once you've chosen a pizza (you can't go wrong), pick a beer on tap to quench your thirst.

For Ramen: Quan Hapa

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For comfort food cravings, nothing hits the spot quite like a rich, soul-warming bowl of ramen. That's exactly what you'll find at Quan Hapa. Choose from one of the specialty ramen bowls, or take the opportunity to make your own. Either way — make sure to accompany your selection with an order of sesame waffle fries or flavorful chicken wings for the table.

For Tacos & Tequila: Mazunte

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There's no doubt in our mind that Mazunte is one of the best places to get a margarita in Cincinnati, but this local haunt is also widely recognized for its delicious and authentic Mexican street food. Stop by on Taco Tuesday (or any day for that matter) to see what all the fuss is about! We highly recommend the steak tacos, which are topped with pickled red onion, pico de gallo, salsa roja and goat cheese.

For Burgers: Queen City Radio

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Queen City Radio is one of Cincinnati's newer restaurants, but has already established itself as a popular local hang out. Hungry hopefuls flock here for the chic modern digs, the innovative cocktails (bourbon slushie, anyone?) and of course the food! The burgers are served up by Queen City Whip, which is permanently parked outside, and feature a ground chuck, brisket and sirloin blend, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, ketchup, mustard, mayo and melted cheddar on a toasted bun. They may look simple — but they pack a flavorful punch.

For an Indulgent Brunch: Otto's

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Three words: fried green tomatoes. Three more words: lemon buttermilk pancakes. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu at Otto's, which serves up classic Southern fare with a modern twist. The charming atmosphere here invites you in to stay awhile, and the food will bring you back time and time again.

For Fried Chicken: The Eagle OTR

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If you've been on the hunt for the perfect fried chicken in Cincinnati, you can stop. Seriously, The Eagle is the top of the pecking order. Nestled in the heart of Over the Rhine, this local haunt serves up a perfectly crispy and flavorful bird accompanied by hearty sides, craft beer, and a healthy dose of southern comfort.

For Ice Cream: Dojo Gelato

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Next time you're screaming for ice cream, get yourself over to Dojo Gelato. Located in the Findlay Market, this colorful shop serves fresh gelato in a variety of innovative flavors. Think: Vietnamese coffee, Cap'n Crunch, black raspberry chip, and even peanut butter Sriracha. There's always something new on the menu, so stop in for yourself to get the full scoop!

Enjoy your Cheat Day!

Looking for more meal inspiration? Check out this list of the best happy hours in Cincinnati!

A Complete Guide to Skiing in Ohio

Cold weather during the winter months may discourage you from getting outside, but this season is actually one of the best for outdoor adventures! Snow fiends can get their fix at one of our state's top ski resorts, all of which feature a wide range of terrain, cozy lodges for sipping hot chocolate, and man-made snow machines to cover the slopes when Mother Nature isn't cooperating. Additionally, most of our ski areas are open until 10 pm (or even later), so you can easily catch a few runs after the work day is over. There are ski areas scattered throughout the state, so whether you live in Northeast Ohio, Columbus or even Cincinnati, you're sure to find one within easy reach. December through March is prime season, so use our guide to find the location closest to you, and get out there!

Alpine Valley

Lift Ticket: $43 for an adult, $38 for a junior (ages 5-12), $10 for seniors and children under 5 Rentals: $25-$30 Location: 10620 Mayfield Road, Chesterland

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Located just east of Cleveland in the heart of Ohio's snow belt, Alpine Valley receives an average of 120 inches of snowfall per year. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 230 vertical feet and 72 acres of terrain, including a terrain park, beginner trails and even a couple of advanced options for daredevils. One of our favorite features here is the Polar Blast tubing attraction, which features sleek, fast and well-maintained lanes for tubing, and conveyor belts that help you get back up the hill quickly. When you're ready to warm up, head to the nearby lodge for a cup of hot cocoa.

Snow Trails

Lift Ticket: $52 on weekends and peak days, $42 on weekdays Rentals: $37, plus $10 for a helmet Location: 3100 Possum Run Road, Mansfield
Snow Trails has a couple of claims to fame. The resort opened its slopes in 1961, becoming the first ski area to operate within Ohio's state lines, and also the first to incorporate man-made snow technology for maximum coverage. But most importantly, with 300 feet of vertical drop, it is the tallest ski area in the state, making it a must-visit destination for adventurers looking to get more bang for their buck. Traverse over more than 80 acres with 15 trails ranging from beginner to expert, all of which are open for night skiing. The area gets less natural snowfall than Alpine Valley, but fear not — there is plenty of manmade snow to fully cover the trails.

Mad River Mountain

Lift Ticket: $35-$40 for adults, $25-$30 for kids and seniors Rentals: $30, plus $10 for a helmet Location: 1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield
With 144 acres of skiable terrain, Mad River Mountain is the largest ski area in Ohio. The resort opened just after Snow Trails in 1962, incorporating man-made snow technology to cover the hills even without natural snowfall. The area is the best option for more advanced skiers in Ohio, offering a large chunk of expert ski trails and four terrain parks.   If you want a break from skiing at any point, or just want to try a different winter adventure, explore the Avalanche Tubing Park, which features 10 screaming-fast chutes that are each 1000 feet long!

