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OHIO 2017

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40 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e "Families came here in the 1830s, and some still live here today," said Clarke. " is area looks much as it did 100 years ago and has several of the most celebrated res- taurants in Columbus." Dining establishments that welcome groups include boisterous Schmidt's with its German buff et and house- made sausages; upscale Lindey's; and G. Michaels Bis- tro, housed in a former blacksmith shop, for fi ne dining. Groups won't want to miss e Book Loft, the nation's largest independent bookstore, which sells thousands upon thousands of tomes in 32 themed rooms. Since 1960, the Haus and Garten Tour in June off ers the opportunity to tour private homes that aren't nor- mally open to the public. In summer, Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park performs four to fi ve diff erent pro- ductions. In early December, Village Lights kicks off the season with 10,000 luminaries, live music and holiday treats. YODER'S AMISH HOME MILLERSBURG Holmes County boasts the largest Amish population in the world and a terrifi c region to explore the Amish lifestyle. e authentic 116-acre Amish farm Yoder's Amish Home off ers 30- to 40-minute guided tours of two houses and a 119-year- old barn. e larger home is an example of a modern Amish Courtesy German Village Society ColumbusÕ Schiller Park

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