Fredericksburg, Ohio, Lodging

by Sandy Mitchell

The small village of Fredericksburg, Ohio, is located at the gateway to Northeast Ohio's Amish country, one of the largest Amish settlements in the United States. The town of less than 400 residents -- according to the 2000 U.S. Census -- offers an eclectic collection of small bed-and-breakfast inns, and is within a short drive of the Holmes County flea market, Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen Amish restaurant and other regional eateries, and craft shopping in Berlin, Millersburg and Sugar Creek.

Maria's Bed and Breakfast

Located in the heart of tiny Fredericksburg, this 1886 Victorian manor house is the only lodging within the village itself. The house offers two guest suites, both with private baths, antique queen-size beds and complimentary wireless Internet access. Maria's has a sweeping front porch, where guests may relax and a hearty breakfast each morning. Dinner at Maria's can be arranged with advance notice.

Gilead's on the Lake

Located about five miles south of Fredericksburg, Gilead's bed and breakfast is the most deluxe lodging choice around Fredericksburg. The property combines upscale accommodations with a restful, rural setting. The six-room inn features private baths, fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and free wireless Internet access in all guest rooms. Guests are welcome to enjoy the two-and-a-half acre lake with fishing, paddleboats and a shoreside gazebo. Gilead's serves a complimentary hot breakfast each morning.

Cozy Corner Lodging

Cozy Corner is a free-standing, two-bedroom house available for rent from April through October, ideal for families looking for a home base from which to explore Ohio's Amish country. The rustic home is located on a wooded lot just outside of Fredericksburg and features one bath, a family room, a fully-equipped kitchen and a large backyard with a fire ring.

Farmstead Lodging

Farmstead Lodging offers visitors to Ohio's Amish Country a chance to live on a real, working Amish farm and learn first-hand about Amish culture. The Miller family welcomes guests to the one-bedroom suite in their farmhouse. The unit has a separate entrance as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, bath and sitting room. Consistent with Amish customs, the suite is lighted by gas lamps and heated with a woodstove. Guests also have the option to help work on the 100-acre dairy farm and meals can be taken with the family for an additional fee. Farmstead Lodging is smoke-free.


About the Author

Sandy Mitchell is an Ohio-based writer, blogger and editor. She writes for "The Better Drink" and other online publications. Before devoting herself full-time to writing, Mitchell was a travel agent and cruise school instructor for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University.