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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!

 
 

Oregon is a unique community within the region, as it provides direct access to Lake Erie merely 10-20 minutes from the heart of downtown Toledo. Although Oregon is the sixth largest city in Ohio by geography, it maintains a quaint, small-town feel with nearly 20,000 residents.

Whether you are heading to Lake Erie for a weekend getaway, or you currently reside in this lakeside town, there are so many things worth doing in Oregon. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do during your stay (or long-term stay) in this community!

 

Experience Nature at Maumee Bay State Park

Maumee Bay State Park is comprised of 1,336 acres hosting the finest recreational facilities in the Midwest, and a beautiful natural environment created by the convergence of land and Lake Erie. The park holds a lodge and conference center, cottages and a golf course — all within the area’s scenic meadows, lush marshes and sandy shores.

You can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Maumee Bay State Park, including boating, camping, fishing, golfing, hunting, picnicking, swimming, hiking and more!

Maumee Bay State Park

Photo Courtesy of Maumee Bay State Park

 

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center

Another way to make your stay a little more permanent (besides buying a home in Oregon) is with a weekend stay at Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center situated alongside Lake Erie in Maumee Bay State Park. Participate in the many on-site activities in this picturesque setting, play a round of golf on their 1,850 acres of protected wetlands along the lake, park your boat in the marina, go hiking or bird-watching, or explore the many nearby activities.

At the end of the day, relax and take in the spectacular lake views from your room at the Maumee Bay Lodge or in a cozy private cabin. This is the perfect place to retreat as a couple or have a blast as a family!

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center

Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center

 

Take a Stroll Through Pearson Park

Immerse yourself in the lush greenery of Pearson Park, the perfect place for an afternoon stroll, scenic bike ride, or relaxing picnic. This historic park is one of the last remaining strands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio.

Observe many Depression-era buildings, go bird watching in the thick woods near Lake Erie, or participate in the many recreational activities available at Pearson Park, including baseball, soccer, tennis, fishing, ice skating and sledding!

Pearson Park

Photos Courtesy of Metroparks Toledo

See a Movie at Sundance Kid Drive-In

Starting in late May, you can essentially step back in time at Sundance Kid Drive-In across from Pearson Park. See two movies back-to-back without leaving your car, and experience this age-old American tradition with the whole family. The reasonable ticket prices seem like they were also frozen in time, as tickets for adults cost $9, kids 5–12 get in for $3, and kids under 4 are free!

Sundance Kid Drive-In

Photo Courtesy of Sundance Kid Drive-In

 

Grab a Meal in Town

After all this activity, you’re bound to work up an appetite — either for lunch or dinner. It’s time to stop by one of our favorite local restaurants in Oregon!

Visit Eagle’s Nest Sweet Retreat for exceptional pizza, grinders, and ice cream. This family-owned restaurant is nestled within a community of homes near Clay High School, which makes it feel all the more inviting and comfortable.

Oregon Inn at Bay Shore serves some of the best prime rib, steaks and seafood in the Northwest Ohio area. Located near the shore of Lake Erie, this makes for the perfect pit-stop before or after your lake adventures.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop at Haas Bakery, serving cakes, cookies, donuts, rolls and other baked goods — all made fresh daily. Stop by for a pick-me-up or rely on Haas Bakery to provide dessert for your next special occasion!

Oregon Inn on Bay Shore

Photo Courtesy of Oregon Inn at Bay Shore

 

What is your favorite Oregon activity?

We’d love to know!

 
 

Memorial Day has been an important American holiday since its origins in 1868, as it is a time set aside to remember the lives lost in the country’s armed services.

Rightfully so, this occasion calls for a day off work and school, and often the closure of local businesses. In addition, there are many community events happening during this long weekend, from concerts to parades, and everything in between. Many also consider Memorial Day the start of summer, so celebrate the return of this exciting season with one or two of these events!

 

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn | Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30

Memorial Day is one of the most common times to go on an extended weekend trip, and we have just the destination for you this year. Experience the wonder and excitement at Balloons Over Bavarian Inn, a weekend-long hot air balloon festival in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Watch as nearly 30 hot air balloons take flight each morning and afternoon to compete against each other, hitting various targets throughout Frankenmuth.

Be amazed by the nightly balloon glow rides, and visit with pilots and crews up close to ask any questions. This is an extremely photographic weekend event for you and the whole family to enjoy — for free! Check out the complete weekend schedule and refer to their Facebook event page for updates as Memorial Day weekend gets closer.

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn

Photo Courtesy of Balloons Over Bavarian Inn

 

Toledo Memorial Day Parade | Saturday, May 28 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Head to the annual Toledo Memorial Day Parade happening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admire patriotic floats, marchers and organizations as huge crowds line the streets of downtown Toledo to celebrate this holiday as a community.

After the parade, there will be a special memorial service held at Civic Center Mall that is open and free to all.

Toledo Memorial Day Parade

Photos Courtesy of Bedford High School Marching Band

 

James Taylor Concert | Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Why not spend your Memorial Day weekend listening to live music at a jam packed local venue? And who better to see than James Taylor?! That’s right — James Taylor is coming to Toledo on Saturday, May 28 at the Huntington Center. This will be an intimate and memorable night that you will never forget. This iconic singer-songwriter has touched the hearts of people all across the world for more than 40 years. Now’s your turn to get serenaded by the sweet voice of James Taylor himself. Get your tickets now before the show is sold out!

 

 

28th Annual Flower Day Weekend | Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30

Don’t miss the 28th Annual Flower Day Weekend event celebrating the 183rd Toledo Farmers’ Market season! During Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Monday are “Market Days”, where you can meet with local farmers selling baked goods, produce, eggs, poultry, beef, yard art, crafts, and lots of flowers.

The flowers will be even more plentiful on Sunday, known as “Flower Day”, where you can visit the best growers in the Toledo area and select from their locally grown flowers and plants. Over 60 vendors will be present on Flower Day, selling their best plants, yard art, plant accessories, and crafts.

This free weekend event is the perfect activity for the whole family to usher in summer — rain or shine!

Toledo Flower Day

Photos Courtesy of Tourism Ohio

 

First Siege 1813 at Fort Meigs | Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29

The Siege of Fort Meigs took place during the War of 1812 right here along the Maumee River in Perrysburg. On Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, you can observe as Fort Meigs hosts reenact this event by recreating authentic military camps and tactical demonstrations. You’ll also experience period camps, musket and cannon demonstrations, battle reenactments, hands-on activities and more!

Stop by Fort Meigs between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday to witness a realistic reenactment of this historic and significant event.

First Seige 1813 Fort Meigs

Photos Courtesy of Fort Meigs

 

Port Clinton Walleye Festival | May 26-30

Take the trip to nearby Port Clinton for the annual Port Clinton Walleye Festival happening May 26 through May 30. The festival takes place at the picturesque Waterworks Park right on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. Experience a variety of free live concerts, a Kids’ Fishing Derby, educational programs and activities, carnival rides, and the opportunity to shop from over 130 vendors from all around the nation.

Perhaps the most exciting aspects of the weekend’s festivities are happening on Sunday with the Walleye 5K Walk/Run at 10 a.m. and the Grande Parade at 1 p.m. This exciting community event is the perfect way to kick start summer and experience this unique town not too far from home.

Port Clinton Walleye Festival

Photos Courtesy of Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum Memorial Day Celebration | Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.

The Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is holding their 90th annual Memorial Day Celebration on Memorial Day itself — in their picturesque garden setting filled with gorgeous flowers, trees and shrubs. Their Memorial Day Celebration is designed to honor the war veterans of Woodland — including some who served in the Civil War — with a memorial service and family celebration. Refreshments will be served following the traditional ceremony, which includes the blowing of taps, a 21-gun salute, music, marching and more. This special event is free and open to the public.

Woodlawn Cemetery Memorial Day

Photo Courtesy of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

 

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, Toledo!

 
 

If your version of the food pyramid consists mostly of pizza, you’re in good company.

Pizza is truly one of the best cuisinal inventions to date. Thankfully, there are plenty of Toledo establishments that understand the community’s need for pizza consumption. And not only that; they create some delectable pies, from your basic cheese and pepperoni pizzas to exotic specialty pizzas with a unique topping lineup.

Here are a few of our favorite pizza places in Toledo!

 

5th Street Pub

Visit 5th Street Pub for delicious handmade Italian inspired cuisine and the only APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani) certified pizza in Ohio. They have a 150-year-old dough recipe, and serve the freshest produce and imported meats and cheeses on their menu. Their full bar specializes in regional and international craft beers, reasonably priced wines, and specialty cocktails inspired by Italian culture.

5th Street Pub

Photos Courtesy of 5th Street Pub

 

Homeslice Pizza

Homeslice Pizza is a rustic New York style pizza joint in downtown Toledo. A popular stop before or after a Mud Hens game, this place can get packed, but it has ample seating in the downstairs dining area, the upstairs bar and outdoor patio. Make your own thin-crust pizza choosing from a myriad of toppings, or trust the pizza experts by ordering one of their specialty pies. You can’t go wrong with anything off their menu!

Homeslice Pizza Toledo

J-Cups Pizza

J-Cups Pizza is a great local pizza joint to hang out as a family or group of friends, take a box to go for a night in, or have your order conveniently delivered to your door. Choose from their 26 specialty pizzas available for extremely reasonable prices. In fact, you can get a large pepperoni pizza for just $5 at J-Cups! Also, be sure to check out their coupon selection to shave several dollars off your bill.

J-Cups Pizza Toledo

The Original Gino’s

With six locations throughout the Toledo region, The Original Gino’s is a neighborhood favorite for a number of residents. In fact, Gino’s was the winner for the Best Pizza in the Best of Toledo 2015! So you can trust that you’ll get nothing but the best pizza topped with fresh ingredients and exceptional service during your visit.

The Original Gino's Toledo

Pizza Papalis

Pizza Papalis originated in the ‘80s with a goal to create the best and freshest pizza known worldwide, and their mission remains the same in the present day! Their menu features thin-crust, deep-dish pizzas and pan pizzas. While all are worth a try, Pizza Papalis is well-known for their delicious deep-dish pizzas.

Pizza Papalis Toledo

Rival’s Pizza

Rival’s Pizza fulfills your craving for a high quality pizza from an old fashioned neighborhood pizza parlor like you frequented as a child. This locally owned establishment goes above and beyond to make sure each and every customer is satisfied — and that starts with the quality of their pizzas. You can even sample their creations with a mini cheese pizza for just $2.99!

Rival’s Pizza Toledo

Vito’s Pizza

Vito’s Pizza was the runner-up for the Best Pizza in the Best of Toledo 2015! With many locations throughout northern Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, this pizza joint is constantly growing in popularity in the region. Check out their specialty pies, including a Mac and Cheese Pizza for those of us who can’t decide between our two childhood favorites.

Vito’s Pizza Toledo

ZaZa Pizza

ZaZa Pizza serves wood-fired authentic Italian pizza. Each pizza is made with only the best ingredients, including imported meats and cheeses all the way from Italy. Their hand-tossed pies are cooked to perfection in their wood-fired oven, ensuring the highest quality that is true to Italian tradition.

ZaZa Pizza Toledo

What pizza joint would you add to this list?

The more pizza, the merrier.

 
 

Toledo has so many events, attractions and establishments in the downtown area and its surrounding communities, so maybe it’s not often that you find a reason to go on vacation. Or maybe you enjoy relaxing in the comfort of your own home.

Either way, you have to admit that it’s nice to get away from it all every once in awhile. There’s something special about packing a weekend bag filled with the bare essentials, sleeping in a luxurious bed, exploring a town other than your neighborhood, and simply escaping from the busyness of life.

Thankfully, you don’t have to travel very far to experience a relaxing weekend getaway at Lake Erie. Toledo is situated right near the western tip of this vast body of water that touches Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and even Canada.

Check out these destinations along Lake Erie’s shore that vary in amenities, prices and distance from Toledo.

The further you read through this list, the more dedicated you’ll become as the driving distance slowly increases! But they all share two things in common: a proximity to the waters of Lake Erie and the peaceful, relaxing qualities that ensue.

 

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center — Oregon, OH

25 Minutes Away from Toledo

Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center

Photos courtesy of Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center

Get away from it all with a short drive to Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center situated alongside Lake Erie in Maumee Bay State Park. Participate in the many on-site activities in this picturesque setting, play a round of golf on their 1,850 acres of protected wetlands along the lake, park your boat in the marina, go hiking or bird-watching, or explore the many nearby activities.

At the end of the day, relax and take in the spectacular lake views from your room at the Maumee Bay Lodge or in a cozy private cabin. This is the perfect place to retreat as a couple or have a blast as a family — without having to travel very far at all!

 

Hotel Sterling — Monroe, MI

30 Minutes Away from ToledoHotel Sterling Monroe, MI

Photos Courtesy of Trip Advisor and State of Michigan

Visit Hotel Sterling for a unique experience in lodging blending cosmopolitan decor, downtown Monroe convenience, and 160 years of history! This modern hotel rests alongside River Raisin in Monroe, MI, and is very close to Lake Erie. Enjoy the amenities of downtown Monroe while still remaining close to Sterling State Park, which runs alongside the lake.

