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April
30

The 8 Hottest Neighborhoods to Buy a Home in Cleveland Right Now

Nestled along the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio is a vibrant city that boasts several gorgeous green spaces, an eclectic culinary scene and hundreds of cultural attractions. In fact, it's so amazing that we don't blame you for wanting to live here! When you do decide to move, it can be hard to decide where to settle down. That's why we rounded up some of the hottest neighborhoods in the Cleveland area right now, all featuring affordable housing, new urban developments and a thriving community! No matter what you're looking for in a home, we promise there's a dream neighborhood for you on this list. Enjoy!

Battery Park

Cleveland Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Dave Emery via Battery Park

Battery Park may be one of the most up-and-coming upscale neighborhoods in Cleveland. It's located right along the waterway, but not directly on the beachfront — meaning you can purchase a waterfront home without the beachfront price! That, plus the recent construction of townhomes and loft properties in the community, means it's never been a better time to buy in Battery Park. The redevelopment of the neighborhood has brought with it an urban feel, without sacrificing the old historic details. While there isn't a ton to do in the neighborhood yet, we're pretty sure that within the next couple of years, Battery Park will be one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. Plus, the area is just minutes from downtown, the Gordon Square Arts District and Edgewater Park, so you don't have to go that far to experience all Cleveland has to offer. Search for Homes for Sale Battery Park

Waterloo Arts District

If you're looking for a funky, unique neighborhood to call home — you've found it! Waterloo is located on the east side of Cleveland and is part of the old-school North Collinwood neighborhood. If you walk down the street where the neighborhood gets its name, you'll find an eclectic mix of locally owned bars, art venues, and some of the coolest street art in all of Cleveland! Waterloo was created as a place where artists can live and work, contributing to the health of the community. Wherever you go in this artsy neighborhood, you're pretty much guaranteed to stumble across some beautiful art installation and during the summer, the area hosts The Waterloo Arts Fest, which is one of the most popular annual events in Northeast Ohio. In addition to the thriving art scene, the area offers an unparalleled selection of record stores, fantastic brunch spots, coffee shops and Citizen Pie, which makes arguably the best pizza in Cleveland. Search for Homes for Sale in the Waterloo Arts District

Tremont

Cleveland Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Walkabout Tremont

The popular Tremont neighborhood is known as one of Cleveland's most historically significant neighborhoods, as it was a hotspot for Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th century. Today, however, the area has become home to a large number of young professionals and artists. The streets are dotted with contemporary townhouses along with historic homes, creating an eclectic mix that is hard to pass up. Tremont is also home to the highest concentration of art galleries in Cleveland, causing creative individuals who don't already live in the area to flock here for monthly art walks when local art galleries and businesses keep their doors open late You can't visit the area without stopping by the famous A Christmas Story House, where the classic Christmas movie was filmed, along with the Convergence Continuum Theater where you can get a fabulous dose of culture. Search for Homes for Sale in Tremont

Slavic Village

This unique neighborhood is named for the Easter European workers that settled it years ago and has recently become a thriving community for families, young professionals and everyone in between. Cyclists will love Slavic Village since it's home to the Cleveland Velodrome, Ohio's only closed bicycle racing track along with Fleet Avenue, which offers a full bike lane. In addition to its biking culture, this neighborhood also offers plenty of outdoor exploration opportunities like Mill Creek Falls, the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County, the Morgana Run Trail, which used to be a decommissioned freight train line, and several beautiful green spaces. While Slavic Village doesn't have a huge bar scene right now, it does offer plenty of other things to do including the Nash on East 80th, which is a local comedy hotspot that has been churning out rising stars for years. Plus, if you're a history buff, you'll love perusing all of the pre-WWI architecture sprinkled throughout the neighborhood! Search for Homes for Sale in Slavic Village

Ohio City

Cleveland Neighborhoods Ohio City is known as "Cleveland's Complete Neighborhood," because it truly has it all! The area is home to the famous West Side Market, the award-winning Great Lakes Brewing Company, plenty of picturesque parks, trendy shops and incredible restaurants. In this thriving neighborhood, you'll find people from all walks of life enjoying all the area has to offer. As an added bonus, Ohio City offers some of the most beautiful architecture and trendy spots all ripe for snapping the perfect Instagram-worthy shot! While you're in the area, make sure to stop by Campbell's Sweet Factory for some sweet and savory popcorn as well as the Glass Bubble Project, where you can witness beautiful homemade glass creations. Search for Homes for Sale in Ohio City

Edgewater

Edgewater is located on the west side of Cleveland along Lake Erie and has slowly become one of the area's most popular areas to settle down. Because of its proximity to downtown and the abundance of things to do at any time of the day, young professionals and new families have been flocking to the area. It is also one of the most affordable neighborhoods on this list, with a median home price of $150,000! Plus, if you're an outdoors enthusiast, the neighborhood encompasses the 147-acre Edgewater Park, which features over 9,000 feet of shoreline so you can experience the best of both city life and Ohio's natural scenery. Search for Homes for Sale in Edgewater

West Park

Cleveland Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Kramm's Corners Development Corporation

West Park is located just south of Lakewood and became the last suburb annexed into Cleveland proper in 1923. While it still retains a suburban feel today, you won't find any strip malls or chain restaurants around. Instead, the area's Kramm's Corners District boasts some of the best locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and comic book stores around! With its quiet, leafy streets, parks and playgrounds, West Park is a great place to affordably raise a family inside of the city. Plus, its close proximity to the Metroparks, one of the largest urban park districts in the country, make it an outdoor enthusiast's paradise! If you're visiting the area for the first time, don't miss the area's award-winning farmers' market held every year from May to October or the famous Irish pubs that are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood (including our favorite, P.J. McIntyre's). Search for Homes for Sale in West Park

Larchmere

Larchmere, in our opinion, is one of the most underrated neighborhoods in Cleveland. Because of its bustling neighbor, Shaker Square, people often overlook Larchmere, mistaking it for a quiet, pretty neighborhood with very little to do. But we like to say Larchmere is Cleveland's best-kept secret! The area is home to an assortment of lovely vintage and craft stores, award-winning restaurants and art galleries — all complete with quaint, historic charm. Some of the shops and eateries, like Felice and Batuqui, are located in gorgeous converted Victorian homes. And, the Academy Tavern, a delicious watering hole with a lauded dinner menu, has been going strong for over 80 years. So while the rest of the world hasn't discovered how amazing the area is, you definitely should! Stop by and explore some of the affordable homes currently on the market, the neighborhood staple, Loganberry Books (one of the most famous bookstores in Northeast Ohio) and grab a bite at Big Al's, a diner that offers one of the best breakfasts around. Search for Homes for Sale in Larchmere  

Do any of these neighborhoods sound like a perfect fit?

If you're looking for a home in the Cleveland area, we are more than happy to help! Contact us or use our advanced search tool to find your dream property today.
April
25

The ABC's of Canton, OH | The Area's Landmarks and Characteristics from A-Z

We all know our traditional ABC's because we've spent years writing and reciting them. But what about the ABC's of Canton? Today, we're swapping apple for Amish country and cat for the Canton Brewing Company — because it's always fun to think about what makes our area so amazing! Keep reading to get a peek into the essential landmarks, local businesses and unique characteristics of Canton, Ohio.  

A: Amish Country

Canton, OH

Photo courtesy of Yoder's Amish Home

Canton just happens to be the gateway to Ohio's Amish Country. Once you step foot into this idyllic area, you'll experience cozy farm-to-table restaurants, stunning back roads, cheese factories and hospitable inns. While the Amish enjoy a more simple way of life, it's far from boring. There's plenty to do an see in the area, so get lost in Amish country this weekend using our guide!

B: Blue Water Majesty Museum

This hidden gem is the perfect way to spend an hour when exploring the Canton area. Visit and peruse model ships handmade from exotic woods by artist Larry Pulka. All of the models you'll get to see are exact duplicates of their full-grown sisters, made using copies of the original blueprint, and crafted without using paints or stains!

C: Canton Brewing Company

The Canton Brewing Company has a rich history dating back to 1883. Still a Canton staple, the brewery has remained committed to the historic beers that made them famous over a century ago, while also continuing to craft new and innovative brews. We recommend grabbing a delicious handmade pizza along with your pint of locally brewed beer at the brewhouse when you visit!

D: Downtown

Downtown is where you can truly feel the heartbeat of our artsy city. The area is filled with bustling restaurants and cafes, historic buildings and monuments, art galleries and shops, music venues, theaters, and so much more! Check out our guide to spending a full day in the area.

E: Ernie's Bike Shop

Canton is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. With our proximity to the Towpath Trail, an iconic 87-mile trail that runs through the heart of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, and several other fantastic biking trails, it makes sense that we have some of the best bike shops around. One of our favorites is Ernie's Bike Shop, a North Canton and Massillon staple since 1978.

F: Pro Football Hall of Fame

This world-renowned museum represents football in many colorful and entertaining ways — and it's located right here in Canton! Called the "Most Inspiring Place on Earth", visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame for incredible exhibits, displays and immersive experiences.

G: George's Lounge

Canton, OH

Photo courtesy of Joe Albert Photography via George's Lounge

Nestled in the Canton Arts District, George's Lounge is the second-longest operating bar in downtown Canton and is a fantastic spot for hand-crafted food and drinks. The laid-back decor and welcoming atmosphere will have you coming back again and again. Visit on a Wednesday and enjoy a grass-fed, gourmet burger for only $5!

H: Harry London Chocolates

Located in North Canton, Harry London Chocolates is one of the best spots to take out-of-town guests. They offer 45-minute tours of the factory, where you can learn the steps Harry London uses to carefully craft their gourmet chocolates. Afterward, stop in their retail store and pick up some goodies for the road, and don't forget to grab a box of their mouthwatering Buckeyes before you go!

I: 1899 Indoor Golf

In 1899, the first public golf course was established in Ohio. Now, over 100 years later, 1899 Indoor Golf is keeping the spirit alive with a premier indoor golf experience in Canton! They are open 365 days a year and it's always sunny on their 20 virtual courses so you don't have to worry about the weather ruining your golf game. It's also a great place to hang out, with a high-style bar that offers a rotating menu of craft cocktails, beer and wine.

J: Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve

Canton Oh Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve is a 58-acre preserve located in northern Stark County and supports over 20 state-listed rare plants. This area is a stunning location for a summer stroll and will give you an opportunity to view and learn about a vast population of flowering and carnivorous plants!

K: Kennedy's Barbecue

This landmark sandwich shop features on-premise smoked ham and pork, as well as turkey, roast beef and pulled pork sandwiches all served with Kennedy's signature homemade relish. For those with a sweet tooth, they also serve a variety of homemade pies, cookies and ice cream!

L: Lucca Downtown

Lucca is an upscale restaurant with a Tuscan-inspired menu full of locally sourced ingredients. Each dish is artistically prepared and they offer a wine menu that contains a glass to compliment every meal. Reservations are recommended for most nights.

M: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Canton, OH

Photo courtesy of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Former president William McKinley spent much of his life in Canton, where he practiced law and married his wife, Ida Saxton. The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum offers everything from a carefully curated museum and library to a hands-on interactive science center and planetarium. This museum honors the life of President McKinley as it tells the story of Stark County and you can visit 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

N: The National First Ladies' Library

Founded by Ida Saxton McKinley, The National First Ladies' Library is the only museum of its kind showcasing the history of First Ladies in America. The first floor of the historic site features a theater for movies and presentations along with various exhibits. The second floor features the library, which aims to provide unique and historical information to the public.

O: Ohio to Erie Trail

This primarily off-street recreational trail runs from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, spanning the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland and following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. Currently, the full length of the trail is 326 miles. Head over to the nearest trailhead and ride your bike a few miles north to Canal Fulton or Clinton for some truly spectacular sights!

P: The Palace Theatre

Whether you want to see a movie or a play, you should do so at the historic Canton Palace Theatre. This beautiful theater opened in 1926 and offers some of the most gorgeous architecture in Canton!

Q: Quail Hollow Park

Quail Hollow Park is located a few miles north of Canton in Hartville, but it one of the most gorgeous parks around! With over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, scenic woodland trails and gardens, it's a great place to experience beautiful Ohio nature. The lovely, 40-room H.B. Stewart family home is also located in the park and is now used for educational and community programs and events.

R: Real Estate

For Sale in Akron and Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 6609 Chatsworth Street, Canton

Canton has so much to offer, including amazing events and sites to explore, as well as a myriad of gorgeous homes for sale. Most of the homes in Canton are constructed in the two-story Colonial or Tudor styles and some are even located in registered historic places. When you decide to move to Canton (and you will) we'll be happy to help you in your home search!

S: Sluggers and Putters Amusement Park

Sluggers and Putters is located in Canal Fulton and is the area's largest family amusement park. What once started as just mini-golf, a driving range and batting cages has grown into a massive park with an abundance of things to do!

T: Troll Hole Museum

Did you know that our area is home to a Guinness World Record holder? Located in Alliance, the Troll Hole Museum, owned by collector Sherry Groom, is home to the largest collection of trolls in the world. With over 20,000 troll items and nearly 3,000 troll dolls alone it is certainly an incredible sight! Check out more Ohio Guinness World Record holders here

U: Urban and Loft

Urban and Loft features one of a kind and vintage decor perfect for any type of home design. Whether you're looking to decorate a farmhouse, a mid-century modern home or industrial loft, you've found the right place.

V: Gervasi Vinyard

Canton, OH

Photo courtesy of Genevieve Nisly Photography via Gervasi Vinyard

We couldn't talk about popular Canton destinations without mentioning Gervasi Vinyard, one of the most famous spots in the area! This destination winery resort offers memorable experiences along with great food and stunning views. Their 55-acre estate is designed for couples seeking romantic dining options, families looking for a weekend of fun, and so much more.

W: Wilderness Center

This non-profit nature center boasts over 10 miles of hiking trails that include beautiful forests, a lake, pond, look-out tower and prairies! While you're there, be sure to stop by the Interpretive Building that houses a nature store, an interactive learning room and an animal observation area.

