Photo courtesy of the Akron ZooJoin the Akron Zoo for a breakfast buffet, crafts, activities, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt full of fun prizes. This event will be held over three weekends in April and you can get your tickets here. Don't forget to bring your own camera and basket! Where: Roses Run Country Club, Stow When: April 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to have brunch with the Easter Bunny! Visit the Roses Run Country Club and enjoy a brunch buffet, plenty of bunny photo opportunities and an egg hunt on the green. All of the proceeds from this event will provide funding for Riverview PTA to help sponsor educational and social programs for the students. You can get your tickets here. Where: Quail Hollow Park, Hartville When: April 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate spring and Easter with a festive egg hunt at Quail Hollow Park. Explore the Nature Center, meet live animals and make a craft after hunting for eggs around the beautiful grounds! This event is free and open to all ages. You can register here. Where: Little Van Gogh Art Studio When: April 13, 1-2 p.m. Head over to the Little Van Gogh Art Studio and paint plastic eggs! You and your child will be able to let your imagination run wild as you decorate your egg using anything from glitter to feathers. This fun experience costs $12 and children of all ages are welcome to attend. Where: The Winery at Wolf Creek, Barberton When: April 14, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Who says Easter egg hunts are just for kids? At this adult-only event, you'll be able to search for eggs filled with candy, toys and prizes all around the winery grounds. This hunt is a BYOB (bring your own basket) festivity and the pre-registration of $20 includes a glass of wine and a donut to fuel your search! Where: Fred Fuller Park, Kent When: April 19, 9 p.m. Grab your flashlight and a bag and visit Fred Fuller Park in Kent for a fun-filled adult-only event. Search for eggs, prizes and candy in the dark, and get the chance to find winning eggs with over $5,000 in prizes, including big screen TVs, bikes, kayaks, a drone, cash and more! Click here to get your ticket. Where: Lock 3, Akron When: April 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Head over to Lock 3 and have breakfast with the Easter Bunny before spending the morning hunting for eggs. This delicious breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. After you eat, collect Easter eggs and get a photo with the bunny himself! Where: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron When: April 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall & GardensBring the entire family out to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens for one of Akron's most popular Easter traditions! Children nine and under can participate in the famed egg hunt while the whole family is invited to spend the day visiting with the Easter Bunny and enjoying a beautiful spring day on the estate. Make sure to purchase your ticket before you go, as this event sells out quickly. Where: Fred Fuller Park, Kent When: April 20, 12:45 p.m. At this free family-friendly event, children nine and under will be able to hunt for over 5,000 eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. Some eggs will contain numbers and can be redeemed for prizes, but don't forget your basket! Where: City of Green Central Administration Building, Uniontown When: April 20, 1p.m. Residents in and around Green are welcome to visit the City of Green Central Administration building for an egg hunt the day before Easter! Ages infant through 10-years old are welcome to participate and families are encouraged to spend the spring afternoon enjoying the beautiful grounds. Make sure to bring your basket and register online before you go! Where: Buchtel Commons, Akron When: April 20, 5-8 p.m. Join the Fallen Fathers Foundation at their Inaugural Save Our Community Easter Talent Show. Watch incredible performing and visual arts from Akron area youth, grades kindergarten through 12th grade. This brand new event will be hosted by Crisis, featuring music from iLL WiLL and a surprise celebrity guest! Where: Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown When: April 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kick off your Easter celebration by enjoying a delicious brunch at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Akron! This brunch will include scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pastries, an omelet station and much more. You can make your reservation by calling (234) 231-7717.
