Holmes County in northeast Ohio is a largely agricultural area that is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in the world. Many visitors come to experience the Amish lifestyle and enjoy an authentic Amish-style dinner. The county — set on the fringe of the Appalachian foothills — also offers grand views of rolling hills, farm fields and forests, outdoor adventures, and opportunities to connect with a community committed to self-sufficiency through cottage industries and small-scale food production.
“Holmes County embraces those travelers looking to slow down and unwind in the quiet countryside,” said Shannon Carter, brand and marketing manager at Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. “We invite our guests to the table. Sharing a meal together is not about the food, it’s about connecting and understanding each other. There is so much to see and do here, that you will need to plan multiple trips to fully embrace all we have to offer.”
Book family-friendly entertainment at Amish Country Theatre in Berlin and Ohio Star Theatre on the campus of the Dutch Valley Restaurant in Sugarcreek.
Set off on an adventure on an electric bicycle, which uses a small electric motor to help with pedaling. Riders enjoy pedaling as with a traditional bike but with less effort. Charged Ride rents e-bikes and all the accessories. Holmes County Rails-to-Trails is a paved recreation trail through scenic countryside and accommodates bicyclists, pedestrians, horseback riders and buggies.
Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Millersburg is a third-generation, family-owned company that uses the milk from local farmers to make all-natural artisan cheeses. Watch the cheese being made in the mornings (except Wednesday) and then shop in the large store for cheese, meats, snacks and sweets.
Coblentz Chocolate Company in Walnut Creek has been handcrafting chocolates, caramels and other confections since 1987.
Tour buses are always welcome at the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market.
On a tour of Ohio Amish Country, visit Amish homes, eat dinner in private homes and learn about Amish beliefs and values.
Explore the history of Amish Country at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, just north of Berlin. Take an interpretive tour of Behalt, a 265-foot circular mural depicting Amish and Mennonite heritage. A pioneer barn, Conestoga wagon and an Amish school can also be visited.
Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek and Dutch Valley Restaurant in Sugarcreek prepare homestyle Amish kitchen meals.
Main photo: Amish buggy; Credit: Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau