Need some retail therapy? Whether you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe or your surroundings, set a course for Destination Outlets. You’ll find shops offering an array of apparel, gifts, decor and more to help you step out in style. No worries about navigating — start with a few of these favorites.By Leslie Basalla-McCafferty
With modern furnishings, clean, sophisticated decor and design services, you’ll find pieces and inspiration to make your space magazine cover ready. Suite 8100, 740-948-2004
All shopping days call for a bit of aromatherapy. Take your time browsing seasonal scents and year-round staples, then stock up on your favorites. Suite 8155, 740-948-2932
Opening in Spring 2023, this full-service Mexican restaurant will offer a wide range of fresh and authentic Mexican dishes, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas and much more. Suite 8173
This unique shop has a huge indoor track for RC racing, a LEGO building area and Brick Bar, a Melissa & Doug zone and more. Plus, comfortable sitting areas for adults. Suite 8310, 740-419-8004
Find your next handbag, travel bag or backpack, all with beautiful patterns and bold colors that will help you stand out. Suite 8260, 740-488-0082
Every closet needs cozy loungewear and cute dresses – you’ll find both for great prices at American Eagle Outfitters. Suite 8365, 740-948-2235
11 Philly Pretzel Factory
The Factory features a variety of soft pretzels and pretzel dogs, along with party trays and frozen drinks. Suite 8420, 740-948-9353
12 Rack Room Shoes
Get your kicks — as in the latest fashion footwear — here, with familiar brands and styles for men, women and kids.
Suite 8400, 740-935-5194
7 Kate Spade
Add personality to any look with a bold and beautiful purse. The great prices are as much of a statement as the designs themselves. Suite 8570, 740-948-2506
13 T.J. Maxx Shoes, trendy clothes, kitchen goods, furniture … what doesn’t T.J. Maxx offer? You never know what gems you’ll find here.
Suite 8540, 740-948-2498
With over 15,000 square feet of family fun and entertainment, Launch will be a popular stop for shoppers to grab lunch or a drink and to have fun, quality time together.
events at the outlet
8 Michael Kors Shop for women’s and men’s designer looks, from handbags to watches to fashionable apparel and accessories.
Suite 8670, 740-948-9458
15 Gap Outlet
From baby jean jackets (and other adorable pieces) to women’s athleisure to men’s business casual looks, you’ll find styles for every closet.
Suite 8865, 740-948-9290
16 Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming
Leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America. Besides being a great source for healthy dog food, treats and accessories, they offer full-service grooming. Suite 8705, 740-948-9488
17 Nike Factory Store
What’s in a logo? Nike’s iconic swoosh represents power, dedication, skill and more. With great deals, you can wear the swoosh with pride.
Suite 8890, 740-948-9244
10 Under Armour
Keep an eye out for the exciting events coming to the outlets in 2023! From sidewalk sales with great deals throughout the year to books galore at the Ohio Authors Book Fair, free monster truck rides at the annual Monster Truck Madness and trick-or-treating at all of your favorite stores, there’s always something going on. For the most up-to-date information about upcoming events, scan the QR code below or visit destinationoutlets.com/ events.
9 Open Box Outlet Family, veteran and locally owned business that gives the community a place to shop for affordable furniture. Suite 8630, 740-419-8008
Offering great prices on a full range of apparel, accessories, footwear for men, women and youth. Suite 8770, 740-313-0002
Memorial Day Weekend
Ohio Authors Book Fair
May 27, 10 AM–3 PM
Monster Truck Madness
July 1–2, 12–6 PM
Food Truck Rally & Ohio Tax Free Weekend
Labor Day Weekend
Pie Eating Contest
October 30, 5–7 PM
Black Friday Weekend
around the county
Back-En-Thyme Flower & Gift Shop
101 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-0003, backenthyme.com
This fresh flower shop specializes in custom floral designs and has a great selection of gifts, home décor and one-of-a-kind items.
330 Washington Sq., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Whether you want to outfit the family, the house or family dog, Bealls Outlet has the looks, the sizes and prices that will make it your favorite place to shop.
