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Not far outside Dayton to the east, Yellow Springs, Ohio has long held a bohemian rep. Hordes descend upon the village each summer and fall for a taste of its unabashed individuality and zest for life during the epic semi-annual Street Fair. The hold-overs from an attempt at utopia, Yellow Springs residents are still a mighty friendly and tolerant sort. Aspiring to peaceful living clearly does a community good. The vibe here is relaxed, even laissez-faire. Bordered by gorgeous nature preserves, YS has a serenity only the daily proximity of lush greenness provides. The exuberantly-colored village buildings on main thoroughfares boast an eclectic array of shops from Urban Handmade’s selection of local artisan wares to Wander + Wonder’s sustainable goods for outdoor adventuring. Saddle up for a spin on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail and take a pit-stop at the popular Yellow Springs Brewery. Just remember–when you see Dave Chappelle in the street, be cool. Wouldn’t you live here, if you could?

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Young’s Jersey Dairy is not your average dairy farm. It is more like “a pint size” county fair, but with better ice cream and mini-golf. Near holidays, this place is pretty much the epicenter of family life in the area–an epic annual Easter Egg Hunt (7,000 real dyed eggs), a fall corn maze, haunted wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, Christmas trees…you get the picture. Go say hello to the cows, visit the petting zoo, knock a few balls at the batting cages, perfect your swing at the driving range, but don’t forget your squeakers (that’s cheese curds for the uninitiated). Young’s operates a large dairy store where you can score breakfast, sandwiches, homemade pies, spectacular ice-cream, and plenty of Farmstead Cheese. The Golden Jersey Inn serving down home country fare is on the opposite side of the parking lot, just beyond the kiddie rides…because fried cheese curds never go out of style. 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd. (E, D)

Junk Diva  Just down from the sunflower fields at Whitehall Farm, Junk Diva has primitives, antiques, and reclaimed architectural elements perfect to add that unexpected charm. Combing through Junk Diva’s barns, you’re bound to find that charmingly imperfect piece that speaks to you. 6295 Springfield Xenia Rd. (S)

Peifer Orchards  Like an old-fashioned farmstand on steroids, Peifer Orchards grows 25 varieties of apples just for starters. Stop in for local produce, honey, maple syrup, fresh cider and pantry staples like pumpkin butter and fruit jams. In the fall, Peifer’s is the place for apple and pumpkin picking fueled by the sugar high of their sinful caramel apples. 4590 Route 68 (S)

Yellow Springs Brewery  Ease your way through the week with YSB’s Happy Hour, Tuesdays 3-7 p.m., with a buck off all YSB beers. Enjoy masterful cask ales like the standout Captain Stardust with star anise and orange peel. Crack open the weekend with one of YSB’s new rotating Friday beer cocktails ­ such as the refreshing Zoetic Bullseye: their American Pale Ale is served with a splash of ginger ale, a touch of handcrafted honey-ginger reduction and treated to a sassy ginger-sugar rim. The back patio is so “extra” you’ll never want to leave. Situated on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, you’ll have a great view of dedicated cyclists putting in the miles. 305 N. Walnut St. (E)

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S & G Artisan Distillery/ The Spirits of Yellow Springs  Stop in the tasting room for a tipple of their European-style liquors like the intriguing Sneaky Monk Italian Nocino, or try their specialty rums: Honey Do Sweet Rum Liquor or Black Moon (licorice flavored rum). Don’t shy away from the crowd-pleasing Apple Pie Moonshine either. 305 N. Walnut St. in the Millworks Business Center (E)

John Bryan Community Pottery has been promoting the ceramic arts for over 40 years with classes, workshops, and open studio sessions every weekend from noon to 4 p.m. Need to rent studio space or a kiln? They’ve got you covered. Get your feet wet with a beginning wheel class or brush up on your hand building techniques with Joe. If you’re eyeing their upcoming Pilsner and Pub workshop, don’t dally. Spaces fill quickly. 100 Dayton St. in the Penguin Building (D)

Yellow Springs Arts Council’s Permanent Collection  Artists’ works were selected to demonstrate “the ideals, passions, and creativity of the Yellow Springs community now and in the future.” See the main portion of the YSAC Permanent Collection at 100 Dayton St., the John Bryan Community Center 

