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4 Spots Near Beachwood Where Kids Eat Free

June 3rd, 2018

kids eat free near beachwood

We know how tough it is to keep the family entertained, especially during the summer months. There is just so much time to fill!

It can get pricy going out to eat, though. That’s why we put together this list of nearby places where kids eat free. That way you can get out of the house without spending a lot. Take a look:

Bob Evans
3700 Orange Place, Beachwood

Drop into our local Bob Evans on Tuesdays after 4pm, and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. If you like filling home style American food, Bob Evans provides it comfort food style – and when the kids can eat free, well, that’s a nice bonus!

PizzaFire
3439 W. Brainard Rd, woodmere

Kids eat free on Wednesdays at PizzaFire locations, which includes a small pizza, apple sauce, and juice. And who doesn't love pizza?

Burntwood Tavern
5835 Landerbrook Dr, Lyndhurst

The Burntwood Tavern is a traditional local spot, with all that implies: great comfort, a good hometown feel, and satisfying food. If you want to take the family, remember that on Mondays kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal.

Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie St, Willoughby

Don’t let the “brewing company” part fool you: this is a family-friendly establishment with great food, including gourmet pizza and fantastic sandwiches. Kids under 12 eat free when a full-priced adult meal is purchased, so consider stopping by for a relaxing afternoon with the family.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
26300 Cedar Rd, Cleveland

If you want a quick escape into the city, you don’t need to worry about spending a lot on a meal. Drop in on a weekend, and on Saturdays at McCormick & Schmick's, kids eat free with every adult entrée purchased. This deal is good from 11:30am to 4pm, so it’s easy to take an afternoon out and eat while you do it!

4 Fun Spots Near Cleveland to Get Outside With Your Dog

May 2nd, 2018

dog parks near cleveland

There is nothing quite like summer in Northeast Ohio. Your dog thinks so, too, which is why it’s a great time of year to get out and spend an afternoon with them under the sun.

But where to go? After all, you can only stroll around the neighborhood so many times before you want to see something new.

That, and your dog wants off his or her leash! They want to run free! And that’s exactly why we put together this list – to give you four great spots in the region to take your dog on a nice summer afternoon.

Fair Harbor Dog Beach
301 Huntington Beach Dr, Fairport Harbor

If you want to enjoy a fun summer day out with your dog friend, there are few better places than Fair Harbor Dog Beach. Most of the park is a leashed area, but there is a leash-free beach where dogs can romp around in the sand, swim, and generally do all the fun stuff dogs love to do.

There are loads of amenities, including grills, restrooms, a playground, volleyball, and lots more. There is even a lighthouse and marine museum here, too, so it’s easy to make an entire afternoon of it. It’s an easy drive from Beachwood (where we are), so there is no excuse not to go!

Bow Wow Beach
5027 Stow Rd., Stow

Head down 271 and 80 into Stow and you’ll find Bow Wow Beach, a gorgeous 8-acre dog park surrounding a big 5-acre lake. Featuring beach areas, open grass to run around in, plenty of shade trees, a wash basin, waste stations and more, this has everything you could want from a dog park – including lots and lots of dogs!

If your dog likes to socialize, there are few better spots than Bow Wow, which is always full of friendly dogs for your furry friend to play with. And it’s just down the highway!

South Euclid Dog Park
699 S Belvoir Blvd, South Euclid

This park is kept in clean, pristine condition by its army of volunteers, which is especially nice for the pups who want to use the agility equipment there for their play. It's mostly gravel rather than grass, and there aren’t many shade trees, so bring extra water or utilize the water pump already on the grounds.

The dogs here tend to be well-behaved, which is a good thing, since it’s not divided into big dog and small dog areas.

Tremont Park
W 11th St & Clark Ave, Cleveland

Sometimes the thing you and your furry friend need the most is a day in the city. Even dogs like all the sights and sounds near downtown Cleveland! You won’t want to just go walking around aimlessly, though, so instead head for Tremont Park.

This gravel park has lots of benches so you can take a load off, a water fountain made for dogs, and more. The park is set next to open baseball fields, so you and your pet will be able to enjoy fresh air and openness even while right in the city.

