Delaware is in Mid-Ohio and is a small, quaint town in the Columbus region of Mid-Ohio. Delaware is home to the liberal Ohio Wesleyan University. It is the birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States of America. His Presidential Library and home is located in Fremont, Ohio.
Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, Columbus, (614)-239-4083, . Port Columbus International Airport is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities.
Parking is easy in most parts of Delaware. Parking lots are rarely full but parking on the street can be tricky. Meter parking is widely available.
Downtown street parking is metered and somewhat more difficult to come by, although there are always spots available if you're willing to walk.
Parking on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus is the trickiest of all parking tasks in Delaware. In fact, if you can get to Wesleyan by a method other than car, then that method is recommended. Bus service onto campus from downtown and other areas of Delaware runs very frequently during the day. If you have to park on campus during the day, you will need to get a visitor parking permit from the Department of Public Safety on campus, and then you can park in a spot labeled for visitor parking, which are very few and far between. The public safety officer can give you a map showing where visitor parking spots are, but during a school day, expect to hunt through all of them and not find anything.
Simple Indulgeces is a gourmet food and wine store located in historic downtown Delaware. Located at 20 A W. William Street shoppers will always find a fun variety of affordable wines, unique gifts, and creative gift baskets. If you are looking for a yummy snack as you shop downtown, stop in as we are the "Connoisseurs of Yumminess." Wine tastings are offered on a regular basis and private tastings can be booked by contacting the store.
Kilbourne Pizza, located just north of Delaware. A small town pizza shop owned and operated by a Delaware-area native. Avoid the crowded franchises and order a one of a kind pizza to enjoy at Alum Creek Resevoir. For a big appetite try the Kilbourne Monster, an eight pound pizza made fresh to order. Also available are seasonal specials such as cabbage roles or crepes.
Amato's, located in the downtown area of Delaware on Sandusky Street, offers delicious handmade pizzas and crepes, and new for this year, salads and deli sandwiches. The small restaurant has a charming, quirky atmosphere- be sure to take a look at the antique cash register (still functioning!) used for cash transactions! Pizzas are offered in either 8 inch or 12 inch sizes, and come on either the traditional white wheat crust or a whole wheat crust. You can make your own pizzas (up to 5 toppings for 6 bucks) or choose from their extensive menu of pre-planned pies. The restaurant offers unique pizza combinations that go far beyond the typical pizza joint (an example is The Hulk, playfully described as containing "pesto, mozarella, spinach, green olives, green onions, green peppers, zucchini, and anything else we can find that's green.").
Avesta's Eclectic Cuisine, 12 S. Sandusky St. (CLOSED since September, 2007- currently looking for a location to relocate to) Offers a wide variety of ethnic and fusion foods, focusing on the Mediterranean. Dishes range from baked brie to gourmet mac and cheese, to Gorgonzola rib-eye, but the prices are relatively low (entrees range from 10 to 15 dollars). Avesta's usually busy at night, and is a popular destination for many Ohio Wesleyan students, due to its proximity to the campus, and its being one of the only ethnic restaurants in Delaware. On several nights of the week, live entertainment is offered, ranging from karaoke nights to punk rock dance parties. The decor is fresh and colorful, with whimsical furniture, candlelit tables and in good weather, outdoor sidewalk seating. Come expecting to wait a while for your food, though.
Beehive Books. The newest addition to the downtown Delaware scene is taking off. Beehive Books is Delaware's only bookstore, but what a bookstore it is! The owners have created a truly welcoming and cozy store with an astonishing variety of books for such a modest space. The store shares a wall with the neighboring gallery, the "(Not) On the Corner Framing and Gallery Shop", and as such artwork is often on display in the store from the gallery. Leather couches and a full-service coffee bar (roasting Stauff's Coffee, an Ohio specialty) add great touches to the store's atmosphere. Sandwiches and desserts from the now-defunct Avesta's Eclectic Cuisine are for sale in the cooler up front, together with things like gourmet chocolates (try the chili pepper chocolate), Jone's Sodas, locally produced honey, and more. During the school year, it's not uncommon to see live music and poetry readings in the store. Wireless internet makes this a popular alternative to The Mean Bean, as well.
Chandra's Bistro. After the sad departure of Avesta's, Chandra's has become the place to go for ethnic cuisine. A top-notch sushi bar is the highlight of the restaurant, though the Asian-fusion inspired menu has plenty of great options as well. This upscale restaurant sports a subdued, sophisticated decor filled with rich wood tones and dark red accents. There is outdoor patio seating available as well in the summer months. Try the barbequed eel rolls if you get the chance.
Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge. Daily 5AM-11PM, but during finals weeks, it's open 24 hours. The biggest and most popular coffee shop in downtown Delaware. Just a couple of blocks from the main OWU campus, the Mean Bean is usually occupied by students taking study breaks, socializing, or utilizing the Mean Bean's free wireless internet. Local artists and artwork are featured on a rotating monthly schedule on the walls of the cafe. Snacks, baked goods, and of course, coffee and tea are all offered. There is a second, smaller location on the premises of the Delaware County Public Library.
Ollie's. One of the newest additions to the Delaware area. Located right next to the Ohio Wesleyan campus, right behind the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, Ollie's is housed in a charming little gingerbread house with a beautiful courtyard and renovated interior. They offer a large selection of hot beverages, from coffee to tea to hot chocolate (all of it fair-trade), and a modest selection of hand-churned ice cream flavors. Their ice cream selection rotates occasionally. Adjacent to the ice cream parlor is a cute little seating area, with tables, antiques, and wireless internet. The friendly, personal service, unparalleled ice cream and drinks (make sure to try their chai- it takes a week to make!), and cozy setting makes Ollie's a must-stop.
Rocky's Italian Ice Quite possibly the most popular place in town. Open late during the summer, Rocky's has a HUGE menu of rotating Italian Ice flavors, with the option of making it a gelato by adding soft serve to the ice. Inexpensive and delicious, Rocky's is always a hit.
Chelly Belly's Located directly across the street from the historic Strand Theater, Chelly Belly offers delicious sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, smoothies, and Seattle's Best Coffee. The sandwiches are all gourmet-quality and freshly made to order on delicious bread ranging from panini to sourdough rolls and everything in between. Everything is a cut above your typical deli in this shop- you'll find gourmet niche sodas in the freezer, homemade pastries, and kettle-cooked chips on the shelves, but for traditionalists all the old staples are offered, too.
Old Bag of Nails Pub Popular with students and local Delaware residents alike. Old Bag of Nails offers typical American fare, from steaks to salads to their specialty, fish and chips. Their Happy Hour is famous and extremely popular- 5 days a week, for 4 hours, all appetizers are half off, which is a great incentive for cash-strapped students.
Nova Manhattan chic in a small-town surrounding. Nova has a sleek, modern decor, and offers modern takes on traditional American food. Try their sweet potato fries. They also offer happy hour specials that match or beat most happy hour specials in town. Nova features a scratch kitchen which means your food will be excellent and always fresh, but you may have to allow a few extra minutes for your food to be prepared. Nova is also the place for Martinis with a bar menu that features 50 different Martinis. There is also a very extensive beer and wine list.
Trotter's Coffee An oft-overlooked coffee shop, due to its location off of the main Sandusky drag. They are more upscale than The Mean Bean in terms of the quality of their beans- they sell various varieties, and even custom-blend their own flavors (The Bishop's Blend is an OWU favorite). Small and decorated with an antique finish, Trotter's is more popular with an older crowd than the typical OWU student.
Backstretch Bar, 14 South Sandusky Street (downtown Delaware), 740-369-9883, . The happening spot in Delaware, home to locals and OWU alike. Live Music on Thursdays and Saturdays and DJ on Fridays. They offer a large selection of domestics and imports with rotating draft handles. Free wireless is available.
Clancey's Pub, South Sandusky street (downtown Delaware)
Alum Creek State Park, 3615 S. Old State Road, (740)548-4631 or 1-866-644-6727, . For camping and getaway rental reservations.
Delaware State Park, 5202 U.S. 23 North, 740-369-2761, . 211 electric sites suitable for tents or trailers. Flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities and a dump station. Boat launch, beach, fishing.