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September
27

The 11 Best Columbus Sports Bars to Cheer on the Buckeyes

Football season is officially underway! If anyone knows how to experience football season to the fullest, it's Ohio State fans. While there's nothing quite like seeing the game in front of your eyes at the Shoe, there's something exciting about cheering on the Buckeyes during away games with fellow fans — and plenty of beer and bar bites to go around. From suburban sports bars to lively pubs nestled in the heart of the city, there are so many places to watch the game. Be a part of the excitement and camaraderie by cheering on the Buckeyes at these exceptional sports bars in Columbus.  

King Avenue Five

Location: 945 King Avenue Located just south of the Ohio State campus, King Avenue Five is a popular destination for lunch, dinner or drinks, including 10 beers on tap. The setup is designed for the ultimate sports experience, including six HDTV projection screens and 22 high-def flat screens around the bar!  

Old Skool

Location: 2941 North High Street It's always a party at Old Skool, a vibrant bar just north of the University District. The industrial interior features plenty of high-res TVs and garage doors opening to a covered outdoor patio. All season long, enjoy drink specials, including $3 drafts and $2 sliders on Saturdays and $4 Great Lakes Brewing Company Pils and $2 sliders on Sundays.  

Olivers

Location: 26 North High Street Olivers Columbus, OH

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Nestled in the heart of downtown, Olivers is a hip industrial eatery with an exceptional menu and a full bar. This central hotspot is known for their live blues shows every Friday and Saturday night and weekday happy hour from 3–7 p.m. With its full bar and delicious pub grub, Olivers is a great place to be during Buckeyes games.  

Eddie George's Grille 27

Location: 775 Yard Street This modern restaurant was founded by the Heisman Trophy-winning Ohio State football star Eddie George, so it is naturally an exceptional place to watch the Buckeyes. The award-winning menu and beverage program completes the experience at this hotspot not far from the South Campus Gateway.  

Three-Legged Mare

Location: 401 North Front Street #150 This Irish-American tavern always has something going on — including live music, darts, pub trivia, rugby, soccer and just about any sporting event. With over 15 televisions and two giant projection screens, you won't miss a single play of the Buckeyes game at Three-Legged Mare!  

Short North Pint House

Location: 780 North High Street Short North Pint House Columbus, OH

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This trendy and vibrant pint house is situated in the heart of the action in the Short North Arts District. The modern industrial interior (with an open roof!) provides the ideal environment for a relaxed brunch or an exciting Buckeyes game. Short North Pint House offers tasty bar bites and an impressive selection of craft beers.  

Coaches Bar & Grill

Location: 1480 Bethel Road Coaches is the place to be during any major sporting event, especially Buckeyes games. This neighborhood hotspot has over 50 TVs, good pub food and a spacious patio. Coaches offers a number of specials throughout the week, including $4 long islands, $5 craft beers, $3 Fireball shots and more.  

Out-R-Inn

Location: 20 Frambes Avenue Out-R-Inn is undeniably one of the most beloved bars for Ohio State fans. In fact, this mainstay has been voted one of the college bars in the country for its pre-game festivities and abundance of drink specials. The distinguishing factor of Out-R-Inn is its unbeatable atmosphere and energy, which keeps patrons (and alumni!) coming back again and again. When the weather is nice, relax on the spacious outdoor patio with picnic tables, TVs and cornhole, or retreat inside to play pool and darts when the weather cools. During big games in the fall and winter, the patio will often be open and equipped with space heaters.    

Varsity Club

Location: 278 West Lane Avenue Varsity Club Columbus, OH

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Located just steps from the Horseshoe, the Varsity Club is a staple for Ohio State fans. This old school pub dates back to 1959 and still offers one of the best game day atmospheres for fans, plus one of the largest tailgate parties in the city. The cozy, wood-clad interior is accompanied by a large outdoor space in the back, where all the tailgating fun takes place!  

Chumley's

Location: 1516 North High Street Chumley's is another popular destination for Ohio State students for its proximity to campus, abundance of drink specials and lively atmosphere. This relatively new addition to the local sports bar scene has plenty of room to roam and large high-res TV screens in every direction. On game day, Chumley's will typically open early in the morning (sometimes as early as 7 a.m.!) for the ultimate pre-game experience.  

The Little Bar

Location: 2195 North High Street The Little Bar is another favorite amongst Ohio State students, but on game day, you'll find a mix of all ages. As can be implied from the name, the inside of The Little Bar is pretty small, but there is a spacious outdoor area with a giant projector playing the game. Plus, you'll find 16 flat-screen TVs throughout The Little Bar, which means you won't miss a play! Don't miss Tiny Gate, considered one of the best tailgate parties in the city.  

Go Buckeyes!

Where are you watching the big game? We'd love to know your favorite local sports bar! Let us know in the comments below.
September
26

11 Cozy Homes for Sale in Canton + Akron Perfect for Fall

Fall is a particularly magical time of the year. It is filled with brilliant fall foliage, cooler temperatures, cloudy days, bonfires and endless autumn festivities. Not to mention, fall is an excellent time to buy a home! This idyllic season is made all the better with a cozy home to retreat to. Canton and Akron are filled with plenty of homes equipped for fall and winter, boasting hygge-worthy details like fireplaces, warm and neutral tones, wood detailing, protected sunrooms, and other cozy elements.  

Extravagant Colonial With Five Fireplaces

5 Bedrooms | 3 Full Bathrooms (2 Partial) | 5,101 Square Feet 1767 Muirfield Avenue Northwest, Canton 1767 Muirfield Avenue Northwest, Canton

This home is for sale at 1767 Muirfield Avenue Northwest, Canton | Listed by Stephanie Marinos

This stately Colonial is perfectly equipped for fall and winter with its warm tones, brick details, wood cabinetry and trim, five gas fireplaces, and various cozy nooks. This exceptional custom-built home is situated on a secluded cul-de-sac on almost an acre, complete with a lush garden oasis with paved patios, ponds and waterfalls.  

Spectacular Ranch in Monticello

3 Bedrooms | 4 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 6,046 Square Feet 1327 Alexandria Southeast, Canton 1327 Alexandria Southeast, Canton

This home is for sale at 1327 Alexandria Southeast, Canton | Listed by Beth Miller

This stunning ranch in Monticello is filled with the finest details and finishes, including custom cabinetry, ceramic tile flooring, custom lighting and much more. Enter the spectacular foyer to encounter a lovely formal dining room and a spacious great room, which opens to a sunroom. This home feels cozy and warm, yet it is complemented by an abundance of natural light and bright elements throughout.  