Craig’s Shoes & Sports
1270 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-4360, qualiteedesign.com
Have a ball at this sporting goods store that specializes in athletic footwear.
Creative Designs by Denise
243 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Shop for unique embroidered items made by Denise.
Death Putt Disc Supply
149 S. Fayette St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-4020, deathputtdiscsupply.com
Death Putt Disc Supply is a small disc golf retailer selling new and reincarnated disc golf equipment.
8000 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 800-213-9083, destinationoutlets.com
Shop designer and brand name stores with deep discounts at this outlet mall.
Four T’s Boutique
133 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-505-0801, shopfourtsboutique.com
Shop trendy and unique clothing and accessories.
296 Blackstone St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-5224, This jewelry shop offers custom designs as well as jewelry repairs.
Great American Jewelry
112 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-1401
Find custom, new and vintage jewelry at this jewelry shop.
Harry & Annie’s
210 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 614-562-1950
This antique shop specializes in the unique with antique furniture, clothing and décor.
Kenzie’s Candles & Melts
213 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-895-6020, kenziescandlesmeltsllc.com Clean burning candles and melts.
9 W. Front St., New Holland, OH 43145 740-495-5181, kirksfurniture.com This furniture store offers brand name furniture, appliances, electronics, décor and mattresses.
120 W. Court St., 2nd Floor, Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-406-4479
A higher-end consignment store for women’s clothing and accessories.
Lily Home and Garden
137 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
This one-stop shop offers home decor and furniture with a unique touch.
210 Washington Sq., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-6615, homeofthehappy.com
Shop locally handmade items, soy candles, tobacco pipes, incense, posters and so much more!
New Moon Market
109 S. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-975-0733
This unique shop gives off good vibes, spiritual guidance and love. Find handmade goods and services to aid in any level of healing.
North Shore Primitives & Antiques
153 S. Hinde St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-6799, northshoreprimitives.com
This antique shop, nestled in an old storage barn, offers colonial and primitive goods and furniture.
Showplace Furniture Gallery
153 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-5077
Check out this family-owned shop that offers a wide selection of furniture for all settings.
106 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-572-1048
Search for farmhouse and primitive décor at this country home shop
5675 U.S. Rte. 62 N.E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-437-7272, sunny-maple.business.site
Create your own sub or sandwich with over 75 Troyers meats and cheeses at this deli shop.
Three Birds Boutique
244 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9004, shopthreebirdsboutique.com
This stylish boutique carries a variety of the hottest fashion trends for women of all ages and sizes.
Thymeless Treasures at The Colonial House 2893 U.S. Rte. 22 E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-895-6088
Find primitive decor, seasonal decor, boutique clothing and more!
The Vault 116 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Find unique collectibles at this one-of-a-kind antique store.
Watson’s Office Supply & ShipCenter
224 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-5544, watsonsofficesupply.com
Your one-stop shop for office supplies, office furniture, shipping and home décor.
From snowy winter mornings to bright summer afternoons, there’s something for everyone in every season in Fayette County. Whether you’re looking to soak up some sunshine in the great outdoors or stay cozy inside on a cold and rainy day, you’ll find fun and entertainment around every corner of the county.By Ann Fazzini
Escape the cold and take a step back in time at the Fayette County Historical Society & Museum to see historical artifacts and exhibits that spotlight the history and heroes of the area — plus, the stunning 148-year-old Victorian Italianate home that houses the museum is a piece of history itself. The museum regularly rotates artifacts in and out of exhibit spaces, and is only open by appointment in the winter, so make sure to call ahead to plan your visit. Before leaving, take a trip up the spiral stairs to the museum’s tower for a lovely view of the city. For another trip back in time — this time to the ‘80s and the golden age of video games — indulge in a little friendly competition at Game On Arcade In between friendly rounds of Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat, grab pizza and wings from the in-house restaurant. Shopping for the holidays? Destination Outlets makes it
easy, with outlet shops like Coach, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren offering great deals on designer items and mall favorites like Nike and Eddie Bauer. Look for special events throughout the year at the Outlets, too, including an Ohio Author Book Fair in May, trick-or-treat at Halloween and sidewalk sales with amazing deals during Black Friday Weekend.