Village Cyclery  Being a bike shop just yards away from a famous, highly-traveled rail-trail necessitates an above-average knowledge of the sport. Village Cyclery has been acing it since 1987. Expert mechanics and passionate cyclists, the folks at Village can put you on the right set of wheels, give you the perfect adjustment, and keep you happy in the saddle. They even specialize in custom builds. 110 Dayton St. (S)

The Spirited Goat Coffeehouse  The vibrant hues, pillow-strewn upholstery and beaded lampshades lend the Spirited Goat eclectic flair and a comfortable vibe. While the daytime hours are fairly chill here, where the Goat really sings is its diverse live music on the weekends. Try your luck on Open Mic Thursdays starting at 7 p.m., or check out the uproarious Stand-up Comedy nights. Rev up with something from the espresso bar, or wind down with a cup of Kava. If you’re wanting to get some work done, there’s always The Bottomless Cup. 118 Dayton St. (D)

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Import House  While you may or may not be looking for hand-blown glass “tobacco accessories,” Import House is a sure bet for colorful Baja pullovers perfect for chilly nights at music festivals or your next beach trip. We’re smitten with the crochet barefoot sandals, too. Help cleanse the air and enhance your mood with one of their Himalayan Salt lamps. 124 Dayton St. (S)

The Gulch Saloon is Yellow Springs’ beloved neighborhood watering hole. They’ve got an extra-long happy hour, weekdays from 3-8 p.m., to take the edge off. Come for the D.J.s, live music, Beer Bingo (’cause it’s easier than trivia), ample pours or friendly crowd. Show up Thursdays and test your pipes on Karaoke Night. 128 Dayton St. (E)

Super-Fly Comics and Games  Jared and Tony are rocking out the best in the comic and game world: Funko Pop figures, hot limited edition series, obscure comics, movies, manga, magic cards, and more. Boardgame nerds and gamers, you’ve come to the right place, too. Let the guys guide you to something new and awesome…or old and awesome, as the case may be. Join them Sundays to try your hand at a new game and meet some fellow Super-Fly fans. 132 Dayton St. (S)

The Blue Butterfly  Shop this cheery Dayton Street gift boutique to take your self-care game up a notch. Bring a bit of positivity into your day, or someone else’s, with a Compendium Thoughful Deck filled with cards that pop open like a Cracker Jack prize to reveal feel-good messages. Choose a gorgeous Mala bead necklace to recite your personal affirmation or keep it front and center with a fetching Mantraband. We’re not ashamed to admit we are addicted to Mixture’s Relaxation Pillow Mist and clustering their intoxicating shot glass votives everywhere. 138 Dayton St. (S)

Arthur Morgan House  This serene bed and breakfast is right in the heart of the village. Modern, warm, minimalist decor and a delicious, made-to-order, farm-fresh breakfast makes the Morgan House a splendid getaway. 120 W. Limestone St. (D)

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Corner Cone Dairy Bar and Grill and Bike Rental  You can get more than a tasty frozen treat at The Cone. Beyond the 24 flavors of soft serve, they’re slinging hot dogs of all stripes, including vegan and black bean dogs gently nestled in toasted buns. Rent a bike by the hour or the day to explore YS and its surrounds. On Wednesdays in the spring, ten kids will receive free Ukulele lessons. For real. Musically-inclined 4th to 6th graders apply here. Check out the local vendors too at the Corner Cone Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8:30-11:30. 101 S. Walnut St. (E)

Aahar India  In the parking lot of Corner Cone sits an Eastern jewel, Aahar India Indian Food. All the crave-worthy saag, vindaloo, curries, and samosas you can handle (and then some). When you spot the paratha on the menu, don’t hesitate. 101 S. Walnut St. (E)

House of Ravenwood has “everything you need to create your own sacred space.” Inside is a jaw-dropping array of tumbled stones, minerals, and crystals that will both bewitch and befuddle as you try to pare down your selection to a reasonable number. Pick up a few energy-clearing sage bundles, metaphysical books, wonderful natural soaps and more. Be sure to sign up for a psychic tarot reading offered Wednesdays through Sundays. 100 Corry St. (S)

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Village Artisans Cooperative  From handsome leather-bound journals to stoke your creative fire to surreal found art sculptures that amuse and provoke, Village Artisans is a must stop in YS. Art on the Lawn, their annual juried fine art and craft show on the second Saturday in August, draws talented local and regional artists working in all sorts of mediums. Don’t miss it. 100 Corry St. (S)