Photo courtesy of Heinen's Grocery StoreThis artistic building that is settled on the southeast corner of Cleveland's most prominent downtown intersection began with a competition. In 1903, the Cleveland Trust Company merged with the Western Reserve Trust Company and the combined company launched a competition to see who would design a new headquarters. The winner was George Browne Post, a renowned architect who had previously designed the home of the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this glorious building is home to a Heinen's Grocery Store where you can have a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. 127 Public Square The Key Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Ohio and one of the most recognizable symbols of Cleveland. It was originally built as the Society Center and was the headquarters for the Society Corporation. The building reaches 57 stories or 947 feet to the top of its spire. If you can convince security to let you visit the top floors, you're in for a breathtaking view of Northeast Ohio. 325 Superior Avenue
Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Public LibraryThe Cleveland Public Library is definitely a stunning building, but it also houses one of the largest collections in the United States — nearly ten million items. Designed by the prominent architectural firm of Walker & Weeks in 1925 with the addition of the Stokes Wing in 1997, the library's two buildings on Superior Avenue command an entire city block. 91 Public Square First Presbyterian Church, or the Old Stone Church, is located on the northwest quadrant of Cleveland's Public Square. Built in 1853, it is one of Cleveland's most famous religious buildings and has become a symbol of the city's birth and development. 848 Public Square Terminal Tower is a 52-story skyscraper located on Public Square downtown. It was built during the skyscraper boom of the 1930s and was the second-tallest building in the world when it was completed. While it was booted out of that spot in 1964, it remains the second-tallest building in Ohio. While you can't go to the top of the Key Tower, you can head up to the observation deck of the Terminal Tower. On a clear day, you can see up to 30 beautiful miles of Northeast Ohio. 2230 Euclid Avenue The Trinity Episcopal Cathedral stands across the street from Cleveland State University and was designed by architect Charles F. Schweinfurth. The gothic cathedral was completed in 1907 and added the Trinity Commons program and office space in 2002. You can make a reservation to tour this awe-inspiring structure here. 1979 West 25th Street West Side Market is Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market, originally opened in 1912 after outgrowing several other marketplace spaces. The gorgeous structure we know and love today was designed by the architectural firm, Hubbell and Benes and cost about $680,000 to complete. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of all different cultures that sell the finest meats and vegetables, fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheeses and even fresh flowers. 11038 Bellflower Road Tinkham Veale University Center is a stunning, modern building at Case Western Reserve University. Designed by renowned architects Perkins+Will in 2014, this university center serves as a meeting place for students, housing plenty of dining facilities, meeting rooms and offices for student organizations. It looks like something out of a futuristic movie and is definitely worth the drive by, or maybe a fly by, so you can catch a view of the incredible grass-lined roof.
Photo courtesy of Blue Oven BakeryBlue Oven is a bakery located on a small family farm on the banks of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. Using their homegrown ingredients, they craft breads and other specialty goods, baked in a wood-fired blue stone oven. Market Wines owner Michael Maxwell has been hooked on wine since he was in college, working part-time at a liquor store. Fourteen years later, his shop is one of the most popular stops in Findlay Market with over 500 wines and an assortment of beer from all over the world. Stop by on a Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for their weekly wine tasting! J.E. Gibbs Cheese and Sausage opened at Findlay Market in 1922 as a butter and egg stand. Today, while they still sell butter and eggs, they are also known for their lunchmeat, cheese, sausage, natural peanut butter, Amish jams, handmade noodles and dozens of flavors of fudge. This fifth generation business is a must-try in the market that will have you coming back again and again. This cheese shop focuses on the best domestic artisan cheese they can get their hands on. Here, you can expect to find retail cheese along with all of the accompaniments to create the perfect cheese board. The Rhined even offers a regularly rotating selection of cheese flights that you can enjoy in the shop! Silverglade's has been a Findlay Market staple since 1922, providing fresh bread, olives, pickles and an amazing selection of cheese to Cincinnati locals. And, don't miss their massive selection of incredible deli meats, coffee beans, handmade pasta, condiments and candies. The Cincinnati Enquirer has named the Silverglade family one of the most significant contributors to the Cincinnati food scene and you can experience their legacy at their Findlay Market location or at one of their shops throughout the city. If you're looking for a stunning floral arrangement to give to a loved one, as the perfect wedding bouquet or just want something to spruce up your dining room — you've come to the right place. The Budding Florist designs gorgeous floral arrangements fit for any occasion. Follow them on Instagram for your daily dose of flowers! Todd's Run Nursery is the perfect place to begin your gardening journey. They offer bedding, herbs, an abundance of blooming plants and anything else you may need when starting your home garden. While you're at the market, be sure to pick up some fresh fish or shrimp at Luken's Poultry, Fish & Seafood! Owner Mike Luken has been at Findlay Market since he was in high school, working part-time at Trefzger's Fih and Poultry stand. He went on to purchase that business and turn it into the incredible seafood destination it is today. Tim and Barb Heist or the proud owners of Heist Fish & Poultry, a business that dates back to 1880. Their shipments of fresh seafood arrive daily and they offer a wide variety of specialty products like alligator, frog legs, crawfish, squid, pheasant and quail along with normal seafood and poultry staples. Even if you aren't in the market for fresh seafood, you should still stop by the store to experience the history of this nearly 140-year-old business. When Findlay Market opened for business in 1855, Eckerlin Meats was there. Today, owner Bob Lillis is the fourth generation to run the business and is continuing the legacy his great-grandfather created over a century ago. They offer high-quality meats that are shipped all over the United States, but it's their goetta that is the real star of the show, with 300-500 pounds of the mixture of pork, beef, oatmeal, onions and spices sold every week. Grassroots Farm & Foods raises cattle, sheep, hogs and chickens on 400 acres of certified organic pasture in Hillsboro, Ohio. Their animals are never confined, living outdoors their entire lives. They offer 100% grass-fed beef and lamb; pastured pork, chicken and eggs; along with prepared foods made in small batches like Bolognese sauce, pork ragout, beef barbacoa and more! Mackie's owner, Phil Leurck doesn't know why the business came so naturally to him, having started working at the stand part-time in 1996 and quickly moving up the ranks. He purchased the stand in 1999, and today, he continues to provide high-quality meats at great prices to Findlay Market shoppers. When you visit, definitely try to pick up some of their filet mignon, which is always tasty and available at an unbelievable price.
