Spring Cleaning for the Soul in Amish Country
From the minute I cross the Holmes County line my senses find a retreat. It is as if someone put the rest of the world on mute and I am transported back to a time where basic things matter. In the Amish world, they still do.
The smell of country air, the sounds of birds, the breeze on my face, the sight of a spectacular sunrise and the taste of hearty Amish cooking provide a sense of comfort that is often peeled away by the time-pressed normalcy of life.
My day starts relaxed in my comfortable room at the Miller Haus Bed and Breakfast. It is the first time I can remember allowing the sunrise to serve as my alarm clock. I smell fresh coffee and breakfast and the only sound I hear is the occasional trotting of horses welcoming me to a new day.
After a hearty breakfast and fellowship with other B&B guests it is time to head out to spend the day in a slower pace of life sharing the roads with the Amish horses and buggys. My retail therapy included some chic clothing from the Berlin Village Gift Barn , daydreaming of taking home the magnificent hand-crafted tables and chairs in Homestead Furniture, lunch at Rebecca’s Bistro, three bags of cheese at Walnut Creek Cheese, tons of trinkets at Yoder’s bargain store and a much-needed rest and snack at the Kettle Corn stand in Berlin.
As the day winds down, I drive through the back country roads to appreciate the rolling hills, laundry on the line and the sun setting on rusted farm equipment still in use by the Amish.
When I arrive back at the Miller Haus B&B, fresh cobbler and coffee are waiting. I cannot wait to pick up the book I have wanted to read and enjoy it in the most elaborate surrounding of comfort. There are no televisions here, but plenty of books and puzzles by the fireplace in the main room.
Before I retreat to my room for the night, I stand on the winding porch overlooking the property. The stars are luminaries made brighter by the blackness of the sky. The stillness of the night leaves me with only my thoughts and life reflections. I feel as if I have somehow put life on pause to collect myself for just a moment.
That is exactly how owner LeeAnn Miller wants her guests to feel. “When you can reconnect with others and yourself and your faith, that’s the environment we try to create,” Miller said.
Taking this short trip to Amish country to reconnect with my senses and myself is like spring cleaning for the soul.