There is an Irish saying that goes, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” So, in the interest of helping you gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day—we’ve scouted out some great deals and unique finds in Dublin, Ohio. Here’s the crème de la crème of our treasure hunt:


  • Columbus Marriott Northwest Romance Package includes an overnight stay in this award-winning hotel, chocolate covered strawberries, Champagne and breakfast for two in the RiverCity Grille—all for $199. In addition, the hotel is offering an amazing Valentine’s Dinner for two for $65.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Heart2Heart Romance Package. Includes an overnight stay in an executive room, a romantic candlelight dinner for two and a dessert at the Dublin Metro Grill, plus a complimentary bottle of the House Wine or Champagne and breakfast for two, all for $174.95.  Call 614/764-2200 for more info.
  • Embassy Suites Dublin Suite Romance Package offers the perfect opportunity to rekindle the flame. Package includes luxury accommodations in a two-room suite, a complimentary bottle of wine*, chocolate covered strawberries and cooked-to-order breakfast buffet starting at $114/per night.  

Tasty Indulgences: 

  •  J Liu Restaurant & Bar in Historic Dublin will feature a special menu for Valentine’s Day weekend.
  • MJs Candy Bar offers unique finds like the Earl Grey candy bar (my personal fav) and the “Firecracker”—a concoction of specialty dark chocolate made with chipotle, salt and popping candy … perfect if you are “Popping” the question!
  • Our Cupcakery will bundle a “4 Pack for Lovers” of  gourmet filled cupcakes in a pretty Valentine box wrapped with ribbon for $15. Woo your sweetie with flavors like Red Velvet, Raspberry Truffle, German Caramel or the decadent Triple Chocolate. 
  •  Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is featuring a Rose flavored yogurt for Valentine’s Day and kids Valentine crafts at various times over the weekend. Call for details: 614/339-5656
  • Pair one of Graeter’s amazing French pot ice creams with their handcrafted chocolate covered marshmallow hearts for happy Valentine tummies of any age. (You can even send some Graeter’s love long distance through their website.)
  • Visit Sisters Sweet Shoppe for hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered Peeps and heart-shaped frosted sugar cookies that can be personalized.
  • Whole Foods  creative gift solutions include 20 stems of Whole Trade™ Roses for $20; 3-4oz. cold water lobster tails for $5.99 each (available Friday 2/11 ONLY); White Chocolate Raspberry Desire Cake for two $12.99 and fully catered dinners for two starting at $30  (
  • Kogens (Asian Fare with Flair!) has prepped a great Valentine’s weekend menu that is simply inspired— all for just $25 per person. Call for details (or reservations): 614/792-8882.

Need more ideas? Visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website for an extensive list of local restaurants, shopping and attractions!

-Post by Mary

According to the Association for Wedding Professionals International, peak wedding season falls between May and October in most of the U.S. 

During the winter, the number of weddings throughout the country declines by 40% to 50% below that of peak season, says Richard Markel, the president of AWPI. And of the roughly 2.2 million weddings that take place in the U.S. each year, only 5 percent occur in January.  So what are the “brides-to-be” doing in the winter? Planning.

Venues, flowers, food, dresses, invitations, music; there are quite a few factors that can take a big chunk of your time and wallet if you aren’t careful. That’s where the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau can help Central Ohio engaged couples sort out the following:

  • Hotel accommodations for your guests (Dublin offers 15 hotels–all centrally located in northwest Columbus)
  • Ceremony and reception locations (ranging from ballrooms to historic sites and attractions)
  • Rehearsal dinner venues
  • Off-premise activities for the wedding party      
  • Suggestions for area attractions and activities for wedding guests
  • Wedding vendor referrals

If you are in the process of figuring out the details be sure to check out some of the bridal shows in the Columbus area:

  • Sunday, January 30: Claibourne Productions at Aladdin Shrine Center
  • Sunday, February 13: Bridal Open House at The Golf Club of Dublin
  • Sunday, February 20: South Asian Bridal Show at Hyatt Regency
  • Sunday, March 6: Claibourne Productions at The Ohio Union
  • Friday, April 15: The Wedding Experience at Pinnacle Golf Club, Grand Oaks Event Center and Oakhurst
  • Sunday, May 1: McClure Event Promotions at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

To learn more about the Dublin CVB’s complimentary services, call 800/245-8387 or visit our website:

-Post by Allison

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

Although Spring signals the beginning of my all-time favorite Patio Dining Season, Fall brings me home.  I don’t mean inside my home (although it does that, too), I mean thoughts of home … being comfy and cozy with family, friends–and of course, food!  Fall food is the stuff that makes you warm inside, brings back memories and makes you want to take a nap in front of the fireplace afterward.

