A Traveler’s Guide to Ohio’s Amish Country

The serene landscapes of Holmes County, otherwise known as the beating heart of Amish Country, are where the rustic charm of county roads in Berlin, OH, and the traditional Amish style of Millersburg come to life.

Amish Country is a place where you can experience everything from the simple joys of buggy riding to the delightful taste of fresh foods from local markets and, of course, some Guggisberg cheese.

We welcome guests year-round to our multi-generational vacation rentals, where you can experience everything from the quaint charm of Walnut Creek to the cultural richness of the Mennonite Heritage Center. Our properties are expansive and comfortable for large family getaways, complete with all the comforts of home.

Keep reading for our locally informed, expert traveler’s guide on Ohio’s Amish Country!

About Amish Country

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The heart of Ohio’s Amish Country unfolds from Berlin’s quaint Main Street allure to the lush, verdant expanses of Holmes County. This picturesque region also embraces the pastoral beauty of time-honored tradition.

Here’s a quick list of the counties in Amish Country:

  • Holmes
  • Trumbull
  • Tuscarawas
  • Geauga

Rich in Amish culture and heritage, each county offers a special blend of scenic landscapes and simplified living, a true mosaic of inviting countryside that echoes the charm of a bygone era.

You’ll embark on a journey along the Amish Country Byway, a 160-mile never-a-dull-moment drive through Holmes County. You’ll pass quaint homes and boutique spots like the one-of-a-kind shops in downtown Millersburg.

Discover hidden treasures like Yoder’s Bargain Store in Fredericksburg or Raber’s Shoe and Saddlery in Adams County, where the Amish style of craftsmanship shines. Food enthusiasts will adore Walnut Creek Cheese for its array of delicacies, including sweet, flavorful jellies and jams.

To put it simply, as the Amish live, the country, whether it be Sugarcreek’s Swiss influences or Walnut Creek’s serenity, offers a blend of relaxation, cultural exploration, and natural beauty. It’s a journey back in time, perfect for those seeking a simple yet enriching experience.

When to Visit

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Summer in Amish Country is a lively and vibrant time to visit the abundant markets and take in one of the seasonal events. If you’re interested in beautiful scenery, fall is one of the most scenic times of the year in Ohio’s Amish Country. The air begins to turn crisp in late September and gets cooler by November. This time of year is great for enjoying the changing colors and crisp autumn air.

Even the winter is exciting in Amish Country. The colder months in Dover and Sugarcreek transform into cozy havens, with crackling fireplaces and warm, plush beds in our family-friendly accommodations at Your Family’s Place.

Finally, remember that Sunday may not be the best day to visit Amish Country due to religious observances.

Getting Around in Ohio’s Amish Country

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It’s important to note that public transportation is not a viable option in Amish Country. The area lacks regular train or bus services due to its rural nature. If you’re flying in, consider renting a car at the airport.

Motorcoach tours from cities like Cleveland or Columbus are an alternative for those who prefer not to drive. However, having your own vehicle is the best way to thoroughly explore the countryside and visit all the hidden gems at your leisure​​.

E-Bikes

E-Bikes have recently become popular in the area, often moving as fast as a trotting buggy horse. They’re a greener alternative and fit well with the Amish community’s values. If you’re driving behind an e-bike, remember to be patient and pass safely​​.

Motorcycles

For motorcycle enthusiasts, Amish Country is a delight. The rural roads of Holmes County offer beautiful rides with scenic views. The roads are curvy and hilly, adding to the excitement of the ride. However, be mindful of the potential for encountering buggies, tractors, or bicycles around the bends. The state routes are paved and well-marked, while township roads may be gravel, offering different riding experiences​​.

Turn on the GPS

As for GPS, while cell service is generally good across the county, it’s wise to have a backup plan. In some hilly or valley areas, your phone might lose service. Carrying a physical map or the Amish Country Map & Visitors Guide is a great idea to ensure you don’t miss any attractions​​.

Be Cautious Passing Horse and Buggies

Navigating Ohio’s Amish Country, especially in Holmes County and surrounding regions, is a distinctive experience. The most common mode of transportation you’ll see is the horse and buggy, an Amish staple. These are slow-moving vehicles, so it’s essential to be cautious, especially around blind hills and curves. Passing a buggy is usually safe and respectful when done cautiously​​.

