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4 breathtaking waterfalls near Dayton you must visit this summer

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Clifton Gorge has one of the must-visit waterfalls in the Dayton-area.

Everyone knows TLC’s famous words of advice, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.” But we think it’s in your best interest to do exactly the opposite. 

Summer is the perfect time to do a little waterfall adventuring to cool off and unwind. 

Perhaps surprising to many people even from the Dayton-area, there are actually quite a few prime waterfall spots nearby. 

Here are a handful of waterfall destinations we suggest you “chase” down this summer:

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Location: 110 Covington Ave., Ludlow Falls

The next time a heavy rain hits, make plans to find Ludlow Falls, located under the Route 48 bridge that runs over Ludlow Creek. 

When the flow of the creek is higher, the wide waterfall is quite impressive in size. An old stairway leads to a breathtaking view from below, or, walk along the edge and see the spectacle from above.

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Location: 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City

Arguably the most popular waterfall in the Dayton-area, this is one stop you should be sure to visit on your adventure. 

A part of the 216-acre nature preserve, Charleston Falls is hidden among nearly 4 miles of hiking trails. The stunning cascade pours over a jagged drop off into a calm pool, just a few feet away from the boardwalk trail. 

This waterfall is surely a nature photographer’s dream come true. 

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Location: 2381 Ohio 343, Yellow Springs

This preserve near John Bryan State Park has two trails that travel the rim of a 40-foot deep limestone gorge that holds a portion of the Great Miami River. 

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Along the gorge trails, steep, sudden drops in the stream reveal a few small waterfalls that are modest but rewarding to stumble upon.

Just east of the preserve, is the historic Clifton Mill. Although it’s man-made, the mill is home to a picturesque 20-foot waterfall that will remind you why you love the Dayton-area so dearly.

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Location: 204 N. Miami St., West Milton

If you’re short on time but still need a mother-nature pick-me-up, this waterfall can be your quick-fix. 

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Located in the village of West Milton, the multi-tiered fall is easy to access, with almost no hiking required. A stairway leads right up to the base where the water flows gradually from smaller and smaller cascades. 

This beloved, small-town wonder is straight out of your favorite fairy tale story. 

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3 reasons to check out the Belgian Ale and Food Festival

Published: Monday, August 03, 2015 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

The summer is filled with beer and ale festivals all around the Miami Valley, and it’s not easy to keep track of them or make tough choices about which ones to attend.

If you’ve never heard of the Belgian Ale and Food Festival or haven’t been convinced to make the effort to cross the bridge yet, we assure that there are more than a few reasons to have this one on your radar for this Saturday, July 29th. 


>> Your guide to festivals in and around Dayton in 2017


1. It’s for a great community cause


Beer and food tastings are great on their own, but there’s that little boost when you know you’re helping to benefit a local cause. Ticket sales benefit the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, an effort to build the thoroughfare on the north side of the Main Street Bridge into an environment of growth and sustainability.


Festival organizer Jule Rastikis, who runs ManCo Property Services at 1905 Salem Ave., helped develop the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor initiative to make the neighborhood an area of peace and community outreach. Since 2010, they have helped to create a community garden in the area, promote the local businesses, and involve the neighbors and business owners in creating and participating in safety programs that help reduce crime and change the perception of the neighborhood.

Bonus: $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Gem City Market.

>> 5 things to know about Gem City Market

The fourth annual Belgian Ale and Food Festival takes place August 8 at the Miami Valley Golf Club. Photo source:

2. Where else can you dive deep into Belgian beer and cuisine?


Sure, there are tons of beer festivals around town this month. But the wide breadth of Belgian offerings, from the Trappist Chimay to the Great Divide, is often overlooked. Savor 21 selections of beer that will make you ready to visit Brussels in no time. Here they are:

  • Bosteels DeuS Brut des Flandres 
  • Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet 
  • Spencer Monks Reserve Quad 
  • St. Feuillien Triple 
  • MIA Tourist Trappe Tripel 
  • Maredsous Dubbel 
  • Rodenbach 2014 Vintage Sour 
  • Oude Gueuze 
  • Ommegang Rosetta 
  • La Trappe Quad 
  • Duvel Tripel Hop 
  • La Trappe Witte 
  • Spencer Trappist Ale 
  • Dogfish Head Namaste 
  • Delirium Tremens 
  • Duvel Belgian Golden Ale 
  • De Dolle Oerbier 
  • De Dolle Stout 
  • Unibroue Trois Pistoles 
  • St. Feuillien Saison 
  • Unibroue A Tout Le Monde Dry Hopped Saison

And of course, special beers made or distributed locally or regionally from Fifth Street Brew Pub as well as Mother Stewart’s, New Belgium and Woodburn Brewery.


