The Places You Need to Visit in Wooster Ohio

Wooster, Ohio is a charming city that kind of takes you by surprise.

Wooster is located in Wayne County which is a little over an hour’s drive from Cleveland, 1.5 hours from Columbus, and a little over 3 hours from Cincinnati.

I’m sharing more about the top things to do during a visit to Wooster.

Downtown Wooster, OH

On the drive into town, you will see rolling hills and farming communities. The downtown in Wooster is a tight-knit community, full of life with unique shops and eateries.

My friend Heather from The Food Hussy describes the downtown of Wooster to be kindred to the fictional town of Stars Hollow from the television show Gilmore Girls.

She absolutely loved it!

Downtown Wooster, OH

How Do You Pronounce Wooster?

It’s also important to note that Wooster is pronounced (WUSS tur) NOT (Woo-ster).

If you pronounce it wrong, it’s a given that you are from out of town.

Downtown Wooster, OH

Top Things to Do in Wooster, Ohio

You can’t help but notice all of the great architectural details on the buildings as you walk the sidewalk or step inside the shops downtown.

If you look closely at the image above, you will see a face on the building located above a window.

Blue Spruce Boutique in Downtown Wooster, OH

Downtown Shopping in Wooster

With dozens of stores downtown, you will find something for everyone’s interests. (antiques, books, boutiques, fitness, furniture, art, and jewelry)

Poppy by Pursesnickety in Downtown Wooster, OH

A few of my favorites of the day were the Blue Spruce Boutique and Poppy by Pursesnickety that both had great merchandise and creative presentation of their merchandise.

The Faithful Little Cupcake in Wooster, OH

At Motts Oils & More – you can sample more than 50 different varieties of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar and get inspired for your next meal or personalize a gift.

Everything Rubbermaid Flagship Store in Wooster, OH

Organizers, or those who need organizing supplies, will want to stop at the Everything Rubbermaid Flagship Store.

Everything Rubbermaid Flagship Store in Wooster, OH

There are four floors filled with the largest selection of Rubbermaid products anywhere.

Downtown Restaurants in Wooster 

With all of that shopping downtown, you will definitely work up an appetite. Wooster has a lot of options when it comes to downtown dining for all price points.

The Faithful Little Cupcake

4146 Burbank Rd Ste B, Wooster, OH

For a sweet treat, you will definitely want to try the creative specialty cupcakes at The Faithful Little Cupcake. The hardest part is making a selection because there are a LOT of delicious combinations and all of them sound amazing.

Sweet Treat from The Faithful Little Cupcake in Wooster, OH

Here is a small sampling of some of the options:

  • Almond Joy
  • Banana Split
  • Birthday Cake
  • Black Forest
  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Blueberry Swirl
  • Boston Cream Pie
  • Buckeye Blitz
  • Butterfinger Crunch
  • Buttery Turtle
  • Carrot Cake
  • Caramel Apple Streusel
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Salted Caramel
  • Cinnamon Caramel Pecan Roll
  • Confetti Fun, Cookie Monster
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Curly Q,
  • Death by Chocolate

Now you understand why it’s hard to pick!

The Twin Center-Cut Filet Mignon Medallions from City Square Steakhouse in Wooster, OH

City Square Steakhouse

City Square Steakhouse boasts “2014 Best Steakhouse’s in America,” by OpenTable. This is the perfect spot for a nice evening out with friends or a loved one.

During my visit, I tried the City Square Signature Seafood Bisque which came highly recommended (With Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Crabmeat & Crayfish) and the Twin Center-Cut Filet Mignon Medallions.

The Seafood Bisque from City Square Steakhouse in Wooster, OH

You can’t go wrong with either of those choices! Mike Mariola, owner, and restauranteur has also started The Rail, a popular gourmet burger joint based in Cleveland, Ohio.

You can opt to sit in the dining area or enjoy the large seating area by the bar with a late-night happy hour from 9-10pm.

Broken Rocks Cafe & Bakery in Wooster, OH


Broken Rocks Cafe and Bakery

A local favorite, Broken Rocks is a staple within the community.

Broken Rocks Cafe & Bakery in Wooster, OH

Broken Rocks specializes in freshly baked artisan bread and features delicious modern takes on various Italian dishes.

The Cajun Chicken at Broken Rocks Cafe & Bakery in Wooster, OH

I opted for the Cajun Chicken (grilled chicken or shrimp with mixed peppers in a spicy cream sauce on fettuccine) which had the perfect amount of heat and flavor.

Spoon Market & Deli in Wooster, OH

Spoon Market & Deli

Spoon Market & Deli is a local favorite with a large bar and deli-style sandwiches. The menu covers a full range of ethnic and eclectic food items.

You can enjoy the breakfast menu all day or order from the lunch/dinner menu.

Wine at Spoon Market & Deli in Wooster, OH

We ended up enjoying drinks and appetizers during the town’s annual meeting.

This allowed us to meet several members of the community who were really excited and proud of how far Wooster has come and what is coming up next.

Make sure that you check out the detail in the bar stools made from barrels.

Muddy's in Wooster, OH


335 E Liberty St, Wooster

Another local favorite hangout that once was a former Cadillac/Buick dealership.

The Skinny Cowboy at Muddy's in Wooster, OH

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a space with plenty of seating.

During our breakfast visit, I opted for the Skinny Cowboy (3 Egg omelet with fire cheese, peppers, onion, provolone, wrapped in a tortilla that’s grilled) A great place to go with a large group or if you want to watch a game.

St. Paul Hotel in Wooster, OH

Sleep in a Modern Boutique Hotel

St. Paul Hotel in Downtown Wooster

This contemporary hotel was definitely a surprise in a good way. The modern furniture and lobby design set the tone that this hotel is doing things differently.

St. Paul Hotel in Wooster, OH

The rooms are simple and modern with bathrooms that have an extra-large shower, large vanity with flat screen tv, and heated floors that make it hard to ever want to leave the bathroom.

St. Paul Hotel in Wooster, OH

Home to the original St. Paul Hotel until the late 1970s, the building has been completely renovated and now features a sleek modern and elegant design that will make you think you are in a metropolitan city.

St. Paul Hotel in Wooster, OH

With a total of 12 rooms, two of which are two-person suites, the St. Paul experience is like none other in northeastern Ohio.

Dutch Kitchen Bakery in Dalton, OH

Take a Nearby Drive

Sweet Treats at Dutch Kitchen Bakery

Located at 14278 Lincolnway East (on Rt. 30)  Dalton, OH

(15 minutes from Downtown Wooster)

What started as a small Restaurant in the original 1858 farmhouse has continued to grow into quite an establishment that is really popular with bus tours. Groups can even make arrangements to help fill pastries during their visit.

Lehman's in Dalton, OH

Amish Supplies and More at Lehman’s Hardware Store

4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH (20 Minutes from Wooster)

Family owned and operated since 1955, Lehman’s Hardware Store is truly unbelievable. What started as a hardware store has grown into so much more!

Lehman's in Dalton, OH

Located in the heart of Amish country in Kidron, Ohio, Lehman’s is almost 3/4 mile long chock full of goods that help you live a simpler life.

There is a special Treasure hunt for kids available by the entry to buy you more time while you are browsing.

Toy Section Barn at Lehmans in Dalton, OH

There are 4 barns connected that date back to Pre Civil war times. The Toy section barn was built in 1830. This store has a little bit of anything and everything.

There is a mix of old and new which will make any antique lovers heart flutter. This is a go-to store for the Amish community as well, with supplies that are helpful for simplicities.

The supplies are also purchased by many who help bring aid and supplies to third world countries.

Lehman's in Dalton, OH

Most of the food sold at Lehman’s is locally made and sourced. There are also plenty of tools and machinery for those who want to prepare and prep their food.

Artist Paul Weaver's Woodworking at Lehman's in Dalton, OH

Make sure that you check out the gallery of woodworking by artist Paul Weaver. The incredible detail used in each of his pieces is truly a labor of love, crafted from one piece of wood.

Sodas at Lehman's in Dalton, OH

Allow a lot of time for your first visit to Lehman’s. The more you look, the more you discover.

Quince Bakery & Cafe in Kidron, OH

Quince Bakery & Cafe

Located directly across the road from Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

After you shop at Lehman’s you will have worked up an appetite and this is a great stop for sweet treats or a meal.

This hometown bakery and cafe is family owned and takes pride in making everything from scratch while sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible.

Quince Bakery & Cafe in Kidron, OH

Be prepared to take a while deciding on your options.

Shisler’s Cheese House in Orrville, OH

Sample Cheese at Shisler’s Cheese House 

55 Kidron Rd. Orrville, OH – (Less than 15 minutes from Wooster)

Family owned and operated since 1958, this cheese house sells 2000 lbs of cheese in a week and ships to 30 countries!  Make sure that you try the local favorite homemade trail bologna during your visit.

The JM Smucker Company Store & Cafe in Orrville, OH

The JM Smucker Company Store & Cafe

Learn more about the history of the Smuckers brand and its products. Everything and anything you’d like to know about Smuckers you will find here.

You will find lots of merchandise to choose from and you can even create personalized labels on your product of choice in minutes that you can use as a special gift.

If you are hungry, there is a cafe and an ice cream bar.

Troutman Vineyards in Wooster, OH

A Wine Tasting at Troutman Vineyards

4243 Columbus Road (Route 3 South) Wooster (located 10 minutes from Downtown Wooster)

Troutman Vineyards in Wooster, OH

This stop was a last-minute addition to our itinerary and a favorite winery of Heather from Ohio Girl Travels on our tour, who attended a wine festival near Columbus and discovered Troutman.

Stop in for a tasting and discover which wines you will want to take home.

Troutman Vineyards in Wooster, OH

The grounds are really beautiful with indoor and outdoor seating, weather permitting. There are goats onsite who will also welcome the attention of visitors.

Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, OH
Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, OH

Find Unique Gifts and Decor at Pine Tree Barn

4374 Shreve Road, Wooster, OH (10 minutes from downtown Wooster)

This is another store that you could spend hours. There is so much decorative eye candy to discover on both floors.

Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, OH

The Pine Tree Barn is a restored Dutch bank barn featuring over 25,000 sq. ft. of home furnishings.

Views from The Granary at Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, OH

Dine at The Granary

Enjoy gorgeous views of the property at The Granary, Pine Tree Barn’s dining spot featuring luncheon cuisine.

Sweet Treat from The Granary at Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, OH

The lemon crumb muffins are a MUST during your visit and you will probably want to take some to go as well.

The Sour Cream fruit pie with Blackberry is also another winner that can be served a la mode

Shop for Christmas Decorations Year Round at Pine Tree Barn

There is one area of the store with Christmas decorations year-round and if you happen to visit around the holidays you will enjoy the creatively themed trees throughout the store.
Families also look forward to picking out a live Christmas tree from the 100-acre tree farm each year.
Travelers will find Wooster to be a charming city and a great getaway with fantastic food and wonderful shopping.
The Places you need to visit in Wooster Ohio

Thanks again to Green Door Mediaworks, Main Street Wooster, and Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau for hosting my visit. All opinions are my own. 

25 thoughts on “The Places You Need to Visit in Wooster Ohio”

  1. Helpful article – thank you, will be visiting COW with my daughter this weekend and added a few places to our list. You can’t name every business in a blog post so don’t let the complainers bring you down 🙂

  2. You guys are so rude! She visited out lovely county and shared a story about her experience here. We have lots of amaOng businesss here. Don’t insult her because you favorite isn’t on here.

  3. Not to mention Henry Station, Omahoma Bob’s Barbeque, a Hungarian Pastry shop, Bosco’s Pizza Kitchen, Farmer Boy, Greenleaf, Fiore’s, and on and on.

  4. Other non-franchise restaurants you missed were Meathead’s, Bishop’s, The Wooster Inn, Local Roots, The Parlor, Troyer’s bakery, Holcomb’s Gourmet Popcorn, SureHouse for coffee, another down town coffee shop, Basil Asian Bistro, the Olde Jaol, Gouda, Matsos, Jake’s, Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt. Hope, other Amish restaurants in the area, several bed ‘n’ breakfasts, Wild Ginger and more. Please come back.

  5. Great article with good choices. Of course there are plenty more great places to visit but you did get many of my favorites. Coccia House, Rox( next to Broken Rocks), Wooster Inn, JAFB Brewery, Walnut Street Antique’s, Etc. The focus is that Wooster has a great downtown and the surrounding area is beautiful. Wooster is a “Little City” and not a suburb. The people are friendly and proud to share their recommendations to anyone that asks. Please come back anytime!!

  6. I disagree with some of your judgements. City Square Steakhouse is an overpriced, overrated, restaurant. Rubbermaid abandoned the town that gave it it’s name. Everything Rubbermaid is no longer owned by Rubbermaid. It is owned by the Newell Rubbermaid company and should not be lauded for anything related to Wooster. Many, many people lost their jobs when they moved away.

  7. sorry but the Barn restaurant is not near Kids in and Lehmans, the Barn restaurant is in Smithville, 20 minutes north.

  8. I felt that Wooster was a good starting point for someone not familiar with the area or region. I wanted to make a point to also include areas that were a close driving distance from Wooster for out of town guests. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Your article was great however I think you need to correct the title to Wayne Co., not Wooster. Yes, Wooster is the county seat, but you can’t include Lehman, Pine Tree Barn and Shishlers when they aren’t in Woo. Anyone who was born and raised here would agree. Those are al great places to visit but they are not all in Woo. “Wayne County” would be a better fit.

  10. Understandably so, thanks again for a great article! If you do happen to stop by The Barn, I would highly suggest the buffet on the weekends and at check out, grab a bag of Pop’s Country Kettle Korn!

  11. I was there for less than 48 hours and didn’t have time to fit it in. I’ll have to check that out during my next visit! Thanks for sharing!

  12. What?! Why isn’t Secrest Arboretum on the list? Secrest Arboretum is the Ohio State University’s primary research arboretum, and contains over 2,000 native and introduced species and cultivars of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Covering 115 acres, this gorgeous landscape will take your breath away any time of year!

  13. Just east of Broken Rock Cafe is a fantastic jewelry store called Makenzie’s Silver Linings. Makenzie creates the most wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces!

  14. I will definitely have to add that to my list the next time I come back. I was only there for less than 48 hours so I had to cram in a lot in a little time. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Great article, so well written and descriptions of our little town were so spot on! I was a bit disappointed you missed The Barn Restaurant!! Not for the articles sake entirely, but your own! Located near Lehman’s it’s an old farm barn renovated as a restaurant with all original timber inside. Beautiful inside and out as the property also boasts a wonderful campus including duck pond, gazebo, toy store, and more! Check it out the next time you come through 🙂

  16. Correction to this post: Shislers Cheese House, the one pictured here, is located at 55 Kidron Rd. Orrville, OH. The one in Copley is owned by another family member and is significantly farther away from Wooster.

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