When you’re planning things to do this summer, why only go to the places you have gone loads of times? Instead, head to Amish country. The biggest Amish community is in Arcola and Arthur Illinois. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect to see.
1. The setting of Arthur, Illinois is idyllic.
The air feels cleaner, and the atmosphere feels calmer. But don't worry - there are plenty of things to do. Foodies love Beachy's Bulk Foods - there are all sorts of unique ingredients and mixes for you to make some awesome creations. The Great Pumpkin Patch is another favorite.
2. The Amish in Arthur are very friendly and quite open about discussing their lifestyle.
You can go on a guided audio tour yourself or else go through Amish Adventures and Stellar Tours.
3. Just driving around town will take you back - like, way back.
Who knows what you'll see. All we know is that these people are strong and most of us could stand to get a workout like they do daily.
4. You will definitely want to check out the Arthur Cheese Festival.
This festival is now in its 41st year. You can expect free cheese samples, watch a parade, take in a tractor pull, and much more. This happens on Labor Day weekend and spans three days.
5. You will truly feel welcome immediately.
Whether you're eating at Yoder's Cafe (yes, go) or just exploring the shops in town, you will not feel like a stranger, even once.
6. Arcola is another Amish community, home to a lot of attractions.
Check out Rockome Gardens, the Amish amusement park known for its haunted barn. You'll really enjoy the comfort food over at the Dutch Kitchen. There are plenty of furniture and antique shops for you to browse.
7. It is home to the world's only hippie memorial.
Yes, we are as puzzled as you are. This memorial is a whopping 62 feet long. It's colorful and artistic, and you cannot miss it.
8. Raggedy Ann and Andy are all the rage here.
These dolls have had a special place in the town of Arcola, as the creator's granddaughter owned and operated a Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum. The museum is now closed, but you can still find homage to these awesome dolls across town.
As always, enjoy yourself, but do be respectful as the Amish live their authentic lives.