Finally, it's spring again! The new year brings a new you, who can once again resume to grow, explore the outside world, and smell the spring flowers. As the growing season starts, we invite you to join The Amish Spring Awakening Tour to learn and enjoy Amish experiences. The Amish life takes it's root and sprouts largely from the Amish Church and beliefs. Appropriately, the highlight of the tour is the opportunity to enjoy the Amish Church experiences.
As you enjoy the food, the rich culture, and heritage, you will learn the "why and how" things are done, the history, and about the daily lives of the Amish people. The experience will not only awaken a new-found appreciation of the culture, but enrich your own. A glimpse of some of the real experiences, and venues are shown below. You can contact us anytime for more information. Thank you and see you soon.
Amish Church cookies are used for the young children to nibble on during the 3 hour church service. Guests on the Spring Awakening Tour will each receive an Amish Church cookie to enjoy.
Behalt (to "behold"). At this stop you will learn the history of the Amish and Mennonites through the historical cyclorama painting.
Amish do not worship in church buildings. They move about in family houses, shops, and barns. These church wagons are used to move the backless benches, prayer books, hymnals, and place settings for the church meal from home to home.
Great venues where you can enjoy a tour of an Amish home, experience a buggy ride, and even do a little shopping are Shrock's Heritage Village and Yoders Amish Farm.
Following Amish church services, everyone comes together for a "church lunch". This tour allows you the opportunity to enjoy a church lunch while a local Amish Bishop speaks about Amish Church services.
One of the many things Amish are known for is their quilts. You can spend time enjoying these handmade works of art at one of our many quilt shops - including Lone Star Quilts in Mt. Hope, Helping Hands in Berlin, or Millers Dry Goods in Charm.
You can visit one of the local Amish buggy shops and see first hand how buggies are made as you are guided by the Amish shop owner.
Homemade candy. Yummy. Troyer's Candies is here to satisfy your sweet tooth. While at this Amish family owned and operated candy maker, you will get an opportunity to dip some of your own candy.
Your journey through Amish country visiting authentic Amish owned and operated businesses can include a visit to Walnut Valley Brooms, where you will meet Ada as she demonstrates the making of a broom.
Ah, cheese......everyone likes it. There are many places, like Heini's Kase Haus (Cheese House) and Guggisberg Cheese, where you can pick the cheese of your choice. Heini's, for example, has been here for generations. They use milk from 250 local Amish dairy farmers, all of which must meet their strick standards (no growth hormone, all natural milk). Known for their Baby Swiss, Heini's actually has 80 different flavors of cheese. Enjoy sampling your favorite, or try their cheese crisps.
Visit Pioneer Equipment, a local Amish family owned and operated business, employing nearly 50 Amish to build horse drawn farm implements. You will get a guided tour through the facility. Find out how they generate their own power on site to run the manufacturing plant.
Visit Mattie's Baskets at her own private home, located on a small back road. While there she will demonstrate the making of a basket. You can browse her shop, where you can purchase any of her handcrafted items. Absolutely a "must see" stop. Authentic Amish experience doesn't come any better than this.
The exquisite Amish handcrafted leather at family owned and operated Coblentz Leather is but another sought-after product in Ohio's Amish Country. You will enjoy the personable environment as siblings Mike and Karen share their family background with you. Browse the family store for many unique leather items.
Amish are also known for their candle making. You can watch a demo of making a candle at Lamp and Light Candle, or make your own at Mary's Candles.
There are many bulk food stores to choose from in the area that will satisfy your needs. For example, Walnut Creek Cheese has a little of everything...bulk foods, meats, baked goods, kitchen gadgets, jams and jellies, and much, much more. The highlight is the homemade ice cream! A stop here is not complete without having some! Or try one of their "stacks" for lunch in the Mudd Valley Cafe (this is one of the local favorites).
As you travel the back roads with your personal local heritage step-on guide, you will have the opportunity to see several Amish buggy shops dotting the countryside.
Homemade Amish pretzels. One word - delicious! You can satisfy your taste buds with the best homemade pretzels anywhere - at the Pretzel Nook in Berlin. Soft, warm, and tasty to say the least.
Follow Stutzman's Crossing, as you cross through the covered bridge. You will learn of Amish culture, traditions, and heritage as you experience the story of Der Weiss Jonas (Troy's fifth great grandfather), the first Amishman settling Holmes County, now the largest Amish settlement in the world.
Stopping at Hershberger Farm and Bakery is a "must do". You'll know you're at the right place when you see all of the flowers, and of course the goats on the roof (Yes, that's right). While here, shop seasonal produce, baked items, and treat yourself to Popcorn John's kettle corn , made right before your eyes.
Shop and eat your way through the charming small shops and eateries at your own pace in Berlin, Walnut Creek, or the quaint town of Charm.
Amish handcrafted, hardwood, quality furniture is prized. There are dozens of fine furniture shops to choose from. At places like Homestead Furniture you can have a guided tour through the production process, and then visit their retail shop.
No visit to Ohio's Amish Country would be complete without indulging in an all-you-can-eat homemade family style meal hosted in an Amish home. You won't leave hungry.
At the many flower shops and beautiful, meticulous gardens, that the area is known for, you have the option of making your own, buying a handcrafted flower arrangement, or just admiring their splendor.
Enjoy a scrumptious cinnamon twist, a cheese tart, or one of many other fresh homemade donuts and breads at the back road site of Miller's Bakery. The aroma even fills the parking lot, whisping past you the moment you step off the coach.
Amish weddings are an intricate part of the Amish community. Your tour can include an Amish Wedding feast, where you will enjoy one of our well known meals in an Amish home, depicting a wedding dinner where one of your guests will eat at the "eck" (wedding corner).
Spend a fun-filled, family-friendly time enjoying a memorable performance at the Ohio Star Theater. From unforgettable characters to old-fashioned simplicity and non-stop laughter, this is the place to let your heart sing and your spirit soar. See show information under each seasonal listing on this website. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat, family-style meal in an Amish home, capped off with a wonderful Amish country show. I would be glad to book an all-inclusive package for you.
A small Pennsylvania community is shaken when the infant son of a prominent Amish family is kidnapped. As accusations fly and everyone comes under suspicion, a skilled but skittish detective, Foster Bates, takes on the case. With no leads and frustrations mounting, the case goes cold. Twenty years later the town is thrust into turmoil again when Naomi Fisher decides to reopen the case and discover who kidnapped her little brother. Throw in an out-of-town reporter and a cast of colorful characters, and you've got an old-fashioned whodunit that's full of laughter, drama, and surprises. series.
Scenic drives. Slow walks. Shared meals.
Let tradition be your guide.
Amish Country Theater, Victorian House, Holmes County Flea Market, Walnut Creek Flea Market, David Warther Museum, Warther Museum of Dover, Lehman Hardware, Sol's Exchange, the world's largest coo coo clock, local wineries, The Biblewalk, Roscoe Village, and many more.
Restaurants include Amish Door, Der Dutchman, Farmstead, Dutch Valley, Chalet in the Valley, Boyd and Wurthman, Plain and Simple, and many more.
Primary lodging includes Comfort Suites and Conference Center of Berlin, Comfort Inn of Millersburg, and Zinck's Inn of Berlin (see the link on the bottom of the home page). Contact Jen Rengel at email@example.com, or call 330-893-7400 for group bookings.
Barnstorming in Berlin - April
East Holmes Fire Dept. Fish Fry - May