Furnished Condo in Akron

3 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 3,904 Square Feet 696 Hampton Ridge Drive, Akron 696 Hampton Ridge Drive, Akron

This home is for sale at 696 Hampton Ridge Drive, Akron | Listed by Julie Cantley

This one-of-a-kind condo in Akron is filled with comfort and quality. The enormous great room acts as the focal point of the condo, featuring soaring ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace. Another notable space is the cozy master bathroom with a walk-in shower surrounded by granite flooring and countertops. This property was furnished by a professional designer and is being sold fully furnished with high-end furniture, decor, fixtures and appliances.  

Spacious Glenmoor Home With Two-Story Great Room

4 Bedrooms | 4 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 4,042 Square Feet 3904 Woodleigh Avenue Northwest, Canton 3904 Woodleigh Avenue Northwest, Canton

This home is for sale at 3904 Woodleigh Avenue Northwest, Canton | Listed by Sandy Guiley

This spacious home in Glenmoor offers extensive updates and open-concept living. The two-story great room is a central gathering place, complete with large windows and a fireplace. A cozy sunroom overlooks the private backyard with a fire pit and new landscaping. This home pairs classic vintage details with luxurious modern amenities, including a sauna nestled in the finished basement.  

Avondale Home With Gorgeous Built-Ins

4 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 3,892 Square Feet 3704 Parkhill Circle Northwest, Canton 3704 Parkhill Circle Northwest, Canton

This home is for sale at 3704 Parkhill Circle Northwest, Canton | Listed by Mary-Margaret Evans

This updated home in Avondale is filled with character, quality and style. The dramatic foyer with a curved staircase leads to elegant formal living and dining rooms. The finished lower level boasts a recreation/media room, a fantastic bar with seating, and a game room. Warm tones, cherry cabinetry, fireplaces and wood built-ins make this the perfect cozy retreat during the fall and winter!  

Picturesque Colonial With Endless Updates

4 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms (2 Partial) | 2,749 Square Feet 3057 Cloverhurst Street Northeast, Canton 3057 Cloverhurst Street Northeast, Canton

This home is for sale at 3057 Cloverhurst Street Northeast, Canton | Listed by Zelda Ensign

This gorgeous Colonial is nestled in the blossoming new construction enclave of Saratoga Hills. It boasts a myriad of stylish accoutrements and updates throughout, including new flooring, custom paintwork, shiplap accent walls, custom built-ins and much more. Opening to the beautiful kitchen, the cozy living space is the perfect place to gather and relax around the fire.  

Charming Tudor With Extra-Cozy Family Room

4 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 2,596 Square Feet 2838 Midvale Road Northwest, Canton 2838 Midvale Road Northwest, Canton

This home is for sale at 2838 Midvale Road Northwest, Canton | Listed by Polly Lorenzo

This adorable brick Tudor is filled with character and upgrades. It boasts original hardwood flooring, crown molding, French doors and beautiful woodwork throughout. One of the coziest spaces is the family room with a brick fireplace, a wood ceiling with exposed beams, and French doors leading to an expansive covered patio.  

Cape Cod in Avondale With Vintage Details

5 Bedrooms | 3 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 3,852 Square Feet 2945 Croydon Drive Northwest, Canton 2945 Croydon Drive Northwest, Canton

This home is for sale at 2945 Croydon Drive Northwest, Canton | Listed by Julie Kaszyca

This stunning Cape Cod home in Avondale exudes charm and elegance, from the large family room with a wood-burning fireplace to the unique kitchen with custom cabinetry. The beautiful hardwoods, vintage details, light-filled sunroom and carpeting make this an idyllic retreat all year long.  

Akron Home With Unique Fireplace

3 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 1,622 Square Feet 1384 Mill Run Drive, Akron 1384 Mill Run Drive, Akron

This home is for sale at 1384 Mill Run Drive, Akron | Listed by Tammy Grogan

This meticulously kept home in Mill Run Estates is beautiful from both the curb and interior. The grand foyer with soaring ceilings leads to the open concept great room featuring a gas fireplace with a unique faux stone and brick design. This home seamlessly merges comfort and elegance.  

Split-Level Home With Three-Season Retreat

3 Bedrooms | 3 Full Bathrooms (1 Partial) | 2,400 Square Feet 3042 Chaucer Drive Northeast, Canton 3042 Chaucer Drive Northeast, Canton

This home is for sale at 3042 Chaucer Drive Northeast, Canton | Listed by Tammy Grogan

This well-maintained split-level home in Sherwood Village is situated on a large lot with a decorative pond in the backyard. Relax and unwind in the three-season room rain or shine, or retreat to the downstairs living room with a large white-washed brick gas fireplace and hearth.  

Ranch in Akron With Picturesque Sunroom

3 Bedrooms | 2 Full Bathrooms | 2,295 Square Feet 4567 Ridgedale Drive, Akron 4567 Ridgedale Drive, Akron

This home is for sale at 4567 Ridgedale Drive, Akron | Listed by Theresa Allen

This ranch-style home in Akron is just a few miles from the Portage Lakes. It boasts an open floor plan with a vaulted ceiling on the main floor, a kitchen with newer stainless appliances, and new windows. The sunroom, complete with new carpet, windows and French doors, is the perfect place to relax during the fall and winter.  

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September
19

What To Do in Cleveland, Ohio | The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary

Cleveland is a fantastic city worth exploring — whether you're a visitor just passing through or you've lived in the region for decades. In fact, many Ohioans have yet to experience all that this vibrant city has to offer! Take a look at our weekend itinerary for Cleveland, offering a general overview of some highlights of the city. Here are some of the best things to do in Cleveland if you only have a couple of days to see it all!

DAY ONE

Start With Coffee

Any good day starts with a cup of coffee and a pastry. Cleveland has no shortage of local coffee shops, like duck-rabbit coffee in Tremont. This vibrant cafe roasts its own coffee in-house and offers a simple menu of tried-and-true options, ranging from pour overs to lattes, and cold brew to turmeric and ginger tea. Starting your day at this particular shop means you're not far from the rest of the activities on the morning's itinerary!  

Must-Visit Attraction

A Christmas Story House Cleveland, OH While you're in Tremont, you cannot pass up a visit to the Christmas Story house. Opt for a quick photo op outside the house, which includes the iconic leg lamp in the window, or linger a bit longer to explore the museum across the street. The museum features original props, costumes and various memorabilia from the film, in addition to hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. This legendary house and its accompanying museum are open year-round seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Eat Lunch

Make your way to the nearby Ohio City neighborhood, filled with endless things to do and see. For a list of other ideas during your visit, take a look at the many things to do in Ohio City — from theaters to churches and ice cream shops to restaurants. Some of our favorite lunch spots in Ohio City include The Flying Fig, Bakersfield, Town Hall and Crop Bistro.  

Explore Ohio City

Ohio City Cleveland, OH Linger in Ohio City a bit longer (and work off the food you just devoured) and explore West Side Market, Cleveland's oldest public market, which is home to 100 vendors offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices and nuts. Continue to wander throughout this trendy neighborhood, popping in and out of shops, like Room Service, Wild Cactus Boutique and XHIBITION. Top off your visit with a sweet treat at Mitchell's Ice Cream, considered the best ice cream shop in Cleveland. The Mitchell's flagship is located in a former theater in the heart of Ohio City, which is where all of the production is done!  

Visit a Brewery

This area has no shortage of breweries either, including the renowned Great Lakes Brewing Company, which has a brewpub and a seven-barrel brewhouse situated side-by-side. Other nearby favorites include Market Garden Brewery and Hansa Brewery. Venture out of the area to visit Noble Beast or Masthead Brewing Co., or fit in several breweries by hopping on board the Cleveland Brew Bus, which makes stops at some of the city's best breweries, including Platform, Terrestrial and Forest City Brewery.  

Grab Dinner

Salt+ Cleveland, OH

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If you can't get enough of Ohio City, you may consider visiting SOHO Chicken + Whiskey for a delicious and hearty Southern dinner focused on — you guessed it — chicken and whiskey! Otherwise, some of the best dinner spots in the city include Il Rione Pizzeria, Edwins, Gigi's on Fairmount, Red, the Steakhouse, Salt+, and The Greenhouse Tavern. If you're looking for a particularly fancy option, you might want to make a reservation at one of the most romantic restaurants in Cleveland!  

See a Concert or Show

Top off your eventful day with a show at one of the best venues in the city. Check out the line-up for upcoming shows at any of the many music venues in Cleveland, such as The Beachland Ballroom in Waterloo, the Grog Shop in Coventry, or the famous Agora Ballroom. If theater is more your scene, take a look at the schedules for Playhouse Square, considered one of the nation's largest theater districts, boasting nine venues attracting acts of all sizes and styles. More affordable venues include the Cleveland Public Theatre in Gordon Square and Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights.  

DAY TWO

Start With Coffee

Pour Cleveland

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Try out another exceptional coffee shop to kick off day two, this time sticking closer to the heart of downtown. Pour Cleveland is a bright and modern multi-roaster pour over and espresso bar with a simple menu and a focus on crafting exceptional coffee. Ask about the current pour over or opt for a latte or hot cocoa.  

Must-Visit Attraction

Considered one of the most renowned attractions in the region, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a must-visit for both visitors and locals alike. This beautiful modern museum nestled along the shore of Lake Erie showcases some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and musical figures throughout history. Explore six levels of exhibits spanning decades of rock and roll history seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays until 9 p.m.  

Go to the Beach

 
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While you're near the water, make a point to visit Edgewater Park, a massive park along the shore of Lake Erie. This 147-acre park features 9,000 feet of shoreline, dog and swim beaches, boat ramps, a fishing pier, picnic area and grills, and a rentable pavilion. The Edgewater Beach House is a modern lakefront eatery with a great selection of beer and delicious food.  

Eat Lunch

Speaking of dining along the lake, there are plenty of waterfront restaurants in Cleveland to choose from! Alley Cat Oyster Bar is an excellent oyster bar along the Cuyahoga River in the Flats East Bank entertainment district. Mainstays include oysters, mussels, clams, lobster, fresh fish, chicken, steak, chowders, soups and salads. Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar is a modern Mexican eatery situated along Lake Erie serving an array of Mexican fare complemented by a robust tequila menu. The lush patios both upstairs and down offer beautiful lake views and cozy fire pits. Coastal Taco Bar + Chill is a casual and vibrant Mexican eatery nestled along the river next door to Punch Bowl Social. Coastal Taco offers an incredible selection of tacos, chips and guacamole, and unbeatable margaritas.  

Explore Downtown Cleveland

Things to Do in Downtown Cleveland The downtown area of Cleveland has experienced a renaissance in recent years, ultimately making it one of America's hottest cities in 2016. From gorgeous historic structures to shiny modern skyscrapers, the city is teeming with excitement and history. The Cleveland Museum of Art was ranked the second best museum in America by Business Insider in 2016 — and it's easy to see why. The mission statement of this award-winning museum is to create "transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people forever." That also means admission is free to all! Admire an impressive work of art in the form of architecture at The Arcade, America's first indoor shopping center established in 1890. Today, this stunning building is home to the Hyatt Regency Cleveland, boutique shops, various services, a food court and fine dining destinations. Take a stroll through the new Public Square, a beautifully landscaped two-block central plaza in the heart of the city. The square was part of the original town plat overseen by Moses Cleaveland in 1796 and now acts as an integral part of the city's landscape. The three tallest buildings in Cleveland all face the square, including Key Tower, 200 Public Square and the Terminal Tower.  

Visit the Cultural Gardens

If time allows, escape the busyness of downtown with a visit to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park just outside the city. The lush grounds host more than 30 gardens, all designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups, representing the diversity and multiculturalism of the city. The gardens are often driven through rather than explored by foot and admission is free!  

Grab Dinner

Butcher and the Brewer Cleveland, OH

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The renowned East Fourth block is home to some of the most exceptional eateries in the city. In fact, one celebrity chef (and James Beard Award-winner!) runs two restaurants in this adorable pedestrian-only alleyway adorned with string lights. Michael Symon runs Lola Bistro, a sleek New American eatery, and Mabel's BBQ, a swanky, industrial-chic BBQ joint with a wide selection of bourbons. Also, don't miss Butcher and the Brewer for delicious brews and a wide array of seasonal and local bites.  

Find a Speakeasy

Top off the ultimate Cleveland weekend with a visit to one of the most secretive (and not-so-secretive) watering holes in the city. Visit the Prohibition-era Speakeasy in Cleveland Heights, Society Lounge on East Fourth, or Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, each of which offer an exclusive and sophisticated feel, serving up some of the best creative concoctions in the city.  

Happy Exploring!

Which hotspots would you add to the itinerary? Let us know in the comments below!
September
19

20 Essential Fall Events + Festivals in the Cincinnati Area

The leaves, they are a-changin'! That means fall is in full swing in Cincinnati — a city that sure knows how to celebrate the season to the fullest. There are several festive events taking place throughout the region in the final days of September and throughout the month of October focused on everything from beer to pumpkins, and everything in between! Take a look at the many exciting fall events in Cincinnati to maximize this glorious pumpkin-filled season.  

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

September 21–23 Location: Downtown Cincinnati (Second and Third Streets between Walnut and Elm)
 
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Held in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America's largest Oktoberfest celebration. This annual festival highlights the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio in addition to samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to attract more than 575,000 people each year! One of the best parts? Admission to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is completely free. Take a look at the event schedule to plan your visit to this exciting community tradition.  

Oktoberfest Newport

September 28–30 Location: Riverboat Row, Newport, KY The Oktoberfest celebrations continue across the river at Riverboat Row in Newport. Oktoberfest Newport is held in a large festival tent sponsored by various breweries serving German-style beer. Enjoy continuous live entertainment and of course, German food, music and beer at this free festival. Plus, don't miss the fireworks show after the Reds game!  

Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island

September 29–October 28 (Saturdays and Sundays) Location: Kings Island, Mason On Saturdays and Sundays through the month of October, head to Kings Island for an action-packed pumpkin celebration. The Great Pumpkin Fest is all treats and no tricks when it comes to family-friendly fun, including live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating, and much more. Visit Lucy's Witch's Kitchen, pet Snoopy's Barnyard Friends or converse with The Great Pumpkin himself. Purchase tickets in advance for the festivities at Kings Island!  

Jack O'Lantern Junction

September 29–October 31 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester Township The EnterTRAINment Junction in the West Chester Township is packed with fun all month long leading up to Halloween. Jack O'Lantern Junction offers endless fun for all ages, featuring a kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, an animated display, and the area's only indoor pumpkin patch, where kids get a free mini pumpkin. This is the perfect rainy day activity for fall!  

OCTOBER EVENTS:

HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo

October 6–7, 13–14, 20–21 + 27–28 Location: Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Each weekend throughout the month of October, take a walk on the wild side with the zoo's special HallZOOween event. Activities include trick-or-treating, special animal encounters, a Hogwarts Express train ride, a Scare-ousel, and much more! There is no additional charge beyond zoo admission to attend this event. Help the zoo go green by bringing your own treat bag.  

Fright Night Flicks at Washington Park

October 3, 10, 17 + 24 Location: Washington Park, Cincinnati Fright Night Flicks is a weekly series in October featuring a free Halloween movie screening each Wednesday at Washington Park. The movie starts at 8 p.m., but arrive early to grab a good spot on the grass and a drink from the bar. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket to complete the experience! Fright Night Flicks 2018 Schedule: October 3: Hocus Pocus October 10: E.T. October 17: Ghost Busters October 24: Nightmare Before Christmas  

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

October 5–7 Location: Donauschwaben Park, Cincinnati The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is hosted by the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of German language and culture. The society's authentic Oktoberfest is held at Donauschwaben Park in the Colerain Township, where you'll find over 25 beers on tap, live entertainment, homemade food and a car show on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under!  

Sunflower Festival

October 6–7 Location: Gorman Heritage Farm, Evendale Make a trip to Gormon Heritage Farm in Evendale for the Sunflower Festival, a two-day celebration of all things related to the beautiful sunflower. Enjoy fall fun for all ages, including farm animals, food trucks, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkins, live music, pick-your-own sunflowers, a sunflower maze, and much more. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, and free for members and kids under 3.  

Fall-O-Ween at Coney Island

October 6–7, October 13–14 + October 20–21 Location: Coney Island Amusement Park, Cincinnati Halloween Events in Cincinnati, OH Coney Island Amusement Park throws the ultimate fall party each year, featuring rides, shows, pumpkin throws, hayrides, trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, s'mores and so much more. Don't miss Fall-O-Ween on the first three weekends of October. General admission is $12 for ages 2 and up and includes access to a number of experiences — but there are additional activities available, costing $4 each.  

Halloween Nights at Parky's Farm

October 11–28 (Thursdays–Sundays) Location: Parky's Farm, Cincinnati Bring your little ones to Parky's Farm for a not-so-scary nighttime Halloween party on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 11–28. Fall activities at the farm include hay wagon rides, an inflatable obstacle course, a campfire, a bounce house, a "hardly haunted" castle, magic and juggling shows, pony rides, and much more! Tickets are available at the gate for $8 per person or in advance for $7 per person. Admission for children under 2 is free.  

Bluestone Ivory Halloween Dance Party at Moonlite Gardens

October 12 Location: Coney Island Amusement Park, Cincinnati For over 20 years, Moonlite Gardens has been a summertime tradition for Coney Island. The party is continuing well past summer at the Bluestone Ivory Halloween Dance Party! Gates open at 7 p.m. and Bluestone Ivory takes the stage at 8 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance and only $5 if you wear a costume! There will be drawings for prizes, themed mixed drinks, and various snacks and drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. This is a party you don't want to miss.  

Operation Pumpkin in Hamilton

October 12–14 Location: Downtown Hamilton Make a trip to downtown Hamilton for this exciting annual tradition! Operation Pumpkin is a three-day festival featuring live music, a zip line, crafts, and lots of food and drinks. Popular events include the Lil' Miss Punkin beauty pageant on Saturday and the Pet Parade on Sunday with a costume contest for various dog size categories.  

The Great Pumpkin Fest

October 13 Location: Keehner Park, West Chester
 
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This free family-friendly festival at Keehner Park in West Chester features endless fun and entertainment, including a puppet show and the Primrose School costume contest for ages 0–12. Plus, guests can enjoy a not-so-scary haunted trail, a petting zoo, a pony carousel, horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting — all at no cost! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  

College Hill Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival

October 13 Location: Town Hall Park, Cincinnati The College Hill community hosts an exciting pumpkin patch and fall festival each year, featuring lots of fall activities and games, live music, storytelling, food trucks and vendors, pony rides, and much more. Plus, the festival is followed by a family movie night to top off the festivities! This event is completely free to attend and some activities cost extra.  

Trunk 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres

October 20 Location: Beech Acres Park, Cincinnati The Anderson Parks District invites you to one of the community's favorite annual events, the Truck 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres. Enjoy a classic car show, music, games, prizes and lots of candy distributed from the trunks of classic cars decorated for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged for children participating in "trunk 'r treat" and $5 tickets can be purchased at the event.  

