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Love Notes

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: February 3, 2014 12:00 AM
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When was the last time you got out an old fashioned pen and paper and wrote out how you felt about the one you love. Sure, you could type out a romantic email or text message, but that message could carry so much more meaning if you took the time to create it by hand.

It seems that the "English" (non-Amish) culture has drifted away from the art of letter writing. The Amish, on the other hand, are no strangers to this form of communication and still practice it widely. In order to stay in the loop with what is going on from community to community the Amish write letters to one another. Circle letters are special letters that the Amish participate in and share common interests and hobbies with other Amish in and around their communities.

Plan a romantic getaway in the secluded countryside of Sugarcreek. Treat your significant other to a day of wine tasting and sampling some of the finest cheeses from Broad Run Cheese House. Find out why Nancy Schindler's guests love coming back year after year. Nancy and her four legged companion love to make their guests feel welcome as they relax with a glass of wine and good conversation.

Maybe it's your first time visiting Amish country and you have become fascinated with the culture but don't completely understand it. Consider making your first stop at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center. Learn the history of the Anabaptist culture with a 30-minute tour of "Behalt" - a 265 foot wide by 10 foot tall mural that depicts the story of the Amish and Mennonite people.

Before you head home from your Amish country adventure, be sure to pick up some Amish goodies at the Red Tomato Market. This upscale, bulk food store has everything from fresh produce to specialty dry Amish goods. Grab some lunch at the small soup and sandwich shop and check out the deli for some of Amish country's finest meat and cheese selections.

The gently falling snow and the sounds of horse and buggy galloping through the countryside creates the perfect romantic atmosphere. Write a love note to your significant other letting him or her know how much they mean to you and surprise them with a getaway to Amish country this Valentine's day.


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