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A Scenic Travel Adventure from an Era When the Iron Horse Ruled the Frontier

Ohio’s Amish Country

Discover the Warmth, Pace and “Simple Life” of the World’s Largest Amish Settlement

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Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2018
5 days | 4 nights • 9 meals
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Hitch a ride to the world’s largest Amish settlement. Visit Amish farms, businesses and marketplaces, enjoy traditional, farm-fresh, home-cooked meals and share experiences with welcoming families. Settle in at the comfortable Berlin Grande Hotel in the heart of Amish country. Meet local artisans for exclusive demonstrations in handcrafting quilts, baskets, brooms and buggies. Learn about the culture and history of diverse Anabaptist communities, witness wedding traditions, walk through the Mt. Hope Auction—simply experience the pace of life at horse-and-buggy speed. Download flyer or scroll down for details.

  • Meet local Amish craftspeople at their home and business
  • Interact with Amish children at their schoolhouse
  • Enjoy tasty meals in Amish homes
  • Stroll through the Mt. Hope Auction
  • Take part in an Amish wedding reenactment meal
  • Relax and laugh at “Hee-Haw” show
  • Learn about Amish and Mennonite cultures 

DAY ONE

Welcome to Cleveland, an effervescent city on the shores of Lake Erie. Tonight we’ll enjoy a friendly welcome gathering. Welcome dessert reception included.

DAY TWO

We travel this morning to Rothenbühler Cheese Chalet. Founder Hans Rothenbühler grew up in Switzerland, becoming certified as a Master Cheesemaker in his home country. He later brought his passion for excellence to America—today’s third-family generation are committed to the family tradition of making the very best cheese.

Next, we’ll visit Mary Miller’s Amish home where we will be taught how to make homemade goat soap—you’ll be able to take some with you. We’ll also enjoy a tasty lunch here and tour Mary’s house, barn, and beautiful yard.

We’ll walk through Lehman’s hardware store in Kidron, which began as a hardware store for the Amish in 1955. Known for its endless supply of non-electric goods, the store bills itself as “Simple Products for a Simpler Life.” There is something for everyone from over 70 varieties of root beer to gas lanterns, cookware and candy.

Traveling the scenic Amish Country back roads will take us to Anna—an Amish Basket Maker. She is from the Swartzentruber Amish—the most conservative. You’ll enjoy a demonstration here, plus Anna also quilts and will share her latest creations.

We then reach our hotel for the next three evenings, the Berlin Grande Hotel, located right in the heart of Amish country. We’ll walk next door to The Farmstead for a delicious Amish buffet. Meals: B, L, D

DAY THREE

Today begins at Behalt—a heritage center where we’ll learn the sequence of how the Amish and Mennonite groups formed—aided by a spectacular Cyclorama, one of only six in North America.

Today is Auction Day in Mt. Hope—livestock, hay, eggs, baked goods, flowers, and more are sold at this festive event…you’ll get a chance to view this iconic event in person.

We enjoy a homemade lunch in the Amish home of Amanda Hershberger. Her mother, Maudie Raber, will be on hand to entertain with lively stories. The menu includes homemade bread, peanut butter spread, plus a chance to make your own “Haystack.” Amish Haystack Benefits are held to raise money for those in need in the area.

Next, we will visit Yoder’s Amish Farm where you’ll relax on an Amish buggy ride. After, enjoy an Amish Quilting Demonstration with Ada at her Dan Church home—the second most conservative Amish Order. Ada is the mother of eight children and also makes candles. We will walk through the kitchen of her 1890 home to the front room for the quilting demonstration…and afterward have a chance to visit her quaint shop.

We return to the Berlin Grande Hotel where you can relax or walk to Helping Hands Quilt Shop. Besides having over 3,000 bolts of fabric, they also stock notions, rulers and other quilting tools conducive to straighter seams, better corners and faster production. You can also browse over 100 locally made quilts, as well as pillows, wall hangings, crib quilts, pot holders, and more.

Tonight is one of those special events you’ll long remember as we experience an Amish Wedding Reenactment Dinner Feast in an Amish home! Meals: B, L, D

DAY FOUR
 
It’s off to visit an Amish Buggy Maker this morning—we learn the art of making these staples of Amish transportation. Then it’s off to Ashery Country Store, an Amish bulk food store. You’ll find almost everything for sale here, from homemade snack mixes, spices, meats, cheese, and the famous Cecil’s Custard. You might take time to sit on the front porch for some old-time people and buggy watching.


Ernest “Mooney” Warther was the world’s master carver of steam locomotives—we’ll learn about this unknown genius while seeing his 64 exquisite models made from Ivory, Ebony, and Walnut—including the famous Lincoln Funeral Train. You’ll also see his wife, Frieda’s, 73,000 Swiss buttons collection that includes a button from the second inaugural dress of Mary Todd Lincoln. Afterward, to keep in the railroad mode, you’ll enjoy a Hobo Meal in the gazebo along the railroad tracks.

We will travel towards Sugarcreek—Ohio’s Little Switzerland—where we will see the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, once featured on the front cover of the Guinness Book of World Records. Then, we visit Walnut Creek Broom & Gift, where Ada will demonstrate her antique machine that makes brooms.

In Millersburg, you’ll have time to stroll the town. Perhaps visit Heini’s, which makes over 60 varieties of cheese using only milk from small Amish farms. Or, Kaufman’s Bakery—the oldest in Holmes County. There’s also an Amish furniture store showcasing amazing local craftsmanship.

Tonight, get ready to laugh along with the cast of the Amish Country Theater. This festive show is likened to that of Hee-Haw and includes entertainment from a bluegrass band, audience participation, skits, and a world-renowned ventriloquist. Meals: B, L


DAY FIVE

This morning we meet four sisters who own Lamp & Light Candle—an Amish candle store. These ladies will demonstrate hand-dipping and designing an artisan candle. You will also have time to browse their unique gift shop.
 
Another of those “once-in-a-lifetime experiences” caps off our visit to Amish country as we visit an Amish schoolhouse. You will meet the schoolchildren and hear a special song just for our group.

We return to Cleveland with delightful Amish memories. Meals: B

Sep 30-Oct 4, 2018

Price Per Person:
Double $1,497
Single $1,775

*Due to special group pricing, this tour is not eligible for any discounts.


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