Illinois Itinerary: Illinois Amish Country and Beyond
The Itinerary at a Glance
Discover a simpler world in Arthur, Illinois where over 2,000 Amish live, work and create. This tour will take you through Amish Country to learn about the lifestyle, enjoy hearty food and shop from the fine craftsmen.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Willow Creek Farms
- Enter the home of an Amish Family
- Visit a local Amish buggy maker
Duration: 2 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
What began as a family’s side project has evolved into one of Champaign County’s true staples. Willow Creek Farms, located in Urbana, sources the ingredients for downtown Champaign’s favorite restaurant—V. Picasso. This locally owned farm and event center offers everything from an indoor greenhouse and pollinators for honey, to goats, horses, pigs and cows. Groups can get a first-hand look at where their food is coming from, then taste the delicious flavors of V. Picasso’s cuisine. Cooking demonstrations and lessons are available upon request.
Located in the heart of Amish Country, Arthur is home to over 2,000 members of the Amish Community. Meet your step-on guide at the welcome center in Downtown Arthur where they will begin
to lead you on a journey through the land. See horse-drawn buggies, Belgian horse-pulled field equipment, one-room schools with pony carts lined up in the driveway and grass lot ball diamonds full of Amish children at recess, roadside stands with fresh produce and much more.
Step back in time as you enter the home of an Amish Family. Let your host guide you through their living space and take notice of the handmade items, as well as the similar lifestyle that the home reflects. Take your seat at one of the long tables, constructed by hand right in Arthur. After you’ve taken a moment for a silent prayer, your host will begin serving your delicious home cooked meal. Last but not least, you’ll venture through the family’s farm to see what their daily work consists of. Learn the ins and outs of Amish culture as you’ll be amazed at how similar their life is to yours, minus one thing… electricity.
Visit a local Amish buggy maker as you experience an 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.
End the tour in Arthur’s downtown area, which combines 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 and restaurants. Pick up something old or something new to remember your trip.