Amish settlements sprawl throughout Holmes County, highlighted by clean, crisp houses, beautiful flowers, and colorful laundry on the line. Take a look at this spacious farm with its white fences against an ice blue autumn sky. In autumn the roads of Holmes County begin to clog with out-of-towners seeking a more serene experience. Ironically, so many out-of-towners arrive that they bring with them the very traffic jams and noise they are trying to escape. On a Monday and Tuesday, days that you'd think would feature thinner crowds, plenty of people were still milling around Berlin's touristy downtown and cars were bumper to bumper at times on Main Street. Still, the vast majority of visitors stick to the main roads and touristy areas. I prefer to just cruise the backroads. There, one is rewarded with amazing sights and sounds (or lack of sounds) that transport one to a quieter time. Take a look at these beautiful fall flowers exploding in a riot of pink outside an Amish home northwest of Mount Hope.
The non-Amish aren't the only ones who can create traffic jams, the parking lot of Troyer's outside of Berlin was all buggies!