Unique Shops, Flea Markets, and Antique Malls
Visit the small towns throughout Amish Country and you will find a wide variety of unique shops located there and on many of the backroads as well. There are the numerous shops that line the streets of Berlin, Walnut Creek, Kidron, Mt. Hope, Sugarcreek, and Millersburg, Ohio. From delicious food stores, home décor stops, and craft malls with a variety of vendors, to quilt shops, the leather store, and everything in between. Amish Country has numerous antique malls and flea markets to explore. Other businesses in Amish Country are bulk food stores, sporting goods stores, greenhouses, produce stands, variety stores, fabric shops, tack stores, home design centers, outdoor furniture stores, thrift shops, and many other businesses. The best way to get to know Ohio’s Amish Country is simply to drive from one town to the next, stopping at the various businesses along the way. Then, you will soon see why there are just too many amazing places to list!
Wineries and Cheeseries
If you love wine and cheese, then you will love Amish Country! Here some of the wineries in the area: Breitenbach Wine Cellar, Swiss Heritage Winery, Doughty Valley, Baltic Mill, Sunny Slope, Silver Moon, Troutman’s Vineyards, Lincoln Way Vineyards, and Ugly Bunny. The two most popular cheeseries are Guggisberg Cheese and Heini’s Cheese (aka Bunker Hill Cheese). Take a tour and see how cheese is made and sample the many varieties. Another option is to stop by Red Tomato Market, only 2 miles from us, to purchase many of Amish Country’s cheeses to take home.
Amish Farms and Tours
One of the best ways to experience the Amish culture is by visiting the Amish farms or taking a tour. At the various farms, there are tours of Amish houses, barnyards, and schoolhouses. Other activities include buggy rides, hay wagon rides, exotic animals, feeding goats on the roof, pony rides and much more! A few popular destinations are: Yoder’s Amish Home, The Farm at Walnut Creek, and Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery. Immerse yourself even more into the Amish lifestyle by booking your backroads tour of Amish Country via Troyer’s Amish Tours, where you can learn about the Amish culture and even eat with an Amish family.
Amish-Style Restaurants and other Dining Options
Amish Country is renowned for its down-home cooking and baking. Put your tastebuds to the test in the many Amish-style restaurants in the area. There are other dining options as well, which are just as superb. Nearest to us is The Amish Door Restaurant (3 miles); Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, The Dutch Heart, and the Kidron Town & Country Restaurant (7 miles). 15 minutes from our location is Der Dutchman’s and Rebecca’s Bistro (Walnut Creek) and The Farmstead, The Olde World Bistro, and Boyd & Wurthman’s (Berlin). Within 25 minutes, there is Dutch Valley, Honey Bee Café, and Park Street Pizza (Sugarcreek) and Bags Sports Pub and Hotel Millersburg (Millersburg). Plus, many other dining options in the area.
Horseback Riding, Kayaking and Canoeing, Ziplining
If horseback riding is on your Amish Country bucket list, then the place to go is The Amish Country Riding Stables near Charm, Ohio. There are many rivers near Amish Country Ohio that are perfect for kayaking or canoeing. Check out these canoe liveries for more information: Trailhead Canoe Livery, Massillon, Ohio; NTR Canoe Livery, Bolivar, Ohio; and Mohican Canoe Livery, Loudonville, Ohio. Looking to soar through the forest treetops? Then you will want to check out Tree Frog Canopy Tours in Glenmont, Ohio.
Bicycling and Hiking
Amish Country has some of the most scenic roads for biking. It also has many bike trails that are perfect for biking, hiking, or jogging on. There are many places nearby, where you can park and hop on Rails to Trails. Some of the closest places to get on Rails to Trails are in Fredericksburg, Navarre, Massillon, Millersburg, and Bolivar, Ohio. Some of our most favorite places to hike locally are The Wilderness Center, Wilmot, OH; Dundee Waterfalls, Dundee, Ohio; Norma Johnson Center, Sugarcreek, OH; and a little farther away is the Mohican State Park, Loudonville, OH.
Looking to play some rounds of golf? Well, you are in luck! Amish Country and the surrounding area have several golf courses to choose from. Here are a few: Fire Ridge and Black Diamond (Millersburg); Riceland and The Pines (Orrville); Black Gold and Willandale (Sugarcreek); and The Legends of Massillon (Massillon).
There is a wide variety of entertainment choices in Amish Country. Take in a show at the popular theaters: The Amish Country Theater (Berlin), the Ohio Star Theater (Sugarcreek), the Ohio Light Opera (Wooster), or an outdoor drama at Trumpet in the Land (New Philadelphia). Other forms of entertainment are as follows: Hatchet Club (Sugarcreek); Country Acres Miniature Golf (Berlin) and Cabin Creek Miniature Golf plus driving range (Sugarcreek); Airport Ridge Sporting Clays (Millersburg). Many of the wineries have live music. Check out their websites for these events.
Local hotspots are Bags Sports Pub, Grover’s Restaurant & Tavern, Tarragon Fining Dining and Spirits, and Millersburg Brewery (Millersburg); Malcuit’s Tavern (Strasburg); and Bag’s Sports Pub and Brick Town Tavern (Sugarcreek).
The Twisted Olive (Canton); Tarragon (Millersburg); TJs and The Olde Jail (Wooster).
The best and closest place to take a dip is Baylor Beach (Brewster), which is only 10 minutes from us.
The handcrafted, locally-made, Amish furniture is some of the world’s finest! Here are some options: Homestead Furniture, The Cabin Store, Stone Barn (Mt. Hope); Pleasant View Furniture and Schrock’s Amish Furniture (Berlin); Walnut Creek Furniture, Andrea’s Furniture, and Troyer’s Furniture (Sugarcreek). There are many more options especially if you check out the smaller furniture businesses in the area.
Coffee shops are popping up all over Amish Country! Here are some of them: Café 8:32 and The Corner Cup, Wilmot (4 minutes); Beacon Café, Winesburg (5 minutes); The Red Mug Coffee Company, Mt. Hope (10 minutes), Ginger House Coffee, Berlin and New Grounds Café, Walnut Creek and Salt Creek Café, Fredericksburg (15 minutes); Jitters Coffee Shop and Broken Grounds, Millersburg and Wallhouse Coffee Shop, Sugarcreek (25 minutes).
Nothing quite symbolizes Amish Country like going to an auction in Mt. Hope, Ohio. With a variety of auctions going on year-round, it is quite something to see! Whether you are attending the auction to sell or buy something, as a spectator, or to peruse the numerous vendors stands outside the auction house, it is an experience to remember. We can accommodate trailer parking at the lodge within reason. Please, inquire about this prior to making a reservation to see if we can meet your needs.
Amish Country has events going on year-round. From fun tours such as chocolate tours, cookie tours and Journey to Bethlehem to action-packed events such as food demos like maple-syrup-making days, tractor pulls, steam engine shows, and local town events like Charm Days, there is always something going on! To see a year-round calendar of events, click this link.
Would you like to understand the Amish and Mennonite communities better? If so, then the places to visit are Behalt Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center (Berlin), Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center (Kidron), and Alpine Hills Historical Museum (Sugarcreek). Explore other museums in the area such as: J.M. Smucker Company Store (Orrville), Warther’s Carving Museum (Dover), Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum (Dover); The Victorian House (Millersburg); Historic Zoar Village (Zoar); Historic Roscoe Village (Coshocton); National First Ladies Museum and the McKinley Museum (Canton).