April 2012

What is there for a 24 year old to do in Dublin, Ohio?….Plenty!

When I received the news that I had been hired as the new SMERF Sales and Marketing Manager for the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau, I was ecstatic.  From my interviews and research, I learned the position entailed “selling and marketing” the city of Dublin.  After living in the Columbus area for 15 years, I knew that Dublin is an amazing and unique city.  I moved to Delaware when I was 10 years old and lived there until I ventured a whopping 35 miles away to Bexley, Ohio to attend Capital University.  After graduating with a degree in Marketing, I moved to the northwest side of Columbus.  Since I have been a resident of Central Ohio for so long, I thought I would be ahead of the game when it came to learning about Dublin but boy, was I wrong!

Dublin has more to offer visitors than I ever had imagined!  There are so many events beyond the Dublin Irish Festival and the Memorial Tournament.  Not only is the city extremely family friendly and beautiful, but it really appeals to my demographic, as well.  When I make plans with friends, we automatically think to travel to the Short North or the Arena District.  But now I am thinking we have been missing the opportunity to experience Dublin!

I have been making daily mental notes on different places to bring my friends – starting with the Dublin Village Tavern.  What a great atmosphere to have a drink and appetizer!  Each day I look out my window and see their patio filled with people for lunch and after work Happy Hour.  I have now tried a few different menu items, but I’m planning to try something new next time – their Irish Egg Rolls.  Venturing down the road, you will come to the Brazenhead Irish Pub.  I’d visited there before for the great patio and specials, but I never knew they had live music, too.  That’s a perfect way to spend a night during the summer!  Or, if you like to try different beers, original cocktails and amazing food, Matt the Miller’s Tavern is the place to go.  I am a huge fan of their flatbreads – I need to go back to try a different item on the menu!

I also realized there are great little shops in Historic Dublin!  Each year, I travel to the mall to find something green to wear for St. Patty’s day (mostly so I don’t get pinched by friends!).  On Wednesday, I visited Ha’Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland for the first time.  They had the cutest shirts as well as other Irish gear!  I am embarrassed to say I never thought of looking in Historic Dublin for Irish themed clothing.  That same day we also stopped in to Clover Boutique.  I was tempted to try on every piece of clothing on the racks!  They had so many unique tops and dresses that you cannot find anywhere else.

Being a chocolate and sweets lover, I am becoming quite spoiled by working within a short walk of Sister’s Sweet Shoppe, Aboxa Fudge, Jeni’s Ice Cream and Our Cupcakery.  After tasting chocolate covered fudge (who knew there was such a heavenly creation!?) at Aboxa Fudge on Thursday, I had to be sure to run an extra mile or two that night!

My “Irish Attitude” has already been developed!  I can’t wait to continue to learn more about this great city and pass that knowledge on to others!

~Samantha Kennedy is the SMERF Sales & Marketing Manager for the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau. (SMERF is an acronym for Social, Military, Educational, Reunion and Fraternal markets.)

I’m excited about the opportunity to market and sell our great Dublin Ohio tourism product next week to a worldwide audience at the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow. The event is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.  It is NOT a typical trade show. In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA (representing all industry category components), and close to 1,200 International and Domestic Buyers from more than 70 countries, conduct business negotiations that result in the generation of more than $3.5 billion in future Visit USA travel. At International Pow Wow, buyers and sellers are able to conduct business that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips.

Another exciting factor is that the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau will be attending the show with the Ohio Tourism Division and Experience Columbus. This is just another example of the unique collaboration and regional partnerships we have with the State of Ohio and Columbus. All of our respective organizations win when we can position our region as a great destination.

In addition to selling all of the great things there are for visitors to do in the City of Dublin Ohio, I will also be focusing on raising awareness and helping to book new business to the 2013 Presidents Cup, held September 30 – October 6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin. The Presidents Cup is truly an international event! We continue to work hard to attract many U.S. and international visitors for this great event. Be sure to check the Dublin CVB’s Facebook page and/or follow me on Twitter (@Scott_DublinCVB) for updates from next week’s Pow Wow.

~Scott Dring is the Executive Director of the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Easter is this Sunday and it’s a great time to go to Brunch with the entire family!  Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, April 8 (2012)! Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants will fill quickly.

