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NEWS

Warren County festivals, attractions to spur busy fall travel season

Cleveland Botanical Garden Is a Must-See

Beach Mountain Joins Holiday Lineup in Warren County

If You're Into Cars, Motorcycles, Airplanes & Bicycles, visit the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum

Murphin Ridge Inn impresses guests, receives top reviews

Hocking Hills' unforgettable arts and agriculture sites mapped out -- `

Kelleys Island is Very Special

BURTON

Ma & Pa's Gift Shack Horse-Drawn Sleigh & Carriage Rides

Ma & Pa's Gift Shack, 15161 Main Market Road (S.R. 422), Burton, OH
440.548.5521 or www.maandpas.com
Gather up the family for a brisk ride in an antique sleigh or carriage through the woods. Warm up by the fire after your outdoor adventure with hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Romantic night rides are also available.

CEDAR FALLS

Where to Stay

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls breaks ground on The Gathering Place event facility

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls announced that it has broken ground on an innovative new meeting and events facility, The Gathering Place Located on the grounds of the renowned spa and inn and surrounded by the caves, forests and waterfalls of southeast Ohio's magnificent Hocking Hills region, The Gathering Place is a one-of-a kind facility. The 5,000-square-foot, fully handicapped accessible space will feature an open layout and space for meetings and social events of up to 50 people. Events are already being booked; visit www.innatcedarfalls.com or call 1-800-65-FALLS (800-653-2557).

The Gathering Place--

located in an 1840s log cabin, will boast gorgeous views of the Hocking Hills and plenty of warm, natural light filtering into its large meeting room. It also includes a more intimate 450-square-foot windowed breakout space, featuring local artists from southeast Ohio. A 1,000-square-foot rooftop herb and flower garden with walking paths and a covered outdoor wraparound porch furnished with comfortable chairs and rockers offer additional space for breaks and cocktail events. The 1840s log cabins that serve as Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls‚ existing tavern and dining room provide added space for meals and functions. Thirty new parking spots are also part of this major Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls expansion.

This one-of-a-kind events facility will boast state-of-the-art green features, including:

· One third of the building is underground for most energy efficient heating and cooling
· High-energy windows and doors
· Tankless hot water heaters offer hot water on demand in meeting space, kitchen, and spa, with inn rooms, cottages and cabins going tankless as existing heaters are replaced
· 5,000-gallon rain water storage recycles water for garden and toilets· Recycled logs and lumber used whenever possible (more than 50%)· Fully energy efficient florescent lighting in meeting and common area· Recycled carpet· Outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic (milk and water bottles)· Vinyl flooring in bar and restrooms made from 40% recycled plastics· Advanced high-energy efficient heating and cooling features computerized thermostat, which monitors outside air and anticipates heat load
· State-of-the-art heat and cooling recovery ventilator air return system (uses existing air to heat and cool air within ductwork)· Dehumidifiers create cooler, dryer air cutting the air conditioning use· 2' x 6' wood walls offer greater energy efficiency· 22% more energy insulated efficiency than green recommendations· Rooftop garden offers eight inches or more of added natural earth and plant insulation

The Gathering Place will offer full-service dining for every meal and break, featuring The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls‚ legendary fine dining experience led by Executive Chef Anthony Schulz. Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls talented event planners will also create and facilitate team building workshops and memorable activities designed to enhance any meeting or social event, such as: organized hikes; zipline canopy tours; spa treatments; cooking and wellness classes; wine and beer tastings; rappelling/rock climbing; kayaking/canoeing, and skeet shooting and other special group experiences.

In addition to events for corporate and social groups, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls will hold special events for the Inn's leisure guests within the new space. With its state-of-the-art flat-screen TVs and AV system, The Gathering Place will create and host parties for sporting and other televised events such as the Academy Awards, Kentucky Derby, World Series, major golf tournaments, the Super Bowl and Buckeye football and other major sporting contests.

Perched on the edge of a craggy gorge in southeast Ohio's spectacular Hocking Hills, The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers corporate, group and leisure visitors an unprecedented opportunity to turn off their cell phones and reboot their spirit. Crafted from several log cabins that date back to the 1800s, the inn and the spa are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and miles and miles of trails for bird watching, hiking, horseback riding and more. Executive Chef Anthony Schulz prepares wonderful meals and breaks using produce from local growers whenever possible. Many of the herbs and flowers that decorate the Inn are rooted just outside the kitchen door. Complete information on the Gathering Place and the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls is available at www.innatcedarfalls.com or (800) 653-2557.

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls introduces new 'Taste of Ohio' culinary, artist offerings

Long known for a commitment to sustainable tourism, and for offering one of the Midwest's most unique relaxing, scenic escapes, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has just launched a new program featuring local and regional artists and food offerings. A new art gallery has been added to the renowned Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls gift shop, featuring a wide sampling of some of the region's fine artists. In addition, The Inn will now offer a host of Ohio gourmet specialty foods in both the gift shop and at the table. For example, the roast beef Panini served at lunch features slow-roasted beef, Heine's Amish Vidalia onion cheese and watercress greens topped with Coopers Mill Vidalia onion relish and served on whole wheat bread

Some of the fine foods that will be featured in The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls Gift Shop and kitchen, as well as being available in special gift baskets, include:

· Ben's Sweet & Hot Mustard
· Coopers Mill jam, jelly, fruit butter, etc.
· Tonn‚s Apiaries Amish honey products
· Herbal Sage Tea Company
· Red Onion Kitchen
· Heini‚s Cheese Chalet Amish milk-based artisan cheeses
· Jose Madrid salsa and tortilla chips
· Misty Mountain Estate herb blends
· Vino de milo pasta sauce

The Inn Gift Shop Gallery and dining room décor will feature a number of area artists, including:

· Photography: Eric Hoffman, Jeff Shaw and James Crotty
· Pottery: Lisa Jollic, Carmen Schulz and Marietta Run Clay
· Watercolor painting: Dennis McCann and Lisa Schorr
· Acrylic painting, wood carving: Eric Murphy

· Blown glass: Nick Delmatto
· Stained Glass: Bonnie Proudfoot
· Glassworks: Janet and Dave Gustafson Woodturning: James and Suzanne Hizer
· Poetry Books: Stephen Emerick
· Hand-made soaps: With Nature in Mind
· Glassworks by Janet & Dave Gustafson

Perched on the edge of a craggy gorge in southeast Ohio's spectacular Hocking Hills, The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to turn off their cell phones and laptops and reboot their spirit. Crafted from several log cabins that date back to the 1800s, the inn and the spa are barren of phones, fax machines and data ports. Guests find only breathtaking scenery and miles and miles of trails for bird watching, hiking, horseback riding and more. The Inn's Chef prepares wonderful meals using produce from The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls garden. Even the herbs and flowers that decorate the place are rooted just outside the kitchen door.

CINCINNATTI

Where to Stay

Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) Opens New Location in Cincinnati

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation, NYSE: RLH) has announced that the company has converted the Red Lion Hotel Cincinnati/Sharonville following a significant investment by the owners.

The Red Lion Hotel Cincinnati/Sharonville, 11320 Chester Road, has 184 rooms and is located 16 miles north of downtown Cincinnati south of the I?75 and I?275 corridor. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a business center and a restaurant, the Sharon Hill Bar & Grill. The property also has approximately 17,000 square feet of meeting space and is located across the street from the Sharonville Convention Center, the only LEED?certified meeting space in the Cincinnati area, offering 65,000 of useable square feet. Adjacent to the hotel are the new multi-million dollar athletic and entertainment facilities currently under development by Princeton City Schools and the CoCo Key Water Resort, featuring four 40?foot water slides.
The Great American Ball Park, American Sign Museum, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Krohn Conservatory are just a few of the many attractions in the region. Cincinnati, Ohio, is located at the tri?state intersection of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The city is corporate headquarters to 10 Fortune 500 companies including Macy’s, Kroger Co. and Procter & Gamble Co.
About RLHC:
Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, management and ownership of midscale and upscale hotels. Established in 1959, the company has more than 55 hotels system wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

What to See & Do

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CLEVELAND

NOTE: For more information on Cleveland, contact:

Positively Cleveland at web site www.positivelycleveland.com, or write to Positively Cleveland at The Higbee Building, 100 Public Square, Suite 100, Cleveland, Ohio 44113; Phone: 216-875-6600, email: cvb@positivelycleveland.com

Where to Stay

The Schofield Hotel

Chef-inspired restaurants, a growing music scene and increasing tourism infrastructure has made the “rebirth” of Cleveland one of America’s hottest cities. While only being under a year old, The Schofield Hotel is a well known landmark in downtown Cleveland. The first ever Hard Rock Rocksino is only a 30 minute drive from the property and offers a day or night full of gaming, entertainment, delicious food and that true ‘rock and roll’ vibe! For those guests who can’t make the trip out to visit the Rocksino, don’t worry! The Schofield has their very own complimentary guitar loaner program where guests can rent guitars for jam sessions in their rooms.
Address: 2000 E 9th Street Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone Number: (216) 357-3250
Website: www.theschofieldhotel.com

Treat that Special Someone to a Romantic Cleveland Getaway

Love is in the air in Cleveland with everything you need for an affordable romantic weekend getaway. Spoil that special someone over a candlelit dinner, shower them with gifts from local businesses and pamper their every need over spa treatments and wine trails.

Book your room in advance because your promptness and special planning will pay off when you have the finest hotel packages from which to choose including bottles of champagne, bouquets of roses, comfy bathrobes and luxurious bedding. Or, make it even more magical by staying at one of our cozy B+Bs for the weekend. Here's a sneak peek of what's being offered.

The Bertram Hotel and Conference Center

600 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, 330.995.0200, www.thebertraminn.com
Nestled in historic Aurora, Ohio (just 30 miles southeast of Cleveland) sits the beautifully appointed Bertram Hotel & Conference Center. Enjoy upscale, four-diamond dining at the Leopard Restaurant inside. Or, head to Paws for a more casual dining experience. This hotel provides easy access to nearby golf courses, outlet shopping and spas. Visitors can also enjoy complimentary shuttle service within a ten-mile radius.

Marriott Airport Hotel

4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, 216.252.5333, www.mariott.com
Besides its ideal location near the airport, this beautifully appointed hotel just completed a $20 million renovation that unveils a new, reinvented lobby concept, or M.I. Greatroom, designed specifically for the 24/7 patterns of today's travelers. Additionally, the hotel opened a new, contemporary restaurant, AMP 150, which has a menu created by Chef Dean James Max whose popular 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale earned him critical acclaim.

The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

1515 West 3rd Street, 216.623.1300, www.ritzcarlton.ocm/cleveland
From spacious guestrooms and suites to the exclusive Club lounge with expansive views of the city's skyline, the award-winning 206-room Ritz-Carlton just completed an $8 million complete makeover. The Ritz is perfect for the foodie guest who won't be able to resist their signature restaurant MUSE, as well as various culinary- focused packages.

InterContinental Hotel Cleveland (downtown)

216.707.4100 www.cleveland.intercontinental.com  
A Touch of Romance
This ultra-romantic package will wow your loved one on a special occasion or no occasion at all. Chilled champagne, a dozen roses and Godiva chocolates are ready upon your arrival. Later in the evening you can relax in "his and her" personalized bathrobes. Breakfast for two in North Coast Café and a keepsake frame are included.

Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Centre (downtown)

216.771.7600 www.clevelanddowntownhotel.com  
Romance Package
Snuggle in for a comfortable and romantic stay at the Crowne Plaza and enjoy the compliments of free parking, a made-to-order breakfast and a 2pm late checkout so you can sleep in the next morning.

Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade (downtown)

800.233.1234 cleveland.hyatt.com  
Amour Package
Oohlala -- Enjoy time for just the two of you during your stay at Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade. The historic elegance of The Arcade makes for a picturesque setting for a romantic weekend.

Kalahari Resort (45 minutes west)

419.433.7200 www.kalahariresorts.com  
Spa, King Bed and Breakfast Package
Ohio's largest indoor waterpark has a romantic side. Deluxe accommodations including a king size bed and a special spa treatment are just some of the perks in this package.

The Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort (45 minutes west)

419.433.3800 www.sawmillcreek.com

Romance Package
A luxurious king size bed, a bottle of wine and fine dining are just some of the amenities included at this picturesque lakeside resort.

J. Palen House Bed and Breakfast near west side)

216.664.0813 www.jpalenhouse.com
Escape the Ordinary Package
Escape packages include a beautiful suite, a three-course breakfast, complimentary beverage and snacks, and a home-baked evening "sweetie" to ensure pleasant dreams. Guests of J. Palen House receive a 10% discount at Light Bistro, The Flying Fig or Bier Market and Bar Cento -- some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood.

Hallauer House Bed and Breakfast
(near west side)

440.774.3400 www.hallauerhousebnb.com
Stay for a romantic weekend and get a free night included in your stay when you book the Union or Confederate rooms.

Homestead House Bed and Breakfast
(near east side)

440.946.1902 www.homesteadhousebb.com
Sweet Heart Package
Relax in front of your private fireplace or enjoy a bubble bath in the two-person jacuzzi tub. Savor a Valentines Day candlelit dinner for two, specially prepared by the world-class chefs at the Laura Paganni Culinary Institute.  

Where to Eat

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but a bottle of red and a delicious dinner are sure to win almost anyone over. Check out some of Cleveland's most romantic locales.

AMP 150 - This restaurant located in the recently restored Cleveland Airport Marriott, is the newest destination restaurant by Chef Dean James Max. The farm-to-plate movement comes to life through a menu consisting of local artisan products and hand-crafted cuisine much to the liking of critics and locals alike. Chef Ellis Cooley, the on-site executive chef, works tirelessly to create a locally-produced and affordable menu from his recently created quarter-acre garden behind the restaurant. 216.706.8720, www.prestisbakery.com

Happy Dog (New Menu) - The Happy Dog is a true Cleveland treasure where visitors can sit back and enjoy a beer from the massive selection at this ultra-retro, old-fashioned bar. Live music offered various nights throughout the week including the kitsch "Polka Happy Hour". But while the Happy Dog's been around for what seems like forever, visitors can't leave without experiencing the all-new menu of make-us-happy gourmet hotdogs. The menu, created by 2010 James Beard Foundation semifinalist Chef Eric Williams, involves toppings ranging from ketchup and mustard to bacon spiked southern greens and creole remoulade. 216.651.9474, www.happydogcleveland.com

Melt Bar + Grilled (New Location) - Quickly becoming the establishment in which nosh while exploring the culinary creations in Cleveland Plus, Melt Bar + Grilled knew it was time to expand. The beloved Cleveland Plus restaurant opened its doors to a second location on the east side of town in Cleveland Heights in 2010. Still offering their grilled cheese creations of gooey goodness, the new venue offers additional seating.

Metro Bar + Kitchen - The recently opened Metro Bar + Kitchen is a dynamic, energetic restaurant featuring a mouthwatering menu chocked full of American classics and a bar serving more than 15 craft and microbrews. Entering the emerging "burger bar" scene, Metro brings its own version of this American pastime to the forefront. 216.241.1300, www.metrobarandkitchen.com

Roseangel - Roseangel is the newest culinary addition to the Gordon Square Arts District, a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. Experience Cleveland chef Marlin Kaplan's take on a modern taqueria with gourmet salsas, more than a dozen taco selections and desserts to boot.

Zinc - Named for the cafes of Paris known for their always-buzzing social gatherings, Zinc opens its doors in the vibrant Gateway District and East Fourth Street area. Serving classic French and American fare, Zinc offers Cleveland's only raw bar with oysters, clams, crab and other fish. Outside, visitors can enjoy the 30-seat bar and alfresco dining in a high-energy atmosphere. 216.583.9462 , www.zinccleveland.com

Pier W

216.228.2250 www.selectrestaurants.com
Fresh seafood and contemporary fare served with arguably the best lake and city views in Cleveland. How much better can it get? Pier W, a Cleveland dining institution for more than 40 years underwent a $3.5 million extreme makeover a few years ago, transforming into a scenic dining destination.

Lola Bistro

216.621.5652 www.lolabistro.com  
Make it a special evening at Cleveland's hottest new eatery -- owned and operated by Iron Chef Michael Symon of the Food Network.

Osteria Di Valerio + Al

216.685.9490 osteria.us  
Authentic flavors of northern Italy are woven into stylish contemporary dishes at this upscale, secluded eatery.

John Q's Steakhouse

216.861.0900 www.johnqssteakhouse.com  
Reserve a private booth and pull down the curtains for a private dinner with just the two of you. Paired with a bottle of wine and surf-n-turf, who could resist?

Mallorca

216.687.9494 www.clevelandmallorca.com  
Spice up the evening with genuine Spanish and Portuguese recipes.

Lago

216.344.0547 www.lagotremont.com
It doesn't just need to be the two of you... invite the whole gang to a private wine dinner at Tremont's most popular Italian eatery. Customize your wine selection and menu to fit the tastes and style of your guests and learn a thing or two about this seductive cuisine.

Fahrenheit

216.781.8858 www.fahrenheittremont.com
Tucked away in the cozy Tremont neighborhood, Fahrenheit is owned and operated by Chef Rocco Whalen who trained under Wolfgang Puck before returning to Cleveland.

Sarava

216.295.1200 www.sergioscleveland.com

This dimly lit eatery reflects owner Sergio Abramof's Brazilian roots.

Red The Steakhouse

216.831.2252 www.redthesteakhouse.com
This sexy steakhouse has all the allure you'll need in an evening. Voted one of America's 10 Best Steakhouses by Playboy.

D'Vine Wine Bar

216.241.8463 www.dvinewinebar.com
Housing one of the largest wine selections in the city, D'Vine Wine Bar features small plates and appetizers that are perfect for sharing.

La Cave Du Vin

216.932.6411
Located in the eclectic Coventry Village, La Cave Du Vin features a wide variety of wine, champagne and beer, both domestic and imported. The cave like atmosphere creates a relaxed and romantic evening anytime of the year. 

Budapest Blonde

216.328.8780 www.budapestblonde.com
Budapest Blonde offers a variety of wines by the glass and by the bottle, as well as specialty martinis including the "BlondeTini" and "ChocolaTini."

Market Avenue Wine Bar

216.696.WINE marketavewinebar.com
Serving more than 70 wines by the glass and more than 400 by the bottle.

The Velvet Tango Room

216.241.8869 or www.velvettangoroom.com  
An upscale and intimate lounge is a great way to top off a romantic evening. Dive into the chocolate fondue for two or sip on a chocolate martini.

Cleveland Plus Explodes Onto the Culinary Scene

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Those are the places that most folks think of when planning a food-focused getaway. But with award-winning chefs, a rich culture boasting a melting pot of tastes, internationally recognized wines and a character all its own, Cleveland Plus is the new kid on the block ready to take culinary tourism by storm.

What's Good To Eat/Sample Around Here?

Every culinary tourist knows that traveling to a new city means exploring the dishes that make it special. Cleveland Plus is no exception with its signature foods ranging from freshwater fish to savory, ethnic dumplings.

Ice Wine - This sweet dessert wine is a staple at the region's many vineyards. Ice wine is produced by allowing wine grapes to freeze while still on the vine so as to concentrate the natural sugars in the juice. The climate around Lake Erie is ideal for making ice wine as the warm lake protects the vines until the first hard frost, which generally occurs in early December. The grapes are then harvested and pressed immediately, while stil frozen. The result: an incredibly sweet wine with high acidity.

Pierogi - Much like Italian ravioli, pierogi is a thick semi-circle (and often triangular) dumpling with crimped edges. But unlike its Italian counterpart, pierogi is traditionally stuffed with whipped potatoes and cheese (though some stuff them with more adventurous ingredients like beef, jalapenos, prunes or sauerkraut). Then, the dumplings are boiled, fried, grilled or baked and served slathered with butter and sautéed onions and accompanied by sour cream or apple sauce (or just sprinkled with sugar if filled with fruit). While the specific Eastern European country of origin is unknown, pierogi can be found at the region's Polish eateries, Ukrainian churches, Slovakian festivals and even German Oktoberfests.

Polish Boy - Taking roots from the region's rich African American culture, the Polish Boy is a truly unique sandwich. It all starts with a grilled Polish kielbasa in a thick, white sausage roll. Next comes a layer of tender, pulled pork followed by a coating of barbeque sauce. The sandwich is then topped with French fries and crowned with a mound of crunchy coleslaw. It goes without saying, but this colossal concoction is best enjoyed with a fork.

Walleye and Yellow Perch - Lake Erie, a hub for even the most experienced fishing enthusiasts, is the 12th largest lake in the world and the shallowest, warmest and most biologically productive of all the Great Lakes. These conditions allow the lake to supply more fish for human consumption than all the other Great Lakes combined. And, while the region boasts an abundance of freshwater fish, walleye and yellow perch stand out as the region's most popular. Both fish are light tasting and have a delicate texture.

Great Lakes Brewing Company - Great Lakes Brewing Company, which is comprised of a brewery and brewpub, was the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains Ohio's most celebrated and award-winning brewer of lagers and ales. The brewery has a strong ties to the local community and showcases this commitment by naming each of its beers after local historical events, people and places. While there, visitors should head to the Brewpub where guests of all ages can enjoy a memorable dining experience from start to finish, including their famous brats and pierogi. 216.771.4404, www.greatlakesbrewing.com

Leopard - Located inside the beautifully appointed Bertram Hotel, this elegant, upscale restaurant features the ultimate in fine dining with a focus on international dishes, seasonal influences and the freshest ingredients. The restaurant also offers a chef table so you can dine while watching the chef prepare your meal. In 2003 (and for every year after that), AAA honored The Leopard with its prestigious 4-Diamond Award, a distinction it shares today with only four other restaurants in northern Ohio. 330.562.2111, www.theleopardrestaurant.com

Melt Bar + Grilled - Grilled cheese is a favorite to all, old and young. But this isn't your typical piece of American cheese slapped between two slices of white bread. Melt features more than 20 different takes on the original all with their own unique twist. Try a "Parmageddon" stuffed with onions, kraut and a potato and cheese pierogi. 216.226.3699 www.meltbarandgrilled.com

Slyman's - While certainly not the "haute couture" of upscale culinary, the renowned Slyman's Deli has been serving Cleveland's most coveted corned beef sandwiches for countless generations. 216.621.3760 www.slymans.com

Steve's Lunch - Steve's Lunch is a classic 24-hour Ohio City (on the near westside) diner with tabletop record-playing jukeboxes. It's a late-night hotdog place that's been around since the '50s that insiders in Cleveland know and love. Music aside, the chili dogs are an attraction within themselves. 216.961.1460

Tommy's Restaurant - Head to Tommy's for a burger and milkshake. While the menu has stayed the same since it opened in 1972 (with items named after longtime customers), Tommy's is now in a much bigger venue and is always filled with customers - vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, health-conscious and the just plain hungry. Visitors can't miss one of Tommy's award-winning milkshakes. 216.321.7757,

Vegiterranean - Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the iconic rock band, The Pretenders, opened this upscale vegetarian hot spot in her home town of Akron, Ohio. The menu features an array of specialty pizzas and a wide variety of creative vegetarian dishes. 330.374.5550 www.vegiterranean.com%

Buon Appetito! Smacznago! Dober tec! Anyway you say it, Cleveland Plus offers up a delectable diversity of mouthwatering cuisine that showcases the region's more than 117 different ethnicities.

Bubba Q's - Barbeque lovers flock to Bubba Q for their signature ribs, which are dry-rubbed, marinated and slow-smoked with Ohio-grown apple wood. Operated by former NFL defensive lineman, Al "Bubba" Baker, this restaurant is known for its patented De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steak. This is an actual slab of ribs where, through an intensive process, the cooks slide the bones out leaving only tender meat to be eaten with a fork and knife. 440.937.7859, bubbasqdining.com

Chez Francois - Sail on up, literally, to this French gem on the Vermilion River just west of downtown Cleveland in the lakeside town of Vermilion. Here, guests can enjoy the elegant atmosphere and professional and friendly staff. Nationally recognized for its sumptuous French menu, Chez Francois also boasts a phenomenal wine list, charming dining room and relaxing waterside café. 440.967.0630, www.chezfrancois.com

Corky & Lenny's -Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Corky & Lenny's is a traditional Jewish deli offering everything from smoked salmon lox to hot corned beef sandwiches. www.corkyandlennys.com

Das Schnitzel Haus - Tastebuds are tempted at Das Schnitzel Haus, featuring authentic German food in Parma. The menu is adorned with homemade schnitzels, goulash, potato pancakes, bratwurst, sauerbraten, spetzel, pierogi and much more. 440.886.5050, www.dasschnitzelhaus.com

Der Braumeister - Wienerschnitzel, potato pancakes and the likes, Der Braumeister on the west side of Cleveland has all your German favorites. The eatery's name is German for "The Brew Master," and lives up to its reputation as a great place to drink beer - more than 180 varieties. 216.671.2222

Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant - Discover the food of this ancient and often misunderstood African culture, as you sit in huts and share richly spiced dishes from a common platter. 216.391.9400?

Hot Sauce Williams - Cleveland's most well-known purveyor of soul food, Hot Sauce Williams dishes up hearty platefuls of its signature ribs, shoulder sandwiches and Cleveland's famous Polish Boy. 216.249.0710

Little Polish Diner - Situated in Parma, the Little Polish Diner's name says it all. From homemade pierogi, stuffed cabbage, borsch and galumpki, this 22-seat diner offers the best in Polish food. 440.842.8212,

Phnom Penh - Phnom Penh serves up superb Cambodian dishes that won't break the bank. This BYOB restaurant offers every Thai noodle combination possible plus an incredible array of soups. 216.357.2951

Superior Pho -Tucked away in Cleveland's bustling Asia Town sits a Vietnamese restaurant that's gaining popularity thanks to its following of celebrity chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathan Sawyer. Superior Pho serves up heaping bowls of classic, homemade Vietnamese dishes like pho, bun and com dia. 216.781.7462

Sokolowski's University Inn - Run by the third generation of Sokolowski family members, the University Inn is famous for its Polish menu featuring pierogi, bratwurst, cabbage and noodles and the kind of food that grandma used to make. 216.771.8967,

Sterle's Slovenian Country House - Located on East 55th Street in Cleveland, Sterle's Slovenian Country House is an ethnic restaurant that serves Slovenian dishes in an Alpine-style atmosphere. Visit on Friday and Saturday nights to dance the polka and the waltz with live musicians and accordionists. 216.881.4181, www.sterlescountryhouse.com

For Your Sweet Tooth . . . .

Nothing says satisfaction quite like dessert. And, Cleveland Plus is at no loss for all the creamy, chocolately goodness that make this culinary scene oh-so-sweet.

b. a. Sweetie Candies - From wax lips to PEZ dispensers to gourmet jellybeans, this amazing candy store has every delight for every sweet tooth. You have to see it to believe it. 216.739.2244 or 888.267.9340 www.sweetiescandy.com

The Chocolate Bar - The second of its kind in the country, the Chocolate Bar is a restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, cocktails and, of course, dessert. In fact, a full 50 percent of the menu is dedicated to sweets including tarts, cakes, crepes, ice cream, fondue and brownies. Patrons love the chocolate banana cream pie martini, cocoa puff alp'accino and their famous chocolate fondue for two2 originalchocolatebar.com

Grandma Freda's - Want to try a unique way to eat PB&J? Head over to Grandma Freda's, a family-owned stand at the West Side Market selling decadent, homemade cupcakes. Enjoy their mouthwatering peanut butter and jelly cupcake that's topped with rich, peanut butter cream icing and cake filled with strawberry jelly. www.westsidemarket.com

Lilly's Handmade Chocolates - Lilly Handmade Chocolates is an artisanal chocolatier that specializes in pairing fine wine and craft beer with their handmade, fresh chocolate confections. Owned and operated by Amanda and Joshua Montague, who are both classically trained chefs, Lilly's creations are unique with both sweet and savory flavors. Guests love "Sweet Cheeks," a dark chocolate piece filled with burned salty caramel and "That Bacon One," a milk chocolate piece filled with bacon and organic maple butter. 216.771.3333, www.lillytremont.com

Presti's Bakery - Located in the heart of Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, Presti's bakery offers homemade Italian delicacies including pastries, cookies, biscotti, hand-filled cannoli, tira misu and cakes for any occasion. Or, tempt your tastebuds to some delicious Italian gelato. 216.421.3060, www.prestisbakery.com

What to See & Do

Cleveland Botanical Garden

This garden is an absolute treasure and has been here for over 75 years.It's a sanctuary for those who live and work in the city, as well as a source of inspiration and information for gardeners, plus a living laboratory for students, teachers and researchers. It is also a healing place for those with special needs and is recognized as a national leader in urban horticulture, horticultural therapy and environmental education. The Garden's University Circle campus includes:

The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse - A soaring 18,000 sq. ft. consservatory housing authentic recrations of two of the earth's most fragile ecosystems - the spiny desert of Madagascar and the cloud fors of Costa Rica. Over 350 species of plants and 50 species of animals immerse visitors in a dazzling multi-sensory experience that raises awareness of environmental issues.

Ten Acres of beautiful gardens - Including the award-winning Hershey Children's Garden, the Elizabeth and Nora Evans Restorative Garden, the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden, the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Sears-Swetland Rose Garden, the Ohio Woodland, the C.K. "Pat" Patrick Perennial Border, the Waterfall Garden, the Urban Retreat Garden, and the public Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Garden.

In addition, the Eleanor Squire Library is one of the largest repositories of practical gardening information in the country and houses a collection of over 17,000 garden-related books and periodicals.

The Garden Cafe is a charming restaurant with indoor-outdoor seating overlooking the gardens and serves gourmet soups, sandwiches and salads, Costa Rican coffees, specialty teas, jices, herb-flavored ice creams and pastries.

The Garden Store features a blend of everything botanical from gardening tools, cards, toys and inexpensive sourvenirs to one-of-a-kind hand-crafted bird houses, fine jewelry and object d'art.

Various events are held here year-round.

Admission is charged, children under 3, free. Parking is convenient in a well-lit underground parking garage with elevator srvice to the lobby area and available every day from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking.

Location: Wade Oval Drive at East Boulevard directly across from the Cleveland Museum of Art and 3 miles south of I-90 using the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Exit #177.

For more information contact Cleveland Botanical Garden at web site www.CBgarden.org.

Spas

Marengo Luxury Spa

216.621.4600 www.marengospa.com  
Located in the Historic Arcade in downtown Cleveland, Marengo Luxury Spa offers a relaxing and romantic spa package, The Couple's Delight Massage Package that begins with a signature full body massage. After enjoying an assortment of snacks and refreshments, couples are treated to side-by-side hand and foot paraffin treatments to moisturize and soothe the skin.

Jack Arra's Salon and Spa

440.375.0055 www.jackarras.com  
Pamper yourself at a sophisticated 5,600 square foot day spa and salon offering more than 100 massage, facial, hair and nail services.

The Spa at Yellow Creek

330.665.2555 www.yellowcreekspa.com  
This luxurious spa destination works with area hotels to provide some of the best body and foot treatments for you and your loved ones.

More Places & Things to See & Do

Crawford Auto Aviation Museum

The Crawford Auto-Avation Museum, of the Western Reserve Historical Society, features over 200 unique, vintage and classic automobiles, airplanes and motorcycles. The Crawford's exhibits alternate regularly o musuem visitors can always discover something new among the many rare and historic collectio pieces on display. The collection showcases roadsters, sports cars, classic cars, family cars, race cars, motorcycles, bicycles and aircraft.

In the WRHS Archives/Library, the largest American history research center in northern Ohio holds an extensive collection of Automotive Marque Files, a treasure trove of information including dealer brochures, owner's manuals and more.

Groups of 15 or more qualify for discounted admission, and the Crawford is available for private and corporate rentals. (216-721-5722, ext. 286.

Members can receive exclusive invitations and attend programs, free, plus more.

The museum is located at 10825 East Boulevard, Clevland 44106; 216-721-5722. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more informaton check web site www.wrhs.org.

Ohio Wine Producers Association

Chocolate is for Lovers
440.466.4417 www.OhioWines.org  
Enjoy mouthwatering chocolates and wine samples on a self-driving wine tour along the vines and wine trails in Cleveland Plus.

Cleveland Museum of Art

216.421.7340

Spend the afternoon viewing one of the most prestigious art museums in the country. Packed with prestigious traveling and permanent exhibits, the acclaimed museum continues to reopen galleries to show off their treasures as it undergoes a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion.

Cleveland Orchestra

216.231.7300 www.clevelandorchestra.com  
A Brahms Violin Concerto on Valentines Day weekend performed by one of the top three orchestras in the world makes for a great gift to that special someone.

PlayhouseSquare

216.771.8403 www.playhousesquare.org  
Make it a special evening in the second largest theater district in the nation. Grab tickets to see the romantic musical I Love You Because on Valentines Day weekend.

Ambiance, Inc.

440.234.6996 www.ambiance.com
Ambiance, the store for lovers, works with local businesses to find fun and affordable ways for couples to have fun and reconnect. They have partnerships with hotels, boudoir photographers and a local chef to provide lovers in Cleveland Plus with romantic getaways and sexy escapes.

Walking Tours of Cleaveland

216.394.0095 www.clevelandwalkingtours.com  
Step on a segway and glide your way through a moonlit tour of Cleveland followed by dinner at a downtown restaurant.

The Divas of American Song: A Valentine Cabaret

Stocker Arts Center
A breathtaking performance by Helen Welch including favorites like "My Funny Valentine," "Unforgettable," "Have I Told You Lately" and "The Look of Love."

Lilly Handmade Chocolates

216.771.3333 www.lillytremont.com  
Decorated in hot pink and black, Lilly is reminiscent of those upscale chocolate boutiques you see on the Food Network. The hand-painted chocolates look so much like works of art that you don't even want to eat them.

Sweetie Candy Company

216.739.2244 or www.sweetiescandy.com  
Get your sweetie some cool retro candies like wax lips, candy hearts, flipstick lipsticks and chocolate kisses.

Cleveland Plus Pass

Cleveland has a card that makes your romantic weekend to the Great Lakes city even more affordable. A single Cleveland Plus Pass gives you admission to ten major attractions and other valuable traveler discounts in the region. Purchase your pass for two, three or five consecutive days and then experience the gardens, museums, zoos and other destinations in Cleveland Plus.

Visit www.positivelycleveland.com/pluspass for more information and to purchase your Cleveland Plus Pass today!

TRI-C Jazz Fest

Enjoy the mellow sounds of local and national jazz musicians as they perform at various venues during the Tri-C JazzFest. Past artists have included the likes of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Don't forget to attend Parade the Circle, an interactive community event showcasing unique floats and costumes. Whether it's the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, Little Italy's "Feast of the Assumption" or Greek heritage celebrations, festivals and annual events are a ritual for Clevelanders to show their pride. Join in the fun!

Steamship William G. Mather Museum

From May through October tour this steamship to discover what life was like onboard a working Great Lakes freighter aboard this restored 618-foot historic flagship. Walk the decks and marvel at the "engineering firsts' that helped transform Northeast Ohio into a great industrial center.

Located outside the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland; 216-694-2000 or 216-574-9053. For details check web site www.greatscience.com.

Cleveland Museum of Art Opened New Wing -- 

139,200-Square-Foot Facility Designed by Rafael ViñolyUnites Historic Beaux-Arts Building and Marcel Breuer Addition 

On June 27, 2009, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) opened the first of three new wings designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, marking a major milestone in the museum’s renovation and expansion project. The 139,200-square-foot East Wing connects CMA’s original 1916 Beaux-Arts building, designed by Hubbell and Benes, and the 1971 addition by Marcel Breuer, and creates new spaces for the presentation and conservation of one of the nation’s leading encyclopedic collections. Viñoly’s design for the addition unites two historically significant buildings, physically and aesthetically, with a third, new structure that contributes to the greater architectural whole of the museum.

CMA’s renowned collections of 19th century European sculpture, painting, and decorative arts, modern and contemporary art, and photography has returned to public view for the first time since the museum closed its galleries in 2005. The phased renovation and expansion of the facility will, when it is completed in 2012, add an additional 200,000 square feet, including two more wings and a soaring glass-enclosed atrium at the center of the new complex that will serve as an inspiring civic space for the benefit of the entire community.

Last year, the museum celebrated the culmination of the first phase of this project with the reopening of its historic 1916 building and announced it had raised $204.5 million towards a $350 million campaign goal. Nineteen renovated galleries opened with nearly 900 works from the permanent collection, including world renowned treasures such as Turner’s The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October, 1834, and Frederic Church’s Twilight in the Wilderness.

The founding vision of the Cleveland Museum of Art was to create a beautiful setting for what would become one of this country’s great encyclopedic art collections, and to make this experience accessible to everyone, free of charge. Over time, as its collection grew and educational programs expanded, the museum evolved into a mosaic of buildings and the clarity of the original architecture was lost. Additions were completed in 1958, 1971, and 1983. The original Beaux-Arts building, widely acknowledged as one of the finest museum designs of the early 20th century, became peripheral and navigation through the galleries became increasingly challenging.  Many parts of the complex were in need of extensive renovations. The capital project currently underway will transform the museum’s physical layout and infrastructure and significantly improve both the visitor experience and the storage and presentation of the collection.

Collections, Exhibitions, and Education at CMA

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection. The new East Wing galleries will feature collection highlights such as:

  • Romaine Lacaux, Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841 - 1919), 1864
  • Heroic Head of Pierre de Wiessant, One of the Burghers of Calais, Auguste Rodin (French 1840 - 1917), 1886
  • The Large Plane Trees, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 - 1890), 1889
  • The Call, Paul Gauguin (French, 1848 - 1903), 1902
  • La Vie, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881 - 1973), 1903
  • Mount Sainte-Victoire, Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906), c. 1904
  • Table, Tea Set and Salver, Carlo Bugatti (Italian, 1856 - 1940), executed by A. A. Hebrard (French, 1866 - 1937), c. 1907
  • Water Lilies, Claude Monet (French, 1840 - 1926), c.1915-1926
  • Morning Glory with Black, Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887 - 1986), 1926
  • Interior with an Etruscan Vase, Henri Matisse (French, 1869 - 1954), 1940
  • Celebration, Lee Krasner (American, 1908 - 1984), 1960
  • Marilyn x 100, Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987), 1962
  • Lot’s Wife, Anselm Kiefer (German, b. 1945), 1989
  • Alien Huddle, Martin Puryear (American, b. 1941), 1993-1995

ICMA’s collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and early Christian art have returned to public view and in 2012 the new galleries housing Asian, Islamic, African, Native North American, medieval, and Renaissance art, textiles, and manuscripts will reopen.

The museum’s education initiatives began even before the original building opened in 1916, and have remained central to the institution’s mission. CMA has pioneered an innovative distance learning program, bringing live, interactive lectures on art history and the museum’s collection to schools and communities nationwide through the application of videoconferencing and green screen technology. Studio classes for adults and children, classes, and gallery and lecture talks, are also available throughout the year.  

The Museum and Cleveland

Incorporated in 1913, the museum first opened to the public in 1916. Through its unwavering dedication to excellence—in its exhibitions, programs, collections, and scholarship—CMA has both defined and reflected Cleveland’s commitment to the arts in the past, present, and future. Situated at the heart of the University Circle district, home to The Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Clinic, the museum is a vital resource for the community, playing a critical role in the city’s cultural, educational, and civic life.

Rafael Viñoly

Rafael Viñoly’s 45 years of architectural practice in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia have been driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to elevate the public realm. As in his much-publicized proposal for the World Trade Center site, his deepest focus has been on maximizing the opportunity for civic investment generated by every project.

In 1983, Viñoly founded Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, a New York-based firm that has grown to encompass affiliate offices in London and Los Angeles. Viñoly has completed many critically acclaimed civic, private, and institutional projects including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, all of which resulted in iconic civic gathering spaces in their respective communities.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes over 40,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing a multi-phase renovation and expansion project, it is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts, and art education. Admission to the museum has been free since its founding charter.

The Cleveland Museum of Art has a membership of nearly 25,000 households and is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations, and businesses in Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.  Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this project with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  For more information on the museum, its holdings, programs, and events, call 1-888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

Epicurean Attractions

Loretta Paganini School of Cooking - From cooking Thai cuisine to learning basic knife skills, the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking located in Chesterland (southeast of downtown Cleveland) offers the perfect addition to a culinary getaway. Classes are offered almost daily covering a variety of cooking topics including opportunities for kids, teens, tweens and couples. 440.729.7340, www.lpscinc.com

Lake Erie Vines and Wines Trail - The area situated along the south shore of Lake Erie and through the Grand River Valley boasts more wineries per square mile than in any other region. The Ohio Wine Producers Association offers a map for visitors to checkout all these unique locations on the Ohio Vines and Wines Trail. 800.227.6972, www.ohiowines.org

West Side Market - Built in 1912, the West Side Market is the largest indoor/outdoor market in the country. This marketplace was once where turn-of-the-century immigrants found their native foods and spices. Today, it features 180 booths with the freshest selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, produce, bakery, ethnic foods and international delicacies. Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2012, the market supplies many of Cleveland's best chefs with fresh, local ingredients. The market is also a wonderful location for visitors seeking a culinary hotspot. 216.861.5250 www.westsidemarket.com

Culinary Resources

Chef's Garden - What started as a struggling family farm recuperating from a destructive hailstorm in Huron, Ohio is now the Chef's Garden, the leading grower of artisanal products in the United States for the world's top chefs. In fact, Chef's Garden grows more than 600 varieties of heirloom vegetables, micro greens, micro herbs, specialty lettuces and edible flowers in seven different stage of growth. By using sustainable agricultural methods in loamy soil, each and every product offers exceptional flavor, lasting shelf life and enhanced nutritional content. www.chefs-garden.com

The Cleveland Independents - The Cleveland Independents is a group of locally owned and operated restaurants that share a commitment to their community and a passion for excellence in food and service. The group offers specials and discounted online gift certificates. Only six years old, Cleveland Independents now boasts nearly 90 members, making it the largest organization of its kind in the country. 216.932.3322, www.clevelandindependents.com

Cuyahoga Community College Hospitality Management / Culinary Arts Program - Cuyahoga Community College offers a culinary arts sequence for students seeking certifications in cooking, professional baking and cooking as a personal chef. The new program provides basic and advanced skills for students of all levels, while also providing practical industry experience. Later this year, the program welcomes the addition of a $6.5 million 25,000-square-foot street-level center as home to its new Hospitality Management Center. www.tri-c.edu

Lake Erie Creamery - Located in a renovated factory on an urban stretch of road just neighboring downtown Cleveland sits a tiny goat cheese creamery operated by a husband and wife team. While the plant is 40 miles from the nearest goat, it produces handmade, lightly salted chevre from gently pasteurized, small batches of goat milk. The goat milk comes from local goat farms and breeders in neighboring communities. The award-winning cheese is sold in some of Cleveland's trendiest restaurants like Lola, The Greenhouse Tavern, Flying Fig and Fahrenheit. 216.961.9222, www.lakeeriecreamery.com%2F>www.lakeeriecreamery.com

Culinary Events

June: Choose from more than 200 wine samples from around the world while learning about new and exciting varieties from the experts at the Cleveland Wine Festival in downtown Cleveland. Some of the region's best restaurants and caterers are on hand selling their signature dishes.

July: Akron's Lock 3 Park is home to the National Hamburger Festival, kicked off with tasting competitions, competitive eating, live music and even a Miss Hamburger Festival competition.

July: Celebrate environmental awareness with great music, incredible food and a frothy pint of Great Lakes Brewing Company beer during the Great Lakes Burning River Festival. Held at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island, this unique festival features educational exhibitors who raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the region.

July: Don't miss out on all the exciting flavors that make up the neighborhood of Tremont. During the Taste of Tremont, the neighborhood holds a street fair that showcases the best of Tremont's food, art and entertainment.

August: Visit Little Italy during its famous four-day festival, Feast of the Assumption. The streets are shut down and all the family-owned Italian eateries bring their menu to the streets where more than 100,000 people visit just to get a taste. Also enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts booths, live music, fireworks and a parade.

August: Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, an annual wine festival held at Lake Farmpark features the latest and greatest offerings by some of Ohio's best vineyards. Besides all the wonderful wine, visitors can enjoy the fabulous food offered by participating restaurants with menu items ranging from $3-$10. Also experience great music, entertainment, crafters, exhibitors and cooking demonstrations.

August: Sample 250 craft beers from around the world as you enjoy the smooth blues music during Stan Hywet Hall and Garden's annual Blues & Brews. The event features cooking demonstrations, unique sampling opportunities, food, music and the chance to explore the grounds.

75 Reasons To Love Cleveland Plus DMO Celebrates Diamond Anniversary By Celebrating the Region

In 1934, FDR was the President of a country in the midst of the Great Depression. Charles B. Darrow showed his first rendition of the Monopoly board game to Parker Brothers. Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick out of You" was a hit tune. And, on February 2, 1934, "The Cleveland Convention and Visitors' Bureau" was incorporated to, among other things, "endeavor by every means to induce conventions, trade expositions and other groups to hold their meetings in Cleveland," present Cleveland as a destination that "should be visited by tourists" and "secure favorable publicity" for the city. While both the times and the bureau's name have changed, the destination marketing organization's (DMO) mission remains relatively unaltered--to promote Cleveland and its environs as an outstanding business meeting and tourism destination in order to grow the region's economy. 

In honor of three quarters of a century spent advancing hospitality in Northeast Ohio, Positively Cleveland has compiled a list of 75 things to love about the region. Here are the top 10--:

1. The appreciation of the arts continues to grow. In 2007, the Akron Art Museum reopened to international acclaim after a $37 million expansion and renovation. Now the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is in the midst of a mega-expansion that will allow more of its mega-collection to be displayed. CMA is one of the top five museums of art in the nation, featuring free admission to the permanent collection.

2. Cleveland is proud of its sell-outs. Voted MLB's best ballpark by fans in a 2008 Sports Illustrated fan poll, Progressive Field had 455 consecutive sell-outs. This and the fact that most of the fans stayed for all seven innings of a recent home opener before it was called for SNOW proves that Tribe fans are the most loyal in baseball.

3. Cleveland is always ready for some football. Once a year, gridiron greats gather to honor their own in the Ohio town that is the original home to the National Football League: Canton. The city that's football crazy year-round throws the best ten-day pigskin party anywhere.

4. Approaching light speed...that's how the city rolls. Not a rocket scientist? Don't worry. You can still reach for the stratosphere on Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster. The "Rocket Coaster" launches you from 0 to 120mph in just four seconds, climbing 420 feet. 

5. Clevelanders love precious gems. That's why they enjoy rest and relaxation in their "emerald necklace," a network of 16 reservations across 22,000 acres that includes walking, bicycle and horse trails, parks, picnic areas and golf courses.

6. Cleveland haven't been crowned champs yet, but has a "King" leading the way. The 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers are on pace for their best-ever winning season and are still undefeated at home.

7. There's something fishy here. You can skip the fishing trip to Canada because Lake Erie is known as the "Walleye Capital of the World." And, there's no need to head west, there's fly fishing for Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers.

8. Clevelanders "hang 10" when it's 10 below. It's not a Hawaiian swell, but Lake Erie's winter waves and gusty winds get surfers' temperatures rising.

9. Cleveland rocks! Pigs flew at Pink Floyd's Stadium show in '94, Phish jammed Blossom in '00, Bono belted out U2's greatest hits at The Q in '01, MMW's jazz licks swirled the House of Blues in '05, and the Black Keys played a secret show at The Beachland's tavern in '08. Whether it's 80,000 people or 100 people, you can be sure Cleveland's rock venues are on the tour itinerary.

10. Cleveland residents love to spend time with friends in the dark. The Cleveland International Film Festival is a ten-day festival acknowledged by Time magazine as a "must-see" and by the Academy Awards as an automatic qualifier for shorts.

For the complete list, please go to www.positivelycleveland.com.

75 Green Things in Cleveland Plus Visitors Find City Known for Burning River Is Becoming An Eco-Friendly Hot-Spot

When people think of Cleveland and its industrial past they may not immediately think "eco-friendly," but the city is really working to become a "green city on a blue lake." "But I thought your crooked river burned?" some of you might inquire. Yes, it did in 1969, and that incident 40 years ago led to a ground-breaking piece of legislation (the Clean Water Act) and helped make this lakeside city more eco-conscious. Now the only burning river you'll find is an award-winning beer from an eco-friendly brewer (Great Lakes Brewing Company‚s Burning River Pale Ale) and a great green summer festival (Burning River Fest). In honor of the 40th anniversary of the burning Cuyahoga River we compiled a list for travelers of 75 ways the region is more eco-friendly these days.

1. We set an important precedent. The infamous burning Cuyahoga River led to the creation of the Clean Water Act of 1972, still the most "influential water improvement measure on the books." "The water quality of the Cuyahoga River has improved dramatically since the late 1960s," says Tinka Hyde, U.S. EPA Regional Water Division director. "More than 40 species of fish were found in the river in 2008, including steelhead trout, northern pike, and others. This shows how powerful a tool the Clean Water Act can be when the public, government, and industry are committed to restoring an important waterway." Today the Cuyahoga River is one of 14 American Heritage Rivers in the United States and the centerpiece of Ohio's only national park (the Cuyahoga Valley). It runs through beautiful rural burgs like Cuyahoga Falls and Kent, provides water access for rowing clubs, boaters and commerce.

2. It must be true if it's on the internet. MSN.com recently featured Cleveland as one of "12 unexpected urban areas that are doing good green stuff," noting it as home to a surprisingly forward-looking sustainability subculture.

3. We made it to the sweet sixteen. Cleveland ranked #16 in the 2008 US City Rankings of the 50 most-populous cities, the nation's most complete report card on urban sustainability. SustainLane called out the 225 community gardens and 25 for-profit farms within the city limits and the city's participation in an effort to start an offshore wind farm on Lake Erie.

4. Cleveland's hotels are certified. Several downtown Cleveland hotels graduated from the Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) program, a voluntary year-long process to implement multiple sustainable practices. All hotels made a commitment to implement these practices, including recycling and using energy-efficient equipment, into their daily operations. Green Lodging News recently profiled these efforts.

5. Green uniforms and white gloves. The staff at the Wyndham at PlayhouseSquare wears uniforms made from recycled polyester fibers spun from plastic beverage bottles.

6. For business or pleasure. The new RTA HealthLine, opened in October of 2008, connects downtown Cleveland's Public Square to the arts, culture, education and hospitals of University Circle. The bus line utilizes 21 hybrid-electric vehicles powered by clean diesel engines and electric transmissions with 100 kW motors and 600-volt nickel hydride battery packs. This unique power train reduces particulate emissions while dramatically improving fuel efficiency. 

7. Ticket to ride. In conjunction with the new bus line, Euclid Avenue was completely re-done including the planting of 1,500 trees and the addition of dedicated bike lanes providing commuters another green alternative to driving.

8. The power of wind and sun. The Great Lakes Science Center installed solar panels to go along with the first Cleveland lakefront wind turbine, becoming the fourth largest producer of alternative energy in the state. The solar panels and wind turbine bring about greater public awareness of renewable energy and educate visitors to the Science Center of the benefits of alternative energy to this region.

9. Our Tribe is green. Progressive Field and the Cleveland Indians were forerunners in the American League to become a part of Major League Baseball's movement to go 'green.' Forty-two solar panels were installed on the upper deck concourse in the stadium, generating enough power to run all 400 of the ballpark's television sets during the game. The Tribe also recycles and uses environmentally friendly products to reduce the park's carbon footprint. 

10. Wild about conservation. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a leader in conservation, and not just in conserving the habitats of the animals for which they care. The Zoo collects more than 140 tons of recyclables a year including paper, cell phones, phone books, household appliances, aluminum and glass, just to name a few. Committed to the conservation of all life, the Zoo funds conservation projects all over the world.

11. The beer is always green. Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) is a socially conscious brewer of award-winning, all-natural beer and supports the efforts of local farmers. The restaurant and brewery strives to use ingredients that are all-natural, organic, free-roaming/free range, and locally raised and produced. Plus, GLBC operates a beer delivery truck and a shuttle bus ("The Fatty Wagon") that run on restaurant vegetable oil. Results show that engines running on straight vegetable oil produce 40% less soot than diesel and are 25% cleaner.

12. CLE's green party. The Burning River Fest (August 15, 2009) is an annual one-day family-friendly festival featuring environmental education programs and demonstrations, local artisans and musicians, a variety of locally-produced delicacies from Cleveland's favorite restaurants, Great Lakes Brewing Company beers and some of the most interesting and diverse views of Cleveland‚s lakefront and skyline. 

13. Sustainability takes center stage. Part of the city's amazing PlayhouseSquare, the Hanna Theatre recently underwent a renovation featuring a number of 'green' upgrades. From the start 92% of construction waste was recycled and restored back into the manufacturing process thereby avoiding being sent to a landfill. The theatre introduced Demand Control Ventilation areas not regularly occupied through the installation of CO2 sensors. They also reused existing plumbing fixtures with new water conserving controls, eliminated the use of CFC-based refrigerants, implemented a 'green housekeeping/cleaning' program that utilizes cleaning supplies/solutions that do not adversely affect the air quality and have placed recycling areas throughout the theater. They are now pursuing Silver LEED Certification for sustainable business practices that reduce the negative impact on the environment.

14. Be sure to eat your veggies. Located in Milan, Ohio--about an hour west of downtown Cleveland˜the Chef's Garden team produces more than 1,100 varieties of vegetables and herbs for the discerning palate. Chef's Garden is built on sustainable agriculture and earth-to-table beliefs. The related Culinary Vegetable Institute is the educational part of this unique destination. They put together programs, lesson plans and take-home packets for groups to learn the importance of vegetables grown in organic environments (no pesticides or harmful fertilizers). 

15. Leading by example. Mayor Frank Jackson has made many commitments to energy efficiency, from investigating the possibility of using wind power to generate electricity to replacing traffic and crosswalk signals with LED lights.

16. Soy isn't just for dinner. In addition to offering online versions of all its visitor guides and maps, Positively Cleveland's printed publications have gone green. In partnership with printer Angstrom Graphics several green processes are used in the production of the convention and visitors bureau‚s collateral material including using soy-based inks, Forest Stewardship Council paper and wind energy.

17. Getting back to the future. The GreenCityBlueLake Institute is the sustainability center of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History working to promote environmentally-friendly redevelopment that improves quality of life and makes cities more sustainable. Balancing city and country, the institute works on land-use planning and transportation policy issues to promote a smarter balance of growth in the metropolitan area, helping citizens and elected officials adopt a more thoughtful, regional perspective. 

18. Eat your greens. The Greenhouse Tavern is the first green-certified restaurant in Ohio with a rooftop greenhouse, reclaimed wood, high-efficiency lighting and, of course, proteins and vegetables obtained from local farms or grown by chef and owner, Jonathan Sawyer. 

