The well-being of our visitors and community is our top priority, and like you, we are continuing to follow along with the latest updates, guidelines and restrictions for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Since a limited number of Youngstown area attractions and businesses remain open, we suggest you reach out to locations of interest directly in order to obtain information about adjusted business hours and/or services. As of 9pm on March 15, all restaurants that remain open are limited to carry-out and delivery only.

During this time, we also strongly encourage you to follow the health recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Several CDC health practices are critical to minimizing the spread of this virus:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly
  • Do not share food or drink
  • Observe suggestions for social distancing

Please follow the guidance of our local, state and federal health authorities (links listed below) to take proper precautions. We look forward to a time when we can again come together to enjoy all the beauty and excitement the Youngstown area has to offer! Take care of yourselves and those you love. Brighter days are ahead, and we hope to see you soon.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Office – https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/

Ohio Department of Health – https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

Mahoning County Board of Health – https://www.mahoninghealth.org/

Mahoning County – https://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/AlertCenter.aspx

City of Youngstown https://youngstownohio.gov/slide/Coronavirus%20(COVID-19)%20Information%20&%20Resources

Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

This March, the Youngstown area is going GREEN to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Cheer along with local marching bands at the 42nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade, plan an Irish breakfast date at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery or listen to Irish bagpipers at O’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill in Austintown. Keep reading for more details about what’s happening in Mahoning County!

IMPORTANT NOTE: For all events we mention, please click the link we also include. Because of the possibility of events being canceled, please always confirm information by clicking the link. 

Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day Parade – CANCELED
Boardman

Celebrating its 42nd Anniversary on Sunday, March 15, the Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest parades in the state of Ohio, drawing more than 25,000 spectators each year. The parade will begin at 1pm on Market Street and McClurg Road in Boardman, then head north on Market Street to Southwoods Avenue. Expect a variety of local bands, Irish dancers and parade floats, all celebrating this year’s theme, “Irish Heritage…Rooted Deep in the Valley.”

Local Tip: After the parade, head down the road to Cocca’s Pizza for $1 draft beers and $10.99 Reuben rolls (until 7pm).  

 

Magic Tree Pub & Eatery
BoardmanMagic Tree Pub & Eatery

Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman pulls out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day with three full days of celebrations. On Saturday, March 14, the party kicks off at 10am with live music outside ($5 cover) and Irish entertainment inside. A full Irish menu, including lots of beer, will be available all day long. On Sunday, March 15, Magic Tree will be serving a traditional Irish breakfast from 9am–11am, followed by live music the rest of the day. On Tuesday, March 17, the festivities continue with more traditional Irish food and music.

 

O’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill
AustintownO’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill

Ohio’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Party returns to O’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill in Austintown on Tuesday, March 17 – and you won’t want to miss it. The event features a full day of festivities, including plenty of Irish food, green beer and live Irish music. This year’s entertainment includes Schaffer Brothers, Irish Bagpipers, Dolan Family Singers, Disco Inferno, Old Skool and DJ Fish. Check O’Donald’s Facebook page for more event updates!

 

ShamRock the Block – CANCELEDThe Federal
The Federal | Downtown Youngstown

Downtown Youngstown will also be celebrating all day on Tuesday, March 17 with ShamRock the Block. Hosted by The Federal, this event features over 12 bars, heated outdoor tents, authentic Irish food, and indoor and outdoor entertainment. The Federal will open for festivities bright and early at 7am, while outdoor tents will open at 11am.

 

Halliday’s Winery
Lake Milton

Halliday’s Winery in Lake Milton will host its own weekend of celebrations, filled with delicious drinks and food, March 13-15. On Friday and Saturday from 5pm–7pm, enjoy Happy Hour specials like 2 for 1 Irish drinks and $1 off Irish drinks. Live music will be from 7pm–10pm. All weekend long, order from Halliday’s extensive Irish menu (think: Reuben paninis, creamy potato soup and more).

 

Where to Stay in Youngstown

Take advantage of the St. Patrick Package available at Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa, complete with an Irish-themed dinner, breakfast and scavenger hunts. For a complete listing of area accommodations, visit our website.

