August 2012


Sometimes I think that one of the biggest challenges of my job is actually explaining what a Convention and Visitors Bureau does, and I’ll admit I didn’t fully understand before I started working for the DCVB. Now I think back to some of the badly planned trips I have taken, and I wish I would have known what a great, FREE, planning resource a CVB is for travelers.

The Dublin CVB Visitors’ Center

One of the overall advantages of utilizing a CVB when traveling is that the information is all in one place! You can find plenty of material on a city by using Google or specific travel websites, but when you look at a CVB website you can find area hotels, restaurants, upcoming events, parks and more all in one.  It’s a huge time saver!

Insider Tips

One of my pet peeves is visiting a new place and ending up at the same shops and restaurants I have at home because I don’t know where to go.  There are so many great things to do and see while traveling that you may only discover by talking to a local.  That’s what a CVB is for! Great restaurants and shops are only a click away by visiting the CVB’s website or (even better) by calling! People working at the CVB are experts on the city’s attractions.  For instance, in Dublin we have some great, original restaurants visitors shouldn’t miss – The Dublin Village Tavern, Brazenhead, Mezzo, Tucci’s, Matt the Miller’s and more!

CVB Visitor Guides and websites usually list the most interesting attractions and festivals unique to their city.  Case in point: Dublin is home to a Field of Corn – 109 6 ft tall ears of concrete corn! We also have “The #1 Zoo in America” is in our backyard and hold the 2nd largest Irish Festival in the world!

Money Saving

Many CVBs have special packages listed on their websites or even offer coupons for visitors.  The Dublin CVB offers a “Dublin Discount Sheet” that can be downloaded straight from our website for free! We also offer various packages throughout the year that have discounted tickets to local attractions and coupons to area restaurants.  These specials help save money and encourage visitors to try local favorites!

Planning Resources for Everyone!

CVBs target all kinds of travelers – not just leisure.  Whether you are planning a reunion for your family, attending for a sports tournament, visiting on a business trip or whatever the case may be – there should be resources available.  Sample itineraries, lists of area hotels, and meeting space venues are all available on our website.  If you want to know firsthand which hotel would suit your group best – just ask!

So, next time you travel, avoid having the “worst trip ever” by utilizing your Convention and Visitors Bureau resources.  Start by checking out our website at www.irishisanattitude.com – we promise you won’t regret it!

~ Post by Sam

Last week, I had the pleasure of dining at Mezzo Ristorante & Bar for the first time since moving to Dublin in June. Besides leaving me craving for more, the experience also helped me with an idea for this blog. Once a month, we’ll feature a post highlighting a Dublin-area restaurant for a series called: “Delicious Dublin”, and what better place to begin with than the one that sparked the idea?

Situated in the heart of Historic Dublin (12 W. Bridge Street), Mezzo boasts some of the best patios in town and a gorgeous interior. The restaurant offers guests an array of delectable modern Italian dishes and an extensive wine and cocktail list. Some items we suggest:

Pan-roasted Salmon

  • Arancini – Parmesan risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella atop alfredo sauce and accompanied with pomodoro
  • House Salad – Arugula, mixed greens, creamy poppy seed vinaigrette, dried cherries, goat cheese, crispy shallots
  • Pan-roasted Salmon – With eggplant caponata and basil pesto orzo
  • Wild Mushroom Ravioli – Sauteed spinach, roasted mushrooms, and gorgonzola cream sauce
  • Chicken Marsala – Buttermilk mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, mushrooms, Marsala sauce
  • Mascarpone Cheesecake
  • Flourless Chocolate and Almond Torte
  • Roasted Apple and Cranberry Bread Pudding

A trio of desserts!

There is something going on every night at Mezzo! A weekly happy hour runs Monday – Friday 4-6:30 p.m. and includes specials on Mezzo’s signature starters and drinks. Diners can enjoy a three-course meal for $20.12 Tuesday – Sunday, and live music on Wednesday (Phil Dirt and the Dozers) and Thursdays (solo artist Alan Reed).

Mezzo is open Tuesday – Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4-11 p.m. and Sunday and Monday 4- 9 p.m.

~ Post by Dawn

The Ohio Food Truck Festival

With activities for food trucks followers and marathon runners to classic cars enthusiasts, history buffs, and families soaking up the last bit of summer, it is obvious that Central Ohio is the place to be this Saturday and Sunday! Here are our  suggestions for things to do in Dublin and the surrounding area this weekend:

Experience The Ohio Food Truck Festival – From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the grounds of the Ohio History Center will be filled with over 35 of your food trucks! There will also be live music, vendor and craft booths, kids games / activities, raffles, and a new trend – Silent Disco! Parking is $6/vehicle and admission is free!

Watch The Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon – Runners will be racing to complete either a 13 (half) or 6 (quarter) mile course through Glacier Ridge Metro Park on Sunday morning. The event begins at 7 a.m. and there is no charge for spectators.

Check out Cruisin’ at Max & Erma’s – Join auto aficionados at Max & Erma’s (Metro Place) on Saturday for a car show! Registration runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and awards are given at 4 p.m. The registration fee is $10.

The Kelton House

Attend the Reader’s Theatre at The Kelton House– As part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Program, the Kelton House is will be holding a reading and exhibit called “Fresh Fish to the Front: The 95th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) and the Rebel March on Cincinnati: Central Ohio Boys Answer the Call” on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. Cost is $5 / person and reservations are suggested (call 614-464-2022).

Visit the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, and COSI with the Dublin CVB’s Kids Eat Free Summer Getaway Package  before summer ends! Zoombezi Bay is open weekends through Labor Day and COSI will be closed for renovations Sept. 4 – 25!

