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614 Summer Road Trips: How to spend the perfect weekend in Cleveland

Mitch Hooper



Just because LeBron left Cleveland and Tristan Thompson ruined Ohio’s only shot of hosting a Kardashian from time to time doesn’t mean all is lost for the city. (Except no way, LEBRON, COME BACK. PLEASE!)

Sorry, sorry. Let’s not dwell. They don’t call Cleveland “The Land” for nothing; our not-so-far-away northern sister city offers plenty to do without having to dip too far into your vacation budget. Load up the car and drive as straight on I-71N for as long as you can—if you hit Lake Erie, you went too far.

The first order of business is lodging, and we highly recommend snagging an Airbnb. For prices as low as $53 a night to be in the heart of Downtown, it’s tough to beat. The closer you get to the stadiums (Progressive Field, FirstEnergy Stadium, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse), the more you’ll see a rise in prices, so keep that in mind while booking. On the other hand, if you’re looking to go to an Indians game, staying close to the stadium makes the parking situation less of a headache.

Beyond the sportsball going down up north, Cleveland has many staples to remind you of home like Barrio, a build-your-own- taco restaurant and rival of Condado, as well as breweries to quench your thirst. Visit Ohio City where you’ll find Platform Beer Company as well as the West Side Market, where you’ll taste the boozy brews of Great Lakes Brewing Company. Ohio City also plays host to the completely non-GMO restaurant, TownHall, which features an array of plates including vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re a big fan of Short North spots like Standard Hall and The Pint House, you’ll love TownHall.


Other options for food and booze can be found on East Fourth Street where shops, restaurants, bars, and breweries all collide. The aforementioned Barrio can be found here as well as Mexican restaurant Zocalo Tequileria with an expansive list of tequilas. The Corner Alley offers a large bar area and patio in addition to bowling lanes and arcade games—something for the little kids, and more importantly, something for the big kids. For the sake of souvenirs and swag, Cleveland Clothing offers Cleveland-themed apparel and some of the softest sweatshirts of all time. If you’re sticking around the East Fourth Street area heading into the evening (or the morning, we don’t judge) the JACK Cleveland Casino is ready and raring to take your money. May the odds ever be in your favor? (They’re not.)

And what’s a vacation without satisfying your sweet tooth? Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and Mason’s Creamery have your frozen treats while Malley’s Chocolates get straight to the point with their decadent chocolates. For the sake of your own happiness, get the chocolate covered pretzels from Malley’s.

Cleveland also boasts a plethora of concert halls and venues and the outdoor venue Blossom Music Center is loaded with a variety of talent year round. There’s also House Of Blues which has live music playing on most days starting at 3 p.m. and specialty appearances slated throughout the month.

We’d be remiss to not mention the tourist spots of The Rock’N’Roll Hall Of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, and the always-free Cleveland Museum of Art. But if you’re looking to go down a less-followed path, kayaking in the Cuyahoga River is an option if you have your own equipment, or you can check out River Cruising Kayaking. After you finish your adventure outside of Cleveland proper, head a little further out to Fat Head’s Brewery and Brew Hall in Middleburg Heights. If you do anything this trip, order a Bumbleberry Ale which comes served with frozen blueberries. Tour the brewing facility at your leisure, or just gulp back some delicious beers.

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap




Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!




It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

Mike Thomas



With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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