Boston Mills & Brandywine

Lift Ticket: $43 for an adult, $38 for kids ages 5-12, and $10 for seniors and children under 5 Rentals: $25-$30 Boston Mills Location: 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula Brandywine Location: 1146 West Highland Road, Sagamore Hills

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Boston Mills and Brandywine are sister resorts and are located within a five-minute drive of each other. The resorts' locations make it possible to venture to both in the same day if you wish! Combined, the resorts' boast 88 skiable acres, 18 trails, 4 terrain parks, and several advanced trails. Like most Ohio resorts, Boston Mills and Brandywine offer night skiing, but unlike other resorts, the trails are open until 1 am in January and February. Get ready for some late-night winter adventures! Also, don't miss tubing at the Polar Blast, which offers thrills for the whole family. Each rider will be given a special tube designed for speed (and safety, of course), and conveyor belts located on the slopes make it easy to get back up to the top. If you plan on visiting the Polar Blast more than once during the season, we recommend grabbing a season pass for $69. The pass allows you to tube at your leisure whenever the ski area is open.

Perfect North Slopes

Lift Ticket: $52 for adults, $42 for kids, seniors and active military Rentals: $28 Location: 19054 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

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Okay — so this ski resort is not technically located in Ohio, but it's the closest option for skiers and boarders in Greater Cincinnati. The ski area is so great, in fact, that it's an essential bucket-list activity for locals! Come enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tubing on 100 acres of beautiful terrain. With 22 trails and two terrain parks, there's something for winter adventurers of all levels. At the base, you can indulge in a delicious meal (and some hot chocolate) while you swap stories with loved ones! Bonus: Is this your first time skiing? The first lesson is on the house with purchase of a ski ticket!

Now, go shred some pow!

We hope you have a blast this winter. Don't forget to tag us in your ski photos @cutler_real_estate for the chance to be featured!

6 Cozy Cleveland Area Properties With Fireplaces to Warm You Up This Winter

Christmas might be over, but that doesn't mean it's no longer a winter wonderland outdoors! In fact, Cleveland was named the snowiest city in the nation by Forbes, so we're preparing ourselves for a few more snow days. In order make it through our notoriously chilly winter, it might be time to invest in a home with a fireplace. Luckily, there are a handful of homes on the market right now that are beautiful, warm, and perfect for escaping the cooler temperatures. Whether you're in the market for a charming Colonial or a spacious mansion, these homes truly prove that when the weather outside is frightful, a fire is so delightful.

A Home That is Modern Yet Comfortable

This home is for sale at 17591 Gates Landing Drive, Cleveland | Listed by Kevin Davey

Nestled in the heart of the covetable Gates Landing Community, this distinctive three-bedroom home is modern yet comfortable. The property features stunning hardwood floors throughout, a stone fireplace in the great room, abundant natural light, a gorgeous updated kitchen, and so much more. In fact, we can't decide which feature we love most!

A Charming Collision of Old and New

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

Located mere minutes from Crocker Park and the Westlake Recreation Center, this charming home is the perfect collision of old and new. Historical details include gorgeous wide-plank Brazilian cherry floors, vaulted ceilings, French doors and more — but the modern updates, spacious kitchen and abundant natural light make it clear that the property is move-in ready. Gather in the open living room when it gets chilly — the fireplace will warm you right up.  

A Home Designed to Take Your Breath Away

This home is for sale at 1601 Rosewood Way, Cleveland | Listed by Matt Chase

This home in Westlake was designed to take your breath away. Featuring large windows, gorgeous hardwood floors, an oversized three-car garage and a newly-renovated kitchen, it has everything your family needs for living well. Additionally, the house features not one, but three different fireplaces throughout, which means you will be extra warm and cozy during the winter months.

A Dutch Colonial with Plenty of Space

This home is for sale at 414 Stafford Drive, Elyria | Listed by Matt Chase

Featuring a unique layout, a new roof and windows, and pristine hardwood floors, this Dutch Colonial-style home is an absolute stunner. The three spacious bedrooms also include plenty of closet space, but the library on the first floor could be used as a fourth bedroom if need be. When it gets chilly outside, gather in the living room, which features large sliding glass doors, a fireplace, and a furnace.

A Gorgeous Home in a Prime Location

This home is for sale at 512 Rockwood Court, Avon Lake | Listed by Matt Chase

This Colonial-style home is situated on a picturesque lot, and conveniently located near prestigious schools, great shopping and prime entertainment! Walk through the front door and try to stop yourself from being wowed by the two-story foyer, gorgeous formal dining area with crown molding, and a cozy living room with hardwood floors and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace.

Your Own Little Slice of Paradise

This home is for sale at 5333 Barkwood Drive, Sheffield Village | Listed by Matt Chase

Take an opportunity to get into one of Sheffield Village's most desirable neighborhoods! This stunner of a home is set on a tranquil piece of land, and even features its own lake and lush landscaping. After canoeing, fishing or exploring the nearby woods, warm up by the gorgeous stone fireplace in the living room.  

The 10 Most Romantic Date-Night Restaurants in Cleveland

Whether you're on your first date or celebrating 25 years of marriage — finding the perfect romantic spot for dinner is key for a memorable night out. Luckily, Cleveland is filled with top-notch restaurants with chic atmospheres, friendly service and menus to impress even the most selective of palates. We know picking the best restaurant can add a little pressure, so we rounded up our favorite date-night locations below for your convenience. Next time you're planning a romantic evening with your sweetheart, the only thing you will have to worry about is picking the right outfit! You're welcome.