19. Green building is budding. The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the United States Green Building Coalition (USGBC) works to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated to improve quality of life and protect natural resources for future generations.

20. Growing gardens and minds. Green Corps is a work/study program founded by Cleveland Botanical Garden. Teens earn as they learn, transforming vacant lots into flourishing urban farms. The students grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers while learning job skills, leadership and growing a healthier, greener community for themselves and their neighbors. Each year, Green Corps participants get real world experience by playing a major role in the production and marketing of Ripe from Downtown products, using crops grown in the Learning Gardens. Ripe from Downtown Salsa (medium and hot) has become a favorite with customers in area restaurants, at farmers market stands and street fairs, and at local stores such as Mustard Seed Market, Heinen's, Zagara's Family Marketplace, Nature's Bin, Flavor of Ohio and Take a Bite. 

21. We're a great market for markets. Farmers and locally-grown produce markets are in abundance in Cleveland Plus. Less shipping miles means less fossil fuels are burned. And, the historic West Side Market (a National Historic Landmark, one of America's great public spaces and Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market) features local vendors serving up everything from handmade pastas to cupcakes made from secret family recipes. 

22. Wet and wild. Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor waterpark in Sandusky, is the nation's only 100% green certified hotel chain. Project Green Wolf is the Lodge's initiative to make all locations environmentally friendly. Read more about it here.

23. Eco-friendly family fun. Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky has implemented several initiatives to conserve energy. For example, the indoor waterpark introduced a Texlon transparent roof system in 2007 which works as a natural heating source and an AquaRecycle laundry water recycling and filtration system now allows the reuse of 70% of the resort‚s laundry water. 

24. Park it! Why go to the gym when you can go to the Cleveland Metroparks or Valley National Park (the third most visited national park in the country)? Cleveland Plus has 19,000+ acres of parks, rivers, streams and lakes. The parks provide the ideal setting for recreational activities that can be enjoyed year-round, including golfing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, boating, hiking, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, sledding, mountain biking and more.

25. You can afford to be selective. Positively Cleveland helps meetings coming to the area plan a green event and/or work with a Green Preferred Supplier List.

26. We're not just blowing smoke.The Pearl Wind Project is the installation of a small-scale, 140-foot-high wind turbine at Pearl Road Auto Parts and Wrecking, the first independent business in Cleveland to capture the wind to generate electricity. The turbine, which begins operating in July, should result in a net annual reduction of more than 100,000 kWh of electricity demand. 

27. Ride in luxury. Company Car & Limousine Inc., Cleveland's largest provider of ground transportation and limo services, is certified as the first US company to operate carbon neutral. Through the Green Ride Global program, a worldwide referral network, Company Car becomes 100% carbon neutral, initiated research and adoption of leading edge hybrid technologies for its fleet and committed to extensive chauffeur training on enhanced fuel efficiency. 

28. What goes around, comes around. Virescent Designs in the Tremont neighborhood is the brainchild of artist/designer Alison Saville. Saville recycles everything . . . from computer parts to bottle tops to make her one-of-a-kind jewelry.

29. What's old is green again. Green Deconstruction Services˙ is a Cleveland-based company specializing in reverse construction ˆ the orderly and selective disassembly of a building, structure or part of a home, saving select components for re-use or recycling. No matter what the 'gently used' building material is; millwork, doors, fireplace mantles, brick and stone, windows, cabinets, sinks, lights, hardware and hardwood flooring, they work with homeowners, contractors, architects, builders, and demolition companies of all types.

30. Give green. Try shopping at a gift store that's conscious about personal consumption. GreenSmartGifts in the near west-side community of Lakewood has recycled, organic, locally-made and fairly traded items ranging from bicycle chain key rings to motherboard picture frames. 

31. Eco-friendly, organic and always fair trade. Revive Fair Trade in Cleveland Heights is a boutique offering accessories, clothing, skincare and food products made with sustainable materials by artisans from around the world. 

32. Put a fork in it. The Fresh Fork Market connects restaurants with local farmers, thereby eliminating man hours of searching and gas consumption. Fresh Fork Market was born at the Entrepreneurship Education when four Case Western Reserve University students carried their idea forward throughout their senior year of college. In June of 2008, Fresh Fork Market launched service in Cleveland, delivering fresh local products directly from local farmers to local restaurants and creating a virtual farmers market. 

33. Antiques roadshow.A Piece of Cleveland designs and makes high-quality products out of raw materials with a local history. Their efforts have rescued tons of doors, floors and lumber from houses destined for the landfill. They seek out ONLY reclaimed building materials for their creations.

34. Walk the walk. Walk and Roll Cleveland events promote bicycling, walking, alternative transportation, public health and diversity. They help raise awareness of the parks and green spaces, culture and history of Cleveland Plus. ()

35. No preservatives added. The Mustard Seed Market & Café is a boutique grocery store in Akron and Solon stocking aisles with preservative-free products from area farms for more than 25 years.

36. Friendly competition. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's $25 million African crossing now under construction is in a race for completion with the Denver Zoo to be the world's first LEED-certified animal exhibit.

37. Shine a light. The amount of kilowatts produced by solar panels in Ohio, according to Green Energy Ohio, is 900 kilowatts. In Northeast Ohio solar panels produce about 600 kilowatts including 120 kilowatts owned by Amish families.

38. Green houses are on the rise. According to the US Census Bureau, 683 Ohio homes use solar thermal panels to assist with home heating. 143 of those are in Northeast Ohio.

39. Treasured trash. Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center in Huron is the first resort in Ohio to initiate an organics recycling program. Kitchen and dining room staff separate all food, paper, cardboard and compostable packaging waste for separate collection for composting. The compost and mulch are used in the beds of flowers surrounding the Lodge. (Guests at Lodge should also know that Green Seal Certified cleaning products are used to clean the guest rooms and public areas.) 

40. Breathe easy. Restaurants in Cleveland (and all of Ohio) are 100% smoke free. Voters approved the indoor smoking ban in November 2006, making Ohio the first Midwestern state and the first tobacco-growing state to enact such a ban.

41. Good nutrition is insured. Medical Mutual of Ohio customers can now have fresh produce (all grown without pesticides or chemicals on the family-owned sustainable farm that is Chef's Garden in Huron, Ohio) delivered to their doorstep. Medical Mutual has worked out an agreement that allows its 1.6 million Ohio customers to receive regular shipments of fresh-picked boutique vegetables for $25 a box. Some of the proceeds go to Veggie U, a five-week program supported by Chef's Garden that teaches fourth-graders how to make good food choices.

42. Floating on air. University Circle's annual Parade the Circle (celebrating 20 years in 2009) is an arts celebration of colorfully costumed characters, stilt walkers and musicians that attracts some 60,000 parade-goers each year. The non-commercial to-do does not allow motorized vehicles of any kind. 

43. That's how we roll. The Segway, touted as an eco-friendly alternative for short trips, is also a Cleveland tour opportunity. Sightsee on two wheels with Electric Transport LLC. Or, expend even more personal energy and „Take a Hike‰ in the historic Gateway Neighborhood with Downtown Cleveland Alliance or explore other areas of downtown using the free, downloadable iPod tours

44. Nature friendly. The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland adopted a strategic plan for conservation in order to establish goals and outline the types of active management that would take place in their natural areas including bio diversity, ecological restoration and natural areas management. 

45. NASA knows. NASA Glenn Research Center leads a team of industry and university partners in demonstrating a prototype of a commercial hydrogen fueling station using wind and solar power to produce hydrogen from water. This initial installation produces hydrogen from Lake Erie water to fuel a mass transit bus powered by fuel cells. 

46. Green for the masses. Quicken Loans Arena collected more than four tons of recyclable materials in 2007-08 and is on track to exceed that tonnage during the 2008-09 season. Beverages at 'The Q' are served in corn plastic cups that biodegrade in one to five years. Concessionaire ARAMARK uses biodegradable to-go containers, plates and bowls and standard light bulbs have been replaced with more efficient ballasts.

47. Working green. A newly-released study touts the potential of renewable energy as one of Ohio's growth industries and future areas of employment. Environment Ohio's research documented more than 440 Ohio businesses already working in the wind, solar, fuel cell, geothermal and biomass industries and the Department of Development estimates that those businesses employ 60,000 workers.

48. Flying right. Sustainable Travel International (STI), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible travel and ecotourism, works in connection with Continental Airlines (which has a hub in Cleveland) to reduce carbon in the environment.

49. Give the gift of the garden. The Cleveland Botanical Garden's .Garden Store features a multitude of eco-friendly gift ideas including 100% recycled hummingbird feeders and glassware, stuffed animals made from 100% recycled soda bottles, recycled paper greeting cards featuring inspiring eco-tips on the back and bath and body products made from earth-friendly products. 

50. Ride RTA. Named the best large transit system in North America in 2007 by the American Public Transportation Association,RTA operates buses, a red line from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to the Terminal Tower downtown and free 'smile and ride' trolleys that loop around the city‚s business and entertainment districts.  

51. Retro is all the rage. Save resources (and money) by shopping vintage. From high-end resale shops to rock-and-roll vintage wear, Cleveland Plus is home to a variety of great second-hand clothing stores. 

52. Show your support on the show floor. The Cleveland International Exposition and Convention Center, a major conference and tradeshow facility, is serious about its recycling program which includes recycling paper, plastic and cardboard. 

53. Cleveland's chefs are growing. Literally. In the backyard, on the rooftop, in planter boxes behind the restaurant . . . more and more of chefs (many already known for their love of locally-grown and organic foods) are gardening and using the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor in their restaurants. Examples include Jonathon Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern), Ricardo Sandoval (Felice Urban Eatery and Fat Cats), Joy Harlor (Le Petit Triangle Café), Fabio Salerno (Lago)and Marc Levine (Bistro 185).

54. Paths to discovery. Discover the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by walking, bicycling, or running on the Towpath Trail. You can travel the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal on the same path that mules walked to tow canal boats loaded with goods and passengers. From the trail, you can make connections to many natural and historic sites. Beyond the park, you can continue your journey on the Towpath Trail farther along the Ohio & Erie Canalway.

55. The Amish are inspiring. Cleveland Plus includes Amish country and travelers are intrigued by a simpler way of life that does not include electricity. Lehman's, a family-run business, was founded in 1955 to serve the Amish. However, as conservation grew in importance, many other consumers turned to these products and now, through mail order operations and a massive retail store in Kidron, Ohio, Lehman's ships products to all 50 states and over 200 countries--supplying missionaries, survivalists, environmentalists and others. Merchandise like hand-powered kitchen appliances, water pumps, grain grinders and hundreds of other unique, hard-to-find items are featured at Lehman‚s. And, once the company‚s key customers, the Amish are now a key vendor, creating custom wrought pieces and hand woven and carved items.

56. The experts approve. Cleveland hosted the SOLAR 2007 conference.

57. Modern office living. The renovation of the historic Higbee Building on Public Square (where Positively Cleveland resides and where our Cleveland Plus Visitors Center can be found) is nearly complete. The project transforms the building into a sustainable model for the modern age. Forest City, owner of the building, is seeking LEED Platinum certification for the project. Sustainability features include the use of sustainable materials and resources, water efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC systems and indoor environmental quality.

58. We're on a mission. EcoWatch Ohio is a nonprofit organization that reaches state wide. They are on a mission to encourage individuals, businesses and governments to adopt sustainable lifestyles, business practices and policies. Their EcoWatch Journal is published six times a year.

59. Plan with the experts. Event planning industry leader Experient formally integrated green meeting consultation into its standard practice, including an Environmental Event Solutions checklist.

60. Plated landscapes. Using all sustainable and local foods, Chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering brings diners to the source of the food for an alfresco feast. Guests pay for a chef prepared meal paired with boutique wines and for the opportunity to forage for their dinner. 

61. A farm in the city. Carl Skalak started the "first farm in Cleveland in the 21st century." It's an acre of land on E. 72nd Street between I-90 and St. Clair and is called the Blue Pike Farm. He is planting organic, petrochemical free crops.

62. No junk food on school trips. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History turned away from fast food in its cafe and opened a "green" lunch and snack option instead. The Blue Planet Cafe uses fresh, organic vegetables and free range chicken. Food ordered to go is served on Genpak‚s Harvest Collection plates and cups that are made from annually renewable resources and are biodegradable and compostable. 

63. Live green. Cleveland EcoVillage is a diverse neighborhood that is pedestrian-friendly. It is a national demonstration project with the goal of developing a model urban village that realizes the potential of urban life in the most ecological way possible. The nearby new Simmons Park sits on the site of an abandoned gas station. The gas station and Brownfield were demolished and remediated in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development. The park represents one of the strategies that DSCDO is utilizing to repurpose vacant land into healthy, useful spaces valued and cared for by the surrounding community.  

64. Wild about green. Last year employees of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recycled 40 tons of paper, 39 tons of cardboard and nearly seven tons of glass.

65. Green isn't just the color of scrubs. The Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to ensuring their new facilities qualify for LEED certification. Cleveland Clinic also began a market in July 2008 as an effort to offer healthy, local food options to the surrounding neighborhood and employees in an environmentally-friendly way. It averages more than 2,000 visitors per week including an eclectic mix of community members, patients, visitors and employees and includes produce, meats, dairy, eggs, bread, flowers and other food items from more than 35 different local producers and farmers. All items must be grown using integrative pest management/low herbicide methods and picked within 24 hours of the market, allowing each item to be at its peak for taste and nutritional value. All items at the market must be grown or made within no more than 115 miles of the Clinic‚s Crile building as well, to reduce the environmental impact of the food transport process. To ensure that the market is a success for participating farmers, AVI Food Systems, a Cleveland Clinic food service provider, has again committed to purchasing any perishable items that remain unsold at the end of the market. In 2008, AVI purchased about $15,000 worth of food and produce that was then incorporated within a day into its menu items for Clinic patients, visitors and employees. In addition to cash, farmers at the market also accept WIC and Senior Nutritional Services vouchers.

66. Keeping up with the Plusquellics. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced plans to create a new "Greenprint for Akron," a long-term plan to help Akron reduce its carbon footprint. Practices already in place include recycling of asphalt and oil, conservation of energy in city-owned buildings, securing regional water supply safety, conservation and easements to protect natural resources, brownfield remediation, urban landscaping and sludge-to-fuel. (Biogas technology has wide use and acceptance in Europe, but Akron will be home to the first such operation in the United States. Akron's Wastewater Treatment Plant has for many years taken sludge and turned it into Class A-rated compost that is then applied as a soil nutrient. Now the plant is working with a private company to begin using some of the solid waste to produce energy to help operate the facility.) 

67. Sustainability is big time in the minor league. Minor League baseball's Lake County Captains educated fans about environmental initiatives at Lake County's Classic Park. At three games, they highlighted the work being done by those in the community with a Health and Sustainability fair. Fans who donated unwanted electronic equipment received a coupon good for discounted game tickets and the first 1,000 arrivals at each of the games received an environmentally-friendly tote bag. 

68. Clean green. Cleveland-based EZ Brite is a dumpsterless producer of 39 all-natural kitchen cleaning products.

69. Green collar gigs. Tri-C started the Green Academy and Center for Sustainability, the first program of its kind in the country, to prepare students for employment in emerging fields including LEED certification, green building specs and energy efficiency. Cleveland Plus already has many highly skilled workers in the manufacturing trades and this program is training workers in new fields already available in the green collar economy. 

70. A good, clean burn. Lubrizol incinerates alcohol and petroleum runoff from chemical batches producing steam that provides 25% of the plant's steam needs.

71. Manufacturing innovation. Parker Hannifin developed components for wind turbines, fuel cells, nitrogen generators and electrical systems made specifically for grocery stores that reduce energy costs by 25%.

72. Good neighbors. Goodyear has a zero-waste-to-landfill goal in the majority of its facilities worldwide. By the end of March 2009, 57 of their 58 plants had met the goal.

73. Conventional green. The new Medical Mart and Convention Center will meet a minimum of silver LEED status.

74. We mean business. Yes! Magazine reports in its latest issue that Cleveland's new Evergreen Cooperative 'represents the first significant effort to create green jobs that not only pay a decent wage, but also build assets and wealth for employees since they are not only workers, but also owners. If successful, this initiative could become a national model.' The Cleveland Foundation and Shorebank are financing the start up of local green businesses. The first co-op will be a green laundry facility in a new LEED-Silver building with a water recapture system and will use hybrid trucks. The second is the Ohio Cooperative Solar, which plans to lease rooftops from large nonprofits like Case Western Reserve University, install solar panels, and sell the power to the institutions.

75. Healthy lakes mean healthy living. IAGLR 2009, the 52nd Annual conference on Great Lakes research, is at the University of Toledo. This year‚s conference, with the theme 'Bridging Ecosystems and Environmental Health across our Great Lakes,' focuses on emerging concerns and the interrelationships between ecosystems and environmental health.

Go Out With Your Best "Gal Pals" - Cleveland Plus Makes for a Great Girl Friend Getaway

Looking to get away from life's responsibilities and reconnect with your best girlfriends? Pamper yourself in Cleveland Plus and treat yourself to the royal package full of fine dining, superb shopping and, most importantly, some "R+R." No kids, no men, no work...no worries!

WINE + DINE

Sit back, relax and enjoy some great wines from across the country and right in Cleveland Plus. Experience the wine trails of Ohio, take pleasure in a native Cleveland bottle at one of our popular restaurants or enroll in a wine school course that could give you a newfound appreciation of wine.

Ohio Wine Association --

Explore the wine trails Cleveland Plus has to offer like "Lake Erie Vines and Wines" to the east.www.ohiowines.org.

Bar Cento --

A Roman-inspired restaurant named for the 100 wines on its menu. Near west, Ohio City.
216.274.1010 www.barcento.com

Dvine Wine Bar --

Choose from more than 60 wines by the glass and enjoy a full tapas menu. Located downtown. 216.241.VINE www.dvinewinebar.com

Lago Restaurant + Wine Bar --

This Italian restaurant's wine list is 100% Italian and represents every region in Italy. Near west, Tremont. 216.344.0547 www.lagotremont.com

Cleveland Wine School-

Enjoy a range of pleasurable classes, tastings and other special events. Located east of Cleveland in Beachwood. 216.831.9919 www.clevelandwineschool.com  

Clevlands Latest Events

Attend these great events that have all your needs in mind. Choose from Broadway plays, manicures, arts and culture and, of course, great food.

US Figure Skating Championships --

A prestigious national event, past champions include Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill. 216.622.6000 www.cleveland2009.com

Mercury Lounge --

This trendy club and lounge in the Warehouse District offers $4 martinis and manicures until 11pm on Thursdays. 216.566.8840 www.themercurylounge.com

Sparx in the City - Gallery Hop --

Ohio's largest gallery hop, held annually and featuring more than 500 artists.
216.736.7799 www.cleveland.com/sparx/galleryhop.ssf

Tremont Art Walks --

Enjoy music and art the second Friday of each month along the streets in the neighborhood of Tremont. 216.575.0920 www.tremontartwalk.org

Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota -

An exhibition of 40 giant landscape kimonos at the Canton Museum of Art.
330.453.7666 www.cantonart.org

Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique --

Witness the works of the three greatest jewelry and luxury goods designers at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 216.707.2333 www.clemusart.com

Legally Blonde -

Broadway's new smash hit musical based on the film comes to PlayhouseSquare.
216.830.7221 www.PlayhouseSquare.org

Fabulous Food Show --

If you're in love with the art of food and want to learn the latest cooking techniques from world-class chefs, collect new recipes or taste and purchase great food and wines, don't miss this show. 216.265. www.fabulousfoodshow.com  

Menopause The Musical -

Menopause The Musical returns to Cleveland to entertain and inspire women.
216.830.7221

Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show -

Bask in beauty of flourishing gardens and gain inspiration and tips for yours at home.
216.721.1600 www.cbgarden.org

The Finer Things

Once you've relaxed, enhance the experience with a little arts and culture. Take in a Broadway production, a Shakespearian play, a live concert or comedy show at PlayhouseSquare, the nation's second largest theater district. Enjoy the finer things in life at the Cleveland Museum of Art, packed with prestigious traveling and permanent exhibits, making it one of the most acclaimed art museums in the world. Explore the Cleveland Botanical Garden, home to an impressive glasshouse filled with lush vegetation and colorful butterflies.

Theater Plus Music

PlayhouseSquare --

The second largest performing arts center in the country with everything from Broadway blockbusters to ballet. 216.771.4444 www.playhousesquare.com

Cedar Lee --

An independent film cinema featuring many classic films and new releases.
216.321.5411 www.clevelandcinemas.com/cedarlee

Cleveland Play House --

A renowned theater company presenting important new works as well as classics. 216.795.7000 www.clevelandplayhouse.com

The Bang and Clatter Theatre Company -

Produces innovative and challenging works with emphasis on modern American plays.
330.606.5317 www.bnctheatre.com  

Cleveland Orchestra --

The opulent Severance Hall is home to the orchestra, except during the summer months when they play outside at Blossom Music Center. Severance Hall 216.231.7300 www.clevelandorch.com
Blossom Music Center 330.920.8040 www.livenation.com/blossom

Arts Plus Culture

Cleveland Museum of Art --

Be dazzled by "Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique" starting in October 2008.
216.707.2333 www.clemusart.com

Cleveland Botanical Garden --

Enjoy outdoor gardens and greenhouse featuring the ecosystems of Madagascar and Costa Rica. 216.721.1600 www.cbgarden.org

Stan Hywet Hall + Gardens --

This 65-room Tudor Revival mansion is situated on acres of historic gardens.
330.836.5533 www.stanhywet.org 

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland) -

Interpret culture through contemporary visual art.
216.421.8671 www.mocacleveland.org

Akron Art Museum --

After undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion, the Akron Art Museum not only prides itself in its extensive permanent exhibitions and prominent traveling exhibitions, but also the work of art it has become.330.376.9185 www.akronartmuseum.org

Canton Museum of Art --

Marvel at the colors of 40 oversized kimonos created by Master Kubota in "Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota" starting fall of 2008.
330.453.7666 www.cantonart.org

International Women's Air and Space Museum --

Recognize women's past, present and future accomplishments and contributions to the field of aviation and space. 216.623.1111 www.iwasm.org 

Cleveland's Shopping

The region has seen a boom in retail development over the past decade and now boasts all the high-end chains, lifestyle centers and nifty independent retailers. Give those credit cards some exercise and get shopping.

Legacy Village --

216.382.3871 www.legacy-village.com

Crate and Barrel & Restoration Hardware

Cleveland's east side offers this lifestyle center, a village of shops including the area's only Crate and Barrel and a Restoration Hardware. Located east of Cleveland in Lyndhurst.

Beachwood Place

216.464.9460 www.beachwoodplace.com
All the usual upscale mall selections, plus Nordstrom and Saks. Located east of Cleveland in Beachwood.

ETON

Chagrin Boulevard 216.591.0544 www.etonchagrinblvd.com A higher end strip mall featuring favorites like Anthropologie and Indigo Nation. Located east of Cleveland in Woodmere.

Crocker Park

440.250.0505 www.crockerpark.com
On the west side, another new lifestyle development features stores like Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic and J Crew. Located west of Cleveland in Westlake.

Lodi Outlets

888.746.7563 www.lodioutlets.net. Cleveland Plus' largest factory outlet center featuring nearly 80 stores.

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

330.562.2000 www.premiumoutlets.com If you're on the hunt for a good bargain just follow your nose to this outlet strip featuring the best of name brands such as Michael Kors, Nine West and Ann Taylor. Located southeast of Cleveland in Aurora.

About The Culinary Vegetable Institute

The Culinary Vegetable Institute was created in 2003, as a result of the synergy between The Chef's Garden sustainable farm and the nation's finest chefs. This setting provides chefs with a retreat to foster a closer relationship with the farmer, to provide inspiration and to promote agriculture and a return to the soil.

The Culinary Vegetable Institute is a culinary educational center surrounded by a working farm in a pristine, rustic riverside setting. This hidden gem houses a state-of-the-art kitchen facility surrounded by the finest kitchen gardens for not only the nation's most forward-thinking chefs, but anyone who steps foot on the grounds. In addition to providing educational advancement in the culinary arts, the Institute is designed to help preserve and promote small farms and sustainable agriculture, as well as to teach the joys of healthy and delicious eating to all generations.

Positively Yummy

From ethnic eateries to offbeat American fare, Cleveland Plus is becoming a culinary hotspot. Discover it for yourself! Tour the West Side Market, take a seat at Table 45, sip on some of Great Lakes brews, check out the Fabulous Food Show and explore neighborhoods--just for starters.

New Offerings in Cleveland

Here are some savory new dining selections

New to the Hanna building at Playhouse Square, the sister spot to the restaurant of the same name is located in Akron. They feature more than 100 varieties of beer and 200 wines.

Buckeye Beer Engine, 216.226.2337 www.buckeyebeerengine.com
With 27 beers on tap and at least one cask offering, this beer haven also has some pretty decent pub fare.

Crop Bistro & Bar
216.696.2767 www.cropbistro.com 
Longtime restaurateur, inventor and Product Development guru Steve Schimoler and his partner, Jackie Shultz, opened CROP Bistro and Bar in 2007. CROP serves as a test kitchen and concept center by day to support the pair's development and consulting business and expands to a cozy open kitchen bistro in the evening. The menu at CROP is designed to be simple yet inventive and changes as the "crop" shifts through the seasons. (Try the popcorn salad!)

Luxe Kitchen and Lounge
216.920.0600 www.luxecleveland.com
New to the Cleveland's Gordon Square Art District, an emerging destination for dinners. Marlin Kaplan, owner and chef is also the owner of Cleveland's prestigious One Walnut Restaurant.

Stone Mad Pub
216.281.6500
This newly-opened Irish pub on West 65th is designed to look the part of an old Irish pub inside and out. Detailed wordwork, a cobblestone parking lot and bocce ball court are just two of many details.

GET THE BUZZ

Check out these food-related blogs:

blog.ruhlman.com/

clevelandfoodie.blogspot.com

mailcenter.newmediagateway.com

SOME TOP CHEFS

You could say we are striking while the "Iron Chef" is hot. Cleveland's Chef Michael Symon is the newest addition on the popular reality program. He's not the only chef in Cleveland with notoriety, though. Here are Symon and just a few others to check out:

MICHAEL SYMON, Michael and his future wife, Liz Shanahan, created a 60-seat restaurant opened in 1997 that opened to glowing reviews. Symon was named a national "rising star" for 1997 by Restaurant Hospitality, "Best Restaurant and Chef in Northeast Ohio" by Northern Ohio Live and one of the "Ten Best New Chefs in America" by Food & Wine magazine in 1998. Since then, Symon has gone on to even better things and he was nominated for the 2007 Beard Foundation Award and is one of HGTV's Iron Chefs. Check out his blog http://mailcenter.newmediagateway.com

AARÓN SÁNCHEZ, .Mexican Grill and Tequileria
Aarón Sánchez comes to Zócalo as the new consulting chef for the East Fourth Street eatery. Chef and co-owner of Paladar Latino Food and Drink in Manhattan, Sanchez is among the country's leading contemporary Latin chefs. He was also a fourth place finalist on the Iron Chef TV show in 2007.

ROCCO WHALEN, Rocco Whalen has manned the stoves at some of the country's hottest restaurants and now he's cranking up the heat at Fahrenheit. Esquire's John Mariani put Rocco on his list of "Chefs to Keep Your Eye On," while Gourmet magazine upped the ante by listing Fahrenheit in its Guide to America's Best Restaurants (2002).In 2004, Restaurant Hospitality named Rocco a "Rising Star."

DANTE BOCCUZZI, Dante Boccuzzi has come home to Cleveland after 16 years of working in some of the best restaurants. Most recently, he was Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer's flagship restaurant, Aureole, in New York City. His impressive resume also includes restaurants in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, France, England, Taiwan, China and Italy. Dante received back-to-back nominations for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year and was named one of New York's top 10 chefs.   

CHEF JOE ELLIOT, The Leopard  -- The Leopard Restaurant offers an award-winning menu that Chef de Cuisine Joe Elliott describes as "eclectic": a diverse selection of dishes, that combines the unique tastes and ingredients of America, France and Japan. Chef Elliott also brings a talent for "low-country" cooking. Recently the Leopard was awarded its fifth consecutive 4-Diamond award.

SERGIO ABRAMOF, A native of Brazil, Sergio moved to the US at the age of 10. His recipes have been published in Chefs of Cleveland, The Dinah Shore Cookbook, The Joy of Grilling, Dining in Cleveland and The Best of the Midwest. His two restaurants, Sergio's and Saravá, are family-run independents. His wife, Susan, is involved in all creative elements of the restaurants and their son, Julian, created the children's menus. Sergio is one of the founders and past president of Cleveland Independents, a group that promotes and supports local independent restaurants.

ZACH BRUELL, Bruell's restaurant experience includes Z Contemporary Cuisine, 20th Street Café, Michael's Santa Monica, California, Ken Stewart's and Par allax Restaurant and Lounge. His work has earned him praise in publications like The New York Times, USA Today, Food & Wine, Art Culinaire and Nation's Restaurant News. Most recently, Bruell reinvented The InterContinental Hotels' restaurant (formerly Classics) as Table 45. You can read his blog http://mailcenter.newmediagateway.com.

PAUL MINNILLO, Baricelli Inn Paul Minnillo represents the third generation in a family of restaurateurs. In 1985 he opened the family's crowning endeavor, The Baricelli Inn. Paul is active in area hunger centers and food pantries, and serves on the boards of several charitable culinary organizations around the country.

KAREN SMALL, Flying Fig  -- Earth-toned elegance sets the tone in this Ohio City dining favorite, but the real draw is chef and owner Karen Small's menu, a marriage of regional flavors and personal panache.

JONATHON SAWYER, Sawyer has worked at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami and alongside Chef Charlie Palmer in New York at Kitchen 22, Aureole, Astra and Kitchen 82. He has also worked with Michael Symon in Cleveland and in NYC at Parea. Eventually, Sawyer opened his own restaurant and is now Chef/Partner of Bar Cento, a modern Roman enoteca in Ohio City. He is in the process of opening The Greenhouse Tavern, the first Green restaurant in Ohio. You can read his blog http://mailcenter.newmediagateway.com

The Nature Buffs

If the family prefers a more scenic and relaxing trip, ride the historic rails of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along the Cuyahoga River and dip in and out of beautiful Cuyahoga Valley. Hop off the train and onto a mountain bike from Century Cycles in Peninsula and ride the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trails.

For information, contact the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 800.468.4700 or click on web site www.cvsr.com

If you're looking to get away from the city skyscrapers and the hustle and bustles, then see how life slows down at Lake Farmpark. This family-oriented science and cultural center is devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. If you're feeling up to it, you can even milk a cow! 

THRILLED TO BE HERE

If it's thrills you seek then seek no more.  USA TODAY hails Cedar Point as the "best amusement park in the world," with more than 16 rollercoasters that will raise the hair of your head. From wet to wild fun, there's something here for every thrill seeker. 
www.cedarpoint.com 419.627.2350

Castaway Bay, Cedar Point's indoor waterpark resort features wave pools, water slides and water obstacles that will have the family feeling like they're in a Caribbean environment. www.castawaybay.com 419.627.2106

Or head to Kalahari Waterpark Resort, the world's largest indoor waterpark with more than 173,000 square feet of super soaked fun. Kalahari also features their very own Kid's Zone, filled with kid-friendly games and specialty rides. www.kalahariresort.com 877.525.2427

How about a little spooky adventure to get the whole family on their toes? The "spooktacular" Ghostly Manor is one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the nation. 
www.ghostlymanor.com 419.626.4467

FAMILY OUTINGS

It's important to get the whole family involved and educated at the same time so make it a day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and RainForest. This-must see attraction features more than 3,000 animals and is located throughout 165 rolling wooded acres and a two-story RainForest full of exotic creatures and striking plant life from across the globe. www.clemetzoo.com 216.661.6500

For a lesson in Cleveland history, take it from the knowledgeable experts aboard Lolly the Trolley. Kick up your feet, let the wind blow through your hair and enjoy the ride during a variety of guided outings like ethnic market tours to downtown cityscape tours. 
www.lollytrolley.com 216.771.4484

Lift off and explore the Cleveland Plus region and discover the multitude of air and space attractions during NASA's 50th anniversary. 

Take in the awe-inspiring scenic sights as you and the family explore the Cleveland Metroparks. 20,000 acres of plush green woodlands surround the Cleveland area, known by many as the Emerald Necklace. The 14 parks that make up the Cleveland Metroparks offer hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing and fishing.
www.clemetparks.com 216.351.6300

Choose from hundreds of different specialty candies like iconic PEZ dispensers, flavored wax lips and gourmet jellybeans at Sweetie Candy Company Inc. This amazing store has every delight for every sweet tooth. Rediscover how it feels to be a kid again.
www.sweetiescandy.com 216.739.2244

FAMILY HOTEL PACKAGES

Gas prices getting you down? Save with these family-friendly hotel packages.
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
216.696.9200

Kids under 12 eat every meal free all weekend long with the "Family Time" package. 

Embassy Suites Cleveland
216.523.8000
www.embassykids.com
Embassy Suites makes you feel at home. Large suites, kid-friendly activities and a huge pool will keep the kids occupied and entertained.

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
216.658.6400 www.clevelanddowntown.stayhgi.com
Directly across from all the Cleveland Indians baseball action at Progressive Field, HGI provides peanuts and other pregame fun before the big game with their "50 Paces from the Bases" package. Or, spend an adventurous day at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and RainForest with the "Zoo" package.

FIRST-RATE VALUE

Want to know how much money you'll save when you visit Cleveland? Let's take a look at what a family of four would pay in two other cities like, say, Boston and Chicago, over a four-day weekend during the peak summer months. If you go to all the same type of attractions including the zoo, science center, art museum, natural history museum, amusement park and you stay in a high end hotel, after it's all said and done, you can save more than one third on costs when visiting Cleveland Plus.

TRAVELERS TIPS

Take advantage of the numerous annual festivals taking place in Cleveland during the summer season. Many of these festivals and street fairs offer one-of-a-kind local art, Cleveland memorabilia, delicious food and live music at affordable prices. Some notable family-friendly festivals include: Coventry Street Arts Fair, Parade the Circle, Taste of Tremont, iNGENUiTY Festival and Feast of the Assumption.Fwww.fireflysminigolf.com>

If rain is in the forecast, head over to South Park mall for some indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf action at Fireflys Mini Golf. Everything glows in this amusement park themed mini golf course. www.fireflysminigolf.com

If the kids are too young to appreciate the Great Lakes Science Center, take them to the Children's Museum for an educating and entertaining experience that will suit them better. www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org Or take the young tots to the retro Memphis Kiddie Park  for some fun. lwww.memphiskiddiepark.com

In need of some ice cream to get you through those hot summer days? Check out some of these local favorites with multiple locations.

Mitchell's Ice Cream  www.mitchellshomemade.com

Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe www.honeyhuticecream.com/cleveland.htm

East Coast Custard   www.eastcoastcustard.com

Want some deliciously inexpensive pizza?

Mama Santas in Little Italy has been a Cleveland tradition for more than 60 years. Very kid-friendly. 216.421.2159

Be sure to check out hotel websites for family discounted rates and packages at www.positivelycleveland.com/visiting/accommodations.

Some hotels throw in family-friendly meals and tickets to preferred attractions. Search through the member hotels and find out which ones have pools and other kid-friendly activities. 
www.positivelycleveland.com/visiting/things_to_do/family/category.list.php?category=4691

Want to know where to bring the kids for dinner? Search through kid-friendly restaurants that will be enjoyable for all.
www.positivelycleveland.com/visiting/things_to_do/family/category.list.php?category=4692

Trolley Tours of Cleveland

216.771.4484; www.lollytrolley.com
Catch Lolly the Trolley and take a narrated tour of the city. There are a variety of tour options, but stops on the two-hour tour include many European landmarks such as the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Little Italy and inspired architecture including several beautiful churches.

Hungarian Heritage Museum/Galleria

Erieview, 1301 E. Ninth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; Explore the beauty and diversity of the cultural of Hungary and Hungarian-Americans through colorful and educational exhibits and special programs.
www.jcu.edu/language/hunghemu.htm

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

One Key Plaza, 751 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
www.rockhall.com

Americans lay claim to rock and roll, but where would we be without out the British invasion and The Who, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Dusty Springfield? Trace the roots of rock and roll, check out musicians from around the world, watch groundbreaking performances and explore seemingly endless memorabilia at the one and only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mallorca Restaurant

1390 West Ninth Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
216.687.9494; www.clevelandmallorca.com
A restaurant specializing in the finest of Continental, Spanish and Portuguese cuisine.

