Marion is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway

Follow the itinerary below to plan your weekend

Friday Night

1. Bring out your inner foodie

Bistro 3 Nineteen is the perfect place to kick off a relaxing weekend. If you’re craving tzatziki sauce on Friday evening, head to New York Gyro. With huge portions and mouthwatering sandwiches, this new restaurant is the buzz of the town.

2. Stay in top-rated hotels

There’s no shortage of great places to stay in Marion. Get a good night’s rest at the brand-new TownPlace Suites by Marriott, featuring outdoor areas for grilling and socializing. Or, head to the Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel, featuring trivia nights that attract locals and visitors alike.

Saturday

3. Visit charming coffee shops

Start your Saturday off right with generous portions and an extensive menu at Riley’s Cafe, one of Marion’s newest diners. Or head over to Mr. Beans* and enjoy fresh-brewed coffee and homemade breakfast pizza, sandwiches or pastries.

4. Experience art

Be sure to visit the Art Gallery at Lowe Park, featuring work by local artists. On a nice day, there’s nothing better than heading outside to take a stroll on the trails at Lowe, which feature stunning sculptures.

5. Unique Finds

Look no further than SCOUT of Marion for unique gifts, a boutique gift shop that offers a curated collection of quality home goods, personal care, pantry, and pet items. Get lost in the natural beauty and stunning designs of Culver’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, featuring a full-service nursery and garden center in addition to clothing, décor and gourmet foods.

6. Satisfy your appetite

Slow down for home-cooked food at West End Diner. If you decide to head to Goldfinch Tap + Eatery, don’t miss the Finch Fries, which are covered in cheese and bacon.

7. Kick back and enjoy a play

Be sure to check out the Giving Tree Theater schedule so you can catch a local theatre production. As you leave the theatre, you’ll see the subtle glow of the Uptown Artway, a revitalized alley that features nine public art installations and open-air pedestrian space. Grab a night cap at the Uptown Snug or Brick Alley Pub* and enjoy it in the Artway.

*Outdoor seating available