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May
24

Things To Do Over The Fourth of July in the Akron and Canton Area

242 years ago, our founding fathers signed our great nation into existence — giving us one heck of a reason to celebrate! Fourth of July presents the chance to gather with friends and family, enjoy fireworks and barbecues, and venture out to some of the area's celebratory events. There are so many fun things happening in the Akron and Canton area this year in celebration of our independence, but we rounded up some of our favorites to help you plan. So gather your loved ones, don your patriotic apparel and get ready to make this a holiday to remember!    

Military Appreciation Night for the Akron RubberDucks | Akron

When: June 29, 7:05 pm Where: Canal Park          Akron RubberDucks

Photo courtesy of David Monseur via the Akron RubberDucks

Root for the home team at this patriotic ball game! The Akron RubberDucks, Akron's beloved baseball team, invites the local community to cheer them on in celebration of our country. After all, baseball is America's national pastime. Military members, veterans and their families will all receive $5 tickets.  

The 41st Annual Rib, White & Blue Festival | Akron

When: June 29-July 4. Times vary. Where: Lock 3 Park Live music, vendor booths, family-friendly activities and the smell of barbecue in the air — it doesn't get much better than this! Come sample offerings from some of the area's best barbecue vendors — all serving up ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, roasted vegetables and so much more. You'll need as much fuel as possible to dance the night away! Admission is free for all six days.  

4th of July Fireworks Show & Race at Barberton Speedway | Norton

When: June 29, sunset Where: Barberton Speedway It's always a good day at the Speedway! Come witness the excitement of the car race followed by a brilliant fireworks display over the tracks.  

Grape Escape: Red White and Blush | Akron

When: June 30, 7:30 pm Where: Akron Northside Station Grape Escape

Graphic courtesy of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad 

All aboard! The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad invites you to join in a special patriotic wine excursion on the weekend before Independence Day. Explore the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park on a two-hour train ride while sipping on wine. Each passenger will be served five wine tastings and several appetizers, and additional beverages and food will be available for purchase.  

City of Champions Independence Day Festival | Massillon

When: July 3, 5-10:30 pm Where: Tommy Henrich Drive Northwest This free annual festival in Massillon is sure to go off with a bang! Enjoy a thrilling live performance from RadioActive Band and then enjoy the fireworks display at 10 pm. There will be food vendors, kid-friendly activities, and the annual Li'l Miss Liberty & Li'l Uncle Sam Event (a pageant-style contest for children ages 3-8).  

The Firecracker Run | Stow

When: July 4, 7:30 am Where: 3179 Kent Road Throw on your running shoes and come celebrate America at Stow's 40th Annual Firecracker Run. The 3K fun run and the four-mile race will take place on the Fourth of July Parade route. 70s attire is encouraged and winners will receive groovy medals.  

The Stow Fourth of July Parade | Stow

When: July 4 Where: From the Stow-Kent Shopping Center down Kent Road Every year, the city of Stow throws a magnificent parade through the streets. This year's event is expected to be bigger than ever before, featuring more than 100 entries and thousands of viewers. The theme this year is "Welcome to the Sixties," so dress accordingly!  

The North Canton Fourth of July Celebration | North Canton

When: July 4, 10:30 am-10:30 pm Where: Hoover High School The North Canton Jaycees take their Fourth of July Celebration seriously! This annual event features a community parade in the morning followed by a red, white and blue celebration in the park. At night, the skies will come alive with a magnificent fireworks display.  

Fun Run and Parade in Bicentennial Park | Aurora

When: July 5, 11 am-3 pm Where: Kiwanis-Moore Park Come join in the Fourth of July fun at Aurora's Bicentennial Park. The parade kicks off at 11 am at Barrington Town Square, and the subsequent festival will include live music, food trucks, community activities and fireworks after dusk. If you'd like to participate in the fun run (which takes place before the parade), register in advance here.  

Happy Fourth of July!

Looking for more local events? Check out this list of the most highly anticipated summer festivals in Akron and Canton, and make sure to follow us on Twitter for more up-to-date information.
May
24

The 11 Best Hiking Trails Near Columbus

Columbus might not be one of the world's most well-known hiking destinations, but it is a natural wonder in its own right! The city was built around two rivers — the Scioto and the Olentangy — on a lush landscape with breathtaking ravines, rolling hills and colorful foliage. There are plenty of trails and Metro Parks within easy driving distance, allowing for a quick and easy escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. To help you choose, we rounded up 11 of the area's most popular options. The best way to appreciate our area's natural beauty, of course, is to immerse yourself in it. So once you're done reading about the best hiking spots in Columbus, tie up those shoes and go try them out. Adventure awaits!  

Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills

Photo courtesy of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association

Hocking Hills State Park is one of central Ohio's most popular wilderness escapes, complete with striking waterfalls, awe-inspiring caves, lush greenery, wildlife and ample trails to explore it all. The park is situated just one hour away and is perfect for a day trip or for camping overnight. Before or after your hike, try one of the other activities offered in the park, including kayaking and zip-lining! The hike we like: Ash Cave is the must-try hike in Hocking Hills. Trek approximately a half-mile across rugged terrain on the high trail to the cave, which is the largest recess cave east of the Mississippi. We also love the trails in the Cedar Falls area, which allow easy access to both the falls and Old Man's Cave.  

Gahanna Woods

Wildflower aficionados will love exploring Gahanna Woods, which is filled with them during the spring and summer months. The urban getaway is part city park and part state nature preserve, and includes several hiking and walking trails for your enjoyment. It's a popular destination for wildlife photographers and families looking for an easier hike! The hike we like: There are several short loops that are pretty easy to link together here. Since this park's main attribute is its natural scenery and wildlife, we recommend hitting the trails without a plan! You can opt for a quick half-mile walk or a multi-mile trek.  

