Our Saturday started off bright and early with a tasty breakfast at The American Table – it was less than a mile from our hotel and very busy. The breakfasts tended to lean towards huge platters of eggs, meats, and potatoes – they looked delicious, but a little heavy for our tastes. Luckily, the menu is so large, my son and I found the perfect start to our day too.
After breakfast, our plan was to head downtown to check out the Cave on the Square. Once we parked, we stumbled across the local farmer’s market. Since I love a good farmer’s market, we took a little detour to pick up some fresh yellow tomatoes and cucumbers. Yum!
When we entered the Cave on the Square, we immediately noticed the delicious smell of freshly roasted coffee. In addition to offering a Himalayan Salt Cave, the store had a full-service coffee bar. We grabbed a couple of drinks (coffee for me and a maple steamer for my little guy) and headed into the salt cave. For only $5 each, we were able to enjoy the soothing atmosphere of the cave for an hour. The salt cave was carefully created to simulate an actual salt cave or mine. There are salt rocks all over the walls, the floor is covered in loose salt (which made our feet very soft), comfortable chairs and small tables all around and the cave is lit with soft glowing lights. Soothing music was playing and the air temperature was perfect.
We also discovered a foot lamp which was very enjoyable. It was warm and smooth and melted away tension in our feet.
I really thought I’d be lucky to spend fifteen minutes in here with an 11-year old, but to my surprise, we lasted almost the full hour. It was fun, relaxing and we had some great conversations while we sipped our drinks. The benefits of a salt cave are many including relaxation and potential detox. Both of us really enjoyed it and I would go again in a heartbeat!
After feeling so relaxed it was off to the soccer game. Once the match was over, we went back downtown to check out a store I had been quite anxious to visit, MudLove.
MudLove is a company that produces a variety of pottery products, jewelry, etc. They all have a word on them that has meaning to whoever owns it – you can select from what they already have, or customize something for yourself. The cool thing about MudLove is that for every product sold, a week of clean water is provided to someone in need. Since it was a Saturday, nothing was in production, but through the week you can see the products being made. We learned that right now, they make about 1000 bracelets per day. Amazing! Prices are very reasonable and I am especially fond of the bracelets! The store had a bin FULL of bracelets to choose from and we found a few that resonated with us and others that would make great gifts. Although you can order online, it was really cool to check out the physical location.
It was time to grab lunch, so we stopped at Chicago DogHouse – thanks to it’s highly rated reviews on Yelp. It was bare bones, but with a nice variety and very tasty food. They even had a black bean burger – yeah! We cooled off with frosty bottles of XXX Rootbeer – my favorite. Take note that they are closed on Sunday.
We headed over to the Warsaw Cut Glass to check it out as I had read that it was a Warsaw classic. This company has been in business since 1911. Warsaw Cut Glass is housed in a gorgeous old brick building, with a showroom in the front and workshop in the back. They import the glass pieces from all over, but then do all the etching themselves. The glass pieces were beautiful with delicate detail and classic lines. I didn’t pick up anything today but have been thinking about the stemless wine glasses, so maybe next time…
There was just enough time left before we had to head home for one more stop, so we went back over to the Village of Winona to top off the day with ice cream! Kelainey’s is a combination coffee bar, ice cream parlor, and a sandwich shop. With tons of screened in porch seating, it was a perfect end to a fun little getaway in Warsaw.
On the drive home, both my son and I agreed we would be more than happy to visit this area again – and try to squeeze in at least one lake day! It’s not often I get to spend so much one-on-one time with one of my kids, but it’s a great way to strengthen our relationship, and we had the bonus of a really fun time exploring a new place.
Missed our first day in Warsaw, IN? Check it out: Starting the Weekend off Right
The American Table; 3575 Lake City Highway; (574) 267-8171
The Cave on the Square; 108 N. Buffalo Street; 574-268-1616
Chicago DogHouse; 1527 N. Detroit Street; (574) 267-5757; https://www.mychicagodoghouse.com/
MudLove; 122 S. Buffalo Street; 844-MUDLOVE; https://www.mudlove.com/
Warsaw Cut Glass; 505 S. Detroit Street; 574.267.6581; http://warsawcutglass.net/
Kelainey’s Coffee & Cream; 904 Park Ave., Winona Lake, IN; 574-267-2860; http://www.kelaineys.com/
Thanks to the Kosciuko CVB and The Village of Winona for sponsoring parts of our trip. The opinions expressed are all my own.