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
Welcome to Cleveland, an effervescent city on the shores of Lake Erie. Tonight we’ll enjoy a friendly welcome gathering. Welcome dessert reception included.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
We return to Cleveland with delightful Amish memories. Meals: B
Sep 30-Oct 4, 2018