The fishing guides at Ohio Steelhead Drifters care about more than the number of fish their clients catch—although they can certainly maximize that. They know the best fishing spots in northeast Ohio, but they also have other priorities, such as safety, education, and technique. That's why, when they're not leading fishing or rafting trips, they teach fly fishers proper casting technique during one-hour seminars at their home base in Ohio's Steelhead Alley.
Avondale Golf Club’s par 71 course immerses golfers in a lush landscape of verdant fairways, beguiling water hazards, and arboreal majesty. Unlike the pack animals relied upon by early golfers, golf carts tote clubs and other tackle without ever stopping to graze or braying during a backswing, allowing par pursuers to traverse the course’s 18 holes in expeditious comfort. Weekend and weekday tee times provide ample opportunity to trek across the classic course, home to a rich menagerie of birdies, bogeys, and mulligans since 1974.
At 30-feet tall, the ceilings at Infinity Athletics can safely contain the towering formations and soaring handsprings that leap from the center's cheer and spring floors and 7'x14' trampoline. More than 350 athletes stream into the 12,000-square-foot gym to pick up tips from the certified instructors, who draw from their own experiences as former cheerleaders, coaches, and figure skaters to choreograph high-energy routines for nationally ranked competitors, as well as those who are just there for fun. To help budding stars improve, the center is equipped with a video-playback system that provides coaches and gymnasts with a visual tool to help them fine-tune each tumble, and it also helps them imagine what their routine will look like once the attacking alien warships have been green-screened in.
In the words of co-owner Joel Spevock, "We really try to promote an inviting family atmosphere here." To that end, he and co-owner Jim Spevock host birthday parties and raise bumpers along all 28 of the alley’s lanes. But that’s not to say that they don’t appeal to more mature audiences as well. Spevock’s Nautical Lanes also offers bowling-league opportunities, a fully stocked bar, and Rock N Bowl, an event which combines unlimited bowling with a sound-and-light show. From 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Rock N Bowl seizes control of the alley like a dictator picked last for the school bowling team as a child, flooding lanes with colorful lights and pulsing music.
Since 1946, John Christ Winery has been a destination for locals and tourists alike, who stroll across the verdant property and sip samples of the many wines made onsite. The Kopf family took over day-to-day operations in the early 1990s, and continue to welcome visitors to the rustic tasting room decorated with Americana memorabilia and plenty of windows to let in natural light. Taking a seat at a table or sidling up to the bar, visitors can sip samples of the red, white, and perpetually embarrassed blush varietals.
Synergy Paintball aims to be a way of giving back to the community by offering a safe place to have fun and expend pent-up energy. On a given day, lively bands of birthday, bachelor, and bachelorette parties can be found swarming the grounds amid the whispery noise of paintballs cruising through the fresh air. It's here where teams engage in fun competition, regardless of age, size, or skill level. When the park isn't busy entertaining armies of thrill-seekers, they also play host to United States military reserves tactical training, an exercise that fills the park with humvees and transport vehicles before they begin mock Medevac evacuations. To further build on its reputation, Synergy Paintball hosts organizations such as the United Way, American Cancer Society, and St. Judes Children's Research while longtime supporting Local AR.