Here are a few of the places and foods that confirm to me that Summer is indeed over and Fall has arrived:

  • There’s a little gem we have frequented for years, but we just recently discovered their donuts.  Jacquemin Farms offers warm (if you time it right) sugar coated pumpkin donuts – grab one before you hop on the hay wagon to go out to the fields to pick your pumpkins.
  • La Chatelaine’s Cream of Tomato Basil Soup. (Don’t skip the croutons and cheese!)  The bakery atmosphere and warm cozy dining room with the stone fireplace make it the perfect place to be on a Fall day. I have to admit to eating this in the Spring on their patio, too. 
  • They say appetizer, I say entrée.  To each his own.  Matt the Millers Shrimp and Grits are absolutely crave-able.  Just writing about them makes me want to jump in my car and go.
  • An age old way to warm up: Bravo Cucina Italiana offers hot Apple Cider with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum–and a new trendier way–their Apple Cider Martini.  They also offer a seasonal Pumpkin Crème brûlée.  It’s hard to improve on the traditional kind, but it is Fall after all.
  • Sunny Street Cafe’s Pumpkin Pancakes.  Think sweet cream sauce and butter with walnuts and cinnamon to top it off.  Breakfast and dessert have always been interchangeable in my mind anyway!
  • A Featured Dish for the chilly months at Kogen’s is called Beef Pho. (This is pronounced Beef Fuh–as in … “Uh, let me think about that.”) Traditional Vietnamese Pho (Beef Noodle Soup) is a hearty soup of Beef simmered for more than 8 hours with onions and spices. It is served with a side of vegetables and sauces that can be combined to create a custom flavor.  
  • The Morgan House serves warm Kendra’s Creamy Chicken Pot Pie.  It’s topped with puff pastry and served in a fun terra-cotta pot.  The hot mulled cider is very nice, too.
  • Something fancy?  Although you can get it year-round, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse will warm you up with their Steak Kosar.  It is a 7 oz. or 10 oz. filet mignon over bordelaise crowned with lobster and bearnaise; asparagus and mushroom caps.
  • What is Fall without Mac-n-Cheese?  And NOT the boxed kind.  Homemade style Mac-n-Cheese.  Hoggy’s Mac-n-Cheese is made-from-scratch and finished under the broiler so the top is slightly browned and crispy, but the inside is smooth and creamy. In my picky family, the kids don’t like ‘the brown stuff’.  Lucky for me, I do!  Yum!
  • Did Scotland invent comfort food?  It seems like everything on Digger & Finch’s menu says “come on in and get comfy.”  The two standouts for me are the Guinness Stout and Cheddar Soup and Scotland Yard’s Shepherd’s Pie.  The pie is made with ground chuck, lamb and pork simmered in cabernet, with carrots, onions and peas baked in a cheddar potato crust. You can start your diet tomorrow!
  • Just in time for Fall, Rusty Bucket has added some new menu items including three new wing sauces–mild with teriyaki, spicy with sriracha sauce and chipotle in the middle.  They also have added some new comfort foods including Short Ribs, Sloppy-Joes, Pork Wing Tacos and Shrimp Grilled Cheese. 
  • Traditional Fall comfort food, maybe not, but Gooseneck Tavern has added a few new ‘spicy’ dishes to their menu that are sure to warm you up. Boom Boom Shrimp, Willow Noodles, and Grilled Andouille Sausage and Shrimp all have a bit of a kick!

I haven’t found my favorite place to get chili–which is almost the very definition of comfort food.  Well, I have, but my mom doesn’t own a restaurant. 

There are so many great restaurants in and around Dublin that I could go on for a while here.  And surely I haven’t been to them all.  Do you have a favorite Fall restaurant dish? For more ideas, visit the extensive list of Dublin Ohio restaurant listings here.

 ~Post by Dawn Scheurle, creator of

Hmmm. How to woo your sweetheart in a way that is both unique and memorable this Valentine’s Day? The Dublin, Ohio CVB has plenty of ideas to help make your job easier.