Zombie Ball: The 4th Annual Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill

October 20 Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, Hamilton Head to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton for the Zombie Ball! Dress as your favorite undead character, such as a zombie, vampire or mummy, and enjoy an evening filled with DJ music, a haunted hayride, a zombie photo booth and much more. Tickets to the Zombie Ball start at $30 per person or $50 for a couple, and includes access to the horror-themed buffet and an open bar of beer and wine from 7–9 p.m. and a cash bar from 9–11 p.m.  

Weber Family Pumpkin Festival

October 20–21 Location: Weber's Farm Market, Harrison Fall Events in Cincinnati, OH Since its inception as the Minges Pumpkin Festival in 1984, this annual event now held at Weber's Farm Market in Harrison has evolved into a massive celebration of autumn and all its glory. The Weber Family Pumpkin Festival features live music, more than 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, live demonstrations, and many activities for kids. The event showcases many elements of the farm and encourages visitors to develop a deep connection with both agriculture and their community. Admission is $5 and free for kids 12 and under.  

Fall Food Fest

October 21 Location: Findlay Market, Cincinnati Savor the rich flavors of fall at the Fall Food Fest at Findlay Market in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. This annual event features pumpkin painting, cooking demos, a children's scavenger hunt, live music, craft cocktails and seasonal beers, merchant specials, and more. Admission to the Fall Food Fest is free.  

Fall Fest Weekend

October 27–28 Location: Washington Park, Cincinnati Head to Washington Park for a weekend filled with fall family fun just before Halloween! Fall Fest Weekend offers a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages, plus a pumpkin patch, kid's activities, and a variety of local vendors selling crafts and homemade items, baked goods and much more. The festival is from 12–6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  

Village Bazaar + Dog Costume Paw-Rade

October 28 Location: Mainstrasse Village Association, Covington, KY On the Fourth Sunday of each month, from April through October, MainStrasse Village hosts an outdoor marketplace offering everything from antiques and vintage items to crafts and handmade products. The October bazaar is accompanied by a dog costume paw-rade with prizes given for three categories: best theme costume, best store-bought costume and best original costume. The parade will be enhanced by local beer and drinks, live music, vendors, a photo booth and much more!  

Happy Fall!

How are you celebrating this idyllic season? Let us know in the comments below!
September
12

The Best Columbus Area Brunch Spots That Should Be On Your List

Nothing soothes the soul quite like brunch. This half-breakfast, half-lunch feast allows you to enjoy perfectly poached eggs, avocado toast, savory hashes, mimosas and more — all at the lazy hour of 11 a.m. (or later). Plus, it's the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and loved ones! We are surrounded by a number of top-notch restaurants in the Columbus area, so when the weekend comes around, there is no shortage of options! We rounded up 11 brunch destinations that should be on your Columbus bucket list. So dig in, because in our opinion, brunch is the most important meal of the week.  

Copious

Facebook | 520 South High Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In case the name didn't give it away already, you can expect large portions at this Brewery District staple! Copious serves up dishes to feed the soul as well as the body — with options like hearty chicken and waffles with Fresno chili maple syrup, steak and eggs with béarnaise sauce, and hash with short rib, peppers and veggies. Get your dish with a side of white cheddar grits — you won't regret it.  

The Guild House

Facebook | Instagram | 624 North High Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. If atmosphere is high on your priority list when selecting a brunch place, you won't want to overlook The Guild House. With wooden beams, colorful chandeliers, high ceilings and white leather booths, the space is nothing short of breathtaking. Of course, the food is the real star of the show. Come dig into flavorful brunch classics crafted with seasonal ingredients and served up with an inventive twist. If you're looking to indulge a bit, the lobster and eggs is spot on!  

Katalina's

Facebook | Instagram | 1105 Pennsylvania Avenue, Columbus Brunch hours: Daily | 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Situated in Columbus' Short North neighborhood, Katalina's serves up inventive comfort food in colorful digs. The menu is "Latin-leaning and Southern-slanted," and each dish comes packed with flavor! Everything is fantastic, but make sure to grab an order of pancake balls to share with the table — they're worth the hype.  

Lindey's

Facebook | Instagram | 169 East Beck Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lindey's isn't just a favorite among Columbus residents, it's an institution. The iconic restaurant has served the German Village neighborhood for decades and features an idyllic patio alongside an epic menu. For brunch, you can taste dishes like crab cakes and hash browns topped with a fried egg and hollandaise, or the lemon ricotta pancakes with Ohio maple syrup.  

Milestone 229

Facebook | 229 Civic Center Drive, Columbus Brunch hours: Sunday | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a flavorful brunch (and maybe a mimosa or two) while overlooking the fountain on the Scioto Mile. There's a reason that Milestone 229 snagged a spot on our list of Columbus' best restaurant patios, but there isn't a bad seat in the house. The brunch menu features mouthwatering options like breakfast nachos, beef brisket hash, bacon and egg pizza, and blueberry pound cake French toast.  

Nada

Facebook | Instagram | 220 West Nationwide Boulevard Brunch hours: Weekends | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Tacos for breakfast? Why not? Nada serves up authentic Mexican street food in a bright, colorful and vibrant space. Stepping into the restaurant for brunch on the weekend is a wonderful way to start the day. Once you're settled at a table, you can order a sparkling breakfast cocktail and peruse the menu — featuring Mexican poutine, chorizo and egg enchiladas, scrumptious eggs Benedict and an impressive selection of street tacos!  

Standard Hall

Facebook | Instagram | 1100 North High Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Bloody Mary aficionados shouldn't miss the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar at Standard Hall — the offerings are nothing short of epic! Pick your alcohol of choice and spice it up with your desired mix of traditional, spicy or signature tomatillo, a selection of house-blended rims, and a delicious spread of toppings. If you try hard enough, you might be able to make a meal of it! Of course, if your brunch bevvy doesn't fill you up, there are plenty of delicious menu offerings to satisfy a wide range of taste buds.  

Skillet

Facebook | 410 Whittier Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Wednesday-Sunday | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This brunch-centric eatery serves up seasonal, farm-to-table comfort food with inventive twists. The menu is ingredient-driven, which means that it changes from time to time to incorporate the best in-season flavors, but you'll always find a varied selection of pastries, egg dishes, grits, biscuits and hashes that will satisfy the soul.  

