Like out-of-town friends, magazines pop by every so often to give you a colorful update on the latest happenings before taking up permanent residence on the shelf in the bathroom. Schedule a regular visitation with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a one-year subscription of Ohio Magazine (a $16.95 value).
Ohio Magazine wrangles the Buckeye State’s charm and vibrancy onto its glossy pages before delivering the latest state happenings directly to waiting mailboxes. Arriving monthly, the magazine keeps readers abreast of goings-on in areas such as home and garden, detailing verdant movers and shakers including a group of poets in rural Ohio, stately gardens and their keepers, and the winners of topiary beauty pageants. Navigate the state’s best restaurants with guides dissecting food, wine, and out-of-the-way eateries or let the Hungry Writer’s monthly column prep palates for new tastes. A travel section reminds Ohioans of the state's wide range of vacation destinations, helping wayfarers plot day trips, extended journeys, or vacations spent listening to “Day Tripper” and Journey.
Not content being the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ overall winner for 2011 Best Monthly in Ohio, a few of Ohio Magazine’s staff members walked away with individual awards themselves. A captivating and descriptive profile of Ohio naturalist-illustrator Julie Zickefoose, “Our Lady of the Birds” by John C. Bruening, was named Best Artist Profile, with second place bestowed upon a fellow Ohio colleague, Jennifer Rogers. For her full body of work in 2010, Linda Feagler was awarded Best Arts Reporting, and not to be left out, Lesley Blake wrangled in the Best Graphic Design/Navigation award for the magazine’s online counterpart.
But it’s not the awards that keep subscribers coming back. Within the glossy pages of each monthly issue lies a veritable treasure trove of historical tidbits, compelling stories, shopping tips, and event information—all focused around the Buckeye State. In sections such as Travel, readers delve into written and pictorial chronologies of in-state excursions, as well as extensive resources detailing where to find the best hotels, which destinations are best in which seasons, and which desserts the local police enjoy in the event you get pulled over for speeding. The Food and Wine section profiles tempting culinary destinations, and Home and Garden leads green thumbs around the state to the most verdant nurseries and the most beautiful home gardens.