There’s no shortage of Amish Country lodging in Ohio – check out our review of 3 unique hotels and decide for yourself which one best suits your style.
We recently visited Amish Country as guests of Holmes County Tourism Bureau. There are many things to do in Amish Country Ohio but touring through the region can sometimes feel like you’re stepping a little toooo far back in time…
So at the end of the day, it’s nice to have some creature comforts to look forward to. We stayed at 3 different Amish Country hotels each, with their own unique features:
- The Modern – Berlin Encore Hotel
- The Historic – Hotel Millersburg
- The Country Retreat – Inn at Amish Door
After a few days of sightseeing and exploring, we came to appreciate the simplicity of Amish life but we’re also very thankful for technology – and heated swimming pools! Read on to find out what to expect from Amish Country accommodation…
Amish Country Lodging
The Modern – Berlin Encore Hotel
Berlin Encore Hotel & Suites is a new hotel in the heart of Ohio Amish Country.
It only opened in mid 2018 and everything is still looking bright and shiny. You won’t miss it as you drive along Route 39, the hotel is a big property (with plenty of parking) right next to Schrock’s Heritage Village.
Stepping in to the hotel, we were blown away. The 20 foot high atrium lobby is incredibly spacious and bathed in natural sunlight.
The breakfast dining room is on the left and a lounge is on the right with modern rustic furniture and fireplace seating. We helped ourselves to the cookies at the door before heading to the check-in desk!
The check-in process was smooth and fast. We headed up to our room on the 7th floor and we were again very pleased when we opened the door. The room was quite big and all the furniture was modern and functional.
Unfortunately we only had a view of the parking lot. I’m sure the rooms at the back of the hotel have wonderful views of the countryside so that could be something worth requesting.
We relaxed in the room for awhile before heading downstairs to the Amish Country Theater. It’s attached to the hotel so we were really happy not to have to get back in the car.
It’s a pity that there’s no hotel restaurant but you can pre-book an Amish Buffet meal before the show – this is a great chance to try some old-fashioned Amish home cooking.
The Amish Country Theater performs 2 different variety shows. We saw ‘Seize The Hay’ which featured sketches and songs from a cast of characters that we came to know and love.
The standout for me was Ken the ventriloquist – I’d never seen one live before and he was amazing!
The show is geared towards a senior audience, though there were quite a few families in the crowd so you can expect a night of good old-fashioned, clean fun.
After the show, it only took us a few minutes to head back up to our room to change and then down again to the hotel pool. I wish the water was a little warmer but it was a relaxing way to end a busy day.
The showers in our bathroom were large with excellent water pressure. The only quirk in the room overall was that our bathroom door wouldn’t stay open, which seems petty to mention but it really bugged us!
The next morning we woke up feeling very refreshed. Erik and I both slept so well in the king beds. The mattress and high quality bedding was extremely comfortable.
We headed downstairs for the buffet breakfast, included in the stay. There were lots of choices from eggs and bacon to biscuits and gravy. I most enjoyed the waffles, fresh orange juice and coffee.
For a new hotel we were disappointed in seeing the use of plastic cutlery and foam plates but hopefully this can be phased out in the near future.
The check-out process was very straight-forward and before too soon we were on with our next stop. If you love all things modern and luxurious, Berlin Encore Hotel is the choice for you in Ohio Amish Country.
The Historic – Hotel Millersburg
On our second night in Amish Country Ohio we stayed at Hotel Millersburg. It has an excellent location on the main street, surrounded by antique stores and local pubs. There was plenty of parking behind the hotel.
Hotel Millersburg first opened in 1847, making it one of the oldest hotels in Ohio. Originally it was a stagecoach inn with no electricity, running water or paved streets in the early days.
Much progress was made by the turn of the century, in time to welcome President Grover Cleveland. He was a guest here in 1900 and in the entrance hallway, we saw a copy of the registration log with his signature.