To pair with your sips, treat your taste buds to beer-steamed mussels, Brussel sprouts with bacon, cheese and sour cream and sugar waffles with fruit — just a few authentic gourmet items prepared by Miami Valley Golf Club Chef Steve Taylor for the event.

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Here’s the menu:

  • North Sea Mussels steamed in beer with andouille, onions and lemon zest  
  • Belgian Fries with Dipping Sauce — mayo, chopped pickles, Dijon, capers, herbs, hardboiled egg 
  •  Gratin of Brussel Sprouts — Bacon, Brussel sprouts, cream, gruyere, nutmeg, black pepper 
  •  Boulet au Sauce Lapin with Stoemp — meatballs in onion sauce with vinegar, brown sugar, syrup 
  •  Gentse Waterzooi — Chicken stew from Ghent 
  •  Liege Waffles — Pearl Sugar Waffles and a toppings bar with fruits, flavored whipped creams and syrups 
  •  Charcuterie Board — sausages, cheeses, bread and mustard 

3. For the beer lovers: Win a basket full of rare Trappist beers


It’s called “The Holy Grail of Trappist Beers” for a reason. Buy five raffle tickets for $10 to win a basket full of glasses and selections from the world’s most famous brewing monasteries. This parcel contains a bottle of Westvletren 12, which has consistently been voted the world’s best beer. Other selections include: Spencer from the only Trappist Brewery in the USA, Engelszell Gregorius from Austria, Achel Chimay, Rochefort, La Trappe, Orval, and Westmalle. You can start purchasing tickets now at, and don’t even have to come to the event or stay all evening to win. But really, if you like Belgian ale that much, you’ll probably be there. 

>> 50 ideas for your Dayton Summer Bucket List

Win “The Holy Grail of Trappist Beers” basket at the Belgian Ale and Food Festival, August 8 at the Miami Valley Golf Club. Photo source:

Want to go?


WHAT: The 2017 Belgian Ale and Food Festival


WHEN: Saturday July 29, 2017, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.


WHERE: Miami Valley Golf Club, 3311 Salem Ave.


COST: $50 for food and drink ticket in advance or $60 at the door if any remain available; $40 for food-only/designated driver ticket; $10 for 5 entry tickets into “The Holy Grail of Trappist Beers” raffle.

INFO: Purchase tickets and learn more at Learn more about the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor at 

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get a free coffee at Frisch’s Big Boy

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Frisch's Big Boy is hosting a special deal to promote its new French Toast sticks. PHOTO / Frisch's Big Boy Facebook
Frisch's Big Boy is hosting a special deal to promote its new French Toast sticks. PHOTO / Frisch's Big Boy Facebook

For breakfast lovers or just coffee lovers, you’ve got two things to celebrate starting this Wednesday, July 26.

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In Cincinnati and Dayton, Frisch’s Big Boy is offering a drive-thru only promotion: try Frisch’s new French Toast Sticks and get a free hot coffee.

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FOOD DEALS: Celebrate National Tequila Day with these discounts and freebies

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

Margaritas come in all shapes, colors and sizes, but not all margaritas are created equal. CONTRIBUTED
Margaritas come in all shapes, colors and sizes, but not all margaritas are created equal. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

Tequila. You either love it, or you hate it.

Regardless, you probably owe a few memorable nights out with your friends to this stuff, despite how much you actually remember. Today is the official day to celebrate these potent, festive party shots. 

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That’s right, today is National Tequila Day. Don’t ask us why the stars aligned just right to have this holiday on a Monday, but we’re sure these deals will convince you to partake in the festivities.

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1.) $12 for a margarita AND a flatbread

Knock out dinner and drinks with this Tequila Day special happening at Bar Louie. Make sure you have the mobile app downloaded to get the deal! (NOTE: National Tequila Day deal only at Beavercreek location.)

2.) $5 house margaritas 

Splurge on a few McCormick & Schmick's house margaritas for just $5 each. Usually priced at around $9 each, this is one Dayton discount you might not be able to pass up. 

3.) $5 margs

Mondays at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse are already kind to your wallet with half-off any deep dish or tavern -cut pizza. But tonight only, BJ’s added $5 margs to the mix to jump on the National Tequila Day train. 

6 of the best hot dogs in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

You can get dogs at Kroger, Meijer, Dorothy Lane Market or wherever you shop, and there’s much to love about a home-grilled dog piled high with condiments. But several local places really set the bar for gourmet and specialty toppings, and we want to share them with you.

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DIXIE DAIRY DREEMPhoto / Vivienne Machi

WHERE: 4542 S. Dixie Drive, Moraine
INFO: (937) 293-2479. Cash only! 
MENU: Get your belly grumbling here.

For that little slice of nostalgia, the small ice cream/hot dog restaurant gives you options, like a regular vs. foot long dogs and boast several specialties. We recommend the foot-long Reuben dog ($3.95), topped with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and onions and mustard.

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Photos / Vivienne Machi (left), sourced from Facebook (right)  

WHERE: 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine
INFO: 937-299-1440 | Cash & debit (with a $10 debit minimum)

Voltzy’s is another that is better known for their burgers, but when their slaw dogs and coneys are on special, there’s nowhere else you should go. They’re only open for lunch, but man, what a lunch. Keep track of their specials here. 


Photo / Vivienne Machi  

WHERE: Multiple locations around the Miami Valley; find the closest one to YOU here

INFO: | Debit, credit and cash accepted.

Everyone goes gaga for the burgers and fries here. But we’re here to tell you that their dogs are actually the best thing on the menu. Sliced in half and char-grilled to perfection, and topped with any and all of the burger toppings, whether plain, with cheese or bacon or both, the Five Guys hot dog is king.


Photo / Facebook  

WHERE: 1200 Brown St. #150, Dayton. Food truck is out and about. Track them here. 

INFO: Facebook | Debit, credit and cash accepted. 

This famous food truck has opened a brick and mortar location on Brown Street near UD. Their original specialty dogs rotate with each outing, but you definitely want to be on the lookout for the Germanator (hot dog topped with ribeye, housemade beer cheese, and crispy fried onions) and the Sho Stopper (topped with bulgogi beef, kimchi, Asian slaw, sriracha aioli, peanut crumble and scallions).

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Photos / Vivienne Machi

WHERE: 3979 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek 

INFO: (937) 705-6072. Debit, credit and cash accepted. 

MENU: Check out a menu here 

People rave over the Chicago Dog here, which is pretty much as authentic as you can get this far from the Windy City. But our personal fave is the bacon avocado dog — a bacon-wrapped Vienna-style dog topped with avocado, grilled onions and jalapeño on a poppy seed bun ($4). Get it served up with some Greek dressing and Feta cheese topped fries ($4) and you’re set.


Photos / Vivienne Machi  

WHERE: 30 S. First St., Miamisburg 

INFO: 937-654-7558 | Cash only | Be sure to check hours here

Alas, our favorite hot dog place is the furthest away from our office. The Dawg Haus is small, but packs a hot punch with quarter pounders and polish sausages keeping warm on the burner. Their slaw dog ($3.25) is a thing of beauty, with housemade sweet and crunchy slaw generously poured over the ballpark-style dog. Add onions and thinly sliced pickles and thank us later.

In addition to these specialty stands and restaurants, more than a few local eateries include quality hot dogs on their menus. Yes, Skyline Chili’s coneys are beloved but when you want to try something new, be sure to try the Trolley Stop’s double dogs (two Keener Farms beef franks topped with farm fresh chili, shredded cheese and red onion) and Slyder’s Tavern’s hot dog. A pro-tip: go to Lucky’s Tavern and order a hot dog with any of their signature burger combos on top.

Did we miss your favorite hot dog? Drop us a line and let us know about it: