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Plain City is one of my favorite small towns in Ohio. Maybe it is because my grandparents lived their whole lives beside the dairy queen and I could go there as a little girl and get ice cream or maybe it is the tractors that rumbled through town every summer bringing the country feel to life. The nostalgia I remember still lingers in this little burg and if you ever get here, I am sure you’ll find it as charming as I do.

I want to share my 5 favorite things to go and do whenever I return to the area.

Der Dutchman Restaurant

Amish country cooking is something that makes my mouth water and waistband expand! Der Dutchman has been serving up homemade pies and fresh donuts for as long as I can remember. Their bakery is filled with all kinds of delicious goodness!

An evening out to dinner here will not disappoint and you can order some of their famous broasted chicken or get the Amish style family meal. You might ask what is an Amish style meal. It is where you can order 2-3 meat choices and choose from a plethora of side dishes, and you will end your meal with your choice of dessert. This is served all you can eat and is brought to your table in serving bowls and platters.

After you indulge, take some time to shop at the Carlise Gift Shop. I love walking through and seeing all the unique gifts and trinkets throughout the store.

Across the street from the restaurant is a small petting zoo area where you can pet some goats and the kids can play on the swingset before heading home.

On a personal note, my grandpa came here almost every morning for breakfast where he would eat at the “farmer’s table” or “the liar’s table”. He has since passed on into eternity, but whenever I come here I fondly remember him and how he liked his coffee HOT!

Pastime Campground and Park

This sweet little campground is nestled into a small corner of Pasttime Park where they offer 58 campsites sites ranging from water/electric to primitive tent sites. Camping in Plain City is enjoyable and the sites are large with plenty of shade.

Every site here comes with a picnic and fire ring and wood can be purchased at the office for an evening of making s’ mores by the fire. There are on-site shower houses that are in very nice and conveniently located.

Amenities they have on the property are a 9 hole disc golf course, 1/2 mile walking path, and brand new playground for the kids! A short walk away from your campsite is the Plain City Aquatic Center where you can spend the afternoon enjoying the waterpark or utilize the basketball and volleyball courts from some family fun.

Year Around Farm Markets

Locally sourced foods and farm-grown produce are some of the best things about traveling through Midwest destinations. Yutzy’s Farm Market has been family owned and operated for over 40 years and is one of my favorite places to stock up on Amish meat and cheese, fresh veggies, and home-baked goods! I like to take an hour to walk through the store, place a meat and cheese order, and meander through the outside “corn crib” to gather my farm fresh finds.

You’ll want to grab some house-made rootbeer and sit on the poly furniture under the awning for a moment and enjoy a minute out in the country! Once you’ve been here you will keep coming back for more.

If one farm market wasn’t enough for you check out  The Cheese House. This specialty market has high-quality meats and cheeses, handmade baked goods, and specialty gourmet foods all under one roof. You can fill your cupboards with their bulk foods and spices for a fraction of the cost you pay at a chain grocery store. While you’re here you can grab a snack or ice cream at the cafe and meander through The Corner Cupboard, a small store full of antique treasures, homemade gifts, and collectibles with an Amish touch.

Unique Shops and an Auction House

You can find some unique shops in Plain City and you’ll want to make sure to stop at a few!

Anchored Arrows Boutique is a quaint little shop right in the heart of downtown. You will find shabby chic clothes, locally made jewelry, and trend setting bags! The owner was raised in Plain City, so her shop has all the Plain City feels. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm, and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

Tique-Tock I love this antique store that is situated right under the historic clock in downtown. They have 3 floors of amazing antique finds and you’ll get lost in here wandering around for hours. The “pickers” who own this have kept the building true to it historical genre and are happy to share about her history with you.

Miller’s Furniture With Amish heritage still lingering in the community, this furniture store is a perfect stop to browse. You would not know it by looking at them today but the owners were raised Amish and they run their business with the integrity you see from that community. I love stopping in here to run my hands over the heirloom, quality Amish made furniture!

Plain City Auction House: I can’t remember a time when this was not here in the middle of town. I remember coming here on a Friday night as a child and staying until the last thing was up for auction. I’d anticipate when the auctioneer would yell SOLD for the last time and bang his hammer down. Things have not changed too much for this auction house and it is still fun to come to sit and watch history sell.

Lil‘ E’s

Since I was a little girl the ice cream shop has changed owners 3 times however the recent owners have made this ice cream shop into something really special. You can’t drive through town on a summer night and not see the lines run down to the street. There is something about seeing the Little Leauge teams come out after a night at the ball field and order ice cream at  Lil’ E‘s who is a big supporter of the local community.

I love Lil’ E’s! The newest menu item has me dying to get back there ASAP. Mia’s Milkshakes are the BOMB! Laden with deliciousness these milkshakes are probably some of the best in the whole state of OH-IO.

Like most family-owned ice cream shops, they close in the winter, so make sure to get here during the summertime. While you are there take a look next door at the beautiful flower gardens!

Plain City is a delightful town to visit for the day and it is just a short drive to Dublin, Ohio where you can stay and explore as well. My go-to place to stay in Dublin is the Embassy Suites and we also love hiking and exploring Glacier Ridge Metro Park just outside of Plain City.

If you have never been to this small town, you should come. It is worth the visit and you will love the charm of the small-town feel.

Happy Adventures,

Brandy

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