Follow the elephants down Tembo Trail, the Toledo Zoo’s newest exhibit. Watch the playful pachyderms wiggle and stretch to reach treats and toys suspended in their new digs.
Next head downtown to fuel up on fresh salads, soups and sandwiches at Pam’s Corner, the cheerful luncheonette in the historic Davis Building.
After lunch, you’ll be perfectly positioned to do a little boutique hopping. Two of Toledo’s best designer destinations, Sophia Lustig and Sophie’s Sister, are next door. And The Paula Brown Shop — part gallery, part gift shop — is just across the parking lot.
Head a half-mile south to the historic warehouse district to score deals on the glass that made this city famous at the Libbey Glass Factory Outlet (next to Erie Street Market). Or choose from dozens of scents to match your mood at the Swan Creek Candle Company.
For your overnight stay, the Grand Room in the 1870 Casey-Pomeroy House offers one of the best views of downtown (and one of the swankiest bathrooms!). History and ultramodern amenities blend seamlessly at this B&B.
Or try the Mansion View Inn, a classic Victorian B&B that reigns over the Old West End. Check in early and unwind with fresh lemonade on the huge front porch. Ask the innkeeper for a copy of the self-guided sidewalk tour to bone up on turn-of-the-century architecture in this neighborhood known for having one of the largest collections of Victorian homes.
All that walking should work up an appetite big enough to take on any of the huge (and delicious) entrees at The Beirut Restaurant. This favorite serves traditional Lebanese fare; start with creamy hummus or tangy fattoush, and don’t skip the pita.
If you’re visiting during the summer, plan to spend an evening at Fifth Third Field and take in a Toledo Mud Hens AAA game.
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