Believe it or not, you don’t have to jump on a flight to California to sip a quality glass of wine. In fact, you don’t even have to leave Mahoning County! Enjoy any of the seven wineries in the Youngstown area, complete with scenic views, locally aged grapes and accommodating venues. Read below to learn about each of the wineries’ unique offerings.

 

Mastropiétro Winery
Berlin Center

Established in 2005, Mastropiétro Winery was the first winery in Mahoning County and has an on-site vineyard that produces grapes for harvest. At Mastropiétro, guests can enjoy wine and snacks in their Tuscan-themed tasting room or outside on the scenic patio. Events can be held in the 48-person banquet room or on the property’s beautiful 14 acres of land. Local bands regularly provide live music and special events are held throughout the year.

  

Halliday’s Winery
Lake Milton

Nestled between Lake Milton and Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Halliday’s Winery is a great place to enjoy food, wine and company. Their menu includes appetizers, flatbread pizzas, paninis and sandwiches, paired with a variety of specialty wines. With their winery building, outdoor space and association with Olde Dutch Mill, Halliday’s Winery can accommodate groups of more than 250 guests for any type of event. Wine tastings and live music are also available for enjoyment.

  

Lil Paws Winery
Lake Milton

Inspired by their K-9 kids, Lil Paws Winery serves homemade wines and beers, all made on-site and named after the owners’ past or present dogs. Lil Paws does not offer food, but encourages you to bring your own and enjoy it with their wine. Visit on Thursdays for an Essential Oil Yoga Class or enjoy occasional live music performances on weekends.

 

The Vineyards at Pine Lake
Columbiana

The 42-acre Vineyards at Pine Lake is a beautiful lakefront property complete with a banquet hall and tasting room. With its large event center and scenic outdoor space, The Vineyards at Pine Lake is a popular location for weddings and other events. Cooking Club classes, Craft and Sip sessions and an Adult Easter Egg Hunt are also available to visitors.

  

 

L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro
Lowellville

L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro is Youngstown’s first and only California-style winery, with grapes and juices sourced from Italy, Chile, California and Ohio. This winery and bistro also offers a variety of fine dining eats, from steak and seafood to homemade, wood-fired oven pizzas. Right now, special Lenten dishes are available for lunch and dinner on each Friday of Lent (until March 29).

  

Myrddin Winery
Lake Milton

Tucked away on the shore of Lake Milton is Myrddin Winery. Open Thursday-Sunday, this intimate winery offers an extensive selection of food including cheese boards, homemade chips, pizzas, sandwiches and build-your-own desserts. But, what really makes this winery unique is its unbeatable view of Lake Milton! Visitors can sip wine indoors in the Tasting Room or outside on the porch or patio, overlooking the lake.

 
 

Diletto Winery 
Canfield

Located across the street from White House Fruit Farm, Diletto Winery offers specialty fruit wines, select appetizers and a plethora of fun activities. Sip n’ Paint Classes are offered several times a month for just $36 per person (includes materials, instruction and a glass of wine) and the winery’s many Escape Rooms are always available for booking. Diletto Winery also hosts Murder Mystery Dinners that include a 4-course meal, wine and storyline with you as the suspect!

 

 For more details about Mahoning Valley wineries or Youngstown area offerings, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

The holiday season is here and with it comes countless holiday traditions and events! From holiday lights to performances there is no shortage of seasonal festivities in Mahoning County. Here are some of the best holiday events in the area to check out in the next couple of weeks!

 

Joy of Christmas Light DisplayJoy of Christmas Holiday Light Display
November 15-December 8, Thursdays through Sundays, 6:00-9:00pm, Open Every Night from December 12-26, 6:00-9:00pm
Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave, Columbiana

Come enjoy one million holiday lights in 75 animated light scenes, stroll through the Gingerbread House and view hundreds of homemade gingerbread house displays. Stop by Santa’s Ice Castle for food, entertainment, crafts and Santa! $10 donation per vehicle requested.

 

Memories of Christmas Past
November 23 – January 5, 2020, Tuesdays-Sundays, 12:00-4:00pm; until 7:00pm on Thursdays (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day)
Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown

The Arms Family Museum is sparkling for the holiday season! Memories of Christmas Past, the annual holiday spectacular, is in its 12th year in the 1905 Arts & Crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms. The theme for 2019 is By the Fireside. The seven period rooms of the Arms Family home are filled to the brim with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations that include ornaments, lighting, trees, and toys.

 

Lanterman's MillOlde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill
November 30 & December 1, 11:00am-5:00pm
Lanterman’s Mill, 980 Canfield Road, Youngstown

Enjoy the traditional holiday atmosphere at Lanterman’s Mill. Fire-roasted chestnuts, artisans demonstrating crafts, unique handcrafted gifts for sale, and festive entertainment will lift your spirits. To share the holiday spirit with others, bring a new hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up children in need this winter.

 

Winter Celebration The Magical WoodsWinter Celebration: The Magical Woods
November 30-December 29, 10:00am-5:00pm (Closed Mondays & Christmas Day)
Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown

Come visit a magical land of gnomes and fairy families throughout the Davis Center lobby, and discover other mythical creatures in The Enchanted Hollow. Plus, enjoy the annual holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt, and seasonal flowers.

 

Winter NightsWinter Nights – Fellows Riverside Gardens
Saturdays, November 30; December 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown

Experience the outdoor light display and the Unicorn Games and crafts. Plus, find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in the Garden Cafe.

 

Holiday Craft Show & Tuba ChristmasHoliday Craft Show and Tuba Christmas
Sunday, December 1, 11:00am
Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown

Stambaugh Auditorium’s Holiday Craft Show will return as part of the 46th annual Tuba Christmas Concert. The 2:00pm concert features local tuba players joining together to perform a variety of Christmas classics. The Craft Show will feature local artisans and crafters before and after the concert.

 

Santa's Winter BarnSanta’s Winter Barn
Sunday, December 1, 11:00am-2:00pm
MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield

Santa is getting ready for the big day but has agreed to bring some of his animals from around the world for a visit. Great photo opportunity to sit in Santa’s sleigh and see a reindeer. Event is held in the Barn so dress for the weather.

 

Youngstown Holiday Parade and Tree LightingYoungstown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Central Square, Downtown Youngstown

Festivities begin throughout downtown at 4:00pm. The parade will commence at 6:00pm. The route will begin on E. Federal Street near Champion and will finish on W. Federal Street at Symphony Place. The tree lighting will take place immediately following the parade (approximately 7:30pm), followed by pictures with Santa.

 

Butler Craft Show49th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, December 7, 10:00am-5:00pm & Sunday, December 8, 10:00am-4:00pm
Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave, Youngstown

This juried show features visual artists and craftspeople showcasing the best of their work. Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts in the beautiful surrounds of The Butler.

 

Miracle on Easy StreetMiracle on Easy Street
December 13 & 14, 7:30pm and December 14 & 15, 2:30pm
Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown

Youngstown’s original Christmas Spectacular is back for its 31st consecutive year. Join Easy Street Productions co-founders Maureen Collins and Todd Hancock with over 100 singers, dancers, and little rascals for the annual extravaganza that has become a family holiday tradition in Youngstown!

 

For a full list of holiday events this year, visit our website and follow us on Facebook!

In the final week of our Meet the Roasters blog series, we feature an interview with Josh Langenheim, owner of Stone Fruit Coffee Company, with locations in Boardman, YSU campus, Cornersburg and Columbiana. With many investments in the Youngstown area, Josh can be described as nothing other than Youngstown Proud. Read on to learn more about Josh and Stone Fruit!

 

Hobby Gone Wild

Josh has always been a coffee enthusiast, with mornings spent roasting on his humble 0.5 machine and constantly experimenting with new flavors. But, at what point did his roasting hobby turn into a full-blown career?

Q. Why did you enter the coffee business?

A. This is a hobby that has gone wildly out of control. Before Stone Fruit, I was in marketing and it was a nonstop sort of thing; I was always traveling to North Carolina and everywhere in between. But, on Sundays I had time to myself and would spend a few hours in the morning roasting on my tiny little 0.5 roasting machine (it could only roast 1.1lbs at a time). My company’s Ohio location ended up closing and I decided to start something new by opening Stone Fruit. I was pretty good at marketing and I had a passion for coffee, so I thought why not market coffee?

