A Walk Around Gambier, Ohio

The town of Gambier is quaint. Home to Kenyon College, it’s hard to tell where the downtown and the college begin and end because they’re so closely aligned.

The university buildings are largely stone and old, in some ways resembling backdrop for a Harry Potter film.

I’m dying to go stay at this cute bed and breakfast. The weird thing is that I really don’t enjoy a B&B as I typically prefer more privacy and personal space than they offer. But I have a burning desire to curl up here with a book and blanket on a cold winter day.

There are some cute shops and restaurants including some with sidewalk cafe space for these warm weather days during the age of Covid.

And there’s an overall sense of civic responsibility and human decency that you often find prominent in a liberal arts college town. Be kind to your neighbor, shop local, be a good citizen are common themes found on many of the posters and signs here. People are also very careful to wear their masks and keep a safe distance.

My brief walk around town left me wondering about real estate prices and wishing that I had gotten my education here. What a delight it would have been to study here!

But that ship has sailed and I can take solace in the knowledge that visiting is always an option!

Dream Cup

If you ever find yourself on the National Road in Springfield, Ohio be sure to look for this old coffee shop. Someone out there probably knows a story about the place. All I know is the building is awesome and the sign is fabulous.

Whatever happened to fun signs and interesting rooflines on buildings? This building looks like something from the Jetson’s!


Cedarville coffee shop.jpg

On a recent drive through Cedarville, it occurred to me how many neat buildings and views there are in this little village. I made a mental note to go back this fall and walk around a bit.

I always look forward to seeing this building – it’s on the corner at a traffic light so there’s usually time to admire it. Today it’s called Beans-N-Cream, serving as a coffee shop and cafe. The building began life as a bank and has been all sorts of things over the years including a barber shop. It looks like the place to be so I’ll stop by for a veggie wrap or maybe just a scone and some hot chocolate when I visit.