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July
27

7 Spectacular Homes for Sale in Cincinnati Right Now

The Queen City, located on the banks of the Ohio River on Ohio's southwestern border, is a wonderful place to call home. Not only are the people friendly, but the city is full of opportunities for business, nightlife, dining, exploring the outdoors and raising a family. Now that you've found the city of your dreams, it's time to find the home of your dreams! We can help with that. Here are seven spectacular homes on the market right now in Cincinnati, each with a different feel, size and price tag! We're sure you'll find one on the list that fits your family and your personality.  

A Gorgeous Ranch Home With An Open Layout

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This home is for sale at 9307 Harrison Avenue, Whitewater Township | Listed by Don Johnson

The open floorplan in this ranch home boasts an abundance of natural light and offers so much extra living and entertaining space! Enjoy the hardwood floors, a pool out back, a breathtaking backyard and more.  

A Home Worthy Of Royalty

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This home is for sale at 1373 Wexford Lane, Green Township | Listed by Lisa Kendall

They say a person's home is their castle and this breathtaking custom-built property is close enough for us! The home features a built-in turret and four spacious bedrooms, and if you're not already smitten by the curb appeal, take a look at the gigantic chef's kitchen, the modern detailing and the arched windows that spill natural light throughout the home.  

A Three-Story Home With Stunning Views

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This home is for sale at 269 Klotter Avenue, Cincinnati | Listed by Lisa Kendall

Featuring stunning 180-degree city views, this traditional three-story home in the heart of town is undoubtedly a catch! Enjoy your morning coffee on one of the three decks, grab a bottle from your personal wine cellar, and prepare a gourmet meal in the new kitchen with granite countertops. Can you picture it?  

A Charming Cape Cod In Delhi Township

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This home is for sale at 562 Covedale Avenue, Delhi Township | Listed by Don Johnson

This charming Cape Cod-style home features three spacious bedrooms, a large kitchen with a walkout and brand new floors (a mix of hardwood floors and plush carpeting). And the lush backyard truly can't be beat!  

An Opportunity To Enjoy The Convenience Of City Living

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This home is for sale at 810 Matson Place, Unit 707, Cincinnati | Listed by Don Johnson

If you want the convenience of city living without the upkeep of a home, a condo might be the best way to go! This one, located in the Incline District (one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods right now), might be just the ticket. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and the river, a pool, luxurious amenities and modern detailing.  

A Luxurious Retreat In Liberty Township

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This home is for sale a 6805 Cherry Laurel Drive, Liberty Township | Listed by Stephanie Kinross

With more than 5,000 square feet of living space, stunning arched windows and manicured landscaping, this property in the Four Bridges Golf Community is a dream come true. Luxurious details include a huge master suite, built-ins throughout, a wine cellar and a modern chef's kitchen with granite countertops.  

A Charming Cottage In A Historic Neighborhood

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This home is for sale at 26 Taylor Avenue, North Bend | Listed by Lisa Kendall

This charming three-bedroom cottage is nestled on a quiet street in historic North Bend, just outside of Cincinnati. Highlights include a new kitchen with stainless appliances, a stone wall, gorgeous hardwood floors and a sun-splashed back patio.  

We Hope You Found Your Dream Home!

Contact us to schedule a showing for one of these properties, or to start searching other homes on the market!
July
20

13 Farms You Should Support Near Columbus

Farming and agriculture have long been a staple in the Midwest. Our region is filled with rolling hills and the perfect balance of sunshine and moisture — in short, the ideal setting for growing flavorful produce and raising strong, happy livestock! Not only does locally produced food taste better, it also helps boost the local economy and ensures sustainability. We rounded up the best local farms that you should visit for fresh berries, produce, meat, dairy and flowers this season, so if you're interested in a farm-fresh experience, read on!   MEAT + EGGS Local Eggs Near Columbus

Blystone Farm

8677 Oregon Road, Canal Winchester For humanely raised, high-quality meat from the Columbus area, you can't do better than Blystone Farm. This local treasure is a farm, butcher shop, bakery, deli and grocery store all in one! Located just outside of Columbus, the farm is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team, Joe and Jane Blystone – both of whom are happy to welcome visitors to the onsite market and explain the farm's history and mission.  

Holly Hill Farms

7127 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg Whether you're looking for pulled pork, ribeye steaks, house-made pimento cheese or anything in between, you can find it all at Holly Hill Farms! The shop is recognized for its incredible quality, varied selection and unbeatable service. Even if you don't have a plan going in, the staff will help you pick the perfect cuts for any occasion.  

Copia

8352 Johnstown-Alexandria Road, Johnstown Clean air, healthy soil and happy, pasture-raised animals are to credit for the high quality meat, eggs and produce at Copia. And the location (just eight miles outside of Columbus) makes it easy to purchase these delicacies whenever your heart desires. Come peruse the selection of eggs, bacon, pork tenderloins, burgers, fruits, veggies and more at Copia, or order online! Your kitchen will thank you for it.   BERRIES + APPLES Local Berries Near Columbus

Blueberried Alive

532 County Road 2302, Loudonville Blueberried Alive is exactly what you might be picturing — endless fields of blueberries ripe for the pickin'! If you want the full pick-your-own experience you'll have to travel a little over an hour up I-71 towards Cleveland, but you can also find the berries in North Market and other locations around town. We interviewed the owner last year about what it's like running a blueberry farm. Read that here.    

Mitchell's Berries

9331 Mitchell DeWitt Road, Plain City Get the true farm experience at Mitchell's Berries, which allows you to pick your own juicy raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and edamame. The harvests are seasonal (of course), so you'll have to check the website for availability before planning your visit. Trust us, the wait is well worth it.  

Blue Frog Farm

9090 Morse Road Southwest, Pataskala Juicy blackberries, tree-ripened peaches, brilliant red raspberries, crisp apples and more await at Blue Frog Farm in Johnstown (also the site of Lynd Fruit Farm)! The farm was designed around the "pick your own" concept, showcasing rows and rows of bountiful fruit trees and bushes along the rolling, wooded landscape. Depending on the season, you can fill buckets of berries to eat now or freeze for later — just check on Facebook to see what's in season before your visit!   PRODUCE Franklinton Farms

Photo courtesy of Michelle Kaiser via Franklinton Farms

Franklinton Farms

867 West Town Street, Columbus This nonprofit urban farm aims to address community challenges with a local system that improves food security and provides economic opportunity. The farm includes eleven foot production sites, twelve high tunnels, a fruit tree orchard, a berry patch, a microgreens grow room, a seedling start house and a learning garden. You can purchase food grown here at several local markets or sign up for a summer or winter basket, which runs for 20 weeks and includes fresh produce each week!  

Foraged & Sown

1264 Elmore Avenue, Columbus You can find the best locally grown and foraged berries and culinary herbs at Foraged & Sown. The farm is flavor driven, featuring a broad range of greens, roots, herbs and fruit, as well as teas and salt blends. Additionally, the farm is based on sustainability and leave-no-trace principles, so you can enjoy mouthwatering flavors and save the environment at the same time.  

Woodland Urban Farm

2624 Woodland Avenue, Columbus Woodland Urban Farm is steeped in the belief that a strong community is rooted in sustainability and delicious food! The goal of the farm is to boost the economic resiliency of the community while making locally grown food more readily available. You can find a wide variety of seasonal produce here, as well as crafts, farm tours and classes in various topics related to sustainable living. Contact the team for an appointment before visiting.  

Hann Farms Market LLC

4600 Lockbourne Road, Columbus Hann Farms Market LLC is a popular destination for flavorful produce, locally made goods, farm-fresh eggs and more in an accessible market — but you can also enjoy the full U-Pick experience with seasonal fruits and veggies! It's a one-stop-shop for all of your culinary needs and is a must-visit destination during harvest season.   FLOWERS

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Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

3555 Watkins Road, Columbus Located just six miles from downtown Columbus, Sunny Meadows Flower Farm is a little slice of heaven on earth. The urban flower farm produces sustainably grown, freshly-cut flowers that can be purchased for table decorations, family gatherings, and large events like weddings.  

Red Twig Farms

14401 Jug Street, New Albany Red Twig Farms is a seasonal flower farm owned and operated by Josh and Lindsey McCullough. During the spring months, the team is in the fields harvesting gorgeous peonies, and in the fall — dogwood and willow branches for holiday decor! The farm store is open four days a week during the active seasons, so just check the website for updates and and stop in for some gorgeous flowers.   HONEY Local Honey Near Columbus

Conrad Hive and Honey

6240 Wright Road, Canal Winchester There are several very good reasons to buy local honey. Not only does it taste amazing on toast, fruit, cereal, desserts and more, but it may also help newcomers acclimate to the airborne pollen that causes them grief! Since the honey is made from local pollen, it helps newcomers acclimate to the airborne pollen that might cause them grief. Come visit Conrad Hive and Honey in Canal Winchester, where you can buy package bees and authentic Ohio wildflower honey. The farm also offers a full line of raw honey and honey products, including beeswax, candles and soap.  

Support your local farmers!

The best way to ensure that the Columbus area is consistently supplied with sustainable and better tasting foods is to buy locally. For more information on the easy ways you can do that, check out the Complete Guide to Farmers Markets in Columbus.
July
20

The ABCs of Cincinnati: The Highlights of the Queen City from A-Z

You might have mastered your ABCs in kindergarten, but we're talking about a different alphabet today. Instead of saying A is for "apple" and Z is for "zebra," we're saying C is for "chili" and V is for "Vine Street." We compiled a complete guide to the landmarks, restaurants and characteristics that make our city so unique from A to Z. This is Cincinnati's personalized alphabet — and in our opinion, we think it's even better than the original!  

A: Aronoff Center for the Arts

The Aronoff Center for the Arts (commonly referred to as "The Aronoff") is Cincinnati's entertainment hub and performing arts center. Locals flock here to experience plays, ballet performances, concerts, musicals, stand-up comedy shows and so much more. The main theater seats more than 2,700 people, and the center hosts hundreds of events throughout the year.  

B: Baseball at the Great American Ball Park

It wouldn't be a Cincinnati summer without the Cincinnati Reds! Baseball is America's national pastime and we are proud to call the Great American Ball Park our home field. Grab a chili dog from Skyline Chili and come root for the home team — the Reds are the only way to go.  

C: Cincinnati-Style Chili

True Cincinnati chili heads know that there is nothing like it on earth! Far from the New Mexican chilis or Texan chilis of the South, our city's signature dish is flavorful, Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce dolloped over the top of hot dogs or spaghetti, or simply enjoyed straight from the bowl. You can enjoy the dish one of five ways, which typically refers to different combinations of toppings. Learn more about the dish, as well as where to find it, in this complete guide to Cincinnati-style chili.  

D: Dutch's

If you're on the hunt for the best burger in Cincinnati, you can stop here — we found it! Dutch's Bar, Bottle Shop and Larder in Hyde Park is famous for its burgers, which are only sold in very small batches on Thursday nights. The secret is the charcuterie shop and butcher shop save pieces of its most decadent steaks to mix in with the burgers and then tops it with high-end cheeses and fresh toppings. The result is a mouthwatering entrée that sells out fairly quickly — so make sure to get there early on Thursday to experience it!  

E: The Echo

The Echo

Photo courtesy of the Echo

The Echo is one of the hottest brunch spots in Cincinnati and has served the Hyde Park neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).  

F: The Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of the Findlay Market

This market, which has graced Cincinnati since the mid-1800s, is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of the city's most cherished institutions! The market is filled to the brim with energetic merchants, artisanal cheeses, fresh produce, warm baked goods and more — it's a treat to visit, even if you're not buying anything.  

G: Graeter's Ice Cream

With more than 145 years of experience under its belt, we believe Graeter's Ice Cream is the ultimate authority on handcrafted French pot ice cream. The interesting flavors, the flawless technique and the friendly atmosphere make it one of the best (if not THE best) ice cream shop in Cincinnati.  

H: The Hofbrauhaus

Cincinnati is steeped in German culture and we relish the chance to indulge in German treats anytime we can. Goetta, anyone? The Hofbrauhaus is a German beer hall in Newport made to look just like its inspiration in Munich. It's the perfect place to don your lederhosen, order a schnitzel and raise a stein to good times!  

I: The Incline District

The Incline District, which has been recently revitalized with several new shops and restaurants, is one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods right now. Named for the famous Cincinnati "inclines" (a set of steep railways) that led up to this neighborhood in the late 1800s, the area is steeped in history. Meandering through the streets, you'll still find traces of days gone by in the elegant Victorian and Colonial-style homes. To experience the views and get a great meal at the same time, stop by the Incline Public House, a gastropub offering incredible food alongside sweeping views of the city.  

J: The John A. Roebling Bridge

If you've seen a picture of the Cincinnati skyline, you have likely seen the John A. Roebling Bridge. This iconic landmark spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, and was the longest in the world when it opened in 1867. It's certainly postcard-worthy!  

K: Kings Island

Kings Island is a quintessential part of every Cincinnati local's childhood, but it's also a vacation-worthy destination for people from all over the Midwest! The park is home to some of the best roller coasters in Ohio — and some have even broken world records.  

L: Restaurant L

Culinary icon Jean-Robert de Cavel dreams up the dishes at Restaurant L, an elegant, Parisian-style restaurant with a "little New York attitude and an abundance of Cincinnati charm." Reviewers often gush that a meal here is a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.  

M: Mount Carmel Brewing Company

Set in the cellar of a 1924 farmhouse, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company pioneered the craft beer scene in Cincinnati, which has since expanded to include more than 50 breweries! Stop by for a pint or growler fill with loved ones and be sure to ask about the history.  

N: Nada

If you're craving tacos and tequila, look no further than Nada! This eclectic and colorful restaurant is known for its innovative, Mexican-inspired bites, which include tacos, Mexican poutine, ancho-glazed pork shank, carnitas tamales and so much more. Nada also landed on our lists of the best brunch spots in Cincinnati and the best places to get a margarita.  

O: The Ohio River

Ohio River The Ohio River, which streams west from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest tributary of the mighty Mississippi, and also happens to form the southern border of our state. Cincinnati is perched on its banks, which means that we get to enjoy all of the views and recreational opportunities it provides.  

P: The Purple People Bridge

This stunning piece of architecture is named for its unique hue. Every Wednesday night during the summer, enjoy a weekly "Party on the Purple" with the residents of the Queen City, which features live music and refreshments.  

Q: The Queen City

It's our nickname and we're proud of it! During the first 40 years after its founding, Cincinnati experienced spectacular growth. By 1820, locals began referring to it as the Queen of the West. The name stuck and to this day, no one has dared take our crown from us!  

R: Rookwood Pottery Co.

The Rookwood Pottery Company Store is a must-visit destination in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The store has served the city for more than a century and many of the gorgeous handmade pieces inside reflect parts 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 a.m., you'll be able to embark on a free tour of the factory and studio. Sign up in advance here!  

S: Sotto

Sotto

Photo courtesy of Sotto

Ask any Cincinnati resident where to find good Italian and they will tell you to go to Sotto. This iconic restaurant is situated in a rustic, softly-lit basement with ornate chandeliers and exposed brick walls. The atmosphere is reason enough to snag a reservation here — but just wait until you try the food! The menu is filled with mouthwatering house-made pastas, interesting Italian entrées and fine wines.  

T: The Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art is a high-end art museum held within a gorgeous example of historic architecture. It's home to an extensive fine arts collection of American and European paintings as well as decorative art. It also offers a variety of activities like guided walking tours, gallery talks, live music and more!  

U: Union Terminal

Union Terminal was built during the golden age of train transportation and was one of the last grand train stations built. It is a stunning example of architecture from that age and a beloved local landmark. Now, it's home to the largest half dome structure in the western hemisphere, an OMNIMAX Theater, and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.  

V: Vine Street

Vine Street is the central vein of Cincinnati's famous Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This popular and hip neighborhood has gained national attention for its thriving culinary scene, fascinating culture and gorgeous, historical architecture. Wander along Vine Street to experience the cultural explosion for yourself. Here is a complete guide to OTR to help you explore.  

W: The Woodward Theater

Woodward

Photo courtesy of the Woodward Theater

The Woodward Theater is a rare and unique space in the world of live music. The venue was originally built in 1914 as a theater, but has been renovated and brought back to life as cultural hotspot. The space regularly hosts acts from near and far, with genres ranging from foot-stompin' bluegrass to head-bangin' rock and roll. In fact, it's one of the top 10 coolest music venues in town.  

X: X-Country Skiing

It's no secret that winters in the Midwest can be pretty cold — but the snow doesn't scare us! When the weather doesn't cooperate, we grab our snowshoes, sleds and skis and head to a nearby park for some winter fun. If you're a fan of cross-country skiing, make sure to join the Miami Valley Cross Country Ski Club, which will equip you with resources to find nearby trails and meet adventurous people like yourself. You can also head to Perfect North Slopes, just over the state border, if you want to experience a more established ski area.  

Y: Yellow Springs, Ohio

The charming town of Yellow Springs, Ohio is just over an hour away, and is the perfect day trip destination! You'll find a large selection of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, gorgeous colorful houses, fun events on almost any given weekend, and lots of opportunities for exploring the outdoors.  

Z: The Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the country. It opened its doors nearly 150 years ago in 1875, just 14 months after the first zoo opened in Philadelphia. The original animal collection was very small, including just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, a hyena, an alligator and a handful of others, but has since expanded to include more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species — one of the largest collections in America! More than 1.5 million people visit the zoo annually and we highly recommend that you try to be one of them.  

Now you know your ABCs!

July
13

The 14 Best Date Night Ideas in Akron and Canton

When the time comes to plan your next date night outing, it can sometimes be difficult to get out of your shell. After all, the traditional dinner-and-a-movie routine is so familiar — and so easy! But whether you're planning a first date or going out on the town with your sweetheart of 20 years, there are plenty of fun activities in the area that are sure to provide a good time and even better memories. We rounded up some of the best date night possibilities in the Akron and Canton area, including something for every personality, taste and budget. Have fun!  

Enjoy a Night Cap at Northside Speakeasy

Northside Speakeasy

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This Prohibition-era cocktail lounge will whisk you back to the 1920s with its swanky atmosphere and crafty creations. Conveniently located in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Akron, this speakeasy was designed with comfort in mind, offering plush seating surrounded by dark velvet curtains and hidden entrances. The cocktails are all invented and hand-mixed by a team of talented mixologists, and the menu features options like the "Joe Juice," a twist on a classic espresso martini, and the "Plumbucker," made from Bulleit Rye, house-made plum syrup, egg whites, plum bitters and fresh lemon juice. It's an ideal place to end the night (or grab a drink before dinner).  

Embark on a Canton Food Tour

Eat and drink your way through the Canton culinary landscape! The three-hour walking tour takes a small group to four Canton-based hot spots, where local chefs will hand select small plates that best represent their style. You'll end up feeling full and happy, and you'll know exactly which restaurants to reserve for your next date night out. View the calendar to see the tour schedule and snag your tickets!  

Share a Bottle of Wine at Gervasi Vineyard

Gervasi Vineyard

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Order a bottle to split at Gervasi Vineyard, one of the most scenic getaways in the Canton area. The spacious patio is a wonderful date night destination on summer evenings, featuring cornhole, live music from Tuesday through Saturday and delicious counter-service food from an outdoor kitchen. But, the inside space is just as gorgeous and a bit more cozy — a great spot for lingering over a long conversation. No wonder it made the list of best wineries near Akron and Canton! Bonus: Gervasi Vineyard offers free public winery tours on Saturdays.  

Try Your Luck in the Escape Room

Escape Room Canton

Photo courtesy of the Escape Room Downtown

Uncover clues, work through puzzles and collaborate with your date to try and escape from a local puzzle room. Whether you make it out in the time provided or not, we're sure the experience will leave you with fun memories and a few great conversation topics! We recommend venturing to the Escape Room Downtown, which features three different options for a fun night out. Why not try them all?  

Create a Masterpiece at Painting With A Twist

Painting With a Twist

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Let the creativity flow at a local paint and sip class! Painting With A Twist provides step-by-step instructions for completing a gorgeous painting, and the experience is fun for everyone — even if you don't have an artistic bone in your body. Plus, you can bring wine, beer or another favorite beverage to share! Pro tip: If you come with your date, you can split the canvases and work on different halves of the same painting. Hang them together once you're done!  

Enjoy a Meal at the Old 97 Cafe

The Old 97 Cafe is a must-visit date night destination in the Akron area. The festive pub is located in a historic building, and the patio is laden with picnic tables, ferns and twinkle lights. It definitely has a "hidden gem" feel about it, although the mouthwatering cuisine, inventive cocktails and lively atmosphere are no longer secrets. There is often live music during the evening, so if you're looking for a fun night on the town and a great meal, look no further!  

