Youngstown’s pizza roots stretch back to the turn of the last century, when Italian immigrants began to arrive in the city and settle mostly in the Brier Hill neighborhood. In fact, Brier Hill even lends its name to Youngstown’s own unique pizza – a pie with red sauce, green peppers, and romano cheese!

Since then, great pizza has become inscribed into the culinary consciousness of Youngstown, Ohio and America. When locals who have moved away are asked what they miss about Youngstown, the typical first response is, “the pizza!” Why such a response, you ask? Because, the Youngstown area is fortunate to have some of the finest pizza places in the country!

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After a year-long hiatus, live music has returned to downtown Youngstown, and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre is proud to announce its upcoming events for the summer of 2021.

The venue, which is located near the Covelli Centre, has the capacity to host 4800 guests. The Amp, as it’s often referred to, draws crowds not just from Austintown, Canfield, Boardman, and the Youngstown area but also music lovers from Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Here’s the rundown on 2021’s upcoming events, specifically featuring musical entertainment.

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Social Distancing Ideas – Top Indoor and Outdoor Activities near Youngstown, Ohio

With the temperatures warming up, more and more people are ready for some fresh air and physical activity! As of June 2, 2021, Ohio’s Health Orders have been lifted. If you’re looking to get outdoors this summer and enjoy wide-open spaces in the Youngstown area during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out these great indoor and outdoor activities and upcoming events.

Explore Outdoor Activities Near Youngstown

Outdoor spaces are a great way to stay safe while focusing on your health and enjoying the sunshine (whether by yourself or with your whole family). Here are some fun ideas located in and around Youngstown, OH!

Mill Creek MetroParks

Mill Creek MetroParksEncompassing more than 2,800 natural acres, Mill Creek MetroParks offers 45 miles of trails 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. Download the Mill Creek MetroParks Trail Guide for more information.

Enjoy biking on the Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway or explore the beautiful lakes in Mill Creek while boating, kayaking, or canoeing. The Wick Recreation Area is home to a variety of activities with batting cages, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a dek hockey rink, and playgrounds (great for younger and older kids alike).

Celebrate the arrival of summer at Fellows Riverside Gardens with the roses in bloom in June. The Davis Visitor Center has reopened with added safety precautions. Check out their upcoming Wine & Jazz at the Kidston Pavilion events. Lanterman’s Mill has also reopened. Individuals and small groups can tour this historic 1846 gristmill while enjoying the scenic overlook of Lanterman’s Falls.

Lake Milton

Lake MiltonSet in Youngstown’s own backyard, Lake Milton is a fantastic way to increase your vitamin D and enjoy the outdoors.

Nearly 1,700 acres of the best recreational waters in Ohio are found at Lake Milton State Park. Boating, fishing and swimming are extremely popular, as are stand-up paddleboards, kayaking, canoes, pontoon boats and wave runners (which are all offered for rental in season at the Meshel Park area on the east side of the lake).

Outdoor enthusiasts interested in biking can try the obstacle-free Lake Milton Mountain Bike Trail, which features tight turns and short, punchy climbs and descents.

After enjoying a day at the Lake, stop by Lake Milton Brewery and enjoy a craft beer on their outdoor patio. Plan your next outdoor adventure with our Outdoor Recreation Guide.

Play a Round of Golf!

GolfGolf is a great way to social distance. Schedule your summer tee times at the Youngstown area’s top-quality, affordable public golf courses.

A favorite since 1928, the historic Mill Creek Golf Course in Boardman features two 18-hole championship courses designed by the legendary Donald Ross. Just two miles away, Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield features scenic ravines, tree-lined fairways and lakes. Or, try out the new full swing golf simulators at the adjacent Waypoint 4180 and play over 80 iconic championship courses! Reserve Run Golf Course in Poland has been hailed as one of Ohio’s top public golf courses. Designed around an old quarry by architect Barry Serafin, Reserve Run was rated as a 4-star Ohio course by Golf Digest. The Links at Firestone Farms in Columbiana also offers a challenging links-style course designed by Brian Huntley.

Learn more about our courses in our Golf Guide.

Family Fun—Spending Time with Loved Ones!

Keep a safe distance while enjoying quality time with the whole family, whether you have younger children or older kids with a young heart!

