Mother’s Day is quickly approaching – Sunday, May 12th this year. Have you planned to make Mom’s day extra special this year? Here are some great tips for local brunch ideas and great specials for Mom. Please call ahead for reservations as locations sell out quickly!

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Columbus Marriott Northwest: Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted Salads, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Claws, Poached Salmon, Quiche, Omelets and Waffles made to order, Carving station, Assorted Pastries and Chocolates. 5605 Blazer Parkway. 614/791-1000.

Crowne Plaza Hotel: Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Omelet and Crepe station, Carving station, Wide array of Breakfast and Dinner Entrees, Fresh Salads and Baked Goods, Special Kids Buffet, Scrumptious Dessert Bar.$28.95 Adults, $14.95 children 6-13. 600 Metro Place North. 614/760-7939

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Free admission for Mom on Mother’s Day with a paid admission for their child or grandchild. 9990 Riverside Drive.614/ 645-3400.

Golf Club of Dublin: Elegant Brunch served at two seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Enjoy Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, Grilled Salmon, Duck Tenderloin, Fresh fruit, Belgian Waffles, French toast, delicious desserts and more. 5 years and under are free, $9.95 for ages 6-12, $21.95 for 13 and older. 5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825.

Ha penny Bridge Imports: In honor of their 30th anniversary, spend $30 for Mom and receive a free gift! 75 South High Street. 614/889-9615.

La Scala Italian Bistro: Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., regular menu will be available all day. Enjoy assorted garden salads, breakfast favorites, homemade sausage and peppers, homemade ravioli, chicken Milanese, Penne pasta ala Vodka, assorted sides and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 10 $13.95. 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern: Special Mother’s Day Brunch menu from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., regular menu service in the evening. $24.95 Adults. 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.

Mezzo Italian Dublin: Special Brunch menu will be available from 11 2 p.m. Exclusively created for Mother’s Day, Mezzo will feature a selection of breakfast fare, salads and Italian entrees including items such as ricotta pancake cannolis, fried green tomato eggs benedict, and eggplant “aubergine”. 12 West Bridge Street. 614/889-6100.

Tehku Tea: Irish Mother’s Day Brunch and Afternoon Tea. Seatings are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 55 South High Street. 614/761-3808.

The Venue at Corazon: Family Brunch Buffet with a Complimentary Flower for Mom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children ages 3-11. 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240.

Whole Foods: Special Mother’s Day Brunch available from 10 a.m.-2p.m. $25 Adults, $12 Children. 3670 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/760-5556.

Woodhouse Spa: Treat your Mom to an escape – right in Historic Dublin. Special Mother’s Day Spa packages are available. 19 North High Street. 614/790-8822.

For more ideas, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website:

The school year is winding down, the trees are blooming and it looks like the warm temperatures are here to stay – finally! Enjoy the warm weather this spring or summer by booking a trip to Dublin through our Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway Package.

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

Big Boa Falls at Zoombezi Bay Water Park

The package is an affordable way for the whole family to discover the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (#1 Zoo in America, USA Travel Guide), COSI (#1 Science Center in the nation, Parents Magazine), Zoombezi Bay Water Park, the Ohio History Center, Columbus Clippers Baseball and more at discounted prices! Here’s how it works:

When you check in to one of our participating Dublin hotels, you can purchase discounted tickets (up to a 26% savings) to favorite area attractions like:

  • The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Zoombezi Bay Water Park (opening 5/18)
  • COSI

When you check in, you will also receive a kid’s activity sheet with coupons to area attractions, restaurants and shops such as:

Columbus Clippers, Ohio History Center, The Candle Lab, Our CupCakery, Graeter’s, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Sunny Street Café, The Dublin Village Tavern, Menchie’s and 1 Stop Bead Shop.

Finally, those participating in the package have the opportunity to win a 2014 Columbus Zoo Membership! All you have to do is turn in the form from the kids activity sheet and drop it in the designated box at the Dublin Visitor Information Center.

Sun, savings, science and more await you and your family in Dublin this spring and summer. Book your Columbus Zoo/COSI Family Getaway today!

Contact the Dublin CVB if you have any questions at 800-245-8387.

Post by Sam

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.)

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.

( or call 800/245-8387.

-Post by Allison

I don’t recall when I found out that Santa didn’t exist. I don’t remember being sad, or throwing his cookies in the air and exclaiming, “Why is everything a lie?!”

But I do remember being excited. I remember hardly being able to sleep through the night knowing that glorious presents will be there in the morning waiting for me to rip them open. You could say I was a little like Ralphie. 

For whatever reason, I was always really excited for the first day of school too. I was kind of a nerd.

