July/August 2020

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Akron: 4 Nature & Art Experiences

Beautiful natural sites and a creative spirit make Summit County a great place to explore. 

Appalachia: Outdoor Adventures

This 32-county region offers the chance to explore beautiful natural areas and historic spots across southern and eastern Ohio.

Columbus: 4 Summer Picks

From dining and shopping to animal adventures and incredible art, our capital city is a summer favorite.

Explore Ohio: 32 Virtual Experiences

Even if you can’t visit in person, you can still learn, explore and have fun thanks to these online offerings created by cultural institutions across the Buckeye State. 

History, Fun and Adventure on Lake Erie

Whether you want to explore historic lighthouses, paddle along the shore or cast a line, here's how you can connect with our greatest natural resource this summer.

Hometown Road Trips 2019-2020

Summer means it’s time to explore. Check out these interesting and fun destinations we discovered while visiting this years Best Hometown honorees.

Lake Erie Love: Along the Shore

Relax and recharge at Lakeside Chautauqua, hit the beach at Cedar Point and get a shot of nostalgia at Ohio’s oldest summer resort. 

Lake Erie Love: Cruises & Charters

Whether you want to take an evening excursion along our lakefront or cast a line on Lake Erie, these boat lines and fishing charters will get you there. 

Lake Erie Love: History Lessons

Visit the monument that pays tribute to Oliver Hazard Perrys pivotal victory during the War of 1812 to museums that trace the history of life and industry along our shoreline. 

Lake Erie Love: Kayaking & Water Trails

Explore the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails or get your feet wet with a shorter paddle closer to shore. 

Lake Erie Love: Ohio Lighthouses

From lighthouse ruins on a small island to iconic structures that have stood sentry in our harbors for generations, these 14 historic landmarks help tell the story of our state. 

The Rock Hall Rolls On

Commune with music's trailblazers and legends once again, as Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reopens. Here's what to expect. 

Food + Drink

Boozy Buckeye Vodka Campfire Shake

This milkshake-like sweet treat is the perfect cocktail for gathering around the campfire once the summer sun goes down. 

Buckeye Vodka Shares 3 Summer Cocktail Recipes

We teamed up with Dayton’s own Buckeye Vodka to bring you some mixed drink inspiration. Try this trio of light, delicious offerings at your next summer party.

Buckeye Vodka’s 3 C’s Cooler

Buckeye Vodka showcases two great flavors of summer in the easy to make Charlie’s Cucumber Cooler.

Buckeye Vodka’s Ohio Favorite Jammin’ Cocktail

Combine mint, raspberry jam, Buckeye Vodka and a good dose of fizz. The result is a light and summery cocktail that promises to bring the flavor to your next cookout. 

Chill Out! 7 Gourmet Popsicles You'll Love

As summer heats up, seek out these popsicle-makers who have fun with natural ingredients, creative collaborations and can’t-miss flavors.

Cockeye BBQ, Warren

This small and homey spot on the city’s west side serves up slow-cooked barbecue favorites, new creations and a fun lineup of super-premium ice cream.

Columbus Brewing Co. Taproom

This beloved capital-city craft brewery now has a taproom attached to its production facility, where Eric Bean showcases a wide range of styles.

How to Make Cherry Bounce

Black cherry trees are native to Ohio and grow in forests and along meadows. Gather pints of its tiny fruit to make cherry bounce, a boozy infusion requiring only three ingredients.


‘Sue King: The Great Outdoors’ in Dublin

Through July 24, the Dublin Arts Council presents an exhibition showcasing the places this artist loves best, from destinations out west to those in her own backyard.

‘The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art’

The Toledo Museum of Art spotlights the artist’s colorful and thought-provoking works in an upcoming fall exhibition

The Toledo Museum of Art Reopens

On June 23, the museum began welcoming visitors back. Check out these 10 exhibitions you can see between now and next summer.

Home + Garden

10 Native Plants That Thrive in Ohio

Turn your backyard into an eco-friendly oasis by following these recommendations from landscape architect and author Alan Branhagen.

Erie and Anchor, Vermilion

Micah Roberts’ stylish line of clothing and accessories celebrates our Great Lake with a portion of sales going to help keep it clean.

The Jewelry of Artist Lisa Inglert

This Cincinnati maker finds vibrant inspiration from the blooms around her.

The Smithery Jewelry, Columbus

This Columbus duo runs a shop and studio to offer handcrafted jewelry and other gifts, as well as workshops for couples to create one-of-a-kind wedding rings.

Ohio Life

Bogie and Bacall Get Married in Ohio

In May 1945, Hollywood icons Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall tied the knot at Malabar Farm in Lucas.

Columnist Christine Brennan Talks Women in Sports

The Toledo native, USA Today columnist and Red Smith Award honoree discusses her father’s influence, the importance of Title IX and the future of sports.

How Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scout Paintings Ended Up in Ohio

Iconic American artist Norman Rockwell created 65 Boy Scouts of America paintings. Here’s why they are all on display at a small museum in Trumbull County.

Live Well Ohio: July/Aug. 2020

Try these five ways to ban the quarantine blues. Plus, a frontline healthcare worker at Cleveland Clinic shares the victories that keep caregivers going in the face of COVID-19.

Ohio Finds: Seymour Lindsey Paper Cutout

This framed paper cutting depicts an outdoor scene that includes a woman plucking peacock feathers.