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Old 10-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Amish country

For those of you who live in Ohio & Pennsylvania, or those of you who have traveled through the area I have a question:

We will be traveling across country and coming from Vermont on our way to California. We want to stop in Amish country and get the "full Amish experience". Where do you suggest we go; Ohio, Pennsylvania, ?. What should we see, where should we stay, where should we be sure to stop/shop.

Please help!!

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:27 AM   #2
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There is a very large Amish community in the midwest ... it is in northern Indiana, Shipshewana. It is a short drive east of Elkhart and just a few miles south of I-80/90.

It is tourist and RV friendly.

We bought a new Euro-rocker for our Journey there. We have been there several times.

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:44 AM   #3
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Don't miss Holmes County, Ohio. There's an extremely large Amish population in the Millersburg, Berlin, Walnut Creek, Charm, Kidron, etc. area with lots to see, do, eat and buy (a lot of tourist-oriented businesses). I don't recall the name of the RV park, but a recent iRV2 National Rally was held in the Ohio Amish country, so there are certainly good RV facilities in the area.

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:50 AM   #4
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Lancaster,pa is really nice in the fall colors Lancaster PA: Pennsylvania Dutch Country Welcome Center
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:28 AM   #5
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Depending on your definition of "full Amish experience' you have a variety of choices. We live in Lancaster County. The various sects of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren families across the country have wildly varying traditions. The above posters are correct. The strictest sects are taught to avoid the evils (us) of the outside world. The actual, full, Amish experience, would be for them to get away from you.

I can tell you that the plain people here have far less restriction about interacting with Englishers. They will be much more open and more likely to engage you in conversation. There are several "Amish" farms and homesteads preserved in a tourist setting. So you will be able get closer and interact more but some will say it is a less authentic experience in Lancaster County.
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I've talked to several campers while in Pa that have been in the midwest and they all say the Amish in Pa are very friendly compared to the Amish in the midwest.
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We often go I77 to 250 across Ohio to get to Lake Erie. That route works well towing an 18ft fishing boat, or our little TT, but may be challenging for a big MH.

Some good links on this webpage Amish Country Ohio in Holmes County, near Berlin, Ohio
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My parents go to Shipshewana Indiana, you can eat in an amish house, sleep at an amish B & B, take tours with the amish. They love it and go eavery year for 3-4 days.
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The Full Amish expierence.. Without even leaving Michigan.

The Amish community in Northern Indiana extends well into lower Michigan, I've worked in Amish country. (Back when I did roofing for a living).

I have been to both PA and northern IN.. Can not really recommend one over the other.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:04 PM   #10
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Have never been to Amish country in Ohio, but do go to PA every other year. The area east of Lancaster is wonderful The suggestion of Country Haven in New Holland is a good one. But, it is what is says it is - the quiet one". Fantastic views, good sites and no activities.
You have to decide whether you want to observe the Amish from a respectful distance or participate in something else. You will never eat or sleep in a true Amish house. Pure Amish will just not allow that. So if that is what you want, you are either getting a re-creation or the experience is being provided by a non Amish group. Just watching the Amish go about their daily life from your site at Country Haven is a great experience.
Enjoy whatever you decide, and travel safe.
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Berlin, Ohio (near Millersburg) has a very nice RV park........Scenic Hills RV. Sam is the owner
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Berlin, Ohio (near Millersburg) has a very nice RV park........Scenic Hills RV. Sam is the owner
We were just there and Scenic Hills is a great rv park. I would suggest calling to be sure you can get a spot! Be sure to go to Lehmans hardware! Many other shops and restaurants to enjoy! We stopped on the way home from our trip Northeast.
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Going through Newmar country you can take a tour of plant and maybe buy a Newmar.
They are Amish and Mennonite built.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #14
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Coming home from Yellowstone we dropped off I90 at Chicago and used state routes across Indiana and Ohio to our destination in Louisvill, Oh.
Route 2, 30, 250 are all good for any size MH or Trlr. Many Amish areas and lots of Cmpgrnds. Great sloooow trip. the reason we bought our MH.

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