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Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 12:24 PM
— A stone’s throw from Dayton is the little town of Yellow Springs.
It’s a really chill, colorful and inviting place to be and has so much to offer just about everyone. Here are just a few things you can do on a visit:
Note: depending on season/temperature, some trails may be closed. So be sure to check before you go!
Plan a day at Young’s and grab a couple scoops of homemade Cow Patty ice cream (it sounds unappetizing, but it’s actually the most amazing dose of chocolate you will EVER have) and play a game of putt-putt, hit some golf balls at the driving range, or hit a few home runs in the batting cages with your date or family. Once you’ve hit 18 holes-in-one and fulfilled that ice cream fix, you can head over to the barn to hang out with some majorly cute goats, calves, and maybe a pig or two. If you stay for dinner, you can walk over to the Golden Jersey Inn for a bacon wrapped pork chop.
In the summertime, there is nothing more fun than going camping and roasting marshmallows by a campfire all night long. John Bryan State Park is one of the best places to go camping in the Miami Valley, and it’s a beautiful area with a ton to do. After you’ve set up camp, go hiking or biking on the trails (they connect to Clifton Gorge), fishing in the Little Miami River, and go rock climbing in one of the designated spots. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, John Bryan is definitely a great place to go.
If you’re ever bored on a sunny day, Glen Helen is a great place to hike. Bring a camera, because while you’re walking you can expect to see cliffs, waterfalls, a variety of wildlife, wooden bridges and a ton of beautiful trees. While you’re at the Glen you can also visit The Trailside Science Museum, The Raptor Center, and The Outdoor Education Center to see resident birds, grab maps, and learn more about the various programs and hikes hosted there.
>> PHOTOS: Hiking Clifton Gorge in the middle of winter
If you’re a geology lover, Clifton Gorge is a beautiful display of dolomite and limestone as well as an example of interglacial and post-glacial canyon cutting. During a hot summer day, the Gorge is a great place to hike and cool off because it is shaded by the cliffs and trees that tower over the area. The Little Miami River also runs through the Gorge, so take a moment to stop and look for turtles and other creatures (but don’t pick them up!). Just observe and enjoy.
Downtown Yellow Springs is always bustling with activity and houses some of the neatest shops you can find. Stop by Super Fly Comics to snag the latest issue of The Walking Dead or your favorite anime, and then walk down the street to The Spirited Goat for a creamy chai latte. You can visit Mr. Eko, the sweetest cat ever in Dark Star Books and maybe you can spot Dave Chappelle hanging out near Dino’s coffee shop. When you’ve finished shopping, visit the Yellow Springs Brewery for a cold pint. Yellow Springs also hosts a ton of popular events like the Street Fairs, the Zombie Walk in the fall, music festivals, and much more.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:42 PM
— Starting today through July 1, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering a free lasagna deal when you buy one of three signature dishes.
HOW IT WORKS
Choose from wood-grilled Chicken Bryan, savory Chicken Marsala, or creamy Pollo Rosa Maria. With your purchase, you can take home an order of lasagne for later. This special can be found on their Carrabba’s Today, Carrabba’s Tomorrow menu.
900 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Township
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Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 @ 1:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:27 PM
— The 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show is taking over the Dayton International Airport on Saturday and Sunday, June 23th and 24th.
While concessions will be offered at the air show itself, there's a plethora of nearby food and dining options that will please your palate.
Here are the top places we’d pick to visit for food, drinks and/or fun while around the Airport, and a favorite worth driving back to Dayton for.
Scene 75 is the place if you're looking for some indoor fun for the family (or just grown-ups). Head over for arcade games, laser tag, go karts, adult beverages, mini-golf and more.
Bunkers is another sure bet for the sports bar fan that has great wings and a fantastic selection of beers. Bunkers is a multiple-time winner in our annual Best of Dayton poll in categories including sports bar, wings, Bloody Mary’s among others.
Another Best of Dayton winner, this craft brewery doesn’t fail to disappoint.
If you’re looking for a quick bite:
Vandalia (near I-75 and I-70)
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
— You know what might just pair perfectly with your next glass of chardonnay or cup of Joe? A $5 buffet deal.
Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 46 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, launched its $5 lunch buffet special Friday.
So far, Juanita Darden-Jones, the business’ owner, says things have gone swimmingly.
“We are just trying to attract some of the businesses that are around here and give people a reason to come over,” she said. “It is a lot of things that taste good.”
The buffets will be available 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. three days a week.
A potato bar will be featured Mondays, a pasta bar Wednesdays and a hot dog bar Fridays.
The potato bar’s fixing include cheese, butter and sour cream.
Third Perk’s much-beloved chili is included on the hot dog bar.
There will be two types of pasta on the pasta bar and extras that include marina and Alfredo sauces, vegetables, meatballs, bread and salad.
Jones said the buffet is ideal for those in a hurry.
“You don’t have to wait for your meal to be prepared,” she said.
Opened in June 2015, Third Perk recently celebrated its third anniversary.
>> RELATED: Dayton coffee shop to celebrate new liquor license with cocktail party (Aug 18, 2017)
Jones said she is excited about the possibilities that will come downtown with the coming opening of the Levitt Pavilion nearby at in Dave Hall Plaza.
The Pavilion will offer 34 free concerts Aug. 9 through Oct. 7 by a list of musicians known locally, nationally and internationally playing a range of music that includes jazz, rock, blues, folk, R&B, country, pop, world and children’s music.
Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— It’s classic. It’s simple. It’s elegant.
The martini is a signature drink at most bars. But some martinis are just a little extra special.
Here are some of our favorite spots that can serve up a martini to compete with any of them:
1. Salar, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Salar’s knowledgeable bar staff is well-known for delicious and globally-inspired signature cocktails. But they can just as easily go classic and can serve you up a delicious true martini.
2. Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Beeker Road, Butler Twp.
This is a rustic steakhouse that has been serving hungry diners since 1943. The Buckhorn is best known for flavorful ribs and grilled steaks, but it also has a robust wine list and can serve up a perfect classic cocktail.
3. The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood
The Oakwood Club is obviously renowned for its steaks along with its classic atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that their martinis would also be top-notch and true to form.
4. Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Lily’s has a full menu of specialty (and classic) hand-crafted cocktails, so we’d expect nothing less than a great martini.
5. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton
A seafood restaurant for martinis? It’s true, we promise! We dare say a great dry martini would go deliciously with their oysters on the half shell.
Bonus: The blue cheese-stuffed olive-filled martinis made at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., are a delicious addition, if not keeping with the true martini recipe. We’re willing to let it slide, because they’re that tasty.
Need some more options? Here are five other superb locations: