This kind of experience doesn’t happen often. Our Amish friends have graciously invited us to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and fellowship on their beautiful farm.
The Amish are known for their beautiful homes, good cooking, and crafting- you’ll experience it all! Beyond enjoying your picnic dinner and traditional desserts, the evening is enriched by warm conversation.
By the time the evening comes to a close, you’ll know why we love this family SO much. Read below for more details.
Arrive at our farm around 3:00-4:00 p.m. Take a map and explore our 15-acre farm at your leisure. Visit the animals and try out the scooters- work up an appetite! Don’t forget to check out the covered bridge and school.
Then, join us for a guided house tour at 3:45 p.m. During this tour you’ll learn about the Amish and their history, religion and culture. We highly encourage that you take advantage of this guided tour to better understand the Amish before the picnic tour.
Your driver-guide will pick you up at the front of our farmhouse. You’ll jump aboard our mini-bus and your driver-guide will take you through the scenic backroads. Keep your cameras ready as you pass Amish homes, farms, and schools.
You’ll arrive at our Amish friend’s house, the dinner location couldn’t be better with miles of countryside in every direction and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens surrounding your table.
The Amish are known to be skilled craftspeople and this family is no exception. The Amish children will lead the craft activity and teach you each step. But please don’t worry, there are no art skills required!
You’ll take your beautiful masterpiece with you.
The Amish are skilled in the art of conversation and love to sit around and chat. Grab some homemade pie and ice cream and take a seat- you never know where the conversation will lead! Ask questions, but be prepared- the Amish are just as curious about you as you are about them.
You can choose to have your dessert outside while watching the sunset or inside the home with the family.
After your belly is full and you’re all talked out we’ll make our way back to our 15-acre farm where we started.
We couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience we had. The Esh family was incredibly kind and hospitable, and made us feel so welcome in their home. Food was great, and the experience was better. 10/10.
The entire Esh Family treats you as friends right from the start and they are excellent hosts--perhaps especially the children. To quote Mr. Esh, "Leave your shy bones on the bus."
Perhaps the best review I can offer is this. When we return to the area, we would do this again--it's not a "once and done" experience. I definitely want to know how Hanna does in sixth grade next year. Maybe she'll help me some more with math. When I mentioned she has two years to go, she gently corrected that it's three: 6, 7, 8. We had a good laugh over my mistake, I told her perhaps I should go to HER school.
The picnic is entertaining, certainly but for us it was more of an opportunity to learn and share. As Mrs. Esh so wisely said during one of our conversations... "We are just people--human beings just like you." For a few hours on the farm, I did not feel like a tourist or "an English among the Amish." We teased one of the children that we weren't not going to leave but would be living with them forever and ever. The big smile we got in return was not forced. I suspect it's not the first time she heard it.
This is an experience. Have positive and realistic expectations, leave your shy bones on the bus and learn--not just about the Amish but about being a human being among other human beings. We are more alike than different and we can and should learn from and enjoy each other.
The tour was excellent. We enjoyed everything about it. We especially loved having our sunset dinner at the Esh house. The food was really great loved the bbq chicken with all the sides and the lemonade was delicious too. Such a lovely family. Enjoyed making crafts and the children were great helpers. They helped with the dinner and crafts. Overall we loved our tour. Will either do this tour again or another tour. Hoping to do the cookies tour at Christmas time.
This tour is not handicap accessible.
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. You must notify us 48-hours prior to the departure time for a full refund.
This tour has a limited capacity of only 28 tickets.
Are you interested in this tour but have a few questions? Don’t see a date you want to book? Email us and we’ll try to accommodate you.
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Masks are required while on the bus, as it is considered to be transportation by the CDC guidelines. Masks are not required on the farm.