With the holiday right around the corner and me being well out of school, I now experience a different anticipation.

The anticipation of giving.

You proudly place your gift in the hands of your friend or family member, anxiously watching them figure out where the invisible scotch tape is located and then wait for the classic, “I love it!”

As much as I love anticipation there is one ugly thing that I can’t seem to avoid.


How are we only a few days away from the big event? Where did the time go? Why am I paying shipping costs and hoping items arrive on time?

From the looks of our malls, I’d say procrastination or “last-minute shoppers” are in the majority. So to help you out, majority, here is a quick list of some awesome last minute gifts.

For the Hostess with the Most-ess

The Woodhouse Day Spa
Who doesn’t like to be pampered? Especially after the stress of having family over for the holidays. Make a spa day extra special and tell your mom or sister that you both are going for some quality time.

PRICE TAG DEAL:  For every $100 Woodhouse day spa gift certificate you purchase, you will receive both a free $20 Woodhouse gift card and a free $20 Mezzo’s Ristorante of Dublin gift card. You can knock out three people on your list!

For the Food “Nut”

Sister’s Sweet Shoppe
‘Cash & Pistach with Panache’ and ‘Pecan and Peanut Lover’s Unit’ are two gifts that are already put together and ready to be devoured. Don’t forget to buy one of the Sister’s famous fruitcakes.

PRICE TAG: $25.95 – $58.95

For the One Miles Away

Sometimes a person just can’t make it home for Christmas. So give the gift of Columbus, Ohio’s own, Jeni’s Splendid Icecreams. Jeni’s will ship a collection (or at least four pints) directly to their home. The new Holiday Collection will make their taste buds quake.

PRICE TAG: $50 – $175 per collection. $12 per pint.

For the Big Family
Do you have family in town for awhile? Give them something to do while they are here in Central Ohio. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights is a great event for all ages. You can even coax them into staying in a Dublin hotel by wrapping up the Dublin CVB’s Kids Go Free Columbus Zoo Wildlights Package.

PRICE TAG: The Dublin Wildlights Package rates at Dublin hotels begin around $109. With the package, kids ages 2-9 receive free admission to the Zoo, plus free kids meals at participating restaurants.

MILITARY DEAL: The Zoo is offering FREE Zoo admission to all who are serving and have served our great nation, including their immediate family, starting Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1. Military personnel should show their military ID and veterans must show proof of service for free entry to the Zoo. Immediate family is defined as active or non-active military personnel, their spouse and any kids living in the household.

For the Crafty One
Guess what? You can make that bracelet (above).The Adventurine & Flower Bracelet (Toho Kit) is available at 1 Stop Bead Shop. Or buy one of the several classes and go together.

PRICE TAG: $36.60 Toho Kit.  $70 Class Fees + Class kit.

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

-Post by Allison

Thursday, Dec. 15th |1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
“Wrap it Up” Holiday Shopping Day
Excitement is building with 10 shopping days until Christmas. Visit Historic Dublin for an afternoon and evening of fun-filled shopping, dining and free trolley rides. Enjoy the Luminaria Walk and help fight cancer.

Month Long, December 1st – 23rd
The Twelve Elves of Dublin Contest
Throughout the month of December, contestants hunt for 12 carefully hidden elves in participating businesses. Contestants enter their cards for great prizes. Print your Passport or get one at the listed businesses. Once you find all the elves, drop off your completed passport at a business for a chance to win.

Friday, Dec. 23rd | 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The 11th Hour at Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market Dublin is making your last minute shopping fun. The “11th Hour” will feature:
Live Music, Champagne & dessert tastings, Raffles every 15 minutes
$10 gift card for every $50 spent
**Valid only 10PM-12AM on 12/23
3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road Columbus, Ohio

Month Long | 5 p.m. -10 pm.
Wildlights!The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with all new eco-friendly LED lights for the brightest Wildlights display ever! Musical animated light shows around the lake are every thirty minutes starting at 5:45.

  • Enjoy the Magical Timbernacle Forest Chorus
  • A Down Home Country Christmas in the barn at Habitat Hollow
  • Polar Bear Express, Kiddie Mini Sleigh Ride
  • Moose Habitat and Santa’s Reindeer Corral
  • Santa’s Holiday Home and Santa’s Holiday Wishes Tree
  • The Diving Claus – an Island Holiday at the Manatee Coast and many more fun family activities!

Stay the night and save. The Dublin CVB Kids Go Free Wildlights Package is still available.