 

 

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the rest of Youngstown at one of our many exciting events! For more information about other happenings in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While the usual flowers and chocolates are always nice, why not treat your sweetheart to an extra special date night in Youngstown this year? Here are five creative date night ideas that you and your special someone can enjoy in the Mahoning County area!

 

Book a Night at the Historic Sebring Mansion   

This Valentine’s Day, surround yourself and your sweetheart with breathtaking architecture, great entertainment and delectable food at the Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa. The Mansion will be offering dinner and A Paul McCartney & Friends Tribute on February 14 for $75 per person. Starting at 6pm, guests can enjoy a champagne welcome, hors d’oeuvres, multi-course dinner and entertainment to follow. Romantic overnight packages are also available on February 14 and 15 – there are only two suites left for February 14, so be sure to book soon!

 

Experience a Youngstown Area Winery   

This Valentine’s Day, our area wineries are pulling out all the stops with a diverse selection of wines and plethora of entertaining events. For a romantic dinner, make reservations at L’uva Bella Winery. If brunch dates are more your love language, purchase tickets to Brunch and Bubbly at The Vineyards at Pine Lake on February 9 from 12pm–3pm.

 

At Halliday’s Winery, you’ll find an entire week of Valentine’s Day celebrations (we weren’t kidding about pulling out all the stops). Here’s their schedule of events:

  • Feb 12: Date Night Cookie Class from 6pm–8pm
  • Feb 13: Buy one meal, get one at equal or lesser price for FREE from 12pm–3pm
  • Feb 13: 99¢ Glass of Sangria from 5pm–7pm
  • Feb 14: Gourmet Dinner from 5pm–8pm
  • Feb 14: Live music by Mark Hoffman from 7pm–10pm
  • Feb 15: Live music by Bobby ‘Guitar’ Thomas from 7pm–10pm

 

Enjoy the YSU Valentine’s Day Cabaret  

Valentine's Day CabaretNothing says love like a performance filled with romantic ballads, right? Spend your February 14th downtown at the B&O Station for the Valentine’s Day Cabaret: A Kiss to Build a Dream On, presented by the Youngstown State University Department of Theatre and Dance. The performance will start at 7pm and feature a variety of jazz favorites from the American Song Book. Make it an evening with the special gourmet dinner option, prepared by the experts at the B&O! (Dinner reservations must be received by Thursday, February 6). A cash bar and a Youngstown Cookie Table will make your Valentine’s Day one of a kind.

 

Attend a Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Performance  

Plan your date night on February 15 and attend “Now That’s Italian” by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra at DeYor Performing Arts Center. Expect a delightful evening of Italian Pop, Broadway and Grand Opera favorites – from Puccini to Sinatra. For tickets, call the DeYor box office at 330-744-0264 or visit youngstownsymphony.com. Local tip: Reserve seats for dinner before the performance at Overture Restaurant, located inside DeYor by calling 330-744-9900.

 

Cheer on the Youngstown Phantoms

Youngstown PhantomsFor a family-friendly way to spend Valentine’s Day, cheer on the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team at the Covelli Centre. Friday, February 14 is their Teddy Bear Toss – bring a teddy bear to the game to toss on the ice when the Phantoms score their first goal. Proceeds go to Fostering Dreams. There will be free popcorn, Pepsi & cotton candy with a $5 ticket for ages 12 and under. Saturday, February 15 is “Drink in the Rink” night, which means visitors can enjoy $1 hotdogs until the end of 1st intermission and $1 12 oz. beer until the end of 2nd intermission. Tickets to Phantoms games can be purchased in advance by calling 330-747-7825 or by visiting their website.

 

 

This Valentine’s Day, spend time with your special someone at one of the many upcoming events happening in the Youngstown area! For more information, visit our Facebook page or our website.

The New Year is officially here and we are looking forward to a year of new experiences, memorable moments and, most importantly, plenty of self-love! From spa days and beautiful art, to good wine and indulgent desserts, here are six different ways you can treat yourself while in the Youngstown area.