5 Great Parks Near Beachwood to Visit This Spring

April 3rd, 2018

When spring arrives, we all get the urge to spend more time outdoors. And it’s a good urge to indulge in, too! Getting outside for a walk, hike, or just a relaxing stroll is good for the mind and body.

But where to go? After all, if you live in our area you know it’s a bit crowded around here.

Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are five great spots near Beachwood, OH to spend a little time outdoors this spring.

Preston’s Hope

This playground on the east side, on Woodland Road, is a paradise for kids, with loads of things for them to see and do. Fake shops and buildings for them to play pretend in, climbing equipment, sand areas and more make it a great place for young people to get active!

Beachwood City Park West

With a little under two miles of trails perfect for cycling, jogging, or just a relaxing walk, along with gravel trails, boardwalk paths through wetlands, a hill to climb, and more, Beachwood City Park West is a nice place to get outdoors and enjoy the spring weather.

Acacia Reservation

In nearby Lyndhurst, Acacia Reservation is a great outdoors area with a number of looping trails perfect for a walk on a sunny day or a stroll with your dog. There are gazebos, some gentle hills, restrooms, and more. It’s so quiet, you won’t believe you’re in the city!

Horseshoe Lake Park

Horseshoe Lake Park over in Shaker Heights isn’t huge, but it’s a pleasant place to visit in the spring, with a U-shaped trail sweeping around the horseshoe-shaped lake. The sights and sounds are nice, and the park is rarely busy. It’s a hidden gem!

Viaduct Park

Over in Bedford you’ll find Viaduct Park, a nice place for a good hike that also boasts some fantastic water features, as the name implies. The roaring of the falls is wonderful, especially on a nice spring or summer day.

Any other local hidden gems we should know about? Tell us about them in the comments! We’d love to share them in a future article.

Until then, get outside and enjoy the sun!

5 Fantastic Places to Eat With the Family a Short Drive from Beachwood

March 9th, 2018

Finding things to do with the family that don’t cost a lot can be hard, but it doesn’t need to be.

Here are five great places to eat with the family near beachwood. They’re all good, fun, and affordable!

Sweet Moses

This classic style soda fountain and sweet shop is loaded with amazing sweets. Ice cream, desserts, and more are on hand.

It’s worth the calories! Plus, there aren't many things that please the kids more than a stop in a place like this. You'll have fun!

Mia Bella

You have to have an Italian place on your list, and Mia Bella is a good one. Excellent pasta dishes made the traditional way, good portions, affordable prices, and a cozy like-home feeling make this a good family restaurant.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Don’t worry about the "brewing" part, this is not just a brewery, it’s also a fantastic restaurant with food the whole family will enjoy. Throw in a warm atmosphere and treats for mom and dad and you’ve got a fun weekend stop for you and the family.

Das Schnitzel Haus

Few areas do German food as well as Ohio does. In the Beachwood area you’ve got to try Das Schnitzel Haus. Great meats, hearty soups, stuffed cabbage, and a traditional atmosphere that will make you feel at home. It's worth a look!

Mitchell's Ice Cream

You've got to finish things off with some ice cream! Try Mitchell’s, a traditional ice cream shop that also has modern vegan options. Nothing like a tasty treat to satisfy the family!

We know many of you reading this know about many other great spots to eat with the family. We’d like to hear about them from you. Tell us about them in the comments so we can add them to our list. We may even recommend some in a future article!

7 Crazy and Interesting Facts About Cleveland

February 1st, 2018

golf ball

Here are 7 unusual and interesting facts you probably didn’t know about our favorite city:

1. Fore!

If it wasn’t for Cleveland, golfers would still be using golf balls filled with boiled feathers. Really, that’s what they used to use! Thankfully, Cleveland’s own Coburn Haskell upgraded them to the rubber core balls we use today.

2. Five Flavors

They call Life Saver candies Life Savers because they look like little life preservers, but the more important part of this story is that they were invented in the first place because Clevelander Clarence A. Crane wanted candies that wouldn’t melt in the summer, as chocolate always did. Thank goodness for his sweet tooth, because everyone loves Life Savers.