  • Salvi’s Italian Bistro – The Grand Buffet at Salvi’s starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. The day begins with Scrambled Eggs, bacon, sausage and all your breakfast favorites and transitions to Roast Lamb, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham and Baked fresh Fish. Side items include fresh fruit, cheese platters, green beans, chilled shrimp, bowtie pasta and don’t forget the Pasta Salvi! Adults $25.99, Children ages 5-11 $12.99 and children 4 and under are free. www.salvisbistro.com 5000 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. 614/874-0466.
  • J. Liu’s – Known for their great combination of American and Asian favorites, J. Liu’s Easter Brunch will include Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham, Omelets made to order, French Toast and Shrimp–in addition to Crab Rangoon, Spring Rolls, Spicy Chicken, Fried Rice and a large assortment of other wonderful sides and specialty desserts. Their buffet begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Adults $25.99, Seniors $22.99, Children ages 4 – 11 $12.99 and children 3 and under are free. www.jliurestaurant.com  50 West Bridge Street, Dublin. 614/718-1818.
  • Matt the Miller’s will be serving an upscale Easter Brunch this Sunday from 11-4pm. Carving stations and enhanced Chef selections will be served in addition to their already fabulous Sunday Brunch. Adults $24.95, Children 5-10 $7.95, children 4 and under are free with paying adult. www.MtMTavern.com 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving an organic fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts made to order and much more. Adults $25, Children under 12 $12.50, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a dynamic Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $27.95 adults, $18.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Pl. N, Dublin 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $31.95, Seniors $24.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free. www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Golf Club of Dublin will start their brunch at 12:30 p.m. with a fun Bunny Hunt for the children. Enjoy brunch favorites of Baked Ham, Prime Rib, made to order Omelettes as well as fresh fruit, salads, side dishes, pastries and desserts. Adults $21.95, Children under 12 are $12.95 and children under 4 are free. www.golfclubofdublin.com  5805 Eiterman Road, Dublin. 614/792-3825.
  • The Bogey Inn will be hosting an Easter Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm. Enjoy Carved Prime Rib, Turkey and Ham, an omelette station, breakfast favorites and delicious sides and desserts. Adults are $18.99 and children are $8.99. www.bogeyinn.com  6013 Glick Road, Powell. 614/766-1900.
  • Tucci’s Bistro invites you to enjoy either a brunch buffet (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)or a dinner buffet (4-8 p.m.). Both buffets will feature chef stations, a selection of fresh salads, shrimp, smoked salmon, grilled chicken, assorted side dishes and mini desserts. The full menu can be found online at www.tuccisbistro.com. 35 North High Street. 792-3466.

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie


The grass is green, the trees are blooming, it’s Spring here in Dublin, Ohio. This time of year is great to be outside and enjoy our wonderful parks. Did you know Dublin offers 56 developed parks with over 980 acres of parkland? Take a picnic lunch (Whole Foods makes a great sandwich and their salad bar offers many choices) and enjoy it beside the Scioto River. The Dublin Arts Council now offers a cell phone tour so you can hear the artist describing Chief Leatherlips – or any other of their Art In Public Places sculptures around Dublin.

While you’re in Historic Dublin, stop by the newly remodeled Visitor Center to grab a Historic Dublin Walking Tour. Enjoy walking the district and sharing the history – and don’t forget to stop by some of the merchants for some local interaction! Many of the restaurants offer lunch, or if you are in the mood for a treat, try Jeni’s Ice Cream, Our CupCakery or Sisters Sweet Shoppe!

Another great Spring tradition–Baseball–starts this time of year. Did you know we have a factory tour of MLB approved bats here in Dublin? Visit Phoenix Bats where you can speak with the technicians who are making wood bats for many major league players. During your tour, you’ll see a wooden bat carved in front of you in just two minutes. Visit www.phoenixbats.com for a list of tour times and details.

On those rainy days, visit COSI Columbus to see the new WATER exhibit –  where you can explore where water occurs on Earth, how it’s used and how we can become better stewards of our water planet. Experience hands-on and digital interactive elements, videos, wall panels, models, specimens and live Phoenix Batsanimals.

It may be Spring Break, but the Ohio History Center inspires kids to learn more about Ohio’s great history. Explore Ohio’s natural history through its plants, animals, geology, geography and climate. Walk under a giant mastodon for a tour of Ohio from the ice age to the present. Kids will love the specimens available for touching, computer displays and special kids play areas.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers year-round fun for kids of all ages. Meet polar bear twins Anana and Aurora, get nose-to-nose with manatees at Manatee Coast, venture through a nocturnal animal facility, ride a 1914 Mangels Illions carousel, and meet “Hank” (all 15,600 lbs of him)–the elephant that is winning hearts every day.

Have a fun and happy Spring Break spending time together as a family!

For more information about special events and attractions in and around Dublin, Ohio, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie