For four generations, the same family has tilled the soil beneath the grape vines that thrive at Barrel Run Crossing Winery and Vineyard. Originally used to grow grain, hay, soybeans, and wheat, the land saw its first vines in 2006, and grapes have been planted each subsequent year. Now totaling 10 acres, up to eight grape varietals flourish on the land. The result of these planting efforts is a host of handcrafted wines and ciders, including 2012 Ohio Wine Competition award winners Tipsy Conductor and Engine Number 5. All of Barrel Run Crossing’s wines are available for sampling in the spacious tasting room and for purchase by the thimble, glass, or bottle.
Intense Paintball outfits splatter-happy tandems for a day of chromatic noncarnage. Each hue-slinger is outfitted with a paintball gun, mask, CO2, and 250 paint rounds before diving into the industrial ambience of Intense Paintball's indoor playing facility. Belly crawl across the soft woodchip floor, take cover behind air bunkers and barrels, and deftly leapfrog ghosts of matches past as you and your compatriots eliminate challengers one blissful be-spattering at a time. Participants can purchase additional rounds or replace broken crayon bayonets from the fully stocked pro shop. See the site for open play times, and call ahead to reserve your spot.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Demetri’s Deli serves up mouthwatering sandwiches and Greek-inspired lunch and dinner eats in a casual, welcoming atmosphere. Loaded potato skins fill spud canoes with cheddar, bacon bits, chives, and chopped-pepperoni cargo ($4.99), and the Reuben, Demetri’s specialty, tops USDA Choice corned-beef brisket with thousand-island dressing, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese ($7.99). Brazen taste explorers can vanquish scrumptious new ground with the Demetri burger, a 10-ounce fresh patty topped with salami, capicola, swiss and provolone cheeses, and tzatziki sauce ($8.25). Vegetable and Platonic enthusiasts alike may find fine rumination with a large greek salad served with a side of homemade dressing, grilled pita, and tzatziki sauce ($5.99) or the sedimentary layers of seasoned ground beef, macaroni, and béchamel sauce in the Pastitsio ($9). Diners can enjoy meals while watching TV or conducting Rorschach tests using the eatery's patterned walls and tiled bar.
Beach volleyball and bowling lanes seldom come in the same package—unless you happen to be at Kent Lanes. The indoor and outdoor facility pairs two regulation-size silica-sand beach-volleyball courts with an expansive arena of polished lanes, letting competitors hammer spikes and orchestrate strikes like 19th century railroad workers.
A full-service tiki bar stands beside the sandy courts, setting the tone with cold drinks and tropical tunes as spectators kick back at picnic tables and enjoy the live action of a game on a 50-inch flatscreen TV. Inside, guests can unwind at the 11th Frame, which serves pizza, traditional grill fare, and daily drink specials. Kent Lanes also hosts volleyball and bowling leagues for those looking for team camaraderie without having to endure a series of trust falls.