Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again to enjoy family and friends while stuffing your face with turkey and pumpkin pie. Don’t feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? You can find the turkey and all the trimmings at these fine establishments:

The Pines Golf Course, Orrvillepines_thanks
Thanksgiving Feast 330.684.1010 website

Jake’s Steakhouse, Wooster
Thanksgiving Buffet 330-345-5523 website

The Wooster Inn, Wooster
Thanksgiving Buffet, 330.263.2660 website

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
Thanksgiving Buffet 440.466.7100 website

The Lakehouse Inn & Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake
Thanksgiving Buffet, 440.46.8668 website

Mohican State Park Lodge, Perrysville
Thanksgiving Buffet, 419.938.5411 website

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky
Thanksgiving Buffet 419.433.5543 website

Quaker State & Lube, Vermilion
Thanksgiving Buffet 440.967.3724 website

Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron
Thanksgiving Feast 800.729.6455 website

The Galaxy Restaurant, Medina
Thanksgiving Buffet 330.334.3663 website

Der Dutchman Restaurant, Walnut Creek
Thanksgiving Buffet, 330.893.2981 website

LockKeepers, Valley View
Thanksgiving Menu, 216.524.9404 website

Pier W, Lakewood
Thanksgivng Menu, 216.228.2250 website

If you need a place to “store” extra family members this holiday season our local visitor bureaus have a few places they would be happy to suggest. Click on the area for places to stay: Ashtabula CVB, Lake CVB, Streetsboro CVB, Medina CVB, Lake Erie Shores and Islands CVB, Wayne CVB, Mohican-Loundonville VB and Geauga County Tourism.

When shopping this week and over the holiday season please try to support our local small businesses because they are an important part of our local economy. November 30, 2013 is National Small Business Shopping Day so get out there and support your neighbors.

Here are a few ideas of local holiday gifts:ClevelandBrewBus_logox100
  1. For the beer lover a gift certificate for a beer tour with the Cleveland Brew Bus.
  2. For the horse lover in the family a gift certificate for a horseback riding lesson at Inn The Woods.
  3. For the wine love in the family a wine tour with Northcoast Grapevine Tours.grapevinebanner
  4. For the tea lover in the home, The Cellar Door at the Hower House offers a beautiful selection of tea cups and tea pots, along with other wonderful holiday gifts.
  5. For the Island lover in the family, a gift card for rides on Miller Ferry to the islands is a great way to put a smile on their face.

And as always, when looking for things to do this holiday season make NorthernOhioTourism.com your place for information.


What would the holidays be without a delicious slice of pie? In our quest to find the best pies in Northern Ohio, we reached out to our followers for their opinion. Here is their list:
Amish Pie Company
Walnut Creek, OH

Holmes County

Mama Jo Homestyle Pies
Amherst Plaza, Amherst
Lorain County
Medina Shopping Plaza
Medina, OH
Medina County

Troyers Home Pantry
668 W. Main
Apple Creek,
317 E. North Street
Wayne County

Amish Owned
Countryside Home Bakery
17075 Mumford Rd, Burton

Geauga County

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen
Middlefield, OH
Geauga County

Gary House Pies
26075 Detroit Rd.
Cuyahoga County

The Pie Factory
210 W. Perkins
Sandusky, OH

Dutch Valley Bakery & Cafe
Walnut Creek and Sugarcreek
Holmes County

Gardner Pie Co.,
Barberton, OH

Summit County

Hartville Kitchen
Hartville, OH
Summit County

2103 N. Teynolds Rd
Toledo, OH
Lucas County

If you end up eating too much turkey and pie, no worries we have some great ways to help add a little exercise into your holiday week.

Thanksgiving Eve Skate at the Ashtabula Family Roller Den on Wednesday November 27, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The Cost is only $2.00 if you have your own skates. Skate rental will be extra if needed. 2255 West Ave. Ashtabula Ohio 44004 440-964-8200 www.rollerden.net

The Lake County YMCA will be hosting its Third Annual 5K Run/Walk on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 28, at the Central Branch in Painesville beginning at 8:30 am.
For more information website.

event47_logoTake your family to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy free admission to the Zoo and The RainForest from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. As an added holiday treat, visitors can see special animal feeding and enrichment demonstrations throughout the day. For more info website.

Gotta Get Moving HikeCleveland Metroparks
November 29, 2013 9am to noon
Rocky River Reservation
Terrain Difficulty: mostly flat, 5 miles
For more info website

Take a hike at Mohican State Park & Forest

45 miles of trails to explore with a spectacular rocky outcroppings. For more information website.

Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 5K Run/Walk – Nov. 30
Catawba Islands Club Fitness Center, 3026 NW Catawba Rd., Port Clinton – 419.797.4959 – 10 am, Pre-registered: $20/adult, $10 youth;
Event day: $25/adult, $15/youth
For more info website.

Enjoy a walk or bike ride through the Ohio & Erie Canalway. 110 Miles of Endless possibilities. For more information about bird watching, on foot walks and more see website.

iceskatingIce Skating at Lock 3, Akron
Lock 3’s most popular feature is our 10,000-square-foot ice rink, the largest seasonal skating venue in Ohio! Skate rental is $3.* Strap-on skates for toddlers are free when supplies are available.** Admission is free if you have your own skates. websiteEnjoy a walk in one of our beautiful local parks.

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