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!
oh i love Troyers. And of course downtown Berlin and backroads around Berlin. i need a trip there soon!
Lois Ann Snider
I fell asleep on the Amish show last night. It is so "far out" it should be canned.
I was there week-end before last and it was soooo crowded, but I loved it anyway. I loved Troyer's. What a great store. I met an Amish women who worked in a book store. She was very knowledgable and very friendly. This is such a great trip. Looking forward to my next one.
My husband and I visited Holmes County this past Saturday and couldn't have asked for a prettier day for it. The weather was just beautiful along with the foliage just starting to turn their fall colors. I took some pictures while we were there and would like to share some of them, but don't know how to get them to you, Kevin. I posted some of them on my facebook page, too. A lot of my facebook friends and family loved looking at them. We went to Lehman's hardware, hit a couple flea markets (Walnut Creek flea market), and also went to Troyers market. I took pictures of the fall decorations they had out front of the store...really cute! My husband and I go to Holmes Co every year for the nice ride and scenery....but don't care for the bumper to bumper traffic around Berlin.
I forgot to mention that Wanda Brunstretter was also at the Holmes Co flea market signing books Saturday, but we didn't make it to that flea market. We were too tired to walk through another flea market. We are seniors, and can't take all of that walking like we used to. So I missed seeing Wanda. I've read a lot of her books, and loved them.