Ohio Amish Country
If you're feeling too attached to your smartphone or computer, sounds like you need to spend some time in the simple life of Amish Country Ohio. From cozy bed and breakfasts to delicious Amish food to hand-crafted furniture: spending a few days among the Amish is just what the doctor ordered. Get perspective on things while touring tranquil nature trails on bikes or just walking. There's plenty of opportunity to bring some of the Amish living home with you. Browse stores of all sorts, from cheese factories to furniture to clothing. And you can't beat the quality! Check out several of the Amish Country Ohio Itineraries on DiscoverOhio.com, or plan your own adventure today!
- Bed and Breakfast
Escape the fast-paced culture with a retreat to the turn-of-the-century lifestyle setting in Amish Country Ohio. An Amish bed and breakfast is perfect for a romantic getaway. There are a wide variety of places to stay throughout Ohio's Amish communities. In fact, Ohio has the largest Amish population in the world. Many bed and breakfasts still keep the amenities of homes, including television, Jacuzzis and more. Imagine falling into a peaceful sleep with the gentle lullaby of a horse-drawn carriage slowly making its way up the gravel road. Enjoy a visit to the Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Hasseman House Bed & Breakfast,The Barn Inn, Red Maple Inn or any of the other bed & breakfasts throughout Amish Country Ohio.
- Country Store
Take a step back in time and have a unique shopping experience at one of the numerous country stores in Amish Country Ohio. Bring home some of the tasty food you can't find anywhere else or try some right there on the spot. Enjoy homemade ice cream or a cold soda pop. Purchase handmade Amish items including clothing, antiques, fresh bread, oil lamps and more. And oh, the Cinnamon Rolls! Stop by the End of Commons General Store in Mesopotamia; throughout the store are relics of the past displayed such as old grocery items, old scales and cash registers. Swing by the Nauvoo Family Market in Middlefield, where there is plenty of bulk to go around. Stocking up on food has never been easier; this Amish bulk food store has everything from baked goods to sliced deli meat. If you would rather dine on the Amish cuisine, check out The Der Dutchman Restaurant Walnut Creek andMary Yoder's Amish Kitchen in Middlefield serves some of the finest Amish food, andBeachy's Country Chalet in Sugarcreek serves Amish and Swiss food.
You can't beat the quality craftsmanship of handmade wooden furniture from Amish Country. Whether you're looking for Amish handmade furniture, gifts or accessories, you can find it all, along with a hometown friendly atmosphere. Because it's handmade, each piece is unique in its own way. Check out Dutch Valley Furniture in Sugarcreek, which offers two floors of quality woodwork. At the Warther Carving Museum you'll experience the story of the Warther family and how they combined love of family and a love of hobbies to create an amazing legacy. Ernest "Mooney" Warther turned his joy of carving wood and ivory into creations that the Smithsonian has called "priceless works of art". Another highly recognized Amish furniture store is Yoder's Furniture in Middlefield. Here you will find the highest quality furniture handcrafted here in Ohio from the finest hardwood around. These skilled craftsmen are able to create and customize pieces just for you to add to your existing décor or style.
- Bike Tours
Tour the beauty of nature, whether on a bike, horse or in a buggy, on the Holmes County Trail. Labeled as the first trail in the nation to accommodate Amish buggies, the unique and scenic Holmes County Trail now has 15 miles of its 29-mile trail open from Fredericksburg to Killbuck. One lane of the trail is paved with asphalt for biking, roller-blading, walking, running and wheelchairs, while the adjoining buggy and equestrian trail is paved with "chip and seal" for horse-drawn vehicles and horseback riding. Enjoy sharing your journey with residents of Amish villages and communities. The Holmes County Trail is a great place to connect, and reconnect and become reoriented with nature.
- Amish Cheese Factory
One of the staples of Amish communities and villages is homemade - delicious - food, especially cheese. See the process of making cheese that has been passed down from generation to generation. Broad Run Cheesehouse & Swiss Heritage Winery has more than 70 years of cheese-making under their belt. Factory tours and wine tastings are available. Other popular destinations in Amish country specializing in Swiss cheese are Guggisberg Cheese and Middlefield Cheese. Guggisberg has been providing Ohio markets with Swiss cheese for more than six decades, and has grown into one of the largest manufacturers of Swiss Cheese in the entire nation. When visiting the Guggisberg factory gift shop, you'll have the chance to view cheese-making and shop the 60-plus varieties of cheese, along with the area's largest variety of authentic Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks and Swiss-crafted Music Boxes. Make sure you also stop by the Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op where you can see first-hand how cheese is made. While there, nibble on the endless samples of cheeses that are available in the Amish country store.