Highbanks Metro Park

Highbanks Metro Park

Photo courtesy of Kim Strosnider via Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

Nestled between Franklin and Delaware counties, Highbanks Metro Park offers more than 1,000 acres of space and approximately 10 trails. There's a reason it's the most highly visited park in town! Your journey will lead you past shale bluffs, breathtaking vistas of the Olentangy River, and an 100-foot-tall sandstone bluff. The hike we like: Opt to link up the Coyote Run and Overlook trails for more than 5 miles of hiking!  

Scioto Trail State Park

This 218-acre park is situated within the Scioto Trail State Forest — a lush oasis within the Columbus Metro Area. The trails here boast breathtaking views of the Scioto River Valley, plenty of spots for picnicking, and just enough isolation from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hike we like: The DeBroad Vista Trail to the Fire Tower Trail is reserved for hikers only, which means you won't have to look out for mountain bikers along the way! It's a 2.5-mile trek one way and is rated as moderate.  

The Denison Biological Reserve

Make a quick trip to Granville (just 30 or so minutes outside of town) to explore the Denison Biological Reserve. The area spans 350 acres across forest, orchards, old plantations, ponds and former agricultural fields, and is commonly used by students for field research! It's a great place to go for a leisurely walk or run in nature, and you will probably encounter one or two deer on your trek.   The hike we like: Grab a map towards the beginning of your journey! All of the trails here are scenic (and fairly easy), but the Woodcock Trail is one of the most popular.  

Alum Creek State Park

Situated just north of Columbus, Alum Creek State Park is a haven for water sport aficionados. The beach is one of the most well-known in the state, but there is plenty more to do in the park other than enjoying the lake! You'll find three different hiking trails as well as a 7-mile multipurpose trail, all skirting the water. There is also a popular disc golf course on site with rental equipment available! The hike we like: The Rocks to Roots trail is the lengthiest hiking trail in the park, covering just over 4.1 miles. The trail is scenic and rated as moderate!  

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Batelle Darby

Photo courtesy of Mac Albin via Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

Located on the far west side of Columbus, this natural oasis offers more than 20 hiking trails meandering through 7,000 acres of prairies, forests and wetlands. It's an ideal place to seek out birds and wildlife — in fact, bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within their spacious enclosed pastures. The hike we like: The Dyer Mill trail is a moderate to difficult hike that winds for 3.2 miles through tall grass meadows and secluded woodlands. You'll pass by the scenic Little Darby Creek, as well! We are also fond of the Fort Ancient Mound Loop.  

Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve

ChristmasRocks

Photo courtesy of the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves

Located just over 30 miles from Columbus in Lancaster, this spectacular nature preserve features two loop trails that can be linked for a scenic hike that totals nearly 5 miles. The hike starts with an old covered bridge and winds through colorful flora and wildlife to eventually end up on a clifftop. The short climb will reward you with picturesque views of the valley below! The hike we like: Link the loops together for the full Christmas Rocks experience. You can find a map to the loop trails here!  

Mohican State Park

An hour drive will reward you with a scenic getaway spanning thousands of acres. Mohican State Park is a 1,110-acre preserve situated right next to a 4,525-acre state forest. Both are full of trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders alike. The hike we like: There are seven hiking trails that traverse the park. The 2-mile Lyons Fall Trail is our favorite, as it follows the Clear Fork Gorge and features two scenic waterfalls. The trail is ranked as moderate to difficult.  

Slate Run Metropark

Slate Run Metro Park

Photo courtesy of Jeff Sagar via Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

This spot might be most well-known for the Slate Run Living Historical Farm, but the scenery here is equally as breathtaking! Come explore the abundance of tree species, the picturesque fields, the shaded forests and the wetlands! Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, and sandhill cranes have been known to nest in the wetland areas. The park is located in Canal Winchester, just a short trek southwest of Columbus. The hike we like: To get a little sampling of everything the park has to offer, we recommend linking the Bobolink, Kokomo and Sugar Maple trails — which totals nearly 5 miles.     

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

Blacklick Woods

Photo courtesy of Connie Mastenbrook via Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

This popular 643-acre park is located just east of town and features an abundance of forested trails and picnic trails for a convenient escape. You will likely encounter several species of wildlife, including a few varieties of colorful birds! The hike we like: The trails here are short and fairly easy — so they are perfect for families. The Beech, Maple and Buttonbush trails are all just under a mile, so try them each in turn and stop when you're tired!  

Happy hiking!

May
21

11 Things to do Over Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus

Memorial Day offers an opportunity to celebrate America's fallen heroes — the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. The day typically warrants business closures and a day off of school and work, allowing us to spend some extra time with our loved ones! The weekend is also considered by many as the unofficial start of summer (and the first acceptable time to wear white pants), so there is plenty to celebrate. We rounded up a few of the best events being held in Columbus this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, ranging from parades and commemorative services to music festivals. Have fun, and make sure to give our service men and women the proper salute they deserve.  

Westerville Field of Heroes

When: All weekend Where: The Westerville Community Center
Field of Heroes

Photo courtesy of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary

To celebrate Memorial Day and honor our fallen heroes, the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise will create a display of more than 3,000 American flags across the street from the Westerville Community Center. The fields will open on May 25, and there will be an opening ceremony and concert on Saturday, May 26. It's truly a must-see display for anyone in the area.  

The Columbus Zoo Concert Series: The Charlie Daniels Band

When: May 25, 8-9 pm (doors at 6 pm) Where: The Columbus Zoo
Come get wild at the Columbus Zoo with this fantastic concert! The Charlie Daniels Band, known for memorable hits like "Long Haired Country Boy," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," will perform as part of the zoo's summer concert series. McGuffey Lane will perform as the opening act. The ticket price includes all-day admission to the zoo, so guests are welcome to come early and explore!   

