40 Trips to Tipp
Story & Photos
by Matt Bayman
Tipp City is a place that many people come to spend an afternoon. They come to shop and dine in the historic district and to attend festivals, concerts and special events. Some cycle to Tipp City from Dayton and beyond using the Great Miami Recreational Trail, which passes through the community. They may have heard about the huge bookstore in the downtown or the amazing food and atmosphere at the Coldwater Café and came to have a closer look. Others are drawn-in by the smell of peanuts roasting at Trophy Nut near the bike path, or the vast parks and trail systems that surround the path on the east end of town.
Hundreds of acres of green space hug the Great Miami River in Tipp City, providing not only miles of hiking and bridle trails, but also rural canoe trips, fishing, wildlife viewing and lots of outdoor recreation.
Still others are attracted to Tipp City for its historical charm. The old mill and canal lock on the east end of town attracts onlookers, as do the historic buildings and homes that line the downtown from First Street all the way to Hyatt Street. Many date from the mid- to late-1800s and contain period architecture and landscaping. It’s not uncommon to see old horse hitching posts in front of some of the historic buildings.
In its early days, Tipp City was a swinging canal town. Rowdy canal boat crews could find lodging and all sorts of entertainment while in town.
Today, shoppers at The Hotel Gallery, which served as an actual hotel in the canal era, can browse through former guest rooms to find pottery, clothing, antiques, artwork and locally made gifts and treasures.
In the summer, The Hotel Gallery hosts a series of free outdoor concerts on the first Friday of each month. A variety of music is offered, from folk and rock to jazz and big band.
Tipp City is probably best known for hosting the Mum Festival. It takes place on the last weekend of September and begins with a fun car show in the downtown on Friday night and a hometown parade on Saturday morning before moving to City Park where arts and crafts, food and entertainment abound. This year's festival will take
place Sept. 23-25.
Another major event is the annual Yuletide Winter's Gathering, a merchant holiday open house with horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks and so much more, taking place Nov. 11-13 in 2022.
Becoming just as popular is the Tipp City Arts Council’s Canal Music Fest. It has traditionally featured a tribute band, which is a musical act that looks, sounds and acts like the real thing. This year’s festival will take place on June 11 at City Park. The concert is free and there are concessions, including food and beer trucks.
Other festivals and events taking place in 2022 are:
St. Paddy's Day Beer Crawl on March 4
DTCP & Can't Stop Running St. Paddy's Day Run 5k on March 17
Arts Council Fine Art Exhibit/Sale: An Art Affair on April 4-9
Easter Egg Hunt in the downtown (free photos with the Easter Bunny) on April 9
Tippecanoe Community Band Concert on May 1
Merchant's Mom Shop Hop on May 7
Community Wide Garage Sale on May 7
Vintage in the Village on June 18
Family Game Night on July 1
City Fireworks at Kyle Park on July 4
Tippecanoe Community Band Concert on July 17
National Night Out on Aug. 2
Putt Putt Through the Downtown on Aug. 5
Trans Am Nationals Cruise-In on Aug. 27
Tippapalooza on Sept. 3
Tippecanoe Community Band Concert on Oct. 2
Harvest Beer Crawl on Oct. 7
Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Oct. 17
Downtown Merchant's Trick or Treat on Oct. 29
Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 11
Tipp Arts Council's A Holiday Affair on Nov. 12
Christmas in the Village on Dec. 2-3
Visit with Santa on Dec. 3
Tipp Monroe Community Services Tipp City Lights Driving Tour on Dec. 3-25
City Park Holiday Tree Lighting on Dec. 3-31
When it comes down to it, it takes a lot longer than an afternoon to truly experience and enjoy all that Tipp City has to offer.
With this in mind, the following list of attractions and businesses is meant to help guide the reader through many visits to this colorful and entertaining town.
1. Sam & Ethels – A Great American Diner
Serving breakfast and lunch, Sam & Ethels is known far and wide for its large portions of delicious home-cooked food and its nostalgic atmosphere. The restaurant is reminiscent of an early 20th century diner, which it was and continues to be! Guests can eat their meal at the counter or find a booth. Breakfast is served all day and there are regular specials to try. The menu features some fun references to Tipp City. For example, the Canal Lock #15 meal is sausage gravy and two biscuits (some of the best around) with hashbrowns and choice of bacon, sausage or ham. The real canal lock is located a few blocks away. There’s also the Bike Trail BLT and Tippecanoe Tenderloin, among other playful names. The restaurant is located at 120 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-0113.