Throughout the hotel there were many historic photos and beautiful large quilts on the walls. After all, Millersburg is in Holmes County which is known as the heart of quilt country.
The parlor room on the 1stfloor was absolutely gorgeous, with a fireplace chandeliers & Victorian furnishings. We could’ve easily whiled away the hours there watching the world go by through the front window.
Our room was a mix of Victorian and country-style décor. The many small antique frames on the walls matched well with the floral design of the bedding & wallpaper.
The room was of a good size, as was the bathroom though the water pressure in the shower could’ve been stronger. I imagine the plumbing is not as easy to manage in such an old building.
We had dinner in The Tavern on the ground floor where we were very happy to find that Wednesday night was wings night. You can never go wrong with 50 cent wings, with a choice of sauce and celery! And if you choose boneless, it’s only 40 cents a wing!
The house specialty is Mushroom Chicken, flambéed in sherry and a parmesan cream sauce. It sounded really good but as we were already getting wings, we decided to mix it up with the Coconut Shrimp.
The next morning we also ate breakfast at The Tavern. Many guests ordered the ‘Be Our Guest Breakfast’ which was a huge plate stacked with meat, hash browns, pancakes, toast and 5 eggs! We weren’t that hungry so Erik & I both ordered the French Toast with bacon.
Hotel Millersburg is obviously an older property but it’s been well renovated, in keeping with its historic roots. With wifi, cable and the standard bathroom amenities, there was nothing that we found lacking.
The Tavern does simple comfort food well, for great value and with friendly service. Nostalgic and charming, Hotel Millersburg is the choice for you if want to follow in the footsteps of history and President Grover Cleveland.
The Country Retreat – Inn at Amish Door
Our last night in Amish Country Ohio was spent at the Inn at Amish Door, in the quiet village of Wilmot. In the pouring rain, we appreciated being able to pull up and get our bags out at the front carport.
Stepping inside, we were impressed by the huge staircase at the entrance. As we waited to check, in we relaxed in the lobby lounge. The period furnishings and fireplace really set the atmosphere for our stay.
Our room on the 2nd floor was incredibly spacious. The décor was quite plain but I loved the patchwork bed spread and wooden frame on our comfy king size bed.
The big screen TV had plenty of cable channels to flick through too. The ensuite bathroom was also very large but could do with an upgrade.
After settling ourselves in the room, we had dinner at the Amish Door Restaurant. It’s in a barn-style building, separate from the hotel and it was busy with families and groups.
Erik ordered the Sampler Platter which included broasted chicken, roast beef, ham and mashed potatoes. The plate was overflowing but the meats were seemed like they had been sitting out for some time.
My salmon fillet dish was also a bit dry, though I admit it wasn’t the best choice in Amish Country. We dined towards the end of their dinner service so for the freshest food, we recommend eating in for lunch or an early dinner.
The Inn at Amish Door has a swimming pool, which we couldn’t resist testing out, 30 minutes after eating of course! The water was a little chilly for me so I was thrilled to spot a small hot tub in the corner. Bliss!
We got chatting with another family who raved about the homemade pies at the onsite bakery. There’s not enough time to eat everything in Amish Country but it sounded like the bakery is not to be missed.
We slept very well through the night, before waking up for breakfast in the dining room at the top of the staircase. The room is surrounded by large windows, letting in plenty of natural sunlight.
There’s also an outside deck with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. If it’s a sunny morning, it’s the perfect spot to start the day with a coffee. The continental breakfast also had a good range of choices including waffles, bagels and cereal.
If you’re looking for a picturesque country retreat, the Inn at Amish Door is the perfect destination. It’s grand and elegant yet warm and homey at the same time.
So there are 3 Amish Country Ohio hotels for you to choose from. No matter where you decide to stay, you’re bound to have a memorable stay in this fascinating region of America.
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We visited Amish Country Ohio as guests of the Holmes County Tourism Bureau. Thanks to Kurt for arranging our stay.
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