3. Their English Teacher Would Be Appalled

Here’s a great fact about Cleveland: It’s spelled wrong. The city is named after Moses Cleaveland, but … well, you can see it, right? That extra “a?” It got dropped thanks to the Cleveland Advertiser newspaper, which allegedly didn’t have room for it in the masthead (or so the story goes), so they got rid of the “extra” letter and inadvertently renamed the city when the misspelling stuck.

4. It’s A Magical World, Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes is arguably the greatest comic strip in history, beloved by millions and missed by just as many. It was created by Bill Watterson, who grew up here in Cleveland. He keeps to himself these days, so you never know. Maybe he’s back in town and sits across from you at the coffee shop.

5. Neither Rain Nor Snow

You get your mail delivered every day like clockwork, and it happens for free – so say thank you, Cleveland. This was the first city with free mail delivery, and was also the city where the postal uniform was invented. Now they are an American icon!

6. Three Strikes You’re Out

Cleveland had one of the worst baseball teams of all time – and no, we’re not talking about the 1991 Indians. In 1899, Cleveland’s home team was the Spiders, but locals probably didn’t want to admit that, since the Spiders went 20-134 that year.

7. Up, Up, And Away!

This one you probably know: the world’s first superhero was invented here. That’s right, the big guy, Superman, red underpants and all, was invented in Cleveland by local geniuses Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Even more amazing is that they did it while still in high school. If you love costumed adventures, you have Cleveland to thank for it.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts as much as we enjoyed digging them up!

5 Worthwhile Charities in Northern Ohio That Deserve Your Support

November 1st, 2017

The season for giving is about more than toys and gifts. It’s also about giving to the great organizations in our area that do good work for other people.

There are far too many to count, but here are five we think are worth supporting:

Youth Challenge Sports

Sports and recreation brings young people together and teaches them teamwork and confidence. Shouldn’t those with physical disabilities have the same opportunity? That’s what Youth Challenge Sports does.

They are an organization dedicated to assisting young people with experiencing activities their disability would normally prevent. Your donations make their sessions, transportation and more possible, and through them, these kids get to enjoy sports normally closed off to them. It’s a good cause!

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Homelessness is a problem few Americans want to talk about, one that often remains hidden away from us. It exists right under our noses. But with a cold winter upon us, it’s important to remember all those people throughout Ohio who do not have a roof over their heads.

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless helps fight for those without a home. They are devoted to lobbying, education, and much more, and they are always looking for assistance with their cause.

The Turn

It’s always a shame when a young person has their physical ability taken from them – and whether from Cerebral Palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, amputation, and other ailments, it happens far too often.

Through The Turn, some of the fun times those kids may have missed can be enjoyed. They provide free golf outings to young people with a wide range of impairments, allowing those kids to experience some of the fun and excitement they might otherwise be missing.

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

Our furry friends need help, too. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has a mission we support: getting older into homes with people who will love them. Until they are matched, these dogs are provided with a sanctuary to keep them healthy and happy.

And if all goes well – your support helps – they will eventually find a home. This has been a top rated charity for years for a reason!

Girls With Sole

Fitness and activity can lead anyone to a better life. That’s especially true when it comes to young women who have been abused. That’s why Girls With Sole exists.

To help provide girls who have been abused with equipment and gear, getting them involved in races, 5K events, and more. They also give scholarships to up to 1,000 girls throughout Northern Ohio. There are few charities like it.

5 Weird Places in Cleveland To Visit Before Halloween

October 4th, 2017

Cleveland can be a pretty weird city, which makes it especially fun the month of Halloween. Here are five of our favorite stops for the offbeat urban explorer.

Cleveland Toynbee Tile

 

1) Cleveland Coast Guard Station #219

Head to Whiskey Island in Cleveland to get a look at this abandoned location. It’s only accessible by boat, so you won’t be visiting it, but you can still get great views of this old Coast Guard station, which is now claimed to be haunted.

2) The Cleveland Toynbee Tile

The mysterious Toynbee Tiles began appearing in American cities in the 1980s, usually containing oddball, cryptic messages of a vaguely political nature or that ask readers to “Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter.”

