With Easter fast approaching, here are some ideas to help you celebrate. Enjoy an Easter meal with your family at one of the following locations. Reservations are required and some offer carry-out options.

Easter Brunch Buffet – Waypoint 4180
Sunday, April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
4180 Westford Place, Canfield, OH 44406 | 330-286-3861
Spaced safely and in accordance with social distancing and mask mandates. View menu and pricing. Reservations are required, call 330-286-3861.

Easter Brunch – Blue Wolf Events at the Maronite Center
Sunday, April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
1555 S. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, OH 44511 | 330-792-7671
Reservations are required, call 330-792-7671. View menu and pricing. Carry-out is also available in family style or individual meals.

Easter Brunch – The Saxon Club
Sunday, April 4, Seatings 12:00pm & 3:00pm
710 S. Meridian Rd., Youngstown | 330-881-8081
Reserve your prepaid spot via EVENTBRITE.com by March 26. Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt at 2:15pm for all children. For more information, call Inspired Catering by Kravitz at 330-881-8081.

Easter Luncheon – The Vineyards at Pine Lake
Sunday, April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
14101 Market St., Columbiana, OH 44408 | 330-549-0195
There will be limited seating to allow for proper social distancing. Reservations are required. Click here for reservations and seating times.

Easter Dinner Carry-Out – Jeff Chrystal Catering
Sunday, April 4, 10:30am-2:00pm | Call to order: 330-743-8062
Pick up at 2315 Belmont Ave, Youngstown
Offering ham and lamb dinners, family style or individual dinners, and a la carte items. View menu and pricing. Call 330-743-8062 to place your order.

Easter Sunday at Davidson’s Restaurant
Sunday, April 4, Breakfast 7:30am-11:30am; Dinner Buffet 3636 Canfield Rd., Canfield
Seating times at 1:00pm & 3:30pm
Call 330-793-0033 for reservations.

Easter Dinner – Cafe 422 Boardman
Sunday, April 4, 12:00pm-4:00pm
8586 South Ave., Boardman | 330-629-2422
Offering select appetizers, a 3-course dinner menu, and kids menu. Dinners also available to-go. Reservations are required.

Easter Dinner Carryout – Rachel’s Restaurant & Catering
Sunday, April 4, pick-up 11:00am-3:00pm
54 Westchester Dr., Austintown | 330-799-1700
Individual carry-out Easter dinners, and carry-out pans available.

Easter Dinner Carryout – Broad Street Diner
Pick-up Saturday, April 3
464 S. Broad St., Canfield | 330-286-3463
All orders will be cold with heating instructions.

 

Order Sweet Treats

White House Fruit Farm
9249 Youngstown-Salem Rd., Canfield | 330-533-4161
Accepting online orders for Easter bread (with & without anise and raisins), holiday pies, kolachi (nut, apricot, and poppy seed) and various baked breads. They are also making carrot cake donuts with cream cheese frosting throughout March & April. Stay tuned to their social media for their special Easter box of donuts that will include additional Market treats & sweets. Final online orders for pies & baked goods must be received by Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00pm. Pick-ups will begin on Friday, April 2 and the final pick-up day is Saturday, April 3 between 9:00am-4:30pm. They are closed on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Classic Bakery
7135 Tiffany Blvd., Boardman | 330-726-1729
Easter Bread is available in a round loaf in 1 or 2 pound options. Customers must specify if they want raisins, anise and/or icing. Available March 19, 20, & 21 and March 26-April 3. Closed on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Hot cross buns, cookies, and cakes are also available.

Butter Maid Bakery
100 Victoria Road, Austintown | 844-688-7655
425 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman | 844-688-7655
Order Butter Maid’s famous Kolachi for Easter. Shipping is available.

 

Pick-Up Easter Basket Treats

Gorant Chocolatier
8301 Market St. Boardman, OH 44512 | 330-726-8821
1393 Boardman-Canfield Rd. Boardman, OH 44512 | 330-707-4620
5539 Mahoning Avenue, Austintown, OH 44515 | 330-799-6000

Giannios Candy Co.
430 Youngstown-Poland Rd. Struthers, OH 44471 | 330-755-5727

 

Visit with the Easter Bunny

Upcoming Easter events include Visit with the Easter Bunny at the Southern Park Mall, or Tea with the Easter Bunny at Piccadilly Parlour Victorian Tea Room.

