This excerpt is from a past edition of OhioTraveler.com
3 Days, 5 Towns, 100+ Unique Shops and Restaurant
The towns of Miami County have come together to create the annual Holiday Welcome Weekend.
It’s the start of a new holiday tradition! The shops and restaurants of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and West Milton welcome visitors to browse and dine while enjoying the best they have to offer for this year’s holiday season. The shops will be open select Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 6pm and Sundays from Noon – 5pm, in November.
Why shop the Big Box stores? Instead, explore the historic downtowns for that one-of-a-kind gift, toy, and unique treasure for anyone on your shopping list. Grab your best friend, sweetheart, mom or sister and head to a place that can handle all of your holiday shopping needs. Then treat yourself to something savory at any of our local restaurants.
As part of this county-wide event, Troy welcomes shoppers to its downtown area as you search for that perfect gift. Clothing and gift boutiques, Fair Trade items and olive oils are just a sampling of what you will find. Also, don’t miss the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center as they host their 7th Annual “Hayner Gift Gallery”. The house will be filled with more than twenty fine artists and vendors, each selling their own special and unique products.
Windows in downtown Tipp City will be decorated with festive peppermint themes and a scavenger hunt will take you from shops to restaurants to win a prize! Visitors will also have the chance to take a photo with Buddy the Elf! One of the best toy stores in Ohio, as well as boutiques and collectibles can be found in this lovely historic downtown.
As you leave Tipp City, travel west on St. Rt. 571 to the charming community of West Milton. Then turn left to explore the historic downtown specialty shops. Be sure to plan a stop at the Pearson House restaurant for a slice of their homemade pie.
You will find The Village of Covington by traveling north on St. Rt. 48. This community is a must see this holiday season. They will be offering sleigh rides from 6-8 on Friday, photos with Santa on Saturday from 1-4, and house tours on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the downtown shops.
Your final discovery will be found as you head east on St. Rt. 36 straight to downtown Piqua. There you will find the businesses will be decorated and ready to provide shoppers with an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience with excellent service, a warm smile and absolutely no shortage of incredible gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list.
There is so much going on during this weekend that you must stay a night (or two)! Area hotels are offering holiday packages and special discounts on overnight accommodations. For more information visit homegrowngreat.com.