How It’s Made in Shelby County

For decades, Shelby County has enjoyed the distinction of having the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs per capita in the State of Ohio. Today and throughout its history, Shelby County is known as a place that builds things. With a visit, you’ll quickly see why this region is a hotbed for manufacturing and how that came to be.

Your day begins with a tour of the Airstream manufacturing facility, affectionately known as “the Mothership.” You’ve seen these iconic travel trailers on the highway; now, with a guided factory tour, you can witness first-hand how they’re built. From the first stages of assembly through final checks for quality assurance, these world-class travel trailers are manufactured exclusively in Jackson Center, Ohio.

After the tour, a visit to the Airstream Heritage Center is a must. Paying tribute to nearly 100 years of business success, the Heritage Center displays an incredible collection of vintage Airstream trailer trailers, interactive exhibits, and Airstream collectibles of every imaginable variety. The Airstream Starbucks and Airstream Supply Company are popular on-site stops as well for a cup of coffee and souvenir from your visit. An Airstream Touring Coach plant tour is also available for those craving more.

Nearby downtown Sidney is home to Austeria Wine Boutique, where guests treat themselves to curated wine tastings at this newly opened bottle shop featuring more than 900 bottles of wine. Wine prices begin at $10-$15 per bottle and include local, national, and international varieties for patrons to discover, sample, and purchase.

Day 2 begins with stretching your legs on a walking tour of downtown Sidney. Here, you can visit the F & M State Bank, built in 1917 by famed architect Louis Sullivan, who served as a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright. This exquisite architectural masterpiece, best known for its “jewel box” design, is not to be missed. From there, you’ll stroll across the street for a peek into the Monumental Building, originally constructed in 1877 to honor Shelby County’s fallen Civil War soldiers. 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.

Downtown dining options include the famous Spot Restaurant, where guests have enjoyed mouthwatering meals for more than 117 years. The fresh, homemade pies are out of this world. Other 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 and 48 taps of your favorite beers. Amelio’s is best known for their signature brick-oven pizza, fresh salads, and pasta.

Another local favorite is The Bridge Restaurant. The Bridge offers steaks, chops, and fresh seafood selections in a lovely setting. Guests can dine in or “Al Fresco” on their beautiful outdoor covered patio. For lighter fares and a unique menu of health choices, Greenhaus Coffee is the place to go. Not only is their coffee out of this world, but their offering of fresh, tasty breakfast and lunch items will have you planning your next visit before you leave the table.

After lunch, tour the Wallace Family Learning & Innovation Center, where you’ll learn the compelling story of 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 & exhibits are exceptionally well presented and very informative.

On Day 3, It’s time to get crafty. After a couple of days of seeing how it’s made in Shelby County, it’s now time to make something yourself at Hammer & Stain. This curated, do-it-yourself studio offers guests the opportunity to transform unfinished wood into beautiful and personalized home décor. Guidance with crafting charcuterie, wovens, & more are also offered. With your finished souvenir in hand, the balance of the day can be enjoyed by visiting local downtown specialty shops and boutiques or simply relaxing on the beautiful Shelby County court square, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A short drive beyond downtown Sidney opens up a variety of additional shopping and dining options. Gallery 2:10, Re: Vive Home Décor & More, and Sidney Flower Shop are ideal stops to pick up something nice for yourself or a friend. Fun, locally-owned dining options include Los Toros Cocina & Cantina, Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse, and High Grounds Café.

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