We are more than what a thousand other websites say. We are Amish Country. We are a destination.
Why should you visit us? It wasn’t long ago that we were sleepy, little hamlets tucked gently into pockets of the beginnings of Appalachia and the surrounding states. Our hills are verdant and misty leading you to believe you may be arriving in a fairy tale landscape instead of Ohio, Indiana, or Pennsylvania. Most folks tell of exiting the freeway and having the curious feeling of driving into the middle of nowhere. Our gently undulating hills guiding them, pulling them slowly ever further into the lushness that we are.
We are middle America, proud of our heritage with much respect for our lands. Our farms are scattered across the richness of the area, Amish and English alike, and we celebrate our agricultural heritage. Beef, chicken, and pork are raised the old fashioned way here, and its wonderful flavors are savored throughout the year as we butcher and put aside meat for the winter. Our joy of home is also shown by how riotously colorful our gardens are and by what shade of green our grass is. If you take the time to drive through the countryside you will more than likely see large perennial gardens lush and in bloom. Watch for Lilies, Hydrangeas white and blue, fringy Ferns, and Hostas green and canopy-like. Our autumns are known for their fire-drenched hillsides burning bright with fall color, the leaves bright for a moment before the dropping away.
Cooking is our specialty down to the dripping butter that we brown for the creamiest of mashed potatoes. We serve this alongside thick meatloaf and baked chicken. We prepare rich puddings made of real milk, and serve strawberry shortcake when the berries are plump in their thickets. Small lean-to’s can be found dotted across the countryside selling our produce. As locals, this is what we buy before heading to any large grocery store. We glean from our summer-greened gardens and put the bounty away to last all winter, and when we pull it out in the snowy months, summer comes back to us once again.
We are Amish Country. We are proud, yet humble communities that gather together when trouble hits and know how to appreciate when all is well. You can find us at our children’s baseball or soccer games, and at home enjoying family. Our pace is just a shade slower, richer. We have much to offer in hospitality and places to meander through. Come get lost on our back roads. Dine well in our delicious, small restaurants. Find the places you can stay overnight from a refurbished shabby chic camper to our finest hotels. Or stop in and sit with us on our shaded front porches and watch the evening turn into starry night replete with lightning bugs. You won’t be disappointed.