Cheap Trips: Simple Pleasures

It’s only a short jaunt south to Holmes County, nestled among Amish homesteads, and this autumn a spectacular color show awaits you.
The Trip: A long weekend in Amish Country
The Travelers: Two adults
The Tab:
$30 Gas (Roundtrip, Cleveland to Berlin, 150 miles, in a car averaging 20 miles per gallon at $4 per gallon) Free Perusing the 46th annual Holmes County Antique Festival
Free Hiking on the Holmes County Trail $125 Friday-night stay in the Bigham Room or Victoria Suite (Bigham House)
$119.95 Thursday-night stay in a deluxe room with a king-size bed and a countryside view (Berlin Hotel & Suites) $179 Weekend-night stay in the Apple Blossom Cabin (Cricket Hill Cabins)
$19.47 Dinner at Boyd & Wurthmann (two entrees, including the country-fried steak, and an order of apple dumplings for sharing) $200 Half-day wakeboarding lessons (run through Cricket Hill Cabins — see Web site for more info)

$22.97 Dinner at Troyer’s Country Dining (two entrees, including the pressure-fried chicken, and a piece of the Bag Apple Pie for sharing) $60  Dinner at the Inn & Spa at Honey Run (an appetizer, two entrees and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Ohio’s Breitenbach Cellars)
$219 Sunday-night stay in an adults-only Honeycomb room (The Inn at Honey Run)
Total (not including taxes, tips or surcharges)
$487.70  Per person

For an unencumbered, expansive view of the countryside, spend some time on the Holmes Country Trail. This multipurpose, north-and-south, 15-mile route travels from Fredericksburg to Killbuck.

Amish buggies and horseback riders share the path with bikers, runners, walkers and in-line skaters, courtesy of side-by-side lanes, one paved in asphalt, one done in a chip-and-seal finish for horses. It’s a green route that takes you past wetlands, open farmlands and the communities of Holmesville and Milllersburg.

The small town of Berlin lies just a few miles from the Holmes County Trail. It’s home to a local favorite, Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant, where you can find a true Amish home-style meal.

A mile west of Berlin, you’ll find the Berlin Hotel and Suites with perks including a 26-seat movie theater, a 17,000-square-foot fitness facility and beautifully appointed suites with 50-inch plasma televisions. Dine on the premises at Troyer’s Country Dining for Amish specialties. (Be sure to save room for a piece of Troyer’s famous Bag Apple Pie.)

In Millersburg, the next town over, antique aficionados will be lined up early to search for treasures at the 46th Holmes County Antiques Festival on Oct. 4 and 5. Thirty-five dealers are slated to attend, along with arts-and-crafts vendors.

Check into the Bigham House Bed and Breakfast so you’re just a block from all the action. An elegant, 19th-century home, the Bigham features four-poster beds, fireplaces and Jacuzzis in some suites. The festival weekend will also include a classic car parade on Saturday, along with a fireman’s parade in the evening and a Grand Parade on Sunday afternoon.

After three crowded parades, you may be in dire need of a little privacy. For a secluded getaway in Amish country, plan to stay at Cricket Hill Cabins. Fish in the pond, build a fire in the fire ring or just relax in a Jacuzzi in one of the fully furnished cabins. If you’re looking for some action on the water, you can sign up for wakeboarding lessons at nearby Lake Buckhorn.

Close out your long weekend at the Inn & Spa at Honey Run, a contemporary country inn nestled in woodlands between Millersburg and Berlin. It’s long been a favorite of Northeast Ohioans, who come back for the views, fine dining and choices in lodging: rooms at the inn, 12 rooms called Honeycombs built into a hillside, guest cottages and VIP suites. Relax in the serene setting of the Honey Run Spa — its holistic treatments utilize 100 percent organic products.

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