 

 

Sawmill Creek Resort — Huron, OH

1 Hour, 10 Minutes Away from Toledo

Sawmill Creek Resort

Photos courtesy of Sawmill Creek Resort

Enjoy 235 acres of affordable luxury at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron on the shores of Lake Erie. Amenities include five restaurants, a shopping center, a 176-slip marina, indoor and outdoor pools, a beautiful lakefront sand beach, a golf course, and a 500-acre nature preserve.

Enjoy peaceful and cozy lodging in their cabin-esque rooms, and wake up each day ready to enjoy the nearby amenities at Sawmill Creek Resort!

 

Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers — Sandusky, OH

1 Hour, 20 Minutes Away from Toledo

Hotel Breakers

Photos courtesy of Hotel Breakers

Experience the ultimate family vacation with a visit to Hotel Breakers situated within the complex of amusement parks at Cedar Point in Sandusky. This historic beachfront hotel is a short walk from the various thrilling adventures this area has to offer — including, of course, Lake Erie.

This 110-year-old hotel was recently renovated to match its modern amenities, but its commitment to exceptional service has remained the same over the decades. Make your reservation at this reimagined hotel situated in an exciting region alongside Lake Erie!

 

BayShore Resort — Put-in Bay, OH

1 Hour, 30 Minutes Away from Toledo

BayShore Resort

Photos courtesy of BayShore Resort

Travel across Lake Erie by ferry to stay at BayShore Resort, the only lakefront hotel on Put-In Bay Island. Enjoy picturesque lake views from the comfort of your hotel room, a swim in their two new heated lakefront swimming pools, a dip in their 30-person jacuzzi spa, a drink at their lakefront poolside tiki bar, or a waterfront meal at the Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge.

Keep in mind that the historic Put-In-Bay downtown area is just a short two-minute walk from the hotel, so you can get the best of lakeside and downtown living during your stay at BayShore Resort!

 

Kelleys Island Venture Resort — Kelleys Island, OH

1 Hour, 45 Minutes Away from Toledo

Kelleys Island Venture Resort

Photos courtesy of Kelleys Island Venture Resort

A visit to Kelleys Island Venture Resort will feel like a true getaway, as you are completely secluded on Kelleys Island, surrounded by the waters of beautiful Lake Erie. Travel to Marblehead, and get on the short and enjoyable 20-minute ferry ride to Kelleys Island.

Situated on the south shore of Kelleys Island, this resort hotel offers beautiful views of Lake Erie from within their 31 luxury suites ranging in size. Enjoy first-class resort amenities at Kelleys Island Venture Resort, including flat-screen televisions and mini kitchens in each room, a swimming pool with therapy areas, and an outdoor hot tub resting in their beautifully landscaped courtyard.

 

The Lakehouse Inn — Geneva, OH

2 Hours, 45 Minutes Away from Toledo

The Lakehouse Inn

Photos courtesy of The Lakehouse Inn

Experience true luxurious lakeside living at The Lakehouse Inn in Geneva, where you’ll find an eight-room bed and breakfast, four private cottages, a full production winery, an on-site farm-to-table restaurant, and a relaxing spa.

Taste local wine at the 20+ wineries nearby, explore the many outdoor activity destinations in the region such as Geneva State Park Marina, or go shopping at “The Strip” in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s oldest summer resort!

 

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake — Geneva, OH

2 Hours, 45 Minutes Away from Toledo

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

Photos courtesy of The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake offers breathtaking views of Lake Erie on its southern shore, near Geneva State Park in the heart of Ohio Wine Country. Stay in one of the lodge’s 109 rooms with a variety of configurations, or book your stay in one of their brand-new cottages coming in the summer of 2016!

Wherever you stay, you can enjoy the many activities in and around the area — including indoor and outdoor pools, bicycle rentals, a fine-dining restaurant with outdoor seating, a shuttle to area wineries, and the shops and restaurants at Geneva-on-the-Lake.

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is a perfect romantic escape for couples, an activity hub for families, and a peaceful setting for meetings, conferences, weddings, and more!

 

Lakeview on the Lake — Erie, PA

3 Hours, 30 Minutes Away from Toledo

Lakeview on the Lake

Photos courtesy of Lakeview on the Lake

Lakeview on the Lake is your relaxation destination located in Erie, Pennsylvania. This unique community along Lake Erie offers a variety of lakefront accommodations, including mini cottages, motel rooms, and romantic suites — all of which are clean and well-furnished, offering a private bath, cable TV and free wifi. But perhaps one of our favorite features of Lakeview on the Lake is its proximity to the lake, and the beautiful sunset views you can enjoy from the comfort of your temporary home.