 

Roasting the Stigmas

In the coffee world, ordering a simple cup of joe can get complicated pretty fast. Listening to someone in front of you order a “venti, half-sweet, non-fat, caramel macchiato with soy milk” can make your head spin. But, at Stone Fruit, visitors don’t have to worry about the coffee lingo or judgment, because over the years Josh and his team have worked hard to remove the negative stigmas surrounding artisan coffee shops by ensuring that everyone is welcome.

Q. What do you think makes Stone Fruit unique?

A. One of the main things we try to focus on is the negative connotations that are wrapped around third wave, artisan coffee. It can be a very pretentious and intimidating situation if you walk into a shop without knowing the difference between a latte and a cappuccino. At Stone Fruit we have removed that stigma. We have uniquely named all of our coffees (ex. “javachino”), putting everyone on equal playing ground. You can’t come in here and act like you know something more than someone else. Ultimately, there are no negative connotations or stigma.

 

Q. Can you describe your typical customer?

A. We get everybody from 14 to 400. Honestly, I think it’s because of the negative stigma that we have removed. We are just creating a nice, special environment where everyone can hang out.

 

Q. How does Stone Fruit contribute to the hospitality of Youngstown?

A. I think that if you put positivity out, positivity will come back. If you look at any of our social media, it is 99% positivity. We want everyone to feel welcome and I think that really improves the hospitality of Youngstown.

 

Even MORE Joe for YO

As we sat down with Josh, our interview was occasionally interrupted by the sounds of hammers and the smell of sawdust. Stone Fruit was a temporary “war zone” (as Josh put it) due to the shop’s latest development.

Q. Do you have any plans for Stone Fruit in the near future?  

A. We are getting a 45 kilo coffee roaster to hopefully support many more Stone Fruit locations. We look to start providing coffee for other local businesses as well. Right now, we are serving coffee at the Springfield Grille and we have been in negotiations with a lot of other high-end restaurants.

Whether old or young, coffee expert or beginner, Stone Fruit welcomes you to any of their locations! Stop in to visit Josh and enjoy a cup of “javachino.” To travel the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail, visit this page for your passport and a list of participating locations. To learn more about places to go and things to see in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website and follow @YoungstownLive on social media!

Stone Fruit Website: https://stonefruitcoffee.com/
Stone Fruit Insta: @stonefruit_coffee
Stone Fruit Facebook: @Stonefruitcoffee

Welcome back Joe in the YO enthusiasts! This week, Meet the Roasters features an interview with Matt Campbell, owner and roaster extraordinaire at Branch Street Coffee Roasters, located in Boardman. With trips to coffee-growing countries to source the best-available beans, precise weighing methods and latte foam art, Branch Street knows their coffee! But don’t take it from us, see what Matt has to say about his business and experiences.

 

Why the Coffee Business?

When you hear “emergency room” and “coffee” you might not think of many similarities. However, a coworker actually introduced Matt to the artisan coffee world during his career in the medical field. Matt’s background in imaging for oncology and emergency room CAT scans not only introduced him to the coffee industry, but also helps a lot when it comes to operating the roaster and understanding the science behind developing delicious coffee beans.

Q. Why did you enter the coffee business?

A. About 7 or 8 years ago, I was introduced to fresh-roasted coffee while I was working in nuclear medicine. My coworker insisted that I try it and from my first couple sips, I immediately noticed a huge difference from regular coffee, and I fell in love with it.

Q. So you decided to make the change from medicine to being a coffee entrepreneur?

A. Yes. Working in oncology for five years got to be a bit depressing. Coffee was exciting. There was a coffee shop just down the road, and the owners took me on as an apprentice. They taught me about the business end of running a coffee shop, how to roast coffee beans, and the science behind roasting as well.

 

Q. Can you explain your roasting process?

A. We roast two days out of the week, and we roast all of our varieties each time we roast. Each batch takes us between 10-13 minutes, depending on what we’re doing with that coffee. Each coffee has its own unique profile or recipe and we adjust the temperatures and air flows depending on how the coffee likes to be roasted.