2. Antique Shopping
Antiques, collectibles and rare items can be found at numerous shops in Tipp City. The largest antique store is Midwest Memories Antiques, located at 24 W. Main St. It’s a vintage mall that features 100 unique dealer spaces and an amazing array of merchandise and collectibles. Hours can be spent browsing through the store! It’s especially fun to shop there during the holidays.
Crossroads Consignments, (CLOSED IN 2021, now located in Troy), offers furniture, home décor, special items and some antiques. The business specializes in estate sales, so the merchandise is always fresh and unique.
The Patriot Antique Shoppe at 15 N. 2nd St. has a specific focus. It contains only antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, including furniture and artwork. The interior feels like a museum, but it’s all for sale.
Antiques and period items can also be found at the Tin Peddler, located at 113 E. Main St. and The Hotel Gallery, 109 E. Main St.
Just outside of Tipp City in West Charleston is the Simple Craftsmen, located at 7517 St. Rt. 202. Open Thursday through Sunday, the business offers antiques, woodworking and more.
The woodworking shop of Chris Bayman is located at 330 S. 1st St. in Tipp City. It is open throughout the week and many Saturdays and features a warehouse setting with antiques and reproduction furniture for sale.
3. Hike the Roger Presley Trail & Garden and Freeman Prairie
Built by hand over several years, and continuing to this day, the Roger Presley Trail (named after its creator) offers hikers a rare chance to trek along the banks of the Great Miami River. The trail starts near City Park next to the bike path and passes through the wooded corridor of the river. The trailhead is easily noticeable because Roger has also built a colorful garden with artwork, flowers and trees at the entrance. There’s even occasional artwork found along the trail.
Tipp City’s Freeman Prairie backs up to the Roger Presley Trail and allows hikers to experience two different environments on the same trek. They can first hike through the wooded corridor of the river and then return along the edge of the prairie. Additional trails exist at Freeman Prairie, as does a wooden platform for viewing wildlife, or just relaxing in the sun.
The Roger Presley Trail ends near the entrance to the old Tipp City gravel pit, which is across the street from the trail on State Route 571. It contains several small fishing ponds and fishing trails that lead around the water.
All three of these environments can make for a fun day of hiking and exploring.
Roger continues to trail blaze further east, providing the community with an amazing gift that will be treasured for generations to come.
4. Canoe from Troy to Taylorsville Dam
One of the most peaceful, natural and secluded sections of the Great Miami River is located between Troy and Taylorsville Dam, with Tipp City sitting right in the middle. Unlike Troy and Piqua, where the river passes directly through the heart of the community, in Tipp City it passes to the east of town. In fact, when someone canoes from Troy to Taylorsville Dam, it is one of the least developed sections of the Great Miami River in our area. Along this route the river is mostly wide, shallow and safe, and people say the bass fishing is excellent. Canoeists can use Barefoot Canoe or Adventures on the Great Miami for canoe rentals and trips, or utilize the canoe access point next to City Park on Parkwood Drive.
5. A Special Evening at the Coldwater Cafe
The Coldwater Café offers amazing food in an elegant atmosphere. It’s a great place to celebrate, enjoy a date night or just treat yourself to a very special meal. The restaurant is known for its gourmet quiche, filets and seafood (including amazing salmon and crab cakes), but the menu has something for everyone, from vegans and vegetarians to pasta lovers.
Patrons can dine in a European-styled dining room with a fireplace or in the Bank Vault. The restaurant was once a bank and the vault served as its safe. During warmer months, outdoor dining is offered in The Alley. This is a space between the restaurant and the Tipp City Public Library. It is decorated with beautiful flowers in the spring, summer and fall and a new mural (pictured bottom right) on the library’s portion of The Alley adds to the ambiance.
The Coldwater Café is open Tuesday through Saturday.
6. The Tipp City Community Wide Garage Sale
Shoppers can find deals within city limits as well as in Monroe Township. Subdivisions such as Deercliff and Windmere are typically packed with sales. Local churches and organizations also join in the fun. Sometimes entire congregations and families bring their sale items to one location and host one giant sale. This often happens at Tipp City United Methodist Church.
The community sale is hosted by Tipp Monroe Community Services which provides maps to the various sales. It takes place on the first Saturday of May each year.