 

  1. Tour Our Local Wineries

Gather some of your closest friends and visit our local wineries on the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail. Try a wood-fired oven pizza with your glass of wine at L’uva Bella Winery or take in glistening lake views at The Vineyards at Pine Lake. At Mastropietro Winery, take a seat at their new Sports Bar or visit Halliday’s Winery for live music every Friday and Saturday night. Love both beer and wine? Take a trip to Lil Paws Winery & Brewery where they serve both handcrafted wines and craft beers. To sample wines from a variety of Ohio regions (including Mahoning County), purchase tickets to the Winter Wine Affair, happening on Saturday, January 18 inside Stambaugh Auditorium. Choose between an afternoon or evening session filled with live music, cheese plates, vendors and lots of delicious wine.

 

  1. Enjoy a Massage

Let the stress and worries of 2019 drift away with a relaxing massage in the Youngstown area. For an affordable massage session, visit BodyWorks Massage Therapy in Poland. Rates are $1/minute and massage services include everything from Hot Stone and Prenatal sessions to Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. In Canfield, you’ll find Massage Café with sessions that feature a variety of techniques, customized to fit your needs. Allure Spa & Salon, located in Boardman, offers several spa packages that include facials, massages and nail treatments for both men and women.

 

  1. Immerse Yourself in World Class Art

Robert Spencer (American, 1879–1931) Afternoon Bathers, c. 1920 (Oil on linen), Bank of America Collection

You don’t want to miss In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870-1940 on exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art January 19 through April 12. These stunning works from the Bank of America Collection demonstrate how American artists incorporated Impressionist techniques with their own artistic style to interpret and renovate French Impressionism. Spend the day viewing these captivating American landscapes and scenes of American life, painted by more than 75 artists.

Photo: Robert Spencer (American, 1879–1931) Afternoon Bathers, c. 1920 (Oil on linen), Bank of America Collection

 

  1. Enjoy Fellows Riverside Gardens – Even in Winter

Jewels of WinterDuring the heart of winter, find the spirit of the tropics inside the Davis Visitors Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens as you observe orchids on display as part of the Jewels of Winter exhibit, open January 28-March 1. Visit on select days for Yoga in the Gardens. Led by Marina Perdos, these yoga sessions are $12 and open to all levels. Throughout the month of January, kids and young adults can also take the Cardinal Challenge. Simply stop by Fellows Riverside Gardens, observe and learn about cardinals, then record and turn in your observations for a prize.

 

  1. Indulge in Something Sweet

One Hot CookieFor cookies like you’ve never seen before, stop by One Hot Cookie where they specialize in cookies topped with decadent treats like fruity pebbles and cinnamon bun icing. At Butter Maid Bakery in Boardman, try their widely popular walnut-filled kolachi, curated using a 150+ year-old family recipe. Or, indulge in some delicious French macarons at Bake Me Treats. For an entirely unique dessert experience, visit N2 by DaVill and watch as they make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Also make sure to try one of their cakes, baked by Cake Wars winners, Devin and Ellen Harvischak. You can never go wrong with a trip to one of our six Handel’s Ice Cream locations and (try to) choose from over 100 homemade flavors of ice cream and yogurt.

 

  1. Take a Shopping Trip

Explore a few shops unique to the Youngstown area like Spruce Home Décor & Gift Store, a hidden gem for home furnishings, decor, accessories and unique gifts. Hunt for antiques at Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium featuring over 100 vendors with ever-changing inventory all in one store. The Joshua Tree features silver, china, artwork, vintage jewelry and eclectic collectibles – you never know what you might find!

 

 

Make 2020 the year of self-love and treat yourself with a trip to Youngstown! For more information about all of the attractions, parks, restaurants, you-name-it in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

With one visit to the Youngstown area, you can probably tell that we love pizza. But, we’re also home to a wide variety of healthy restaurants! For all of you looking to eat healthier in 2020, here’s a helpful guide to some of our favorite clean-eating spots in Mahoning County.

 

Sweet Melissa'sSweet Melissa’s Good Eats

Sweet Melissa’s Good Eats in Boardman is known for their delicious salads and wraps, made from fresh ingredients. All vinaigrettes, sauces and dips are made in-house. Visit Monday through Friday 10am–5:30pm or Saturday 10am–3pm.

 

Ely’s To Go  

Ely’s To Go in Poland boasts a completely plant-based menu with dishes made fresh daily. All menu items are packaged to go, but there are also seats inside if you want to dine-in. On the menu, you’ll find everything from soup and salads to fresh spring rolls and sandwiches. Seasonal ingredients are sourced from local and organic suppliers whenever possible.

 

The Simple GreekSimple Greek

With a location in Boardman, The Simple Greek specializes in (you guessed it) Mediterranean cuisine. Served in a fast-casual style, visitors can choose to build pitas or bowls filled with grilled chicken, gyro meat, fresh vegetables, Feta cheese and tzatziki sauce. Take a look at The Simple Greek menu before you visit.

 

Mission Taco

Mission Taco is known for their build-your-own tacos and fresh margaritas. All of their salsas, picos and guac are made fresh daily with locally sourced ingredients. You’ll find a huge selection of vegan and gluten free options on the menu, making this a perfect place for those with special diets.

 

Core Life EateryCore Life Eatery 

New to Boardman, Core Life Eatery views food as fuel- the better you eat, the better you’ll feel and perform. Everything on their menu is made from scratch, using fresh ingredients that are free from GMOs, trans fats and artificial additives. Choose from hearty salads, grain bowls, broth bowls, soups and protein-packed plates.

 

Ghossain’s

Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods in Canfield is a family-run restaurant that serves both ready-to-go and made-to-order lunch items. On the menu, you’ll find fresh baked goods, wraps, salads, rice bowls, yogurts and deli selections. Ghossain’s is the perfect place to stop when you’re on the go but not interested in eating fast food.

 

Youngstown NutritionYoungstown Nutrition  

Youngstown Nutrition specializes in meal-replacement teas and shakes, available in a long list of flavors. If you’ve never been before, here’s how the ordering process works:

  • Arrive and fill out an order card with the flavor of tea and shake you want (they’re meant to be sold together, but you can also opt for one or the other separately)
  • Choose to add different health boosters like collagen and aloe to your drinks
  • Wait until they’re made, then enjoy!

Environmental tip: If you don’t want to drink your tea and shake in their plastic cups, you can bring your own reusable ones from home and they’ll fill them!

 

Orange AvocadoOrange Avocado Juicery

Orange Avocado Juicery in Boardman serves Youngstown visitors and locals a variety of organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls and vegan/gluten-free snacks. Juice flavors and menu offerings change regularly to match the fresh flavors of different seasons. If you visit this winter, try their current seasonal cranberry smoothie.

 

Opt for a healthy lunch or dinner when visiting Youngstown in the New Year! For more information about all the local restaurants in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

This winter break, don’t keep the kids cooped up inside! Instead, visit the Youngstown area and enjoy the many family-friendly attractions and events happening here. Watch Disney on Ice, stargaze at the planetarium, experiment at OH WOW! and much more.

 

Explore and Learn at OH WOW! Children’s CenterOH WOW! Children's Center

At OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science and Technology, kids have the chance to expand their understanding of all-things-science through 11 galleries, complete with more than 60 interactive exhibits. Each exhibit is unique and features things like airplane building, weather reporting green screens, water systems and farm-to-table cooking. Families with kids ages 0 to 14 will love spending time together while the kids learn while playing. OH WOW! is open every day 10:00am-4:00pm, and until 8:00pm on Wednesdays (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $8 for adults and children. Kids under 2 years old are free. Seniors (65+), Educators, & Veterans are $7. OH WOW! will also be open as part of the First Night Youngstown celebration on December 31. Visitors with a wrist band can explore from 5:00pm-8:30pm.

