On the itinerary for our trip to Springfield, Ohio... was an afternoon in Yellow Springs! I was excited to explore this little town. It's known as a funky, artsy town with eclectic boutiques and shops, just 10 minutes outside Springfield. Plus, we heard of a great walk at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, full of springs and waterfalls, which I knew we had to do! It was the perfect afternoon for it too. I loved exploring, grabbing a bite to eat and taking in the sights of this quaint town! Have you ever been to Yellow Springs before? (This is also apparently where Dave Chappelle and his family live... so we were keeping an eye out, but didn't spot him!)
Our first adventure in Yellow Springs was to head to the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. We parked downtown, and walked down the bike path to the entrance, which was nice because we only had to park once! We did the entire little loop, which only took us an hour or two. It was a hot day, so it was a perfect way to cool down in the shaded woods! We stopped to snap photos at the Cascades on Birch Creek and The Yellow Spring. It was fun to explore, and it was a great way to work up an appetite before we hit up the breweries and restaurants in town!
Our first stop in town was to check out Yellow Springs Brewery, which Eric really enjoyed! I don't love beer, so I'm always grateful when breweries sell other things... and they had a Rosé Ale called Bubbles from Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati. It was delicious! I have to figure out how to get my hands on some of that locally here in Michigan. We sat at the bar for a while, enjoying our drinks, and taking in some air conditioning. The bartenders, and some of the locals at the bar were so nice! Yellow Springs definitely has that midwestern hospitality.
After enjoying a couple drinks at Yellow Springs Brewery, we headed out to walk around and check out some of the local boutiques. I especially loved stopping into Wildflower Boutique. It was such a cute store full of eclectic, free-spirited, and bohemian clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories. The street was also lined with little art galleries, a book shop, florist, theater, and cute cafés. For dinner, we decided to check out the Ye Old Trail Tavern, since we love a good local tavern! We sat outside on their patio, which was so nice. We split a blue cheese burger and cheese bites... delicious!
After our dinner in Yellow Springs, we headed back to Springfield! We saw this adorable farm/ice-cream place called Young's Jersey Dairy on the way back... so we had to stop! I loved this place. It was super busy too, so it's definitely a popular treat in the area. Eric got the strawberry cheesecake ice cream, and I went for the confetti cake batter, which is one of my favorites. We sat outside on the farm, enjoying the scenery, and doing a little people watching! I have one more post from our trip that evening in Springfield... so I'll be back!