Flea Market and St. John’s Festival
Another large sale takes place at the annual St. John’s Festival, which is usually in July at St. John’s Church on Hyatt Street. Along with entertainment, food and children’s activities, the festival features a large flea market/garage sale. The price of the items available goes down each day of the sale.
7. A Chicken Wing Challenge!
Most people are aware of the quality of the chicken wings at Hinders Sports Bar & Grille in Tipp City (pictured at right). However, some fans of this popular food argue that Hinders is simply one of several places in the community that offers outstanding wings. The other contenders are Harrison’s restaurant, located downtown, and Champs Chicken, located uptown inside of the Marathon Station (don’t let this fool you). Harrison’s wings stand out for their signature sauces while Champs Chicken is known for its crispiness. Try all three establishments and see which one’s the best!
8. Boutiques & Things Unique - A Day of Shopping in Tipp City
Along with antiques and furniture, including Sugden Furniture and Mauk Cabinets By Design, downtown Tipp City is home to a number of respected and cherished clothing boutiques and specialty stores.
Fox and Feather Trading Co., 125 E. Main St., is a women’s clothing store that also features home décor, locally made gifts and other items. The spacious store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Clothesline, 2 N. Second St. is a clothing resale shop run by volunteers from local churches in Tipp City. Shoppers can find a huge selection of clothing for all ages at great prices, plus proceeds from sales go to local charities. They also have frequent bag sales and offer daily discounts.
Living Simply Soap, 112 E. Main St. specializes in their own brands (made in Tipp City) of soaps, lotions, bath bombs, deodorants and more. Along with countless scents and colors that shoppers can purchase year-round, the store carries seasonal and holiday items.
Topsy Turvy Toys, 31 E. Main St., is a locally owned toy store that offers brand-name toys as well as unique, harder-to-find specialty items and educational toys. They also host a variety of special activities and programs for children.
A place for pet lovers and their pets is R Pets, 110 E. Main St. This specialty store offers pet supplies, treats, toys and more and is open Monday through Saturday.
Tipp Cyclery, 122 W. Main St. is located not far from the Great Miami Recreational Trail. Here, cyclists can find new bikes (including children’s bikes) and equipment, as well as get repairs and tune-ups, and find apparel and other accessories. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
The Golden Leaf Tea & Herb Company, 128 E. Main St. carries a huge selection of loose tea and herbs, coffee beans, essential oils, local raw honey, coffee and tea accessories and more. The staff can help shoppers pick out the right tea for the right need, or for a gift.
Tippecanoe Weaver and Fibers Too, 17 N. 2nd St., carries yarns for knitting and crochet, plus threads and yarns for weaving. They also host classes in weaving, spinning, knitting and needle felting.
Along with the bookstore and other shops mentioned on this list, a full day of shopping can be had in downtown Tipp City.
Now open – Bloomora Botanicas at 42 S. 2nd St. and unboxed boutique, 50 S. 2nd St.!!! + MORE in 2022!
9. A Bottomless Bookstore, Which is Also Haunted
Browse Awhile Books, 118 E. Main St., is a huge bookstore with two floors, many rooms and countless shelves filled with titles that cover every genre, subject and interest one could hope for. And, if you’re sensitive to it, you might also feel the presence of ghosts in the building. The bookstore is known to be haunted and is, in fact, a stop on Tipp City’s annual ghost tour in October. Whether looking for a gift, a collector’s item, something to read, or proof of the beyond, Browse Awhile Books has it all. They are open Tuesday through Saturday.
10. Two Trick or Treats in Tipp City?
While the Mum Festival parade takes place about a month before Trick or Treat, it has become known to many children (and a few adults) as Trick or Treat Part 1. This is because, along with an impressive display of floats, bands, nice cars, horses and other entries, the participants in the parade have grown fond of throwing out candy and other gifts to the crowd. Parents and children now understand to bring a bag to put the bounty in.
The real Trick or Treat in Tipp City is just as fun. The large historic homes (and a funeral home) on Main Street usually go all-out for the evening with decorations, light displays and even a few miniature haunted houses for families to walk through. A home on Walnut Street (just off of Main Street near the railroad tracks, pictured below right,) puts up one of the largest Halloween displays in town, and it keeps getting bigger every year.
