Every fall the winding country roads lead Megan and I four hours north east of Cincinnati to Holmes county-the heart of Amish Country. Holmes County has the highest concentration of Amish in the United States. Tucked behind rolling hills of vibrantly colored trees is a small farmhouse where we spend a weekend with Megan’s family by the fire.
There is something beautiful about the simple life that the Amish live. Just staying near to them makes the busy life running around my head slow down. Something about the golden wheat fields ripe for harvest call to out the deep longing inside of me to let go and breathe in the cool autumn air.
In the mornings, just after the sun has risen above the hills, a clip clop, clip clop can be heard echoing through the trees. Black buggies drawn by black horses carry their passengers to and from the little town of Charm, Ohio. Along the roads on every side fields can be seen with whole families, from the father and mother right down to the youngest children out working their land. It looks like a hard life, but there is a fulfillment and deep satisfaction from the simple life.
Many of the Amish are incredible craftsman. They create the most beautiful furniture, woodwork, crafts, and of course food. One place that we love to visit is Miller’s Bakery. The baked goods they make are out of this world! Everywhere one finds themselves in Holmes County, there is one thing you can be sure of, amazing food is close by.
Our trips to this part of North East Ohio usually consist of a few classics that we love to see and do whenever we come here. One is going to Miller’s, as I mentioned. Then we drive around looking at all of the farmhouses and each time getting another piece of the life that they live here.
We always stop by Hershberger Farm & Bakery. Hershberger’s is a one stop Amish shop. They have a petting zoo complete with goats, sheep, pigs and turkeys. It is also home to Big Ben, the largest horse in Holmes County! They also have hand crafted Amish furniture and toys. They have a store that sells all of the best Amish goodies. Last but not least, they have fresh made kettle corn made over a fire.
Every time we come to Amish Country we go antiquing! Spread out all over this area are antique shops filled to the brim with the most amazing treasures. From old milk cans to rustic bicycles to old fashioned tools. You never know quite what you will find but never leave disappointed. Megan and I especially love searching for treasures in antique shops together.
There are a few other unique places that are worth visiting that we have enjoyed if you find yourself in the area. We visited Mohican State Park for a beautiful fall hike & picnic and loved it – definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. The Farm at Walnut Creek is home to exotic animals from all over the world. They have hay rides that go through their animal park where visitors can feed all of the animals. Yoder Farm gives visitors a glimpse into Amish life. There is an old Amish school, and Amish house you can tour. A great Amish restaurant in the area is Der Dutchman.
If you find yourself in need of an escape from the busyness of life and want to experience a simple life, it may be time to head to Holmes County to visit the Amish people and eat some delicious food. If you’d like to know the cabin we rent when we stay in Amish Country, it is owned by Megan’s uncle and is for rent – feel free to contact us for the information and we’d be happy to pass it on!