When You Seek the Unique…

Enjoy our beautiful Main Street Wooster.
Enjoy our beautiful Main Street Wooster.

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Are you someone who likes to discover those one of a kind, out of the way places? Do you shy away from the big box chain stores and cookie cutter restaurants? Then Wayne County, Ohio may be just the place for your next quest to “SEEK THE UNIQUE.”

Shop Downtown Wooster, where parking spaces are as abundant as the many different shops and restaurants who call this historic tree lined main street community home. Whether your shopping style is funky or sophisticated, you’ll appreciate the unique “Soho Style” galleries, bakeries, restaurants, book stores, clothing boutiques and wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, including Everything Rubbermaid, Roomscapes, Friendtique Hospice Resale Boutique, and the Wooster Book Company, just to name a few. Downtown Wooster offers many locally owned coffee shops and restaurants such as Broken Rocks Café, Muddy’s, The Spoon Market & Deli, City Square Steak House, Local Roots, and the Oak Grove Eatery. Spend the night at the St. Paul Hotel, a New York style boutique hotel just a block off Public Square and in walking distance to many fine restaurants and night spots. The next morning be sure to stop by and see Elizabeth at the Tulipan Hungarian Bakery, right on the square or the Templetons at their Scottish Bakery in the lower level of the Liberty Street MarketPlace. You will feel as though you’ve stepped into an old-world European Bakery.

As you begin your journey into Amish Country, may we suggest a stop at Shisler Cheese House? A quaint little cheese shop filled to the brim with local culinary treats and perfect snacks for your picnic hamper. Owner, Rita Shisler, specializes in locally made cheese and meats, along with Amish made baked goods, chocolates, and trail mixes.

Just down the road you’ll find Lehman’s Hardware, a 45,000 square foot store and your source for old-fashioned and practical housewares, appliances, hand tools, and non-electric toys. Visit on a Thursday and enjoy the Kidron Livestock Auction just across the street. On auction day, many Amish housewives sell produce and baked goods from their buggies in the parking lot.

“With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good!” For over 100 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been proud to call Orrville its home. They are committed to bringing quality products to your table from their proud family of brands, such as Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, Martha White, and Folgers Coffee. Today at their company store just south of Orrville, you are invited to taste many of these products, walk through the museum that captures this company’s heritage, and shop for anything from peanut butter and jelly to cake mixes and frostings, all housed in a beautiful red roofed timber framed barn. Be sure to stop by the café that offers delicious recipes made with their family of brands, or enjoy the self-serve ice cream bar featuring all the wonderful Smucker’s toppings.

You’ve seen the beautiful laser engraved wooden art, gifts, and home décor produced by P. Graham Dunn Gallery in Dalton, Ohio at hundreds of Christian Bookstores across the country. Now you can tour their 100,000 sq. ft. factory location and watch Amish craftsmen at work. For over 32 years, P. Graham Dunn has been creating home décor that pleases the eye and inspires the heart. Some of the attractive personalized products they make include music boxes, jewelry, kid’s décor, and American hardwood accent items. Have an item personalized while you wait for a one of a kind keepsake treasure.

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera each summer. The 2016 season, which runs June 18 through August 13, opens with the Cole Porter hit “Kiss Me, Kate.” Other notable shows for the 2016 season include: “Annie Get Your Gun,” by Irving Berlin and “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Theater Goers find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing. Evening performances can be followed by wine parings or decadent desserts and coffee. Special packages at local hotels and bed and breakfasts are available.

So if you are searching for fine dining with a local fresh flair, unique shopping, and exceptional entertainment then Wayne County, Ohio may be just what you’ve been looking for. Call us for a free vacation planner or visit us on line at wccvb.com

CULTIVATING YOUR GREEN THUMB…

Flowering Trees at Secrest Arboretum
Flowering Trees at Secrest Arboretum

Jacki Chamberlain CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Spring is in the air and many of us have been thumbing through seed catalogs and watching home and garden improvement shows on TV in anticipation of warmer weather. To set you on the right path of fragrant blooms and delicious homegrown produce, Wayne County offers many gardening seminars, shows, and sales, all with the spring garden enthusiast in mind.