X: Exploration Gateway

Exploration Gateway is a Canton destination for weddings, banquets, meetings and presentations. It's also a space to just sit and enjoy the gorgeous view! Surrounding the Gateway, you'll find hiking and biking trails, a gift shop, and the magnificent Sippo Lake.

Y: Yankee Peddler Festival

Canton, OH

Photo courtesy of Laura Fickley via the Yankee Peddler Festival

For over 45 years, the Yankee Peddler Festival has been going strong every September in Canal Fulton. At this fun festival, step back in time 200 years and visit pioneer America. Meet master artists and crafters, sample food from colonial days, and enjoy over 75 acres of entertainment for the whole family!

Z: Zoar Village

Just a short drive south from Canton, you'll find Zoar Village, a small town founded in 1817 by German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. Today, Zoar Village is made up of approximately 75 families and is home to spectacular museums, architecture and quaint village scenery. A visit to the area is the perfect way to spend a day and a must-do activity for anyone interested in history, art or architecture.  

Now you know your ABC's!

Can you think of any other Canton spots that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!
April
23

9 Incredible Road Trip Destinations Within 5 Hours of Cincinnati

It's no secret that we love Cincinnati. Our Queen City is located in the heart of the Midwest and, in our opinion, one of the best places to live in the world. But sometimes it's nice to get away. That's why it's so great that Cincinnati is such a centrally located city, surrounded by incredible vacation destinations just a short drive away. Whether you're looking for some mountain air, a country getaway or an exploration vacation in a new city, there's a destination on our list that fits the bill — and they're all within five hours of #Cincy! So pack up your family, grab your camera (and your hiking boots for that matter) and get ready to hit the road! But first, use our list to find out what to do, see and eat when you reach one of our favorite road trip destinations.  

Yellow Springs

Distance: 70 miles | About 1 hour, 10 minutes What to Do: Named one of the most beautiful towns in Ohio by Culture Trip, Yellow Springs, Ohio offers a mix of unique shops, restaurants, theaters and museums. But it's the incredible wilderness that makes this spot so desirable! With multiple orchards in the area and over 2,000 acres of woods complete with cycling and hiking trails, you won't run out of things to do any time soon! We recommend visiting Glen Helen Nature Preserve, which features 25 miles of footpaths that allow you to explore streams, woods and fields, plus the town's namesake: Yellow Spring! If you have extra time, stop by Clifton Gorge, for incredible rock and waterfall views, and John Bryan State Park, where you can get a peek of the Little Miami River and a stunning limestone gorge. Things to See Along the Way: On your drive, you'll pass by some famous Ohio spots that are definitely worth a visit, including the historic Loveland Castle & Museum, the massive National Museum of the US Air Force, and an eclectic 8-acre corn maze! Where to Stay: Mills Park Hotel  

Louisville, Kentucky

Distance: 100 miles | About 1 hour, 30 minutes What to Do: You probably know it as the home of the Kentucky Derby, but there is much more to Louisville than a stylish horse race! Not only is it a city of over 750,000 people, but it's also full of history, great bourbon, and a signature dish known as the Hot Brown (which you should definitely try when you visit). If you can only visit for a few hours, check out the famous Louisville Mega Cavern, an old limestone mine that stretches under 10 lanes of the Watterson Expressway and the Louisville Zoo. And, because of its support structures, it's considered to be the tallest building in Kentucky! If you have some extra time, stop by Churchhill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby goes down every year, and make sure to grab some fried chicken at Chicken King — because that's why you really came, isn't it? Things to See Along the Way: While you're in the car, you'll see some stunning towns, including Richwood, Sparta and La Grange. Bonus: If you're making this a weekend trip, why not stay a night at the beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard? Their luxurious lodge is the perfect spot to wind down and their famous restaurant really is as good as everyone says! Where to Stay: The Brown Hotel  

Nashville, Indiana

Cincinnati Road Trips Distance: 116 miles | About 2 hours, 10 minutes What to Do: Nashville, Indiana is what small town USA dreams are made of. Nestled among bountiful woodlands, this area offers plenty of outdoor adventures like zip lining, mountain biking and horseback riding. The small town itself is ripe for exploring with several art galleries, historic sites and antique stores sprinkled throughout the area. We recommend stopping by the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, a home and studio that teaches about the Hoosier Group impressionist who was largely responsible for turning Brown County into an artists' colony. And, if you have time, visit the Bean Blossom Bridge, a bright red, covered bridge that once served as a major passage into the area. Today, it's the perfect end destination on a hike or a great location to knab a rustic photo for your Instagram feed. Things to See Along the Way: Your drive from Cincinnati to Nashville, Indiana is one of the most beautiful road trips around. You'll pass by several parks, ranches and farms — all perfect places for picnics and wilderness excursions! Where to Stay: The Brown Country Inn  

Red River Gorge

Distance: 146 miles | About 2 hours, 20 minutes What to Do: Settled among the rolling hills of Kentucky, just past Louisville, sits Red River Gorge. Totaling a beautiful 29,000 acres of land, this lush state park is a great place to spend the day hiking or the night camping. The gorgeous landscape features spectacular sandstone cliffs and breathtaking vistas — making it one of the most popular rock climbing areas in the Midwest. If you're looking for an incredible rock climbing experience, the 5.9-rated route, Send Me on My Way, is a fantastic choice. But you should also make sure to check out Chimney Top Rock, Caver's Route and Tower Rock. After a long day of hiking, climbing and exploring, visit Miguel's Pizza to refuel. There you'll find some of the best pizza around along with a climbing gear store, where you can purchase all of the gear your outdoor enthusiast heart desires! Things to See Along the Way: Enjoy lunch (or stay the night) in Lexington before continuing your trip! Where to Stay: Cliffview Resort  

Millersburg

Distance: 204 miles | About 3 hours, 30 minutes Cincinnati Road Trips

Photo courtesy of Loretta Coblentz via The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast

What to Do: If you haven't visited Ohio's Amish Country yet, you're in for a treat. Holmes County, Ohio is home to the world's highest Amish concentration and the idyllic area features gently rolling hills and charming farms. While you can't go wrong with visiting any of the 10 tiny country towns around the area, Millersburg is a fantastic starting point. Get a taste of an authentic Amish experience at Yoder's Amish Home, a 116-acre farm open for tours almost every day. Take a tour of Heini's Cheese Chalet, home of one of the most famous products that comes out of Ohio's Amish Country. There are so many things to do in the area, you can make an entire weekend out of it, but if you don't do anything else in the Amish Country, you absolutely have to stop and grab something to eat. The area boasts some of the best cozy restaurants around, including Tarragon at the Inn at Honey Run, The Chalet in the Valley and Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen — all offering mouthwatering, homecooked meals that are crafted with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Things to See Along the Way: The trip to Millersburg is pretty much a straight shot, passing right through Columbus! Stop for a spontaneous lunch at one of our favorite restaurants that don't require reservations or grab a coffee to fuel the rest of your journey at one of the best coffee shops around. Where to Stay: The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast  

