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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.

 
 

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th!

Whether or not you’re a mom yourself, it’s likely that you appreciate and admire the hard work moms do day in and day out. These heroic moves can take form in public displays, such as taking the kids to and from various sporting practices or making Pinterest-worthy snacks for a classroom full of kids. And some moments are more mundane and behind-the-scenes, such as washing load after load of dirty laundry or sweeping crumbs off the kitchen floor late at night.

We can all agree that these constant acts of service and sacrifice all point to the fact that moms are amazing and worth celebrating. And beyond those physical acts of service, their love and care for their family is reason enough for admiration. It’s a shame that Mother’s Day only occurs one time per year, because these real-life superheroes are worthy of our hyper-focus and adoration each and every day.

So make the mother in your life feel extra special this year by partaking in one of these local Mother’s Day events as a family!

 

Laugh and Relate to the “MOMologues 2: Off to School” Play

Friday, May 6–Sunday, May 8, 2016

Head to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre for a hilarious play called “MOMologues 2: Off to School” on Mother’s Day weekend! This play offers a frank and funny look at the true tales of motherhood, featuring four mothers who share their stories through both a series of monologues (or MOMologues) and in scenes with each other. You’ll be completely entertained as you observe many relatable scenarios, such as play dates gone wrong, the crazy way to get a day off, or how to stalk a potential babysitter.

Get your tickets for the Friday show at 8 p.m., the Saturday show at 8 p.m., or the Sunday show at 2:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss this theatrical celebration of motherhood — the good, the bad and the downright hilarious.

Toledo Repertoire Theatre MOMologues

Photos Courtesy of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

 

Spoil Mom with Fresh Findings at Toledo’s Farmers’ Market

Saturday, May 7, 2016

While this isn’t necessarily labeled as a “Mother’s Day event”, we think that Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to visit Toledo’s Farmers’ Market in downtown Toledo. While we love the fall and winter offerings at this year-round market, we are particularly excited for the spring and summer market to open back up again in May!

Kick off Mother’s Day weekend with a visit to Toledo’s Farmers’ Market to grab some fresh produce for a homemade Mother’s Day breakfast, a few gifts for mom, some fresh flowers for the table, and to spend time together as a family while supporting local vendors.
Additionally, the spring/summer market has slightly longer hours than the fall/winter market. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting May 1 through November!

Toledo Farmer's Market

Photos Courtesy of Toledo Farmers’ Market.

 

Explore + Get Free Admission to Imagination Station

Sunday, May 8, 2016

From noon to 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Imagination Station will be open with the intent to celebrate moms on their special day. When kids come along, all moms will get in free with a paid child admission!

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonders at Imagination Station along the riverfront in downtown Toledo, this is the perfect opportunity to test it out. And let us assure you — you will not be disappointed! This science center has hundreds of interactive exhibits and demonstrations within their 80,000-square-foot facilities to explore as a family. The Imagination Station provides a multi-sensory learning experience that is as fun as it is educational.

Imagination Station Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Imagination Station.

 

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch + Free Admission at the Toledo Zoo

Sunday, May 8, 2016

One of the more noteworthy Mother’s Day events in the area is the annual Mother’s Day brunch at the Toledo Zoo! This is a unique and fun way to be immersed in the exciting atmosphere at the zoo, fill your stomachs with amazing food and enjoy your Sunday outside as a family.

And better yet, all mothers get into the zoo for free on Mother’s Day! That will save you a whopping $17 from your family’s admission total.

Toledo Zoo Mother's Day

Photos Courtesy of the Toledo Zoo.

Celebrate Spring at the Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale

Friday, May 6–Sunday, May 8, 2016

Help mom restock her garden inventory with a visit to the Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend! This is the perfect way to celebrate spring, kick-off planting season and add some color to the garden. This event is one of the largest sellers of natives in the area, where you can browse over 5,000 plants for sale at great prices — including perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables and herbs, roses, trees and shrubs, dahlias, and more. If you aren’t sure what would best fit your garden or preferences, their expert staff is there to assist you and answer any questions.
The sale kicks off with an exclusive Bubbles and Buds Preview Party for members on Thursday, May 5 from 4–8 p.m., where members can enjoy a glass of bubbles and 10% off purchases, which extends throughout the entire sale.

Plant Sale Schedule:

Friday, May 6 | 5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 7 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 8 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Toledo Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

Photos Courtesy of Toledo Botanical Gardens.

