Taking a Break to Shop and Dine.
While it’s tempting to envision a beach vacation or maybe a Caribbean cruise, these long excursions aren’t always feasible. Instead, I remind myself how much there is to see and do here in Ohio, including what my husband and I enjoy — day trips.
Day trips allow us to check out the many shops, businesses and museums that might not be open at night. And for parents, day tripping may be a preferable option, too, allowing time away as a couple, but also providing Mom and Dad a chance to come back home and tuck their children into bed for the evening.
Our most recent excursion took us to Medina, a quaint city located just off of Interstate 71, and easily accessible throughout the tri-county area. We started our day at Cool Beans Café, 103 W. Liberty St., a coffee shop in the heart of downtown deemed to provide us “a break from the daily grind” — and, it did. There, I enjoyed an iced latte and my husband had a strawberry smoothie. We discussed plans for the summer — a season we are looking forward to after this Northeast Ohio winter.
Next we made our way around the main square, checking out many of the downtown shops. From the handcrafted furniture at Eastwood Amish Craft Furniture, 23 Public Square, to homemade dog treats at One Lucky Dog Bakery, 45 Public Square, and the antiques and collectibles at Perfectly Charming, 248 S. Court St., stores here appeal to a variety of interests.
For those who embody the Christmas spirit year-round, a visit to Castle Noel, 260 S. Court St., a Christmas entertainment attraction open year-round, is a must. We also enjoyed Ormandy’s Trains and Toys, 10 Public Square, which showcases all types of locomotive memorabilia and train sets.
We stopped for lunch at a Medina staple, the Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square. Here, I enjoyed the southwest turkey club wrap, which had just the right amount of spice. My husband ordered a cheeseburger and fries off the “Burger Board” menu. Be sure to ask about the vegan menu if you have special dietary requests — an added perk here. The atmosphere here is romantic, with dim lighting even during the day. Exposed brick walls enhance the historic touch and colorful decorations inside. We were too full to order more here, but the cafe also has a dessert menu and extensive drink options for the evening crowd.
After walking a bit more to build up our appetites again, we visited A Cupcake a Day, 115 W. Liberty St., a colorful, modern little bakery. There were so many flavors of gourmet, homemade cupcakes it was hard to pick just one. I opted for the Chubby Hubby, modeled after the famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. It was topped with a pretzel and filled with chocolate and peanut buttery goodness. My husband selected two of the miniature cupcakes. At only $1 each, these are a nice way to enjoy more than one flavor.
After dessert, we began our leisurely trip home. We left Medina feeling relaxed and full, with an eagerness to return and check out some more of the dining options this city has to offer.