Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Day in Yellow Springs

Yellow Springs is a small village close to where I used to work in Springfield, Ohio, and not far from Dayton. It is best known for being home to Antioch University and comedian Dave Chappelle, but it attracts tourists from all over the area for its one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, too.

We hadn't been there for at least seven years, so this past Sunday we decided to make the hour trip. We walked along Yellow Springs' streets for a while in the morning, but we were really visiting for the food and for the nature.

We had planned to go to lunch at Ha Ha Pizza, thinking that it would be kid-friendly. But its 1 p.m. Sunday opening time was not kid-friendly, so that was out.

Instead, we went to the Winds. I'd been wanted to try that place for years, but I was under the impression that it was too fancy for the kiddo. Maybe it is in the evening, but she wasn't the only toddler at brunch (and they even gave her toys and crayons to play with during the wait). I got a fancy croque monsieur, and Paul and Edith both enjoyed his spicy chickpea stew topped with a fried egg and breadcrumbs.

Not far away was Glen Helen, a park I had heard raves about. It was beautiful, but hot -- and even hotter when you're toting a kid in a carrier. Add several mosquito bites and an ever-nearing naptime, and we didn't stay too long.

Edith fell asleep about as soon as she hit the car seat. Luckily our stroller reclines nearly flat. So we spent an hour at the Yellow Springs Brewery with her asleep in the stroller, shades down. Perfect.

Next up: Young's Jersey Dairy. This farm and ice cream shop is just outside of Yellow Springs, in Clark County. Of course I had to get a cone, and Edith had to get up close to the goats.

This was the first day trip we've taken since we moved back to Ohio, and it went very well. Can't wait for the next!

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