Travel Guide / Yellow Springs, Ohio / Part One
This past weekend we decided to explore small town America. I have traveled around most of Europe, but I still have a lot of America to explore and see. So, we packed up the car and drove to a town called Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs is located only about an hour and 20 minutes away from Cincinnati, Ohio; which is perfect for a day trip or two. This love town is known to host local and global artisans, the best tacos, a gorgeous waterfall, festivals, music, the oldest tavern in Ohio, coffee houses, Sunflower fields, amazing local breweries, and more importantly, Yellow Springs, Ohio radiates happy vibes.
If you are looking for a little Summer staycation to boost your creativity, head to Yellow Springs, Ohio to reconnect to yourself, earth, and relax.
Walking around this town I couldn’t help but feel a sense of hope. The charm of the city has everything to do with the love it exudes to everyone, including and especially mother Earth.
Love, Culinary expression, Hard Work, Recycling and upcyling are definitely a focus not to be missed, and one of which other small towns and even larger cities should take note. As if this town wasn’t trippy enough, as soon as we turned onto Xenia Avenue, I had a flash back of my Grandmother taking me to this little lovely town when I was little, visiting some of the same stores. It was a completely full circle moment, one that made my Grandmother a bit cooler than I thought. The Summer and Fall are the most amazing times to come to this town, and with the foot traffic I can see why, everyone is smiling! We arrived in Yellow Springs during the start of Pride 2019 weekend at the end of June, and the energy of the town was absolutely amazing. The amount of creativity hidden in its shops and culinary arts, is refreshing. This town bounces out stereotypical ideals of what small town America is, and redirects the brain to show you what it should be and what Yellow Springs continues to be, filled with love for all, which is another reason why I love Yellow Springs. When arriving to this town, you need to make sure to expect the unexpected.
I highly recommend finding an Airbnb in the area, (or outside of Yellow Springs, if the town is booked – CLICK HERE for a highly recommended Airbnb,only 18 mintues outside of YS ) and stay the night. Head to Yellow Springs early in the day, before your hike, to check into your Airbnb – or if you’re more on the traditional lodging side, check out The Mills Park Hotel.
Some of our favorites from Yellow Springs are Yellow Springs Brewery, Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Emporium Wines & Underdog Cafe , Miguel’s Tacos ( (behind Asanda Imports ), @wildflowerboutiqueys 🛍) Spirited Goat Coffee House, HaHa’s pizza, and more.
(Make sure to check the blog back soon for part 2 of Yellow Springs Travel Guide – jam packed with even more eats, trails, waterfalls, shops, and breweries from this perfect little town).
We knew we wanted to check out the Yellow Springs Brewery when searching where to stop in this town on our way up, so we headed there for our first stop. Walking up to the Yellow Springs Brewery, I couldn’t wait to go inside. The excitement built up as we passed a dope food truck, called Hunger Paynes, serving up croquettes – parked right outside the Yellow Springs Brewery doors. As I went through the doors, I was able to sneak a peek into the brewery, on our way to see what creations were going on in the tap room. We also were lucky enough to meet up with Yellow Springs Brewery brewers, Jon Vanderglas and Rebekah Little / cellar. Being able to talk with them about their process, and receive a behind the scenes look inside the brewery, was more than gracious, inspiring, and bad ass of their team to do.
I love writing about this industry, but I love the people behind the creativity even more. Being able to actually walk back and see new brews in front of our eyes was a great introduction to this welcoming city full of flavor and continued revival of love.
Miguel’s Tacos // Yellow Springs, Ohio
FOOD! This town has some amazing options for vegetarians, vegans, and even the carnivores in your life. My top picks for part one of the Yellow Springs Travel Guide are Miguel’s Tacos ( (behind Asanda Imports ), Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Emporium Wines & Underdog Cafe + HaHa’s pizza.
SHOPS! My favorite shops in Yellow Springs, Ohio for part one of this Travel Guide are Wild Flower Boutique, where you will find some of my favorite festival looks in all of Yellow Springs, Asanda Imports, The Epic Bookshop, and The Tibet Bazaar, where you will find amazing Napalese shoes, tapestries, handmade books, paper and more.
We plan on going back to this love town very soon to hike, and explore even more. Stay tuned for interviews from new breweries, Chefs + Restaurants making a difference, trails, and shops, for part 2 of our Yellow Springs Travel Guide on the blog very soon.
Peace, Love, and Happy Travels,