Ten years ago, my daughter and I started going to the Amish country of Holmes County, Ohio.  We just keep going back.  There is a little bit of paradise tucked away in the hills and vales of Holmes County.  The scenery is spectacular and everything is made charming and special by the presence of the Amish families going about their everyday lives. 

We always stay at Mel and Mary’s Cottages in Charm, Ohio, owned by a Mennonite farm family.  This is the view in one direction from our back porch.


And in the other direction ….


In the small town of Charm is one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast, Grandma’s Homestead Restaurant.   Their buffet includes all the usual hearty farm breakfast ingredients plus a table full of big slices of fruit pie.


There’s shopping nearby including a wonderful quilt shop, Miller’s Dry Goods.

In the Holmes County  Amish area, there are so many wonderful quilt shops, restaurants, gift shops, cheese shops…..the list goes on and on.  A new discovery for us this year was Troyer Country Market near Berlin.  You can read more about this and the Amish country in my daughter’s blog.

The shopping is great, the food is wonderful, but the main attraction is the countryside and its beautiful families.