Family Fun Golf Nights

Every Friday and Saturday night, Mill Creek Golf Course offers families a special opportunity to play a round of golf to groom their skills in a fun setting. Ages 15 & under are encouraged to take advantage of the kids’ tee markers and receive a prize each time they participate. The Family Fun Golf Night special is $25/family of four and includes two golf carts and green fees for the group. You can call 330-740-7112 for tee times.

Try Disc Golf

Disc golf is widely popular in the Youngstown area and can be enjoyed by all age levels. Bring your discs and play on one of our local courses:

  • MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course – The 9-hole learn-to-play course and an 18-hole championship course is set among wooded areas, meadow and pond landscapes.
  • Boardman Park – 18-hole course that runs through both open space and woods.
  • Austintown Township – 18-hole course with holes ranging from 161 feet to 488 feet.
  • Mauthe Park – A great beginner-friendly course for new players.
  • Wick Park – 9-hole, par 31 course through the mature trees of historic Wick Park.
  • Lake Milton State Park – The new Osprey Disc Golf Course will open Summer 2021.

Outdoor Patios with Social Distancing

Patio DiningOutdoor patio dining promises to remain popular during the warm weather months. Lucky for us, Youngstown and the surrounding areas are jam-packed with amazing patio options!

Award-Winning Wineries

The Mahoning Valley is home to five beautiful wineries, each with its own ambiance…and they’re ready to welcome you! Enjoy scenic outdoor patios (The Vineyards at Pine Lake recently finished their new patio enclosure), glistening lake views, stunning sunsets, and sprawling vineyards.

Local Craft Breweries

Our local craft breweries offer their own unique atmospheres and outdoor patios. Noble Creature Cask House is an old church turned brewery and tap room. And, have you heard of Penguin City Brewing Company? They will be opening a new brewery and taproom this fall and are in the process of renovating The Republic Warehouse in downtown Youngstown!

Learn more about our wineries and breweries in our Wineries & Breweries Guide.

The New Phelps Street Gateway

The Phelps Street pedestrian walkway is now finished in downtown Youngstown. The restaurants on the block include Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts, Gringo’s Tacos, V2 Wine Bar, and the new West 34, and each one will add patio seating in front of their locations in the coming months.

From Phelps Street Gateway, it’s an easy walk down to nearby Wean Park and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre. Check The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre’s website for summer concert dates and information.

Rainy Day Activities for All to Enjoy

While we all love outdoor activities, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate OR we’re searching for a new, fun (indoor) outing for the whole family. Here are a few great ideas!

Butler Art Exhibitions

Butler Institute of American ArtThe world-renowned Butler Institute of American Art is opening an exhibition of baseball paintings just in time for summer! Max Mason: Painting the Game will be on exhibit June 13-September 5, 2021. The paintings of Max Mason are impressive on a variety of levels. He is a masterful draughtsman who can lay down paint in the manner of the old masters. Staying with the magical theme of baseball he presents a virtual clinic on composition and color usage. In a museum filled with exquisite paintings, the works of Max Mason more than hold their own. View all current and upcoming exhibitions.

Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

OH WOW!OH WOW! Children’s Center

OH WOW! Children’s Center has reopened. The museum’s new entrance is on Central Square. Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday from 9:00-11:00am and 12:00-2:00pm. They close for an hour each day to sanitize and prepare for the afternoon’s session. To maintain regulations, they are limiting the number of explorers at the museum and requiring a timed-entry. All visitors will need to reserve their tickets before their visit.

Arms Family Museum & Tyler History Center

 The Mahoning Valley Historical Society reopened the Arms Family Museum and Tyler History Center on Tuesday, July 6, 2021! Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4pm. Safety precautions and policies will be updated on their website.

Escape Rooms

Escape Boardman and Escape Boardman Hotel offer escape room experiences with safety precautions in place. The adventure games allow a small group of people to be put in a themed room to solve a series of puzzles in a set amount of time. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance. Private bookings are also available.

Upcoming Events Near Youngstown, OH

Several indoor and outdoor events are being scheduled for 2021, including the monthly Youngstown Flea (which is officially in its new downtown Youngstown location). The YSU Summer Festival of the Arts at Wean Park is also a great opportunity to social distance while enjoying an amazing juried art event, and our events calendar will continue to be updated with the latest event news.

For more fun social distancing activity ideas throughout the Youngstown area, download our Travel Guide, visit our Facebook page or check out our website!

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.