Grove City surrounds 71 on its way south to Cincinnati. It's a quicker drive to Columbus' Downtown than many of the city's northern suburbs but still affords a quiet lifestyle in a more rural setting.

Grove City surrounds 71 on its way south to Cincinnati. It's a quicker drive to Columbus' Downtown than many of the city's northern suburbs but still affords a quiet lifestyle in a more rural setting.

Drink up:

Plank's Beer Garden

4022 Broadway, Grove City

614-875-7800

The Grove City outpost of the Plank's pizza-and-beer franchise serves up the same crispy-yet-airy thin-crust pie and plenty of space to kick up your heels and have a drink. Every Tuesday is half-price pizza night; if you end up living here, you'll want to make this your weekly after-work spot.

Have fun:

Circle S Farms

9015 London Groveport Rd., Grove City

614-878-7980

circlesfarm.com

Some of Central Ohio's destination pick-your-own farms are in and around Grove City, and this is one of them. This family-owned farm offers strawberries, raspberries and pumpkins, seasonally. In the summer, they operate a bakery that can pair your picks with matching homemade shortcake. Yum! Take home as much as you'd like, and take in the city's strong farming culture.

Hang out:

Grove City Town Center

Intersection of Grove City Road and Broadway

grovecitytowncenter.com

This suburb's true town center is clustered around a pedestrian-friendly cluster of independent businesses, including scrapbooking center Red Letter Journals, several massage and spa businesses and Graeter's Ice Cream. Plus, you can find locally owned businesses that cater to your home renovation, family photography and bike repair needs here.