The Pine Tree Barn
Since members of the Dush family have been growing Christmas trees at their Pine Tree Barn farmstead since the 1950s, many families go there to find just the right Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, or White Pine to lend holiday cheer – plus the wonderfully seasonal aroma of pine – to their homes. As much as I enjoy a majestic, freshly cut tree and driving through the Amish countryside south of Wooster, I have a different motivation for making the trip. I visit the Pine Tree Barn for inspiration.
What kind of inspiration? You name it – decorating, dining, gifting, the wonders of nature, the joy and merriment of the Christmas season. The Pine Tree Barn is a unique and multi-faceted destination, and it just happens to be located on a couple of hundred beautifully bucolic acres with an 1860s Dutch bank barn and sweeping views of a lake and the picturesque Killbuck Valley.
Decades ago, the Dushes began selling ornaments and serving hot chocolate in their historic barn to Christmas tree customers. The barn gradually evolved into a year-round shopping venue that now contains three floors of tasteful retail shops filled with everything from candles, clothing, jams, and jewelry to folk art, floral arrangements, and early American furniture.
Although it’s great fun picking out a trendy scarf in the barn’s boutique or admiring the stuffed animal selection in the children’s store, the Pine Tree Barn never fails to sparks my creativity and generate ideas, especially since I’m a fan of traditional home décor.
The displays of quality dishes, linens, rugs, lamps, and Williamsburg-style sofas, tables, and chairs in the Heritage Loft (which was originally a hayloft!) are absolutely stunning, and I have to admit that I’ve borrowed concepts for color schemes, furniture arrangements, and even tablescapes from the Pine Tree Barn’s in-house interior designers.
I also always take time for browsing in the barn’s Christmas Shop.
Throughout the year, it has a gorgeous array of themed Christmas trees and provides a visual feast of tinsels, trims, ornaments.
Another kind of feast is available in the barn’s Granary, a lunch-only restaurant located in the old grain bin. While the menu is limited, everything on it is delicious.
I usually order one of the Granary’s signature quiches and a bowl of the hearty French onion soup. And even though the restaurant’s Lemon Crumb Muffins are technically not a dessert, they make a sweet and satisfying luncheon finale.
For more information about the Pine Tree Barn and The Granary restaurant, telephone 330-264-1014 or visit ohio.org/destination/wooster/historic-sites/the-pine-tree-barn