Ohio’s Amish country is the second most visited tourist destination in Ohio. There are so many great things to do in Amish Country Ohio, no wonder it’s one of Ohio’s top weekend getaways!
Visitors to Ohio’s Amish country can explore Amish history, drive scenic Ohio roads, visit charming Amish towns and villages, savor delicious homemade Amish cooking, shop for one-of-a-kind items and enjoy a slower pace of life.
Where is Amish Country in Ohio?
You might be wondering where is Amish Country located? Nestled in the rolling hills of northeastern Ohio, picturesque Holmes County, is where you’ll find the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country.
Several Amish and Mennonite communities can also be found in the neighboring counties of Wayne, Ashland, Tuscarawas and Coshocton. Popular Amish cities in Ohio include Berlin, Millersburg, Charm, Walnut Creek, Kidron, Sugarcreek and Mt. Hope.
If you’re planning to drive to Ohio’s Amish country, you can easily get there via I-77, I-71 or I70, depending on which side of the state you’re coming from.
Things To Do In Amish Country Ohio
Whether taking a romantic getaway in Amish country, a family vacation or a weekend retreat with friends, you’ll find an overwhelming number of things to do in Amish Country Ohio. Here are 10 Amish Country attractions to include when planning your trip!
Learn about Amish and Mennonite Heritage
Have you wondered about the history of the Amish and Mennonite societies? A visit to the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Millersburg will inform you about the faith, history and lifestyle of the communities.
For more information about the heritage center, please visit www.behalt.com.
Visit The Warther Museum and Gardens
Experience the intricate wood carvings, button collection, handmade knives and gardens of the Warther Family at The Warther Museum and Gardens. Built around the original location of Ernest and Frieda Warther’s home, workshop and gardens, the museum opened in 1936 and is owned and operated by third- and fourth-generation family members.
Please visit www.thewarthermuseum.com for more information.
Take a Scenic Drive Through Amish Country
A nice quiet scenic drive through some of Ohio’s most beautiful landscapes is the perfect way to experience the terrain of Ohio’s Amish Country. From country backroads to scenic byways, you will fall in love with the beauty of Ohio’s scenery, making for an unforgettable road trip!
*A friendly reminder to watch for horse and buggies, please slow down when approaching and passing them.
Visit Little Switzerland of Ohio
Named after the numerous Swiss and German settlers in the area, the village of Sugarcreek in Amish Country has become known as “Little Switzerland Of Ohio.” This charming village welcomes visitors to explore their unique European heritage. Learn about the village’s history at the Alpine Hills Historical Museum, watch the whimsical world’s largest cuckoo clock come alive every hour in the center of town, ride the horse-drawn trolley, shop for local treasures and sample locally-made cheeses.
Wine Tasting in Amish Country
The picturesque landscape of Ohio’s Amish Country is the perfect setting for wine tastings. The vineyards of the area produce award winning, delicious Ohio wines. Take an afternoon to visit several wineries and sample the local flavors. I’m sure you will find a wine to satisfy your palate! Wineries I recommend in the area are Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Swiss Heritage Winery at Broad Run Cheesehouse, Silver Moon Winery and Troutman Vineyards. Be sure to pick up a few bottles of Amish country wine to take home with you.
Dine on Amish Home Cooking
Delicious homemade cooking that makes your mouth water can be found throughout Amish Country. Whether looking for hearty comfort foods, bulk foods, local meat, homemade baked goods or handmade jams and spreads, your inner foodie will rejoice while eating your way through Ohio’s Amish Country!
Dinner at Dutch Valley
For more than half a century the locals of Ohio’s Amish Country have been making delicious Swiss-inspired cheeses. Take a self-guided cheese tour of the numerous cheese chalets in the area; don’t miss Heini’s Cheese Chalet, Guggisberg Cheese, Broad Run Cheesehouse and Walnut Creek Cheese.
Photo Courtesy of Guggisberg Cheese
*Pack a cooler to take some Amish Country cheeses home with you!
Coblentz Chocolate Company
The sweet aroma of indulgent chocolates fills your senses the moment you step into this chocolate shop. Coblentz Chocolate Company began in 1987 with forty varieties of chocolate, today this family owned and operated business produces 114 varieties of delectable chocolate. Whether indulging in a scrumptious sweet treat for yourself or finding the perfect gift for the sweets-lover in your life, a visit to this chocolate shop is a must when visiting Ohio’s Amish Country!
Photo Courtesy of Coblentz Chocolate Company
Shopping in Amish Country
From customized handmade wood furniture, home décor, hand stitched quilts, photography and paintings of local scenes, antiques, clothing, gifts, food and non-electric living items, Ohio’s Amish Country is a shopper’s paradise!
Watch a live performance at Ohio Star Theater
The brand-new Ohio Star Theater welcomes guests with beautiful wood accents and comfortable seating to enjoy heartwarming and family-friendly theater productions. Live musical performances and concerts entertain guests throughout the year. For performances and ticket information, please visit www.dhgroup.com/theater.
Where to Stay – Amish Country Hotels
Looking for places to stay in Amish Country Ohio? There are a lot of options spread throughout the various Amish towns in Ohio, but we’ve got a few top recommendations to offer you, that will make your visit extra special.
Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek
When visiting Amish Country, it’s best to enjoy the slower pace of life like the locals. With comfortable, spacious guest rooms and a private balcony (every room has a balcony or porch!) overlooking the pristine Ohio landscape this peaceful hotel will be the highlight of your visit to Ohio’s Amish Country! For the ultimate relaxation, book a spa service at the hotel!
Want to know more about this hotel? Read my review of the Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek, Ohio.
The Wallhouse Hotel
Located in Walnut Creek, between Sugarcreek and Berlin, the Wallhouse Hotel is a convenient and comfortable place to stay while visiting Amish Country Ohio. Many of the rooms have balconies with views of the beautiful rolling countryside. The rooms are modern and large. The continental breakfast is very nice. Many of the best things to do in Amish Country Ohio are just a short drive away.
Amish Country, Ohio, Restaurants
Der Dutchman restaurant opened in 1969 and is a mainstay of the Amish community, and one of the best in Holmes County. The restaurant has a nice view of the surrounding farmland to make it even better. Once you’ve tasted their fantastic home cooking, you’ll want to leave room for some homemade pie, and some baked goods to take home with you from their bakery.
Location: 4967 Walnut Street, Walnut Creek
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 am- 8 pm
Boyd and Wurthmann Restaurant
If you’re near Berlin, you must stop at Boyd and Wurthmann. You may not love waiting in line, but you’ll understand why everyone does when you taste the food. This restaurant has been around since the 40s and always serves a hearty plate of food at a good price.
Location: 4819 East Main Street, Berlin
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:30 am- 7:30 pm
With lush Ohio farmland, serene landscapes, quaint Amish villages and towns, friendly locals and delicious food, Amish Country Ohio welcomes visitors to enjoy a slower pace of life. A getaway to Ohio’s Amish Country is makes for a great escape during any season; spring, summer and fall are the busiest seasons, but there’s still plenty of fun things to do in Amish Country Ohio in the winter. During your weekend getaway to Amish Country, take time to experience the culture and history of the local Amish and Mennonite communities while enjoying the beauty of one of Ohio’s most beloved destinations.