Visiting Sidney offers an incredible number of experiences unique to the area. After a good night’s sleep in one of Sidney’s comfy hotels and a hearty breakfast to fuel your energy level, this excursion begins by “getting riveted” on the Airstream Travel Trailer Factory Tour.
The Airstream campus is located in nearby Jackson Center, Ohio, and affectionately known as “the Mothership.” Their tour is annually rated as one of the top factory tours in the United States. It allows guests to get up close and personal on the plant floor as skilled operators assemble these world-class travel trailers one step at a time. From the first stages of assembly through all final quality assurance checks, you’ll witness everything first-hand.
Also offered is the Airstream Touring Coach Factory Tour. These beauties are customized Mercedes Benz Interstate 24GL Touring Coaches, which are incredible. You’ll watch in amazement as these luxury travel trailers and touring coaches come to life right before your eyes.
After the tour, guests can visit the incredible Airstream Heritage Center. Paying tribute to nearly 100 years of business success, the Heritage Center comprises vintage Airstream trailer trailers, interactive displays, and Airstream collectibles of every variety. The Airstream Starbucks and Airstream Supply Company are popular on-site stops as well. The Supply Company offers Airstream swag and apparel of every variety and color, which are great for souvenir shoppers. The Caravan Cafe features delicious Starbucks coffee and tasty delights to satisfy those mid-morning hungries.
For lunch, how about the famous Spot Restaurant, where guests have enjoyed mouthwatering sandwiches and meals for more than 115 years? The fresh, homemade pies are out of this world. Additional downtown dining options include Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen and Amelio’s Italian Pizza Shop. Murphy’s features locally sourced ingredients in their varied menu of tasty dishes along with 48 taps of craft and domestic beer and other popular adult beverages. Amelio’s is best known for its signature brick-oven pizza, fresh salads, and pasta. Oh yes, be sure to try the handmade garlic twists as an appetizer and Papa’s Zeppos for dessert.
After lunch, a tour of the Wallace Family Learning & Innovation Center offers an opportunity to stretch your legs while you see and hear how Shelby County emerged from a primitive wilderness 200 years ago to the innovative and vibrant community it is today. A total of six galleries featuring interactive displays and exhibits are exceptionally presented and very informative.
While downtown, visiting the Farmers and Merchants State Bank is a “must-see.” It was built in 1917 by famed architect Louis Sullivan, mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright; this exquisite architectural masterpiece is best known for its “jewel box” design. From there, a walk across the street for a peek into the Monumental Building, originally constructed in 1877 to honor Shelby County’s fallen Civil War soldiers, is also a can’t-miss. Where Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley once performed, the beautifully renovated Opera House on the upper level is now home to Sidney’s Municipal Court.
Also, visitors will want to visit Austeria Wine Boutique in downtown Sidney and opening later this year. Here guests can be treated to a curated wine tasting at this shop, which features 400-600 wines. Wine prices begin at $10-$15 per bottle and include local, national, and international varieties for patrons to sample and purchase. A nice selection of small bites is also offered at Austeria to be enjoyed on-site or on the go.
Dinner in downtown Sidney offers several attractive options, including The Bridge Restaurant and Tavolo Modern Italian Restaurant. The Bridge offers steaks, chops, and incredible seafood in a lovely setting. Tavolo features trendy Italian cuisine, great wine, and delicious craft cocktails. Guests can dine inside or “Al Fresco” at both locations on their beautiful patios.
Before heading home, a morning visit to Sidney’s Tawawa Park is also recommended. This 220-acre wooded reserve includes areas for hiking, fishing, and biking. Big Rock is located in Sidney’s Tawawa Park, a favorite of young and old for decades. The Ross Covered Bridge, an inclusive playground, and Tawawa Creek are popular park attractions.
After your respite with nature, it’s time to get crafty at Hammer & Stain. This guided, do-it-yourself studio allows guests to transform unfinished wood into beautiful, personalized home décor. Be sure to call ahead for reservations. The balance of the day can be enjoyed by visiting local downtown Sidney specialty shops and boutiques like Moonflower Effect, where you can partake in a tranquil and rejuvenating 40-minute session in their salt room. Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, is a holistic, drug-free, natural therapy using micro particles of salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, and overall wellness. Ivy Garland, Re:Vive Home Décor & More, Gallery 2:TEN, and the Sidney Flower Shop are fun stops around town to pick up “something special” for your home or a friend.
Come see why Sidney is a spirit you won’t find anywhere else. For your next getaway, rejuvenate your spirit in Sidney. They’re waiting for you.