Amish Country Adventure

For hill and scenery enthusiasts who want the challenge of Ohio’s beautiful rolling hills, this tour has it all: the finest accommodations, catered dinners, and vistas that inspire. Ohio’s Holmes County boasts the largest population of Amish in the country. Journey through time with us as we sample the daily life and history of Ohio’s Amish communities—but bring your climbing gears and your thirst for adventure. And bring an appetite for “Amish bakeries day” – we shall say no more. This one is a classic among bicycle tours anywhere!

Day 1: Warm-Up Ride (23 and 30 miles)
Gather at the Coshocton Village Inn and Suites and join us for an optional tune-up ride in the early afternoon. As you pedal, enjoy the gorgeous rolling hillside landscapes of Coshocton County. We will conclude the ride with a
stop at some of the chief historical sites in Coshocton (the Johnson- Humrickhouse Museum, Historic Roscoe Village, the Canal Museum and Monticello Canal Boat). A visit to Clary Gardens will satisfy the softer side after a hard ride. For those who want more, a longer route will pass through the town of Warsaw and enjoy an added climb or two (or three). A welcome wine
and cheese reception, banquet, and orientation will be held this evening at the Warehouse Restaurant in Roscoe Village. Enjoy the pool, hot tub and sauna before bed. We’ll spend our first two nights at Coshocton Village Inn and Suites.

Day 2: Loop to Dresden and Longaberger Homestead (38 and 46 miles)
Breakfast at the Inn. Today we offer optional loop rides out of Coshocton, and you’ll get the longest climb of the day out of the way early. The route will flatten out and take you to the delightful village of Dresden, one of the most charming small towns in Ohio, featuring a century-old suspension bridge over the Muskingum River. While in Dresden, don’t miss the sinful sweet potato fries at the Depot Restaurant. The longer loop will take riders by the Longaberger Basket Co. Homestead near Frazeysburg, marked by the world’s largest apple basket. Be sure to explore the Longaberger campus. Take some time in the afternoon to visit Roscoe Village once more and explore the historical sites in this early canal town that you may have missed on Day 1. Those who wish to splash a bit in the sunshine can enjoy the state of the art water park at Lake Park, a very short bike ride from the Inn through Roscoe Village and along the old canal towpath bike trail. Don’t forget the wine and cheese reception featuring local wines. Dinner is on your own tonight so you can explore the local cuisine. We will be delighted to provide a list of recommendations.

Day 3: Coshocton to Berlin (30 and 43 miles)
Amish bakery Day! Enjoy breakfast at the Inn, and then park your car at Lake Park and load your luggage into the luggage truck. Say goodbye to Coshocton and ride the shorter route to Berlin (pronounced BUR-lin) through Chili (pronounced CHAI-lai), New Bedford, and Charm for a genuine taste of country roads Amish life. Our
lodging for the next 2 nights is at the fabulous Berlin Grande Hotel. We will ride through the beautiful countryside of Coshocton and Holmes counties replete with Amish shops and businesses, such as the Schlabach Wood Design Co. and Miller’s Dry Goods and Quilts. Directors’ recommendation: Stop in Charm for lunch at the ‘charming’ Chalet in the Valley (go in for the fantastic and complimentary pretzel bread and stay for the schnitzel and cream pies). Top it off with samples of cheese at the Guggisberg Cheese Factory across the street, and save dessert for Miller’s Bakery and Hershberger Farm and Bakery closer to Berlin. But you have GOT to stop by Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Berlin to sample what seems like a thousand different types of cheese. For added punishment, go to Kaufmann’s Country Bakery across the street for an Amish fried pie or apple fritter! For those seeking greater challenge, the longer and hillier route will take you through the county seat of Millersburg, with the Victorian House Museum and Glass Museum. Stop by the historic Millersburg Hotel or Bags Sports Pub for a sandwich or brew, then ride through the rolling countryside past charming bed-and-breakfasts. Once in Berlin, be sure to wander the streets and enjoy the local craft shops, and savor the myriad delights in the Coblentz Chocolate shop (open until 6:00 p.m.). But be back for the wine and cheese hour, and then enjoy an Amish buffet feast at the Farmstead Restaurant next door to the hotel. Relax for bed with a dip in the pool and hot tub before retiring from a great day.