 

Make your plans and celebrate Easter safely this year. Visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely! Keep reading for more details about what’s happening in Youngstown and Mahoning County! 

 

Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day NEIGHBORHOOD Parades

Although the 2021 Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled, the committee is asking the loyal and enthusiastic spectators to celebrate with family and friends by holding neighborhood parades following all CDC guidelines. Please make plans to step off at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Share videos of your parade to their Facebook page. The videos that receive the top 3 likes will be awarded: 1st Place – $150; 2nd Place – $100; and 3rd Place – $50. Videos must be uploaded by midnight March 16, 2021. Awards will be announced on March 17, 2021.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Weave through the vines at The Vineyards at Pine Lake to find both scavenger hunt items and samples of their new Pine Lake Brewing Company beers! Choose from two dates: Sunday, March 14 or Saturday, March 20, 2021. Ticket cost is $35 per person and includes the scavenger hunt, 6 Pine Lake Brewing Company beer samples, 1 pint of their new Irish Brew with a souvenir glass and a VPL Scavenger Hunt t-shirt. All groups can have between 1-4 guests. Larger groups will be split up into smaller groupings. You must be 21 or older to attend and advance registration is required.

 

Irish TeaIrish-Tea

Piccadilly Parlour Victorian Tea Room will kick off their St. Patrick’s Day celebration with their famous homemade favorites, such as Irish Quiche, Shepherd’s Pie, and Corned Beef & Cabbage. The special teas for the occasion are Top of the Morning, Irish Tea, and Chocolate Mint Tea. They will also be featuring their Homemade Irish Scones. Call 330-533-4749 to make your reservation for March 10 through March 17, 2021 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

 

Shamrock Run 5K & 1-Mile

The 3rd annual Shamrock Run 5K and 1-Mile will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The 1-Mile will begin at 1:30pm. The 5K will take place in two heats: 2:00pm (sold-out) and 3:00pm. There is also a virtual option for those participants not comfortable participating in person. Registration includes a participant t-shirt, finisher medal and bib number. Masks will be required for all participants until the start of the race. Social-distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.

 

Irish Night at the Youngstown Phantoms Game

On Saturday, March 13, the Youngstown Phantoms take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints in exciting USHL hockey at the Covelli Centre. The first 250 Phans will receive a Youngstown Clothing Co. customized t-shirt! COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place, including social distanced seating and face mask requirements. For tickets, call 330-747-PUCK (7825) or visit their website.

 

Celebrate Early with a Weekend EscapeBest Western Plus

Take a weekend escape to refresh and renew at the Best Western Plus Dutch Haus Inn & Suites March 13–14, 2021. Their St. Patrick’s Day Package includes a complimentary breakfast, and delicious snack package for you to enjoy in your room. For a complete listing of area accommodations, visit our website.

 

Make your plans and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely this year. Visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

Welcome to the final post of our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter blog series, providing you with the inspiration you need to enter our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 gift card giveaway, happening January 19 through February 28! Throughout this series, we’ve shared ways to get outdoors, where to eat right, ways to get fit, and resources that teach you something new. Keep reading today’s post for new hobbies to start.

 

But First, What Is Snapshots of Youngstown?

Great question! Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 encourages you to start the new year off right in a healthy and positive way. Share a photo of what YOU are doing for a fresh start to 2021 and YOU can be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 restaurant gift card. We’re talking some of Youngstown’s favorite local eateries, like Steamers Stonewall Tavern, El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Charlie Staples BBQ, or Blue Wolf Tavern, just to name a few.

How to enter:

  • Take a photo of what you are doing to start the new year off right (hiking outdoors, healthy eating, yoga, reading)
  • Submit your photo here
  • Continue submitting photos for more entries!

