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Summer Under Glass This Winter

Tired of winter? Want to smell flowers? Touch a butterfly? Maybe even perspire a bit? Then you need to head to Ohio’s tropical attractions in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse is an 18,000 square foot, crystalline conservatory – the only one of its kind.  Open year-round, the Glasshouse is home to two of the world’s most exotic, fragile and unique environments:  the spiny desert of Madagascar and the lush, butterfly-filled cloud forest of Costa Rica.

Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus offers beautiful and diverse climates including an arid Desert, a tropical Rainforest, a cool Himalayan Mountain, and a lush Pacific Island Water Garden. The Conservatory owns a signature collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork.

Krohn Conservatory is one of Cincinnati’s treasures. It features Bonsai, Conservatory, Orchid, Tropical and Perennial gardens and nature collections. The total collection represents more than 1,000 different species of plants from rainforests to deserts.

The Best of Northern Ohio


Greatest Amusement Park on the Planet

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio was rated the top park in the world for 16 years but has recently been ranked the 2nd best by readers of Amusement Today. Cedar Point is also dubbed the roller-coaster capital of the world.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The city where the phrase “rock & roll” was coined beat out New York, San Francisco, Memphis and Chicago to enshrine the greatest rock stars in history. Its unique architecture has been recognized the world over.

World’s Largest “Amish Country”

Amish Country in Ohio’s Holmes and Wayne Counties is the largest concentration of Amish communities anywhere on the globe. The rolling country roads are dotted with horses and buggies. Many Amish shops offer homemade food and handcrafted furniture.

Top-10 Food Scene in the Country

Travel+Leisure readers ranked Cleveland as the seventh top-ranked food city in America within the past few years rating it ahead of staples like New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Los Angeles and Chicago. Foodies now flock to “The Land”.

Largest Performing Arts Center Outside NYC

Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio is a historic theatre district with incredible architecture inside and out which hosts over 1,000 events annually. It even has the world’s first and largest outdoor chandelier giving it a one-of-a-kind feel.

National Christmas Lure Year-Round

Ohio’s North Pole is where Hollywood meets Christmas year-round. Castle Noel is the world’s largest privately held collection of Christmas movie props and costumes. A Christmas Story House has just about everything from the classic movie, A Christmas Story.

Top-10 Orchestra in the World

The Cleveland Orchestra is consistently ranked as one of the top-10 orchestras in the world and has remained as such for decades. It is renown as one of the Big Five American orchestras. Performing across continents, its home is the revered Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, where the National Football League was born. Every year, it renews itself as the football capital with the induction ceremony to enshrine a new class of the game’s legends. The interactive museum tells the history of America’s #1 professional sport.

Island Life (no sharks)

The Lake Erie Islands in Ohio are lively with summer fun. Regular ferries take people from the mainland to bicycle havens like Kelley’s Island where it’s a little more kicked back. But the summer-long party is at Put-In-Bay located at South Bass Island. Sailing and fishing charters abound.

A National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of only 58 national parks. Between Akron and Cleveland, it offers an array of outdoor activities for every season. Three of its unique gems are the cascading Brandywine Falls, The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail and The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Egyptian Mummies Exhibition

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) presents a rare opportunity to experience the three Egyptian mummies in its collection and consider some of the complex cultural and social questions surrounding their display. The exhibition will place the mummies in historical context by including additional Egyptian objects and artifacts from the TMA collection and loans from other institutions. It will also explore the role Egyptomania has played in our understanding of ancient Egypt and what ways that has incorrectly influenced our knowledge surrounding this ancient culture.

The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo will be on view exclusively at TMA from February 3 through May 6, 2018. The exhibition is co-curated by Adam Levine, associate curator of ancient art and associate director, and Mike Deetsch, the Emma Bippus director of education and engagement, both of the Toledo Museum of Art.

In 1906 the founders of the Toledo Museum of Art, Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey, purchased two Egyptian mummies: one, a Young Priest (ca. 800 BCE, Third Intermediate Period) and the other, an Old Man (ca. 100 CE, Roman Period). Due to conservation issues and considerations surrounding the display of human bodies, the mummies are only occasionally on view.

“As an institution dedicated to visual art and education, the Toledo Museum of Art is always looking to meaningfully engage our audiences with our vast and diverse collection in new and dynamic ways,” said the Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director, President and CEO Brian Kennedy. “This special installation provides visitors with a wonderful chance to trace the history of the Toledo mummies, while addressing important issues about their role in the museum space.”

