I am almost always content to roam the familiar streets of Columbus because there is so much to discover and explore in the second largest city in the Midwest! Truth be told the older I get, the thought of venturing into unknown territory solo doesn’t leave as me thrilled as it did in my younger years, and I’m so okay with that.

Interestingly, the added stress and pressures in my life, created this urge to spread my wings a bit and experience a change of scenery. Imagine my joy when the sweet folks of the Butler County Tourism Bureau asked me to spend a weekend in their world. Solo adventure for one? Yes please! I packed my bag, grabbed my road trip music – NSYNC, circa 2004- and waived bye, bye, bye to the construction on 270.

Full Disclosure: I knew absolutely nothing about Butler County before this experience. I wanted this trip to feel like a spontaneous adventure so I did very little research on the area and I could get away with this because my itinerary was crafted by the Bureau. With nothing but the address to my hotel typed into my GPS, I began my trip to this mysterious area of Ohio nestled between Dayton and Cincinnati.

Welcome bag from Butler County Visitors Bureau!

In less than two hours, I officially arrived in Butler County and my first destination Liberty Center, which is absolutely a hidden gem of Butler County! If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Easton and want to slow down the atmosphere with access to many of the luxury brands you know and love, welcome to your home away from home!

Hotel room at AC. Simply Amazing!

Liberty Center has plenty of eating options, several born and raised in Ohio like:

  • Flip Side
  • Rusty Bucket
  • Pies & Pints
  • Charley’s Grilled Subs – crazy right!
  • Deg’s Flame Grilled Chicken
  • Bibibop
  • Brio Tuscan Grille (IKR!! It’s true. CBUS original to mega chain).
  • Northstar Cafe

Truffle fries at Flip Side

I felt like the All-Star winner of Butler County because I also attended the Buckeye BBQ Fest while I was there! The lines weren’t long and the blues flowed from the main stage all night long! The biggest surprise of the event was discovering modular furniture company, Slim Furniture. I love modular designs and Mike’s concept is what every dorm and studio apartment needs! The furniture is also safe to use outside.

Buckeye BBQ Fest Main Stage

Brisket so tasty!

A getaway wouldn’t be right without brunch options! I enjoyed a delightful walk in the morning to Columbus’ beloved Northstar Cafe to begin a new day of Butler County exploration!

Brunch at Northstar

The culinary options of Butler County did NOT disappoint. Add a trip to Jungle Jim’s for weird treats to impress your friends and you are sure to leave with incredible memories! My next Butler County post will be up soon and you won’t want to miss it!

Spoiler Alert: it involves a golf cart. #picturemerolling

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Until next time, check out a local play in the park! I’ll see you around the city soon.