Like many of Ohio's cities, Toledo has been reinventing itself in recent years, revitalizing its downtown and growing its food, coffee, and beer scene - all while retaining its old school charm, with a world-class art museum and local staples like Tony Packo's.
Food, Coffee, & Beer
Black Kite Coffee: great coffee shop in Toledo's historic Old West End neighborhood
Earnest Brew Works: eclectic microbrewery with locations downtown and in south Toledo
Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters: local small-batch roaster with shops downtown and in nearby Perrysburg
Maumee Bay Brewing: brewpub located in a multi-level historic building
Rustbelt Coffee: third wave coffee shop downtown
Schmucker's Restaurant: old school family run eatery open since 1948. Great for comfort foods like meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy. Absolutely don't miss the pies.
Tony Packo's: the local institution, known for their Hungarian comfort foods like chicken paprikas, chili, stuffed cabbages, fried pickles. Five locations around the region, but the original is on Front Street. Known also for the hot buns signed by celebrities, politicians, other notable figures, all lining the walls.
Wixey Bakery: old school Toledo bakery pumping out all sorts of good stuff
Parks & Attractions
Maumee Bay Lodge: spacious hotel and event center on the waterfront in the center of Maumee Bay State Park. Includes golf course, nature center, hiking trails.
National Museum of the Great Lakes: museum and history center dedicated to shipping, industry, boating, and more on the Great Lakes. Lots of interactive exhibits and historic displays. Tour the tug boat and the old cargo ship moored on the water.
Toledo Museum of Art: world-class art museum always offering free admission. Great permanent collections and rotating exhibition, with an adjoining Glass Pavilion offering more displays, glass-blowing studio.
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Two Days in Toledo
An invited visit that was our first real introduction to Toledo: museums, old school eats, brewpubs, local farms.