A Short Trip to Amish Country – Holmes County, Ohio

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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.

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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.

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Troyer’s Country Market

A Trip to Amish Country (Ohio)


Last week, my oldest daughter and I made a return trip to Holmes County (Ohio) Amish Country.  We have been visiting this area since 1998 and always stay at Mel and Mary’s Cottages in Charm.  They converted part of their Mennonite farm to cottages for visitors.

On either side of their property are vast stretches of fields and hills.  Sitting on the porch, this was my view to the right….. (click on pictures for a clear view of this beautiful countryside.)

…and this was my view to the left….

We had to get a close-up shot of these beautiful horses.

In my opinion, the area ranks right up there with Vermont and Switzerland for having the most beautiful scenery in the world.  Around every bend there is another stunning view.

In addition to the peaceful, quiet stay at Mel and Mary’s and the gorgeous scenery, there is a large shopping area with restaurants, quilt shops, gift shops, antique malls, wonderful Amish markets ….. the list goes on and on ….. and amidst all of this, the Amish go about their daily lives in their black buggies with the beautiful sleek trotters.

I got quite a bit of fabric, including yardage and fat quarters ….


And one of my favorite things to buy – a bag of scraps left over from making quilts.


I found one piece of fabric I especially liked – Windham Fabrics Floursack by Whistler Studios (Style #33073).  The vintage floursack labels have borders of floursack fabric.


A Google search pulled up several sources for this fabric including Amazon.com and Hancock’s in Paducah, KY.

At an Amish market, we enjoyed huge scoops of homemade ice cream and I found Concord grapes which are difficult to find in our area.  I made my favorite Streusel Concord Grape Pie as soon as we got home.

Another beautiful trip to Holmes County.