The fall season and White House Fruit Farm in Youngstown, OH go together like peanut butter and jelly. From their Pumpkin Pavilion to their market filled to the brim with seasonal goodies, what’s not to love? Skim below for five must-try fall treats found at White House Fruit Farm!

 

  1. Fresh-Baked Donuts

@nomnivorenycBaked fresh each morning, White House Fruit Farm donuts are a must-try sweet treat any time of year, but especially during the fall. Head to the back of the market and you’ll find cases overflowing with delicious donut varieties. During September and October, make sure to try their seasonal flavors like apple cinnamon, maple iced, pumpkin cinnamon and pumpkin iced. Pro tip: If you’ve never tried a White House donut before, do not leave without grabbing at least one of their signature blueberry donuts – you can thank us later.

 

  1. @cass175Homemade Apple Cider

With just one step into the market, you’ll be sure to find bins and bins of apples grown and harvested right on the farm. After you choose a bag or two of your favorites (view a full list of apple varieties here), make sure to also pick up homemade White House apple cider. Sweet and refreshing, White House’s cider comes available in single-serve bottles as well as half-gallon and gallon containers.

 

  1. Warm Baked Goods

While White House donuts might get most of the attention, the market’s other seasonal baked goods are just as remarkable. Here are a few fall treats prepared daily in the White House bakery:

  • Apple Fritter Bread: farm-grown apples and cinnamon baked into crisp bread
  • Apple Crisp: farm-grown apples baked with a cinnamon-oatmeal mix
  • Apple Crisp Bars: apple crisp filling on a shortbread cookie crust
  • Apple Dumplings: single-serve dessert topped with warm cinnamon sauce
  • Pumpkin Logs: spiced pumpkin bread rolled with a sweet cream cheese filling

 

  1. Cozé Coffee

Situated on White House Fruit Farm’s property, Cozé Coffee Bar serves up warm, flavorful coffees and teas throughout the fall and winter. Sip on seasonal drinks, like their pumpkin spice latte, while you’re on the farm or purchase a bag of beans to enjoy back at home.

 

  1. @championfoodreviewBaker’s Golden Flavored Milks

Flavored milks produced by Baker’s Golden Dairy LLC are a hidden gem sold by White House Fruit Farm. Peruse the coolers at White House and you’ll find these single-serve bottles featuring unique flavors like butter pecan, cookies & cream and cherry cheesecake. The milk itself is produced from the only on-farm bottling plant in nearby Columbiana County and is not homogenized, making it naturally healthier for your body than regular milk. Pro tip: Pair a bottle of this milk with a White House donut or two for the perfect afternoon sweet snack.

 

@laurenjanevaskeThis fall, make sure to plan at least one trip to White House Fruit Farm! Their Gift Barn and Pumpkin Pavilion will be open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm through October 31.

The best opportunity for social distancing is during the week and early morning or late afternoon on the weekends.

 

 

For more information on things to do and places to eat in Youngstown and Mahoning County, visit our website.

Plan a fall road trip to Youngstown & Mahoning County and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage, top-quality golf courses, award-winning wineries, world-renowned art museum, and family fun events.

 

Fall Color in Mill Creek MetroParks

Enjoy the beautiful fall color in Mill Creek MetroParks. With forty-five miles of scenic trails to explore, boardwalks, paved walkways and unpaved trails take visitors through the diverse lands and scenery of this breathtaking park. At Lanterman’s Mill & Covered Bridge, one of Mahoning County’s most historic landmarks, enjoy the scenic overlook of Lanterman’s Falls, the covered bridge, and hiking trails. Stroll through Fellows Riverside Gardens and enjoy seasonal displays and scenic vistas.

Our Outdoor Recreation Guide gives more information about trails and other outdoor activities to help you plan your adventure in Youngstown.

 

Play a Round!

Mill Creek Golf CourseFall is the perfect time for golf in Youngstown and Mahoning County. Our area has been ranked #4 in the country for top-quality, affordable public courses. Whether you want to tackle a Donald Ross-designed course, or a links-style course, there are plenty of challenges awaiting you.

New golf simulators will be open this fall in the Waypoint 4180 Center, adjacent to Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield, and will allow you the virtual experience of playing courses from around the world.

Stay-and-Play Packages are available at area hotels, so grab your clubs and get ready to tee-off. Our Youngstown Golf Guide includes information on all 12 local courses.

