About the Author

Lisa Dalpiaz

About Lisa:

Lisa Dalpiaz is an avid fan of all things local. From craft brews to new things to do, she’s on a constant adventure to find what’s next in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and beyond. She shares her {a}musings on her co-authored blog Two Amused Bouches. While passionate about NEOhio as a whole, she calls North Canton home.

When she’s not checking out a new restaurant in Cleveland, a great band in Canton, or fab boutique in Akron, you’ll find Lisa at the ‘port. As the Director of Marketing at the Akron-Canton Airport, she’s able to share her passion for building a successful, flourishing community and spread the excitement of all things fun and exciting in the region.

Lisa’s Favorite Things about Northeast Ohio: 

Local music venues.

Holy smokes. I have been able to experience a good majority of my favorite bands (and newly loved bands) at the coolest venues in the nation. Big shows at Blossom and Jacob’s Pavilion, or intimate shows like House of Blues, Musica and BuzzBin make Northeast Ohio one of the best places to catch your favorite music.

jacobs pavilion

Farmers’ markets… and an appreciation for the season.

Whether you live in Canton, Akron or Cleveland, the sweeping local food movement has benefited us all. I love checking out our local Farmers’ Market in downtown Canton, and the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow in Peninsula.


The second weekend in August.

We have some of the most notable players in football and golf in our region, during the same time, every year. That’s pretty spectacular. Golf’s best compete at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron while the NFL’s best gather for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and game in Canton.


Speaking of sports…

If the inkling to watch a game in person hits, it’s incredibly easy to get tickets to baseball, football or basketball. I love Progressive Field (and the updates!) and the RubberDucks’ Canal Park most of all. Each of the ball fields are fun for all ages and have fab food options.

progressive Field

The food is amazing.

We have old school, we have new-age modern, and we have really divey cult-classics. Plus, there is always somewhere new that is coming to try out. I love checking out new places (and old favorites) especially while on the hunt for the perfect patio. (I believe it’s at Gervasi, by the way.)

Moxie Salmon

Beer, beer, and even more beer.

Between Hoppin’ Frog and Thirsty Dog, amazing craft beers are right in my backyard. Canton breweries are also emerging as viable options when reaching for local brews.

thirsty dog


Northeast Ohio is close to nearly everywhere. From Canton, I can drive to Cleveland, Wooster, Youngstown, Tuscarawas County all under an hour. In two hours, I can be in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Sandusky or half way to Indianapolis. I don’t have to elaborate, but a quick road trip is super easy for us.

Route 30

Indie shopping.

I love hand-crafted edibles, wearables and sharables, so I thoroughly enjoy the cool pop-up shopping experiences like the Cleveland Flea and Akron’s Crafty Mart. Both are fantastic for gifts for others, and yourself.

crafty mart 3

Accessible art.

Art is a luxury we all have, whether you live in Cleveland or Canton. So many fabulous art studios are open to the public, and not to mention to abundance of art museums. I especially like spreading the word about free admission to the Akron Art Museum on Thursdays, to MOCA Cleveland on the first Saturday of the month, and free admission to all downtown Canton studios and galleries on the first Friday of the month.


Northeast Ohio is full of “daycations.”

Perfect for those who are a little stingy with their vacay days, you get the most out of your day with a short drive and an abundance of activities within reach. My favorite daycation is a trip to Ohio City: start with a trip to West Side Market, grab lunch on the patio of Townhall, drink a beer while playing giant Jenga at Nano Brew, then a little boutique shopping. At that point, go home or check out a show at Jacob’s Pavilion or cross the bridge for an Indian’s game. Per-fect.

ohio city