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Toledo’s location near the border of the state line means you can travel to Michigan in about 15 minutes. And you may not realize that Toledo’s largest suburb actually lies in Michigan!

Bedford Township has a population over 30,000, and holds the unincorporated communities of Temperance, Lambertville and Samaria. Let’s explore some of the best things to do, taste and see in this unique township nestled along the border of Michigan and Ohio.

 

Get a Cup of Coffee

Start your day right with a cup of coffee from DaCapo Coffee, where the coffee is prepared with the best ingredients brewed to their ultimate potential. Every bean is sourced for its flavor, roasted in small batches by a trusted local roastery, and brewed up fresh.

Relax and make yourself at home in their warm, comfortable and inviting shop on the corner of Lewis Avenue and Sterns Road in Temperance.

DaCapo Coffee Temperance, MI

Photo Courtesy of DaCapo Coffee

 

Play a Round of Golf

Bedford Hills Golf Club is a scenic course in Temperance that offers a feeling not found anywhere else in the area. Improve your game or simply relax on this beautiful course in pristine condition featuring 27 hole courses. Challenge your game with Bedford Hills’ long fairways, multiple water hazards, and tactically placed sand traps.

Book your tee time online in advance to experience this wonderful golf course firsthand.

Bedford Hills Golf Course

Photos Courtesy of Bedford Hills Golf Club

 

Grab a Bite to Eat

Bedford Diner is a family owned and operated restaurant in Temperance serving “good mood food” made from scratch and presented in large portions. Because bacon and eggs taste good any time of the day, they serve breakfast all day! But Bedford Diner also serves lunch all day, and dinner starting at 3 p.m.

Stop by on Sunday or Monday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for breakfast or lunch, or Tuesday through Saturday for any meal between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.!

Head over to Lambertville for fresh and local cuisine from Sage Steak & Seafood. This approachable upscale restaurant serves scratch food at affordable prices for both lunch and dinner. Their seasonal menus include sandwiches, burgers, seafood and steaks — all made with the freshest local ingredients. Sage now serves brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

Sage Bedford

Photos Courtesy of Sage Steak & Seafood

 

Go to the Park

One of the best ways to take in the sights, smells and overall feel of a city is at a park. This is where you can people watch, stretch your legs, experience nature, and take a much-needed break in the middle of your day.

Carr Park has a rich history and regularly attracts residents of Bedford Township in the present day. The 6-acre property was originally deeded to the Upton Carr family by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830s, and was sold to the Temperance Rotary Club thereafter to be used as a park. Carr Park hosts various playground equipment, grills, benches, picnic tables, a shelter area, a basketball court, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and a baseball diamond.

Indian Creek Park is a 9-acre park including eight baseball diamonds and a soccer field. Take a stroll around the Indian Creek Park Walking Trail to get some fresh air and exercise in this beautiful and expansive park!

White Park is the largest of the parks in the Bedford Township area, covering over 26 acres of land. This is a popular location for sporting events, as it features six baseball diamonds in addition to tennis courts, an exercise trail, playground equipment, two shelters, picnic tables and grills.

Samaria Park is a nice 13-acre park in downtown Samaria including a woodland trail, picnic and playground areas, a small softball diamond, and a community building rented for various events, meetings, and parties.

Bedford Township Parks

Photos Courtesy of Bedford Township

 

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

After all that exercise, it’s likely you’ve worked up an appetite for a sweet treat. Scoop’s Soft Serve LLC is a Township community staple, serving up generous portions of their delectable desserts. Enjoy your sundae, ice cream cone or cup, or even a lunch item — best enjoyed outside in the summer sun! This truly is the place to go for ice cream in Temperance.

Scoop's Soft Serve

Photos Courtesy of Scoop’s Soft Serve LLC

 

Explore the Zoo

Take the kids to the Indian Creek Zoo located in Lambertville for a fun and interactive summertime activity. This is the perfect destination to enjoy a laid-back zoo experience where you can get up close and personal with exotic animals, including zebras, camels, emus, wallabies, donkeys, alligators, peacocks and more! One-day passes to the zoo are only $6 for children and $8 for adults, making this an affordable outing for your family.

Indian Creek Zoo

Photo Courtesy of Indian Creek Zoo

 

Grab a Drink

Unwind after an eventful day with a drink from Quimby’s Food and Spirits. Order a burger, steak, seafood, or pasta for dinner paired with a drink of your choice — from classic cocktails and beers to specialty drinks and martinis prepared by their knowledgeable bar staff. This is a happening destination in Lambertville, where children are welcomed and offered their own kids’ menu!

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub has been such a popular pub in this region that has expanded to include four locations — one of which is in Lambertville. Grab some food, sit back and watch the game, and check out their unique drink options — like their Sidelines Slammer with vodka, rum, triple sec, peach schnapps, amaretto, Southern Comfort, lime juice, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice.

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub

Photo Courtesy of Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub

 

Make Yourself at Home

After such an eventful visit to Bedford Township, you might be longing to call this area home. With its proximity to Toledo and neighborhood amenities conveniently within its borders, you can’t ask for much more! There are several impressive properties in the Bedford Township area that range in style, price tag, and location within the region.

We are particularly fond of this home in Temperance and this Lambertville property!

Bedford Township Homes

Homes For Sale Here and Here

 
 

There are so many reasons to love Toledo in the summertime. It’s the best time of the year to opt for the outdoor patio seating at your favorite restaurant. And once you’re seated, the first thought is often, “What will we get to drink?”

Several restaurants in the area have capitalized on our urge to indulge in refreshing, sweet and tasty libations by adding some delicious summer drinks to their menu during the summer.

