My husband and I were really wanting to get away from some really stressful happenings in our small hometown, but every place we tried to go (we planned this trip on a really short notice) was full. I decided on a whim to try Amish County in Ohio (which I thought was about 2 hours from where we live, but was really like 4 hours away). Tried several cabins, which were all booked up as well. I asked one of the places I called if he would recommend somewhere nearby that might be open and he told me to try one of the bed and breakfasts in a nearby town. One quick search and I found the Grapevine B&B, one quick phone call and we were in!
We stayed in the Beta Room and it was spotless clean. Had its own bathroom of course, and two beds (one full and one queen). We could open the windows and listen to the rain and hear the Amish buggies rolling by and the horses clip-clopping down the street. The house was beautifully decorated, and the people we met were all super friendly.
The owner, Marlene, (I think she is the owner?) was nice as she could be. We met her and sat on the porch (in the amazingly comfortable rocking chairs) and talked to her and another couple we met there one evening. She had a lot of knowledge about her Amish neighbors and was very interesting to talk to.
The Grapevine House is in tiny Winesburg, Ohio. There is a place down the street that serves ice cream and pizza (a very very short walk, maybe 1/2 a block away or so) but we didn't get to eat there. Everybody said the pizza was amazing so of course we are already planning another visit back for that! There is also a coffee shop, like almost directly across the street. We didn't get to try that one either. We were only there for Friday evening and all day Saturday (everything is closed on Sunday) and there just wasn't time. We went to nearby Berlin and Millersburg to eat both days. But of all the places we went, I think Winesburg was my favorite because of the laid back atmosphere. Seriously, if I could I would move to this town. We liked it that much. Felt very safe. Felt like my town used to feel, back in the 70s when I was a kid.
The only downside (if you call this a downside) is there was really no "breakfast". I mean, there was a full kitchen and you could have made a bowl of cereal or had a doughnut or yogurt, but we wanted a real Amish breakfast so we drove about 3 miles to the Der Dutchman restaurant to have breakfast. We knew all this going in, though, and didn't mind the breakfast thing.
I want to visit again soon and bring my mom. She would love it here. :)
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