Yellow Springs Art Council Gallery  Check out member artists’ shows. Open Wednesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m. 111 Corry St. (D)

Urban Handmade is your mecca for local art and handmade goods. Bring “power to the artists” and shop here for groovy jewelry, clever tees, funny mugs, wall decor, ‘stache oil, and a profusion of other cool things you should have. 113 Corry St. (S)

Peach’s Grill  In keeping with Yellow Spring’s laid back vibe, Peach’s is the kind of place to eat like it is 1980. Yes, give us the Pizza Fries smothered in marinara, pepperoni and cheese. Choose from fourteen tasty renditions of the good ole American burger and stake a patio spot for lunch. Come back for drinks; the bar’s open late. Live music on the weekends. Tuesdays are Open Mic Nights. 104 Xenia Ave. (E)

So, we’ll just come out with it. There are two competing pizza places right across the street from one another on the main drag: folks, you’re both pretty.

Bentino’s Pizza serves hoagies, gyros, Italian specialties, salads, calzones and pizza, including a gluten-free crust option. The booths are minimal, so ordering to-go is your best bet. Going solo? No shame in our game–Bentino’s calzone rocks! 107 1/2 Xenia Ave. (E)

Ha Ha Pizza  This YS tradition is known for their wheat crust. Choose from an interesting array of toppings and wait for the magic. 108 Xenia Ave. (E)

The Winds Wine Cellar   With an enviable depth of inventory that features many independent wine makers, The Winds Wine Cellar might just open your eyes to that next favorite bottle. While you’re there, pick up a loaf of fresh bread, local honey, a pint or two of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and some cheese from nearby Blue Jacket Dairy. 209 Xenia Ave. (S)

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Urban Baby Bonnets  Every kid you know definitely needs a reversible cap with Jackalope ears, ‘cmon! Check out  UB2’s quirky caps, bonnets, bucket hats and more. Your baby would be exponentially more adorable in a Pixie Gnome Hat, or how about a brimless vintage-style Pilot Bonnet? Urban Baby Bonnets’ hats are boss gifts for your friends’ mini-mes, too. All hats have a 50+ UPF rating. Open by appointment. 213 Xenia Ave. Suite 3 upstairs (S)

Winds Cafe  Their locally-sourced seasonal menu is both satisfying and elegant. When you’re feeling spunky, order the Duck Sausage Corn Dog served with creole mustard and a drizzle of caramel, or for the serious epicure inside, indulge in the slow-cooked Duck You Can Eat With a Spoon. Alas, the menu has rotated off the spectacular Squash and Pumpkin Lasagna, but it looks as if The Carrots Three Ways with Burnt Lemon Vinaigrette will be our next obsession. Be sure to reserve your spot for Oysters and Absinthe on Wednesdays, too. When fair weather blows our way, Winds has one of the primo patios in town. 215 Xenia Ave. (E)

Bonadies Glass Studio  Along with stunning vessels and ornaments, you’ll find statement wooden clutches, pendants, and Lizzy James’ silver and braided leather wrap jewelry. 220 Xenia Ave. (S)

Toxic Beauty Records & Poster Gallery  New and used vinyl, an owner with an encyclopedic knowledge of music, groovy album art plastering every inch of the walls, limited edition new releases–Toxic Beauty is all you want in a record store and more. Add some new wax to your collection. 220 Xenia Ave. 2nd Fl. (S)

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Yellow Springs Pottery is an artist cooperative of 10 accomplished potters. Well worth your time, Yellow Springs Pottery carries a variety of vessels perfect to impress guests at your next dinner party. 222 Xenia Ave. #1  King’s Yard (S)

Sam and Eddie’s Open Books  This inviting “gallery store for readers and writers” is the kind of place you’ll be happy to linger. Sam and Eddie’s is brimming with curiosity, humor, and wisdom. Just try walking around without seeing a dozen intriguing books you’ll be itching to pile on your nightstand. 220 Xenia Ave. in King’s Yard Shops (S)

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Tibet Bazaar is filled with a riot of colorful novelty gifts, jewelry, clothing and accessories. We particularly dig their felted wool toys and booties. 220 Xenia Ave. King’s Yard Shops (S)