 
 

Maumee, Ohio is our community of the month for April! We chose this community because of its thriving downtown area, well-kept streets and park areas, proximity to the Maumee River, and wonderful residential options.

You might be lucky enough to call Maumee your home and you have a free Saturday to explore your hometown. Or maybe you’re simply stopping by for a day trip from your home in a nearby community. Either way, we wanted to give you a jampacked schedule of what you might do during the day to make the most out of your time in this charming community.

So follow this schedule strictly or simply glean a few ideas you might not have thought of. Either way, we hope this guide to Maumee is helpful and informative!

7 a.m. | Grab a cup of coffee at Georgette’s Fair Trade Grounds and Gifts

It’s only right that you start off your day right with a cup of coffee and a pastry from a local coffee shop. We recommend visiting Georgette’s Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts because the quality is superb and their business has an incredible mission.

Georgette’s is owned and operated by Sunshine, a local nonprofit in Maumee that offers an array of services and programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Georgette’s Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts

Photos courtesy of Georgette’s Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts

Not only does Georgette’s partner with Sunshine to provide opportunities and meaningful income for people with disabilities, they also sell products from local vendors and artisans from around the world in their gift shop.

Their coffee shop attached to the gift shop serves fair trade coffees, teas, espresso drinks, smoothies, baked goods and light lunches. So grab a cup of coffee and a scone off their menu and peruse the gift shop to get a one-of-a-kind fair trade item to commemorate your Maumee visit!

9 a.m. | Go fishing on the Maumee River

Before you set out on your fishing adventure, you might need to restock your supplies (bait, fishing line, hooks, etc.) at Maumee Tackle, a local fishing outfitters store packed with all the gear and information you will need while on the river.

Maumee River Walleye Run

Photo courtesy of Maumee River Walleye Run

Once you get your gear, you’re ready to experience the wonderful fishing that Maumee River has in store! If your visit lands in April, be aware of the packed rivers due to the annual Maumee River Walleye Run, which is one of the largest migrations of riverbound walleyes east of the Mississippi. Walleye come from the western end of Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair in Michigan, to spawn. And the result is pure excitement and camaraderie for the fishing world.

From the middle of March to the end of April, thousands of fishermen wade in the water all along the river. This is quite the sight to see! Check out this aerial view of last year’s walleye run…

12 p.m. | Grab a bite to eat and a local brew at Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

If you don’t catch anything during your fishing experience, or simply do a catch-and-release trip — don’t worry. You can still get exceptional seafood for lunch, which you may be particularly thrilled about since you’ve worked up quite the appetite.

Stop by Mancy’s Bluewater Grille for a delectable and top-of-the-line dining experience. Check out their lunch menu in advance, keeping in mind that their seafood arrives daily from the best fisheries in Boston and Hawaii. Their dedication to quality carries over to their drink menu, as they offer several local craft beers and some of the best American and national wines they could find.

Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

Photos courtesy of Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

2 p.m. | Learn about Maumee’s history at Wolcott House Museum Complex

One of the best ways to spend the afternoon is with a relaxing and informative trip to Wolcott House Museum Complex. We’re especially excited to include this on the itinerary because it has been closed for the season and just reopened on April 8!

The complex hosts six buildings, including two houses, a train depot, a log cabin, a farmhouse and a church. Of those buildings, only the Wolcott House is original to the site, but the rest were transplanted from the region and have rich histories and unique pasts.

Wolcott House Museum Complex

Photo courtesy of Wolcott House Museum Complex

A tour of the Wolcott House Museum Complex takes visitors back in time to see what pioneer life was like in Maumee. The Wolcott House was built by James Wolcott, a prosperous businessman in the 1820s and 1830s, and his wife, as a log house. It was later transformed into the two-story, 14-room, Federal-style mansion that you’ll see today.

Adults can tour this historic site for just $5, seniors for $4, and children for $2.50. The complex is open from 12–4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and guided tours are available at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

6 p.m. | Grab dinner at Dégagé Jazz Cafe

Continue the pursuit of history while you dine at Dégagé Jazz Cafe in the heart of Maumee’s historic district. In fact, the jazz cafe is located on the first floor of one of Northwest Ohio’s oldest commercial establishments, The Commercial Building.

The building has an exciting history dating back to the 1830s. This space was once a center of community activity — housing law offices, a post office, a public meeting room and several mercantile establishments.