Saturday, Dec. 17th | 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Nutcracker will be performed at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in the Recreation Center. Enjoy this annual treat from Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics. Its shortened time is perfect for families. $5 admission. 5600 Post Road. 410-4550.
December 17th through the 23rd

COSI (Center of Science & Industry) Put on your railroad engineer’s cap and check out a huge room full of model railroad layouts from Central Ohio model train enthusiasts. COSI is hosting this special Trains Exhibit of all train sizes and shapes – plus wooden trains and tracks for little engineers to explore. 333 West Broad Street, Columbus. 228-2674.
Sunday, Dec. 18th | 3 p.m.

Dwight Lennox – Holiday Jazz Performance at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre will feature Columbus’ finest jazz singer that will delight you with holiday standards and favorite songs. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors. 5600 Post Road. 410-4550.
Sunday, Dec. 18 | 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Holiday Brunch with SantaMatt The Miller’s Tavern
Enjoy a Sunday Brunch with your friends, family and Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Matt The Miller’s Tavern will be hosting the jolly couple so bring your camera to take pictures and enjoy the following brunch buffet features:

Carving stations, prime rib, honey glazed ham, omelet station, eggs benedict, breakfast favorites, pastries, flatbreads, pastas, salads, chef specials, fresh fruit, desserts and holiday favorites.

Reservations are Required. Call 614-799-9100
6725 Avery-Muirfield Dr. Dublin, OH
Adults: $24.95
Kids 5-10 yrs old: $7.95
Kids 4 and under FREE with each paying adult. (Additional 4 and under: $4.95 each)

All month
Silent Movie Sundays at the Ohio History Center
The Ohio History Center in Columbus is featuring a classic silent film with live theatre-organ accompaniment and free popcorn. Enjoy scenes from A Christmas Carol (1910) and The Adventures of the Wrong Santa Claus (1914) starting at 3 pm in the auditorium.
The adjacent Ohio Village will be featuring A Dicken’s Christmas with crafts, decorations, caroling and cooking demonstrations 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus. 800/686-6124.

All month
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Enjoy a fantastic assortment of specialty holiday Graeter’s ice cream that will make your elves go crazy! Stock up on pints for when your houseguests are raiding the freezer at midnight. Seasonal flavors include peppermint, eggnog and cinnamon. Don’t miss the gift card sale: For every $30, you receive a $5 gift voucher. 6255 Frantz Road. 799-2663; 546 West Powell Road, 336-3661.

-Post by Allison

Here at the Dublin CVB we are fully aware that it’s mid-November, but with our Kids Go Free/Columbus Zoo Wildlights Package available online we can’t help but be excited for the holidays. So before you cut that Thanksgiving turkey, go out and explore the charming Historic District in Dublin this Thursday, Nov. 17th from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Historic Dublin is located at the intersection of Bridge St. & High St.

The District Open House features specials from 10 different shops that are sure to help you get in the spirit and get some of that necessary shopping done. So hop on one of the Trolley Rides (available 4-7 p.m.) or stroll through the Luminary Walk, compliments of the American Cancer Society, and increase your holiday joy before the snow even falls.


1. Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland: Belleek & Galway Open House (1pm- 6pm)
Gifts personalize by Belleek Painter, Collette Green, from Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, Ireland. Enjoy light refreshments and Enter to Win 10 Gifts on your Ha’Penny Christmas Wish List. 17% discount on any one item priced at $50 or higher and purchase of a Belleek event piece.

2. The Sister’s Sweet Shoppe: Enjoy fruitcake tastings and try samples of the gourmet chocolates. There will be fun activities for you to view like their chocolate dipping and peanut butter harvest movie.

3. Z Bearla’s Gifts: Try some tasty treats like holiday cheese balls and champagne.

4. Blankets & Booties: Receive a 25% discount on your purchase of full-priced merchandise and enjoy refreshments and free Christmas gift wrapping.

5. Dean Insurance Group: Enjoy wine and food sampling along with a jewelry party.

6. Clover Boutique: Holiday treats and 20% off entire store and 30% off jewelry.

7. Our CupCakery: Holiday cake pop tasting and demonstrations. Enter to Win a free box of Holiday Cake Pops.

8. Boho 72 Boutique: 20% off handmade jewelry, scarves and handbags at this chic boutique.

9. What’s the Point: Delicious holiday cookies are available as you peruse a variety of needlepoint items.

10. Woodhouse Spa: Appetizers and seasonal beer tasting courtesy of Mezzo’s Italian Restaurant. The Diamond Cellar will be showcasing several of extraordinary pieces. You can also register to win tickets to the last big Ohio State football game. Purchase $100 gift card and you will receive an additional $20 gift card to pamper yourself or a friend.

For more information about the District Open House and future “Holly Days in Historic Dublin” please visit

-Post by Allison

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