Ohio in the Spring
7 Days - $1259
June 5-11, 2021
Featuring: Holmes County
Day 1: We are on our way to experience springtime in Ohio. Today we travel through Kansas and Missouri to Collinsville Il. for the night.
Day 2: This morning we continue through Illinois with a stop in Casey where we find “big things in a small town”. The town features the world’s largest wind chime, mailbox, knitting needles and wooden shoes as well as sveral other uniquely large items. Later we continue through Indiana and into Ohio. Night in Reynoldsburg.
Day 3: Our drive this morning takes us north into Ohio Amish country. Our first stop is at Behalt, the Amish and Mennonite Information Center. Here we learn about the local culture and have a tour of a mural which helps us understand the origins of the Amish religion. In the afternoon we are joined by a local Amish guide. There is no better way to enjoy the Amish culture than to make stops at some of their small stores and shops. Today we visit a candle maker and a broom maker. This evening we enjoy a tour and dinner at the Warther Museum. The museum houses the works of master carver Ernest Warther. His collection includes many intricate carvings of railroad cars and steam engines. Next two nights in Berlin.
Day 4: Today our local guide joins us to wonder the beautiful and quaint contryside as we visit more store, shops and factories both large and small. Our first stop is at Troyer’s Homemade Candies in an Amish home. Next we visit Lehman’s Hardware where old meets new. The hardware store caters to the needs of the simple living Amish as well as wares for everyone in the area. Our next stop is at P. Graham Dunn where they manufacture inspirational art, gifts and home decor. We have a chance to watch some of the manufacturing and shop in their retail and bargain nook. Walnut Creek Cheese is our stop for lunch on our own. This large store is part meat and cheese market, part bulk food store, part grocery store and part restaurant. This is where many of the locals shop on a weekly basis. This afternoon we continue touring the area with more stops along the way. There will also be time to walk and explore the shops near our hotel. Dinner this evening is at an Amish home where a feast and fellowship with the family.
Day 5: Before we depart Amish country we make a stop at Hershberger Bakery and Farmers Market. This is the largest Amish family owned bakery in the area. Here we find a full line of baked goods and seasonal produce. On departing Berlin we travel south to Coshocton to visit Roscoe Village. This village was built along the Ohio and Erie canal. A costumed guide gives us a tour of the village and helps us imagine the hutle and bustle of a port town on the canal. After our tour we take a ride on the Monticello III to experience what is was like to travel on the canal. Lunch is included at Roscoe Village. This afternoon we travel south to Cincinnati for the night.
Day 6: This morning we visit the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. The American Sign Museum is proud to be the largest public museum dedicated to signs in the United States! Covering more than 100 years of American sign history in 20,000 square feet of indoor space, the museum is a walk through the ages of technology and design. A tour of the museum hlps us understand the use of signs through the years as well as surprising stories about the signs themselves, paints a clearer picture of the collection and is highly recommended. At the end of guided tours, don't forget to check out Neonworks of Cincinnati, the full-time neon workshop located inside of the museum! You can see tube-benders working their craft making signs for sign companies today. This afternoon we travel to St. Peters, MO for the night.
Day 7: As we travel home today we reflect on the many interesting places and experiences we have had alon the way.