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Distance: 250 miles | About 3 hours, 50 minutes What to Do: Ann Arbor is one of the most charming towns in the Midwest and if you haven't paid a visit yet, a summer road trip is the perfect opportunity! Ann Arbor was recognized by Business Insider as one of the coolest small towns in 2018 and holds a high spot on plenty of other "top 10" lists. While you're there, keep an eye out for fairy doors — artist-designed miniature doors hidden on walls or in entryways in downtown. For the perfect Ann Arbor outing, take a picnic lunch from Zingermans, a historic marketplace that offers all of your deli favorites, out to Gallup Park and spend the day enjoying the beautiful Michigan wilderness. While you're there, you should definitely try out some of the fantastic breweries all around the city! Our favorites include Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery, Arbor Brewing Company and Wolverine State Brewing Company. Things to See Along the Way: On your journey, you'll pass through the beautiful town of Maumee, a charming town just outside Toledo. Stop and stretch your legs and grab lunch, or simply spend a few hours roaming the town! Where to Stay: Weber's Boutique Hotel  

Put-In-Bay

Cincinnati Road Trips Distance: 239 miles | About 4 hours, 20 minutes What to Do: Located on South Bass Island just off of the coast of northern Ohio, Put-In-Bay is a beloved summer getaway from people all over the Midwest! This gorgeous town draws nearly two million visitors each year all due to the charming shops, fantastic fishing opportunities and excellent restaurants. Due to Put-In-Bay's incredible location on the coast, kayaking, swimming and boating are all great choices of activities in the area! And, amusement park enthusiasts should definitely pay a visit to Cedar Point before you leave. This incredible park is consistently ranked among the best in America and offers some of the best roller coasters, rides and petting zoos around. Things to See Along the Way: If you feel like stopping during your trip, there are plenty of museums and attractions along the way! The Bicycle Museum of America, Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Gene Autry Mural & Park are only minutes away from your route and offer some truly spectacular sights. Where to Stay: Put-in-Bay Resort  

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Distance: 291 miles | About 4 hours, 40 minutes What to Do: Known as a gateway to the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers pretty much any type activity you love to do on vacation, from tourist attractions to outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. The first thing you should do when you get into town is take a ride to the top of the Space Needle! The 407-foot high observation deck offers a breathtaking view of the Smokys and will kick off your sense of adventure. Then head into town for some good old-fashioned Southern grub at Bennett's Pit BBQ, a locally owned and operated restaurant for over 27 years. Finally, partake in a Gatlinburg must — eclectic attractions. Learn something new at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum, play a round of Hillbilly Golf, and be amazed at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum. You'll never be bored in this weird and beautiful city! Things to See Along the Way: Pigeon Forge is another touristy and stunning town full of things to do located just 25 minutes from Gatlinburg. Dolly Parton's famous amusement park, DollyWood, is located here and definitely worth exploring on a summer afternoon along with hundreds of other fun attractions in the area. Where to Stay: The Lodge at Buckberry Creek  

Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati Road Trips Distance: 294 miles | About 4 hours, 40 minutes What to Do: There are plenty of things to do and see in the Windy City, from exploring Millennium Park and getting a photo with the illustrious Bean to getting a thrill at 1,353 feet at the Willis Tower Skydeck. One of our favorite things to do in the area is visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, which is filled with masterpieces from every era. Travel Tip: Enter the museum on the Monroe Street side instead of on Michigan Avenue, you'll encounter fewer lines and will be able to get out of the Chicago heat faster!    While you probably won't be able to see the whole city in one day or even a weekend, there are a few essential spots that you should visit to get the full Chicago experience. Grab a slice of the city's famous pizza at Pequod's; see a show at Second City, where Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Gilda Radnor and many other SNL alumni got their start; and take a leisurely stroll along the Lakefront Trail, where you'll get stunning views of both the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan! Things to See Along the Way: Stop halfway in between Cincinnati and Chicago in Indianapolis. If you only have time to see one thing, check out the largest children's museum in the world — the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Inside the massive museum, you'll find a planetarium, a carousel, science labs and so much more! Where to Stay: Freehand Chicago  

Have a safe trip!

Looking for more Ohio travel inspiration? Check out these 11 incredible road trip destinations within a six-hour drive of Columbus!
April
18

10 Eco-Friendly Businesses in Columbus You Should Be Supporting

Over the past few years, and with the recent passing of the Sustainable Columbus initiative, Columbus has become a greener city — and we couldn't be more excited! And, not only is the city itself promoting environmentally-friendly practices, but local businesses have been making some big changes as well. To celebrate the green initiatives these local businesses are taking action on, we rounded up some of our favorite Columbus makers that reduce, reuse and recycle every day. On this list, you'll find everything from small vegan clothing companies to ice cream meccas that you should be supporting!  

Altre

Upcoming Pop-Ups Sustainability in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Anne Deis via Altre

When Aileen Clemans learned about the unnecessary environmental damage and waste that the fashion industry causes every year, she decided to do something about it. She created Altre, a collection of vintage and secondhand clothing that is carefully selected and altered to fit a more modern style. Altre is not your typical vintage clothing vendor because they sell pieces that have been completely reworked by hand — so every item is entirely unique. By reusing and recycling old clothes, Altre is keeping them out of the landfill, saving water and promoting a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle.

Stump

305 East Fifth Avenue | 220 Thurman Avenue According to Stump owners Emily Brown and Brian Kellet, there's no such thing as a black thumb. At their minimalist plant boutiques in Columbus, Philadelphia and Cleveland, you can pick up a plant and learn exactly how to take care of it with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff. Every plant they sell is of the highest quality and comes with a sustainably made pot — from classic terracotta to custom, artist-made planters.

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 West 5th Avenue

Photo courtesy of Glenn Avenue Soap Company

Do you know what's in your beauty products? More often than not soaps, shampoos, lotions and more are full of harmful chemicals that aren't good for you or the environment. That's why Glenn Avenue Soap Company uses completely natural ingredients in all of their products, which are also made using environmentally-friendly practices. Either online or in person at their Craft Soaphouse, you can purchase anything from all natural shaving cream and body butters to bath bombs and beer soaps — guilt free!

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Multiple Locations Sustainability in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Even if you aren't from Columbus you probably know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around — they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, Thrillist and US News. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. We love them, not only because the ice cream is so good, but also because they care about the environment. They recently switched to long-handled metal taster spoons and ditched the plastic ones to keep them out of the landfill and they also recycle, compost and reuse 75-80% of their food waste.

Glean

815 North High Street Glean is a shop that celebrates all things creatively repurposed. At their quirky venue, you'll find everything from unique home decor to locally handcrafted goods. Dawn McCombs started Glean in an effort to purposely lighten the impact on the environment, but before that, she was a teacher. Instead of scaring her students into caring for the environment, she taught them to love the Earth. That loving spirit is infused into Glean, inspiring customers to think about the planet and their impact on it every time they step inside.

