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A shop­ping trip to Amish coun­try is the per­fect hol­i­day and long week­end get­away! The pace of life is slow­er in Amish coun­try. It offers a chance to final­ly enjoy the scenery and the time to do it. There aren’t many high­ways, so you have no choice but to take the back roads and see where they lead you! They may lead you to unique shops only found in Amish coun­ty. There is ample oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cov­er those unusu­al items per­fect for the per­son that has everything.


Pro Tip: Some mem­bers of the Amish com­mu­ni­ty are a lit­tle appre­hen­sive of the “Eng­lish.” Don’t take it per­son­al­ly if they don’t want to chit chat. Also, the Amish don’t like to have their pic­ture tak­en. No pic­tures with an Amish per­son­’s face appear in this arti­cle for that reason. 




Amish Buggy, Lehmans

Lehmans even sells spe­cial blan­kets meant to keep your clothes clean and dry while rid­ing in a bug­gy! © Emi­ly House­hold­er- Stacey





Lehmans is a huge store that sells every­thing. Here, you’ll find all kinds of gourmet food and can­dy, from old-fash­ioned toys to can­dle mak­ing sup­plies. I can’t walk out of Lehmans with­out an antique toy for my tod­dler and a cool, old fash­ioned gad­get for my hus­band. You could eas­i­ly spend 3 hours just walk­ing around and look­ing at all the cool stuff. Luck­i­ly, there is a cafe inside if you get hun­gry or thirsty from all that gazing!



Berlin Ohio

The down­town area of Berlin, Ohio is very walk­a­ble, but park­ing is scarce. Def­i­nite­ly ditch your car if you can! Pho­to cour­tesy of S. Clyde, Nat’l Scenic Byways Online, Pub­lic domain, via Wiki­me­dia Commons



Downtown Berlin


Berlin, Ohio is a small town that is locat­ed near the cen­ter of Amish Coun­try, which makes it a per­fect place to set up camp if you are stay­ing for a week­end. The down­town area is full of real­ly cute and uncom­mon shops. You can find any­thing from quilts to hand­made, wood­en fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tions, wind chimes and candles. 

My mom likes to park in the pub­lic park­ing at either end of down­town then work­ing her way down one side of the street, and hit­ting the oth­er side on the way back. My hus­band and I pre­fer to park in the cen­ter of down­town so we can eas­i­ly take our pur­chas­es back to the car. 




The Berlin Craft Mall


The Berlin Craft Mall is prob­a­bly my favorite place to shop in all of Ohio. It’s one big build­ing with stands from a bunch of local arti­sans and crafters. Any­thing you could ever want that can be home­made, you can prob­a­bly find at the craft mall. If you are short on time and you are look­ing to get a lot of dif­fer­ent things quick­ly, this would be the place! Every time my hus­band and I go there, I end up talk­ing myself into and then back­ing out of a hand­made wood­en porch swing. 

The craft mall shares a park­ing lot with a large antique store. Addi­tion­al­ly, there are many stores in a near­by plaza to check out as well as a self-guid­ed tour of a tra­di­tion­al Amish home. 



‘Tis the Season


As you might have guessed, Tis the Sea­son is a huge Christ­mas store. I can’t stress the word HUGE enough. Every kind of orna­ment or dec­o­ra­tion you can imag­ine is avail­able for pur­chase. If you are low on dec­o­ra­tions, then this is the store for you! If you want to buy all new orna­ments so they are col­or-cod­ed and match, Tis the Sea­son would be the place to do that. Or, if you are adding a sec­ond or third tree, I won’t judge you, and this is the place to make that hap­pen. Also, if you aren’t vis­it­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days, don’t wor­ry, Tis the Sea­son is open year-round. 



Where to Eat in Amish Country


I have a few favorites in Amish Coun­try. Mrs Yoders Kitchen has an excel­lent lunch buf­fet, where you can stuff your­self full of the best fried chick­en in the state. Der Dutch­man has the best deserts and the best donuts. Make sure you try a fry pie! If you find your­self in town on a Sun­day, when most restau­rants are closed, check out Bags Sports Pub in Sugarcreek. 



Photo of plate of Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Corn

I think I have now con­sumed like 4 whole chick­ens at Mrs. Yoders and I’m not sorry.



One final and very impor­tant note: Most things in Amish coun­try are closed on Sun­day. My mom likes to joke that they roll the side­walks up on Sat­ur­day night. The first time my hus­band and I went down to Amish coun­try was on our hon­ey­moon, and when we got there Sun­day night we could­n’t even find a place to get din­ner! I high­ly sug­gest that you don’t plan on doing any­thing on a Sun­day oth­er than trav­el­ing or relax­ing. If you need to check into your hotel on a Sun­day, you will like­ly need to make spe­cial arrange­ments. So, I sug­gest you check with the hotel in advance. 



Photo of Treehouse

My hus­band is a big kid at heart, so when I sug­gest­ed we stay in a tree­house for our hon­ey­moon he was total­ly on board!


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Lodging in Amish Country


On the out­skirts of Berlin are tree­hous­es. This is where my hus­band and I stayed for our hon­ey­moon! They are real­ly roman­tic. They fea­tured 2 per­son soak­ing tubs, and they even gave us bub­ble bath and robes. It was the per­fect retreat after our wed­ding. We stayed at the Lofty Wil­low, but there is more than one place that offers tree­hous­es in the area. 

The Dutch Host Inn is a cute hotel locat­ed in Sug­ar­creek. They offer pack­ages that include din­ner, break­fast, and a bunch of good­ies from around the area. They are a great bargain!

Hotel not your thing? There are many cab­ins and cot­tages in Amish coun­try avail­able to rent.

Booking.com has a wide range of test­ed options and you could read the reviews from past guests.



When You Go


To get to Ohio’s Amish Coun­try from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, you can fly into Akron/Canton Air­port or Cleve­land. Akron/Canton is clos­er, but it’s a small air­port so it can be hard to get a flight there. Either way, you will def­i­nite­ly need to rent a car. There are, not sur­pris­ing­ly, no Ubers in Amish Country.

Pro Tip: There are sev­er­al areas where you don’t get any cell or GPS ser­vice in Amish at all. So, look over your routes and get some maps in advance. If you’re a AAA mem­ber you can pick up maps from your local AAA for free (if they don’t have them in stock they can order them from an Ohio AAA for you, free of charge!). 




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Ohio's Amish Country is the perfect place to slow down, enjoy the scenery, and pick up some unique gifts for hard to shop for family members


Ohio's Amish Country is the perfect place to slow down, enjoy the scenery, and pick up some unique gifts for hard to shop for family members