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The Village of Baltic, Past Meets Present

March 2021

Founded in the mid-19th century, the Village of Baltic is off the beaten path and full of adventure. You will notice a family entertainment center, historic buildings, a winery housed in a historic mill, and an important piece of American steam engine history.

 

The tastes of Baltic can be sampled in two locally owned businesses dedicated to preserving the heritage of the area through beverages and fellowship. Two couples, with the support of local leaders and residents, opened the East Main Kitchen to bring locals and visitors together for food, faith, and fellowship.    

   

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East Main Kitchen 

 

The restaurant décor uses shiplap and rustic appointments, creating a modern farmhouse style. This inviting and loving atmosphere creates a sanctuary for guests to connect and engage, both locally and beyond. As you walk in the door, you will notice the dessert case full of rich, Instagram-worthy delicacies. Once seated, you will

look at the menu and see the items inspired by Mennonite cooking traditions with modern twists, leaving even the pickiest of eaters satisfied. Customers rave about the Reuben sandwich, saying it is a must for lunch.  For breakfast, try the avocado toast with eggs.  For dessert, picture a thick slice of cake, moist and fluffy, full of flavor, or a slice of the chocolate peanut butter pie (my personal favorite). Every bite will make your eyes close and bring a small “mmmm” from your lips. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with extended coffee bar hours.


Baltic Mill Winery, just across the street from East Main Kitchen, opened in 2014 in the beautifully preserved original mill building. Owners Dan and Judy Garver brought their dreams to fruition by preserving and sharing the historic building with the community. The Baltic Mill used to be a bulk food and gift shop where most of the town did their shopping. During the renovation of the building, features of the original flour mill were exposed, and the Garver family chose to preserve the flour mill. Upon entering the main seating and tasting room, you will notice chutes and machinery from the early 20th century. If you walk upstairs, you will be transported to the past. The mill machinery remains the focal point of the second and third floors. The flour mill’s steam engine still rests in the cellar, where it was used to power the milling process all those years ago.

 

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Baltic Mill Winery


The building and the signature wines, Rowville Red and Little Daisy, tie the roots of the past into the present. Rowville was the village’s former name, and Little Daisy pays homage to the brand of flour milled on-site for many years. An outdoor patio, live music, and art classes add to the flavor of Baltic Mill Winery. Learn more about their current hours, a wine list, and a calendar of live music.

 

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Age of Steam Roundhouse


North on OH- 93 sits The Age of Steam Roundhouse, a museum and working railroad repair facility. The museum is home to 20 steam locomotives, diesel engines, and railroad cars. A working turntable, active train shops, and pieces of steam history fill the space and take casual visitors and die-hard rail fans back to the era of steam. All visits must be arranged through the on-site staff. A list of the rail history pieces, hours, policies, and more can be found on their website. 

 

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Cabin Creek Golf

 

Need something for the kids to do or an activity for the whole family? Check out Cabin Creek Golf, located near the Age Of Steam Roundhouse. This family-friendly facility houses two 18-hole mini-golf courses, sand volleyball courts, batting cages, and amenities. The complex is a perfect stop for families or couples looking for a challenging and entertaining afternoon. Have a large group? You can rent a pavilion or book a group event too.