Enjoy!

~ Post by Dawn

It’s that time of year again… time to say goodbye to summer and hello new classes, teachers, and schoolmates! A majority of students in Central Ohio have already headed back to the classroom, but for those attending Dublin City Schools, there’s still some time to embrace the last few days of summer! Classes begin on August 27; start the new school year off right (and ease the transition) with some of these ideas:

  • 1 Stop Bead Shop – Show some team spirit with beads in school colors!
  • The Morgan House – Complete a packed lunch with special napkins or gourmet jellies, and get cute locker decorations and personalized school supplies.
  • Ohio History Center – Experience education in the 1800s with a trip to the Ohio Village School House.
  • Sunny St. Café – Gather for a family breakfast before the early mornings resume.
  • Whole Foods – Find Lunch Skins (reusable sandwich bags) and ideas for a healthy lunch (almond butter and jelly sandwiches, hummus and veggies, ect.).
  • Woodhouse Spa – Back to school time can be stressful for mom, too. Book a massage or a mani / pedi to relax!

For more shopping, dining, and attraction ideas, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com.

~ Post by Dawn

Runners competing in the 2011 marathon

Have you ever had the urge to sign up for a marathon but reconsidered after learning its length? Fortunately for those novice runners, there is a solution! The Emerald City Half & Quarter Marathon will start bright and early (7 a.m.) on August 26. The courses begin and end at Dublin Methodist Hospital and wind through Glacier Ridge Metro Park. The half marathon runs for 13 miles, and the quarter marathon is 6 miles long.

Course entertainment will include an appearance by the MIT pace and balloon team. The Trinity All Star Cheerleaders, Empire Cheer and Dance, and Ohio Senergy will also bring their enthusiasm for the day’s event.

For the half marathon, the registration fee is $80 (through August 23) and $85 on race weekend (if spots are available. The registration fee for the quarter marathon is $60 (through August 23) and $65 on race weekend. Interested individuals can register on the event’s website. A race shirt is included in the fee.

A 2011 finisher


Parking is available at the Kroger Plaza (7100 Hospital Dr), Pacer Global (6805 Perimeter Drive), and Buffalo Wild Wings (6595 Perimeter Loop – also home to the post-race VIP party). Spectators looking for the best viewing location should consider Dublin Jerome High School (8300 County Highway 2) and Glacier Ridge Elementary School (7175 Glacier Ridge Blvd.)

*Last but certainly not least, congratulations to our own Scott Dring! Scott will be serving as Honorary Race Director for the event.

For more information, visit: http://www.emeraldcityquartermarathon.com.

~ Post by Dawn

It’s hard to believe that summer has slipped by so quickly, and that in a little over a month (September 22), the first day of fall will be upon us. Some children have already headed back to school, and others are in midst of preparation. It can be a hectic time of year, so we at the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau have a suggestion… How about taking one last weekend trip as a family to the city where Irish is an attitude? Our Kids Eat Free Columbus Zoo / COSI Getaway Package is ideal for an end-of-summer outing!

Family fun at Zoombezi Bay!

The getaway includes:

Hurry! Go HEREto book your Dublin getaway today before summer runs out!

Sumatran Tiger at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium!

*Announcement! Want to win a family four pack of tickets to Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay? Tell us your favorite Zoo animal or your favorite thing about the Columbus Zoo in the comments below before 5 pm on Friday, August 17. A winner will be chosen randomly and announced next week! 

~ Post by Dawn

In 2009, Local Matters, a Central Ohio not-for-profit organization, launched Local Foods Week to promote the local food movement and aid in the transformation of Central Ohio’s food system. The event is now in its fourth year and will run from August 11 – 19. A number of activities are planned for the week, including several at Whole Foods Market Columbus-Dublin:

  • Saturday, August 11 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) – Local Tour and Dishin’ It Tasting
    Join Whole Foods Market’s Local Purveyor on a store tour that focuses on Ohio-based goods and what it means to be local at Whole Foods.
  •  Sunday, August 12 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.) – All-Local Giving Grill
    Whole Foods will be serving fresh Ohio food (sweet corn, grass-fed burgers, Luna burgers, potato chips and treats) and proceeds will be donated to Local Matters.
  • Monday, August 13 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Local Brews and Bands
    Sample some local beer and enjoy outdoor entertainment by Katty Whomp Us and I am Mute.
  • Wednesday, August 15 (2:00 p.m.) – Local Tour and Tasting
    Missed Saturday’s event? Whole Foods will hold another local-themed store tour today.
  • Friday, August 17 (5:00 p.m.) – 5 After 5 Wine Tasting: Local Libations
    Taste several favorite local wines paired with farm-fresh produce.

  • Saturday, August 18 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – Shake the Hand that Feeds You
    Local farmers will be on-hand to discuss their products. Hear their stories and learn more about Ohio-based goods.
  • Saturday, August 18 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.) – Kids Klub: “So You Think You Can Farm”
    Kids will encounter some of their favorite farm animals while meeting young, local farmers.
  • Sunday, August 19 (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.) – Whole Foods Family Dinner
    Michael Jones, Executive Director of Local Matters will prepare a customized family-style dinner on the Whole Foods patio.

COSI will also host the first annual Local Foods Family Day (presented by Chipotle) on Saturday, August 11 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Kids and their families will learn the beauty (and tastiness) of local foods as they sample Ohio produce, plant their own tomato plant, stir some salsa, and create veggie art.

For more information and activities taking place during Local Foods Week 2012, visit Local Matters’ website: http://local-matters.org/local-foods-week.

~ Post by Dawn

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