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A Complete First-Time Home Buyer's Guide

Buying a home is both an exhilarating and stressful experience—whether you're a real estate aficionado or are delving into the home buying process for the first time. But with the right support system and a little help from some trusted professionals, you'll be settling in to your dream home before you know it!  To help you through the home buying process, we created a first-time home buyer's guide. This guide will break down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling completely prepared. From figuring out your budget to finally being handed the keys—we've got some helpful tips for you right here!   

First Steps:

1.) Ask yourself: "Is it really time for me to buy a home?" 

Before you even start looking, it's important to consider why you want to buy a home. Because you've heard that renting costs more than mortgage payments? Or maybe because you are planning on living in the area for a longer period of time? By taking a moment to consider why you want to buy a home will allow you to narrow down your wishlist and will help you make important decisions down the road.   

2.) Start saving early 

While you may have heard that you'll be required to put 20 percent down on a home, many lenders will now permit much less, with some first-time homebuyer programs allowing as little as 3 percent down. Before you embark on your home search, we recommend sitting down with a mortgage agent to help determine your buying power. They'll be able to help you figure out what you can afford and how much you should put towards a down payment. They can also help you get pre-approved for a mortgage, which will put you at a massive advantage when submitting an offer on a home.  

3.) Define your goals

Break out the yellow notepad and make a list of all your wants and needs! What is it that your dream home absolutely has to have and what are the things that you could live without? Some examples include: how many bedrooms you need, what neighborhood you would like to live in, and how much work you want to put into your new home. Knowing your preferences before going into your official home search will help you narrow down the list of prospective homes.   

4.) Pick an agent

Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be an incredibly stressful experience. To help you through the process, you'll want a Cutler Real Estate professional by your side! Your agent will help guide you through your home search, purchase agreements, inspections, closing, and anything else that arises during your home buying journey. You can find a full list of our knowledgeable and qualified agents here or, contact us and we'll be able to help find the perfect agent for you!   

Finding Your Dream Home 

1.) The Search

First Time Home Buyers Guide At this point in the process, you and your Cutler agent will start touring homes around the area. During this time, make sure to take advantage of one of our many helpful, home search tools. Use our Map Search Tool to easily find homes that fall within your specific criteria in a specific area. And create a free account with Cutler Real Estate to get real-time property alerts sent directly to your inbox, save searches, and find your favorite properties at home or on the go.   

2.) Stick to your budget 

When you find a home that you love, it might be tempting to put in a high-priced offer that's sure to win. But don't spread yourself too thin—stick to your budget to avoid a mortgage payment you can't afford. Remember that you made a budget for a reason and try to let that home go. We know it's hard.   

3.) Making an offer

First Time Home Buyers Guide Finally, you've found "The One". It's within your budget and has everything you've been looking for. Now it's time to make an offer. Your agent will help you negotiate a fair offer based on the value of comparable homes in the area. They will be with you every step of the way as a liaison between you and the seller's agent and can answer any questions you may have during the process. If your offer is accepted by the seller, you'll officially be under contract!   

4.) Breathe

After you've signed your name on the dotted line, you'll go into the due diligence period before you officially close on your home. During this time, you're likely freaking out—that's okay! You've made a huge, life-changing decision and you're completely allowed to panic. Just breathe. And remember that buying a home is a valuable long-term investment.  


First Time Home Buyers Guide You've made it! Closing day is finally here. This is the final step of your home-buying journey. Closing is the official transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. At closing, you'll sign your mortgage paperwork and solidify your purchase. From there, you'll be handed the keys and can break out the champagne because you're officially a homeowner! Congratulations!   

Have Questions? 

We know a thing or two about real estate, so give us a call! We would be happy to answer any questions you have about the buying process. 

9 Outdoor Clubs to Meet Like-Minded People in the Akron & Canton Area

Northeast Ohio is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, offering acres of parkland, wooded roadways and paved trails—all intertwined with urban landscapes. So while the Akron and Canton area isn't nationally known for being an outdoor destination, it should be! We have some of the best trails around for hiking and biking, along with stunning lakes, rivers and creeks that are perfect for fishing and kayaking.  But exploring the great outdoors is always more fun with a buddy. Thankfully both Akron and Canton are home to several outdoorsy groups where you can meet a few friends while you trek through the wilderness! Whether you're a hiker, a runner, a biker or a skier—there are a few friendly groups on this list just for you.  If you're looking for a solo adventure, or just want to spend the day outside with your family—check out our Complete Guide to Being Outdoorsy in the Akron & Canton Area

Jump Ahead:

Biking | Hiking | Kayaking | Running | Skiing



Hudson Velo

Hudson Velo is a biking club in Hudson, Ohio focused on recreational road biking. They meet for rides throughout the week, offering a variety of routes for a wide range of skill levels. Non-members are welcome to participate in up to three club rides before formally joining the club, so check out their calendar to see when they'll be meeting next!   

Akron Bicycle Club

The Akron Bicycle Club brings people together over their love of cycling and Northeast Ohio. Not only will you find them biking through the area three or four times a week, but also socializing at local farmers' markets, exploring local vineyards and enjoying concerts at Blossom. They frequently travel to other regions, states and even other countries to experience adventures together! You can learn more about joining the Akron Bicycle Club here  

Stark County Bicycle Club 

Formed in 1968, the Stark County Bicycle Club is a nonprofit cycling organization based in Canton. While they are primarily an on-road club, they host trail and Towpath rides as well. In addition to offering a full-ride schedule each month, they take community involvement seriously, providing safety classes for young riders and volunteering at various community events. You can get information on joining or register for a class by visiting their website  


Photo courtesy of Hilltop Hikers

Hilltop Hikers

For over 25 years, Hilltop Hikers has been bringing local nature lovers together. They hike year-round, exploring all types of trails around the area. This friendly hiking group is open to any skill level, just make sure you check the trail difficulty before you head out. And, if you aren't sure you want to officially join HillTop Hikers yet, you can try out a few hikes as a guest. Just visit their calendar to see when the next hike will be, suit up in the proper footwear, fill up your water bottle and hit the trail!    

WhyNot Adventures 

WhyNot Adventures is the perfect group for outdoor enthusiasts who have a passion for hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and more! During their hiking season, October through April, they host regular Sunday hikes throughout Northeast Ohio. But when they aren't traversing Ohio's natural landscape on foot, they're exploring the area in other ways—from touring local wineries by bike to taking train rides throughout the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. You can learn more about their weekly events by visiting their Meetup page  


Clubs in Akron and Canton Ohio

Ohio Kayak Adventures

Do you love exploring Northeast Ohio's gorgeous lakes and rivers? Then Ohio Kayak Adventures is the group for you! This community of kayakers is active year-round, hosting a variety of fun activities both on the water and off, and is open to all kayakers regardless of skill level. Visit their Meetup page to see what events are coming up—from sunrise paddles and breakfast meetups to kayak races on local lakes!   


Clubs in Akron and Canton Ohio

Falls Beer Run

If you're looking for a more "casual" running group, head up to Cuyahoga Falls every Wednesday and participate in the Falls Beer Run. Each week, local running enthusiasts complete a 5K before socializing over a beer. The route starts and ends at HiHO Brewing and showcases some of the best of Cuyahoga Falls, including the Gorge and the Glens Trail. Afterward, runners get $1 off their first pint of cold beer—can you think of a better post-run reward? We sure can't!   

Summit Athletic Running Club 

Summit Athletic Running Club is a charitable organization with over 600 members that welcomes runners of all skill levels. They host a variety of races throughout the year in Summit County, proceeds of which go towards local scholarships, food banks and children's services. They also have a variety of groups that meet regularly throughout the week, so no matter if you're a runner, a jogger, or just want to volunteer your time—the Summit Athletic Running Club has a place for you!   


Clubs in Akron and Canton Ohio

Goodyear Ski Club 

Founded in 1966, the Goodyear Ski Club is the largest ski club in the Akron area, boasting more than 275 members. Join them as they ski at local resorts, take weekend trips around Ohio, and even travel across the country to ski on some of the best slopes in the world—all while making some lifelong friends! While the group's primary focus is skiing and snowboarding, members also enjoy a variety of social events throughout the year. You can find a full list of upcoming events on their website  

Have Fun! 

What do you like to do outside in Northeast Ohio? Chat with us, and other like-minded individuals, in the comments below!` 

How to Keep a Sustainable Home

It's important to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle and be friendlier to the environment. This doesn't have to be complicated––maintaining a sustainable lifestyle can easily start right at home. When you're outside of your own space, you're not completely in control of your environmental impact, but ensuring that your home is as eco-friendly as possible gives you a big head start in the sustainability game. 

Of course, it takes more than a commitment to recycling to create a truly sustainable home. Here are a variety of tips for reducing your home's eco-impact.  

Save Energy

Sustainable Living

How many items in your house are plugged in right now? The answer is (probably) more than you would initially guess. Any average home contains around 40 electronic items that are continually drawing power, even after they've been turned off. While separately these items seem like they're using a minimal amount of energy, altogether the items that you leave plugged-in can add up to 10% of your home's total energy usage. Of course, you won't want to get in the habit of unplugging your refrigerator every time you leave the house, but devices like TVs, phone chargers, coffeemakers, and gaming consoles can easily be left unplugged overnight, or while you're out of the house during the day. Not only will this help you conserve energy, but it could also save you over $100 a year on your electric bill.

You can also cut down on energy consumption by developing simple habits like turning off lights when you leave a room and wearing sweaters in the winter instead of cranking up the heat. These practices might feel like small contributions, but when it comes to sustainability, every little bit counts. 


Reduce Water

Sustainable Living

Reducing water usage is often seen as a low priority in developed countries where access to water is taken for granted. Right now, there are over 2 billion people in the world facing some form of water scarcity, and with population, numbers increasing the issue will only get bigger. So what can you do? Besides simple things like turning the faucet off while you're brushing your teeth, washing your face, and shaving, there are several changes you can make to your home that will help you use less water. 

Utilize a rain barrel to collect rainwater that you can later use to water your indoor plants, lawn, or your garden. Rain barrels provide you with a natural supply of water that doesn't have to come from your tap! 

Install low-flow fixtures in your home that will automatically limit the amount of water you're using. You can find low-flow shower-heads, faucets, and even toilets. When these items are used in conjunction with one another, you can be saving thousands of gallons of water per year. If you're not able to purchase a new low-flow toilet, there is a pretty simple way to convert your existing toilet to use less water on every flush. 

Speaking of your plumbing, when you're saving water, it's crucial to fix any leaking faucet or appliance as soon as possible. Letting a leaky faucet drip can add up over time––in fact, the EPA notes, household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually across the United States. So just make sure there's a reputable plumber near you that can help you out when you need them.


Wear Natural

Sustainable Living

This may not be quite as obvious, but even your choice of clothing has a massive impact on the environment. When you consider everything from the pesticides used to grow the plants, to the amount of water used in production, and the chemicals used to dye the fabric, the conventional cotton industry starts looking rather unsustainable. 

You can do your part to counteract these practices by buying clothing made from organic cotton for you and your family. Organic cotton production uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton, while also using none of the chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to farmers, consumers, and the environment. 

Even if your wardrobe is already made from sustainable materials, you still have to find a way to keep them clean. We've already talked about water conservation, and while waiting to run your washer until you have a full load of clothes is certainly a big help, what about the detergent you're using? Many of the most popular laundry detergents are made with harmful chemicals, which over time can be damaging to both your clothes and your skin. At the very least, you should be using a plant-based, eco-friendly detergent. If you're really looking for an all-natural solution, try using soap nuts in your wash for a 100% zero waste solution. 


Eat Organic

Sustainable Living

Stocking your house with all-natural organic food is crucial for maintaining a fully sustainable home. Although these days it feels somewhat trendy for brands to put the word "organic" on every single product, you can actually rest assured they mean it. Any food that's marked as "organic" on their packaging, by law must be made with 95% organic ingredients. Companies who do not obey this law can face up to $10,000 in fines! 

If you're still not convinced by the supermarket labels, you can opt for the even more eco-friendly route of shopping local! Community farmer's markets are an excellent source of locally-grown produce, organic eggs, and homemade baked goods. By buying local, and skipping the middleman you're not only guaranteeing freshness, but also supporting local farmers and producers, by giving your money directly to them. 


What About You?

Making these sustainable changes to your home is important, but don't let yourself become overwhelmed. Old habits are hard to break, but if you stay dedicated to the cause, you will be able to implement these changes over time, creating a more sustainable, eco-friendly home for you and your family. What changes will you be making to mitigate your impact on our environment? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

14 Essential Cleveland Area Brunch Spots

In our opinion, brunch is the most important meal of the day. This half-breakfast, half-lunch chow down allows you to reap the benefits of both meals at the lazy hour of 11 a.m. (or later) on a weekend.  Thankfully, we're surrounded by a number of top-notch restaurants in the Cleveland area, so when the weekend comes around, there's no shortage of options. Check out this list of our favorites and get to brunching!   

Astoria Café and Market

5417 Detroit Avenue Brunch in Cleveland While Astoria Café is a great place to dine in the evening, we also love their weekend brunch. Full of unique dishes like a gyro omelet with seasoned lamb or a brunch board that comes full of quail eggs, rosemary ham, double-smoked bacon and Ohio maple syrup pearls, the menu never disappoints. Plus, their Greek Iced Frappé is spiked with Bailey's Irish Cream. Can you think of a better way to start your morning?  

Barroco Grill

12718 Larchmere Boulevard | 12906 Madison Avenue, Lakewood | 287 Crocker Park Boulevard, Westlake  This popular eatery started off as a Latin-themed café serving corny arepas. Today, they have locations on both sides of town and have broadened their culinary horizons. During the weekend, you can also enjoy cachapas, Venezuelan-style sweet corn pancakes stuffed with cheese and other fixings along with build-your-own egg plates and Colombian-inspired sides.   

Big Al's Diner

12600 Larchmere Boulevard Big Al's serves the best breakfast in town all day long. This hometown diner doesn't bother with aesthetics or #InstaWorthy dishes. Instead, they serve satellite dish-sized pancakes, mouthwatering biscuits and gravy and mountains of hashbrowns.   


6501 Detroit Avenue  Cleveland Brunch

Photo courtesy of Sarah Alessi, @caffeine_and_carbs, via Brewnuts

Brewnuts is a collaboration between two Cleveland locals, Shelley and John Pippin, who gave up their full-time jobs to pursue their passion for beer, donuts and their hometown. The shop is a combination of a charming corner bakery and your favorite happy hour spot, offering local craft brews alongside craft-beer-based, small-batch donuts. The beer pairs perfectly with any one of their unique donuts, from maple bacon to those topped with Captain Crunch cereal.  

Cleveland Vegan

17112 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood Vegans love brunch too which is why we're so glad to have Cleveland Vegan. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, they create incredible dishes without the use of animal products. Committed to being both environmentally friendly and health-conscious, they'll work with you on any and all dietary needs — both in the cafe and through their catering service. They offer some truly life-changing vegan brunch options such as delicious avocado toast, cheesy mashed potato cakes, homemade biscuits with pepper gravy and a shiitake Benedict.   

Crop Bistro

2537 Lorain Avenue Crop Bistro recently landed on a list of the best restaurants in Ohio by Thrillist— and with its fresh take on American cuisine, there's no mystery as to why! Their decadent, high-end brunch spread includes a buffet complete with a carving station for house-roasted prime rib and ham as well as a chilled seafood section bursting with shrimp cocktail, snow crab, lobster salad and more. There's even a dessert station for those of us with a sweet tooth. This all-you-can-eat experience is offered every Saturday and Sunday and costs $39 for adults or $20 for children ages five to 12.   

Dante Next Door

2247 Professor Avenue Cleveland Brunch

Photo courtesy of Dante Next Door

This casual Tremont restaurant only serves brunch and lunch, offering menus that feature fantastic morning-to-mid-afternoon dishes. We recommend the bananas foster French toast, which is covered in a banana compote and vanilla cream. You also don't want to miss their famous shrimp and grits or the pasta carbonara frittata.   


34205 Chagrin Boulevard, Moreland Hills  Flour is a must-visit Cleveland brunch destination for their eggs Benedict alone. They put a perfectly poached egg on top of a crispy English muffin and cover it in creamy hollandaise. And if that hasn't got you salivating already, what about that sweet Nutella French toast smothered in maple syrup, peanut butter powder and strawberries?   

Lucky's Café

777 Starkweather Avenue This coffee shop turned restaurant in Tremont has truly redefined the meaning of cooking from scratch. Here, you'll find the epitome of comfort food, including fluffy cheddar scallion biscuits topped with sausage gravy and a classic Reuben with house-brined corned beef. The beloved cafe sources as much as it can from local farmers and vendors, grows its veggies in the garden out back, and makes all of the bread and pastries in house. Does breakfast get any better? We think not.   

Luna Bakery Café

2482 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights | 34105 Chagrin Boulevard, Moreland Hills Cleveland Brunch

Photo courtesy of Erin Seedes via Luna Bakery Café

Luna Bakery Café puts out delectable baked goods all week long, making it the perfect spot to run in for a quick, buttery croissant and a cup of coffee before work. One of our favorite weekend activities is spending the mid-morning relaxing in their cozy café with a foamy latté and a light bite. No matter when you stop by Luna's, you should definitely try their homemade granola which will ruin the store-bought stuff forever.   

The South Side

2207 West 11th Street  For a legendary Bloody Mary, you have to visit The South Side in Tremont. They start pouring their liquid gold at 10:30 a.m. along with a side of perfectly greasy chicken and waffles. If you're looking for something slightly lighter, try the jalapeno cheddar toast or their brunch cobb which features earthy greens, bacon, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, shredded provolone and grilled chicken.   


1824 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights  Soon after opening as a soda fountain in 1972, Rolling Stone voted Tommy's the "Best Milkshake East of the Mississippi" and the menu has stayed the same ever since. Their breakfast menu has something for everyone, no matter your preference, including a few wacky dishes you can't find anywhere else. The Elsie, for example, features a triple-decker sandwich saddled with two fried eggs, bacon, cheese, peanut butter (yes, peanut butter) and mayo.   

Urban Farmer

1325 East 6th Street Brunch in Cleveland Urban Farmer is one of the most famous restaurants in the greater Cleveland area, so it should be no surprise to anyone that it's on this list. This popular eatery combines a farm-to-table menu with a cosmopolitan setting to create an unforgettable eating experience. On the weekend you can enjoy their brunch menu, full of decadent choices like brioche French toast and beef bourguignon hash.   

West Side Market Café

1979 West 25th Street Cleveland's beloved West Side Market is the oldest indoor and outdoor market space in the area — and a must-see destination for out-of-town guests. The market itself is housed in a historic, architecturally stunning building, and features local farmers, chefs, cheesemakers, butchers, artisans and, unsurprisingly, one of the best brunch spots in town! Not only are there Bloody Marys, but there's also an affordable breakfast full of brunch favorites (eggs, home fries and toast) for just $5.  

Bon Appétit!

Did we miss your favorite place to brunch in #CLE? Let's chat in the comments!

Your Guide to Spending a Full Day in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine Neighborhood, Mapped

Over the past few years, Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood has experienced a renaissance. The area, which has gone through an incredible transformation since 2012, has become a colorful mecca for young professionals, artists and small business owners. ba Whether you've lived in the Queen City for years or are brand new to the area, OTR is the perfect place to spend the day. This hip neighborhood is full of quirky shops, gorgeous historic buildings, trendy restaurants, hip cocktail lounges and more. The only challenge is deciding what to see first!  To start your day off, we recommend renting a Red Bike from one of the stations around town. In fact, there's even an app that will help you locate stations and rent a bike right from your phone.  But, no matter how you decide to traverse the neighborhood, you'll find an abundance of things to do. Our guide includes the best ways to spend your day, starting with a visit to the famed Findlay Market and ending with evening drinks at a unique arcade-bar. Enjoy!   

8 a.m. — Head to Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of Taste of Belgium

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most loved institutions. Here, you can peruse local produce, meats and handmade items from more than 40 indoor merchants all year long. While you could spend an entire day meandering through the market and trying something from every vendor, we recommend heading here for breakfast. Taste of Belgium is one of the most popular spots in the market, serving warm, mouthwatering Belgian waffles and foamy lattés. After you've eaten your fill, spend time perusing the market. A few of our favorite, must-visit spots include Saigon Market, Blue Oven Bakery and Artichoke For details on everything you can do and eat in Findlay Market, check out: 25 Must-Visit Places in and Around Findlay Market.  

10:30 a.m. — Hunt for Treasure at Wooden Nickel Antiques 

This hidden gem is open every day of the week except for Sunday and is the perfect place to escape from the elements for a few hours. This isn't your usual antique store. Wooden Nickel Antiques sells antique furniture, bars, lighting and stained glass among many other things.  Their top selling items, though, are their antique saloon back bars which they've restored to their former beauty. Whether you're looking for a new statement piece for your home, want to pick out a unique souvenir, or just want to learn more about history, the knowledgeable staff at Wooden Nickel will be able to help.   

11:30 a.m. — Explore Washington Park

Over the Rhine Things to Do

Photo courtesy of Washington Park

Honestly, we can't imagine a better way to spend a sunny mid-morning in OTR than exploring the 6-acre beauty that is Washington Park. Not only does this park offer plenty of green space to roam, there's also a dedicated dog park, a kids' playground castle, spray grounds and the American Classical Walk of Fame The park hosts various entertainment events and festivals throughout the year — including music performances, markets and outdoor movies — so be sure to check out their website to see what happenings are going on when you're visiting!   

1 p.m. — Salivate Over Sandwiches at panino. 

After spending the morning sampling delicious bites from Findlay Market, you might be looking for something lighter to indulge in for lunch. That's why you should stop by panino. This extremely popular farm-to-table eatery is hyper-local — using only ingredients from local vendors, including some from just down the street. Here, you can get a fresh salad or a drool-inducing sandwich. Enjoy your lunch in the cozy café, or take it to go and eat it as you wander the streets of OTR!   

2:30 p.m. — Enjoy a Craft Beer at Taft's Ale House

OTR Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Taft's Ale House

You can't pay a visit to OTR without visiting at least one brewery. Taft's Ale House is a local favorite, located in the old St. Paul's Evangelical Church building. At Taft's, you can experience the history of Cincinnati while sipping on a cold pint of craft beer. If you're still hungry when you stop by, don't hesitate to order the Alehouse, which features their juicy tri-tip steak, Alehouse onions, bleu cheese and red ranch sauce.  

3:30 p.m. — Shop For Gifts at MiCA 12/v

Visiting from out of town? You'll probably want to take home a souvenir (or twenty) to remember your trip! MiCA 12/v is an independently owned and operated gift shop and gallery that features fine crafts and art from local artists and designers. They're open every day, so you can shop for baby gifts, handcrafted jewelry, screen-printed t-shirts, home decor, ceramics and more.  

4 p.m. — Make a Candle at the Candle Lab

OTR Over the Rhine

You can never go wrong with a good candle. The Candle Lab sells pre-poured natural soy candles in more than 100 fragrances, but they also invite you to customize your scent. One of their Scent Stylists can help you narrow down your list to just a few scents that blend perfectly together. Then, you'll design your own label, pick your favorite jar and mix your oils at the Fragrance Bar. The process of candle cooling takes about 90 minutes, so you're welcome to wait or you can spend some time perusing the neighborhood and pick it up later.


6 p.m. — Wine and Dine at Salazar

Born in Columbia and trained at some of the best restaurants in New York City, Jose Salazar could have opened his restaurant anywhere. Finally, he landed on Over-the-Rhine, opening the doors of Salazar New American Restaurant in 2013. The small bistro offers an upscale menu full of locally sourced ingredients. So, before you head to your eventful evening, stop by and relax with a delicious entree and a glass of wine. We promise you won't be disappointed.   

8 p.m. — See a Show at the Know

The Know Theatre of Cincinnati is a non-profit theater company that produces a wide variety of shows throughout the year. In their 99-seat contemporary black box theater, you can experience unique performances from local actors and really feel like you're a part of the show. Afterward, take advantage of Underground, a full bar and cabaret stage where you can hang out and enjoy a second show for free!


10 p.m. — Play a Few Rounds of Pinball or Skee-ball at 16-Bit

OTR Over the Rhine Fun and silliness don't have to end after childhood, and 16-Bit proves that 100 times over. This unique bar caters to all children at heart, gamers and science fiction fanatics with its immersive arcade experience.  16-Bit is outfitted with around 50 traditional and new arcade games, and the selection is always changing (you can find a current list on the 16-Bit website here). The staff also equips the bar with RetroPi, retrofitted consoles that allow guests to play hundreds of older games that look and feel just like the originals. If you want to learn more about this eclectic bar, check out Ohio-Based 16-Bit Bar + Arcade is a Dream Destination for Any Kid at Heart.  

Have a Great Day! 

No matter how you plan to spend your day in Over-the-Rhine, you're guaranteed to have a blast.  

The Ultimate Guide to Annual Events in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is a thriving metropolis in the heart of the Midwest known for its friendly people, trendy fashion, growing economy and delicious restaurants. And those are just some of the reasons we think it's one of the best places to call home in the world. Columbus is a great place to be any time of the year, so whether you live here or are just passing through — there are plenty of things to do! The Buckeye City maintains an action-packed events calendar, from art festivals to spectacular fireworks displays, all year long. So take a look at the many annual events in Columbus and see how many you can attend this year!
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Columbus Asian Festival

Columbus Annual Events

Photo courtesy of the T. So-Asian Festival

This free festival welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually and continues to grow in popularity. Boasting sports, games, cultural exhibits, delicious food, shopping, martial arts and stunning performances — the festival showcases the best of Asian culture and promotes the importance of diversity. Don't miss it!  

The Memorial Tournament

The Memorial Tournament is a premier event on the PGA Tour held annually at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. The tournament was founded with three goals in mind: to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world's best golfers competing on one of the most challenging courses in the world; and to benefit many greater Columbus charities. Proceeds from this popular event go to the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations.  

Columbus Arts Festival

The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top festivals in the nation by several national publications and includes interactive activities, performances, food & beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile.  

Columbus PRIDE Festival

With approximately 500,000 visitors each year, the Columbus PRIDE Festival is one of the largest pride events in the Midwest. The event usually includes a massive downtown parade along with 150+ vendors, two live music stages and a family area!  

Red, White & BOOM!

Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest!  

Jazz & Rib Fest

Two words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held annually along the Scioto Mile, a revitalized downtown riverfront that provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz.  

Ohio State Fair

Agricultural exhibitions, a massive midway full of rides, and an incredible lineup of musical performances are just some of the fun festivities in store for you at the Ohio State Fair. The cherry on top is the gigantic helping of mouthwatering fair food — which will have you looking forward to this event every year!  

Dublin Irish Festival

Columbus Annual Events

Photo courtesy of the Dublin Irish Festival

The Dublin Irish Festival is the largest-three day Irish festival on the planet, offering a plethora of acts and performers each year. The event has been held on the first weekend in August for over 30 years and more than 100,000 guests attend each year!  

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Every summer on the Columbus riverfront, you can sample delicious food from more than 70 Ohio food trucks all on one extraordinary day! In addition to the massive amounts of food, there's also always plenty of live music and arts & crafts for all ages.  

Columbus Greek Festival

Celebrate everything you love about Greek culture at this colorful annual festival! Featuring Greek song and dance, cathedral tours, traditional costumes, and delicious food and drink, this event truly provides an opportunity to experience Greek culture without the expensive plane ticket. Every summer, explore the shops, dance to live music, and enjoy a unique Greek tasting experience that whisks you away to another time and place.  

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

This annual Labor Day arts festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year and is considered Upper Arlington's signature event! It takes place in the idyllic Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working with a variety of media. Additionally, there is always live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.  


Columbus Oktoberfest

Columbus Annual Events

Photo courtesy of Spirit Photography via the Columbus Oktoberfest

Put on your lederhosen and raise your beer stein for Columbus Oktoberfest! This fun, annual celebration puts Columbus' German heritage on display with plenty of beer, polka and delicious food. Even the kiddos are invited to hang out in the Kinderplatz while you enjoy beer-hall style dining with the adults. PROST!  

Country Living Fair

This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor!  

Fashion Week Columbus

Unbeknownst to many, Columbus is a fashion capital of the world. Don't believe us? Attend the annual Fashion Week Columbus, which showcases couture from our best local designers, fashion icons and spots to shop for your next head-turning fashion look!  

Creepside Festival

This annual Halloween festival is one you don't want to miss! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more.  

HighBall Halloween

Every year during Halloween time, head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity.  



For over 30 years, this family tradition has been a holiday must-see. Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during the holidays to see beautiful light displays along with your favorite animals. There are also fun animated light shows, a visit from Rudolph and his friends, the Polar Bear Express, Camel Rides and more!  

Conservatory Aglow

Conservatory Aglow is the biggest and brightest holiday show at the Franklin Park Conservatory every year. Artfully placed light installations highlight the lush horticulture displays within the interior biomes and courtyards. The Paul Busse model railway, hand blown glass ornament trees and poinsettia trees provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. They also offer adult libations and seasonal food to help get you in the holiday spirit!  


WinterFest is a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries, and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks! This event kicks off the dazzling illumination of lights along the Scioto Mile.  

Village Lights

Columbus Annual Events Visit the historic streets of German Village during the holiday season to discover a world of lights and magic! Follow luminaries from shop to shop and start checking off your holiday gift list as businesses are always open late with holiday specials. At StriezelMarkt on the Platz, you'll find vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice carvings, live music and more. Plus, the holiday lights display is one of the most breathtaking in the entire Columbus area!  

First Night Columbus

This spectacular New Year's Eve celebration is held in downtown Columbus and is a choose-your-own-adventure event packed full of fun every year. Check out a hands-on activity, enjoy live music, shows and of course, the fireworks finale. Perfect for families, First Night Columbus is the place to be when saying goodbye to the previous year!  


Blooms & Butterflies

See colorful butterflies take flight at the Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit is open from March until September, and patrons can visit at any time to see a diverse array of butterflies fluttering or resting on lush plants. Experts will be available to answer any questions you might have!  

Pearl Market

Columbus Annual Events Spring marks the opening of local farmers' markets! While there are several great options around town, we always look forward to the opening of the Pearl Market in downtown Columbus. Hit the market every Tuesday and Friday starting in early June to find locally grown produce, freshly baked goodies and hand-crafted trinkets.  

Happy Celebrating!

Whether you're getting ready to enjoy a massive Irish festival or a spectacular holiday fireworks display, we hope you have a great time! What annual events in Columbus do you look forward to every year?

8 Unique Places to Stay Around Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

When you think "beach vacation," Ohio isn't usually on the top of the list — but it should be! Lake Erie, which spans Ohio's entire northern border and stretches all the way to Buffalo, New York, boasts pristine sandy beaches, lush surroundings, nearby vineyards and plenty of unique spots to take it all in. Regardless of the season, a vacation to Lake Erie is always a great idea. We rounded up some of our favorite spots all around Ohio's Lake Erie shores and islands to escape to that offer distinctive experiences — from massive Caribbean-esque resorts to charming inns. So no matter what type of vacation you're looking to book, we've got something for you on this list. Happy exploring!

A Water's Edge Retreat Luxury Inn

827 East Lakeshore Drive, Kelley's Island Lake Erie Hotels A Water's Edge Retreat Luxury Inn is one of the most talked about Lake Erie destinations — and for a good reason! This idyllic Victorian house is right on the beach and offers amazing, unobstructed views in all directions. All of the guest rooms are elegantly decorated and feature all of your favorite modern conveniences like private bathrooms and air conditioning. Before you spend the day walking or biking around the island, make sure to stop in for their famous breakfast held in the beautiful formal dining room every morning!  

Captain Montague's Bed & Breakfast

229 Center Street, Huron Located in the small beach town of Huron, Ohio, Captain Montague's offers the perfect juxtaposition of Old World charm and modern luxury. The building itself was once the home to Captain C.Z. Montague and his family in the late 1800s and still has many of the original features — including a handcrafted black walnut staircase and the exquisite original wood flooring. Each of the gorgeous rooms has been completely restored and offers cozy spaces to escape to after a long day on the water!  

Hotel Kilbourne

223 West Water Street, Sandusky Hotel Kilbourne is Sandusky's first boutique hotel located on the city's beautiful historic waterfront. The adorable, Instagram-worthy rooms are full of luxurious touches like cozy bedding, appliances and stunning views of either the city or the breathtaking waterfront. We recommend this quaint hotel not only because of its fantastic amenities, but also its central location close to Sandusky's downtown entertainment scene, the beach and Cedar Point ferries.  

Firefly Beach Resort

4903 Cleveland Road East, Huron

Photo courtesy of Firefly Beach Resort

A quintessential beach destination, Firefly Beach Resort offers over five acres of private grounds for your summer vacation. Stay in their tiny, colorful cottages or park your RV on their large camper space — no matter where you stay in the resort the beach will be only a few feet away. And if you get hungry during your waterfront relaxation session, pay a visit to the Erie Kai, the onsite restaurant that serves up fresh fish, grilled sandwiches and other delicious dishes.  

Milan Inn-Tiques

29 East Church Streets, Milan Milan Inn-Tiques is located on Milan's Village Square close to the Edison Birthplace Museum and several other historic destinations. Downstairs, peruse for gems in their antique store, enjoy the colorful murals in the "Edison Room" and take a break at the Coffee Station. And if you're looking for a truly unique place to stay in Milan, there is a one unit room for rent upstairs that can sleep up to 10 people! The cozy apartment features, of course, antique decor along with modern amenities like a TV, full kitchen, wireless internet and a laundry space.

Coastal Floating Homes

545 West Lakeshore Drive, Port Clinton Why should you settle for being near the water when you could literally be on the water? Well, we're happy to tell you that you can, indeed, stay right on Lake Erie in a Coastal Floating Home! These one-to-two-bedroom homes are floating on the water, with a boat dock at your door. As an added bonus, each home offers a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, satellite TV and are located just steps from downtown Port Clinton and ferry service to the Lake Erie Islands.  

Cedar Point's Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark

2001 Cleveland Road West, Sandusky Places to stay near Lake Erie

Photo courtesy of Cedar Point's Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark 

For a fun, family vacation, there's no better place to stay on Lake Erie than Cedar Point. Not only can you have a blast at the famous amusement park and the beach right out front, but the Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark brings the fun right to your hotel with a wave pool, water coaster, slides and so much more. Plus, in your resort, you'll also find a fitness center, arcade and several fantastic restaurants!  

Islander Inn

225 Erie Street, Put-in-Bay This Caribbean-style hotel is a vacationer favorite in Put-in-Bay offering the best of Lake Erie's natural beauty and the feeling of an exotic vacation at the same time. Throughout the resort, you can find four huge pools, a 30-person jacuzzi and two swim-up bars. So spend your days lounging by the water with a drink or rent a golf cart from the hotel and explore the historic island!  

Have a Fun Vacation!

No matter where you're planning on spending your vacation days, we hope you have a blast!

16 Columbus Small Businesses + Organizations Making a Difference

Columbus consists of a tight-knit community that never passes up an opportunity to come together for a greater cause. That's why it is no surprise to us that there are so many fantastic businesses and organizations in the area dedicated to lending a helping hand whenever they can. We rounded up some of the businesses and organizations in Columbus that are truly making a difference in the community right now. From donating their profits to a local charity to providing essential services to those in need — these Columbus locals are proving how amazing our city is every day.  

Local Small Businesses

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

3041 Indianola Avenue

Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Travis Stewart Photography via Eat, Purr, Love

If you're a coffee and cat lover, you may never want to leave Eat, Purr, Love. When you visit this eclectic "cat café," not only can you enjoy fantastic local coffee, baked goods and board games, but you can also play with adorable cats that are all available for adoption. By providing a comfortable space to hang out and meet new feline friends, Eat, Purr, Love has been able to send hundreds of cats to new homes. If you want to learn more about this eclectic small business, check out An Inside Look Into Eat, Purr, Love: Central Ohio's First Cat Café!

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 West 5th Avenue Do you know what's in your beauty products? More often than not, soaps, shampoos, lotions and other products 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! Plus, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities. If you have an organization that you would like to be considered for a donation you can contact Glenn Avenue on their website.

Hot Chicken Takeover

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Hot Chicken Takeover

In the fall of 2013, owners Joe DeLoss and his wife Lisa visited Nashville and experienced their famous hot chicken culture for the first time. After tasting the chicken and getting hooked on the community surrounding the iconic dish, they decided to bring it to Columbus. Today, Hot Chicken Takeover is one of the most successful restaurants in the city, but HCT is about more than the chicken — it's about the people who work and eat there as well. That's why they provide supportive jobs to anyone in the area who needs a fair chance at work, regardless of homelessness, previous incarceration or any other barrier to employment.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Multiple Locations 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, and they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country. 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 and the Columbus community. They recently switched to long-handled metal taster spoons and ditched the plastic ones and work exclusively with local growers, makers, producers and suppliers.


495 South 3rd Street | 2424 East Main Street, Bexley Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes

Former professional golfers Mollie and Kelly are the brains behind Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes. After traveling the world for 10 years during their golf careers, the pair decided they wanted to open a new cake experience in Columbus. At both of their locations, one in Bexley and the other in German Village, you can try their incredible cupcakes that look just as amazing as they taste. But it isn't just Kittie's fantastic cakes that landed them on this list, they are also very dedicated to the Columbus community, donating any leftovers to local charities and getting highly involved with charity fundraising.

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 to make it more eco-friendly. And it isn't just environmental sustainability they are committed to — Land Grant also donated over $38,000 in 2018 to local area education, sustainability and community building initiatives.  

Local Organizations

A Kid Again

777-G Dearborn Park Lane A Kid Again has one goal: to make sure that every child in American with a life-threatening illness gets the chance to be a kid again. Using donations from the local community and with the help of volunteers, A Kid Again helps children that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition feel normal by taking them on fun adventures around town. A trip to Kings Island, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Scene 75 are just some of the fun adventures A Kid Again has organized.

City Year Columbus

350 East 1st Avenue Suite 250 City Year has made headlines all over the world for the impact they are having on schools and communities throughout the United States. Their goal is to help prevent children from dropping out of school, something nearly a quarter of Columbus students do. Our local chapter has spent nearly two decades serving students all over the area, serving more than a million hours and reaching more than 75,000 students.

Columbus Early Learning Centers

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio For over 130 years, Columbus Early Learning Centers have been providing fantastic early learning and care to Columbus area children. They provide affordable child care and education to all Columbus families, regardless of income and work to prepare children for kindergarten. If you're interested in donating or volunteering at a Columbus Early Learning Center, you can learn more on their website.   

Dublin Furniture Banc

6253 Old Avery Road, Dublin Dublin Furniture Banc works tirelessly to ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in the Central Ohio area are safe and have their basic needs taken care of. Using generous donations from the community, they help provide those in need with furniture including mattresses, couches and dressers along with home appliances and even automobiles.

Franklinton Farms

867 West Town Street Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating beauty and building community. The farm features a 12 Site Scattered Urban Farm with High Tunnels for year-round production. Among those sites they have a Paw Paw Orchard, a berry patch, a microgreens grow room, and a lot of produce growing. The Patrick Kaufman Memorial Franklinton Community Garden is home to many community events. Check them out here to get the freshest produce in Franklinton!

The Idea Foundry

421 West State Street Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio The Idea Foundry is a place where anyone can explore their desire to make things. No matter what your passion is — video game design, welding, woodworking or public speaking — you can practice it at the Idea Foundry in one of their quiet workspaces, classrooms or workshops. And if you're interested in learning a new artisan skill, check out their calendar and see what types of classes and events they have going on this month!

Local Matters

633 Parsons Avenue In 2008, Local Matters was created to help put healthy, affordable food in the hands of Columbus residents and to educate the community on the importance of good nutrition. They work with schools to get students excited about healthy food; advocate for food education and access for all; and help families shop for, plan and cook healthy meals on a budget. Local Matters hosts several events every week, from cooking classes to gardening workshops. Visit their calendar to see what you could be learning this month.


620 East Broad Street, Suite 300 For nearly four decades, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has been delivering a unique classical music experience to the people of Columbus through innovative programming and educational outreach. Not only does this orchestra consistently deliver stunning performances throughout the city, but they are also dedicated to providing accessible music education to everyone in Columbus. From outreach in schools and colleges to internships to free family-friendly concerts in neighborhoods and parks throughout Columbus — ProMusica is bringing a love of music to the community every way they can.

Southside Roots

280 Reeb Avenue Southside Roots is our city's only Pay-What-You-Can market, offering a variety of grocery items and meals to locals, regardless of how much money they are able to spend. At their café, you'll find a seasonal menu full of healthy and delicious ingredients, which you can pay the full price for or you are welcome to give your time in service as payment. Once a week on Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m., Southside Roots hosts a free community dinner that helps bring people together and often includes dishes from all around Columbus.  

Tell us about your organization!

Do you run a nonprofit or support one that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

6 Amazing Starter Homes For Sale in the Akron & Canton Area

Buying a home can be both the most exciting and the most stressful experience of your life — whether you've purchased several or you're a first timer. There are so many factors to consider! But, with the right support system and the help of some trusted professionals, you'll be living in your dream home before you know it.  In the meantime, check out a few of our favorite starter homes on the market right now in the Akron and Canton area. These humble abodes boast smaller square footage and reasonable price tags, making each one an excellent home for a first-time buyer.  If you're sticking to a tighter budget, don't fret. You can use our advanced search tool to find homes in the area that are within your desired price range!   

Spacious Home for Under $100K 

3 Beds | 1 Bath | 1,672 Square Feet | $99,900  Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 910 Ridge Road, Canton | Listed by Tammy Grogan & Associates

You'll never believe this gorgeous three-bedroom home in Canton is listed for under $100K! The fantastic features include a spacious living room filled with original woodwork, a sunroom/office, a recently updated kitchen and a roomy backyard. Settled in a quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets only seconds away from the McKinley Monument and the Football Hall of Fame, this is one you won't want to miss.   

Stunning Move-In Ready Condo 

2 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,716 Square Feet | $279,900

Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 1466 South Main Street, North Canton | Listed by Kaszyca Real Estate 

While a condo might not be the first thing you think of when you picture a "starter home", this opulent option might change your mind. The stunning kitchen is outfitted with new appliances and designer details while the elegant formal dining room can fulfill all of your dinner party dreams. Additional luxurious features include a massive master suite, a spacious laundry room and one of the most beautiful, natural settings in North Canton.     

Ranch Home with Enchanting Overlook 

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,189 Square Feet | $240,00 Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 3660 Ira Circle, Canton | Listed by Lise Kernan 

This beautifully updated home is situated on a cul-de-sac lot in the desirable Arch Creek neighborhood in Canton. While the inside features plenty of space—with an open concept great room, dining area and kitchen—it's the outdoor features that make this home truly special. A deck spans the back of the entire home, overlooking trees and a small stream. As an added bonus, the home's landscape also features a tiny shed full of potential!   

Adorable Akron Home With Plenty to Love

3 Beds | 1 Bath | 1,128 Square Feet | $117,900 Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 1667 Sunset Avenue, Akron | Listed by Michelle Sanders

This darling bungalow is conveniently located just a half a block away from the 10-acre open space, Heintz-Hillcrest Park. With plenty of recent updates throughout, this home is the definition of "move-in-ready". The modern living room is outfitted with new carpeting and the over-sized kitchen offers plenty of space to move around. And the private fenced backyard is the perfect space to gather and entertain.  

Better-Than-New Home in Massillon

3 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,952 Square Feet | $239,900 Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 7168 Crusader Street, Massillon | Listed by Peggy S. Skakun

This open and spacious home is located in a wonderful neighborhood in Massillon. Enter into a welcoming open floor plan with hardwood floors and high ceilings. The kitchen is equipped with plenty of counter space and an extended center island and looks out over a great room with a fireplace and a dining area offering outdoor access. Upstairs, you'll find three lovely bedrooms and a full bathroom.       

Endearing Cottage Perfect for Entertaining 

3 Beds | 1 Bath | 1,456 Square Feet | $139,900  Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio Affordable Homes in Akron & Canton Ohio

This home can be found at 3401 Stahl Avenue, Massillon | Listed by Dominic Fonte & Associates

This home in Highland View Farms is filled with rustic and vintage charm. The floor plan has a spacious kitchen and dining room setup, and the cozy living room has a fireplace and opulent crown moldings. The lush backyard is an enchanting urban oasis, featuring a quaint patio and plenty of room to play.  

Enjoy your home search!

If you're looking for a home in the Cincinnati area—or anywhere else in Ohio—we're here to help! Contact us or use our advanced search tool to get started.  

An Insider's Guide to Hiking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hiking season is upon us and we can't think of a better place to trek through nature than the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Our lovely park is filled with magnificent waterfalls, lush foliage, striking views and plenty of hiking trails to enjoy it all. While you may be able to hike all 125 miles of trails the Cuyahoga Valley has to offer this summer, we rounded up some of our favorites to help you get started. Whether you're a beginner or an old pro, we've got a hike just for you on this list along with some things to do when you've stepped off the trail. Happy adventuring! Looking for more outdoor activities to enjoy in Northeast Ohio this season? Check out our complete guide to being outdoorsy in the Akron and Canton area.  


Hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park


Haskell Run

0.6 Mile Haskell Run is a quick valley outing with a pair of rustic wooden bridges to climb on. This spot is a great place to go birdwatching, explore stunning wildflower gardens, or go on a quick hike with the kids. If you're looking for a little more mileage, this trail offers easy access to the Boston Run Trail.

Forest Point Trail

0.8 Mile This short loop trail is perfect for beginners or a great warm-up for more advanced hikers. Located near Peninsula, Ohio and almost completely flat, the Forest Point Trail is accessible year-round and features many opportunities to see wildlife in action.

Lake Trail

1 Mile This short loop travels along Kendall Lake, allowing you and your family to catch glimpses of the local wildlife along the water. Lake Trail is a fairly easy hike, with a few sets of stairs that climb up and down with the small elevation changes along with a concrete tunnel that leads through a hill.

