Taking the Fork in the Road.
We’ve all heard the quote: “When there’s a fork in the road, take it”.
This summer has proven to be the perfect prescription by putting the rubber on the road and riding to a location that satisfies our culinary desires. I found that riders and food go hand in hand. Whether it’s a burger, BBQ, chicken, steak, seafood or a refreshing ice cream cone, eating with friends on a ride is a great time to share memories and make plans for the next ride.
I recently took the “fork in the road” to The Barn Restaurant in Smithville, Ohio. This attractive rural location takes on the look of a well-manicured barn both inside and out. Located on State Route 585 just north of Wooster, it is easily accessible and is ride stop #4 on the “Wayne County Wonders” route of the 2018 Amish Country motorcycle tour guide.
Upon entrance into The Barn Restaurant, you truly get the feeling of how this once working farm barn operated as a dairy. The lot is paved for easy parking and access into the restaurant.
Inside, large beams support the loft in the dining area and can clearly be seen into the rafters as well as portions of the silo attached to the foyer. This historic barn and original house dates back to 1875. The original dairy barn was destroyed by a fire and was rebuilt in 1937. Remodeling of the barn along with a new addition took place in 1982. Inside the original barn houses are the current dining area and banquet facilities. The modestly priced menu covers everything from barn fries to steaks and homemade desserts. Dine where the cows were kept, farm hands worked, and friends gathered after a hard day’s work for a big farm dinner.
While visiting scenic Wayne County, make plans to attend the Wayne County Fair September 8 – 13.
This year’s grandstand schedule brings in big names such as Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Larry the Cable Guy, as well as tractor, pulls and a demolition derby. Come to see me at the fair in the Wayne County CVB booth on September 11 from 4 – 7. I will be handing out the 2018 Amish Country motorcycle guide as well as Thunder Roads Ohio Magazines and Wayne County visitor’s brochures. Moving into the fall season, the county boasts its agriculture attractions with pumpkin farms, mums, homegrown wines and hand-crafted beers. www.wccvb.com
Neighboring Medina County is packed full of events throughout summer and fall. The convention and visitors bureau is easily located on the Medina Square. Their staff is equipped not only to give visitors information but local residents as well. You can find the Amish Country motorcycle guide and current edition of Thunder Roads Ohio magazine at their bureau. Fair time is upon Medina County beginning July 30 thru August 5. Headlining the grandstand is Kane Brown. Take your ride to the fair and indulge in your favorite fair food! Buckin’ Ohio Bull riding, Draft Hitch shows, Motocross, Truck and Tractor pulls and fireworks complete the week’s entertainment at this popular county fair. I will be working at the CVB booth on July 30 from 2 – 6.
I Hope you are enjoying your summer and making memories! Remember when you come to the fork in the road, take it!
Don’t count the wheels…just enjoy your ride!
Spyder Lilly Luvee