A few of our favorites include…

Mancy’s Italian Grill’s Grapefruitini

As can be expected from an Italian eatery, Mancy’s Italian Grill has an impressive drink selection. If you’re looking for something a little lighter than a glass of red wine to accompany your pasta dish, look no further than their Grapefruitini.

This refreshing drink includes Ketel One Vodka, grapefruit juice, fresh basil leaves, and honey syrup, garnished with a basil leaf, and served in a chilled martini glass. The end result is a light and fresh drink to sip on this summer.

Mancy’s Italian Grill Toledo

Photo courtesy of Mancy’s Italian Grill

 

Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer’s Holy Toledo Mojito

Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer serves one of our favorite summer drinks in the area, partially because of its creative name representing the 419.

Their Holy Toledo Mojito provides a fresh take on a classic mojito, and is best enjoyed out on their outdoor patio on a hot day. It includes Bacardi Light Rum, pureed strawberries, muddled mint, fresh lime and lemon juice, topped with soda water.

Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer

Photos courtesy of Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer

Element 112’s Rayleigh Scattering

Element 112 is serving up a special featured summer cocktail called the Rayleigh Scattering. It is comprised of New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka, Crème de Violette, lemon, simple and champagne. Sip on this sophisticated summer drink within the elegant and upscale atmosphere at Element 112 in Sylvania.

Element 112 Toledo

Photos courtesy of Element 112

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub’s Sidelines Slammer

Order the famous Sidelines Slammer from Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub, featuring vodka, rum, Triple Sec, Peach Schnapps, Southern Comfort, amaretto, lime juice, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice. This is a sweet and tangy drink that will leave you refreshed and satisfied!

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub

Photo courtesy of Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub

The Attic on Adams’ Corsican’s Dream

The Attic on Adams has the perfect remedy for your scorching summer day — their Corsican’s Dream cocktail. It is made with locally sourced Boochy Mamma’s Corsican Dream Kombucha and Bombay Sapphire, garnished with sage or mint. While the ingredient lineup is simple, the drink’s flavor is complex and delicious!

The Attic on Adams Toledo

Photos courtesy of The Attic on Adams

Registry Bistro’s Vodka Bloom

Included on a list of Redbook Magazine’s Best Cocktails in America is a drink found right here in Toledo. Registry Bistro’s Vodka Bloom is a citrusy and floral summer drink free of artificially flavored liquors or mixes.

Registry Bistro Toledo

Photos courtesy of Registry Bistro

It is made with Watershed Vodka from Columbus, grapefruit-rosemary bitters, simple syrup, chartreuse, grapefruit juice, campari, and cava float, garnished with a grapefruit peel.

 

Rockets Lounge’s Blended Cocktail

If you’re looking for an alcohol-free option, head to Rockets Lounge for a refreshing blended drink that puts a new twist on the summertime smoothies you enjoyed as a child. Their Blended Cocktail includes strawberries, pineapple, fresh mango, guava juice, banana, blueberries, honey, and whipped cream! This is also a wonderful drink to treat the kids to on a hot summer afternoon.

Rockets Lounge Toledo

Photo courtesy of Rockets Lounge

Veritas Cork & Craft’s Bee’s Knees

Veritas Cork & Craft has a drink that is the bee’s knees. No, it really is. Their Bee’s Knees cocktail is made with Hendrick’s Gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and housemade honey syrup. This combination is light and refreshing with a particular sunny sweetness.

Veritas Cork & Craft

Photos courtesy of Veritas Cork & Craft

Cheers to the Summer, Toledo!

 
 

It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying the start of summer vacation while watching the Toledo Memorial Day Parade. But before we know it, it will be the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we’ll be left wondering what to do or where we can take our lawn chairs to get the best fireworks show view in town.

While watching a fireworks show on TV or lighting sparklers at home can be exciting, these local community events will make sure you capitalize on this exciting summer holiday in a more tangible way. There’s something so special about the taste of BBQ food, the feeling of bare feet in the grass, the smell of crackling sparklers in your hand, and the sight of breathtaking fireworks that crackle as they fall from the summer sky.

Mark your calendars for one of these Fourth of July activities in the Toledo area!

Toledo Mud Hens Game

Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3 | Varying

Mud Hens Fireworks

Photo Courtesy of the Toledo Mud Hens

The Toledo Mud Hens are kicking off this American holiday weekend by playing America’s favorite pastime at Fifth Third Field, complete with several Fourth of July activities on both Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. They play the Indianapolis Indians on both Saturday and Sunday, at 7:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., respectively.

The gameday theme for both nights is Princess Night, where kids can meet some of their favorite princess characters, including Ariel, Rapunzel, Ella, Elsa, and Anna — either during the game or before at the exclusive Princess Party. Purchase a special ticket package to the Princess Party in The Roost for a special treat and opportunity to meet the visiting princesses!

On a more patriotic note, there will be a special Freedom Feast at The Armory and High 5 Rooftop in the Fleetwood Building from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on July 2 and 4:30 to 6 p.m. on July 3. Purchase your tickets ($37 per adult and $27 per child, which includes a game ticket) to enjoy food from their delicious menu. Dig into Fourth of July staples, including BBQ ribs and chicken, BBQ baked beans, cornbread, potato salad, potato chips, watermelon, Pepsi products, lemonade, and water.

End your perfect night with a spectacular fireworks show after the game, including some classic princess songs.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July

Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4 | Varying

Sauder Village Old-Fashioned Fourth of July

Photo courtesy of Sauder Village

Sauder Village is hosting an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July all weekend long, featuring special activities like hand-cranked ice cream, old-fashioned games, and patriotic songs played on a reed organ.

