Hartville, Ohio is a little over an hour drive from Cleveland, twenty minutes from Akron or Canton and forty-five minutes from Youngstown (those times are dependent on weather and are estimates). Hartville makes a great day trip if you are in Ohio, traveling through or as a weekend destination if you want to investigate the area more.
Hartville was founded in 1851 and was mainly a Mennonite community. Here you will find lovely, handmade craft items and locally grown produce, which are hallmarks of their roots. It is a great small community with a lot to offer visitors.
There are several restaurants in Hartville. The two larger ones are the Pantry Restaurant located at 101 N. Prospect. The Pantry offers great home cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners. They also offer a great variety of pies. Their prices are very affordable from between $5 to $15 per person. The Hartville Kitchen located at 1015 E. Edison Street is another place to find great home-style cooking at a decent price (dinners start at $10.75 per person). Be sure to check out the bakery and candy shop on the premises. They are open every day from 11 am until 8 pm, except for Wednesdays and Sundays.
There are many places to shop for that perfect gift or something special for you. The Hartville Chocolate Factory located at 114 S. Prospect Avenue specializes in handmade chocolates, gourmet foods, candy molds and supplies and cookie cutters. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am until 6 pm and on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.
Just across the street, you will find Close to the Heart, a quaint shop, at 115 S. Prospect Avenue. In this adorable store you will find a large selection of Jim Shore figurines as well as candles, country and folk art, holiday decorations, home décor, children’s items, and so much more. The last time I visited here, I was there over an hour and loved every minute of it.
Another must-see stop is the Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market which includes 100,000 square feet of shopping and flea market space. This amazing place has over 110 shops and hundreds of spots at the flea market. The market and flea market are open all year round. You could probably spend the entire day if you were so inclined. They are open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. You can check out their website for more information.
If you are looking for something more natural, try Quail Hollow State Park located at 13480 Congress Lake in Hartville. Here you will find camping, several trails, fishing, picnicking, and seasonal activities. This is another great treasure of the Ohio State Park system.
Another great place to visit is the Maize Valley Market & Winery located at 6193 Edison Street in Hartsville. They offer white and red wines as well as non-grape wines. They offer a menu of delicious foods also including salads and sandwiches. There are a lot of activities to enjoy here, so please check out their link for wine tasting schedules, festivals and other fun things.
Hartville is a small town with a small town feel, but it has big things to do and see. It has the charm you would expect as well as good, old-fashioned hospitality. Hartville is a great adventure, do not be afraid to stop and explore a place you find that may not be on this list. You will feel welcome. Happy Travels!!