Cappuccino with a Splash of Story 

Whether you like your coffee black, sweet or somewhere in between, Branch Street has a flavor (and a story) for you!

Q. What do you think makes Branch Street unique?

A. We try to find relational coffees. We want the coffee to have a story behind it and we really showcase the hard work that goes into it from the producer’s standpoint. We also only roast coffees on the light spectrum, but even dark roast people can find something that they love here because we have full-bodied coffees.

 

Q. What is your most popular drink?

A. Our seasonal lattes and single origin coffees are probably our two best sellers. (We would definitely recommend trying their fall special, the Salted Maple Latte. It has a sweet maple flavor and comes with fantastic foam art on top.)  

        

Beyond Business: Giving Back

Some of the Branch Street staff recently took a trip to Peru to visit several coffee farms and learn more about the source of their beans. Matt shares his Peru experience and some pretty exciting plans for the future.

Q. Can you talk about your trip to Peru?

A. We recently visited five different coffee farms in Peru, where we met with the families who own the farms and observed their harvesting and processing quality. I went down there with great admiration for the work that the growers and producers were doing, but to have them show us how it actually works and to see what they actually have to do to get a cup of coffee on our table is outstanding. The coffee bean farmers in Peru are some of the most honest, humble and hardworking people that I have met. 

One of the things that we focus on at Branch Street is finding a relationship. So, we will be bringing coffee back from three of the farms that we visited in Peru and part of our coffee proceeds will go back to the hands of those farmers. The money will go towards upgrading their facilities and will help them produce better coffee for future years.

If you’re searching for a sustainable, unique and compassionate shop with artisan-crafted coffee, then Branch Street Coffee Roasters is the place for you! Matt’s passion for artisan coffee has brought about ownership of a second coffee shop, Generations Coffee Lab, located in nearby Columbiana, so be sure to check out that location as well! To travel the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail, visit this page for your passport and a list of participating locations. To learn more about places to go and things to see in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website and follow @YoungstownLive on social media!

Branch Street Coffee Roasters Website: https://branchstreetcoffee.com/
Branch Street Insta: @branchstreetcoffee
Branch Street Twitter: @BranchStreetCR

For those of you that have been traveling the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail – and for those that are just now joining us – welcome to our new blog series called “Meet the Roasters.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the owners of three local coffee shops that actually source their own beans and roast them in-house. We sat down with some of these coffee connoisseurs to get the inside scoop on their backgrounds, their shops and their customers.

This week features an interview with Joe Sylvester, owner of High Octane Coffee, a 1950s service garage-inspired shop located in Canfield. 

 

From Racing to Roasting

While Joe Sylvester might be known for some delicious coffee, he may be better known for his successful racing career. Since 2006, Joe has had a successful career in monster truck competitions and racing, and even secured the Guinness World Record for Longest Monster Truck Jump (237 feet). So, why did Joe transition from racing to owning a coffee shop?

Q. Why did you enter the coffee business?

A. I’ve raced my whole life; I’ve traveled the whole world. And through all the traveling that I’ve done, I’ve had to be awake for crazy hours, with late stays at hotels and waking up in the morning for live interviews. Because of this schedule, coffee became a big part of my daily routine. I would get coffee from anywhere- diners, gas stations- until one day I actually had specialty, artisan-roasted coffee and was mind-blown because it tasted so much better than what I was used to. After this, I developed a stronger passion for coffee and decided that I wanted to start a business that I could grow for the rest of my life.

What Makes High Octane Unique?

From coffee named “Gasoline Alley” to shiny car parts hanging from the walls, High Octane has definitely done a good job at not blending in with the average coffee shop. Despite its racing roots, what else makes High Octane stand out?

Q. How does High Octane stand out from other local coffee shops?

A. I knew that I wanted to offer not just good coffee, but a completely unique experience that gives a different vibe and atmosphere. We host car shows at High Octane, we play rock music on the radio and all of our marketing is a little bit more edgy.

