December 2012

New Year’s Eve is a time to say goodbye to the past and hello to a new start.  So, what better way to ring in 2013 than with a celebration? Two local hotels have unique NYE packages – whether you want to celebrate with the whole family or just a special someone.

It is often difficult to find a New Year’s Eve festivity that is kid-friendly, but Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin (5100 Upper Metro Place) has the answer. Their New Year’s Eve Family Package features a variety of activities (complete with a little Irish attitude!) that will appeal to all ages. Some of the evening’s highlights include:

Dublin OH Irish Pub

The Brazenhead Irish Pub

  • Manager’s Cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and Irish entertainment
  • An Irish-themed craft
  • Movies for children and teens
  • An Irish storyteller
  • Made-to-order pizza, wings (by the dozen), and soft drinks available at Phillipo’s Pizza Shop
  • Family DJ room with games and music
  • MIDNIGHT Countdown in the atrium with dry snacks and champagne toast

Rates are just $159, and additional nights can be added for $89 / night.

For more information and reservations, visit the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin website or call (614) 790-9000.

Prefer a more intimate evening? Book the New Year’s Eve package at Chase Suite (4130 Tuller Road). You’ll enjoy a large suite (full living room, kitchen and separate bedroom and bathroom), hot breakfast, indoor hot tub, DVD library access, and more, all for $89 + tax. Fireplace suites and / or Irish Romance gift baskets (filled with cookies, chocolates, two small bottles of Bailey’s Irish cream, a candle and more) are also available. To make a reservation, visit the Chase Suite website or call (614) 766-7762.

Looking for more family friendly activities to do on New Year’s Day? Visit the attractions section of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website:

Happy New Year!

~ Post by Dawn

Christmas Eve is just 3 days away! Is your shopping finished? Have you wrapped the presents? What about food? Oh, did that one slip your mind? Well, don’t worry. If you’re (now) fretting over meal plans (sorry!), A few local businesses will be open Christmas Eve, and we’ve done some research for you!


Pasta from Salvi’s

Here are a few dinner options:

J Liu (50 W. Bridge St.) – Open until 8 p.m.

Max & Erma’s (411 Metro Place North) – Open until 9 p.m.

Salvi’s Bistro (5000 Upper Metro Place) – Open until 8 p.m.

And for an early sweet treat, visit one of these stores:


A Menchie’s creation

Graeter’s (6255 Frantz Road) – Open until 6 p.m.

Jeni’s (1 W. Bridge St.) – Open until 6 p.m.

Menchie’s (Tuttle Mall & Sawmill) – Open until 6 p.m.

What’s your go-to Christmas meal?

~ Post by Dawn

Exterior view

Exterior view

Last Tuesday evening, I was given the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Dublin’s newest event facility, The Venue at Corazón (7155 Corazon Drive), with my coworkers. Taste Hospitality Group (operators of Mezzo Dublin, Mezzo Gahanna and Hubbard Grille Short North and a valued partner of ours) is running it, and to put is simply, the place is gorgeous. It has over 4,000 square feet of event meeting space. The grand salon can hold up to 180 guests and a there is an executive boardroom available for smaller groups. There is also a kitchen, bar and lounge area on on-site. It’s perfect for both social and corporate events!



The upper floor of the building houses Vita Fitness at Corazón. It offers strength and cardio equipment, fitness classes, an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis, and childcare services for members.  Additions such as The Water Bar, spa and salon services, The Corazón Café, and Pro Shop will be opening soon.

To learn more, visit

~Post by Dawn


It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re still looking for stocking stuffers, we have a few suggestions that you can find at some of our favorite local businesses!

1. Nonpareils, Florentines, and other Chocolates from Graeter’s

2. Golf tees, balls or socks from the Golf Club of Dublin

3. Candles or room spray from The Candle Lab

4. Lip glosses, nail polish, perfume or other beauty products from Woodhouse Day Spa

5. Gourmet popcorn or Krema peanut butter from Sisters Sweet Shoppe

6. Individually wrapped SpecialTEA bag from Tehku Tea Company (*We recommend putting this inside your Christmas cards)

7. Organic skin and body care products from Whole Foods Market


Trinity earrings from Ha’Penny

8. Celtic-inspired hair bands or jewelry from Ha’Penny Bridge Imports

9. Monogrammed mugs, notepads, or Hammond Candies from The Morgan House

10. Beads, charms and craft books from 1 Stop Bead Shop (*A handmade gift is very thoughtful!)

*11. Gift cards to local restaurants (Sunny Street Café, Our Cupcakery, Mezzo, Menchie’s, Matt the Miller’s, Dublin Village Tavern, ect.)

Happy holidays from the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau!

~Post by Dawn, Katie, Mary and Sam


Thanks to a partnership between the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Dublin, Dublin City Schools and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine, our city has added another prestigious sporting event  (one of the largest ever) to our roster for next year! On July 18-24, 2013, Jerome High School will host 1,500 youth and prep football players from across the United States for the invitation-only 2013 Football University Top Gun Camp. There will be two separate camps – one for middle school and one for high school students.


The event is expected to attract attendees from across the United States, Canada and Europe and will generate an estimated 5,000 room nights for area hotels. Dublin Scioto High School will also host Football University’s 2013 regional camp on June 7-9, 2013.

Rich McGuinness, President and Founder of All American Games, a sports marketing company that owns and produces the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University, said that Dublin was chosen over numerous other locations across the country because of the city’s “facilities, passion and its past history of hosting world-class events”. Last year’s event was held in Williamsburg, Virginia.

For more information about this exciting event, visit

Recently, we at the Dublin CVB announced our 2012 “Living the Irish Attitude” award recipients. These local businesses have fully embraced our brand – “Dublin, Ohio – Irish is an Attitude” and strive to give visitors a truly Irish experience. Now, without further adieu, the winners are:

  • Sisters Sweet Shoppe (45 North High Street) For creating Irish experiences including a 4-Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt for groups and Irish products such as Shamrock snacks, mint brownies and more.
  • Our Cupcakery (16 North High Street) For creating Irish-inspired treats like Irish Bomb Gourmet Cupcakes and an Irish “Favorite” for the cupcake bar (chocolate cake filled with ganache and topped w/ Bailey’s Irish cream icing) and for creating an Irish group tour experience.
  • Whole Foods (3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.)For featuring Irish products and creation of Irish-branded classes/programs including “Irish Manor House Meal,” “Irish Tastes and Toasts” and “Irish Flavors & Treasures.”
The 2012 Living the Irish Attitude Award Winners (Pictured from L to R: Linda Kick, Our CupCakery; Jan Bonner & Bill Anderson, Whole Foods Columbus/Dublin; Nanette Purdy & Melissa Sonksen, Sisters Sweet Shoppe)

The 2012 Living the Irish Attitude Award Winners (Pictured from L to R: Linda Kick, Our CupCakery; Jan Bonner & Bill Anderson, Whole Foods Columbus/Dublin; Nanette Purdy & Melissa Sonksen, Sisters Sweet Shoppe)

If you’re in area, be sure to visit these establishments for Irish items as well as other great products!

*From all of us at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, we would like to give thanks to this year’s recipients, our previous award winners and our future choices!

~ Post by Dawn