Ohio Magazine asked and you (and many others!) answered! Findlay has already been named one of Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns of 2018-2019 and Findlay and Hancock County are lucky enough to be home to four of this year’s Reader’s Choice selections!
Best Ice Cream, Best Destination Hotel, Best ArtWalk, and Best County Fair!
Congratulations to Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream, Hancock Hotel, ArtWalk, and the Hancock County Fair for being voted the best of their respective categories by the readers of Ohio Magazine!
Best Ice Cream
Dietsch Brothers is no stranger to Ohio Magazine’s Best of Ohio competition, having been named Best Ice Cream in the past, as well as Best Ohio Made Candy. With over 30 flavors available – plus seasonal favorites – multiple visits to one of the two Dietsch Brothers locations are necessary to try them all! Plan a trip to Findlay to visit Dietsch Brothers (the main store in Downtown Findlay is closed on Mondays – but the store on Tiffin Avenue is open 7 days a week) and bring your appetite. As if the ice cream alone isn’t enough of a draw, Dietsch Brothers has some of the best candy you’ll ever taste – made on-site at the Main Store.
Best Destination Hotel
It is quite an honor to be considered the best destination hotel in the state within the first year of opening, but Findlay’s own Hancock Hotel did just that! The Hancock Hotel is home to 99 rooms, including suites named after Hancock County villages (like the Mt. Blanchard Suite!) and the sprawling Presidential Suite, a ballroom and event spaces, as well as Mancy’s Steakhouse. Adding to the Hancock Hotel’s appeal as the best destination hotel is it’s location right on Main Street in Downtown Findlay, well within walking distance of favorite shops and restaurants…and bikes are available if the walk is a little too far!
A night when the arts come alive in Downtown Findlay, Findlay’s ArtWalk has been recognized as the best in the state! ArtWalk takes place twice a year, on the first Fridays in May and November, on which galleries and artists open their doors and invite the public in. Local restaurants and shops host musical talent and artist demonstrations, and local art is also available at several locations downtown. ArtWalk is a special evening in Findlay in which all aspects of Downtown collaborate to provide a free and family friendly event! (see our First-Timer’s guide from the Fall 2018 ArtWalk here!)
Best County Fair
The Hancock County Fair has been a must-attend event for over 150 years and the readers of Ohio Magazine have recognized it as one of the best county fairs in the state! Beginning the Wednesday prior to Labor Day through the holiday weekend, the Hancock County Fair brings together entertainment, educational opportunities, and agricultural excellence – both by open class entries and the talent of local 4-H and FFA youth. There are so many aspects that can’t be missed during a visit to the Hancock County Fair – including the delicious food! 2018 saw a large addition to the fairgrounds; with The Old Mill Stream Centre the fairgrounds can now host indoor events year-round, and have added entertainment during the fair.
Best of the Best Hometown
…and that isn’t all! As you know, Findlay was named as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns for 2018-2019. As part of that honor, staff from Ohio Magazine shared some of their favorite spots as the Best of the Best Hometowns picks. They selected Flag City Clothing, The Bourbon Affair, and Hancock Historical Museum:
The Bourbon Affair
The Bourbon Affair offers patrons a unique atmosphere as they enjoy fine bourbon and delicious, well-crafted cocktails (and other libations as well!). The Bourbon Affair sports a speakeasy-esque atmosphere, along with a cigar bar, to set this location apart from others.
Flag City Clothing
Flag City Clothing hit Main Street running. Since opening their doors less than two years ago they have become a Findlay staple, printing and embroidering both custom clothing, as well with pieces donning Findlay favorites and inspiring hometown pride.
Hancock Historical Museum
The Hancock Historical Museum has seen a lot of growth in the past few years, especially in 2018 with the addition of the Davis Learning Institute and Agriculture Building. A trip to the museum will allow guests to explore all facets of Hancock County history and its connections to the future with rotating exhibits, as well as permanent displays like the Energy and Transportation Annex and Government Center.
We hope you find time to explore these wonderful locations in Findlay and Hancock County, and find time to discover more! See all the events to attend, the great restaurants to dine at and the local stores to shop, and, of course, all the great things to do on your visit!