February 2012

One of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day Parades in America (according to U.S. News Travel and Special Report) will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Dublin, Ohio. The wearing o’ the green occurs a little early this year, so what exactly can you look forward to during this all day celebration? Mark your calendar with these great activities:

FRIDAY, March 9, 2012

Rest Up
Come to town on Friday night and stay in one of our 14 hotels with Irish Attitude! Enjoy Irish touches like Embassy Suites’ Kilpatrick’s Restaurant or Chase Suites’ cozy, Irish-inspired lobby, complete with a fireplace.

Strut your Stuff
(Friday, 6 p.m.) 75 S. High St.
Show off your legs in the annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest on Friday at the Dublin Village Tavern. The contest is sponsored and hosted by Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Dublin Village Tavern and Historic Dublin Business Association.
Registration is $10. Rent a kilt for an additional $5.
The first 17 contestants will be judged and all contestants receive a prize.

Want to know what it takes to win? Watch the video below. To register, call 614/889-9615

Watch the fierce competition from 2011

SATURDAY, March 10, 2012

Pancake Power Up
(7 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Sells Middle School: 150 West Bridge St.
Start your day with The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Fill up on pancakes and sausage   before you head out and watch the parade. Win a variety of prizes during the ongoing raffle. Everyone wins because your money goes straight to a variety of eyesight-related charities.

Inflation Celebration
(9 a.m.) Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Lot – Metro Center: 600 Metro Place North
What does it take to make one of the nation’s best St. Patrick’s Day parades? A lot of hot air. Watch the giant parade balloons come alive.

Jam Out
(10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) (Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary)
Enjoy some iTunes (Irish Tunes) by The Hooligans. Listen to their version of Black Velvet Band.

Meet St. Patrick

(10-11 a.m.) Dublin Library: 75 N. High St.
Join the Man of the Hour(s). St. Patrick himself will be telling stories about his life and Irish traditions.

The Big Event
(11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Metro Place North into Historic Dublin.
Enjoy the 2-hour long, full mile stretch of Irish heritage.  Dublin, Ohio celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with floats, bands and bagpipers, not to mention the Grand Leprechaun.  The city-sponsored parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Place North. (Don’t forget to wear your green!)

Get Jiggy With It
(Noon – 1 a.m.) Brazenhead Irish Pub & Restaurant 56 North High Street
We said ALL-DAY celebration, didn’t we? Raise your pint of Guinness and enjoy a full afternoon and evening of great food, Irish music and dancing at our traditional Irish Pub, the Brazenhead.

Noon – 3 p.m. Bob Ford & The Ragamuffins
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jenkins & Scott
9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Plow Kings
Irish Dancers
Authentic Irish Drums & Bagpipes

Drink Specials:
$4 Irish Girl Scout Cookie Shots
Green Bud Light Drafts

Stroll the Streets.
Special St. Patrick discounts and freebies are happening all over Historic Dublin:

OurCupcakery Don’t just enjoy cupcakes, come play a game with Irish Attitude! (16 N. High St.)

Sister Sweet Shoppe : Needs some shamrock shaped chocolates? Who doesn’t? Wander in and meet the Sisters while sampling a variety of sweets. (45 N. High St.)

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland : It might be your “lucky” day. Shop around this Irish import store and play the Lucky Coin Drawing. You could receive up to 17 percent (March 17th – get it?) or enter to win an eight-day trip for two to Ireland.  (75 S. High St.)

TehKu Tea Company will feature live music during the day, as well as Irish themed teas like “Kiss Me I’m Not Irish” and treats. (55 S. High St.)

Visit the City of Dublin for more information about the parade and visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn where to stay and play.

(www.IrishisanAttitude.com) or call 800/245-8387.

