My friend and I flew to the States all the way from Australia to spend time at Goodwin House and enjoy our Amish experience that Robyn had waiting for us .....
But firstly I will begin with Goodwin House itself. THE most gorgeous, historic building smack bang in the centre of the cutest little town of Burton. So convenient that we were able to literally walk down the street to the lovely restaurants and cute little shops. Our room had such character and we felt so at home during our 5 night stay. It was so lovely waking up each morning to the aroma of breakfast cooking downstairs. (As Mums having a holiday away from cooking for hubby and kids, this was absolute bliss!). French toast, bacon, toast with locally made jams, a plate of fresh fruit every morning as well as a fruit smoothie had us not leaving the house hungry. We loved the fact that as much as possible Robyn sourced all these products locally and from the Amish.
Now onto the absolute highlight and reason for our trip - our Amish experience. My friend and I have always been fascinated with the Amish. We wanted to experience more than just a packed bus tour, we wanted something less commercial and more personal. Robyn and I were in contact for about 4 months before our arrival via email back and forth. She asked what WE wanted to see and experience, and she made it happen. If I hadn't kept a diary of what we did and saw each day there is no way I could remember. We did so much! But that was exactly how we wanted it. We went into businesses and shops that only the locals know about. Robyn was able to organise meals in Amish houses and a card making course. We went to a rug weaver, a puzzle maker, quilt shops, soap maker, painter, bookstores, the local produce auction, I could go on and on. And of course a buggy ride which was the highlight of our holiday. There is no way we would have been able to organise all this on our own. Robyn planned a full three days for us including a whole day visiting covered bridges. Her hourly rate was very reasonable and her knowledge of the Amish is astounding.
I cannot recommend Goodwin House and Robyn's Amish tours more highly. My friend and I are planning another holiday back and probably with a lot more people in tow. We haven't stopped talking about it. Robyn, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the work you put into our holiday, you made it so we were able to fully immerse ourselves in the Amish culture. We will never, ever forget it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Goodwin House is a historic landmark near Amish Country in Burton Village, Geauga County, Ohio. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the brick main house was built circa 1828. (The wing is even older.) Original American Chestnut floors and original woodwork. Two spacious guestrooms have all new private baths with extra large Jacuzzi airtubs and separate showers. Four season fireplace in each room. Flat panel TV w/ DVD. Radio w/ CD player. Wireless. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Goodwin House B & B Burton, Ohio