ENJOY ART, WINE & ROSES!
The Northeast Ohio region offers a wide variety of attractions that visitors are sure to enjoy. Take a fresh look at the Youngstown area and you will find all of the ingredients necessary for a great long-weekend getaway. Those unfamiliar with the area will be pleasantly surprised to find beautiful gardens and numerous outdoor recreation options, a world-class art museum, challenging golf courses, delightful wineries and a brand new gaming facility — with live thoroughbred racing.
The world-renown Butler Institute of American Art houses one of the finest museum collections in the country, including works by Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, and William Merritt Chase. Visitors come from all around the world to view the Butler’s masterpieces.
Mill Creek MetroParks offers over 4,400 acres to explore. Natural beauty abounds throughout the park and can be enjoyed on hike-bike trails, while paddling a kayak on one of the lakes, or by strolling through lovely Fellows Riverside Gardens. Wander through 12 acres of diverse plantings and colourful displays. By mid-June, the roses are in bloom and are spectacular. The Gardens welcome over 400,000 visitors annually. Lanterman’s Mill and Covered Bridge is another popular attraction located within the Park.
The Youngstown area has been ranked #4 by Golf Digest for top-quality, affordable public golf courses. Whether you want to tackle a Donald Ross-designed course, or a links-style course, there are plenty of challenges awaiting you. Golf getaway packages are offered by area hotels, so grab your clubs and get ready to tee-off.
What better way to end a day than enjoying a beautiful sunset with a great glass of wine? The Youngstown area is now home to six wineries, two of which can be accessed by boat from Lake Milton. You’re sure to find some new favourite varietals, so get ready to uncork and raise a glass.
A brand new state-of-the art gaming facility opened last September in Youngstown. Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course features over 850 video lottery terminals, a one-mile track for live thoroughbred horse racing action, and a simulcast wagering parlor. Racing season runs November through April. The summer season means festival time in Youngstown. The Summer Festival of the Arts, July 11–12, is a two-day juried arts and crafts festival with live music and performances. The 33rd annual Shaker Woods Festival, running August 8–9, 15–16 and 22–23 features crafts people dressed in Shaker period clothing demonstrating and selling their handmade wares. The Canfield Fair, held September 2–7, is the largest county fair in the state of Ohio. It features great food, rides, educational displays, live entertainment and demonstrations, and much more. In addition, a variety of ethnic festivals occur throughout the summer.
For more information on things to do and special events, please contact the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-447-8201 or visit www.youngstownlive.com .