As much as I love the seashore and Northern Minnesota, one of our favorite places to escape to is beautiful Amish country. This week Skipper and I were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary, so off we drove to one of our favorite cedar cabins in Berlin, Ohio.
We discovered Donna's of Berlin last winter, and looked forward to returning this spring to a cabin nestled into a hillside. A two-story stone fireplace and a bubbling Jacuzzi in a dormer window alcove in the lofted bedroom is everything we remembered. A bottle of champagne, fresh fruit basket and a selection of fresh homemade Amish cookies were waiting for us in our cabin. The trees were budding and spring flowers were just beginning to bloom, and the birds have never sounded happier!
I love cooking, and I love cabins, and we were totally spoiled here. Each morning a fabulous hot Amish home-cooked breakfast was delivered in a basket to our cabin. A mug of hot coffee and breakfast in front of a quiet fire is a wonderful way to start cool spring mornings! By day we pick up fresh produce, cheese and meat at the Amish farm markets and at night I can cook to my heart's content in the full kitchen. A glass of wine on the porch swing to watch the sunset and a candlelit dinner in front of a roaring fire, just the two of us, is about as perfect as it gets!
Skipper treated me to an afternoon of shopping at Lehman's, an Amish hardware and specialty store, that has some of the most fabulous cooking items you'll find anywhere. Pure, simple, honest cooking and baking - the old fashioned way! I usually leave here wanting to bake bread, churn butter AND plant a fabulous fruit and vegetable garden. I know...keep dreaming!
Before I forget...each cabin has a set of journals, and guests leave personal messages about their stay in the cabins. The weekend before our visit a couple was married in our cabin, and a week earlier a couple got engaged here as well. There is just so much ambiance and loving feelings in this cabin, it feels like coming home!