You can even stay in their Airstream, providing a unique tiny-home feel with unexpected modern amenities, such as a queen-sized bed, a bathroom, a leather sofa futon, a dinner table, a full kitchen with solid hickory cabinets, and two wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. This is your chance to experience glamping to the fullest adjacent to Lake Erie!

 
 

As a locally owned company, we are major advocates for shopping at and supporting small, local businesses. One of the best venues for said behavior is at the local farmers’ market, where farmers, makers, and small business owners come together to share their wonderful produce and products with the community.

Not to mention, shopping at a farmers’ market is a much healthier alternative to stocking the grocery cart with packaged and processed foods. It’s simply easier to make healthy food choices when you have a wide array of locally grown, colorful and oftentimes organic produce to choose from! This seems like a win-win, if you ask us.

While the downtown Toledo Farmers’ Market is open year-round, we’re approaching the time of year where there are several markets to choose from — some of which might be much closer to your home or occurring on a more convenient day of the week. So take a look at the various farmers’ markets in the area and make shopping local a part of your summer weekly routine!

 

Downtown Toledo Farmers’ Market

525 Market Street, Toledo, OH 43604

Spring/Summer Market:
May–November
Saturdays 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Winter Market:
December–April
Saturdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Poultry House:
Tuesday–Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Monday CLOSED

Downtown Toledo Farmers Market

The downtown Toledo market is much more than a wonderful year-round market — it’s an experience. A myriad of vendors passionate about the community line the designated market area on Market Street every Saturday, offering fruits, vegetables, coffee, soap, flowers, local honey, bread, pastries, eggs and more! You can feel a sense of camaraderie and positivity in the air as you stroll through the market, seeing the smiling faces of vendors passionate about their product or craft.

If you’re not a cash carrier, you’re in luck! You can use your card to buy tokens that can be used to purchase items, and many vendors even accept credit or debit cards using Square.

Going to the downtown market is the perfect way to spend your Saturday — where you can support local farmers and makers, and restock your fridge and pantry with fresh ingredients all the while.

 

Westgate Farmers’ Market

3301 Secor Road Toledo, OH 43606

May–October
Wednesdays 3–7 p.m.
Closed November–April

 Westgate Farmers’ Market in Toledo, Ohio

During the summer and early fall, you can get your shopping done on Wednesday afternoons at the Westgate Farmers’ Market. This market takes place outside Elder-Beerman in the Westgate Village Shopping Center parking lot. This convenient location means it’s an easy stop on your way home from work where you can grab a tote full of fresh produce for a homemade dinner.

A smaller selection makes this as not as overwhelming as the downtown market on Saturdays, so you can get what you want and finish your shopping quickly!


 

Biweekly and Monthly Farmers’ Markets

In addition to the main farmers’ market downtown and the Westgate Farmers’ Market every Wednesday, there are several biweekly and monthly farmers’ markets happening all over town. While they vary in location and times, they all have the Toledo Farmers’ Market stamp of approval, so you know they’re going to be good.

Take a look at the various markets popping up all over town this summer and mark them on your calendar!

Toledo Farmers Market

Perrysburg Farmers’ Market

105 West Indiana Avenue Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Market Map

May 5–October 13
Daily 3–8 p.m.

Perrysburg, Ohio Farmers Market

Visit the Perrysburg Farmers’ Market in downtown Perrysburg between May 5 and October 13 from 3–8 p.m. Visit with local vendors and select from a variety of locally grown and produced annuals, perennials, herbs, baked goods, garden art, prepared foods, fruit, vegetables, and unique gifts.

Amplify your market experience by enjoying the live musical performances with Music at the Market Concerts every Thursday between June and August at 7 p.m. in the Commodore Schoolyard. While the market is open rain or shine, keep in mind that the Music at the Market Concerts will be moved inside the Commodore School Building in the case of inclement weather.

 

Sylvania Farmers’ Market

5629 Main Street, Sylvania, OH 43560

June 7 – September 27
Tuesdays 4–7 p.m.

Sylvania, Ohio Farmers Market

Visit the Sylvania Farmers’ Market every Tuesday from 4–7 p.m. between June 2 and October 6. The market takes place in the Municipal Lot behind Executive Diner in downtown Sylvania.

This is a wonderful community event celebrating local farmers and makers in the Sylvania community! If this is your hometown or a neighboring community, you absolutely must make a stop at the Sylvania Farmers’ Market on one of your summer Tuesdays.

 

Bowling Green Farmers’ Market

Clough Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402

May 18–October 12
Wednesdays 4–7 p.m.

