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If I love anything more than food, it’s travel! Since I’ve spent so much time in Holmes County, Ohio, over the years, I thought it would be fun to write “A Tourist’s Guide to Holmes County” so you can enjoy many of my favorite places as well! This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s enough to get you started. These are all places that I’ve been myself. I’ve tried to include valid addresses (in my searchings for discount grocery stores this past summer, I found that not all addresses found online are actually valid, especially when they apply to back roads in Ohio) and websites where they exist. Many of these businesses are owned by Amish families, who, of course, do not have internet and therefore do not have websites. I don’t have pictures of the places on my list, unfortunately, but I’ve included some pictures from my time spent in Holmes County over the years. It’s beautiful country!
The reason I spent several summers in Holmes County. 🙂 My grandparents run this place, shipping South Carolina peaches up to our location on State Route 39 between Berlin and Millersburg.
5841 OH-39, Millersburg, OH 44654 (open June-August)
WCC is one of the largest, most well-known bulk food stores in the area, and they also have a café (get a Stack for lunch sometime!) and ice cream section. Their homemade frozen custard is one of the most amazing experiences in the world (don’t ask me how I know)…but totally not THM. (P.S. – Their gift shop is carrying my cookbook now.)
2641 OH-39, Walnut Creek, OH 44687
One of the classiest yet most down-home eating experiences in Holmes County, Der Dutchman offers Amish-style food favorites. My top pick? The incredible salad bar. That’s usually all I get. Plenty of THM options on there! If you have time to wait, ask for a window seat. The main dining room is basically one gigantic bay window overlooking an expansive green Ohio valley and the view is tremendous. If you want to totally trash your diet, try a maple creamstick from the bakery. They are a Yoder family tradition. It’s been awhile since I’ve had one, but there was a time in my life when I thought nothing of eating a whole one.
4967 Walnut Street, Walnut Creek, OH 44687
While the atmosphere isn’t quite as classy as Der Dutchman, this Mt. Hope restaurant serves many similar dishes.
8101 OH-241, Millersburg, OH 44654
Fabric & Gifts
Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t at a bulk fabric outlet like this one, but they have everything from dress material to fleeces and flannels to notions to quilting material – and all at a stellar price. Last time I was in there the lady at the cash register looked at my check and exclaimed, “No way! You’re not THE Briana Thomas?!?” Haha…if you’re reading this, I remember you! That gave me a nice chuckle for the day.
4568 OH-39, Millersburg, OH 44654
This store has recently moved from its original Walnut Creek location and I haven’t visited the new store yet, but it always has a nice variety of dressy fabric.
108 E Main St, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
This nifty fabric store carries more than just fabric! (Like, my cookbook, for example.)
8114 OH-241, Mt Hope, OH 44660
Lehman’s has an incredible variety of old-fashioned household wares in an impressive general store atmosphere. Definitely worth a trip. If you stop in, tell them to carry my book. I’ve been trying to get onto their bookshelves for months but the cogs run slowly!
4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618
This extremely well-stocked Christian bookstore is located inside the German Village building in Berlin. They sell a lot of my cookbooks!
4900 Oak St, Berlin, OH 44610
YODER BARGAIN STORE
I found this one by accident while I was looking for another store. I saw a small sign at the end of a long lane, so I took a chance and drove back. There I found yet another small backyard store stocked with home goods. Upon tiptoeing upstairs I was shocked to find a very well-stocked bookstore! Kids’ books, cookbooks (including the first THM cookbook!), Christian fiction, everything! I marched out to my van, brought in one of my cookbooks, and asked if they’d be interested in carrying it. They bought a case and are carrying my book now!
7802 Salt Creek Rd, Fredericksburg, OH 44627
SHARE & CARE THRIFT STORE
The store is actually right outside downtown Berlin even though the address reads Millersburg. Holmes County thrift stores have a great variety of Tupperware and dishes as well as books and clothes, and I always check out the greeting card section to pick up cards, post cards, and envelopes for pennies on the dollar.
4663 US-62, Millersburg, OH 44654
SAVE & SERVE THRIFT SHOP
1108 S Washington St, Millersburg, OH 44654
This thrift store is located in the Mt. Hope area and supports the Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp.
7720 OH-241, Millersburg, OH 44654
WEAVER RIDGE SURPLUS
Easy to get to with an impressive array of items, this small discount grocery store is worth a stop.
2495 Co Rd 168, Dundee, OH 44624
ROUTE 62 BENT & DENT
This discount grocery is located back an Amish family’s lane in a garage building, as seems to be typical of many stores in the area. They are well stocked!
1295 US-62, Wilmot, OH 44689
The store had just gotten a bunch of Quest bars when I stopped in, but the lady in front of me took all but 2. 😛
9420 Kidron Rd, Apple Creek, OH 44606
BLESSING ACRES PRODUCE
Not far from The Peach Barn, this small produce stand is run by a widow lady and her family. They offer seasonal produce as well as some fruits, jams, and flowers.
6728 TR 362, Millersburg, OH 44654
Got any to add to my list? Comment below and tell me where I should stop next time I’m in Holmes County!
If you don’t live in Holmes County, you can CLICK HERE to purchase my book!