11. Tasty Things to Go - Bodega Wine & Specialty Market
and Sweet Adaline’s Bakery
Located side-by-side in the heart of the historic district, these two locally owned businesses offer a whirlwind of flavor. Bodega’s, which is connected to Coldwater Café, has a gourmet deli with amazing entrees, sides and desserts to go (including homemade ice cream), plus a huge selection of wine, beer, snacks and beverages. Bodega is also a great place to grab a quick gift for a friend or loved one, from unique wines to specialty foods.
The market also hosts wine and beer tastings.
Sweet Adaline’s Bakery opened in 2020 and specializes in cupcakes, pastries, cookies, holiday specials, layered cakes and other treats. Shoppers can buy single servings or family sized treats to go.
12. A Night on the Town with DORA
Tipp City was the first town in Miami County to establish a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). Visitors can use to-go cups from participating liquor-serving establishments in the downtown and walk from place to place with their beverage in hand. Some of the places they can walk to include local shops and restaurants (Harrison’s and Coldwater Cafe have separate bar areas), as well as Tony’s Bada Bing and Chaffee’s Brew House. Bodega also offers DORA cups and beverages.
Chaffee’s Brewhouse, which opened in 2020, specializes in craft beer, cocktails, wine and mocktails as well as charcuterie boards. It also has an outdoor seating area and hosts tastings and other events throughout the year. It is located within the Chaffee’s Opera House building at 15 S. Second St.
Tony’s Bada Bing has an outdoor patio with occasional live music in the summer and fall and various entertainment throughout the year.
Another location is the Tipp City Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Although a private club, the Eagles hosts many public events throughout the year, including pizza parties and dinners, live music, trivia, fundraisers, seasonal activities and more.
13. The Trophy Nut Co. Factory Store
Trophy Nut Co. operates an 85,000-square-foot management, production and distribution facility and a 30,000-square-foot warehouse at 320 N. Second St. This is also the home of the company’s factory store, which is open to the public.
Trophy Nut is involved in all phases of nut processing and specializes in Tube Nuts (snacks) and branded and private label accounts that are distributed throughout the United States and beyond.
Open five days a week January through October and six days a week during the holidays (November and December), shoppers at the factory store can find a gigantic selection of snacks and candies. Along with Trophy Nut’s own brands, the store contains other snacks available in bulk and individual portions. This includes a new section of all natural and organic products and kosher items.
14. 100 Years at Saunders Seed Co. + Non-GMO Seeds
Saunders Seed Co. has been in business for more than a century at 101 W. Broadway St. They have every kind of seed imaginable, including much-sought-after non-GMO seeds, as well as vegetable seeds and other popular and rare items. They also sell related supplies and services. The staff is known for its expertise and help, and the historic brick building is interesting to walk through. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call (937) 667-2313.
15. Community Nights Concerts
Held on the first Friday of each month June through September, Community Nights is an old-fashioned, community concert that takes place outdoors at the intersection of Second and Main streets. Guests can bring a seat and enjoy a variety of different music and then remain downtown for dinner, entertainment and shopping. The event typically features an opening act and then the main show and is a long-standing tradition in the community.
16. Tippapalooza - A Local Music Festival
Tippapalooza was started in 2012 to promote local bands and to benefit local charities. The family friendly, outdoor concert takes place at Eagles Park on the outskirts of town. The park is in a secluded, wooded setting and guests are invited to picnic, play volleyball and enjoy the grounds, all while listening to the many different musicians and bands that perform throughout the day and evening. There are also food and concessions to purchase. Watch for details and a full lineup at tippapalooza.com.
17. Fall Foliage in Tipp City
Tipp City has no shortage of colorful scenery, especially in the fall. A lesser-known area to see some of this color is along the eastern side of Kyle Park, where a bridle trail and prairies back up to the Great Miami River. The Buckeye Trail, which passes through Tipp City along the river in Kyle Park, contains brilliant displays of color in the fall. The area is so secluded that many people are unaware it exists, but it’s worth a look. The prairies at Kyle Park also display a rainbow of colors, not to mention the quiet sounds of crickets, the wind blowing and trains whistling in the distance.
Also in Kyle Park is a white wooden fence that separates the park from nearby agricultural fields and that is located along the Great Miami Recreational Trail. In the fall, the colorful trees and white fence contrast beautifully.
City Park and its giant, colorful trees are also something to see.
18. Four Parks on the Bike Path
One of the first places cyclists reach in Miami County when using the Great Miami Recreational Trail from the south is Kyle Park in Tipp City. It is the largest of four parks that the trail passes through while in the city. It also has its own loop trail and access to the Great Miami River and beautiful prairies.