 

Q. Can you explain what your roasting process entails?

A. We roast eight different coffee beans from places like Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Guatemala and Mexico. Our roaster has the capability of roasting 640 pounds per day, but we typically roast 60-200 pounds of coffee beans each week for High Octane.

 

Q. What is your most popular drink? What special items do you offer?

A. Overall, people like iced lattes, everyone seems to have their own flavor that they like. The Buckeye Outlaw is probably our number one seller and one of my favorites. We also make handspun, old diner-style milkshakes.

            

What Fuels High Octane

While it’s no surprise that coffee keeps most YO locals running, we wondered what fuels High Octane. Between their loyal customers and personable baristas, this shop runs on more than just coffee.

Q. Can you describe the people that typically come to High Octane?

A. Guys with grease under their fingernails, those are the kind of guys that like to come here because they’re comfortable here. In general, we have a lot of regulars and locals, but because of my racing career we also get visitors from out of town that want to see High Octane.

 

Q. We believe that coffee is hospitable. How does High Octane and its baristas aid in the hospitality of its community?

A. I don’t stress so much that our baristas’ drinks are perfect. Instead, the biggest thing for us is attitude and the general way that we project ourselves to customers. It’s more important that our baristas have a positive attitude and personality- that’s what gets people to come back.

 

Down the Road

Boardman locals will be happy to hear Joe’s recent focus for High Octane’s future!

Q. What are your plans and goals for High Octane?

A. We’re hoping to have our new Boardman location open by next month. Other than that, I have no desire to own more than one store. I want to have one store as the main, flagship location and then franchise the rest, including the Boardman store.

 

While we did our best to capture the essence of High Octane, you will have to pay Joe and his baristas a visit if you want to truly experience one of the most unique coffee shops in the Youngstown area! To join the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail, visit this page for your passport and a list of participating locations. To learn more about things to do and see in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website and follow @YoungstownLive on social media!

High Octane Website: https://high-octane-coffee-company.myshopify.com/
High Octane Insta: @highoctanecoffee
High Octane Twitter: @gethighoctane
Joe Sylvester Insta & Twitter: @joesylvester8

As the air turns cool, apples turn crisp and leaves turn colors, White House Fruit Farm gears up for their busiest and favorite time of year – FALL! In addition to their famous blueberry donuts and rich fudge, the farm will host its Fall Celebration Weekends beginning September 9 & 10, until the last weekend in October. These festivals include tons of family-friendly events that you won’t want to miss this fall season.

 

The Festivities

With fresh produce and homemade donuts (September’s featured flavors are Pumpkin Iced and Pumpkin Cinnamon) waiting just inside, the real fun will be happening outside! Every weekend, the farm offers:

  • Horse Drawn Wagon rides
  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides
  • Kids’ play area
  • Food vendors
  • Cameron the crawl-through Caterpillar
  • Kettle Corn
  • Caramel Apples
  • Flowers from the Lutz Greenhouse
  • Pumpkin Pavilion and Gift Barn (featuring pumpkins and fall decorations)
  • Professional Fall Portraits by the lake with FJPortraits

 

In the midst of their Fall Celebration Weekends, White House Fruit Farm will also be hosting other great events like Master Carver Ron Roberts, who transforms pumpkins into works of art, and the “Scare Away Hunger Scarecrow Decoration and Display Contest”, a competition aimed at raising money for the local food pantry. For more details on all fall festivities, visit the calendar of events webpage.

 

 

About White House Fruit Farm

White House Fruit Farm has been around since 1815, with the Hull Family growing produce there for over 90 years. Although apples are the farm’s signature crop (they even have an apple variety chart), White House has expanded to growing 13 other types of produce and selling over 3000 specialty food items! White House Fruit Farm is known for its homemade donuts, sliced to order deli meats and freshly pressed apple cider- all sold in the renovated 1881 barn farm market. 

 

Whether you’re visiting for your weekly box of donuts, or for one of the many fall novelties, you should definitely make it a point to visit White House Fruit Farm this season. Click here for more fall events happening in Youngstown & Mahoning County.

 

With balmy days and later sunsets, summer is the perfect time for dining al fresco. Even though the Youngstown area gets notoriously brutal winters, we do get our fair share of beautifully warm weather in the summer. Dining outside is the perfect way to enjoy two staples of summer: great food and the great outdoors.

Read on to find your next favorite outdoor dining spot in the valley!

 

Wonderful Wineries

Nothing says summer like a full glass of wine with family and friends enjoying a beautiful view. Each of these wineries feature signature blends that will please even the most discerning palates and outdoor spaces that enhance the whole experience.

Mastropietro Winery (Berlin Center)- The first winery established in Mahoning County, it is nestled on 52 acres close to Lake Berlin and Lake Milton. Featuring a Tuscan-style tasting room and picturesque patio overlooking the lake, this winery is a great place to relax with food, friends, and, of course, wine!

L’uva Bella Winery (Lowellville)- Youngstown’s first and only California-style winery! Enjoy old world wood-fired pizza, tasting plates, and more from their newly expanded menu. With summer in full-swing, spend an evening on their patio enjoying the warm nights and great wine.

Halliday’s Winery (Lake Milton)- What could be better than watching the sun set over beautiful Lake Milton with a glass of wine in hand? Pair the wine with any of their appetizers, flatbreads, salads, or paninis for a memorable meal. After the sun goes down, gather round the fire pits and continue to enjoy the night in comfort. Live music every weekend makes this a perfect girl’s night, date night, or just an excuse to indulge.

Myrddin Winery (Berlin Center)- A very well-hidden gem, this tiny winery is nestled in the secluded woods right on Lake Milton. Sharing plates such as Blueberry Brie, a cheese board, and artichoke spinach dip are on the menu as well as bigger bits like sandwiches and salads. Be warned: this winery is difficult to find.

Lil Paws Winery (Lake Milton)- Another Lake Milton beauty, Lil Paws has a wide variety of wines all named after the founders’ furry friends! Sample your favorite wine or find a new go-to on their beautiful patio with views of the lake.

The Vineyards at Pine Lake (Columbiana)- This winery may be new, but don’t let that fool you. They boast 10 varieties of wine that pair with sharing plates, salads, entrees, and desserts. Their 90-seat patio overlooks the beautiful Pine Lake, the perfect place to be at sunset!

Brews, Outdoor Views, & More

While these breweries and restaurants may not be lakeside, they do allow you to enjoy a craft brew or meal outdoors!

Paladin Brewing (Austintown)- If 16 unique craft beers on tap in a Medieval atmosphere is what you’re looking for, then Paladin is the place for you! Their backyard is open for the summer and has a grill that you can use to cook up some burgers, steak, or whatever else you enjoy grilling. While they don’t serve food, you are welcome to bring anything you’d like or have something delivered.

Magic Tree Pub & Eatery (Boardman)- 41 craft beers, a full menu, and an outdoor patio to enjoy them both at? Yes, please! Magic Tree is known for their great food and even better atmosphere. They also feature Taco Tequila Tuesdays and live music!

Kennsington Grille (Canfield)- Nestled on the lush greens of Kennsington Golf Club, the Grille features a large patio overlooking the grounds and lake. A covered veranda ensures that you can enjoy the beautiful view even in the rain! Full lunch and dinner menus are available as well as sharing plates. 24 select craft beers as well as a large drinks menu will keep you coming back time and again.

Cassese’s MVR (Youngstown)- A Mahoning Valley staple, this restaurant has been attracting visitors and locals alike for generations. Their patio is an oasis within the city, featuring a small fountain and greenery. While it may be small, it makes up for it in charm!

Charlie Staples BBQ (Youngstown)- Come for the BBQ, stay for the view! Locals swear by this BBQ joint as the best in the area. The large restaurant inside leads to the second floor balcony with plenty of seating and a view of the West side of the city.

Be sure to soak up the sun (or sunset!) at any of these fine establishments. Enjoy!

Between demanding jobs, kids, and the stresses of life, it is hard to find time to sit back and relax for more than ten minutes during the day. Taking a breather is important to staying healthy, but putting everything on hold to go on a spontaneous jaunt to a tropical locale isn’t always feasible.

That’s the beauty of a staycation! All the relaxation without the travel. It’s easy to take your home county for granted but Mahoning County has plenty of locations to rewind and find some peace and quiet. Whether your version of rejuvenation is a quaint B&B, campground, or spa there’s no need to take a step out of Mahoning County to relax!

