July/August 2023

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11 Summer Stops in Akron and Summit County

With a great mix of downtown attractions and nature to explore, the Rubber City and the area surrounding it offer plenty of summer fun for the family.

4 West Virginia Resorts to Stay at this Summer

These four Mountain State destinations help travelers embrace the outdoors, whether you want to enjoy a day on the lake, play a round of golf or take on rushing whitewater.

5 Reasons to Visit our 2022-23 Best Hometowns

From the site of a War of 1812 fort to a museum focused on the fashion world, these destinations in our Best Hometowns 2022-23 communities are worth a visit.

7 Ways to Explore Canton and Stark County

From the new Pro Football Hall of Fame Village to a revitalized downtown, this northeast Ohio city delivers a memorable summer getaway.

9 Great Food Finds in Ohio’s Appalachian Region

From fried chicken to creative burgers to classic diner fare, check out these spots to grab a bite throughout Ohio’s Appalachian region.

Ohio State Fair Animal Attractions

From racing pigs to grand champion livestock, no visit to the Ohio State Fair is complete without taking a closer look at the animals you’ll find there. 

Ohio State Fair Concerts and Shows

From ticketed marquee concerts by Clint Black, Third Eye Blind and Keith Sweat to the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, the Ohio State Fair offers a full lineup of great music.

Ohio State Fair Food Guide

From sandwiches that celebrate our state's farmers to creative midway favorites to food items new to the fair for 2023, here's a sampler of what you can dig into this year. 

Ohio State Fair Guide

Plan your visit with our guide to what’s new, what’s cool and what you’ll want to be sure to see, eat and do between now and Aug. 6. 

Ohio State Fair: Iconic Spots

From the Cardinal Gate’s namesake to the Dairy Products Building’s iconic butter creations, here are four famous spots you'll want to visit (and snap a quick photo) at the fair. 

Ohio State Fair: Where to Cool Off

When the midday sun starts to blaze, it’s time to look for a little shade. Here are spots to chill out and discover some really cool things. 

Step Inside the Revamped Magee Marsh Visitor Center

The makeover of the former Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center provides outdoor lovers a fresh look at our state’s prized bird-watching destination.

Food + Drink

16 Roadside Ice Cream Stands in Ohio to Visit this Summer

Long live the roadside stand — part of the fabric of summer in our state. Here are decades-old favorites and new finds to check out during your travels this season. 

25 Classic Ohio Ice Cream Shops and Stands

From old-school shops to roadside spots, these 25 destinations for ice cream offer a taste of what summer in Ohio is all about. 

7 Cocktail Recipes that are Perfect for Summer

Celebrate by shaking up these festive cocktails that pair well with parties and picnics all season long. 

A Bartender to Know: The Gristmill’s Brooke Rodwancy

Her Port Clinton cocktail bar offers a drink lineup featuring fresh ingredients and house-infused spirits.

A Guide to the Northern Ohio Distillery Passport

Take a tour across the top half of our state by planning stops at these distilleries stretching from Toledo to Geneva. 

Behind the Bar: Opa Grill & Tavern and Longfellow’s Other Room

One is a charming spot in downtown Delaware. The other is a hidden back-room bar in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Don’t miss either of them. 

Cameron Mitchell and the Moment that Changed Everything

As he readied to open his 100th restaurant, we talked with the Columbus dining-scene giant about the pivotal moment that set him on his career path.

Explore a Pittsburgh Tiki Bar

Writer Michael Pramik takes us along on a trip to Hidden Harbor and his conversation with co-owner Adam Henry. 

How Ohio’s Anti-Saloon League Helped Lead a Last Call on Alcohol

The 18th Amendment and Prohibition put an end to the United States enjoyment of spirits — an effort spearheaded by a group that was founded in Oberlin in 1893.

How To Make Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Food writer Nicholas Dekker shares the recipe for one of his summer grilling favorites: Weber’s Whiskey Barbecue Sauce. 

Lockport Brewery, Bolivar

Located just off Interstate 77 in Tuscarawas County, this spot serves award-winning beers and great food in a fun environment.

That’s the Spirit: Chartreuse

Sip on the spirit known as the elixir for “long life.” Its origins date back 1764, and the story of its rise to prominence makes for quite the cocktail-party tale. 

The Epiphany that Created Maggie’s Farm Rum

Tim Russell shares his audacious journey of defiance that helped him start what is now a fixture in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. 

Way Down Yonder, Columbus

Chef Yonder Gordon’s Way Down Yonder restaurant serves up incredible tastes of her native New Orleans on the south side of Columbus.


Beautiful Made-in-Zanesville Pottery Returns Home

See "The Mark and Marie Latta Collection: Featuring Weller Pottery Co." at the Zanesville Museum of Art.

See “Modern Women/Modern Vision” at the Taft Museum of Art

A photography exhibition on display in Cincinnati through Sept. 10 features around 100 works by groundbreaking women artists in the medium.

Home + Garden

Amish-Made Furniture Inspired by Famous Paintings

Holmes County’s Homestead Furniture collaborates with The Met in New York City to create collector pieces shaped by works of art from the museum’s collection. 

Get Happy at The Little Light Collective

This funky vintage shop in Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood assembles items from more than 45 vendors in a bright and uplifting space.

Ohio Life

Cincinnati’s Vibrant Public Murals Tell the Story of the City

ArtWorks’ collection of over 250 permanent murals tells the stories of world-famous Ohioans, much-loved locals and the landmark institutions that call Cincinnati home.

Live Well Ohio: July/August 2023

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers advice for staying safe on Ohio’s inland lakes, and a doctor shares how to help protect the health of your brain. 

Ohio Finds: “Landing of the Pioneers” Painting

Artist Sala Bosworth’s work depicts the arrival of The Ohio Company in 1788. Samuel P. Hildreth, author of the 1848 book “Pioneer History of the Ohio Valley” commissioned the piece.

The Discovery of the Johnstown Mastodon

In August 1926, a farmer in Johnstown, Ohio, unearthed the skeleton of a prehistoric mastodon. It went on to have a second life at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.