Plus, try burger grilled cheese from Smash Buddies
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🚙 Hit the road
Make the most of your visit to The Land with our road trip guide. | Photo by Canva
Pack your bags and get ready for a ~2 hour road trip to Cleveland. We’re here to help you plan with our guide to a summer weekend away from CBUS.

Get out on the water

Cleveland is home to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. This makes it a great spot for water activities like:
  • BrewBoat Cleveland — Try a river boat ride where you and a group can bring your own drinks, food, and music.
  • Great Lakes Watersports — Get active with jet skiing, kayaking, and boating on the lake with rentals.
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Spend a day at Progressive Field. | Photo by @cleguardians

Catch a game

If you like cheering on the Clippers here in CBUS, kick it up a notch by heading to a Guardians game. You might recognize a few players too, as the Clippers are a farm team for the Guardians. Bonus: The Guards have a hot dog race just like we have here for the Clip Show.

Rock on

Be sure to stop by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which has interactive exhibits of rock music legends like Tina Turner, Pink Floyd, and Prince. Plus, there’s a full summer schedule of events and live performances.

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Cordelia is located at 2058 E. 4th St.| Photo by @cordeliacle

Grab a bite

No road trip is complete without a great meal. Here are five restaurants we recommend making a reservation for:
  • Cordelia — Find fresh farm-to-table meals at this spot located on the popular E. 4th Street.
  • Ginko Restaurant — A go-to for sushi lovers
  • 27 Club Coffee — Grab a casual breakfast at this eccentric spot owned by Cleveland-native Machine Gun Kelly.
  • Luca — For fans of Italian food and wine
  • The Fairmount — The perfect spot for a fun drink

Where to stay

Try hotels like ROOST Cleveland, Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade + Metropolitan at The 9, or check out these five Airbnb and Vrbo spots:
Friday, May 26
  • Watch & Learn Food Artist Class | Friday, May 26 | 10 a.m. | Market District, 650 N. State St., Westerville | Free | Watch cheese carver Gus Smithhisler in action.
  • Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians | Friday, May 26 | 7:05 p.m. | Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln., Arena District | $8-$21 | Enjoy Marvel night at the ballpark by dressing as your favorite character.
Saturday, May 27
  • Dominoes & Diamonds Paint & Sip | Saturday, May 27 | 7-11 p.m. | 169 Fairway Blvd., Whitehall | $40-$150 | This 21+ event is BYOB and includes a buffet, complimentary glass of wine, and a DJ while you paint.
  • Movie Night: “Moana” | Saturday, May 27 | 8-10 p.m. | Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown | Free | Bring chairs and blankets to watch this Disney princess movie under the stars in the Commons lawn.
Sunday, May 28
Monday, May 29
  • Memorial Day Parade & Service | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Grove City Cemetery, 3605 Grove City Rd. | Free | Commemorate Memorial Day with a parade, food, and drinks hosted by local veterans groups.
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👀 Trivia time: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen?
Can you guess what’s “clean” vs. “dirty?” | Photos via Athletic Greens and public use
Spring + summer = fresh produce seasons — so you need to know which fruits and veggies are pesticide heavy (vs. more on the clean side).
  • Kale: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Papaya: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Tomatoes: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
Know exactly what you’re putting into your body by incorporating AG1 into your diet (bonus: there’s a special offer available now).*
News Notes
  • It might be time to pay closer attention to those thermostat settings. AEP Ohio rates will increase by 28% starting Thursday, June 1. The company states the higher rates are due to “the higher cost of energy” and it won’t profit from the increased cost. (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Tiffany Flats, a luxury apartment complex with 132 units, is planned for the intersection of Corporate Exchange Drive and Presidential Gateway. The complex should be finished in early 2024 and will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom options, pickleball courts, outdoor grills, and a pool. (Columbus Business First)
  • The first-ever Columbus Natural Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, July 8 at Lazarus Galleria. Tickets are $39 and include natural wine samples that are “free of added sugars, flavor enhancers, and chemical preservatives.” Bonus: Find food trucks along Town Street during the festival.
  • A new food truck concept called Smash Buddies will open on Thursday, June 1 at 5933 Sawmill Rd. in Dublin. The truck — which will feature smash burgers, grilled cheese with a burger patty, and tater tots — plans to rotate locations. (614now)
  • Ice cream donut sandwich, anyone? Rose Dough Donuts and Little Ladies Soft Serve are partnering on Sunday, May 28 to offer brioche donuts filled with soft serve and toppings at 673 Worthington Rd. in Westerville. (614now)
  • $20 million. That’s the economic impact that Buckeye Country Superfest — the Ohio Stadium show headlined by George Straight — is projected to have on Columbus. The stat comes from Mike Gatto, the COO of Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment.
  • In Ohio, we make things. Whether physical or intellectual, they all have something in common: making them requires available, affordable, and reliable utility service. That’s where Duke Energy comes in. Economic development, due to new or expanding businesses, supports the lives of Ohioans, and brings even more prosperity to the state.*
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🛶 Free kayaking for the win
Scenic views at Quarry Trails | Photo by @mmramz
Take in scenic views while on the water. | Photo by @mmramz
If you’ve ever wanted to give kayaking a try without breaking the bank, this weekend is your chance.

Quarry Trails Metro Park will have two opportunities for free kayaking — today and tomorrow from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Solo and tandem kayaks will be provided on a first come, first served basis along with all other necessary equipment and instruction. Solo kayaks are reserved for those under 275 lbs and are permitted for ages 10 and older. All ages are welcome to use tandem kayaks with adult supervision.

Guests are encouraged to park at 2319 Quarry Trails Dr. for the closest entrance to the water.

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The Wrap
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I’m here to remind you of all the amazing Columbus Commons events happening through the summer, including the breakfast food trucks that I finally had a chance to try.
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