How to plan a trip to Amish Country, Ohio

If you’re thinking about visiting Amish Country, you are in good company –  Amish Country, Ohio draws visitors from all over the world!  Travelers come to Amish Country looking for a simpler pace, home-cooked meals, local cheeses, and hand-crafted furniture. No matter the reason for your visit – here are my tips for planning a trip to Amish Country, Ohio.

Getting to Amish Country, Ohio

Amish Country, Ohio is located in Holmes County, which is in northeast Ohio.  If visiting Amish Country from out-of-state, the closest airports are Cleveland and Columbus.  Cleveland (CLE) and Columbus (CMH) airports are both approximately 90-minutes from Millersburg (the county seat of Holmes County).  You will need to rent a car to visit Amish Country.

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What is the best Amish town?

Amish Country, Ohio consists of the villages of Millersburg, Berlin, Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek, Charm, and Mt. Hope; but there are many other small villages in the area.  The neighboring counties of Wayne, Coshocton, and Tuscarawas also have an Amish & Mennonite presence and tourist attractions.

Millersburg is the county seat of Holmes County, and the largest town.

Planning a trip to Amish Country, Ohio - Millersburg, Ohio is the county seat of Holmes County and can serve as a nice base for exploring the surrounding Amish communities.
The Millersburg Courthouse – Millersburg is the county seat of Holmes County.

Where to stay in Ohio’s Amish Country

When planning a trip to Amish Country, visitors will realize that there is a range of accommodations for all budgets and preferences.  Travelers can have their pick of chain hotels, bed & breakfasts, and smaller inns. For visitors seeking a unique experience, choose to sleep in a honeycomb suite, treehouse, a converted barn, or tiny home.

Amish Country is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, too.  Most accommodations are set up for couples.  Visitors will have no problem finding something for every budget.

Planning a trip to Amish Country, Ohio - Amish Country has lodging options for all budgets.  Cabin rentals are becoming more popular.
This beautiful view is from Hillside Hideaways Cabin Rental.

If you’re traveling to Amish Country with children, look for hotels that offer suites.  The Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek and the Berlin Grande Hotel in Berlin are both good options. (Here’s my review of the Wallhouse Hotel).

If you’re trying to stay somewhere that is convenient to shopping and attractions, I highly recommend staying in Berlin or Walnut Creek. However, the Millersburg area is nice for a weekend stay because most things in Berlin & Walnut Creek are closed on Sundays. (Visiting on the weekend? Check out my list of things to do on a Sunday).

Looking for more space to spread out?  Check out VRBO! There are some great apartments and cabins in the area. 

The best time to visit Amish Country, Ohio

Fall is the most popular time to visit Amish Country.  There’s something about pumpkins, corn stalks, and falling leaves, that makes the area even more magical. October is also the month that Sugarcreek hosts the Swiss Festival and Millersburg is host to the Antique Festival. That said, weekends during October tend to be the most expensive and sought-after time.

Fall is the perfect time to plan a visit to Amish Country.

June through September are also busy months in Amish Country.  The weather is typically warm and pleasant, but sometimes July and August can be hot and muggy!  However, July is a good time to watch Amish farmers baling hay.

One of my favorite times to visit Amish Country is in early May when the weather first turns warmer, but the crowds have yet to arrive.  Visiting in the off-season of late November is also fun because many shops are full of Christmas decor and it’s a great time to do Christmas shopping.  However, when visiting in the colder months, visitors miss out on outdoor dining and some of the tourist attractions. Many businesses close during the time from Christmas – March.

Tips for planning a trip to Amish Country, Ohio.  How to plan a trip to Holmes County to see the world's largest Amish settlement. This barn pictured was the first Amish settlement in Holmes County.
This barn is part of the historic Jonas Stutzman property – the first Amish settlement in Holmes County.

As I’ve shared, Amish Country, Ohio has something for all travelers and all seasons.  No matter the type of hotel or the season visited, you’re sure to have a great time. 

I hope I’ve made planning your Amish Country getaway a little easier!  Do you have any more questions about planning a trip to Amish Country?  Pop them in the comments- I’d love to help!

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10 thoughts on “How to plan a trip to Amish Country, Ohio”

  1. Will be our first visit to Amish country. What is the best date for a couple to visit. Interested in the Farmers Market. Would like to come for a few days at the beginning of the event. Or what is the latest time to for the Farmers Market?
    Looking for a Hotel/Inn that is for a Seniors budget!
    Thank You Richard Buhler

    1. Hi Richard! Are you asking about the Farmers Market in Millersburg? It usually begins on Saturday mornings in mid-May. There are other small farmers’ markets throughout the county – Memorial Day – late September is your best bet for these. The Berlin Village Inn or The Inn at Walnut Creek would probably be good bets for what you’re asking.

  2. My mother, sister and I are going to Amish Country for a day. We are staying Friday night in Dover so we have all day Saturday to do whatever. I was told to plan if and In looking at everything I am feeling overwhelmed. Do you have any suggestions for a one day trip?

  3. Samantha McClarin

    I’m trying to plan a day trip for myself and a few girlfriends. We would love to do some shopping and maybe have a meal with an Amish family. When I try to get information or set up a reservation nothing seems to work.

    I’ve never done this before can could use a little help on what I should do.

    1. Hi Samantha, What do you need help with? Dinner in an Amish home? I don’t know if any are opening right now because of COVID. Who have you already contacted?

    1. Hi Terri! I do not run the visitor center. You’ll want to check out The Holmes County Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau. Thanks! Happy traveling!

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