Things to Do in Holmes County, Ohio

Ohio’s Amish Country is FULL of amazing places to explore, visit, and eat. Everyone has been asking me questions about this Amish area in Ohio and I wanted to give you a quick reference of all my personal favorites! Happy Ohio Road Tripping!

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Here are Our Top 25 Things to do in Ohio’s Amish Country

1) Visit Behalt;  While this is a different kind of attraction in Holmes County… you’ll learn so much at the cyclorama mural, called Behalt.

In the book, Midwest Road Trip Adventures, I say, “Don’t explore this area until you know more about the people and their culture.” 

Behalt should be your first stop and you will be taken on a short 25-minute tour of anabaptist history with your Amish tour guide. Your guide will answer your questions and help you understand this simple lifestyle and the beautiful faith-filled people.

Their Mission:

  • To accurately inform visitors about the faith, culture, and lifestyle of the Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite peoples.
  • To extend a warm welcome and hospitality to guests among us.
  • To interpret the heritage of our people to both tourists and our own faith community.
  • To invite visitors to meet the Christ of our culture, His uniqueness, and claim upon our lives and customs.

5798 County Road 77
Millersburg, Ohio 44654

Hours: Monday-Saturday
April-October: 9AM-5PM
November – March 9:30AM-4:30PM
**Closed Sunday**

Visit their website; Amish Mennonite Heritage Center

#2 Visit Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery

Ok. I admit this is one of my favorite bakeries in Holmes County, Ohio. Every time I come to Amish Country the fry pies call me in…it just happens.

Ohio’s Amish country offers many unique experiences and moments; however, there is no other stop in Holmes County quite like Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery in Millersburg. You’ll find the farm situated right off State Route 557, one of Ohio’s most beautiful scenic by-ways.

Things you can do here:

  • Feed the animals in the petting zoo.
  • Take a buggy ride.
  • Grab a snack to eat outside and enjoy the scenery
  • Shop the antiques.
  • Buy some leather products
  • Stock up on Fry Pies and all the good stuff

5452 State Route 557

Millersburg, OH 44654

330-674-6096

You can read more about Hershberger’s Bakery and Farm here

#3 Guggisberg Cheese 🧀 HOME OF THE ORIGINAL BABY SWISS

When you roll up on this cheese factory in Charm, Ohio, you are taken to Switzerland with the design and aura of the place. Our family has always enjoyed the taste of the cheese here and it is a stop you should not miss.

Guggisberg Cheese is located at:

5060 State Route 557
Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Phone: (330) 893-2500

Visit Guggisberg Cheese website here

#4 Go Horseback riding at Amish Country Riding Stables

Who wouldn’t want to go horseback riding in the horse capital of Ohio?

Make a memory during your time here and take a guided horseback trail ride through some of the most beautiful countryside that Ohio’s Amish Country has to offer. You will see Holmes County in a whole different perspective while you relax in the saddle of one of their horses.

A few things to note:

  • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Cash only
  • 225# weight limit

5025 State Route 557
Millersburg, Ohio 44654

330-893-3600

Amish Country Riding Stables Website

#5 Keim Lumber … “everything thing you need to build a house and make it a home.”

We come here every time that we are in the area. While we don’t always need lumber or hardware, Keim offers more than just those things.

I am an avid bird feeder, and we can get some great deals on bird feed, shop for the grandkids in the toy section, or explore the beautiful huge complex. The master craftsmanship you see throughout the building is breathtakingly stunning.

Usually, my husband will get lost somewhere along the way, and I will head to the Carpenter’s Cafe to grab a snack while he is in handyman heaven. You will be surprised at what yummy homemade treats can be found in a store known for woodworking.

Keim Lumber Address:

4465 OH-557,
Charm, OH 44654

Official Keim Website

#6 Farm at Walnut Creek

“A visit to the Farm at Walnut Creek in Sugarcreek gives you a unique behind-the-scenes look at farm life in Amish country. This working farm allows you to take a wagon tour of the land that is worked by a local Amish family and interact with some of the animals. You will see first-hand how the Amish plow the fields and operate the farm without electricity.”

You can also step inside an Amish home to see demonstrations on things like canning and quilting. The Farm at Walnut Creek has more than 500 animals on the farm, including some exotic animals like zebras, camels, emus, and kangaroos. You will also see many native Ohio animals like deer and sheep.