The Dark Star Jubilee

When: May 25-27, times vary Where: Legend Valley
The seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee will take place at Legend Valley in nearby Thornville! The Grateful Dead played at this historic venue six times, and the multi-day festival aims to bring the spirit of the iconic rock band's music to life. Come enjoy tunes from Dark Star Orchestra (who will headline each of the three nights), Los Lobos, Hot Tuna, the Infamous Stringdusters and so many more.  

Walk a Mile in Their Boots

When: May 26, 9 am Where: St James Lutheran Church
Come support your current deployed troops at this fun, family-friendly walk! Wear any kind of boots and meet at St. James Lutheran Church for the one-mile walk. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds will directly benefit Operation Buckeye. Keep in mind that this donation will be enough to ship one full box to our troops!  

The 2018 Rescue Run

When: May 26, 9 am-noon Where: McFerson Commons
The Rescue Run is the largest dog-friendly and family-friendly race in Columbus! Bring your four-legged friend to this 1k or 5k walk and run, which winds from McFerson Commons to the Olentangy Trail and back. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit PetPromise and its foster dogs and cats.  

Bikepacking & Brews The Four String Overnight Adventure

When: May 26, 10 am (returning on May 27) Where: John Bryant State Park
Calling all adventurers! Four String Brewing Company and Trek Bicycle Store will host an overnight bikepacking trip at John Bryant State Park. Meet at the brewery and ride the 55 miles (at a casual pace) to the park, and spend the night there. Food and campsites will be provided, so bring your own gear and prepare for a fun night under the stars! After the ride home, Four String will host a post-ride party complete with discounted brews. $10 covers your food and campsite.  

The Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade

When: May 26, 10 am-noon Where: First Avenue between Cambridge Boulevard and Oxley Road
This annual parade includes marching bands, floats, service organizations and more, all marching to salute our servicemen and servicewomen! Come join in the fun, and then head over to the Grandview Heights Municipal Pool with your swimsuit for opening day.  

The Columbus Asian Festival

When: May 26-27, times vary Where: The Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Asian Festival

Photo courtesy of CSAA Photography via the Columbus Asian Festival

This annual event draws more than 100,000 visitors each year, and is only expected to keep growing! It has been a tremendous success since its inception in 1995, and aims to promote the importance of cultural diversity through games, demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, live music, an Asian marketplace and more! The event is completely free, so make sure to stop in and see what all the fuss is about.  

Columbus Farmers' Markets

When: Times vary depending on location Where: Various locations
As the unofficial first weekend of summer, Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus is also the kickoff for many of our local farmers' markets! Show up at your neighborhood location to shop freshly baked bread, local produce, colorful flowers, artisan products and more! A complete guide to Columbus farmers' markets can be found here.  

5K Run/Walk for Heroes

When: May 27, 8 am Where: The Westerville Sports Complex
The 6th annual Field of Heroes 5k Run and Walk will take place during Memorial Day weekend, and provides participants with a more active alternative for honoring their heroes. The race will be held on a flat course against a breathtaking backdrop, even winding through Fire Station 111. On the final stretch to the finish line, pass through the Field of Heroes, which features more than 3,000 full-sized American flags.  

Dublin Memorial Day Procession

When: May 28, 11 am Where: The Shoppes at River Ridge to the Dublin Cemetery

The City of Dublin, in partnership with the Wesley G. Davids Dublin Post 800 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dublin Post 10691, will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies & Observance on Monday, May 28. The day's events honor veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. Come witness the Bridge Street Bridge wreath throwing ceremony and processional (which will begin at the Shoppes at River Bridge and conclude at the Dublin Cemetery), followed by a commemoration in the cemetery. The ceremony will feature veterans, local students and guest speaker Major General Gregory L. Wayt. Stay afterward for a community picnic in the park hosted by the City of Dublin. 

Enjoy your long weekend!

May
18

The Best Farmers' Markets Near Akron and Canton

This post was updated on April 9, 2019 to include up-to-date information.

Farmers' market season is finally upon us! We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce, but our state is also filled with a high number of talented artisans producing cured meat, freshly baked breads, crafts and more for our enjoyment. There's nothing we love more than perusing their fantastic products at the local market, because somehow, locally made goods just taste better. Support local and hit up your local farmers' market this summer! We rounded up the best picks near Akron and Canton, and lucky for you, there are options on almost every day of the week. Pick a day that works for you, and then use the map to locate the nearest market. Happy shopping!  

TUESDAY WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY

   

TUESDAY

Akron and Canton Farmers' Markets

The Anna Dean Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: May-September When: Tuesdays, 2-6 pm Where: 248 East Robinson Avenue, Barberton
This six-acre private lot opens up to the public on Tuesday evenings during the summer for the Anna Dean Farmers' Market. The market features 42 excellent vendors from all over the region and draws approximately 1,000 visitors every market day. Stop by for a quick bite or to stock up on groceries for the week!

Medina Mid-week Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 18-August 20 When: Tuesdays, 3-6 pm Where: 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina
The Wednesday night market in Medina is the perfect midweek pick-me-up. Come explore the selection from Ohio's best purveyors, and grab something fresh to make for dinner! The market kicks off on June 20 this year.