 

Enjoy Award-Winning Wineries

The Youngstown area is home to five beautiful wineries, each with their own unique ambiance. Enjoy scenic outdoor patios, glistening lake views, stunning fall sunsets and sprawling vineyards. Food options range from snacks and flatbreads to full-menu restaurants. Learn more about our wineries in our Wineries & Breweries Guide.

 

Visit The Butler Institute of American Art

America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher The world-renowned Butler Institute of American Art is a must-see on any visit to Youngstown. Known as “America’s Museum”, The Butler is the country’s first museum dedicated to works created solely by American artists. Its ever-expanding collection now exceeds 22,000 pieces in all media types, dating back to 1710.

On display until November 22 is America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher. This traveling exhibition showcases a body of work that represents a quarter of a century of Clyde Butcher’s photographic expeditions into the American Everglades. Through the breathtaking images, the viewer is beckoned into the image and becomes part of this mysterious and primeval place rarely seen by humans.

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

 

Fall Family FunWhite House Fruit Farm

White House Fruit Farm welcomes guests throughout the fall season to enjoy their orchard fresh apples, seasonal produce, homemade donuts, and apple cider. The Budgie Bird Barn is open Friday-Sunday for an up-close experience of feeding multiple parakeet (budgie) birds right out of your hand. Their Fall Gift Barn & Pumpkin Pavilion are open through October 31. Find fall décor and mums, and a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Visit throughout the week and enjoy fall on the farm.

Get lost in over 21 acres of corn at Maze Craze in New Springfield. The best corn maze in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Maze Craze was featured as one of the top ten corn mazes in the country in 2018 in the USA Today poll. This year’s design is A Christmas Carol, and it has four separate mazes that will fascinate and entertain all ages. Open weekends through November 1.

 

Plan Your Fall Road Trip!

Download our 2020 Travel Guide and visit our website at youngstownlive.com for more information including upcoming fall events.

Since March, the pandemic has left many cities scrambling to recover from the mess left in its wake. However, Mahoning County’s restaurant and bar scene has emerged stronger than ever – with ten new dining spaces opening up! Check out what they’re serving below.

 

Beef and KegBeef and Keg

Just last month, a Mahoning Valley staple, Johnny’s Fine Food and Spirits, closed – then reopened as its casual counterpart, Beef and Keg. Located in the Boardman Center shopping plaza (west of Southern Park Mall), Beef and Keg features classic pub food and drinks, and a new outdoor patio. Visit Beef and Keg’s website for hours and daily specials.

 

Gringo’s | Tacos Tequila & Mezcal Bar

Gringo’s, a new taco, tequila and mezcal bar, is coming soon to Downtown Youngstown! The restaurant will be located on Phelps Street and feature a variety of tacos, 30+ types of salsa, mole sauce and more. Check Gringo’s Facebook page for opening day updates.

 

Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine

In Youngstown, we have plenty of pizza, ice cream and Italian, but no Caribbean cuisine – until now. Two brothers born in Jamaica opened Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine just last month in Boardman with a menu full of Caribbean-style dishes like cabbage and rice and red beans. The reviews? Fantastic so far! View more details on the Mahoning County Take-Out Facebook page.

 

Wok It Out NoodlesWok It Out

Wok It Out, currently located in Boardman, is opening a second location in Canfield! Wok It Out blends the fresh flavors of California with the tastes of Asian cooking to serve up a variety of noodle fusion dishes, dumplings and other Asian-inspired street food. Keep an eye on the Wok It Out Canfield Facebook page for opening day updates.

 

Frenchy’s Irish Pub and Grill

What was once O’Donald’s Irish Pub in Austintown has now transformed into Frenchy’s Irish Pub & Grill. The French family, who also owns Quench in Boardman, purchased the restaurant just before the pandemic and has since been working on extensive renovations, including a remodel of their large outdoor patio space. Frenchy’s is slated to open by the end of August.

 

Prima Cucina Italiana

The new Prima Cucina Italiana recently opened up in Downtown Youngstown, taking over the space formerly occupied by Roberto’s Ristorante. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of Italian appetizers, as well as first and second course dishes. Visitors can make reservations online for the restaurant’s indoor seating, safely separated by plexiglass dividers, or their socially distanced outdoor seating.