Two winners of a $50 local restaurant gift card will be chosen each week, January 19 through February 28. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Learn more about Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 here.

 

 

Take a Knitting Class

@threesheepgallery_knittingYou’ve probably seen a lot of people you know learning to knit, weave and crochet over the last few months. Whether you’re a novice or very experienced, Three Sheep Gallery can help you learn or perfect your craft. They offer workshops for crafting your own creations and ongoing classes if you’re more experienced. Or, visit for an in-store demonstration to get that first-hand experience. If you’re not looking to pick up the hobby, they also have a great boutique featuring handmade items and crafts made by the area’s most talented artisans, clothing, jewelry and weaving/knitting/spinning supplies.

 

Paint a Piece of Pottery

@jess_sarichgaskell_wonderstruckartisan2Learn how to paint pottery or even a canvas in your own home with Wonderstruck Artisan Market & Classes. Every Thursday, their to-go pottery kits or canvas curbside pick-up allow you to call in, order your kit and you can take home all the supplies you need to get artsy. They also offer pottery, wreath making, sip-and-paint and craft classes throughout the week in the studio. Head to the Southern Park Mall and visit the Art Café where you can paint pottery, make a mosaic or paint your own canvas by yourself or with a couple friends. The knowledgeable staff will guide you every step of the way and find a way to release your artistic side.

 

 

Learn Photography

Photography may seem like an intimidating hobby to pick up, but YM Camera will make the entire process easy and fun. The shop caters to all photographers—amateurs, hobbyists and professionals. Whatever level of experience you have, the knowledgeable sales staff will help you make the perfect choices for equipment and accessories. If you’re starting from scratch, looking for help on a specific camera or looking to improve your skills, you can schedule a free 30-minute session that includes one-on-one consultations, training or just answering your questions.

 

Take a Virtual Ballroom Dancing Class

Dancing helps you stay active, relieves stress and helps you recharge. Fred Astaire Dance Studios offers a video on-demand platform that allows you to choose from live streaming or recorded lessons. Whether you want to learn the Salsa, Rumba or Tango, you can get started right in your living room. Start with a free 30-day trial and you’ll be an expert in no time!

 

 

Now that you have some inspiration, start a new hobby and take some photos of your fresh start! Submit your photos using our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 entry form right here on our website. Visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

 

 

Welcome back to our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter blog series, providing you with the inspiration you need to enter our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 gift card giveaway, happening January 19 through February 28! Throughout this series, we’ve shared ways to get outdoors, where to eat right, and ways to get fit. Keep reading today’s post for local resources that teach you something new.

 

But First, What Is Snapshots of Youngstown?

Great question! Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 encourages you to start the new year off right in a healthy and positive way. Share a photo of what YOU are doing for a fresh start to 2021 and YOU can be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 restaurant gift card. We’re talking some of Youngstown’s favorite local eateries, like Springfield Grille, Barry Dyngles, Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine, and Salvatore’s Italian Grill, just to name a few.

How to enter:

  • Take a photo of what you are doing to start the new year off right (hiking outdoors, healthy eating, yoga, reading)
  • Submit your photo here
  • Continue submitting photos for more entries!

Two winners of a $50 local restaurant gift card will be chosen each week, January 19 through February 28. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Learn more about Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 here.

 

Library Informational Videos and Curbside Book Pickup

@guins12_publiclibraryThe Youngstown Public Library offers so much more than checking out books. Catering to both the kids or adults in the home, the library’s website offers plenty of new opportunities for learning. You can join the librarians each week for a Facebook Live featuring cooking tips, or the kids can learn how to code websites in an online class. From office skills, to accounting, to mathematics, there’s an online class available for you at their Universal Class Center. Find book chats, book clubs and story time for the kids on their Facebook page. Remember, curbside pickup is available at most library locations. Just place a hold on a book, pull up, give them a call and they’ll deliver your books right to your car.