The City of Green Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June-August When: Tuesdays, 4-7 pm Where: Central Park Market Plaza, Uniontown
With 18 exciting vendors, live music and delicious treats for sale, the City of Green Farmers' Market is not to be missed! Check out the homepage to see the musical acts that will be coming each week, including Out of Sequence, the Barbershop Chorus and Spicy Rhyme.   WEDNESDAY Akron and Canton Farmers' Markets  

Wadsworth Wednesday Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 26, July 24, August 21 When: Saturdays, 9 am-noon Where: The Village of St. Edward, Wadsworth
This year, your favorite Saturday morning market is now open on select Wednesdays! While it isn't held as frequently as the Saturday markets, you'll still be treated to a fantastic selection of produce, artisan goods and handmade items.   THURSDAY Akron and Canton Farmers' Markets

Countryside Farmer's Market at Highland Square

2019 Dates: June 6-August 29 When: Thursdays, 4-7 pm Where: Will Christy Park, Akron
This community market takes place in the picturesque Will Christy Park in the heart of Akron, and includes plenty of amazing vendor booths, weekly live music, cooking demonstrations and kids activities. Plus, the market is dog-friendly, so don't leave your furry friend at home! They might just get a free treat or two from the participating vendors.

Jackson Township Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: July 11-October 3 When: Thursdays, 3-6 pm Where: 7660 Fulton Drive, Massillon
Sponsored by Fresh Thyme Farmers' Market, the Jackson Township Farmers' Market is not just an excellent place to stock up on great produce, plants, herbs, syrup and more, it is also a community gathering! Come say hi to your neighbors and meet your local vendors.

Copley Creekside Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: May 30-October 3 When: Thursdays from 3-6 pm Where: 1245 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron
The Copley Creekside Farmers' Market is one of the newest in the region, but also one of the best! It began in 2012 as a way to bring the community together each year and honor the area's rural heritage. Come shop in the open air for fresh produce and handmade goods. Since thfe market never closes vendor applications, you can expect to find some new treasures each week. Plus, bring the kiddos to enjoy the Corny Kids Club, a scavenger hunt activity sponsored by Scott Fano of Cutler Real Estate. There will be a clue at the information booth that will direct them to a particular farmers' market item. Once they find it, that vendor will give them a coloring page about the item with a recipe, a fun fact and a corny joke!  

FRIDAY

Akron and Canton Farmers' Markets

Farmers' Market in the Falls

2019 Dates: July 12-October 4 When: Fridays, 4-7 pm Where: High Bridge Glens Park, Cuyahoga Falls
This Friday night market is the perfect way to kick off the weekend, featuring an impressive lineup of local farmers, producers and artisans selling the highest quality products available. Take a peek at the 2019 event schedule to see what's happening this week!   SATURDAY Akron and Canton Farmers' Markets

Medina Saturday Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: May 4-October 12 When: Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm Where: 2 Public Square, Medina
Featuring more than 60 local purveyors, the Medina Farmers' Market is one of the largest in the region. At this market, you can find almost anything your heart desires, from homemade jams and jellies to warm pastries and freshly harvested produce.

Wadsworth Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 15-September 14 When: Saturdays, 9 am-noon Where: Central Intermediate School
Each week at the Wadsworth Farmers' Market, you'll find a wide variety of vendors selling fresh produce, plants, flowers, meat, honey, home-baked goods and more. The market is held rain or shine. Additionally, the Wadsworth Farmers' Market has recently partnered with Roots Yoga to offer a free yoga class every Saturday at the market at 9 am! We can't imagine a better way to start the weekend.

Alliance Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June-October When: Saturdays, 9 am-noon Where: 210 East Main Street, Alliance
Alliance hosts a friendly, community-oriented market every Saturday in the heart of downtown! Come by on Saturdays from mid-June to mid-October to get your fill of fresh, locally grown produce and delicious artisanal products.

Canton Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 15-September 28 When: Saturdays, 8-11:30 am Where: 305 McKinley Avenue NW, Canton
The Canton Farmers' Market is a producers-only market that allows locals the opportunity to buy fresh, high-quality products from more than 20 vendors. All vendors are based in Canton or the surrounding areas, and they sell everything you need to make delicious meals for the entire week. You'll also find cooking demonstrations, organic gardening tips, live music, and children's activities from week to week.

Massillon Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 1-October 5 When: Saturdays, 8 am-noon Where: The corner of 2nd Street SE and Tremont Avenue, Massillon
22 fabulous vendors make this market a favorite among locals. This year, the market is sold out and moving to the City Hall Parking Lot, which means that it will be very easy to find parking and even easier to maneuver around the market. Pick up fresh produce, artisan products, warm pastries and more — and on select weekends you can listen to live music and on others you can view live cooking demonstrations while you shop!

The Hudson Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 1-October 5 When: Saturdays, 9 am-12:30 pm Where: 103 North Main Street, Hudson
On Saturdays during the summer, stop by the Hudson Farmers' Market for an impressive selection of fresh produce and artisan-made products. And this year, also make sure to pick up a copy of the Hudson Farmers' Market Cookbook, which includes recipes from local vendors, shoppers and foodies alike. Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Farmers' Market Scholarship fund.

The Stow Community Farmers' Market

2019 Dates: June 8-October 5 When: Saturdays, 9 am-12:30 pm Where: 1567 Pilgrim Drive, Stow
The Stow Community Farmers' Market is entering its eighth year. This year, you can expect 30 high-quality vendors, producers and farmers selling delicious products and unique crafts, as well as a fun lineup of live musicians.  

SUNDAY

Akron and Canton Farmers' Markets

The Copley Creekside Second Sunday Market

2019 Dates: June 9, July 14, August 11, September 9 When: Second Sundays, 3-6 pm Where: 3232 Copley Road, Akron
This community market occurs on the second Sunday of each month and though it might not be quite as frequent as the others, it is definitely worth the wait! Enjoy a rotating selection of vendors, kid-friendly activities and so much more.   Happy shopping! 
May
18

Everything You Need to Know About the Celtic Cocktail Trail in Dublin, Ohio

Dublin is one of Columbus' hippest suburbs, boasting modern bars and eateries, a younger population, and plenty of parks and shops. The town also hosts the Memorial Tournament, a stop on the National PGA Tour, so it's a popular spot for golf enthusiasts to call home. The town was founded (in part) by Irishman John Shields. Therefore, Dublin is named for Ireland's capital and celebrates that tie every chance it gets. Locals play golf on the links-style Golf Club of Dublin and root for local high school teams like the Shamrocks, the Irish and the Celtics. Additionally, the Dublin Community Recreation Center offers classes in Irish dancing, and its theater is named after the Abbey in Ireland. Fire hydrants are painted green, the roads (and the parks) are named after Irish towns, and there are shamrocks everywhere. It's all part of the charm of living here. Now, locals and visitors have a fun new way to celebrate this city's Irish heritage — and it comes stirred, shaken and frozen. The Celtic Cocktail Trail opened this February, inviting locals and visitors alike to visit 11 local bars and restaurants. Ordering the proper Irish cocktail at each of these stops will earn you a stamp, and once you've earned them all, you can cash the stamps in for a t-shirt! Without further ado, here is a complete lineup of the stops on the Celtic Cocktail Trail and what to order at each.  

101 Beer Kitchen

7509 Sawmill Road, Dublin 101 Beer Kitchen

Photo courtesy of 101 Beer Kitchen

Established in 2012, this local gastropub boasts the kind of laid-back neighborhood vibe that you could only find in Dublin. The menu is comprised of inventive, comforting dishes crafted with seasonal ingredients. The happy hour (offered Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm) features half-price beer, and $6 pours of wine, mead and sangria. What to Order: Muck of the Irish  

The Bogey Bar & Grill

6012 Glick Road, Powell Featuring comforting pub fare alongside a full bar selection, The Bogey Bar & Grill is a golf-themed hangout and a neighborhood mainstay. It's the perfect lunch destination after a round of 18, but also perfect for catching up with loved ones over a pint. What to Order: The Irish Mule  

Dublin Village Tavern

27 South High Street, Dublin The Dublin Village Tavern isn't just a fun spot to hit up on a weekend — it's also a Dublin institution. The local watering hole has been open since 2000, and has established itself as a favorite in the area. People come here for the delicious Irish-inspired food and, of course, the creative cocktails! When you order your Celtic Cosmo, make sure to accompany it with an order of Irish egg rolls. They're legendary. What to Order: Celtic Cosmo  

Vaso Rooftop Lounge

4515 Bankers Drive, Dublin

Vaso Rooftop Lounge

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Located in the new AC Hotel, Vaso Rooftop Lounge is the place to be this summer. The rooftop eatery features panoramic views and Spanish-style tapas alongside an impressive lineup of craft beer, wine and cocktails. What to Order: Liffey's Cooler  

Matt the Miller's Tavern

6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive, Dublin This neighborhood tavern prides itself on its soul-satisfying fare, its upscale atmosphere, and its friendly personality. The chef-driven menu rotates to reflect the seasons and everything is crafted with an inventive twist! What to Order: Dublin Iced Coffee  

Liu Restaurant & Bar

50 West Bridge Street, Dublin Liu offers a modern, fusion-style dining experience in chic digs. The eclectic menu ranges from Mongolian beef to fish 'n' chips, and you'll also find seafood, pasta, fried brie and other globally-inspired selections. There is truly something for everyone. What to Order: Devil's Apple Manhattan  

Pins Mechanical Company

6558 Riverside Drive, Dublin

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Pins Mechanical Company is actually the sister bar to popular 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, so you can expect the same eclectic personality and lively atmosphere! It's the perfect destination for a fun night out, featuring bowling, specialty cocktails, arcade games and featured food trucks. What to Order: Leatherlip's Revenge  

Mezzo Restaurant and Bar

12 West Bridge Street, Dublin Mezzo offers classic Italian dishes crafted with care, a bustling bar scene, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The modern eatery is set in the heart of downtown Dublin in a historic building, and it's the perfect place to linger with friends over a glass of wine (or, in this case, the Irish Attitude Mule). What to Order: The Irish Attitude Mule  

RAM Restaurant & Brewery

6631 Longshore Drive, Dublin With 25 locations spanning the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, RAM Restaurant & Brewery has established a reputation for providing hearty fare, craft brews and cocktails to hungry customers. Order the fish and chips alongside your Irish Mule to complete the Dublin experience! What to Order: The Copperless Irish Mule  

Tucci's

35 North High Street, Dublin

Tucci's

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Tucci's has been serving the Dublin area for more than 20 years, and its chosen cocktail for the trail is a reboot of a drink that was popular back in the day! Once you've ordered the Celtic Twilight, make sure to check out the food menu, which includes fresh seafood, hearty pasta dishes and steak.   What to Order: Celtic Twilight  

The Pint Room

4415 West Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin Featuring 101 taps, The Pint Room takes the cake (or rather, the keg) when it comes to craft beer. The impressive list of Ohio-based breweries showcased is bound to impress any local beer aficionado, but you'll also find selections from renowned spots around the country. What to Order: Dublin Irish Red, Buckeye Lake Brewery  

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May
11

12 Restaurant Patios You'll Want to Enjoy in the Columbus Area This Summer

Columbus is home to one of the fastest growing culinary scenes in the Midwest. Regardless of what you're craving, you don't have to look far to find an eatery with a mouthwatering menu and a festive atmosphere! One of our favorite aspects of summer is the ability to enjoy a meal from one of these fantastic restaurants and enjoy the warm weather at the same time, which is why we try to seek out sunny patios as often as we can. There are plenty of Columbus restaurants, breweries and bars with patios perfect for soaking in the sunshine, but these 12 should definitely be at the top of your list. Enjoy!  