Bowling Green, Ohio Farmers’ Market

The Bowling Green Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday between May 18 and October 12, from 4–7 p.m. Support the community by buying local produce and products from their participating vendors.

From 6–7 p.m., enjoy live entertainment on the Stones Throw stage while you shop. And keep an eye out (either during your visit or on their Facebook page ahead of time) for their weekly Market Specials so you can take advantage of some great offers!

 

Shop Local, Toledo!

Whatever you do this summer, make sure you add produce from a local farmers’ market to your shopping list. You — and your stomach — will be glad you did!

 
 

A beautiful interior is that much more impressive when you see photos from its past. It makes its current state seem unbelievable and even more impressive when you can see its transformation. What’s equally as unbelievable is the hard work interior designers and crafty homemakers put forth to completely transform a space.

Carolyn Beyersdorf of Decorating Den Interiors is a Toledo-based interior designer who has been practicing interior design for over 30 years. And it certainly shows! She has been an IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Professional Member since 1995 and she was NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) certified in 1991. All of those acronyms simply mean she knows her stuff when it comes to interior design.

Carolyn enjoys providing interior design solutions to fix her clients’ problems, as well as creating a beautiful interior using quality finishes and product selections.

Decorating Den Interiors Toledo, Ohio

She recently transformed this living room from something traditional and outdated to the informal, warm and airy space that it is today. The client lived in this home for about 14 years and decided it was time for an update in the family room and kitchen.

They changed out the dark green carpet into a more neutral shade of carpeting, which made a dramatic difference in this space. The client was interested in replacing the sofas and end tables, but asked that the existing purple chairs be re-upholstered. Carolyn used a bright and refreshing blue fabric to repurpose the chairs, which ended up being a wonderful focal point in the room.

The client was open to using a combination of solids and prints in their furnishings and window treatments, which allowed Carolyn to have a bit of fun with the curtain pattern. We love the floral design she chose, and how it works with the landscape of the room so well!

She also updated the lighting using LED technology, which assisted in brightening up the room dramatically. They hung a new geometric light fixture near the fireplace that replaced the ceiling fan. Speaking of the fireplace, it got a facelift as well during the renovation, with the addition of cultured stone to its surface.

 

You get the idea!

This space underwent a serious transformation! See for yourself how Carolyn worked her magic in this living room.

 

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Decorating Den Interiors Toledo, Ohio

Decorating Den Interiors Toledo, Ohio

Decorating Den Interiors Toledo, Ohio

 
 

Toledo and its surrounding communities are wonderful places to raise a family. This is due to the area’s neighborhood safety, great school systems, abundance of parks to run around in, and the many activities you can enjoy as a family.

If you’ve ever wondered how you’ll pass time with the kids on a free Saturday, a day off of school, or with the little ones during the week, we have a few suggestions. There is an overwhelming list of family activities in Toledo, so we thought we would hand-select a few of our favorites for you to choose from.

You may have frequented some before (like the zoo or the farmers’ market), but may not be aware of a few hidden gems (like Sylvania Playland or Sundance Kid Drive-In). We hope this list helps you and your family take advantage of Toledo’s many kid-centric activities!

Fossil Park — Sylvania

Take the family to Sylvania to visit Fossil Park, one of only two prime Devonian Era sites on the planet. Search for world-renowned fossils (that you can even take home with you!) in this 5-acre quarry. The kids will have a blast as they uncover ancient relics dating back to nearly 375 years ago, including fossilized brachiopods, coral and more than 200 species of prehistoric life. And the parents will be pleased to discover that there is absolutely no cost for this family-friendly activity! And let’s be honest — you’ll enjoy the archeological digging at Fossil Park just as much as the kids will.

Fossil Park Sylvania, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Fossil Park

Imagination Station — Toledo

If you haven’t taken the family to Imagination Station yet, you must add that to the bucket list ASAP. Explore the hundreds of interactive exhibits and demonstrations within the science center’s 80,000-square-foot facilities. This hands-on approach to learning won’t feel exclusively “educational” to the kids, as they’ll defy gravity in the Distorted Gravity Room and learn about weather in the Hurricane Chamber.

Imagination Station Toledo

Photos courtesy of Imagination Station

Ohio Skate — Maumee + Toledo

If your kids love ice skating in the winter, they can ice skate year-round at one of Ohio Skate’s two locations — in Maumee and Toledo. And the parents won’t be left out of the fun either! You can skate as well, reverting back to your glory days on the rink. Keep an eye on the specials offered at the Maumee location and the specials you can get at the Toledo location, including Early Bird Family Skates, free skate rentals, and more!

