Road Trips in Amish Country

In beautiful Holmes County, Ohio, a road trip has many meanings. It could be a family trip, a gal pals’ getaway, a weekend for the boys, a romantic escape, or a touch with nature. There is a theme, a trail, or an adventure for every interest!

Family adventures include something for children of all ages. A day on the farm can include riding a hay wagon and hand-feeding domestic animals, cuddling farm babies, or encountering giraffes and other exotic creatures. Animal lovers can get their fill of furry encounters! A narrated back-roads tour with a local guide, including stops at Amish homes to shop, visit, or have a pre-planned meal, is always popular.  A visit to BEHALT—the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center opens the world of the Amish to visitors who want to learn about their faith, culture, daily lives, education, and history. Wrap that all up with a round of mini golf or family-friendly theater at the Amish Country Theater or Ohio Star Theater. Finish the day with a good night’s rest in a wide variety of lodging options, from traditional hotels to tree houses and everything in between.

For the ladies, shopping in the many area boutiques such as Sheiyah Market, Carlisle Gifts, b.fearless, or any number of other clothing and accessory stores makes for a solid multi-day bachelorette adventure, shopping tour or a reunion with friends. Add the breathtaking views from multiple wineries, including the area’s newest -Winetagous, located at the Walnut Creek Marketplace, or riding horseback through lush, rolling hills, and you have a recipe for a trip to remember!

The area is becoming quite the destination for gents who are ready for an adventure! A round of clay-shooting at Airport Ridge Shooting Clays, a tour of the Age of Steam Railroad Museum to see a working steam-engine shop and the world’s largest private collection of historic steam engines, a trip down memory lane at the Coleman Lantern Museum topped off with a visit to the award-winning Millersburg Brewing Company or The Cider Press, featuring seasonal meals with hard cider flights, is just what the doctor ordered!

No matter the size of the group or the reason for the visit, Ohio Amish Country offers the attractions, lodging, shopping, and experiences to make any trip memorable! Exploring the area by vehicle, E-bike, or tour bus are all options, and food is always a major part of the itinerary. Holmes County is just under two hours from Cleveland and Columbus, and the beautiful Ohio Amish Country Scenic Byway connects the many communities that comprise the region. A true backroads adventure includes stops at Amish homes and farms that place signs at the end of drives describing the goods available onsite. It is very important to have cash on hand to make purchases.

Several trails have been developed to help travelers plan their visit around their specific interests. Currently, an Antique and Thrifting trail features vintage treasures available at affordable prices for collectors of many interests. Home goods and fashion are featured on another trail for those who wish to design their personal style, upgrade their home’s décor, or redefine their lifestyle. For the Do-It-Yourselfers, a trail featuring unique hardware, home goods, wood crafting, and hobby stores was designed to create a new adventure. For those with a green thumb, the gardens and greenhouses trail are a must for planning a buying trip for bulbs, fresh-cut flowers, produce and more! New trails are coming this summer, including quilting and fabrics, retail furniture, wine & beer, and outdoor adventures.

Holmes County is home to one of the most varied inventories of lodging options in the state. The list of types of lodging rentals includes modern hotels, old-fashioned family-owned motels, boutique-style inns, tree houses, guest rooms onsite at local attractions, retreats, and top-of-the-line camping!

Evening entertainment includes theater, mini golf, live entertainment at local wineries and attractions, unique meals, and, on the weekends, signature Amish country events.

Visit www.visitamishcountry.com or call 330-674-3975 for more information, or download the current Ohio Amish Country Visitors Guide HERE.

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