A Small-town Saturday
Just northeast of Dayton and not far from the well-traveled path of Interstate 675 sits Yellow Springs, a small-town gem with tons of charm. Perhaps “sits” isn’t the most accurate word to describe Yellow Springs; for a village of 4,000 people, as well as being home to almost 100 shops, galleries and restaurants, it’s quite an active place!
I traveled to Yellow Springs on a bit of a dreary Saturday afternoon. Despite looming rain clouds, there were plenty of pedestrians making their way up and down Dayton Street and Xenia Avenue to admire homemade – and handmade – crafts and foods.
My fiancé and I stopped for lunch at Ye Old Trail Tavern, where they’ve been serving delicious food and beer for over 100 years. (The pesto grilled cheese is a must-try!) Built in 1827, this log cabin is Ohio’s second oldest restaurant, and it truly embodies the eclectic spirit of Yellow Springs. After all, I doubt many log cabins have a juke box nestled in the corner to accompany their gingham curtains and punched tin lighting!
We also made a quick stop at Brother Bear’s Coffee for something warm and couldn’t resist the delicious biscotti sitting by the cash register. With a variety of coffee and teas on their menu – and lots of bright colors on the walls – this was a great place for a quick afternoon treat!
In addition to unique restaurants, Yellow Springs has a variety of arts venues and artistic shops. One of my favorites is Yellow Springs Pottery, a cooperative of 10 artists that began in 1973 and sells non-toxic pottery for daily use.
There are also plenty of cultural and arts events to choose from, and if you’re looking to get away from the city and experience nature, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Glen Helen Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park are just a quick drive from Yellow Springs.
What are some of your favorite small towns in Ohio that are full of activity?