Ohio Skate Maumee

Splash Bay Resort — Maumee

Whether or not the sun is out, Splash Bay Resort in Maumee makes it feel like summertime all year long. This indoor waterpark resort is open every weekend during the year, making it the perfect weekend “getaway” for the entire family. The kids — and you! — will love the Walleye River Run, the Blue Tunnel Twister, the Red Hydro Spin, and the various rides and features at Splash Bay. The resort offers plenty of spacious accommodations for the entire family, including an on-site Holiday Inn for your convenience. If you’re wanting to make a trip out of it, take a look at their various packages and deals to get the most out of your money.

Splash Bay Resort Maumee, Ohio

Photos courtesy of Splash Bay Resort

Sundance Kid Drive-In — Oregon

Who doesn’t love the nostalgic experience at a drive-in theater? Sundance Kid Drive-In located across from Pearson Park in Oregon offers just that — for an extremely reasonable price. Tickets for adults cost $9, kids 5–12 get in for $3, and kids under 4 are free! This theater is open seven days a week beginning in late May, and you can watch two movies back-to-back without leaving your car. This is the perfect solution for allowing the little ones to fall asleep in their carseats, and for those bigger kids to experience something so exciting and out of the ordinary!

Sylvania Playland — Sylvania

If you have to cancel your trip to the neighborhood park due to rain or cold weather, but still have kids bouncing off the walls who need to release their energy, we have the perfect solution. Visit Sylvania Playland, an indoor bounce house and playground filled with five inflatables, four swing sets and a special toddler area. And don’t miss their brand new glow-in-the-dark mini golf course with four fun themes (underwater, pirates, dinosaurs and knights/dragons). Or test your skills at their action-packed arcade! Sylvania Playland is the perfect location for energetic kids on a rainy day.

Sylvania Playland Ohio

Photos courtesy of Sylvania Playland

Toledo Farmers’ Market — Toledo

No matter what time of the year it is, you can take the family downtown to the Toledo Farmers’ Market every Saturday. This is the perfect opportunity to get fresh produce for the week’s meals, learn about different types of food, and expose your children to the importance of supporting local farmers and makers. The spring/summer market is open from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturdays from May through November and the winter market runs from 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. every Saturday from December through April. If you haven’t been a part of the local farmers’ market culture thus far, now’s the time to get involved! It is such a special time for the city to celebrate the hard work (and tasty products!) of the farming community.

Toledo Farmers’ Market

Photos courtesy of Toledo Farmers’ Market

Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Game — Toledo

If you’ve been around Toledo culture for a little bit, you already know that opening day at Fifth Third Field for the Mud Hens’ season is a pretty big deal. This day marks the beginning of America’s — and one of Toledo’s — favorite pastimes: baseball games. Kids love going to live sporting events, for the excitement, bright lights, greasy food, fun songs, interactive games, silly mascot — and of course, the actual game. Take your kids to a Mud Hens game this season, particularly on the weekend because kids can run the bases after each Sunday game and each weekend game concludes with a firework show! If you’re serious about going to Mud Hens games, consider joining the Muddy’s Buddies Kids Club to get special perks, including discounted tickets.

Toledo Mud Hens

Photo courtesy of Toledo Mud Hens

Toledo Museum of Art — Toledo

This is another activity that parents will enjoy just as much as the kids. If you haven’t visited the Toledo Museum of Art, consider playing tourist in your own city by perusing their many exhibits, admiring exceptional artwork and discussing your favorite pieces with the kids. Check out the museum’s Family Center where kids can create their own art every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 3–8 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. A visit to the Toledo Museum of Art is extremely budget-friendly as well; admission is free (including the Family Center activities!) and parking costs just $5.

Toledo Art Museum

Photos courtesy of www.PhotographyByK.com

The Toledo Zoo — Toledo

What is a family-friendly list without mention of the local zoo? The Toledo Zoo is the perfect place to take the kids. Not only will they have a blast looking at the wide variety of species and exhibits, they’ll learn a lot and get to stretch their legs as you explore the zoo together. In fact, the Toledo Zoo hosts a number of educational programs for kids of all ages, where they can learn about animals, nature, and conservation in a hands-on manner.

Toledo Zoo

Photos courtesy of the Toledo Zoo

What do you like to do as a family in Toledo?

Help out other parents in the area who might need to add some ideas to their family activity queue. Comment below with your suggestion!

 
 

Cinco de Mayo is a fun and festive holiday and Toledo has several events and restaurants that make sure you celebrate to the fullest.