Use this handy staycation guide to plan your own Youngstown-area getaway.

Day Trip Dreamin’

Mill Creek Family Affair– Pack a cooler, chairs, swimsuits and blankets and head to Mill Creek Park for a day of family fun!

  • Begin your day at Fellows Riverside Gardens to see some beautiful blooms.
  • Head to the Lake Glacier Boathouse where the kids can hop on a paddle boat and explore the calm waters.
  • Take a detour to the Lily Pond where you can watch the turtles sun themselves and heron hidden along the banks.
  • LUNCH BREAK! Try the Wick Recreation Area and claim a picnic table. Kids can keep cool at the splash pad and spend a few hours racing through the adventure area for youngsters ages 5 through 12.
  • End your day at Lanterman’s Mill and see the sunset at the beautiful mill falls.

Check out this interactive map to add even more Mill Creek fun into your day! If you and the kids want to make it a weekend adventure, try these hotels for a quick respite and to reboot for the next day!

 

Ladies Who Lunch (And Spa And Shop)- Ladies, sometimes all you need is a day with your girlfriends to lift your spirits and relax. Begin your day at The Mocha House in Boardman for a fortifying coffee and full breakfast (and a pastry, we won’t tell!). Then, it’s time to shop ‘till you drop! These upscale locations are perfect for window shopping or treating yourself:

  • Southern Park Mall houses stores such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney’s, and many more.
  • La Ti Da Boutique offers brands such as Free People, Lucky, and Kendra Scott as well as jewelry and shoes.
  • EJ Hannah boasts high-end labels like BCBGMAXAZRIA, Level 99, Lilla P as well as special occasion gowns and outfits.
  • Blush Boutique, housed in Adamas Jewelry, is where you can find trendy clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
  • ivory & birch is the place to go for upscale home décor, on-trend brands, and Youngstown merchandise!
  • The Encore Shop is Youngstown’s premier consignment shop that features upscale, gently used clothing.

After your hard day of shopping, treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, massage, or facial at any of these fine spas:

Depending on where your day takes you, here is a list of local restaurants that have options for lunch and dinner. Making it a girl’s weekend? Check out these convenient hotels in a variety of locations in Mahoning County. Enjoy!

 

A Day Fore(!) the Boys-With plenty of challenging golf courses, you can keep at it for the whole day or weekend. Check out any of these fine courses, and don’t worry- each of those listed has a restaurant for when you work up an appetite!

Looking to make it a whole weekend of golfing? Kennsington Golf Club has an on-site Courtyard Marriot hotel so you can rest easy then hit the course again the next day! The Links at Firestone Farms is just minutes from Das Dutch Village Inn.

 

The Great Escape

Overnight staycations in the great outdoors are only a short car ride away!

Lake Lovin’– Try Lake Milton or Lake Berlin for fishing, boating, splashing, swimming, floating, sun bathing, and any other fun activity you can think of. Bring plenty of water, towels, lunch (maybe even dinner!)

  • For overnight stays at Lake Milton, the RV Resort & Marina is close at hand if you have an RV or try Green Acres Lake Park Resort if you want to pitch your tent and sing around the campfire!
  • For overnight stays near Lake Berlin, the Berlin RV Park and Campground in the middle of Amish Country is a beautiful respite from fun at the lake. Pet friendly and hiking trails are just a few highlights of this awesome place!

Gather Round the Campfire– Camping has never been so fun! At Western Reserve Park, family fun is the name of the game. A swimming lake, fishing lake, children’s activities, and reasonably-priced camp sites are perfect for a weekend getaway.

 

Home Away From Home

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend, try the Bella Fattoria Bed and Breakfast. Located behind the scenic Mastropietro Winery and just a short walk from it, this quaint home is a perfect mix of old and new. Rustic charm meets the comforts of home and you will be certain to get the rest and relaxation you deserve!

 

This is just a brief list of the exciting activities that can be found in Mahoning County to change up your regular weekend routine. Check out our website for a full list of activities, places, fine dining, and much more!