Cleveland joined the list of cities that have been visited by the mysterious tile-maker when one appeared at W. Prospect and W. 3rd. There is another at East 14th and Prospect that appeared in 2014, though that one is likely from a copycat. It’s a small bit of weirdness worth seeing.

3) The Sidaway Avenue Footbridge

First and foremost, this odd Cleveland sight is located on private property, so seek permission before visiting it. But if you’re lucky enough to see it, congratulations, you’re looking at an unusual piece of Cleveland history and the city’s only suspension bridge!

Built in 1931 and operational until 1966, this pedestrian bridge was set on fire when race relations between two neighborhoods went sour. It now sits near E. 65th Street and Kinsman Road, overgrown with vines and looking like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

4) Helltown, Ohio

Did you know just a short drive outside of Cleveland is an abandoned town that has been plagued by human sacrifices, Satanists taking refuge in an empty church, mutant snakes, hauntings, and chemical spills? Welcome to Helltown, Ohio, located within the borders of Boston Township.

Okay, so maybe most of this stuff is just modern folklore that has sprung up surrounding this abandoned village, but it is an entire abandoned village, and that is a little creepy, isn’t it? But if you visit, be sure to bring a cross and some holy water, just in case.

5) The Dittrick Medical History Center

Most museums aren’t all that weird – they’re meant to enlighten and educate, after all – but when the museum is devoted to the creepiest looking old medical equipment you’ve ever seen, the museum becomes a place for nightmares, no matter how serious the caretakers are about making it an educational location.

That’s the Dittrick Medical History Center, located at 11000 Euclid Ave. Full of relics that will make you love modern medicine, this is a great stop if you like your blood chilled as you learn.

5 Places Near Beachwood Where Kids (Sometimes) Eat Free

September 13th, 2017

kids eat free near beachwood

We know how tough it is to keep the family entertained, especially during the school year. It’s easy for everyone to go stir crazy!

It can get pricy going out to eat, though. That’s why we put together this list of nearby places where kids eat free. That way you can get out of the house without spending a lot. Take a look:

Bob Evans
3700 Orange Place, Beachwood

Drop into our local Bob Evans on Tuesdays after 4pm, and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. If you like filling home style American food, Bob Evans provides it comfort food style – and when the kids can eat free, well, that’s a nice bonus!

Burntwood Tavern
5835 Landerbrook Dr, Lyndhurst

The Burntwood Tavern is a traditional local spot, with all that implies: great comfort, a good hometown feel, and satisfying food. If you want to take the family, remember that on Mondays kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal.

Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill
25385 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst

It’s great to mix things up every now and then, and Stir Crazy does a great job of that. Their food is fantastic! It’s even better on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when after 4pm you’ll get one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Great way to get out for an evening with the family without spending much!

Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie St, Willoughby

Don’t let the “brewing company” part fool you: this is a family-friendly establishment with great food, including gourmet pizza and fantastic sandwiches. Kids under 12 eat free when a full-priced adult meal is purchased, so consider stopping by for a relaxing afternoon with the family.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
26300 Cedar Rd, Cleveland

If you want a quick escape into the city, you don’t need to worry about spending a lot on a meal. Drop in on a weekend, and on Saturdays at McCormick & Schmick's, kids eat free with every adult entrée purchased. This deal is good from 11:30am to 4pm, so it’s easy to take an afternoon out and eat while you do it!

4 Great Cleveland Spots to Spend a Summer Afternoon with Your Dog

May 5th, 2017

dog parks near cleveland

There is nothing quite like summer in Northeast Ohio. Your dog thinks so, too, which is why it’s a great time of year to get out and spend an afternoon with them under the sun.

But where to go? After all, you can only stroll around the neighborhood so many times before you want to see something new.

That, and your dog wants off his or her leash! They want to run free! And that’s exactly why we put together this list – to give you four great spots in the region to take your dog on a nice summer afternoon.

Fair Harbor Dog Beach
301 Huntington Beach Dr, Fairport Harbor

If you want to enjoy a fun summer day out with your dog friend, there are few better places than Fair Harbor Dog Beach. Most of the park is a leashed area, but there is a leash-free beach where dogs can romp around in the sand, swim, and generally do all the fun stuff dogs love to do.

