I love Yellow Springs. If you haven't been - you need to go! It's a hippie town - home to Antioch College (they don't believe in grades - you do "self evaluations" at the end of your class) and it's got a very hippie vibe to it. It's also home to Dave Chapelle!
A few years back, my comedy class instructor told me that Dave lived up there and I've heard many people tell me they'd seen him - but I finally had my first Chapelle sighting in Yellow Springs! I decided to be very cool and not take his picture or anything. He was walking around with his shirt off just chatting with random peeps on the street that were playing music, etc... He's much bigger in person!
So back to YS - it's about an hour and fifteen minutes from Cinci - just north of Dayton. And once you enter the town - you know you're someplace unique. Cars stop for pedestrians, the sidewalks are FILLED with people of every color and there are vendors and shops and music EVERYWHERE! It's a great place to spend a day.
I also have to thank my good friend Jennifer Reed for getting us to go. We were looking through her new book - Cincinnati Day Trips - looking for someplace to go - and there it was - Yellow Springs! A great little nudge for us to go. And the plug for her book - it's awesome! It's a history lesson wrapped up with fantastic pictures and great weekend ideas - I can't WAIT to dive in and check out more places!
But after walking around and spotting Chapelle a few times - we were a couple of hungry kids and needed sustenance.
We found Ye Olde Trail Tavern on the main drag there and decided to stop. We'd been a couple of places but hadn't tried this one - so it was something new.
All of those photos of nearby shops were taken from our seat on the patio - pretty cool!
Why Should You Go? Well originally we tried to go to Ha-Ha Pizza and didn't have such a good experience. I tried to go before and really liked it so we went there first. After waiting for 20 minutes - we were finally passed up by the waitress so she could wait on an 8-top that had just walked in the door. We (and the 4-top next to us) got fed up and walked out. So The Trail Tavern was our second choice but it was a good one - we both really enjoyed the sandwiches we got and the patio is a really great seat to watch the world go by.
After dinner - we decided to walk around the square a little more and see some of the houses that Yellow Springs has to offer.
And then on the way home - we came across this giant cow on Highway 42. This cow is the size of a semi! Sorry for the bad picture - the sun was shining and I tried to take the picture while we were driving by. Anybody who knows why this cow is in their yard - please share? I'm guessing they're cattle farmers?!
All in all - I love an afternoon in Yellow Springs - it's a nice quiet drive and there's a lot to see: hippies, musicians and celebrities!