Ohio's Amish Country Travel Guide

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The largest Amish setlement in the world, Ohio's Amish Country is an eight-county region in northeastern Ohio, consisting of Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Stark, Knox, Ashland and Richland Counties. The area is well-known for its beautiful rolling hills and scenic beauty. Holmes County, the heart of Ohio's Amish Country has a higher concentration of scenic highways than any other area in the state. The area is also recognized as the state's top tourist destination where guests can enjoy authentic Amish cooking at many of the area's restaurants, relax at a backroads bed-and-breakfast, and shop at the fine specialty shops. Amish Country is also home to The Furniture Heartland the region which has rapidly become the nations leading producer of the finest in solid-wood, handcrafted furniture. For more information, visit oacountry.com.

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Read this Ohio's Amish Country travel guide to gain insight into this unique land. Ohio hosts the largest population of Amish communities across the United States.

A trip to Ohio is not complete with out taking time out to relax in the quiet serenity of the country side. The area offers rolling hills, scenic rich farmland, Amish homes and many options when it comes to activities, eating and places to stay.

Scenery

Just taking a drive through the area offers a relaxing trip. Driving along the back roads viewing the peaceful country side, and waving to the passengers in the passing buggies along the way, is a great way to see the beautiful countryside of Amish Country. In addition, there are a variety of guided back road tours available in the area.

Accommodations

Ohio's Amish Country is well known for its bed and breakfast hospitality, offering many packages, beautifully decorated rooms and country views. The are also many options of hotels and motels to chose from, with amenities from pools to just a quiet room with a country side view.

Eating Amish Style

Enjoying the food of Amish Country is a big part of the visit. There is a lot to chose from, whether you have dinner in an Amish home or an Amish diner, which serves sandwiches. Home cooked pot roast, chicken, soups, noodles and mashed potatoes are staples when it comes to Amish cooking, and all dinners must be topped off with a piece of pie.

Attractions

There is a lot to do for the entire family in the hills of Amish Country including home and farm tours, buggy rides and shopping. The intimate shops of the area carry many items including crafts, bulk foods, handmade furniture, home made baked goods and many other items. Traveling from town to town perusing the shops is probably the most popular activity for visitors. However, buggy rides also tops the list, and they are available at the local farms that are open to the public like Shrock's and Yoder's. These farms offer guided tours of the homes and barns that offer the history of the Amish faith, people and much more. The area also offers opportunities to cruise through flea markets and antique malls, watch cheese being made, and Lehman's Hardware which has the countries largest stock of gas powered appliances and something for every member of the family (from hand tools to cookie cutters).

There are many things to do throughout the year, but keep in mind that in April through October, you will find everything open as some attractions close during the winter months. On Sunday, the majority of the shops are closed.


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