 

MCMP Virtual Classroom

Visit different Mill Creek MetroParks locations and learn all about them without ever leaving the house with the Mill Creek MetroParks Virtual Classroom. You can explore many different areas of the park with Park educators. They’ll tell you stories about the cabins, show you around some of the recreational activities and facilities, and even give you the history of the golf course and its architect. After checking out the videos head outside and explore Mill Creek MetroParks and check out the locations you learned about.

 

Mahoning Valley Historical Society

You may not be able to visit the Historical Society’s locations and resource centers, but they are still giving you plenty of information to take in online. Students and families can learn about local history right at home through their Hands on History and Learning Kit programs. The projects vary in topics from people to places to events, and even give you some activities to do with the kids with common household items.

 

Visit The Butler Institute of American Art

@nicomorgione_thebutlerYou can enjoy a safe, socially distanced learning experience at The Butler. Be your own teacher as you journey through galleries filled with American art masterpieces. The museum was once referred to as a “poor man’s university” and there are plenty of “lessons” to take in. Walk through the history of America and enjoy the cultural and artistic beauty throughout the museum. Keith Wisdom: Junkanoo Inspired is a must-see exhibit on display through February 28. This exhibition springs directly from the creative essence, costumes, color and rhythm of the Bahamian national cultural festival known as Junkanoo.

 

 

Now that you have some inspiration, learn something new, then take some photos of your fresh start! Stay tuned for one more Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 blog post right here on our website. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

Welcome back to our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter blog series, providing you with the inspiration you need to enter our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 gift card giveaway, happening January 19 through February 28! Throughout this series, we’ve shared ways to get outdoors and where to eat right. Keep reading today’s post for ways to get fit in Mahoning County.

 

But First, What Is Snapshots of Youngstown?

Great question! Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 encourages you to start the new year off right in a healthy and positive way. Share a photo of what YOU are doing for a fresh start to 2021 and YOU can be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 restaurant gift card. We’re talking some of Youngstown’s favorite local eateries, like Springfield Grille, Barry Dyngles, Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine, and Salvatore’s Italian Grill, just to name a few.

How to enter:

  • Take a photo of what you are doing to start the new year off right (hiking outdoors, healthy eating, yoga, reading)
  • Submit your photo here
  • Continue submitting photos for more entries!

Two winners of a $50 local restaurant gift card will be chosen each week, January 19 through February 28. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Learn more about Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 here.

 

Take a Walk in the Park

One of the best ways to get active is just to get out and take a walk. Walking is proven to help your heart and lung function, reduce risk of disease and help manage medical conditions. We’re fortunate that Mahoning County has so many beautiful parks to enjoy, just perfect for starting your walking program. There are over 45 miles of trails to explore in Mill Creek MetroParks. You can access their Trail Guide here. Other hiking and walking trails include Berlin Lake Trail, Lake Milton Trail and Shelter House Trail at Poland Municipal Forest.

 

Start a Body Temple Fitness Digital Studio Free Trial

The Body Temple Fitness Digital Studio makes sure their high intensity interval workouts (HIIT) are available on any device in any location. You can get a quick workout at home or on your lunch break with unlimited streaming of videos. Some workouts include treadmills, others feature weights and many require just yourself! You can choose the workout best fit for you and new options are added weekly. Start with a one-week free trial and upgrade to a subscription if you love it.

 

Try a PureBarre Virtual Workout@ceciliaammarie_purebarre

Pure Barre Youngstown utilizes ballet techniques and movements set to upbeat music in an effective way to get you in shape in no time. The workouts are low-impact and high-intensity, designed to improve your strength and tone muscles. Their Pure Barre GO virtual workout subscription allows you to access a weekly schedule of classes and workouts from home.

 

Follow The Classroom Elite

The Classroom Elite has you covered if you’re looking for a series of quick, targeted fitness videos. Their fit channel and Facebook page give you access to a variety of videos, focusing on different areas of the body, fitness and nutrition tips to keep you on track. Each video is only a few minutes long, so you can fit them in at lunch time, when the kids are napping or whenever you have a bit of free time.