Pier W

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12700 Lake Avenue, Winton Place, Lakewood

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The sweeping views, modern setting, elegant natural finishes and live piano make Pier W irresistibly romantic. The landmark Cleveland restaurant has been serving fresh, critically acclaimed seafood since 1965 — and has been a must-try date night location for just as long. Come witness the luxury design and sophisticated ambience for yourself!


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11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
For elegant and delicious French cuisine, you can't do better than L'Albatros. The bistro serves charcuterie, terrines, escargot, mussels with pomme frites, and more in a chic environment. During the summer months, opt for a spot on the gorgeous outdoor patio.

Blue Point Grille

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700 West St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland

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As Zagat's most popular restaurant in Cleveland, the 2017 OpenTable Diner's Choice, and the winner of Cleveland Magazine's Silver Spoon for Best Seafood Restaurant year after year, Blue Point Grille might not need an introduction. And if you're not already aware of its hip atmosphere top-notch cuisine, you should be! The restaurant serves the freshest and highest-quality seafood available, and shucks more than 75,000 oysters every year.

Luxe Kitchen & Lounge

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6605 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland
Luxe Kitchen & Lounge is at once elegant and approachable — committed to providing a high level of service and an ideal setting for romance. The Italian-leaning menu features upscale items like charred octopus, pork and goat meatballs, ricotta gnocchi, and lamb cassoulet, all created with the best, freshest ingredients available.  


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2247 Professor Avenue, Cleveland

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Cleveland's Dante features the ultimate elegant dining experience, boasting a five, seven and even 21-course tasting menu. Choose one of these culinary adventures to share with your sweetheart, or simply order from the menu a la carte. Either way, your taste buds (and your date) will be impressed.


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2017 East 9th Street, Cleveland
Housed within Cleveland's prestigious Metropolitan Hotel, Adega serves fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that is more than enough to impress any date. But the restaurant goes above and beyond — boasting a warm, modern atmosphere, unparalleled service, and a stunning glass wine vault housing wines from all over the world.

Crop Bistro and Bar

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2537 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland

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You'll find nothing but the cream of the crop at this locavore eatery! The bistro sources all of its ingredients from the best local farmers, and turns those ingredients into delicious, inventive and elegant dishes worth savoring. All of this is served in an upscale, elegant atmosphere with high arching windows.

Lola Bistro

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2058 East 4th Street, Cleveland
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Symon hit a homerun with Lola, which is universally known as one of the most romantic locales in Cleveland. The inventive menu offers diners the opportunity to experience a modern spin on their favorite dishes, and the sleek space makes for the perfect setting to enjoy a culinary adventure with your sweetheart.


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2417 Professor Avenue, Cleveland

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This gem in the Tremont neighborhood has been a local favorite since it opened in 2002. Run by renowned chef Rocco Whalen, the restaurant offers elegant, New American cuisine like seared scallops, Kobe short ribs and black truffle meatballs in chic, romantic digs. It is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for date night!

Luca Italian Cuisine

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2100 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland
Run by husband-and-wife team, Luca and Lola Sema, Luca's high-end northern Italian dishes will surprise and delight new diners and regulars alike. Settle down in the romantic space, choose a dish off the menu (you can't go wrong), and accompany your choice with a bottle from the carefully curated wine list.

Enjoy your night out!


12 Healthy (and Delicious) Columbus Restaurants You Should Try in 2018

Whether you're looking to accomplish a new goal, make a lifestyle change or just explore new culinary horizons, eating healthy is something that many of us are trying to do more of this year. And luckily, eating healthier no longer means you have to stick to rabbit food. There are plenty of Columbus restaurants proving that nutrient-dense meals can also be packed with flavor! From juice bars to gastropubs and everything in between, here are the 11 healthy (and delicious) restaurants that should be at the top of your list. Enjoy!


Website | Facebook | Instagram 680 N High Street, Columbus

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Brassica is actually the name of the plant group that includes cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, Brussels sprouts and mustard seed, and true to its name, this spot serves up plenty of veggies. You'll find these veggies (alongside local breads and house-cured meats) in the flavorful pitas, bowls and hummus plates that adorn the menu.


Website | Facebook | Instagram 1105 Pennsylvania Avenue, Columbus Katalina's specializes in Latin-leaning comfort food packed with healthy, local ingredients — all served up with a dose of Southern charm! The cafe is housed in a 100-year-old gas station, but has been renovated to showcase Katalina's bright personality. The buzz-worthy locale often draws a line of hopefuls out the door, but the wait is well worth it for the mouthwatering breakfast and lunch options.

Sweet Carrot

Website | Facebook | Instagram 1417 W 5th Avenue, Columbus

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This family-oriented restaurant specializes in fresh, casual comfort food. The menu includes Southern-slanted comfort food (including corn cakes and pulled pork), all created with local ingredients. First, pick a base (either corn cake, a sandwich, a salad or mac 'n' cheese), and finish it off with your choice of protein (brisket, pulled pork, fried artichokes, smoked turkey and chicken meatballs). Once you've settled on the perfect combination, enjoy your meal with a craft beer, iced tea or cocktail.

The Crest Gastropub

Website | Facebook | Instagram 621 Parsons Avenue, Columbus   2855 Indianola Avenue, Columbus At once modern and friendly, the Crest Gastropub boasts local brews, craft cocktails and elevated American fare created with carefully sourced ingredients. The menu features something for everyone, including tacos, charcuterie, hearty salads, vegan entrées, and an assortment of burgers. Don't miss the falafel sandwich, made with sweet potato hummus, roasted brussels, pickled peppers and naan.  