Sauder Village is Ohio’s largest living-history village on a 235-acre complex filled with authentic demonstrations and buildings, talented artisans, and engaging programs that bring history to life.

On Saturday and Monday, the Fourth of July activities are happening from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday from 12–4 p.m.

Don’t miss a holiday brunch from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and the special U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony at 11 a.m. on July 4 out on the Village Green!

Star Spangled Celebration

Sunday, July 3 | 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Sylvania Star Spangled Celebration

Photo courtesy of Centennial Terrace

Head to the Centennial Terrace in Sylvania on the Fourth of July Eve for a special Star Spangled Celebration. This is the area’s best fireworks show and party, extending from 7 p.m. all the way to midnight.

Enjoy live music by Randy & the Reef Sharks, dancing, clowns, activities for the kids, and lots of food and drinks, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, and parking costs $5 per car.

If you want to enjoy the fireworks elsewhere, you can see them clearly from Sylvania Pacesetter Park with a $5 parking charge per vehicle. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs to the park and enjoy the various concessions available for purchase!

Independence Day Concert

Monday, July 4 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Rutherford B. Hayes Independence Day Event

Photos courtesy of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Enjoy an authentic American experience at the Independence Day Concert at the historic Hayes Home in Fremont from 2–3:30 p.m. on July 4. Bring some chairs and blankets to lay in the lawn in front of the home’s veranda, where the Toledo Symphony Concert Band will perform. In honor of the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, the concert will also include dramatic readings of the diary and letters of President Rutherford, First Lady Lucy Hayes, and their son, Col. Webb Cook Hayes. At the end of the “1812 Overture”, Civil War reenactors will shoot off a cannon! Admission is completely free, so this is a Fourth of July event you simply cannot miss.

The Blade’s Red, White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration

Monday, July 4 | 4 p.m.

Red White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration

Photos courtesy of The Blade’s Red, White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration

Attend the largest annual fireworks extravaganza at The Blade’s Red, White and KaBOOM Fireworks Celebration at the Marina District starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

Enjoy patriotic music from the U.S. Army Concert Band and Soldier’s Chorus just before the fireworks show, in addition to food and drinks available for purchase throughout the evening. The fireworks will be synchronized to music on radio station WRVF 101.5 “The River” and the presentation will be bigger and better than ever before, largely in part to the event moving downtown to allow more space for guests.

While admission to this enormous community event is free, there will be a charge for parking within the Marina District. A portion of the proceeds to this event will benefit the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Happy Fourth of July, Toledo!

 
 

Summer is a time for warmer temperatures, more hours of sunlight, cheerful flowers, and carefree living. That’s why this is the perfect time of the year to throw a party to celebrate a special occasion or simply have some friends over for a summer barbeque.

While entertaining people is fun whether you’re in the cozy backyard of your two-bedroom home or inside a million-dollar home, you have to admit that it’s fun to dream about having a space set up for success in the entertaining department. Let’s take a look at a few homes in the area with all the amenities that would make an incredible setting for family and friends to gather.

 

Three-Story Home Tucked Away in the Woods

Whether you’re inside or outside this three-story home tucked away in a wooded ravine lot in Perrysburg, you’ll have plenty of room to host guests. The lower level has a walk-out with a home theater, game room, exercise room, a kitchenette, and a full bathroom. And the backyard is the perfect area for a summer barbeque with its huge second-story deck, fire pit and woods that make the area private and secluded.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Spacious Monclova Home With Fire Pit and Pool

We love the sophisticated details in this spacious home in Monclova. Let guests mingle and relax in the living room connected to the kitchen, then enjoy a meal outside by the fire pit while the kids cool off in the pool. This is the perfect summer home — with or without guests!

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Ottawa Hills Home on 3 Acres With a Finished Basement

This Ottawa Hills home is truly an entertainment oasis — especially since the unique features will spark conversation amongst guests. The home rests on 3 acres of beautiful land to entertain during the warmer months, and features a finished basement for the kids to play in on a rainy day.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Brick Home With Peaceful Lakeside Oasis

This stately brick home provides a stunning setting for a social gathering, with a peaceful backyard oasis on a lake, featuring a tiered deck, a gazebo, and a lakeside swing! The interior recently received major updates, and the larger-than-life features (including tall ceilings) make this a spacious area for entertaining. And after all the guests leave — relax in the spa-like bathtub floating in the center of the master bathroom.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Stately Villa With Luxurious Details

Guests will be wowed immediately when they see the entrance as they are walking into this Toledo villa. This is the perfect place to entertain, thanks to several luxurious qualities — including oversized crown and base moldings, a strikingly modern gourmet kitchen, a unique circular seating area, and two slate patios outside.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Perrysburg Home With Massive Great Room

Everyone can be in one place while eating appetizers or sipping on a drink as they gather in this home’s great room with a gorgeous stone fireplace and cathedral ceilings. The finished lower level has a projector and screen, a fireplace, and a full kitchen with a coppertop bar, providing the perfect space for hosting people any time of the year!

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Charming Whitehouse Home With Lots of Land

We adore the unique features of this Whitehouse home’s infrastructure — like the brick walls in the enormous living area, the screened porch, and huge mud room. The property is not lacking land to roam either, as it is situated on a peaceful, private 5.5-acre lot including a private pond!

