Sugar and Spice and Holiday Delights – Christmas Time in Ohio’s Amish Country

Available November Through Early December

Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

Arrive late afternoon at your overnight accommodations and home for three nights in the New Philadelphia area. There will be time to settle in, relax, refresh and to get in the holiday spirit.

J.E.Reeves HomeGather at the J.E. Reeves Home for an included Welsh holiday feast. There will be time to light the Yule candles and to tour this gorgeous mansion as it is bedecked in holiday splendor. During the holidays, all seventeen rooms of the home are decorated for the season! Follow your guide on a tour to include an introduction of the home and its history and learn anecdotes abut the Reeves family.

Dinner will be served in the Carriage House and features traditional fare with roast beef, potatoes, candied carrots and Figgie pudding for dessert.

Day Two:

Following breakfast begin the morning with your local tour ambassador as you learn the customs and heritage of the Amish/Mennonite people.

behaltYour first stop is at the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center. Here you will witness Behalt, is a 10 ft tall x 265 ft long cyclorama or mural-in-the-round. Behalt, means “to keep" or "to remember,” and thusly illustrates the heritage of the Amish and Mennonite people from their Anabaptist beginnings in Zürich, Switzerland in 1525 to the present day. This is the perfect place to immerse in the Amish and Mennonite cultures and will provide answers so many questions. Everyone will depart with a welcome gift.

The next stop is at ‘Tis the Season. Here you may do all your Christmas shopping and also find everything you need to create the Christmas of your dreams.

'tis the seasonTis the Season is a one-of-a kind Christmas shop where you will find traditional as well as unique Christmas home decor and holiday gifts. Guests can also shop the quilt shop, craft mall and antiques at the Village location of ‘Tis the Season. Guests will depart with a holiday ornament.

By now you will be ready for lunch. Head to the small town of Walnut Creek and have lunch on your own at Der Dutchman. Make certain to save room for their decadent desserts.

Following lunch enjoy some shopping time…… there’s nothing like browsing in an Amish Country shop. At Carlisle Gifts and Dutch Valley Gifts, the shopping is delightful, thanks to their many timeless treasures, homemade treats and handcrafted heirlooms. Find gifts for them and collectibles for you, all in celebration of home, family and friends.

Coblentz-Chocolate-1Next, visit Coblentz Chocolates. Inside this charming building, you may witness more than 40 types of choco-concoctions as they come to life. Have you ever wondered how chocolate crèmes get their filling? Does the very sight of warm, drizzled chocolate make your mouth water? Watch the chocolate making process up close, from the lineup of candies ready for a chocolate coating to the hand-crafted decorative swirls on top.  You will not see any Oompa Loompas at this chocolate factory! Guests will receive old-fashioned Christmas candy to take home.

Arrive at Swiss Village Bulk Foods, a family owned retail bulk food business that was started in 1980 by Mose and Erma Miller. There is approximately 3,648 feet of shelving space, with an estimated 6,000 products. The bulk food department has dry goods, spices, different kinds of mixes, dried fruits and nuts and baking supplies. Just imagine all those Christmas cookies you need to make! The health food department has beauty products, organic foods, Natures Sunshine vitamins, gluten-free products, and lots of other miscellaneous items. Guests will receive brown sugar and cinnamon. 

Before you depart, get out your cameras for a group picture in front of the World’s largest Cuckoo Clock that symbolizes the Swiss Heritage of the area.

Travel back to the hotel for time to empty your shopping bags (so you can start again tomorrow) and refresh.

Amish Holiday feastDinner is served in an Amish home where you will enjoy a holiday feast and learn more about Amish holiday traditions!  Food is the center of the family gathering. The table is the focal point of the family, and meals are the central time for fellowship. Women gather in the kitchen early in the day to “help out” wherever they can from peeling potatoes to making noodles and baking the pies and breads. The family is cemented together with conversations around the dinner table. The dinner menu offers two meats, potatoes, noodles or dressing, fresh vegetables, bread, pies and peanut butter whip.   After dinner, guests will enjoy making their own Whoopie pies with red and green filling.   Take home two of your homemade treats to enjoy for a late-night snack.

Day Three:

Following breakfast it is time to gather your shopping bags for another day of exploring with your tour ambassador. Today’s travels lead you to unique destinations located along back-country roads.

The first stop is at Lamp and Light Candle where all guests will watch a candle carving demonstration. This is a great place to shop for stocking stuffers. Guests will depart with a complimentary gift.

Next, arrive at Hershberger’s Bakery. If you are looking for the best of the best in jams, jellies, noodles and awesome home-made breads, cinnamon rolls and holiday cookies, this is the ideal stop. All of their baked goods freeze well. Simply wrap them in newspaper, the way the Amish do. Guests will receive a half-dozen holiday cookies to take with them!

Victorian Mansion OhioLunch time takes you to the Victorian House Mansion for a light lunch of soup, sandwich and dessert. The Victorian House Museum has been featured on HGTV’s “Victorian America” and in “Victorian Homes” magazine. Each room in the mansion will be filled with Christmas lighting and unique Victorian decorations that bring the Christmas spirit to life. After lunch, embark on a self-guided tour of the Mansion.

After lunch, depart for the Walnut Creek Flea Market where you will shop with the Amish. This flea market offers a plethora of amazing treasures under one roof. You will find hand crafted items, all occasion greeting cards at bargain prices, leather goods, women's clothing, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, readers, scarves, watches, shoes, gourmet chocolates, cotton candy and 17 different kinds of gourmet popcorn. Also offered are baskets for all occasions, Tee-shirts, sweat shirts, hoodies and nightshirts. There are over 150 booths that offer goods for sale. The Market hosts a “Find the Santa Hats-Scavenger Hunt.” First, Second and Third Place prizes are awarded for whoever finds the most hats. Guests will all receive a gift upon departure.

Travel back to the hotel to relax, refresh and empty those shopping bags before dinner and a Christmas show.

The evening begins with a delicious, traditional holiday feast consisting of two meats, starches, vegetables, breads and a special holiday dessert. Dinner is prepared by local, Amish cooks.

Gather to welcome in the Christmas season at the Amish Country Theater! “Christmas in the Country” is a show full of Christmas music and tradition.

Enjoy the narrative of the rich history of Christmas carols and learn about Amish Christmas traditions. John Schmid’s music will take you on a journey from the origination of Christmas traditions, to the music that we love and enjoy today. This performance is guaranteed to entertain and leave you with a new appreciation for the songs and traditions of Christmas!

Day Four:

After breakfast check out of the hotel. It is time to head home over the river and through the woods. Remember the inspiration and generosity of the Amish people, not only at Christmas but also throughout the New Year.

"Christmas Recipe..." Amish poem

Take a bit of cheerfulness,
A pinch of laughter, too.
Next take a cup of thoughtfulness,
And stir them through and through.
Now to this add tranquility,
A verse of "Silent Night,"
That ever quiet we may be
When God sends his holy light.
Set aside a moment while you go
For spices, herbs, and pine,
For music, fun, and candle glow,
A star that was the sign.
Then mix and stir and fold again,
And add some mistletoe,
A bit of faith and love and then
Into an oven your cake must go,
Where warmth and affection will combine
To make this cake come true.
Garnish with happiness so fine
Enough for me and you.
Cut a piece, but save some, too,
For each day of the year,
Serve with a prayer of peace on earth

DETAILS

Available November Through Early December

Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

 

Your Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodations
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 3 Dinners (Including a dinner in an Amish home)
  • Guided tour of the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home
  • Guided tour of the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center
  • Time to shop at "Tis the Season
  • Visit to Walnut Creek
  • Time to shop at Coblentz Chocolate
  • Visit to Swiss Village Bulk Foods
  • Candle carving demo
  • Stop at Hershbergers Bakery
  • Time to explore Victorian Mansion Museum
  • Visit to the Walnut Creek Flea Market
  • Time to attend a performance at the Amish Country Theater

Pricing Information:

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