Venture into an Old-Timey Ice Cream Shop

Milk and Honey

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The Akron/Canton area is the best region in the state to settle into a cozy booth and enjoy homemade flavors in an old-timey atmosphere. In fact, many of the shops in the area have been around since the 1930s or earlier! Split a shake, a scoop or a sundae at one of these 10 local shops we love.  

Explore the Canton Arts District

Explore the Canton Arts District, which boasts more than 30 art galleries, studios and specialty shops — plus a wide range of public street artwork and five live music venues! It's a lively destination on any night of the week, and the ideal place to discover something new with a loved one. Also, don't miss out on First Fridays, monthly celebrations featuring live music, performance and visual art events, delicious bites and more.    

Marvel at the Akron Art Museum

Photo by Joe Levack/Studio Akron via the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum is the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the area and takes pride in exhibiting significant art by international, national and Midwestern artists. The work here is often eclectic, but always fascinating, and rotates frequently so that every visit here is a new adventure. Plus, the museum offers free admission and extended hours (11 am to 9 pm) on Thursdays!  

Enjoy a Show at the Canton Palace Theater

This spectacular architectural gem is guaranteed to take your date-night experience to a new level! The theater shows old and new movies on select nights including several family-friendly options during the summer months. And it's also a popular destination for celebratory get-togethers, musicals, plays and other forms of entertainment. You can find an updated list of events on the Facebook page.  

Sit at the Chef's Table at Dante Boccuzzi

Dante

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Located just on the edge of downtown Akron, Dante Boccuzzi (part of the famed Dante Dining Group) is renowned for its dazzling dishes and elegant dining space. Though there isn't a bad seat in the entire space, and the patio is nothing short of magical, we recommend sitting at the chef's table to get the full culinary experience. Here, you can watch the magic of the kitchen, interact with the chef and witness how everything comes together on the plate. Try it for your next date night!  

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is challenging if you're not experienced — but learning with a loved one can be really fun! Tie on your skates, pull on your mittens and whirl around the rink, racing to see who can complete a lap first, or simply taking time to enjoy your surroundings. Year-round you can skate indoors at OBM Arena, the Kent State Ice Arena and the Center Ice Sports Complex, or take it outside during winter months at any of these local hot spots!  

Take in the History at the Akron Civic Theatre

Akron Civic Theatre

Photo courtesy of Chuck Madden via the Akron Civic Theatre

The Akron Civic Theatre was designed by John Eberson in 1929 as one of the grand movie palaces of the roaring '20s, and even after $19 million in renovations (which were completed in 2001), the theatre hasn't lost any of its antique charm. The magnificent space exudes elegance from all corners and the interior decor is absolutely breathtaking. Book tickets at this historic venue to experience plays, concerts, musicals and more. There isn't a bad seat in the house!  

See a Film at the Midway Drive-in Theatre

Dinner and a movie is a classic date night combination, but the Midway Drive-in Theatre allows you to step the experience up a notch. There's something so romantic about seeing the latest cinematic hit in an old-timey setting! Situated just a half mile east of Kent, the Midway Drive-in is open seven days a week and shows four movies per night on two screens.  

Enjoy your date night!

July
13

The 10 Best Places to Kayak Near Cleveland, Mapped

It's no secret that Cleveland is a haven for water sports enthusiasts! Not only are we tucked along the shoreline of Lake Erie, but we are also surrounded by smaller lakes, rivers and waterfalls that make exploring an absolute treat. If you're looking to hit the water on a canoe, in a kayak or even on a stand-up paddle board, there are endless options at your fingertips. We rounded up 10 of the most beautiful and accessible paddling destinations near Cleveland, as well as several great rental options if you don't have a vessel of your own. So, pack up your swimsuit and your water shoes, and get ready for a fun day in the sun. Adventure awaits!    

Rocky River

41 North Cleveland

Photo courtesy of 41° North

The Rocky River winds through the western suburbs of Cleveland, eventually feeding into Lake Erie. A trip here will allow casual paddlers to explore the Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Reservation, marveling at the pristine water, magnificent shale cliffs and lush greenery. 41° North is the most convenient rental destination if you're planning to paddle the Rocky River, but you can also easily venture to other nearby paddling destinations. The rental shop offers high-quality sea kayaking instruction for all levels and offers a wide range of affordable ways to get in the water, including hourly rentals, 2.5-hour sunset tours, full-day outings and multi-day adventures.  

The Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail

Accessible enough for beginners but scenic enough to thrill experts, the 27-mile-long Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail is one of the area's most popular kayaking routes. It's one of just 10 waterways designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, comprised of portions of the Vermillion River, the Black River and a stretch of Lake Erie. That means you'll have the chance to try both river and open water travel along the shore!  

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

One of Ohio's most beloved natural gems, Cuyahoga Valley National Park boasts lush foliage, abundant hiking trails, and lots of opportunities for water-bound adventure along the 100-mile stretch of the Cuyahoga River. There are three different paddler access points for the river within the park, including the Boston Shore Visitor Center, Red Lock and Station Road Bridge Trailhead. The river offers more of a challenge, so beginners should venture to Cuyahoga Fall's Burning River Adventures, which offers guided tours along stretches of the river.  

Hinckley Lake

Situated within the Hinckley Reservation, this 90-acre lake is a little slice of paradise for boaters and paddle boarders alike. The mirror-like surface of the water makes it easy to traverse, and the lake is also full of fish in case you'd like to bring a rod with you! The hub for rentals in the area is the Hinckley Lake Boathouse — which provides motorized and non-motorized options for your enjoyment.  

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

Fairpoint Harbor

Photo courtesy of Lake Metroparks

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park is situated in the heart of Lake County on Lake Erie's shore, and is an easily accessible option for those wanting to try their hand at open-water kayaking on the lake. The park offers rental options including sit-on-top ocean kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, and you can also register for private lessons or sunset trips!  

The Flats: The Lake Erie Junction of the Cuyahoga River

The Flats is one of Cleveland's most culturally rich and historic neighborhoods, and it's also a fantastic spot to enjoy water sports on Lake Erie! This area is home to the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, and offers plenty of opportunities for scenic sunset kayaking. Stop into Great Lakes Watersports for your rentals, which are priced per hour!  

Put-In-Bay

Put-In-Bay is an adventurer's paradise. Not only is it one of Ohio's most popular summertime getaways, it's also a fantastic place to go camping. Since it's an island, there are naturally lots of opportunities for swimming and boating — each more picturesque than the last. Refuge Harbor, Squaw Harbor and Oak Point State Park are all fantastic places to start!  

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is considered one of the most idyllic destinations in Ohio, featuring pristine sand beaches, trees and foliage from the Huntington Reservation and stunning views of the vast lake and the distant Cleveland skyline. This spectacular paddling destination is just a half hour from downtown Cleveland, and well worth the trip! Once you're done with your Lake Erie adventure, enjoy a meal in one of the picnic structures on the beach, from which you can watch the surf and the surrounding wildlife.  

Wendy Park

Situated on the edge of downtown Cleveland, the 22-acre Wendy Park is an urban oasis and a wonderful place for lovers of nature to escape from the city for a little bit. Launch your kayak into the bay for a leisurely midday paddle, and keep your eye out for birds! The park is home to 260 recorded bird species. There are volleyball courts on the shore in case you and your companions are up for a quick game before or after kayaking.  

North Coast Harbor

North Coast Harbor is conveniently located near FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Set off from the dock for a paddling trip against a spectacular backdrop of the Cleveland skyline. Once you're done, you can relax on the green space next to the harbor and enjoy a picnic. Your best bet for rentals in the area is the Rock & Dock, which offers paddle boat, jet ski, kayak and paddleboard rentals.  

Enjoy your kayaking adventure!

July
13

Everything You Need to Know About Columbus' New Night Market

If you're a fan of perusing the local farmers market, you're going to love what's in store for you this summer! Columbus' infamous North Market will be hosting a Night Market inspired by the traditional outdoor gatherings popular throughout Europe and Asia, fostering a carnival-like atmosphere with a delicious array of food, locally made goods, bars and live music. Plus, entry is completely free! Sounds like a good way to spend a summer evening, if you ask us. Here's everything you need to know about the new Night Market. Columbus Night Market

Graphic courtesy of the North Market

The Lowdown

The markets will occur three times this summer, including July 20, August 17 and September 21. On these dates, you can expect all of the perks of the traditional North Market, but with a bit more pizazz! Meander through the colorful booths, sampling authentic, globally inspired cuisine along with fine wine, inventive cocktails and craft beer from local vendors. While you're munching, shop from independent vendors offering handmade goods including statement-making art, trendy clothes, hand-poured candles and other unique, made-in-Ohio treasures. It might be tough to leave empty-handed! Additionally Trapped Columbus will be providing interactive escape games for your entertainment, and part of the proceeds each week will go to a local cause. There's only one way out, can you find it? Since it's a family-friendly event, there will be plenty of activities for your little ones, as well. Bring the kiddos to enjoy fun games and free face painting. And make sure to wear your dancing shoes — some of Columbus' most beloved local acts will be performing.  

The Details

The event will take place at North Market (59 Spruce Street, Columbus) from 6-9 pm each night. Note that some traditional North Market merchants will also be open until 9 pm — but we recommend getting there early for the best experience. Plus, July 20 marks the grand opening of North Market's new Mini-Super, a small marketplace for everyday groceries including locally grown produce, fresh dairy and breads, and high quality meat. The Night Market will take place rain or shine, so you might want to hold off on those rain dances for the foreseeable future. Even so, if the weather doesn't cooperate the tents are all well sheltered! RSVP for the event on Facebook for updates and additional information leading up to each Night Market date.  

About North Market

North Market draws more than a million visitors every year and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Central Ohio. It serves as a community gathering place, entertainment place and trusted venue for local vendors to show off their goods. The market has been around since 1876, fueled by the loyalty of merchants, farmers and customers alike. It's one of our favorite things to do in the Columbus area because of the high quality goods and the irresistibly friendly atmosphere, and we think that the Night Market is only going to add to the charm. We hope this becomes a regular event!
July
6

The Complete Guide to Being Outdoorsy in Columbus

While we might not live in a mountainous outdoor mecca, Columbus has so much to offer when it comes to exploring the outdoors. The city is located on the confluence of two large rivers and boasts lush prairie land, awe-inspiring shale cliffs and fields of flowers ripe for exploring. Cyclists, hikers, climbers and runners alike are able to challenge themselves, and you'll likely find an abundance of kind, like-minded people on the trail! After all, this town boasts some of the most friendly people in the country. Whether you're looking to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, make friends or simply explore the area, getting outside is the best way to go. Here are some ideas to get you started. Have fun out there!  

