Ya know how the fam totally gets stoked for a road trip, but you end up hitting the road late, & suddenly once you arrive everyone gets hangry? Yup, that’s what happened! Lol! Thankfully we stumbled upon this AWESOME restaurant! OMG! I was blown away by this restaurant. It’s not your typical small town greasy spoon. In fact, it reminded me of a restaurant we ate at last year in Sydney, Australia. You read correctly, I legit just compared a Wapakoneta restaurant to an Australian big city restaurant…it’s that good!!
Why I love it….J. Marie’s goal is to foster the development of thriving local business, while contributing to the local economy, food system, & jobs in Wapakoneta through strategic partnerships, innovative community driven business & environmentally sustainable practices.
Why it’s delicious…..J. Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen is a small establishment with a big city feel. Boasting a New American menu with everything from wood-fired pizzas to pork loin risotto, J. Marie’s legit has something for everyone, keto, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.!
Local love….The bar boasts over 20 taps with craft brewed beer and draft wines. Almost all of the beer on tap comes from Ohio or Midwestern brewers & J. Marie’s offers house-made infusions and regionally distilled liquors as well.
Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and Drinks
Address: 7 W Auglaize St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Phone: (419) 674-2436
Hours: Sunday- Thursday 10:30am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 10:30am-11pm (Happy Hour 2-6pm Mon.-Fri.)
Once your bellies are full & your feeling fabulous…it’s tour time!
If you’ve ever wondered how Airstreams are made, there’s no better way to find out than to come see for yourself.
The free Airstream Factory Tour is an in-depth, two-hour walkthrough of their actual production plants, right here in Jackson Center, Ohio. Over the course of two hours, they’ll first show you how they carefully craft, rivet, and build the travel trailers by hand, and then how they build the finest-quality touring coaches on Mercedes-Benz sprinter van chassis.
Because you’ll be touring the factory floor while it’s at least partially in operation, hearing and eye protection is required and will be provided for you. They ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and let them know of any disabilities that might affect your tour experience. (Source https://www.airstream.com/company/factory-tour/ )
Airstream Factory Tours
Address: 419 W Pike St, Jackson Center, OH 45334
Phone: (937) 596-6111
Hours: Monday-Friday @ 2pm meet in the Lobby
NEED TO KNOW: Closed toed shoes required. Tour is a one mile walk that lasts approximately 2 hours. Children of all ages are welcomed, adult supervision is a must! Strollers are welcomed. Safety glasses and ear plugs are provided.
My mind was blown! To see actual human beings putting together Airstreams felt so old school & comforting! Now I understand how the Airstreams can be built custom. In fact, we had two gentleman on our tour who had Airstreams being built during out tour, how cool is that?! I legit cannot wait to rent one of these and go camping with my fam…and I’m not a camping type of person, so this is HUGE!!
After a two hour tour & knowing you have a 1hour & 1/2 ride home with a toddler, tween, teen, & 8 year old caffeine and a playground was a MUST!! Adults need to perk up & get energy via caffeine and kiddos needed to run off their excess energy. So we hit up a local coffee shop and then let kiddos burn off their energy at the park.
Winans Chocolates + Coffees
Address: 24 E Auglaize St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Phone: (419) 738-7946
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 6am-8pm, 7am-8pm, closed on Sunday
Okay, so, once you get your coffee, if you legit leave through the backdoor you can see the park. You just have to drive on the other side of the water and you are there…less than a 3 minute drive from Winans Coffee. In case you don’t see it here’s the deets ….
Address: 1 E Harrison St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Phone: (419) 738-3011
Hours: 6am-10pm daily
Let them run out & run off their energy while you sit back & sip on your delicious coffee/tea beverage and reflect on that fact that you are an awesome parent…not only did they have fun but they also learned something today, cheers!
FYI, if your day is still young & you’ve recouped all the energy levels stop off at…https://momonthegoinholytoledo.com/2017/07/17/the-bicycle-museum-of-america/
Address: 7 W Monroe St, New Bremen, OH 45869
Admission: Adults: $3 Seniors: $2 Children: $1
Hours: Summer: weekdays 9am-7pm, Winter: weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm Closed Sundays
And stop off at the splash pad directly behind the museum!
For details click on link, https://momonthegoinholytoledo.com/2015/08/19/space-our-final-destination-in-wapakoneta/
Interested in learning about more awesome places to take the kiddos this summer?
Click here to see Toledo Summer 2021 Bucket List
Click here to see Toledo Summer 2021 Splashpads, Waterparks, & Pools Guide