Village Ice Cream Parlor- a fun stop in Downtown Lebanon, Ohio

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If you are craving something sweet, but don’t want to eat in some chain restaurant, I know the perfect place for you! Not only can you get a full menu of delicious and well made meals at a family friendly price (served to you by a friendly staff, as well!) but you can find a delicious and wide array of treats, ranging from the old fashioned favorites to new and interesting finds the kids will love.
You’ll step back in time when you enter the Village Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, a historic parlor located in the heart of downtown Lebanon. Known for old-fashioned ice cream sodas and famous faces who have visited, it’s a must when visiting this historic town. What is their claim to fame? “Enjoy the continuing tradition of historic Lebanon Ohio’s great soda fountains…The Village Ice Cream Parlor offers classic concoctions and homestyle cooking.” And I have to agree- this was a fun place to be. I felt like I stepped into another era- the restaurant was set up like an old-fashioned soda shoppe- because it is!

In operation as it’s current ice cream parlor and restaurant since 1969, there are very few places like this that I have come across. The nostalgia of an America of old, that we only hear stories about (or for some, only long remembered) is not something we should miss out on. The fun and whimsical atmosphere is why you should visit- but the food is why you should stay! (And go back again…and again…)

After lunch, there is nothing better the a little exploring in downtown Historic Lebanon. Stop in to the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory for a little something sweet or visit the Golden Lamb Inn and Restaurant, Ohio’s Oldest Inn and historic landmark- you may not feel hungry, having just had lunch, but you will want to have a visit anyway- 12 U.S. Presidents have visited the Golden Lamb as well as Mark Twain!

The town center is just lovely and a great place to take a stroll- my son found lots of places to “visit” that were not on any map. As the old adage goes- make sure you always “take time to stop and smell the roses”- and there is no place better to do so then in Historic Lebanon!
Happy Trails, and I hope to see your photos of Lebanon soon 🙂
You can see more photos of our afternoon HERE.


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  1. I have a serious weakness for icecream and love to support small businesses like this! If I am ever in the area I will have to check it out!

  2. Ok you got me drooling now! Mmmm a root beer float sounds so good now…

  3. Oh yum, the food looks really good! I love places like this that have stayed in business all these years and kept their old-fashioned, small-business feel!

  4. Yummy, the food looks delicious. I want a root beer float now!

  5. Oh my gosh that looks good…makes me want to go have an ice cream soda..or take a road trip to Ohio!

  6. You always find the greatest places to go when you’re on vacation! I’ve never thought of Ohio as a vacation destination before but after reading all your posts I’ve found that there are some great places to go and tons of stuff to do. Thanks Sam!

  7. I am going to have to add this to my list of ‘must visit places’!! I have a new found love of ice cream and now i really want some!!! 🙂

  8. Oh. My. Goodness. I would SO love this place. Little Man’s hot dog looks pretty yummy ;D

  9. Great photo journal! I wanna go!

  10. Okay this summer I’m planning a visit.

  11. I enjoy the look and feel of a vintage ice cream parlor! that’s what ice cream is all about!

  12. OMG! I live in Columbus but I am SO going to make the trip to Lebanon to get some of that ice cream! Yummmmm!!

  13. Mmmm wish i can have some ice cream right now looks yummy and the background pics are soo beautiful

  14. I wish we had one of these close by, I really want one now they look sooo good x

  15. Looks like a fab place all the way down to the chairs. Looks tasty and stylish.

  16. What a great looking store. Here in California, most of these types of stores are now history. How I wish we could travel more.

  17. This reminds me of a place I went as a child. What a beautiful spot. That Ice Cream is calling me!!

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  19. Looks Yummy! I love ice cream, no matter what time of year it is.

  20. he looks so happy and it looks like a great place to visit

  21. I love visiting places that take you back in time….nostalgia I guess.

    I can almost taste those rich and creamy flavors.

  22. It is FREEZING here and I still want ice cream now!! Great post!

  23. That does look delicious! I’m sure it is cold there but I would love to be there for a meal now!

  24. Oh that looks so good! If only there weren’t snow on the ground outside here I’d be there in a heartbeat!

  25. I can just TASTE the ice cream! This parlor reminds me of a place my family frequented on vacations when I was younger. I’d so love to treat my kids to the same memory! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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