I can’t believe I’m sitting in California right now while I’m typing this! I’m currently in the Anaheim/Orange County area for my first ever blog conference (as I’ve mentioned numerous times… I’m just so excited!) – finally, it’s time for the Idea World Fitness BlogFest with Sweat Pink! I can’t wait to share with you all about my experience & things I learn… and of course to meet those of you who are also going to be there!
In the mean time, I’ve lined up a couple of guest posts for while I’m away.
Today, the lovely Rachel from It’s a Hero is going to talk about a little city just a bit south of Cleveland… good ol’ Akron! Now, I’ll admit I don’t know much about the area so I’m excited to have her share about her favorite spots! It’s definitely a city I want to explore more. The Kent State grad in me won’t give up on that rivalry though… #wagonwheel 😉 Take it away, Rachel!
As a Northeast Ohioan, there are plenty of things to do. Most notably: there are nonstop events in Downtown Cleveland. But for those of us who live south of the turnpike, we often find ourselves torn between heading up north for events and hitting up things locally.
Because believe it or not, Akron has a lot to offer. A LOT!
And as proud as I am of Cleveland, I’m equally beaming with pride of Akron.
Here’s where you can find me in the AKR:
Nuevo Mod Mex. If you’re from Cleveland, know that it is Akron’s version of Momocho. They make everything from scratch. My jalapeno margarita? The juice was made from scratch in house. For serious. And the food is delicious. Lots of guacamole for the WIN. Bonus? A gluten-free menu!
The Merchant Tavern.The Merchant Tavern is a new take on an old restaurant, The Wine Merchant. The Wine Merchant has deep roots in Akron.
The Merchant Tavern was born out of the principles that the John “The Merch” Piscazzi lived by. Don’t cut corners. Prepare every meal like you would for your family. Buy only the best ingredients, and keep your food simple but good.
And their food is completely worthy of a trip to the Valley. My personal suggestions: The Poutine, The Pudgy Boy Burger, and The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. As far as drinks, check out their extensive list of craft beers on draft PLUS the Ohio Mule (the Ohio-vodka version of a Moscow mule).
The Game Grill + Bar. This restaurant is at the newly renovated Rubber Ducks stadium (formerly the Akron Aeros). The open layout of the restaurant and bar area practically invite you to view the game from your table. It’s open and inviting for sports enthusiasts and foodies alike! Because the Aeros are now the “Rubber Ducks,” you’ll find a lot of duck on the menu, including the Duck Bacon BLT sandwich. Plus, you’ll find other locally sourced ingredients – like the Thirsty Dog Beer Battered Fish. Extra bonus?? $15 endless Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s during their Sunday brunch! This new restaurant is sure to be a crowd favorite.
The Lockview. Gourmet grilled cheese + a crazy craft beer selection. The staff is friendly in a grumpy kind of way, which just adds to its charm.
Akron Rubber Ducks. The newly renovated park is awesome. There is a tiki bar and a childrens’ fun area. Major plus side is that it’s a small venue, too.
Yoga at the Nauti Vine. Two awesome things: wine + yoga. Overlooking a beautiful lake. So peaceful and serene. An awesome way to get your OM on!
Akron Art Museum. This museum is many things: easy to get to, affordable, full of beautiful and moving exhibits, and engaged in the community! Plus, every Thursday they offer free admission.
The Towpath Trail. We are so lucky to have miles and miles of perfect trails for running, biking and walking.
So next time you’re debating whether or not Akron is worth a visit, come down and see just a few things we have to offer!
Thank you to Rachel for spreading the AKR love! I am definitely going to have to check out some of those restaurants & make the drive down for some wine & yoga, sounds fabulous! Also I have been meaning to visit the Towpath Trail but haven’t yet – that needs to change!
What are your favorite places in the Akron area? Share below in the comments!