Thursday, August 19, 2010

101 Things to Do on your Amish Country Vacation in Ohio

There are so many things to do in the area that you will want to book several days for your next Amish Country vacation in Ohio!  We've compiled a list of 101 things to do:
1.  Choose a place to stay.  Try Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, a triple-award winning inn that is known for evening campfires and beautiful flower gardens.
2.  Tour Behalt at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center to learn about the history and the culture in our area.
3.  Adventure to Rolling Ridge Ranch where you can ride on a horse-drawn wagon and feed exotic animals.  They have over 500 species from around the world.
4.  Hershbergers Farm & Bakery is a must stop for cinnamon rolls, fry pies, produce, and they even have a petting farm and buggy rides.
5. Chalet in the Valley in a Swiss-style restaurant that has a wonderful cheese fondue and 5 kinds of schnitzel.  They also have chicken, fish, burgers and other items.
6.  Coblentz Chocolate Company is like going to Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  You can build your own box or buy something that is pre-packaged.  You can even watch them making chocolates!
7.  Visit Breitenbach Amish Country Wines, Ohio's 2nd largest winery, for taste testing or to have a BBQ lunch on the patio.
8.  Guggisberg Cheese is home of the award-winning Baby Swiss and offers a large selection of cheese.  There is a ice cream parlor next to the cheese store as well.
9.  Warthers Museum is one of the most unique museums you will ever visit.  Mooney Warther only had a 2nd grade education and he carved every famous steam locomotive across the USA.  It is so hard to describe; You just have to see it.
10.  Amish Country Riding Stables gives you a chance to go horse back riding through the beautiful Charm countryside.
11.  Don't miss Eagle Song Studio in Winesburg.  Will Kallberg carves fireplace mantles out of old barn beams and also does bronze sculture, garden items and bird baths.
12.  Take a trip to Walnut Creek and see the German Culture Museum.  Learn about the 1st Amish man who settled in Walnut Creek and other interesting facts about the area.
13.  If you like to bake you will want to stop in the Ashery.  They have a huge stock of spices, bulk foods, candy and more.
14.  Take a trip back in time in the Winesburg Carriage Museum where there are a variety are useful and decorative carriages.  They also build Amish buggies on the same property.
15.  Amish Door dinner theater offers shows with a Biblical theme, musicals, and more.
16.  Find handmade Amish crafts at Care N Share on State Route 250.  They have baskets in the shape of the entire USA.  In addition you will find quilts, candles, toys, bird houses and more.
17.  For a private, romantic, vacation choose Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way.  New in 2009 they offer Jacuzzi tub, peninsula fireplace, Amish-made cabinets and bed, plus a private porch with a beautiful view.
18.  For some old-fashioned fun visit Farmerstown Broom & Book.  You can watch brooms being made as well as shop for books and miscellaneous other items.
19.  Visit Heini's Cheese in Berlin in the morning and you can watch cheese making.  Just about any time of day you can sample 50 kinds of cheese including a green Moon Cheese.
20.  Hop on the Swiss Village Trolley in Sugarcreek every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May - October.  You will be transported around the area and your driver is quite knowledgeable about the area.
21.  If you are shopping for Amish-made furniture make your 1st stop Prairie Lane Furniture.  They can do just about anything that you are looking for and their prices are really good.
22.  You scream, I scream, We all scream for Ice Mudd Valley Creamery in Walnut Creek.  From homemade custard to hand-dipped you will find just about any flavor that you can dream of.
23.  Rebecca's Bistro is the place to stop for lunch.  From homemade soups to quiches to entree salads to sandwiches, every thing you will find is of gourmet quality.
24.  Stop in Starlight Antiques if you are an antique lover.  They participate in the Antiques in the Alley and annual Antique Festival in Millersburg.  Watch for 'Girls Night Out' activities too.
25.  If you watch HGTV you will want to visit the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg.  Pay special attention to the fireplaces in this beautiful home.
26.  Take and escorted tour with Amish Heartland Tours to learn about Amish culture & customs.
27.  If Grandma's home cooking is what you crave then stop in Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant in Berlin.  It is a hometown diner with some great home cooking and delicious pies.
28.  If you have a sportsman in your party then be sure to stop at Kidron Sports Center.  He'll be like a kid in a candy store.
