Clevelanders looking for a family-friendly and fun day trip and who love to shop until they drop need look no farther than the 47th annual Ohio Mart being held at historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron on Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.
Ohio Mart Taking place among the historic landscaped gardens and the grounds of Stan Hywet Hall amidst the scenery of vibrant autumn colors, Ohio Mart offers a wide variety of sights, sounds and activities that are sure to delight the whole family. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend.
Ohio Mart will feature over 120 artisans and craftspeople offering a a wide selection of items for sale including sculptures, handcrafted furniture, jewelry, ceramics, garden art, photography and holiday items.
Also be sure to check out Vintage Finds and Curious Goods, a special sale offering items for purchase that are owned by Stan Hywet Hall. Merchandise include antique furniture, textiles and decorative vintage items.
New this year at Ohio Mart are two attractions in the Manor House -- an autumn edition of Inspiration in Bloom ( a showcase of fresh floral displays by area designers and florists) and Fallscape (demonstrations and lectures on Fall home decor taking place twice daily). You must purchase a combination ticket to see these attractions.
Children's activities at Ohio Mart include pumpkin painting, face painting and a stitchery project to make.
Dining options include several choices at the Food Court including selections from Totally Cooked, Acme Catering and Stan Hywet's own Molly's Cafe offering lunchtime fare. However the big draw at each year's Ohio Mart is their famous "secret recipe" gingerbread (sold in the Gingerbread Tent). Visitors can also purchase cookies and pastries from area bakeries at the Bakery Tent.
Also new this year will be the Tudor Rose Pub, a sports bar featuring wine, beer and a big screen TV. You must be at least 21 years of age to enter the Tudor Rose Pub.
Hours for the Ohio Mart are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and $2 for youth. A combination ticket for $15 includes admission to Ohio Mart and a self-guided tour of the Manor House. On-site parking is $5 per vehicle.
Each visitor will also receive a Bonus Ticket (collected at the Welcome Tent) which is entered in a drawing for a $500 gift certificate for services/goods at Conrad's Tire Express & Total Car Care.
For more information about Ohio Mart or Stan Hywet Hall call 330-836-5533 or get online at www.stanhywet.org.
Stan Hywet Hall is located at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cleveland.