 

YSU BasketballCheer On the Penguins at the Covelli Centre

If you’re a family of sports fans, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 21! At 1pm, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team will take on West Virginia University for a special game inside the Covelli Centre. Not only will you have the chance to cheer on the Penguins, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the YSU Pep Band and Dance Team. For tickets, visit the Southwoods Health Box Office at the Covelli Centre or ticketmaster.com.

 

Stargaze at the Ward Beecher Planetarium Ward Beecher Planetarium

As part of Youngstown State University, the Ward Beecher Planetarium’s astronomy programs are free and open to the public. Now through December 21, visit the Planetarium for the “Let It Snow!” holiday music show. This 30-minute program celebrates the winter season as artistic impressions of holiday music come to life on the dome. Experience bells and reindeer, presents and cookies, snow and nutcrackers in colorful spectacles of fun!

 

Enjoy Disney on Ice in Youngstown

This December, Disney on Ice: DREAM BIG is coming to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown! Treat the kids to a magical ice skating show, starring some of their favorite new and old Disney characters, including Moana, Elsa and Jasmine (to name a few). Visit the Covelli Centre website for ticket information. Performances include:

  • Thursday, December 26 at 7pm
  • Friday, December 27 at 7pm
  • Saturday, December 28 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm
  • Sunday, December 29 at 1pm and 5pm

 

Experience Exciting USHL Hockey

Cheer on the Youngstown Phantoms as they take on the Madison Capitols at the Covelli Centre. On Friday, January 3, puck drop is at 7:05pm. Enjoy free popcorn & cotton candy, and a $5 ticket for ages 12 & under. On Sunday, January 5, puck drop is at 5:05pm. Ages 12 & under receive a free ticket.

 

Make Memories with The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, will bring their ALL-NEW show, “Pushing the Limits” to the Covelli Centre on Saturday, January 4! Shows at 2pm & 7pm will feature a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time.

 

Extreme Air Trampoline ParkJump, Tag and Skate in Boardman

The Extreme Air Trampoline Park and Deep Freeze Ice Arena in Boardman is the perfect one-stop shop for a day of indoor, kid-friendly fun. Open Tuesday-Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, and Sunday 10am-8pm (and also open on all school snow days), the Trampoline Park is home to over 10,000 square feet of custom trampolines, rock-climbing walls and a two-story laser tag facility. The on-site Ice Arena has an Olympic-sized ice rink available for both open skate and lessons. View the ice schedule, which is updated daily.

 

Dine in Youngstown

Westgate PizzaThe Youngstown area is home to a plethora of locally owned, family-friendly restaurants offering a wide range of delicious dishes. Build your own hot dogs with over 59 toppings at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts. Pair a juicy burger with an inventive milkshake at Coaches Burger Bar. Or, order the Signature Sampler at Westgate Pizza– it has six different varieties in one sheet pizza (something for every member of the family, perhaps!). For a complete list of restaurants in the Youngstown and Mahoning County area, visit our website.

 

Affordable Hotels in Youngstown   

Looking for an affordable place for the family to stay while in Youngstown? Check out the accommodations page on our website for a complete listing of area hotels.

 

Visit Youngstown to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained over winter break this year! For more information about all the family-friendly attractions in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

In Youngstown & Mahoning County, there is much to be thankful for. From the beautiful parks and new entertainment venues to unique restaurants and unbeatable attractions, how can you not be thankful? This year, we’re especially thankful for breweries. Here’s why.

 

NobleCreatureThe Atmospheres Are Never Ordinary

Step inside our breweries and you will quickly realize that each has its own uniquely different atmosphere. For example, inside Biker BrewHouse in Austintown, you’ll find lots of metal and motorcycle-inspired décor. The BrewHouse is located inside BikeTown Harley Davidson and serves six rotating beers on tap, brewed with maple syrup and honey from their family farm. Also located in Austintown, Paladin Brewing offers an ever-expanding variety of craft brews. Their current Beer of the Month is Fire Roasted Pumpkin Ale. For an entirely different environment, visit Noble Creature Cask House, an old church-turned brewery, located near downtown Youngstown. Pair one of their artisan ales, lagers, sours or barrel aged beers with a handcrafted appetizer or sandwich.

