Guest Post: 36 Hours in Wooster
Note from Lisa and Collyn: Thank you to our foodie friend Leslie Hennessey (and her hubs Dustin) of Canton for sharing their fabulous 36-hour getaway to Wooster, Ohio with us. Yes, THAT Wooster. Spoiler alert: they loved it! Read on…
I have to be honest, when my husband surprised me with a birthday weekend in Wooster, I thought he had lost his touch in the gift department. However, our visit to this charming town exceeded all my expectations.
Our weekend began with an evening arrival at the chic, boutique St. Paul Hotel. Think modern furniture, exposed brick, and cool metal accents in a centuries-old renovated building. The bathrooms have heated tile floors and the showers boast a rainfall, handheld and traditional shower head. A night’s stay includes a continental breakfast which allow guests to pre-order from a selection of fresh-brewed coffee, tea, juice, fruit, Pine Tree Barn’s famous muffins (more on PTB below) and a newspaper that is delivered to your room the next morning.
After our leisurely breakfast on our room’s private patio, we were encouraged to visit Local Roots Market & Cafe for lunch. This place lives up to its name, as it is farm-to-table at it’s finest. All the produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and gifts come from local farmers, bakers and artisans in Ohio. The menu is small but delicious, with seasonal offerings. We shared a roasted vegetable wrap, which could easily be bland and boring, but not here. Look at that beauty:
We were careful to not stuff ourselves, due to multiple recommendations for Faithful Little Cupcake. The cute little shop features a wide variety of delicacies, but when coconut is an option, I simply cannot resist. The Coconut Cream Pie cupcake was the perfect sweet treat. While there, we were sure to grab a few pieces of Coblentz Chocolates, based south of Wooster in Walnut Creek, Ohio, and deserving of its own blog post.
After dessert, I was excited to check out the trendy boutiques and home decor stores of downtown Wooster. Yes, Wooster has a little trendy vibe! My very patient husband found a comfy chair while I tried on numerous outfits at The Blue Spruce and Poppy by Pursesnickety. But, our favorite shop was food-related (shocking, I know).
Motts Oils and More specializes in extra virgin olive oils, as well as aged dark and white balsamic vinegars. Tasting cups are provided for you to enjoy samples of over 50 varieties. The staff is very knowledgeable and can help you create the perfect match of oil and vinegar. Aged balsamic vinegar is syrup-like with a deep, rich flavor. My faves were the Dark Espresso Balsamic and the Coconut White Balsamic. My husband is a fan of all things spicy and loved the Harissa-infused EVOO.
Broken Rocks Cafe & Bakery was a great pick for dinner, and I highly recommend it. It’s a favorite of Collyn’s and Lisa’s, too. They make my favorite cocktail, a French 75 – gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne and a splash of awesomeness. We shared the molasses-glazed brisket and carrots served over corn cake polenta. It was the perfect marriage of sweet and savory! We also ordered the pepperoni and mushroom pizza, as Broken Rocks is known for their homemade breads and pizza dough. We were officially stuffed but did order the Belgian Chocolate Custard to-go because…well, chocolate custard is always a good idea.
On Sunday, we said farewell to Wooster, but not before checking out Pine Tree Barn. The barn has three floors, all filled with high-end furniture. The Granary Restaurant is located at the back of the barn and overlooks the lakes and Christmas tree farm. We devoured the Black & Bleu Steak Salad topped with grilled peaches, tomatoes and pecans. I still think about that salad. Not to be outdone, the Quiche du Jour was delicious with bacon and artichokes. Pine Tree Barn is great any time of year, but during “patio weater” it’s a must!
When we finished lunch, it was back to reality. Thank you, Wooster, for the culinary adventure!