Ring in the holiday season at the annual Christmas Parade in Washington Court House on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. And in December, experience more festive fun for the entire family at Washington Court House’s Downtown LIVE!, featuring music and caroling, special shopping deals at local businesses and a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick himself. Don’t miss the holiday-themed window displays featuring “live mannequins” at businesses downtown — it’s a beloved annual tradition
It’s the perfect time of year to refresh and renew, and new treasures await at Washington Court House’s many locally owned shops. Find beautiful floral arrangements, home décor and heartfelt gifts at Back-En-Thyme Flower & Gift Shop; sweet-smelling candles and colonial, country decor at North Shore Primitives & Antiques; unique clothing and jewelry for a variety of sizes and tastes at Three Birds Boutique; and good-vibe crystals, healing tools and adornments at New Moon Market The downtown area also offers family-friendly events throughout the year, such as themed store window displays, outdoor sidewalk sales and shop hops, live music paired with food trucks and Dog Days of Summer, which welcomes leashed pooches and hosts pup-friendly vendors and giveaways.
On those dreary, rainy days, escape with some indoor rollerskating fun at Roller Haven Fun Center, a local favorite since 1948. Be sure to check for special events, like all-night skates, holiday celebrations and matinee deals.
Get loud at the spring smash Courthouse Crash, a demolition derby that challenges down-and-dirty drivers to be the last car standing for cash and prizes. Held at the county fairgrounds, the event is designed to offer fun for car-lovers of all ages. You know summer is around the corner when the Fayette County Farmers’ Market kicks off in mid-May — the outdoor shop brings handmade crafts, home-grown flowers and, of course, farm-fresh produce every Saturday morning through October.
Sunny summer days call for time spent in the great outdoors, and Paint Creek Recreational Trail offers a 32-mile paved path that takes hikers, joggers and cyclists all the way from Washington Court House to Chillicothe. The multi-use trail follows old B&O railroad routes through forests, fields, farmland, across a covered bridge and through several small towns that make for perfect pit stops.
For lazier days, pack a picnic and enjoy a lunch in the shade and nature of Christman Park The park includes a playground for kids and an off-leash play area just for pups. Don’t forget to bring binoculars — the park is also a favorite with birders. Waterfowl, songbirds and prey birds, like hawks and falcons, are frequently spotted. For those extra simmering-hot days, cool off with a refreshing dip in the Jeffersonville Pool, a local hot spot where you can make a splash with a jump off the high dive or a trip down one of two covered slides.
When Independence Day rolls around, Fire in the Sky is a must-see. The fireworks display, choreographed to music, is one of the premiere celebrations in southcentral Ohio. Plus, no summer is complete without a day at the fair, and the Fayette County Fair features all the classic favorites: rides, animals and, of course, decadent, deep-fried fair food! This year’s line-up features truck and tractor pulls, rodeo events and harness racing.
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There’s nothing like taking a relaxing hike, bike ride or drive on a crisp fall day to take in the beauty of the season, and Paint Creek Recreational Trail and Deer Creek State Park are just two of Fayette County’s fall-color hot spots. Check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ website for an up-to-date Fall Color Report to see weather predictions and help plan your visit at the most vibrant times.
Inspired by the bright palette of fall color? Pick up a brush and let the creativity flow with a painting class at White Fence Gallery in Washington Court House. No previous artistic skill necessary — classes are open to all ages and skill levels and taught by local master artists who can help you bring out your inner da Vinci.
If football is more your speed, cheer on your favorite teams with good company and good brews at a local sports bar; the Rusty Keg Tavern and Champion’s Grill at the Greens Golf Course are just two of several across the county.
Keep an eye out for special fall events, too. Join the community in celebrating everything fall at Washington Court House’s annual Scarecrow Festival, where the entire family can enjoy three days of food, festivities and fun, including a benefit 5K/10K run. History buffs: don’t miss History Comes Alive in Washington Cemetery, where guests can take an old-fashioned hayride and hear tales of the area’s heroes and legends from in-character historical interpreters.