29.  Looking for ideas for a new kitchen or bathroom?  Are you starting some home improvements?  Do you make wood crafts?  If you answered "yes" then stop in Keim Lumber in Charm.  You won't believe your eyes.
30.  A stop at the Scrapbook Nook in Berlin is the place for the scrapbooker in your life.  Lots to choose from and maybe you will purchase supplies to make an Amish Country scrapbook!
31.  For a really unique experience stop at Swartzentruber Quilts.  This is an Old Order Amish home where they make and sell quilts, potholders, table runners, wall hangers, hand-braided rugs, etc.
32.  Three Feathers Pewter in Millersburg is the only place of this kind in Amish Country.
33.  Troyer Country Market sells the locally made Amish Wedding Foods, cheese, candy, bulk foods, produce, ice cream, deli, snacks, flowers, and more!
34.  Baltic Mills gift shop and bulk foods is located in an historical mill in the middle of Baltic, Ohio.
35.  For fine art stop in Blue River Gallery in Berlin.
36.  Millers Bakery will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.  You won't believe the size of their cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, and save room for some cheese tarts.  They also have noodles, bread, and homemade crafts.
37.  Take home some Winesburg Meats.  In addition to the usual kinds of meats you will find hamburgers with mushrooms inside, or potato-cheese bratwurst for your next barbeque.
38.  Learn the history of the Ohio Erie Canal at Roscoe Village.  Tour historical buildings, shop in the many gift shops, have lunch and ride an old keel boat that is pulled by Belgian work horses.
39.  Stop at Helping Hands Museum and Quilt Shop in Berlin.  The profits from this store go to charity.  You may even find people quilting while you visit.
40.  Country Oak Furniture is located on an Amish homestead and offer top quality furniture.  They can customize just about anything that you like and you're going to love the prices.
41.  The Swiss Hobby Shop has many items for the hobby buff in you and it is located in the middle of the Swiss village of Sugarcreek.
42.  Mrs. Yoders Kitchen is a favorite restaurant among locals and tourists.  It is located in Mt. Hope and you have to save room for pie.
43.  Take time out and play a round of golf at Fire Ridge Golf Course.  The rolling hills make this one of the prettiest courses in Ohio.
44.  For fine gifts and a lot of variety stop in at the Berlin Village Gift Barn.
45.  Slow down the pace of your visit with a trip to The Wilderness Center.  Hike on a nature trail, have a picnic, tour the nature center...
46.  The Farm at Walnut Creek is not only a place to see an exotic animal ranch, but you will find homes and barns that interpret the Amish lifestyle that you can tour as well.
47.  Holmes County Flea Market is the original flea market where many local businesses have a 2nd store under one roof.
48.  Walnut Creek Flea Market is similar to the Holmes County Flea Market. It has some unique stores and some identical booths.
49.  55 West & Company is an antique store in historic downtown Millersburg.  It is one of the most popular antique stores in the village.
50.  Don't leave the area without a stop at Wendell August Forge.  There are only 2 in the USA and we have one just outside of Berlin!  They make everything from Christmas ornaments to coasters to platters to vases, etc.  The patterns they sell offer something for everyone.
51.  Bags Sports Pub is unusual in that the atmosphere is very casual, decorated in a golf motif.  The food, on the other hand, is almost gourmet.  You can get a burger on a pretzel bun or a steak or a salmon salad or lobster bisque soup.
52.  Millersburg Glass Museum showcases this beautiful collection.  They say that even the Queen of England has some Millersburg glass.
53.  The Pottery Niche imports Polish Pottery.  Each piece is hand painted is very colorful.  The baking dishes make the best coffeecakes!
54.  R.W. Leather is on an old order Amish farm.  They make leather belts, wallets, and purses to name a few items.  The quality and prices can't be beat.
55.  Stop in Schlabach Furniture for Amish-made furniture at a good value and excellent quality.
56.  Steiner Cheese is the oldest cheese factory in the USA and it is located just south of Sugarcreek in the town of Baltic.
57.  Treaty Line Pottery has 2 kilns with pottery made by artist, Carol Ohl.  Coffee mugs, vases, tea pots, and many beautiful items come from her kilns.
58.  Troyers Trail Bologna is famous all over the area.  Many restaurants offer a Trail Bologna and Swiss sandwich.  Stop in to buy some to take home with you.
59.  If you want to learn how the Amish live be sure to visit Yoders Amish Home & Farm near Walnut Creek.  Tour 2 homes, a schoolhouse and take an Amish buggy ride.
60.  Berlin Chile Traders is in no way Amish but is you like hot sauces and salsas you must stop.  There is even one variety where you have to sign a waiver because it is so hot!

