Happy New Year! Sorry I have been MIA, life has been a little crazy the past few months and I have so much to post about in the weeks coming up. I promised to return (a lot sooner than now) with the rest of our Butler County, Ohio trip so here I am excited to bring you some more info about the area.
In my last post I talked about how much fun we had and I shared so many awesome places we were able to visit . We stayed at the Courtyard Hamilton which was located downtown and near so many great things. If you’re planning to visit Butler County I would definitely recommend this hotel –very modern, clean and the best part is that it’s within walking distance to one of our fave places we were able to visit and tour, Municipal Brew Works. We also took the coolest golf cart ride around Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, ate at an old fashioned root beer stand called Jolly’s Drive-In and ended the night with a fun outdoor movie at the Holiday Auto Theater on our first day there.
The next morning we got up early and embarked on the Butler County Donut Trail. If you love donuts or just want a sweet experience you have to do this. Who knew Butler County had so many cute little donut shops.
If you want to take this adventure you first have to pickup your Butler County Donut Trail Passsport which has 12 donut shops listed on it. Make a stop at each of the 12 and have the passport stamped at each one and you’ll receive a free SWEET Donut Trail t-shirt for your accomplishment! You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some really delish donuts and meet some great people along the way.
We visited Ross Bakery, Stan the Donut Man, Jupiter Coffee & Donuts and Holtman’s Donuts. We may have had a sugar high that morning, but it was totally worth it and a roadtrip to we’ll never forget.
After our morning adventure our next stop was at Escape The Room Challenge –One Room, One Hour, One Escape! That’s right at Escape the Room Challenge you’ll find yourself locked in a room and have only 1 hour to discover hidden items, solve challenging puzzles, and unlock amazing secrets to win your freedom back. There are 4 different challenges and we tried to escape Uncle Ernie’s Millions searching for his will. We worked together with the boys searching our room up and down, finding clues and solving puzzles and trying to find his will which left us his $50 Million Dollar Estate…but could we do it? Could we find it before his shady lawyer told us we get nothing and will go to jail for breaking into Uncle Ernie’s house? Oh the suspense… dun dun dun….. FAIL!!! We were so close, but didn’t escape. We did have a blast though. I loved that we had quality family time and used our brains, wish there were more things like this to do. What a fun new entertainment craze this is, we would love to come back and try one of of the other escape rooms offered now that we know a little more of how an escape room works.
The rest of the day was filled with more food, as if we didn’t get enough sugar from the donut trail, but hey we love food and family time! Next up was a stop at Jungle Jim’s International Market, known as one of the wildest and wackiest stores in the world. Wow if you’ve never been to one of their two locations that offer 200,000 square feet of shopping and interesting cuisine then you must make a visit soon!
At Jungle Jim’s you can find foods from over 70 countries, fresh produce, hundreds of specialty items, natural food and supplements, a huge selection of beer and wines, as well as cigars and liquor. The boys went crazy in this store, if you plan to go grab a map and plan to spend a few hours exploring all of the neat things and trying the samples offered throughout. It’s a grocery store like you’ve never seen before.
After spending time at Jungle Jim’s we worked up an appetite and headed to Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern for supper, another first for us. At Bagger Dave’s burgers and beer aren’t food and drink, they’re a way of life! Talk about some good food. The boys all had burgers and loved them. I tried their Twisted Mac N’ Cheese which featured cavatappi noodles, sharp cheddar, Parmesan, mozzarella and smoked gouda cheeses, topped with shaved pretzel croutons and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint! Not sure how we hadn’t tried Bagger Dave’s before, but we’ve been back a few times since this trip and love their food.
We finished with some dessert from The Cone, an ice cream stand shaped like a swirl cone featuring sweet treats, pinball games and a drive-thru. What a fun day we had!
The next morning we had a few more stops to make before heading home. Number one on the list was True West Coffee, also located in downtown Hamilton. Seriously this was the cutest little coffee shop– it has a cute wrap around porch, a drive thru window for easy ordering and a great cup of joe as well as homemade food options. The Pot o’ Gold featuring caramel & vanilla was amazing! They have a huge list of drink options to choose from to get you through the day and look how fun their menu is, love it.
Our last stop on our Butler County, Ohio adventure was in Oxford, Ohio. Oxford is the home of Miami University with some pretty neat little places to visit with one being the Bagel & Deli Shop, of course we traveled more for food. This little deli is a favorite in Oxford and has been around for 44 years serving up a million different creations on your favorite bagel. A little overwhelming as a first timer because there are so many different sandwiches you could order. If you don’t see one on the huge list that you’d like, you can create your own and if it becomes a fave you can name it and they will put it on their wall for future orders. You’ll love the names of these sandwiches, my sister-in-law went to Miami U and said the Tonya Harding Club is one of her go-to fave’s, I tried the Blonde Bombshell and loved it –turkey, swiss, veggie cream cheese, lettuce, and a dash o’pepper on a sun dried tomato bagel. You’ll have to view the menu to see some of the crazy names these bagel sandwiches are named! If you love little adventures to try something new, it’s definitely a unique, little hole in the wall serving up some great eats.
We loved the opportunity to visit Butler County, Ohio and want to thank everyone who welcomed us into their establishments. We really loved this mini trip we had the opportunity to take and have found some favorite spots that we will definitely be returning to!