 

@mindylouwhoru_puryogaYMCA Virtual Classes

Wherever you are, the YMCA has you covered with a variety of free fitness classes via YMCA 360 On Demand. Whether you’re looking to learn pilates or yoga, take a cycling class, brush up on your basketball skills or get in a full-body workout, you’ll find a host of videos available you can try as long as you have Wi-Fi.

 

YSU Virtual Recreation

Pro tip: You don’t have to be a student at Youngstown State University to take advantage of the fitness and nutrition videos on their Campus Rec page. All workouts were created in hopes to lower your stress levels, stay active and provide useful info. All exercises are based on ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Prescription and include simple workouts, yoga and circuit training.

 

MCMP Virtual Healthy Living Programs

Mill Creek MetroParks is offering Virtual Healthy Living Programs. The programs are available online to the public at no charge and are taught by Healthy Living Public Instructors. Topics include yoga, meditation, and T’ai Chi.

 

 

Now that you have some inspiration, turn to one of the many locally owned gyms and fitness centers for a new healthy regimen! Stay tuned for more Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 blog posts right here on our website. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

Welcome back to our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter blog series! In today’s post, we share where to eat right in Mahoning County.

In case you missed it: We’re looking forward to brighter days ahead with our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 gift card giveaway, happening January 19 through February 28! Take a photo of what YOU are doing to start the year off right for a chance to win one of twelve $50 gift cards to local restaurants. Need ideas? Continue following this blog series for suggestions!

 

But First, What Is Snapshots of Youngstown?

Great question! Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 encourages you to start the new year off right in a healthy and positive way. Share a photo of what YOU are doing for a fresh start to 2021 and YOU can be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 restaurant gift card. We’re talking some of Youngstown’s favorite local eateries, like Stonebridge Grille & Tavern, Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, Cassese’s MVR, or Mojo’s Pub-N-Grill, just to name a few.

How to enter:

  • Take a photo of what you’re doing to start the new year off right (hiking outdoors, healthy eating, yoga, reading, etc.)
  • Submit your photo here
  • Continue submitting photos for more entries!

Two winners of a $50 local restaurant gift card will be chosen each week, January 19 through February 28. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Learn more about Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 here.

 

Core Life Eatery | Boardman

@clarriiiccee_corelifeeatery3Eat clean, healthy and delicious food at Core Life Eatery, where all menu items are free of GMO’s, trans fats and artificial colors, sweeteners and other additives. Choose from premade options or build your own salads, broth bowls, grain bowls, soups or plates, all made from scratch and assembled in front of you.

 

Ely’s To Go | Boardman

If your new year’s resolution was to go vegan, Ely’s To Go in Boardman has you covered. Their menu is completely plant-based with dishes that are made fresh and change daily with different themes like Vietnamese, BLT and Taco. You’ll find a variety of soups, salads, spring rolls, sandwiches and desserts all packaged to-go. Seasonal ingredients are sourced from local and organic suppliers whenever possible.

 

Sweet Melissa’s Good Eats | Boardman

@jocelynhykes_sweetmelissasKnown for their creative and delicious salads and wraps, all menu items at Sweet Melissa’s Good Eats Boardman are made from the freshest ingredients possible – their vinaigrettes, sauces and dips are made-in house. You can also buy bottled dressings to take home for your own salads. Take-out and catering are available.

 

Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine | Canfield

When you enter Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine, you’ll think you’ve traveled halfway around the world to another country. Middle Eastern cuisine is often considered one of the healthiest diets and Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine provides that with traditional dishes like kebabs, hummus and grape leaves. If you’re exploring new and different diets, there’s a variety of vegan and/or vegetarian options available.

 

Magic Tree Pub & Eatery | Boardman

@sophisticatedsandwich_magictreeIt’s all about supporting local businesses at the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman. On most days, you’ll find creative farm-to-table menu items curated by the restaurant’s chef. By partnering with local farms, they ensure the meat, vegetables and fruits used in their extensive menu items is of the best quality and delicious! At Magic Tree, you’ll also find a huge selection of locally made beer and wine to complement your meal.

