Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Carol's 10 Favorite Places to See on Your Amish Country Vacation in Ohio

There are so many things to see and do in addition to experiencing the Amish culture on your Amish Country vacation in Ohio.  The following are my 10 favorite places that you should not miss:

1.  Warther Museum.  The thing that sets this museum apart from others is the guided tour.  You really get to know Mooney Warther and understand what you are looking at when family and friends of Warther deliver your tour.  Mesmerizing, Amazing, incredible!
2.  Wendell August Forge.  They make everything from coasters to trivets to platters to chip 'n dip plates and more.  There are only 2 in the USA and we have one in Berlin, Ohio.  They have designs for everyone's taste.
3.  Walnut Creek Cheese.  They are so many things under 1 roof!  You will find a granola, jam and jelly factory, bulk foods, bakery, ice cream parlor, Uncle Mike's beef jerky, kitchen gadgets, lunch counter, and of course, cheese.
4.  P. Graham Dunn.  This inspirational gallery has wall decor, home furnishings, and gifts.  Through a glass wall you can view how they make everything since the factory is attached to the retail store.  Be sure to visit the seconds room.
5.  Millers Bakery.  This Amish-owned bakery is just off of State Route 557.  Everything is homemade, not processed by a bunch of stainless steel!  I love their cinnamon rolls but you will also find cookies, cream cheese tarts, donuts, breads, and more.  My favorite bakery in Amish Country.
6.  Behalt.  This 360 degree mural was painted by Heinz Gaugel and it depicts the history of the Mennonite and Amish communities.  Not only is it one of the most beautiful works of art I've ever seen, but it is a history lesson.  The tour of the mural is narrated.  Behalt is one of four cycloramas in North America.
7.  Rolling Ridge Ranch.  I love animals and on this tour you sit on a horse-drawn wagon with a bucket of feed and see over 500 animals from around the world.  The driver stops every few minutes for the animals to approach the wagon and eat right out of your bucket.  Have you ever seen a Zonkey?
8.  Amish Country Essentials.  Shane learned to make soap from his grandmother at the age of 12.  Today he sells homemade soaps both retail and wholesale.  You will be shocked to find out all of the bad ingredients in the soaps that you use at home.  You can purchase bar soap, bath bombs, bath salts, shaving bars, lotion and more.  They even offer soap making classes!
9.  Guggisberg Cheese.  When I have tasted cheddar, coolly, jalapeno jack and other common cheese in Holmes County they all seem to taste the same.  Guggisberg Baby Swiss has not been duplicated in my opinion.   It's delicious, it's unique, and has won many awards.  Stop in their store between Berlin and Charm and see for yourself.
10.  Coblentz Chocolate Company What woman doesn't like chocolate?  I'm no exception.  These family chocolate recipes are wonderful!  They have a viewing gallery where you can watch chocolate being made on the weekdays.  Choose from pre-boxed chocolates or visit the candy counter and build your own box to take home.  A couple of times each year they sell tickets for a chocolate tasting and making where you go in the factory and make some chocolates!

I've left out many wonderful places so make plenty of time on your Amish Country vacation in Ohio to visit more than these ten.

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

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