A few weeks ago we took a trip to Ohio. We visit regularly to see family but also try to see something new each trip. I'd been wanting to see some of the Amish neighborhoods in Ohio so we took a drive through Middlefield.
Amish central! It's so cool to see the horse and buggies driving down the road alongside cars.
We made a stop at the Middlefield Cheese House which sells delicious Amish cheeses, but for some reason does not allow buggies in the parking lot:
This area of Ohio is known for its Swiss cheese we tried a few different types and they were all yummy!
The shop also had a full size horse and buggy display which I hopped in to get a feel for Amish style. I think I could pull this off, although having a fake horse that stands still may have made it a little easier.
Our final destination for a couple of nights was Penfield House. This is a private home that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is now available to the public to reserve and stay in. It was like living in a piece of art for a couple of days.
Frank Lloyd Wright homes are such a beautiful mix of style and organized living. I actually don't think I could live full time in one of his homes as they don't allow for a lot of clutter, but for a few days it was great!
Furniture like the beds and shelves and desks in the bedroom were built into the rooms when the house was designed and are permanent fixtures.
Penfield House is located in Willoughby, Ohio which is a really cute little town with good restaurants and a fun downtown area.
The house was just down the street from downtown Willoughby but it's set back on some beautiful property so that when you walk out of the house you felt as if you were in the middle of the forest. We saw deer in the mornings and evenings and took walks to the back of the property where the Chagrin River runs past.
As we were so close to the river we took a little fishing break.
My catch was not exactly impressive but it was beautiful outside on the river.
We also took a quick day trip into Cleveland to head to the West Side Market. It's in a cool old building and houses delicious local food.
We picked up cherry donuts and apple fritters for our breakfast the next morning. The fritters were the size of our heads and the cherry donuts were amazing!
We've toured a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright houses but this experience was so special. Spending a few days being able to just sit quietly and look at this home, to sleep in it, to cook and eat here gave us a greater appreciation for the thought and care that Wright put into designing every corner of his homes.