One tank trip : Wooster, OH

Hello! Happy summer and road trip season. I love our summer weekends when we don’t have many plans and we can jump in the car and explore many of the incredible communities in and around Northeast, OH. Today I am talking about one of the most picturesque small towns around, Wooster, Ohio.

Located about 50 miles south of Cleveland, the city of Wooster is the largest community in Wayne County. Known for their prestigious College of Wooster and the Ohio Light Opera; the downtown is thriving with many dining destinations, unique boutiques and other cool, one of a kind places to explore.

A few highlights from our recent road trip…

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Smuckers : We stopped at the famous J.M. Smucker Company Store, Café and Visitor Center and can we say, surprised? This brand is so much more than raspberry jam, the Smuckers company owns brands such as Folgers, Jif, Milkbone, Dunkin Donuts, Pillsbury and so many more. The fun thing about this store is that if you want to taste ANY PRODUCT you just take it to the sampling counter and they let you open it and enjoy! Gotta love samples. Not only is it fun to try things, the store itself is stunning and they have many family-fun activities…like putting a photo of you on your own jar of jelly…sure to entertain everyone.

IMG_3376IMG_3364IMG_3370 Lehman’s : Simple products for a simpler life, this shopping destination is truly incredible. From the founder’s many collections of vintage toys, tools and nic nacs to the new stoves, gardening tools, kitchen gadgets, pet supplies and other incredible products, this store has something for everyone. We bought a great enameled tray, some picnic supplies and an Amish dust broom and pan. I loved exploring their store, it’s a bit like stepping back in time.

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Quince : We grabbed a snack across the street from Lehman’s at this charming café called Quince. The owner brought out a plate of piping hot apple fritters which were seriously the best treat I had had in a long time. If you visit Lehman’s make the walk across the street and enjoy fresh bakery made from local ingredients, so good.

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Blue Spruce Boutique : An adorable, “anthro-like” store filled with everything from clothing, housewares, baby gifts and more. I very much enjoyed the sense of style this mom-daughter shop owner combo brought to Mainstreet Wooster. I actually bought an incredible Ohio dishtowel, thinking of framing it for wall art somewhere down the road. I really loved this little store!

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Spoon Market : After all our shopping and exploring we stopped at Spoon Market for a glass of summer ale. They had just opened this new location and we are already planning when we can visit again. From the exposed brick walls, creative sandwich creations, and a great bar to the super chic, event space on the second floor, this new restaurant is going to do very well. Make sure to hit this place up when you visit.

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Local Roots : Like nothing we have in Cleveland, this indoors, farmers-market, cafe and artisan gallery co-op was probably one of my favorite stops on our visit to Wooster. I bought an incredible piece of pottery for a local artist, some warm everything Wootown Bagels and a few other special snacks for the rest of our road trip. This store is as charming as it is affordable and eco-friendly. Go check it out…and then can someone open something like this up here? :)

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The City Square Steakhouse : We enjoyed dinner at Wooster’s famous steakhouse, “City Square.” Owner by the same team that have brought The Rail to Northeast Ohio, these guys know how to make one incredible steak. We enjoyed steak…rare please, but I also very much enjoyed my fresh avocado crab stack salad and our appetizer of baked goat cheese and crostini…oh, and I also enjoyed my dirty martini…I almost forgot. Wink!

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Market Street Inn : If you are looking to make your visit to Wooster an overnight…or you are thinking of getting tickets to the Ohio Light Opera and will need a place to call home base; I’d like to recommend the Market Street Inn. This exquisite Victorian Bed & Breakfast not only is filled with a handful of comfortable, clean and very pretty guest rooms the breakfast is a delightful surprise to enjoy after an evening of staying up late on the inn’s grand front porch. The owners, Allan and Jayne were once Clevelanders but always wished to open a B&B as their second career; congrats you two your Inn is seriously dreamy.

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to explore Main Street Wooster for a post here as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this hometown city that celebrates many entrepreneurs and organizations while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!