Yellow Springs! An All-Natural Hippy Town!
Yellow Springs, Ohio is known as THE hippy capitol of Ohio. As a self proclaimed free spirit, I love getting in touch with my hippy side! This little town has so many funky fun places to shop and grab a bite, along with an outdoorsy vibe with so many places to hike, bike and explore.
My daughter Emily and I share a love for this special place. It is always on the top of my list of places to hit while I am home. Here's a glimpse into a morning we spent on my recent trip to Ohio.
Our day started hiking the Glen Helen...
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve is a 1000 acre nature reserve given to Antioch College by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen Birch Bartlet in 1929. It is managed by the Glen Helen Ecology Institute and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965.
My hubby Jeff and I loved to hike the Glen Helen when we lived in Ohio. Although, we got lost every time! I was pleasantly surprised by the improvements to the trails since the last time we hiked in the forest. Later I learned the Glen Helen Association, through membership, is currently responsible for maintaining the 20-mile network of footpaths.
Side note: I recently read Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis. In this book Nadine talks about Forest Bathing. Yes... it's a thing! Since 1982, the Japanese government has encouraged Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing. They believe spending time in the woods will bolster health. As we hiked the Glen Helen, I experienced Shinrin-yoku! It's good for the soul.
Next we headed into town!
Yellow Springs has is artsy everywhere you turn. I love the murals! Even the trash cans are works of art.
If you're lucky you'll run into Dave Chapelle, who is a resident. I was sitting in Dino's Coffeehouse when he strolled in one evening. He chatted with the barista and then walked right by me. True story. Too bad I didn't realize it was him until later... or maybe for his sake it was a good thing. LOL
We had lunch at the Sunrise Cafe... "Local. From Scratch. With Love"
I failed as a travel writer... I finished my Watercress-Sunflower-Kale Salad and Gyro sandwich before I even thought about taking a picture. Guess I worked up an appetite hiking and was famished. Believe me, it was delish!!!!
A relatively new addition to Yellow Springs is the Mills Park Hotel. Honestly, it feels a bit out of place. It has a wholesome Lake Chautauqua feel to it. Emily and my son-in-law Jacob stayed there New Year's Eve and loved it.
BTW: Did you know Yellow Springs drops a ball in front of the Little Art Theater on New Year's Eve???? Well, now you do!
There are a couple other mentionable places off the beaten path. Our family loves the S & G Artisan Distillery. We've spent hours chatting with the owners in their tasting room sipping on Apple Pie Moonshine and Schnapps. After we visit the distillery, we head next door to the Yellow Springs Brewery. They always have a food truck in the parking lot. It's a fun place to hang out after walking around town or hiking.
Travel Tip: Yellow Springs Street Fair is a blast! "A day of small town hoopla"with live music, art, street performers throughout the town. This free event is always the second Saturday of June and October.