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West Side Market. Lake Erie. LeBron James. Polka. CLEVELAND.
The city on the southern shore of Lake Erie has the nickname of "mistake by the lake," but these days Cleveland is much more deserving of the other popular saying, "Cleveland Rocks." Downtown is on the upswing, the redevelopment of the Ameritrust Tower (rebranded "The 9") is nearly complete, and LeBron is back.
Should you find yourself in the 216 and actually enjoying it, check out CLE Clothing for a little memento. And no, we don't mean a stupid snow globe or cheapie mousepad. Yuck.
The shop is on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland and around the corner from the House of Blues, meaning that the crowded waiting to enter the venue every evening have no choice but to wrap around the store and window shop. Cut through the line and head inside for shirts, sweaters, books, glassware, and much more, all designed with Ohio at heart.
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Cedar Point's record-breaking Mantis roller coaster may still have a little more than two weeks yet to live, but already the paint cans are open and hype machine on high for the ride's transformation to "Rougarou."
Losing its primary colors in favor of a fiery orange, Mantis ends its run on October 19 and will lose the stand-up style trains to become a sit-down "floorless" coaster named for a fictional monster. Or maybe it's not so fictional?
According to BigFootEvidence.com (hmm), a "Rougarou" is something not very nice:
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Were you part of the big airfare sale the other day? Apparently some kind of record was broken, as Frontier began selling tickets for some of their new flights to and from Cincinnati.
The airline set a one-day record, as they started offering up five new options out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. In only like six hours or so the airline sold over 5,000 tickets to spots like Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Dallas.
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"Mantis gets squashed October 19."
These ominous words now greet visitors to the official Facebook page of Cedar Point, the Ohio amusement park known for its plethora of record-breaking rollers coasters. These words mean only bad news from Cedar Point, as their Mantis coaster will cease to operate after October 19, but no future plans have been announced.
Mantis was constructed at a cost of $12 million, and debuted for the summer of 1996. For that first year, it held a record with the "World's Tallest Vertical Loop," and the 3900' feet of track attracted coaster enthusiasts from around the world, all champing at the bit over experiencing an extreme stand-up coaster.
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We’ve heard of plenty of options to reduce the instances of bird strikes at airports across the globe. Not only are things dangerous for the planes and people involved, but we’re pretty sure it’s not a wonderful experience for the birds either.
One airport in Ohio is now testing out something different, and it should even save some money when it comes to the airport landscaping budget. Dayton International Airport is adding some tall prairie grass to around 200 acres in and around the airport, and their goal is to get the new stuff planted where planes take off and land all before the end of the year.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
There’s been a lot of moving and shaking in the offseason over in Cleveland, and we’re not talking about LeBron—we’re talking about the Browns. The team got rid of their old coach and brought in Mike Pettine to run things, so there’s some optimism about the team for 2014. Then of course there was the NFL Draft, and the fact that the team is now the home of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. We’re not sure if he’ll start the season, but at least training camp will give you an opportunity to check things out.
· When's Camp:
Training camp is already underway, so now’s the time to get your fellow fans together and plan your visit. Registration in advance is required, and some days are already sold out; however, there are still a few options available from which to choose. Camp runs through Friday, August 15, and then after that the preseason games begin. Everything takes places over at the team’s training facility in nearby Berea, Ohio—so not too far to go to take things in.
Clear your calendar and head to Avon, Ohio, as this is the weekend when the city celebrates all things duct tape. To be specific, it’s all about the Duck Tape brand of the silver stuff, as the 11th annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival takes place June 13-15.
There’s plenty of live music, tape artwork and sculpture, a duct tape parade on Saturday, and of course plenty of chances to score some free rolls of tape. Things might be a little—uh—unique and different, but we say that just makes it that much more fun. Just imagine sharing the stories around the water cooler on Monday, as you outdo that weird guy at the office with your story of a weekend at the duct tape festival.
Cincinnati's annual Burbury Music Festival, taking place July 11-13, is rewarding fans who travel in packs.
One-day Passes to the festival are $65, Three-day Passes are $145, or fans can buy 3 Three-day Passes at regular price and get a fourth ticket for $85. VIP Tickets are also available with front-row access to main stage, air conditioned tent and bathrooms, a private bar and more for $325.
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Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. That’s why we suggest skipping the long-haul hassle to hit up some summertime fun early in the season, and there’s nowhere better than to do so than Sandusky, Ohio.
Spread across 364 acres right on Lake Erie sits the world's best place to take in all things roller coaster. Cedar Point have over 70 rides and amusements, and when we last checked we think there were like 16 different roller coasters—although honestly we may have lost count. The park has been welcoming visitors as a summertime rite of passage since 1870, so you can bet they know how to keep a crowd happy.
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When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.
Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.
So what if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and held that there'd be six more weeks of winter? CNN doesn't even believe in his credibility: "The good news is that, according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time."
And if Phil is wrong, then that means somebody's got to be right. For 2014, that honor goes to Ohio's own official groundhog weatherman, Buckeye Chuck, who didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Staten Island Chuck of New York and General Beauregard Lee of Georgia even have their own less influential groundhog opinions, but the fact of the matter is that Ohio's big rodent may be slowly supplanting Phil in popularity and prediction success.
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When two airlines love each other very much and decide to merge there’s plenty of celebration, but at the same time there is often loss and sadness. That’s the case over at United, as after shacking up with Continental a couple of years ago—it’s time to revaluate things.
United is getting rid of their hub over in Cleveland, as apparently plenty of flights in and out of the airport are just no longer part of the bigger picture. With hubs in plenty of including spots like Chicago, Washington, and Houston, it sounds like there’s just not the need to have planes and people hanging out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.