Stay and play.  Cozy up with your Valentine this weekend (or anytime through February) to enjoy a close-to-home retreat. Eight Dublin hotels have designed their versions of a memorable Romantic Getaway. Build your own package online, selecting luxurious inclusions ranging from champagne and chocolates to roses and bathrobes. Then enjoy a complimentary breakfast and late check out.  Packages start at just $104—make for an affordable and unforgettable getaway.

Take Time to Wine, Dine (and Shine).  Who can resist being courted over a lovely lunch or dinner? But nothing kills your romantic efforts more than a packed, noisy restaurant and a hefty bill. We’re proposing some off-the-beaten-path establishments that are whipping up some specials just for their Valentine’s guests—with prices that will make Cupid’s harp sing.  

  • TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) Enjoy a romantic Tea, Spa and Dinner Package complete with violin music on Sat., February 13.  Treat your Valentine to some Butterfly Kisses or Chocolate Strawberry Cake … (both featured tea flavors). Reservations: 614/761-3808
  • Digger & Finch Scottish Pub (is offering a special dinner menu from 5-10 pm on Saturday for $27.95/pp. The price includes an appetizer, soup or salad; choice of main courses and dessert of Crème Brulee (with chocolate dipped strawberries). Oh … and a rose for each lady. Reservations: 614/889-8585 
  • La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro (65 W. Bridge St.) Enjoy a St. Valentine Dinner in a romantic old world European setting. The ($32.95/pp) Prix Fix Three Course Menu offers some culinary creations that will encourage a long evening.  Reservations: 614/763-7151.

Treats for your Sweet. There is chocolate, then there are Historic Dublin’s famous Sweet Treats.  

  • Sugar inc. (36 N. High St.) is hosting a High Noon Tea Tasting from 12-2 pm Saturday.  It is free—and they will feature their beautiful Valentine’s Day cupcakes and cookies for purchase. (614/389-3459)
  • Sisters Sweet Shoppe (45 N. High St.) The Sisters have been busy dipping, decorating AND filling orders for their famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries this week. These delectable darlings will only be available through Saturday. (614/761-1118)
  • Enjoy “All Things Chocolate” at Our Cupcakery (16 N. High St.) for Valentine’s Day.   Savor dark, white, Swiss, German, and Devils chocolate cupcakes or share one of the new “King” size cupcakes with your sweetie.  (614/659-1555)
  • Pick up some Graeter’s Ice Cream for the weekend. Take advantage of their Pint Sale through Sunday—just $3.29 each.

Nifty Gifts. So, if you’re going for the gift rather than (or in addition to) the night out—the rules are the same: it’s the unique thought that counts.

  • Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland is featuring Claddagh and My Soul Mate rings, as well as the Valentine bead for Tara’s Diary bracelets. Take advantage of 25% off selected jewelry. Brand new arrivals include the Belleek 2010 Event Piece as well as divine imports from—you guessed it—Ireland. If jewelry is not her thing, wrap her in a red or pink cape or sweater or consider a woolen throw to warm her heart. Other inventive ideas? Toasting flutes and Irish fragrances.
  • Whole Foods has some great deals for natural Valentines: including two dozen roses for $19.99/ea and packages (including flowers, dinner and more) for $50, $75 and $100.

Hopefully, these ideas will help to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

-Post by Mary

The countdown has begun.  2010 is just two days away and you are STILL trying to decide how to ring in the New Year?  We can help.  Below are some local (Dublin, Ohio) establishments that are offering something special on Thursday, December 31.

Getaway Package Deals:

Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel. (600 Metro Pl. N. Dublin, OH 866/372-5566) The hotel’s family style NYE celebration features a (very) full package including overnight stay (with late check-out), a family dinner buffet, two drink coupons (per adult), New Year’s gear, Children’s activities, movies and games, a DJ and a dance floor and breakfast. $219.95/plus tax (for 2 adults & 2 children).

Columbus Marriott Northwest. (5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 614/791-1000) Plan a romantic NYE getaway for two and take advantage of a VIP package at an economical rate. Enjoy an overnight stay, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, four drink tickets and a breakfast buffet for two for just $179.95/plus tax.

Holiday Inn Express Dublin (5500 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Dublin, OH 614/793-5500) Enjoy a great getaway AND a great rate with this new hotel’s special New Year’s Eve deal–save 50% off best available rates when you mention the “New Year’s Eve Special.”  (Valid 12.31.09 only)


Digger & Finch Scottish Pub & Grille. (6720 Riverside Dr. Dublin, OH 614/889-8585) Savor dinner specials ranging from Grilled Twin Filet to Seared Ahi Tuna or Broiled Maine Lobster ($21.95-$27.95) that include a champagne toast, party favors and live music by Hat Trick.  Or just come for appetizers ($8 each) from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

La Scala Italian Bistro. (4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. Dublin, OH 614/889-9431) Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with the Eddie Pollina Band. Three-course menu includes Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp Caruso and a toast. $110/per couple.

Mary Kelley’s. ( 7148 Muirfield Dr. Dublin, OH 614/760-7041) NYE special menu features include Prime Rib, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and a pasta dish.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern. (6825 Avery Muirfield Rd. Dublin, OH 614/799-9100) Visit this local favorite spot and enjoy a special menu for NYE … featuring Surf & Turf, Chilean Sea Bass and other options. Then savor a serving of Banana Bread Pudding (with liquid center) for dessert.

NYE on the Cheap:

If you are planning to hunker down at home and watch the ball drop on your new flat screen (from the comfort of your living room), you might want to pick up a pizza to enjoy during the countdown. Here are a couple of local deals:

  • Bridge Street Pizza. ( 16 E. Bridge St. Dublin, OH 614/761-3169) Tucked into a little storefront in Historic Dublin, you might never know this place has the #3 voted pizza in North America. Enjoy a stone baked traditional pizza or a gourmet option like the Chicken Primavera or The Potsy. Holiday deal: two large one-topping pizzas for $18; or one large one-topping (plus 2 cans of pop) for $11.
  • Donato’s Pizza. Multiple locations in Central Ohio)  Who can resist this hometown favorite? Special offer: pick up a regular pizza and enjoy Donato’s  29 cent wings deal … or check their Website for other great online offers.

-Post by Mary

Whew … things are really happening around here! From the pre-planning excitement of Dublin’s 2010 Canadian-American Police-Fire Games to following developing news of the city’s hottest restaurants/shopping AND putting together upcoming getaway deals, the Dublin CVB staff has been busy. Want to keep up with us? We’d love it if you’d join one of our social networks so we can keep you in the loop (and treat you like a VIP). In fact, we’re going to sweeten the deal.

Follow us on one or more of these Social Media sites listed below (before 9/21) and you’ll be automatically entered in our contest to win a $40 Gift Certificate from J. Liu Restaurant in Historic Dublin, Ohio!  (You know you’re craving some of their famous Phad Thai!)  Best of all … the more places you follow us—the more chances you have to win. Winner will be notified by email on Monday, September 21, 2009.

It’s easy to enter. (Pick one or more …)

1) Follow us on Twitter (or Tweet a message with @dublincvb in it—if you’re already a member)

2) Become one of our Facebook Fans

3) Leave a comment here on our Blog.

4) Or join our Destination Dublin e-Travel Club

See you around!!

-Post by Mary

Be Mine. True Love. Sweet Talk.  Remember those little candy “conversation” hearts with words on them that you used to get (or give) for Valentine’s Day? I loved those.   I have distinct grade school memories of decorating oatmeal boxes or gigantic white envelopes with hearts and lining them up along the chalkboard and just anticipating what I might discover in my mailbox after the 4th grade Valentine’s Day party.  A valentine from “the cute kid” with a box of hearts attached made me feel like Cinderella.  Ahhh, youth. 

I admit, as we girls get older, our expectations increase. That might explain my swooning earlier this week while posting the Dublin (OH) Valentine’s packages on our Web site. I have to say I was impressed with the imagination our hotel partners invested in creating these packages.  White knights (or Prince Charmings) can sweep their princesses away with a luxurious hotel getaway including Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a full breakfast.  Irish gentlemen can carry off their fair-haired lasses to a private suite complete with cozy fireplace, and give her a basket filled with Irish goodies like chocolates, gourmet cheese and crackers, a candle and Bailey’s Irish Crème. Other packages include a romantic dinner for two or roses. What could be easier? The work is all done. She’ll love it.  And the best part? The great rates. (Check it out.) Now, that alone is worth is worth making her feel like Cinderella for a day, right?  Heck, we”ll even throw in a box of conversation hearts.

-Post by Mary

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