Harvest Pizzeria

Website | Facebook | Instagram 495 S. 4th Street, Columbus   2885 N High Street, Columbus

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We bet you weren't expecting to find a pizza place on this list — but Harvest Pizzeria slings surprisingly satisfying pies that are packed with nutrients, as well as an impressive lineup of salads. The restaurant creates all of its recipes using seasonal ingredients from local farms, and there are plenty of gluten-free or vegan options. All of the food is made fresh to order, and served piping hot out of the oven!

Market 65

Website | Facebook 65 E State Street, Columbus At Market 65, The owners are committed to bringing you the best ingredients Ohio farmers have to offer — all whipped up into fresh, immensely delicious dishes worth savoring. Choose a signature salad or wrap from the menu, or create your own! And don't forget to check out the soup or panini of the day.

Northstar Café

Website | Facebook | Instagram 4241 N High Street, Columbus (And four more locations listed here)

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The staff at Northstar Café understands the impact our decisions can have on the local community and environment, and thus makes conscious choices about their menu, the ingredients used, and even the way their restaurants are built. While the strong dedication to sustainability might be reason enough to eat here, the food is nothing to turn your nose up at. Expect hearty bowls, thin crust pizzas, and flavorful salads, all of which can be accompanied by a glass of wine or craft cocktail from the beverages menu. And don't even get us started on breakfast!


Website | Facebook | Instagram 1635 N High Street, Columbus

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Perhaps the most colorful restaurant in Columbus, TRISM serves up fresh, Instagram-worthy meals that are filled with flavor. Take for instance the poke bowls, the smoothies, or the scratch-made superfood cocktails! But the food isn't the only thing worth noting at TRISM — by night, the cafe transforms into a hot spot featuring curated events, craft cocktails and live entertainment.

Alchemy Juice Bar & Café

Website | Facebook | Instagram 625 Parsons Avenue, Columbus Smoothie bowls, sandwiches, and fresh-pressed juices are just a few of the healthy items on the menu at Alchemy Juice Bar & Café — and you really can't go wrong with anything you order. Alchemy's passion for delicious (and nutritious) food shines through in the variety of flavors. Additionally, there is always a registered dietician on site to provide nutritional counseling services and help you embrace a healthier, happier you!

Portia's Cafe

Website | Facebook | Instagram 4428 Indianola Avenue, Columbus

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Portia's Cafe serves up raw, organic, vegan and gluten-free fare in a modern setting. The menu is packed with options, each more flavorful and inventive than the last! A few standouts include the raw falafel wrap, vegetable curry soup, spinach artichoke dip, and pad thai, and don't pass up the citrus parfait for dessert.


Website | Facebook | Instagram 2700 N. High Street, Columbus 1717 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus The mission at Acre is simple: to make high-quality, locally grown and wholesome foods more accessible to all. The menu, which features hearty and flavorful options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accomplishes this and so much more! Look for the mole bowl, with roasted mushrooms, peppers, and onions in a savory Mexican pepper sauce topped with avocado sour cream and pepitas over brown rice.

Native Cold Pressed

Website | Facebook | Instagram 214 Thurman Avenue, Columbus 771 - A North High Street, Columbus 2408 East Main Street, Bexley

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Freshly pressed juices are the name of the game at Native Cold Pressed. Each bottle backs an impressive nutritional kick, and tastes delicious to boot! But don't overlook the food options, either. We promise the superfood smoothies, bowls and bites taste just as good as they look (and that's saying something)! Enjoy! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more local restaurant recommendations and lifestyle tips!

A Complete Guide to Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati's Hippest Neighborhood

Cincinnati is experiencing a renaissance of sorts through the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This area has undergone an incredible transformation over the past five years — becoming a bustling and colorful mecca for artists, young professionals, foodies and small business owners. In that time, it has quickly climbed the charts to become one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods, even making appearances on national news sites. Whether you've lived in the Queen City all of your life, or are just experiencing it for the first time, OTR is the perfect place to spend a day. Here, you'll find quirky shops, gorgeous historic buildings, trendy restaurants, hip cocktail lounges and more — the only challenge is deciding what to see first! We rounded up our favorite activities in the area to make that decision a bit easier. Enjoy!

What to Do

Meander through Findlay Market

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Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest market, dating all the way back to 1852. The colorful window displays, 19th century architecture, open air dining options and local merchants draw more than a million visitors each year! Meander down the street to find fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers, pastries and so much more. On weekends from April through November, Findlay Market also hosts a wildly popular farmers market featuring outdoor vendors, street performers and special events! Lounge in Washington Park Washington Park isn't just a beautiful place for picnics and frisbee — it's also a community gathering place that is constantly evolving to reflect the needs of local residents! Here, you'll see children frolicking in the interactive water park, dogs running free in the dog park, yogis participating in a class on the lawn, or people dancing along to bluegrass concerts during the summer months! It is a must-see if you're in the neighborhood. Go to a Show at the Cincinnati Music Hall

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This historic, Cincinnati landmark has housed thousands of classical music acts since its opening in 1878, and is currently home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, The Cincinnati Ballet, The Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival. If you are not blown away by the music itself (you will be), then take a look at the spectacular architecture that surrounds you. The building is one of our town's most beloved works of art!