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Golf Course Home With Screened-In Porch

The golf course view in this home’s backyard makes the perfect backdrop for your summer barbeque. Prepare a meal for your guests in the newly renovated gourmet kitchen and gather in the screened-in porch to escape the afternoon sunrays.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Contemporary Home With Industrial Finished Basement

We love the contemporary design of this home’s interior flooded with natural light. The finished basement is particularly exciting, as it provides the perfect space to play pool or watch a movie. And the outdoor area includes a garden pond, perennial gardens, and lots of space to roam.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Home With Tall Ceilings and Covered Outdoor Space

Tall ceilings throughout and a gorgeous outdoor area make this Whitehouse home the perfect place to entertain a group of people. We love the covered porch area that allows you to enjoy the summer weather without having to endure direct sunlight or the occasional rainfall.

Homes in Toledo Perfect for Entertaining

 

Which home looks perfect for your next party?

We’d love to know what you think!

 
 

While we have an unconditional love for our city throughout the entire year, we think Toledo in the summer is simply spectacular. But if you need some convincing, here are just 10 reasons to love Toledo in the summer!

1. The Summer Weather in Toledo is Nothing Short of Perfect

We are thankful that Toledo has four distinct seasons, allowing us to experience a wide range of temperatures and climates throughout the year. One of our favorite seasons is summer, for the hot temperatures and the likely chance that we can head to the neighborhood pool to cool off on any given day. During June, July and August, Toledo has average high temperatures in the 80s and average lows in the 60s. While the humidity levels can be high in the Toledo region — mostly thanks to its proximity to Lake Erie — the presence of sunshine and warm temperatures more than make up for it.

2. Toledo Has Some Top-Notch Food Trucks

A sure sign of summer is the sight (and smell!) of a local food truck making an appearance on a busy street corner. Thankfully, Toledo has quite the fleet of food trucks ready to serve you and your lunchtime needs. Some of our favorite meals on wheels include…

Toledo Food Trucks

Photos courtesy of Grumpy’s On the GoRosie’s Rolling Chef and Rusty’s Road Trip

3. Local Toledo Treat Shops Are in Full Force

One of the best times to enjoy a sweet treat is during the summer. There’s something so exciting about walking to a local ice creamery or cupcake shop, selecting your favorite dessert or trying a new flavor, and enjoying it on an outdoor bench or patio. There are several local treat shops worth a visit this summer!

Places to Get Dessert in Toledo

Photos courtesy of Cake in a Cup and Rachel’s Handmade Ice Cream

Visit Rachel’s Handmade Ice Cream at Bleak House Coffee for delicious ice cream handmade in small batches using USDA organic dairy and other natural ingredients.

You can expect exceptional and creative cupcakes at Cake in a Cup, winners of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2011.

Choose your serving size and unique toppings at Apricato, offering self-serve frozen yogurt in their fun and inviting stores in both Toledo and Maumee!

4. Toledo is Just a Short Drive From Lake Erie’s Shore

Living in Toledo allows you to get the best of both the city culture and lakeside living. Make the short 15-minute drive to Lake Erie’s shore to experience all of the activities and take in the vast scenic views this Great Lake has to offer. At Maumee Bay State Park on Lake Erie, you can…

Fish for walleye, channel catfish, freshwater drum, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and more! Lake Erie is known as the “walleye capital of the world” and offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the midwest.

Golf at the park’s unique 18-hole golf course with low, rolling mounds, bent-grass fairways, and several sand bunkers and ponds. Take advantage of the golf pro-shop on-site if you need some gear during your golf trip!

Summer in Toledo

Swim at one of the park’s two sand beaches — one on Lake Erie’s shore and one along the park’s inland lake. You can change in the changing booths and grab a snack or drink from the concession area!

Boat either on the lake itself with a motorized boat you’ve parked at the 32-slip marina, or on the 57-acre inland lake with your canoe, kayak, or other non-motorized boat.

Picnic at one of the many picnic areas with tables and grills, conveniently located next to the beach areas. You may reserve a shelter in advance online or by calling 866-644-6727.

Hike along the Interpretive Boardwalk trail through swamp and marsh wetlands, or go for a walk, jog, or bike ride on one of the park’s two multi-use trails.

Stay a little longer at a hotel or resort on Lake Erie’s shore! A short drive to one of these destinations can make for a convenient weekend getaway that feels like you’re hundreds of miles away.

Lake Erie Resort

Photo courtesy of Kelleys Island Venture Resort

5. Fifth Third Field is the Place to Be During Toledo Summers

Taking the kids to a Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field is the perfect way to spend a summer night in Toledo. The smell of ballpark food, the taste of refreshing beer, the bright stadium lights, the sound of the cheering crowd — it’s an experience you can’t get while watching a game from your television. Check out the Mud Hens 2016 schedule to plan your next visit to Fifth Third Field.

Toledo Mud Hens

Photo courtesy of Toledo Mud Hens

6. There are Lots of Local Restaurants With Outdoor Patios

Summertime means we get to take the party to the outdoor patio at a local restaurant. We’re in luck, because Toledo has several outdoor patios in town that combine exceptional food with our need for some vitamin D.

One of the more well-known patios in the area is at Real Seafood Company at the Docks, offering some of the best seafood around in a picturesque patio setting overlooking the Maumee River.

Real Seafood Company Toledo

Photos courtesy of Real Seafood Company

7. There Are Plenty of Outdoor Local Attractions

There are several indoor museums, attractions, and destinations in Toledo that provide the perfect escape from a rainy spring day or winter storm. But during the summer, we’re more interested in the local attractions that allow you to be outside to enjoy the sun during your visit.

The Toledo Zoo is teeming with activity during the summer — both inside and outside the animal cages. Peruse the zoo’s 51 acres of exhibits as a family, as a couple, or with visiting friends and family. Get a lay of the land before your visit and peruse their calendar of events to see the exciting things the zoo has planned!

