On one of our random drives - we saw a road sign for a Chuck Wagon Dinner - how could we pass that up?! Unfortunately I sort of forgot about it with all of the activities of summer. Luckily I remembered just in time to hit the LAST ONE of the summer (every Saturday in June, July & August). We also invited our friends - Jen & Neil - Jen has written a book called Cincinnati Day Trips - it's great! I urge everyone to go buy a copy. You'll learn and explore Cincinnati!
Before we could chuck wagon - we decided to just drive around the area that afternoon and explore. First we came across a dairy bar that also serves food.
A&M Farm & Orchard (22141 State Route 251 - Midland, OH). They have apples & grapes in October - so you can head out any time! It's a pick your own - or head inside and they have some pre-picked. We got Galas, tomatoes and then these other small tart apples - I don't remember the name - but they're more like Granny Smith and that's what Larry likes. They also have fresh cider!
Be sure to pick up their brochure before you leave - it has great recipes for Apple Crisp, Apple Sauce, Jam, Pies and more! Leave a comment with your email if you'd like the recipes.
Chatfield College in St. Martin. It's a 2 year private catholic college that offers an Associate of Arts degree.
They only have 200 students and the class size is between 5-15.
Here's the pond - yeah - that would be awesome!
Before the dinner you can just wander around the farm - they have a big animal barn (Stop #1 of course) as well as games and such.
The whole event here is $27/adult (less for kids) and we used their web coupon for 15% off a reservation of 4. When you figure in the entertainment value, the ride and the great food - it's a good deal for a night out. There's also free lemonade, sweet tea and water the entire time you're there. And the tea and lemonade was HOMEMADE and delicious!!!!
We took the wagon ride down to the creek for dessert!
Lantern Light Wagon Rides every Saturday in October! And there are 5 Saturdays this year! They go from dusk until 1030pm. The wagon rides are only $8 and they have food, beverages and pumpkins for sale as well.
And to think - this is all only 20 minutes from Kings Island! You feel like you're a world away.
I hope you check out at least one of these locally-run businesses when you're out and about this fall! There's a lot of fun to be had in the tri-state! And don't forget the Chuck Wagon next summer!