There’s still fun to be had on a day of rest.
It’s true; we slow down on Sunday. But you can still find plenty of adventures if you’re planning a Sunday stay. From sightseeing on a country drive to shopping around, the day can stay slow-paced as you relax your way back into the week. We have some suggestions for your adventures. Many of these stops are focused around Millersburg but are only a handful of the options for your trip.
A Sunday morning drive will display the unique experience of Amish folks heading to church. Almost any country road you choose will yield a farmyard full of black buggies as families unite at a community member’s home for church. If you prefer to stay on the State Routes, consider driving OH-241 from Mt. Eaton to Millersburg.You’ll enjoy the beauty of this country as you glimpse the authentic routine of many residents.
Driving through the Doughty Valley, you can’t miss this Swiss-style cheese-maker. Guggisberg Cheese pioneered Baby Swiss and continues their tradition of craftsmanship, having won many awards for premium quality. Stop into the shop on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to try samples and shop for more delectables than amazing cheeses. Their cheese curds make an excellent gift for the cheese lover in your life.
Get to know Holmes County through its history. Victorian House Museum offers self-guided tours through a restored 28-room Victorian mansion. The mansion is filled with memorabilia that highlights county history. The house itself is a part of local lore, with neighbors claiming ghost sightings at the windows. Victorian House is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays March-December.
Amish Co Pro Tip
If you’re staying the night in an Amish Country lodging, ask your hosts for advice on opportunities and adventures. Locals know the ins and outs of the area. They’ll be happy to share some knowledge.
After your visit to Guggisberg Cheese, head across the street to Chalet in the Valley for a delicious Sunday buffet. Chalet in the Valley features German, Austrian, and Swiss cuisine, so you’ll have a chance to enjoy new flavors and some of Amish Country’s traditional treats. Chalet in the Valley is open for buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Sit Down to Serene Views
Pine Tree Barn creates the tastiest luncheon items using the freshest ingredients. Their menu includes a delicious assortment of soup, quiche, salad, and sandwiches, as well as house-made desserts. They can offer vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with specialized diets. The dining room features lovely views of the Christmas tree farm and the beautiful Killbuck Valley, so it’s no wonder this restaurant stays busy. They accept reservations, though this is not required. Pine Tree Barn is open for Sunday lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Catch Your Sunday Games
Bags Sports Pub, located in Historic Downtown Millersburg, creates a friendly, neighborhood pub atmosphere where you can watch your favorite Sunday football. They feature daily specials, tasty burgers, and savory steaks. Find a full menu on their website. With longer hours in the evening, this is a great dinner stop. Bags is open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Holmes County became an official Ohio county in 1824, with Millersburg as the county seat. However, the first Amish settlers arrived as early as 1809.
Unique Antique Treasures
This family-run shop is located in the heart of downtown Millersburg. Jackson Street Antiques offers a variety of interesting vintage and antique items. They showcase unique treasures that you won't find in other stores. These items have a story to tell. The shop includes many small, quality vendors and will almost certainly provide you with a one-of-a-kind memento from your visit. They are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Gifts, Primitives, and Antiques
This family-owned shop is filled with antiques, collectibles, furniture, glassware, and kitchen & farm primitives. Starlight Antiques also features a folk art gift shop supplying Billy Jacobs canvas prints. Their many vendors ensure a wide selection of antiques and decor items. Make sure you head down to the “Rough Room” in the basement. It feels like you’re finding old barn-stored treasures. Starlight Antiques is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
An Emporium of Goodies
Village Antique Emporium is housed in a structure built in 1873, so it has that genuine vintage vibe.The shop features two floors of antiques, handmade items, books, paper, vintage goods, rocks and minerals, and so much more. You never know what kind of treasure you’ll find. Village Antique Emporium is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Amish church is held every other Sunday in a community member’s home, and services can last for about 3 hours. Sometimes you can see a large wagon parked outside of an Amish home or farm building. That’s the church wagon used to transport benches.
In 1847, historic Hotel Millersburg welcomed its first guest. It is believed to be the third oldest continuously operating hotel in Ohio. Hotel Millersburg offers 32 distinctively decorated guest rooms and three private banquet rooms. Their full-service restaurant and bar offers breakfast Tuesday-Saturday, lunch and dinner, and often features live bands on weekends. It is located on Jackson Street, and provides walking access to shops and restaurants, as well as the Rails-to-Trails.
Rest in Comfort
Comfort Inn Millersburg was a 2019 Choice Hotels Award Winner 2019, and it provides excellent access to Amish Country and the conveniences of Millersburg. All interior guest and public spaces have been recently renovated. The lodging provides 100% non-smoking hotel space, free hot breakfast, free wireless internet, indoor pool, and whirlpool. All guest rooms have a microwave, fridge, and individual coffee maker. You’ll need a fridge for your Amish Country delicacies. Several first floor rooms also allow pets.
Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast is often recognized for its excellence in hospitality, luxury accommodations, hot country breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. The country setting between Millersburg and Berlin provides a romantic feeling for visiting couples. Resident innkeepers provide customized service and insider ideas for visiting the best spots in the area.
Take A Sunday Drive
Relax and enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Amish Country Byway. This easy-to-navigate route is always open for travelers to catch a glimpse of the Amish lifestyle. As you pass through our area’s small towns and open countryside, you’ll be reminded of a simpler way of life.