Summer in Toledo

Photos courtesy of The Toledo Zoo and Toledo Botanical Garden

Get a breath of fresh air at the Toledo Botanical Garden, where you’ll explore over 60 acres of gorgeous plant life. With over 50 years of growing under their belt, this garden displays incredible species and educates visitors throughout their visit.

8. …And Beautiful Parks Perfect for a Picnic

In addition to these organized attractions, you’ll find lots of spacious parks in the Toledo region to enjoy during the summer. They provide lots of land for the kids to run around in, the perfect landing spot for your family picnic, and plenty of playgrounds and sports fields to explore.

Side Cut Metropark in Maumee was the first of the Toledo Metroparks and today acts as a refuge for fishermen from all around the country as they migrate to the Maumee River for walleye fishing each spring. Other attractions at this park include river and canal access, a playground, indoor and picnic shelters, and several wildlife feeding stations with indoor viewing areas.

Toledo Parks

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Swan Creek Metropark is a South Toledo park providing a natural oasis in an urban area. You’ll see lots of wildlife at this park spanning 441 acres, on which you can go hiking along the park’s trails, walk along the swinging bridge, enjoy a meal at the picnic shelters, play on the playground, or feed wildlife at Windows on Wildlife.

Wildwood Metropark is the most-visited of the area’s metroparks, spanning 493 acres of natural beauty combined with man-made features. This park houses the Manor House, which was once the home of Toledo’s Stranaham family, and today can be rented for weddings, meetings, and other private events.

9. There Is A Never-Ending Supply of Local Produce at Toledo Farmers’ Markets

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of all things local. While there are a few markets open all year long, summertime is peak farmers’ market season, as the weather permits for outdoor shopping, and crops are often at their best. Visit one of our favorite markets in the area this summer!

Downtown Toledo Farmers Market

Photos courtesy of Downtown Toledo Farmers’ Market

If you’re overwhelmed with produce goodness, head to the market held in downtown Toledo on Market Street every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. between May and November. There is sure to be a lively crowd bustling with activity, as Toledo residents and visitors pick up fresh finds from local vendors.

10. You Can Revert to Your Childhood With an Outdoor Movie

All summer long, Sundance Kid Drive-In in Oregon streams two movies back-to-back every night of the week. While seeing two movies at a normal theater would cost an arm and a leg, Sundance only charges $9 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5–12, and $0 for kids under 4! This is the perfect summer night activity that you can enjoy with the family without leaving your car. And on the way there, you can tell your kids all about the “good ole days” going to the local drive-in in your hometown.

Sundance Kid Drive-In

Photo Courtesy of Sundance Kid Drive-In

Happy Summer, Toledo!

Get out there and explore any of the above activities and features during the upcoming months. And let us know why you love Toledo in the summer!

 
 

The beauty of food trucks is their obvious mobility and tendency to spontaneously show up at a festival, community event, outside your office, or in the lively downtown area with lots of foot traffic.

However, this ever-moving quality makes it difficult to keep track of the food truck scene. So we decided to chase down a few of our favorites to compile them in one convenient list. We have entered prime food truck season after all!

One Final Piece of Wisdom: Lunch at Levis Square is a great place to sample food from some of these trucks. Head to Levis Square from 12 to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday between June 2 and September 22. Enjoy live music and lunch from any of the six food trucks parked along St. Clair!

Deet’s BBQ

Track Down the Truck: Facebook

Deet’s BBQ

Quite frankly, Deet’s BBQ is crushing it in the barbeque scene. Either at their restaurant in Maumee or their restaurant on wheels, you can expect exceptional cuisine smothered in barbeque sauce. Try their St. Louis-Style Ribs or their Sweet n’ Smokey Wings!

The Displaced Chef

Track Down the Truck: Facebook

The Displaced Chef

The Displaced Chef has found so much success serving up authentic Cuban cuisine from their food truck that they recently opened a restaurant in Perrysburg called The Displaced Chef Latin Cuisine. Stop by their permanent or their on-the-go location for exceptional food!

Grumpy’s On the Go

Track Down the Truck: Facebook

Grumpy's On The Go

Grumpy’s is a great place to grab a burger in town, but their menu covers a variety of subjects — like soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, breakfast items and desserts. And even better yet, they have a mobile version of their restaurant as well! Grumpy’s On the Go is spreading the good news of Grumpy’s all over town.

Kyf’s Curbside Bistro

Track Down the Truck: Facebook

Kyf’s Curbside Bistro

Pull over for Kyf’s Curbside Bistro, serving up cheeseburgers, corn beef sandwiches, palermos, and a number of other sandwiches with homemade chips from their iconic bright green truck! Each menu option requires the use of two hands and lots of napkins, which is a sure sign of satisfaction.

Rosie’s Rolling Chef

Track Down the Truck: Facebook

Rosie’s Rolling Chef

Rosie’s Italian Grille has served the Toledo area with Tuscan-themed dining and an incredible Italian menu for over 30 years. They have since expanded their offerings to showcase the best items on their menu with their food truck, Rosie’s Rolling Chef!

Rusty’s Road Trip

Track Down the Truck: Facebook

Rusty's Roadtrip

Rusty’s Road Trip delivers local delicacy straight from the source, specializing in Lake Erie Yellow Perch — smothered in a homemade batter, deep fried in peanut oil, and served with their homemade tartar sauce. A visit to their truck is one of the best and most convenient ways to taste local cuisine unique to this region.

