Simple Pleasures in Ohio's Amish Country

Posted September 29, 2009 by Jamie Moore


In these rolling hills, you'll be amazed how charming it is to live life—if only for a weekend—at a buggy's pace. Discover Amish pleasures that go easy on your budget: pumpkin whoopie pies, handmade quilts, and an overnight stay in a countryside barn.

Amish Door Village (Wilmot, Ohio): The Amish kitchen cooking is so good at this village's restaurant that USA Today recently ranked it among the "Top 25 Meals" of the year. The bakery is famous for whoopie pies and fry pies—the kind you see at Amish-run roadside stands. This fall, you can get pumpkin and cream cheese or chocolate whoopie pies, as well as cake sandwiches with an icing center. Fry pies come in 12 flavors. This deep-fried, glazed pie crust turnover is irresistible when filled with blackberries or Amish Door's homemade apple butter.

Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn (Millersburg, Ohio): Even if quilts aren't your style, don't miss this fascinating Amish tradition. See vibrant colors and intricate patterns on display, and listen as the ladies at Gramma Fannie's explain the stories stitched into the shop's handmade Amish quilts. The designs—double wedding ring, log cabin, pinwheel, Irish chain, and other patterns—have been passed from generation to generation. You might just find the perfect gift for your own grandma. Small wall hangings go for $45, and queen-size bed quilts run $600 to $1,000.

The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast (Millersburg, Ohio): There are plenty of cozy B&Bs in Amish Country, but The Barn Inn has a truly unforgettable down-home-on-the-farm feel. The big red barn is situated on pastureland near a creek in the tranquil Honey Run Valley. From your window you can hear the clip-clop of passing Amish horses and buggies or watch sheep graze below. Your stay ($99 to $219 per night) includes a farm kitchen breakfast with fresh local sausage, eggs, homemade bread, and other Barn Inn specialty dishes.

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