The exhibition will be organized in three thematic sections: the rise of popular Egyptomania beginning with Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in the late 18th century to present-day Toledo; ancient Egyptian religion and the afterlife; and burial practice, human remains and the humanization of an ancient civilization. In the process, the exhibition will ask numerous questions about the mummies on display, including how do viewers interpret the mummies, should human remains be held by an art museum, what factors influence our understanding of ancient Egyptian art, and how has our perception of ancient Egypt changed throughout history?

The culture of ancient Egypt has captivated people worldwide since ancient Greek times, with mass popularity peaking after two key events: Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt at the turn of the 19th century, and the opening of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. These events injected ancient Egypt culture – and its objects and artifacts associated with gods, kings and everyday life – into the mainstream.

Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5). Admission for school groups is free.

The Toledo Museum of Art is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit toledomuseum.org.

Locked Up & Lovin’ It!


By Rocco Satullo, your tour guide to fun!

They drove along Reformatory Drive, their attention captured by the stone monster flickering through the fence.

One car was smothered amid a hundred bikers, all donning their leather cuts and club patch. The mass of vehicles slowly constricted to turn and enter a time capsule behind the main gate. Ahead was an avenue of buckeye trees emphasizing – “arrival.” It led smack into the prison, looming as an imposing castle.

“How would you like to live across the street from a prison?” A man asked a boy as they walked, gesturing at the houses across the way.

“Living across from a castle would be awesome!” The boy exclaimed, ignoring the leading question.

Everyone stood in awe of The Ohio State Reformatory. No wonder epic films like Shawshank Redemption were shot at this architectural gem in Mansfield, Ohio. With well over 100 years of hellish stories in its vault, it is ironic that this place was originally meant to inspire. Yet, just as easily, its mixture of architectural styles featuring Chateauesque and Richardsonian with Gothic overtones could also intimidate.   …READ MORE…

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Romantic Getaways in Ohio


This is your romantic Ohio getaway connection. If you’re looking to create sparks with someone, here are places to go to dine, drink wine and get a room all across Ohio.

Getaways for an interesting stay

Dining options out of the ordinary

Wineries worth a toast

These links provide unique restaurants, great wineries, and interesting lodging options to enjoy together with that special someone in your life.

Ohio’s Great Indoors

Hey, Ohio, get out to the great indoors of “The Buckeye State”
and beat the winter blahs!

Click the following for nearly 200 possibilities for winter daytrip fun.

Museums and Halls of Fame

Art Museums and Galleries

Historical Museums

Planes, Trains, Auto and Maritime Museums

Ohio has everything from the biggies such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame and a variety of art museums to the iconic tributes to The Wright Brothers and Annie Oakley to the oddities featuring trolls, pencil sharpeners and cardboard boats.

Now, go see something you never imagined before with Ohio’s great indoors!

American Watercolor Exhibition

The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) presents a special exhibition, American Masters: Watercolors from the CMA Permanent Collection, which features the Museum’s most recent acquisition: an 1890 Impressionist masterpiece, “Bleak House, Broadstairs,” by acclaimed pioneer of American Impressionism, Childe Hassam. Major watercolors by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, George Luks, John Marin, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent are also featured in this special exhibition, which is on view through March 2, 2018.

Max Barton, Executive Director of Canton Museum of Art, said, “We are thrilled to add this important, classic work of American Impressionism to our collection. A work by Hassam has long been on our search list, and we acquired a fine piece with an elegant subject and beautiful orchestration of color. Clearly inspired by Hassam’s exposure to the French style in the late 1800s, the painting is vibrant and crisp, and you feel as though you could step in and stroll the coastal waterway with the young lady.”

Purchase of “Bleak House, Broadstairs” was made through the Museum’s Accession Fund, which is restricted solely for the purchase of art. Works by Hassam are held in major museum collections across the country, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Carnegie Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; and numerous others.

About the Exhibition
Together, the seven artists featured in the American Masters exhibition contribute importantly to our cultural heritage and the evolution of watercolor painting. Rarely are all seven of the masterworks by these artists displayed at one time at CMA. Watercolor is one of the most challenging mediums for artists to use; the colors need to be carefully controlled or they bleed into one another. In the century following the Civil War, watercolor painting became an important American medium, and it was used more freely than anywhere else in the world. American Masters showcases creative excellence in this uniquely American medium that continues to inspire and grow today.

About Childe Hassam
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of an old New England family. His father, Frederick Fitch Hassam, claimed descent from a 17th-century English immigrant, whose name, Horsham, had been corrupted over time to Hassam. Early in his career, Hassam was persuaded to drop his first name to exploit the exotic suggestion of his middle and family names. With his dark skin and heavily-lidded eyes, the artist was thought by many to be of Middle Eastern descent—and he happily went along with the misconception. In the mid-1880s, he took to painting an Islamic-looking crescent moon (later shortened to a slash) next to his signature, and he adopted the nickname Muley (from the Arabic Mawla, meaning Lord or Master) after MuleyAbul Hassan, a ruler of Granada in Washington Irving’s “Tales of the Alhambra.”

Raised in a cultivated household, Hassam decided early on to become an artist. He left high school to work for the Boston, Massachusetts publisher Little, Brown & Co. and also began training as a wood-engraver. He turned to illustration and received commissions to illustrate Celia Thaxter’s “An Island Garden” in 1894.

Hassam made his first trip to Europe in 1883, but it was not until 1886 that he embarked on a three-year stint of art study in Paris. He was enrolled for a short time at the Académie Julian, known for its noisy, crowded studios and absence of discipline of any kind. There Hassam saw a wide range of styles, as the school attracted many foreign artists as well as young French ones.  It was, however, the work of the Impressionists that really attracted Hassam. Although light had previously played a major role in Hassam’s work, color remained subdued. His 1887 “Grand Prix Day” demonstrates that after only a short time in Paris, he obtained a heightened sense of color and it is almost an Impressionist street scene in both its composition and
broken brushstroke.

Hassam was an anglophile who interpreted his own approach in terms of the British landscape tradition, but there is no question that he returned to the United States with the technique and sensibilities of the French Impressionists tempered with American realism. Impressionism came to Boston and flourished in the 1880s without the furious protest it had aroused in France. It is not surprising then that in 1898 Hassam joined with the former academic painter Julian Alden Weir and John Henry Twachtman in founding the Ten American Painters, which was to include Frank Weston Benson, Robert Reid and Edmund C. Tarbell, among others. This group of Impressionists mounted a series of exhibitions that were by far the most coherent of any held in America in that era.

Hassam created more than 2,000 oils, watercolors, pastels, and illustrations. With these works, he achieved critical acclaim through important American exhibitions. A series of street scenes, many vibrant and patriotic with bright banners, are considered the peak of his achievement.

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience, recognized for powerful original exhibitions and national touring exhibitions focused on American art. The Museum’s innovative education outreach programs, classes, and workshops serve thousands of students of all ages. CMA’s acclaimed collection focuses on American works on paper, primarily watercolors, and contemporary ceramics. Founded in 1935, the Canton Museum of Art makes the discovery and exploration of art accessible to all. Visit cantonart.org or call 330.453.7666 for more information.

Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.

The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. Free onsite parking is available around the Museum. Call 330.453.7666 for information and directions or visit our website at www.cantonart.org.

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Visit Before You Go Ohio Travel

Grab your popcorn and enjoy a virtual tour of the KitchenAid™ Experience. Spend a couple of minutes and visit before you go take a tour the KitchenAid™ factory in Greenville, Ohio or enjoy a cooking demonstration and shop at the KitchenAid™ store in the historic downtown setting where there’s also a small museum of KitchenAid™ through the decades.

Scene 75 Entertainment Center

Welcome to Scene 75 Entertainment Centers in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas.

  • Open to public Wednesday – Sunday: Wed & Thr 11am – 10pm, Fri 11am – 1am,  Sat 10am – 1am, Sun 11am – 10pm
  • Locations: Cleveland area (Map It) at 3688 Center Rd. in Brunswick, Ohio;  Cincinnati area (Map It) at 876 OH-28 in Milford, Ohio;  Dayton area (Map It) at 6196 Poe Ave. in Dayton, Ohio
  • Phone: Cleveland 234-803-1100, Cincinnati 513-965-4050, Dayton 937-619-3200
  • Web: https://www.scene75.com/

Scene 75 Entertainment Center in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton are the ultimate indoor family attraction in Ohio. They have it all! Enjoy the arcade, indoor go-karts, laser tag, black light mini golf, virtual reality, mini bowling, bumper cars, bouncing inflatables, 4-D motion theater, chaos room, atomic rush, Valkyrie, laser maze, plus bar and grill.