Ohio is a state seemingly designed to make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. It even has the word “hi” in the middle. That may sound a little informal, but you’ll find yourself at ease here among the craft breweries, majestic rivers, and vibrant, welcoming cities. Midwestern hospitality is a refined art in Dayton, from the quiet side streets and hushed art galleries to the lively thoroughfares of its busiest and most fashionable sectors.
You’ll be welcomed here with enticing flavor profiles and unforgettable mouthfuls. Find griddle-fresh Colombian arepas at Arepas & Co. and hearty soul food (try the Jazz Brush at De’Lish Café) just a short walk from Dayton downtown hotels. Even time-tested classics, like savory meat pies and the beloved pizza, undergo new twists in urban-chic storefronts where enterprising chefs are reinventing comfort cuisine. If your dining destination is a little farther afield, don’t worry. We’ve got downtown Dayton rentals to pilot on your quest for the perfect bite.
Dayton’s spirit of invention (its nickname, after all, is The Birthplace of Aviation), even in the culinary world, is present in dishes that define the region. For a true taste of Ohio, visit the iconic Skyline Chili and ask for a plate of Cincinnati-style done “four ways” – chili, cheese, and onions over spaghetti noodles – or on a hot dog to make a “coney.” Follow it up with a sweet treat: Ohio’s distinctive peanut butter fudge and chocolate confection, the Buckeye. Opinion varies on where to find the best of this regional treat, but your hotel concierge, like the one at Crown Plaza, Dayton, may direct you to Esther Price Fine Chocolates, a local bastion of sweets and gifts.
One of your freedoms as a traveler is in deciding from moment to moment what kind of trip you want to have. After a day of exploring and tasting your way through the city, you may want to indulge in a quiet night sipping a rare bourbon at Century Bar. Wind down to the low thrum of conversation while you draft the latest entry in your travel journal. Or dance until the late hours become early ones as the music at Club Masque inspires you to lose yourself in a rhythmic bass line.
For entertainment, find your way to any venue with a stage. The Schuster Performing Arts Center is also home to the Dayton Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. All you’ll have to do is sit back, relax, and discover new music or unexpected nuances to renditions of your favorite arias. Afterward, make your way back to your room at one of our downtown Dayton hotels and sink into the comfort of a soft bed. We’ve heard that the pillows at the Courtyard are especially fluffy.
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