A leafy community on the north side of Columbus, Worthington's classic old homes are surrounded by newer subdivisions and apartments. This place is family-friendly (shops sport dueling signs supporting teams at the two high schools), but fun, too, including shopping and dining in the quaint old downtown.

A leafy community on the north side of Columbus, Worthington's classic old homes are surrounded by newer subdivisions and apartments. This place is family-friendly (shops sport dueling signs supporting teams at the two high schools), but fun, too, including shopping and dining in the quaint old downtown.

Drink up:

House Wine

644 High St., Worthington

614-846-9463

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This is a great wine shop, especially if you love to drink but are intimidated by fancy French pronunciations. House Wine's fun, easy setup lets you browse the bright shelves by style or food pairing without getting intimidated. But the best part is the self-serve tasting area. Using a debit card, you pay for pours by the ounce until you find one you want to buy. Sometimes that can take a long time, and not because they're not all good.

Eat up:

La Chatelaine

627 High St., Worthington

614-848-6711

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The flavors at this French bakery and bistro are authentic (yes, those accents are real - the Wielezynski family moved here from France). We especially like the Worthington location's great patio overlooking High Street. On Saturday or Sunday morning, it's a great place to sip coffee while enjoying an omelet or quiche and munching on a house-baked pastry. Inside, the bar specializes in French wine and French and Belgian beers.

Go shop:

Worthington Farmers Market

High Street & Dublin-Granville Road

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One of the region's largest farmers markets, Worthington's weekly gathering features all kinds of local and organically grown fruits and veggies, eggs, meat, herbs, flowers, crafts and other knickknacks. From mid-May through October the market sets up on the town green every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon; the market moves indoors in the winter, setting up shop in Town Hall, 777 High St.