We invite you to slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures just south of Champaign County as you enter the Amish Country in Tuscola and Arthur, the oldest and largest settlement in Central Illinois.
You’ve arrived when horse-drawn buggies join you on the road, or you see many people out on bicycles, traveling to work or to the store. These slower modes of transportation are just some of the visual representations that you’re surrounded by a different culture.
The people of Amish Country will also usher you into a different mindset. From the woodworkers to bakers to farmers, you’ll meet the kindest individuals, ready to welcome you into their world.
“Groups will be accompanied by a step-on guide to showcase a different way of life, from one-room schoolhouses to woodworking and heartwarming food,” explains Caitlyn Floyd, Visit Champaign County. “This is truly an Outside of Ordinary experience in the Midwest.”
Dinner in an Amish Home
Step back in time as you enter the home of an Amish Family. As your host guides you through their living space, take notice of the handmade items, as well as the similar lifestyle that the home reflects. After you’ve taken a moment for a silent prayer, your host will begin serving your delicious home cooked meal! You’ll also venture through the family’s farm to witness their daily work.
Amish Buggy Shop
Visit a local Amish buggy maker as you experience and in-depth tour of his buggy shop. See the ins and outs of creating the undercarriage, the buggy body, and listen as he discusses the old art of wheel making. Finish up the tour with a short buggy ride, completing the true Amish experience.
Flesor’s Candy Kitchen
Sisters Ann and Devon Flesor revived their grandfather’s Candy Kitchen, which originally opened in 1901, to bring candy and ice cream back to Tuscola. Groups can learn from Devon, who creates small-batch, sugary confections, while Ann hand-dips the candies. As they don’t use preservatives, the candy is made daily, with thousands of pounds of candy being produced annually. Enjoy lunch on-site and enjoy their homemade ice cream and their old-fashioned soda machine!
Walking Tour & Shopping
Arthur and Tuscola combine history and local shopping to create a unique experience for all! Stroll the streets of downtown Arthur, where you’ll find a variety of gift shops, unique craft shops, furniture stores, antiques, restaurants and more! In downtown Tuscola, you’ll find various antique shops as well as The Vault Art Collective, a gallery featuring over 50 local artists. Pick up something old or something new to remember your trip!