A Day in Yellow Springs; The Perfect Itinerary08 April 2013
For the first beautiful day of spring my friend and I decided to make a day-trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio. You've either A) never heard of this town or B) correlate this town with one word: hippies.
Well, yes, B is pretty true. Yellow Springs is one of the most liberal and funky towns you will ever come across. The people are extremely friendly, the buildings are bright, energizing colors, there are posters for tribal African belly dancing lessons, and music fills the air as musician jam out on the sidewalk.
Something about the sense of community and relaxing lifestyle that the citizens embrace is so refreshing from my life of nonstop working and studying. This town has held a special place in my heart ever since I first visited when I was 16 years old so I knew I had to go back again. This time I take you with me as I show you the perfect day itinerary so that you can experience all of Yellow Springs!
When we first got into town it was about time for lunch and we hadn't eaten anything yet that day. We stepped into Sunrise Cafe which was packed and had an hour wait. Though the menu looked amazing we went back out onto the street and ended up chatting with a local. After talking about the beautiful weather, he advised us that the place to go if we wanted good food would be Ye Olde Trail Tavern.
As you can see, the tavern is the oldest building in Yellow Springs and the second oldest restaurant in all of Ohio. This tavern had a home-y log cabin look but also had a lovely patio where my friend and I enjoyed our food and the spring weather. For my meal I wanted to try something I'd never had before so chose to get the fried bologna. Doesn't that sound so American? The food was great and soooo filling. As well, our incredibly sweet waitress made the experience all the nicer!
After your meal, enjoy a jaunt around the town and check out all the beautiful and unique shops. You can go to eco-friendly grocery stores, buy locally produced art and clothing, get a tarot card reading, or just stock up on your incense. The actual downtown area is very small (just two streets) and can be toured thoroughly in a hours time. Also, keep an eye out for yarn bombings and beautiful graffiti around the streets. Don't be afraid to go behind buildings and down alleys to find little troves of amazing guerrilla art.
Next you've got to head to Glen Helen, an amazing and immense nature reserve, so you that you can see the spring for which the city was named. And, being that it's a natural spring, you can drink right from it! Check that of my bucket list! The water was cool, fresh, and tasted slightly of metal. I was informed later that the spring water is rich with iron and this is also the reason the rocks around it are colored orange.
Next, cross the street and head over to Antioch College. This adorable campus is small and cozy and can be toured in a short amount of time. Pop inside the buildings if you can and check out the awesome graffitted walls of the dorms. This extremely liberal liberal arts school is so cute, I could transfer there now!
After that, head on over to Young's Jersey Dairy to check out a working dairy farm. Besides petting baby cows and goats there are lots of other activities. This is a great stop for families as there are batting cages, putt putt golf, and a playground to entertain children.
Or just enjoy the amazing food! They're known for their milkshakes but also offer all kinds of other confections and have a bakery as well. I got sea salt caramel ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone. Yum! After that we went to the store and picked up some fresh cheese as well as a delicious cranberry honey mustard. I highly recommend it!