Pictured: Turkey and Cheddar Panini and Sweet Potato cubes at Wallhouse, Sugarcreek.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Holmes County Ohio. For starters, it’s 42% Amish, and the 2nd largest Amish community in the United States behind Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. If you’re a history buff, Holmes County was named after Andrew Holmes, an officer in the War of 1812, and played a storied role in many past wars. If you love art, you must see the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum, a fusion of art and nature at the Inn at Honey Run. The region’s only Open Air Art museum showcases original works from local artists in a variety of different styles and mediums. If you prefer glass, the Millersburg Glass Museum offers the largest public display of Millersburg Carnival and Crystal Glass produced between 1909-1912.
You can enjoy recreational activities at many available local camps like Skyview Ranch, a Christian camp, or enjoy a home cooked meal at Weaver’s Home Cooking. Not to mention, the exquisite shopping for locally made pottery, quilts, and furniture at Holmes County Pottery, The Jenny Wren, the Primitive Porch, or Schrock’s Heritage Furniture.
With all of that running around town, you’re bound to want a nice place to stop, rewind, and literally recharge with some coffee.
There are so many wonderful local coffee shops that deserve your patronage and support, and they have mean cups of java, among fine ambiance and really great food, too.
Here are the 6 Most Popular Locally-Owned Coffee Shops in the Holmes County, OH area:
1. The Red Mug Coffee Co.
The Coblentz family-owned Red Mug Coffee is located in the quaint Amish Auction town of Mt. Hope, and features a simple menu, small-batch roastery, and hand-crafted specialty coffee. Red Mug is in a great spot, and is within walking distance of the Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope Harness and Shoe, Mt. Hope Country Health Store, and Mt. Hope Hardware (the second location of the famous Lehman’s Hardware store), Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, Country Mart Grocery, Pizza Shop by Country Mart, and Premier Outdoors. This location is really convenient to the new Sleep Inn if you’re traveling into our area.
Make sure you try: Although Red Mug has a fine line of freshly ground coffee (that many compare to coffee you’d find in Seattle), people absolutely go crazy over their iced coffee! Oh, and their almond milk is freshly made in-house.
2. Jitters Coffee
Located in the newest part of Millersburg Village, Jitters definitely lives up to its name, as it helps you get rid of caffeine withdrawal jitters but also allows you to do the Jitterbug! This venue was started as a church group meeting place, and still has party/meeting rooms available for rent for up to a 100 person capacity, perfect for any weddings, reunions, or meetings, or small gatherings. Jitters is also family owned, by former public school teacher Martin Mann and wife Judy, and both understand the need for a wonderful and comfortable meeting place in town.
Make sure you try: While you’re there, don’t forget to try the fresh doughnuts! People come from all around to try the Jitters donuts, and they’re made fresh on site, daily.
3. New Grounds Coffee
New Grounds Coffee is located at the edge of Walnut Creek, and was founded mainly as a quality alternative for local youth, who were having to travel to other outlying cities for places to meet and hang out. New Grounds is run by a non-profit 501(c) 3 board, and not only does it provide a safe place for the youth to stay out of trouble, it also functions as a ministry center for them. Each year, a huge Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is hosted as a fundraiser to continue the mission of New Grounds, so please check them out if you’re in the area.
April 18, 2020: Pancake Breakfast and Open House.
October 24, 2020: 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff.
Make sure you try: Not only does New Grounds feature specialty coffees, but their menu is really fun for adults and kids alike, featuring pizzas, chicken tenders, and they even have desserts like brownies with ice cream!
4. Wallhouse Coffee
Located in Sugarcreek, Wallhouse Coffee launched in 2008 in a brand new building that features a perfect mix of booth and table sitting areas, plus a separate meeting room available. It’s the perfect place to do business, because in addition to the available meeting room, they offer free Wi-Fi, and blend and roast all of their own coffee. Wallhouse is local and comfortable, but they also offer some exotic menu items inspired by far away lands, including authentic European style crepes, European-style cappuccinos, paninis, and San Francisco Style Burritos and breakfast bowls.
Make sure you try: Wallhouse is known for their ice cream, made freshly on site, and offered with multiple mix-ins to choose from. The Mocha Monkey is a fan favorite, and includes brownies, caramel sauce, and fresh espresso. And don’t miss the brand new European-style Crepes!
5. Amish Country Donuts and Cafe
Also in Sugarcreek, Amish Country Donuts and Cafe is a stone’s throw away from Wallhouse, and also features Red Mug Coffee, so it’s a great way to try a few places on this list at once. Family owned by Aaron and Kristina Yoder, this cute spot offers free Wi-Fi, and is well-known for their two breakfast bowls, “The Good Life” and “Hey Porter”.
Make sure you try: Amish Country Donuts is the home of the original and largest handcrafted sourdough donuts in the region. You’ll often find a food trailer with a line wrapped around it at local festivals.
6. Ginger House Coffee
Last but not least, Ginger House Coffee is the only coffee shop downtown, in the village of Berlin. It’s in a wonderful location, walking distance from all of the Berlin shops, including the Gospel Book Store, Surplus 61, Helping Hands Quilt Shop, Berlin Village Gift Barn, Country Gatherings and the Gardens, Moxie, Schrock’s Heritage Furniture, and Boyd and Wurthmann Restaurant. It serves Wallhouse coffee, and is a wonderful meeting place with free Wi-Fi, if you aren’t too busy exploring the amazing neighborhood!
Make sure you try: The pretzel bun is available on any breakfast sandwich (served all day) and comes with a signature sauce on the side. It’s worth the drive from pretty much anywhere!
We’re sure that your visit to Holmes County, Ohio will be an amazing one, and you’ll have these coffee shops to thank for keeping your energy up throughout your entire visit. When you are done adventuring and need someplace safe, warm, and comfortable to lay your head, please check out the romantic and serene cottages at Hillside Hideaways to make the most of your Amish Country vacation!