Earl Grey Scones with Tart Cherries and White Chocolate Glaze and day one in Ohio Amish Country with a stay at The Inn at Honey Run

by Irvin on April 9, 2012 · 22 comments

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These Earl Grey Tea Scones with Tart Cherries and White Chocolate Glaze are magnificent for breakfast or for an afternoon tea snack.


I was in a bit of daze when I woke up Thursday morning, after traveling across country the day before. I had been invited to visit Ohio Amish Country some time back, but because of circumstances beyond my control, I couldn’t commit to saying yes or no. Of course I wanted to go to Amish Country (gorgeous hand-crafted furniture, bearded men in suspenders and horse drawn buggys? Yes please!) but there was a project that I might have been involved with during that exact same time. Then, it turned out, the choice was made for me (rejected!) and with a sigh of relief I immediately confirmed my attendance to Ohio Amish Country Three Great Inns Tour. Traveling across the country to Columbus, Ohio isn’t the easiest from California, especially when there were limited seats available due to my last minute travel plans, but thankfully I got there in one piece. Had I not gone, I wouldn’t have been inspired to make these Earl Grey Tart Cherry Cream Scones with White Chocolate Glaze. (Jump directly to the recipe.)


Once I showered and woke up properly from that first day, I headed over to the only food option I had, the Waffle House across the street. I was in a hotel near the airport and was going to be picked up with my blogger pal Brian from A Thought for Food, who was flying in that morning from Boston. I wasn’t super impressed with the Waffle House, but thankfully the feast of food in the next couple of days would compensate. Once Brian arrived, we drove a couple of hours to meet up with the rest of the bloggers, only to arrive late at the first stop, Velvet Ice Cream. Sadly we didn’t get a chance to get the tour, but we did have a chance to taste their ice cream.


Brian and I finally caught up with the rest of the bloggers, including Deb and the Professor from Smith Bites (I adore them and their site), Greg from Sippity Sup (I’m totally anticipating his upcoming cookbook on savory pies), Jane from The Heritage Cook (she’s fantastic fun), Linda from Ohio Magazine (we bonded over our love of broadway musicals) and Rich from Ohio Country Living (an unassuming but hilarious fellow), as well as our awesome hosts for the tour, Amy and Jamie from Weirick Communication (the best, absolutely the best people). We met up at the Lehman’s department store, where we discovered all the wonders of old school toys, non-electric kitchen equipment and old school wood burning ovens that look like they would reside in a steam punk novel. The endless wall of cookie cutters had me in awe but really it was the toys that I was enamored with. Not a single one of them had a USB port. Say what?!?


Actual cowbells. A wall of cowbells. (insert SNL joke reference here)

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Because sometimes those small cowbells aren't loud enough to call your 10 children in for dinner


More cookie cutters than you can shake a fist at.


A wall of vintage bottles and keys on display (these weren't for sale).


A woodfire oven, perfect inspiration for that steampunk novel you're writing.


Who doesn't love a sock monkey? And remember those Little Golden Books from childhood?


I love these toy rocking horses. Seriously.

It had started to rain during our first day in Amish country and when we arrived at The Inn at Honey Run it had begun to pour. We braved the storm and took a quick ride in an Amish buggy, chatting with our Amish host as he told us about his life and how he loves Montana where he just moved back from (apparently there is an Amish community there). It was cold and wet, but the scenery was picturesque and somehow the beating rain on the buggy canvas top just enhanced the experience.


In the horse drawn buggy.


Amish country road in the buggy.


Amish farm from the roadside.


Amish country. In the wintertime, stark and lovely at the same time.

Dinner at The Inn at Honey Run was pretty wonderful. A progressive meal, where we moved around the Inn to different buildings and areas, we started off with pomegranate drinks that were a brilliant ruby red in the ice sculptures that they were set in (fancy pants!) along with vegetarian sushi rolls made from farm fresh produce and powerpacked flavorful microgreens. From there we moved to the patio area where we all huddled close to each other to keep warm as we drank mulled hard cider, dipped grilled vegetables in fondue and ate fantastic grilled pork belly. Mmmm. Pork Belly!


Pomegranate cocktails were deceptively strong.


Farm fresh local produce ended up as vegetarian sushi.


Have I mentioned how much I love pork belly? I do.

Afterwards we went over to one of the cabins and had Ohio wine from Troutman Vineyards, cheese and bread as well as lobster risotto and other delightful nibbly food. We thought the main courses were going to end there, but we moved onto the restaurant Tarragon’s lounge where we were served their interpretation of “bar food” deconstructed sliders, grilled cheese and fish and chips along with signature cocktails made from local distillery Watershed. Of course no meal is complete without dessert, which included an apple pie with stick sweet caramel sauce, crème brulee and a whipped peanut butter pie all served with luscious Troutman Vineyards Ice Wine. We all rolled ourselves to bed.


The cabin at The Inn at Honey Run was beautiful, but I was preoccupied with the lobster risotto.


Also cheese. the cheese drew my attention as well.


And right when I thought we were done with food, they pull this out for us.


But then, what meal is complete without dessert?


And, of course, dessert wine.

