The Ninth Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns was held on Dec. 10 and 11 and attracted more than 1,300 guests to the area for the two-day event. This was a magical occasion which featured 12 inns on a progressive, drive-it-yourself tour through the beautiful snow covered hills of Ohio Amish Country.
Over the last nine years, the Cookie Tour of Inns has donated more than $112,000 to local charities, fulfilling its mission, which is to provide "An Ohio Amish Country Lodging Council showcasing event which exists to benefit local charities". Proceeds for the 2016 tour will be presented on May 4 at the ACLC Spring Workshop which will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
At each stop on the two-day self-guided tour, guests were thrilled to sample cookies and warm themselves by one of several cozy fireplaces at the inns on the tour. The inns offered inspirational decor and festive music, with some offering live performances and other demonstrations. All proceeds from ticket sales for the 2016 Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns will go to the Holmes County Education Foundation and Lifecare Hospice.
Each year, the charity selections are based on a sincere desire to make an impact in the life of the local community. The Amish Country Lodging Council has chosen Lifecare Hospice for the last several years due to the wonderful care that they provide for patients and families during what can be very trying times.
Likewise, the Council has chosen to create a $25,000 scholarship endowment with the Holmes County Education Foundation for the purpose of assisting an eligible Holmes County resident in their pursuit of secondary education to prepare for an occupation in the hospitality industry.
Inns that were featured on the 2016 tour were: The Barn Inn, Berlin Grande, Berlin Resort, Carlisle Country Inn, Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek, Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek, Comfort Suites Berlin, Garden Gate-Getaway, Guggisberg Swiss Inn, Inn at Amish Door, and the Oak Ridge Inn.
The Cookie Tour would like to thank all of our area inns that have been part of the tour in the past! The 10th anniversary Cookie Tour will be Dec. 9 and 10. Tickets will be available at www.christmascookietour.com after Aug. 1.