Taco Truck

Track Down the Truck: 708 Broadway Street

Taco Truck Toledo

As you may have gathered, Taco Truck serves tacos from a truck. But they don’t stop there! Choose from their authentic Mexican food choices, including burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, tamales and more! You can find them parked at 708 Broadway Street every Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Taste Spuds

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Taste Spuds

Prepare your taste buds for amazing flavors at Taste Spuds, a mobile food vendor and catering business offering smoked potatoes topped with premium meats and veggies. Their unique spuds are jampacked with toppings!

Wanderlust Sandwich Co.

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Wanderlust Sandwich Co.

It’s always a good time at Ottawa Tavern, a local hotspot for live music and great food. They’ve expanded their reach by painting a truck orange and packing it with the best items off their menu. Wanderlust Sandwich Co. serves up internationally-inspired deli sandwiches on the go!

 
 

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19!

There are several events going on this Father’s Day weekend in the Toledo area to help you celebrate dad in fun, active and unique ways.

Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, or save this list for later in order to make it to the event that sounds most fitting for you and your family!

 

Take in the Sweet Taste of Summer at the Holland Strawberry Festival

Wednesday, June 15 – Sunday, June 19

Make the short trip to Holland to experience the annual Holland Strawberry Festival happening Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. This is an extremely affordable event for the whole family, as admission is $3 per person and children 7 years and under get in for free. Plus parking is free this year!

Enjoy live entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday — and don’t miss the adorable Toddler Pageants on Thursday! Get moving at the 3-mile Rollie Run on Saturday morning, admire spectacular fireworks on Saturday night, get competitive at the Bake-Off on Sunday morning, and watch the parade on Sunday!

The Holland Strawberry Festival provides non-stop fun for the whole family to spend time together this Father’s Day weekend.

Holland Strawberry Festival

 

Get Fancy at ZOOtoDO

Friday, June 17

Before you involve the kids in the weekend activities, attend the “chic, black-tie and tennis shoes” affair at ZOOtoDO as a couple. Attendees typically wear black-tie outfits up top coupled with casual footwear or shorts. This unique combination perfectly describes the nature of this event, designed to show off the sophisticated side of the otherwise laid-back zoo.

Guests 21 and over are invited to enjoy food from over 50 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers in the midst of live musical performances. And the best part? 100 percent of the net proceeds from this event support the zoo’s daily operations, in addition to providing essential funding for the continued development of community outreach and on-site educational opportunities.

This seems like the perfect activity for the dad who wants to have a fun night out while supporting an educational program that will benefit his kids and other kids in the area!

 

ZOOtoDO in Toledo

 

Go to a Toledo Mud Hens Game

Friday, June 17, Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19

This one doesn’t need much explaining. A perfect place to spend Father’s Day is in the stands at Fifth Third Field cheering on the Mud Hens. They have three home games that weekend — on Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday at 6:05 p.m. — all against the Rochester Red Wings.

If you’d rather be on the field than the stands, take part in the special Father’s Day weekend Future Mud Hen Adult & Child Skills Clinic on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn from Mud Hens coaches and players about baseball and teaching skills you can take to your own backyard.

Registration costs $80 for one adult and one child, and $40 for each additional camper. This price includes free June 18 game tickets for the adult and child, a souvenir baseball for autographs, and a “Future Mud Hen” t-shirt for the child!

Toledo Mud Hens

 

Experience History Firsthand at Fort Meigs

Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19

See the evolution of the common soldier at Muster on the Maumee at Fort Meigs this Father’s Day weekend! You can observe soldiers, artisans and civilians giving demonstrations throughout the weekend that will bring Ohio’s War of 1812 battlefield to life. You can also visit period military camps and watch weapon demonstrations happening throughout the day.

Tickets for adults are $9, seniors cost $8, students cost $5, and children under 5 get in for free.

Muster on the Maumee

 

See the Steve Miller Band Live at the Zoo

Sunday, June 19

If dad is a fan of ‘70s music (and who isn’t?), take him to see the Steve Miller Band at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater on Father’s Day!

Recognize and sing along with hit songs such as “Take The Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” and “Jungle Love” at this exciting concert amidst the beautiful amphitheater at the Toledo Zoo. An outdoor concert is the perfect way to capitalize on summer!

Tickets range from $52.50 to $95.

Steve Miller Band Live At The Toledo Zoo

 

Enjoy BBQ at the Zoo

Sunday, June 19

The Toledo Zoo is offering free admission for fathers when they arrive with their child or children on Father’s Day. You can also celebrate at their popular Father’s Day Celebration and BBQ! Explore the zoo’s incredible exhibits as a family, enjoy the sunshine, and eat tasty food together. This sounds like the perfect way to spend Father’s Day!

Toledo Zoo Father's Day BBQ

 

Go Fishing on the Maumee River

Any Day

While there is no event at the river centered around Father’s Day, fishing at the Maumee River is the epitome of fatherhood activities. Many dismiss this body of water after the Run of the Walleye each spring, but it deserves our devotion year-round!

You’ll find an abundance of Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish in the Maumee River with several locations providing easy access. Head to Side Cut Metropark in Maumee to be immersed in beautiful surroundings with some of the best fishing opportunities in the area.

Maumee Fishing

 

Happy Father’s Day, Toledo!

Whatever you do, have a blast celebrating dad as a family this year!

 
 

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we can officially say that it is summer!  What an exciting time of the year in Toledo. While there are so many reasons to love Toledo in the summer, one of our favorite activities is going on a hike in the area.

This is a great way to absorb the sun, get some exercise, and take in the breathtaking beauty that a natural trail provides. There are so many trails in and around Toledo that are worth exploring this summer. Choose a path, lace up your hiking boots, pick up a trail map, and take a hike!