Here are just a few events scheduled for spring and early summer:

April 19                   Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair    OARDC, Wooster
April 23                   Earth Day Celebration Wilderness Cntr, Wilmot
April 30-May 1      Wayne County Home & Garden Show Fairgrounds, Wooster
April 30-May 1      Native Plant Sale & Gardening Seminars Wilderness Cntr, Wilmot
May 7                       May Daze Lehman’s, Kidron
May 7                       Noon Lion Flea Market & Craft Show Fairgrounds, Wooster
May 14                    Plant Discovery Day OARDC, Wooster
May 21                    Spring Fair & Kids Fishing Derby P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
May 28-29              Great Lakes Fiber Show Fairgrounds, Wooster

Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website at wccvb.com for details on the above events or for more delightful springtime events in our area. You will find a section with farms and farmers’ markets, restaurants that specialize in local farm to table cuisine and wineries. Don’t miss the outdoor section listing our beautiful parks, nature preserves, bike trails and arboretum. So after a winter of being stuck inside, get out and enjoy the warm spring weather in Wayne County, Ohio’s Amish Country. Because we all need a #getawayne.

It’s a Migration Sensation!

Experienced Birders willing to share with the beginner.
Experienced Birders willing to share with the beginner.

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Join the Village of Shreve, Ohio, just south of Wooster and home to Ohio’s largest in-land water way, the 5,512-acre Killbuck Marsh, on Saturday, March 16, 2016 for the Shreve Migration Sensation. The day centers around the peak spring bird migration and includes self-guided tours with local experts and designated spotting stations in the Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown’s Bog, and the Funk Bottoms wildlife area. Cost is just $15.00 per person or $20.00 per family and includes all events; six workshops offered by well-known experts in their fields, and location maps. Visit the many booths in the Birder’s Market Place where you will find a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature art, books, bird houses and feeders, shirts and hats with the migration logo. In addition to this year’s workshops enjoy these “Sensational” Family-Friendly Activities: Dip-Netting for marsh creatures (bring water proof boots), Wilderness Center Inside Exploration Area, with snakes, turtles and salamanders. Live hawks and owls with the Medina Raptor Center and the Shreve Library will have “hands on” programs and crafts.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. at Shreve Elementary School, 598 North Market Street (State Route 226) Shreve, Ohio 44676. For a complete list of the day’s activities and workshop subjects and presenters visit www.shreveohio.
Plan on spending the day in the quaint Village of Shreve with its authentic Amish Restaurant and Bakery, old fashioned hardware store and unique shopping. “It’s where good friends get together to enjoy nature!” Call the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau for other great Wayne County attractions at 800-362-6474 or visit them on the web at www.wccvb.com.

Spring Adventures in Wayne County /Amish Country Ohio

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with a relaxed, casual pace this spring, the beautiful rural countryside of Ohio’s Amish Country is calling your name. Whether you’re looking for foot trails, bike paths, motorcycle routes, birding destinations or golf courses, the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you plan that special get a SpringLocalRootsway.
Spring in Amish Country means the return of the roadside fruit and vegetable stands as well as the migratory birds and water fowl who call the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife area home. The beautiful Secrest Arboretum, on the campus of The Ohio State University, is well-known for their flowering cherry and dogwood trees and boasts miles of well-manicured gardens and trails. Our parks include a 13,000 year old kettle hole bog formed by glaciers and one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Ohio.
You will find our many golf courses challenging and scenic. Be sure to take advantage of the excellent dining options found at many courses. Our bike trails are open to hikers, bikers, and other non-motorized vehicles including horse drawn buggies.
So grab your clubs or binoculars, strap on your helmet or lace up your running shoes and get ready to experience all that Wayne County, Ohio has to offer. Visit us online at wccvb.com or call 800-362-6474 to request a visitor’s guide that includes listings of area golf courses, parks, trails and recreation facilities. Plan your spring #getawayne to Amish County, Ohio today!

And since we’ve no place to go….

June in JanJacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

What a great song…only they aren’t singing about Wayne County, Ohio. We host many inside events during the winter months, so if you are suffering from cabin fever or the winter doldrums the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to visit our new 2016 Wayne County Directory and Calendar of Events online at wccvb.com or a printed copy can be requested by calling our office toll free at 1-800-362-6474. No place to go? The next few months are full of amazing indoor events for the whole family.

Here is just a sample of some of the cozy and warm inside events Wayne County has to offer:

o Exciting Wooster Oilers Hockey Games & Family Skates at the Alice Noble Ice Arena
o Amish Country Spring Home and Garden Show at Buckeye Event Center in Dalton
o June in January Summer Outdoor Living Preview at Buchwalter Greenhouse
o Wayne County Farm Toy Show at Greene Middle School in Smithville
o Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton
o Chocolate Daze along Main Street Wooster
o Brewfest Benefit for the Wayne Center for the Arts
o Concerts and theater productions at the College of Wooster
o Migration Sensation Birding Workshops at Shreve Elementary School
o Arts and crafts shows, toy and train show, health expo, bridal shows, pancake breakfasts, auctions and sales, quilt shows…and that’s just to name a few!

