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The coming months are looking "healthy" for Amish country as the Holmes County Health Department has nearly put out the flames that were once a rapidly spreading case of the measles. Amish country shopping is in full swing and there is always an abundance of places to find authentic Amish cuisine.
If you're fearing the worst and changing your summer and fall travel plans for Amish country because of the measles virus, be sure to get the facts first. We sat down with Dr. D.J. McFadden of the Health Department in order to answer some of your most frequently asked questions about the disease.
The biggest take away is to make sure you are vaccinated. The measles scare should not be a threat to most of the population as many are required to have their Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shots as children or before going to public schools. Getting the vaccine is not only a precaution for yourself, but you are minimizing the chances of spreading it on to others.
Don't let the measles stop you from catching some of the most beautiful views the countryside has to offer. Speaking of views, a drive out to Farmerstown to visit Country View Wicker should be on your travel list. The store front sits on a beautiful, rural rolling landscape overlooking the rich farmland of Amish country.
If you happen to be in the market for lawn furniture, then this stop just got even more valuable. Their quaint showroom shows the latest in wicker décor from benches and loveseats, to vanities and dressers. Both indoor and outdoor options are available for your patio or sunroom, or outdoor entertaining needs.
As if the view of the countryside wasn't enough, a nature preserve located at the gates of Amish country provides the most serene setting of natures beauty. The Wilderness Center in Wilmot was developed as a way to preserve and protect nature and teach the public the importance of conservation. Miles of walking trails and views of natures wildlife make the Wilderness Center a top destination stop for your travel list.
Amish country is just as healthy and thriving as ever. There are many stores awaiting your shopping pleasure, restaurants with the heartiest of menus and countryside views just waiting to be discovered. Come, shop, enjoy!