March 2011


Phoenix Bat Company ToursThis week marks the official start of the Major League Baseball season and we’re celebrating here in Dublin, Ohio! The Columbus Clippers will play an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians today (Wednesday). Should be a great chance to watch batting practice in beautiful Huntington Park stadium!

If you want to try hitting like a major league player, check out Phoenix Bats located just around the corner in Plain City. The state-of-the-art facility can crank out a new bat in two minutes on their lathe and you can watch it all happen right before your eyes! You can even buy one of their bats for yourself (and then brag that it was created by the same machine that makes the bats for the MLB players)! To arrange a tour, just call Seth and he’ll set up a tour for you. 877.598.BATS (2287)

The Sunny Street Café Dublin/Avery Rd. location  is getting in the mood for baseball, as well. In honor of MLB’s Opening Day on Friday, the Avery Road location is offering a SWEET deal! Stop in for a meal (or any in-store purchase) wearing your baseball cap, and you’ll get a FREE slice of Apple Pie! Just mention you heard about the deal from your friends at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Limit one per person, with additional purchase).

~Post by Katie

Last year, it was the World’s Largest Redhead Gathering in North America (at the Dublin Irish Festival).  In 2007, it was the Guinness World Record for the Largest Irish Jig (10,036 people–also at the Dublin Irish Festival.)  What I’m saying here is … we’re big on big group fun in Dublin, Ohio.

Now, those examples refer to REALLY big groups. But–truth be told–we love to entertain groups of ANY size in Dublin. Year-round.  What does this mean to you? If you are looking for some fun group activities for your next meeting, reunion, Girl’s Night Out or corporate team-building event … we’ve got your back.

What started in 2007 as a way for the Dublin CVB to draw group tours to the city where Irish is an attitude, has bloomed into a palette of 22 Irish experiences and another dozen “Around the World in Dublin Ohio” experiences. Thanks to a handful of inventive and willing local partners, we’ve created immersive activities where groups can take an Irish Dance 101 class, savor Irish Sundaes while touring an ice cream factory, celebrate a Cinco De Mayo-inspired dinner or attend the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

The activities include a wide range of price points and levels, based on number of people and length of stay. Groups overnighting at one of Dublin’s 14 hotels can select from among our VIP experiences. Here are a few sample itineraries to whet your appetite:

Girl’s Day Out: Savor French pastries during Oo la la! Celebrating French Cuisine, before becoming Dublin Damsels on a Quest. Enjoy a Victorian era lunch experience then take in some shop therapy. Pour your own candle during Scents and Sensibility then finish off the day with a private Dinner & Spa Event.

Around the World in 24-hours (or less): Experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, then head to the #1 Zoo in the country for a behind-the-scenes look at the Polar Frontier. Traverse to warmer climates during Perfecting a Southern Treat before a Salud Italiano lunch feast. Discover The Ancient Saints of Ireland or Irish Wake traditions during Wake Me When It’s Over. Enjoy Fro Yo: A South Korean Inspired Sweet Treat then finish the day with An All-American Hit: Hot Dogs, Baseball & Apple Pie.

Teach Me How: Lifelong student? Learn to dance an Irish jig, play the Penny Whistle, tell the difference between chocolates or teas from around the world AND decorate a cupcake!

I-rish I Was in Dublin (OH): Embark on a Four-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt through Historic Dublin while working up an appetite for a Sunny Irish Lunch. Meet a real leprechaun, an 1830s era Irish immigrant, bagpiper or an Irish storyteller. Learn to speak a little Gaelic, then savor an Irish Manor House Meal.

Want to learn more? Visit our Website or contact the Dublin CVB at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Mary

I couldn’t let this week slip by without taking a quick look back at the City of Dublin’s 2011 St. Patrick’s Day parade … simply because it was worth a second look for several reasons.

  • The acclaim.  Just a week or so before the big event this year, U.S. News and World Report named Dublin’s parade one of  America’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Parades. That’s a big deal, especially when there are only nine other cities on the list and you are keeping company with destinations including New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.  The article notes that, although one might expect at least one city named Dublin to appear on the list, “…this is the one that embraces its Irish legacy with the most fervor.”  Then there was the mention of Dublin, Ohio on the Today Show (on Thursday, March 17).  There’s something about your city being recognized nationally that makes one just a wee bit prouder.  

 

  • The weather. Anyone who attended both the 2010 and the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin will likely tell you that 2011 was MUCH better.  The sunshine and mild temperatures this year almost made us completely forget about the rain and cold temperatures we braved (in our plastic rain coats and boots) on parade day last year. But beyond that, this year’s parade included more balloons, volunteers and energy. (My favorite entry was a pot o’ gold balloon that the handlers had to tip sideways to wrangle under the street light.  I found myself wishing that baby was real.)

 

  • The community.  Being raised in Dublin (okay, a LONG time ago), I’ve seen it grow and change over the years. One of my favorite parts of my job at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau is getting out among the people attending our events, talking to them and photographing them.  It gives you a real sense of who “we” are—and how much people love Dublin, Ohio. Coincidentally this past week, I attended a focus group in northern Ohio and listened to a group of residents of that area share their thoughts about Dublin.  At one point, the facilitator asked them what words described Dublin, Ohio.  “Friendly,” one woman said. And then everyone agreed. Every single person in that group.  There’s something about your city being recognized statewide that makes one just a wee bit prouder.  

Check out our photos from the 2011 Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I think you’ll see what I’m talking about. As well as being a great place to live and visit, Dublin is good people.

-Post by Mary

This Saturday (March 12) is not quite St. Patrick’s Day … but here in Dublin, Ohio, we simply can’t wait to celebrate.  And this year, we have an additional reason to drum up some extra hoopla:  U.S. News Travel and Special Report has named DUBLIN, OHIO’s St. Patrick’s Day parade one of the BEST in America!  Come join us for an all Irish Day in Dublin, Ohio.

  • Come to town on Friday night and stay in one of our 14 hotels.  Compete in the Best Legs in a Kilt contest at 6 p.m. Friday at the Dublin Village Tavern, 27 S. High St.   The contest is sponsored/hosted by Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland and the Dublin Village Tavern. Registration is $10 and you can even rent a kilt for an additional $5 (while supplies last).  In addition to great legs, participants will be judged on strut, confidence and the sway of the kilt.  Not only will the winner get the bragging rights, but a gift certificate to the Dublin Village Tavern.  All contestants receive a prize. To register, call 614/889-9615.
  • Start the day early on Saturday (March 12) with a longtime Dublin tradition:  the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Fill up on pancakes and other breakfast treats before you head out and watch the parade. Win a variety of prizes during the ongoing raffle. (Sells Middle School, 150 West Bridge St.   7 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Prior to the parade, join St. Patrick himself at the Dublin Library (75 N. High St.) for family story time.  From 10-11 a.m. you can hear St. Patrick tell stories about himself.
  • Dublin, Ohio celebrates its Irish heritage with a mile-long parade of  floats, bands and bagpipers, not to mention the Grand Leprechaun.  The city-sponsored parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Place North and heads into Historic Dublin. (Don’t forget to wear your green!)
  • After the parade, march down the street to The Brazenhead. The traditional Irish pub (with the bar being imported straight from Ireland) offers great food, Irish music and dancing.  Starting at 12 noon, patrons can tap their toes to live music by KC Kurtwood , Celtic Crossing (at 4 p.m.) and Contagious (at 8 p.m.)   In addition, there will be two performances by The Capital City Pipes and Drums Band and the Richen Timm World Championship Irish Dancers.  Enjoy traditional Irish food specials and plenty of free giveaways all day!

Stroll the streets of Historic Dublin and shop, taking advantage of special St. Patrick discounts or give away treats.

  • Sister Sweet Shoppe will be open during the parade with lots of samples and treats.  Buy a few of their famous shamrock sugar cookies with green butter cream frosting, and some shamrock-shaped chocolates.
  • Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland will have a Lucky Coin Drawing. Win discounts of 10, 12 or 17 percent or enter to win a eight day trip for two to Ireland.  The owners just returned from Ireland with plenty o’ new products!
  • TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) will feature live music during the day, as well as Irish themed teas and treats.
  • OurCupcakery (16 N. High St.) will be holding a raffle for FREE admission to their Future Pastry Chef Summer Camp. For every “sweet” item purchased you will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the day a winner will be drawn.

For more information about the Dublin, Ohio March 12, 2011 St. Patrick’s Day parade, visit the City of Dublin’s website. For additional information about staying and playing in Dublin, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website (www.IrishisanAttitude.com) or call 800/245-8387.

I love St. Patrick’s Day … the parades, the wearing of the green and the best part of all – partaking in Irish Fare.  Where to go for theDublin OH St. Patricks Day Parade best?  To Dublin, Ohio, of course!  Dublin’s restaurants offer their own take and menu offerings, making it well worth the trip. Some offer specials on the day of the City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 12), some offer deals on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) … and some offer specials both days!  If you plan to eat your way through all things Irish-inspired, I suggest a tasteful itinerary that includes the following:

Morning

  • Sunny Street Café (7042 Hospital Dr.)  Offering bangers and mash, corned beef hash and even green eggs (if you dare). 

Lunch or dinner

  • Mary Kelley’s (7148 Muirfield Dr.) special menu will feature potato leek soap, corned beef and cabbage, Irish salmon cakes, bangers, hot corned beef sandwich, Reubens, grouper and prime rib of beef
  • Hoggy’s Restaurants and Catering (Sawmill & Hard Rd. location)  will offer corned beef and cabbage specials (and even green beer, during happy hour).
  • J. Liu’s (50 W. Bridge Street) special of the day will take an Irish twist.  Hurry to grab a seat at this popular eatery along the parade route!
  • The diner in Whole Foods (3670 W. Dublin Granville Rd.) will have corned beef & cabbage, bangers with champ, stewed cabbage and sautéed spinach.  (Irish themed fare also will be offered at The Grab & Go Chef’s Case.) A strolling musician will provide live entertainment from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. and 4– 7 p.m. 
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin (600 Metro Place North) offers their famous Limerick chowder, corned beef sandwich and drinks including Guinness and Irish Cocktails.

Spirits & More

  • The Brazenhead (56 N. High St.) will have traditional Irish fare including fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie.   Live Irish bands will rock this local hot spot (modeled after Dublin Ireland’s oldest pub) starting at 12 noon on both March 12 and 17.   
  • Digger & Finch Scottish Pub (6720 Riverside Dr.)Enjoy a performance by Irish dancers while you savor your corned beef and cabbage on March 12 and/or 17.
  • The Dublin Village Tavern (27 S. High St.) celebrates the Irish attitude 365 days each year with their original Irish Egg Rolls and DVT’s Irish Casserole.  Bangers and mashed, a Guinness BBQ burger and Blarney Burgers are also served daily.  End your meal with the Tavern’s Bread & Butter Pudding with Irish Whiskey Sauce or the awesome Irish Car Bomb Brownie. 

Irish Treats

  • Tehku Tea Company (55 S. High St.) offers Irish themed teas like “Kiss me I’m NOT Irish,”  “My Irish Blend Tea” and—for coffee fans–The Naughty Irishman coffee. Or you can partake in a green tea energy Latte and scones. 
  • Java Jan Gourmet Coffee (16-A N. High St.) offers savory flavors like Irish Cream Lattes and Highlander Grog. 
  • Sisters Sweet Shoppe (45 N. High St.) will feature shamrock sugar cookies with green butter cream frosting.   
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (7545 Sawmill Rd.) will celebrate the day with Irish mint yogurt.

 There’s no doubt that Dublin, Ohio’s signature restaurants embrace this old Irish proverb: “Laughter is brightest, in the place where the food is!”

~Post by Andi

This post comes from guest blogger Dawn Scheurle, creator of www.KidsEatOut.com – a great resource for finding kid friendly restaurants in Central Ohio.

Spring is just around the corner, right?  As long as we have to wait out the last of the winter chills, we might as well do so by visiting a restaurant with a cozy, warm atmosphere and a working fireplace (or two!)!  Luckily, there are a many of them here in Dublin, Ohio.

  • Salvi’s Bistro greets you with their beautiful stone fireplace adorned with soothing water features right when you walk in the door!   
  • Both Dublin Panera Bread locations have fireplaces to enjoy your warm bread bowl full of soup.    
  • Cabo Cocina makes you feel like as if you’re in a lodge (albeit a Mexican themed one) with their exposed wood beams, stone walls, and grand fireplace.  
  • The Morgan House was once a log cabin, and what’s a log cabin without a fireplace?!  (Very cold, I guess!)  The restaurant is only open for lunch.    
  • The House of Japan may not have a traditional fireplace to snuggle up too, but I’ve included them here because they definitely have fire!  We especially like the onion volcano.  🙂    
  • Everything about Dublin Ohio’s Brazenhead Pub is snug and cozy – so, naturally, they have a fireplace, too!   
  • Digger and Finch has an enormous two-story stone floor fireplace separating the bar area from the dining room. Impressive & toasty warm!    
  • As long as you are going to indulge, enjoy one of Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse’s two fireplaces.   
  • How about enjoying a cold Margarita as you warm yourself by Las Margarita’s massive fireplace?   
  • Luce in Powell has a beautiful stone fireplace to greet you as you come in from the cold.    
  • At La Chatelaine in Historic Dublin, you can grab you food at the counter and a seat by the corner fireplace in the dining room.   
  • Vittoria is such a gorgeously warm and inviting restaurant anyway, having two fireplaces almost seems like rubbing it in to their competition!  (Don’t get me started on how much I like their patio in the summer!)   
  • Montgomery Inn has a fireplace in their patio room–you just have to be the lucky one to get the table in front of it!    
  • La Scala has a fireplace but you might just prefer to sit in the bar and get warm from the huge brick oven cooking up all their pizzas and flatbreads.

Some restaurants are so snug and toasty you might even think they have a fireplace!  (I had to call and confirm they didn’t!) So even though they don’t, these restaurants get an honorable mention for their invitingly warm atmosphere:  Tuccis, Matt the Miller’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, and PF Changs.  

 -Post by Dawn Scheurle