Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Amish Country Tours in Holmes County Ohio

This past winter Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast purchased a tour bus in order to offer Amish Country Tours to their bed and breakfast guests.  The B&B is surrounded by Old Order and New Order Amish neighbors.  The owners of the bed and breakfast have gotten to know their neighbors and learned quite a lot about the Amish culture.  In addition they have scouted out the area to find places that their guests may be interested in visiting so that they can share their knowledge with the guests.  They started with an all-day wine tasting tour and got outstanding reviews from guests.  This summer they are offering 2-hour and 4-hour tours on the weekdays which will teach their guests about who the Amish are and how they live.    Along the route they will make stops at Amish-owned businesses such as bakeries, general stores, basket makers, furniture, and more.    If you choose to take one of these tours keep in mind that the Amish don't have telephones and electricity so you cannot purchase items in their stores with a credit card.  Some places do not even accept personal checks so you should have cash with you if you plan on shopping.  Another itinerary is a Sunday Special Tour that guests will take after they check-in when most businesses are closed.  It will be a sunset tour at a special price and they will travel the back roads of Holmes County, Ohio  teaching people more about the Amish.  When small groups take over 4-5 guest rooms at the bed and breakfast they can request a customized tour where they pick the length and kinds of places that they would like to visit.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way B&B will work out a price for the customized tour.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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