Three of Ohio’s best restaurants and festivals are just a short drive from Dayton

This photo shows the dining room of the Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City in 2010. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer
Caption
This photo shows the dining room of the Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City in 2010. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer

Dayton region well represented in Ohio magazine’s Best of Ohio readers choice awards.

The people of Ohio have spoken.

Ohio magazine has announced its winners in the annual Best of Ohio readers' choice awards — and the Dayton/Miami Valley region is well represented.

>> BEST OF DAYTON: Nominate your favorite restaurants and destinations now

Here’s a look at the area’s Best of Ohio winners:

FOOD/DRINK

Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard
COLDWATER CAFE
QUICHE
19 E. Main St., Tipp City
Caption
Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard COLDWATER CAFE QUICHE 19 E. Main St., Tipp City

Fine Dining 

Coldwater Cafe

19 E. Main St., Tipp City 45371 

Explorecoldwater-cafe.com 

>> Nominate the best fine dining destination in Dayton

>> The most romantic restaurants near Dayton

Greenville's Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe is known for its steamed loose-meat sandwiches. The shop opened in 1934. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Caption
Greenville's Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe is known for its steamed loose-meat sandwiches. The shop opened in 1934. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Landmark Restaurant 

The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop

125 N. Broadway St., Greenville 45331 

Exploremaidrite-greenville.com

>> The story behind the famous little sandwich people will drive hundreds of miles to get

>> Nominate your favorite sandwich in Dayton

Casual Dining 

The Merchant House

406 S. Broadway St., Greenville 45331 

Exploretmhgreenville.com
The wine-cask sign in front of the Winery at Versailles. Staff photo by Mark Fisher
Caption
The wine-cask sign in front of the Winery at Versailles. Staff photo by Mark Fisher

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

Winery 

The Winery at Versailles

6572 St. Rte. 47, Versailles 45380 

Explorewineryatversailles.com 

>> Nominate your favorite winery for Best of Dayton

Milton s Donuts are on the Butler County Donut Trail. BUTLER COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU/CONTRIBUTED
Caption
Milton s Donuts are on the Butler County Donut Trail. BUTLER COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

Tourism Trail/Passport Program 

Butler County Donut Trail

Butler County

Exploregettothebc.com/donut-trail

>> What to know about the Butler County Donut Trail

When you're getting ready for family get-togethers and parties, stop in at 2nd Street Market for local produce, baked goods, spices, and other culinary delights. There are also many artisans and vendors to find gifts for everyone on your list. CONTRIBUTED
Caption
When you're getting ready for family get-togethers and parties, stop in at 2nd Street Market for local produce, baked goods, spices, and other culinary delights. There are also many artisans and vendors to find gifts for everyone on your list. CONTRIBUTED

Farmers Market 

2nd Street Market

600 E. Second St., Dayton 45402 

Exploremetroparks.org 

>> Nominate your favorite farmers market for Best of Dayton

An ever popular regional brand, Mikesell’s potato chips can be found at most local groceries. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Caption
An ever popular regional brand, Mikesell’s potato chips can be found at most local groceries. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Ohio-Made Food 

Mikesells’ Potato Chips

Dayton 

Exploremikesells.com

>> The secrets behind Mikesell’s

Outdoor Dining/Patio 

Lincoln & Main

624 N Main St., Urbana 43078 

Explorelincolnmain.com

>> Nominate your favorite outdoor dining spot for Best of Dayton

>> 50 of the best patios in Dayton for outdoor drinks and dining

FESTIVALS/FAIRS

Minster is a small village located approximately one hour north of Dayton. Every year, their Oktoberfest weekend attracts a crowd roughly 30 times the size of the village population (yes, we said 30).
Caption
Minster is a small village located approximately one hour north of Dayton. Every year, their Oktoberfest weekend attracts a crowd roughly 30 times the size of the village population (yes, we said 30).

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Food + Drink Festival 

Minster Oktoberfest

E. Fourth St., Minster 45865 

Exploreminsteroktoberfest.com 

>> PHOTOS: A look back at Minster Oktoberfest 2019

>> Nominate your favorite Oktoberfest celebration for Best of Dayton

The 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival took place June 1-2, 2019, in downtown Troy around the Public Square and along the Great Miami River levee. Festival-goers enjoyed strawberry treats, festival eats and shopped and hundreds of booths. Did we spot you there? DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED
Caption
The 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival took place June 1-2, 2019, in downtown Troy around the Public Square and along the Great Miami River levee. Festival-goers enjoyed strawberry treats, festival eats and shopped and hundreds of booths. Did we spot you there? DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Summer Festival 

Troy Strawberry Festival

Downtown Troy 

Exploretroystrawberryfest.com

>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2019

>> Nominate your favorite festival for Best of Dayton

A couple kiss on the midway at The Great Darke County Fair in 2009. After the barn animal are tucked into their stalls the fair midway comes to life. Checkout the video at Daytondailynews.com. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
Caption
A couple kiss on the midway at The Great Darke County Fair in 2009. After the barn animal are tucked into their stalls the fair midway comes to life. Checkout the video at Daytondailynews.com. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

County Fair 

The Great Darke County Fair,

800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 45331 

Exploredarkecountyfair.com

>> PHOTOS: A look back at The Great Darke County Fair

>> Nominate your favorite county fair for Best of Dayton

The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade in Greenville takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Caption
The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade in Greenville takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Community Parade 

Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

Downtown Greenville 

Exploremainstreetgreenville.org 

PLACES

Bear's Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, Greenville, OH
Caption
Bear's Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, Greenville, OH

Credit: Handout

Credit: Handout

Historic Site 

Bear’s Mill

6450 Arcanum-Bears Mill Rd., Greenville 45331 

Explorebearsmill.org
Mac-O-Chee is one of the Piatt Castles in West Liberty.
Caption
Mac-O-Chee is one of the Piatt Castles in West Liberty.

Historic Property 

Piatt Castles

10051 Twp. Rd. 47, West Liberty 43357 

Explorepiattcastles.org 

>> PHOTOS: Peek inside the enchanting Piatt Castles

John Legend performs at the Rose Music Center last June. This year’s lineup includes the Monkees, Kenny G, Patti LaBelle and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. TY GREENLEES/STAFF
Caption
John Legend performs at the Rose Music Center last June. This year’s lineup includes the Monkees, Kenny G, Patti LaBelle and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. TY GREENLEES/STAFF

Music Venue 

Rose Music Center

6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights 45424 

Explorerosemusiccenter.com

>> Nominate your favorite concert venue in Dayton

For the first time Miami University is offering a scholarship to one qualified student from each of Ohio s 88 counties. The new statewide Governor s Scholarship financial awards, which will start for the 2020-2021 school year, will cover recipients annual full tuition and fees. (File Photo/Journal-News)
Caption
For the first time Miami University is offering a scholarship to one qualified student from each of Ohio s 88 counties. The new statewide Governor s Scholarship financial awards, which will start for the 2020-2021 school year, will cover recipients annual full tuition and fees. (File Photo/Journal-News)

College Town 

Oxford (Miami University)

Butler County

Exploreenjoyoxford.org

OUTDOORS/RECREATIONS

courtesy MiamiValleyTrails.org
Caption
courtesy MiamiValleyTrails.org

Bike Trail 

Great Miami River Trail

Butler, Miami, Montgomery & Warren counties 

Exploremiamivalleytrails.org 

>> The 5 best Miami Valley bike trails

>> What’s your favorite place for a bike ride? Nominate now 

ajc.com
Caption

Credit: Mad River Adventures

Credit: Mad River Adventures

Canoeing/Kayaking 

Mad River Adventures

5605 Old Lower Valley Pike, Springfield 45506 

Explorefacebook.com/madriveradventures

>> The best places to paddle in the Miami Valley

State Park Campgrounds 

Indian Lake State Park

13156 St. Rte. 235 N., Lakeview 43331

Exploreparks.ohiodnr.gov/indianlake
Skiers at Mad River Mountain on Thursday after a week and a half of spring-like weather. Katherine Collins/Staff
Caption
Skiers at Mad River Mountain on Thursday after a week and a half of spring-like weather. Katherine Collins/Staff

Winter Destination (Outdoors) 

Mad River Mountain

1000 Snow Valley Rd., Zanesfield 43360

Exploreskimadriver.com

SHOPPING/SERVICES

Destination Spa 

The Natural Path

324 E. Third St., Greenville 45331 

Explorethenaturalpathherbals.com

Independent Shop 

PeachTree Boutique,

129 W. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine 43311 

Explorepeachtreeboutique.com 

>> Nominate your favorite boutique for Best of Dayton 

Saturday Market in downtown Greenville.
Caption
Saturday Market in downtown Greenville.

Main Street Shopping 

Downtown Greenville 

Exploremainstreetgreenville.org

About the Author