Osteria Di Valerio & Al

408 W. St. Clair Avenue, Box 110, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216.685.9490
The authentic flavors of Northern Italy are woven into sophisticated contemporary dishes.

Ponte Vecchio

2100 Superior Viaduct, Suite 520, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216.556.8200
www.pontevecchioristorante.com
Transport your palate to Northern Italy! Enjoy grand Italian fare and a breathtaking view of Cleveland.

Sans Souci Restaurant

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216.696.5600
www.renaissancehotels.com
Hearty, country fare of the Provincial region in France.

Vivo Restaurant Bar

347 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114; 216.621.4678
www.vivo-cleveland.com
Tuscan summer meets urban loft party at this downtown hot spot. Rustic contemporary Italian fare featuring creativity with seasonal ingredients in a historic Cleveland landmark.

NEAR WEST SIDE

Westside Market

1979 W. 25th Street (at Lorain Avenue), Cleveland, OH 44114 216.664.3387 www.westsidemarket.com
The West Side Market is a cultural and culinary experience. Opened in 1912, the West Side Market has both an indoor market with a distinctive clock tower and a semi-enclosed "outdoor" market. The outdoor market has fresh produce and flower vendors, while the indoor portion features cheeses, dairy products, meats and ethnic specialties. From pierogi to fresh Hungarian sausage and designer pastas to croissants, there is something to suit every taste. Check website for dates and times.

Johnny's Bar

3164 Fulton Road, Cleveland, OH 44109; 216.281.0055
Northern Italian and Continental cuisine.

The Harp

4408 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113; 216.939.0200
Old World charm meets city life. Menu includes traditional Irish favorites such as boxty & shepherd’s pie.

EAST SIDE

Lake View Cemetery

12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4393 216.421.2665 www.lakeviewcemetery.com
Founded in 1869, Lake View Cemetery sits on 285 acres of land and was modeled after the great garden cemeteries of Victorian England and France. The final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, President Garfield and others, the monuments and landscape in this outdoor museum are stunning.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122; 216.5923.0575
www.maltzjewishmuseum.org
The Maltz Museum showcases the history of Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community through artifacts, unique exhibits and interactive displays including sacred books and fine art from around the world. Threads of Remembrance: Artistic Visions of the Holocaust (Dec. 13, 2006 - Feb. 18, 2007) features Holocaust wall hangings by Judith Weinshall Liberman and portraits by Herbert Ascherman, Jr. in a stirring and visually powerful exhibition that addresses the horrors of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of survivors and their families.

Little Italy

216.791.4907; www.littleitalycleveland.com
Just up the road from the cultural gems of University Circle is Little Italy, one of the city's best-known and geographically distinct neighborhoods. First settled in the late 19th century by skilled Italian artisans, Little Italy (also known as Murray Hill) has retained much of its Old World charm and sense of tight knit community. The area is home to a blend of art galleries and shops, offering a wide variety of crafts, paintings and sculptures. (Murray Hill Art walks are held the first weekend of June, October and December.) As its name might suggest, Little Italy offers some of the finest Italian dining in the Greater Cleveland area. Whether it's pizza or pasta, calzone or calamari, if it's Italian, you'll find it in Little Italy's ristorantes. The Feast of the Assumption is a weeklong street festival that begins and ends with a traditional procession in August.

Sergio's In University Circle

1903 Ford Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106; 216.231.1234
www.sergioscleveland.com
Inspired cooking in Cleveland's cultural playground. Global menu features Brazilian, coastal and Asian flavors as well as many classic dishes.

Guarino's Restaurant

12309 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106; 216.231.3100
www.guarinos-restaurant.com
Celebrating 83rd year - Est. 1918. Cleveland's oldest located in the heart of Little Italy.

Marbella Restaurant

29425 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike, OH 44122; 216.464.9939
www.marbellarestaurant.com
Specializing in the finest Continental Spanish and Portuguese cuisine and featuring wonderfully prepared seafood and fish.

For an expanded “European Tour” itinerary, visit web site www.travelcleveland.com/EuropeanTour.

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Cleveland Plus Remains True to its Roots -- AN ALL-AMERICAN CLASSIC

What's more satisfying than rockandroll, rock concerts, classic American comfort foods and delicious burgers, halls of fame, cool old cars and planes and drive-in movies served up with a dash of history? If you crave these American essentials, then Cleveland is the place for you. Not only does Cleveland rock, but it's also home to past presidents, space stations, diners, eateries, vintage shopping and authentic American entertainment.

SO WHAT'LL IT BE? 

Step back in time at some of the city's oldest drive-ins and diners still serving up traditional American food at moderate prices. 

Dee's Old Brooklyn Diner

4326 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.398.1633
Try the famous steakburger with grilled onions and sauteed mushrooms while you take in the Cleveland memorabilia lining the walls.

Swenson's Drive-In Restaurant

www.swensonsdriveins.com
A burger so good, served on a buttered baked bun. It's no wonder this Northeast Ohio drive-in chain survived the Great Depression. 

Somer's Diner

4002 Prospect Ave, Cleveland; 216.361.1743
Serving up familiar favorites like mac-and-cheese, meatloaf and matzo ball soup.

Bearden's

19985 Lake Rd, Rocky River, OH; 440.331.7850 -- www.beardenscleveland.com

A Cleveland institution since 1948, Bearden's burgers wrapped in wax paper and served drive-in style are said to be the best in the city, but who are we to judge?

The Harley Diner

23105 Aurora Rd, Cleveland OH; 440.439.5300; www.southeastharley.com
Inside the South East Harley-Davidson dealership, down some great comfort food in a restored Worcester dining car from 1946.

Gali Gali Diner

1975 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.321.4257; www.galigalidiner.com
The only kosher diner in the city. 

Big Al's Diner

12600 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH; 216.791.8550
The staff in this cozy eatery has been serving up Al's famous omelets for years.

Dink's Restaurant

16 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, OH; 440.247.5679
The oldest restaurant in Chagrin Falls is best known for old-fashioned favorites that match the historical significance of the scenic town.

The Diner on 55th

1328 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH; 216.361.0550 -- www.dineron55th.com
Traditional comfort food is dished up at this shiny silver Cleveland staple.

Silver Spartan Diner

11419 Bellflower Ct, Cleveland, OH; 216.368.0634
This authentic 50's diner in University Circle is decked out in chrome and vinyl.

Eddie Sand's Blueline Café

20255 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights,OH; 216.561.5050 -- www.eddiesands.com
Within walking distance of RTA's "Blue Line," traveling commuters have been stopping in for breakfast for more than 50 years.

BETTER BURGERS

Looking for the best burger in town? You can try and duplicate them yourself but these burgers aren't pitiful patties kept warm by heat lamps.

Whitey's Booze 'N' Burgers

3600 Brecksville Rd, Richfield, OH
330.659.3600; www.whiteyschili.com
Whitey's serves more than 12 signature burgers. Consider trying the famous chili topped burger.

Yours Truly Restaurant

25300 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH; 216.464.4848--www.ytr.com
Burgers cooked juicy and ready to order. Eight locations across Cleveland Plus serving up these American favorites since 1981.

Fosters Tavern of Hinckley

1382 Ridge Rd, Hinckley, OH; 330.278.2106
These burgers mean business and are in no way, shape or form something you'll find at your typical burger joint.

Ray's Place

135 Franklin Ave, Kent, OH; 330.673.2233 -- www.raysplacekent.com
Ray serves up the perfect burger for Kent State University students and visitors.

The Little Bar + Grill

614 Frankfort Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.861.2166
This little watering hole serves up a big burger with a bite long through the late night hours.

Tommy's

1824 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH; 216.321.7757 -- www.tommyscoventry.com
Cut the vegetarian in your life some slack and hit Tommy's . . . you'll love it too. While the gluten free/vegan/vegetarian menu items range from tasty veggie burgers to toasted cheese with peanut butter, they do serve meat too. (Top it off with killer fries and a milkshake you won't soon forget.)

CLASSICS, KICKED UP!

Consider it the best thing since sliced bread. Well, stuffed between two slices. Some of the best American favorites are found right here in Cleveland Plus.

Slyman's

3106 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 216.621.3760 -- www.slymans.com
The highly coveted Slyman's has been serving up Cleveland's best corned beef sandwiches for countless generations.

Melt Bar + Grilled

14718 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH; 216.226.3699 -- www.meltbarandgrilled.com
Grilled cheese, a favorite to all, old and young. But this isn't your typical piece of American cheese slabbed between two slices of white bread. Melt features more than 20 different takes on the original all with their own unique twist. Try a "Parmageddon" stuffed with onions, kraut and a potato and cheese perogie.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.771.4404 -- www.greatlakesbrewing.com
An eco-friendly restaurant and brewery that names their hand-crafted beers after local historical figures and events. Try the Eliot Ness lager or the Holy Moses (in honor of Moses Cleaveland).

Sokolowski's at University Inn

1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.771.9236 -- www.sokolowskis.com
Experience traditional Polish comfort food just like grandma used to make. Cleveland memorabilia covers the walls reflecting three generations of family history.

Hard Rock Café

230 West Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.830.7625-- www.hardrock.com
After you visit the Rock Hall, check out more memorabilia at the Hard Rock.

VegiTerranean

21 Furnace St, Akron, OH; 330.374.5550 -- www.vegiterranean.com
Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the iconic rock band The Pretenders, recently opened this upscale vegetarian hotspot in her hometown.

Cheddars

5810 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.651.1610
Mac-and-cheese has gone upscale in this inventive establishment. Choose from 20 different combos like the Black Forest Macaroni with pasta, wild mushrooms and fresh herbs coated in a rich white cheese sauce and topped with fresh Gouda.

VINTAGE FINDS

Cleveland Plus pays tribute to vintage throwbacks in a variety of trends and styles. If you dig retro threads, then we have the shops for you.

Chelsea's Vintage Clothing

1412 W 116 St, Cleveland, OH; 216.226.9147
It may look like a garage from the outside, but inside you can steer your way upon a '60s dress or suit for under $40.

The Cleveland Shop

11606 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.228.9725 -- www.clevelandshop.com
Rated the best vintage clothing store in the city. Features attire from the Victorian era all the way to disco.

Cosmic Collectibles

14532 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.221.1085
Spend the entire day at this vintage clothing and furniture store where you can accessorize your entire apartment for under $100.

Deja Vu

14411 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.228.7212
Offering a variety of vintage threads and accessories for every occasion.

Elegancia

1873 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH; 216.861.2553
Consisting of all the latest trends and fashions, plus a stock full of timeless vintage replicas.

Flower Child

11508 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH; 216.939.9933 -- www.flowerchildretro.com
Step back in time in this vintage establishment that features gear from the 1930s - 1970s.

Suite Lorain

7105 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.281.1959 -- www.suitelorain.net
Step into a former bowling alley to find 8,000 square feet of classic vintage attire.

FROM COASTERS TO CARRIAGES

Cedar Point

One Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH; 419.627.2350 -- www.cedarpoint.com
Consistently rated the best amusement park in the world.

Ohio's Amish Country

www.oacountry.com
The largest Amish community in the nation. Experience a culture that lives simply and with the bare necessities.  

IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL

In the early 1950's local deejay Alan Freed started playing up-and-coming bands on the air and coined the phrase rock and roll.  Check out these venues for a truly genuine "Cleveland rocks" experience.

House of Blues Cleveland

308 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.523.BLUE; www.hob.com/cleveland
An intimate concert hall in a converted Woolworth's "five and dime" store showcasing outsider art and the nation's top acts.

Blossom Music Center

1145 W Steels Corners, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; 330.920.8040
Scenic outdoor amphitheater located just south of Cleveland.

The Agora Theater

5000 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.881.2221 -- www.clevelandagora.com
One of Cleveland's most storied concert halls with a neon marquee you can't miss.

The Beachland Ballroom

15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.383.1124 -- www.beachlandballroom.com
A former Croatian Hall, Beachland is now a great venue for all types of live music.

Fat Fish Blue

21 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.875.6000 -- www.fatfishblue.com
Got the blues? Let Fat Fish Blue's live jazz, blues and rock chase them away.  

Grog Shop

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland, OH; 216.321.5588 -- www.grogshop.gs
Catering to the college crowd, the Grog showcases some of the best underground rock bands in the nation.

Nighttown

12387 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH; 216.795.0550 -- www.nighttowncleveland.com
From the outside, it looks like a small neighborhood place but, in this case, looks are deceiving. Voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Down Beat magazine with music nearly every night.

Wilbert's

812 Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.902.4663 -- www.wilbertsmusic.com
Downtown club with name recognition showcases roots, blues, folk, world, jam, reggae, jazz and pop music.

A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN

Some of us remember piling in the station wagon for family night at the drive-in movie theater. Although many of these historic gems have come and gone, here you can still catch an outdoor picture show.

Mayfield Road Drive-In

12010 Mayfield Road, Chardon, OH; 440.286.7173 -- www.funflick.com
This single screen theater is open seven nights a week between April and October.

Auto-O-Rama Drive-In

33395 Lorain Rd, North Ridgeville, OH; 440.327.9595
Owned and operated by the same family since it opened in 1965.

Magic City Drive-In

5602 S Cleveland/Massillon Rd, Barberton, OH; 330.825.4333
This classic drive-in can hold more than 500 carloads and features a twin-screen theater atmosphere.

HALLS OF FAME TOUR

From jocks to rock. Step inside these famous halls of fame and discover the greats.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, OH; 216.781.ROCK -- www.rockhall.com

Pro Football Hall of Fame

2121 George Halas Dr NW, Canton, OH 330.456.8207; www.profootballhof.com
The ultimate football experience is inside the domed cathedralesque complex, full of the greatest football players of all time and their career achievements.

The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

866.66POLKA; www.clevelandstyle.com
A National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame

221 S Broadway, Akron, OH; 330.762.4463 -- www.invent.org
Have a great idea waiting to be discovered? Perhaps one day it'll be featured in this hall.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Long before Ohio became so important in the elections, some prominent political figures grew up right here.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH; 440.255.8722 -- www.nps.gov/jaga
Explore the family life and legacy of the nation's 20th president at his home, nicknamed "Lawnfield" in the1880s.

McKinley Memorial

40 N Main St, Niles, OH; 330.652.1704 -- www.mckinley.lib.oh.us
Celebrate the life and history of the nation's 25th president, William McKinley.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH; 419.332.2081 -- www.rbhayes.org/hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes was the nation's 19th president and he was the first to host the annual "Easter Egg Roll" at the White House in 1878.

First Ladies National Historic Site

331 S Market Ave, Canton, OH; 330.452.0876 -- www.firstladies.org
Some say that for every good man, there is a great lady. The First Ladies National Historic Site (in William and Ida McKinley's home) honors these women and their accomplishments.

Lake View Cemetery

12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH; 216.421.2665 -- www.lakeviewcemetery.com
This historic garden cemetery is the resting place of President Garfield, Police Chief Eliot Ness and famed businessman, John D. Rockefeller.

FROM WINGS TO WHEELS

Lift off and explore the Cleveland Plus scenery. 

International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N Marginal Rd, Cleveland, OH; 216.623.1111 -- www.iwasm.org
Discover the preserved history of women's impact in the aviation and space industry. Featured exhibit: Mercury Women: Forgotten Link to the Future, Ongoing

Canton Classic Car Museum

Market Ave at 6th St SW, Canton, OH 44702; 330.455.3603 -- www.cantonclassiccar.org
45 vintage automobiles on display, along with thousands of historic memorabilia.

The National Packard Museum

1899 Mahoning Ave, Warren, OH; 330.394.8484 -- www.packardmuseum.org
Houses many beautifully restored and original Packards.

EXPERIENCE AMERICANA

A rich history of sacrifice and accomplishment surrounds this great region.

Western Reserve Historical Society

10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH; 216.721.5722 -- www.wrhs.org
Genealogy, history, a costume wing and more.Featured exhibit: A Proud Tradition: Cleveland Baseball History (Rare photographs, artifacts from Cleveland baseball, pro and amateur, and collectibles.)

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial

93 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH; 419.285.2184 -- www.nps.gov/pev
Celebrating the long-lasting peace between the US and Canada, it stands 352 feet tall and is the tallest "Doric" column in the world.

USS Cod

1089 East 9th St, Cleveland, OH; 216.566.8770 --www.usscod.org
One of the most prolific WWII naval submarines in the nation's surviving fleet. The USS Cod sunk more than 12 enemy vessels totaling more than 37,000 tons. Jump aboard and relive all the action of America's past.

POSITIVELY CLEVELAND

The Higbee Building

 100 Public Square, Suite 100, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 -- www.positivelycleveland.com

CLEVELAND'S CULTURAL LANDSCAPE EXTENDS WELL BEYOND CITY LIMITS

Cleveland Plus boasts residents representing more than 117 different ethnicities, creating a region ripe with cultural offerings. Discover the multitude of fine ethnic eateries, charming neighborhoods and attractions that reflect this rich diversity.

See the following for lots to do and see:

ETHNIC CHURCHES + TEMPLES

Did you know there are more than 2,000 churches and temples in Northeast Ohio? Distinct and original by design, here are few notable architectural classics.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church -

(Irish Catholic); 216. 251.8286; www.oldstonechurch.org

St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral - (Russian Orthodox)

216.741.1310; www.sttheodosius.org

Kirtland Temple  - (Latter Day Saint)

216.256.3318l; www.kirtlandtemple.org

Temple Tifereth Israel - (Jewish Synagogue)

216.831.3233

St. Stanislaus - (Polish Shrine)

216.341.9091

COLUMBUS

Lions and Cyclones and Dinosaurs, OH MY! -- Trio of top experiences included in affordable Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway

Columbus is home to the nation's No. 1 zoo and the No. 1 science center in America, making it the perfect place for unforgettable family fun this summer. Just in time for spring and summer travel, Experience Columbus today launched its Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway, featuring both of these top-ranked experiences and packed with family fun. This affordable package allows guests to experience a trio of top Columbus adventures at a surprisingly low cost. Families can book their Roar and Explore Adventure Getaway online at www.ColumbusFamilyFun.com or by calling (888) 795-3701.

