Ohio Amish Country

One of the highlights of our summer road trip was driving through Amish country in Ohio. We visited a part of northern Ohio with a large population of both Amish and Mennonites. To be honest, aside from the fact that they choose to live a very simple life, I really didn't know much about the Amish. However, after my recent visit, I have to admit that I am in awe of these people. I absolutely loved everything that I saw, from the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, the perfectly organized clothes hanging to dry in the sun, their amazing produce and farmers markets, to their outfits and the awesome beards (my husband was jealous). It was all a breath of fresh air, and far away from the usual pretentiousness that life in a major city tends to cultivate.

The beauty in the countryside was overwhelming, so I simply took pictures everywhere I went. They absolutely love flowers - flowers everywhere...so I think that the Amish and I would be good friends, if only for the love that we share for flowers.

Our non-equine buggy. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Giant hibiscus on someone's front lawn, so of course we stopped for a snap. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

It's not ber-LIN (like the German city), it's BUR-lin! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

To me, there is something very special about people who choose this as their ride and mode of transportation as opposed to cars. Here is a great example of an Amish buggy. For the first couple of hours, my kids were looking for Volkswagen Bugs every time we said "buggy"...until we did some explaining! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A visit to the cheese factory. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

She did give me the look of "Really?!" Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Farmland Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Clothes drying on the line. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Hard to see, but this Dalmatian was relaxing next to the driveway. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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The produce (and pies) were amazing. All fruits and vegetables were about 1/3 of the price I am used to in San Francisco. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We found this abandoned motel about two hours from the Amish farms as we were heading out of northern Ohio. We explored for a bit - which was a lot of fun. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood