2020 is definitely the year of mourned vacations and going stir-crazy in your own home (to say the least!) Fear not, the perfect family-friendly getaway is just a short drive away in Trumbull County, OH nestled halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Whether you love antique shopping, exploring nature, or enjoying a one-of-a-kind foodie experience Trumbull County is the place for you! 

Here’s some of the top 10 activities you can enjoy on your adventure to Trumbull County! 

Italian Food Trail

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Enjoy over fifty stops of Italian cuisine, from  hot peppers in oil to the regional specialty Briar Hill Pizza. The Italian Food Trail has over 50 participating locations highlighting traditional and family favorites that have stood up to the test of time. 

Grab a free passport and get started stamping at the 17 unique stops along America’s very first Italian Food Trail! The first 100 people who submit their passport to the Trumbull County Office will win an Italian Food Trail hat!   Get stamps at all 17 stops and you’ll have 17 chances to win a $50 gift card.   

Market Square Ohio

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Bookworms and history-buffs need to check out Market Square! Take a trip back in time to Ohio’s oldest Soda Fountain (try the malt beverages or an ice cream soda for a taste of nostalgia!) Market Square Ohio has over 20,000 records and 100,000 books making it the largest bookstore between Buffalo and Cincinnati! Amish Jams, antiques, and a wide variety of merchandise can all be found in this centuries’ old general store. 

Old Stone House B&B

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Stay with Old Stone House B&B as you roam the countryside with wineries, Amish adventures, and townships filled with history and unique retails. They offer 3 types of accommodations:  daily, small house rental, and whole house rental each Rental with its private entrances and separate living areas with no contact with other guests. Plenty of States parks, lakes, outdoor activities, cheese houses, excellent restaurants and wineries.  Discover townships an hour’s drive from the Old Stone House—which they can create itineraries with your specific interests!

Warren Flea Market

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Trumbull County Ohio’s oldest flea market is open every Tuesday and Saturday year round. Admission and parking is free and you can enjoy fares from over 150 vendors. This vintage, sustainable shopper’s haven is chock-full of finds from jewelry to furniture and even electronics! Not only is Warren Flea Market ideal for shopping, it’s a one-stop-shop for all your grocery needs as well. Every Saturday expect to find farm-fresh Amish meats, cheeses, produce, and baked goods. Head to their website for special event scheduling for family fun and entertainment.

Galleria of Art & Antiques 

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Galleria of Arts and Antiques, LLC. hosts over 55 sellers’ merchandise under one roof with an expansive inventory for all your shopping needs. A few items you can find here are: antiques, collectibles, folk arts, home decor, upcycled items and much more! It’s a perfect place to find a gift for a friend or family! It is conveniently located in Cortland, Ohio and open 7 days a week during the summer months. 

Their Facebook page hosts pictures of each of the sellers spaces and are updated weekly! Check it out here: facebook page

Extending Grace

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Artists and creators will fit right in at Extending Grace in nearby Hubbard, OH. This home-decor shop prioritizes antique, vintage, and repurposed works while celebrating local creatives and makers. Shop here to furnish and decorate your home with one-of-a-kind pieces. If you’d prefer to maintain physical distance they also offer online shopping and curbside pick-up.

Sign-up for an offered workshop or class if you’re into the DIY lifestyle. Current offerings can be found on their website and FB page. Available  classes include sign making and how to refurbish your furniture!! 

Greene Eagle Winery

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Home to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman, Green Eagle winery combines history with wine, craft beers, and foods. Every fall, Green Eagle Winery re-enacts the Headless Horseman’s ride with the flaming pumpkin. Year round you can learn history reenactors like George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant while you sip on house-made, hand-crafted wines and beers while nestled peacefully in their private gardens. This beautiful 18th Century Cape-Cod style venue offers beautiful nature views and an on-site cabin that you can reserve to stay in over the weekend. 

Medici Art Museum

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Art-lovers have to make a stop at Medici Museum of Art. Admission is free and you can expect to find ample parking. This fall, MMA is expanding their four current galleries into eight! Currently, you can see the Norman Rockwell: American Scouting Collection along with other artists like Joseph Csatari, Walt Disney, and Bill Thompson.

Eastwood Mall

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If you’re looking for an entire day chock-full of activities stop by the Eastwood Mall, one of America’s largest shopping centers with over 200 stores, restaurants, hotels, and businesses located in Niles, Ohio. Eastwood Mall has something for everyone and proudly supports a wide-range of options including big brands like Dillards, Dicks, and Macy’s to local, stylish boutiques and quirky shops. 

There’s more to the Eastwood Mall than just shopping. Dads– drop your ladies off and go catch a Mahoning Valley Scrappers baseball game at the Eastwood stadium. You could kick-up your feet to see a movie at one of the two theaters on-site. If you’re hoping to blow off some extra energy, get bouncing in their Extreme Air trampoline park. Finish off your day at one of the three dozen eateries. You’ll be able to find everything from a quick snack to a full sit-down. 

Mahoning River Adventures

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Embrace the dog days of summer with a relaxing float down the Mahoning River on a self-guided kayak tour. You’ll be set up with your very own specialty Jackson Riviera single or double kayak and shuttled to a launching down. Pick your own adventure by choosing a two hour or all day float session. I recommend packing a few light drinks and snacks (plus plenty of sunscreen!) to fully be able to relax in nature as you drift downstream. 

If you have a taste for the outdoors while still trying to find a family-friendly adventure Mahoning River is the expedition for you! 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Bryer Blumenschein

Bryer is a born-and-raised Pittsburgher who is deeply entrenched in the local food and culture scene. When she's not checking out new galleries and shows, you can find her tasting some of the best dishes the city has to offer or hiking outside! Right now, Bryer lives in the South Side with her fiancé, Oscar, and their two dogs.

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