September 18-21, 2019
Wednesday, September 18
Arrive mid afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. Visit Old Worthington – This beautiful, historic town that is steeped in New England tradition, you will find a progressive, vibrant community that is bustling with today’s latest experiences and activities. Beautiful tree-lined streets, American flags on every downtown lamppost and quaint charm greet every visitor to Worthington. Craft your own card at Igloo Letterpress on an antique hand-operated press. Igloo is a magnet for creatives, creators, and crafters. They collected roomfuls of precious equipment built to bring ideas to life and put hands to work, they spark creativity with machines, type, and illustrations that are steeped in history, and welcome all to come and be inspired. Afterwards you will visit The Candle Lab. The Candle Lab has been helping people discover the magic of custom fragrance for over ten years. Whether you choose to pour a candle, create your own scented body lotion, or craft a room spray, you’ll find your perfect scent – and have fun creating it! Enjoy dinner at Buca di Peppo- An Italian Family Style Italian Restaurant with lots of variety and foods! The dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by the entire table. Nothing brings a group closer together than trying a bit of this and a taste of that. Buca has the perfect flavor and atmosphere for any gathering.
Thursday, September 19
In the morning, learn how chocolates are made at the world famous Anthony Thomas Candy Company. Walk along a glass-enclosed suspended catwalk to see candy made at the state-of-the-art candy factory. A guide will explain each process step-by-step from the kitchens to the final packaging. Afterwards visit the Franklin Park Conservatory – A spectacular botanical gardens. There’s always something in bloom and waiting for you to explore at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The extensive gardens and art collections pulse with life and bring the truly exotic wonders of nature right to you. Explore over 400 species of plants from around the world. Experience the beauty of the natural world, no matter the weather. After an included lunch, we will visit the famous German Village. German Village is currently considered one of the most desirable areas to live in the city. More than 1,600 buildings have been restored since 1960, and it is credited as one of the most premiere restoration districts in the world. After the tour have a special German evening at Schmidts Sausage Haus. Schmidt’s can trace its German Village roots back to 1886, making it one of the longest operating family businesses in the area. They have been perfecting their recipes from generation to generation. The restaurant may be best known for their delicious sausages, but do yourself a favor and leave room for dessert — their cream puffs are equally iconic.
Friday, September 20
Depart for Ohio Amish Country. Our first stop will be Walnut Creek Cheese, a shopping experience that showcases the most delicious foods of Amish Country. Over 10,000 people visit the store each week to sample and purchase cheese, meats, local fruits, vegetables and baked goods. In the Cannery, you’ll find jams, jellies, sauces, granola, and even corn mush. Butter Churn Kitchenwares has many practical and decorative ideas for the kitchen and dining room including the area’s largest selection of Amish and Mennonite cookbooks. You’ll have plenty of time for shopping and having lunch on your own in the Mudd Valley Café and Creamery located on the second floor. Save room for ice cream! This afternoon explore The Farm At Walnut Creek. Located near the heart of Amish Country in Ohio, The Farm at Walnut Creek hosts over 500 animals, comprised of species from six of the seven continents. The menagerie includes exotic animals such as giraffes, camels, zebras, and kangaroos along with more common animals like horses, llamas, buffaloes and deer. Visitors have the opportunity to view and hand-feed the animals from a conventional car or a horse drawn carriage. You can also get close to some of the animals in the petting area. Check in at your hotel and this evening enjoy an Amish Country dinner theatre, attached to your hotel! A Theater presenting comedic, family-friendly variety shows on a stage built to look like a barn.
Saturday, September 21
This morning you can visit an Antique Shop, Quilt Store and the famous Christmas Store all located outside the hotel. En-route home we will stop at the famous Coblentz Chocolate Store. Coblentz Chocolate Company holds true to the local traditions of doing things the old-fashioned way. They use the freshest ingredients. No shortcuts – chocolates are hand-dipped and truffles hand-rolled. A family-owned and – operated business, Coblentz Chocolate Company began in 1987 with just three employees and forty varieties of chocolate specialties. Today, they produce 114 varieties of chocolates. Visiting the headquarters in Walnut Creek is like stepping back in time to an old-fashioned candy store, with well-stocked counters of tempting morsels and signature brown boxes. Afterwards, enjoy an Amish country buffet lunch before heading home!
• Old Worthington
• Igloo Letterpress
• The Candle Lab
• German Village
• Schmidts Sausage Haus
• Anthony Thomas Candy Company
• Franklin Park Conservatory
• The Farm at Walnut Creek
• Amish Country Dinner Theatre
• Coblentz Chocolate Store
• Amish Country Buffet Lunch
• Roundtrip Motorcoach
• Admissions & Guided Tours per Itinerary
• 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations
• 8 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 4 Dinners
• Baggage Handling
• Taxes and Gratuities on Included Items
$995 per person / Double occupancy – $58 Insurance
$1,295 per person / Single occupancy – $93 Insurance
Deposit – $300 per person due at registration
Final balance due June 13, 2019
For more information about this trip, contact Sheri Rodebaugh at 217-258-0440, or toll free 866-661-2582.