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Best Of: Readers’ Picks 2017

The votes are in, the ballots are tallied, and we’re ready to share our 2017 Best of Ohio readers’ picks.

Best of Ohio: 2017 Readers’ Ballot Winners


Bike Trail: Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail
Columbiana County

Hiking Trail: Old Man’s Cave, Hocking Hills State Park
19852 St. Rte. 664, Logan 43138

State Park: Hueston Woods State Park
6301 Park Office Rd., College Corner 45003

Winter Destination (outdoor): Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking County

Inland Lake: Indian Lake
12774 St. Rte. 235 N., Lakeview 43331

Place to see Fall Leaves: Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking County

Ohio Casino: Hollywood Casino Toledo
1968 Miami St., Toledo 43605

College Town: Oxford
Butler County

Romantic Destination: Hocking Hills
Hocking County

Long Weekend Destination (in-state): Hocking Hills
Hocking County

Destination Spa: Lakehouse Inn & Spa
5653 Lake Rd. E., Geneva-On-The-Lake 44041

Bed & Breakfast/Inn: Glenlaurel
14940 Mount Olive Road, Rockbridge 43149

Historical Site: Bear’s Mill
6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville 45331

Botanical Garden: Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 43203

Zoo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell 43065

Amish Country Destination: Lehman’s
4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton 44618

Fairs, Festivals, & Parades

County Fair: The Great Darke County Fair
800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 45331

Art/Fair Festival: Black Swamp Arts Festival
Bowling Green 43402, Wood County

Summer Festival: Gathering at Garst
205 N. Broadway, Greenville 45331

Wine Festival: Riverside Wine Fest
219 McManness Ave., Findlay 45840

Beer Festival: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Food Festival: Strawberry Festival
405 Public Square, Troy 45373

Food & Drink

Fine Dining: Michael Anthony’s at the Inn
21 W. Main St., Versailles 45380

Casual Dining: The Merchant House
406 S. Broadway St., Greenville 45331

Ice Cream: Graeter’s
Multiple Ohio locations

Craft Brewery Taproom: Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2516 Market Ave., Cleveland 44113

Winery Tasting Room: The Winery at Versailles
6542 St. Rte. 47, Versailles 45380

Coffee Shop/Roaster: Coffee Pot
537 S. Broadway, Ste. 101, Greenville 45331

Amish Food: Der Dutchman
720 St. Rte. 97 W., Bellville 44813; 445 S. Jefferson Rt. 42 Plain City, 43064; 4969 Walnut St., Walnut Creek 44687

Burger: The Lock 24 Restaurant
42087 St. Rte. 154, Lisbon 44432

Breakfast Spot: The Old Arcana
109 W. George St., Arcanum 45304

Farmer’s Market: Rogers Flea Market
45625 St. Rte. 154, Rogers 44455

Cheesemaker: Heini’s Cheese Chalet
6005 County Rd. 77, Millersburg 44654

Ohio-Made Candy: Dietsch Brothers
400 West Main Cross St., Findlay 45840

Food Truck: Amy May’s Rockin Taco
Findlay, Hancock County


Children’s Museum: COSI
333 W. Broad St., Columbus 43215

History Museum: Garst Museum
206 N. Broadway St., Greenville 45331

Art Museum: Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St., Toledo 43620

Public Art: The Topiary Park
480 East Town St., Columbus 43215

Historic Theatre: Victoria Theatre
138 N. Main St., Dayton 45402

Science Center/ Science Museum: COSI
333 W. Broad St., Columbus 43215

Music Venue: Blossom Music Center
1145 W. Steels Corner Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223

Music Festival: Nelsonville Music Festival
Nelsonville 45764, Athens County

Art Walk: Short North Gallery Hop
N. High St., Columbus 43201


Antiques: Jeffery’s Antique Gallery
11326 County Rd. 99, Findlay 45840

Shopping Center: Easton Town Center
160 Easton Town Center, Columbus 43219

Flea Market: Rogers Flea Market
45625 St. Rt. 154, Rogers 44455

Main Street Shopping: Main Street Greenville
421 S. Broadway, Greenville 45331

Made-in-Ohio Shopping: Celebrate Local
Easton Town Center, 3952 Townsfair Way, Columbus 43219 & Liberty Center, 7127 Foundry Row, Liberty Township 45069