Hiking

Hiking in Columbus When you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, your best bet is to lace up your boots and hit the trails! There are tons of trails and Metro Parks within easy driving distance from Columbus, allowing for a quick and easy outdoorsy escape. Hikes in the area traverse breathtaking ravines, rolling hills, picturesque rivers and lush foliage. We rounded up 11 of the Columbus area's most popular hikes to help you on your way.  

Running

Running in Columbus Columbus offers runners an abundance of options for getting in a little extra cardio. A nearby Metro Park would be a great place to start, but there are also some great running groups and clubs in the area that can help point you in the right direction. Plus, joining a club ensures that you will meet like-minded people during your workout! Who says running can't be a social activity? Consider joining the Rock and Roots Trail Runners, who meet every Thursday night and most weekends to run through Alum Creek Park. We also love the Columbus Roadrunners Club, which is the oldest running club in the city! For more information on running clubs, check out this helpful piece from Fitt Columbus.  

Biking

Biking in Columbus To cover longer distances and see more of our town, hop on a bike! We have several awesome bike trails around town that make it easy to get some miles in while working up a sweat.       The best bike trails in Columbus include:
  1. The Scioto Trail: This 9 mile trail running along the Scioto River through the heart of downtown Columbus offers fantastic views of the skyline.
  2. The Oletangy Trail: Enjoy 18 miles of trail running from downtown Columbus to the northern suburb of Worthington. It's incredibly scenic and also very popular among locals!
  3. The Alum Creek Trail: This gorgeous trail stretches 31 miles to the east of Columbus through scenic parks and charming neighborhoods.
  4. Darby Creek GreenwayThe Darby Creek Greenway is a 5 mile trail in the Battelle Darby Metro Park that meanders through prairies, woods and bison pastures.
Find a complete list of bike trails (and a map) at centralohiogreenways.com. If you don't have a bike of your own, make sure to check out the CoGo Bike Share program. You can purchase a day pass or an annual membership and use bikes from stations conveniently located all over the city.  

Camping

Camping Sometimes a day in the great outdoors just isn't enough, so why not make a weekend out of it? Gather friends or family, pull the sleeping bags out of the closet, and pitch your tent for a fun night under the stars. There is an abundance of incredible camping destinations around Ohio, but here are the 15 best. Have fun — and don't forget the marshmallows!  

Rock Climbing

Vertical Adventures

Photo courtesy of Vertical Adventures

Vertical Adventures To climb outside, you have to train inside! Here in Columbus, the most popular indoor climbing gym is Vertical Adventures. The routes cater to rock climbers of all ages and abilities, and include top roping and bouldering alike. Climbing here is challenging for both the mind and the body, but it's also really fun! In fact, Vertical Adventures landed on our list of the best date night ideas in Columbus.     Trek Network Sometimes it takes a group to try something new. If you're looking to learn the ropes of climbing outside, but aren't ready to go solo quite yet, reach out to the Trek Network! The local guides are experts at both indoor and outdoor climbing and can guide you on a complete outdoor climbing and rappelling adventure in Columbus' nearby rock climbing areas. Near the city, the company offers tours on the Scioto Audubon, Hocking Hills and Mad River Gorge (just an hour away).  

Kayaking

Kayaking Near Columbus One thing that we don't have a shortage of in Ohio is creeks, lakes and reservoirs! There are lots of waterways near Columbus to make your kayaking dreams come true. A few of our favorite spots to go kayaking near Columbus include:
  1. Big Darby CreekBattelle Darby Metro Park really has it all! Along with hiking, biking and running options, you will also find a scenic waterway lined with lush foliage and sunbathing turtles. There are also a few rope swings along the way in case you'd like to leave your boat and take a quick dip!
  2. The Scioto River: You are probably pretty familiar with the Scioto River already since it runs through the heart of downtown, but the river stretches beyond Columbus' city limits to provide a unique adventure for kayakers.
  3. Alum Creek State Park: Alum Creek's calm waters make it the perfect destination for a peaceful kayak or canoe ride, but it's a great place for swimming as well! Cool off here on a hot summer day.
If you're going to hit the river, you're going to need a good outfitter! Check out Olentangy Paddle or Trapper John's Canoe Livery — they will get you set up with everything you need for your trip.  

Skiing

Skiing in Ohio Winter in Ohio is fairly cold — but that just means there are more opportunities to play in the snow! When the weather gets chilly, make your way to one of Ohio's ski areas to get a few laps in. Both Snow Trails and Mad River Mountain are within easy reach of Columbus, and they both offer full-day lift tickets for around $50 or less. Snow Trails opened its slopes in 1961, making it Ohio's first fully operational ski area. It is also the tallest ski area in the state, boasting 300 feet of vertical drop, 80 acres of skiable terrain and 15 different trails. Mad River Mountain, while not quite as large as Snow Trails, is a better option for experienced skiers. The mountain offers a large chunk of black diamond ski trails and four different terrain parks!  

Fitness Classes

Fitness Classes in Columbus Looking to get in shape in a fun, social setting? Try one of our city's many fitness classes! From CrossFit boxes to yoga studios and everything in between, there is a class here for every personality. During the summer months, many of these classes meet outside as well! Check out this guide to the 19 best fitness classes in Columbus.  

