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Top 30 Things to do in Amish Country Ohio

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There are plenty of things to do in Amish Country, Ohio which is the largest Amish community in the world. Ohio Amish Country is full of Amish food, Amish made furniture, and Amish houses. Come explore with us!

When we visited Amish Country, OH as guests of the Holmes County Tourism Bureau, we were surprised at how much the Amish were integrated into their communities.

Instead of being gawked at like in Lancaster, PA they were working and shopping at modern businesses.

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Amish Buggy in Ohio Amish Country

The main things to do in Ohio Amish Country are to sample Amish food, peruse handmade items from clothing to furniture, learn about the Amish culture, and observe a simpler way of life.

The main Amish communities in Ohio are:

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Things to do in Berlin, Ohio

There are lots of things to do in Berlin, Ohio so get ready to start popping in and out of your car as you stop at all the Berlin, Ohio attractions.

For ease, we are also going to include things to do near Berlin, Ohio. Take a look at what’s on offer.

Heini’s Cheese Chalet

If you want the widest selection of cheese with virtually unlimited samples, then head to Heini’s Cheese Chalet NOW! Most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays you can witness the Bunker Hill Cheese being made through observation windows.

Heini's Cheese Chalet Cheese Making Process
From your vats to my mouth.

The cheese making processes that can be witnessed include pasteurization, adding the starter cultures and rennet to form curds, heating and draining the whey, and then placing curds into pressed blocks. Tours typically run between 9 am to 3:30 pm, and elaborate on the process.

Although it is interesting to see several steps of the cheese making process, the highlight for all is sampling the countless varieties of cheese that is available for purchase.

I would estimate there are at least 40 different flavors to taste along with a dozen cream cheeses and fudge. The other side of the store also has jams, mustards, and other sauces to end on a more savory note.

Heini's Cheese Chalet Bunker Hill Cheese Samples
Cheese sample #26 and going strong!

With so many items to try, make sure you sample hygienically. The proper way is to remove the sample from the toothpick with your fingers and place it into your mouth instead of feeding yourself directly from the toothpick.

  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 6005 County Road 77; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Website: Heini’s Cheese Chalet

Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center

The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center provides a complimentary informative video on Anabaptists and the differences between Amish and Mennonite.

One of the main reasons to visit is the Behalt Cyclorama that depicts the Amish and Mennonite heritage on a 10’ by 265’ round mural.

They also offer a tour of a Pioneer Barn and One Room School House, but we chose to visit Yoder’s Amish Home instead since they were very similar in content. You can also quickly see both outside for free.

Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center One Room School House
  • Cost: Informative Video – Free; Behalt Cyclorama or Pioneer Barn and One Room School House – $8.75 (both for $12.50)
  • Address: 5798 County Road 77; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 Minutes to 2 Hours
  • Website: Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center

Berlin Farmstead Restaurant

The Berlin Farmstead Restaurant is a popular and excellent Amish buffet that is impossible to leave hungry. While visiting the Amish in Ohio make sure you try their delicious comfort food – it definitely inspired us to try to learn some Amish recipes.

This includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and stuffing with gravy, fresh homemade bread, and a variety of other food staples. The Amish food buffet also has healthy choices with a range of salad ingredients and deserts if you managed to save room.

Berlin Farmstead Restaurant

Although commonplace, Berlin Farmstead whipped up extremely tasty mashed potatoes and gravy.

We also got to try Church Spread, which is a sweeter and creamier version of peanut butter that the Amish like to spread on bread and ice cream. In the same genre is Peanut Butter Cream Pie that subdues the peanut butter to a manageable level to enjoy in a pie.

  • Cost: Varies, $12.99 for Amish Buffet
  • Address: 4757 Township Road 366; Berlin, OH 44610
  • Hours: 7 am – 8 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 1 -2 Hours
  • Website: Berlin Farmstead Restaurant

Holmes County Flea Market

Even though we came across the Amish flea market multiple times while researching things to do in Amish Country, Ohio it was rather lackluster when we visited.

Most of the building space was dedicated to new items, while only a small section in the Amish Country flea market featured antiques that we expected to find.

You can still find some interesting and kitschy Amish items (like handmade crates) for souvenirs and decorations at the Berlin, Ohio flea market.

Holmes County Flea Market Berlin Ohio
  • Cost: Free, $1 for Parking
  • Address: 4550 State Route 39; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Thursday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 – 60 Minutes
  • Website: Holmes County Flea Market

Schrock’s Heritage Village

Schrock’s Heritage Village has something for everyone. Simply park the car and let the passengers shop until they drop.

Visitors can choose from the Berlin Antique Market, Berlin Craft Mall, Berlin Leather & Show, Olde World Bistro, a Candle Factory, and several other stores.

Schrock's Heritage Village Berlin Ohio
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4363 State Route 39; Berlin, OH 44610
  • Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Website: Schrock’s Heritage Village

Amish Country Theater

If you are looking for family friendly fun, consider one of the shows at the Amish Country Theater. We attended the Seize the Hay variety show held on Tuesday and Thursday, but there is also When Pigs Fly Thursdays and Saturdays.

Both feature musical parodies similar to Weird Al Yankovic’s Amish Paradise, impressive ventriloquist acts, and humorous sketches.

Although the show is tailored to an older audience with religious and patriotic messages, there were several skits that had me clapping along and laughing out loud.

Amish Country Theater Berlin Ohio

In addition to variety acts, the Amish Country Theater schedule also includes special performances from tribute bands. Guests staying at the connected Berlin Encore Hotel & Suites receive a discount on admission.

  • Cost: $24.95
  • Address: 4365 State Route 39; Berlin, OH 44610
  • Hours: Varies but typically 2 pm and/or 7 pm
  • Duration: 2 – 3 Hours
  • Website: Amish Country Theater

Tis the Season Store

Ohio’s largest year round Christmas store is located in Millersburg. Whether you are celebrating Christmas in July or preparing for the actual holiday, there is a good chance you will find decorations to add to your collection at the Tis the Season store.

Even if you are not in the market for Christmas paraphernalia, you can enjoy walking around and admiring the traditional and unique collections.

The center of the two story building creates a small village, including Alleluia Chapel, with themed rooms circling the perimeter on both floors. The lower level is where you will find a wide assortment of artificial trees.

Tis the Season Store Berlin Ohio Year Round Christmas Shop
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4363 State  Route 39; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 10 am to 5 pm Mon-Thurs; 9 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Website: Tis the Season Store

Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery

Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery broke up typical Amish attractions of food and furniture with a petting zoo despite having a small store with samples inside.

There was a wide assortment of farm animals to pet and hold inside. The most astonishing was the massive Hershey’s King Buck horse.

Hershberger's Farm and Bakery Hershey's King Buck Horse and Pony
The biggest horse and smallest pony on the Herberger’s Farm.

Kids, and adults too, could ride ponies, horses, and go for a buggy ride when they finished the petting zoo. There were a few snacks for purchase such as kettle corn.

Although across the street and not technically part of Hershberger Farm, we enjoyed seeing the colorful Amish clothing hung out to dry, and the red barn was a great backdrop for any Amish horse and buggy passing by.

Amish Clothing Drying in Ohio Amish Country
Talk about airing out your dirty laundry!
  • Cost: Petting Zoo – $3; Pony, Horse, and Buggy Rides – $4 – $7
  • Address: 5452 State Route 557; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 1 Hour

Things to do in Millersburg, Ohio

Millersburg is one of the largest towns in Ohio Amish Country. Although not officially on our list of things to do in Millersburg, Ohio, walking around downtown allows you to window shop and stop by the following attractions below.

You can also visit Holmes Country Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau to help plan your visit to the region.

Downtown Millersburg Ohio

Colonial Homestead Antiques

Nestled in downtown Millersburg, Ohio is Colonial Homestead Antiques. THIS is where you come to find handheld woodworking tools.

They have chisels, hand planes, drills, and axes in all shapes and sizes. It is interesting to see all the options required to make quality handcrafted wood items.

Lehman's Hardware Store Soda Collection
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 138 West Jackson Street; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 Minutes

Millersburg Brewing Company

Since most things close by 5 pm in Ohio Amish Country, consider stopping by Millersburg Brewing Company to sample up to 20 draft beers. Although you can get 3 oz sampler portions, full pints are better value.