Little Fairy Garden  Ever notice those fanciful fairy kingdoms nestled in planters or dwarfed by a mighty oak on a tree-lined street? Here’s your chance to catch passerby unawares and bring a bit of delight into their day. Little Fairy Garden carries a plethora of resin houses, furniture, and magical creatures to inhabit your next planting. Drop by the store and let your imagination run wild, or gather your friends and sign up for a Fairy Garden Workshop Party. 224 Xenia Ave. (S)

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House of AUM  Just walking into the gorgeous, light-flooded studio at House of AUM fills us with happy vibrations. Take a class or shop for yoga apparel, meditation accessories, and the ultimate jewelry to compliment a modern ath leisure look. Pick up a 7-herb smudge bundle with pink-tipped feather to bring a bit of harmony back into your abode, too. Align your energy with a session of Whole Being Bodywork, CranioSacral Therapy or Frequency Healing from one of their certified therapists. Book an appointment with House of AUM’s Hurqalya Method Heart Energy Healing practitioners to attune your mind, body and spirit. Find out more here. 125 S. Walnut St. (S)

Basho Apparel  Wander down to House of AUM’s basement to find Basho Apparel’s new studio and retail space. Their hand-printed and eco-friendly tees will have you looking fly. 125 S. Walnut St. (S)

Dino’s Cappuccino is a community touchstone fueled with authentic Italian espresso, cappuccino, and the like for the last twenty years. For those who want their brew “extra”, there’s a plethora of flavored syrups and popular specialty drinks such as their classic chai and chocolate combo, Chocolate Buddha, or the luscious Caramello to sweeten your day. Dino’s buttermilk doughnuts are legendary. When the weather is nice, slip out to their back garden and soak in a few rays with your caffeine hit. 225 Xenia Ave. (E)

Ye Olde Trail Tavern  During the day, score a patio seat for lunch overlooking Kings Yard or streetside facing all the action on Xenia. After sundown, a meetup for drinks or dinner becomes all the more fascinating framed by this historic two-hundred year old tavern. Ye Olde Trail has a particularly good beer selection and comfort food to match. In the colder months, join them every third Thursday for live Irish music jams October through February on Sessiun Nights. 228 Xenia Ave. (E)

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Yellow Springs Farmers Market  Support your local farmers. Every Saturday 7-noon (with the exception of Street Fair weekends) in King’s Yard parking lot, get your fill of local growers’ bounty including three certified organic producers. Behind 228 Xenia Ave. (S)

Epic Book Shop is a bit like the living room of an enlightened Aunt, comfortably lit and welcoming. Around each corner is a bookcase replete with books competing for your attention. The inventory is predominantly used books with an emphasis on religion, philosophy, psychology and mysticism. They also host an Ongoing Spiritual Study Group which meets every other Wednesday evening at 6:30. 229 Xenia Ave. (S)

Miguel’s Tacos  When we say the tacos served out of Miguel’s truck are the bomb–we mean it. Miguel’s serves authentic carne asada, carnitas, chicken tinga, el pastor, and if you’re really lucky–fish tacos–to rock your world. There’s a veggie option too. Of course you could do the bowls or burritos, if that’s how you roll. 230 Xenia Ave. (E)

Asanda Imports  Owners Molly and Lee buy directly from the artisans, bringing YS affordable, exotic treasures from Southeast Asia. Shop for garden statuary, home decor, women’s clothing, scarves, hair accessories, jewelry, and gifts. We can’t resist living vicariously through Lee’s buying trip posts on social media. 230 Xenia Ave. (S)

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Wildflower Boutique  Always on trend, Wildflower clothing has that classic look with a modern edge you’re looking for. Check out their new men’s collection, too. Discover crystal-infused, vegan perfume; the perfect denim; must-have moto leggings; sweet tops, uber-wearable necklaces; great boots delivering Insta-ready style and more. 232 Xenia Ave. (S)

Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe  Grab an breakfast burrito and a cup of their fantastic house blend coffee to go or plant yourself on a couch with a whiskey and a book from their collection. Whether you’ve just popped in to snag a vegan ginger muffin or you’re hanging with friends before the band, Emporium makes your day a bit better. Browse local art and take a gander at their impressive wine and craft beer selection.You won’t go home empty-handed. Beer and wine tastings on Fridays at 7 p.m. accompanied by live music. Breakfast served 7-11:30 Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 8 until noon. Try a big bowl of their hearty housemade soup for lunch. 233 Xenia Ave. (E)