 

PenguinCityBeerYou Can Expect Locally-Crafted Quality 

Penguin City Beer is a Youngstown-based brewery that has their product served at a wide range of restaurants and bars throughout Mahoning County. At last count, you can enjoy Penguin City Beer at 315 locations in our area. Lil Paws Winery in Lake Milton also offers 6 craft beers in addition to their wines. All of their brews are named after the owners’ furry friends.

 

 

Other Can’t-Miss Options for the Craft Beer Lover

WhistleandKegAt Whistle & Keg in downtown Youngstown, you can sample just a little, or enjoy a full glass by selecting any of their 44 beers from their self-service taps. Right now, seasonal flavors include Citra Noel, 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale, Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale, Pecan Brown Ale and Old Zahm Oktoberfest. Magic Tree Pub & Eatery always has 41 beers on tap, including a dedicated bar for Belgian beers. All pair nicely with their famous 1-pound pretzels.  Ranked as the #1 bottle shop in Ohio, Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in Boardman has over 1,300 (yes…1,300) craft beer selections on their shelves, and 34 craft beers on tap. Looking for something out of the ordinary? This place is for you! 

 

BikerBrewHouseTransportation Services

If you don’t have a designated driver in your party, be aware of the transportation services available in Mahoning County. Uber and Lyft are both available around Youngstown – simply download the app and schedule your ride.  To use DD4Hire, call 330-259-0445, or to use Fab Cab, call 330-793-6666. If you plan on visiting breweries in a large group, reserve a shuttle through Kelco Services by calling 440-542-4410.

 

 

For more information about all the breweries and restaurants in the Youngstown area, visit our website or our Facebook page.

What do coffee shops, markets, breweries and ice cream shops have in common? They’re all serving up pumpkin spice goodies this fall! If you haven’t satisfied your pumpkin spice cravings yet this season, these ten places in Mahoning County will do the trick.

 

Stone Fruit Coffee CompanyStone Fruit Coffee Company

With coffees roasted and brewed in house, there are plenty of drink options at Stone Fruit Coffee Company. Visit their Boardman, Youngstown, Canfield or Cornersburg locations and try some of their seasonal drinks like Nightmare Fuel cold brew or pumpkin spice latte.

 

High Octane Coffee Company   

Modeled after a 1950’s service garage, High Octane Coffee Company brews up a variety of flavored coffees (made from their own roasted beans), milkshakes and baked goods. This fall, try their hot or iced pumpkin spice latte paired with a pumpkin White House Fruit Farm donut.

 

Classic Bakery

Bakeries are some of the best spots to find all sorts of pumpkin spice goodies. Classic Bakery in Boardman serves delicious custom cakes, pies, cookies and more, and this fall, you’ll find pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin logs. You can also choose from several adorable Halloween-themed cakes.

 

N₂ by DaVill Creams & Crumbles – Nitrogen Ice Cream & Bakery

N₂ by DaVill is a nitrogen ice cream shop located inside Crumbles Bakery in Boardman. Try their pumpkin spice ice cream, made fresh before your eyes! Crumbles Bakery offers a variety of pumpkin cakes and cookies.

 

Whistle & KegWhistle and Keg

A wide variety of restaurants in the Youngstown area serve up great pumpkin beers, but for the best selection of fall flavors, try Whistle & Keg in Downtown Youngstown. Sample any of their 44 beers on self-service tap. Right now, seasonal flavors include Ace Pumpkin Cider, Pumking, Cold Press Coffee Pumking, Old Zahm Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest.

 

Vintage Estate Wine & Beer

For one of the largest beer selections (over 1300 craft beer labels in stock and 34 on tap), visit Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in Boardman. Stop in to pick up one of your favorite seasonal varieties or enjoy selections from the mead bar, wine bar and craft beers on tap.

 

Handel’s Ice Cream

Handel’s Ice Cream has long been a staple in the Youngstown community (in fact, they’ll be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year!). While you can always choose from 100+ homemade flavors, you’ll also find pumpkin pecan and pumpkin ripple at select locations throughout the fall.

