Newly remodeled, the Hudson/Boston Heights outpost of the Baymont Inn & Suites houses families a quick jaunt away from the Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts. Splash in the mock-summer waves of the Baymont Inn's heated indoor pool before cooling off on the neighboring slopes. Or peruse more calming attractions, such as Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Following a full day of frolicking, surf the hotel?s free WiFi or take comprehensive notes of the happenings on dozens of cable channels. Early risers wake up to a free continental breakfast complete with beverages and a side of predeparture wistfulness.
Hungry Bee's veteran chef, Kimberly McCune Gibson, guides burgeoning epicureans down the path to foodie bliss with cooking classes and meals rife with farm-fresh ingredients. Chef Gibson consults with novice cooks before each of her classes, deciding meal plans, coordinating matching sweaters, and bringing the required ingredients to fill clients' shelves. During the romantic dinner party, kitchen Casanovas learn the ins and outs of pan twirling, with Chef Gibson plating and serving the meal to the couple once the stove-side date is at an end. Up to four students fill kitchen classrooms in the pasta-making course, learning to knead and prepare beds of pasta before lying down for a nap. With the Girls Night Out class, eight ladies whip up a menu of choice with the help of Chef Gibson's kitchenware parables and chow down on the repast while the instructor tidies up the kitchen. A level II sommelier, Chef Gibson encourages uncorking a bottle of wine during class, offering pairing and wineglass-juggling suggestions throughout.
Inflatable bounce houses, chalkboard rooms, and arcade games comprise The Jump Palace's indoor playground for kids. This safely contained facility presents children with opportunities to run, jump, and play to their hearts' content without worrying about breaking a vase or scaring the pet goldfish. The Jump Palace features a main playground for kids and a smaller one for toddlers. Parents, meanwhile, can entertain themselves with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. There's also a restuarant that serves pizza, wings, and cupcakes from D'Angelos Delights.
"If you make it, you will taste it" is the motto founders Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles envisioned when they created Young Chefs Academy. In addition to giving youngsters hands-on exposure to culinary techniques, kitchen safety, eating etiquette, and table setting, the academy's philosophy ensures that kids like 10-year-old former veggie-hater Camille gain an appreciation for healthy homemade cuisine. With centers in more than 10 states, Young Chefs Academy enriches growing minds ages 3?18 with engaging cooking classes, camps, and birthday parties that impart valuable life skills, such as self-reliance and how to trick a younger sibling into doing the dishes.
Michelle Alpern, an avid swimmer and Red Cross-certified lifeguard since high school, is the founder of the Kids and Infant Safety Swim (KISS) Swim Program. Tailoring lessons to each student?s needs, Michelle and staff lead sessions for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults, focusing on the swim-float-swim method in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. She specializes in childhood education, and her training includes more than 175 hours of pool instruction, child psychology and physiology, and CPR and AED certifications.
Jim Cucuzza serves as both co-owner and chef at Bongiorno's Family Ristorante & Pizzeria, where he crafts traditional Southern Italian food in a casual, family friendly environment. Just because the dining room and heated outdoor patio welcome casually-dress patrons, though, doesn't mean the food isn't gourmet. In fact, one of the compliments Chef Cucuzza regularly receives is the suggestion that he should be baking dishes like his chicken and sausage arrabiatta in some swank New York hot spot. Occasionally, diners will quietly confess that his homemade gravy trumps even their grandma's recipe.
For guests who don't know where to start, Chef Cucuzza recommends checking out a few of the menu's hidden gems. His suggestions included the halibut romano—encrusted with a cheese and bread crumb coating soaked in lemon butter sauce—or the calamari steak appetizer, a hearty slice of squid sauteed in with homemade tomato sauce. Though Jim's favorites are seafood-focused, he promises that the menus "[have] something for everyone. Everything I cook is to order, [using] fresh ingredients."
And by everyone, he even means pint-sized diners. The chef puts together a children's menu featuring kid-friendly Italian favorites. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., accompanied on Fridays by live music on the patio during warmer months.
Cuisine Type: Italain
Reservations: Not necessary
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: veal
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Parking garage
Outdoor Seating: Yes