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It’s Date Night in Worthington

Looking for a way to freshen up date night this winter? Thanks to the fantastic restaurants, sought-after concert venues and all around small town charm, Worthington is brimming with great ideas for the perfect date. So whether you prefer dinner and a show, a quiet morning without the kids, or a little adventure, you'll be sure to find it in Worthington.  

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

·      Classes at Igloo Letterpress – Try something new and sign up to take a class with your sweetheart at Worthington’s favorite little letterpress shop. Most of their classes require no previous experience, and they take place in a relaxed, group setting, which makes them an excellent activity for that first or second date.  

·      Dinner and a Movie – Truth is, you can’t go wrong with a meal at any of Worthington’s wonderful dining establishments. So when you want to wow your one and only this season, book a reservation at The Whitney House, then casually slide tickets across the table to one of the many outstanding shows at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center. Or, if you’re more of a pizza-and-craft-brew kind of couple, an evening at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music will fit the bill.

·      A Wine or Beer Pairing Dinner – Pairing dinners are all the rage these days, and you'll find them at several Worthington restaurants, including The Worthington Inn.  The restaurant’s next pairing dinner, hosted in conjunction with Rockmill Brewery, will take place on February 2. Ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man, the Inn’s Winter Rockmill Beer Dinner will not disappoint.

·      A Breakfast Date – We get it. Between homework, kids basketball games and general midweek exhaustion, getting a date night on the calendar is challenging. Why not mix things up and meet for breakfast at La Chatelaine? Block off your calendar, drop the kids off at school and catch up by the fireplace over lattes and homemade French toast.

·      Exercise – There’s nothing like a little exercise and fresh air to shake off the winter blues. Whether you’re training together for your next marathon or you simply want to enjoy a quiet walk through the woods, Worthington’s easy access to the Olentangy Trail is just what you need. And if thrill seeking is more your speed, a date at Vertical Adventures will surely take your relationship to new heights. 

An Art-Filled Weekend in Worthington
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In just a few weeks, more than 130 artisans from across the country will descend upon Worthington for the 24th annual Worthington Arts Festival. Hailed as one of the nation’s top art shows, the Worthington Arts Festival features a wide variety of artists and craftspeople exhibiting everything from sculptures and paintings to ceramics, furniture, jewelry, glass and mixed media.

This year, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC) will host the event, which is free and open to the public, and typically attracts about 10,000 people. Mark your calendar now for a fun-filled weekend featuring the arts. Here's a closer look at what you can expect:

  • A New Location – In recent years, there's been a steady increase in exhibitors and attendees, and it's been a challenge to find enough space for the festival.  To help accommodate the growing crowds, this year’s festival will move from the sidewalks of downtown Worthington to the campus setting of the McConnell Arts Center and Thomas Worthington High School (corner of Dublin-Granville Road and Evening Street).

“Bringing the festival to the shaded grounds of the McConnell Arts Center and Thomas Worthington High School is going to greatly enhance the experience of the Worthington Arts Festival,” said Jon Cook, executive director of the McConnell Arts Center. “We are bringing in artists from across the country, and I believe attendees will be very impressed with the quality of artists and their wares.”

  • Art All Day, Music All Night – Talk about a twofer! The MAC is thrilled to host this year’s art show in conjunction with the PNC Arts Alive Summer Music Festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse and shop for fantastic art all day, while enjoying outstanding, live musical performances in the evenings. From jazz and contemporary music to the MAC’s own Chamber Orchestra and the wildly popular Songs at the Center, folks will hear some of the best music Central Ohio has to offer.

The weekend’s festivities will kick off on Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. with a special opening celebration filled with great friends, food and tunes. So grab your   blankets and lawn chairs, pre-order a gourmet picnic basket for two and head over to the MAC. 

If you go…

  • The Worthington Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For a full list of this year’s exhibitors, visit
  • The PNC Arts Alive Summer Music Festival performances will take place Friday, June 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available on-site.
  • Free parking is available for both events behind the Thomas Worthington High School.
A Meal and the MAC

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The Whitney House

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Where To Eat When Visiting the McConnell Arts Center

It’s true; we LOVE having the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. From its impressive exhibits and extensive lineup of classes and workshops to its many special events, concerts and theater presentations, the MAC has something for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to the MAC’s convenient location, folks can easily grab a bite to eat before or after an event. Although the Arts Center does not serve food, the friendly staff loves to point people in the direction of a great meal. Here are a few places to try the next time you visit the MAC.

Best For Families

Dewey’s Pizza – Boasting 22 locations in the Midwest, it’s easy to see why so many people are talking about Dewey’s Pizza. The restaurant serves specialty pizzas, delicious salads and a rotating selection of local craft beers and wines. Bring the whole family or grab a pie to go!

Best Tip: Check out their seasonal menu; it’s loaded with delicious fall flavors like pumpkin, bacon and fig jam!

Dewey’s Pizza

The Old Bag of Nails – A quintessential neighborhood restaurant, The Old Bag of Nails is known for classic, pub-style dishes like burgers, beer-battered pickles and their famous fish and chips. Guests also love their full bar, kid’s menu and gluten-free options.

Best Tip: Recently voted the best happy hour in Columbus, stop in Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. for “Happy Hour $2 You” specials.

The Old Bag of Nails

Harold’s American Grille – Worthington’s newest restaurant, Harold’s American Grille, features a classic menu filled with local ingredients. The family-friendly atmosphere, delicious dishes and extensive list of wine and spirits are guaranteed to make this your go-to destination.

Best Tip: Try the fish sliders! They’re inspired by the famous fish sandwiches at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a favorite of the restaurant’s owner, Sam Baker.

Harold’s American Grille

Best For Adults

La Chatelaine – Worthington’s favorite French bakery and bistro, La Chatelaine serves traditional fare. Think Duck confit cassoulet and Boeuf Bourguignon served in a lovely, French-country setting. Folks also enjoy the classic charcuterie, homemade bread and decadent desserts.

Best Tip: La Chatelaine’s owners, Stan and Gigi Wielezynski, traveled throughout France, Spain and Italy, hand-selecting small wine producers to create their own in-house red and white wine. Stop in for a taste.

La Chatelaine

The Whitney House – Inspired by the good old-fashioned Sunday dinner, The Whitney House offers rustic-yet-refined cuisine that’s locally sourced and packed with flavor. The restaurant has been open for less than a year, and it's already become a local favorite.

Best Tip: The Whitney House features a different “Daily Plate” special each day of the week, and you’ll want to try them all. Fried chicken Sundays? Yes please!

The Whitney House

Rivage Atlantique – If you’re in the mood for seafood, Rivage Atlantique is the place to be. Featuring fresh, wild-caught seafood direct from the Atlantic Ocean, Rivage Atlantique is the closest you’ll get to seaside dining.

Best Tip: In addition to the main dining room, you’ll love The Back Room with its gastropub menu. Happy hour specials include $2 off beer, wine and house liquor, and $5 small plates.

Rivage Atlantique

The Worthington Inn – A landmark in the community since 1831, The Worthington Inn features a gourmet menu filled with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the patio (while it’s still warm), a quiet evening in the historic dining room or a relaxed meal in the Pub.

Best Tip: Check out the restaurant’s exciting list of special events, including wine pairing dinners, live musical performances and holiday parties.

The Worthington Inn

House Wine – House Wine offers more than 500 carefully selected labels in stock, making it Worthington's go-to source for both the novice and the aficionado. With 24 different pours from the shop’s Enomatic wine dispensers, you’ll have a hard time deciding on a favorite.

Best tip: Feel like sharing a bottle? House Wine’s corkage fee is only $5 – the best deal in town!

House Wine

Happy Endings

Graeter’s Ice Cream – Graeter's is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer in the world that still uses small-batch, French pot freezers, creating handmade ice cream that is thick, rich and irresistible. Stop in for a scoop of your favorite flavor or sample one of the seasonal features.

Best Tip: Trying to cut down on your sugar intake? Try Graeter’s new, low-glycemic flavors. They're incredibly delicious, yet slightly less indulgent.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio

Celebrate the McConnell Arts Center with 3 MACtastic Events

MACCalling all fans of art and architecture! The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center is thrilled to host an open house honoring the 100-year anniversary of its historic building. Scheduled to take place on August 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the appropriately titled MAC Bash brings together three highly anticipated events: the annual Open House, the MAC Faculty & Student Show and the yART sale. Together they provide a fun-filled day that everyone will enjoy. “Since all three of these fantastic events happen around the same time of the year, it made sense to combine them into one, day-long celebration,” said Robin Yocum of Yocum Communications. “We anticipate a great turnout and look forward to celebrating this very special place and the many people who have contributed to its success.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s activities:

Annual Open House – If you’ve never been to the McConnell Arts Center, here’s your chance to tour this fantastic facility. Wander the historic halls, meet the extraordinary faculty and experience all that the MAC has to offer. Don't miss the celebratory toast honoring the building, faculty and students at 12 p.m. inside the main gallery.

MAC Faculty & Student Show – From August 17 to October 25, you can view more than 125 pieces of original art by MAC faculty and students. The exhibit will feature paintings, photography, ceramics, music and more.

yART Sale – Don’t let the clever name fool you; this is one yard sale you don’t want to miss. The event, which is co-presented by the McConnell Arts Center, the Worthington Area Art League and Central Ohio Plein Air, brings together a wide variety of art from local artists throughout the region. “People are always surprised by the level of talent represented at yART,” Yocum said. “We’re excited about the number of entries this year and can’t wait to see the displays.”

100 years and still going strong

Designed by Ohio architect Frank Packard, and built in 1915, the MAC’s Packard Annex served as the original Worthington High School until 1952. While the building has undergone a dramatic transformation on the inside, the original shell remains largely unchanged.

“Occasionally, folks who attended the old Worthington High School will stop by to see what the MAC has done with the building,” Yocum said. “We’re thrilled to have been a part of the preservation of this wonderful structure and look forward to many more years in it.”

The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center is a multidisciplinary facility that presents and promotes performing, digital and visual arts. In an effort to continue the fine work of the Worthington Arts Council, the MAC serves to advocate, create and nurture arts programming through performances, exhibits, classes and cultural opportunities. The MAC is located at 777 Evening Street. For more information or to view a full list of events, visit or check them out on Facebook.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.




A Summer Saturday in Worthington

_02Let’s face it. It doesn’t get much better than Worthington in the summertime. Sure, the community has plenty to offer any time of the year, but the fun times really heat up during the warm-weather months. From outdoor concerts and festivals to patio dining and shopping the farmers market, there’s no shortage of activities to add to your list of summer fun. To get you started, we created this lineup of things to do on a summer Saturday in Worthington. Shop the market.

Start your day with a visit to the Worthington Farmers Market on High Street in Old Worthington. This is the largest market of its kind in Central Ohio, and it attracts some of the area’s finest vendors. Grab some delicious strawberries from Rhoads Farm or Crum Strawberry Farm. Sip a warm cup of coffee from Silver Bridge Coffee Company. Or take home your very own bison patties from the Ohio Bison Farm. With more than 70 vendors, your biggest challenge will be figuring out how to carry your purchases back to the car.

Eat on the patio.

Worthington has some of the finest patio dining in Central Ohio, beginning with The Worthington Inn and La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro. Both of these establishments boast front row seating for the farmers market, so you can people-watch all morning long. The farmer’s breakfast (think eggs, home fries, bacon and fruit) at The Worthington Inn is a great option for breakfast lovers, but the menu also offers a host of salads, soups and sandwiches if you prefer lunch. Down the street, La Chatelaine stays true to its French heritage with homemade croissants for breakfast and baguette sandwiches for lunch.

Grab a snack.

No time to linger? Then a quick visit to Sassafras Bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth with a cookie, scone or piece of pie is in order. Wash it down with warm Café Brioso coffee or cold milk from Snowville Creamery. You’ll naturally want to take some delicious goodies home to enjoy later in the day. We suggest the kitchen sink granola bars made with nut butters from the Krema Nut Company.

Learn about the history.

The city of Worthington is overflowing with history. You can learn about it firsthand at the Worthington Historical Society, which is located in the Old Rectory on West New England Avenue — a short walk from High Street. The building is also home to the Doll Museum and a gift shop. The Doll Museum at the Old Rectory features a collection of 19th and 20th century dolls, as well as rotating exhibits.

Explore the arts.

Also within walking distance from the downtown area, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center is a contemporary, multidisciplinary facility for the performing, visual and digital arts. The 20,000-square-foot building boasts a 213-seat theatre, an exhibition gallery, four classrooms, a digital imaging studio, dance studio and rotating exhibitions throughout the facility. Bottom line: There’s always something happening at the MAC.

Wine and dine.

Worthington is teeming with great eateries. In addition to those we already mentioned, you may want to try The Whitney House, Rivage Atlantique or The Old Bag of Nails. Families especially love Dewey’s Pizza followed by a large serving of chocolate-chip laden ice cream at Graeter’s Ice Cream. But if you’re looking for something a little different and incredibly fun, head over to House Wine where you can taste 24 different wines from the Enomatic wine dispenser. If wine isn’t your thing, simply choose from 12 different craft beers to enjoy in the shop.

You may decide to end your day with a stroll along High Street to the historic Village Green. Or you could kick up your heels to some live music at The Worthington Inn or Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music. Whatever your style, there’s a little something for everyone to do in Worthington. And it all comes alive during the summer months.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.