Basi Italia

Facebook | Menu 811 Highland Street, Columbus Basi Italia

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Nestled in Columbus' Victorian Village, Basi Italia serves up market-driven and flavorful Italian dishes in a cozy dining room. The restaurant is definitely one of the highlights of the neighborhood and is a perfect setting for date night! When the weather is cooperating, opt to enjoy your meal outside on the patio — a fenced-in paradise with plenty of lush greenery and twinkle lights.    

Bodega Food + Beer

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1044 North High Street, Columbus

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47 taps, 150 beers total, a full lineup of craft cocktails, mouthwatering grilled cheeses and juicy burgers — need we say more? The delicious American pub fare and drinks menu are great year round, but everything just seems to taste better on the patio. The outdoor space spans the length of the restaurant and is the perfect happy hour gathering spot.  

Callahan's Bar

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 520 North Park Street, Columbus

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This laid-back Irish Pub is located in the heart of Columbus' Arena District, so it's a popular place to gather with friends before or after the big game. The venue offers good pub food, a friendly atmosphere and also one of the most iconic rooftop patios in the city. Sit upstairs with a beer, cocktail or glass of wine to take in the skyline views, or dance the night away after the sun sets! Bonus: Every Wednesday evening, the bar features $5 margaritas and free chips and salsa!  

Cosecha Cocina

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 987 North 4th Street, Columbus
Set in an old brick building in the heart of Italian Village, Cosecha Cocina opened its doors in March 2017 to instant success, and the buzz still hasn't died down. Locals flock here for refreshing margaritas and Mexican-inspired street food. The menu includes traditional bites like tamales, tostadas, tacos, rellenos and enchiladas. And although the cuisine is familiar, each dish is prepared with an innovative twist. Enjoy your choice on the patio, which is laden with picnic tables on warm-weather days.  

The Crest Gastropub

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 2855 Indianola Avenue, Columbus AND 621 Parsons Avenue, Columbus
There are so many reasons to love the Crest Gastropub, including the impressive selection of craft beer, the inventive cocktails and the locally sourced menu. But perhaps our favorite feature of this beloved Clintonville hotspot is the fantastic rooftop patio. The outdoor space is scattered with comfortable chairs and tables for a leisurely meal under the sun, and provides excellent views of the surrounding urban scenery.  

Grandview Cafe

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1455 West 3rd Avenue, Columbus

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It's no secret that the Grandview Cafe is a preferred gathering place among locals. The institution has been serving Columbus since 1925! The cuisine and vibe have changed over the years but the sense of community has always remained the same. In fact, the Grandview Cafe underwent a complete renovation and overhaul of the menu early last year, but fear not — the iconic, two-story patio remains. Come enjoy comforting bites, a craft cocktail and camaraderie on 3rd Avenue!  

Lindey's

Facebook | Instagram | Menu  169 East Beck Street, Columbus
This family-owned establishment is a staple in the Columbus community. The restaurant has been so successful in part due to its friendly service and welcoming atmosphere, but also because of the delicious menu designed by Brett Fife and the spectacular outdoor patio. Come by during the summer months to enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch or happy hour al fresco.   

Milestone 229

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 229 Civic Center Drive, Columbus

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For top-notch views of the Scioto Mile (and excellent food), look no further than Milestone 229. This bustling spot serves up comforting, new American fare in spectacular modern digs. The large windows open up to views of the spectacular Scioto Mile fountain, but on a beautiful day, we recommend sitting outside to get the full experience. The patio is shaded and provides the perfect spot for sipping on a craft cocktail and sharing a flatbread.  

Seventh Son Brewing

Facebook | Instagram | Tap List 1101 North 4th Street, Columbus
Seventh Son Brewing has served the Italian Village neighborhood since April 2013, providing incredible craft beer and bites from local food trucks in a fun and airy space. Additionally, the brewery is home to one of the most iconic patios in Columbus! On weekends, the outdoor space is bustling with locals and visitors alike catching up and sipping on one of the refreshing beers on tap — which is one of the reasons it landed on our list of the top breweries in Columbus.  

Trillium Kitchen and Patio

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 2333 North High Street, Columbus
Trillium Kitchen and Patio prides itself on its community atmosphere. In fact, it's one of the most popular gathering places in the Tuttle Park area! Executive Chef Bradley Balch whips up delicious, globally inspired plates with an emphasis on seafood and local ingredients, and it seems that each dish is even better than the last. Enjoy the experience on the patio, which boasts a romantic atmosphere and great opportunities for people watching.  

Trism

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1636 North High Street, Columbus

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Trism is Columbus' hottest new space — and it's tough for us to decide what we love most about it. By day, it's a sunny and healthy eatery serving house-made pastries, smoothie bowls, juices and more. And by night, it's a bar and event space hosting some of the areas most renowned DJs and performers! There are even free yoga classes on the weekends. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy Trism, make sure to take advantage of the patio on summer days.  

Watershed Kitchen & Bar

Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1145 Chesapeake Avenue, Suite D, Columbus
Watershed Kitchen & Bar's philosophy of honest food, honest drinks, respect for ingredients, and respect for people is what landed it on our list of Columbus' best new restaurants in 2017. The new eatery is located in the heart of the distillery and production facility and offers creative, New American fare alongside craft cocktails made with house-distilled spirits — plus the ability to enjoy your meal outside.  

Enjoy your summer!

May
4

7 Stunning Properties for Sale with High Acreage Near Akron and Canton

We know that the number of bedrooms and bathrooms isn't the only thing people care about in the home search. Your priorities in a dream home might include a covetable school district, picturesque views, charming curb appeal or a top-notch gourmet kitchen! Or, maybe you're looking for a rural home in a tranquil setting with lots of space to spread out. We've gathered up some homes for sale surrounding the Akron and Canton area that include plenty of land, and several other desirable qualities to boot. Happy shopping!  

A Little Piece of American History

2 Single-Family Homes | 5 Beds | 5 Baths | 5,240 Square Feet | 169.7 Acres Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 8340 Cleveland Avenue Southeast, Magnolia | Listed by Mary Locy

Own a little piece of American history with this land plot, which spans nearly 170 acres in Magnolia, Ohio! The lot includes two single-family homes on a circular drive, as well as a pre-Civil War Era Pennsylvania style barn, which boasts six spacious stalls and a stone foundation. Both homes feature contemporary craftsmanship and include plenty of indoor living space!  

A Perfect Family Retreat

3 Beds | 2.1 Baths | 2,002 Square Feet | 5.5 Acres Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 6760 Center Street Northeast, Hartville | Listed by Tammy Grogan  

Set on 5.5 picturesque acres, this charming Colonial-style home would make for a perfect family retreat. The home is stunning from the outside, featuring bright white paint and new windows, but the inside is perhaps even more beautiful. Enjoy spectacular hardwood floors, built-in shelves, abundant natural light, a spacious eat-in kitchen with gorgeous cabinetry and so much more! There is also a detached two-car garage and two-stall barn on the property.  

Peaceful Living at Its Finest

4 Beds | 2.1 Baths | 2,826 Square Feet | 4 Acres

Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 6424 Easton Street, Louisville | Listed by Ginger Kuhn

This four-acre retreat represents peaceful living at its finest! Enjoy more than 2,800 square feet of indoor living space with everything you need for a comfortable life, and fantastic views of the lush scenery from every window. The home is also located in the covetable Louisville school system!  

An Equestrian's Paradise in Medina

5 Beds | 3.1 Baths | 3,344 Square Feet | 31 Acres Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 6259 Ryan Road, Medina | Listed by Julie Cantley

Calling all equestrians! This is one property that might grab your attention. This picturesque 31-acre lot in Medina comes with an indoor AND outdoor riding arena as well as two barns with 42 stalls total. The home itself features an all-brick exterior, five spacious bedrooms, two fireplaces and two kitchens!  

A Well-Kept Ranch Home

3 Beds | 1 Bath | 1,348 Square Feet | 8.55 Acres Well-Kept Ranch

This home is for sale at 44 Waynesburg Road Northwest, Carrollton | Listed by Barbara Truman

This well-kept ranch home sits on more than eight acres in Carrollton, Ohio. Owners will enjoy an open floor plan, a spacious great room with cathedral ceilings, a cozy electric fireplace and a spacious eat-in kitchen. To top it all off, the outdoor entertaining spaces are perfect for hosting family gatherings!  

A Picturesque Paradise

2 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,138 Square Feet | 7.5 Acres Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 3402 Camille Road Southwest, Sherrodsville | Listed by JoAnn Clark

This stunning home in Sherrodsville looks good as new, and is tucked away on a tranquil 7.5-acre lot. The open concept features excellent craftsmanship, high ceilings, elegant light fixtures, plush carpeting and more, but our favorite thing about the property is the picturesque views of the surrounding landscape from every window.  

A Peaceful Abode in Carrollton

3 Beds | 1 Bath | 2,054 Square Feet | 15.03 Acres Stark County Real Estate

This home is for sale at 242 Cinder Road Southeast, Carrollton | Listed by JoAnn Clark

This charming, updated home sits on more than 15 peaceful acres in Carrollton, Ohio. Inside, enjoy a fabulous kitchen with hickory cabinets, large and brightly lit living spaces and a stunning staircase leading to the three upstairs bedrooms. Enjoy the views of your land (including a barn and detached garage) from the enclosed front porch.  

Did you find your home sweet home?

Contact us to schedule a showing of any of these beautiful homes, or to search for your dream property elsewhere!
May
4

21 Summer Festivals in Cleveland to Look Forward to This Year

There are so many reasons to love summer in Cleveland — the shaded patios, the lush greenery, lakeside activities on the shores of Lake Erie — we could go on. But one of our favorite things about this season is the abundance of summer festivals around town! From upscale flea markets to outdoor concerts and food festivals, there is so much going on this summer in Cleveland and plenty of opportunities to celebrate our incredible community. We rounded up 21 events that we are most looking forward to, so grab your calendars and start planning!  

Jump Ahead:

June | July | August

 

ALL SUMMER

The Cleveland Flea

When: Summer dates include June 9, July 14 and August 11 Where: 3615 Superior Avenue, Cleveland
A far cry from a traditional flea market, the Cleveland Flea is one of Ohio's most respected and popular markets. Come experience local creativity at its finest by shopping from talented artists and vendors, sampling delicious eats from local purveyors and sipping a refreshing craft beer.  

The Front Porch Concert Series

When: June 22-August 31 Where: The Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood Lakewood Alive Summer Concert Series

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LakewoodAlive's Front Porch Concert Series will return to the steps of the Lakewood Public Library this summer! Enjoy free, live music every Friday evening in the heart of downtown, with genres ranging from folk to rock to jazz.  

JUNE

ideastream's Grand Tastings and Seminars Event

When: June 1-2 Where: Playhouse Square, Cleveland Calling all foodies and wine aficionados! This fantastic, educational event will feature tastings, seminars, a silent auction and plenty of wine. The event will kick off with a grand tasting on Friday evening. During the Saturday sessions, learn about proper wine pairings, the intricacies of sparkling wine, and more from the experts — including legendary Chef Jacques Pépin.  

The 15th Annual Duck Tape Festival

When: June 15-16 Where: 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon Live music, a parade and… giant duct tape creations? This wacky, free festival presented by Duck® brand is definitely one you have to attend at least once. Strut your stuff in the Duck® Tape Fashion Show, build a Duck® Tape float for the parade, build a craft, shop from local vendors, or simply enjoy the show!  

Cleveland Summer Beerfest

When: June 16 (two sessions) Where: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland Come see what's brewing at the Cleveland Beerfest! Thousands of craft beer fans will converge on Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica to enjoy creations from Cleveland's best local breweries. While you're sipping, munch on bites from local food trucks and dance along to live music.  

The Second Annual Share the River Ramble

When: June 22 Where: Rivergate Park, Cleveland Come enjoy this free run/walk along the Cuyahoga River riverfront! The 2.5 or 5-mile routes will connect participants to segments that have recently been changed into a park or bike path. After the race, enjoy a party at the finish line with music, craft beer and more at Rivergate Park.  

The 2018 Waterloo Arts Fest

When: June 30 Where: Waterloo Road Between East 161st Street and Calcutta Avenue, Cleveland The Waterloo Arts Fest will welcome more than 40 local bands, a mix of talented vendors, incredible food trucks and exciting, interactive art experiences for all ages. Need we say more?  

JULY

Rock n' Boom

When: July 4 Where: The Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Celebrate America's birthday by exploring the exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center. When the sun goes down, venture out to the Steamship Mather to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks from the deck! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  

The Kale & Ale Festival

When: July 7 Where: Lincoln Park, Cleveland Beer and food lovers, take note! The Kale and Ale Festival will host seven of your favorite Cleveland restaurants and an impressive lineup of breweries for this fabulous (and delicious) event. Discover inspiring dishes from the farm-to-fork movement, sip a refreshing bevvie, dance along to live music, and shop from local vendors! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, so grab your tickets today.  

The Big Bounce America

When: July 13-15 Where: Victory Park, North Ridgeville As long as you are a child at heart, you are bound to enjoy this larger-than-life bounce house experience. The Big Bounce is the world's largest family-friendly bounce house, and will be open to adults and children in Cleveland for one weekend this summer! Take your fun to new heights and come experience more than 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter.  

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown

When: July 14 Where: Downtown Lakewood Lakewood Alive

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Presented by everyone's favorite grilled cheese shop, Melt Bar & Grilled, the Lakewood Summer Meltdown is one of the region's most highly anticipated street parties. In fact, it welcomed nearly 10,000 attendees last year! Enjoy a 5K race (or a 1-mile kids' fun run), outdoor activities, games, food vendors, a beer garden, live music and so much more. And the best part? Admission is completely free.  

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace

When: Weekends, July 14 through August 19 Where: 3033 Ohio 534, Rock Creek Step back in time at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace. Guests will be able to enjoy countless activities in the Shire of Avaloch, including shopping for covetable treasures, cheering on the jousters, and tasting food fit for a king! Make sure to try your hand at archery or ax-throwing, and get a thrill on one of the rides.  

Taste of Tremont

When: July 15 Where: Professor Avenue, Tremont It's no secret that the Tremont neighborhood is a mecca for foodies, and this festival allows you to experience the best of the best. Taste food from Tremont's best chefs, peruse spectacular art displays, sip on craft cocktails, mead, wine or beer, shop from local vendors and dance along to live music.  

The Summer Market

When: July 27 & 28 Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Avon Lake This unique outdoor festival takes place on the shore of Lake Erie and hosts thousands of guests each year. Come shop for unique furniture, gorgeous jewelry, statement-making art and other handmade wares, along with fresh produce and baked goods! After shopping, you can grab a bite from the surrounding food trucks, dance along to live music or simply enjoy the stunning lake views.  

The 10th Annual Scene Ale Festival

When: July 28 Where: Lincoln Park, Cleveland Scene Ale Fest

Photo courtesy of Emanuel Wallace via the Scene Ale Festival

Celebrate Cleveland's incredible craft beer scene at this local festival in Lincoln Park. Tickets start at $40, and the price of admission will earn you 15 drink tickets, access to more than 80 craft beers from the region's best breweries, live music, food booths and more. And don't leave man's best friend behind — this festival is dog-friendly!  

AUGUST

The 2018 Feast of the Assumption

When: August 15-18 Where: Little Italy, Cleveland The annual Feast of the Assumption Festival (locally referred to as "The Feast") is an event that Clevelanders look forward to each year. The four-day Catholic street festival originated in 1898 and surrounds the famed Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy the festivities, as is also serves as a general celebration of Cleveland's storied Italian heritage. Enjoy live musical performances, interactive exhibits, carnival rides, games, fireworks and more! Come hungry, because there will also be booths from local restaurants lining the street.  

The Great Lakes Burning River Fest

When: August 17-18 Where: The Historic Coast Guard Station, Cleveland The Great Lakes Burning River Fest will return for its 17th year, bringing danceable live music, refreshing craft beer and delicious bites to the Cleveland waterfront. Enjoy an impressive lineup of cold craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery and spectacular performances from the likes of Wesley Bright & the Honeytones and Robert DeLong. Plus, dance along to a silent disco inside the boathouse from DJ Red-I!  

Cleveland Donauschwaben Sommer Oktoberfest

When: August 17-19 Where: 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township You don't have to wait until fall to experience Oktoberfest! Don your best lederhosen and head down to Olmsted Township for live entertainment, folk dancing, German food, pastries and German-style brews!  

The Cleveland Garlic Festival

When: August 25-26 Where: Shaker Square, Cleveland You won't find any bland food at this unique culinary festival — garlic-centric dishes are the name of the game! This year's festival will feature an impressive lineup of garlic-laden food from the area's top chefs, plus fun additions like chef grill-offs, the Miss Garlic 2018 competition, Mitchell's garlic ice cream, the Ohio Cheese Guild Tent, live music, a kids area, a bungee trampoline and so much more!  

Cleveland Oktoberfest 2018

When: August 31-September 3 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Middleburg Heights Come experience German culture at Cleveland's Oktoberfest festival! Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, a full lineup of mouthwatering German cuisine, several chicken dances, fun costumes, German beer and so much more.  

Have fun this summer!

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