Farm at Walnut Creek Address: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, Ohio

Check the website for hours because these vary based on the season.

Official Website Farm at Walnut Creek

#7 Heini’s Cheese Chalet

You can’t come to Amish country and not visit Heini’s Cheese! Ever since our kids were little, they have loved coming here and watched the cheese get made. It’s one of the unique cheese stops you will within Holmes County, and they are making up to 50,000 pounds of cheese a week.

Cheese Making Days:
  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Friday

Best times to see cheese making: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Call in advance to confirm because schedules are subject to change.

Pro-tip: Come hungry. Buy a chunk of cheese, and fresh crackers, then eat them on the picnic tables outside.

Heini’s Hours:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday – Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Heini’s Cheese location:

6005 County Road 77, Millersburg, Ohio 44654

(330) 893-2131

Heini’s Website

#8 Hillcrest Orchard

The apples here can not be beaten! Evercrisp, Jonagold, Red Delicious, and more await you when you come to this hillside orchard with stunning views from the back deck.

Merle Hershberger family, has 75 acres of orchard on which 22 varieties of apples and 12 varieties of peach are grown.

Open Mid-July through March

During the fall months, you’ll find large displays of fall decorations, free samples of their signature fresh, sweet apple cider and a look-out deck from which you can experience a million-dollar view of the gorgeous Mud Valley

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm

Closed Sunday.

Hillcrest Orchard Address: 2474 Township Rd 444, Sugarcreek, OH 44681

 (330) 893-9906

No website

#9 Leman’s Hardware Store … It’s Worth the Trip!

When planning your stop here, carve out at least 1-2 hours because you will want to explore every inch of this place! Lehman’s is known for homesteading and tools of yesteryear; however, you can find plenty of offerings that can be used in your everyday.

What you will find here:

  • Hardware
  • Health and wellness
  • Home Decor
  • Kitchen Tools (My favorite section)
  • Cast Iron
  • Kids section

Make sure you take time to see these special places inside the Kidron Store; The Museum of Light, featuring Aladdin Lamps, Cast Iron Cafe for a meal or snack, and the stunning hand-carved art room featuring the works of Paul Weaver.

“Lehman’s stands for a simpler life. Wherever you are on your journey to a simpler life, we can help you take the next steps.” Lehman’s Hardware Store

Looking for something to do in Amish Country? Check out the events page and book a class or seminar at Lemans … Official Events Tab

Lehman’s Store Flagship Location:  4779 Kidron Rd., Kidron, OH 44618

#10 MCC Thrift Store

MCC stands for Mennonite Central Committee and the work at these resale shops is to send money locally and globally to support relief, development, and peace. Their motto is “Where every purchase is a gift to the world.”

Usually, there are women here daily quilting and making things to send overseas. Visit with them and learn more about what drives these global thrift stores.

You can find all kinds of fun treasures in this shop.

MCC Thrift Store Kidron

4080 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618

#11 Wilderness Center

We love this hidden gem 💎  I am adding it to this list even though it is just outside the NE corner of Holmes County… it’s close enough!

“This 619-acre site has 10 miles of hiking trails with several connecting routes. On the trails, you can see old-growth forest, meadows, prairie, wetlands, Fox and Sugar Creeks, Wilderness Lake, and a pond. You can wander through nature for hours.” This is the truth too! We have spent countless hours here exploring the paths, viewing birds from inside the nature center, and shopping at their store.

If you love green spaces and the outdoors don’t miss this stop.

The Wilderness Center
9877 Alabama Ave.S.W.
Wilmot, Ohio 44689

330-359-5235

Official Wilderness Center Website

#12 Yoder’s Amish Home

If you went to Behalt you might be wondering what a day in the life of the Amish looks like! Yoder’s Amish Home is the answer to your burning questions. The local Amish guides will take you through a guided tour which takes about 30-40 minutes. They will be happy to answer your questions and share all they know.

After your tour explore the farm! Check out the barn built in 1885, see the farm, pet the animals, take a buggy ride, and enjoy the bakery. You can spend 2-3 hours here.

Seasonal dates and hours: check the official link for more up-to-date information.

6050 State Route 515, Millersburg, 44654

330-893-2541

Official Yoder’s Amish Farm Website

#13 Eat in an Amish Home and Take a Back Road Tour

Troyer’s Amish Tours is on my bucket list! I am adding it to my top 25 since it is on my list of things to do in Amish Country for this year. 

I look forward to 1.5-2 hour trip that will be guided by the owner Rich Troyer. He was raised here and knows all the in and outs of this quiet and rural community. I can’t wait to learn from a local.

Another amazing thing that this tour offers is that you can eat in a real Amish Home! There are lots of good places to eat here in Holmes County, but imagine being the personal guests of an Amish family with a home-cooked meal like no other set out before you in a home full of hospitality.

A few things to note about the in-home meals:

  • The Amish Meal and Tour combo package can be booked with a group minimum of 8 people. For a private combo tour, the minimum of 8 people fee must be met.
  • One week advance notice needed unless another availability is an option.

“Everyone’s got their reasons for visiting, so every tour I give is personalized to meet those reasons.” Rich Troyer, owner

Official Website Troyer’s Amish Tours

#13 Authentic Amish Bakery … Miller’s Bakery (even the locals call it authentic!)

While staying at The Cabin at Scenic Hills we learned about this bakery from our Air B and B hosts. They said, “It’s like it always has been and has not changed. Get some of the tarts they are the best!”

We went early in the morning before the crowds. The sun was cresting over the hills and the morning fag was just starting to burn off as we found the old sign at the bottom of the road and veered off. As we got out of the car we could start to smell the baked good but when we open the door our senses were assailed with the deliciousness.

Put this on your MUST visit bakery list!

4250 Township Hwy 356, Millersburg, OH 44654

 (330) 893-3002

#14 Go Camping in Amish Country 🏕

Everyone stays in cabins, cottages, and hotels but camping here in Amish Country can’t be beat. The quiet serenity of this small section of Ohio is pretty unique and enjoying the sounds of horses clip clipping by your campsite is the best.

Scenic Hills RV Park

Situated off the main route but close to everything. Self-contained units only. This RV park caters to the 30+ crowd.

Berlin RV Park

Located on the main route through Holmes County makes this campground great for location but a bit noisy for road traffic. (at this time of this writing we have not stayed here however we have driven through and checked it out. Very clean)

Amish Country Campsites

You will find these campsites in the North-East corner of the county and in one of the more quieter locations.

Evergreen RV Park

Extremely family-friendly, indoor pool, game room, and all the extras.

Whispering Hills Jellystone RV Park

30 minutes from the heart of Amish country but worth the drive. Great views of the surrounding countryside, pool, game room, huge store, and all the amenities for the family.

Timbercrest RV Park

Another off-the-beaten-path campground but offers everything you are looking for in camping. They have a shower house, laundry room, free wifi, playground, and nature trails. (at this time of this writing we have not stayed here, however we have driven through and it is very clean and well maintained)

#15 Eat with the Locals at Boyd and Wurthmann’s

Lovingly known as B and W’s this community staple has been around for as long as I can remember, since 1938 to be exact! The nostalgic feeling you get as you come through the doors is legit and they still have the counter with the green vinal stools ready for you.

  • Grab some homemade pie
  • Order a special
  • Use the Amish Peanut Butter

Pro-Tip: Go when they open for breakfast to beat the crowd and do an early dinner so you don’t have to wait in the long line that goes out the door and down the sidewalk during peak dining hours.

Check the website for hours they change with the seasons!
4819 East Main Street, Berlin, OH 44610

330-893-4000

Official Boyd and Wurthmann website

#16 Spend the day at Shrock’s Heritage Village

If you are short on time in Amish Country, make sure to put this stop at the top of your list. You will find everything you want to experience in the area located in this complex!

What you will see here is the Berlin Antique and Craft Malls, Leather and Shoe, Berlin Pets, and Streb’s General Store all within walking distance of one another. If you want a snack or a place to eat Olde World Bistro is right on the property as well.

Just down the hill past the craft mall, you will come to The Amish Country Theater! This side-splitting variety act will have you rolling on the floor. Believe me, if you know anything about this area you KNOW there is nothing to do after 5 pm…this theater will have your evening covered.  Check out the promotional video to see what I mean YouTube Video Link

If you have not found a place to stay they have you covered too! Shrock’s Guest House is perfect for a secluded family getaway or the Berlin Encore Hotel and Suites.

Last but certainly not least is Tis’ the Season, Ohio’s largest and best year around Christmas Store! When I need a little Christmas in July, this is where I come.