Mostly used for sports, Kyle Park offers bridle trails, batting cages and a driving range (see below), several large shelters and access to an old canal feeder pond that’s popular for fishing and spotting blue herons and other wildlife.
The bike path then reaches Main Street (St. Rt. 571) and the location of Canal Lock Park. Many cyclists use Canal Lock Park as a starting and ending point to their trips, largely because of the nice parking lot and central location. The park features an old Miami and Erie Canal lock and historical marker and is located next to a 19th century mill. Behind the mill is a replica canal boat.
After Canal Lock Park, the bike path passes through City Park, including the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center, before reaching the fourth and final park—the Tipp City Nature Center. The Nature Center has a disc golf course, a place to sit and look at the Great Miami River, and walking trails that pass two ponds and along a wooded section of the Great Miami River. The bike path then continues on a rural, often wooded course between Tipp City and Troy. The old canal bed next to the trail is often filled with wildlife, including turtles, frogs and birds. Just before reaching Troy, another canal lock can be visited on the trail.
19. Pin High Golf & Batting Cages
A hidden gem for sports fans in Tipp City is Pin High Golf & Batting Cages. Located within spacious Kyle Park at 500 S. 1st St., this outdoor facility offers a golf driving range and batting cages. It is cash only. Along with coin-operated machines for balls, the facility offers 20 percent discounts to those who purchase a “key,” which can be used in the machines. The range is open every day that the wind-chill is above 45 degrees. Although not always attended, when staffed, practice equipment is available. For more information, call (937) 344-5985.
20. Artifacts, Relics and Mounds of Corn at Lost Creek Prairie Preserve
Located just east of City Park on Tipp-Elizabeth Road, Lost Creek Prairie Preserve is another of Tipp City’s secluded places with walking and hiking trails. It also provides access to the Great Miami River for fishing and exploring.
A memorable time to visit the park is when Lost Creek is dry. Hikers can then walk down the middle of the creek bed looking for Native American and frontier artifacts (including spear points and pottery), as well as some fossils.
Another interesting time to visit is after a fall flood has crested and local streams have returned to normal levels. Because of the farming done in the area around Lost Creek, flood waters can often carry thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of cornstalks to the confluence of Lost Creek and the Great Miami River. They can stack as high as three to five feet in some areas, maybe much more in others. It’s an unusual sight to see and strange to try and walk across!
21. A Quick Guide to the Mum Festival
Along with the abundant candy passed out at the Mum Festival parade on Saturday morning, there are a few other highlights to be aware of at this annual event. The first is the Friday night Mum Festival Car Show. While the bulk of the festival takes place at City Park, the car show is held in the downtown. Much of Main Street and several side streets are closed off for the cruise-in and there is a DJ, food trucks and special activities at local shops, restaurants and pubs. It’s always a fun time.
From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, guests to City Park can find dozens of arts and crafts booths, food booths and trucks and live entertainment on the main stage. There’s also a kid’s area with giant inflatables.
While there is much to choose from when it comes to food, one of the longest running traditions at the Mum Festival is the local fire department’s fried waffles. They are very popular and people wait in long lines to get them.
This year’s Mum Festival will take place on Sept. 23-25. Other highlights will include a Merchant Market, a diaper derby, the 5K Run for the Mums and the Little Mr. and Miss Mum event.
22. Summer Fun at the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center
Tipp City has one of the most popular public swimming pools in the region, and rightfully so. For starters, the center has two large water-
slides and two diving boards, as well as play features for little children, slightly older ones, and plenty of space for adults. There are grassy areas to sunbathe, or seats on the pavement. Along with swimming, the pool’s concession stand is pretty top-notch. It has pizza, pretzels, ice cream, candy and many other treats. It is open to guests outside of the pool, including users of the bike path, disc golf course and City Park.
Daily and seasonal passes are available Memorial Day through Labor Day.
23. The Tippecanoe Historical Society & Museum and If Tombstones Could Talk
The story of Tipp City’s colorful past can be found at the Tippecanoe Historical Society & Museum, 20 N. 3rd St., or during the Society’s annual event at Maple Hill Cemetery known as If Tombstones Could Talk. It’s scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on June 6. During this event, local historians and volunteers dress up as notable residents from Tipp City’s past and share stories about the town and its people.
