Today, we have so much opportunity in Lancaster, Ohio. There is a newly revived, vibrant and evolving downtown thanks to committed merchants, energized City leadership and the enthusiastic team at Destination Downtown Lancaster. When I met with Amanda Everitt (the executive director) and Colin Hietikko (marketing lead), it gave me confidence to open this store. I could tell we had the right people and energy in place to strengthen and grow our community fabric.
If you’re from the Central Ohio region and you haven’t been to Lancaster in a while, I hope you’ll make the trip. It’s a city with a bright road ahead. It’s exciting to be part of this new chapter and to welcome you for a visit to share what’s happening.
Lancaster’s lovely Rising Park is picnic-friendly and has new tennis basketball courts at the base of iconic Mt. Pleasant. You can take a lightly challenging hike to the overlook to get a vista view of the city.
We’re just a 20-minute drive to the Hocking Hills where you’ll find beautiful scenic trails, waterfalls (Old Man’s Cave), a gorge with rim trail (Conkle’s Hollow) and options for cabin rentals and horseback riding. One of the Hocking Hills destinations is the John Glenn Astronomy Park. We’re about an hour away from scenic train rides, rails-to-trails biking on roads dotted with antique stores and small town shops. Lancaster is a great midway point and our downtown is a quick hop off the Rt. 33 by-pass (take the Rt 188 exit then left on Lincoln Avenue/Rt. 22/Main Street).
When you make it to us, be sure to stop by the Visit Fairfield County Ohio office, located downtown at 158 W. Wheeling Street. They have lots of great suggestions and materials to help you make the most of your time with us!
Our Lancaster history is filled with art and adventure, farming and manufacturing. We’re home to Anchor Hocking, making American glass right here since 1905; the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio; the Ohio Glass Museum and Glass Blowing Shop where you can drop in for a glassmaking class and see the giant glass ball we’ll drop here to ring in 2020 at our downtown New Year’s Eve celebration; Art & Clay on Main where you can paint your own pottery and get a great coffee at Square Seven Coffee House (inside Art & Clay); Two Broke Artists where you can take a painting class; and our local craft brewery is a couple blocks from us on Chestnut Street – Double Edge Brewing Company.
The Keller Market House is a block off Main Street and is home to local and Ohio-sourced grocery and craft goods including locally-sourced coffee from Koffee Geeks in Laurelville, Ohio and Ohio wines. The weekly Lancaster Farmer’s Market happens behind Keller Market from spring to fall and the team is always bringing something fun like the Bloody Mary Bar where you can pick up garnishes for your beverage from the vendors and enjoy a walk around the fresh flower stall, fresh produce, baked goods, jams and crafts.
Our restaurant and bar scene is thriving – lots of great choices for before, during or after your visit with us! You’re welcome to purchase your favorite beverages (hard or soft) from our neighbors and bring them in a special Destination Downtown Lancaster cup to Rabbit & Rocket! Be sure to check out Ale House 1890, Four Reasons Bakery Cafe, The Well, O’Huid’s Gaelic Pub, Bob’s Backyard Barbeque, Santino’s (lunch only), JB’s Downtown Grill, Main Street Bistro (formerly Shaw’s) and game day is always fun at Bootlegger’s.
We’ve got a Drive-In! For real! The Skyview Drive-In is one of about 300 left in the whole United States. And we have our own children’s museum – AHA! A Hands-On Adventure is designed for young children 6 months to 8 years of age but all children are welcome.
Fairfield Medical Center continues to grow with a new location on Memorial Drive featuring a state of the art workout facility open to the community.
By all these words I hope to convey, there’s a lot happening in Lancaster. We’re lucky to have committed residents and leaders who are creating the kind of energy and support that makes great things happen for a community.
If you live here, I hope you’ll drop in regularly. If you don’t live here, you may want to think about it. 🙂