Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Der Dutchman Restaurants

Dutch Valley Restaurant & Bakery 
1343 Old Route 39
Sugarcreek, OH 44681
(330) 852-4627

There is something inherently intriguing about a culture that lives so modestly without many of the luxuries of modern technology that they choose to ride horse and buggies over driving in cars, and opt to not use electricity (thus not reading this blog entry). A prominent Amish (or Amish Mennonite) population of approximately 50,000 people exists throughout the rural parts of Ohio, which is more than any other state in the Union (despite many of them speaking a language referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch). Thus, it is only logical that those of us who are not familiar with this sub-sector of our state to take a road trip to areas of the state where we can learn more about them.

The perfect place to become educated and experience the minimalist lifestyle of the Amish is at one of the five Der Dutchman Restaurants in Ohio (one also exists in neighboring Indiana). The restaurants are: Der Dutchman Restaurant & Bakery in Walnut Creek, Dutch Valley Restaurant & Bakery in Sugarcreek, Berlin Farmstead Restaurant in Berlin, Der Dutchman Restaurant & Bakery in Plain City, and the Dutch Kitchen, also in Plain City.  In case you feel you live too far to one of these locations, there are also inns on site so you can stay overnight. Shops and entertainment are also at each location, so you are sure to have plenty to do if you decide to make a weekend out of it.

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