The Table

Facebook | Instagram | 21 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Step into this cozy yet modern space to enjoy some of the best, locally sourced fare in the 614! The Table offers a wide variety of globally inspired dishes, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. We are particularly fond of the shakshuka, a North African-style dish with poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce with charred veggies, feta, black olives and pita. And the Dutch Baby — a gigantic, fluffy, egg-based pancake dish — shouldn't be overlooked either!  

The Whitney House

Facebook | Instagram | 666 High Street, Worthington Brunch hours: Weekends | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The boozy breakfast cereals at The Whitney House are reason enough to make the short trek to Worthington for brunch. Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp and Cocoa Puffs are all served alongside milk and a careful selection of complementary liqueurs that take your meal to the next level. Order one of these as an appetizer and explore the rest of the menu offerings, which include rustic and soul-warming dishes crafted from fresh and local ingredients.  

Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Facebook | Instagram | 215 North 4th Street, Columbus Brunch hours: Weekends | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wolf's Ridge Brewing made our list of the best breweries in Columbus, but flavorful craft beer isn't the only thing this place does right. The brunch menu, featuring items like confetti doughnuts, beef tartare, poutine, tartines and Benedicts, is on point as well. We are fans of the Toad in the Hole, which boasts eggs from Copia Farm, Applewood smoked bacon, fingerling potatoes, stout cheese sauce and brioche. It's perfection — and it pairs very well with a beermosa!  

Enjoy your meal!

What are your favorite brunch spots in the Columbus area? Share your recommendations with us in the comments below.
September
12

The 13 Best Pumpkin Patches, Apple Orchards and Corn Mazes to Visit Near Cleveland, Mapped

This post was updated on August 20, 2019, to reflect current information. 

Fall is officially here! Though we had a tough time bidding summer farewell, we are thrilled at the prospect of a new season filled with vibrant colors, warm apple cider and plenty of pumpkins. Visiting a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard is a beloved tradition here in Ohio, as it allows us to soak up some autumn sunshine, take a hayride and gather some amazing fall bounty. Whether you're looking to gather some apples for making pie, pick-your-own pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or simply wanting to enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun, these local orchards and patches should provide you with some incredible fall memories. Enjoy!    

Bauman Orchards

161 Rittman Avenue, Rittman Bauman Orchards

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If you make the hour-long journey to Bauman Orchards in Rittman, you will be treated to more than 40,000 apple trees and 18 different varieties (10 available to pick yourself). Visitors can pick their own apples from September 1 through October 13, and afterwards, are invited to enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider (and maybe a few baked goods) in the market. Looking for a pumpkin, gourd or squash for eating or decorating? You can find those in the market as well. Tip: Don't miss the Fall Festival on September 21, September 28 and October 5! There will be pick-your-own apples as well as live music, pony rides, a hay maze, homemade caramel apples, a petting zoo and more.  

Beriswill's Farm Market and Corn Maze

2200 Station Road, Valley City Since 1955, the family at Beriswill Farms has grown and raised a wide range of agricultural products including corn, soybeans, vegetables, pumpkins and cattle. During the fall months, you can come get lost in the giant corn maze and pick the perfect pumpkin to carve!  

Brasee's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

18421 State Route 58, Wellington A day full of family fun awaits you at Brasee's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. The farm is open this fall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 15 to October 29, where you can get lost in the eight-acre maze, explore the petting zoo, enjoy a cup of cider and pick the perfect pumpkin to carve at home.  

Derthick's Corn Maze

5182 Twinsburg Warren Road, Mantua Derthick's Corn Maze is a favorite amongst northeast Ohio families for a number of reasons — the gigantic and ornate maze, the cow train, the two 300-foot ziplines, and the pick-your-own pumpkin patch are just a few of those reasons! Come see what all of the fuss is about starting opening day (September 14) and on weekends through the end of October.  

Hillcrest Orchards

50336 Telegraph Road, Amherst Cleveland Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches Hillcrest Orchards strives to grow the highest quality apples, the largest pumpkins, the juiciest peaches and the happiest family memories. On weekends during the fall, you will be treated to a fun wagon ride out to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch, as well as sage picking advice to help you harvest the cream of the crop. Make sure to check the 2018 ripening calendar before planning your visit.  

Mapleside Farms

294 Pearl Road, Brunswick Mapleside Farms is nothing short of idyllic. The orchard is set on rolling hills and includes more than 4,000 apple trees with 17 different varieties of apples. For this reason, it's a popular destination for stocking up on fruit, but the venue also hosts concerts and other fun community events year-round. It's a great destination for building new seasonal traditions — watching the fall sunsets, enjoying hayrides or digging into a freshly baked apple pie!  

Miller's Apple Hill, Ltd.

50549 Telegraph Road, Amherst   This family-owned market is a favorite year-round, but especially during the fall months. Starting in September, bring the family and pick-your-own-apples in the scenic orchards. After you have picked your fill, peruse the market for fresh pastries, baking supplies and more. The Apple Pickin' Spree on September 29 offers free admission, wagon rides, great food, crafts and pick-your-own apples. Pumpkin Land (set up throughout the fall) includes fun photo opportunities and a large play area for the kiddos.  

Monroe's Orchard and Farm Market

6313 Pioneer Trail, Hiram Monroe's

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Monroe's Orchard is a must-visit location for families looking for a fun day out in the sun. You'll find fresh fruits year-round, but it would be a shame to miss the sight of the bountiful apple orchards and the pick-your-own pumpkins during the fall months. The Apple Harvest Festival begins on the last Saturday of September, and is also when the pumpkins are available!  

Patterson Fruit Farm

11414 Caves Road, Chesterland The team at Patterson Fruit Farm enjoys providing food for their local community and sharing the farming experience with families who stop by for a day of adventuring! During apple season (August through early winter), the farm invites you to take a wagon ride and pick-your-own apples from more than 30 varieties grown on site. And if you're looking for a true dose of seasonal fun (and maybe a pumpkin or two), Fun Fest runs from September 15 through October 28. The festival boasts a full lineup of family-friendly activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, giant haystacks, a corn maze, pumpkin painting and more!  

Pick 'N' Save Orchard

1222 Ledge Road, Medina Most of the customers at Pick 'n' Save Orchard are regulars that return year after year. This is likely due to the unparalleled hospitality and family-friendly environment that has become a tradition here. The farm is a wonderful destination for fruit picking year-round (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my), but the apples are the main event. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays to see for yourself!    

