Butler County? Where is that? Donut Trail? What is that? Yes, I was definitely interested when I was contacted to come and Explore Butler County, Ohio with my kids!
The kids and I headed south of Columbus to the Butler County region which is the area beneath Dayton and encompasses the northern part of Cincinnati. We checked into the Staybridge Suites and were greeted by some the nicest hotel staff I had ever met! We had a huge room with 2 bedrooms and a kitchenette/living room space. There was a pool and hot tub, fitness area and complimentary breakfast in the morning. After we got settled we had a special visit from Miss Tari at the front desk with candy bags for the kids! Thank you Miss Tari! While the kids chowed down on candy, I got busy checking out the agenda that was lined up for us the next day. On the agenda was the famous Butler County Donut Trail and we had three stops on the trail. The Donut Trail is all small local donut shops that have unique donuts. We received a passport that we would have stamped at each location. When your passport is full you get a free t-shirt. I realized we had to get to bed early these old fashioned shops open at 4am and close by like noon!
First stop on the trail was Ross Bakery. Ross Bakery is in a tiny strip mall and you could have easily driven right past it. Ross had a box waiting for us to get a taste of their best! Our favorite was the chocolate iced glazed! Next we went to Kelly’s which had the cutest diner look inside. Kelly’s had our donuts ready and labeled inside the box! Kelly’s was a hard choice for a favorite. Hands down Kelly’s had the best apple fitter I had ever tasted. My son liked the raspberry sugar donut and my daughter liked the smores donut. Last stop Mimi’s. Mimi’s had an outside dining area which was nice on a summer day. Mimi’s has us try their famous peanut butter filled minis BUT we were over the moon for their Cronut! A cronut is croissant dough fried. I could eat one every day.
Three Donut Shops was enough for one morning. We were on a sugar high and headed over to the Hamilton Flea. Hamilton Flea was all local artists selling their handmade good. There were food trucks and love music and a fountain park to get your splash on. We had fun walking around and enjoying the summer sun!
We then took a drive out to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. This a little gem of a place and the activity my kids liked the best. The park is rolling hills of outdoor sculptures that were acquired by a very wealthy man. The property can be hiked or you can drive a golf cart around. We explored the park with a golf cart and found it very peaceful and beautiful.
It was a HOT day in Butler County and I am so glad that our last stop was Main Event Entertainment! The AC was cranked and so was the indoor excitment! The kids wanted to go straight for the arcade. Mom went straight to the lounge and had a cocktail while the kids ran around every last bit of energy.
After an adventure packed day we headed back to the hotel, took a quick swim and slept like rocks! Thank you Butler County for an AMAZING DAY! #gettothebc
Full Disclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was hosted to a weekend in Butler County in exchange for a review, as always ALL options are our own!