Amish Country vacation Ohio gives you many options from museums, to animal ranches, shopping, antiques, cheese factories, chocolate factories, etc. There are some "must see" attractions according to the innkeepers at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast. One of Carol's favorite places is Wendell August Forge in Berlin. The artisans make handcrafted items from metal including personalized gifts. No matter what your taste in decor they seem to have something for everyone. It is one of the few places where you can shop and find items made in the USA. There are only 2 locations in the USA and one is right here in Berlin, Ohio. Both Herb & Carol name Warther Museum as their favorite attraction in Amish Country. Mooney Warther only had a 2nd grade education but is was deemed a World Master Carver and the museum tour takes you on a tour of the stages of his life. It is a narrated tour and you really feel like you get to know Mr. Warther by the time the tour ends. Behalt, a mural at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, depicts the history of this culture. It is one of four cycloramas in North America and is distinguished by the fact that only one artist completed it. The colors and art work are something you won't want to miss. Bowden Bells is another favorite of the Steffeys. You will find bells, birdbaths, yard art and more, all hand crafted by Vince Bowden from recycled materials. You just never know what you will find. Carol is a big animal lover and highly recommends Rolling Ridge Ranch. Guests will board a wagon drawn by Belgian work horses and get the opportunity to see over 500 animals from around the world including 100 species. They also have a petting area and picnic area. These are just a few of the favorites of the bed and breakfast owners, but they will be glad to sit down with you and help you plan your Amish Country visit when you check-in.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com