I recommend visiting Springfield by taking the exit off I-70 between Columbus and Dayton.
Check out the Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn or other similar Inns.
McDonalds, Arby's and some similar local fare are all excellent. Prices are generally low, but if you look hard, I'm sure you can splurge.
There are several gas stations and a Kroger.
Springfield is not well known for its culture, but it does have people. There is also a University. Singer John Legend hales from Springfield.
See Get In.