Where to Shop

Sloane Boutique Cincinnati's most fashion-forward women will love shopping at Sloane. The charming boutique features comfortable, modern pieces that push the envelope, and has become a staple in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood since opening in 2011. The owner, Duru Armagan, grew up traveling around the world with her ambitious parents, and opened the boutique with a goal of invigorating the local fashion scene. We think she's accomplished this goal and more. Rookwood Pottery Company Store

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If you're looking for a true taste of Cincinnati history, the Rookwood Pottery Company Store is a must-see. The store has served the city for more than a century, and many of the gorgeous handmade pieces inside reflect part of Cincinnati's story. Marvel at shelf after shelf of beer steins, triptychs of local landmarks, custom tiles, coasters and intricate works of art. If you happen to stop in on a Wednesday at 10:30, you'll be able to embark on a free tour of the factory and studio. Elm and Iron For statement-making home furnishings, accessories and decor, you can't do better than Elm and Iron. The gorgeous store features an eclectic collection of pieces — each offering a new perspective, and reflecting a passion for design. It truly is unlike any other furnishing store in town. MiCa

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This independent, design-driven gallery and gift boutique is a beloved gem in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood! The shop has been around since 2007, when husband and wife team, Mike and Carolyn Deininger chased their dream straight into the raw storefront space on Vine Street. Since then, business has blossomed, and the shop is known far and wide as one of the best places to pick up a unique gift for a loved one (or for yourself). Pet Wants Don't forget about your furry friend! Pet Wants, now with nearly 60 franchises across the country, got its start right here in Over-the-Rhine. The shop offers high quality pet food made fresh every month, in addition to healthy dog treats and specialty products. Bring your four-legged friend in to say hello, and treat them to something special!

Where to Get Coffee

The Coffee Emporium

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Since its inception in 1973, the Coffee Emporium has expanded to four locations across Cincinnati, but one of our favorite locations is in Over-the-Rhine. Step into the cozy shop which boasts artisanal coffee roasted in house, freshly baked pastries and gifts. It's a must-visit locale for locals and out-of-towners alike! 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab Wine and coffee have finally come together in this brilliant concept — and that would honestly be enough for us — but the shop also offers hearty breakfast, charcuterie boards, small plates, baked goods and wine tasting classes. No wonder this spot is so popular. Both of these shops made it onto our list of the 9 best coffee shops in Cincinnati. See the full list here.  

Where to Eat

For Breakfast: Taste of Belgium

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If you're a fan of waffles, you'll be delighted to hear that the best waffle in town is served at Taste of Belgium, conveniently located on Vine Street.  In fact, the Great American Ballpark has chosen Taste of Belgium as the official waffle of the Cincinnati Reds! You can eat yours with fried chicken and hot sauce, topped with fresh fruit, or accompanied by a breakfast cocktail — and it will always be delicious. For Donuts: Holtman's Donuts Charles Holtman opened the first location of Holtman's Donuts in Over-the-Rhine in 1960, and after nearly 60 years, the shop is still going strong! We attribute its success to the famously delicious donuts, which are made fresh daily from scratch using the best ingredients available. For Tacos, Tequila and Whiskey: Bakersfield OTR

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If you happen to be in the neighborhood for Taco Tuesday, there's no other place to be than Bakersfield OTR. This hot spot serves up innovative tacos and big-as-your-face margaritas in chic, upbeat digs. It even made our list of the best margaritas in Cincinnati! For Trendy Street Food: Senate Senate serves up an eclectic menu of signature hot dogs, fresh oysters, poutine, craft cocktails and more. Opt for the Korean, topped with kimchi, short ribs and pickled cucumbers, or the Croque Madame, with bechamel, Sky Haven ham, and a poached egg on a brioche bun.   For a Snack: Brezel If you've ever been to a street fair or carnival, you've probably had a soft pretzel. But you've never had one like this! Brezel serves up warm and flavorful Bavarian-style pretzels baked fresh every day — including jalepeño cheddar, cinnamon sugar and more. For Japanese Fusion: Kaze

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This Japanese Gastro Pub and sushi bar combines a hip lounge, beer garden and contemporary dining room into one spectacular venue. Locals flock here for the innovative small bites, flavorful ramen, fresh sushi and killer happy hour deals. In fact, Kaze boasts one of the best happy hours in Cincinnati! For Wine and Mediterranean Fare: Abigail Street With moderate prices, delightful Mediterranean fare and a celebrated wine list, Abigail Street is a neighborhood favorite. Stop in to try the grilled octopus, the paella or the bouillabaisse. The warm and friendly atmosphere will invite you in to stay awhile. For Dessert: Graeter's Ice Cream After more than 145 years (and thousands of scoops) in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Graeter's Ice Cream offers dessert with a side of Cincinnati history. The ice cream is some of the best in the state (if not the country), and comes in a number of interesting, seasonal flavors.  

Where to Grab a Drink

Rhinegeist Brewery

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Nestled in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Rhinegeist boasts unique and flavorful craft brews on tap, all served in a chic, industrial space. The brewery was actually built within the skeleton of the old Moerlein bottling plant, so its name (which translates to "ghost of the Rhine") couldn't be more appropriate. The Lackman This luxe lounge is housed in a historic turn-of-the-century building, and offers boozy craft cocktails alongside a wide selection of wines and local beers. The Lackman has carefully preserved its historic charm, opting to maintain the original tile floors and exposed brick — but contemporary accents like plush bar seating and custom chandeliers make it a desirable place to spend the entire evening. Sundry and Vice

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This striking cocktail spot is conveniently located near Washington Park. The bar opened in 2015, and though it is one of Over-the-Rhine's newer establishments, has already established itself as a neighborhood favorite. The cocktails are inventive, unique, and delicious, and the vintage atmosphere will bring you back time after time.

