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The Tiny Amish Town In Illinois That’s The Perfect Day Trip Destination

Only In Illinois
Only In Illinois
 2021-09-26

Have you ever wanted to see and explore Illinois’ Amish country? The perfect day trip destination, Arthur is located in “The Heart of Illinois Amish Country” where life is simpler and seeing a horse and buggy travel along the street is the norm. Take a step back in time and spend the day exploring the village of Arthur, Illinois.

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Home to the oldest and largest Amish community in the state, Arthur has a population of just under 2,300 residents. While it is a small village, it has a lot to offer and is the ideal place to explore on a day trip!
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To learn a little bit about the Amish community, start your visit at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center. Here you'll find a historic farm as well as the oldest Amish house in the state. This is the best place to learn a bit about the culture and get a better understanding of the Amish in Illinois.
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Seeing a horse and buggy traveling down the street in Arthur is normal and just adds to the charm of the town. But once you spot one, you'll feel as though you've been transported to a different era.
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Although it is small, Arthur offers quite a bit including restaurants, bakeries, festivals, and more. And a visit to Arthur, Illinois would not be complete without stopping at Yoder's Kitchen.
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Yoder's Kitchen is a must-visit in Arthur. Not only is it a restaurant that serves some of the best homemade food you'll have, including many Amish dishes, but it has a buffet and a gift shop as well. Sit down for a delicious meal and then pick up some Amish goods in the store.
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The best place to get Amish baked goods in Arthur is at The Homestead Bakery which also hosts its annual Great Pumpkin Patch!
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The Homestead Bakery is filled with delectable Amish treats. You won't be able to resist the cinnamon rolls! Have one here and then take a pack home.
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If you're in the market for handcrafted furniture, Arthur is the place to come. You'll find pieces made with outstanding craftsmanship that will last a lifetime.
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As for festivals, there's one in particular that draws the crowds. People flock from all over the region to attend the annual Arthur Cheese Festival, held every Labor Day weekend. It's an incredibly fun time, especially if you love cheese! During the festival, you can sample cheese, join a cheese-eating contest, enjoy live music, and participate in cheese curling.

As you can see, Arthur has a lot to offer and is the perfect day trip destination. Have you been to Illinois’ Amish country? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments! For more information on the village of Arthur, visit the website and Facebook page.

Looking for other small Illinois towns to visit? You can read about the most beautiful small Illinois towns in this post.

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Karen Sansone
09-26

We use to go visit my Grandmother in Bement every summer when I was a child. Aways made a trip to Arthur and Rockholme Gardens.

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Ginger Grzanich
09-26

we make a trip down from peoria area every year there is lots to see and shop there

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