 

Greens: The Salad Spot | Boardman

Greens: The Salad Spot in Canfield is much more than salad. Their goal is to change the way you look at diets and healthy food—it doesn’t need to be boring and bland. With salads, wraps, soups, flatbread, bowls and smoothies all on the menu, no matter what your dietary restriction, you’ll find something you’ll love!

 

Sauceeino | Boardman

Every meal at Sauceeino is fresh and flavorful—rich in nutrients, protein, fiber and antioxidants—all served in a fast-casual atmosphere! Build your Mediterranean meal to fit your dietary needs and preferences by choosing from a wide variety of entrées, proteins, veggies, 30 homemade vegan and gluten-free sauces and healthy sides.

 

YO Fresh | Canfield

Want to get fresh, healthy, ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door? Try YO Fresh! Nutritious and unique meal selections are rotated weekly to give you plenty of options. Just place your order by midnight on Thursday of each week, pick up or have delivered, heat and enjoy. Each meal comes with nutritional information, so you know exactly what you’re eating.

 

Local Smoothie Shops and Juiceries

@getinmykelleybelley_orangeavocadoIf you don’t have a ton of time to eat, but need something filling (that isn’t fast food), stop by one of the many smoothie shops and juiceries in the Youngstown area!

  • Pulp has locations in both Boardman and Poland and serves up real fruit smoothies, juice and wheatgrass with gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options available. They also serve a variety of healthy snacks to-go.
  • If you want to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins your body needs, try a fresh cold pressed juice from Orange Avocado Juicery. Packed with nutrients, these juices can be a cleanse, snack or meal replacement.
  • Healthy shakes, fat-burning teas and energizing coffees are on the menu at Youngstown Nutrition, Poland Nutrition and Austintown Nutrition (opening soon). The meal replacement drinks are delicious and you can add boosters like collagen and aloe for extra nutrients.

 

 

Now that you have some inspiration, order your next healthy meal and take some photos of your fresh start! Stay tuned for more Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 blog posts right here on our website. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

Let’s face it: This past year hasn’t been easy on any of us. Whether you’ve struggled mentally, physically, financially or all of the above, we can all agree that it’s time for a fresh start. We’re looking forward to brighter days ahead with our Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 gift card giveaway, beginning January 19, 2021! Take a photo of what YOU are doing to start the year off right for a chance to win one of twelve $50 gift cards to local restaurants.

Need ideas? Follow this blog series for suggestions! We’ll share all the details on things like staying active, starting a new hobby or taking an online class. Keep reading this post for ways to enjoy the outdoors in Mahoning County.

 

But First, What Is Snapshots of Youngstown?

Great question! Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 encourages you to start the new year off right in a healthy and positive way. Share a photo of what YOU are doing for a fresh start to 2021 and YOU can be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 restaurant gift card. We’re talking some of Youngstown’s favorite local eateries, like Stonebridge Grille & Tavern, Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, Cassese’s MVR, or Mojo’s Pub-N-Grill, just to name a few.

How to enter:

  • Take a photo of what you are doing to start the new year off right (hiking outdoors, healthy eating, yoga, reading, etc.)
  • Submit your photo here
  • Continue submitting photos for more entries!

Two winners of a $50 local restaurant gift card will be chosen each week, January 19 through February 28. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Learn more about Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 here.

 

Take a Winter Hike

With miles and miles of trails to discover, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a path in Mahoning County that’s right for you. The best part? Hikes and walks are known to lower stress levels, improve mood and improve health. In Mill Creek MetroParks alone, there are 45 miles of trails for you to explore. For an easy and scenic 0.25-mile loop, hike the Lily Pond Circle Trail. For a more difficult hike, opt for the 1.5-mile East Cohasset Trail. In Lake Milton State Park, visitors can hike the 1.25-mile paved nature trail. And at Boardman Park, try the ADA-accessible 4-mile North Trail. For more popular trails to hike this winter, read this blog.