Dégagé Jazz Cafe

Photos courtesy of Dégagé Jazz Cafe

But the space has evolved and changed over the years, as it is now home to Dégagé Jazz Cafe, featuring live jazz, an outdoor patio, wonderful food and a great martini menu.

8 p.m. | Catch a show at Maumee Indoor Theatre

…And the historic tour continues with a movie at Maumee Indoor Theatre. This Art Deco building was a modern theater when it opened back in 1946, and his since been restored to its former glory and is now a center for visual and performing arts. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you step inside this building — and when you see the ticket prices. All movies are just $3.75 and 3-D movies are $5.25! Plus, if you stop by on a Wednesday, you can get your movie ticket, a drink and popcorn for just $4.25 total.

Head to this historic building in Uptown Maumee for a relaxing end to your action-packed day in Maumee.

Maumee Indoor Theatre

Photo courtesy of Maumee Indoor Theatre

10 p.m. | Grab a drink at The Village Idiot

Top off the night with a drink or two at The Village Idiot. And thankfully, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the Maumee Indoor Theatre! This neighborhood bar features live music every single night of the week, as well as freshly made pizza and a wide selection of craft beers. Step inside this 1920s-era building in historic Uptown Maumee for a fun and exciting evening full of music and quality beer. Check out their live performance calendar to see what you’ll be listening to during your visit!

The Village Idiot Maumee

Photo courtesy of The Village Idiot.

And that’s a wrap!

What Maumee activities would you squeeze into this schedule? We’d love to know your favorite things to do or places to go in town.

 
 

It’s one thing to have a positive experience with a company, where you were treated with the utmost respect and in the end, got exactly what you needed — and (hopefully) more. But it’s another thing to see the numbers that prove said company is one of the best in the area.

Danberry Realtors strives to go above and beyond in making sure the local real estate needs are met, and we also have the numbers to back us up.

Recently, we were included in the 2016 REAL Trends 500 list alongside other prestigious real estate brokerages in the nation. In fact, we were the only locally owned real estate company in our market to make the list! Danberry ranked #215 in closed transaction sides and #470 in sales volume.

2016 Real Trends 500

The REAL Trends 500 is the undisputed leader in ranking the performance of residential real estate services firms due to their independent verification and their 29 years of experience with gathering and reporting data.

We would like to extend our gratitude to those who have trusted and relied on us to provide exceptional service over the years. You have pushed us to be the best we possibly can be, and we will continue to do just that as we proudly serve our community for years to come!

Danberry Realtors Toledo, Ohio

 

 
 

So many wonderful conversations and moments happen around a pint of beer — whether it’s on your backyard patio watching the sunset or within the walls of a local establishment. We happen to think a beer-drinking experience is made all the more special within a brewery, where the beer was actually transformed from grains and malts in a barrel to the liquid in your glass.

The craft beer community in the United States is thriving and increasing in size each year. While tasting beer around the country is fun, it’s exciting to be situated on your local brewers’ home turf, tasting their handcrafted creations and exchanging conversation with those in your community on both sides of the bar.

We decided to zoom out on the Toledo map, and select a few of our favorite breweries in the area — some of which even cross the state line into Michigan! That way, we might bring a few breweries to your attention that you’re not already aware of.

We even created an interactive map to help you visualize the brewery layout! So locate the brewery that sounds the most enticing on the map by matching it with the corresponding letter, and make your way there to try something new and support local establishments in the meantime.

 

A.) Black Cloister Brewing Company — Toledo, OH

In Toledo City Paper’s Dining Awards of 2015, Black Cloister Brewing Company was named as the Best Bar for Beer Nerds, the bar with the Best Staff, and the Best Bar in Toledo. And if that wasn’t enough, they were even named as the runner-up for Best New Bar! Plan a visit to their brewery in the heart of downtown Toledo to see what all the hype is about.

One of the more unique features about a visit to BCBC is that you can select from several menus of local restaurants and their food will be delivered straight to you! That way, you can select your favorite food to accompany your beer that was made with care by the folks at Black Cloister. They are dedicated to making beers of exceptional quality, using the best techniques, practices and ingredients. So no matter what brew you choose from their wide variety (with a focus on Belgian-style beers), you’re in for a treat.