We were surprised they didn’t have easy to order flights set up upon our visit.

Millersburg Brewing Company 20 Draft Beers

We still needed to grab dinner so we only tried the French Ridge IPA at The Tavern at Hotel Millersburg. Oddly, it was cheaper there than at the Millersburg Brewery.

  • Cost: Varies
  • Address: 60 East Jackson Street; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: Until 6 pm Sunday, 9 pm Tuesday thru Thursday, and Midnight Friday and Saturday
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Website: Millersburg Brewing Company

The Victorian House Museum

The Holmes County Historical Society has done such a great job restoring The Victorian House Museum that it has recently been featured on HGTV and in Victorian Homes magazine.

What they don’t advertise is that there has also been paranormal activity within the walls. For these details you will have to ask the friendly volunteer staff for some of their experiences and collective stories.

The Victorian House Museum Millersburg Ohio

One of the most impressive aspects to the house is the intricately carved woodwork on the main staircase.

This is on display immediately after passing through the Amish entry with a 4’ wide front door that allowed caskets to pass through for traditional Amish funerals held within the house.

Compared to the Frick Pittsburgh’s Clayton House, it was nice to take a self-guided tour of the Victorian House Museum to explore at our own pace.

The first floor retained décor for the original function, while the basement and some of the bedrooms upstairs were converted for smaller exhibits. Don’t miss the third floor, which features the largest single room in the house!

  • Cost: $10
  • Address: 484 Wooster Road; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: March thru October 1 pm – 4 pm Tuesday thru Sunday
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Website: The Victorian House Museum

Things to do in Kidron, Ohio

Kidron is a great place to observe the Amish lifestyle, and acts as the hub for the strictest Amish sect. For this reason, there is a cluster of things to do in Kidron, Ohio.

Try to time your visit with a Thursday to visit all the attractions below:

Kidron Auction

Try to time your visit to Amish Country, Ohio to coincide with the weekly Thursday Kidron Auction. The hay auction starts shortly after 10 am in the parking lot behind the main building before moving inside for the Kidron livestock auction at 11 am.

Expect to start with dairy cattle before moving on to pigs, goats and sheep in the afternoon.

Kidron Auction Hay

It is interesting to learn the nuances of hay standards, and priorities of dairy cattle such as “utter good”. Plus it is just good ol’ fun listening to the ramblings of an auctioneer.

The bidding tells were so subtle that I was afraid to move during any auction. Many bidders at the Kidron auction signaled they were still interested with a slight finger raise or ever so gentle nod.

Kidron Livestock Auction

Kidron is the heart of Swartentruber Amish, the strictest sect, so you will be sure to see a multitude of Amish horse and buggies as well as families in traditional clothing.

Although it may be tempting, please refrain from becoming paparazzi and putting cameras in people’s faces. We typically waited for families to turn around or used our zoom lens to minimize our intrusion.

Amish Livestock Horse Drawn Cart
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4885 Kidron Road; Kidron, OH 44636
  • Hours: Thursday at 10 am
  • Duration: 2 – 3 Hours
  • Website: Kidron Auction

Observing Amish Way of Life

I’m sure I’m going to receive flak, but one of the main reasons we visited Amish communities in Ohio was to observe their way of life.

I still find it amazing that Holmes County Amish can maintain their lifestyle without being physically isolated.

Holmes County Ohio Amish Farm

Compared to Lancaster, PA Amish, the Amish area in Ohio is well integrated. You will find Amish members working and shopping at modern businesses throughout the region.

Try to take some back roads to discover farms being plowed by horse, and around Kidron for the best place to see an Amish buggy. Many businesses have dedicated spaces for horse drawn carriages with a pole to tie horses to.

  • Cost: Free
  • Address: Explore back roads around Kidron
  • Hours: Dawn to Dusk
  • Duration: 1 Hour

Lehman’s Hardware Store

Check out Lehman’s Hardware Store if the Amish have inspired you to start living a simpler life. They sell

You don’t have to go completely off-the-grid to find things in the store useful, and there are demonstrations on weekends to help get you started.

Lehman's Hardware Store Live a Simpler Life Demonstration

We enjoyed walking around and admiring the building’s architecture and antiques.

One of the highlights was a collection of wood carving dioramas by Paul Weaver. You have to see them in person to appreciate the hard work that went into carving the 3D scenes.

Lehman's Hardware Store Paul Weaver Wood Carving Diorama

While walking around, we stopped for a quick bite at the cafeteria and grabbed the tasty pulled pork sandwich special.

Just 100’ away is soda pop heaven with what has to be the most comprehensive collection of flavors in the world.

Lehman's Hardware Store Soda Collection
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4779 Kidron Road; Kidron, OH 44618
  • Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 – 60 Minutes
  • Website: Lehman’s Hardware Store

Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center Museum

Located between the Kidron Auction and Lehman’s Hardware Store is the free Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center Museum.

The museum isn’t a must see, but you can see some antiques on display and a recreated residence.

Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center Museum

Amish Buggy Dealership

You can closely examine Amish buggies without invading anyone’s personal space at what must be an Amish horse and buggy dealership.

There were several dozen stored on a lot between Homestead Furniture and Heini’s Cheese Chalet. Sorry, but they all come in black.

Amish Buggy Dealership
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4710 Township Road 628; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: Dawn to Dusk
  • Duration: 15 Minutes

Things to do in Walnut Creek, Ohio

There are a handful of things to do if you are wondering what to do in Walnut Creek, Ohio. Most of the better items involve grabbing a snack that will keep you going between meals.

Here are the top things to do in Walnut Creek, Ohio.

Coblentz Chocolate Company

If the hearty Amish food leaves you craving something sweet, head to Coblentz Chocolate for your fix. They do not make chocolate itself, which leaves them able to buy the best ingredients on the market for crafting delicious chocolate candies.

Grab the free sample before watching the staff create Coblentz chocolates from the observation window, which still involves many hands-on activities. Take a look at the adjacent wall for a quick rundown on the chocolate making process and the company history.

Making Coblentz Chocolates Berlin Ohio

In the storefront you can hand-pick your selection of bite size chocolate pieces, or buy the mixed gift boxes. Each style typically comes in milk or dark chocolate, which made both Sheena and I happy since our tastes differ.

We both enjoyed the sea salt caramel chocolate and buckeyes that are an Ohio favorite. Those looking for a healthier option can choose from a wide assortment of sugar free candy that is surprisingly tasty, yet different.

Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center Museum
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4917 Walnut Street; Walnut Creek, OH 44687
  • Hours: 9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Saturday, Chocolate production ends at 3:30 pm
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Website: Coblentz Chocolate Company

Stutzman’s Crossing Covered Bridge

Stutzman’s Crossing Covered Bridge is visible from the Walnut Creek Cheese parking lot, but you are better off driving around the field to gain access to the bridge itself.

This is the first covered bridge I have seen that also has a covered pedestrian walkway.

Stutzman's Crossing Covered Bridge Walnut Creek Ohio

Walnut Creek Cheese

Although we visited Walnut Creek Cheese with the intention of trying to find our new favorite cheese, it appeared they only stocked commercial products in the supermarket. We should have known better when their slogan was, “more than ‘just cheese’”.

What we did sample was Uncle Mike’s Beef Jerky instead. Sheena had always told me she did not like beef jerky, but quickly changed her tune when the four samples I requested had portions for both of us.

Walnut Creek Cheese Uncle Mike's Beef Jerky

Our favorite was the Black Pepper flavor after trying several other spicy variations. I’m not sure who has polished off more of the 14.5 oz bag that was on special, but it won’t last much longer.

Things to do Near Walnut Creek, Ohio

When visiting Holmes County, Ohio Amish make sure you add Yoder’s Amish Home to your list of things to do near Walnut Creek, Ohio.

This was a highlight that left us more informed about the Amish culture and a great place to start your exploration of the region.

Yoder’s Amish Home

Yoder’s Amish Home is one of the top things to do in Amish Country, Ohio. Not only can you learn about Amish culture, but you can also take an Amish buggy ride too! The best value is when you combine all the Amish attractions into a package tour.

Yoder's Amish Home Amish Buggy Ride

The most interesting is the Amish House and Barn Tour. You start off visiting the barn where all the livestock are kept, which happened to include many newborns during our visit.

You then move on to the two Amish houses where you see how they are furnished and decorated including traditional Amish clothes. Our tour guide was happy to answer any questions we had about Amish myths and culture during the tour.

Yoder's Amish Home Amish Clothing

After the buggy ride you head over to the recreated schoolhouse to learn about the Amish educational system.

Similar to small communities throughout the United States, students from all grades were educated in the same room. In addition to the standard curriculum, religious studies replaced science.

If you’re interested in some background reading before visiting the region My People, The Amish has excellent reviews. This true story is said to provide a detailed picture of picture of life behind the bonnets and buggies.

Yoder's Amish Home Schoolhouse
  • Cost: Package Tour – $13, Amish House and Barn Tour – $8.25, Amish Buggy Ride – $4.75, School Tour – $4.25
  • Address: 6050 State Route 515; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Websites: Yoder’s Amish Home

Things to do in Sugarcreek, Ohio

Sugarcreek is known as the Little Switzerland of Ohio, but most tourists won’t know what to do in Sugarcreek, Ohio to celebrate the Swiss heritage. A good starting point is Alpine Hills Museum, which doubles as the visitor center.

Here are the top three things to do in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Alpine Hills Museum

The Alpine Hills Museum caught our eye while we were waiting for the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock to start playing. In typical Little Switzerland of Ohio fashion, the museum’s façade incorporated Swiss architectural elements.

The Swiss theme continued inside with several alpine horns on display. The basement contained several antique carriages and a fire engine cart with buckets of water dangling from the frame supporting the ladders piled on top.

The highlight of Alpine Hills Museum were the period recreations. When you pushed the button to activate the scene, a narrator would provide details about the illuminated section of the room. It was like having your own private guide.

Alpine Hills Museum Sugarcreek Ohio
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 106 West Main Street; Sugarcreek, OH 44681
  • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 – 60 Minutes
  • Website: Alpine Hills Museum

World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock

There was a crowd gathered around the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock when we visited for the noon performance of a couple dancing to polka played by a band. Every half hour the figurines come to life to entertain visitors in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

The largest cuckoo clock stands 24’ tall, and blends in well with the town nicknamed Little Switzerland of Ohio. Don’t miss the Alpine Hills Museum across the street.

World's Largest Cuckoo Clock Sugarcreek Ohio
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 100 North Broadway Street; Sugarcreek, OH 44681
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Hours: Every Half Hour

Brick Wall Sculpture

Across the street from the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock is a Brick Wall Sculpture depicting the history of Sugarcreek and surrounding Amish towns in Ohio. Take a quick look to find out what made the cut, and what got chiseled away.

  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 101 North Broadway Street; Sugarcreek, OH 44681
  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Things to do Near Sugarcreek, Ohio

A lot of the Amish Country, Ohio attractions are spread around towns. On the list of things to do near Sugarcreek, Ohio is David Warther Carvings.

David Warther Carvings

There are over 80 carved ivory sailing ships on display at David Warther Carvings in Amish Country, Ohio. He uses pre-ban ivory from elephants to create ship hulls, and then crafts ivory rigging from excess pieces.

Depending on if David Warther is working during your visit, you may get to observe him carving his latest scaled creation from authentic blueprints.

We actually got a quick lesson by the artist himself on the techniques he uses to create the intricate rigging pieces, and scrimshaw process for adding colored details.

David Warther Carvings Ivory Sailing Ship Mayflower

The guided tour takes you through the evolution of sailing boats from ancient Egyptian vessels to more modern ones.

It is amazing how much detail that goes into each ship carving, which can be closely examined with magnifying glasses on most rotating pieces.

  • Cost: $10
  • Address: 1775 State Route 39; Sugarcreek, OH 44681
  • Hours: April thru October from 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday thru Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm Monday
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Website: David Warther Carvings

Things to do in Charm, Ohio

There are some unique things to do in Charm, Ohio. This ranges from the birthplace of Baby Swiss Cheese to the widest selection of exotic lumber around. Here are the best places to visit nearby.

Keim Lumber Company

Anyone looking for lumber and unique wood species in Ohio Amish Country heads to Keim’s Lumber. They have over 80 exotic wood varieties to choose from, and a couple dozen natural edge slabs for creating tables or mantles.

The most interesting piece was a 513 year old Bubinga slab with world events listed along the life cycle of the tree starting with Christopher Columbus discovering America.

Keim Lumber Company Bubinga Slab Exotic Wood Varieties
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4465 State Route 557; Charm, OH 44617
  • Hours: 7 am – 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am – 12 pm Saturday
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Website: Keim Lumber Company

Miller’s Dry Goods

You will be hard-pressed not to find the fabric or accessories for your next creation at Miller’s Dry Goods. They stock a variety of fabric materials in basic and more unique designs.

Although we don’t partake in this hobby it was still interesting to see all the options that the Amish have at their disposal for making Amish Country quilts and Amish clothing.

Miller's Dry Goods Charm Ohio
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 4500 State Route 557; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Monday thru Friday, 8 am – 3 pm Saturday
  • Duration: 15 Minutes
  • Website: Miller’s Dry Goods

Guggisberg Cheese Factory

Guggisberg is the home of the original Baby Swiss cheese, which was created for the unrefined American palate during westward expansion. The creamy taste differentiates it from traditional Swiss cheese.

If you are not a fan of Swiss cheese like us, there are plenty of other cheeses on offer within the store. Witness the cheese making process from 8 am – 12 pm Monday thru Friday.

Guggisberg Cheese Factory Birthplace of Baby Swiss Cheese
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 5060 State Route 557; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 8 am – 6 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Website: Guggisberg Cheese Factory

Chalet in the Valley Restaurant

One of the best restaurants we ate at was Chalet in the Valley, whose menu is heavily influenced with cheese dishes. The most intriguing was the cheese fondue, which comes with a basket of bread bites for dipping.

There are also vegetables and fruits you can add to your order. Our waitress even knew to deliver our complimentary soft pretzel sticks with the fondue.

Chalet in the Valley Restaurant Cheese Fondue

The kitchen did a nice job with deep frying as well based on the sauerkraut balls we tried with a spicy mustard, and the weiner schnitzel appearance at the adjacent table. Somehow we also made room for pierogies on a bed of vegetables and a chicken quiche.

Even though we were gluttons at the end, we decided to take dessert to go too. Everything was very tasty so we didn’t know when to stop.

Chalet in the Valley Restaurant Charm Ohio
  • Cost: Varies
  • Address: 5060 State Route 557; Millersburg, OH 44654
  • Hours: 11 am – 8 pm Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm Sunday
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Website: Chalet in the Valley Restaurant

Things to do in Orrville, Ohio

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Orrville is the iconic popcorn brand Orville Redenbacher, but there is a different food conglomerate in Orrville, Ohio. Visiting Smucker’s Store is probably the only thing that makes it on your list of things to do.

Smucker’s Store

While you visit Amish Country, Ohio take time to stop by J. M. Smucker Company Store & Café to learn about the company’s history.

Although Smucker’s jelly is their most famous product, they have gone on to acquire many household brands during the 21st century. These include Jif peanut butter, and a variety of coffee and pet foods.

Inside the store, you can peruse the merchandise and purchase some of the different jam flavors you don’t see in stores. For a unique gift you can customize a Smucker’s jam jar with your picture. There are a handful of products available to sample as well in the Orville, Ohio Smucker’s store.

Smucker's Store Jams Orrville Ohio
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 333 Wadsworth Road; Orrville, OH 44667
  • Hours: 9 am – 5:30 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 – 60 Minutes
  • Website: Smucker’s Store

Things to do in Mt. Hope, Ohio

There aren’t many things to do in Mt. Hope, Ohio. However, you can check out the finest Amish furniture at Homestead Furniture.

Homestead Furniture

You will definitely find inspiration for your house at Homestead Furniture. It is one of the nicest furniture stores we have visited. The quality, originality, craftsmanship, and displays leave you wanting to move in.

The only catch is that most custom pieces have 5 digit price tags so we could only afford to look.

Homestead Furniture Amish Made Furniture
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 8233 State Route 241; Mount Hope, OH 44660
  • Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm Monday thru Saturday
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Website: Homestead Furniture

Where to Next?

3 Unique Amish Country Hotels

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.

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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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