Amish Country Packing List

We know how stressful packing for a trip can feel, especially if you’re bringing the whole family. Here’s a quick list you can reference before your trip, plus another list that covers everything your cottage is equipped with. Here is a basic packing list for Amish Country:

Bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Layers
  • Sweaters and jackets
  • Modest clothing
  • Boots or comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Cash for farmer’s markets

Don’t bring (Your Family’s place has them):

  • Blankets and quilts
  • Coffee and tea
  • First-aid kit
  • Sheets
  • Towels

Why Visit Amish Country

Foodies, historians, and nature lovers unite here in Amish Country. Here are some of our heartfelt reasons for visiting and living in this beautiful region.

Wholesome Food

Farmers Markets & Farms

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Amish Country, Ohio, is a haven for food enthusiasts. Here, you can tour the countryside and discover the freshest meats, fruits, and produce straight from the farm to your plate. The local farmers’ markets are a delight, offering an array of locally grown produce.

Grab a local coffee and head to Troyer’s Country Market –  another must-visit for Amish Wedding foods and jarred goods​​. Hillcrest Orchard, a 4th-generation family-owned fruit farm, offers an assortment of apples, peaches, plums, and other products​​.

Country Stores

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Winesburg Meats in Holmes County is renowned for its quality ingredients and wide selection of over 100 items​​. Try Troyer’s Trail Bologna, a family recipe from 1912,​​ to taste the Holmes County tradition.

With its full-line bakery, Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery offers fresh, home-grown produce and seasonal delights like pumpkin picking​​. Ashery Country Store provides an excellent selection of locally curated meats, cheeses, and bulk foods​​.

Amish Culture and History

When you enter Ohio Amish Country, you’ll instantly feel like you’re stepping into a region steeped in rich history and cultural depth. This area offers an array of opportunities to immerse yourself in traditional skills and crafts that have been a part of Amish daily life for generations.

The Artisans Guild

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At The Artisans Guild, for example, you can learn woodworking, blacksmithing, gun building, timber framing, textiles, and leather working, among other skills. These classes provide hands-on experiences, allowing you to tap into the ingenuity and creativity that have long been cornerstones of the Amish way of life​​.

Behalt: The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center

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A visit to Behalt: The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center offers an interpretive tour of a stunning 265-foot circular mural depicting Amish and Mennonite heritage. This center provides an insightful introduction to the culture of Amish Country, with displays that include a Conestoga wagon, a one-room schoolhouse, and local crafts, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the history and lifestyle of these communities​​.

Nature and Outdoor Activities

The natural landscape of Ohio’s Amish Country, especially in Holmes County, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Located at the edge of the Appalachian foothills, the area offers a diverse geography, wildlife, woodlands, stunning vistas​​, and plenty of hiking trails.

Mohican State Park

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Canoeing on the Mohican River, hiking at Mohican State Park, and wildlife spotting at Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area are just a few of the activities available.

Rails-to-Trails

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Rails to Trails is a program that converts old, unused railroad tracks into multi-use paths that are perfect for biking, hiking, and even horseback riding. Amish Country has several such trails, offering beautiful views of the countryside and an enjoyable way to explore the area. The Holmes County Trail and the Mohican Valley Trail are great options.

Birdwatching in Millersburg

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The wetlands around Millersburg are ideal for watching native species as well as rarer migratory birds! Birdwatching in Ohio Amish Country is a popular activity that offers a chance to connect with nature. The region, with its mix of woods and open spaces, is ideal for spotting a wide variety of bird species, appealing to both avid birders and casual observers​​.

Book Your Amish Country Vacation Today

It’s time to transform your visions of Ohio’s Amish Country into a memorable experience! Your Family’s Place is more than just a vacation rental. It’s an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with those who matter most.

Our properties offer an idyllic escape from the bustle of daily life, providing a flawless balance of modern comfort and nostalgic charm. We cater to all generations, with porches where grandparents can relax to kayaks and rope swings for the more adventurous youngins. At the end of each day, unwind in our plush beds and spacious dining areas, designed to make every moment of your stay comfortable and memorable.

Don’t just dream about a getaway in Amish Country. Book your stay at Your Family’s Place and immerse yourself in the extraordinary blend of old-fashioned living and family-centric fun that defines Dover, Ohio, and the rest of Ohio’s Amish Country.

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