I hope you’re doing well! August and September flew by for me. I must admit that I’m excited that Fall is here, even if it is still 80 degrees in Ohio. Fall is by far my favorite season – hello pumpkin spice!
I’ve always enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places. Now that I’m #adulting it can be difficult to plan a trip because of Anthony’s and my busy schedules. We’re always searching for the perfect day trip spots. A location that isn’t far from home and has fun activities that everyone can enjoy!
I’d like to share a great place with you that isn’t far from home – Historic Downtown Delaware! With living in the city of Columbus, I often get lost in the abyss of the Short North and Downtown areas, and forget about the burbs and neighborhood hubs just outside the city. Delaware County is about 30 minutes away (that’s from me and I live on the edge of Upper Arlington). If you’re a sucker for a peaceful and scenic drive, you’ve hit the jackpot. I forgot how much I appreciated green pastures untouched by hustle and bustle.
I was lucky enough to spend the day exploring Downtown Delaware with the Columbus Food Bloggers – follow us on social media! ( @cbusfoodbloggers ). The downtown area has flourished in the last 5 years. It’s full of ma and pop shops, a historic movie theatre, locally owned boutiques, true Italian gelato, delicious restaurants, and a wine bar. Basically everything you could want all on one strip – Sandusky Street.
Our first stop of the day was at Fresh Start Cafe & Bakery. They have been serving made-from-scratch baked goods and award winning coffee since 2016. I wish we had a cafe like this where I grew up. It’s a great weekend breakfast spot and has the perfect family setting. You’ll see young teens in there hanging with friends, families stopping in for sweet treats, and couples longing for a much needed coffee date. There were SO MANY amazing baked goods! I would say that the everything croissants took the cake for me.
Downtown Delaware has large Saturday farmer’s market – full of fresh produce, baked breads, and handmade crafts.
As promised, Downtown Delaware is full of boutique shopping. You can stop at Coffeeology- a full-service espresso bar and unique home and antique store. @coffeeologydelware
You can splurge on ornate home decor, boutique style fashion pieces, and darling accessories at Edwin Loy Home | Stone & Sparrow Apparel. I bought the cutest shopping list notepad here for my fridge & it makes me smile everytime I go grocery shopping. It’s the little things! @edwinloyhome @stoneandsparrowapparel
Jam to some old-school tunes at Pat’s Endangered Species Record Store. This record shop was established in 1980 and is for people who truly love music!
Now that you’ve shopped till you drop, let’s talk about entertainment. Downtown Delaware has one of the 10 longest operating theatres in the country – The Strand. It opened in 1916 and is the ideal spot to watch a great movie! With delicious movie theater snacks, of course.
If you enjoy cooking like I do, you must stop at Olivina Taproom and The Greater Gouda. Olivina Taproom specializes in blue-chip extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They also offer cooking classes and a wine selection! I went with the cilantro and onion EVOO. It’s scrumptious on chicken, and I even added a splash to my guacamole. @olivina_taproom For any cheese lover, The Greater Gouda will be dubbed heaven. For my OV friends and family, it’s like Federico’s in Steubenville. They carry of a variety of cheeses, meats, pastas, spreads, wines, and other seasonal items! @thegreatergouda
All this exploring has me hungry! For lunch we visited The Backstretch. The owner Joanne Meyer is a full time school teacher who runs the business with her son. What a great experience! All of the food was delicious. The Backstretch offers seasonal items like their cheese balls or right now, Thanksgiving rolls. When dining with foodies, you all want to taste a little of this and a little of that. Please see below and you’ll start drooling! The Backstretch is also a great location to catch up with friends over drinks. @thebackstretch
I was then able to check out the The Bare Bowl. It opened in 2003 and is a paint-your-own-pottery studio. You can create dishware, decorate a lawn ornament, or really anything you can think of. Don’t worry the pottery is already designed and shaped. You come in on the decorating part! The Bare Bowl would be lovely for girl’s night, family fun, a date, or a just treat yourself kinda day.
Before heading to dinner, we stopped at The Oak & Brazen Wine Co. for nothing other than a wine flight. The Oak & Brazen is an urban draft winery. Their grapes & juices are sourced mostly from the Central Coast & Central Valley of California. Cheers!
For dinner, I dined at Typhoon Asian Fusion Bistro. Amazing sushi, excellent service, and divine company! The presentation is out of this world. @typhoonasianfusionbistro
And last, but not least – The Ciao Cafe! I’ve been to Italy and tried true Italian gelato. Did I ever think I would get it in Ohio? Absolutely not! @authetic_italian_gelato_cafe
I certainly wasn’t expecting Downtown Delaware to have all the places and things to do that it does, and there’s even more than pictured here. The sense of community is contagious. Everyone is friendly and business owners are inviting! I hope you too get to experience Downtown Delaware.
That’s all for now.
Much foodie love,