 

White House Fruit Farm   

If you ask any local, “where should I go in Youngstown this fall?”, we’re sure White House Fruit Farm will make their list. You’ll find seasonal donut flavors like pumpkin iced and pumpkin cinnamon (but, if it’s your first time, make sure to also pick up an iconic blueberry donut). In the market, there’s also a wide selection of other sweets, including pies, cookies and fudge. Here’s our complete guide to fall at White House Fruit Farm.

 

The Orange Avocado      Orange Avocado

Known for their organic, cold-pressed juice, Orange Avocado Juicery in Boardman has several seasonal goodies in their shop this month. Try their pumpkin cider or opt for a pumpkin smoothie bowl topped with pumpkin seeds, granola and fresh fruit.

 

Youngstown Nutrition

New to the Boardman area, Youngstown Nutrition serves up an extensive menu of healthy teas and protein shakes. This October, try their Witches Brew tea (lemon tea, mango aloe, lemon lime and collagen) or their Maple Candied Praline shake. Bonus: all of their teas and shakes come with the option to add extra nutritious boosters to improve things like your immune system or hair health.

 

 

This fall, don’t miss the opportunity to get your pumpkin spice fix in Mahoning County! For more information about other local businesses and attractions in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Lovers of Halloween and all-things-fall are in luck if they’re visiting the Youngstown area this season! With haunted houses, winery parties, pumpkin patches and hayrides, you have ample opportunities to enjoy the spooky season. If you love Halloween, here’s a few places to check out.

 

The Canfield Scaregrounds  

Each October, the Canfield Fairgrounds transform into the much-anticipated Canfield Scaregrounds. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to midnight and Sundays from 7pm–10pm, the Scaregrounds feature four haunted houses, a haunted hayride and zombie paintball session. General admission includes access to all attractions (excluding paintball) and is $20. Guests also have the option to purchase just a haunted hayride pass for $10 or a paintball session for $10. For more details about the Canfield Scaregrounds, visit their website.

 

Ward Beecher PlanetariumWard Beecher Planetarium

Youngstown State University’s Ward Beecher Planetarium offers a wide selection of free astronomy programs to the public – and this October includes a few spooky specials. Families with young kids will want to check out Night-LITE, showing October 12, 19 and 26 at 2pm. It’s a fun (not scary), music and light show and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume. For those that like all things scary and horrific, head to a showing of Nightlights on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 or 26 at 8pm! Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to this program as well.

 

Diletto Winery and The Vineyards at Pine Lake 

While there are several uniquely wonderful wineries in the Youngstown area, Diletto Winery and The Vineyards at Pine Lake are two that are known for their packed event schedules. From sip ‘n paints and live music to yoga and vineyard tours, these wineries offer it all. And in October, you can expect to find both of their calendars FILLED with Halloween happenings.

At Diletto Winery:

At The Vineyards at Pine Lake:

 

Boardman Township Park

This month, Boardman Township Park is hosting family-friendly haunted hayrides, perfect for all ages. Rides will be held on October 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 6pm–10pm. Ticket sales will take place between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Family rates are also available: $15 for Boardman families of two adults and four kids; $18 for non-resident families of the same size.

 

Youngstown Area Pumpkin Patches   

Molnar FarmsSpooky season isn’t complete without at least one visit to a pumpkin patch, right? Luckily, there’s plenty throughout the Mahoning County area! When in Poland, visit Molnar Farms for not only pumpkins, but also a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in their market. In Canfield, head to White House Fruit Farm (weekends are best in the fall) to peruse their pumpkin pavilion, market and fall gift barn. To carve pumpkins, visit Fellows Riverside Gardens October 10, 11 or 12, then head back on Sunday, October 13 to see them on display at the annual Pumpkin Walk at Twilight. Or, take the kids to Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on October 13, 19 or 20 for tractor-wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch. Pick the pumpkin of your choice, then decorate it to take home.