 
Shrock’s Heritage Village location:
4363 State Route 39
Berlin, OH 44610
 
Shrock’s Heritage Village  Official website
 

#17 Mel’s Amish Buggy Ride …  Ride in a Real Amish Buggy!’

Located in the heart of Berlin, Ohio, you’ll find Mel’s Amish Buggy Rides. He doesn’t have a building or anything special like that. You give him a call, and he will meet you to give you a ride through the town of Berlin.

If you’re looking for a buggy ride on a farm or out in the country, you can check out Hershberger’s Farm or Yoder’s Amish Home.

Mel doesn’t have a website…He is Amish. You just call and set up your ride.

(330) 275-7896

#18 Ashery Country Store

You can find other Amish-style grocery stores throughout the countryside but the Ashery Country Store is one of my favorites. While it has grown since I was a little girl they have kept its simple charm.

You will find bulk foods, deli meats, cheese & more – fresh to your kitchen at this store in the middle of the county. It’s fun to shop and explore to decide what you want to take home and use!

Read more about their story and how they got their name here. Ashery Story

8922 SR 241
Fredericksburg, OH 44627
330.359.5615

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Official Ashery Website

#19 Housewares 77 … A true Amish Country Store

Since my kids were little, they have wanted to stop here to get a kitschy little toy from this unique Amish store. Like most Amish stores, it is plain and simple, yet inside you find all kinds of neat little things for your home and family.

Looking for a family game to play after 5 pm at your cabin? Grab Dutch Blitz here for a rowdy time of fun. How about that small needed kitchen item? They have all kinds of unique finds.

For me, I just love walking in and hearing the sound of the gas lights, the open hospitality, and the enjoyment I find browsing the things that these simple people use every day.

Housewares 77 address: 6346 Co Rd 77, Millersburg, OH 44654

#20 Eat ALL the ice cream!

You can find some wonderful ice cream places in Ohio’s Amish Country! We have a few stops that we try to go to as often as possible.

Located inside of the Walnut Creek Cheese at the flagship store in Walnut Creek, you will find this full-service eatery serving brunch, lunch, desserts, ice cream, and more!
Pro-Tip: Try the haystack meal if you want a meal with your ice cream! 
Located in the heart of Berlin, this delicious stop will have you buying everything and ice cream too! Parking can sometimes be a challenge here, so try to find a spot BEHIND the building.
4799 E Main St, Millersburg, OH 44654
We love this family-owned and operated stop in Millersburg or Dover. Please read about how they started! It’s a “sweet” story.
This one is near one of our favorite places to camp, so we have eaten plenty of ice cream here!
5201 County Road 77
Millersburg, OH 44654

#21 Experience The Der Dutchman at Walnut Creek and Carlise Inn

While many places can draw you, let this stop make your shortlist.

We really really enjoy the buffet at “The Der” and have been coming here…forever.

Funny story; My mom has a picture of me about 12 years old standing by a horse and buggy with my arms crossed and my little brother sticking out his tongue…even with “family moments” like that this location is one of my favorites.

The Carlise Inn is one of the most scenic places to stay. On the one side of the hotel, your balcony faces the road where you have views of the Amish in the mornings and evenings and on the valley side you get the lovely sights of the countryside. Your choice!

Pro-Tip: **Best scenic view of Holmes County is from the Der Dutchman parking lot**

Official site of the Der Dutchman

#22 Mohican State Park and Loudonville

On the west side of Holmes County, you will find Mohican State Park, one of Ohio’s premier state parks, and the historic town of Loudonville.  If you want to do some hiking or canoeing, this stop is for YOU. Many people call this area the canoeing capital of Ohio. We would have to agree with that.

If your the outdoor adventure seeker, check out this area on one of your days in Amish Country.

#23 Best Places to Eat in Amish Country

Why do many people come to Amish Country? TO EAT! Can I get a yes and amen to that!!! I come here to eat too. I look forward to biting into that crunchy chicken or that tasty pie. Mmmm Hmmm! Here are a few of our favorite places to eat.

Mrs. Yoder’s

  • Best chicken in Holmes County!

Rebecca’s Bistro

  • I’m selfish and didn’t want to write about this place because it is so dang good, and I don’t want it to be any busier than it already is. HOWEVER, I am sharing, and it is worth the wait.
  • Best sandwiches and Jamcain Me Crazy coffee is so good

Amish Door

  • Real mashed potatoes and homemade bread are the best!

