About the Author

Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is a writer and traveler. Currently based in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood, he has lived all across northeast Ohio (with a brief stint in Florence, Italy). A Kent State University alum, today, Ryan works in admission at Baldwin Wallace University. His work has been published by Cleveland Plus, Belt Magazine and in conjunction with Destination Cleveland. He blogs at www.collinscopy.wordpress.com.

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Ryan’s 10 Favorite NEO Things:

Hi! I’m Ryan Collins, current Lakewood resident, marketer, writer and traveler (local and around the world), and I’ve lived all across northeast Ohio. Here are my top-ten favorite things about the region:

1. Terminal Tower (It’s an icon of the entire region.)

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2. The Flats (Where else can you get such great skyline shots?)

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3. Towpath Trail (Some of the best areas in The Plus can be found along this trail!)

4. Coccia House in Wooster (their pizza is so garlicky… and so good!)

5. The Rapid (From Lakewood to University Circle in 30 minutes? Yes please.)

6. Kent State (My alma mater. Love going back whenever I can.)

7. Edgewater Park (The ultimate sunny-day destination… unless you’re at Put-In-Bay!)

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8. Daily Grind Café in New Philadelphia (A hidden gem perfect for a good book and rainy day.)

9. Milkshakes at Tommy’s (You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted the chocolate chip cookie dough.)

10. Square Bar in Highland Square (For good fun and delicious beverages, along with a little bit of dancing.)