-Post by Allison

This is a big year for Ohio’s capital city, located just 15 minutes south of Dublin. Columbus is celebrating its 200th birthday! While there are special events and celebrations happening all year long, February 11-15 marks 200Columbus Days–a citywide partnership offering great deals, discounts and reasons to plan a central Ohio getaway!! (Or, if you are a local, discover some attractions, shops or restaurants you’ve never visited!)

Enjoy discounted tickets to 20 local attractions including COSI, The Ohio History Center, The Kelton House, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory or Columbus Museum of Art.  Take in a show at the Arena Grand Movie Theatre, CATCO or Shadowbox. Go on a Columbus Food Adventure, attend a Promusica Chamber Orchestra concert, go to a Columbus Blue Jackets game or play laser tag at Laser Kraze. Shop at Tanger Outlets, Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties, Better Earth or Wyandotte Winery.  

To take advantage of some or ALL of these great deals, just print out and show the 200Columbus Days flier or simply visit it on your mobile device and show the screen to the participating business’ ticket taker, cashier or restaurant server.

Take your friend, your Valentine, your kids or your Mom. Just remember (at some point during your adventure) to toast a Happy Birthday to Columbus!! 

For more information about Columbus’s bicentennial celebration, visit www.200columbus.com

You may have heard. In Dublin, Ohio we like to say we have “Irish Attitude.” No, the city doesn’t sit along the banks of the River Liffey(it’s actually the Scioto River).  And our roots aren’t really Irish. In fact, legend has it that our city’s name originated with an Irish surveyor who was a wee bit homesick for his motherland.  But research (conducted by an independent agency) shows that we’ve embraced our name in a BIG way.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau launched Dublin’s new destination brand in January, 2007 in an effort to raise awareness with the traveling public by positioning the city as a unique and desirable destination for leisure, business, athletic and group travel. The DCVB logo and positioning line, Irish is an Attitude, makes use of the “Irish” equity that exists in the Dublin name and promotes the idea that you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Irish fun.

And we do LOVE our Irish fun. Let’s see … there’s the annual Dublin Irish Festival (celebrating it’s 25th anniversary Aug. 3-5 this year with three days of crazy, non-stop music, dance and revelry) and the miles-long St. Patrick’s Day parade (held on Saturday, March 10 this year because we are SO excited for the holiday that we can’t help but start a week early). There are the Irish pubs and themed restaurants in town–places where you can find the traditional fish & chips and Guinness.

But THEN, there are the hidden Irish-inspired treasures that you can only find, taste, do and experience in Dublin, Ohio! And these are MY favorite things to share with visitors to Dublin, Ohio.  Each year since 2007, the Dublin CVB has been honoring local businesses that embrace our “Irish is an Attitude” brand slogan. On their own initiative, these folks create products, services and offerings that enrich the visitor experience with a little Irish ‘tude.  Thanks to these folks, visitors to Dublin Ohio can now stay at select Dublin hotels and enjoy a fun wake-up call voice sporting an Irish brogue, attend a meeting in a room named for Irish counties and sample culinary tastes including  Irish eggrolls, Pot o’ Gold tea, green scones, Shamrock Snacks, Bailey’s Cheesecake and more. Group visitors can go on a Four-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt, take an Irish Dance 101 Class, attend an 1890s style “Irish Wake” and learn about Celtic Collectibles. And the list goes on.

The Dublin CVB just announced the 2011 winners of the “Living the Irish Attitude” award. They are:

  • Sunny Street Café (Hospital Drive location)– For creating customizable Irish themed dinner menus and events to appeal to the group tour and meetings markets
  • 1 Stop Bead Shop – For creating Irish jewelry making classes for groups and a special section in the store dedicated to Irish-themed beads
  • The Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon – For creating an Irish themed event in Dublin that draws visitors, participants, media attention and benefits local charities

To these folks–and all our previous “Living the Irish Attitude” winners–we extend a huge THANK YOU!  You help our destination to deliver a visitor experience that not only meets their expectations, but  usually EXCEEDS them.  Sláinte!

~Post by Mary