Toledo’s location near the border of the state line means you can travel to Michigan in about 15 minutes. And you may not realize that Toledo’s largest suburb actually lies in Michigan!
Bedford Township has a population over 30,000, and holds the unincorporated communities of Temperance, Lambertville and Samaria. Let’s explore some of the best things to do, taste and see in this unique township nestled along the border of Michigan and Ohio.
Get a Cup of Coffee
Start your day right with a cup of coffee from DaCapo Coffee, where the coffee is prepared with the best ingredients brewed to their ultimate potential. Every bean is sourced for its flavor, roasted in small batches by a trusted local roastery, and brewed up fresh.
Relax and make yourself at home in their warm, comfortable and inviting shop on the corner of Lewis Avenue and Sterns Road in Temperance.
Photo Courtesy of DaCapo Coffee
Play a Round of Golf
Bedford Hills Golf Club is a scenic course in Temperance that offers a feeling not found anywhere else in the area. Improve your game or simply relax on this beautiful course in pristine condition featuring 27 hole courses. Challenge your game with Bedford Hills’ long fairways, multiple water hazards, and tactically placed sand traps.
Book your tee time online in advance to experience this wonderful golf course firsthand.
Photos Courtesy of Bedford Hills Golf Club
Grab a Bite to Eat
Bedford Diner is a family owned and operated restaurant in Temperance serving “good mood food” made from scratch and presented in large portions. Because bacon and eggs taste good any time of the day, they serve breakfast all day! But Bedford Diner also serves lunch all day, and dinner starting at 3 p.m.
Stop by on Sunday or Monday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for breakfast or lunch, or Tuesday through Saturday for any meal between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.!
Head over to Lambertville for fresh and local cuisine from Sage Steak & Seafood. This approachable upscale restaurant serves scratch food at affordable prices for both lunch and dinner. Their seasonal menus include sandwiches, burgers, seafood and steaks — all made with the freshest local ingredients. Sage now serves brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
Photos Courtesy of Sage Steak & Seafood
Go to the Park
One of the best ways to take in the sights, smells and overall feel of a city is at a park. This is where you can people watch, stretch your legs, experience nature, and take a much-needed break in the middle of your day.
Carr Park has a rich history and regularly attracts residents of Bedford Township in the present day. The 6-acre property was originally deeded to the Upton Carr family by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830s, and was sold to the Temperance Rotary Club thereafter to be used as a park. Carr Park hosts various playground equipment, grills, benches, picnic tables, a shelter area, a basketball court, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and a baseball diamond.
Indian Creek Park is a 9-acre park including eight baseball diamonds and a soccer field. Take a stroll around the Indian Creek Park Walking Trail to get some fresh air and exercise in this beautiful and expansive park!
White Park is the largest of the parks in the Bedford Township area, covering over 26 acres of land. This is a popular location for sporting events, as it features six baseball diamonds in addition to tennis courts, an exercise trail, playground equipment, two shelters, picnic tables and grills.
Samaria Park is a nice 13-acre park in downtown Samaria including a woodland trail, picnic and playground areas, a small softball diamond, and a community building rented for various events, meetings, and parties.
Photos Courtesy of Bedford Township
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
After all that exercise, it’s likely you’ve worked up an appetite for a sweet treat. Scoop’s Soft Serve LLC is a Township community staple, serving up generous portions of their delectable desserts. Enjoy your sundae, ice cream cone or cup, or even a lunch item — best enjoyed outside in the summer sun! This truly is the place to go for ice cream in Temperance.
Photos Courtesy of Scoop’s Soft Serve LLC
Explore the Zoo
Take the kids to the Indian Creek Zoo located in Lambertville for a fun and interactive summertime activity. This is the perfect destination to enjoy a laid-back zoo experience where you can get up close and personal with exotic animals, including zebras, camels, emus, wallabies, donkeys, alligators, peacocks and more! One-day passes to the zoo are only $6 for children and $8 for adults, making this an affordable outing for your family.
Photo Courtesy of Indian Creek Zoo
Grab a Drink
Unwind after an eventful day with a drink from Quimby’s Food and Spirits. Order a burger, steak, seafood, or pasta for dinner paired with a drink of your choice — from classic cocktails and beers to specialty drinks and martinis prepared by their knowledgeable bar staff. This is a happening destination in Lambertville, where children are welcomed and offered their own kids’ menu!
Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub has been such a popular pub in this region that has expanded to include four locations — one of which is in Lambertville. Grab some food, sit back and watch the game, and check out their unique drink options — like their Sidelines Slammer with vodka, rum, triple sec, peach schnapps, amaretto, Southern Comfort, lime juice, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
Photo Courtesy of Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub
Make Yourself at Home
After such an eventful visit to Bedford Township, you might be longing to call this area home. With its proximity to Toledo and neighborhood amenities conveniently within its borders, you can’t ask for much more! There are several impressive properties in the Bedford Township area that range in style, price tag, and location within the region.