Red Wagon Farm

16081 East River Road, Columbia Station Red Wagon Farm is known for its incredible selection of local produce, which (depending on the season) includes pick-your-own strawberries, peaches, sweet corn, tomatoes and more. During the fall months, don't miss the pumpkin festival, which runs on weekends from September 22 to October 28 this year. Activities include wagon rides, a corn maze, face painting, delicious food, and a selection of seasonal homegrown produce in the market — including pumpkins, of course.  

Rittman Orchards & Farm Market

13548 Mount Eaton Road, Doylestown Rittman Orchards has a reputation for being one of the most fun (and most scenic) destinations in the fall! The market (open year-round) offers a wide variety of baked goods and fresh produce, but fruit-picking is the real draw of this location. Strawberries, peaches, apples and more are all available for you to grab straight from the source. View the apple chart to see what's ripe.  

Sage's Apples  

11355 Chardon Road, Chardon Sage's Apples | Cleveland Apple Orchard

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Sage's Apples is celebrating its 151st anniversary this year and it's no surprise why it has been so successful for so long! The farm grows more than 50 varieties of apples and sells a wide range of fresh produce in its market year-round. While you aren't actually able to pick-your-own apples at this location, the market offers several delicious varieties that you won't be able to find anywhere else, as well as a spectacular selection of melons, berries, peppers, corn and other local fruits and vegetables. It's certainly worth a visit!  

Enjoy the fall season!

Do you have a favorite spot you frequent this time of year? Share them with us in the comments!
September
6

The Best Neighborhoods and Suburbs of Akron, Ohio

Akron is one of Ohio's largest cities and industrial centers, resting at the highest point of the Ohio and Erie Canal just 40 miles south of Cleveland. The town is nicknamed the "Rubber Capital of the World," but there is much more to this gorgeous city than high-quality tires. It's a wonderful place to live, work and go to school, featuring an abundance of restaurant patios, farmers markets and brunch destinations. Plus, the cost of living is very affordable and there are so many free ways to stay entertained within the city limits. Perhaps that's why nearly 200,000 people choose to call it home! There is really no wrong choice when considering where to live in Akron, but here are nine of the best local neighborhoods and suburbs — each showcasing different personalities, cultural attractions and recreational opportunities. Welcome home!  

Cuyahoga Falls

Cuyahoga Falls is located just a few miles north of Akron — and with a population of nearly 50,000, it has a vibrant community of its own! The name stems from its position along the Cuyahoga River, as well as its proximity to Ohio's magnificent Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The town has a diverse selection of housing options, gorgeous green spaces, a charming downtown area and friendly people — plus easy access to the outdoors! Residents of Cuyahoga Falls have plenty to do in town. On any given day, they have the chance to catch a show at Blossom Music Center, peruse the shops in historic downtown, or grab a bit at the iconic Blue Door Cafe and Bakery. Search homes for sale in Cuyahoga Falls.  

Stow

Just a bit further up the road from Cuyahoga Falls lies Stow, a smaller suburb with beautiful homes and ample park areas. This charming community is primarily residential, but locals have easy access to the larger city attractions of Akron to the south or Cleveland to the north. People who choose to live here enjoy a friendly community atmosphere, picturesque roads, more than 410 acres of community park land, and access to the paved Summit County Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail (which runs directly through town). Additionally, golf enthusiasts will find solace at Fox Den Golf Course and Roses Run Country Club, each boasting award-winning 18-hole courses. Search homes for sale in Stow.  

Goodyear Heights

If the name Goodyear sounds familiar, it might be because you are familiar with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which earned Akron the title of "Rubber Capital of the World." The company is headquartered in the area and is actually responsible for the creation of the neighborhood. In the early 1900s, the company's founder Frank A. Seiberling noticed a huge housing shortage in the area and wanted to provide an easier commute for his employees. He chose a large, rural plot of land just northeast of Goodyear's main plant and hired his personal landscape architect to spearhead the project of creating a new neighborhood — which still stands! Today, Goodyear Heights is a charming, primarily residential community with mostly single-family homes. For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Goodyear Heights Metro Park provides a recreational oasis for residents. Search homes for sale in Goodyear Heights.  

Portage Lakes

Situated just south of Akron, Portage Lakes is a popular (and incredibly beautiful) place to call home. The suburb surrounds Portage Lakes State Park, a 411-acre haven offering a wide variety of outdoor recreational experiences, including boating, swimming and fishing. There's no better place to be during the summer, but the town is wonderful year-round, boasting a small population of less than 10,000 and a fantastic sense of community. Some say it's the best kept secret in Northeast Ohio! Search homes for sale in Portage Lakes.  

Highland Square

Highland Square has a reputation of being one of Akron's most eclectic neighborhoods, but in the best way possible! The neighborhood houses a library, The Mustard Seed Market and Café, the Highland Square Theatre, an abundance of delicious restaurants, and even some local nightclubs and bars. There is something for everyone here, which is why people from all walks of life (artists, musicians, young professionals, families and retirees) choose to call it home! The Highland Square Neighborhood Association strives to maintain the diverse character of the neighborhood, to keep the parks and residential streets looking pristine, and to promote the annual PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival, which is definitely worth marking on your calendar. Search homes for sale in Highland Square.  

Merriman Valley

Merriman Valley (which contains Merriman Woods and Merriman Heights) is known as one of Akron's wealthiest neighborhoods, situated near several country clubs and showcasing gorgeous homes built between 1911 and the present. If you want a prime example of the area's stunning architecture, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a good place to start.  This castle-like residence served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder Frank A. Seiberling and still stands as a popular landmark and tourist attraction today. Though the area definitely pays homage to its history, it is still just as pristine as the day the first home was built! Other attributes of Merriman Valley include its proximity to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its top-notch public schools. Search homes for sale in Merriman Valley.  

Fairlawn Heights

Fairlawn Heights boasts an impressive variety of 20th century architecture — gorgeous and ornate homes with well-kept wooded lots nestled along a hillside. The real estate alone makes it a picturesque place to live, but it also showcases the area's natural beauty with ancient oak trees, beeches, elms, rocky ledges, valleys, sloping lawns and gently winding roadways to enjoy it all. We don't think you'll ever get sick of the views! Search homes for sale in Fairlawn Heights.  

Wallhaven

Wallhaven is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy being in the thick of it all! It's home to some of Akron's most popular gathering spots, including the original location for Swensons Drive-In (one of Cleveland's best burger joints), Nervous Dog Coffee Bar (an iconic morning destination),and Ken Stewart's Grille, where locals come for an upscale dining experience. The neighborhood surrounds the intersections of Market Street, Exchange Street and Hawkins Avenue, and truly has a little bit of everything. Residents are able to walk to local businesses and there are tons of different types of housing, including several historic castle-like homes and a few "hobbit houses," which make their street look like it was pulled straight from The Shire. You can read more about those here! Search homes for sale in Wallhaven.  