Fayette County fair +events
Warm weather, blue skies and the Fayette County Fair!
From July 17–22, watch the fairgrounds come alive with an abundance of activities. Hop on classic fair rides to enjoy a thrill, feast on your favorite fair foods or take part in arts and crafts. Be sure to catch a livestock show and walk the barns to see all the farm animals. Come on out and bring the family! All ages are welcome.
Monthly Shop Hops — Main Street Fayette
Downtown Washington Court House
Explore the local shops of downtown Washington Court House on the second Friday of every month.
April 29 & October 21, Fayette County Fairgrounds
Ceremony & Parade
May 29, Village of Jeffersonville
Celebrate Memorial Day by taking in a patriotic parade, then stay for the Veteran’s Memorial Service to honor all who died protecting our county.
31st Annual Community Health Fair & Family Fun Day
June 10, Grace Community Church, Washington Court House
Enjoy activities fun for the entire family while also catching up on routine screenings and preventative care services.
Independence Day Fireworks Display
July 3, Washington Court House
July 4, Jeffersonville
See Fourth of July Fireworks at either the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Court House or in Jeffersonville.
Farm to Fork
This fundraiser for the Fayette County Farm Bureau is hosted at a different local farm each year and raises money to support local nonprofits.
Fayette County Fair
July 17–22, Fayette County Fairgrounds
Boasting an ever-expansive display of livestock, arts and crafts, rides and activities, there’s something for every member of the family.
Community Night at the Races
July 19, Fayette County Fairgrounds
Enjoy an evening in the grandstand for one of Fayette County’s longest standing traditions — harness racing. You’ll get one free raffle ticket upon entry per guest. Prizes are drawn after each race. The weiner dogs will take the track after the harness racing action to compete in the Top Dog Championship Race.
Runway Run 5K
Aug. 5, Fayette County Airport
Run (or walk) the airport runway for this unique annual 5K, hosted on the first Saturday in August.
Tri-County Battle of the Bands
August 11, Downtown Washington
Fayette, Clinton and Highland Counties join forces to bring the best bands to represent their county in a friendly competition. Johnny Lawless will be representing Fayette County. Bring your own lawn chair and come cheer on your favorite band.
August 12, Village of Bloomingburg
Join the Bloomingburg community in August for food, music, raffles, a car show and more!
Art on the Square
Aug. 12, Downtown Washington Court House
Show off your talent with a brush! Paint with your peers on large canvases and let your creativity run wild. Food trucks, vendors and music round out the event.
Sept. 15–17, Downtown Washington Court House
Welcome autumn in style with live music and entertainment, food, amusement rides, games, craft vendors, classic cars, a cornhole tournament, a wine and beer garden and more. Runners, take part in the 5K or 10K to support United Way of Fayette County.
History Comes Alive in Washington Cemetery!
Sept. 30, Washington Cemetery
Experience the historic Washington Cemetery like never before at night and hear thrilling stories from Washington Court House’s bygone days on a guided hayride tour.
Show of the Season
Nov. 18, Mahan Building/ Fayette County Fairgrounds
Find one of the largest craft shows in Southwest Ohio the third Saturday in November in Washington Court House.
Nov. 26, Downtown Washington Court House
The Christmas spirit ignites in downtown Washington Court House the first Sunday after Thanksgiving with a giant Christmas-themed parade.
Dec. 9, Downtown Washington Court House
Celebrate the holidays by strolling a decorated downtown Washington Court House. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, delicious foods and more.