Starting at just $375 plus tax for a family of four, a savings of $84, the Adventure Getaway is available for booking April 1 and includes:

Four tickets to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium -- Rated the No. 1 zoo in America by USA Travel Guide, Zoo visitors can visit Polar Frontier, where polar bears frolic underwater and swim overhead. They can journey through the African forest, surrounded by leopards, okapis, and bonobos and visit the Zoo‚s beloved family of western lowland gorillas, featuring 54-year-old Colo, the first gorilla born in captivity.
Four tickets to Zoombezi Bay -- The only water park adjacent to a zoo, Zoombezi Bay is home to more than a dozen water slides and features, including Cyclone, a spine-tingling 20-plus-mph water ride with a 55-foot drop. Zoombezi Bay will open two new waterslides this summer: Python Plunge and Anaconda Falls.
Four tickets to COSI ˆ This summer, dinosaurs take over the science center that‚s rated No. 1 for families by Parents magazine. This special exhibition features life-like animatronic dinosaurs plus simulator pods where kids can hunt, eat and flee predators. Guests can also ride a high-wire unicycle, use sonar technology and much more in COSI‚s more than 300 interactive exhibits.
Two nights of accommodations (Columbus-area Drury Inn & Suites is the Roar and Explore preferred hotel). Prices may vary with other hotels.
Packages are designed for a family of four, but additional family members may be added when booking.

Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio's capital city is known for its unique style: an uncommon blend of neighborhoods, events, attractions and accommodations. Free visitors guides, maps and complete information about visiting Columbus are available from Experience Columbus, the region's convention and visitors bureau, by visiting www.ExperienceColumbus.com or calling 1-866-397-2657 (1-866-EXP-COLS). The website offers on-line booking at more than 125 hotels.

New Columbus Food Adventure Tours; historic pub tours launched

Highlights of Columbus‚ lively culinary scene are now neatly packaged for an unforgettable visitor experience with Columbus Food Adventure Tours. Launched today by veteran local food blogger Bethia Woolf, Columbus Food Adventure Tours takes travelers behind the scenes of some of the city‚s more offbeat and special culinary offerings.

Building on the burgeoning popularity of food tours and culinary tourism, Woolf offers guided, personalized experiences built upon the concepts behind her three popular food websites: alteatscolumbus.com, hungrywoolf.com and tacotruckscolumbus.com. Each tour includes 4-6 stops at select local and independently owned businesses and food trucks, with tour attendees sampling select menu items.

Initially, Columbus Food adventures will offer three fixed tour itineraries: Short North Walking Tour, featuring a few of the many incredible eats in Columbus‚ ultra-hip arts and entertainment district; Taco Truck, showcasing some of the unique Hispanic foods offered from the city's many taco trucks; and an Alternative Eats Driving Tour, taking visitors off the beaten path to some of the city‚s more unusual and ethnic restaurants, including Somali, Ethiopian and other cuisines. Additional itineraries including microbrewery tours, German Village walking tours and an ice cream lovers tours will soon be announced. Seasonal, special event and customized tours are also offered. Detailed tour information and tickets are available via www.columbusfoodadventures.com.

Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio‚s capital city is known for its unique style: an uncommon blend of neighborhoods, events, attractions and accommodations. Free visitors guides, maps and complete information about visiting Columbus are available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or by calling 1-866-397-2657 (1-866-EXP-COLS). The web site offers on-line booking at more than 125 hotels.

Pulitzer Prize Photo Exhibition Opened at Ohio Historical Center

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the largest display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown, is open at The Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. This special exhibition features 150 award-winning images from 1942, when the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism was established, through 2007. Information on the exhibition and all that Columbus offers visitors is available at experiencecolumbus.com or by calling (866) Exp-Cols.

Of the millions of photographs seen in newspapers each year, only two win the coveted Pulitzer Prize; one for breaking news and the other for feature photography. The images record the defining moments of our time captured by photojournalists doing their daily job ˜ working on assignment close to home or around the globe.

Visitors will see one of the most extensive and dramatic photographic displays ever mounted at the museum. The images, 20-by-30-inches and 30-by-40-inches, are arranged chronologically on large panels, filling the main exhibit gallery. Each image is accompanied by a firsthand account of the events leading up to the photograph.

Some photographs have become icons of their time: the flag raising on Iwo Jima; the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald; the joyful family reunion of a returning Vietnam POW; the World Trade Center attack. Others record forgotten events of the last six decades. Some images tell the stories of the famous, while others portray the lives of ordinary people.

'The pictures show the brutalities of our age, but the Pulitzer photojournalists also recorded tender and compassionate moments,' said curator Cyma Rubin. 'Shown together in the exhibition the photographs make us think about the realities of world events. Anyone who views the exhibition will be changed by the experience"

Rubin produced Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs, an Emmy and Telly award-winning documentary of six of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists. This 72-minute video captures the tension and fast pace of the unfolding events resulting in the Pulitzer Prize images. It will be shown continuously throughout the day.

The exhibition catalog, Capturing the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, co-edited by Rubin, features the photographs in the exhibition along with firsthand accounts of each image. Other highlights include a history of the Pulitzer Prize and biographies of the photographers who have won this coveted prize. Both the video and catalog will be for sale at the Ohio History Store.

The Kent State Shootings Revisited
To tie into the 1971 Pulitzer winner 'Kent State Massacre' by photographer John Paul Filo and the upcoming anniversary of the event, the Ohio Historical Center will feature It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings. Visitors will learn about the build up and reaction to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, through artifacts, photos and personal accounts.

The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and East 17th Avenue in Columbus. Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to OHS members. For information on upcoming events, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/capture.

The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as the state's partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio's history, archaeology and natural history. It administers the largest statewide network of sites and museum in the nation. For more information about the Ohio Historical Society memberships and programs, call 614-297-2300 or 800-686-6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.

HOCKING HILLS REGION

Complete information on festivals, accommodations and the many sites in the Hocking Hills region is available online at www.1800HOCKING.com or toll-free at 1-800-HOCKING.

Hocking Hills' unforgettable arts and agriculture sites mapped out
New, FREE Arts & Ag Map offered for travelers

Hocking Hills visitors have one more planning tool to help make their trip to the area even more memorable. The perfect companion to the free Hocking Hills Visitors Guide, Hocking Hills Tourism Association has just launched Arts & Agriculture Map.

This full-color map highlights every must-see, hidden gem, from the sublime to the quirky, with each stop clearly shown via an easy-to-read and color-coded legend. The map features dozens of unforgettable arts and agriculture stops in cities such as Logan, Rockbridge, Sugar Grove, Laurelville, Nelsonville -- and others -- as well as all points in between. The Arts & Ag Map is available at no charge at the Hocking Hills Welcome Centers at the intersection of US 33 and SR 664 or in Laurelville.

From the 99-year-old, fourth-generation Laurelville Fruit Farm to glass blowing and sculptors' studios and nearly two dozen quilt barns, the map's legend shows visitors how to reach a long list of galleries, antique shops, farms, farmers markets, culinary attractions, historic and cultural sites and more.

In addition to pinpointing the exact location of each destination on a clear map, the guide also offers detailed visitor information, such as hours, address, phone number and website, along with a short description of each stop. Nearly every artist, craftsman and photographer in the area is represented, as are most galleries and shops that feature local arts, agricultural products and antiques.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio's Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE fall activities. In addition to a wealth of unique arts and agriculture experiences, the region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging options, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and country inns. In addition to numerous hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills area offers unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf and more. Complete traveler information, including online reservations and lodging availability, is available at www.1800Hocking.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

Higher, longer, faster SuperZip! launched at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

In anticipation of the upcoming season of Hocking Hills‚ amazing zipline adventures, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours has announced that a new, extreme SuperZip! feature has been added to the highly popular attraction. More than a quarter mile long, with speeds of up to 50 mph, SuperZip! is 'higher, longer, and faster' than any other zipline in the region. SuperZip! offers guests an experience that is more affordable and exhilarating.

The new SuperZip! takes guests through a series of three elevated walkways and two scenic tree platforms, which lead to a 75-foot tower. Guests are launched two people at a time from the tower, plunging straight into a lush forest and through the thick canopy of trees. The tour continues as the bottom appears to drop out at the edge of a rock cliff. Guests then cross the Hocking River while in 'super hero' (head first, stomach down) flying position. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is offered 10 a.m. ˆ dusk, weekends and 11 a.m. ˆ dusk on weekdays. A single SuperZip! trip costs $30, with additional SuperZips offered at just $20.

Guests can combine the SuperZip with the existing Zipline Canopy Tour at $105 for the complete package. The three-hour Zipline Canopy adventure offers nature lovers and thrill seekers gorgeous views of the scenic Hocking Hills region. The Canopy Tour features distinctive 10 ziplines, five adventure sky bridges and rappelling back to ground level at the finish. The experience features amazing views from each observation platform.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is home to Midwest‚s first true zipline canopy tour. Billed as 'nature lover meets thrill seeker,' these one-of-a-kind tours treat guests to breathtaking experience as they soar above a series of unique Hocking Hills vistas for an eagles-eye view of some of North America's most magnificent scenery. Fun and exhilarating, these tours provide the unique opportunity to zip through the verdant treetops on a network of cables and adventure sky bridges suspended high above the forest floor. Visitors will experience stunning caves, Hocking River, nature flora, rock cliffs and more. Built and certified to meet all Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standards, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours not only educates visitors on native vegetation and wildlife, but also keeps them feeling safe and secure the entire time. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.hockinghillscanopytours.com.
Ohio's scenic Hocking Hills region offers an inexpensive, close-to-home spring break option, without requiring costly, time-consuming air travel. Travelers of all ages will be entertained as well as inspired by the region's adventure, culinary and other unique offerings. Easily accessible from any city, Ohio's Hills are just an hour's drive from Columbus, OH.

Fun for Families: This beautiful region is home to many unforgettable, affordable activities, making it an ideal family Spring Break destination. Mom and dad get a break from staying in the same room as the kids with one of the region's fully-equipped cabins. Available for as few as one or two nights, most cabins feature a full kitchen where families can prepare quick and inexpensive meals. But the area offers plenty of family friendly restaurants as well, from casual cafes and old-fashioned diners to relaxed Mexican and BBQ restaurants. Kids and parents alike love the free and natural attractions offered in the area, including hiking hundreds of miles of trails or touring America's last remaining washboard factory. Families can also experience the Hocking Hills by horseback, kayak, canoe, canopy tour, ATV or the historic Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Nelsonville's Rocky Boots factory outlet store offers great deals in three stories of outdoor gear, boots, cloths, home and fashion accessories, food and more.

JOHNSTOWN

Located in Johnstown, OH, just 30 minutes east of Columbus, Woodhaven Farm is a pastoral 10-acre farm designed to host corporate and social events, cooking parties and classes. With its two lovely ponds with fountains, relaxing boathouse, greenhouse, organic produce and herb garden, barn and sprawling state-of-the-art kitchen, Woodhaven Farm offers guests an unforgettable sensory experience, featuring unmatched culinary, educational and socialization highlights. Complete information, cooking class and event schedules, recipes and reservations are available at WoodhavenFarm.com or 614-470-COOK (2665).

LICKING COUNTY

OHIO's MUSEUMS + CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Karamu House

216.795.7070; www.karamu.com
The nation's oldest African American cultural arts institution.

Slovak Institute

216.721.5300; www.slovakinstitute.com

Since 1953, the Slovak Institute has been a resource center for Slovak culture and literature.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

216.593.0575; www.maltzjewishmuseum.org
Established in 2005, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage highlights the achievements and history of the Jewish community in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Hungarian Heritage Museum

216.523.3900; www.jcu.edu

A continuous effort to bring Hungarian traditions and customs to the Hungarian community.

Little Italy Historical Museum

216.231.8915; www.littleitalycleveland.com
Located in the heart of Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, this small museum has a collection of photographs, records and artifacts that illustrate the long-lasting Italian roots in Cleveland.

Croatian Heritage Museum and Library

440.946.2044; www.croatianmuseum.com

A vast collection of Croatian historical artifacts and exhibits, this museum also promotes local Croatian artists.

Cleveland Cultural Garden Collection

Surrounding the perimeter of University Circle, each unique garden represents a different ethnicity in Cleveland.

The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

866.66POLKA; www.clevelandstyle.com
A National Polka Hall of Fame

Looking for info on the latest renovations, expansions, added attractions and more? Get the lowdown on "What's New in Cleveland Plus" by clicking www.positivelycleveland.com

OHIO's NEIGHBORHOODS

Little Italy

www.littleitalycleveland.com

Experience the Old World charm of Cleveland's Little Italy; a neighborhood centralized around the sloped brick road of Murray Hill. Relatively unchanged in more than seven decades, Little Italy is home to fine Italian eateries, bakeries and art galleries. Have an authentic Italian lunch at Guarino's, the oldest restaurant on the hill, then check out Pennello Gallery, a unique boutique that specializes in handcrafted goods from around the world. If it's sweets you crave, experience the good life at La Dolce Vida or Presti's Bakery and indulge in Italian desserts like Tiramisu and Cassata Cake.

Asiatown

www.asiatowncleveland.com
Just east of downtown, Cleveland's Asiatown is home to about two dozen family-owned eateries serving up authentic and affordable cuisine from Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures. Cultural institutions, bakeries and shopping caters to the Asian population on this ten square block radius from East 30th - East 40th between Superior and Payne Avenues. C&Y Chinese Restaurant, the official restaurant for A Christmas Story House + Museum serves up the "Chinese turkey" memorialized in the cult classic film. Then check out some specialty Chinese baked goods at the Golden Bakery with dim-sum-style buns stuffed with anything imaginable.

MORE MARKETS

Gallucci's Italian Food Market

216.881.0045; www.gustgallucci.com

Three generations of Gallucci's have been selling authentic Italian ingredients since 1912. This large specialty import market has a variety of everything Italian, including olive oils and pancetta.

Mediterranean Market

440.234.6600
Features an onsite halal butcher, also serving specialty sandwiches such as falafel and tawook.

Pincus Bakery

216.382.5120
Find traditional Jewish baked goods, like Challah, kichel and other "Old World" favorites.

ADDITIONAL ETHNIC EATS

Brazilian

www.brasagrillsteakhouse.com

Brasa Grill Brazilian Steakhouse

216.575.0699

Chinese

Siam Café

216.361.2323

Pearl of the Orient

440.333.9902; www.pearlwest.com

Vietnamese

#1 Pho Vietnamese Restaurant

216.781.1176

Thai

Sweet Mango

440.238.9921
Featuring Thai classics like Pad Tai and Chicken Satay, this new restaurant is getting rave reviews.

Mint Café

216.320.9915; www.mintcafe.org

Indian

Café Tandoor

216.371.8500
Intensely flavored food full of signature Indian ingredients like cinnamon, cumin and ginger.

Saffron Patch

216.295.0400

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA), the city's preeminent presenter of contemporary and cutting-edge visual art, has announced the selection of the London-based firm, Foreign Office Architects, to design the Museum's new and expanded permanent home. The facility will be located in the city's cultural hub, University Circle, where it will be a centerpiece of a planned cultural and retail corridor adjacent to the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Since 1991, MOCA Cleveland has occupied galleries on the second floor of the Cleveland Playhouse complex on Carnegie Avenue, where space for the Museum has been constrained. MOCA Cleveland Executive Director Jill Snyder noted, "MOCA Cleveland has undergone tremendous growth in recent years, and is now poised to become a national and international destination for audiences interested in contemporary art. In looking to the future, we have been engaged in a strategic-planning process that, like MOCA itself, embodies a twenty-first century vision of contemporary creativity and innovation. We are confident that Foreign Office Architects will produce a design that will add a new perspective to the contemporary dialogue about how we view museums.

The Museum's new building will be an iconic structure in one of the Cleveland area's most important redevelopment programs - the eight-acre University Arts and Retail District (UARD). The District will be designed to enhance existing historic qualities of the area and serve diverse populations, including residents of nearby neighborhoods, visitors, and Case students, staff, faculty, and alumni. MOCA is the only museum in the greater Cleveland area exclusively devoted to the presentation and interpretation of contemporary art. First known as The New Gallery and located in University Circle, the Museum, which is not a collecting institution, later changed its name to the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, and in 2002 adopted its present name. Each year, the Museum presents approximately ten exhibitions, which have been acclaimed for their quality, scholarly standards and innovation. In addition, its experimental and cross-disciplinary public programming, including many activities for families, and its far-reaching partnerships with the region's other cultural organizations, have made the Museum a national leader and model in the exploration and presentation of contemporary art.

For more information, contact Jeanne Collins & Associates at 646-486-7050

KELLEYS ISLAND

If you're looking for a unique place to stay -- one away from the maddening crowds, and yet lush green, quiet, with lots ot do and see - head over to Kelleys Island.

Getting to Kelleys Island

The Jet Express:

The fastest way to Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island this is the island's only direct downtown service. Departures are from Port Clinton and Sandusky and includes exclusive late night service, scenic island view routes, stylish, comfortable passenger cabins, kids 5 & under ride free, and if you want to see two islands in one day, an island hopping discount is offered! I thought the ride was very comfortable, with lots of photo opportunities from the outside upper deck and feel fresh breezes from Lake Erie. If you don't want your hair to blow in the wind, stay inside in the stylishly appointed passenger lounges featuring comfortably cushioned chairs, carpeted decks, and panormic windows for island sight-seeing. The Jet Express is handicap accessible with safe, secure dockside parking.

Departures are from #3 N. Monroe Street, Port Clinton or from 101 W. Shoreline Drive, Sandusky. For more information call 800-245-1JET or go to www.jet-express.com.

The Two Islands:

Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island:

one of the stops, is a colorful, Victorian village with nightlife and live entertainment during summer weekends. This island boasts a waterfront park, unique shops, eateries, and historical attractions.

Kelleys Island

This island's appeal ranges from natural spaces to rousing nightlife. Explore the scene from your own car or, rent a bicycle or golf cart. Stopping at the Glacial Grooves - the largest glacial grooves in existence - is a must. (More about the Grooves follows); grab some food at an island eatery, or check out the beach at Kelleys Island State Park.

Where to Stay

Kelleys Island offers lots of accommodations. We chose

Lakeshore Landing Bed & Breakfast.

Located on the south side of the island just west of Seaway Marina, it has three immaculate rooms overlooking the lake - two with private baths - plus a small private beach and dock with a lookout that's ideal for watching lake activities and gorgeous sunsets. Our room on the first floor was huge, complete with TV, clock radio and private bath. We enjoyed our stay, which included a simple Continental breakfast (juice, cake, fruit and coffee) which was self-service and one we could awaken to whenever we wished. A plus to staying here was it was close to all attractions, and our hostess and her daughter gave great recommendations on where to dine.

For more information on Lakeshore Landing, write to Caroline DeBoard at Lakeshore Landing, 229 E. Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 332, Kelleys Island, OH 43438; e-mail lakeshorelanding@yahoo.com; or check out web site www.kelleysisland.com/lakeshorelanding.

What to do on Kelleys Island

Glacial Grooves

Located adjacent to Kelleys Island State park Campground and public beach on the island's north side, the Grooves are the finest example of glacial scouring/scoring in North America and probably the world! The example shown here at about 430 foot in length, 15 foot deep and 35 foot wide is only a small sample of the grooves that at one ltime extended into the lake. The remainder of the grooves were quarried and sold for limestone. Since 1923 the site has been protected and maintained by various state protective agencies and groups. The deep grooves and markings were caused as the heavy glacial wall, which had rocks and boulders embedded in its base, moved south carving out the relatively soft island linestone. Admission is free and the boardwalk surrounding the area makes for safe walking, but it's best to wear sturdy shoes.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield offers a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences. A destination unlike any other, Mansfield offers everything from tours of the historic working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married to the chance to spend the night in a haunted former state prison or tour the factory where handcrafted carrousel horses are made. The area offers breathtaking scenery and rural and home-town experiences, as well as hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads of other outdoor adventures.

For information or to order the Visitors Guide, consumers can call (800) 642-8282 or visit www.mansfieldtourism.com.

Mansfield launches FREE 2017 Visitors Guide, featuring Shawshank Redemption Trail, America‚s Best Racing, Family Getaways, Haunted Prison and more

The Mansfield/Richland County, Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the release of its 2017 Visitors Guide. This year's visitors guide features the area‚s many extraordinary attractions -- offering dozens of experiences that represent America at its Best! The visitors guide is available at no charge by calling (800) 642-8282 or by going online and visiting www.mansfieldtourism.com.

The guide features details of the Shawshank Redemption Trail, a drive-it-yourself tour of the area‚s many sites that served as backdrops for the cinematic classic. Visitors will enjoy loads of other unique experiences, including the Mansfield Reformatory, renowned for its Ghost Hunts and a location for the 'The Shawshank Redemption,' as well as other Hollywood movies. The Squirrel's Den has been featured on the Food Network and in national magazines for its awesome chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts and flavored popcorn. Just around the corner, guests can enjoy the casual atmosphere of the new Cypress Hill Winery in the Historic Carrousel District.

Also featured in the guide is information about the incredible growth of the area's motorsports offerings. World-class racing events are offered at both Mansfield Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, including the EMCO Gears Classic, Honda Indy 200 and ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America). With Vintage and Superbike motorcycle racing, Indy Car and a host of other motorsports events, Mansfield offers visitors the chance to be a part of more nationally televised racing action than any other region. Combine all that excitement with the area‚s uniquely relaxed, affordable and family friendly attractions, accommodations and atmosphere and Mansfield truly offers America‚s best motorsports experience.

The free visitors guide also contains information about the many outdoor activities and golf courses, which have resulted in Golf Digest naming the area a best golf value. In addition, the guide has complete details on unforgettable area getaway packages. The Mansfield/Richland County Visitors Guide offers travelers highly affordable inclusive trips that include a wide variety of options, including the Shawshank Redemption Trail Package, starting at just $64.99.

For information or to order the Visitors Guide, consumers can call (800) 642-8282 or visit www.mansfieldtourism.com.

OBERLIN

The Hotel at Oberlin

The Hotel at Oberlin was designed inside and out to function as one of the most environmentally sustainable hotels in the world. The 70-room property owned by Oberlin College is located in the heart of the famously progressive city of Oberlin. It is one of only five hotels in the U.S. to qualify for the rigorous LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Hotel at Oberlin is a property that awakens every guest to the possibilities of environmentally responsible living, even when away from home.

Where to Eat

@HotelatOberlin @1833Restaurant

The Hotel at Oberlin, owned by Oberlin College, is a 70-room property that opened in September 2016. It is the first hotel in the US to incorporate solar, geothermal, and radiant heating and cooling, and is on track to qualify for the rigorous LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The hotel also includes a 6,500 square foot meeting and function space as well as 1833, a restaurant overseen by Executive Chef Jim Barnhart. The Hotel at Oberlin is managed by The Olympia Companies, who have created a new breed of sustainable, environmental and philanthropic boutique hotels that they manage, develop and/or own. Rates at The Hotel at Oberlin start at $129 per night.

Location: The Hotel at Oberlin, 10 East College Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074

For more information check web site www.thehotelatoberlin.com

ROSSFORD

Rossford Bass Pro Shops to Employ Nearly 300

David Harre believes that one of the most important things a company can offer its customers is well-educated associates who have a passion for what they do. As the recently named manager for the new Bass Pro Shops opening in Rossford, Ohio, near Toledo, he also believes that’s one of the things that make Bass Pro Shops so special.

“I believe one of the most important things we can do is to hire, train, teach and develop our associates who love the business and love helping others,” David said. “Without them, we could not provide the level of customer service that has become legendary with Bass Pro Shops.” The store is expected to employ 250 to 300 associates.

The 150,000 square-foot outdoor store, equivalent in size to 3 and 1⁄2 football fields, is located at the intersection of the nation’s longest north/south interstate—Interstate 75—and east/west interstate—the Ohio Turnpike 80/90. The development, Crossroads of America, is being touted by retail experts to become one of Ohio’s largest retail/tourist destinations with a projection of over 6 million visitors per year.

The Rossford Bass Pro Shops will offer some exciting features including museum-quality wildlife mounts and dioramas, hand-painted murals, a 25-yard live fire archery range, a general store, laser arcade, fudge shop, a White River Fly Shops department and an expansive boat showroom.

One of the main focal points of the store will be the large, 3-story waterfall and 25,000 gallon aquarium and touch pool which will showcase native fish that Rossford and area sportsmen and women love to catch. The store will also feature a sandwich and ice cream shop. As typical in stores in other geographic locations, this newest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will be uniquely designed to pick up the local flavor of the area’s outdoor heritage and include state record fish and wildlife exhibits and historical pictures and artifacts from local hunters and fishermen.

Another hallmark for Bass Pro Shops is their dedication to conservation and outdoor education. “One of the things that drew me to Bass Pro Shops is their commitment to conservation and their partnership with these and other organizations that work so hard to maintain and improve our great outdoors,” said David.

Born and raised on a farm in the rural Midwest, David was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age. He developed a passion for hunting, camping and enjoying what the outdoors offered as he grew older. “I love to share my outdoor interests with my wife of 23 years and our twins whenever I can,” he added.

This love of the outdoors is another reason David is excited to be manager of the Rossford Bass Pro Shops. “I look forward to working with our local groups to share in the responsibility of ensuring there is an outdoors for future generations,” he said.

Recognized many times for their conservation efforts and outdoor education programs the store will also offer free Outdoor Skills Workshops for adults, kids and families that will help maximize outdoor fun by teaching new skills and improving existing ones.

“Bass Pro Shops is the perfect place to start whether you’re beginning in the outdoors or an expert,” David said. “We offer many kinds of outdoor skills workshops from hunter education courses to beginning fishing, setting up a campsite, fly tying, nature photography and more. We not only sell the outdoor product but we teach you how to use it,” he added.

David comes to Bass Pro Shops with 24 years of retail experience with Kmart and Lowe’s Home Improvement, as a general manager and district manager for various stores and locations across the Southeastern and Midwest United States.

A special Evening of Conservation, the night before the official grand opening, will showcase many local conservation groups. This event is free and open to the public and a portion of the night’s sales will go to a special designate group.

About Bass Pro Shops
A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 49 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 90 million visitors a year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod & Gun. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, visit www.basspro.com. Request a free catalog by calling 1-800-BASS-PRO. Those interested in applying for positions at Bass Pro Shops can go online and click on Career Opportunities for more information.

WARREN COUNTY

About Warren County

Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio.

For additional information, visit www.ohioslargestplayground.com or call 800-433-1072.

About the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:

For additional information, visit www.ohioslargestplayground.com or call 800-433-1072.

What to See & Do

Warren County festivals, attractions to spur busy fall travel season

The Ohio Renaissance Festival, Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt and more autumn attractions are expected to once again draw considerable crowds to Southwest Ohio this fall, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).

Running Saturdays and Sundays (as well as Labor Day) between September 2 and October 29, the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, Ohio will introduce new attractions, stage shows and vendors in 2017. Billed as a “non-stop, day-long adventure”, the fest is pegged to feature nearly 100 daily shows, more than 135 artisan-run craft shops and era-inspired food and drink.

Halloween-themed attractions ranging from family-friendly to highly intense will also open their doors in the coming weeks. Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt will welcome guests Friday and Saturday nights September 22 through October 28, while The Great Pumpkin Fest - the park’s family-focused Halloween celebration -will run Saturdays and Sundays September 30 through October 29.

New to the Halloween scene this year is Brimstone Haunt. Hosted on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, the Harveysburg attraction will welcome guests September 22 through October 28, and will feature two unique experiences - Brimstone Haunted Hayride and Forgotten Forest.

Waynesville, Ohio, regarded as one of the nation’s most-haunted villages, will once again host guided walking tours select October evenings.

Open year-round, Oregonia, Ohio’s Ozone Zipline Adventures is one of the largest tree-top canopy zip line tours in the Midwest. Its zip tours are designed to be both thrilling and educational, featuring lines as high as 200 feet above ground and experienced tour guides who share knowledge of Southwest Ohio’s natural history. Full moon night zipping is offered on select weekend nights throughout the year, including October 13, when the course will offer a special Halloween-inspired tour, Zipping with Zombies.

Clarksville, Ohio’s Bonnybrook Farms will treat guests to covered-wagon rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more at its Fall Farm Days Saturdays and Sundays from September 30 through October 29, while its Lantern Light Wagon Ride and Corn Maze events will be held on Saturday evenings during those same dates.

LM&M Railroad’s Fall Flyer returns this year, offering guests extended one hour and fifteen minute nostalgic train rides through the Warren County countryside select Saturdays and Sundays in October. Upon their return to the railroad’s station, riders will be greeted with more fall activities including hay mazes and complimentary pumpkins from The Black Barn, a local farmer’s market.

Valley Vineyards, an award-winning winery and micro-brewery in Morrow, Ohio, offers both indoor and outdoor weekend cookouts Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through December. Cookout guests are invited to grill their own steak or salmon to dine on along with side dishes, desserts and the vineyard’s locally produced adult beverages. A “Twilight Canoe & Dinner for Two” package, which includes a three-mile canoe trip down the Little Miami Scenic River and a Valley Vineyards cookout, is available select dates in September and October.

Fall Festivals account for a sizeable percentage of the county’s seasonal visitors. Lebanon’s Country AppleFest and Feast & Fall-y (Sept. 30) and Waynesville’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival (Oct. 14-15) are among the region’s most popular food and craft gatherings and are free to the public.

Finally, the end of fall will mark the highly anticipated return of Kings Island’s WinterFest. Following a 12-year hiatus, the park’s once-annual winter celebration will open its doors for ice skating, craft shopping, festive food and more on select dates from November 24 through December 30.

Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio. The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a professional destination marketing organization committed to economic growth by increasing overnight and year-round visitors. Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County. The 11.89 million yearly visitors drive an economic impact of $1.168 billion and 12,244 tourism-related jobs. For additional information, visit OhiosLargestPlayground.com, call 800-433-1072 or visit the WCCVB on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Beach Mountain

Beach Mountain — a 400 foot, 10-lane snow tubing hill and winter play area — has added a great deal of excitement to Warren County, Ohio’s lineup of holiday attractions, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).

“Winter is always a vibrant and exciting time here in Warren County, and the opening of Beach Mountain will only add to the fun,” said Phillip S. Smith, President & CEO of the WCCVB. “This new attraction brings a unique, high-thrill element that will complement Great Wolf Lodge, shopping, indoor attractions such as Lazer Kraze, holiday festivals and other activities which already are popular with wintertime travelers.”

The wintertime counterpart of Mason, Ohio’s Beach Waterpark, Beach Mountain will welcome its first guests November 21 and remain open until March.

The towns of Lebanon, Waynesville and Springboro are home to decorated, historic Main Streets, a variety of dining options and more than 100 antique, boutique and specialty shops. Visitors can shop for homemade jams and more at Jam & Jelly Lady in Lebanon, find thousands of fabrics at The Fabric Shack in Waynesville, or hunt for traditional and unique holiday décor at King’s Mills General Store and Christmas Shop in Kings Mills. Locally owned and operated clothing, antique and décor shops complete the holiday shopping experience in Warren County.

Lebanon’s Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival features more than 100 decorated carriages pulled by mini horses, Clydesdales, Percherons, and more, as well as live entertainment, specialty shopping, food and craft booths, and themed train rides on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad’s North Pole Express.

Information on Warren County attractions and events is available at www.OhiosLargestPlayground.com.

In Ohio’s Largest Playground, the Fun Keeps Getting Bigger
New Not-To-Miss Reasons To Travel to Warren County

The curtain is about to rise on summer vacation time and Warren County (“Ohio’s Largest Playground”) is announcing the several new additions to area attractions which will greet families this season.

Here are number of new, not-to-miss reasons why families should plan a visit to Warren County this year:

New, Record-Breaking River Tour Lines at Ozone Zipline Adventures

Ozone Zipline Adventures at YMCA Camp Kern (Ozone) is the largest zip line canopy tour in the Midwest, and it just got bigger. The new River Tour features two new zip lines cross over the Little Miami River at heights of more than 200 feet, connecting YMCA Camp Kern to Fort Ancient State Park. Ozone is the first zip line canopy tour in the U.S. to cross a federally designated “scenic” river and the first in Ohio to connect to a state memorial (Fort Ancient), according to Ozone officials. www.ozonezips.org.

The Bigger, Better, Wetter Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island

Kings Island, the Midwest’s largest amusement and waterpark, just got bigger with the addition of Soak City Waterpark (free with park admission). The waterpark has been expanded and now features a massive wave pool called “Tidal Wave Bay,” the new “Splash River,” a new entrance, as well as more amenities and lounging areas. Kings Island has more than 80 rides and attractions, an award-winning kids zone, Planet Snoopy (which has more kids’ coasters than any other park in the world), and Dinosaurs Alive!, the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park. www.visitkingsisland.com

New Amenities to Greet Fans at the Nation’s Biggest Summer Pro Tennis Event

The Western & Southern Open unveils a new food court and retail space in 2012 and day pass tickets as low as $10. The event is the oldest professional tennis tournament in the nation still played in its original city and is one of only five events in the world (aside from Grand Slams) where fans can simultaneously see a Masters 1000 event on the men’s ATP World Tour and a Premier level event for the Women’s WTA Tour. www.cincytennis.com

New Family-Style Bowling at Southwest Ohio’s Largest Indoor Waterpark

Great Wolf Lodge, Mason has added Ten Paws Alley to its variety of family-friendly entertainment.  Designed with kids in mind, the alley features shorter lanes and lighter, five-pound bowling balls. The resort’s signature attraction is the mammoth indoor waterpark with its six pools, 12 waterslides, lazy river and four-story wet-and-wild tree house, and also features the Cub Club, MagiQuest, and “Scoops Spa,” which is designed for kids. www.greatwolf.com/mason

New Beer Distillery at Award-Winning Winery

Valley Vineyards, Southwest Ohio’s largest estate winery (and home to the best red wine in Ohio according to the Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Grape Industries) has launched Ohio’s second estate winery/brewery. Cellar Dweller Brewery offers American pale ale, English India pale ale, a light lager and quarterly seasonal beers alongside the wineries award-winning wines. The destination also features wine tastings and weekend grill outs.  www.valleyvineyards.com

Vacation packages can often take the guess work out of planning a getaway. Here are a few of the packages featured in Warren County:

Kings Island Vacation Packages – Packages include tickets to Kings Island, the Midwest’s largest amusement and waterpark (with world-class coasters, the new Soak City Waterpark, kids’ area Planet Snoopy and more). This family-friendly package includes many additional money-saving offers such as free breakfast. Available at select area hotels; see ohioslargestplayground.com/ki

Ride & Roar Family Vacation – Packages include tickets to Kings Island plus tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo, named one of the best zoo’s for kids by Parents Magazine. See: rideandroar.com

Great Wolf Lodge Packages – Packages include access to the resort’s mammoth indoor waterpark (with its six pools, 12 waterslides, lazy river and four-story wet-and-wild tree house) and a stay in one of the resort’s woodland-themed rooms. See: ohioslargestplayground.com/gwl

Ozone Zipline Adventures Packages – Packages include the choice of two tours on the Midwest’s largest zip line canopy tour, where riders fly more than 200 feet above the Little Miami River. See: ohioslargestplayground.com/ozone

Land, Sea & Air Adventures Packages – Packages include mission passes to play at Lazer Kraze (a tri-level laser tag arena), tickets to the Newport Aquarium (where visitors can to touch a shark and see the largest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest), and a choice of tours on Ozone Zipline Adventures. See: ohioslargestplayground.com/adventure

For a complete list of vacation packages and more information about Warren County, Ohio’s Largest Playground, visit ohioslargestplayground.com, Twitter twitter.com/warrencountyoh or www.facebook.com or call 800-433-1072.

About Warren County and the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! Warren County is in Southwest Ohio, just minutes north of Cincinnati, and within a day’s drive of 60% of the US population. With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio.

Ozone Zipline Adventures and “A Day in Pompeii” join Warren County CVB Vacation Packaging Program

The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) has added two new attractions to its vacation packaging booking engine, Advanced Reservation System (ARES).

Ozone Zipline Adventures, the Midwest’s largest zip line canopy tour, and the Cincinnati Museum Center’s new 2012 exhibit, “A Day in Pompeii,” will now sell tickets through WCCVB website.

Other vacation packages available on the WCCVB website include Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, Lazer Kraze and Cincinnati Ballet.

Vacation packages play a prominent role in all marketing efforts by the WCCVB such as outer-market print, television, radio, social media and grass-roots promotions.

For more information about Warren County, Ohio’s Largest Playground, visit ohioslargestplayground.com, Twitter warrencountyoh>@WarrenCountyOH) or Warren-County-Ohios-Largest-Playground/23072345455 Facebook.

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