* This post is in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here.
The state of Ohio is home to so many amazing charming towns. Some of which I have never heard of or been to. This month I’ve partnered with Ohio. Find It Here. to tell you all about my amazing time in Yellow Springs, Ohio, one of 8 stops on their Charming Towns Road Trip.
Yellow Springs is known as “Everyone’s Favorite Place.” After just one visit, this quaint town is one of my favorite places I’ve been to in Ohio. Yellow Springs is a small town in rural Ohio with a population of about 3,600. Its history began back in 1825 when 100 families wanted to form a socialist utopian society. It didn’t work out as planned but today Yellow Springs is a very eclectic town. From coffee shops, great restaurants, breweries, unique shops, and wineries there is a lot to be explored in Yellow Springs, Ohio
On this trip, I took my Mom along for the adventure. We had the most amazing time together. Our first stop in Yellow Springs was to Emporium Wines & Underdog Café to grab a cup of coffee. When we entered the Café we immediately realized that this was not just some ordinary coffee shop. Apparently, you can also get wine, beer, get lunch, breakfast, and buy a book in this café. We ordered a couple of lattes and a pastry and sat down and enjoy the space.
Local art filled the walls and a man with a guitar played a few tunes. The vibe was so good and a great start to our first day in Yellow Springs.
Emporium Wines & Underdog Café | 233 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Our next adventure was to visit the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. I read about all of the waterfalls so We had to go see them. We were pretty excited about this part of our trip. The Glen Helen Nature Preserve is 1,125 acres of wildflowers, 400-year-old trees, limestone cliffs with waterfalls, and overhangs. You will also find the yellow spring that the town is named after. We took on the red trail, a 2-mile hike through the preserve. What a beautiful hike! It was just so peaceful.
This part of our trip was my favorite. The hike was very exhausting but the beauty of nature is so rewarding. Also, it was cool seeing my mom hike up, down, and through this preserve.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve | 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
We had worked up quite an appetite after our morning hike through the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. We decided on Miguel’s Tacos. Miguel’s Tacos is actually inside Trailtown Brewing. Tacos and craft beer are a winning combination.
I ordered the grilled grouper taco, a chorizo taco, and a beer suggested by the brewery. Both tacos had so much flavor! And the beer paired very nicely with my tacos. I was very happy with my lunch selection. Mom ordered the nachos with carnitas (pulled pork). She loved it!
Trail town Brewery featuring Miguel’s Tacos | 101 Corry St, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
A few blocks from Miguel’s Tacos was Yellow Springs Brewery. It was a beautiful day so we decided to walk. It’s such an interesting town so the walk was filled with many cute shops and art along the way.
After a short walk through town, we were at our destination. Yellow Springs Brewery was founded in 2013 and is located along the Little Miami Bicycle Trail. They are known for their innovative seasonal beer so I was very excited to taste what they had to offer. We ordered a flight with their Honey IPA, Mango Boat, and Moon Milk. They were all good but we really loved the Honey IPA.
The taproom was very nice with plenty of seating. There was also an outside patio to enjoy. Add Yellow Springs Brewery to your list of places to go when you’re in town. Stop by on Saturday and get a behind-the-scenes tour and find all about how they craft their beers.
Yellow Springs Brewery | 305 N Walnut St. Ste B, Yellow Springs, Ohio 43587
Next, we walked back into town to check out a few of the shops on the main drag. There were a lot! We stopped in Dark Star Books and picked up a few souvenirs and gifts. We also met the sweetest kitty that roamed around the store. Dark Star Books was full of books, comics books, art, and all kinds of collectibles. You definitely need more than a few minutes at this store to see everything.
Other places to include in the town exploration are Wildflower Boutique, The Yellow Springs Toy Company, Asanda Imports, Kismet, Urban Handmade, Pangaea Trading Company, Wander & Wonder, Tibet Bazaar. We were able to step in these very cool shops long enough to see how special they were.
Next, on to Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm! Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm is your one-stop place for all things fun. You can play miniature golf, hit some balls in a batting cage, pick your own pumpkin, get a wagon ride, and of course, get ice cream. To be honest I was only here for the ice cream. I went straight into their brand new dairy store and ordered a scoop of butter pecan and a scoop of lemon blueberry cheesecake on a waffle cone. Mom ordered a couple of scoops of their no sugar added vanilla and strawberry. This ice cream was so tasty!! I was kind of sad I couldn’t bring some back home with me.
Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm | 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
We ended our adventurous day in Yellow Springs with dinner at Winds. Earlier in the day, while we were hiking, we met a resident who highly recommended Winds for dinner. We had a few other options but decided to take her advice. Everything sounded amazing. I ordered their Grilled Lamb Chop, a double bone lamb chop, grilled medium-rare and brushed with a sweet, spicy glaze. It was paired with a delicious Autumn hash with Peach Mountain potatoes, an assortment of local fall vegetables, and a bright red pepper coulis. Doesn’t that sound amazing!!! Mom ordered the Our Favorite Salad. She said it was one of the best salads she’s had in a while.
Winds offer lunch and dinner service with seasonal cocktails and a large selection of wines to pair with your meal. They are currently celebrating their 44th year. Stop by and congratulate them!
Winds | 215 Xenia, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
If you’re looking for more charming towns in Ohio to explore visit Ohio.org for their Charming Towns Road Trip.