Looking for food, unique experiences, antiques, clothing and gifts galore? If so, then make Warren County in Southwest Ohio your next getaway. Here’s a perfect itinerary for a weekend shopping escape:
My husband and I often make a date out of visiting Jungle Jim’s International Market. More than 150,000 products line the shelves and coolers, including items from 70 countries. Kids of all ages love the funky animal exhibits. And yes, I am like a kid when visiting this jungle venture. Even the lavish bathrooms look like port-o-lets from the outside. The six-acre shopping extravaganza may take more than an hour to get in all your ooh and aahs, and you can easily shop for any meal you’d want to make, or for a great bottle of wine and some snacks for the day.
Next head into the quaint towns of Springboro or Waynesville for splendid lunch choices where you’ll find the “Best” Fried Chicken, large deli sandwiches, and gourmet entrees created with local produce. Then browse through the unique shops filled with antiques, modern decor, fabrics of every color and pattern, and more. State Route 73 is a straight shot connecting both Warren County cities. Visitors to Springboro will also find an abundance of history and strong ties to the Underground Railroad.
All that walking and shopping will require some down time and relaxation, which is easily found at Valley Vineyards. You can see and taste beer and wine in the making, and “grill your own” steak or salmon during weekend cookouts. The buffet is stocked with salads, veggies, all the stuffing for a baked potato, and a dessert bar. Pizza, cheese trays and soft pretzel plates are available during the day. So just sit back, take in the sights and smells and think “Life Can’t Get Much Better”.
The next morning check out Kings Mills General Store & Christmas Shop in Mason. Every day is Christmas at this unique shop. Note this shop is closed December 24 through mid April. It is one of the dealers for Patricia Breen Hand Made Glass ornaments.
Just ten minutes away, Lebanon, Ohio, beckons you. The oldest continuously operating business in Ohio, The Golden Lamb Inn and Restaurant, houses a large collection of Shaker furnishings. The food is divine and history is discovered around every corner. On a walk around town, you can see markers of historical sites, see buildings of Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Gothic, Colonial, Renaissance Revival and visit the many unique stores. Within three city blocks you can taste the best chocolate at The Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory, visit a variety of clothing, gift and jewelry shops and take a walk down memory lane at numerous antique stores.
After all of this walking, check out Cincinnati Premium Outlets to have a look at the deals on a new pair of shoes. Or if you visit on the weekends, an unforgettable stop is nearby Traders World. Sixteen buildings of FUN, FUN, FUN!
Now that you know about a few hidden treasures in Warren County, you may have to add another day to your itinerary or come back to see it all.