61.  Time & Optic on County Road 77 just north of Berlin is a hidden treasure.  Musical clocks, watches, repairs on old pieces, and more.
62.  Beachys Country Chalet is located in the Swiss village of Sugarcreek.  Amish home cooking along with Swiss specialties.
63.  Gateway Place not only offers antiques, but has a wine tasting show room with almost 50 Ohio wineries represented!
64.  Pleasant View Furniture is off of US62 just outside Berlin.  Amish-made furniture and fantastic prices.
65.  Take a stroll on the Rails to Trails path that runs from Fredericksburg to just south of Killbuck.  Great for bike riding too.  This is the only section of Rails to Trails in the USA where there is a special path for Amish buggies.
66.  Walnut Creek Cheese is so much more than cheese: bulk foods, Uncle Mike's Beef Sticks, ice cream, sandwich counter, bakery, jam & jelly factory, granola factory, kitchen gadgets, deli, and it just keeps on going.
67.  Stop in the Berlin Creek Gallery for some beautiful items to decorate your home.
68.  Hershbergers Antiques is the favorite of avid antique collectors.  This Amish-owned business has authentic antiques from beautiful bedroom sets to small glass items.
69.  Take an afternoon breakfast at Heini's Gourmet Market near Sugarcreek.  Snack on a sandwich, taste some cheese, drink some wine, and shop for foods made in Ohio.
70.  Erb's Stove & Fireplace is the place to go if you want to put a fireplace in your home.  Beautiful mantle choices and many styles to choose from.
71.   Stone Barn Furnishings is known for their furniture but they have a nice gift shop as well with items for your home.
72.  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Tis the Season, Ohio's largest year round Christmas store.  Three floors of fun!
73.  If you want to see Ohio's largest wood-fired kiln stop in at Holmes County Pottery.  It takes 8 days to load the kiln when getting ready to fire it.
74.  The Village Gift Barn in Berlin is one of the largest gift shops in the area so too many items to just have to go there.
75.  Have some leisure time at Black Diamond Golf Course.  It has Ohio's only Par 6 hole!  It is easy to find on State Route 83 south of Millersburg.
76.  Drive to Dalton at tour the P.Graham Dunn factory where they make beautiful inspirational wood items and art.  Be sure to stop by the seconds room for some great bargains.
77.  The Antique Emporium in Millersburg is loaded with lots of memories from your childhood.  Stop in and shop.
78.  For a one-of-a-kind shop visit Bowden Bells.  See what unusual items that they make from recycled materials.  They also have a glass kiln and you can buy some gorgeous garden art.
79.  Millers Dutch Kitchen in Baltic is a favorite dinner stop for some of the best chicken in Amish Country.
80.  Whether you sew or want to buy a quilt be sure to stop in Lone Star Quilts in Mt. Hope.
81.  If you like crafts don't miss Country Craft Cupboard in Berlin.  From yarns to stitching they have got it all.
82.  Find 3 stores and several floors of crafts at Sol's Exchange.  They have everything from wood to sweatshirts to candles to baby items and more.
83.  At the Mt. Hope Auction yard you will find everything from horses and cows to hay and chickens being auctioned.  They hold special auctions, such as benefit auctions, throughout the year.
84.  Swiss Heritage Winery is located in Broad Run Cheese factory so you can purchase your wine and cheese at one place.
85.   For soaps, lotions, and other locally made items stop in Amish Country Essentials in Millersburg.
86.  When you need a break from shopping visit Java Jo Coffee Shop for an expresso or latte.
87.  Watch candles being hand-dipped and carved at Lamp & Light Candles, an Amish-owned shop.
88.  Lehman's in Kidron is home to items that the Amish can use for every day living without electricity and so much more.  They have old stove and refrigerator reproductions, kitchen gadgets, candles, garden tools, bird watching supplies and more.
89.  At Schrock's Amish Farm and Village you can take a buggy ride, visit a craft mall and antique mall, and shop in many little shops on the property.  If you have kids along be sure to take the miniature train ride.
90.  For upscale furniture, home decor, a gourmet lunch, or a Christmas tree visit Pine Tree Barn and Christmas tree farm.
91.  If you like to sew then don't miss Millers Dry Goods in Charm.   You have over 8000 bolts of fabric to choose from!
92.  Carlisle House of Gifts has many popular household and gift items from Thomas Kinkade to Vera Bradley to jewelry, etc.  Three floors of items and you can even get your purchases gift wrapped.
93.  Experience around 21 styles of Amish-made furniture at Homestead Furniture in Mt. Hope.  Custom designs and upholstered furniture too.
94.  Pretty Penny gift shop has antiques and hand-painted items.  Pick up a garden rock that is painted like a Cottswald cottage in England.
95.  If you like wicker you won't believe the selection at Country View Wicker in Charm.
96.  Broad Run Cheese in Sugarcreek started with a Swiss immigrant who brought his cheese-making kettle to the USA in the 1800's.
97.  For some good shoes or boots at good prices stop by Charm Harness & Boot.  They are located next door to Kidron Sports.
98.  Decorate your yard with some furniture from Kauffman Lawn Furniture in Berlin.  Gliders, table sets, rockers, gazebos and more.
99.  From spices to flour to candy you will find it all at Swiss Village Bulk Food Store in Sugarcreek.
100.  In an area known for Amish-made furniture be sure to check out what Four Corners Furniture has to offer.

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

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