Photo courtesy of Erin Glass, Corporation for Findlay Market via Findlay MarketThroughout the year, the outdoor farmers' market at Findlay Market is a great place to spend your weekend! The vendors are always changing and providing locally produced goods, crafts and foods. Click here for a list of the current vendors. It all started when Carolyn and Bryan Madison set up a folding table of local produce from their Adams County farm in 1996. Today, they're located indoors at the Findlay Market and continue to provide regulars with the best in organic and local produce. Carriage House Farm is a registered Ohio Century Farm located in historic North Bend, Ohio. At their stand, you'll find the freshest produce, herbs, grains and honey. If you're interested in tasting their products prepared by a gourmet chef, they'll be hosting nearly two dozen dinners over the course of three seasons this year — get your tickets here! This Asian grocery store is the oldest of its kind in the Cincinnati area, providing everything you need to create authentic Asian dishes from the comfort of home. The shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with a thousand different products from Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan and the Philippines along with other parts of the world like West Africa and Mexico. This famous grocery destination should definitely be on your Findlay Market itinerary. There's probably no one in Cincinnati that knows more about spices than the Colonel. Whether you're looking for a unique spice, a hard-to-find sugar, or a pre-made rub — chances are it is in one of their many jars. After a full day of shopping at Findlay Market, you'll have to stop and refuel at one of the incredible restaurants in the area. Whether you're in the mood for a light snack or a massive spread, there are several delicious spots where you can fill up.
Photo courtesy of Erin Glass, Corporation for Findlay Market via Social OTRSocial OTR is more than just a restaurant. Not only do they offer delicious dishes like Reserve Run Steak, Rabbit Agnolotti and Duck Confit, their kitchen is also fully staffed by students in the CityLink Center's Findlay Culinary Training Program! Feel good knowing that while you're enjoying an incredible meal, you're supporting the industry's future culinary pioneers. In 2000, Jean-Francios Flechet moved from Belgium to Cincinnati to work on his Ph.D. and began frequenting Findlay Market. After spending years perfecting a recipe that replicated the taste of the waffles he ate as a child in Belgium, he decided to test his waffles at Madison's at the market, which were an instant sensation. Today, you can try one of his famed waffles at his market stand along with tasty beer pizza, crepes, and quiches. This French café is a little bit of Paris located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. They serve bistro-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that change with the seasons, using only the freshest local ingredients. Don't miss the divine French-style pastries and culinary confections available for dessert!
Photo courtesy of Dojo GelatoDojo Gelato is committed to creating the best gelato and coffee around. They don't cut corners, creating their gelato from scratch daily and they don't use artificial flavorings, colorings or powdered milk mixes. If you're looking for enough gelato for a crowd, you can order custom five-liter pans of gelatos, even though they take a week to create — we promise they're worth it! This upbeat Vietnamese joint is the perfect spot to chow down after a long day of shopping. Enjoy their delicious bowls of pho and banh mi sandwiches while relaxing in their urban dining room. Don't forget their popular Lang Thang coffee, roasted and brewed to create Vietnamese iced coffee (which is worth an entire visit all on its own!).
Photo courtesy of Eat, Purr, Love Cat CaféIn July 2018, after Eat, Purr, Love founder Chrissy Kuras moved out of state, Columbus Humane took ownership of the café. Since then, they've continued adopting out cats at an extremely high rate — 92 in just the months of August-December 2018. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution even named them as one of the 14 best cat cafés in the United States. While some things have changed after the acquisition (they now offer pour-over coffee!), many things remain the same, such as their mission to "Fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being." And, according to the café manager Emma Walsh, they "will still act as a space that brings together our love of adoptable cats, coffee and the community." The café is a fantastic place to relax with a good book, play a board game or just sit and watch cats roam. They offer freshly-brewed, locally-roasted coffee, as well as other drink options like tea and hot cocoa. You can purchase prepackaged, 100% vegan bakery items provided by Pattycake Bakery or you're welcome to bring your own snacks with you. They even hold fun cat-themed events at the café throughout the month, including Yogatos, which is a unique yoga session with cats; Kids & Kitties, a fun cat-themed storytime for children and their parents; and Purrs and Palettes, where you paint a fun picture with a cat by your side.
Photo courtesy of Eat, Purr, Love Cat CaféIf you'd like to pay a visit to Eat, Purr, Love, they recommend that you make a reservation. While walk-ins are always welcome when space allows, making a reservation will ensure that you get some good quality kitty-time. You should also remember to get to the café at least 10 minutes early to review the "house rules", sign a waiver and order any refreshments that you'd like. You'll also be asked to pay a $10/hour cover charge and a $5/hour cover charge for children five and under. This charge goes to help the café provide a cozy environment and unique experience for cat lovers while also sustaining a comfortable home for homeless cats until they are adopted.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Watson via Eat, Purr, Love Cat CaféOnly 12 visitors are allowed in the cat lounge at a time, but you can make a private reservation for up to 15 people by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They are open Wednesday-Sunday, giving the felines their much-needed catnaps on Monday and Tuesday. You can find their complete hours here. Wondering how you can help? Follow Eat, Purr, Love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and if you'd like to volunteer with Columbus Humane, you can learn more here. "Every time you make a reservation, book a party, attend an event, or purchase coffee or some awesome retail item, you are supporting all of the animals in our community," said Walsh.
Photo courtesy of The Lockview.You'll never run out of things to do, see or eat in Downtown Akron. This area is perfect for those who love city life with a small town atmosphere. Downtown is a hub for artists, poets, authors and foodies, so you'll feel at home no matter what your passion is. This metropolitan area is also home to some of the best restaurants around. From casual eats to upscale dining, you'll find delicious food and great ambiance when you choose to dine downtown. Grab comfort food at The Lockview or pizza at the famous Luigi's — whatever you choose we promise you're in for a treat. Neighborhood highlights: The Akron Zoo, Akron Art Museum, Canal Park and Lock 3.
Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Public LibraryThousands of visitors come to Cleveland each year, just to marvel at the exquisite buildings. In fact, our distinctive architecture was featured on Fodor's list of reasons to visit Cleveland, and for a good reason. Our city is full of history, gargoyles, Corinthian columns and, of course, beautiful homes. If you haven't yet, be sure to pay a visit to the Arcade, the Cleveland Trust rotunda and the Cleveland Public Library for a little taste of the stunning landmarks from around the area.
Photo courtesy of the City of DublinIn Dublin, OH, Irish isn't just a culture, it's an attitude. That's why the area was named one of the top 10 places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Orbitz and U.S. Travel. Don't miss this famous parade that will include marching bands, bagpipers, giant inflatables, leprechauns and so much more! Where: Arena District When: March 16, 12-9 p.m. During the 2019 St. Patrick's Day weekend, join over 4,000 crawlers in the largest pub crawl in Ohio! Attendees will receive a t-shirt, beverage koozie, exclusive food and drink specials, free cover charges and so much more. Where: Broad Street When: March 17, 12:15 p.m. Don't miss the extravagant floats, marchers and balloons on display at the Shamrock Club's 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Run by the largest Irish organization in Central Ohio, this Irish-spirit fueled event is always a good time. Where: The Three-Legged Mare When: March 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join local Celtic rock and roll band, Discarded Mischief in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Three-Legged Mare. Enjoy pub songs with a new twist along with Irish drink specials for a whole lot of fun this holiday.