A Short Trip to Amish Country – Holmes County, Ohio


Last week, my daughter and I had a chance to re-visit one of our favorite vacation destinations – Holmes County Amish Country (Ohio).  We’ve been visiting this area for 17 years and always stay in a cottage situated on a Mennonite farm.

MelMary_Oriole03Although the cottage looks rustic, it’s very comfortable with two bedrooms and an equipped kitchen.  My favorite spot is on the porch with a good book in my hand and surrounded by the most gorgeous scenery.  I count it among the three most beautiful places I’ve ever visited along with Vermont and Switzerland.


There are lots of cornfields ….

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and lots of horses …

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and lots of cattle.

MelMar_cattle03A short drive away are small towns with shopping (good quilt shops) and restaurants.  We especially like Troyer’s Market in Millersburg.  Their homemade ice cream is amazing.

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Of course, the most interesting and charming sights are the Amish people going about their daily chores on their perfect farms and traveling in their black horse-drawn buggies.  I respect their wish that they not be photographed.

For a peaceful, quiet place to stay, we highly recommend Mel and Mary’s in Baltic, Ohio, and the nearby shopping in Charm, Walnut Creek, Millersburg and Sugar Creek.  I hope we get to go back again next year.

Holmes County Amish Country

Mel and Mary’s Cottages

Troyer’s Country Market

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

15 thoughts on “A Short Trip to Amish Country – Holmes County, Ohio”

  1. When I lived in Ohio many years ago, Charm and Walnut Creek were among my favorite day trip destinations. Sometimes I could also include Millersburg. I miss Troyer’s Trail bologna!

  2. My favorite Amish place is Shipshewana Ind but I love Holmes County too. Where you stay is it a place you could go for a sewing retreat for a couple people? I have stayed in Charm.

    1. Karen, the cottages are pretty small – I don’t know if there would be room for a couple of sewing machines or even three or four people. Some of their units may be a little larger, but I’ve never stayed in one. I love Charm.

  3. It sounds like a wonderful place! My son took us to an Amish area and all the farms, the shops, the scenery — it was all very nice and we’ve been looking forward to visiting there again.

  4. It looks like a terrific place. Thanks for the link to the area. I explored quite a few places to stay, and visit. Looks like spring might be very affordable. =)

  5. I love visiting Amish areas too. We drove through one in western New York and visiting some of the farms where they had things for sale. It was such fun and we bought some grapefruit candy at one farm that was delicious! We also got some really good swiss cheese for a great price.

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