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Peak Fall colors are just about here and when they’re gone you’ll have to wait another full year to see them. Step into Geauga County, Ohio and stay at Punderson Manor for a great getaway. Not only are there a lot of services and amenities at the Manor but there is a lot to see in Geauga County.
The beautiful Amish country side will leave you breathless at it’s beauty and of times gone by. Visit downtown Burton and the surrounding areas for a fun and relaxing walk around the town circle. While there enjoy a visit to Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp Products. This store is like walking in to a piece of history. Learn about Maple Syrup Making, different grades of syrup and enjoy different types of candy they make. While the candy and syrup making is behind glass you can watch the amazing process in action.
We were even given a sample of syrup to try and told to stir. We stirred until it became a creamy mixture that tasted a lot like real Maple Fudge!
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Sirna’s Pizzeria. I was able to sample many different kinds of their pizza with my husband and we both agree it’s the best pizza we’ve ever tried. Why you may ask? Well Sirna’s believes in only the freshest ingredients, you’ll find the ingredients come straight from the farm. Geauga Proud, Sirna’s Pizzeria started in 2013 with the goal of providing the best family Italian experience with the healthiest ingredients. You’ll find our family’s “farm to table” mantra has carried into the finest and unique fare which is grown right in our own community and chemical free. Our pride and dedication can be found in everything we make and we’re proud to be your neighbor!
My husband and I were honored to be guests at an Amish Farm home, we’ll call Emma. She share different traditions and information about the Amish way with us but really went into detail about Amish weddings. The Amish know how to celebrate in style with family and friends, but that is another story. Emma has an Amish bakery and craft goods store. She offers delicious breads and cookies that will have you drooling. Her store offers quilted goods, knit goods as well as beautiful wooden toys that any child would have fun with. Meeting Emma and hearing her story gave me a whole new look at the Amish people.
The Middlefield Cheese House was also a neat place to visit. When you pull into their drive way you can see milk trucks pulling in and out. You can also see them being washed and sanitized and to me as a consumer that is important. Go inside and there is a sitting/education area adjacent to their store. Buy many different cheese from Bacon Cheddar to Pepper Jack and their specialty? Swiss Cheese. While there I learned that Swiss Cheese has many of the same good bacterial properties that yogurt contains.
We visited a place called End Of The Commons General Store. This neat place will take you back to years past. MANY year past where there was penny candy, merchantile stores, ice houses and more. It’s an amazing place to visit and even more amazing to shop. Their collections of candy, ice cream, cookie cutters, cookie decorations, glass bottled sodas, and novelty items will have you leaving with a bag full of fun goodies.
Next door to the General Store is old fashioned gas station that will take you back to the 50s and across the street a giant wooden structure of a horse and carriage.
Finally we were going to visit the Observatory Park. This natural 1,100 acre area in Montville Township is a dark sky park. This is one of only 15 Dark Sky Parks in the US and 20 in the world to receive such a designation. Unfortunately, it rained while we were there and we were unable to vist but it also has hiking trails and is a great place to visit.
I have been visiting Ohio all of my life and am still learning of many new and fun places to take my family. Geauga County, offers plenty for the whole family to do while staying at Punderson Manor.