Start a new family tradition with a Wayne County winter family getaway. Many of our hotels offer special winter incentives during the off-season and feature indoor pools, hot tubs, free Wi-Fi and breakfast.…no place to go? We don’t think so!

The 5 Best Features of One of America’s Top Spots to Settle Down

Guest Post By: Rachel Rieger

A national company located in Hudson, Ohio, Leaf Filter , has the pulse on America’s housing market and decided to help its customers in their search for the perfect place to call home by collecting data on cities across the country. Analyzing statistics like home value, household income, and population (among many other factors), the company compiled the Top 20 Places to Settle Down.

As a College of Wooster graduate, I was elated to see that my little college town made the cut.

Wooster is perhaps one of America’s best kept secrets. At a glance, many don’t realize just how much this little town has to offer. This is a place brimming with small town charm and community pride.

I can say that in my four years as an honorary resident, I discovered a ton of awesome nooks and crannies to please every generation.

1) Fantastic Food Scene

Wooster’s growing downtown district is quite impressive! The wide variety of cuisines will surely satisfy any palette. Here are some of my favorite picks:

Old Jaol Restaurant and Tavern tops my list of favorite spots in Wooster. With friendly servers, lively atmosphere, and tasty food, it’s no wonder my friends and I made this our go-to choice for a fun girls’ night out.

Broken Rocks has some of the best chicken marsala I’ve ever tasted. It’s truly the perfect spot for a romantic Friday date night!

Local Roots was just up and coming when I was still a student at COW, but I remember stopping there for a quick snack a time or two. With the array of top-notch produce this year-round farm market co-op offers, their sustainable, locally sourced farm-to-table philosophy is certainly easy to get behind.

JAFB Brewing Company, while also new during my tenure at Wooster, offered a comfortable mix of local figures and college students looking to broaden their horizons.

2) Top Notch Shopping Options

At the north end of the city, you can find chain stores and restaurants galore. But the real gems are nestled in Wooster’s downtown district.

When the weather was good, one of my favorite pastimes was to take the short walk from campus to the downtown area, where I’d explore the local shops for the afternoon.

Books in Stock, with its selection of rare and used books, drew me in like a magnet. They carry everything imaginable – from long-forgotten childhood favorites to recent bestsellers I hadn’t had the time to pick up because of my coursework.

Lucky Records had also just opened when I was finishing my degree (are you noticing a trend here? Wooster is rapidly expanding!). It’s the perfect place to pick up a Christmas gift for your mom who loves Journey, and for your trendy best friend who can’t get enough of vintage tunes.

Pine Tree Barn is, hands down, my go-to place for getting Halloween pumpkins, Christmas trees, and outdoor décor. It’s a little off the beaten path compared to the other downtown locations I’ve mentioned, but make sure to check it out and enjoy the countryside views!

3) Opportunities for adventure

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, Wooster is a great place to be! Here are a few places that hosted some of my best memories:

Acres of Fun is a great pick for all ages. With a putt-putt course, go-karts, indoor roller-skating arena, laser tag, and arcade games galore, no one can possibly be bored here!

Ramseyer Farms is the best spot for fall fun! Find your way through their giant, twisting corn maze, take a hayride, or pick your perfect pumpkin for carving here!

Movies 10 always has the best movies, and is the perfect rainy day activity! Pre-purchase tickets to a midnight premier for a big franchise movie for even more fun (I dressed in costume to see the premier of Catching Fire here, and it’s in my top 5 college memories!)

The Ohio Light Opera, which calls Wooster home, is a great source of entertainment if you love operetta and musical theater! These performances are so high quality, you’ll feel like you’re attending a show on Broadway.

4) First Rate Schools

Okay, maybe I’m a little biased with this one, but, The College of Wooster is truly a great asset to the Wooster community.

The formidable Kauke Arch can be seen when approaching the city from the south, and the campus continues to lend to the small town charm from there. Not to be forgotten is COW’s independent study program, which many students choose to tackle right in the community!

The Wooster City School District is also excellent. With a state-of-the-art high school, and wonderfully supportive staff, this is a school district that will help your child grow into a well-rounded citizen.

