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January
24

2022 Home Improvement Trends - Haring Realty

If you've been searching through the long list of amazing Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you've probably already noticed that each one is chock-full of unique designs and amenities. It may not take long, however, before you're ready to add something extra to your new or existing home.

Let's take a look at a handful of home improvement trends for 2022 and beyond. 

  1. Multi-Functional Room
    A big trend that's been happening over the past few years and will continue into 2022 is creating a multi-function room. This is where you basically take a single room, and instead of using it solely as an office, guest room, or other such function, you combine two or more aspects. This means you can create a sweet movie and gaming room but also stick a desk in the corner so that it doubles as a home office.

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August
31

Mansfield Food Banks - Haring Realty

Did you know that you have an amazing gift of kindness sitting in your pantry? Friday, September 4th, is National Food Bank Day, and our REALTORS® encourage you to give back to our community by donating to a local food bank. National Food Bank Day is a relatively new United States holiday, but food banks and pantries have operated in our country for decades.

Celebrating National Food Bank Day in Mansfield

You can celebrate National Food Bank Day in a number of ways. First and foremost, you can donate nonperishable foods to your local food bank. It's best to ask the food bank which items they are in need of first. Sometimes too many cans are donated and they actually have a shortage of fresh food items like fruits and vegetables. You could also make a generous monetary donation to help these food pantries keep their operations running as efficiently as possible. If you're unable to donate physical items, you can donate your time and help the food bank sort donations, assist members of the community, and complete administrative tasks.

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August
24

Mansfield Parks - National Dog Day - Haring Realty

National Dog Day is celebrated on August 26, so why not get outside for some exercise and spend some quality time with your dog? The Mansfield OH area has several designated dog parks as well as many multi-use parks that are perfect spots for walking your dog.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following five places in or near Mansfield where you can spend the day enjoying the outdoors and taking your dog for a walk:

  1. Maize Memorial Dog Park – 3201-3311 Milligan Rd., Ontario OH 44903
    Part of Marshall Park, Maize Memorial Dog Park is an ideal place to let your romp off some of their excess energy, and it's conveniently located near Ontario homes for sale. There's plenty of room for you to let your dog play, and they can also navigate some agility course obstacles. You can help your pet cool off by filling some of the available empty jugs at a nearby water fountain and pouring them into the very large water bowl that's provided. And when you both need a break, you'll find some picnic benches under the trees just outside an enclosure, which creates a cool spot to relax.

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July
20

Patio Dining - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

As area restaurants continue to re-open with social distancing guidelines in place, outdoor dining is becoming a popular way to get out of the house and relax this summer. With many restaurants working to enhance outdoor dining space, our REALTORS® have compiled some recommendations for local restaurants with outdoor dining space in the Mansfield area. If you're in the mood for some al fresco dining out on the patio, be sure to check out these area restaurants:

  • MVP's Sports Bar and Grill - 275 Park Ave. W, Mansfield, OH 44902 
    Located in downtown Mansfield, this popular restaurant's menu has several popular Italian favorites along with standard American cuisine. MVP's Sports Bar and Grill is well known for its classic outdoor patio, which features dining and live music all summer long. After dinner, you can check out several great Mansfield homes for sale on the way home. Many are just around the corner!

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July
6

Camping - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

Do you feel like getting out of the house and spending a few days enjoying the amazing Ohio summer? Our REALTORS® sure do! After a long winter and an even longer spring spent indoors, we're ready to get out and explore the great outdoors! Here are a few of our favorite places to pitch a tent and spend the night camping around Mansfield.

  • Charles Mill Lake Park – 1277 OH-430, Mansfield, OH 44903
    It's a beautiful day to get back to basics at Charles Mill Lake Park. Build a sandcastle, relax with old friends, float the day away on your boat, and watch the sunset over the lake while your worries disappear. This superb campground is a great place to stay if you'd like to turn your Mansfield homes for sale showings into a mini-vacation. From hiking and swimming to bocce ball and basketball, hours of fun await in this campground.

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June
8

Farmers Markets - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

One of the things our REALTORS® love most about the summer months is the opportunity to visit our area farmers markets and pick up delicious, fresh produce and other locally made items. There are plenty of great farmers markets in the Mansfield area. Here are a few of our favorites. 

  • NECIC North End Farmer's Market: 311 Bowman St., Mansfield, OH 44903
    The North End Farmer's Market has been around since 2014 and is a favorite among North End residents. Here you'll find plenty of fresh, healthy food and other products for sale. They also encourage small business growth by helping local residents launch their own farmers' market booths for a very low cost. 

    This market opens on June 6th and is held every Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm. When you head over to check it out, we suggest taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful nearby Mansfield homes for sale.

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May
11

Garden Supply Stores - Haring Realty

Does our recent warming trend inspire you to start a garden? Spring is advancing, but it's not too late to raise vegetables or flowers on your Mansfield area property if you start right away. 

Whether you're embarking on your first vegetable garden on your new property, or you're landscaping with flowers to make your home stand out from other Mansfield homes for sale, a garden pro can help. So can our agents with other valuable tips for improving your home and landscape.

Tips for Starting a Garden 

  1. Plan your garden
    If you're a garden novice, consult a pro at the local garden store or a horticulturist at your local extension service for advice. You can also go online and find garden planning kits to help you design your garden, or consult websites and books to develop a plan.

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April
13

Hiking & Biking Around Mansfield - Haring Realty

Warmer temperatures are here, and if you need a change of scenery while still maintaining social distancing, our REALTORS® have the parks for you. Enjoy the hiking and biking trails at these parks around the Mansfield area.

  • Malabar Farm State Park - 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843
    Enjoy a scenic view of area history just minutes from Lucas homes for sale at Malabar Farm State Park. The park's centerpiece is the "Big House," which served as home to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. Today the farm still houses chickens, beef cattle and goats. Three hiking trails provide a chance to take in the natural beauty of the grounds, and leashed dogs are welcome. Hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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March
30

Mexican Restaurants - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

If you can't go out to eat, bring great food back to you! Our REALTORS® have created a list of their favorite local hotspots for Mexican fare. This is a great time to take advantage of online ordering and find a new favorite.

  • Rancho Fiesta: 1360 S Trimble Road, Mansfield, OH 44907
    Well-known for having authentic, fresh food and large portions, Rancho Fiesta is a favorite among Mansfield locals and visitors. We recommend ordering the Pollo a la Piña or the Grilled Chicken Chimichangas via their takeout menu. Take a look at these Mansfield homes for sale on your way to pick up your order.

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March
2

Sports Bars - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

College basketball's biggest event is right around the corner, and our REALTORS® are as excited as you are! If you're looking for a place to get together with friends, down a drink or two, and catch all the action, we have a few great places in the Mansfield area you might want to check out.

  • MVP's Sports Bar & Grille - 275 Park Ave. W, Mansfield, OH 44902
    Nestled in the heart of Mansfield, MVP's Sports Bar & Grille has all the hallmarks of a classic sports bar. You'll find great food, cold drinks, friendly atmosphere, and lots of TVs to watch the big game. Just minutes from these Mansfield homes for sale, MVP's Sports Bar & Grille is also known throughout the area for its Italian cuisine, including pasta dishes made with their in-house secret "Mama's Touch Of Italy" sauce. They also offer an outdoor patio and often host live music when there isn't a big game on.

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February
17

Pet Groomers - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

While Thursday, February 20 is officially designated National Love Your Pet Day, proud owners will tell you it happens 365 days a year. Join our REALTORS® in celebrating this special day by treating your pet to a session with one of these wonderful groomers around Mansfield. 

  • Cloverbrook Pet Lodge - 19418 Old Mansfield, Fredericktown, OH 43019
    The word "lodge" conjures up visions of a cozy dwelling nestled in the midst of a beautiful natural setting. That's exactly what your dog will enjoy with a visit to Cloverbrook Pet Lodge. located on three acres with woods and a creek within convenient distance of Fredericktown homes for sale. Clients rave about how attentive groomers are to their wishes and how gentle they are with the dogs during baths, brush-outs, and nail trims. Call ahead for drop-off and pick-up times.

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February
3

Flower Shops Around Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

Ohio weather may be chilly during February, but nothing warms the heart of your significant other more than fresh, fragrant blooms on Valentine's Day. Our REALTORS® play Cupid with a list of top flower shops around Mansfield.

  • Janet's Floral Design - 4153 Park Ave. W, Mansfield, OH 44903
    Close to Ontario homes for sale, this family-owned and operated florist is ready to help you pick the perfect bouquet for that special someone. Choose from designs such as Aphrodite's Embrace, featuring vibrant red roses paired with eye-catching Stargazer lilies, or go the traditional route with the Dance with Me arrangement that includes red roses and pink carnations. Place an order online, or stop in at Janet's Floral Design Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop - 146 E. Main St., Lexington, OH 44904
    There's definitely something memorable about Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop. It's the only brick-and-mortar, full-service florist in the community around Lexington homes for sale. Drop into their historic house-turned-shop and pick up a fresh bouquet, or place an order via phone or email. Not happy with your arrangement? Contact them within 48 hours for a replacement. Visit Forget-Me-Not weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

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January
6

Pizza Shops - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

If you're ready to celebrate National Pizza Week with some delicious pies in the Mansfield area, you'll have plenty to choose from. The week is observed for the second full week in January, so this year it starts on January 12.

Our REALTORS® suggest grabbing a slice at one or more of these seven area pizza restaurants:

  1. Besta Fasta Pizza - 289 Marion Ave., Mansfield, OH 44903
    Since 1982, Besta Fasta Pizza has prided itself on its fresh ingredients, including house-made dough, homemade pizza sauce, and fresh toppings applied with a generous hand. Choose from a simple pepperoni pizza or a make your own masterpiece loaded with up to six toppings.

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December
30

New Hobbies in Mansfield - Haring Realty

Make a resolution to live your best life in 2020. Get healthier, learn a new skill or explore the past with these enjoyable hobbies suggested by our REALTORS®.

  • Find Your Om at Ultra Yoga & Massage - 308 Main St., Lexington 44904
    Work out the kinks of a stressful day at Ultra Yoga & Massage, conveniently located close to Lexington homes for sale. With class size limited to seven, you receive plenty of personal attention to help you reach your goals. Class fees include a yoga mat, any necessary props, and towels along with an assortment of natural beverages, so all you have to bring is yourself. In addition to a menu of traditional massage treatments, Ultra Yoga offers a class in newborn massage for a unique baby-parent bonding experience. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

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December
2

Mansfield Winter Fun - Sledding, Tubing - Haring Realty

The arrival of winter doesn't mean the end of all the outdoor fun in Mansfield, Ohio! Quite the opposite, in fact. Our REALTORS® are always excited to welcome the snow for all the opportunities it brings, and these are some of our favorite spots for winter fun in the Mansfield area!

  • Go Tubing at Snow Trails - 3100 Possum Run Road, Mansfield, OH 44903
    Skiers and snowboarders flock to Snow Trails every winter to hit the slopes, but some of the best fun for the whole family can be found at the snow tubing area. Snow tubing is pure fun, with no skill or experience necessary. The massive snowmaking system at Snow Trails ensures powdery slopes from December right through March, and tubing (including after-dark glow tubing) offers endless excitement through the winter months. Snacks and warm beverages are available at the Snow Tubing Lodge. Snow Trails is Ohio's premier destination for winter sports, and there are many Mansfield homes for sale just minutes away.

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November
18

Giving Tuesday - Mansfield Charities - Haring Realty

As you plan your holiday gift-giving, why not brighten the season for those less fortunate? Take part in the National Day of Giving on Tuesday, December 3 with a donation to one of these deserving charities around Mansfield suggested by our REALTORS®.

  • The Shelby Foundation - 142 N. Gamble St., Suite F, Shelby 44875
    Your donations to the Shelby Foundation go a long way toward building the community around Shelby homes for sale. The Foundation has a broad-based mission to support education, arts and culture, healthcare and other programs that strengthen and empower local residents of all ages. Contributions may be earmarked for specific funds or purposes of your choice. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.

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November
4

Mansfield Colleges - Haring Realty

Life is a journey and a formal education can help you chart your course. Whether your goal is to become a teacher, doctor, lawyer, or join the ranks as one of our REALTORS®, there are some fantastic educational institutions in the area. National Scholarship Month is the perfect time to take a look over degree options and the multitude of scholarship opportunities that are available.

  • Ohio State University at Mansfield - 1680 University Drive, Mansfield, OH 44906
    Ohio State University has satellite campuses all over the state, and one of the best is right here in Mansfield. The university offers programs in accounting, engineering, agribusiness, biochemistry, and nearly 100 other disciplines. OSU's motto is "education for citizenship," and you will find many people throughout Mansfield are OSU graduates who apply that motto daily as they make our community one of the best in the state.

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October
15

Sweetest Day in Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

Will you be spending some time in our area this October, shopping for your dream home among our selection of Mansfield homes for sale? Will you be bringing your spouse or family with you to help with the search? If so, you won't want to forget that Sweetest Day is in October, falling on the 19th this year.

Surely, if you were spending the holiday on your own turf, you'd know just where to take your sweetie to celebrate the day. But if you're not familiar with our area, planning might be a bit more difficult. To help you make the day special, we've put together some suggestions on where to take your sweetie on Sweetest Day around Mansfield.

  • Say 'I Love You' with Flowers—and Ice Cream! - Tara's Floral Expressions, 48 W. 4th St., Mansfield, OH 44902 and The Chill, 46 W. 4th St., Mansfield, OH 44902
    A lovely bouquet is a great way to kick off Sweetest Day, and you'll find a wonderful array of options at Tara's Floral Expressions. And as a bonus, the owner of Tara's decided to open up an ice cream parlor right next door. The Chill offers fantastic specialty sundaes like the Little Buckeye, which features chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, peanut butter, whipped cream, chocolate waffle pieces, and—of course—a little buckeye.

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October
7

Mansfield, OH Halloween Events - Haring Realty

There's no doubt that autumn ranks among the most exciting times of year around Mansfield, with Halloween and harvest-themed events that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you're looking for the scariest haunted houses in the area or the perfect place to take the kids, you'll find it close to home in Mansfield. Our REALTORS® are here to help you scare up some fun with local fall events in the Mansfield area.

Frightfully Fun Halloween Events

  • Haunting at the Harvest – 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843
    Lucas homes for sale
    make it easy to visit the historic Malabar Farms State Park, where you can experience the spooky fun of Haunting at the Harvest. Bring the whole family for a haunted hay ride and a hike through the park. There will be a special Halloween movie showing at the barn and plenty of family fun at the Visitor's Center.

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September
30

Mansfield, OH Antique Shops - Haring Realty

With a fresh crispness in the air and just a hint of orange in the leaves, our REALTORS® have a lot of reasons to be excited about fall. Not only is it one of the best times of the year to find Mansfield homes for sale, but it's arguably the most beautiful season to visit our little corner of America. 

With so many great opportunities in fall, don't forget to take some time to enjoy the season. Antiquing is one of our favorite autumn activities—there's just something about falling leaves and treasure hunting that go together perfectly—and these shops are some of our favorites in the Mansfield area. 

  • Carrousel Antiques, LTD. - 118 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902
    Mansfield's Carrousel Antiques is one of the most popular destinations in town, and it's not just because of the great antique selection. The store is one of many local landmarks that were featured in the film The Shawshank Redemption, and it's part of the official Shawshank Trail. Plus, with an ever-changing selection of upscale antiques from a range of vendors, there's always a treasure waiting to be found.

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September
16

Fall Hikes Around Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

With fall on the way, our REALTORS® are excited about a whole new season of possibilities in Mansfield. Cooler days means perfect hiking weather, and as the leaves start to turn, we're about to have some of the best opportunities of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. Be sure to check out a few of our favorite places to go hiking.

  1. Gorman Nature Center - 2295 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, OH 44907
    Gorman Nature Center is one of the most extraordinary outdoor resources Richland County has to offer. Located just a stone's throw from our best Mansfield homes for sale, Gorman Nature Center encompasses 150 acres of forests, fields, ponds, and streams. The Nature Center offers four miles of easy hiking trails that cover gentle, rolling terrain through a wide range of habitats. The public is welcome from dawn to dusk, Tuesday through Saturday.

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September
9

Mansfield's Wine & Ale Trail - Haring Realty

Are you ready to uncork some fun and discover what's on tap throughout Mansfield? Our REALTORS® encourage you to enjoy good wine, food, and brews on Mansfield's Wine & Ale Trail. This local experience is marked by nine independent wineries and breweries stretching throughout Mansfield, Galion, Lexington, Shelby, Ashland, and Bellville,

  1. The Phoenix Brewing Company — 131 N. Diamond St., Mansfield, OH 44902
    Phoenix Brewing Company
    helped revive Mansfield's craft beer scene with their great Ohio brews. Their deliciously dark Mortuary Series only rival Their flagship beers like the Danger City Brown Ale and Melinoe Blood-Orange Blond. Stop into their location just down the road from the best Mansfield homes for sale.

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August
19

Malabar Farm State Park
Malabar Farm State Park is one of Richland County's great outdoor treasures and a popular place for events throughout the year. During the summer, the farm hosts popular barn dances, local club meetings, car shows, paranormal nights, and so much more. This summer also features a special, one-time event that you won't want to miss – the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Malabar Farm State Park barn raising. Enjoy three full days of family fun and events at Malabar Farm, while celebrating a local landmark. Our REALTORS® love local fun, and we've got all the details on what to expect when you visit Malabar Farm.

Location: Malabar Farm State Park – 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH 44838
Dates: August 31 – September 2, 2019

  • The History of Malabar Farm, a Local Landmark
    Malabar Farm State Park is one of the Mansfield area's most storied local destinations and continues making history to this day. The farm was established by Pulitzer-winning author Louis Bromfield, an Ohio native, in 1939. Bromfield purchased three local farms and combined them to form Malabar Farm. From that point forward, Bromfield would develop the farm, including the iconic barns, until his passing in 1956. Just as it is today, Malabar Farm was a working farm then, with healthy crop rotation, livestock, and a busy harvest season.

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August
5

Mansfield Shawshank Redemption Anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, the beloved 1994 film that was shot almost entirely in and around Mansfield, Ohio. Our REALTORS® are very excited to welcome the anniversary celebration to Mansfield on August 16-18, not only because it's one of our favorite movies of all time, but also because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite Mansfield landmarks that appeared in the film!

Celebrate 25 Years of The Shawshank Redemption
Mansfield Courthouse Sign

The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary Weekend takes place in Mansfield August 16-18, 2019. Tickets are on sale now, providing an immersive experience that includes touring the filming sites and getting to meet some of the cast and filmmakers. Events include: 

  • A screening of the Shawshank Redemption at the Renaissance Theatre, where the movie originally premiered in 1994.

  • Exclusive Shawshank Reception and Actor Autograph Session at the Ohio State Reformatory, the historic prison that stood in for Shawshank in the film.

  • Background Actors Panel, featuring extras and background actors who have fascinating stories to tell about the film. 

  • Shawshank Authors Panel and Production Panel, featuring unique insights from the writers and production team behind the movie. 

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July
22

Mansfield Ohio Community Dog Parks

Tails Are Wagging at These Mansfield-Area Parks

There's nothing like the bond between a person and their dog, so why not celebrate that special relationship with a fun activity that both you and your pet can enjoy? Many local parks and recreation destinations in the Mansfield area are dog-friendly, with trails, natural scenery, and fun activities designed with dogs in mind. There are off-leash dog parks, as well as great places to take your pup on a walk with a leash through well-defined trails. Our REALTORS® love exploring the great outdoors, and we've got the details on six dog parks in the Mansfield area to enjoy with your four-legged friend.

