Back East in Holmes County
Eastern Holmes County has the highest concentration of Amish residents and visitor activities dedicated to exploring Amish culture. If you’re looking for photo-ops, fun shops, and personal pie-eating contests, visit Berlin, Walnut Creek, Charm, Mt. Hope, Trail, and Winesburg. Many know Berlin as the hub of Amish Country because of its walkable shops and restaurants. To find an array of quilts and notions, materials for your next DIY project or gear for the outdoors, check out Charm. Walnut Creek is excellent for traditional and nouveau fare, bulk food shopping, and chocolate. Mt. Hope holds its farmers’ auction each Wednesday, and stops in Winesburg and Trail will satisfy your inner carnivore with custom meats. Holmes County is rural, with towns scattered a few miles apart, but you’ll find plenty of sites in the countryside. Cheese factories provide samples and bakeries prepare treats daily. You can see farmers at work and sample local produce from farmstands. For homemade Amish goods, follow the hand-lettered signs found at the ends of driveways. Many cultural activities are located in the country, including home tours, buggy rides, and domestic and exotic animal farms.