So you don’t go through May 5th without a sombrero on your head or a margarita in your hand, we wanted to highlight a couple of events and Mexican restaurants celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year.

One final word of advice: don’t procrastinate! There are two activities happening the weekend before May 5, which falls on a Thursday this year. So make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these exciting community events!

 

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Toledo Zoo | Sunday, May 1

Looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the family? Head to the Toledo Zoo for their Cinco de Mayo Celebration. On the Sunday leading up to the holiday, the animals and their zookeeper friends will be throwing quite the party, including live entertainment, a piñata, crafts, and activities!

As if the zoo animals aren’t entertainment enough, take in the sweet sounds of authentic Mexican music and dance routines from the following performers and groups.

Music with DJ Tony Rios: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

El Corazon de Mexico Folklorico Dance Group: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Music with DJ Tony Rios: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

El Corazon de Mexico Folklorico Dance Group: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

And don’t let the kids miss their opportunity to bat the piñata for tasty treats at 1 p.m.!

Catch a glimpse of the festivities at the zoo in years past to see what you can expect:

 

Cinco de Mayo 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk | Sunday, May 1

Before you stuff your face with Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo, get moving at the Cinco de Mayo 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk at Pearson Metropark in Oregon.

The race starts and ends at the Pearson Tennis Court Shelter. The gun will go off at the starting line at 10 a.m., and day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. However, you may register in advance for the race online before April 27. 5K registration costs $25 per person and $15 for the 1-mile fun run.

The Cinco de Mayo 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk benefits Adelante, Inc., a local non-profit organization with a mission to empower Latinos and the community at-large through supportive services, education, and advocacy for children and families. Your registration and donations play a role in the important mission of Adelante!

Adelante Cinco de Mayo 5K

Photos Courtesy of Adelante, Inc.

 

Cinco Mexican Restaurants in the Toledo Area:

 

Carmel’s Mexican Restaurant

Carmel’s Mexican Restaurant is a wonderful place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, as you dig into one of their authentic Mexican dishes off their menu and sip on a margarita. This locally owned business is inspired by owner Rhoda’s family history with roots in Mexico. She derived some of the basic recipes on the menu from her mother, and added her own interpretation to some to make them truly unique to Carmel’s.

Carmel's Mexican Restaurant Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Carmel’s Mexican Restaurant

Cinco de Mayo Amigos Cantina

This is one of the best places to spend Cinco de Mayo in Toledo, and not just because the place is called Cinco de Mayo Amigos Cantina. The enormous menu covers just about every Mexican dish you could possibly imagine — from a simple order of guacamole to their El Grande Burrito bursting with steak or chicken and topped with melted Mexican cheese.

 

El Camino Real

El Camino Real has some of the best food around and an atmosphere that completes the experience. In case you’re not convinced, take note that they were named the Best Mexican Restaurant in the 2015 Best of Toledo. Their menu is packed with flavor and authentic Mexican dishes, that have been tested and perfected over the years. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at one of the best Mexican restaurants in the area!

 

El Vaquero

El Vaquero has been a popular Mexican restaurant in the area since 1993; in fact, they have since expanded to 14 locations throughout Ohio and Michigan. El Vaquero celebrates the tradition of preparing authentic Mexican food the way it was done on the range centuries ago in their bright and contemporary setting. They serve only the freshest meats and seafood, colorful vegetables, and unique spices and sauces, ensuring that each and every dish is an experience in and of itself.

El Vaquero Restaurant Toledo

Photos Courtesy of El Vaquero Restaurant

 

La Fiesta Maumee

Head to La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Maumee for their exciting Cinco de Mayo celebration starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 until 2 a.m. on Friday, May 6. There will be live music playing all day, a DJ, a party tent in the parking lot, a beer trailer, shot girls, giveaways, and many margarita and drink specials. La Fiesta is a fun place to be any day of the year, but especially on Cinco de Mayo!

 

Cheers, Toledo!

Where will you be spending Cinco de Mayo in the community? We’d love to know!

 
 

There is a wide range of home styles to choose from, and we all have a personal preference. Maybe you favor a more traditional style or are open to something a bit more quirky. Whatever it is, you know what you love and what isn’t your favorite. However, you may not know that the style you prefer says a lot about your personality.

What exactly does it say? Take our quiz to find out which home style is your favorite and what it says about your personality! You may be surprised.

Tell the world about your preferred home style and what it says about you by sharing your results on Facebook or Twitter after you take the quiz.

 
 
 
 
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