Modo Yoga

1042 Dublin Road Pilates in Columbus Modo Yoga is a socially and environmentally conscious studio. They offer a form of hot yoga that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga, and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room. The "hot" in hot yoga allows for deep, safe stretching that helps strengthen, tone and loosen muscles, all while calming your mind and reducing stress. Their studio is powered with renewable energy and they continually create community campaigns to raise funds for the protection of the environment. So visit one of their many scheduled classes and rest easy knowing that you're helping out your body, mind and the planet.

Land-Grant Brewing

424 West Town Street Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Not only is Land-Grant one of the most successful breweries in the area, but they're also a leading pioneer in the sustainability movement in Columbus. They've worked tirelessly to upgrade their building, and In 2018, they even hosted the Sun-Grant Sustainability Fair which featured community partners that all have a passion for the environment.

Northstar

Multiple Locations Sustainability in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Northstar

At Northstar, you'll find sustainably sourced food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They try to use as many locally grown, organic and artisan-produced foods as they can to not only protect the environment but to also support local producers from around the region. And, because they acknowledge how hard it is to have a completely sustainable and harmless business, they've donated over $250,000 to-date to environmental organizations in an effort to mitigate the damage that they cause.

Sea and Salt

Upcoming Popups Sea and Salt is a small local business that creates ethical, eco-friendly accessories all by hand. Hand-dyed cotton and vegan leather are used to create totes, cross body bags, coin pouches, clutches, keychains and more! Each item is imagined and created by Corinne Furniss right here in Columbus. You can purchase her sustainable accessories on Etsy or at an upcoming popup around the city.

Too Legit to Quilt

Upcoming Popups

Photo courtesy of  Ryan Ransom via Too Legit to Quilt, modeled by Xiao Mei

Too Legit to Quilt is one of the coolest makers in the area. With a quirky, colorful style, owner Dre creates quilted goods by hand. While she started out quilting exclusively, today she creates everything from wall hangings to pillows to patches, all from repurposed textiles. You can get your hands on one of her gorgeous designs on her website or at an upcoming popup around Columbus!    

Happy Earth Day!

Did we miss your favorite eco-friendly spot in Columbus? Let us know in the comments!
April
16

7 Eye-Catching Homes For Sale in the Akron & Canton Area Right Now

It's no secret that the Akron and Canton area has a love for beautiful things. Our region boasts award-winning art museums, thriving art galleries and even art districts that you could explore for days. And in addition to all of that culture, the area itself is gorgeous, offering lush rolling hills, stunning landscapes and, of course, eye-catching homes. We rounded up some of our favorite homes in the area that will make you stop and take a second look. If you're looking to buy, need some design inspiration or just love perusing gorgeous homes — you're definitely in for a treat. Enjoy!

Exquisite Custom Home with Luxurious Features

5 Beds | 5 Baths | 3,456 Square Feet | $529,990 For Sale in Akron and Canton Ohio

For Sale in Akron and Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 6609 Chatsworth Street, Canton | Listed by Kaszyca Real Estate

Light, bright and open, this custom Canton home has it all! The incredible features include a spacious formal living and dining room, a gorgeous cook's kitchen, four massive bedrooms, and a completely finished lower level that's full of potential. And, you won't want to miss the eye-catching all brick exterior and picturesque patio that looks out over a half acre of lush land.

Adorable Colonial in the Heart of Kendal Heights

3 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,248 Square Feet | $144,900 For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio

This home can be found at 1049 Taggart Street, Massillon | Listed by Tammy Grogan & Associates

This adorable Colonial has been recently updated with new carpet, a brand new kitchen and so much more. While a lot of the features are new, this home hasn't lost its historic charm, with the original staircase and vintage doors along with the attractive front porch. Additional features include a wood-burning fireplace, a large basement, a second-floor balcony, a massive backyard and a three-car garage!

Regal Brick Two-Story Perfect For Entertaining

5 Beds | 4 Baths | 2,877 Square Feet | $322,000 For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio

This home can be found at 3624 Eaton Road, Canton | Listed by Polly Lorenzo

Don't miss an opportunity to live in this spectacular home in Canton's Avondale subdivision! This warm and inviting home features hardwood floors throughout, a cozy family room, a gigantic kitchen, a screened sunroom and so much more. Plus, the spacious backyard offers plenty of opportunities for gardening, playing or simply relaxing with your favorite cold beverage in the warmer months!

Beautiful Lake of the Woods Tudor Home

4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 3,060 Square Feet | $349,000 For Sale in Akron and Canton Ohio For Sale in Akron and Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 551 Woodbury Drive, Akron | Listed by Kathy Forchione

Settled in the Lake of the Woods Development, this stunning Tudor home is a dream come true! It offers the perfect mix of historic and modern details throughout, along with incredible features like a lovely fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a spiral staircase. However, the true gem of this gorgeous home is the massive outdoor area that is complete with a large, private patio, a children's play area and some breathtaking landscaping.

Spacious Condo in Portage Lakes Forest Cove

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,396 Square Feet | $279,900 For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio

This home can be found at 25 Starboard Circle, Akron | Listed by the Johnston Team

Step into this charming, three-bedroom abode in the coveted Portage Lakes Forest Cove development! Inside, you'll find impeccable wide, planked laminate flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, a spacious loft area and a pristine master suite. On a warmer day, enjoy the spectacular lake views on the back deck!

Move-in-Ready Condo with Mulitple Living Areas

4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,542 Square Feet | $229,900 For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio

This home can be found at 7106 Bentley Court, Massillon | Listed by Kaszyca Real Estate

The charm of this gorgeous, maintenance-free condo in Massillon is absolutely irresistible. The home has been tastefully updated, and now includes incredible features like a modern kitchen, a brand new thermostat and covetable bathrooms! With two master suites, you can choose where you'd like to settle down and the fully finished basement offers endless potential.

Stately Brick Colonial Settled in Dunbarton Hills

5 Beds | 3 Baths, 2 Half Baths | 3,601 Square Feet | $599,000 For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio For Sale in Akron & Canton ohio

This home can be found at 1767 Muirfield Avenue, Canton | Listed by Stephanie Marinos

This magnificent, classic home is nestled in a secluded cul-de-sac on almost an acre. Carefully constructed with custom details and modern amenities, this stunner features everything you could ever want. We love the spacious living areas, impeccable kitchen, sunroom and the luxurious master suite that is complete with a dreamy master bath.

Happy Shopping!

If you're in the market for a home in the Akron or Canton, give us a call or visit our advanced search to see more incredible homes for sale in the area!
April
11

17 Must-Attend Summer Festivals in the Cleveland Area This Year

Summer in Cleveland is a magical thing — what with the booming sports season (go Indians!), shaded patios where you can enjoy the best of the diverse food scene, and plenty of fun lakefront activities on the shores of Lake Erie. There are hundreds of ways you could spend your Cleveland summer, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible festivals around town! To help you get started on planning your itinerary, we rounded up 17 of our most anticipated festivals this season. No matter what you're into — art, music and even garlic — there's a summer event just for you on this list!
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June

Crafted Fest

When: June 1 Where: Lincoln Park Cleveland offers some of the best food, beer and music around so why not enjoy them all at once at Crafted Fest this summer? At this Ohio festival, you can savor artisanal dishes from creative Cleveland restaurants; explore the craft beer community by sampling brews from local breweries; and rock out to some amazing music from local bands!

Parade the Circle

When: June 8 Where: Circle Village For over 30 years, the Cleveland Museum has been bringing this free summer event to the Greater Cleveland area. During this festival, guests from all over the world will join local artists, families, schools and community groups in an incredible parade of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, colorful floats and more!

Duck Tape Festival

When: June 13-15 Where: Veterans Memorial Park Get creative at this annual free festival presented by the Duck brand. Strut a Duck tape masterpiece down the runway at the Duck Tape Fashion Show, build a float for the parade, or simply spend the day enjoying food and goods from local vendors. No matter what you decide to do, you're definitely in for a wacky show!

Larchmere PorchFest

When: June 15 Where: Larchmere Boulevard Come out to Larchmere Boulevard this summer for a unique festival featuring 30 local bands performing on 30 porches throughout the neighborhood! This family-friendly event will feature bands from all different genres so there's a little something for everyone. Don't forget to pick up a map from the information tent and bring some sunscreen and a chair with you when you go!

Great Lakes Burning River Fest

When: June 21-22 Where: The Historic Coast Guard Station  

Returning for its 18th year, the Great Lakes Burning River Fest is here once again to bring incredible live music, great craft beer and delicious food to the Cleveland waterfront. This year, the event will feature an impressive selection of craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery along with some live performances from plenty of remarkable bands.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

When: June 27-29 Where: Playhouse Square Cleveland might be known as the rock and roll capital, but we also happen to have some of the best jazz in the nation! The Tri-C JazzFest is even recognized as one of the most diverse jazz festivals in the country — and it's right here in Cleveland. Visit to watch the best jazz vocalists and instrumentalists around (past performances include Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra and Miles Davis!) along with some up-and-coming and established R&B, soul, blues and gospel acts.

Waterloo Arts Fest

When: June 29 Where: Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District The 17th annual Waterloo Arts Festival will welcome over 40 local bands to the stage this year, along with plenty of local art vendors and some of Cleveland's best food trucks for you to enjoy. There will also be several interactive art experiences for all ages, so roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, all while supporting this creative and unique community!  

July

Tall Ships Festival

When: July 11-14 Where: Downtown Cleveland's Lakefront Cleveland Summer Festivals This four-day waterfront festival offers plenty of opportunities to experience live entertainment, historical exhibits, food, beverages and explore the Tall Ships themselves! The event kicks off with a Parade of Sail on Thursday evening, featuring a display of ten sailing vessels. So, "seas" the day and get your tickets to this family-friendly event today!

Cain Park Arts Festival

When: July 12-14 Where: Cain Park Spend a beautiful summer day perusing some fantastic art from local and national creators! At the Cain Park Arts Festival, explore arts and fine crafts and supporting small businesses from all over the country. This three-day festival held in the beautiful and artistic Cain Park is one you don't want to miss, so get your tickets here!

The Cleveland Flea

When: July 13-14 Where: 3615 Superior Avenue Cleveland Summer Festivals

Photo courtesy of Julianna Arendash Photography via the Cleveland Flea

This isn't your traditional flea market! The Cleveland Flea is one of Ohio's most popular markets where you can experience creativity at its finest. Shop from talented artists and vendors, sample delicious treats from local makers, or settle in with a cold, refreshing craft beer — it's entirely up to you!

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace

When: Saturdays and Sundays, July 13-August 18 Where: 3033 Ohio 534, Rock Creek Travel back in time to a different age at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace! At this unique festival, you can enjoy countless activities in the Shire of Avaloch, including shopping for treasures, watching crafter demonstrations and trying your hand at activities like archery and axe-throwing. Get your tickets here!

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

When: July 19-21 Where: Berea Fairgrounds Celebrate the rich history and traditions of the Irish at this family-friendly, non-profit festival this summer! With live music, Celtic dancers, delicious food, Irish exhibits, workshops and even a coffee house, you won't run out of things to do all weekend. Plus, proceeds from the event go to local and national charities so you can have fun all while supporting those in need!  

August

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

When: August 2-3 Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark Cleveland Summer Festivals Celebrating its 25th year in 2019, the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is the premier food and wine event of the entire year! Stroll through colorful tents, picnic tables and groves of tall oak trees while sampling wines from Ohio wineries. There will also be a great deal of delicious food, cooking demonstrations, live music, shopping opportunities and spectacular Friday night fireworks!

Feast of the Assumption

When: August 15-18 Where: Little Italy "The Feast" is one of our favorite events of the year and one of the most popular festivals in Cleveland! This four-day Catholic street festival originated in 1898 and surrounds the famed Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road, but you definitely don't have to be Catholic to enjoy the festivities. This event also celebrates Cleveland's Italian heritage with live musical performances, interactive exhibits, carnival rides and plenty of food from local restaurants!

The Flats Festival of the Arts

When: August 17-18 Where: 1055 Old River Road The Flats Festival of the Arts is back again for its 4th year! Enjoy a weekend full of unique art and craftsmanship from local and national creators all featured throughout the Flats East Bank. Not only will you get to experience some incredible art, but you can also settle in and watch performances from many of the regions most talented musicians and dancers.

The Cleveland Garlic Festival

When: August 24-25 Where: Shaker Square Cleveland Summer Festivals

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Garlic Festival

There won't be a lack of flavor or smells at this unique festival in the heart of Cleveland! At the Cleveland Garlic Festival, enjoy delicious garlic-laden food along with Top Chef Grill Offs, the crowning of Miss Garlic 2019, live music, a bungee trampoline, garlic ice cream and so much more (including Garlic Man himself!).

Cleveland Oktoberfest 2019

When: August 30-September 2 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Head out to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer for one of the country's fastest growing and most authentic German festivals! At Cleveland Oktoberfest, enjoy live entertainment, plenty of German cuisine, fun costumes, and, of course, beer!  

Have a great summer!

Did we miss your favorite CLE summer festival? Let us know in the comments!  
April
9

The Top 14 Happy Hours in Columbus

Columbus' culinary scene is one of the most diverse and innovative in the country. In our artsy city, you can find everything from trendy cocktail bars to famous ice cream shops that guarantee to have some of the best fare for miles. So you can enjoy Columbus' constantly expanding culinary horizon without breaking the bank — we rounded up some of our favorite happy hour deals around the area! Ranging from half-priced cocktails to discounted pizza flights, you'll definitely find something on this list to enjoy!  

Arch City Tavern

862 Nort High Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Happy Hours

Photo courtesy of Arch City Tavern

Named after the famous arches sprinkled throughout Columbus' High Street at the turn of the century, Arch City Tavern is a neighborhood gastropub with a fine selection of burgers, sandwiches, craft beers and cocktails. Enjoy their classic atmosphere during their happy hour, where you can get half off of all drafts, wines by the glass and their delicious pizzas along with a plethora of other fantastic specials. For an even greater deal, stop by on Mondays for their five dollar burger special all day.

