Did I mention I love the Akron area? Here are just some of the things I love here! It's no wonder Akron was named one of the best places in the country to raise a family.
Mexican Food: Mariachi Coco's
We always go to the one in the Merriman Valley. It's inexpensive, FAST and delicious! (I recommend the chicken fajita quesadillas!)
Chinese Food: House of Hunan
I've gone there to the West Market location for years and years and it's by far my local favorite Chinese restaurant - consistently good and with a very authentic atmosphere.
Radio station: 91.3 The Summit
It's a public radio station that plays an incredible selection of music you won't hear anywhere else -- with a strong showing of local artists.
Local Musicians: Ryan Humbert, Zach, A Band Named Ashes, Angie Haze, Kyle Magilavy Trio
Rockne's: Lots of great choices, big portions, reasonable prices and an excellent children's menu. I LOVE the one on Merriman Road -- it's never crowded and it's got "character."
Lockview Inn: Grilled cheese sandwiches you won't believe and a huge selection of beer.
Peanut Shoppe: Fresh and delicious doesn't begin to describe it!
Falls River Cruise: This pontoon boat ride runs during the summer and I always take out-of-towners on it. It's inexpensive, informative and a relaxing way to spend about an hour on a summer afternoon or evening (make it an extra-special event by getting ice cream afterward!).
Summit County Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Again, we are SO lucky to have such an incredible system of parks and hiking trails in the area! Enjoyable every season of the year!! The Towpath alone is an absolutely amazing place to bike, walk, run, or even cross country ski (weather permitting!). Park at different spots along the Towpath and you won't believe how much the scenery varies!
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: In the summer, "bike and ride" for just $2 a rider. That is one super deal!
Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Blossom: There's nothing like having a picnic on the grounds of Blossom and enjoying the fabulous music of the Cleveland Orchestra on a beautiful summer evening. Bring the kids too! Kids under 18 are free and our kids love going!
Highland Theater: Don't you just love seeing a movie here? It reminds me of being a kid when there used to be big screens at ALL the movie theaters. You can't beat the prices, either, or the atmosphere. If you've never been here, you really need to go!!
Akron Civic Theatre: An absolute GEM! Go any chance you get!! Take a tour if you can! It is so beautiful!!
Fisher's Cafe and Pub (Peninsula): Lovely in the nice weather when you can sit out on the patio. It's especially refreshing when you stop after a long ride on the nearby Towpath!
Canton-Akron Airport: I don't know of anyone who has flown in or out of this airport that doesn't love it and try to use it as much as possible. Quick story ... Once I was on the shuttle bus from the parking lot with a few other people very very early one morning. Shortly after I had gotten through security and was waiting at the gate, the shuttle bus driver approached me. He had found a pair of reading glasses on the bus and was going through the airport trying to find the owner. Pretty amazing.
Porthouse Theatre: Porthouse, which is affiliated with the Kent State University theatre program, has three productions each summer and is on the grounds of beautiful Blossom Music Center. A wonderful experience seeing the talent of these rising stars, sitting in the outdoor ampitheatre battling all of the elements, and starting off the evening with a picnic.
Wally Waffle: I haven't been to the new location in Highland Square yet, but I can't wait! I know the waffles will be as mouth-watering as always!
Akron-area favorites gone but not forgotten ...
Lou & Hy's ... Jackie McConnell's ... the Akron Agora ... Huckleberries ... the Village Theatre ... Bangkok Thai (in the Valley) ... Norton's ... G.D. Ritzy's ... Richfield Coliseum ... sigh!!!
Want to know my favorites in Cleveland, Canton and beyond? Visit my Blog and check under the "day trip" category!