 

Area Bakeries

Although you might not think of it, local bakeries are one of the best spots to visit during the Halloween season. Why? They serve up endless fall-inspired treats! Think: flavors of pumpkin spice, maple walnut, apple and more. Stop in Classic Bakery in Boardman this fall and try their pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins or pumpkin log. At Bake Me Treats in Poland, expect pumpkin spice éclairs, monster cakes and maple walnut macarons. And, at One Hot Cookie, in both Youngstown and Boardman, you’ll find pumpkin-shaped cookies, maple walnut-flavored cookies and caramel apple smash cups.

 

 

This fall, make sure to take advantage of all the fun and freaky things happening in Mahoning County! For more information about Halloween festivities and other happenings in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Are you planning a visit to Youngstown State University this fall? Whether you’re cheering on the Penguins at a football game, or visiting the Ward Beecher Planetarium, it’s a perfect opportunity to visit Downtown Youngstown and experience all sorts of local restaurants, breweries and attractions.

 

YSU HomecomingYSU football

On Saturday, October 12, the Youngstown State Penguins take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits for their annual Homecoming game. The festivities kick off on Saturday with the traditional Homecoming Parade at 4:00pm. Each year, floats, bands, student organizations and many others gather on Wood Street and march up Fifth Avenue, past the stadium, with crowds on both the East and West sides of the street. Make sure to arrive to the Stadium early for a good spot along the parade route! The football game follows the parade, with kickoff at 6:00pm. For tickets to the Homecoming game, call 330-941-1YSU or purchase them online. Remaining home games of the regular season are: October 26, November 2, and November 23.

 

Casual Eats Downtown

Bistro 1907Grab a casual bite to eat at any of the delicious, locally owned restaurants in Downtown Youngstown.

 

Elegant Places to Eat Downtown

V2While you’ll find a plethora of delicious, casual restaurants Downtown, you’ll also come across a few elegant spots worth visiting – especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion! For authentic Italian dishes, made mostly from ingredients imported from Italy, take a seat at Roberto’s Italian Ristorante. Or for old-time American bistro cuisine, visit Bistro 1907 located in the DoubleTree Downtown. Keep in mind: This restaurant will turn away guests wearing hats, graphic tees or ripped jeans, so dress accordingly. V2 Wine Bar Trattoria is another classy Downtown spot, known for their wide selection of wines, handcrafted pizzas and Italian small plates.

 

Drinks Downtown   Whistle and Keg

When you’re ready to grab a drink or two after the game, stay Downtown! At Whistle and Keg, expect a unique self-service craft beer and wine taproom with 44 different drinks on tap. How does it work? Visitors receive a wristband and glass, scan their band on any of the tap screens, pour, then pay by the ounce. Noble Creature Cask House is a craft brewery located in an old church-turned-tap room. Imbibe Martini Bar offers 121 varieties of martinis and Ryes Craft Beer & Whiskey has a selection of 114 American craft beers.

 

Family-Friendly Activities Downtown

OhWOW Science CenterFamilies visiting YSU: Keep the kids entertained with a visit to any of the nearby, family-friendly attractions! Stay right on YSU’s campus and catch a special (free) astronomy program at the Ward Beecher Planetarium. Fall programs include the Halloween horror feature, Nightlights, and non-scary Night-LITE. Or, treat the kids to a day at OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology located on W. Federal St. in Downtown Youngstown. It’s a world-class children’s museum with over 60 hands-on interactive exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Visitors also have the chance to explore the museum’s 11 different galleries.

 

Where to Stay  DoubleTree Downtown Youngstown

With so much to do and explore, why not make a weekend out of your visit to Youngstown State? Local hotels in the Austintown, Boardman, Canfield and North Lima areas are all within minutes of downtown Youngstown. If you’re looking to stay right near YSU and many downtown attractions, book a night or two at the DoubleTree Youngstown Downtown. Located inside the historic Stambaugh Building, the hotel was fully renovated to include today’s modern amenities, while preserving the building’s historic charm.

 

Downtown Youngstown is brimming with exciting attractions and must-try local restaurants. So, after you visit Youngstown State University this fall, make sure to explore Downtown and enjoy all it has to offer. For more information, visit our Facebook page or our website.