 

B.) Catawba Island Brewing Company — Port Clinton, OH

Take a trip to Port Clinton situated along Lake Erie to enjoy a handcrafted beer from the talented brewers at Catawba Island Brewing Company. They take great care and pride in ensuring every beer is extremely tasty and well-crafted. Stop by their tasting room to sample these brews yourself, keeping in mind that it’s open Wednesday through Saturday from 5–10 p.m. and Sunday from 3–8 p.m.

Catawaba Island Brewing

Photos Courtesy of Catawba Island Brewing Company

C.) Earnest Brew Works — Toledo, OH  – COMING SOON!

Earnest Brew Works is proof that the Toledo craft beer scene is growing and expanding. This brewer-owned and operated brewery and taproom will officially open in Toledo during 2016, and we can hardly wait. The brewers intend to pay homage to traditional beer styles while also bringing in a fresh take on ingredients. They have an “earnest” attitude towards beer and brewing, meaning they are “serious in intention, purpose, and showing depth and sincerity.” Follow along with Earnest Brew Works’ updates on Facebook as this brand-new brewery arrives in Toledo this year!

 

D.) Flatrock Brewing Company — Napoleon, OH

Flatrock Brewing Company is a hidden gem in the small town of Napoleon with an impeccable passion for craft beer brewing and educating the community about the craft. A trip to their taproom in Napoleon is truly worth the commute, as you can infer just by reading the descriptions on their regularly updated live drink list. Their Towpath pilsner is a great place to start if you’ve never tried a Flatrock creation, as it is their top-seller. This gold-colored, light-bodied German-style beer will keep you coming back for another drink at this one-of-a-kind brewery!

 

E.) Great Black Swamp Brewing Company — Perrysburg, OH

There is so much to do in Perrysburg, and drinking wonderful craft beer is certainly included! You can enjoy one of Great Black Swamp Brewing Company’s handcrafted beers in their brewery or from a number of taps at establishments around the Toledo area. Wherever you enjoy these brews, you’re sure to be impressed. The two brewers at BGS Brewing Co. have 40 years of brewing experience between them and a serious love for beer!

Great Black Swamp Brewing

Photos Courtesy of Great Black Swamp Brewing Company

F.) Granite City Food & Brewery — Maumee, OH

While Granite City Food & Brewery has locations scattered across 14 U.S. states, each of the 34 restaurants provides a truly personalized experience that caters to the respective community it serves. Their brewery in Maumee offers a huge made-from-scratch food menu and of course the GCFB craft beer menu they are known for. Test out their Duke pale ale, the Bennie bock, the Batch 1000 double IPA, the Northern (an American lager) or the Broad Axe oatmeal stout — all made with care on-site at their Maumee brewery.

 

G.) Maumee Bay Brewing Co. — Toledo, OH

As you may be aware, Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is situated in the historic Oliver House in downtown Toledo — well, they technically brew their beers right across the street from the building. Their beers range in style, including ales, lagers, porters, stouts and more, and can be found in any of the establishments within the Oliver House. This infamous brewing company was named the Best Brewery and Best Locally Brewed Beer in Toledo City Paper’s Best of Toledo 2015!

Maumee Brewing Co. - Toledo, OH

Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Brewing Co.

H.) Bowling Green Beer Works — Bowling Green, OH

Bowling Green Beer Works is Bowling Green’s first nano brewery, serving small-batch, handcrafted beer, cider, mead and soda made right there in their building. This is the place to be in the area to enjoy time with friends, to meet new friends, and sample Bowling Green Beer Work’s incredible brews all the while.

Cheers, Toledo!

What local breweries did we forget? Let us know so we might add it to our list!

 
 

We’ve looked at some local mansions and several breathtaking kitchens. So now that the weather is warming up and it’s officially springtime, let’s take this party outside.

We’re going to examine some outstanding outdoor patios in Toledo area homes, ranging in style, size and location. But they all have one thing in common — the ability to make us envious.

Let us know which of these homes hosts your favorite patio!

Monclova Mansion Patio Overlooking Indoor/Outdoor Pool

Travel from this home’s “recreation wing” — including a racquetball court — and outside to its backyard patio, overlooking an indoor/outdoor pool and the property’s nearly 8 acres of land. This is a home fit for a king — and his fun-loving and active family!

Monclova Mansion Patio Overlooking Indoor/Outdoor Pool

Rustic Home Patio With Pool and Firepit

The beautifully landscaped yard of this home in Monclova includes a gunite pool, a fire pit, and ample room for sitting down to enjoy it all. We’re quite fond of the home itself, for its rustic style and meticulous craftsmanship.

 Rustic Home Patio With Pool and Firepit

Expansive Patio Overlooking Enormous Yard

The expansive patio attached to this Ottawa Hills home has plenty of room for everyone to sit and bask in the sunshine. It is here that you can watch the kids play a game of soccer in the home’s enormous yard, which might as well be an official soccer field!

Expansive Patio Overlooking Enormous Yard

Deck Situated On Large Yard With a Private Pond

We’ve given a shoutout to this home’s patio before on Facebook but it’s worth mentioning again. This is another perfect family setup, with its great deck overlooking a large area of bright green grass and private pond. Imagine having all of this space to roam and the perfect viewpoint for taking it all in!

Deck Situated On Large Yard With a Private Pond

Secret Garden-esque Patio on the Maumee River

This home in Toledo has a unique setup that we certainly admire. French doors lead to a beautiful garden and patio area overlooking the Maumee River. Enjoy the peaceful river views over a meal and glass of wine from this viewpoint just up the hill from the river’s edge.

Secret Garden-esque Patio on the Maumee River

Indoor Sunroom Hot Tub Overlooking Patio with Pool

Whether it’s day or night, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the ambience of this home’s backyard patio. Look out from this Perryburg home’s hot tub in the sunroom or dive right into the outdoor in-ground pool!

Indoor Sunroom Hot Tub Overlooking Patio with Pool

Concrete Patio With Pergola Next to the Woods

We love this traditional brick home in Perryburg — especially the backyard. The large stamped concrete patio with an amazing pergola overhead backs to a beautiful wooded lot, providing a completely secluded and relaxing environment.

Concrete Patio With Pergola Next to the Woods

Patio With Firepit Surrounded by Beautiful Landscaping

Clean-cut lines and well-kept landscaping is the name of the game for the backyard of this home in Toledo. And thankfully, there’s a wonderful patio space (with a firepit!)  where you can sit back and enjoy it all.

Patio With Firepit Surrounded by Beautiful Landscaping

We’re curious. Which patio is your favorite?

Let us know in the comments!

 
 

While we tend to experience cravings for all types of food come lunch or dinner time, it seems as though burger cravings occur a little more often. It might be the juicy meat patty, the flavorful toppings, or the freshly baked burger bun — or simply the combination of all three.

Are you hungry yet? If not, you will be by the end of this.

These cravings often creep up on us and we’re stuck with a burger-shaped hole in our stomach with no place to go. What a hopeless feeling! To avoid such panic during your next burger craving, simply consult this list of the best places to grab a burger in Toledo!

 

Indulge in the Apple Pie Burger at Bar 145

Bar 145 Apple Pie Burger

Photos Courtesy of Bar 145.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Location: 5305 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43623

Bar 145 specializes in burgers, bands and bourbon. If one-third of their business centers around our beloved burger, we’re in. In fact, their very name has to do with burgers, as 145 degrees is the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium rare burger.

Check out their menu packed with burgers, bourbon cocktails, and even an option for stacking your own burger! Don’t miss their apple pie burger — an extremely unique and delicious option.

Burger Bar 419’s Musty Have Burger is a Must-Have

Burger Bar 419 Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Burger Bar 419.

Hours: Sunday–Wednesday 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Thursday–Saturday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

Location: 4400 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo, OH 43614

While we’ve already addressed Burger Bar 419’s knack for cocktail creation, we’d also love to draw attention to their ability to craft an exceptional burger. It is, in fact, implied in their name!

Using fresh, locally ground beef to craft their patties, Burger Bar 419 has a large selection of unique burger options. Their “Musty Have” burger is comprised of bibb lettuce, grilled tomato, taleggio cheese, portabella mushrooms and balsamic-glazed red onion. Or try their Marinated Mushroom burger with two full Portabella mushroom caps, arugula, grilled tomato and brie cheese.

Order the Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger from Berger’s Olde Tyme Grill

Berger's Olde Tyme Grill

Photos Courtesy of Berger’s Olde Tyme Grill.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.–11:30 p.m. and Sunday 12–10:30 p.m.