Where to Live

If you're as charmed by Over-the-Rhine as we are, consider making it your permanent home! Browse properties in the area.

19 Workout Classes in Columbus to Fit Every Personality

A new year is upon us, which means many of us are vowing (once again) to make improvements to our lifestyles and revamp our fitness regimes. But contrary to popular opinion, working out doesn't have to be a chore. Columbus boasts a wide variety of fitness classes — all engineered to help you improve your strength, balance and overall health while building a community and trying something new. Who knows? You might even have a little bit of fun. Whether you're new to the fitness world or just looking for a new way to work up a sweat, there is bound to be a gym in Columbus that matches your personality. We rounded up the best personal training, dance, CrossFit, yoga, cycling, pilates and even parkour classes in the area to give you a head start on your 2018 resolution. A healthier you is just around the corner!

Personal and Group Training

The Fitness Loft Columbus 635 Parsons Avenue, Columbus The Fitness Loft is a locally owned business with a holistic approach to health and wellness. That means that the staff here go beyond just providing exercise machines! The goal here is to improve the mind and body while building a community. Classes include yoga, boxing, sparring, cycling, zumba, lifting and more, and registered dietitians are available onsite to help you set and meet your nutritional goals. The Arena District Athletic Club 324 John H. McConnell Boulevard This modern gym is conveniently located in the Arena District of downtown, and features top-of-the-line equipment, personal trainers, and an impressive lineup of free fitness classes offered daily. Come try your hand at barre, cycling, yoga, high intensity interval training and more, and don't overlook special events like ballroom dance date night. The Spot Athletics 7007 Holt Road, Dublin OR 1515 Delashmut Avenue, Columbus The key to achieving your goals is having a simple plan, accountability, and a great community. The Spot Athletics has you covered on all of those fronts! Come experience a class from the world-class trainers, all of whom compete in a strength sport themselves, and specialize in group and personal fitness.


Ohio Strength 279 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus At Ohio Strength, you don't have to be a seasoned crossfitter to fit in. This gym makes fitness classes accessible for men and women of all abilities, and offers individualized instruction to help you meet your goals. The schedule is flexible, allowing members to train at a time that suits their busy schedule! CrossFit Clintonville 609 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus Push yourself to a new level physically and mentally with the challenging program at CrossFit Clintonville. The data-driven, clinically tested, community based method is bound to help get you stronger, faster and healthier in no time! Donskov 7601 Huntley Road, Columbus Based on scientific method and proven to produce results, the exercise classes at Donskov are fun, varied and unique — perfect for those who like to switch things up frequently! The highly qualified (and highly educated) staff is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals, and the facility has been recognized as a leader in strength and conditioning in the Midwest.

Cycling Classes

Cycle614 1636 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus As Columbus' first fitness studio completely dedicated to indoor cycling, Cycle614 has honed its fitness class offerings to an science — efficient, yet exhilarating. The method incorporates weights and tempo changes to allow participants to burn up to 1,200 calories per class. The gym fosters a playful atmosphere, and encourages its members will leave their problems at the door. Book your spot online to ensure that your favorite bike will be waiting for you when you arrive. Your first class is free! Columbus Sports Connection 4250 N. High Street, Columbus Located on High Street, Columbus Sports Connection offers spinning classes every day of the week in a low-key, approachable and highly motivating atmosphere. Of course, that's only the tip of the iceberg. You can also experience flow yoga, personal training, cardio classes, kickboxing, interval training and core-blasting sessions — a truly comprehensive fitness experience.


Melt Hot Yoga 106 E. College Avenue, Westerville OR 6659 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin The classes at Melt Hot Yoga are challenging, hardcore and results-driven, but at the same time, highly approachable for men and women of all skill levels! Classes range from vinyasa flow to barre to Melt Lift (with weights), all guaranteed to help you work up a sweat. The friendliness of the studio fosters an ego-free vibe, and the instructors are always available to help you with your goals, or simply to chat. Find the location closest to you (either in Dublin or Westerville) and get ready to Melt! Balanced Yoga 3520 N. High Street, Columbus 1120 Jaeger Street, Columbus Balanced Yoga is one of the most popular studios in Columbus, and with its welcoming atmosphere and wide range of classes, there's no question as to why. The community is build up of seasoned yogis and beginners alike, all with a desire to learn, challenge themselves and try new things. Some say the most difficult thing about yoga is making it to your mat, but we think that at Balanced Yoga, it's more difficult to leave. 7 Studios 275 S. 3rd Street, Columbus OR 2408 E. Main Street, Bexley Julie Wilkes, the mastermind behind 7 Studios, is a motivational speaker, fitness expert, inspired yogi and heart disease survivor. She has chosen to use her second chance in life to share messages of inspiration and courage, and help men and women become the best versions of themselves. Far more than a typical yoga studio, the classes here are friendly, welcoming, empowering, inspiring, and most of all, effective! Come meet Julie (and the talented instructors) for yourself, and experience why 7 Studios stands apart from the rest. Pai Yoga & Fitness 6367 Sawmill Road, Dublin OR 5576 N. Hamilton Road, Gahanna With yoga, barre, spinning and TRX classes, there is something for everyone at PAI Yoga & Fitness. The two state-of-the-art facilities boast qualified trainers dedicated to supporting their students and helping them discover their true potential. Deepen your practice with a variety of intensive workshops (including teacher training, ball rolling, sun salutations and two-week immersions), and enjoy unlimited classes for your first 30 days for only $49!


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The Butcher Shop Fitness 780 S. High Street, Columbus The Butcher Shop is the brainchild of Yoo Mee Pak, a trainer who decided to bring the LA-based "Lagree Fitness" method to Columbus. As a fitness junkie who has experienced rowing, running, hiking, swimming, climbing and skiing, he names this method the most effective and satisfying workout. Similar to pilates, the workout takes place on a large machine called the "Megaformer," which allows to to achieve a full-body workout with minimal impact on your joints! Body Pure Pilates 200 W. Johnsontown Road Body Pure Pilates is proud to offer three different, holistic pilates methods to help you transform both mind and body. Students have the option to enjoy a focused, one-on-one experience with a certified instructor, or take part in a fun and upbeat small class! The method is proven to help you achieve your inner strength and improve your stamina — all in a tight-knit and friendly community. Turning Point Fitness 5890 Chandler Court, Suite A, Westerville Built on the principles of living a healthier live with exercise, becoming more health conscious, and having fun while you're at it, Turning Point Fitness offers a variety of core-driven classes. Pilates is the signature, of course, but you'll also have the chance to crosstrain with barre, spinning and TRX programs — all with personalized instruction!


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Parkour Horizons 7020 Huntley Road, Columbus In parkour, the world is your playground. Navigate obstacles in your environment by vaulting, swinging, climbing and flipping — without the aid of equipment. It is as fun as it is effective, helping participants to become stronger, more flexible, and more confident. Parkour Horizons is a renowned facility boasting one of the most experienced groups of parkour coaches in the United States, and people of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join in the fun!

Dance Classes

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Infinity Aerial 9032 Cotter Street, Lewis Center Take your fitness to new heights at Infinity Aerial, where the focus lies on improving fitness and inner strength with aerial silks, hoops, hammocks and poles. The classes are small, fun, and challenging, and are designed to cater to beginners and experts alike! Get fit, learn something new, and immerse yourself in a tightly-knit, empowering community. Phlex Fitness 10516 Sawmill Road, Powell OR 935 King Avenue, Columbus OR 2756 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg Phlex Fitness proves that working out isn't only a way to get fit, but also a way to express yourself! Try the HipHop Fitness class, which burns 1,200 calories on average per session, or step it up a notch with an ab-centric class or a personal training session. Regardless of how you choose to train, you are guaranteed to work up a sweat (and have a blast while you're at it).   Fit Life 640 Lakeview Plaza Boulevard, Suite A, Worthington Sweat, squat and dance your way to a healthier you at Fit Life. Here, it's all about the rhythm. You'll engage in classes ranging from zumba and barre to high intensity interval training — all set to motivating music and led by highly qualified instructors. Enrich your experience with nutritional counseling!

A Complete Guide to 21 New Year's Eve Events in the Columbus Area

Where does the time go? New Year's Eve is nearly upon us, which means we will be kissing 2017 goodbye and getting a start on our resolutions before we know it. But the year isn't over just yet — there's still time to squeeze in one more celebration! Sure, watching the ball drop from the comfort of your home might be nice and cozy, but the city of Columbus will host a number of family-friendly events, live concerts and swanky parties — all guaranteed to make for a memorable night. Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight?

Family-Friendly Events

First Night Columbus December 31 from 5:30 pm-midnight at COSI

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This spectacular New Year's Eve celebration in the heart of downtown Columbus is one of the most anticipated events of the year! First Night showcases visual and performing arts celebrations that are safe, affordable, fun and alcohol free. The city will transform into a stage for your entertainment, and will draw people of all ages to join in the fun! AMF New Year's Eve Bowling Party December 31, all day at AMF Sawmill Lanes Join AMF for a New Year's Eve bash on the lanes! Whether you choose to celebrate during the day or just as the clock counts down to midnight, you will enjoy unlimited bowling, special holiday menus and more! NYE Roller Skating Celebration December 31 from 8 pm-12:30 am at Skate Zone 71 Roll into 2018 at one of the city's most popular skating venues! Skate Zone will stay open late on New Year's Eve for a family-friendly skate night. A $13 admission fee will earn you skate rentals, unlimited cheese pizza and beverages, noisemakers and a countdown to the New Year. New Year's Eve Train and Fireworks December 31 at 10:30 pm, Departing from Nelsonville on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Travel into 2018 by train! The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, located just a short drive from Columbus, will host a festive party on the tracks as the train travels to East Logal for a midnight fireworks display. Choose between two seating sections, wine and cheese for adults, or pizza and soda for the family.

Live Performances and Sporting Events

Clutch - Psychic Warfare World Tour December 31 at 6:30 pm at EXPRESS LIVE! Rock the night away at Columbus' newest venue, EXPRESS LIVE! Clutch will take the stage alongside Devin Townsend Project, The Obsessed and the Mike Wescott Band for their Psychic Warfare tour. New Year's Eve at Shadowbox Live! December 31 at 8:30 pm at Shadowbox Live

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At Shadowbox Live, the phrase "dinner and a show" is taken to a whole new level! Enjoy a delicious and inventive menu followed by a two-hour dance party, live rock and roll from the house band, BillWho?, party favors and the traditional champagne toast at midnight!