Pangaea Trading  Novelty gifts, jewelry, Ohio tees, candles, sunnies, journals, baby onesies, whimsical tea towels, and enough pocket Buddhas to zen out the entire town–Pangaea always has something to charm and delight. 235 Xenia Ave.(S)

Current Cuisine is a caterer, international grocery, and deli. Their decadent cakes give us life. Enjoy bistro sandwiches on crusty bread, lunch specials complete with a side and sweet, or sign up for the fresh fish of the week Tuesdays for Thursday pick-up. 237 Xenia Ave. (E)

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Dark Star Books  With a colossal inventory of used books and a sizable collection of back issue comics, you are bound to find something unexpected hidden in Dark Star’s stacks. In keeping with the name, the sci-fi section is ample, but you’ll also find rare books, military history, children’s books, the classics and every other genre represented including short fiction. Geek out proudly with literary tees and merch. Pick up some Harry Potter chocolate for your nieces and nephews (it is for them, right?) and your very own set of Cards Against Humanity. The shop cat, Mr. Eko, will be happy to show you around when he’s finished his nap. 237 Xenia Ave. (S)

Wander + Wonder  To know you is to love you, Wander + Wonder. Stocking their shop with just the high-quality, good-looking, responsibly-sourced products you really need to heighten your comfort and enjoyment, Wander + Wonder is our “outdoors store” crush. They only endorse brands who “care about the environment and keeping it healthy, clean, and safe, for generations to come.” You had us at hello. Bring your pooch on your next trek in style with durable Ruffwear dog leashes and accessories. Fight deforestation and look damn good doing it with Tentree apparel. Don’t forget to snag one of their signature hand-poured soy wax candles before you go. 241 Xenia Ave. (S)

Ohio Silver  Make a statement with Ohio Silver’s beautiful jewelry gathered from all corners of the world. You’ll find Celtic designs, Baltic amber, and even rare stones like Larimer sourced from the Dominican Republic. Sergio Lub’s elegant mixed metal bracelets are a stylish way to try magnetic therapy, and the heart of a gypsy will flutter gazing at the sea of silver rings. 245 Xenia Ave. (S)

Little Art Theatre is a mainstay of the YS community. If you’ve never watched a film here, you’re missing half the experience of true movie-going. Little Art Theatre “provides experiences that entertain, inform, and inspire in an intimate hometown, single screen setting that cannot be replicated at the multiplexes.”  247 Xenia Ave. (D)

Kismet  The Cincinnati-based sister store of Pangaea, Kismet carries fashion and footwear from a number of environmentally-sustainable, fair-trade brands. Amp your look with some kicky accessories and fun jewelry, too. 249 Xenia Ave. (S)

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Heaven on Earth Emporium  Each room in Heaven on Earth yields interesting finds from dapper men’s hats to Madonna-esque rhinestone-studded bras. Venture in to discover creative threads for your “Hippie and the Farmer Lifestyle,” vintage sunnies, casual menswear, retro apparel, boss children’s clothing, jewelry, antique linens, shoes, and much more. 253-c Xenia Ave. (S)

Sunrise Cafe  Yellow Spring’s famed Sunrise Cafe does it from scratch with love. It’s house-made, from the locally-raised eggs on your plate to the bread for your toast. While we couldn’t fault you for not wanting to stray from the breakfast menu–the sinful Chocolate Bread French Toast; the thin and cripsy Sunrise Buttermilk Pancakes served with Amish butter and local maple syrup; the savory Huevos RancherosSunrise’s lunch and dinner offerings are equally stellar. They’ve got plenty of vegan options too, such as the popular Thai Peanut Tofu or the Blackberry Gelato. 259 Xenia Ave. (E)

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Food Truck Watch: Bighorn Pretzels; Wicked ‘Wich; Vistro; PA’s Pork; Harvest Mobile; Greek Street; EAT; Thai 1 On; Miguel’s Tacos; Christian Brothers meat co.; La pampa
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Tom’s Market has been the village grocery store since 1950. Put the real stuff in your body. From Carr Valley’s blue cheese studded with pepperoncini to Evelyn’s Grand Marnier Bundt Cakes, there’s always something mouth-watering at Tom’s. 242 Xenia Ave. (S)