There are loads of amenities, including grills, restrooms, a playground, volleyball, and lots more. There is even a lighthouse and marine museum here, too, so it’s easy to make an entire afternoon of it. It’s an easy drive from Beachwood (where we are), so there is no excuse not to go!

Bow Wow Beach
5027 Stow Rd., Stow

Head down 271 and 80 into Stow and you’ll find Bow Wow Beach, a gorgeous 8-acre dog park surrounding a big 5-acre lake. Featuring beach areas, open grass to run around in, plenty of shade trees, a wash basin, waste stations and more, this has everything you could want from a dog park – including lots and lots of dogs!

If your dog likes to socialize, there are few better spots than Bow Wow, which is always full of friendly dogs for your furry friend to play with. And it’s just down the highway!

South Euclid Dog Park
699 S Belvoir Blvd, South Euclid

This park is kept in clean, pristine condition by its army of volunteers, which is especially nice for the pups who want to use the agility equipment there for their play. It's mostly gravel rather than grass, and there aren’t many shade trees, so bring extra water or utilize the water pump already on the grounds.

The dogs here tend to be well-behaved, which is a good thing, since it’s not divided into big dog and small dog areas.

Tremont Park
W 11th St & Clark Ave, Cleveland

Sometimes the thing you and your furry friend need the most is a day in the city. Even dogs like all the sights and sounds near downtown Cleveland! You won’t want to just go walking around aimlessly, though, so instead head for Tremont Park.

This gravel park has lots of benches so you can take a load off, a water fountain made for dogs, and more. The park is set next to open baseball fields, so you and your pet will be able to enjoy fresh air and openness even while right in the city.

Places Named Beachwood Other Than Beachwood, Ohio

May 2nd, 2017

When it comes to suburbs of Cleveland, Beachwood is as pleasant as they come, and it’s a nice community in which to live and work.

beachwood canyon ca

What you may not know is that it’s not the only Beachwood out there. There are several other Beachwoods, along with a slew of towns that have our former spelling of Beechwood.

Are they as interesting as our Beachwood? Are they places worth visiting? Let’s find out.

Beachwood, New Jersey

This small coastal community is about the same size as ours – population 11,000, 3 square miles to our 5 – and sits on the Toms River, which feeds into New Jersey’s famed Barnegat Bay (which you might know because the MTV show Jersey Shore was filmed not too far from here).

It’s a quiet community devoted to fishing and boating and life on the bay. All in all a pleasant place to be, with easy access to a lot of hot tourist spots like Seaside Heights, Belmar, Point Pleasant, and Wildwood. So yes, it’s a place worth visiting!

Beachwood, Delaware

Travel just south of New Jersey and you’ll come to Beachwood, Delaware, an unassuming suburban community just a few short miles from the resort towns of Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and the barrier island along Rehoboth Bay, all of them situated on the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a beautiful but little know part of the country filled with things to do, farmland, great places to eat, and amazing people. In other words, the people of Beachwood, Ohio would feel right at home there!

Beachwood, Maryland

While we’re in the region, we can take a (very) quick jaunt over to Maryland, where a little outside Baltimore we’ll find another Beachwood. Like the previous two Beachwoods, this one is closely associated with the water.

It’s directly on the Back River, which empties into the bay. There is also Beachwood Estates just a mile or so away, also on the water. Both are actually subsections of Sparrows Points.

As for whether it’s worth visiting or not, that depends on whether or not you want to visit Baltimore!

Beachwood Canyon, California

For our next stop, we need to hop on a plane and head for the west coast, because we’re going to California – and it’s one heck of a community. Beachwood Canyon is in the Hollywood Hills, and is in fact just below the famous Hollywood sign.

With a population of 22,000, it goes without saying that the notable residents of this community are many. The list is endless, from Kevin Bacon to Axl Rose, Mila Kunis, Keanu Reeves, and more. So would you want to visit? Probably!

Still, despite all these interesting other Beachwoods, let’s be honest: there’s no place like home. We really do love this community. We know you do, too.

So here’s a tip of the hat to all those Beachwoods out there … especially ours right here in Ohio.

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