The museum contains historical documents, photographs and books about Tipp City, as well as exhibits about the community and its people. It is usually open on Saturdays. For more information, call (937) 667-4092.
24. Indoors and Out Tennis Courts
Located at 1459 Harmony Dr., the Schroeder Tennis Center is a year-round tennis facility that offers seven indoor climate controlled courts and four outdoor hard courts. It is open to members and guests and is a great way to stay in shape year-round.
Along with court time, lessons and matches, the center hosts a variety of tournaments and games throughout the year, and also has pickleball games and tournaments. Learn more at schroedertennis.com.
25. The Sounds of the Tippecanoe Community Band
Although 2020 saw the cancellation of most Tippecanoe Community Band concerts, members are hopeful to return to performing in 2021. The band performs at various festivals, parades and community events in Tipp City and the surrounding area each year. This includes participating in the Mum Festival parade and the Tippecanoe Community Nights Concert series, among others. They also perform holiday concerts at local churches and gatherings. They provide the perfect soundtracks for the spirit of Tipp City.
26. Be Creative
There are three wonderful places to be creative in Tipp City.
Rusty Hardin Art Studio and Boutique, 259 N. 4th St., provides art instruction, workshops and special events, as well as an “eclectic vintage boho boutique.” For more information, call (937) 418-4284.
Board & Brush Creative Studio, 816 W. Main St., offers DIY projects for friends and groups. Various workshops are held throughout the year, with materials and instruction (and sometimes wine) included in the price. A monthly calendar of events at boardandbrush.com lists all of the different projects that the public can sign up to take. The workshop is located two doors down from Hinders Bar & Grille and Dos Lunas, which can add to a fun and creative evening on the town in Tipp City.
Two Birds LLC, 475 S. 1st St., hosts author illustrator enrichment programs, Saturday art workshops, art parties and custom artwork. They can be reached at (937) 409-4546.
27. The Trans Am Cruise-In
Even if you’re not interested in Trans Ams or cruise-ins, this annual event in the downtown is a lot of fun. The city blocks off part of Main Street to encompass all of the vehicles that show up. There’s a DJ that plays music. Food trucks and concessions are available. Plus, along with seeing the sights on the street, guests can visit the local shops, restaurants and pubs to find special offers, meals and activities. This year’s event will be on Aug. 27.
28. Always Blooming Flowers & Carriage House Florist
There are two flower shops located in the historic district and both offer everything needed for any special occasions. Always Blooming Flowers, 108 E. Main St., offers custom arrangements, grab-and-go items and lots of different gift items. This includes a revolving display of seasonal items and flowers. Carriage House Florist is located behind The Hotel Gallery at 4 N. 2nd St. and offers unique floral designs, as well as home décor. The business is located in an historic carriage house building, which are quite common throughout Tipp City’s historic district.
29. So Many Choices at Harrison’s Restaurant
The menu at Harrison’s restaurant in the historic district is the kind that it takes a lifetime to try, and that you want to complete! Known for steaks, chops, huge salads, seafood, cabbage rolls, burgers, pasta and chicken wings, among many other signature items, the restaurant is located at 106 E. Main St. It is located in an historic building and the interior of the restaurant reflects this. Patrons can look around the main dining room to see historic photographs from Tipp City’s past, or grab a drink from the historic bar area, which has served this purpose for many decades. Harrison’s is also a great place to host large gatherings and meetings. An upstairs dining area and bar cater to these needs. The Battle Ax Plug vintage advertisement on the side of the historic building is one of Tipp City’s most iconic and familiar images.
30. Tipp City Disc Golf Course
Located within the boundaries of two parks—City Park and the Tipp City Nature Center—this 18-hole disc or Frisbee golf course covers wide open spaces and has several wooded areas. A number of holes are located next to the Great Miami River. Because of this diversity, the course is often praised by experienced players but is also considered a good course to learn the game on. It’s free to play (as long as you have the equipment) and open 365 days a year. The course is more than 5,000 feet long, making it a fun way to exercise as well.
31. Buckeye Distillery and Miami Valley Wine & Spirits
Buckeye Distillery, 130 W. Plum St., is the creator of its own line of blackberry, cherry, apple pie and raspberry liqueurs, as well as Dragon’s Breath and Eagles Pride vodka and, as of 2019, several different wines. There are no store hours, but their products and ordering information is available at buckeyedistillery.com.
