Utica, Ohio

 

With equal parts quaintness and country, the village of Utica is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Best known as the home of Velvet Ice Cream--whose annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream festival at Ye Olde Mill, its idyllic headquarters along Ohio 13, draws attendees from across the state--this northern Licking County hamlet is also the site of one-of-a-kind shops such as Farmers Daughters on Main, where you can pick up the latest in farmhouse decor or participate in a crafting class.

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As weather permits, stop by one of several orchards and fruit farms to taste the bounty of the local harvest--or better yet, pick it yourself. Craving comfort food? Watt’s Family Restaurant has ample helpings of meatloaf and fresh-baked pies calling your name.