Plateau Trail

4.9 Miles Originally intended for cross-country skiing, the Plateau Trail is a favorite among hikers and runners as well. For a truly stunning sight, visit this trail during autumn for an incredible, colorful view! And don't forget your lunch; there's a quaint sitting area right off the trail where you can host a picnic. Insider tip: During the summer and early fall this trail can get really buggy, so don't forget your insect spray!

Towpath Trail

19.5 Miles It's no secret that we love the Towpath Trail, a trail that extends from Akron to Cleveland and offers 85+ miles to explore. Part of this massive trail just happens to cut through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park — almost 20 miles of flat, asphalt or limestone pavement perfect for biking, hiking or just a morning walk in nature!  


Hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park


Brandywine Gorge Loop

1.4 Miles Brandywine Falls is one of the most gorgeous sights in Ohio making this trail one of the most trafficked in the park. While it might be busy when you go, we promise the views are worth it! This trail starts at the historic Inn at Brandywine Falls and follows the edge of the gorge, eventually taking you down to creek level. If you want to avoid the crowds, try parking at the Stanford House and hiking the 3.8-mile trail through the woods.

The Ledges Loop

1.7 Miles The Ledges hike is one of the most iconic trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Traverse the intermediate hike or drive straight to the parking lot to reach the Ledges Overlook, which offers breathtaking views of the valley. This trail is rocky and rough, so make sure to wear sufficient footgear and adhere to any closure signs for your safety.  

Boston Run Trail

3.4 Miles This 3.5-mile loop is perfect for trail running or for walkers looking for a good workout. Not only does this trail offer plenty of hills to get your legs burning, but it's located along the river, giving you the chance to spot plenty of beautiful wildlife. We recommend avoiding this trail after rainfall as it can get pretty muddy. Insider tip: At the beginning of the loop, take a left to go down the hill so you don't have to climb up it at the very end!

Deer Lick Cave Loop Trail

3.7 Miles Nearing four miles, this loop hike will lead you through some of the most beautiful rolling terrain in the park. Park at the Valley Parkway which intersects the trail and is a more secluded section of Cuyahoga Valley and then hit the trail! Along the way, you'll see creeks, a picnic area and the lovely Deer Lick Cave.  


East Rim Trail

2.3 Miles If you love mountain biking, you're in for a treat! The East Rim Trail is the first of its kind, made for mountain bikers and advanced hikers, featuring sharp turns, rocky obstacles and steep hills. Plus, the scenery is gorgeous with breathtaking views, towering forests and dense woods that will make you feel like you're in another world entirely. Eventually, this trail will measure nearly 10 miles long, so make sure to keep visiting to see the new additions!

Perkins Trail

2.7 Miles For those looking for a more advanced hike, the Perkins Loop is a great choice. This almost-3-mile trek is one of only four trails in the park to have earned Cuyahoga National Park's most difficult rating. The trail starts at the iconic Everett Covered Bridge and will lead you to a grown-up game of Chutes and Ladders, switchbacks, muddy sections, steep and pebbly slopes and across a shallow creek. This hike is definitely not for the beginner, but it sure is fun!

Buckeye Trail: Station Road to Boston

12 Miles The Buckeye Trail extends fully around the entire state of Ohio. While we know you probably don't have the time to hike the full 1,444-mile trail at once, you can enjoy the sections located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In fact, our favorite section, the Station Road to Boston Trail, allows you to catch a glimpse of all of the most popular overlooks in the area. The 12-mile trail will take you past Blue Hen Falls, Deer Lick Cave, the Ohio Erie Towpath Trail and so many more incredible sights.  

Where to Go After Your Hike

Explore the Stanford House

When you're looking for a place to stop off and relax during or after your hike — the Stanford House is the perfect spot. This historic home was built in 1843 and was a youth hostel until recently when it was turned into a quaint bed and breakfast. Stop in and take a look, and a few pictures, of the rustic farmhouse atmosphere. Or, stay a couple of nights in one of their cozy rooms with abundant nature right outside your window.

Enjoy a Concert at the Blossom Music Center

While you're in the area, make sure to stop by the Blossom Music Center for a concert! This popular venue hosts nationally touring acts that perform right in the middle of a forested patch of land in the park. So no matter whether you're there to see the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts or Flo Rida  — you're in for a treat!

Shop at Szalay's

Winter Farmers' Markets in Cincinnati If there's anything you must do while you're in the area, it's paying a visit to Szalay's Sweet Corn and Farm Market! The market is filled with colorful, fresh produce and grilled corn you can grab as a snack. And if you're visiting in the fall, you won't want to miss their famous corn maze

Grab a Burger at Flip Side

Online reviewers rave about Flip Side, a local burger chain restaurant with locations all over Ohio. Head to the nearby Hudson and chow down on some of the best burgers in the state along with truffle fries, Kobe beef corn dogs, local beer, and Medjool date milkshakes in a relaxed environment.

And a Sweet Treat from Rosati's Frozen Custard

Hiking Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Photo courtesy of Rosati's Frozen Custard

End your day on the highest note at Rosati's Frozen Custard, a famous Ohio spot for a good reason. They offer fresh, creamy custard that is made in-house and serve it in cones, sundaes, shakes and even blended with different toppings. Plus, their neon and vintage building is the perfect spot to hang out and snap a few shots for your Instagram!  

Insider Tips

Cross Country Skiing

Things to do in winter in akron and canton Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy the great outdoors. Several trails within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including the Towpath Trail, are open during the winter and are perfect for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding!

See the Wildlife

Throughout the park, you'll get the chance to see some incredible wildlife in their natural habitats. From owls and ducks to deer and large squirrels — you can meet them all right here! But remember to keep your distance and stay aware as there are some dangerous animals that also call parts of the park home.

Bike Aboard

Hiking in Cuyahoga Valley

Photo courtesy of Brenda Long- Chiefbear on the Road Photography via the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad 

More of a biker than a hiker? No worries! There are plenty of trails that are perfect for biking and even mountain biking. We recommend you take advantage of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's popular Bike Aboard Program, which allows you to ride the train one way and bike the other for just $5!

Stay Safe

Hiking is a fun way to see some nature and get active outside. But when interacting with the great outdoors, you should take some precautions to stay safe.
  • Make sure to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements, even if it's cloudy outside.
  • Always wear long pants tucked into your shoes or socks to keep the ticks away.
  • Hike earlier in the day rather than later, but if you do choose to hike at night, bring a flashlight and watch for trail hazards.
  • When hiking to overlooks, especially close to water, be aware that some spots may be slippery and use caution when approaching the edge.
  • Always adhere to caution signs and closure notices and make sure to never climb over railings — they're there for your safety!

Have Fun!

We hope you have a fun adventure! Did we miss your favorite spot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Tell us all about it in the comments!  

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