Location: 1742 West Laskey Road, Toledo, OH 43613

Many consider Berger’s Olde Tyme Grill the “Best Burgers in Town,” and for good reason! They have been serving up great food since they opened their doors in 1993. This family-owned burger joint was the winner of Toledo City Paper’s Best Burger award in both 2008 and 2010. Order the popular Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger from the “Specialty Burger” section of their menu or keep things simple with their fresh hand-pattied half-pound ground beef burger served with chips and loaded with all the fixings.

 

Grab a Zorba Burger at Nick & Jimmy’s

Nick and Jimmy's Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Nick & Jimmy’s.

Hours: Monday & Tuesday 7 a.m.–1 a.m., Wednesday–Friday 7 a.m.–2:30 a.m., Saturday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Closed Sunday

Location: 4956 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43623

The ultimate companion for a delicious burger is a cold, refreshing glass of beer. Thankfully, Nick & Jimmy’s has both mastered. They have even been considered Toledo’s best burger for 32 years! Try the Zorba burger off their burger menu, and try not to break out in a dance (they even warn you in the fine print). All of their burgers are made fresh, with 8-ounce handmade ground sirloin patties. And if you stop by Nick & Jimmy’s on a Tuesday, you’re in luck! They offer $2.50 burgers to celebrate “Retro Tuesday.”

 

Try the Angus Burger at Grumpy’s Restaurant

Grumpy's Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Grumpy’s Restaurant.

Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Closed Saturday & Sunday

Location: 34 South Huron Street, Toledo, OH 43604

We love Grumpy’s motto — Eat Here & Diet Home. This is a family-owned restaurant the town of Toledo has grown to love for over the past 30 years. Track down their “Grumpy’s On the Go” food truck, or visit their brick-and-mortar location downtown. While their menu covers many food genres, we particularly enjoy their burgers — and the angus burger is especially tasty! Don’t let their short list of burgers fool you; Grumpy’s values quality over quantity.

 

Bite into Maumee Bay Brewing Co.’s Ghost Burger

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. Toledo

Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Brewing Co. and TripAdvisor.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 3–10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 3–11 p.m., Sunday 12–8 p.m.

Location: 27 Broadway Street, Toledo, OH 43604

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is located in the historic Oliver House and stands strong as Toledo’s oldest brewery. While we all know Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is a prominent figure in the local craft beer scene, you may not realize they offer some amazing burgers as well. During your next visit, order the ghost burger filled with guacamole, sweet spicy bacon, and ghost pepper jack cheese.

 

Try the Wimpy Burger at Schmucker’s Restaurant

Schmucker's Wimpy Burger

Photos Courtesy of Schmucker’s Restaurant.

Hours: Monday–Saturday 5 a.m.–11 p.m., Closed Sunday

Location: 2103 North Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615

Step into the past with a visit to Schmucker’s Restaurant on Reynolds Road, where they’ve been located since 1948. This family-owned restaurant has a rich history and simply hasn’t changed much over the years, sticking to their wonderful traditions and quality food. Order a homemade burger off their lunch and dinner menu, paying special attention to their Wimpy Burger, which is anything but wimpy with its double dosage of patties and all the fixings.

Happy burger hunting, Toledo!

Let us know which local establishment offers your favorite burger in town, and we just might add it to our list!

 
 

There are so many wonderful communities within the Toledo region, each possessing their own unique personalities, local businesses, special events, home styles, and geographical terrain. We want to allow each major — and minor — community in the area to have their moment in the spotlight, which is why we started our “Community of the Month” series in February.

This month, we’re directing our gaze towards Sylvania, a community with lots to do — both indoors and outdoors. So consider this your guide to experiencing Sylvania to the fullest, whether you’ve lived there for years or you’re just visiting for the first time!

Get Outside

One of the best ways to enjoy a community is by spending some time outdoors with a visit to a local park. The town of Sylvania has a superb park system, composed of 17 parks on a total of 250 acres. Some parks host pools, floral displays, war memorials and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Sylvania, Ohio Parks

Photos courtesy of (from top to bottom): The Olander Park SystemSylvania Recreation District

A couple of our favorites include:

Olander Park is one of the major parks in the area managed by The Olander Park System. This 63-acre space has it all! You can boat, swim or fish in the 28-acre lake in the center of the park, or take a leisurely stroll around the 1.1-mile paved loop around the lake by foot, bike or rollerblade. Bring the kids along to enjoy one of the park’s four playgrounds or one of the two sand volleyball courts.