5) Breathtaking Views

As with many college students, I had a bit of wanderlust during my stay at Wooster (who am I kidding, I still do!). But I always stopped short of buying an expensive plane ticket or booking a hotel.

Instead, I ventured outside of campus to take in some of the amazing views right in my own backyard, so to speak.

Christmas Run Park was a favorite spot of mine for sightseeing. I discovered Christmas Run while volunteering as a freshman. With the giant wooden castle of a playground and beautiful walking trail, I found the perfect place to commune with nature.

I’ll save you from an endless list of places to catch a view in Wooster. But, I will leave you ASHwith this picture I took at L.C. Boles Golf Course (by The Wooster Inn) the morning after pulling a classic college all-nighter. Doesn’t that look like the perfect place to settle down?

 Rachel attended the College of Wooster from 2010 to 2014, which now seems like a lifetime ago. She currently works at Leaf Filter, Inc. where she works with a remarkable team to help customers protect their biggest asset – their homes.

 RachelHere’s Rachel after she completed her own Independent Study!

Thank you Rachel for your great guest post-we loved having an article written from a College of Wooster Alumni point of view.

 

FALL IS BEST OF ALL

MumsTTOJacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

It’s no secret that Central Ohio is known as one of the best places to view the changing colors of autumn. Pair this with the scenic back roads of Amish Country and you’ve found yourself a picturesque match made in heaven.
Wayne County likes to celebrate fall in a grand style with festivals, tractor pulls, farm tours and car shows. Here is a sample of some of our harvest season celebrations.

October
3 Fall Fun Festival P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
3 Apple Festival Days Bauman Orchards
3 Autumn Discovery Day Secrest Arboretum, Wooster
3-4 Apple Dumpling Weekend Whispering Hills Campground, Shreve
3-4 Colonial Williamsburg Festival Pine Tree Barn & farm, Wooster
9-10 Enchanted Forest Wilderness Center, Wilmot
10 Winery Harvest Festival Troutman Vineyards, Wooster
10-11 Community Heritage Day James Road, Moreland
10-11 Farm Tour Southwest Wayne County
17 Bucket & Beans Car Show Historical Society, Marshallville
17 Apple Butter Making Smithville Historical Society
17 Kidron Beet Festival Sonnenberg Village
31 Fall Festival Ramseyer Farms, Wooster

Secrest Arboretum, part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is the perfect place to view the changing colors. Open daily from dawn to dusk, you are invited to hike or bike the many trails or take a leisurely stroll through one of its gardens.
Organize a family outing to Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch this fall. You can make friends with the farm animals, get lost in one of their many mazes, shoot a potato in the spud slinger, take a hayride into the fields to pick the perfect pumpkin or just sit back and enjoy the scenery while munching on a bag of freshly made potato chips. Visit them online at ramseyerfarms.com
Nothing tastes as good as an apple fresh from the tree and Wayne County’s pick-your-own orchards won’t disappoint offering special dwarf size apple trees so everyone in your family can experience the delight of picking an apple right from the tree. Our Farms & Farmers’ Market section of our brochure lists hours and weekend festival dates for these farm attractions.
So grab a sweater, pack up the family car and come see why “Fall is Best of All” in Wayne County, Ohio!

BUY-WAY BARGAINS (AND HISTORY) GALORE

LHW (1)Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

At the turn of the 20th century, there were virtually no paved roads outside of a city limit, by 1910; automobiles were good for a short drive as long as you didn’t stray too far. Gas stations and auto repair shops were far and few between, automobiles were simply a toy for the upper class.

The history of the Lincoln Highway officially began on September 14, 1913, with an announcement of the proposed route by industry leaders Henry B. Joy of the Packard Motor Company, Frank A. Seiberling of Goodyear Rubber, and Carl Fisher, founder of Prest-O-Lite Company, maker of car headlamps.

The first coast-to-coast route began at Times Square in New York and ended 3,389 miles westward in San Francisco. The route of the highway was marked with red, white, and blue strips-sometimes painted on utility poles.

The Lincoln Highway in 1928, as final tribute to Abraham Lincoln, set nearly 2,500 concert posts by the Boy Scouts of America in cities and towns along the highway. With 241 set in Ohio, some of which can still be found along the highway yet today.

We invite you to join thousands of fellow bargain hunters on August 13, 14, and 15, for the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, across the state of Ohio and right through Wayne County! In its 11th year of sales, the Lincoln Highway Corridor Association has watched the number of sales rise each year and this year promises not to disappoint. Make sure to visit the Mega-Sale at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Downtown Wooster and the Village of Dalton.