Smoking Octopus is your source for premium quality CBD oil. Laws are still a bit slippery, so check the legality in your state before transporting it home. 309 Xenia Ave. (S)

Aleta’s Cafe  The Seussian back garden is a lovely place for lunch. Aleta’s offers Naan pizzas, sammies and salads. 309 Xenia Ave. Unit C  (E)

Chamber Music in Yellow Springs hosts an annual competition for emerging professional chamber music ensembles.Two dazzling young string quartets will battle it out on Sunday April 29th at 4 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to say you were there at the outset of their meteoric rise. Tickets and info. here. First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave. (D)

Ellie’s Restaurant and Bakery in Mills Park Hotel  Sate that Southern craving with no regrets digging into Ellie’s decadent Chicken and Waffle or succulent Shrimp and Grits while seated on the pristine white columned porch. 321 Xenia Ave. (E)

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Antioch College  There are many reasons to visit gorgeous Antioch College, but for starters we wanted to point your attention toward the Herndon Gallery. Their thought-provoking installations engage current world issues “through innovatively curated exhibitions, our Artists-in-Residence program, and Arts at Antioch curatorial and programming projects.” Find out more here. 1 Morgan Place (D)

Wellness Center at Antioch College  Day passes are only 10 bucks. Round up a buddy or two and wear yourselves out with a robust game of racketball, pickleball, or basketball. Take it old school with a badminton game or perfect your backswing on the tennis courts. There’s a therapeutic whirlpool to get the kinks out afterwards. They’ve got a full lineup of group classes as well, from yoga to pilates. Enjoy their olympic-sized swimming pool before you go. More info. here. 240 E. South College St. (D)

Science Saturdays have got to be one of the coolest programs we’ve heard of. Round up your science-curious kids and friends’ kids (ages 5-18) for this totally free series offered by Antioch College. Professor of organic chemistry, Joseph Lennox, along with Antioch students will lead the participants “in experiential demonstrations and exercises covering Food Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Forensic Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science.” Spring dates are April 21 and May 19. Click here for more details. McGregor Hall at the intersection of Morgan Place and Livermore St. (D)

The Calypso Grill and Smokehouse  We were stoked to learn that Sunrise Cafe’s Brian Rainey was opening a new restaurant featuring Latin-Carribean fare. Bring on the Ropa Vieja, Empanadas, and Plantain Black Bean Fritters. We’ve got that island feelin’ Calypso’s Chorizo Arepa “Sliders” will be your jam. Just save room for the Island Fudge Rum Cake. 1535 Xenia Ave. (E)

Miami Valley Pottery features handmade, wood-fired functional pottery including dinnerware, lamps, platters and planters. We suggest you host a ramen night using Miami Valley Pottery’s noodle bowls. Can’t wait to get our hands on Naysan’s whiskey cups either. 145 E. Hyde Rd. (S)

Out of Doors

Tecumseh Land Trust Whitehall Farm  The sunflower fields that launched a thousand Instas. Just north of town on Route 68

Glen Helen Nature Preserve  The 1000 acres owned by Antioch include a Raptor Rehabilitation Center and twenty miles of trails. “During a short walk, visitors can view spectacular wildflowers, 400 year-old trees, limestone cliffs with waterfalls and overhangs, and the beautiful yellow spring for which the town is named.” Take the Full Moon Wildflower Hike on April 28th for just 5 bucks. Glen Helen is open to the public dusk ’til dawn 365 days a year. More info. and trail maps here. 405 Corry St.

John Bryan State Park  This 752-acre park surrounding Clifton Gorge is great for mountain biking, camping, hiking, and canoeing. The Miami Mountain Bike Association hosts the grueling John Bryan 6-Hour Race on July 21st this year. Bring your “A” game for “as much sweet, flowy singletrack as you can handle!” More deets here3790 State Route 370

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve   Just east of John Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve is regarded as one of the best examples of post-glacial canyon cutting anywhere. Hike right along the gushing Little Miami as it swirls through the dolomite and limestone gorge.The Narrows Trail will lead you to Historic Clifton Mill. Head over to the covered bridge for a fantastic shot of the mill and gorge. 2331 State Route 343

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Little Miami Bike Trail is 78 miles of peaceful, mostly well-shaded, paved trail extending from Springfield, Ohio to just east of Cincinnati. It connects several smaller trails, meanders near the river and intersects both quaint towns and two state parks. Just saddle up–you’ll be glad you did. More info. here.