 

YOSTERIA YOSTERIA

YOSTERIA is Youngstown’s newest pizza spot, located on 3649 Canfield Rd in Cornersburg. Southern Italian techniques are used at this shop to deliver rustic hand-crafted pizzas, fresh-baked loaves of Italian bread, focaccia and sugar-coated fried dough (pizza fritt). Online and phone ordering options are available on the store’s website. Open Friday & Saturday.

 

Mission BBQ

Opening Monday, August 31, the restaurant will be located at 1051 Boardman-Poland Rd. in Boardman. They serve authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, and serve it to you in a patriotic dining room filled with tributes to our service members. Follow their Facebook page for updates and get a sneak peek on Friday, August 28 from 6-9pm at Military Appreciation Night. All proceeds from the evening will benefit USO of Northern Ohio.

 

Social 22 

Downtown Struthers’ newest bar and restaurant, Social 22, offers visitors an inviting pub-style experience with a full menu, live music and frequent events. Visit Social 22’s Facebook page for event updates and daily specials.

 

Bar BrunoBar Bruno

Bruno Brothers Pizza in Boardman recently expanded with the opening of their new concept, Bar Bruno. While the full menu will still be served at Bruno Brothers, you can now try a few new specialty items and drinks on the attached Bar Bruno side of the restaurant. Also FYI – another Bruno Brothers Pizza will be opening soon in Struthers!

 

Which new restaurant do you plan on trying first? For more information about dining in Youngstown and all things happening in Mahoning County, visit our website.

Before you pick up those school supply lists and cover up the grill, journey to some of the best markets in the Mahoning Valley, each stocked full with their own fresh fruits, veggies and locally crafted goods. Here’s a few you don’t want to miss before the end of summer.

 

@katehertzel_youngstownfleaYoungstown Flea

The Youngstown Flea is in its fifth season this year, with just three outdoor markets remaining for the summer and fall. Located next to the Covelli Centre in Downtown Youngstown, this Market for Makers is held once a month, featuring local and regional vendors. From 9am–3pm, shop things like repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and handcrafted food. A free yoga session is held at every market, starting at 9am. Remaining Flea dates include August 15, September 12 and October 3. Visit the Youngstown Flea’s website for regular updates and current COVID-19 safety procedures.

 

Austintown Walk-Through Modified Market

austintownfm_austintownfarmersmarketSince returning for their summer market season on June 8, the Austintown Farmers Market has ensured that the safety of its vendors and visitors remains top priority. Hosted every Monday in Austintown Township Park from 5-8pm (5-6pm reserved for vulnerable population), this walk-through market features a variety of local and regional vendors selling things like fruit-infused lemonade, fresh veggies, maple syrup, natural soaps and more. Yoga sessions typically take place at the market ($5 donation suggested; bring your own mat), starting at 6pm. To keep both vendors and shoppers safe, masks are mandatory, with the exception of medical reasons or while eating/drinking. Not comfortable attending in person? You can preorder and prepay for items online. For market updates, follow the Austintown Farmers Market Facebook page, Instagram page or visit their website.

 

White House Fruit Farm

A trip to Youngstown just isn’t complete without a stop at White House Fruit Farm in Canfield. As one of the largest and finest farm markets in Ohio, White House Fruit Farm invites visitors to shop their wide variety of fruits, veggies, deli meats, cheeses, jams, ciders and fresh bakery items in the market. The Budgie Bird Barn is open Saturdays from 10am-3pm through the end of August. Bring the kids and enjoy this exciting, up-close feeding experience with the Budgie birds.

 

Molnar Farms

@kelly_justine_molnarfarmsEach summer, Molnar Farms in Poland fills to the brim with fresh, seasonal produce. Right now, Hungarian hot peppers are available by the bushel (try this recipe for Stuffed Hot Peppers) and the farm’s sunflower field is open for photo opportunities, as well as pick-your-own sessions. Along with locally grown fruits and veggies, the market at Molnar Farms also regularly features fresh baked goods, natural self-care and pet care products from Blush Spa and fresh-cut flower bouquets. The Springfield Ruritan Club is also at the farm every so often, selling their popular fair French fries (see more fair food vendors here). Right now, the farm is open Monday-Friday 9am–6pm and Saturday 9am–5pm. Follow Molnar Farms’ Facebook page for regular updates.

 

Haus Cider Mill

Haus Cider Mill in Canfield is yet another locally owned market in the Valley, offering all sorts of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Visit now for fresh-picked blueberries, early apples, peaches, sweet corn and tomatoes. Make sure to return in the fall for their popular fresh apple cider and Haus sauerkraut. Keep an eye on Haus Cider Mill’s harvest calendar or Facebook page for what’s in season.

 

Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the many markets in Mahoning County this summer! For more information about shopping in Youngstown and all things happening in Mahoning County, visit our website.

A trip to Youngstown, especially in the summer, just isn’t complete without a stop at one of the six Handel’s ice cream shops in Mahoning County. And this month, our beloved brand celebrates its 75th Anniversary! Celebrate with us by taking our special ice cream personality quiz.

 

@ashantillycream75 Years of Handel’s

On a hot summer day in July 1945, Alice Handel began serving ice cream out of her husband’s gas station in Youngstown, Ohio. Her first batches were made using old fashioned recipes with fresh fruit she picked from her own backyard. The flavors were an instant hit and today, Handel’s has grown to include locations in 10 states across the country, serving up over 100 flavors of ice cream and yogurt.

 

The Facts Behind the Flavors

Believe it or not, the same part of the brain that is responsible for food preference (the limbic lobe) is also responsible for your personality traits. Because of this, quite a few studies have actually shown a correlation between tastes in food and personality types. Do you think the same is true when it comes to our favorite Handel’s ice cream flavors?

 

@aloharitaTake the Quiz

Keep track of your points after each answered question. Once you’ve answered them all, add up your points and match your total with your ice cream flavor below!

 

Which adjective best describes your personality?

1 – Unpredictable

2 – Chill

3 – Flirty

4 – Confident

5 – Bold

 

Describe your perfect weekend.

1 – Booking a last minute long-weekend trip to another city

2 – Relaxing on the couch with a good book and can of Penguin City Beer

3 – Romantic date to dinner and the movies

4 – Discovering new wines at Mahoning County’s 5 wineries

5 – Going on a challenging hike through Mill Creek Park

 

What’s your ultimate vacation destination?

1 – Cabin in the woods

2 – Staycation with the family

3 – On a beach with your special someone

4 – Extended stay at a theme park

5 – Road tripping

 

What type of movies do you like to see?

1 – Comedy

2 – Mystery

3 – Romance

4 – Drama

5 – Action

 

Pick a color.

1 – Yellow

2 – Pink

3 – Purple

4 – Green

5 – Red

 

Your Ice Cream Flavor

5-9pts | Classic Vanilla

As a vanilla ice cream lover, you tend to be an impulsive risk-taker that prefers to rely on your own intuition more than logic when it comes to making decisions. You also have a knack for maintaining successful close relationships.

 

10-14pts | Strawberry Cheesecake Chunk

Strawberry and berry ice cream lovers in general tend to have Type B personalities – you’re easygoing, tolerant and introverted. You take time to reflect on your life and remain thoughtful of others. Time spent alone and with close family are most important to you.

 

15-19pts | Chocoholic Chunk

As a fan of chocolate ice cream, you’re most likely flirtatious and charming. While sometimes dramatic, you love to be the life of the party. Excitement and good vibes follow you wherever you go!

 

20-24pts | Mint with Oreo

Mint ice cream lovers are ambitious and confident. You know what you want and you aren’t afraid to argue with others to achieve it. You have zero tolerance for nonsense – some might even call you stubborn. Mint ice cream fans also tend to save money when they can.

 

25pts | Heavenly Hash

Fans of Heavenly Hash, AKA smooth chocolate ice cream blended with chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate chips and marshmallow ripple, are aggressive and engaging people. Although sometimes intense, you still have a knack for listening to others when they need it most. You also pride yourself in being goal-oriented and love indulging in the finer things in life.

@jonbeougher

 

 

You’ve taken our quiz (how’d we do?), now it’s time to go get some ice cream! Click here to find a Handel’s location near you.

 

For more details on things happening in Mahoning County, check out our Facebook page or website.

From homemade Italian sausage sandwiches to hand-kneaded stromboli, fair food holds a special place in our Youngstown hearts. Here are some popular Mahoning County fair food vendors and where to find them this summer.

 

@thehungrycouple614_dirussosDiRusso’s Sausage

Since 1963, DiRusso’s Sausage has been serving up their famous homemade Italian sausage sandwiches to festival and fair goers all across Northeast Ohio. Made with fresh rope sausage (using a family recipe that dates back to 1946), DiRusso’s sandwiches have become a fair food staple for Youngstown. You can find DiRusso’s Sausage sold at many Youngstown-area grocery stores, or you can buy their sandwiches hot from their food stand in front of Camelot Lanes on Route 224 in Boardman, Friday-Sunday starting at 11am. DiRusso’s Concessions also travels to a variety of festivals and fairs throughout the summer. See DiRusso’s schedule here.

 

Molnar’s Concessions

Molnar’s Concessions serves up all sorts of fair favorites- steak hoagies, French fries, lemon shakes- but what people wait hours for (yes, hours) are their enormous frosted cinnamon rolls. These larger-than-life sweet treats come topped with a heaping dollop of traditional frosting or sticky pecan topping. They’re delicious and 100% worth the wait. Look for their food truck parked on the corner of Mahoning Ave. and S. Turner Rd. in Austintown, Tuesday through Saturday 10am–9pm.

 

Vlahos Original Greek Gyros

Nothing quite hits the spot like a well-prepared gyro, and Vlahos Original Greek Gyros knows how it’s done. Their menu features original, chicken, veggie and jumbo gyros, piled high with seasoned proteins and freshly made tzatziki sauce. They also serve up salads and traditional baklava. You can find Vlahos stationed at a variety of local businesses around the Youngstown area including Austintown Pools & Spas on Route 46 in Austintown (check their Facebook page for up-to-date locations).

 

@mariahangelina17_canfieldfairWhere to Find More Fair Food Favorites:
(Note: dates, times, and locations may change. List last updated 7/30/20)

Jaam Concession
Mahoning Avenue (Mashorda’s parking lot), Austintown
Thursday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Tina’s Kitchen
Champ Field, 600 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown
Sunday-Thursday in July, 6pm-8:30pm
Moving to Mashorda’s parking lot on Mahoning Ave. August 4

DeLuca’s Italian Cuisine
11715 Mahoning Ave. (across from Carter Lumber), North Jackson
Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-7pm, Saturday 1-6pm

Roller Up Ice Cream
E. Midlothian Blvd. (across from Schwebel’s), Youngstown

J&J Concessions
3614 Canfield Rd. (corner of Meridian and Canfield Rd.), Cornersburg
Friday, Saturday
Funnel cake, oreos, elephant ears

Demailos Concession
1655 Raccoon Road (across from Wedgewood Pizza), Austintown
Daily, hours vary
Sausage and steak sandwiches, fries

Kona Ice
1655 Raccoon Road (across from Wedgewood Pizza), Austintown
Monday-Saturday, 1-7pm

Lisko’s Funnel Cakes
704 Youngstown-Poland Rd. (Sr. Jalapeno parking lot), Struthers
Daily, hours vary

 

 

Which vendor are you most looking forward to seeing this summer? We have a hard time choosing just one. For more information about dining in Youngstown and all things happening in Mahoning County, visit our website or our Facebook page.

Spanning over 4,500 acres and filled with winding trails, calm lakes and sprawling playgrounds, Mill Creek MetroParks offers ample opportunities for families to explore. Continue reading for more details on a variety of family-friendly activities at Mill Creek.

 

Family-Friendly Hike and Bike Trails

father son hikingBetween navigating strollers and managing young kids, hiking and biking trips can become tricky if you don’t pick a trail that suits your family best. Luckily, there are plenty of easy to moderate trails in Mill Creek for families to explore, without the added hassle of steep inclines or rocky terrain. View the Mill Creek Park Trail Guide for more information.

  • MetroParks Bikeway: 11-mile paved trail with parking available at the MetroParks Farm and Mahoning Ave. and Kirk Road trailheads
  • East Cohasset Hike & Bike Trail: 1.5-mile asphalt trail closed to motorized traffic
  • Slippery Rock Trail: short 0.4-mile trail with easy terrain and steps near Old Furnace Rd.
  • Lily Pond Circle Trail: a 0.25 mile loop with easy, flat terrain around the scenic Lily Pond

 

Family Fun Golf Nights

Every Friday and Saturday night in the summer, Mill Creek Golf Course is offering families a special opportunity to play a discounted round of golf! 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 or book online at millcreekmetroparks.org.

