Racing roller coasters, sky-high waterslides and tropical cruises may sound appealing for your next family vacation, but you’ve done all that before. Why not take your family to a different travel destination this year?
In one county in Southern Indiana, the residents live a quiet, modest life, like is customary to most rural areas. From the dusty dirt roads to the small, family-run businesses, it’s the simple joys in life that keep the people of Daviess County happy—and it’s the hospitable people and service, especially the Amish, that keep it a lesser-known, but fun and interesting, vacation spot.
Daviess County is one of the top 10 biggest Amish settlements in the U.S. Nearly 800 Old Order Amish families live here. And whether you dine at one of their family-style restaurants or attend a flea market, you’ll quickly learn the Daviess County Amish have a reputation for friendliness, and a definite Southern twang.
So, what is there for families to do in Daviess County Amish country?
What to do
Dinky’s Auction Center
[Source: Dinky’s Auction Center Facebook]
Perhaps the biggest draw and weekly entertainment, for both Amish and non-Amish, comes from a Friday night spent at Dinky’s Auction Center. Located in the center of the community, in Montgomery, you’ll find everything anybody could ever want. Six or more auction rings run at the same time inside this 36,000-square-foot building. They sell everything from pigs and horses to farm equipment, furniture and local produce. Enjoy the sights of the items and people, the sounds of the fast-talking auctioneers and the taste of delicious baked goods. The Amish make and sell homemade pies of every type here that are all heavenly.
Gasthof Amish Village
[Source: Gasthof Amish Village Facebook]
Spend a day shopping and eating inside this 92-acre farmland oasis. Stop by The Heuboden to peruse authentic Amish rugs and baskets, jewelry, soaps, lotions, antiques and gorgeous handmade rugs. Then take the kids to The Pig & Fiddle for toys and children’s books, or take yourself for some adult browsing through vintage glassware, collectible jewelry and other antiques. The Village Flea Markets are open from the first Saturday in April to the first Saturday in November.
As far as dining, try the fried chicken or chicken and noodles from the village restaurant’s homemade buffet. And save room for the sweet treats found at the bakery. From a slice of homemade bread to cinnamon rolls, lemon meringue pie and even homemade apple butter to put on your slice of bread, you could spend all your time inside this sweet-smelling bakery.
And while the Amish welcome guests, remember to be respectful of them—like don’t take photos of them, leave room on the road for buggies and don’t feed their horses—and know that all Amish businesses in the area are closed on Sundays.
Where to Stay
Holiday Inn Express Washington
1808 E. National Hwy 50
Nestled inside the heart of Indiana Amish country, this Holiday Inn Express is located near local Amish businesses and other Indiana attractions, such as Spring Mill State Park. It also provides large rooms, a heated pool, a free hot breakfast bar and like is expected in Amish country, a considerate and competent staff.
Gasthof Village Inn
6659 E. Gasthof Village Rd., Montgomery, Indiana
If you want to be right next door to the home-style cooking of the Gasthof Amish Restaurant, then stay here. This charming inn also offers a complimentary breakfast, clean rooms and an accommodating staff.
Grabers Green Gables Bed & Breakfast
8824 N. 900 E., Odon, Indiana
For a home away from home kind of stay, this hidden gem in Odon is where to stay. It’s a cozy and beautiful inn that sits on 13 acres of the Indiana countryside that’s known for its seclusion, hearty country breakfast and main floor library.
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