Happy Friday! This week I was invited to attend the first Visit Grove City, Ohio FAM (familiarization) tour by Grove City’s Visitors and Convention Bureau. This was my first FAM tour, so I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at how fun the day was! The FAM tour, was easy and relaxing with Amanda and Ron from Visit Grove City, and 40 travel industry professionals and a few bloggers. We were chauffeured on a Lakefront Lines tour bus around Grove City (located about 15 minutes southwest of Columbus) to see what this charming city has to offer visitors. It was a great day to showcase the wonderful places, restaurants, and people that make Grove City a great place to meet, stay, and play!
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is the largest metro park in the state, and my personal favorite metro park in Franklin County! With over 7,000 acres of natural environments, a small herd of bison (including a calf born last month), and a 14,000 sq. ft. nature center that features a 53-foot living stream, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is a nature-lovers dream! We explored the nature center and had an entertaining lesson about the habitats and species of this park from Senior Naturalist, Tim. I learn something new every visit to Battelle Darby Creek! (Find my previous blog post about Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park-HERE!)
China Bell Restaurant and Event Center opened in 1988, and has been a Grove City staple for over 20 years! Owner and Chef Gary Shyu is a talented chef serving traditional Chinese food, and a food artist, creating beautiful carved arrangements made from food! Chef Gary gave us a quick demonstration on how he makes a bird carved from carrots! He also has a cooking studio in the restaurant where he can provide lessons on traditional Chinese cooking and food carving!
We spent the afternoon in the Grove City Historic Town Center. The town center is true Americana, with brick building facades, charming street lanterns, and welcoming small, locally owned businesses! Our first stop in the historic town center was the Grove City Museum and Welcome Center. This small museum houses treasures from Grove City’s over 150-years of history. (Find my previous blog post about Grove City Town Center-HERE!)
Country Hearth Primitives has over 40 vendors and four floors of antiques, collectibles, home décor, and jewelry! Located in the historic former Grove City’s Farmer’s Exchange Building, it’s a fun place to search for lots of treasures!
The Little Theatre Off Broadway (also known as LTOB) is located in an 100-year old building in the heart of historic town center. Originally a silent-movie theater, now LTOB has provided decades of community theatre to this charming town. We had a wonderful lesson in prop making from the Prop Master, Berkley, who creates amazing props with a thrift store budget! His creativity captivated his audience and inspired us to be more creative with leftover items and thrift store finds! The Little Theatre Off Broadway seats 96 people, and performs six shows per year, providing a unique entertainment option in Grove City!
Since opening in 2012, Plum Run Winery has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This small winery provides wine lovers with delicious Ohio wines, often poured by the owners, Dave and Diane. With an outdoor patio, live entertainment (check winery website), and numerous activities and events throughout the year, Plum Run Winery is the perfect spot to relax in Grove City! (Find my previous blog post about Plum Run Winery- HERE!) While visiting the winery, check out the handmade, natural skincare products by a local Grove City company, Live Love Dew!
Hop Yard 62 is bringing new life to Grove City for craft beer drinkers. This quaint, craft beer bar serves beer from 17 rotating taps and most are from Ohio breweries. With friendly owners and staff, Hop Yard 62 welcomes and educates visitors about craft beers. Try a craft beer flight out on the patio overlooking Broadway Street in historic town center. Hop Yard 62 is a welcome addition to the charming historic town center! With our visit to Hop Yard 62, we were treated to a craft beer and chocolate pairing, with delicious handmade chocolates from the Lollipop Stop. A visit to the Lollipop Stop will satisfy your sweet-tooth with handmade chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, and loads of candies and treats!
Grove City is a perfect day or weekend escape, with a charming historic town center and welcoming local businesses and fun festivals! The Grove City FAM tour was a wonderful way to see what this charming city has to offer visitors. Thanks to Visit Grove City for inviting me to spend the day enjoying a great Ohio city! To plan your visit to Grove City, go to www.VisitGroveCityOH.com
Thanks again to Amanda and Ron from Visit Grove City!
Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading!