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Driving the winding back roads of Amish country can be relaxing and almost mesmerizing at times. It's important to remember what may be hiding just over that next hill or around that next curve. Slow down and be safe as you explore the Amish countryside.
In this edition of Amish Heartland, we share some travel tips and safety tips as you navigate your way through winding back roads. We have highlighted a couple of businesses that should find their way on to your travel list as you plan your next trip to Amish country.
If you haven't yet been, the Guggisberg Cheese Factory should definitely make your list of must-sees. See the cheese making process from start to finish from the large viewing windows while you shop for favorite cheese. Did you know that Margaret Guggisberg herself invented the name Baby Swiss after her husband perfected his first wheel?
Plan a lunch or dinner at the Chalet in the Valley just across the street. Try out delicious foods of authentic Swiss cuisine. A co-worker and I spent a sunny afternoon sampling some of the Chalet's favorites and we were not disappointed. However, I could have gone for a few more of the soft pretzel sticks we received as appetizers.
For dessert, make your way up the hill to Miller's Bakery. It's confection perfection, with homemade treats that have been made from family recipes and made with the same old fashioned techniques. Grab a seat at one of the log benches and take in the smells of fresh baked goods that surround you.
Many people travel to the Amish countryside once the weather warms up, so it is important to remember just who all you are sharing the road with. Be on the lookout for slow moving vehicle signs, children walking to and from school and farm machinery traveling from field to field. But most importantly, enjoy what nature has to offer.