From pumpkins and apples to hops and chocolate, fall is the season to sample delicious food and tasty beverages along Ohio’s many trails. Whether you crave comfort foods like made-from-scratch pies and handcrafted candies, or crisp fall wines are what you seek, the season’s most indulgent fall treats can be found along these trails.
Mansfield draws upon its haunted population to secure a spot as the Haunted Capital of Ohio with six haunted sites. Whether you’re an expert in the field of paranormal activity, just starting out on your journey of serious exploration, or simply an avid amateur, spend a haunted night in Mansfield and leave with your own ghost stories.
If you are looking for comfort food that reminds you of home, the nine-stop Eaterarian Trail – located in Marion, just north of Columbus – is the perfect place. Sample a warm, made-from-scratch pie at Carlyle’s Restaurant, and travel back to your childhood with an ice-cold root beer float from Stewart’s Root Beer. Juicy burgers are on the menu at Courtyard Grub & Pub, while the famous thick-cut bologna sandwich awaits you at the G & R Tavern.
Darke County Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail
Fall is the ideal time to shift your palate from the lighter fare of summer to heartier, flavorful cocktails, wines and beers, and Darke County’s rolling hills provide the perfect backdrop for this delicious tour. Sample spirits while touring historic buildings at Indian Creek Distillery, the oldest distillery in Ohio. Be sure to try fall flavors like the Autumn Leaves blend of dry reds and a touch of Concord while taking in the sprawling views at The Winery at Versailles, or the County Fair Caramel Apple wine at A.R. Winery. Enjoy a cool sunset while tasting the award-winning wines of Kennedy Vineyard, and head back to class in the tasting room at the Old Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery. Beer lovers can spend a magical night tasting fall favorites under the twinkling lights of a dairy barn at Tailspin Brewing Co. or the fresh local craft beer at the Moeller Brew Barn.
Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail
While there’s never a bad time for a Buckeye, the cooler temperatures make fall a great time to enjoy this beloved chocolate and peanut butter combination without it melting from the summer heat. From Cincinnati to Chardon and Perrysburg to Cambridge, chocolatiers across the state are putting their own unique spin on this Ohio classic. From the famous candies of Esther Price and Winans Chocolates + Coffees to the family-owned Malley’s Chocolates and creative flavors (think s’mores Buckeye Creations, this new trail outlines 31 locations for you to grab this must-have treat.
Columbus Coffee Experience
This fall as the weather cools, the Columbus Coffee Experience heats up. Whether you are a caffeine newbie or a coffee connoisseur, the Columbus Coffee Trail has 18 stops across the city that provide the perfect pick-me-up on a crisp fall day. Spending the day downtown exploring the Columbus Art Museum? Stop in for a hot cup of coffee and a warm cupcake at the Red Velvet Café or a warm specialty coffee from Brioso Coffee. For a beautiful fall day of exploring the quaint German Village, fuel up along the trail at with a delicious Buckeye coffee at Stauf’s or a piping hot cup of coffee with a sweet treat at Pistacia Vera.
Brewed on the Bikeway
The vibrant colors of the season come alive along the hills of Athens County, and with them, the delectable tastes of fall. Grab your friends and pedal along the Brewed on the Bikeway trail, a 21-mile journey from Athens to Nelsonville featuring stops at five of the area’s craft breweries. Visit Jackie O’s Taproom & Production Brewery to sample a rotating line-up of beers including the Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition with flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses. Admire the area’s vibrant foliage-covered hills as you enjoy a Learn’d Astronomer, a sour amber ale aged in wine barrels and re-fermented in raspberries, from Little Fish Brewing Co., or quench your thirst with a Moody Bluebs blueberry wild ale at Devil’s Kettle Brewing.
For more fall travel inspiration, Find It Here on Ohio.org.