"Bounce Back with Benedict's" to Ohio's Amish Country
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COST: $399 pp, based on Multiple Occupancy; $459 Single Occupancy
- MEALS: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch Snack, 1 Amish-Style Dinner
- Musical at Ohio Star Theater: :Josian for President"
- Visit to Walnut Creek Cheese & Local Bakery
- Visit to David Warther Carvings
- Amish Backroads Guided Tour
- 2 Nights' Lodging in Berlin, OH
- Luggage Service
- Hostess Service
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
The Amish and Mennonites are an outgrowth of the 16th Century Anabaptist movement in Europe. During the Swiss Protestant Reformation, this group of people was considered radical for rejecting infant baptism and mandatory military service. They immigrated to America in hope of religious freedom. Having crossed the Alleghenies by covered wagon, where they settled, farmed, and grew, until today their descendants in Holmes and the surrounding counties constitute the largest community of Amish in the world.
From Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the first people of Amish faith came to Ohio and settled along the Sugar and Walnut creeks in 1809. Amishman, Jonas Stutzman was the first white man to settle in eastern Holmes County, making his homestead in Walnut Creek in 1809. Today, 35,000 Amish live in a five-county region (Holmes, Wayne, Ashland, Tuscarawas, and Coshocton) with their population doubling about every 20 years.
While the Amish staunchly guard their identity as a people "separate from the world," they enjoy competing in the marketplace, often offering exceptional goods and services at competitive prices. Most, speaking in a distinct German accent, enjoy interacting with non-Amish. Young Amish children, not yet familiar with the English language, typically watch in quiet awe at the sight of unfamiliar people.
Booking an Amish culture tour or visiting Amih-owned businesses are good ways of interacting with the Amish without infringing on their lifestyle.
Wednesday, September 9
- We will depart from the Terminal at 8 am this morning, with pickups offered in: Mansfield, Blossburg, Liberty, Williamsport
- BREAKFAST is included at RESTLESS OAKS
- Lunch and shopping / walking break at GROVE CITY PREMIUM OUTLETS
- This afternoon, we will arrive in Berlin, OH, where your LODGING is included for a TWO-NIGHT STAY
- Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Thursday, September 10
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel
- Following breakfast, we will depart on an AMISH BACKROADS TOUR along with some AMISH ARTISANS. With our LOCAL GUIDE, we will visit many local Amish Artisans. We will make several stops and see merchandise ranging from cheese makers, candle and candy makers, baskets, leather goods, brooms, and furniture.
- Next, we will visit DAVID WARTHER CARVINGS, where we will see an exhibit that features nearly 90 carvings made by David Warther, a 5th generation carver of Swiss heritage. He works daily in his on-site workshop where he regularly demonstrates carving techniques and tools including his hand filing and sanding method of making the ivory rigging lines. There will also be free time for shopping after this tour.
- Tonight, sit back and relax with DINNER & "JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT" at the OHIO STAR THEATRE. Enjoy a plated dinner prior to the production of "Josiah for President" located by the Carlisle Inn. When former Congressman Mark Stedman throws in the towel on his presidential campaign, his only choice is to return to his home state and decide how to spend the rest of his life ... until he meets Josiah Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania.
Friday, September 11
- BREAKFAST is included at the hotel
- Check out and depart from the hotel at 9:30 am
- Before departing Ohio completely, we will make a visit to a LOCAL BAKERY for some last minute treats.
- LUNCH SNACK and rest break made en route
- Dinner and shopping break made in State College
- Return to Terminal at approximately 8 pm, with wonderful memories of your relaxing Ohio vacation!
- From Wednesday, 09 September 2020 08:00 AM to Friday, 11 September 2020 08:00 PM