Although they don’t distill their own beverages, Miami Valley Wine & Spirits, 941 W. Main St., is a liquor store that carries local brands, as well as a very diverse selection of wines, beers, liqueurs and other beverages. They also host wine and beer tastings throughout the year.
32. Tipp City Outlet Center
Located at 250 W. Elm St. at the former Spring Hill Nursery facility, is this unique outlet store and garden center. Although closed until further notice due to COVID-19, upon reopening the center has deals on overstock gifts, apparel and puzzles, as well as plants. This includes shrubs, trees, flowering bulbs and perennial plants. Some of the brands found at the store include Bits and Pieces, Spilsbury, The Paragon, Gurney’s Seed and Nursery, Forever & Ever Plants and many others. Follow their Facebook page to find out when they plan to re-open.
33. Fossil Beach
This unofficial spot on the Great Miami River at City Park contains fossils from creatures that lived in shallow oceans in Ohio nearly half a billion years ago. The “beach” of cobblestone and fossils is located at the end of Wagon Wheel Road in City Park and just beyond the 18th hole of the Frisbee golf course on the west side of the Great Miami River. A small stream must be crossed to reach the “beach.” It’s usually only a few inches deep, but this can change after rain.
Fossil Beach is a very fun area to explore, and there’s always a chance to find a valued trilobite or a piece of Native American pottery that has sat at the bottom of the Great Miami River for potentially thousands of years. Learn more about this spot HERE.
34. Dining Around Town
There are many unique and one-of-a-kind places to dine at in Tipp City, and each has its own flare and flavor to discover.
Hickory River Smokehouse, 135 S. Garber Dr. (with locations in Ohio and Illinois only) specializes in Texas BBQ. The menu includes briskets, ribs, nachos, smoked turkey and a great selection of sides. Weekly specials and new meal options keep customers coming back for more.
Dos Lunas, 12 S. Tippecanoe Dr., is an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar that is locally owned and operated. Customers rave about the homemade cheese sauce and ingredients.
Located next door at 14 S. Tippecanoe Dr. is Hong Kong Kitchen. Many people say it is the best Chinese food around. The restaurant offers dine-in, carryout and delivery.
Last, but certainly not least, is DJs Pizza Alley, 18 S. 2nd St. Yes, the pizza is amazing! But the restaurant (carryout-only) is also known for its fried chicken dinners and sandwiches, all pictured at right.
35. Indian Creek Distillery at Staley Mill
Although not officially located in Tipp City, many people identify Indian Creek Distillery with the community. Located a short country drive from the downtown, Indian Creek Distillery offers tours and tastings, plus retail sales and special events. Along with the distillery that produces several local labels, the grounds feature an outdoor stage where music and food trucks provide further entertainment in the summer and fall. Located at 7095 Staley Rd. For more information, call (937) 846-1443. Read more HERE.
36 & 37. Charleston Falls & Honey Creek Preserve
Two Miami County parks are located just outside of Tipp City. Charleston Falls is the most visited park in Miami County with several miles of hiking trails, a waterfall, a small cave, prairies and woods.
A lesser-known park is Honey Creek Preserve, 4536 St. Rt. 202. This park is located on the east side of the Great Miami River and contains a long hiking trail that passes through a large prairie and then a wooded and creek-lined area of the woods, as well as next to the river. An old steel bridge on the property is interesting to see.
38. Fulton Farms
Fulton Farms offers a variety of seasonal produce, plus u-pick strawberries, pumpkins and other vegetables, and a farm market and ice cream shop. The farm hosts a variety of special events each year, including a fall festival with rides to the pumpkin patch, the Sweet Corn Festival in August and many other family friendly events. The farm market is located at 2393 St. Rt. 202.
39. Bowman & Landes Turkey’s
Another short country drive from Tipp City is to the Bowman & Landes Turkey’s Inc. farm and deli, located at 6490 Ross Rd. Along with locally raised meats, customers can find homemade deli items, cheeses, other fresh meats, desserts, breads, frozen items and many other specialty items. It’s also a great place to pick up your Thanksgiving turkey.
40. Adventures on the Great Miami
Located at 1995 Ross Rd., not far from Charleston Falls, Adventures on the Great Miami is a place to rent a canoe, kayak, tubes and even a signature Shoal Tent (a floating tent invented and produced in Miami County), or to camp and have fun on a giant slip-and-slide and swing on a rope into the river. A variety of special events are hosted on the grounds seasonally.