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits

If you're looking to join a community of like-minded adventurers, look no further than Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. Founded in 1937 to promote a greater understanding of the outdoors and world travel, the group provides outdoor recreation to the public and organizes fun outdoor trips for anyone who wants to come along. They are most known for their cycling tours, but they also provide opportunities for backpacking, boating, camping, bicycling, hiking, rock climbing, running and winter activities. Information on joining the group can be found here and a family membership for the entire year is just $50!  

Enjoy your outdoor adventure!

July
6

The 10 Most Picturesque Waterfalls Near Cleveland, Mapped

TLC once sang "don't go chasing waterfalls," but they must not have lived in Cleveland. In this gem of a city, we are lucky to be surrounded by abundant natural beauty, including a number of sparkling waterfalls within easy reach. If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few moments, chasing waterfalls might be just what the doctor ordered. We rounded up 10 incredible waterfall hikes (or leisurely walks) in the area, so grab your camera, your loved ones, your favorite picnic lunch, and explore one of these local treasures!    

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is among the most popular attractions in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and there's no mystery as to why. The spectacular falls cascade 65 feet into a lush gorge surrounded by natural moss and colorful foliage. The boardwalk allows you to view the waterfall from an elevated platform — and you can also take stairs down to the gorge to explore the sandstone below. There are two ways to get there. You can either start at the Brandywine Gorge Trailhead and hike the easy 1.5 miles to the platform, or extend the hike by parking at Stanford House and walk 3.8 miles to your destination. The longer hike takes you past gorgeous vistas, colorful wildflowers and serene forests, so you will hardly notice the additional distance. The falls are a wonderful place to spend a hot summer afternoon, but for your safety, the National Park Service asks that visitors refrain from climbing the rocks or jumping the fences.  

Mill Creek Falls

Standing 48 feet in the air, Mill Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. The falls are tucked away in the Garfield Park Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, and the picturesque surroundings make for a gorgeous hike during any season. Hike just over a mile and a half from the trailhead in Garfield Park to reach Mill Creek Falls. Once you're there, you can take in the majesty from one of two different observation decks!  

Great Falls of Tinker's Creek

There are so many metroparks in the Cleveland area, it can be tough to decide which one to visit first. But here's one reason that Viaduct Park deserves your attention — the Great Falls at Tinker's Creek are nothing short of picturesque, surrounded by charming woodlands and gorgeous cliffs. It's the perfect destination for a romantic picnic, or for simply enjoying some peace and quiet.  

Blue Hen Falls

Blue Hen Falls

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Visit one of the prettiest destinations in Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Spring Creek drops fifteen feet over smooth Berea sandstone to a layer of Bedford shale below — and when the sun is sparkling through the trees just right, it's a photographer's dream! The hike to get there is not strenuous. Walk a half mile on the Blue Hen Falls Trail from the trailhead at 2001 Boston Mills Road, crossing Spring Creek via an old wooden bridge, until you reach your destination.  

Buttermilk Falls

If you'd like to see two waterfalls in one day, we recommend linking Blue Hen Falls and Buttermilk Falls. These two idyllic destinations are located within easy reach of each other — in fact, you can hike between them! Take the hike up to Blue Hen Falls using the instructions listed above, and then trek an additional 1.2 miles down to Buttermilk Falls. The hike is a bit steep (and sometimes slippery) so make sure to wear hardy footwear! But the reward at the end is definitely worth it. Splash around in the falls to cool off before returning to the Blue Hen trailhead.  

Paine Falls Park

Photo courtesy of Lake Metroparks

If you're looking for minimum hiking with maximum views, Paine Falls Park is your spot. Conveniently located along I-90, the small metropark features restrooms, grills, a picnic area, picturesque bridges and a stunning, two-tiered waterfall. It's the perfect rest stop on a trip, but also a wonderful destination for a peaceful afternoon.  

Bridal Veil Falls

Named for the veil-like effect the water makes when flowing over small pieces of sandstone, Bridal Veil Falls measures 30 feet tall in the heart of Walton Hills, Ohio. You can reach the falls easily from the Buckeye Trailhead! Walk just a quarter mile down to the perfect viewing platform. The area is spectacular with or without water, but we recommend visiting after a heavy rain to ensure that the falls are flowing.  

Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls

Photo courtesy of Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls (the namesake of the small town they reside in) are unique in that they are located smack dab in the center of an urban area. The falls are perfect for an afternoon picnic, fishing or even a quick dip! In fact, they made our list of the best swimming holes near Cleveland. Walk down the stairs from the street to access all of it!  

East Falls and West Falls at Cascade Park

Visit two falls in one trip by heading to the aptly named Cascade Park in Elyria, Ohio. Flanking the Black River, the 135-acre park is filled with lush greenery, wildlife and several pedestrian trails for exploring. The West Falls (the taller of the two), stand at 35 feet and shadow a 50-foot cave that allows you to view the cascade from the other side — a fun adventure on warm weather days. The East Falls are slightly smaller but definitely worth the visit! The water tumbles over impressive rock formations and sandstone to crash into the basin below. While you're here, look out for the remains of an old mill on the banks of the Black River!  

Lanterman's Falls

Lanterman's Mill dates back to 1845, and is recognized as one of Mahoning County's most historic landmarks — and one of its most picturesque! The mill overlooks Lanterman's Falls, which makes for a great photo from the outside. But don't leave without venturing in — the mill still offers stone-ground flours and gifts to the public, and is staffed by knowledgeable people who can inform you about the history of the area!  

Enjoy your waterfall adventure!

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