Wednesday, July 13, 2011

From Our Bed and Breakfast: Things to See & Do in Sugarcreek, Ohio

Our bed and breakfast is located near Sugarcreek, Ohio and you will find everything from history to shopping there!  The history of Sugarcreek includes German and Swiss immigrants and today it is known as "Little Switzerland".  If you are a history buff you need to visit the Alpine Hills Museum!  You will find 3 floors of artifacts dating back to the 1800's.  Years ago you may have come across shops with Swiss imports but today you will find everything from bulk foods to bakeries to gift shops.  Be sure to visit Broad Run Cheese that is one of the oldest cheese factories in Ohio.  Ask for a sample of their award-winning Swiss cheese while you are there.  They also have Swiss Heritage Winery in the same building where you can do wine sampling.  Just across the street you can visit Ohio's 2nd largest winery, Breitenbach Winery.  Whether you prefer sweet, fruit flavored wine or a dry Cabernet you will find it at this winery that is located across the street from Broad Run Cheese.  Tantalize your tase buds in the village at Swiss Village Bulk Foods.    This store carries bulk foods, natural foods, ice cream, sandwiches, kitchen gadgets, and more.  If you're hungy stop in Beachy's Country Chalet in the village.  They offer both Swiss and Amish cooking.  Swiss Village Quilts & Crafts is another local shop that you will like.  In addition to selling authentic, Amish-made quilts they also have a P.Graham Dunn gallery on site.  Hop on the Swiss Valley Trolley from Thursday - Saturday to get around town.  The driver is very knowledgable about the shops and history of the area.  Collectors Decanters & Steins has more than 3000 decanters and steins to see. Very few people know about the decanter museum in the back of the store.  Ask to see it the shady past of this building.    You can also tour the home of the 1st Amish settler in Sugarcreek, the John S. Yoder Home.  If you need some snacks to take back to your bed and breakfast be sure to stop in Heini's Gourmet Market.  Many of the foods and snack items are made in Ohio!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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