The countdown has begun.  2010 is just two days away and you are STILL trying to decide how to ring in the New Year?  We can help.  Below are some local (Dublin, Ohio) establishments that are offering something special on Thursday, December 31.

Getaway Package Deals:

Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel. (600 Metro Pl. N. Dublin, OH 866/372-5566) The hotel’s family style NYE celebration features a (very) full package including overnight stay (with late check-out), a family dinner buffet, two drink coupons (per adult), New Year’s gear, Children’s activities, movies and games, a DJ and a dance floor and breakfast. $219.95/plus tax (for 2 adults & 2 children).

Columbus Marriott Northwest. (5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 614/791-1000) Plan a romantic NYE getaway for two and take advantage of a VIP package at an economical rate. Enjoy an overnight stay, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, four drink tickets and a breakfast buffet for two for just $179.95/plus tax.

Holiday Inn Express Dublin (5500 Tuttle Crossing Blvd. Dublin, OH 614/793-5500) Enjoy a great getaway AND a great rate with this new hotel's special New Year's Eve deal--save 50% off best available rates when you mention the "New Year's Eve Special."  (Valid 12.31.09 only)

Restaurants:

Digger & Finch Scottish Pub & Grille. (6720 Riverside Dr. Dublin, OH 614/889-8585) Savor dinner specials ranging from Grilled Twin Filet to Seared Ahi Tuna or Broiled Maine Lobster ($21.95-$27.95) that include a champagne toast, party favors and live music by Hat Trick.  Or just come for appetizers ($8 each) from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

La Scala Italian Bistro. (4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. Dublin, OH 614/889-9431) Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with the Eddie Pollina Band. Three-course menu includes Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp Caruso and a toast. $110/per couple.

Mary Kelley’s. ( 7148 Muirfield Dr. Dublin, OH 614/760-7041) NYE special menu features include Prime Rib, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and a pasta dish.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern. (6825 Avery Muirfield Rd. Dublin, OH 614/799-9100) Visit this local favorite spot and enjoy a special menu for NYE … featuring Surf & Turf, Chilean Sea Bass and other options. Then savor a serving of Banana Bread Pudding (with liquid center) for dessert.

NYE on the Cheap:

If you are planning to hunker down at home and watch the ball drop on your new flat screen (from the comfort of your living room), you might want to pick up a pizza to enjoy during the countdown. Here are a couple of local deals:

  • Bridge Street Pizza. ( 16 E. Bridge St. Dublin, OH 614/761-3169) Tucked into a little storefront in Historic Dublin, you might never know this place has the #3 voted pizza in North America. Enjoy a stone baked traditional pizza or a gourmet option like the Chicken Primavera or The Potsy. Holiday deal: two large one-topping pizzas for $18; or one large one-topping (plus 2 cans of pop) for $11.
  • Donato’s Pizza. Multiple locations in Central Ohio)  Who can resist this hometown favorite? Special offer: pick up a regular pizza and enjoy Donato’s  29 cent wings deal … or check their Website for other great online offers.
-Post by Mary