Weekend Escape in Yellow Springs
It’s the time of the year when I start thinking about weekend trips, little adventures that push me beyond the usual routine. My measure for those trips would be a place like Yellow Springs, with plenty of things to do for the whole family. It’s fun to just randomly explore Yellow Springs, but I’ve put together an itinerary with my favorites places!
FRIDAY — arrive late afternoon and check in at one of several B&Bs around town. Arthur Morgan House is ideally located and they do a nice breakfast. Jail House Suites, which once housed the town jail, is just a “cell-block” from downtown.
-Stop at the Emporium for wine tasting (6:30 p.m.) and music – a fun local hangout.
-Dinner at the Sunrise Café – nice menu, local foods and vegan-friendly. Crab cakes are always good.
-After dinner, dessert at the Corner Cone.
-Later in the evening, stop by Peach’s (22 beers on tap) for live music.
SATURDAY – plan for an early morning (open at 7 a.m.) visit to the Farmers Market – local produce, baked goods, cheeses, flowers, eggs, corn, apples, lots of talk and much more.
-Allow time for coffee and the morning newspaper – three coffee shops in town – Dino’s does great espresso drinks.
-Walk or ride the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail – part of a huge network of trails in the area. Bike rentals are available at the Corner Cone.
-Several lunch options. Try Current Cuisine for great deli sandwiches, pastas and wonderful desserts – noted for their lemon bars and chocolate brownies.
-Plan for a leisurely afternoon of shopping and browsing. Art, jewelry, clothing, books and toys are tucked away in a variety of unique shops and galleries. Lots of outdoor art to view so be sure to get a copy of the excellent new guide to help locate and explain the works.
-Dinner at Wind’s Café – great wine selection. They always have an excellent fish entrée. Reservations recommended.
-Take in a movie (7 p.m. & 9 p.m.) at the Little Art Theatre – noted for indie and foreign films. Plus, you can’t beat their popcorn.
-Visit the late night Tapas and Martini Lounge at Sunrise Café.
SUNDAY – good choices for breakfast would be the breakfast burrito at the Emporium or an omelet at Sunrise Café. The Wind’s Café and Williams Eatery offer special brunch menus starting at 10 a.m.
-Visit Glen Helen – 1,000-acre nature preserve with 20 miles of hiking trails.
-Noon – grab a sandwich in town or stop at Young’s Dairy for a Cow Shake before heading home. If you’re traveling with children this is a “must do.” Games and animals to keep everyone entertained.
Of course, the whole routine gets changed if something special is happening – plays, music, art openings, lectures, guided tours, etc. Be flexible and enjoy your visit.