Yellow Springs, Ohio


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

5 Votes - "Most Fun"


Yellow Springs is a community so small and unified, everyone’s a neighbor. The town embraces the arts with music, galleries, murals, and yarn bombing. The shops and restaurants are by definition unique as chain businesses are forbidden.

Other than art, festivals are the name of the game in Yellow Springs. The Yellow Springs Street Fair is a popular attraction, which features over 200 booths selling fine arts and crafts, jewelry, fair trade items, an international selection of cuisines and more. Street performers and musicians keep visitors entertained all day. Locals gather for fun at the weekly Friday Fling with live music, food, dancing, and face painting.

The town is family-friendly when it comes to outdoorsy activities. There are lots of places to go hiking, biking, or canoeing. The Glen Helen Nature Preserve attracts many visitors with its waterfalls, limestone cliffs, woodlands and the Yellow Spring. It also boasts 25 miles of hiking trails which are open all year. For the more adventurous, you can rock climb at the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.

TravelingJules and TravelingJoan determined, “Yellow Springs is a place to be who you are. Their focus is on the arts, but what they’re really about is the art of living.”

I went to Antioch College & stayed in Yellow Springs when I finished my undergraduate work. This was the first place I lived that felt like home. I left for 8 years & came back over 10 years ago because I missed my friends & the flavor of Yellow Springs. There are interesting people, lots of great shops & restaurants. This is a place where people make their voices heard & take active role in The Village. Its a great place to take friends & family when they come to visit. I can't image the world without Yellow Springs.
Reviewed by Jacki1018
on September 17, 2012
I came to Yellow Springs in 1969 to attend Antioch. I have lived here ever since and it has felt like home the whole time. I think about moving, but I can't imagine finding another place to live with this combination of scenic beauty (I can run for 10 miles from my house on shaded nature trails) and population diversity. I love it here!
Reviewed by MoultonHays
on September 17, 2012
I had the pleasure to spend a week in Yellow Springs, OH after Christmas a couple of years ago. It is an amazing town with a broad spectrum of sights, sounds and incredible people. A few of the many highlights were the Grinnell Mill Bed and Breakfast, The Sunrise Cafe, Winds, Young's Jersey Dairy, Glen Helen, Clifton Mill, and many others. The towns many galleries offer food for the mind and soul. The "Ball Drop" on New Year's Eve is an event not to be missed... Looking forward to returning to experience more of Yellow Springs other seasons.
Reviewed by JRVN
on September 17, 2012
10 best things: Glen Helen Nature Preserve; Community Chorus; Community Orchestra; Chamber Music Yellow Springs; Little Art Theatre; Winds Cafe; Arthur Morgan House; Sunrise Cafe; yoga springs; Village Artisans; Yellow Springs Pottery (oops that's eleven - it's hard to stop!). It's ALL within walking distance of my house!
Reviewed by susanneoldham
on September 17, 2012
I love this place. The wife and I go here a few times a year after we "discovered" it in 2005. What I like about Yellow Springs and how I describe it to friends who've never been is that it is a pocket of "weird" in an otherwise very conservative corner of SW Ohio. Where else can something for bikers (both Harleys and pedal), aged and budding hippies, skate punks, families of all types, the old, the young, the space-cases and the storytellers? Where else can you eat a spectacular and memorable meal at the Winds just after hiking through a pine forest on your way to see rehabilitated raptors? Really, this place has it all. Quirky and always interesting independently owned shops catering to all tastes. Exciting restaurants that pleasantly surprise every time. A movie theater that feels as though you stepped out of the 20th century and back into the golden age of Hollywood. A wonderful B&B who's owner's own history is the stuff of movies. It's really a snapshot of the American dream. An artistic and creative community doing it for themselves, holding each other up and being welcoming to all. People who have an idea put to practice. Yellow Springs just works. Man, writing all that reminds me that I really need to get back up there.
Reviewed by christianboyles
on September 17, 2012
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