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July/August 2020

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.


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

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

Home + Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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