You can enjoy so much with just one day away.
If you need a quick change of scene, escape to a land of buggies, meadows, and wide-open skies. In one full day, you can discover the food, culture, shopping, and entertainment thatâ€™s so unique to our place. Begin your day with fresh-baked pastries made by-hand in a non-electric kitchen. Journey on to explore the history and traditions of the Anabaptist people whoâ€™ve made our community special. Stroll the small shops, and stop for an authentic Amish-style dinner. You have a full 24 hours, so spend the evening relaxing poolside at your hotel or try out a treehouse. Start over again in the morning with a stack of hotcakes and fresh outlook on life. Why staycation when you can away-cation in Amish Country?
Stop for morning fuel at Miller’s Bakery, just off of OH-557. They bake all of their delectable treats from scratch daily. Miller’s specializes in pastries, cookies, cheese tarts, homemade candies, fry pies, fruit pies, crafts, and lots more. From the rasping gaslights to the warm bread aromas, this stop will start your mouth watering for a day of exploring.
Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center
The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center provides a historical background on the formation of Anabaptist groups and chronicles the migration of Amish and Mennonites into Holmes County. The Center features a 265’ mural that interprets this heritage. They offer guided tours and feature a restored bank barn with Conestoga wagon and a one-room schoolhouse. If you have questions about Amish culture and customs, ask them here!
Heini’s Cheese Chalet
Heini’s Cheese has been crafting artisan-style cheeses since 1935. They still use local dairy, and you can watch the cheesemaking process if you arrive in the morning. The shop offers over 50 sampling varieties, so you can try and buy your favorites. They also feature locally made jams and jellies, as well as some bulk food items. It’s a favorite stop for visitors and locals.
Did you know that Heini’s Cheese produces about 50,000 pounds of cheese each week? That’s greater than the weight of a city commuter bus. Tastier, too!
Berlin Main Street Merchants
The village of Berlin offers the most walkable shopping area for Amish Country goods. The area features over 50 shops, restaurants, lodgings, and attractions. You can plan an afternoon meander through the village, or target your favorite places. You’ll find fabric, bulk foods, gifts, crafts, and so much more.
Schrock’s Heritage Village
Enjoy your final hours in Amish Country. At Schrock’s Amish Farm, you can take an Amish buggy ride and a self-guided Amish home tour. All within this small “village,” you will find an antique mall, craft mall, fabric shop, market, and year-round Christmas store. It’s an excellent stop for families.
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Berlin Farmstead Restaurant
Berlin Farmstead features Amish-style cooking and offers a buffet, menu options, and specials. They have an onsite bakery and banquet facilities. Farmstead serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it an excellent stop any time of day. They provide broad menu options that may suit special diets and are able to easily accommodate varied mobilities and group sizes.
Amish Country Theater
Amish Country Theater’s variety shows will provide hilarious entertainment for the entire family. The shows feature live bluegrass music, hilarious actors, ventriloquists, and homemade concessions inside a state-of-the-art theater.
Comfort Suites Berlin
Steps away from Downtown Berlin, Comfort Suites Berlin is a convenient and relaxing option for your overnight stay. The recently-expanded, 117-suite hotel has a conference center, all non-smoking rooms, 2 elevators, free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and indoor pool with exercise room. Two large porch seating areas are perfect for watching buggies roll past and enjoying fresh air.
Amish Country Lodging
If you prefer some solitude, check out Amish Country Lodging. Luxury, Amish-built, log cabins are located just outside of Berlin and overlook a serene pond. Cabins offer Jacuzzi, stone fireplace, pool table, hot tub, kitchenette, full living room and dining area, front porch with rocking chairs, free internet, LCD televisions with DVD players, AC/heat, charcoal grills, firepits and much more. Nice setting 1/4 mile from town. These are great for couples or families. Ask about Amish Country Lodging’s unique treehouses.
Boyd & Wurthmann
Boyd & Wurthmann is a small homestyle diner that features Amish Country favorites. They like to tout that it’s “where the locals go”--because it’s true! They maintain authentic charm and flavors. Trail and Swiss sandwiches and seasonal dandelion gravy are B&W specialties, but try a stack of buckwheat pancakes or fried mush for your breakfast.
Amish Co Pro Tip
The hardest part of vacation can be getting out of your door! Amish Country doesn’t have official opening and closing times. If you enjoy having space at your attraction spots, arrive early and begin the day at 8-9 a.m. If you want a leisurely meander, many attractions and shops are open until 5-6 p.m., and restaurants will be open into early evening. Sundays remain a day of rest for Amish folks--plan accordingly.