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‘Burb Breakdown: 5 things to do in Gahanna this Fall

614now Staff




Covering many vibrant communities across central Ohio, the 614 is so much more than just Columbus. Welcome to the ‘Burb Breakdown, an ongoing series highlighting the unique character of neighborhoods from across this sprawling metro area we call home. This time, we take a look at everything happening in Gahanna this Fall.

Located just a few miles from downtown Columbus and five minutes from John Glenn International Airport, Gahanna offers an oasis of autumn color and adventure just off the I-270 outerbelt. Here are five insider tips to help you make the most of Gahanna this autumn season!

1.Blaze the Herbal Cocktail Trail
Born from Gahanna’s official status as the “Herb Capital of Ohio,” visit Gahanna has tapped the city’s herbal roots, enlisting seven of the city’s most popular signature eateries, distilleries, and bars to create inventive seasonal cocktails. For fall, all seven partners have crafted unique herb-infused libations that embrace our favorite autumn flavors.

Grab a passport at Visit Gahanna (167 Mill St.) or any of the seven partner establishments. Purchase a featured cocktail at any of the participating establishments and receive a passport stamp. Once you have all the stamps, bring your passport to the Visit Gahanna offices (Monday–Friday  8:30am- 6pm) and redeem your passport for an Herbal Cocktail Trailblazer T-shirt!

2. Fall Hikes, Bikes & Rides
With 750 acres of parkland—and walking/bike trails that wind through them—Gahanna offers a picturesque paradise of fall color to explore. Grab your bike or your walking shoes and get active! From the breathtaking Gahanna Woods Nature Preserve (featuring vernal pools, boardwalks, and some of the most unique flora in Ohio) to Creekside Park’s waterfalls and wandering paths along the stream, Gahanna provides a nature lover’s haven. If you prefer a scenic drive, take a detour off of Morse Road and meander down Cherry Bottom Road under the canopy of autumn leaves wearing their most vibrant fall colors.

3. Dining ‘Round the Fire.
Fend off the fall chill by enjoying great food, drink, and company around an outdoor patio fire at Barrel & Boar Gahanna, The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek or Rusty Bucket Gahanna. Prefer to stay warm and cozy inside? 101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna offers an indoor gas fireplace in the bar area—best enjoyed during Happy Hour or while dining on one of the chef-driven specialties from 101BK’s fall menu.

4. Ohio Herb Center
The Ohio Herb Center, one of Gahanna’s hidden gems, offers weekly hands-on workshops touting the benefits of herbs…from health and wellness practices, to culinary inspiration, and DIY beauty products (sans chemicals). Peruse the list of Fall classes and you’ll discover Herbs for Dreaming, Sacred Smoke: Incense, Herbal Potions for a Spooky Season, Ghosts of Gahanna Tours and more.

5. Hump Day Happy Hours & Fabulous Fridays
If you haven’t yet visited Wyandotte Winery in Gahanna, you should. Central Ohio’s oldest winery is tucked into a wooded neighborhood setting, and features an expansive list of tasty wines, great food (don’t pass on the Wine Cake Trio), guided tours and great events. We love the Hump Day Happy Hours on Wednesday and Fabulous Friday celebrations (complete with live music and food trucks), but it’s the friendly and attentive staff that make this destination so special.

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Brick by Brick: Lego popup bar is the ultimate nostalgia trip

614now Staff



With playsets encompassing everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Legos remain a go-to for kids of all ages. Now, the colorful little blocks are preparing for their greatest team-up of all—with booze, of course!

A new popup event called "The Brick Bar" is bringing the fun of Legos to a bar near you for an exclusive 2-day engagement this March.

Bringing over 1 million blocks to the party, the event organizers will transform The Kitchen at 231 E Livingston Ave. with unique lego sculptures, as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. Prizes for the best builders, DJs, and a ping-pong table (built entirely from Lego bricks, of course) are also in the mix for your nostalgia-driven enjoyment.

For ticket information, dates, and more, visit The Brick Bar Eventbrite page or follow them on Facebook.

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Hit Your Peak: 3 worth-the-drive ski slopes near Columbus

Asa Herron



The cursed Ohio Winter Monster has made its presence known to all with its 5pm sunsets, snow storms, and seasonal depression for all. How are you going to fight back against the gloom this year? It may seem like it’s impossible to do fun things with your friends or to stay active in the winter, but I’m here to tell you that not all hope is lost. Finding a new hobby is a great way to kick your winter woes to the curb and start the new decade on a good foot.

Skiing can be a great way to casually exercise with friends and resuscitate your serotonin levels. Here are three high quality places to ski within driving distance of Columbus for you to check out.


Located in Zanesfield, Mad River Mountain is about an hour's drive northwest of Columbus. They have the most reasonable prices of all the nearby ski resorts. Plus, their on-property bar, The Loft, has 12 taps of craft beers on rotation to add a little more fun to the night. Mad River is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays, too, so you’re getting a full Friday night of flurries.

Mad River is home to over 20 trails (spanning 3.9 miles) and four terrain parks making it the largest ski resort in Ohio. They also bolster ten ski lifts (the most in Ohio) and are tied with Snowtrails for the largest vertical drop in the state with their 300 foot slope. An added perk of Mad River is that they just built a new $6.2 million facility in 2016 to replace the space they lost to a fire in 2015. Plus, most of their trails are designated “easy” difficulty. Mad River has everything you need to have a relaxing, affordable day of skiing.

Details on hours and pricing can be found at


Founded in 1961, Snowtrails is Ohio’s oldest ski resort. It is located in Mansfield, so also about an hour drive north. This resort is only slightly more expensive, with lift rates starting at $31 for midweek evenings and $52 for all-day on the weekends, with skis, boots, and pole rentals are $37. If there’s one day this month that you visit Snowtrails, let it be January 25 for their mid-season party. Get ready for an outdoor DJ, a custom built snowbar, and a fireworks show 30 minutes after the slopes close for the night. Not into skiing? No problem! The party is free and open to the public, so let your expert friends hit the slopes while you hit the spirits at the snow bar.

Snowtrails is the second largest resort in the state with six ski lifts and 3.3 miles of trails. The majority of their trails are designated “intermediate” difficulty, so more experienced skiers will enjoy their time here.

More information can be found at www.


Boston Mills & Brandywine is the farthest ski resort from Columbus on this list, but great for a full weekend away. This quaint resort is in Peninsula, OH is a two hour drive from Central Ohio. Their pricing is $40 after 3:30 p.m. and $45 for an all-day pass. Staying another night? Come back on Saturday for $5 Late Nights admission from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Boston Mill & Brandywine ski resort is known for being especially conducive to beginning skiers. They offer high quality lessons and will walk you through the process. This is the place to go if you have “stupid” questions about skiing, or just want to tube. However, they also appeal to veteran skiers as the majority of their 18 trails are designated “advanced”. Despite the high quantity of trails, this resort is much smaller than the other two, with only 1.2 miles of skiable trails, and their largest vertical drop being 264 feet. But for these prices? Could definitely be worth the trip.

Learn more about Boston Mills & Brandywine at

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Watch: “World’s largest mural” in Short North is more than meets the eye

Regina Fox



At a glance, "The Journey AR Mural" adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.

Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, "The Journey AR Mural," is the world's largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.

Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh," respectively) are the creatives behind the project.

In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.

To learn more about The Journey AR Mural, visit

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