 

Capture Snowy Scenery

@tracy_shane_millcreek3While on your hike or walk, don’t forget to take photos of the beautiful winter scenery surrounding you. Mill Creek Park is filled with photo opportunities – snow-covered trees, the Suspension Bridge and Lanterman’s Mill, to name a few. The lakes and ponds in Mill Creek MetroParks offer even more opportunities for winter scenery photos. At Lake Milton, capture a sunset photo over the water, or head to Poland Municipal Forest for pictures of woodland wildlife. Tip: The photos you submit to Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 do not have to have you in them. They can simply be landscape photos!

 

Try Cross Country Skiingcross country ski

Fun and easy to learn, cross country skiing might be your family’s next favorite winter activity! Cross country skiing is offered at several spots throughout Mill Creek MetroParks:

  • Mill Creek Golf Course
  • Par 3 Golf Course
  • East Golf Hike & Bike Trail
  • East Cohasset Hike & Bike Trail
  • Chestnut Hill Dr.
  • Calvary Run Dr.
  • MetroParks Bikeway

 

Go Ice Skating Outdoors

In case you missed it, the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown just installed a new outdoor synthetic ice rink, located behind the Community Center building at 505 Gypsy Lane. The 80-by-40-foot rink is free and open to the public. Guests can bring their own skates or rent them for $4, and warm up with hot chocolate at the Ice Shack. Because the rink is made out of synthetic ice, it can remain open in all weather and temperatures. Right now, the rink is slated to stay open Thursdays-Sundays until at least March 28, 2021. Reservations are required at this link.

 

Walk or Run a Virtual 5K

What better way to get a fresh start than with a walk or run? You can get your steps in with the rest of the Youngstown community during the New Year’s Resolution 4-Miler, hosted by Second Sole in Boardman, on January 23, 2021! In order to keep the health and safety of everyone a priority, the 4-mile walk or run will happen in two smaller heats, starting at 1pm and 2pm. A virtual option is also available for anyone uncomfortable competing in person. Registration for the event is $30 and the first 250 registrants will receive a limited edition scarf. For more details on upcoming area races, follow the Second Sole Facebook page.

 

 

Now that you have some inspiration, get outdoors and take some photos of your fresh start! Stay tuned for more Snapshots of Youngstown Winter 2021 blog posts right here on our website. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

Test your knowledge of Youngstown with our crossword puzzle! The answers range from local landmarks and attractions to our favorite foods. Good luck!

Type your answers directly into the puzzle below. Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue and start typing in the word. Hit enter/return when you are done typing and the word will turn green if you got it right or red if you got it wrong. If you experience any issues, you can use this link or print a PDF version here.

SPOILER ALERT: Click here to view the answer key!

 


Crossword Puzzle Maker

This holiday season, you’re likely spending a lot more time at home and looking for new activities to do with your family. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays from home with your family. Start some new traditions!

 

Watch a Holiday Favorite with the Family

@megnroze6688_easystreetGrab a blanket and relax on the couch with a show the whole family will enjoy. This year, Easy Street Productions is bringing their Christmas Spectacular to television! In case you missed the premiere, encore broadcasts of the Miracle on Easy Street TV Christmas Special will air Saturday, December 19 at 8pm on WBCB, and Christmas Day, at 12pm on WFMJ & at 1pm on WBCB. Sing and dance along to all your holiday favorites with brand new performances, as well as a look back on some of their past performances.

You can also head on over to the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s YouTube Channel to explore Youngstown’s local history and stories with their monthly lunchtime program.

 

Try a Virtually Guided Project with the Kids

@martinomotorsports_ohwowKeeping the kids occupied extends way beyond the virtual (or in-person) classroom. Keep their minds active and interested with OH WOW!’s live videos, featuring experiments made by Mr. Ralf. Each month, you can also order a STEM SAK Bundle that contains four new projects, complete with all the materials and instructions. Or, kids can enjoy the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Hands on History at-home activities. Each Sunday through January 3, they will feature favorite children’s books and post example images and step-by-step instructions of crafts that can be done with simple household items. The Youngstown Public Library is also offering virtual programs for kids, with topics covering everything from cooking and stories to novel discussion and 3D design. You can view the library’s Virtual Programming Events Calendar here.