  1. North Lake Park – 268 Rae Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44903
    Mansfield homes for sale make it easy to reach a variety of great local dog parks, including North Lake Park. With beautiful lakeside trails, stunning landscaping, and tons of room to play, North Lake Park has everything you need for a great day with Fido. This cozy park also features a playground, picnic areas, and a busy schedule of special events.

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July
2

Mansfield Ohio Picnic Areas

There's nothing like enjoying a picnic on a warm, sunny summer day in the Mansfield area, with a pleasant breeze at your back and natural beauty all around you. National Picnic Month, observed every July, is the perfect time to get out and explore all of the excellent picnic spots that the area has to offer. From parks to nature conservatories, reservoirs, bird sanctuaries, and art centers, the Mansfield area has no shortage of idyllic spots to enjoy a picnic. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate National Picnic Month, and we've got the details on six of the best picnic spots in the Mansfield area.

  1. Gorman Nature Center – 2295 Lexington Ave., Mansfield 44907
    Mansfield homes for sale make it easy to reach every destination on our list, including the gorgeous Gorman Nature Center. This is a great spot to plan a day around your picnic, with free educational programs, extensive trails, and more than 150 acres of natural beauty. You can even have a picnic under the stars, and enjoy various night sky programs at Gorman Nature Center.

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June
4

Mansfield Golf Fathers Day

Top Mansfield-Area Golf Courses for Father's Day Fun

Gather your favorite clubs and go golfing with Dad this Father's Day. Our REALTORS® know that any Sunday is a good day for golf so why not treat your Dad to 18 holes on June 16th at some of the best golf courses near Mansfield.

  • Paradise Hills Golf Course – 1406 Township Rd.1353, Ashland, OH 44805
    For a relaxing round near Ashland homes for sale, head over to Paradise Hills Golf Course. This executive 18-hole par-54 course averages 176 yards per hole. Surrounded by nature, don't be surprised if a few birds or even small critters watch in awe as you sink putt after putt on the back nine.

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May
28

Mansfield Ohio Doughnut Shops

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day — on June 7th it's going to be the coolest meal of the day too! National Donut Day makes its annual appearance on the first Friday of the month and our REALTORS® can't wait to celebrate.

National Doughnut Day commemorates an important time in American history. In 1938, the Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day as a way to honor the many women who served these delicious pastries to those fighting in the first World War. Today, we still enjoy these tasty treats and honor how the Salvation Army changed lives with a simple donut.

Join us in celebrating National Donut Day in Mansfield at one of these great donut shops around town!

  1. Buckeye Bakery Inc. – 21 E. 4th St., Mansfield, OH 44902
    Voted one of the best shops of Mid Ohio for years, Buckeye Bakery has served Mansfield for over a century. Long before National Donut Day began, these bakers have cooked up hundreds of great goodies for all to enjoy. Stop in and grab a fresh donut on June 7th!

  2. Apple Hill Orchards, 1175 Lexington Ontario Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903
    Apple Hill Orchards
    is a local, family-owned and operated business in Mansfield known for not only supplying fresh fruits and vegetables in an environmentally responsible way, but it's mouth-watering, delicious--you guessed it--Apple Hill Apple Donuts too.  As you're touring our city searching for the perfect home, you don't even need to get out of your car at Apple Hill Orchards.  Their drive-thru is open and serving espresso drinks, coffee, and, of course, warm apple dooughnuts!

  3. The Blueberry Patch – 1285 W. Hanley Rd., Mansfield, OH 44904
    Homemade blueberry donuts — if those three words don't make your mouth water, we're not sure what will!  The Blueberry Patch features a blueberry farm, café, beanery, and winery. Take our word for it and stop by the Blossoms Café for the best blueberry donuts you've ever had! Made fresh daily, this is the perfect place to celebrate National Donut Day with the blueberry lover in your life!

  4. Blackbird Bakery – 105 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902
    Whether you spell it donut or doughnut, National Donut/Doughnut Day is fine with a variation which is why you should head to Blackbird Bakery for a coffee and a pastry. Grab a cinnamon roll — which is a tasty variation of the classic donut — and enjoy this scrumptious celebration of baked goods your way.

  5. Tim Hortons – 1072 Ashland Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905
    National Donut Day is a holiday that tempts us to spend all morning sampling the best donut shops in Mansfield. Unfortunately, it's still a work day for many of us so celebrating on the go may be necessary. If you're headed to work, stop by the drive-thru at Tim Hortons for a cup of coffee and your favorite donut. They've got everything from maple, vanilla and chocolate dipped donuts to sour cream glazed, Boston cream and honey crullers. Grab a half-dozen and share National Donut Day with your favorite coworkers.

Contact Haring Realty and not only give you directions to the best donuts in the area, but we'll show you the best Mansfield homes for sale too.

May
20

Swim Classes in Mansfield
When the temperatures start to climb, Ohio families love to spend their days cooling off in the water. Whether you're considering one of the great Mansfield homes for sale with a backyard pool or you prefer to spend time at the lake or waterpark, there are plenty of local options for summertime fun. 

Before you start making your plans, though, you'll want to make sure everyone in the family can safely enjoy their time near the water. Here are some of the area's best choices for family-friendly lessons. 

  • Walnut Hills Swim Club: 2770 Gladys Ave, Mansfield, Ohio  44904 
    A member-owned facility, Walnut Hills Swim Club offers a regulation-size pool with a diving board, a fun twisty-slide, and a separate gated toddler pool. Swim lessons are offered in three separate sessions throughout the summer and are open to both members and non-members. 

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May
9


Mansfield — are you ready to rock this summer? Join our REALTORS® for the Final Friday Concert Series in the Brickyard District. This five-event concert series will take place at The Brickyard on the last Friday of the month between May and September. Party each night with your family, friends, and neighbors as you dance to live music, sample delicious food and celebrate summer the Mansfield way.

2019 Final Friday Brickyard Series

Where: The Brickyard – 24 E. Temple Ct., Mansfield, OH 44902
When: The Last Friday of Each Month

  • May 31, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • June 28, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • July 26, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • August 30, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • September 27, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Parking: Free guest parking is available. All metered spaces are free after 4 PM Monday through Friday, as well as all day on Saturday and Sunday. There is also free parking available at the Municipal Parking Lots located on 4th Street and Main Street and 3rd Street & Diamond Street.

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April
29

Mansfield Studebaker Meet
If you love classic cars, whether you are already a homeowner in our area or are shopping Mansfield homes for sale in hopes of becoming one, you'll love being in Mansfield this September. That's because Mansfield has been chosen by the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) to host the 55th annual SDC International Meet. The Antique Studebaker Club will also hold their 2019 International Meet in Mansfield in September. That means that Studebaker owners from all over North America and beyond will roll into town with their classic Studebakers for a week-long celebration of all things Studebaker.

Studebakers In Mansfield

The Richland County Fairgrounds is the place to be for classic car lovers from September 9th through the 14th. The fun will kick off on the 9th and 10th with the Antique Studebaker Club's 2019 International Meet, which features Studebaker vehicles built between 1913 and 1948. Owners of these antique vehicles will show them and share their history and restoration details, and patrons can also peruse the wares of the many vendors who participate in this annual event.

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April
1

Mansfield Pubs, Bars and Breweries
National Beer Day is coming up on April 7, 2019, and serves as the perfect opportunity to explore some of the great bars, pubs, and breweries in the Mansfield area.

April 7th marks the date when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which ended Prohibition by allowing producers to begin brewing beer and making wine once more. National Beer Day celebrates the date when beer moved from speakeasies back to neighborhood bars, and the country's craft brewing scene has been growing ever since. Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on where to celebrate National Beer Day in the Mansfield area.

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March
4

Mansfield Renaissance Theatre
Nicknamed the Heart of Ohio for good reason, Mansfield is a city teeming with Midwestern history and beauty. One local landmark, restored to its Roaring Twenties glory, has plenty of both: the Renaissance Theatre. While you're browsing Mansfield homes for sale, get to know the city and its neighborhoods a little better, starting with one of the landmarks that make our downtown district so special. Here's what you need to know about the Renaissance Theatre on Park Avenue.

Mansfield's Own Renaissance Theatre

Its Original Name was the Ohio Theater

Renaissance Theatre Interior
The Renaissance Theatre started life as a majestic movie house called the Ohio Theater. A Clara Bow movie was the main attraction on opening night, and it thrived for its first two decades, hosting movie premieres and touring Broadway shows when it wasn't showing iconic films like The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca. In 1980, the Ohio Theater became the Renaissance Theatre, and the lights came back on after years of wear and tear. The theater still has its original seats and Grand Baroque design details, but other elements bring it into the 21st century, such as the hydraulic lift in the orchestra pit and the updated glass skywalk connecting the theater to the hotel next door.

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February
11

Mansfield Ohio Valentines Day
As the shortest month of the year, it's hard not to spend all 28 days of February caught up in the love and laughter that surrounds Valentine's Day. When Cupid points his arrow towards Mansfield, the town embraces the celebration of Saint Valentine like a warm hug. As you indulge in all of the fun, romantic and special events within a short drive from Mansfield homes for sale, our REALTORS® at Haring Realty suggest that you spend a weekend finding out if you're Love/Sick at the Mansfield Playhouse!

Love/Sick: A Most Unromantic Comedy for the Romantic in Everyone

With love comes moments of heart-stopping happiness and heartbreaking sadness. Award-winning actor and talented playwright John Cariani's popular production Love/Sick will take audiences on a journey that delves into the heartache and bliss that love brings. A typical Friday night in an alternate suburban reality sets the stage for these nine hilariously twisted short plays.

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January
28

Mansfield Little Buckeye Children's Museum
It's easy to see why Mansfield, Ohio is dubbed as the "Fun Center of Ohio."  It houses an indoor wooden carousel, 33 city parks, and a number of outdoor concert venues.  However, if you're looking for things to do with your children this winter, our REALTORS® are here to share details about a local attraction your children are sure to love--Little Buckeye Children's Museum.

Hands-on Fun for the Family at the Little Buckeye Children's Museum

The Little Buckeye Children's Museum features 30 different exhibits that promote hands-on learning for young children two to ten years old. It uses play exploration throughout their exhibits to encourage children to use creative, critical thinking, motor skills, and social interaction skills. These exhibits provide familiar and realistic experiences.

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December
17

Lexington Ohio Laxton Hollow Works

Craft beer fans have a big reason to love Richland County. Laxton Hollow Brewing Works, which opened its doors in the village of Lexington, Ohio in 2016, brews and serves a class of authentic ales that are almost impossible to find anywhere else in the United States. When you're in the area touring Lexington homes for sale, we highly recommend paying Laxton Hollow Brewing Works a visit.

Lexington's Unique Drinking Experience

You might not know it, but ales that are brewed using traditional methods are extraordinarily rare in America. In fact, there's a good chance you've never had one. But with such a tremendous boom in craft brewing in recent years, how can it be that this style of beer is so hard to come by?

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December
10

Ontario Ohio Wokano Steakhouse
Did you know that everyone's favorite local sushi and hibachi spot is moving to a new, updated location? Wokano Japanese Steakhouse, formerly located at 2067 W. 4th Street in Mansfield, is on the move... but not too far. The new place, also located on 4th Street in Ontario, promises to offer even more of what you love about the original Wokano, along with a few new twists. Our REALTORS® have all the tastiest details about what you can expect from Wokano Japanese Steakhouse in its new Ontario location.

Searching for Sushi in Ontario? Wokano Japanese Steakhouse Moves to a New Location

Wokano Japanese Steakhouse
New Location: 2284 W. 4th St., Ontario
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm, Sunday 12 pm-10 pm

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December
3

Mansfield Ohio Homes Herlihy Christmas House
If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, you'll love the festive splendor of the Herlihy Christmas House. This private family home in Mansfield is adorned with thousands of lights, hundreds of Santas, trains, villages, Disney-themed displays, and over 25 decorated Christmas trees. This private collection of holiday decorations has been cultivated for decades, with some pieces dating back more than 50 years!

Each decoration is hand-placed by family members and volunteers who carry on the tradition that began all the way back in 1987. It only takes one visit to the Herlihy Christmas House to see why it's has become a favorite tradition among our REALTORS® and Mansfield residents of all ages.

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November
13

Bellville Ohio Christmas Holiday Events
Richland County, Ohio offers no shortage of fun places to enjoy the holiday season. From cutting a tree to hopping aboard a wagon ride, dozens of local farms and farm markets offer a chance to get into the Christmas spirit. Our REALTORS® are especially fond of Kleerview Farm, home of Santa's Barnyard Express!

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Starts in Bellville at Kleerview Farm

Just 10 minutes outside Bellville, Ohio, Kleerview Farm is nestled in the Clear Fork Valley, surrounded by the rolling hills and farmlands of Richland County. Every year, countless locals and visitors flock to the 230-acre farm to cut Christmas trees, take part in all kinds of fun holiday happenings – and to meet the herd of reindeer that call Kleerview Farm home.  

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October
22

Bellville Ohio - Put Down Roots
A rich history and bright future come together in Richland County, Ohio. It's a great place to put down roots, literally and metaphorically – the county's name comes from the fertile soil found here – and thanks to the help of the Ohio Genealogical Society, it's a place where many Ohioans can trace their families back through the years and miles. So whether you're interested in learning more about your family's history or planning for its future, our REALTORS® believe Richland County is a great place to do so.

Trace Your History to Bellville, Ohio

The Richland County village of Bellville is an excellent example of this region's unique and fascinating history. Founded in 1808 and the site of a minor gold rush in 1853, it's a tight-knit but welcoming community that offers small-town charm just minutes from the larger city of Mansfield. The Bellville Bandstand, built in 1879, still stands in the heart of the village, and you can trace the path of the B&O Railroad right through Bellville. 

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October
1

Mansfield Haunted House
Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year? If you love all things spooky, scary, and sensational, then there are few better places to be than Mansfield for the Halloween season this year. In addition to all of the local events going on throughout October to celebrate Halloween, Mansfield is home to one of the most stunning haunted "houses" in the entire country. The Ohio State Reformatory – a beautiful, historic prison loaded with stories from across the centuries – is the site of the annual "Escape from Blood Prison" haunted house. It's the perfect way to get your adrenaline flowing during the spooky season, and our REALTORS® have all of the haunted details on this popular, local event.

Spooky, Spectacular Fun in Haunted Mansfield 

Escape from Blood Prison: The Annual Haunted House - the Ohio State Reformatory
Dates/Times: September 28 – November 4, 2018 – Gates Open at 6 pm
Location: 100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905

The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory was designed by architect Levi T. Schofield, with the first stones for the spectacular structure being laid in 1886. While you definitely won't find it on the list of Mansfield homes for sale, the Ohio State Reformatory did serve as a sort of home throughout its working life. The prison housed some of the most dangerous criminals in Ohio, and ghost stories were very common even before the prison became a well-known historic site.

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September
27

List Your Home Fall

Mansfield homes for sale are some of the best to look into for anyone interested in settling down in the Mid-Ohio area. The "Fun Center of Ohio" has become a key part of the heart of Ohio, building an economy from its origins as a manufacturing center into a city with a thriving economy in retail, education, healthcare, and more.

If you're interested in selling your home, then the upcoming fall months are one of the best times to get started! Here are our five reasons why you should consider listing your home this fall:

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September
6

Bellville Ohio Buckeye Express Diner
If you're looking for the perfect house in a small town, you'll find it in Ohio among our Bellville homes for sale. As a local, you'll settle into a beautiful, affordable home in a quiet neighborhood. When you need fun and excitement, you can make an hour-long drive to Columbus, but you don't have to. Bellville residents enjoy art and culture venues, museums and wineries, and great places to shop, relax, and eat.

Our REALTORS® invite you to spend a weekend touring Bellville homes and getting to know our town. If you love trains, burgers or both, be sure to make a stop at the Buckeye Express Diner. It's an Ohio State Buckeye-themed restaurant serving homemade comfort food inside a pair of repurposed passenger train cars. 

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August
20

Mansfield-Relax It's Just Coffee
When you feel drawn away from your big-city life, be sure to include Mansfield homes for sale on your must-see list. Mansfield, Ohio is the perfect place for a lifestyle change. With a population of 46,000 plus, it's small but not too small

The homes are beautiful and affordable. You'll enjoy local and regional art, museums, and parks. For a weekend change of pace, you'll love touring the Living Bible Museum or the ominous Ohio State Reformatory where they filmed "Shawshank Redemption."

Mansfield has a lot going on. But if you want to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in a warm community atmosphere, Our REALTORS® are here to introduce you to Relax, It's Just Coffee.

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August
7

Lexington Ohio Blueberry FestivalThe Fun Takes Place in Lexington, Ohio

Summertime fun awaits you and your family at the 16th Annual Lexington Blueberry Festival. There's no better way to get to know the community while searching for your dream home than to join in the activities of this Lexington tradition. Our agents are ready with information on Lexington homes for sale, and make plans to enjoy the sights, sounds, and, of course, tastes of the Lexington Blueberry Festival from August 16 - 19.

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July
9

Mansfield Ohio Motorsports Heaven
These days, when it comes to real estate, moving fast is usually much better than moving slowly.

If you want to buy the home of your dreams, you need to keep up the pace. Our REALTORS® help you make it happen by giving you expert guidance at every turn. That means you can explore Mansfield homes for sale, choose the right one for you, and close the deal with the help of our team at Haring Realty.

When you decide to move to Mansfield, you'll have the chance to enjoy exciting motorsports any time you feel the need for speed. Mansfield is home to its own motor speedway and sports car course, so it attracts plenty of racing enthusiasts to our community.

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July
2

Shelby Ohio Bicycle Days
There's lots of fun to be had by every member of your family at Shelby Bicycle Days! Mark your calendars, and make plans to join the activities at Black Fork Commons park in Shelby July 12 - 14. Whether you're a local, a visitor to the area, or someone interested in buying one of many great Shelby homes for sale, this action-packed festival is an exciting way to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and charm of our community.

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June
26

Ontario Ohio July 4 Festival
Since Independence Day is just around the corner, there's really no place like home to celebrate special holidays with family and friends. Ontario, Ohio is no exception. Our REALTORS® know that when it comes to celebrating, Ontario ranks second to none. Read on to find out what you'll love most when you buy one of our homes for sale in Ontario.

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June
19

Ashland Ohio Balloonfest
Ashland, Ohio is a small town with something for everyone. You can shop the boutiques, attend a symphony, or camp out in the forest. You'll love the cafes, ballets, and country fairs. If you're planning a summer tour of Ashland homes for sale, be sure to make time in your schedule for the Ashland Balloonfest.

Our REALTORS® know you'll love the Balloonfest. It's a wonderful event for meeting local families, getting to know the community, and enjoying a day of high-flying fun. Here's what you need to know.

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June
1

Mansfield Vintage Peddler
Mansfield, Ohio is a hidden gem with lots of exciting things to do. Your whole family will enjoy the Arts Center, the Little Buckeye Children's Museum, and the peacock collection that lives in a tycoon's garden. You can visit the "Shawshank Redemption" movie location featured on Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," the Biblewalk Wax Museum, or Westinghouse's first working American robot, built here in 1939.

