Two-day Toledo, Ohio, getaway | Midwest Living

Two-day Toledo, Ohio, getaway

A city known for its lovely art glass, Toledo Mud Hens baseball team and pretty architecture also boasts a stunning cathedral, formal gardens and a great zoo.

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Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
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Lunch at San Marcos Taqueria.
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Formal gardens at Wildwood Preserve Metropark.
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Pizza at The Maumee Bay Brew Pub.
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Day 2

The Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral actually dazzles, especially when midmorning sunlight hits the rose window. Call the parish office to arrange a peek at the shimmering interior of the plateresque cathedral.

The Toledo Museum of Art proves there’s more to the city’s art pedigree than just glass. The collection includes masterworks from some of the biggest names (Monet, van Gogh, Picasso and Hopper). TMA’s themed My Guides put a curator in your pocket.

For lunch, try San Marcos Taqueria, hidden in the back of a corner grocer; turn right at the meat case to find taco heaven.

Then explore Wildwood Preserve Metropark, the former estate of the Stranahan family. Wander more than 12 miles of trails through upland forest, ravine, tallgrass prairie and the Ottawa River floodplain. Come out of the wild to see the Manor House's formal gardens or to catch a tour (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays).

The Maumee Bay Brew Pub serves hometown brews and yummy wood-fire pizzas in the former ballroom of the historic Oliver House. Take a sip of Toledo’s past with their signature brew, Buckeye Beer, a distinctly dry lager brewed from the 1838 recipe.

For information: Destination Toledo Inc., (800) 243-4667; dotoledo.org

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