 

kayakingBoating Opportunities

There are beautiful lakes in Mill Creek waiting to be explored by boat, kayak or canoe! While Mill Creek’s boathouses are closed until August 31, 2020, families are still invited to bring their own boats, kayaks and canoes that comply with the MetroParks regulations. Boat, fish or simply explore 44 acres at Lake Glacier or over 60 acres of open water and 40 acres of wetlands at Lake Newport.

 

Search for Wildlife

With miles of trails and acres of wetlands, Mill Creek MetroParks offers great opportunities for kids and adults alike to view wildlife. Grab your binoculars and enjoy a fun family day of nature exploration at Mill Creek.

  • Newport Wetlands: located at the southern end of Lake Newport; watch for waterfowl, songbirds, herons, muskrat and beavers
  • Mill Creek Preserve: 44-acre wetland restoration area that attracts birds, butterflies, dragonflies (especially in the summer months) and crayfish
  • Vickers Nature Preserve: look for ducks, herons and river otters
  • Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary: over 200 documented bird species have been observed here; look for waterfowl, shorebirds, herons, egrets, songbirds and bald eagles

 

Visit a Playgroundplayground

Per the Governor’s guidelines, Mill Creek reopened their outdoor playgrounds on June 10, 2020. Safety guidelines are posted at each playground site for visitors to follow. You’ll find playgrounds in the following areas:

  • Wick Recreation Area (Note: Wet Playground is closed through August 31, 2020)
  • Scholl Pavilion
  • Stitt Pavilion
  • Chestnut Hill Pavilion
  • Volney Rogers Field
  • Lower Bears Den Picnic Area
  • Yellow Creek Park

                                          

Wick Recreation Area

The 65-acre Wick Recreation Area, located in Mill Creek, is home to a variety of courts, fields and children’s play areas. Right now, the area’s par-3 golf course, baseball fields, softball fields, tennis courts and playgrounds are all open for families to use. The football fields, volleyball courts, dek hockey rink and wet playground are closed through August 31, 2020.

 

Physical Distancing Guidelines

Just like other public facilities, Mill Creek MetroParks encourages visitors to follow their COVID-19 guidelines for safe park use.

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains
  • Observe the CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of six feet from other persons at all times

For more details and the latest updates on Mill Creek’s facility closures, visit their COVID-19 updates page.

 

There are so many ways for families to have fun at Mill Creek MetroParks! For more family-friendly spots in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Plan a road trip to Youngstown & Mahoning County and enjoy our outdoor recreation, golf courses, local dining, and unique treats. Here are seven ideas to get you started:

 

1.  Explore Mill Creek MetroParks

Encompassing more than 2,800 natural acres, Mill Creek MetroParks offers 45 miles of trails to explore. Boardwalks, paved walkways and unpaved trails take visitors through the diverse lands and scenery of this breathtaking park. Check out this video from The Business Journal for everything the MetroParks has to offer!

 

2.  Stroll through Fellows Riverside Gardens

Located in Mill Creek MetroParks, this twelve-acre display garden features a landscape of remarkable beauty with diverse and colorful plant displays, roses of all classes, seasonal displays of annuals, perennials, and flowering bulbs, and scenic vistas.

 

3.  Visit White House Fruit Farm@vivalabrooklynn

Known for their homegrown produce and blueberry donuts, White House Fruit Farm has reopened their Market. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am-4:30pm and Sunday, 12-4:30pm. Homegrown asparagus and rhubarb are fresh in the Market now.

 

4.  Enjoy Award-Wining Wineries

The Mahoning Valley is home to five beautiful wineries, each with their own ambiance, and ready to welcome you! Enjoy scenic outdoor patios, glistening lake views, stunning sunsets and sprawling vineyards. Learn more in our Wineries Guide.

 

5.  Play a Round!

Golf YoungstownThe Youngstown area has 12 top quality, affordable public golf courses. Whether you want to tackle a Donald Ross-designed course, or a links-style course, there are plenty of challenges awaiting you. Stay-and-Play Packages are available at area hotels, so grab your clubs and get ready to tee-off. Learn more about our courses in our Golf Guide.

 

6.  Dine at our Local Restaurants

The Youngstown area restaurant scene offers a variety of local favorites. Patio dining is open and many restaurants have reopened their dining rooms. View our listing of open area restaurants. Carryout is also available at many restaurants.