Pacesetter Park is the main team sports location in Sylvania, as it has several turf fields for soccer, lacrosse and baseball teams to practice or play games on. You can also find a walking path, an 18,000-square-foot playground and a concession stand surrounding these multi-use fields. This is a great place to bring the family — whether or not there’s a sporting event on the calendar!

Grab a Bite to Eat

One of the more telling pieces of information while visiting or moving to a new place is “How is the food?” Because eating is a necessary means of survival — and it’s just so enjoyable! — it has squeezed its way up on our “to do” list. Sylvania has lots to offer in this department, but we’ll spare you the guessing game and point you in the direction of some of our favorite local restaurants.

Sylvania Ohio Restaurants

Photos Courtesy of (from left to right): Element 112, Chandler Cafe + TREO Restaurant and Bar

We really love Element 112, if you haven’t noticed. We’ll let our past conversations about places to grab a cocktail or best places to go for date night in the area do the convincing. Element 112 provides a truly unique dining experience, as the chef uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients to form a menu reflective of the ingredients sourced from local farms, fish mongers, farmer’s markets, specialty purveyors and the restaurant’s very own garden.

Chandler Cafe is the perfect destination for a delicious breakfast or lunch — in a historic restored downtown Sylvania building. Grab a gourmet sandwich or salad, and a cup of coffee, and relax in Chandler’s eclectic and welcoming environment. Or get your order to go by stopping by their drive-thru window located in the alley in their back parking lot. Whichever way you approach this restaurant, you will not be disappointed!

Celebrate either a special occasion or another average day at TREO Restaurant and Bar, serving American, French and Italian cuisine in the heart of Sylvania. This classic yet contemporary restaurant includes a wine bar, lounge, banquet room and an adorable dining room. Take a peek at their various menus and make your reservation today!

Go on a Shopping Spree

Shop for purses, shoes and women’s accessories at The Limelite Boutique, peruse the adorable baby clothes and accessories at Sweet Cheeks or step inside V Couture for upscale men’s clothing.

Sylvania Ohio Shopping

Photos Courtesy of (from left to right): The Limelite Boutique, Sweet Cheeks + Hudson Gallery)

Dress up your home or get artistic inspiration with a visit to a local art gallery, such as Hudson Gallery, which is located in a restored mid-1800’s building in the historic downtown section of Sylvania. It is considered one of the region’s premier venues for original art.

Get Immersed in History

You can visit history museums all day, but it isn’t until you stop by Fossil Park that you will truly experience history in a unique, hands-on way. In fact, Fossil Park is one of only two prime Devonian Era sites on the entire planet! The 5-acre quarry at Fossil Park allows you to search for world-renowned fossils in a safe, controlled environment. You will discover ancient relics dating back to nearly 375 years ago, including fossilized brachiopods, coral and more than 200 species of prehistoric life. And the best part? (Besides the free admission…) You can bring your treasures home with you to remember your grand scientific adventure!

The Lathrop House is one of the few homes in the region with strong connections to the Underground Railroad, as it is the safe haven where several slaves hid on their way to freedom in Canada. Every Sunday afternoon, the home hosts tours between 1 and 4 p.m., including actors portraying Harriet Tubman and President Abraham Lincoln and a tour of the newly restored basement, which functions as a museum of slavery history.

Watch this video for more information on the Lathrop House!

Catch a Live Outdoor Performance

Centennial Terrace is Northwest Ohio’s premier outdoor entertainment venue — and guess what! It’s located right here in Sylvania. Check out their various events and upcoming concerts, including the world-renowned Chicago gracing their stage on August 28!

Whatever show you see or event you attend, you’re sure to have an amazing time at this action-packed venue.

Sylvania Ohio Outdoor Venues

Photo courtesy of: Sylvania Recreation District

Make Yourself at Home

If you enjoy your visit to this charming community a little too much and decide to stick around a little longer, you might be happy to find out that Sylvania was named as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns for 2010 by Ohio Magazine.

Drive by some of the amazing homes in the area situated in safe and well-kept suburbs with easy access to the amenities of downtown Sylvania and the abovementioned parks.

Sylvania Homes for Sale

These two Sylvania homes are for sale! Find them here and here.

What do you love about Sylvania?

Let us know your favorite features of this town so we can make sure we maximize our experience during our next visit to this community!

 
 
 
 
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