In Ashland, Ohio right off Hwy 71 at US 250 is Grandpa’s Cheesebarn & Sweeties Jumbo Chocolates. I’ve been coming here for many years and have enjoyed every trip.  Yes, it is two levels of cheese heaven.

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Winking Lizard Tavern is an Ohio concern with 19 locations. It has that tavern feel with more than just pub food. They offer fish & chips, huge burgers and great hot wings with 18 sauces to choose from that range from mild, garlic, and magma hot! But, if you’re in the mood for a pizza or hickory smoked ribs, you can get that too.

I love their salads, big and a nice variety.  Their house salad is slightly different, it comes with corned beef. Over the years I have probably tried all of them.  They also have the best Patty Melt anywhere.

They offer over 30 beers draft & bottled.  Sign up for their Tours of Beer and you can taste over 375 beers from around the world throughout the year.  The menu will give you suggestions on matching a beer with the meal you select. Not into beer? Great selection of mixed drinks including a raspberry margarita.

The separate seasonal monthly menu will sometimes be themed such as Mardi Gras or St Patty’s Day.  There are plenty of desserts to choose from plus a special dessert of the month to try.

It’s easy to see why this a favorite of the locals. The menu is sizeable and reasonably priced. Great food, great variety of beers and drinks and a nice kid’s menu. So if you’re coming to Ohio or just passing through, check out the Winking Lizard Taverns.

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To find a location: http://www.winkinglizard.com/

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Continuing my journey along Old Route 8 in Ohio,  I ventured into Sarah’s Vineyard Winery & Art Gallery. Although not my first visit, this winery is a bit different from most wineries. When you walk inside this beautiful two-story building (a converted barn),  you first notice an eclectic array of specialty art pieces throughout each room.

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I have been  exploring all the great places along Old Route 8 (also known as Akron-Cleveland Rd) in Ohio. Today I’m in the Peninsula/Cuyahoga Falls area at one of Ohio’s little gems the Grabham’s Candies & Chocolates.

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In North Canton, Ohio you can experience a taste of a Tuscany oasis.  Gervasi Vineyard is a family owned winery that is as unique as it is beautiful.  The building of the main bistro is an old converted historic barn, stunning on the outside but wait until you step inside.

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