 

Experiment in the Kitchen

@the_advantage_team_onehotcookieWhether it’s trying something new in the kitchen, decorating cookies or just sending a gift to a loved one, a little time in the kitchen can illustrate just how much you care. Not a great baker? No problem. Order a holiday cookie decorating kit from One Hot Cookie, complete with cut-out cookies, icing and decorations – all you need is a little creativity to put it all together! Their Gingerbread House Kit includes a fully constructed house which leaves you to do the fun part – decorating!

Or, get hip with the newest food craze: hot chocolate bombs! N2 by DaVill has a ton of flavors to try on a cold night inside. Just pour hot milk over the chocolate bomb and enjoy a unique cup of hot chocolate while you’re getting cozy on the couch. Visit our Sweet Treats page for an extensive list of bakeries where you can order cookies, pies or other treats.

 

Drive-Thru Holiday Light Displays

Enjoy a holiday drive-thru light display at Boardman Park and marvel at the beautiful lights from the safety of your car. It’s free and is open from 5pm-10pm each night through January 10. Or, check out these local holiday light displays. On your way, pick up some Handel’s ice cream for the family. Try their holiday flavors such as White Christmas, Peppermint Bark, and Peppermint Stick.

 

As we keep adapting to uncertain and changing times, make sure you’re doing everything you can for yourself and your family to find different activities you can do together, while staying safe at home. For more ways to love this holiday season in Youngstown & Mahoning County, visit our website.

Here in Youngstown, despite the challenging times we all are facing, there are still plenty of ways to love this holiday season – while staying safe. Take a winter hike! With miles and miles of trails to discover, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a path in Mahoning County that’s right for you. Below are a few of our favorites. Grab some great photos of beautiful winter landscapes while you’re out! Share them with us using #VisitYoungstown.

 

West Gorge Trail | Mill Creek MetroParks

@francine_elizabethWhile Mill Creek MetroParks has over 45 miles of trails to explore, arguably one of the best trails to hike in the winter is West Gorge Trail. The trail starts near the Suspension Bridge, (AKA the Cinderella Bridge), a beautiful and popular photo opportunity surrounded by snow-covered trees. West Gorge then travels towards Lanterman’s Mill, another Mill Creek landmark, decorated with festive wreaths for the holidays!
Tap here to view all Mill Creek trails.

 

East Golf Hike & Bike Trail | Mill Creek MetroParks@lindsnicole

Also located in Mill Creek MetroParks, the 1.5-mile East Golf Hike & Bike Trail runs from Route 224 to Shields Road. Its asphalt surface makes the trail easy to navigate for walkers, runners, and bikers in the winter. Parking lots are conveniently located at each end of the trail.
Tap here to view all Mill Creek trails.

Side note: Both the North Course and South Course at nearby Mill Creek Golf Course are now open for walking, hiking and biking activities. Please stay on the cart paths when enjoying these activities.

 

Berlin Lake Trail@wildernesswithchris

The Berlin Lake Trail is a 2-mile crushed limestone rail-trail that takes hikers through wooded areas with lake views. This flat trail is great for families with young ones. Parking is available off US 224, 1.5 miles east of Deerfield Circle, as well as at the south trail entrance off Kirkbride Road.
Tap here for more about the Berlin Lake area.

 

Lake Milton Trail@realsimonmarcel

If there’s one thing we love most about Lake Milton, it’s the sunsets. Arrive early to hike the Lake Milton Trail, a family-friendly out-and-back path that winds through trees and terrain. Afterwards, hang around the lake to catch beautiful sunset views over the water.

 

Shelter House Trail | Poland Municipal Forest

With 265 acres of natural beauty, Poland Municipal Forest has a variety of fun trails to choose from. This winter, hike the Shelter House Trail for a chance to walk across the newly rebuilt Mauthe Bridge.

 

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This winter, get out and explore the wintry trails in Youngstown! While on your hike, make sure to abide by the park and state safety guidelines. If you’re not feeling well, stay home and research the trails until you’re feeling better!

For more ways to love this holiday season in Youngstown & Mahoning County, visit our website.