 

7.  Taste THE Best Ice Cream in the World!

Every visit to Youngstown should include a stop at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream! This Youngstown favorite is made fresh daily, one batch at a time. Stop at one of Handel’s six Mahoning County locations. You can call ahead and place your order. Visit their website for current flavors and locations.

 

Mahoning County offers visitors a wide variety of comfortable, clean lodging. Our hotels are taking additional measures to ensure your safety is of the highest priority.

 

Download our 2020 Travel Guide and other guides to help you plan your summer road trip! For more ideas of what to do in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Spending time outdoors is a great way to stay active and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we also strongly encourage you to follow the health recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – including social distancing of six feet apart.

 

With the kids home from school and your own working-from-home regimens, you’re probably itching for some fresh air – and we don’t blame you! Luckily, there are plenty of ways you and your family can enjoy the outdoors in Mahoning County, while still keeping an appropriate social distance.

 

Take a Hike

@martinomotorsports_millcreekbridgeDepending on the trail you choose, hiking can be either a relaxing or invigorating outdoor activity, suited for all ages. Hikes and walks are known to lower stress levels, improve mood and improve health. In the Youngstown area, you’ll find miles of both paved and wilderness hiking trails. 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 details about popular area trails, take a look at our online Outdoor Recreation Guide.

 

Ride Your Bike

@bryanews_millcreekbiketrailBike rides are another great way to relax, unwind and explore the outdoors, by yourself or with family. For a 10.6-mile paved ride, head out on the Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway. This trail is part of the larger 100-mile Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway and has parking available along the route. Other popular bike trails in Mill Creek include the 2-mile East Cohasset Hike & Bike Trail, the 1.75-mile East Newport Hike & Bike Trail and the 1.5-mile East Golf Hike & Bike Trail. The 10-mile asphalt Stavich Bike Trail is the only bicycle trail in the United States that takes cyclists through two states and three different townships. You can start the trail at Broad Street and Coit Road in Struthers. For those of you that prefer the (bike) path less-traveled, take your mountain bike to the Lake Milton Mountain Bike Trail. This trail is approximately 4 miles long, with tight turns and punchy climbs, and is ridden as an out-and-back. For more information about area bike trails, download our Outdoor Recreation Guide.

 

@carleetravels_berlinlakeGo Fishing

With the weather warming up, it’s nearly time to dig out your fishing poles and take a fishing trip to one of Mahoning County’s beautiful lakes. Lake Milton and Berlin Lake are each equipped with several boat launching sites and are open to recreational fishing.

 

Perfect Your Golf Swing

millcreek_@kimmie_nappiLike fishing, golf is a sport that can be just as enjoyable played alone as it is with other people. The North & South Courses at Mill Creek Golf Course have reopened with adjusted operating hours and mandated guidelines. Kennsington Golf Club is open seven days a week from 6am (Early Bird Special) to dusk. Individual carts are available now for safe social distancing and full-length golf cart cab dividers will be installed by May 23. Knoll Run Golf Course is asking golfers to call ahead for bookings and their outdoor patio will open on May 15. For current updates on all area golf courses, please visit their respective websites.

 

Try Disc Golf

@youngstowndiscgolfclub_austintownparkDisc golf is widely popular in the Youngstown area and can be enjoyed free of charge at local parks, by all age levels. The only expense to new disc golfers are the discs themselves. Beginners can get started with a single multi-purpose disc for around $10 or purchase a starter kit of multiple discs for around $25. Discs are available for purchase at certain outdoor recreation stores. Once you have your discs, play on one of our four local courses:

  • MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course – 9-hole learn-to-play course and an 18-hole championship course 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 to 488 feet
  • Wick Park – 9-hole, par 31 course through the mature trees of historic Wick Park

 

 

As we adapt to these uncertain times, take time to enjoy the outdoors, alone or with your family. For more information about Youngstown’s beautiful parks and other outdoor attractions, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Ohio restaurants and bars opened outside dining on Friday, May 15, 2020 and inside dining on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the latest information including requirements for Restaurants and Bars and COVID-19 Restaurant & Food Establishment Guidance. Please check with each restaurant individually for their safety precautions.

 

The following restaurants and bars are OPEN:
An asterisk (*) denotes outside patio

 

Another Round Bar and Grille* (at Reserve Run Golf Course) | Visit Website
625 E. Western Reserve Rd., Poland, 330-758-1017

 

Biker BrewHouse* | Visit Website
5700 Patriot Blvd., Austintown, 330-520-2266

 

Blue Wolf Tavern* | Visit Website
1295 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman, 330-726-1736

 

Buffalo Wild Wings* | Visit Website
7401 Market St., Boardman, 330-726-1313
6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, 330-779-0201

 

Café 422* | Visit Website
8586 South Ave., Boardman, 330-629-2422

 

Carmella’s Café* | Visit Website
850 E. Western Reserve Rd., Boardman, 330-758-0544

 

The Casual Pint* | Visit Website
393 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-787-9799

 

El Cowboy Tex Mex Grill & Saloon* | Visit Website
1739 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown, 330-953-2754

 

El Jalapeno II* | Visit Website
4626 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, 330-799-6500

 

Forty10 The Grille on the Hill* | Visit Website
4010 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield, 330-967-4400

 

Halliday’s Winery* | Visit Website
2400 NE River Rd., Lake Milton, 330-654-9463

 

Hole 55* (at Mill Creek Golf Course) | Visit Facebook Page
1 West Golf Drive, Boardman, 330-740-7112

 

Inner Circle Pizza* | Visit Website
1816 Boardman-Poland Rd., Poland, 330-757-3719

 

Inner Circle Pizza | Visit Facebook Page
6579 Ironwood Blvd., Canfield, 330-533-7575

 

Kennsington Grill* (at Kennsington Golf Club) | Visit Website
4171 Westford Place, Canfield, 330-533-8733

 

Knoll Run Golf Course* | Visit Website
1421 Struthers-Coitsville Rd., Lowellville, 330-755-2499

 

Lil Paws Winery & Brewery* | Visit Website
17574 Mahoning Ave., Lake Milton, 330-970-9463

 

L’uva Bella Winery* | Visit Website
6597 Center Rd., Lowellville, 330-536-6450

 

Magic Tree Pub & Eatery* | Visit Website
7463 South Ave., Boardman, 330-629-2667

 

Mastropietro Winery and Sports Bar* | Visit Website
14558 Ellsworth Rd., Berlin Center, 330-547-2151

 

Michael Alberini’s Restaurant & Wine Shop | Visit Website
1140 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-965-2524

 

The Mocha House – Downtown Youngstown* | Visit Facebook Page
120 E. Boardman Street, Youngstown, 330-951-0070

 

Nicolinni’s Ristorante II* | Visit Website
1247 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-259-3343

 

Paladin Brewing* | Visit Website
6520 Mahoning Avenue, Austintown, 330-550-6338

 

Peaberry’s Café and Bakery* | Visit Website
4350 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Canfield, 330-702-9230

 

The Phoenix Fire Grill and Bar* | Visit Website
5231 S. Canfield-Niles Rd., Canfield, 330-533-9999

 

The Pour House Bar & Grill* | Visit Website
3620 Starrs Centre Dr., Canfield, 330-533-3522

 

Quaker Steak & Lube* | Visit Website
5800 Patriot Blvd., Austintown, 330-349-9464

 

Rachel’s Restaurant* | Visit Website
54 Westchester Dr., Austintown, 330-799-1700

 

Scacchetti’s Ironwood Grille | Visit Website
6580 Ironwood Blvd., Canfield, 330-967-4800

 

Springfield Grille | Visit Website
7413 Tiffany South, Boardman, 330-726-0895

 

StoneBridge Grille & Tavern* | Visit Website
1497 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman, 330-629-8040

 

TJ’s Restaurant & Lounge (inside Holiday Inn Boardman) | Visit Website
7410 South Avenue, Boardman, 330-726-4893

 

V2 Wine Bar Trattoria* | Visit Website
100 W. Federal St., Downtown Youngstown, 330-742-5595

 

The Vineyards at Pine Lake* | Visit Website
14101 Market St., Columbiana, 330-549-0195

 

Vintage Estate Wine & Beer* | Visit Website
7317 South Ave., Boardman, 330-629-8080

 

Zenobia Middle Eastern Cuisine* | Visit Website
584 E. Main St., Canfield, 330-286-0800

 

Listing last updated on 6/2/20.