Richard P. Eastman Covered Bridge  Crossing the Little Miami Scenic Trail, you’ll find this handsome covered bridge along Hyde Road.


The Pine Forest  Affectionately called simply, “The Pines,” Glen Helen’s Pine Forest has its own facebook page. Go contemplate the mysteries of the universe dwarfed by the towering trunks.

Events Not to Miss

Perennial/Native Plant Swap & Sale  Celebrate Earth Day by helping out your neighbors (and vice versa). Bring some plants that have taken over your garden and swap them for new varieties. Win. Win. April 21st from10-3 p.m. Glen Helen 405 Corry St.

Springfest  This nascent music festival is quickly gaining momentum. Sponsored in part by Yellow Springs Brewery, Springfest has no shortage of tasty craft beer to imbibe as you bliss out listening to the mega lineup of regional and national talent. Held on the grounds of John Bryan Community Center,  Springfest is the perfect mid-summer reason to hang a hammock and chillax. Tickets and more info. here. 100 Dayton St. July 7th

Yellow Springs Street Fair  Perhaps the most widely recognized YS celebration, Street Fair is a rite of passage. The village is overflowing with the energy of “over 200 arts, crafts & food vendors, two music stages, a beer garden and street performers” scattered through the streets. Be there the second Saturday of June and October. See the music lineup and more deets here.

Art Stroll  Twice a year, Yellow Springs puts on its party dress. Join the festivities as the village celebrates the tremendous creative energy that reverberates throughout YS. All art venues will have openings, and shops will be open late. Join in with your neighbors; everyone will be feeling festive. Third Friday in June and October, 6-9 p.m.

Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour happens on July 20th and 21st. Registration is now open. You can choose your own race following 5 different routes with one or two day options that amount to anywhere from 28 to 100 miles. We felt particularly inspired by the pep talk on their webpage: “You do not have to be a super-cyclist to complete this Bike Tour. However, a little training before hand is important. The route chosen by the Bike Tour Committee is chosen to satisfy a wide range of cyclists with different skills and abilities. Cyclists of all different shapes, sizes, age, and abilities have entered and finished.” Do good; ride hard. 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd.

Art on the Lawn  This popular juried art fair draws artists from all over the region. Shop over 120 booths on August 10th, 10-5 p.m. at the Mills Lawn School. 200 S. Walnut St.

Cyclops Fest is “an epic festival of handmade goods, music, culture, and DIY wonderfulness” on the second Saturday of September brought to you by the good folks of Urban Handmade. Keep apprised of the goings on here. on the grounds of Mills Lawn Elementary School

Yellow Springs Open Studios is your chance to get a peek at where the magic happens. October 19th and 20th is your opportunity to visit 34 local artists’ studios. More info and map here.

Zombie Walk  As only YS could do it, this Zombie Walk is beyond. Bring a donation for Yellow Springs Home Inc. and enjoy all the ghoulish fun including live music, food trucks, kids activities, and makeup artists to take your undead look to the next level. More info. here.

Maple Sugaring at Flying Mouse Farm  Take a tour of the Sugar Shack; learn about maple sugaring and organic farming; then, pick up some genuine local pure maple syrup. Watch their facebook page for dates (usually early March). 100 E. Fairfield Pk.

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7 Responses to Yellow Springs

  1. Laura McDonald

    Wow, what an inclusive list! I’m impressed that you got some of our newest businesses, including Basho and Calypso Grill. Here’s a great new store that just opened in March, in the spot that was Mr. Fub’s Party next to the hardware store:

    Yellow Springs Toy Company
    252 Xenia Avenue
    (937) 810-0007

  2. Kate Mooneyham

    This is a wonderful primer for those wanting to get to know Yellow Springs. Hats off to you, and your impressive photography skills.

  3. YScitizen

    Hello! Lovely article. One edit you might want to make: The YSAC permanent collection resides at Antioch University Midwest, a location separate from the Antioch College Campus. Antioch College is a separate entity, they used to be affiliated but now are not. Thanks!

  4. Stephen Spier

    I lived in this town many years ago! I miss it daily!!Why can’t it be on the Carolina Coast??


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