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