Boardwalk Trail at Maumee Bay State Park

Distance: 2.4 Miles | Location

Boardwalk Trail at Maumee Bay State Park is an exceptional trail to take in the natural beauty at this state park along Lake Erie’s shore. This easy loop travels through swamp and marsh wetlands, offering easy access to a variety of sights with a raised wooden boardwalk. You’re bound to see lots of wildlife on this trail — from everything to extravagant bird species to graceful deer.

Boardwalk Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail

Distance: 1.5 Miles | Location

Get some exercise while you experience history along the Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail within Maumee’s Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark. This 1.5-mile trail features 17 interpretive signs highlighting various historic events that happened on-site during a 1794 battle between Native Americans and soldiers, leading to the westward expansion of the United States. The metropark includes a state memorial to the battle and is conveniently connected to Side Cut Metropark with the Wabash-Cannonball Trail.

Fallen Timbers Northwest Territory Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Indian Creek Park Walking Trail

Distance: 1.16 Miles | Location

Cross the Michigan state line to Indian Creek Park, a 9-acre park in Temperance. This park hosts many sports games on the eight baseball diamonds and soccer field, and has a simple 1.16-mile loop for a stroll before or after the game.

Indian Creek Park Walking Trail

Photo Courtesy of Bedford Township

Oak Openings Hiking Trail

Distance: 6.2 Miles | Location

The Oak Openings Hiking Trail is a popular hiking trail near Whitehouse offering a variety of terrain and views. You’ll encounter a lake, lots of pine trees, a meadow, and more during this moderate hike. There are several smaller trails you can choose from within the entire Oak Openings area, so you can decide the intensity and longevity of your hike!

Oak Openings Hiking Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Pearson All-Purpose Trail

Distance: 1.5 Miles | Location

Take in the beauty of Pearson Park in Oregon with a stroll along the Pearson All-Purpose Trail, a 1.5-mile trail on the north side of Starr Avenue. The park is filled with rich forestry and wildlife, and is one of the last remaining strands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio.

Pearson All-Purpose Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

 

Side Cut Riverview Trail

Distance: 1.3 Miles | Location

The Side Cut Riverview Trail is the perfect trail for birdwatchers, as it is frequently visited by migrating birds. The trail loops from the Riverview Area along the Maumee River, circling a lagoon before returning to the starting point. This is a leisurely hike offering refreshing scenery!

Side Cut Riverview Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Swan Creek Big Woods Trail

Distance: 1.72 Miles | Location

Go on a nature walk through Swan Creek Big Woods Trail, situated in Swan Creek Metropark — a natural oasis in the heart of South Toledo. The trail takes you past a meadow and into a forest of giant tulip trees, red oaks, basswoods, and sugar maples. You’ll most likely encounter some incredible wildlife during your hike, such as spicebush swallowtail, mourning cloak, and red admiral butterflies!

Swan Creek Big Woods Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Towpath Trail

Distance: 19.3 Miles | Location

Towpath Trail in Grand Rapids provides exceptional views as you travel along the Maumee River through a tunnel of trees. Start your adventure at Providence Metropark, and travel along this paved trail for as long as you’d like!

Towpath Trail Toledo

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

University/Parks Trail

Distance: 6.3 Miles | Location

The University/Parks Trail is a common commuter trail for University of Toledo students and faculty, as it stretches all the way from campus to King Road in Sylvania. But this 6-mile trail makes for a suitable path for an afternoon stroll, a jog, or a bike ride. Step foot on this popular path if you haven’t already — whether you’re a commuter or not!

University/Parks Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Wabash Cannonball North Fork

Distance: 18.3 Miles | Location

The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a 63-mile multi-use trail spanning four counties in Northwestern Ohio. The trail runs along two former rail lines that converge at Jerome Road in Maumee, consisting of a North Fork and South Fork of the trail. Confused yet? This map might help. The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a project of the nationwide Rails to Trails Conservancy. Hop on board the North Fork near the Shops at Fallen Timbers and follow it heading west to experience this historic project firsthand!

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Photo courtesy of Wabash Cannonball Trail

Wildwood Floodplain Trail

Distance: 2.9 Miles | Location

Wildwood Metropark is the most-visited park in the Toledo Metroparks system, because of its spacious land and scenic views. Take it all in with a walk along the Wildwood Floodplain Trail, featuring a boardwalk trail along the Ottawa River. Hikers are surrounded by beautiful floodplain trees and the terrain changes with each visit, as the floodwaters constantly reshape the landscape.

Wildwood Floodplain Trail

Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

Happy Hiking, Toledo!

Let us know which of these hikes you’ve already tried out or plan to explore. Or fill us in on your favorite trails in the area!

 
 

One of the most common features people look for when searching for a home is whether or not the property provides a view of some sort. This might include views of a body of water, a beautiful forest, an expansive prairie, or a city skyline.

Whether or not you’re currently on the hunt for that perfect view, it’s satisfying to admire homes in the area with wonderful ones. Check out a few of our favorites, and let us know which view you admire most!

Maumee Mansion Overlooking Beautiful Lake

This Maumee home has quite the view of Albon Lake (and easy access to its waters from the private dock!) — perhaps most enjoyable from the dining room table. This small and intimate lake would make a perfect summer dinner backdrop.

Maumee Home With a View

Perrysburg Home With Huge Yard and Private Pond

This Perrysburg home has been a favorite of ours for quite some time — for its outstanding patio area in particular. The view from said patio isn’t too hard on the eyes, is it? We admire the scene of the home’s private pond and the lush, green grass leading up to it.

