February 2011

Dublin, Ohio has a rich historical past.  This month is Black History month and I am proud to say that one of our forefathers in Dublin, Ohio took part in the stand against slavery.  One of the homes on historic Riverview Street in downtown Dublin has evidence of being part of the Underground Railroad.  The brick house, built by Charles Sells in 1822, became the home of Dr. Eli Morrison Pinney in 1842. 

Pinney, an abolitionist, helped runaway slaves find their way north.  Upon arriving at his home, the fugitives located a small copper pipe extending a few inches from the south wall at ground level.  Lying on their stomachs (and hidden from view by bushes), the slaves let the resident know they were outside and in need of food/shelter by talking or blowing into the pipe, which extended into the home, next to the fireplace.  

In Ohio, the Underground Railroad route came up north from the Ohio River, winding up through Chillicothe, Circleville, Columbus, Dublin, Worthington and Westerville  then north to Canada.

Another local stop on the Underground Railroad was the Kelton House in downtown Columbus.  Fernando Kelton and his wife Sophia were sympathetic to the abolitionist cause–and assisted many fugitive slaves by hiding them in their home. According to the Kelton House Museum & Garden website, this was considered very dangerous work because it went “against Ohio and U.S. law: Anyone caught hiding slaves, giving them food or clothing, or helping them flee north risked six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Yet the Keltons persisted.”

To learn more about the Kelton family and their role in the Underground Railroad, visitors can tour the beautiful and historic Kelton House Museum & Garden at 586 East Town Street. Experiential tours such as “Learn Sophia’s Secret” are available for groups. Visit  www.keltonhouse.com to learn more.  

Dublin has another connection to the War Between the States. The Morgan House, located at 5300 Glick Road, is currently a restaurant and gift shop–but it once stood in Southern Ohio.  Legend has it that in July of 1863, General John H. Morgan and his Confederate raiders used the Weaver’s cabin (now the cornerstone of the Morgan House) as headquarters and refuge from the Union army.  The old Weaver’s cabin was disassembled in Southern Ohio and brought to Dublin, where it became  part of the Morgan House in 1986.

To learn more about great local historic attractions, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website (www.IrishisanAttitude.com) or the website for the Ohio Division of Travel & Tourism (www.DiscoverOhio.com).  

-Post by Andrea

There is an Irish saying that goes, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” So, in the interest of helping you gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day—we’ve scouted out some great deals and unique finds in Dublin, Ohio. Here’s the crème de la crème of our treasure hunt:


  • Columbus Marriott Northwest Romance Package includes an overnight stay in this award-winning hotel, chocolate covered strawberries, Champagne and breakfast for two in the RiverCity Grille—all for $199. In addition, the hotel is offering an amazing Valentine’s Dinner for two for $65.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Heart2Heart Romance Package. Includes an overnight stay in an executive room, a romantic candlelight dinner for two and a dessert at the Dublin Metro Grill, plus a complimentary bottle of the House Wine or Champagne and breakfast for two, all for $174.95.  Call 614/764-2200 for more info.
  • Embassy Suites Dublin Suite Romance Package offers the perfect opportunity to rekindle the flame. Package includes luxury accommodations in a two-room suite, a complimentary bottle of wine*, chocolate covered strawberries and cooked-to-order breakfast buffet starting at $114/per night.  

Tasty Indulgences: 

  •  J Liu Restaurant & Bar in Historic Dublin will feature a special menu for Valentine’s Day weekend.
  • MJs Candy Bar offers unique finds like the Earl Grey candy bar (my personal fav) and the “Firecracker”—a concoction of specialty dark chocolate made with chipotle, salt and popping candy … perfect if you are “Popping” the question!
  • Our Cupcakery will bundle a “4 Pack for Lovers” of  gourmet filled cupcakes in a pretty Valentine box wrapped with ribbon for $15. Woo your sweetie with flavors like Red Velvet, Raspberry Truffle, German Caramel or the decadent Triple Chocolate. 
  •  Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is featuring a Rose flavored yogurt for Valentine’s Day and kids Valentine crafts at various times over the weekend. Call for details: 614/339-5656
  • Pair one of Graeter’s amazing French pot ice creams with their handcrafted chocolate covered marshmallow hearts for happy Valentine tummies of any age. (You can even send some Graeter’s love long distance through their website.)
  • Visit Sisters Sweet Shoppe for hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered Peeps and heart-shaped frosted sugar cookies that can be personalized.
  • Whole Foods  creative gift solutions include 20 stems of Whole Trade™ Roses for $20; 3-4oz. cold water lobster tails for $5.99 each (available Friday 2/11 ONLY); White Chocolate Raspberry Desire Cake for two $12.99 and fully catered dinners for two starting at $30  (www.wholefoods.com/shop)
  • Kogens (Asian Fare with Flair!) has prepped a great Valentine’s weekend menu that is simply inspired— all for just $25 per person. Call for details (or reservations): 614/792-8882.

Need more ideas? Visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website for an extensive list of local restaurants, shopping and attractions!

-Post by Mary

There is one common fear within our society when we go out to eat and that is… going out to eat ALONE.

When you are traveling for business you might find yourself ordering-in a pizza to your hotel, taking advantage of room service or grabbing take-out. Why resort to a styrofoam box when there are so many great restaurants surrounding you? Break free from the confines of your suite and treat yourself to a meal, party of one.

In honor of Solo Diners Eat Out Week
(Feb 1-7th)
the Dublin CVB has some tips on how to be a solo diner whether you’re traveling alone, single, divorced, widowed, those whose spouses are away (or those who want to get away from their spouse.) There are a few tricks to make yourself feel comfortable in an otherwise uncomfortable situation.

1. Eat at the bar. This doesn’t mean you have to order a drink, but you can chit chat with the bartender or get a good view of a television screen to keep you entertained. It’s also easier to strike up a conversation with someone sitting at the bar stool over instead of a whole table over.

2. Carry a book, journal or magazine. In between savory bites of your steak, skim some reading material. You’ll get caught up on news and have talking points for when you do have company. We suggest the new 2011 Dublin Visitor & Event Planning Guide that’s chock-full of things you can do during your stay in Dublin.

3. Order appetizers for your meal. They are usually cheaper than a full meal and just as satisfying. The Columbus-based Max & Erma’s Restaurant recently unveiled their new “Wings Done Just Right” in flavors like Cannonball BBQ or Sweet Chili. Pair it with their new “Horseradish Cheddar Sliders,” three mini-burgers piled high with toppings. Best of all, there’s no sharing!

The Dublin Max & Erma’s conveniently neighbors four of our hotels and has been a hometown favorite for over 35 years.

Insider tip: Max & Erma’s Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 4-7 p.m. and includes: $3 off select appetizers, $2 off draft beer, $1 off liquor/wine.

So save some money, get out and explore at least one of our 365 Dublin area-restaurants.

-Post by Allison