Wayne County Getaway
By Heather Rader

Located in the rolling hills of northeastern Ohio, sits the charmingly rural Wayne County. Known as the “Gateway to Amish Country,” Wayne County offers visitors a glimpse of Amish lifestyle with Amish communities scattered throughout beautiful rural landscapes. Although their Amish communities are an area highlight, visitors will find a variety of cultural activities, numerous historical societies, one-of-a-kind retail stores, delightful locally-owned restaurants, a charming Main Street in Downtown Wooster and a welcoming community spirit. Wayne County makes for the perfect Ohio getaway!  

While exploring Wayne County’s Amish Country, watch for horse-drawn vehicles as you drive along rural Ohio roads that give views of Ohio’s gorgeous countryside. Visit the quaint community of Kidron, where horse-drawn buggies await their owners’, shop at Lehman’s Hardware and World Crafts at Olde Millstream Plaza, then eat lunch at locally-owned Quince Bakery. Continue to Apple Creek, to find more unique shops and restaurants and visit Troyer’s Home Pantry.

Quince Bakery in Wayne County

After you enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside, head to Main Street in Downtown Wooster. This thriving, quaint Ohio town offers specialty shops, wonderful locally-owned restaurants and a boutique hotel that welcomes guests to discover the unique sense of community spirit that makes Downtown Wooster a special place to visit.

Downtown Wooster in Wayne County

A stay at the St. Paul Hotel in the heart of Downtown Wooster welcomes guests to enjoy a cozy night in their modern rooms. With just 12 rooms (with the addition of more rooms in the near future), a stay at this contemporary hotel will make you think you are in a boutique hotel in a large city like Chicago or New York City. Small, unique touches like locally made custom furniture, luxury bathrooms (including three different shower heads and heated floors!) and complimentary breakfast delivered to your room make the St. Paul Hotel a wonderful place to stay for your Wayne County getaway!

Breakfast in Bed at St. Paul Hotel in Wooster

Foodies will rejoice as you eat delicious meals at locally-owned restaurants! Whether eating red velvet pancakes from Muddy’s, savoring fresh baked breads at Broken Rocks Café, grabbing a quick bite at Spoon Market & Deli, dining at Basil Asian Bistro or The City Square Steakhouse you will fall in love with the flavors of Main Street Wooster! Also check out Omahoma Bob’s BBQ, Local Roots Market & Café, Tulipan Hungarian Pastry & Coffee Shop, Templeton’s Scottish Bakery & Coffee House and The Faithful Little Cupcake. After eating my way around Main Street Wooster, I truly believe Wooster is the next foodie haven in Ohio!  

The Faithful Little Cupcake in Wooster

After eating your way around Wooster, burn off the extra calories by perusing the local boutiques and shops. Stop by The Wooster Book Company, Poppy by PurseSnickety, Blue Spruce Boutique, The Urban Cottage, Lucky Records, Motts Oils & More and Everything Rubbermaid.

Drive just a few miles outside of Wooster to visit the Pine Tree Barn. Stroll through the 25,000 square feet, rustic barn turned boutique and home interior shop (with a year-round Christmas Shop) admire the gorgeous view of the Christmas Tree Farm from the back deck, eat lunch at the Granary Restaurant or grab one of their “famous” lemon crumb muffins.

Pine Tree Barn in Wooster

Pine Tree Barn in Wooster

Other worthwhile attractions in Wayne County include the Seacrest Arboretum, the Smucker Company Store and Café in Orrville, Shisler’s Cheese House, visiting Wayne County’s wineries (Blue Barn Winery, Silver Run Winery and Troutman Vineyards) and driving the historic Lincoln Highway.

Smuckers Company Store & Cafe in Wayne County

Hugging the Pillsbury Dough Boy at Smuckers in Wayne County

For more information,check out www.wccvb.com


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