Grandview Café NYE Party December 31 from 9 pm-2 am at the Grandview Café The Grandview Café will throw a grand New Year's Eve bash! The party will feature two levels, multiple bars, and live music by Three Ton Toad. Grab some late-night eats from the kitchen (open until 11 pm), and toast to 2018 with a glass of champagne. The cover charge is just $15 per person. New Year's Swingin' Eve with the Rick Brunetto Big Band December 31 from 8 pm-1 am at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant Columbus   This elegant dinner and dance party will feature the Rick Brunetto Big Band, a 17-piece orchestra that knows how to keep guests on the dance floor! After enjoying a delicious dinner buffet, swing along to your favorite show tunes and classics, and ring in 2018 with a champagne toast at midnight. 2018 With the Eddie Pollina Band December 31 from 7 pm to 12:30 am at Valley Dale Ballroom The Valley Dale Ballroom will celebrate its 100-year anniversary (and the new year, of course) with a grand party featuring the Eddie Pollina Band. Enjoy hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and now, delicious food from Made From Scratch Catering, a champagne toast at midnight and dancing! Tickets are $85 per person. Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning December 31 at 6 pm at the Nationwide Arena Don your red and blue, and get yourself down to the Nationwide Arena to cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they face off against Tampa Bay Lightning! Your ticket to the game will also earn you free entry to several nearby New Year's Eve events (including parties at the Three Legged Mare and Big Bang Dueling Pianos), so make sure to hold on to it.

Parties and Special Events

Black & White New Year's Eve Weekend Celebration December 30 and 31 at the Doubletree Hotel, Times vary for events Join in the fun at the largest 30-and-up event in the midwest! The party will last two days, and will feature an impressive lineup of djs, day parties, fitness classes, happy hours and more — it's a true getaway. The weekend will conclude with an elegant black and white celebration where you can toast to the new year and dance the night away! New Year's Eve Party at the Three Legged Mare December 31 at 8 pm at the Three Legged Mare Ring in the New Year at the Three Legged Mare's annual bash! Presented by Jim Beam, the party will feature live music, drinks, party favors and more. The cover charge is just $10, which is waived if you present your ticket from the Blue Jackets game. New Year's Eve at the Big Bang Columbus December 31 from 7 pm- 2 am at Big Bang Dueling Pianos

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Welcome 2018 with a bang at  Big Bang Dueling Pianos! Dance along to requested hits by the dueling pianos, and be prepared to sing along. VIP tables are also available for purchase, and will guarantee you reserved seating, New Year's Eve party favors, two premium drink tickets per person, one signature shot per person and a bottle of champagne for the table — aka, all of the ingredients you need to dance the night away!  Flannagan's New Year's Eve Celebration December 31 from 8 pm-2 am at Flannagan's Dublin Ring in the New Year at Flannagan's in Dublin! Tickets are just $10 and include access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, two djs and a night full of dancing. Bill NYE 2018 December 31 from 7 pm-3 am at the 16-Bit Bar + Arcade For a more science-driven take on the traditional New Year's Eve party, join 16-Bit for the annual Bill NYE Bash! You will enjoy Bill Nye-inspired cocktails, a Science Guys marathon, and giveaways every minute from 11 pm to midnight. There is no cover charge, but space is limited! Reserve your spot today. Prohibition: NYE Masquerade Ball December 31 from 9 pm-12:30 am at Camelot Cellars 

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We might be entering a new year, but this event will transport you back in time — back to the era of glamour and speakeasies. Join Camelot Cellars for the 7th annual Prohibition New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, where you'll be able to dance along to a live DJ, nibble on elegant hors d'oeuvre and desserts, and sip on cocktails and champagne. Dress to impress for this event, and don't forget your mask! Party Passport NYE 2018 December 31 from 9 pm to 2 am at Avalon, XO Nightclub and Havana Bar Three venues, two luxury party buses, and one cover price all add up to an unforgettable New Year's Eve Celebration! Experience the party at three of Columbus's top venues, Avalon, XO Nightclub and Havana Bar, for just $20. You'll travel to the next locale by party bus, so there won't be any gaps in the fun! NYE Party Columbus December 31 from 8 pm-2:30 am at The Renaissance Hotel The Renaissance will transform into a gigantic dance club on New Year's Eve, and you won't want to miss out on the fun. Enjoy two separate dance floors, a live performance from SWAGG, top local djs, hors d'oeuvre and late-night pizza. Save yourself a trip home by purchasing a hotel room for the night at a discount! New Year's Eve Gala December 31 from 8 am-1 pm at the Galion Community Theatre Shine those shoes, pull your best dress out of the closet, and get ready to ring in the New Year at this glamorous, Old Hollywood-inspired event! A $20 admission fee will grant you access to hors d'oeuvre, a complimentary drink, and a full night of music and dancing. NYE Bash December 31 from  7 pm-2:30 am at Park Street Cantina Come celebrate 2018 Vegas Style at the Park Street Cantina! There will be VIP tables options with bottle service as well as two DJs and dance floors to dance the night away. As one of the largest events in the area, it's bound to make for a memorable night. 1,001 Hollywood Nights December 31 at the Hollywood Casino, times for performances and meals vary There is plenty to entertain you this New Year's Eve at the Hollywood Casino. Enjoy elegant (and delicious) buffets, endless dancing, giveaways, a balloon drop and party favors, plus awe-inspiring performances throughout the casino! Happy New Year's!

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