5 Amish Country Inns and B&Bs You’ll Love
Make your Amish Country trip a getaway by booking a stay at one of these five regional favorites.
Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek,Walnut Creek
Whereas Dutchman Hospitality’s Sugarcreek location caters to families with its pool and playground, Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek is suited for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. Nestled between Coblentz Chocolate Co. and the popular Der Dutchman restaurant, it’s steps away from several other dining spots, shops and activities in the heart of Walnut Creek.
“Everybody has something different they’re looking for,” says general manager Chris Casteele. “Couples come here to relax and find peace and comfort.”
The 52-room inn is wrapping up a multiyear renovation that includes updates to the rooms’ bathrooms and decor, as well as public areas including the front desk and banquet rooms.
Most rooms offer two queens or one king bed, and a handful of executive suites feature a king bed. Nearly all rooms have balconies with sweeping views of the countryside. (See a live view for yourself by visiting the webcam on the inn’s website.)
All rooms feature modern amenities yet pay homage to the location with Amish quilts and handcrafted furniture.The breakfast area, which also received a refresh during recent updates, serves up an enhanced continental breakfast daily, featuring homemade treats from the Carlisle Bakery and a rotating hot item.
For travelers looking to visit various Amish Country destinations, The Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek is well-positioned as a home base.
“We’re centrally located between Sugarcreek, Berlin, Mount Hope and Charm,” Casteele says. 4949 Walnut St., Walnut Creek 44687, 855/400-2275, dhgroup.com/inns/carlisle-inn-walnut-creek
Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg
Visitors who enter the large, white farmhouse that sits on a hilltop along County Road 135 are greeted by Marlene Miller, a smiling, 27-year-old Mennonite woman and the innkeeper of Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast.
Marlene Miller’s parents, Andrew Jr. and Mary Miller, own the nine-room inn. They purchased it in 2016 from Andrew Jr.’s brother Daryl and his wife, LeAnn Miller, a regular on cooking segments on Cleveland’s Fox 8 and “Good Day Columbus.”
The B&B can host up to 21 guests in its quaint rooms. It’s a favorite among sewing and crafting groups, many of whom rent out the entire home to spend a few days working on their projects.
“They want to stay somewhere as close to Amish as they can get,” Miller says, “and we can give them that experience, but we still have electricity and Wi-Fi.”
A full, family-style Amish breakfast adds to the cozy, relaxed atmosphere. The spread includes fruit, eggs, potatoes, meat and baked goods, such as Miller’s raspberry-and-cream-stuffed French toast.
The painter P. Buckley Moss, known for her depictions of Amish life, is a regular guest. Many of her works decorate the inn, along with Amish-made quilts, needlepoint and furniture. An antique turquoise Kalamazoo stove, which serves as a coffee station, is a family heirloom. There have been many offers to buy it, but it’s decidedly going to stay with the Millers.
“Some pieces have been handed down through the generations,” Miller says of the decor. “We love to show them off, but we hold onto them tightly.” 3135 County Rd. 135, Millersburg 44654, 330/893-3602, millerhaus.com
The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg
Michelle Rowland fell in love with The Barn Inn right away. “It has such charm — it’s like a big, welcoming hug,” she says of the early 1900s barn-turned-B&B that she and her husband, Gene, purchased in 2017 from Paul and Loretta Coblentz. The latter couple renovated the barn, the one-time home of the Gehrig family’s Honey Run Dairy Co., and opened it as an inn in 1997.
Inside the doors of the charming red structure, hand-hewn, original beams and a stone fireplace welcome guests to the lobby, lounge and dining room, where a five-course breakfast is served daily at 8:30 a.m. The meal always includes something sweet, such as pancakes or Amish baked oatmeal, and features locally sourced ingredients, such as sausage from Stan’s Meats. Following breakfast, the Rowlands host a Q&A session to answer questions and share highlights of Amish Country to help guests get the most out of their stay.
The inn’s 11 rooms are a mix of standard queen rooms and king suites, with two-person whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. All rooms have private bathrooms and seating on the outdoor balcony, where guests can enjoy the scenery of the lush 7 1/2-acre property and be entertained by the owners’ three goats.
“The most requested rooms are our Jacuzzi suites,” says Gene Rowland, “and that’s because we’re typically a couple’s getaway.” 6838 County Rd. 203, Millersburg 44654, 330/674-7600, thebarninn.com
Market Street Inn, Wooster
Both American and Irish flags greet you on the wraparound front porch at Market Street Inn, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1897. Owners Mary Joy and Tom Lynch, who moved to Wooster from the Cleveland suburb of Parma two years ago, were thinking about buying a bed-and-breakfast in Ireland for their second act, but their five kids and 11 grandkids talked them into staying stateside. As they set their sights closer to home, the couple found and purchased the Market Street Inn in downtown Wooster in September 2017.
Formerly the mansion of Walter Foss, son of Adam Foss, who founded the Wooster Brush Co., the three-story, 8,000-square-foot B&B offers six guest rooms. One is a two-bedroom suite, and another a third-floor owners’ apartment. All rooms have a private bathroom, some of which take you back in time with antique high-tank, water-closet-style toilets, clawfoot tubs and marble sinks.
The interior is well preserved and cared for, too — featuring original stained-glass windows, parquet floors, beaded ceilings and oak, walnut, maple and pine woodwork.
“Thank goodness no one ever painted the woodwork,” Tom says.
The inn is outfitted with antiques throughout, but the rooms are updated with fresh, modern bedding and decor.
Mary Joy makes a five-course breakfast daily that always includes a scone of the day in a seasonal flavor from an old Irish family recipe. She’s happy to accommodate guests’ dietary needs and has a fully stocked hospitality room on the second floor for coffee and tea anytime of day.
“We’re very old-fashioned and we want this to be an experience for our guests,” Mary Joy says. “It’s what sets this place apart from a hotel.” 356 N. Market St., Wooster 44691, 330/262-4085, marketstreetinnwooster.com
Black Squirrel Inn, Wooster
The name and the location are just a few of the things owner Jessica Eikleberry loves about the five-room 1870s Victorian bed-and-breakfast she purchased in 2018. The moniker is a nod to the local fauna, and the location is just down the street from the College of Wooster.
“We have a lot of parents and students visiting the college and a lot of guests for the Ohio Light Opera,” she says. A Wooster native, Eikleberry loves giving insider tips about what to see or do in the area, like having a beer at JAFB Wooster Brewery, which is walking distance from the inn. “I’m totally your person for ‘Ask a local,’ ” she adds.
Eikleberry, a co-founder of Local Roots Market & Cafe, also makes an effort to source her breakfast items locally and is sensitive to guests’ dietary needs.
“In the summer, I ask people, ‘What don’t you eat?’ and then I hit the farmers market,” she says, noting a typical breakfast consists of something savory, like a quiche or frittata, something sweet, such as scones, breads or muffins, and a seasonal salad. “I’m a believer that you should have veggies at every meal.”
Each of the five guest rooms are uniquely decorated and have their own private bathrooms. The Schwartz room is a favorite for its in-room Jacuzzi tub.
Snacks are always out in the dining room, which also features a commercial coffee maker that freshly grinds coffee beans from Cleveland’s Rising Star Coffee Roasters.
“My goal is for this to be a home away from home,” Eikleberry says. “I have a very relaxed attitude about things.” 636 College Ave., Wooster 44691, 330/317-6627, blacksquirrelinn.com