Perrysburg Home With a View

Masculine Home on Woodsy Lot Overlooking Pond

We love the masculine and grandiose features within this home in Holland, but perhaps our favorite aspect is the view from its back deck. It overlooks a peaceful pond shared with neighbors and a variety of trees scattered throughout the backyard for added privacy and shade.

Holland Home With a View

Kelleys Island Home Steps From Lake Shore

Hop on a boat to visit this historic home on Kelleys Island just steps from Lake Erie’s shore. This 7-bedroom Victorian home overlooks the water and the laid-back lakeside activity nearby.

Kelleys Island Home With a View

Updated Sylvania Home With River View

This home in Sylvania sits on a large lot leading up Ottawa River. The views of the updated details and finishings inside are spectacular — and they get even better once you reach the back deck overlooking the river.

Sylvania Home With a View

Perrysburg Home With Expansive Deck Views

Settle down in this home’s peaceful neighborhood in Perrysburg without having to sacrifice lake views. This spacious and airy deck is the perfect place to start your day with a cup of coffee as you admire the sparkling reflections on the lake just steps from your home.

Perrysburg Home With a View

New-Construction With Windows Offering Water Views

Aaahh, we love the fresh look of a new construction home. This home in Sylvania is situated on one of the last water-facing lots in the area. Thankfully, there are lots of big windows perfect for enjoying this great view from several rooms in the home!

Sylvania Home With a View

Which view do you admire most?

Let us know!

 
 

The weather is getting warmer in Toledo, which means it’s time to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant on their outdoor patio. No longer must you sacrifice quality outdoor time during your lunch hour! Instead, get some fresh air while you enjoy a quality meal or drink with friends and family.

But where will you go? Might we suggest…

 

Bar 145

Not only is Bar 145 a great place to grab a burger — it has an atmosphere that is equally as enticing. Their outdoor space has ample seating, including their large circular bar that extends from the indoor area with a perfect view of the entertainment stage. This restaurant specializes in burgers, bands and bourbon — all of which can be enjoyed inside or outside!

Bar 145 Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Bar 145

 

El Camino Real

The best setting to enjoy authentic Mexican food and tasty margaritas is on a lively outdoor patio. El Camino Real’s location at Sylvania Avenue has one of the largest patios around, drawing crowds from all over! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the exciting atmosphere on the patio at El Camino Real.

El Camino Real Toledo

Photos Courtesy of El Camino Real

 

El Vaquero at the Docks

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant has several locations in Ohio and Michigan, one of which has a particularly exceptional outdoor patio. El Vaquero at the Docks provides picturesque views of the Maumee River and downtown Toledo as you enjoy amazing Mexican food prepared with fresh and unique ingredients.

El Vaquero at the Docks Toledo

Photos Courtesy of El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant and Yelp

Manhattan’s

The outdoor seating visible from the road at Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer in Uptown attracts crowds into their space to enjoy New York-inspired cuisine in the glorious summer sun. Manhattan’s location and overall feel provides a unique combination of city life and a comfortable neighborhood pub.

Manhattan's Pub and Cheer

Photos Courtesy of Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer

 

Real Seafood Company

Real Seafood Company is another restaurant located at the Docks with an amazing outdoor patio area. Enjoy sunset views looking out over the river while you indulge in Real Seafood Company’s full and robust range of seafood options sourced from the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out their 6-foot raw bar, offering clams, mussels and a fresh catch!

Real Seafood Company Toledo, Ohio

Photos Courtesy of Real Seafood Company

 

Rosie’s Italian Grille

Pair a glass of wine with a hearty Italian dish on the peaceful patio at Rosie’s Italian Grille. You’ll be transcended to a Tuscan oasis as you’re surrounded by rustic stonework, lush greenery and a beautiful fountain. If the weather isn’t exactly conducive for sitting outside but you still want a breath of fresh air, simply sit in their covered outdoor section!

Rosie's Italian Grille

Photos Courtesy of Rosie’s Italian Grille

 

Shorty’s True American Roadhouse

Barbeque seems to taste a little better when consumed outdoors. Shorty’s True American Roadhouse capitalizes on this with their covered patio area including huge tables for the whole family to surround, a fire pit, and rustic industrial touches that complete the experience.

Shorty's BBQ Toledo

Photos Courtesy of TripAdvisor and Shorty’s True American Roadhouse

 

The Oliver House

The Oliver House hosts several businesses under one historic roof. Perhaps the most well-known business in the collection is Maumee Bay Brewing Company, a local brewery crafting delightfully drinkable ales, lagers, porters, stouts and the like. There is a secluded courtyard patio right outside The Café at the Oliver House, where you can enjoy a fresh salad, soup or sandwich in this intimate and relaxing atmosphere.

The Oliver House

Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Brewing Company

 

Wesley’s Bar & Grill

The private patio tucked behind Wesley’s Bar & Grill is one of the best-kept secrets in Toledo. Play corn hole or bocce on their bocce court while you sip on one of their brews with friends, co-workers or your significant other. This is a fun and action-packed environment for gathering and enjoying warm summer nights!

Wesley's Bar and Grill

Photos Courtesy of Wesley’s Bar & Grill

 

Zia’s

Zia’s is another riverside restaurant at the Docks offering exceptional views of the Maumee River — especially visible from their outdoor patio. Enjoy fine Italian cuisine in this casual and relaxed atmosphere as you watch the sun set over the river.

Zia's

Photo Courtesy of Zia’s

 

Who has your favorite outdoor patio space in Toledo?

We’d love to know what we’re missing out on!

 
 
 
 
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