Day 4: Loop to Kidron and Amish Towns (28, 42 and 54 miles)
Amish buggy day! Today we explore the Amish towns of Holmes and Wayne Counties, including Mt. Hope, Mt. Eaton, Wilmot, Winesburg, and Trail, the home of ‘Trail bologna’. Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron, a gathering spot for Amish and tourists alike, will impress you with its blend of antique and modern gadgetry. Is morning pie at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt. Hope out of the question? Or perhaps lunch at the Amish Door Restaurant and Village in Wilmot? Or afternoon ice cream at the Winesburg Dairyette? Be sure to sample the ‘Trail bologna’ at Troyer’s Trail Bologna shop in Trail. And if you’re worried about getting into a jam, a trip by the J.M. Smucker Co. Store and Café on the long route will meet all your jelly and jam needs. But most of all, take advantage of the afternoon to explore and relax in Berlin and to enjoy the amenities of the Berlin Grande Hotel. The wine and cheese reception will be followed by dinner on your own this evening at any of Berlin’s restaurants within an easy walking distance of the hotel. Check your cue sheets for recommendations. What a wonderful day of great cycling and good eats. But just wait for day 5!

Day 5: Berlin to New Philadelphia (30 and 45 miles)
Winery day! Eat a hearty breakfast at the Berlin Grande. Then enjoy a leisurely ride through the heart of Ohio Amish territory to New Philadelphia through Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek, and Baltic. Begin the ride with a group visit to the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center and a guided tour of its famous ‘Behalt’ mural, depicting the history of the Amish community. Riding through Walnut Creek be sure to watch them
make the chocolate candy at the Coblentz Chocolate factory and enjoy more sweet treats, if you did not get your Coblentz chocolate fix satisfied in Berlin. Or stop in at the original Der Dutchman restaurant for a second breakfast. A ride along Cherry Ridge drops you down into Sugarcreek, the ‘Little Switzerland of Ohio’, where you can stop by Heini’s Gourmet Market and sample even more cheese and wine to your heart’s content. Be sure to visit the old-world clock that ‘acts out’ every half hour, just before you get to the snack stop. Once on old State Route 39 you can sample wines at three different
wineries: Swiss Heritage Winery, Breitenbach Wine Cellars, and Silver Moon Winery. For those who want more miles, the longer route will drop you down to the towns of Baltic and Ragersville, and through more bucolic Amish countryside. A stop at Miller’s Dutch Kitchen in Baltic will give you a taste of authentic Amish home cooking. Check into the delightful Schoenbrunn Inn and Suites in New Philadelphia for the next 2 nights and relax in the pool. The wine and cheese reception will be followed by dinner on your own, or join Rod and Joe at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Day 6: Loop to Gnadenhutten, Dennison, and Schoenbrunn Village (38 and 50 miles)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we have optional loop rides out of New Philadelphia that will take you to historic sites associated with earlier days in Ohio. At our snack stop in Gnadenhutten (pronounced Je-NAID-en-hutten) you will visit the site where, in 1782, ninety-six Indian Moravian converts who were caught up in the drama of the Revolutionary War were massacred by the Pennsylvania militia. Then it’s on to Dennison and its Railroad Depot Museum, a memorial and museum remembering World War II. Finally, stop by to see historic Schoenbrunn Village itself, settled in 1772 by the Moravian missionary, David Zeisberger, with its recreated village and museum. Those who wish to stay close to home can easily ride to Schoenbrunn Village and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the swimming pool, enjoy the aquatic center and other amenities of Tuscora Park, or ride to see the famous Warther Carving Museum and, all within a few short blocks, the quirky American Gas Pump Heaven, Famous Endings Funeral Museum, and Auman Museum of Radio and Television just 5 miles from the hotel. The wine and cheese reception will be followed by our concluding banquet at the McDonald/Marlite Center next door to the Schoenbrunn Inn. Enjoy our final evening together chatting with your new friends in the hotel’s hot tub and pool, and get ready for your last day on the tour.

Day 7: Return to Coshocton (40 and 45 miles)
Start the final day with a group photo-op at the hotel after breakfast. Load up your bags one last time and ride the Piece de Resistance, a gently rolling route through the hills and dales of Tuscarawas and Coshocton Counties back to Coshocton and your car. Begin the ride with a stop at the Yaggi Cheese House and sample their smooth and sharp cheddars, smoked Gouda and pepper cheese, and the very tasty Trail bologna! Anyone needing one last climbing test on the final day’s ride can take on a lovely but challenging 5 mile extension. Later on, after riding with the Angels in gorgeous Angel Valley, make an optional 2 mile side trip (each way) to the newest of Ohio’s wineries, the Yellow Butterfly Winery. It’s uphill there, but downhill back, and so worth the visit! From there it’s on to The Unusual Junction Deli, where, if you can’t find it, it cannot be found! Pedal across the street to Raven’s Glenn Winery and Italian Restaurant (recommended lunch stop, maybe?), where you can have one final taste of the best that Ohio’s country roads have to offer. After you return to your car at Lake Park, take the opportunity to shower and freshen up before your return home. But don’t leave before you collect your wine! And begin rehearsing your memories of our Buckeye Country Roads cycling adventure.