Bar 23

584 North High Street | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Everyday, 4-9 p.m. Bar 23 is a bar and lounge centered on the east side of North High Street in the Short North District. While you can almost always find a game on one of their large flat screen TVs, they don't consider themselves to be exclusively a sports bar. On the weekends, enjoy a more lounge atmosphere, with larger crowds and a DJ. Their weekday happy hour consists of half-priced appetizers along with their daily special of half-priced martinis from four to nine p.m.

Bodega

1044 High Street | Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. Bodega encourages you to come for the beer and stay for the food — and we couldn't agree more. They offer over 200 beers, 47 of them on tap, along with a fresh and inventive American pub-style menu. In addition to their daily specials, they offer half-priced draughts during their weekly happy hour. Be sure to stop in for their "$1 Grilled Cheese Monday" or their "$3 Gourmet Taco Tuesday" — which just may be the best thing ever.

Cosecha Cocina

987 North 4th Street | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. Columbus Happy Hours

Photo courtesy of Cosecha Cocina

Located in Italian Village, Cosecha Cocina is a local favorite for their refreshing margaritas and delicious Mexican-inspired street food. Their menu includes traditional bites like tamales, tostadas, tacos and enchiladas — all with an innovative twist. Visit them during their happy hour during the week for $5 margaritas and $3 tacos along with $2 chips and salsas, Pacifico, and Negro Modello!  

Due Amici

65 East Gay Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m. Dui Amici is located in a renovated, historic building in downtown Columbus and has been serving some of the best Italian fare in the area since opening in 2003. Their menu features classic Italian dishes along with some modern and creative twists on lunch, brunch and dinner items. During their happy hour, you can try their pizzas, appetizers, beers, wine and mules in the bar and cocktail area — all for half of their usual prices.

Harrison's on Third

335 West 3rd Avenue | Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. This neighborhood spot is nestled in Victorian Village. Whether you're looking for a spot to catch up with some friends or a place to catch the game, Harrison's on Third offers something for everyone. Stop by during their happy hour for a plethora of reasonably priced options, including discounted draft and craft beers, half-off all bottles of wine, $3 pizzas, $6.99 appetizers, and more!

G. Michael's Bistro and Bar

595 South 3rd Street | Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m. G. Michael's Bistro and Bar offers a menu full of locally sourced, seasonal food to give their patrons a unique and high-quality dining experience. Every innovative dish is inspired by the South's "low-country" flair — the perfect compliment to their relaxed-upscale atmosphere. Visit them during happy hour for $6 craft cocktails, $3 select draught beers, $5 wine pours and $8 small plates! 

The Guild House

624 North High Street | Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m. With one of the most artistic and delicious menus around, The Guild House may just be Columbus' best-kept secret. They offer creative American cuisine that is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and use as many locally grown ingredients as possible. The fantastic deals during their happy hour include half-price featured wines, cocktails and beers along with items from the "Raw", "Market" and "Appetizer" menu sections.

Lineage Brewing

2971 North High Street | Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. This sleek and chic neighborhood brewpub is located in an old car wash that has been transformed into a modern space with a friendly atmosphere. The brewers are constantly on a quest to create the perfect pint, so you're in for some innovative and creative brews when you visit. Plus, this brewery is dog-friendly so you can bring your pup along for the ride. Their happy hour includes deals like $1 off draft beers, wine, cider, cocktails and shareable appetizers.

Mac's Proper Pub

693 North High Street | Sunday-Friday, 3-8 p.m. Since 1988, Mac's has been a Short North Arts District favorite, where people love to gather and unwind after exploring the neighborhood. Their menu is full of tasty, Scottish-inspired dishes, from Scotch eggs and Cornish pastries to Guinness stew and bangers and mash. Head over after a long day and enjoy their happy hour menu that features $3.50 drafts and half off appetizers, bottles of wine and much more!

Paulie Gees

1195 North High Street | Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. With locations in Brooklyn, Chicago, Baltimore and Columbus — Paulie Gees taking the country by storm. This critically acclaimed pizzeria offers Neapolitan-style pies made in a wood-burning oven, along with local beers and wine. During happy hour, you can get their signature and vegan pizzas for $10 and their famous pizza flights for only $20. After you've had your pizza fix, wash it down with discounted specialty cocktails and select wine pours.

R Bar

413 North Front Street | Monday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. on non-nationwide arena evet days R Bar is located in the Arena District of downtown Columbus and is the best place in the city to watch a game thanks to their more than 30 flat screen TVs. They offer a rotating, seasonal tap full of local craft beers, as well as an extensive menu full of your sports bar favorites. Visit during happy hour for a plethora of discounted drinks and their famous appetizers at half the usual price.

Sidebar 122

122 East Main Street | Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. Nestled downtown, Sidebar 122 is a go-to spot for live jazz, upscale cuisine and high-quality service. Their menu features dishes with Mediterranean flare intermingled with South American inspired small-plates. During their happy hour, you can enjoy $2-$4 bottled beer, $6 wine, $10 pizzas, and much more! Plus, don't forget to stop by on Tuesdays for their "Tapas Tuesday" special.

Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails

73 East Gay Street | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy Ohio comfort foods, fantastic whiskey concoctions, live music and pinball — all in this artsy neighborhood bar. You can enjoy their happy hour during the week, which offers $2 off Ohio draft beers, $3 Watershed Liquors and half-off select appetizers. Also, make sure to visit during the weekend whenever you can and grab brunch (our favorite meal of the day) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Hungry?

Which of these Columbus happy hours do you want to check out first? Let us know in the comments!
April
4

Have a Drink For a Cause at Cutler Real Estate's 2019 Karma Keg Events!

Who knew helping someone in need could be as easy as enjoying a drink at a local brewery? At a Karma Keg, a monthly event hosted by Cutler Real Estate throughout Ohio, you can support local organizations by doing just that!  

What is a Karma Keg?

The Karma Keg is the brainchild of Vinny DeFrancisco of Cutler Real Estate. After hearing of a similar concept in Houston, he decided that such a wonderful event needed a place in the Midwest. Today, the Karma Keg is more popular than ever, bringing charitable beer lovers from all over Ohio together for a great cause. What is the great cause? We won't know until the end of the event. One of our favorite parts about the Karma Keg is that none of the charities are chosen in advance. As you arrive at the event, you'll make a donation to drink from the keg. Towards the end of the night, a name is drawn and all of the funds raised from that night are given to the charity of the winner's choice. Anyone in attendance (21 and over of course) is welcome to join in! Since its inception in 2017, Karma Keg has raised thousands of dollars for local charities, including the Refuge of Hope, Creative Living, the Habitat for Humanity, Canine County for Independence, and the Akron Children's Hospital! Your favorite charity could be next! The 2019 events will take place between April and September in beloved venues all across the state, from neighborhood breweries to upscale distilleries. Read on for the full schedule!  

2019 Karma Keg Schedule

Canton Brewing Company

April 18, 5-7:30 p.m. | 120 3rd Street NW, Canton | RSVP Karma Kegs

Photo courtesy of Canton Brewing Company

Founded in 1883 by Bavarian immigrant, Otto Giessen, the Canton Brewing Company is a brewery with a rich history. While they are still committed to the classic beers that made them famous over a century ago, they continue to craft innovative award-winning brews again and again.

Seventh Son Brewing

May 15, 4:30-7 p.m. | 1101 N 4th Street, Columbus | RSVP Since April of 2013, Seventh Son Brewing has been producing incredible beers at the intersection of 4th and 4th in Columbus' historic Italian Village. When you visit this top-rated Columbus brewery, you're guaranteed a good time thanks to the delicious food trucks outside, the creative brews and the unique events they hold every week.

Akronym Brewing

June 20, 5-7:30 p.m. | 58 E Market Street, Akron | RSVP The story of Akronym Brewing follows the journey of four friends and their mutual passion for brewing and the Akron community. In 2016, they opened their brewery in downtown Akron and have become an essential part of the community ever since. We can't think of a better place to host an event promoting Akron's nonprofit organizations!

Land-Grant Brewing Company

July 18, 4:30-7 p.m. | 424 W Town Street, Columbus | RSVP Karma Kegs

Photo courtesy of Land-Grant Brewing Company

Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. While the original idea for Land-Grant was born in a tiny apartment in Chicago, after successfully completing a Kickstarter Campaign in 2012, co-founders Adam Benner and Walt Keys returned home to Columbus and opened one of the most successful breweries in the area.

Shale Brewing Company

August 15, 5-7:30 p.m. | 7253 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton | RSVP Shale Brewing Company creates their beer using only the finest traditional, 100% pure, natural ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Their goal is to make you feel better after paying them a visit, whether it's due to their natural ingredients, their impeccable customer service or their commitment to the North Canton community.  

High Banks Distillery

September 19, 4:30-7 p.m. | 1051 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus | RSVP While founders Adam Hines and Jordan Helman had a passion for craft beer, they decided to break into an untapped market in Columbus — bourbon! After bringing in two other partners, Calvin Jones and Jeff Ireland, they've become an unstoppable force in the local community.

The Brew Kettle

October 10, 5-7:30 p.m. | 8377 Pearl Road, Strongsville | RSVP Karma Kegs The Brew Kettle opened its doors in 1995 as Ohio's first brew-on-premise microbrewery. In 2003, they opened their taproom and smokehouse location in Strongsville and has been providing delicious brews and a scratch made menu to the area ever since.  

Will we see you there?

Don't forget to RSVP to the event closest to you. Let us know what organization you would choose to support in the comments below!
April
2

12 Family-Friendly Easter Events in the Cincinnati Area

Easter is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited. What could possibly be better than the warmer spring weather, colorful decorations, and countless opportunities to indulge in chocolate and marshmallow Peeps? Luckily, Cincinnati loves this holiday just as much as we do and offers a ton of events throughout the area to help us celebrate! We rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly festivities happening in the Cincinnati area this year, including Easter egg hunts, eggstravagant breakfasts and plenty of photo opportunities with the famous bunny himself. Have fun!

Easter Bunny Express

Where: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad When: April 6, 13-14, 19-20, & 27, Times Vary Cincinnati Easter Events

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Hop aboard the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad's Easter Bunny Express for an unforgettable Easter experience! Before traveling to the Lebanon Sports Complex for a special visit with the Easter Bunny, children will have the opportunity to take part in an Easter egg hunt. Plus, fun spring concessions will be available during the journey! You can get your tickets here.

Easter Eggstravaganza Craft & Vendor Show

Where: Lohrey Recreation Center When: April 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get a little Easter basket shopping in at the Lohrey Recreation Center this season. Peruse goods from over 40 crafters, food vendors and local companies while your children hunt for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. There's a little something for everyone at this free, family-friendly event!

Easter in Candyland Craft Fair

Where: Fairfield Community Art Center When: April 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Follow the bunny trail into the Fairfield Community Arts Center this Saturday for a Candyland paradise! Visit with Peter Cottontail, enjoy a delicious sweet tooth breakfast, and find some hidden gems at the craft fair while surrounded by sugary decorations. You can get your tickets for the breakfast here.

Helicopter Egg Drop 2019

Where: The River Church, Middleton When: April 13, 9-11 a.m. Cincinnati Easter Events Children sixth grade and under will be able to experience thousands of eggs falling out of a helicopter during the annual Helicopter Egg Drop at the River Church in Middleton.! After the egg drop, you can get your photo taken with the Cottontail Brothers, participate in a cupcake walk, get your face painted and more. This event is limited to 550 children, so make sure to register here and reserve your spot.

Egg Hunt

Where: Washington Park When: April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over-the-Rhine's biggest egg hunt is back and better than ever, featuring over 10,000 candy-filled eggs, Mr. Bunny himself, a petting zoo with animals from Sunrock Farm, and many more fun activities. Children ages 10 and under are welcome to participate, but don't forget your basket!

Easter Egg Scramble

Where: Beachler Field When: April 13, 11 a.m. The Easter Egg Scramble at LifePoint Community Church has quickly become a Miamisburg favorite over the past six years. The Beachler football field will be split into three age categories, and over 15,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and prizes will be spread out throughout the grass. You can register for the event here. Getting to the field early is recommended as the eggs go quickly!

Independence Egg Hunt

Where: Memorial Park, Independence When: April 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cincinnati Easter Events Visit the city of Independence this Easter for one of their most popular events of the year: their annual Easter egg hunt! This family event is free and will give you the opportunity to win various prizes, family passes to Cincinnati destinations and so much more. Registration is recommended.

The Estate Egg Hunt

Where: The Estate at Sunset Farm When: April 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the entire family out to the Estate at Sunset Farm for an unforgettable Easter experience! Spend this spring day visiting the stunning estate and visiting with the gorgeous Shire Horses. The egg hunt will begin at 11:30 a.m. While this is a free event, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to benefit their beloved horses.

Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Mercy McAuley High School When: April 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Mercy McAuley High School invites you and your children to join them in an Easter egg hunt celebration full of prizes, activities and other games. This hunt is free and open to children nine-years-old and under. Registration is recommended.

City of Union Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Union Presbyterian Church When: April 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Akron/Canton Easter Events Residents in and around the beautiful city of Union are welcome to visit the Union Presbyterian Church for an egg hunt the day before Easter! There will be two hunts for different age ranges and light refreshments will be provided. Plus, a certain festive bunny will be making an appearance so make sure to bring your camera!

Easter Egg Hunt in Amelia Village

Where: Spencer Shank Memorial Park When: April 20, 11 a.m. Celebrate spring and Easter with a festive egg hunt at Spence Shank Memorial Park. Scour the landscape for eggs, get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny and so much more! This event is free and open to children ages 10 and under.

Easter Celebration

Where: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden When: April 20, 12-5 p.m. This year, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will once again hold one of the most popular Easter events in the area. This exciting event will include treat stations throughout the park, special animal enrichments and visits with the Easter Bunny. While you explore the zoo, be sure to keep an eye out for the golden eggs. If you find one, turn it into the Welcome Center for an incredible prize!  

Happy Easter!

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