Sleigh ride at Ma and Pa’s Gift Shack. Photo copyright of Ma and Pa’s Gift Shack. Used with permission. https://www.maandpas.com/
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as you explore Ohio’s Amish Country in January
Winter is a special time in Ohio’s Amish Country, covering the countryside in a blanket of white as the snow adds a special sparkle to the already beautiful landscape. The iconic horse and buggies are joined by horse-drawn sleighs, and there’s an invigorating crispness to the air.
If you’ve ever made a trip to the hills of the Ohio Amish Country, then you already know what a charming place it is. This tranquil region delivers a sense of peace and beauty, whether it’s by enjoying the breathtaking scenery, or perhaps simply relishing in the more relaxed pace as you get away from the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Plus, there are many experiences and attractions to discover. Winter, especially, adds a magical quality to this inviting region. This frosty time of year brings more than snow and dipping temperatures to this quaint area. You’ll find a wide variety of winter activities to make your visit to Amish Country truly unforgettable. Ready to begin your adventure?
Start with one of these five must-try options:
Enjoy a classic sleigh ride over the fields and through the woods, as you embark on a private 30-minute jaunt on a horse-drawn sleigh at Ma and Pa’s at Burton, Ohio. While you enjoy the passing scenery, you’ll also be treated to delicious hot cocoa or maple coffee, and cookies. Your journey begins and ends at a charming log cabin nestled in the woods, Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack, where you can find specialty gifts, handcrafted furniture, and more. If you happen to make a visit when there’s no snow on the ground, there are carriage rides available. This popular attraction draws a lot of visitors and reservations are required, so don’t forget to schedule your magical sleigh ride in advance—and enjoy the ride!
Need a break from the cold? Step inside the Warther Museum and enjoy some time indoors as you admire the intricate wooden carvings and works of art of Ernest “Mooney” Warther. His model train carvings are a true marvel, and the museum also features a collection of various American artifacts, as well as over 70,000 buttons! This family-owned and operated gem is a must-see, which is easy to do since it’s open 7 days a week.
If you’re ready for some winter thrills, head over to Malabar Farm State Park for some exciting snow sports. You can participate in a bevy of experiences including sledding, cross country skiing, and ice skating. There are also several hiking trails throughout the park if you want to strap on some snowshoes! Join the Hike for Health Event, along with your pets, February 8, 2020, 9am to 12pm. When you’re through with your outdoor fun, step inside the Louis Bromfield Education Center to learn about agriculture, conservation, wildlife, and more, or browse around the gift shop to find that special souvenir.
What better way to warm up from the winter chill than with a glass of wine? Indulge your senses as you sample over 40 award-winning wines that include fresh-fruit, grape, berry, and Dandelion wines. Guests can take a guided tour of the impressive cellar, or indulge in wood-fired pizza or paninis for lunch at Café Breitenbach. All of the wine is made on-site and the stunning view alone is worth the trip! Don’t forget to take some time out for a visit to the gift shop. You can find wine, specialty meats and cheeses, and other unique gifts.
As you explore Ohio’s Amish Country in the chill of winter, it might conjure up images of snuggling up in a cozy quilt by the fireside. Well, you’re in the perfect place to find just the right quilt to curl up in; Amish artisans are known for their fine craftsmanship and skill, and when it comes to quilts, they are among the best. Spend some time shopping and admiring the work of local artists as you meander through this local craft shop. They offer a wide collection of merchandise and even offer private consultations to design a custom quilt perfect for you.
These five winter activities are a great way to start discovering Ohio’s Amish Country during this special time of year. The best part is that there are so many different types of experiences that you’re sure to find something that you absolutely love to do! Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or making it a romantic getaway, Amish Country is the perfect destination.
Now all that’s left is to pack your bags and get started! If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay while you explore, check out the charming cottages at Hillside Hideaways — the cozy vibe and tranquil setting provide a great place to renew and refresh in between your many excursions. You’ll truly feel like you’re away from it all!