Bath Township

You might recognize the name of Bath Township because of the fame of one of its residents, LeBron James! The basketball legend calls this town home, and visitors and locals alike try to catch glimpses of his gorgeous home whenever they can. Even if you're not a LeBron James fan (or you're feeling betrayed over his decision to sign with The Lakers), there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Bath Township. Residents can get a dose of history at Hale Farm and Village, enjoy outdoor recreation opportunities in the Bath Nature Preserve, enjoy a delicious treat at The Bake Shop in Ghent, or enjoy a nice meal at Lanning's. Search homes for sale in Bath Township.  

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September
4

18 Crazy World Records Held by Ohio Locals

When it comes to world records, some are certainly quirkier than others. For instance, you might not even think to try and break a record for the largest yo-yo. And the race is always on to snag the title of fastest pitcher or heaviest lifter. Here in Ohio, we are proud to claim some world records on both ends of the spectrum. What can we say? We're overachievers. Here are some of the craziest world records held by Ohioans from Cincinnati to Cleveland and everywhere in between. Do you think you have what it takes to claim a new Guinness title?  

The Largest Game of Catch

On July 9, 2015, 1,057 people gathered in Cincinnati and played the largest game of catch in history! The gathering was made even more epic by members of the Cincinnati Reds. It was organized as part of MLB's commitment to making baseball and softball more accessible for underserved young people, so signing up was completely free and all participants received a tee shirt, a baseball and snacks.  

The First Giga Roller Coaster

If you read our piece on the 10 coolest roller coasters in Ohio, you already know about the crazy thrills our local theme parks have to offer. The Millennium Force in Cedar Point was the world's first giga coaster, classified as a coaster with a complete circuit and a height of somewhere between 300 and 399 feet at its highest point. And aside from that claim to fame, it's also one of the fastest coasters in the world, reaching 93 miles per hour. Are you up for it?  

The Largest Linked 5K Race Ever

Running is tough enough already — can you imagine completing a 5K race with your arms linked? On May 20, 2017, 190 people came together to run and raise awareness for Aruna, a non-profit dedicated to freeing women from the sex trafficking industry in India.  

The Fastest Baseball Pitch

World's Fastest Baseball Pitch It's no secret that Aroldis Chapman, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, is a legend on the field. He is known to be the hardest pitcher in the sport, with an average throw of nearly 100 mph. He also officially holds the record for the fastest pitch at 105.1 miles per hour! We wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that one. Go Reds!  

The Largest Yo-Yo

The largest yo-yo in existence, weighing in at 4,620 pounds and measuring 11 feet across, was created by Beth Johnson on September 15, 2012 in Cincinnati. You might be imagining it as a sedentary sculpture, but the yo-yo was actually functional! It plunged 120 feet on a rope attached to a 68-ton crane before rebounding.  

The Most Consecutive Haircuts by a Team in 24 Hours

In September 2010, a 10 person team at Pump Salon at Rookwood Commons worked around the clock to complete 618 haircuts in a 24-hour period. To put that into perspective, that is 2.5 haircuts per stylist per hour without breaks. All of the haircuts given were completely free, but donations were spread out amongst six different local charities.  

The Most People Making S'mores Simultaneously

Ohio World Records This is one record we would have loved to be present for! On October 21, 2017, 566 people gathered in Toledo's Blue Creek Metropark to achieve sweet victory. They snagged the record for the most people making s'mores simultaneously — yum.  

The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Penguins

Youngstown State University decided to attempt a world record title for their 50th Anniversary! People were called to don penguin costumes and gather in a central location. 972 people ended up accepting the invite, resulting in the largest human penguin colony on record!  

The Most Tenpin Bowling Strikes in One Hour

Ohio World Records If we find ourselves competing in a bowling tournament anytime soon, we know who we would want on our team. Adam Barta scored 191 tenpin bowling strikes at Holiday Bowl in Struthers on November 12, 2016. To put that in perspective, that is 3.2 strikes per minute!  

The Longest Hula Hoop Session

Aaron Hibbs, a Columbus resident, completed nearly 75 hours of unceasing hula hooping in October 2009. He had help from nearly 100 people!  

The Farthest Distance Wakeboarding in 24 Hours

We love water sports as much as the next person, but we don't think we would sign up to wakeboard for 24 hours non-stop. A team of 10 brave souls were up to the challenge, though, and completed a circuit of 509.2 miles in June 2010 by wakeboarding laps around the Wake Nation Cincinnati facility.  

The Largest Collection of Trolls

Troll Hole Museum

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The largest collection of trolls belongs to Sherry Groom, who showcases her work at the Troll Hole Museum in Alliance. The museum boasts more than 20,000 troll items and nearly 3,000 troll dolls alone. It is certainly a sight to behold!  

The Longest Career as a Weather Forecaster

Imagine loving your job so much that you were able to stay there for more than 50 years! The longest career as a weather forecaster is 51 years and 6 days, and was achieved by Cleveland's Dick Goddard in September 2016. He spent nearly all of his career at WJW Channel 8.  

Heaviest Bench Press

The heaviest bench press in a single lift was achieved by Blaine Sumner on March 5, 2016 at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus. He lifted a whopping 401.5 kilograms, which is more than 885 pounds!  

The Heaviest Watermelon

Ohio World Records We hope that Christopher Kent hosted a giant backyard barbecue after snagging this world record! He was able to grow a watermelon weighing 350.5 pounds and showcased his victory at the 2013 Operation Pumpkin Festival in Hamilton.  

The Most Participants in a Duct Tape Fashion Show

340 fashionistas strutted their stuff on the runway at the 11th Annual Duck Tape Festival in Avon in 2014. The theme of the festival was "out of this world," which inspired most of the duct tape creations.  

The Smallest Police Dog

She may have been little, but she was fierce! Midge passed her Ohio Certification as a Narcotics Dog in November of 2006, measuring just 11 inches tall. She is the smallest police dog on record!  

The Largest Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of our absolute favorite fall traditions, so this giant dessert is a dream come true. The largest pumpkin pie on record was created by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin growers in September 2010. The pie had a diameter of 20 feet and the crust was made of 440 sheets of pie dough!  

Think you can do better?

If you were going to try and break a record on this list, which would it be? Let us know in the comments!

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