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Ohio Amish Country, a picturesque portion of east-central Ohio, is a land where time slows down. Come ready to be restored. [Image: Sherry Lachelle Photography]

24 Hours in Amish Country

Ohio Amish Country, a picturesque area that spans multiple counties in east-central Ohio, is a place where time slows down and cars share the road with horse-drawn buggies.

My adventure into Amish Country took me to Holmes County, located about three and a half hours northeast of Cincinnati. The rolling hills -- picture lush grasses, plentiful crops, pristine farms, and beautiful horses dotting the countryside -- remind you that things are simpler here. Family, faith, and community: these are the cornerstones of life for the Amish people. And a sense of security is evident in their way of life.

First stop: Berlin, Ohio. Here you'll find antique stores and specialty shops to browse through, along with cheese shops stocked with delicious Amish cheeses. Heini's Cheese Chalet has a wide selection to sample before zeroing in on your favorites.

A few miles down the road is Walnut Creek and the delectable Coblentz Chocolate Company. (The salted caramel chocolate is heavenly!) Der Dutchman Restaurant is the place to fill yourself with good ol' down-home, country-style cooking.

Next up is the cute town of Sugarcreek. Known as "The Little Switzerland of Ohio," this delightful hamlet lays claim to the world's largest cuckoo clock.

Finish your tour with a leisurely drive around the picture-perfect backcountry roads of Farmerstown and Charm. After a day of exploring, it's time to tuck in for a peaceful night's sleep. You'll find plenty of comfy hotels, and bed & breakfasts in Berlin, Walnut Creek, and Sugarcreek.

Overtaxed by the pace of modern life? Chances are even a single day in Ohio's Amish County will be a beautiful, replenishing experience. So come ready to be restored.

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