Travel,  Weekend Escape

Weekend Escape: Ohio Amish Country

Living in Toledo there is so much to do but sometimes I need a change of pace. I have been going to Ohio Amish Country with my great aunt and great uncle since I was a young child. Coming from the flat lands of Northwest Ohio I enjoy the hill landscape and the organic living. Although the scenery is beautiful there is so much to do here beside driving up and down the hills. Here are some of my favorite spots to visit.


This wine tasting/beer tasting/restaurant/store is tucked away from the village center of Surgarcreek, OH. With barrel seats, large wooden picnic tables and live music you can get lost in the place. I have spent 6 hours tasting all the wine and beer they had and spent under $25 between my boyfriend and I. I really feel this is a hidden gem and unless you know about it, it is easily missed.



Heinis Cheese Factory

If you love cheese this is the place to check out in Millersburg, OH. They have large glass windows for factory viewing of the Amish workers make their cheese. They also have several isles of cheese tasting. There is traditional cheese, cheese for acquired taste and even chocolate cheese. In addition to all the samples you can purchase your favorite cheese and take it home with you. I highly advise taking a cooler so you can stock up on all the goodies Ohio Amish Country has to offer.

Tis The Season

This 20,000 square foot store, located in Berlin, OH, is Christmas all year round. There are countless themed trees and holiday displays. I am a Christmas kid down to my core and this is my favorite store to experience. Although I may not buy many ornaments I love gawking at all the holiday wonder this store has to offer.

 Der Dutchman

There are several places to get food but this Amish restaurant in Walnut Creek, OH is my favorite place to get home style cooking. This location sits on elevated land over looking the hill landscape. The Der Dutchman’s main dinning has large floor to ceiling windows where you can look out at the beautiful scenery of Ohio Amish Country. In addition to the scenery this place has amazing food; I always go for the 1 piece chicken dinner.

The Warther Museum and Gardens

This is a beautiful place, in Dover, OH, where simplicity meets inspiration. Learning the history of the Warther family never ceases to amaze me. Between Mrs. Warther’s Button House to Mr. Warther’s wood carvings the art in the museum is breath taking. In addition to the exhibits you have a chance to shop for some of the famous Warther Cutlery to take home with you.

The Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock

Over 23 feet tall and 24 feet wide this broke a Guinness World Record in 1977. This once was located in a themed restaurant from my childhood but now resides in Surgarcreek, OH. I am amazed at this large piece of history. Be sure to stop at this before you get lost at Swissters.

I have been visiting Ohio Amish Country since I was a kid. I love taking in the scenery and the different experiences it has to offer. Living in Toledo there amazing opportunities close by like Ohio Amish Country.


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