We hope you find this short history lesson beneficial as you travel the highway looking for bargains. Take notice of the buildings that were once thriving businesses, look for remains of old motor court motels, drive in restaurants or filing stations-we hope you enjoy traveling an important part of America’s past!

For up to the minute sale information visit us on the web at www.historicbyway.com

BACKROADS OF WAYNE COUNTY

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fresh scones at the Quince Café in Kidron.
Fresh scones at the Quince Café in Kidron.

The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, has put together a great self drive tour highlighting some of the less traveled backroads of Amish Country. The bureau suggests that you may want to grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous summer weather as this tour features stops at local farmers markets, bakeries, meat markets, wineries and breweries.
Come enjoy the backroads of charming Wayne County, Ohio while filling your picnic hamper with delicious, fresh from the farm, homemade and homegrown treats…the very best of backroads country cusine!

Watch our Wayne County Backroads Tour video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=569oyPZ0ds8

Marshallville Packing Co.
50 E. Market St.
Marshallville, OH 44645
330-855-2871
www.marshallville-meats.com
A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses. You’ve never experienced a meat market quite like this.

Quince Bakery & Café
4776 Kidron Rd.
Kidron, OH 44636
330-816-0233
www.quincebakeryandcafe.com
Visit this unique bakery and café across from Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron. Formally the IXL Pioneer Farm bringing you the same wonderful bread and baked goods. Now offering a wonderful lunch selection of sandwiches and soups.

Local Roots Market and Café
140 S. Walnut St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-5336
www.localrootswooster.com
A year-round, indoor, local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, sopas, arts and crafts. All from Ohio producers. Fresh seasonal dishes available from their kitchen.

Silver Run Vineyard and Winery
376 Eastern Rd.
Doylestown, OH 44230
330-671-1115
www.silverrunwinery.com
Boutique winery featuring hand-crafted wines in a country setting. Relax by the cozy fireplace or on the covered back porch.

Troutman Vineyards and Winery
4243 Columbus Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-4345
www.troutmanvineyards.com
Bring a picnic lunch and sample home-grown wine in the shade of their backyard or Gathering Room. Feed the goats and take a stroll through the vineyard. Learn about the wine making process.

JAFB Wooster Brewery
120 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-601-1TAP
www.JAFBBeer.com
Fresh American handcrafted beer made in historic Downtown Wooster . They invite you to bring your picnic to their tap room as they only do beer and they do it right. Growlers available to go.

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens/OARDC
2122 William Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-3761
www.secrest.osu.edu
The perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Open daily dawn to dusk. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and arboretum. Part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College.

4th of July FREE-dom Weekend

FlagT2TWe like to say that we’ve put the FREE in Freedom this year.

Celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend at one of our many community events…the best part, no admission cost.

June 30-July 4   Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration & Parade              Annual festival complete with a parade June 30th at 7pm and fireworks July 4th at 10:15pm. Enjoy this hometown family fun festival.
July 3   Music at the Bandstand-Doylestown
Concerts are free and open to the public. The July 3rd concert features LaFlavour at 7pm. Food Trucks will be available.
July 3-5   Cowboy Mounted Shooters at the Wayne County Fairgrounds                               Watch these cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in movie style western wear, compete in timed shooting matches on horseback. Friday evening at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am. Great fun for the kids.
July 4   Weekly Farmers Market-Downtown Wooster
Locally grown vegetables, flowers and baked goods. 8AM-NOON. Good chance you’ll find just what you need for the family cookout.
July 4   Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert-Downtown Wooster                              Bring a chair and join in the festivities. A community pre-firework tradition presented by Main Street Wooster and The Ohio Light Opera at 7pm.
July 4   Fredericksburg Independence Day Parade
Billed as “Wayne County’s Biggest Small Town Parade.” The Village of Fredericksburg invites you to their hometown style parade that steps off at 11am.
July 4   Wooster Community Fireworks Celebration
The festival grounds, at the soccer field at Oldman and Kinney Roads, activities start at 7pm with food, entertainment, and family fun. Bring your blanket to stake out your spot for the fireworks at 10pm.
July 4   Benefit Quilt Auction-Kidron Auction
Annual auction benefitting the Ohio Crippled Children’s Fund. Breakfast is served at 6:30am (charge) followed by the auction at 9am. Auction features furniture, over 100 locally-made quilts, buggies, harnesses, grandfather clock and more.

Visit us online for more information on these or many more FREE summer events. 800-362-6474/www.wccvb.com