So you have come to visit Amish Country for the day, or even spent a night or two. You drive up and down State Route 39, US 62 or State Route 241. You visit a cheese factory, stop in an Amish-made furniture store and eat a hardy chicken dinner. There are so many ways to experience Amish Country that you are really missing out! For instance, some people pay a local tour company for "concierge" services. They have the tour guide map out a route to visit an Amish quilt maker, a furniture store, an Amish basket maker, Lehman's Hardware and a bulk foods store that they can drive on their own at their own pace. Why??? Did you know that one local bed and breakfast in the Berlin area does this free of charge for their guests. At Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast they have created several itineraries that guests can choose from or they will customize an itinerary just for you. This is all part of their excellent customer service and you don't pay any extra for this service! Many times the city tourists are disappointed when most of Amish Country closes up around 5 p.m. Many of the bed and breakfasts in the area offer packages where you can visit a spa, participate in a murder mystery, take a tour, get a horse and carriage ride and more. Some people call Carol Steffey from Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast the "package queen". Some of her 2008 packages includes: Ladies Spa Get-A-Way, Amish Cultural Tour with Dinner in an Amish Home, Pre-Valentine Gourmet Dinner & Spa, Valentine Romance Package, Winery Tour with Gourmet Dinner, Murder Mysteries, Tuscarawas Valley B&B Wine Tour, Moonlight Serenade Romantic weekend with acoustic guitar & picnic, Mothers Day Weekend garden and spa package, Culinary Delight Tour, and more! If you really want to experience Amish Country you need to stay at a bed and breakfast. The owners know their Amish neighbors, know their area and offer a completely different look at the area. Most hotel staff don't live in the community and cannot even tell you where to eat, let alone plan a package, itinerary or tour. Bed and Breakfast owners usually keep up with special events in the area such as the annual January Pajama Party, or the Corvette Cruise-In at Roscoe Village or the Christmas Events in the area. Don't cut yourself short with just a day trip, but find a bed and breakfast that suits your tastes and really experience Amish Country.
Submitted by Carol Steffey
Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast