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Amish Country Ohio for the Holidays

A poster for The Christmas Tree Ship, a production taking place in Amish Country

At the time of this writing, COVID cases are on the rise and the Delta variant is lurking about. By the time you read this, hopefully we are able to be out and about, freely enjoying all the wonderful experiences that have become part of our holiday season.

For some of us, the family traditions of our childhood have fallen away, replaced by new traditions introduced by the next generation. We all know life is constantly changing, bringing new ideas we embrace and enjoy; but there are times changes in life call for difficult adjustments. No matter where you find yourself in life, the holidays are coming whether sweet or bittersweet. Here are some ideas for embracing and enjoying the inevitable.

If you are looking for holiday adventures close to home, a place with a long history in the memory-making department, Ohio’s Amish Country will fill your cup ‘til it overflows.

For inspirational entertainment, the Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek has an amazing lineup this season.  Tickets are available at www.ohiostartheater.com. The Christmas Tree Ship is the current musical on the Ohio Star Theater stage, playing November 9 through December 31. This musical is inspired by the true story of the Schuenemann family, known for bringing Christmas trees to Chicago in the early 1900’s. Despite the cold, wintry weather, they loaded their ship with trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and set sail across the lake. This is a story you won’t soon forget.

Live holiday concerts often become traditions, creating memories in moments shared together despite the cold and snow swirling outside. The concert lineup at Ohio Star Theater includes Christmas with The Nelsons (sons of Ricky Nelson), a Booth Brothers Christmas Concert, Steve Green, and special shows by Doug Church’s Salute to the Stars Country Christmas featuring tributes to Dolly, Kenny, and Elvis.  Rounding out the holiday concert schedule is The Prophecy Show: A Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute.  This amazing show will surprise and delight all ages.

If you have time for an overnight visit, Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek is located just steps away from Ohio Star Theater, plus Dutch Valley Restaurant and Bakery, Dutch Valley Gifts, and Dutch Valley Market are all on the campus. Arrive. Park your car. Enjoy.

The Carlisle Inn lobby, decorated for Christmas. Located in Amish Country

The Carlisle Inn won’t let you get lazy. There is a pool and a fitness room. No excuses for eating too much and exercising too little. The beautiful all-season pool and hot tub enclosed behind glass walls will let you sit by the pool, in the pool or in the hot tub as you watch the snow pile up outside. It’s warm as wool by the pool.

It’s been a long time since things felt normal. Maybe it’s time to plan something to celebrate. Celebrate the holidays. Simply celebrate living.

The Dutch Valley campus is just seven miles west of I-77 at exit 83 in Dover and you’ll find delicious food, a bakery and café, boutique shopping (with free gift wrapping), a market, a theater, and a spacious, comfortable inn. The welcome mat is always out. Check the websites www.carlisleinns.com and www.ohiostartheater.com for more information.

Amish Country Ohio for the Holidays

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