Amish Country Day Trip
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With both my husband and I having the day off, we decided to leave Upper for the day. Our destination was the Amish Country in the Holmes County area of Ohio. This area is a step back in time with the Amish living the plain life - no electricity, cars, or modern conveniences. It is a favorite destination for many people and a nice trip that can be completed in one day.
Our first stop was in Loudenville, Ohio, at one of my favorite furniture stores - Amish Oak Furniture. Located on the main street in Loudenville, the store is known for high quality handcrafted furniture. Beautiful all wood tables, chairs, bedroom furniture, office desks and chairs, and entertainment centers are just a few of the items. I will soon write a review of the store and add it to my blog.
After an hour spent wandering through the many rooms of furniture, we headed on east in search of the many small towns that the Amish call home. Our next stop was just outside Charm, Ohio, at the Guggisberg Cheese Factory. This is a wonderful stop where you can watch the production of their famous Baby Swiss cheese. There is a cheese gift shop where we sampled and bought some of the famous Baby Swiss cheese that is unique to the company. Please read my review of the factory and gift shop! This is a must see stop while visiting the area!
We then traveled into Charm where we found a quaint little town known for Keim Lumber Company and a couple Amish style restaurants.
Finally passing several buggies, we came into Mt. Hope where we found the smaller of the two Lehman's hardware stores. We only had 10-15 minutes before closing, so it was a quick run through the store. Items of yesteryear for us but necessary for the Amish way of life were proudly displayed for sale. I found small measuring spoons for recipes that call for "smidgen, dash, and pinch," a game for my granddaughters that can't be found at Toys R Us remembered from my childhood - Uncle Wiggly, and parts for our lantern.
We also learned of the larger Lehman's store located in Kidron, Ohio. The store would be closed by the time we could get there, but decided to find out where it was for future trips. We would need to go another 9 miles along a county road. And guess what - we encountered more buggies along with children on bicycles and Amish people walking. We discovered many Amish shops located at their farms. Each specialized in something hand crafted such as furniture, harnesses, baked goods, and picnic tables.
Kidron, Ohio is another small Amish town. The stores in town have electricity and have items produced by the Amish. The grocery store displayed a sign for Amish baked goods. There were many antique stores and craft shops. Due to the late hour (after 5 pm), most were closed or closing shortly. Lehman's is an old fashioned retail store that occupies several buildings. If it is something your great-grandmother used, I'm sure you will find it at Lehman's. They feature non-electric merchandise. You can have lunch at the Cast Iron Cafe located inside Lehman's. Now I know we will be back! I have to visit this store!
As we were heading home, a bakery was open in Apple Creek, another one of those little Amish towns.
Just off highway 250, is the home to one of my favorite collectible pieces - The Cat's Meow. These small wooden pieces are shaped and painted to depict buildings, landmarks, trees, vehicles, etc. The pieces all have a black cat painted somewhere on the piece either sitting or laying. Most of my collection is of buildings we have visited and some are of places in my hometown, Upper Sandusky.
All this in one day! So much to see and so much to do, it really would be a great two or three day trip. I noticed many Bed and Breakfast places - many on working farms. There were also country inns and nearby chain hotels. There are many restuarants in the area serving family style dinners and rich desserts! Remember - if it is run by the Amish, places will be closed on Sunday and holidays. We are planning our next visit soon with lots to see and do! This was a wonderful day!