DINE AROUND THE CLOCK
a day of good eats in Fayette CountyBy Ruth Corradi Beach
For a perfectly balanced start to the day (sweet but not cloying, with just enough perk), grab yourself a hot or iced house-specialty Cubano — espresso, cream and homemade simple syrup — at Vinyl Coffee, along with an order of decadent hazelnut and strawberry toast. Or swing by Outside the Box Café, where breakfast is served till 2 p.m. and every breakfast menu item includes a side of grits (even the chocolate-syruptopped Fancy Cakes!). Don’t miss the donuts at Atkinson’s Bakery, where nearly 50 years of experience in Washington Court House is baked in to every made-from-scratch goodie. Bring home a loaf of their cream bread for lighter-than-air toast all week long. Our Place Restaurant is another ideal place to start your day, thanks to their homestyle offerings of everything from oatmeal to sausage gravy on Texas toast.
Whether it’s time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s something delicious on the menu in Fayette County. Here’s a round-up of some favorites so you can plan a full day of culinary delights.
There are so many lunch options at Capuana’s Delicatessen that you’ll just have to promise yourself to come back — maybe have the Sicilian pasta salad one day and try the Whole Hog sandwich, with houseroasted pork loin, the next. Grab a slice or a whole pie at Super Sport Pizza & Wings, or think outside the (pizza) box and try a half pound of wings smothered in D.B. Yummers BBQ Sauce, a local favorite made by a family-owned business. The Rusty Keg Tavern offers enough choices to keep a whole crowd happy, from pepper pot calamari and seared ahi tuna salad to a hand-cut rib-eye sandwich. El Dorado Mexican Restaurant also has a whole range of choices, including a tasty tortilla soup and burritos served eight different styles, with filling choices for each.photo by Joe Guard
Dig into a decked-out burger, rib-eye steak or hand-breaded haddock after a round or two of golf at Champions Grill at the Greens Golf Course. Indulge in hibachi combination plates featuring chicken, steak, shrimp or lobster and try specialty sushi rolls that you won’t be able to get enough of at Ohayo Hibachi Grill. Streetside 62 Bistro offers appetizers including mac & cheese bites and onion straws that are made for sharing (though you might want to keep it all for yourself!), which are terrific preludes to the spicy jalapeño burger or sweet & spicy pork chops. Salty Broads Patio is a bright outdoor space that feels exactly like hanging out with friends on their patio, except no one in your party needs to be running in and out to refresh everybody’s drinks.
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further. Two Scoops of Sugar offers brownies and flavored cupcakes that are just as sweet as the name implies. Or try a slice of red velvet cake and an adorably decorated cookie from Country Cakes & Bakes Main St. Creamery’s central location, as well as its outstanding ice cream, makes it an ideal place to end a day of exploring Washington Court House.
around the county
1428 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2581
This family-oriented pizza shop serves up pizza, subs, salads, wings and more. Located inside Le Ella Lanes.
149 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-895-6261, ssbarbrllc.com/capuanas
Recognizable by its green and white awning, Capuana’s Courtview Deli is your go-to stop for all things deli-related, and then some.
23 Fayette Center, Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3944
Give in to your cravings with pizza, wings, salads and subs from this local favorite pizza shop.
Champions Grill at The Greens Golf Course
703 Highland Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Grab a bite to celebrate after playing the greens. Open seven days a week serving up great food and drinks.
Don & Marty’s Corner Pizza & Carryout
1 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128
Dine-in or carry-out pizza pies! This family-owned and -operated business is known for their pizza, salads and subs.
El Cañon Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
1381 Leesburg Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-4018, elcanonwch.com
Enjoy delicious traditional, Mexican dishes. Treat your family to a flavorful, filling meal.
El Dorado Mexican Restaurant
220 Washington Sq., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2099, eldoradowoh.com Find traditional Mexican food and drinks at El Dorado. The relaxed atmosphere and fantastic services make it a great gathering spot with friends and family.
Game On Pizza
202 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-313-7265
Give your taste buds a treat with a slice of pizza, calzone, wings or salad. This pizza shop is located in Game On Arcade and offers dine in or carryout.
Hong Kong Buffet
1142 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 hongkongbuffetwch.com
1270 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-4012
Enjoy the slow, crafted smoking process that Horney’s Barbeque is famous for. Pulled pork, ribs, wings and savory sides are on the menu. It’s the perfect place to bring the family for lunch or dinner.
Jones Farm Market
4693 Old U.S. Rte. 35 S.E., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-600-5813
Your one-stop-shop for fresh produce, meats, eggs and more.
137 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Offering boba/bubble teas in a variety of flavors. Sip on your tea in the cat lounge, where all cats are adoptable through the Fayette Regional Humane Society.
Ohayo Hibachi Grill
240 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-6017
Ohayo Hibachi Grill offers authentic hibachi food and delicious sushi in downtown Washington Court House.
Our Place Restaurant
827 E. Market St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Offering some of the best country cooking in Fayette County with delicious made-to-order homecooked meals.
Outside the Box Café
10 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128
This charming, eclectic café serves up a variety of farm-to-table dishes located in downtown Jeffersonville.
Prime Meats & Deli
240 W. East St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-1724
This shop offers a variety of fresh meats and deli items, including daily lunch specials.
Ranchers Roast Beef
501 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3454, wegotyourbeef.com
Serving up the best roast beef sandwich in the area since 1979, this family-owned restaurant is a local favorite.
120 Crossings Dr., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9743, roosterswings.com
Relax with your family and friends and enjoy fresh, never frozen wings and more at this award-winning fun, casual joint.
The Rusty Keg
1801 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-4534, rustykeg.com
This family-friendly tavern offers a casual atmosphere and a menu with fresh burgers, wings, subs, pizza, salads and homemade desserts.
Salty Broads Patio
216 Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-206-8918
Relax in an outdoor space and enjoy historic downtown while sipping wine and craft beer.
Starlight Pizza & Subs
61 Main St., Bloomingburg, OH 43106 740-437-7827
Streetside 62 Bistro
2007 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-6262, streetside62bistro.com
This farm-to-table restaurant sources local ingredients for dishes such as salads, burgers and pizza.
Super Sports Pizza & Wings
149 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-333-7080, ssbarbrllc.com/sspw
This family-friendly pizza shop is dedicated to serving high-quality pizza, salads and subs made with only the freshest ingredients.
Village Pump Pizza
14 S. Main St., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 740-426-9657
Enjoy pizza, subs, wings and more.
203 Glenn Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-1468, thewillowrestaurant.com
Enjoy prompt service and firstclass ingredients in sandwiches, seafood, chicken and noodles or homemade pies at this familyfriendly restaurant.
210 W. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-3021
Sweeten up your day with fresh donuts, cookies, pastries, cream bread and more.
Country Cakes & Bakes
409 W. Front St., New Holland, OH 43145 740-497-6370, countrycakesandbakes.com
Satisfy your sweet tooth with made-from-scratch pastries, cookies, cheesecake, brownies and more.
Main St. Creamery
145 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
This unique creamery with a nostalgic atmosphere offers premium ice cream, pies and cupcakes! Try a scoop on their signature bubble cone!
Nutrition Fix of Court House
118 W. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Healthy options on the go. Grab a protein shake, energizing teas, protein coffee or postworkout shakes.
Two Scoops of Sugar
505 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-572-1490, twoscoopsofsugar.com
Relax with an espresso and a cinnamon roll at this bakery that also offers cakes, pies, pastries and more to order.
Whit’s Frozen Custard
401 S. Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-620-9621
Scoop up the flavor of the week or treat yourself to a quart to go.
Orion Coffee & Tea
8465 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128 orioncoffeeandtea.com
This specialty coffee company offers fresh roasted coffee and loose leaf teas.
138 S. Fayette St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-206-9694, platformcoffeehouse.com
A place for locals, travelers and coffee lovers to find common ground.
143 N. Main St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 vinylcoffee.co
The heart of Vinyl Coffee is to provide a space that serves quality coffee and eats, cultivates community through conversation and care, and provides an environment that is a home to all.
explore, play, unwind
Whether you want to relax in nature, uncover new adventures or get a little competitive, Fayette County’s parks have something for you.By Kim Schneider
Lace up those hiking boots or hop on your bike and head to Deer Creek State Park With six hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty, a journey through the park is a great way to see nature in action and get some fresh air. If you want to put on your detective hat, try geocaching. The digital treasure hunt lets you search for caches (hidden containers of various sizes) by following GPS coordinates. Discover all 13 caches on the Fayette County Historical Society’s historical trail passport to earn your very own commemorative Historical Trail Geocoin.
As the temperature heats up, the newly updated splash pad at Washington Park in Washington Court House will cool off both kids and adults alike, thanks to an expansion in 2022. And while in the area, swing by adjoining Eyman Park to spend the afternoon playing on the playground or catching air at the skate park. You can also get into the swing of things with a round of golf at The Greens Golf Course of Fayette County with its pristine lawns, Buckeye Hills Country Club’s rolling hills or Deer Creek State Park, a 350-acre course known for its long fairways.
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and become one with nature when you visit the Deer Creek Wildlife Area, with 4,220 acres dedicated to preserving wildlife such as whitetailed deer, wild turkeys and beavers. You can keep the zen feeling going at Shaw Wetlands near the city of Washington Court House. The former agricultural area is now a wetland habitat where you can see (and hear!) animals such as frogs and toads. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, as both spots are also great for birdwatchers. Red-tailed hawks are commonly sighted, and rare birds, such as bald eagles and sandhill cranes, have been seen here as well.
Leave that 9-iron at home. When playing a round at the Soldiers’ Row Disc Golf Course in the city of Washington Court House, you don’t need clubs, balls or tees. You just need a frisbeelike disc that you’ll try to throw into a basket
in the fewest strokes possible. Since opening in 2022, Fayette County’s first public disc golf course features 18 holes that are both great for beginners and challenging enough for more experienced players.
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Buckeye Hills Country Club
7261 Limes Rd., Greenfield, OH 45123
Tee off at Buckeye Hills Country Club, a lovely 18-hole course with sand traps and ponds.
1185-1217 Elm St., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Find outdoor fun at this community park offering basketball courts, playground area, shelter house, walking trails and bicycle trails. Bring your four-legged friend along to run and play in the enclosed off-leash dog park.
Deer Creek State Park
20635 State Park Rd. 20, Mount Sterling, OH 43143 740-869-3124, deercreekparklodge.com
This 2,337-acre park offers a large lake with fishing, boating and swimming. Eight hiking trails with an additional two bridle trails are available. A modern campground, cabins and lodge provide overnight accommodations.
221 E. Eyman Park Dr., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Head to Eyman Park for horseshoes, skateboarding, basketball and a stocked lake for public fishing.
Eyman Park Splash Pad
110 E. Eyman Park Dr., Washington Court House, OH 43160 This recently expanded splash pad is the perfect place to be on a hot summer day!
101 E. East St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-606-3467, fayettecountyfarmers market.wordpress.com
This farmers market sells locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as local honey, eggs, meats, bakery items and flowers direct from vendors.
Fayette County Museum
517 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2953
Explore the checkered history of Fayette County. This 143-yearold house-turned-museum features 14 rooms showcasing artifacts from the county’s history. Tour the museum by appointment from April-September on Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
Game on Arcade
202 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-313-7265
Dig into pizza and wings as you play nearly 25 old-school arcade games.
Geocaching 740-335-2953, visitfayco.com/things-to-do
Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? Following a map, searching for clues and discovering “treasure” is exciting stuff for any age! The Fayette County History Geotrail takes geocachers on a hunt for 13 caches placed throughout the county that all have a historical significance. To get started, download the free geocaching app on your smart device. Complete the trail, fill out the passport and submit it to Fayette County Historical Society to receive a commemorative coin.
The Greens Golf Course of Fayette County 703 Highland Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160
Play nine holes of outstanding golf on this course.
Historical Markers Driving Tour visitfayco.com/things-to-do
The vibrant and rich history of Fayette County comes alive through a driving tour of Historical Markers. Explore all nine Ohio Historical Society Historical Markers in Fayette County that commemorate specific sites, events and people. Courtesy of the Fayette County Historical Society.
Jeffersonville Area Veterans Memorial Park
This memorial is located in downtown Jeffersonville and lists the names of 1,140 local veterans starting with the Revolutionary War through current day.
