An Eating and Antiquing Vacation Day

My vacation plan this year is to spend one day a week during September to have lunch and browse an antique mall with my oldest daughter.  This week, we revisited Glendale, an area near Cincinnati that we love.  The village was begun in 1851 by 30 gentlemen who wanted to live in a rural area but still work in downtown Cincinnati.  The first house was built in 1852 and many of them from the pre-Civil War era are still standing and in beautiful condition.  We like to just ride through the streets and look at the old homes and gardens at different times of the year.

A more modern addition in an old building is the Cock and Bull Restaurant.  We had never eaten here before and in the spirit of vacation adventure, decided to give it a try.
We sat by a window with a view of one of the early houses in the village.
I don’t usually order fish but staying with the Cock and Bull theme, I decided to order fish and chips.  It was wonderful – two large portions of thick white fish with a great, light, crispy topping.

My daughter ordered a fish sandwich and a glass of Guiness.

After lunch, we drove a short distance to Fairfield, Ohio, to the Ohio Valley Antique Mall  This is a huge mall and a favorite of ours.  My daughter rented space and sold antiques here a few years ago.

The store occupies 65,000 square feet (plus an in-store café) and every inch of it is filled with pretty booths and displays.  I liked this booth which included a lot of replacement lids along with its other treasures.



I was drawn to this old refrigerator and thought a bit about buying the paper storage unit on the wall with a Dutch motif.  I liked it a lot but I just don’t have the wall space for it.

I did buy a small creamer pitcher that I love.  I like these little pitchers for serving sauce for dessert or for a small arrangement of flowers.  The piece was marked Germany.

When I got home, I realized I had a sugar bowl on the mantel from the same line, only with a water lily instead of roses.

I’m really enjoying this vacation.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

10 thoughts on “An Eating and Antiquing Vacation Day”

  1. This particular vacation sounds like so much fun to me! I would have liked to have joined your daughter and you for this antiquing and eating day! The antique shop looks great and I love the creamer pitcher that you bought. Great pics of you and your daughter too!

  2. Your vacation is turning out great! I love the little pitcher. I used to collect pitchers, once upon a time, and that’s one I would definitely have collected. How funny that you had a similar sugar bowl at home! The little town looks lovely, and that antique store – wow, am I jealous! I could use at least one of those lids. =)

  3. Thank you so much for a fun blog to read! I’m a displaced Cincinnatian and reading your blog is always a pleasure. Your trip sounds like a good time with great food and treasures to find!

  4. I so enjoy reading about your adventures. And I love the great pictures as well. For a moment I thought you were going to buy that cute refrigerator. That brought some drama for me. Glad you got the cute pitcher.

  5. I thought at first this might be the antique mall my husband and I browsed years ago on a weekend when we were becalmed in Ohio–going to the website suggests a much newer building than I recall. At any rate, its the sort of outing I enjoy–although after about 2 hours, I find I need to leave–any sort of mall can become over-powering.

  6. LOVE your idea for vacation!! If my daughter lived closer we would definitely do this! I’ll have to visit that antique mall when I’m in that area. The pitcher is beautiful! Enjoyed the photos of you & your daughter, felt like you took us along with you 🙂

  7. Looks like great fun and in the top picture, there is a stool in the bottom left next to the Budweiser thing. I had a stool just like it as a child and now, I have found one for Rocket! They are so handy and I love seeing this one!

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