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April
18

Richland County Mohican Weekend
There are a lot of reasons to get excited about living in Richland County, Ohio. The landscape itself tops the list, especially if you're the type who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. Richland County has it all—state parks and forests, lakes streams, hiking trails, spectacular spring wildflower blooms and vibrant fall foliage—and the best time to appreciate it is right now.

One of the great outdoor events of the year, Mohican Wildlife Weekend, is right around the corner. Our REALTORS® want to make sure you're here to enjoy it!

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April
11

Shelby Ohio Home of The Vault Wine Bar
When you're looking for a new home it's exciting to check out all things to do and features that make the neighborhood unique. You'll always want to know the best places to go to socialize to meet new neighbors and friends. Our REALTORS® know the neighborhoods we serve well and can tell you about some of the great places to go. If you're searching for homes for sale in Shelby, you'll want to be sure to ­­check out The Vault Wine Bar.

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March
21

Mansfield 1285 Winery
Have you tried 1285 Winery? Mansfield residents who haven't tried 1285 Winery at the Blueberry Patch soon fall in love with it. This sweet little spot is a blueberry farm, a winery, a restaurant, and more. Drop in sometime, on your way to work or after a long day of looking at Mansfield homes for sale, and see the best that this community has to offer. Located at 1285 West Hanley Road in Mansfield, the winery is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings. 

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February
28

Mansfield Best Spots for Happy Hour
Have you ever wondered what makes happy hour so happy? Like many drinking-related traditions in our culture, the history of happy hour stems from the Roaring Twenties, when Prohibition was the law of the land but not the way of the people. This term, "happy hour" was borrowed from old Navy slang that referred to scheduled activities.

After Prohibition ended, it was no longer necessary to talk about drinking using obscure euphemisms, but like many 1920s terms, "happy hour" stuck around: Somewhere around the 1950s "happy hour" started being used to describe the drinking one generally did to unwind right after work. These days, the idea of happy hour has been expanded to include discounts on both drinks and appetizers, as well as a second "happy hour," generally late in the evening before close.

Many local bars and pub-style restaurants offer great happy hours. If you're shopping for Mansfield, Ohio real estate, here are a few nearby happy hours worth checking out. Stop in after a day of house hunting, or make it a point to visit once you've moved into the neighborhood!

Local Mansfield Happy Hour Spots

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February
19

Mansfield Phoenix Brewing Company
Craft brewing has taken the world by storm, creating a vibrant culture of creative and exciting local beers. Though there are countless craft breweries spread all throughout the country, each one reflects the character and traditions of its local community.

Mansfield, Ohio is no stranger to the craft brewing craze.

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December
12

Spending time having fun with your kids is a great way to create family memories when you move to a new city.  Winter officially arrives in Mansfield on December 21 and our REALTORS® have a long list of family-friendly activities in our community to share with you. One great way to get the most of winter in our neck of the woods is to hit the slopes at Snow Trails Ski Resort.

Mansfield Ohio Winter Family Fun

Nestled in the Possum Run Valley, Snow Trails is situated in one of the coldest spots in the region, a great place for making and maintaining a solid layer of snow. The resort opened its doors in 1961, making it the first ski resort in Ohio. It's still one of our favorites, and if you love skiing, snowboarding or tubing, you'll find everything you need to have fun in Mansfield.

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December
4

Mansfield Christmas Tree Farms
The end-of-year holiday season is a great time to look for a new home. If you've set your heart on a family-friendly community, Mansfield homes for sale have a lot to offer. Mansfield is just one of the warm and wonderful communities in the area. You'll also find exciting home choices in Loudonville, Ontario, and Ashland. As you tour regional homes, you can get to know each community by participating in seasonal activities. Christmas tree farms are a local tradition you're sure to enjoy.

Our REALTORS® live and work in the area. We enjoy the pure excitement of finding a Christmas tree on a farm and claiming it as our own. It's one of our favorite things to do in the Mansfield area and we want to share it with you. We've created a guide to local farms where you can have your own Christmas tree hunting adventure.

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November
13

Mansfield Christmas Kingwood Center Gardens
The gorgeous gardens and beautiful outdoor spaces of Kingwood Center Gardens provide a perfect backdrop for fun throughout the year, and the holiday season is certainly no exception. In fact, this just might be the best time of year to visit Kingwood Center Gardens. There are special events throughout the holiday season, and Christmas at Kingwood is always one of the biggest holiday events of the year in the Mansfield, Ohio area. Our REALTORS® are already gearing up for this year's event, and we've got all the details on Christmas at Kingwood Gardens in 2017.

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October
31

Wayne's Offers Mansfield Families Fall Fun  

Mansfield Ohio - Waynes Country Market
Mansfield, Ohio comes alive in fall. As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, you'll find no shortage of fun ways to enjoy the season throughout Richland County. Our REALTORS® know all the best places to experience autumn in the Mansfield area—and Wayne's Country Market, located at 2440 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, is a local favorite.

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October
4

Haunted Homes in Mansfield
It's October, and you know what that means. Leaves are changing color, everything is pumpkin spice, and it's time for haunted houses. Though some people don't quite get the thrill of haunted houses, there's something enticing about the idea of getting a scare – as long as it doesn't get out of hand.

In Mansfield, Ohio, family, friends, and neighbors go all out on their haunted house shenanigans.  Mansfield is the county seat of Richland County. Home to about 75,000 people, with more than 124,000 in the Greater Metro Area, it is known as the "heart of Ohio." For many brave souls, it is also the heart of Halloween!

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September
19

Best Fall Foliage in Ohio

Mansfield Area Ohio Fall Colors
Fall is just a few days away.  While the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire may get an enormous amount of press when leaf-peeping season arrives, anyone who has spent any time in Ohio knows that there are plenty of colors to go around.

Ohio's Richland County area offers some of the best leaf-peeping opportunities in the state. To experience the best fall foliage that Ohio has to offer, these are the top spots in the Mansfield area to take a hike and watch the changing leaves.

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September
11

Sylvester Stallone Escape Plan 3 to Film at Mansfield's Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield Welcomes Hollywood Back

When you think of filming sites for some of the most beloved movies ever made, does the city of Mansfield, Ohio spring to mind? It should! In addition the everyday pleasures of living in Mansfield, you'll find that the streets of our city have been walked by some of the biggest stars that Hollywood has to offer, and blockbuster season is about to return to our corner of Ohio with the production of a new Sylvester Stallone film in the city. Our REALTORS® are ready for lights, camera, action, and we've got all the details on why Mansfield is a true Hollywood hot-spot.

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August
21

Downtown Mansfield Hosts Heart of the City Cruise-In

Mansfield Heart of the City Cruise In

One of Ohio's most popular car shows is returning to the Mansfield area this Saturday, August 26. You've still got time to polish up your ride for the big show. The Heart of the City Cruise In – presented by the Downtown Mansfield organization – is always one of Mansfield's most well-attended special events, in part because it grows bigger and better with each passing year. There are activities during the show for every member of the family, to go along with all of the great food and community fun you'll enjoy throughout the day. Our REALTORS® are here to give you the inside scoop on what to expect from this year's Heart of the City Cruise In.

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August
18

6 Mansfield Wineries You Won't Want to Miss

6 Mansfield Wineries
When many Americans think of wine and beer production, California comes to mind. However, Mansfield, Ohio residents know a different story.  Before prohibition, Ohio was a major wine and beer producer. While local companies don't produce nearly as much wine and beer as they did in decades past, a new generation of vintners and brewers are re-establishing lost winery and brewery traditions.

Our REALTORS® want to share information about a few of the wineries and breweries in the Mansfield area. They are important to our local economy and they provide exciting refreshment, dining, and entertainment alternatives for people owning homes in Mansfield.

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August
8

Richland County Fair Mansfield Ohio
Nothing says summer in Ohio more than going to a local county fair. Whether it's the 3-Cs (carnival rides, cotton candy and cattle) you like or the feeling of camaraderie experienced by attending a community event, county fairs come alive with attractions and activities for all ages. The Richland County Fair in Mansfield, Ohio is no different.

Toward the end of every summer, the Richland County Fair provides the perfect place to catch up with old friends and make some new ones too. There are fair events geared toward every member of the family, and our REALTORS® are excited to share all of the attractions at this year's Richland County Fair.

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July
21

 

Richland County has a lot to offer.

The county's rich environments include the rolling countryside of Clear Fork and Lucas as well as the historic downtown Carrousel District of Mansfield. Locals also enjoy choices for higher education in Ontario, beautiful parks, and numerous attractions like Kingwood Center, the Renaissance theater, Snow Trails and the Ohio State Reformatory (just to name a few).

For all of the opportunities we might enjoy this summer, it's also important to remember to give back to our community.

Volunteering is one way to help those in need and make the community stronger. It is also incredibly rewarding. Below, we've listed just a few reasons we believe volunteering is worth your while, as well as some suggestions for places to get started.

 

1. Meet New People

Whether you're new to the area and looking to make friends or you've lived here for years, volunteering is an easy way to meet people. The people you meet volunteering may be people you would never have met otherwise, yet they might become cherished friends or even valuable business contacts.

If you're looking for a social experience, you may consider joining a service-based club or organization. Richland County is home to a Kiwanis chapter, five Lions International chapters (Bellville, Butler, Crestline, Lucas and Madison), and RSVP of Mid Ohio, a club for retirees and seniors dedicated to serving the community. There are also two divisions of Lions International for teenagers, the Leo Alpha Club in Lexington and the Leo Alpha Club in Lucas.

 

2. Give Back

Think of someone who has had a positive impact on your life. Where would you be without them? How would your life be different?

There are plenty of opportunities to be a positive, perhaps even life-changing presence in another person's life. Whether that means being a mentor dad or mom through the Richland Pregnancy Center, helping out your local library, or being a smiling face that makes that visit to the hospital a little easier, there's a way for everyone to pass kindness on to another.

 

3. Pursue Your Passion

Volunteer positions aren't one-size-fits-it-all. There are nonprofits and organizations dedicated to a variety of interests and causes.

Do you love the arts? Consider helping out at the Mansfield Art Center or selling tickets at the Renaissance.

Are you passionate about fitness? Become a sports or aerobics instructor at the YMCA.

If you enjoy gardening, there's a place for you at Kingwood Center Gardens or the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

If you're skilled at home repair or auto maintenance, you can provide aid to an elderly widow or widower through Samaritans for Seniors.

 

4. Learn a New Skill 

Volunteering can be an outlet for your current skills, but it can also be a way to learn something new. You'll see what it's like behind the scenes at a hospital, food pantry or after-school program and possibly be trained in a task you didn't know how to do before.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio prepares volunteers to teach economics and personal finance classes to young students.

If you give time at a local hospital, you may learn to assist physical and occupational therapists. 

OSU Extension trains master gardeners and certified volunteer naturalists so they can pass on their knowledge to children, the elderly and other gardening enthusiasts.

Many organizations just need someone with practical office skills, and will be happy to show you the ropes.

 

5. Find a Career Boost 

Volunteering can be especially beneficial to job seekers. The search for employment can be draining, but the chance to do something productive and meaningful a few hours a week can improve your mentality and your mood.

Volunteering has been shown to contribute to a positive mindset and give volunteers a sense of purpose. It can also help you land a job—volunteering helps build connections and looks great on a résumé. Your giving of your free time shows a potential employer that you are compassionate and driven. Volunteers are also likely to work well in groups—a valuable attribute for any employee.

 

6. Strengthen Your Community 

A strong community is one where everyone contributes. And there are several local organizations whose daily work is achieving a better community. 

Volunteers at the Culliver Reading Center invest in the next generation with homework help and afterschool programs.

Harmony House volunteers help the homeless and unemployed get back on their feet with mentorships and life skills training, child care, transportation to job interviews and much more.

 

7. Watch a Little Become A Lot

Most people want to make a difference. You don't have to solve world hunger or donate millions of dollars to make a positive impact. Just a little bit of time and effort can generate a better life for someone else.

Every dollar raised at Relay for Life means hope for a cure.

One toy from Toy Time can brighten a child's Christmas.

Being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters takes one hour a week, but it's been shown to boost a child's confidence as well as reduce risk-taking behaviors.

 

If you are considering giving your time, go for it! There are so many great reasons to get involved. For a list of local organizations in need of volunteers, click here

 

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  — Winston Churchill

July
28

Riding a horse is great exerciseit strengthens the core, improves balance and coordination and may even get your heart pumping. Here in north central Ohio, riding a horse also means the chance to soak in the serene natural beauty of family farms and ancient forests. Whether you've never sat in a saddle or are looking for a place to ride and train your own horse, there are plenty of options nearby.

Photo courtesy of Malabar Farms

1. Pleasant Valley Lake Park & Malabar Farm, Perrysville/Lucas

Both Pleasant Valley and Malabar Farm contain riding trails; there is also a trail that connects the two parks. These trails are free to use year-round. Riders can stage their horses from either park. The horseman's ground at Malabar is free to use. The staging area inside Pleasant Hill Park (located off State Route 95) requires a $5 parking fee for non-campers.

If you want to take your horse camping, Pleasant Hill's equine campground has 37 lots, each with its own campfire ring and picnic table and restrooms nearby.

 

Photo courtesy of Mohican Lodge and Conference Center 

2. Mohican State Park and Memorial State Forest Trails, Loudonville

The Mohican Forest is filled with history. Once the hunting grounds of the Delaware tribe, it later became pioneer territory when Native Americans were driven out during the War of 1812. Later, John Chapman (or as he is more commonly known, Johnny Appleseed) planted trees in the area. Today, you can ride through this historic forest on 22 miles of public bridle trails. Two staging areas are available off of State Route 97 on the western side of the Memorial State Forest. They are free to use.

Photo courtesy of Equestrian Valley Farm

3. Equestrian Valley Farm, Mansfield

Founded in 1815, Equestrian Valley Farm is made up of 200 acres of rolling hills, open pastures and pristine Mohican Forest. Trail rides allow you to see it all from atop your horse as you ride up and down the hills and through the woods. You don't need to own a horse to ride at Equestrian Valley -- the farm's herd includes a Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walker, Haflinger, Mustang and Percheron. Rides last about 75 minutes and are suitable for newbie and veteran riders alike.

Photo courtesy of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

4. Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Mansfield

In 1918, Frank Black founded his estate and named it Raemelton Farm after the Irish town where his father was born. In 1995, the estate was converted into a therapeutic riding center with an outdoor riding arena, indoor riding arena, two barns and beautiful pasture. Today it serves more than 100 students each week.

Raemelton's programs are specially designed for riders with physical handicaps, impaired mobility, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and/or psychological and emotional disabilities. It also offers a non-mounted class for at-risk youth that explores goal-setting and emotional development. Active, inactive or retired military members and their families can access these programs for free through the Hooves for Heroes program.

 

Photo courtesy of All Hoofed Up Ranch

5. All Hoofed Up Ranch, Crestline

All Hoofed Up is a great choice for kids and beginners as well as skilled riders. The ranch's one- and two-hour trail rides begin with a brief lesson before venturing through the fields, into the woods, and maybe through a creek or two! Take in the breathtaking natural views while you ride a calm Paint horse, Draft mix or gaited Tennessee Walker.

Marc and Lisa Sleeckx also provide horseback riding lessons year round and a kids' summer day camp in June and July.

 

Courtesy of Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch

6. Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch, Loudonville

Triple M is a non-profit horse rescue that gives riding lessons and guided trail rides. The 3rd generation family-owned ranch consists of 200 acres of some of Ohio's most beautiful forests. Trail rides are led by capable guides in groups of 6 or less for a more intimate, personal experience.

 

Photo courtesy of Arnold Show Horses

7. Arnold Show Horses, Ashland

Chris and Debbie Arnold have been in the equine business for over 30 years. They offer numerous services including coaching, lessons and a youth equestrian team for junior and senior high students. The Arnolds love coaching riders of all ages and help them train their horses.

 

 

8. McCartney Stables, Mansfield

Mike McCartney has over 30 years of experience training horses. He designs lessons based on customers' needs with a focus on safety, horsemanship and establishing a connection between the horse and its rider. In addition to training, McCartney Stables offers trail rides and riding lessons.

Fun Fact: Morgan Freeman boarded his horse at McCartney Stables during the Shawshank Redemption. 

 

Photo courtesy of Berry Valley Ranch

9. Berry Valley Ranch, Mansfield

If you need a place to board your horse, check out Berry Valley ranch. Berry Valley has over 120 acres of pasture and riding trails and facilities including a riding arena, tack room and  12X12 stalls with windows. Boarding options range from full care to stall only.

July
20

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July
28

Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Imagine a perfect day on the lake - a gentle breeze blows as the waves playfully crash against the side of the boat. The sun beats down on the water, which sprays up in drops of crystal as you whiz by. Or perhaps you'd rather be sitting in a canoe, watching the water, a fishing pole in hand. Either way, the perfect summer day is easier to come by than you think! North central Ohio's abundant freshwater supply means a lake or river may not be far away.

Note: This blog post discusses places to fish, water ski and operate jet skis and motor boats. For information on kayaking and canoeing in north central Ohio, click here.

 

Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

1. Pleasant Hill, Perrysville

With 850 acres of water surface and no horsepower limit, Pleasant Hill is a no-brainer for boating, fishing, water-skiing and jet-skiing enthusiasts. Fish species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and more. A valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish at Pleasant Hill.

Pleasant Hill Marina offers seasonal docking as well as a public launch ramp. The full-service marina also rents fishing, pontoon and cruise boats as well as waverunners, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards. Multi-day and season passes are available for some boats.

 

Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

2. Charles Mill, Loudonville

Charles Mill is located just 6 miles east of Mansfield and is easily accessible via US 30 and I-71. It has a surface area of 1350 acres and a maximum depth of 24 feet. The 10 horsepower limit ensures a more relaxed atmosphere ideal for exploring in a kayak or on a paddle board. Pontoon, fishing and house boats are also popular on the lake. You can rent boats in the full-service marina or launch your own from the public ramp off St. Rt. 430.

The lake is home to channel catfish, flatheads, batfish bullheads, white bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, crappies, bluegills and saugeye. State licenses are required for boating, fishing and hunting.

Charles Mill also has a swimming beach, a nature trail and a full-service campground.

 

Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield Richland County.

3. Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

Shelby Reservoir 3 has a concrete boat ramp open to boats of any size. Rowboats, canoes paddle boats and electric-motor watercraft are welcome. Boats with gasoline motors are prohibited.

Bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, channel catfish and rainbow trout live in the stocked reservoir. Controlled fishing is allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

 Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield Richland County.

4. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield

The Clear Fork Reservoir contains 997 surface acres of water and 14 miles of shoreline. The public launch ramp on the south side is free to use. The speed limit is 8 mph and while there is no horsepower limit, a no wake policy is enforced. Boat rentals are available at the marina.

Fishing from boats is allowed, provided boats stay at least 500 feet from the dam. Shore fishing is also allowed on the south and west shores. Fish in the Clear Fork Reservoir include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, white bass and more!

The Clear Fork Reservoir also offers hiking trails and picnic areas.

5. Mohican and Clear Fork Rivers, Loudonville and Bellville

Ready for some fly fishing? If you're angling for some brown trout, you may get lucky in the Clear Fork and Mohican rivers, which are stocked annually. Much of the Clear Fork runs through private property, but the stretch the runs along Gatton Rock Road is a popular spot for fishing. According to Mohican Fly Fishers of Ohio, the best place to fish in the Mohican is in the park, between the Pleasant Hill dam and State Route 3.

July
7

Looking for a high speed, heart-pumping adrenaline rush? Our list of "outdoor thrills" is sure to help. Below you'll find adventures suited for all ages, all within an hour of Mansfield, OH.

Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures.

1. Aerial Park at Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Just south of Richland County, Mohican Adventure Park offers numerous outdoor activities, including its newer aerial park. Six courses range from beginner to advanced level so even younger children can participate. Participants can climb up the "spider web" and cargo net, cross the rope bridges and cheese wall, and soar on the lily pad swings. More advanced courses include zip lines and a free fall jump (don't worry, there's a harness!) The green and blue courses, which are 12 and 22 feet high, are most suitable for children under 11. Ultimate thrill seekers will love the black course, situated 42 feet in the air. This exciting activity is great for groups and families.

 Photo courtesy of Battle Zone Paintball Park.

2. Battle Zone Paintball Park III, Mansfield

Paintball is a great way to get some exercise and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush. Battle Zone Park has 5 battlefields including a woodsball fort course, a speedball field with a castle, a village urban-assault course, a full military field and a minefield. All equipment is provided; however, you are permitted to bring their own. Groups must register a week in advance and may customize their own military simulation and objective-based missions. Guests can come without a group or reservation during the park's "free play" hours each weekend (Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The park also has monthly tournaments, which you can register for on its website.

 

   
Photos courtesy of The Infield.

3. The Infield, Lexington

The Mid-Ohio Sports Cars Course draws a lot of visitors to Richland County every year, but you don't have to be a professional to zoom around a racetrack. The Infield's go-cart courses are well-suited for thrill seekers of all ages. Adults and children ages 10 and up can zoom around the ¼ mile track--one of the longest go-cart tracks in Ohio. Children ages four and older can ride with an adult driver or head over to the kiddy course for a five-minute drive. See the Infield's website for height safety requirements.

 

4. Mountain Biking Trails at Mohican State Forest, Loudonville

These exciting trails are not for beginners. The short, six mile loop begins at the staging area across from the main campground on State Route 3. This "moderately difficult" path winds through the hillside and past the campgrounds. For a more challenging ride, try the 25-mile, one directional trail. Filled with gradual climbs and steep descents, this rollercoaster-like trail takes you past breathtaking Mohican scenery, so you can enjoy the pristine woodland and stunning lake views as you zip by.

 

Photo courtesy of Tree Frog Canopy Tours.

5. Tree Frog Canopy Tours, Glenmont

Located about 15 minutes south of Loudonville along the Mohican River, Tree Frog's zipline tour is worth the drive. Soar through the forest on a 2 1/2 hour tour with seven ziplines, two sky bridges and two rappels. With more than 4,000 feet of zipline cable, a peak point of 120 feet and a highest recorded speed of 51 MPH, Tree Frog is the longest, highest and fastest canopy tour in the state. Professional guides lead the way, so no prior experience is needed. 

July
14

School may be out for the summer, but who says the learning should stop? Whether you've got curious kids or simply love exploring the great outdoors, Richland County and the surrounding area offers a wealth of parks and nature ed programs worth exploring!

1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield

Hiking through the nature trails is just one way to observe local wildlife and natural habitats. The park also has a visitor center that's open Monday thru Saturday from 9 to 4. Inside the center, there are educational displays as well as staff naturalists and volunteers who can introduce you and your family to the center's resident wildlife. All of the animals at the center are native to the state of Ohio, including different species of frogs, snakes, turtles, salamanders and owls.

The Richland County Parks Department sponsors weekly education programs for the public as well as private programs for schools, youth groups, garden clubs, senior citizens and service organizations. Public program topics include naturalist-led guided hikes, field trips, lectures, workshops and night sky programs. 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

2. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a nature preserve, rehabilitation center for injured birds and a "living museum" with 60 permanent residents--rehabilitated animals whose injuries would prevent them from flourishing in the wild. The 90-acre preserve is open to the public year round and free-of-charge. Live bird displays include species such as Baltimore Orioles, Great Horned Owls, Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles. The aviary boardwalk wanders through grasslands where songbirds living in their natural habitat. If you stop by the Visitor Center to purchase special feed, you may get to see Blue Jays and doves eat right from your hand!

In addition to free visits, the sanctuary offers nature-themed summer camps, a junior naturalist program and programming designed specifically for homeschoolers and large groups.

Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.

3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield

Everyone knows Kingwood is the place to go to see thousands of beautiful flowers, but the center also has educational opportunities for children and adults. The Peacock Playhouse is a horticultural education center designed for children ages 2-14. It is open daily and offers craft time, painting spaces and displays on birds, plant growth and composting. The newest features of the Peacock Playhouse include a monarch butterfly display, worm and ant farms, and a sensory garden. Kingwood also has one-hour Cultivation Education sessions every Tuesday, where children learn about birds, bugs, planting and the environment. Adult activities vary by season and may include yoga, meditation and cooking classes. For a full list of activities, visit Kingwood's event page 

4. Mohican State Park, Loudonville
Mohican offers numerous educational programs and themed hikes lead by a staff naturalist. Guests can meet some of the snakes and turtles native to Ohio or learn about raccoons and frogs at the Critter Open House. Head into the woods to hunt amphibians, help clean the park, or learn which plants are safe to eat during the Forest Foraging Hike. Additional hikes include the Butterfly Hunt, Night Hike and Owl Hike. These hikes and programs are a great opportunity for hands-on learning and typically last between an hour and an hour and a half. All programs are open to the public. To view the calendar, please click this link and select Mohican State Park.

 

June
30

Exercise—we all know we need it. Why not enjoy it? From gorgeous flower gardens to woodland paths to 5K runs, there are plenty of places nearby to take in the beauty of the outdoors during your next workout.

1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield

Mansfield's 150-acre nature park includes over five miles of free public trails that are open from dawn to dusk, all year round. Hike, run or walk at your own pace through deciduous forests and grassland prairies while taking in the surrounding ponds, streams and wildlife. The trails are not paved; however, there are no major inclines and the paths are not considered strenuous for the average hiker. Dogs on short leashes (no longer than six feet) are permitted to hike with their owners; plastic baggies for clean-up are available at the beginning of each trail. Bikes and motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted.

 

Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield—Richland County.

2. Richland B&O Bike Trail

Originally a railroad track, this scenic stretch was converted into a public trail in the late 1980s. The 18-mile trail begins at North Lake Park in Mansfield and winds it way south through Lexington, Bellville and Butler. The B&O trail is a paved blacktop and goes through sunny spots, shaded wooded areas and across historic bridges. It's level surface is great for walking, jogging, running, roller skating, rollerblading or riding a bicycle. Dogs with short leashes are permitted. Motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted. Parking is available in various spots along the trail. This trail is free to use.

 

Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.

3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield

The history and beauty of Kingwood Center makes it one of Mansfield's most unique attractions. The former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King opened to the public in 1953, a year after Mr. King's death. Since then, the 47-acre estate has been meticulously maintained. Brick paths through the gardens as well as the pebble foot trails through the woods create an easy network of paths that's great for all ages. There are also a few grass paths. Pets are not permitted in the park. Admission is $5 or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists.

 

Photo courtesy of Malabar Farm.

4. Malabar Farm, Lucas

This historic farm contains four moderate-level trails as well as short path to the Mt. Jeez overlook. Butternut Trail forms a loop through the forest to a small cave. The Doris Duke Woods Trail circles through the woods. The Jungle Book Trail meanders through lowland areas teeming with undisturbed plants and wildlife. The fourth and longest trail, the Pleasant Valley Bridle Trail, is the only one open to horses as well as foot travelers. This trail features over five miles of scenic views, winding streams and stunning rock formations. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. Cross country running is permitted. Parking and admission are free.

 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

5. Mohican State Park & Memorial State Forest, Loudonville

Roaming through the beautifully preserved Mohican forests is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. The State Park and State Forest offer one- and two-mile hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. The Discovery Forest Trail is a two-mile educational trail that's wonderful for kids. Use of the trails is free.

 

Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield.

6. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield & Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

The trails at the Clear Fork Reservoir are one of the lesser-known hiking options in the area. Dirt paths along the north side of the lake offer approximately 15 miles of trails through the woods. Dogs on leashes are permitted and there is no entrance fee. 

Shelby Reservoir No. 3 offers two public trails: a 3-mile wooded nature trail and a 1.25-mile paved surface surrounding the reservoir.

 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

7. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

Bird watchers will love strolling through the trails at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, which is home to 52 species of breeding bird and migrating species. Four miles of foot trails lead through 90 acres of meadows, marshes, forest and waterside terrain. The Wood Duck Trail, one of the most populated bird habitats, has a wheelchair accessible portion. The trails and Sanctuary are free to visit. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails but not near bird enclosures or buildings.

 

Photo courtesy of the Shawshank Trail.

8. 5Ks, 7Ks, half and full marathons

Running is a great way to get fit. It's also a great way raise funds for some of Richland County's beloved organizations and landmarks. Annual runs include the Kingwood 5K, the Ohio State Reformatory's Shawshank Hustle 7K, Lexington Blueberry Festival 5K & Glow Run and Ontario's Liberty 5K. All of these runs benefit community organizations, parks and local sports teams. Just outside of Richland County are Galion's Pickle Run 5K and the Mohican Trail Marathon.

August
4

Mini golf courses have been around for over 100 years, but they're still as beloved as ever. Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned pro, these courses are a great place to put your skills (and your luck) to the test.

Photo courtesy of Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf

1. Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf, Mansfield

Nothing says summer like mini golf and an ice cream cone. Putt your way through the 18-hole course, complete with trees, a pond and a creek, then head to the patio to enjoy a cool, creamy ice cream cone. Kelly's serves 22 hard dip flavors and 40 soft serve flavors, including classic chocolate and vanilla as well as unique options like cheesecake and Jamaican rum. 

 

Logo courtesy of Roselawn Miniature Golf

2. Roselawn Miniature Golf, Shelby

Located in downtown Shelby, this family-run, 18-hole miniature golf course offers lots of surprises, including putt putt staples like the windmill and loop-d-loop. You can also enjoy a game of pinball in the arcade and satisfy your sweet tooth at the candy counter.

 

Photos courtesy of The Infield

3. The Infield, Lexington

An 18-hole putt putt course is just one of the family-friendly activities you'll find at the Infield. Adult and child-size go-karts, a video arcade, batting cages and a playground mean hours of summer fun.

 

Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures

4. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Mini golf is just one of the summertime activities you can enjoy at Mohican Adventures. The park offers three courses, including the challenging Grist Mill, the rock and stream-filled Adventure Course and a Level Skills Course.

 

Photo courtesy of Bellville Der Dutchman

5. Der Dutchman, Bellville

Der Dutchman is known for its delicious, Amish-style fare and wonder-filled Carlisle gift shop, but it also offers an 18 hole mini golf course that's great for all ages!

July
20

From kayaks and canoes to less traditional options like tubes and stand up paddle boards, Richland County offers numerous destinations for summertime fun on scenic lakes and rivers. 

 

Photos Courtesy of Mohican Adventures

1. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Looking for a fun water activity but lacking proper gear? Mohican Adventures has a variety of watercraft available onsite, including canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes.

Canoe or kayak down the Mohican and Black Fork rivers with the seven- or fifteen-mile trips. Both one and two-person kayaks are available. After you've finished, Mohican offers a free shuttle back to your vehicle. 

For a more relaxed trip, rent a tube and float down the river, taking in the wildlife and natural scenery as you go. Four- to six-person rafts are also available and make a great choice for families and groups. Shuttle service is available. 

 

Photo courtesy of Pleasant Hill Marina

2. Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Perrysville & Charles Mill Lake Park, Mansfield/Mifflin

Pleasant Hill and Charles Mill are great destinations for every skill level. Guests can bring their own boats; however, both the Pleasant Hill and Charles Mill Marina offer various rental options including kayaks, pontoon boats and stand-up paddle boards. Newbies can enroll in free "try-it" sessions or sign up for beginner lessons. Themed kayak tours offer the chance to discover the wildlife and history of the lakes. Fishing from your kayak is permitted with a valid fishing license.

  

Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield

3. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield 

Bring your own kayak or canoe to the reservoir and take in the natural beauty of the Clear Fork Valley's 997-acre reservoir. Pontoon and fishing boats are available for rent at the marina. The reservoir has no horsepower limit but does have an 8 mph speed limit and no wake policy. 

The surrounding park has spaces for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and picnicking. Three picnic areas located along State Route 97 are free to the public and include tables, charcoal burners, shelters, restrooms and drinking fountains. Picnic area #2 is handicap accessible. 

Fishing from boats is allowed except within 500 feet of the dam. Shore fishing is allowed on the south and west shores.

 

Photo courtesy of Loudonville Canoe Livery

 4. Loudonville Canoe Livery, Loudonville

One of the oldest canoe leasing companies in Ohio, Loudonville Canoe Livery offers plenty of options for floating down the Mohican river. Choose between eleven canoe trip options that range from a three mile trip to a seven day excursion. Single or double kayaks, tubes and rafts are available for rent.

After your journey down the river, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the free, onsite picnic areas or head to the River Room Lounge for pizza or barbecue on the patio. 

 

 Photo courtesy of the City of Shelby

5. Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

Located northeast of Shelby, the reservoir is open to row and paddle boats and boats with electric engines. Boats with gas-powered engines are not permitted. Guests can also stroll along the paved walk path that surrounds the reservoir (1.25 miles) or hike through the wooded nature trail (3 miles). Fishing is permitted in part of the reservoir.

 

 

 

June
23

Calling All Campers! You don't have to travel far to fall asleep under the stars, watch the sun set across the lake or roast marshmallows over a campfire. Here are some of the area's best camping destinations:

 Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Mohican Adventures

1. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Set in one of Ohio's most notable state parks, Mohican offers campsites for tents, RVs and campers. There are also cabins available.

Surrounded by the scenic Mohican-Memorial State Forest, the park houses more than 800 campsites. The park's numerous activities means your family will never be bored--there's something for everyone! Canoe or kayak down the river, go fishing in the pond or the lake, or head to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub. You can also follow the hiking and biking trails leading into the forest or towards downtown Loudonville. The campground also has a mini golf course, sand volleyball and basketball courts, go-kart track, and three playgrounds.  

Free modern shower houses are available for all campers.

 

Photo courtesy of Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District.

Photo Courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

2. Charles Mill Lake Park, Ashland

Charles Mill is a 2,000 acre park with campsites for tents and RVs. The park offers two campgrounds with scenic wooded and waterfront sites. 

The lake was formed in 1936 when the Charles Mill Dam was built on the Black Fork Creek. It has a surface area of 1350 acres and is great for sailing, boating and fishing. Hunting is permitted in designated areas between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

Amenities at Charles Mill include a public swimming beach, a full-size basketball court, a swimming pool, a 9 hole Frisbee golf course, a hiking trail, playgrounds, a bocce ball court and a shuffleboard court. 

 

3. Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas

Malabar's fifteen primitive campsites have access to drinking water and handicap-accessible restrooms. The sites also have hitching posts for equestrian campers. If primitive camping isn't your style, reserve a room at the B&B style hostel. 

While smaller than other campsites in the area, Malabar Farm State Park has lots to offer its visitors. The 900-acre farm maintains the charm of its former days as the residence of Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer-prize winning author and conservationist, who purchased the farm in 1939. Visitors can still tour Bromfield's home and observe the farm in action. The park also features hiking trails, a quaint restaurant, and numerous exhibits the whole family can enjoy. For more information on Malabar Farm, click here.

 

Photo courtesy of Muskingham Watershed Conservancy District.

Photo Courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

4. Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Perrysville

Pleasant Hill is every water lover's paradise. The grounds surround an 850-acre lake perfect for jet-skiing, water-skiing and boating. Primitive, RV and equestrian campsites are available as well as cabins. Campers have access to modern restrooms and hot showers. 

Amenities at Pleasant Hill include the swimming beach, game courts, hiking and equine trails, a playground, picnic shelters, and the Pleasant Hill Marina. Hunting and fishing are permitted in certain areas.

 

Note: All campgrounds listed above include a picnic table and fire ring at each site.

 

Photo Courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources

5. Mohican State Park, Loudonville

Different than Mohican Adventures, Mohican State Park also has primitive campsites, RV hookup sites and camper cabins. There are also two bedroom family cabins and cozy lodge rooms available. Campers at the state park have easy access to the hiking trails, mountain biking trails, basketball and volleyball courts, and swimming pool.

 

June
19

It's All About Location, Location, Location 

Find the Right Mansfield Neighborhood

Right neighborhood or right house ... Which is more important? When you're searching for homes in Mansfield, the answer to that question can become "complicated."  Our real estate agents have created this list of things to consider when your searching the perfect Mansfield property for you and your family.

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May
8


Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early! | MyKCM

If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and interest rates) are both projected to increase as the year moves forward, and interest rates may increase rather dramatically. Here are some predictions on where rates will be by the end of the year:

Freddie Mac

"While full employment and rising inflation are signs of a strong economy, they also have the potential to push mortgage rates and house prices up. The higher rates and higher prices create significant affordability concerns, which may continue to characterize the housing market for the rest of 2017."

Lynn Fisher, Vice President of Research & Economics for the Mortgage Bankers Association

"By the time we get to the fourth quarter of this year, we will still be under 5 percent – we are thinking 4.7 percent…Something north of 5 percent by the time we get to 2018, and by the time we get to 2019, we show fourth-quarter rates hitting 5.5 percent."

Mark Fleming, First American's Chief Economist

"Despite some regional disparities, title agents and real estate professionals do not expect increasing mortgage rates to have a significant impact on the housing market this spring. Continued good economic news, increasing Millennial demand and confidence that buyers will remain in the market even if rates exceed 5 percent bode well for 2017 real estate."

Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist for Freddie Mac

"We will probably see rates higher at the end of year, around 4.5%."

Bottom Line

If you are feeling good about your family's economic future and are considering making a move to your dream home, doing it sooner rather than later makes the most sense.

May
1

Malabar Farm Ideal Location for the Entire Family


Malabar Farm Luces

Tucked away among the green, rolling hills of Lucas, Ohio, Malabar Farm State Park is a beautiful, historic site with fun activities for the whole family. The story of Malabar Farms began in 1939, when accomplished author Louis Bromfield moved back to the Mansfield, Ohio area and began working on the property. By 1942 Malabar Farm was fully operational, and it has been an important part of the community ever since. Today, the farm is a popular destination for local families looking for a day of fun, along with many visitors to the Richland County area.

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April
27

Mansfield Ohio Family-Fun Things to Do
There is a long laundry list of pros and cons when moving your entire family to a new city.  You most likely have a lot of questions about everything from homes for sale and schools for the kids to things to do for your entire family.  The good news is that if you are relocating to Mansfield, Ohioour real estate agents at Haring Realty have the answers for you.  Our sales associates make it their mission to not only help you find the perfect home, but also the perfect town, city or neighborhood for your lifestyle. So if you're looking for fun, family-friendly activities in Mansfield, Ohio, we have got a few ideas for you:

  1. Ride a Historic Carrousel
    The Carrousel District in downtown Mansfield offers seemingly endless rows of unique shops, eateries and attractions. Its centerpiece is a 1930s carousel, still in operation, which was the first carousel to be built in the United States.

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