42 Colonial Dr., Jeffersonville, OH 43128
Cool off from the hot summer sun at the Jeffersonville Pool, open Memorial Day weekend through the start of school. Seasonal passes and private parties are available.
Le Ella Lanes
1428 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-2580, leellalanes.com
This family-owned bowling alley offers open bowling, leagues and private parties, while its Amore’ Pizzeria serves up pizza, subs and more.
Paint Creek Recreation Trail 2820 Robinson Rd., Washington Court House, OH 43160 tricountytriangletrail.org
Enjoy the great outdoors on this 32-mile paved trail connecting Fayette, Ross and Highland counties. Bridges and wildlife abound.
Roller Haven Fun Center
1640 U.S. Rte. 22 N.W., Washington Court House, OH 43160 740-335-6481, rollerhavenfuncenter.com
Boogie down on four wheels per foot at this roller skating rink perfect for events such as birthday parties.
2820 Robinson Rd. Washington Court House, OH 43160
Soldiers’ Row Disc Golf Course
1741 Washington Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160 18-hole disc golf course great for all skill levels located behind Washington Cemetery.
Veterans Memorial Park
This small downtown Washington Court House park offers benches, a veterans’ memorial, flowers during the summer and festive decorations for the holidays. Featuring an original Harry Ahysen mural called “Many Things Are Centered Here,” depicting the old train depot and the County Court House.
White Fence Gallery
137 E. Court St., Washington Court House, OH 43160 Find classes, workshops and community events based on painting, photography, jewelry and more, all geared towards creativity and arts.
Fayette County FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday beginning in May – September 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 101 E. East St. Washington CH, OH 43160
· Every Wednesday beginning the first week in June – September
· 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
· TSC parking lot 1650 Columbus Ave. Washington CH, OH 43160
• Vegetables and Fruits
• Local Eggs & Meats
• Herbs, Plants & Flowers
• Home Baked Goods
• Unique Crafts & More EXPERIENCE
• Honey, Jams & Jellies
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Contact: David Persinger, Market Manager Phone: 740-606-3467
historyBY MEGHAN TARNEY
If you’re a history buff, or just curious to learn more about Fayette County, you’re in luck. Fayette County’s Historical Markers Driving Tour brings you to nine key places that represent the area’s rich past. Grab a brochure from the Fayette County Historical Society and prepare to travel back in time.
Start your tour in Washington Court House, where you’ll find seven of the nine sites. The first stop, Fayette County Courthouse, has stood since 1885. Head to the south side of the building to see something remarkable: bullet holes from an 1894 riot at the courthouse still litter the south doors. Next, pay homage to some of the significant figures who called Fayette County home, including U.S. Attorney General Harry Daugherty of the Warren G. Harding administration. You can see his final resting place at Washington Cemetery, which is also home to Soldier’s Row — a government-issued gravesite for veterans who didn’t have the means for burial elsewhere. Fayette County isn’t short on noteworthy cemeteries; explore four more of them on the Driving Tour. Starting in Washington Court House, St. Colman Church and Cemetery is the burial site of three dozen veterans from multiple conflicts ranging from the Civil War to World War I. Good Hope Cemetery, meanwhile, houses the grave of David Jones, a respected Medal of Honor recipient who fought in the Union Army during the Civil War.
The Driving Tour also includes one of the oldest cemeteries in Fayette County. Founded alongside Washington Court House in 1810, Old Washington Cemetery holds some of the county’s earliest settlers. A few miles away, Bloomingburg Cemetery contains several veteran graves in a village that was once central to the Underground Railroad. Then, make your way to Eyman Park, where you’ll find a display of a steam locomotive alongside a marker highlighting the accomplishments of Ohio-born inventor Granville T. Woods. Woods’ frequent trips to Washington Court House inspired him to improve train operations in the 19th century.
End your trek with a short drive south to Greenfield, to see the grave of Augustus West Born into slavery, West eventually escaped and developed a hidden settlement in Fayette County for escaped enslaved persons.
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