Ohio is home to the world’s largest Amish community. Although there are small communities of Amish scattered around the state the largest concentration is located near Holmes County, above and to the east of Columbus. In Holmes and surrounding counties you’ll find beautiful back roads that ripple across the rolling landscape of farms, small towns, and scenic country settings.
A visit to Ohio’s Amish Country allows you to slow down to a horse-n-buggy pace, learn more about the Amish heritage and to enjoy and experience the region famous for its friendliness, food, and fine craftsmanship. The following are just a few of the many attractions you’ll find during a visit to Ohio’s Amish Country:
Breitenbach Winery & Café, Dover – Enjoy handcrafted wines, gourmet meats, and cheeses, wine cellar tours, and wine tasting. Tuesday thru Saturday set down to lunch with a choice of Paninis, salads, and wood-fired pizza at the Café Breitenbach. The Breitenbach B & B offers a full gourmet breakfast. 330-343-3583, 1-800-THE-WINE, www.breitenbachwine.com
Amish Door Village, Wilmot – Enjoy the Amish Door’s famous broasted chicken, slow-cooked roast beef, and real homemade mashed potatoes in a restaurant built like an oversized Amish home. You’ll find a relaxed casual dining atmosphere where hearty home-style breakfasts, authentic Amish style lunches and dinner, and fresh-baked pie are the norm. The Inn at Amish Door has 52 lovely Victorian-style rooms nestled among the peaceful scenery of Amish Country. (888) 264-7436, www.AmishDoor.com
Lehman’s Hardware, Kidron - Founded in 1955 by Jay Lehman to serve the local Amish, today Lehman’s is one of the world’s largest purveyors of new old products. Lehman’s is well known for their extensive collection of practical, historically accurate hand tools, toys, non-electric appliances, kitchenware, oil lamps, and water pumps. You’ll also find a newly reconstructed 1840’s era barn, a high tech demonstration room, a cafe, indoor and outdoor seating, expanded displays and interactive demonstration areas. (888) 438-5346, www.Lehmans.com
Coblentz Chocolate Company, Walnut Creek – The Coblentz candy counter is filled with all types of delectable chocolate candy – creamy milk chocolates, rich dark chocolates, smooth white chocolates, even sugar-free chocolates. All made with premium ingredients from mouth-watering family recipes. You can even watch your favorite candy being stirred and hand-dipped from the special viewing gallery! (330) 893-2995, www.CoblentzChocolates.com
Heini’s Gourmet Market, Sugarcreek – A 4,000 sq. ft. market showcases local artisan foods and wine. The market includes a wine bar for wine tasting, a make your own cheese ball station, gift baskets, and over 800 gourmet Ohio specialty foods. 1-866-531- OHIO, www.heinis.com
Heini’s Cheese Chalet, Millersburg – Built in the late 1800’s the Heini’s cheese factory is one of the premier cheese retailers east of the Mississippi River. Take a factory tour and buy fresh cheese at the cheese outlet. 800-253-6636, www.heinis.com
The Inn and Spa at Honey Run, Millersburg – The Inn is nestled on 70 acres in the heart of Ohio Amish Country. You’ll find fine dining, luxurious comfort, and secluded privacy as well as spa treatments and a wellness center. 800-708-9394, www.innandspaathoneyrun.com
This is just a few of the hundreds of popular attractions, lovely lodging options, and fine dining establishments you’ll find in the heart of Ohio’s famed Amish Country. For more info visit: www.oacountry.com, www.visitamishcountry.com, www.bestofamishcountry.com.