Posted On: Jun 14, 2021
Experience Hartville offers an easy solution for family vacations, with everything from cozy overnight accommodations, delicious eats, delightful kid's activities, eclectic shopping and plenty of places to romp and explore.
For your home base while you're in Hartville, book a stay at the cozy Comfort Suites. The modern, wood-accented rooms feature furniture made in Holmes County's Amish Country. During your stay, you'll enjoy amenities like an indoor pool, fitness center, free hot breakfast and an on-site convenience store.
Around the Table
We all know the importance of gathering together for a family meal. It's a time to slow down and reconnect over home-cooked food. At Hartville Kitchen, hearty, made-from-scratch lunches and dinners are the perfect gathering point for your entire clan. The spacious dining rooms are comfortably appointed with dark woods, carpeting and chandeliers. Pull up a chair and peruse the menu — with just one glance, you'll know you won't leave hungry!
Hartville Kitchen's menu is carefully crafted from more than 55 years of welcoming and feeding guests. Start with chicken noodle soup and a side salad with house-made dressing, then try the famous Gerber chicken — delivered fresh daily from Amish Country and pressure fried to keep the chicken juicy and delicious! Or try a hot roast beef sandwich (made with hand-cut beef) and fresh mashed potatoes. The popular sweet potato casserole can serve as a side or a dessert — just add a dollop of whipped cream for extra sweetness! Be sure to look up the daily specials, too. They range from succulent boneless baked chicken to savory Swiss steak, tender meatloaf to mouth-watering turkey and stuffing. Hartville Kitchen also caters to gluten free needs and, of course, has a kids' menu featuring all their favorites.
But you can't leave without dessert, right? The Hartville Kitchen includes a full-service bakery. You can order from 21 varieties of pies, dessert cakes, ice cream, milkshakes and seasonal treats from the dining room, or pick up sweets to-go on your way out. You'll find the bakery case by following your nose to the smell of fresh bread. It's hard to choose a favorite, so just go with a big group and try a slice of everything, from Dutch apple to blueberry, cherry crumb to peach, banana cream to coconut cream (which also comes in a dessert cake version!). Then bring home fresh breads, strudels, cookies or cakes.
Hartville Kitchen also sells a full range of items to supplement your home pantry. Stock your shelves with extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, salad dressings, dips, jams, jellies, pickled veggies and barbecue sauce. These seasonings and sauces are the perfect way to bring home the taste of Hartville!
Hartville is also the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth. Everyone will feel like a kid again when you stroll the aisles of the Hartville Kitchen Candy Shop! The store features homemade fudge, delicate chocolates and nostalgic treats from decades past. Start first with the trays upon trays of chocolates. You'll find buckeyes and meltaways from local Honadle's Fine Chocolates, dark chocolate cashew clusters from Coblentz Chocolates in Walnut Creek, plus a line of sugar-free candies from Asher's Chocolates. Then order a pound or two from Hartville Kitchen's 25 flavors of fudge, and dig through colorful delights like Jelly Bellies, M&Ms, gummy candies and fresh-roasted Heggy's Nuts from Canton.
Discover even more delectable sweets hidden within The Hartville MarketPlace! Cool down with a cup or a cone from Sugar & Ice. Choose from over 16 different flavors of ice cream and new Italian gelato! Pick up a dozen tiny treats from Peace, Love and Little Donuts, which specializes in funky flavors like Strawberry French Toast. Chocolate Creations carefully crafts a variety of chocolates: cherry cordials, key lime truffles, milk chocolate toffees and sugar-free peanut clusters. But everyone's taste is a little different, and their Creation Station lets you customize your very own chocolate bar. Choose from white, milk or dark chocolate, then select from 20 add-ins like nuts, dried fruits, pretzels and sprinkles. They'll mix up your candy bar and cool it, so you can take it home!
Did you know? The Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market is the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the country. You could spend a whole weekend exploring the massive footprint of the market. It's perfect for die-hard collectors, casual browsers and kids of all ages.
The indoor shops are open year-round and span more than three acres. Over 60 unique vendors are spread throughout the comfortably climate-controlled market building. Find everything from fashionable brands at Vita Boutique to handcrafted home wares at Amish Furniture of Ohio, to kids' games at IQ Toyz. Keep searching for home décor, gifts, jewelry, antiques and other bargains. Feeling hungry? Fuel up at Sarah's Market Fresh Grill or The Coffee Mill.
But you're just getting started! Named one of the top 20 flea markets in the U.S., the outdoor flea market has been open since 1939 and has grown to cover 12 acres with more than 1,000 vendor spaces – it's a dream come true to any collector. It's open four days a week all year round. Take your time and search for treasures from antiques to toys, furniture to fixtures and books to baseball cards.
The Shops at Hartville Kitchen offers one-of-a-kind treasures, too. Within 20,000 square feet of retail space near the bakery, you'll find a collection of fashion, jewelry, home décor and gifts from a variety of unique brands and local makers.
Hartville MarketPlace also hosts several family events throughout the year, like the Hartville Night Flea and Moonlight Market with live music, food trucks and more!
Be sure to check the calendar for other events like Saturday Antique, Sports Card and Coin Shows, Makers Market and holiday happenings. Even the Hartville Kitchen becomes a stage during dinner concerts. Pair a slice of award-winning pie with live music!
A Chance for Kids to Play
The kids won't be left out of the shopping experience. In The Shops at Hartville Kitchen, The Children's Shop is designed to stimulate creativity through books, games, puzzles and toys for all ages. In the center of the space is the handcrafted Noah's Ark Play Area, which offers kids the chance to indulge in their imaginations while their parents browse.
Home is Where the Heart is
Finally, even while you're visiting Hartville, Hartville Hardware will have you thinking fondly of home. At more than 300,000 square feet, it's America’s largest hardware store, and offers the tools and inspiration to complete any home project you can imagine. Need seeds and soil to plant your garden? Making some upgrades to your appliances? Looking for the lumber to build a new deck? Planning out your dream kitchen? You can do it all at Hartville Hardware.
A staple of the community since 1947, purchased by the current Miller family owners in 1972, the store offers all the expertise and inventory needed to turn your dreams into a reality. Get inspired as you stroll through the award-winning Design Center including the 1,830 square-foot Idea House and the Row Houses featuring architecture found in Northeast Ohio and designer kitchen and bathroom displays. Prepare for your next barbecue by wandering the Grill Zone – 3,000 square feet of all things grilling. Browse name-brand pellet, gas and charcoal grills, and then stock up on everything you need to become a grill master, from cooking accessories to charcoal and wood pellets to specialty seasonings.