Once Upon a Countryside...
Looking for peek at Ohio’s countryside as part of your convention planning? Ohio’s Tuscarawas and Holmes county area, only an hour and a half away from Columbus, could be the ticket. Rich in Amish farmlands and old fashioned hospitality, these rural counties offer a look at the farms, people and ways that helped make Ohio the mainstay of Midwest agriculture.
In the heart of Amish country, Kidron, you will find the nostalgic Lehman’s Hardware. Berlin offers Amish and primitive crafts at auctions and festivals all summer long. Check out the Holmes County Fair for more details; August 4th through the 9th. Just a little farther East are the Breitenbach Wine Cellars. In Dover you will find David Warther's ivory ship carvings along with his father's ivory trains. If you decide to build this location into your plans, I recommend staying at the Inn at Honey Run "beehives."
Is history more your tilt? Stop by the Ohio Historical Society’s impeccably restored communities of Zoar during its Harvest Festival, August 2nd and 3rd. Or you can venture over to Roscoe Village on the old Ohio-Erie Canal. Due to the variety of lakes in the area, Muskingum Watershed District's focus is on fishing, boating and nature. And nearby, the Salt Fork State Park has a lodge and cabins to extend your stay.
The fact is, the food will be hot traveling this section of Ohio; you won’t have to wait too long for anything, and the people will be glad to see you. But of course, you will be visiting during the peak tourist season of one of Ohio's main attractions. So you may have to wait a bit for a pretzel.