Ohio Life

Best of Ohio Readers' Ballot 2016

We asked our readers and website visitors to vote for their favorites throughout the state. Here are this year’s winners.

Food & Drink

Amish Food: Der Dutchman

Der Dutchman Restaurants are dedicated to celebrating the traditional foods,
simple comforts, and rural charm of the Midwestern Amish and Mennonite communities.
Multiple locations, dhgroup.com/restaurants

Fine Dining: Chez Francois
555 Main St., Vermilion 44089, chezfrancois.com

Casual Dining: Lock 24 Restaurant
42087 St. Rte. 154, Lisbon 44432

Ice Cream: Dietsch Brothers
Two Findlay locations, dietschs.com

Ohio Craft Beer: Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2516 Market Ave., Cleveland 44113, greatlakesbrewing.com

Winery: The Winery at Versailles
6572 St. Rte. 47, Versailles 45380, wineryatversailles.com

Coffee Shop/Roaster: Boston Stoker Coffee Co.
Multiple locations, bostonstoker.com

Burger: The Thurman Cafe
183 Thurman Ave., Columbus 43206, thethurmancafe.com

Brunch: Patterson’s Cafe
103 W. Spring St., Oxford 45056, pattersonscafe.com

Farmers Market: 2nd Street Market
600 E. Second St., Dayton 45402, metroparks.org/localfood

Cheesemaker: Heini’s
6005 County Rd. 77, Millersburg 44654, heinis.com

Ohio-made Candy: Esther Price
1709 Wayne Ave., Dayton 45410, estherprice.com

Food Truck: Zombie Dogz Gourmet Hot Dogs
Dayton, zombiedogzdayton.com

Attractions & Lodging

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

College Town: Oxford

Romantic Destination: The Inn at Honey Run
6920 County Rd. 203, Millersburg 44654, innathoneyrun.com

Long Weekend Destination (in-state): Hocking Hills

Destination Spa: Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
21190 St. Rte. 374, Logan 43138, innatcedarfalls.com

Bed & Breakfast/Inn: Arrowston Inn B&B
1220 Park Ave., Piqua 45356, arrowstoninn.com

Historic Site: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay 43456, nps.gov/pevi

Botanical Garden: Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Blvd., Cleveland 44106, cbgarden.org

Hidden Gem: Loveland Castle
2025 Shore Rd., Loveland 45140, lovelandcastle.com

Zoo: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell 43065, columbuszoo.org

Main Street/Downtown Area:

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

Ohio Landmark: The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Columbus 43215, ohiostatehouse.org

Arts & Culture

History Museum:
Garst Museum

The Garst Museum offers over 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, focusing on Annie Oakley, the Treaty of Greene Ville and more.
205 N. Broadway St., Greenville 45331, garstmuseum.org 

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

Art Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland 44106, clevelandart.org

Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106, clevelandorchestra.com

Historic Theater: Ohio Theatre
39 E. State St., Columbus 43215, capa.com

Music Venue: Blossom Music Center
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, clevelandorchestra.com, livenation.com

Recreation Bike Trail:
Little Miami Scenic Trail

Hiking Trail: Old Man’s Cave Trail
19852 St. Rte. 664 S., Logan 43138, parks.ohiodnr.gov/hockinghills

State Park: Hocking Hills State Park

Winter Destination (outdoor):
Boston Mills/Brandywine
7100 Riverview Rd., Peninsula 44264, bmbw.com
Indoor Waterpark: Kalahari Resorts
7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky 44870, kalahariresorts.com

Place to See Fall Leaves: Hocking Hills


Antique Shop: Jeffrey’s Antique Gallery
11326 County Rd. 99, Findlay 45840

Shopping Center: Easton Town Center
160 Easton Station, Columbus 43219, eastontowncenter.com

Flea Market: Rogers Flea Market (Rogers Community Auction & Open Air Market)
45625 Old St. Rte. 154, Rogers 44455, rogersohio.com

Independent Bookstore: The Book Loft
631 S. Third St., Columbus 43206, bookloft.com

Outdoorsman Shop: Bass Pro Shops
Multiple locations, basspro.com

Fairs, Festivals & Parades

Wine Festival: Oxford Wine Festival

Roam the rows of wine booths and art vendors in the heart of Oxford’s historic business district. Sip wine or enjoy the craft beer selection while listening to live music.
High and Main streets, Oxford 45056, oxfordwinefestival.com 

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

Art Fair/Festival: Columbus Arts Festival
Downtown Riverfront, Columbus 43215, columbusartsfestival.org

Music Festival: Nelsonville Music Festival
3301 Hocking Pkwy., Nelsonville 45764, nelsonvillefest.org

Fall Festival: Circleville Pumpkin Show
159 E. Franklin St., Circleville 43113, pumpkinshow.com

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

Beer Festival: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati,
Fifth Street, Cincinnati 45215, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com