Chalet in the Valley (Closed for the 2021 season)

  • I have been to Switzerland, and this stop is authentic food from the area. We always share a fondue!

Charm Family Restaurant

  • It has been a minute since we have eaten here, but we had some fantastic pie the last time we went.

Tarragon

  • Fine dining in Holmes County! It was pricy but OH SO WORTH IT! I can’t wait to go back sometime in the future. <3 #re-bucketlisted

#23 Winesburg Meats

If you don’t know about it you can’t go…after this blog post, you now know about Winesburg Meats. We stumbled into this little shop years ago while camping at Amish Country Campsites. Our reason for stopping was because we wanted something to grill at the campsite, but we found so much more.

Family-owned and operated business since 1959.   We have been making quality products ever since. The equipment and technology may have changed over our three generations but many of the recipes are still very close to our founder’s originals. Still no artificial preservatives, soy, gluten-free, or fillers, and all that other junk that is in most other products out there on the marketplace.

Our family likes the no-fillers all-beef hot dogs. When you bite into these hot dogs the casing crunches, the deliciousness bursts through, and your mouth comes alive with happiness. Another gleason favorite is the beef jerky…YUM!

Pro-Tip: When you come to Holmes County bring a cooler so you can take home some of the wonderful products you find here.

Winesburg Meats Website

#24 Enjoy Wine Tasting at the Wineries

Enjoy an evening at a winery in Holmes County. Since everything closes around 5 PM you might enjoy having a glass of wine at one of the local wineries or take a bottle back to your lodging.

Silver Moon Winery

Founded in 2004 this winery in Dover is a perfect stop to browse their 40 different wines.

9 am-6 pm

4915 Old State Route 39 Northwest, Dover, OH 44622

Breitenbach Winery

This winery has been on my list to visit for a long time, and I suspect I will find myself there on our next visit. Offering beautiful views, live music, and a quaint atmosphere I think it will be the perfect place to have a glass.

5934 Old Route 39 Northwest,
Dover, Ohio 44622

M-Sa 9 am-6 pm

Baltic Mill Winery

Located in a turn-of-the-century flour mill the owners, Dan and Judy Garver, have turned this into a delightful tasting room. We stopped here and bought a bottle of seasonal wine 🍷

111 East Main Street
Baltic, Ohio 43804

M-Sa 12 PM- 7 PM

Ugly Bunny Winery

In the summer the Ugly Bunny has Sippin’ Saturday nights where they have live music and great wine. If you’re looking for an evening activity they have you covered!

16104 OH-39

Loudonville, OH 44842

Wed-Sat 1 PM-9PM

French Ridge Vineyards

I have not been here but as I did my research I fell in love! Location: ✅ Wine ✅ Cabin in the vineyard ✅ Unique dining opportunities ✅ #bucketlisted We look forward to staying here and updating this section in the future!

2586 Township Road 34

Killbuck, Ohio 44637

Tue – Thur 12:00 PM – 7 PM

Fri-Sa 12:00 PM – 9 PM

Sunny Slope Winery

The Sunny Slope General Store has served Big Prairie, Ohio since 1927 and the Bright family has operated it since 1978. This wine stop is perfect for you to enjoy a snack and a glass of delicious wine.

12251 OH-39

Big Prairie, OH 44611

Mon-Thur 11 PM TO 7 PM

Fri-Sat 11 PM TO 9 PM

#25 Stay for the night or a week! Here are some of our favorite places to stay in Amish Country.

The Inn at Honey Run

Romantic, unique, and delightful!

Blessings Cabins

One of our favorites and we loved each suite we have stayed in.

4 Bedroom home with beautiful views sleeps 10

2 minutes from Berlin, Ohio with gorgeous views and plenty of room!

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast 

Quaint and off the beaten path, yet close to it all.

Holiday Inn Express Millersburg

Brand new and super clean, located on the outskirts of Millersburg

Cabin at Scenic Hills

One of our personal favorites and is the photo highlighted in this section. We enjoy evenings by the firepit, relaxing on the deck, and the perfect space for our family.

25 Things to Do in Holmes County is not enough to share because I have so much more I could say and write about!!!

However, if you have read this far you KNOW I love this part of Ohio. We have been visiting here for over 30 years and it never gets old AND we are always finding something new to do here.

Do you have questions about Amish Country? You can contact me here and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Happy Amish Country Backroads,

Brandy

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