The next morning had me waking up bright and early and running down to watch Chef Scott Fetty and his small staff prepare us the first meal of the day. Chef Fetty has an impressive pedigree, training at CIA in Hyde Park, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and E’cole d’Lavarrene in Burgundy but all that means nothing if his food isn’t fantastic. Thankfully he delivered, with the fantastic food from the day before, and the breakfast spread that was prepared for us that morning. I tried not to get in his way in the kitchen as I took my photos, and he and his staff were very accommodating. Highlights included oatmeal pancakes, sausage, bacon, Amish quiche and an assortment of baked goods that had me paralyzed with fear that I had picked the wrong one (I picked two actually, and shared a third one with Brian). Thankfully I had taken one of their signature scones, made by their pastry chef, a former Amish woman. The tender sweet white chocolate dried fruit scones was fantastic and had me thinking I had to make a variant for myself.


Chef Scott Fetty.

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Cutting up fresh fruit for the guests


The pastry chef is formerly Amish. I asked Chef Fetty if it was OK to take photos of her. His response was “I think so. I would ask her, but she DOES have a Facebook page…”


Chef Fetty in action.


My meal, or at least part of it (I may or may not have gotten seconds).


The breakfast spread.

While eating breakfast, we were joined by an Amish man who humored us by answering questions about the Amish culture. Though they are often lumped together, the Amish actually have 27 different sects amongst themselves, often times with subtle differences that only the Amish will notice (rubber wheels or the size of the window on their buggy might tell you what sect they are on). Ohio happens to be one of the largest populations of Amish, but they are spread out from Maine to Montana. It’s true that most Amish prefer not to be photographed (it really depends on the sect), but the main reason is because they prefer not to have random strangers jump out in front of them and to randomly take a photo of them (perfectly understandable, no one likes the papparazi). However, most will politely tell you no if you ask them if it is OK to photograph them, as that would be construed as posing for a photograph, which is a form of pride, something their church is adamantly against. I tried to respect their wishes, photographing their hands or bodies, but every now and then a face snuck into the picture.


Amish man, with a beard and suspenders.

The Amish are a fascinating culture and the countryside beautiful. I left the Inn at Honey Run impressed with everything that I had experienced there from their top rate fine dining focusing on fresh local ingredients to their various rooms, cabins and décor. I know that they are slowly remodeling their buildings (we didn’t have a chance to see their honeycomb rooms, which they joked were their hobbit room, as they were set in the hill, because they were painting them). Perhaps it’s an excuse for me to go back there again!


The sign in the lobby for The Inn at Honey Run.


The dining room at Tarragon, the restaurant in The Inn at Honey Run.


Little details from The Inn at Honey Run made it all the more charming.

Special thanks goes to The Inn at Honey Run, The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and Murphin Ridge Inn for hosting me for this trip to Ohio Amish Country. All travel, accommodations, meals and tours were provided by the hosts. That said, I was not compensated otherwise for what I wrote above and everything I have written is my own opinion. 

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Belinda @zomppa April 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

Beautiful photos! Those wood-burning stoves are gorgeous, as our the scones. And dearest, you and me and pork belly!!


Brian @ A Thought For Food April 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

A lovely recap. It was so much fun spending some quality time with you and the rest of the gang.

And I can’t wait to try out these scones! They look marvelous!


sippitysup April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

You captured it all so well. See you soon at Pebble Beach. GREG


Irvin April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Can’t wait to see you!


Pat April 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Sounds like a splendid trip. And you went to the REAL Lehman’s?? I order things from their super catalog from time to time. The store looks like a treasure trove.

I’m impressed with the adventurous quality of the foods you were served. A far cry from the Midwestern stodge I knew in southern Ohio when I was in college there.


Irvin April 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I DID go to the real Lehman’s! It was awesome. Sadly we didn’t have a lot of time there. However, since I only brought a carryon bag on my flight, that’s probably a good thing.

And yes, the food was pretty outstanding. Molly O’Neill said all that food was NOT around when she grew up, so I think it’s definitely a recent thing…


@SmithBitesProf April 10, 2012 at 5:20 am

It was so great to meet you and experience all the cool things Ohio had to offer. Thanks for the great recap! Until next time…


SMITH BITES April 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

m’kay so i laughed out loud at ‘no USB port – say what?!!’ you’ve captured this perfectly – love the pics Irvin . . . almost as much as i do the recipe . . . notice i said ‘almost’!! (((hugs)))


Irvin April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hugs to you guys!


andy April 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Awesome story and photos!


Jamie April 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

Definitely a part of the country – and a culture – I would love to discover. But your trip was so much more. The food! It all looks simply amazing! What a fabulous trip and experience and with some of my favorite food blogging friends! And I now want to go bake scones.


Jonathan April 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

This looked like so much fun – especially the progressive dinner! And to think it all took place hours from where I grew up… Beautiful scones – will definitely have to make these. 🙂


Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy April 12, 2012 at 6:19 am

Loved The Inn at Honey Run when we went. Food was amazing, stay was wonderful. I would have loved to have gone back in the kitchen like you did. Your pictures are awesome! I need some food photography lessons from you. I actually just revamped my Velvet Ice Cream post from Utica Ohio on my other blog today. Have you visited Ye Old Mill in Utica? I have to look around your blog a bit more.


Fil April 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

I love baked goods with Earl Grey!


Irvin April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I adore Earl Grey. I think it’s the Bergamot Orange in it.


merri April 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

My family took a vacation to Amish country PA when I was in highschool. Really interesting! Whenever we went to new places, I always tried the weirdest things on the menu, things that there included scrapple and shoe fly pie and such. The rest of my family always tries the tamer things… I was always hungry and picking off their plate because those adventurous PA/Amish type foods were not tasty to me at all. Your food looks MUCH better!! Yum.


Irvin April 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

We didn’t have any of the traditional Amish country food like scrapple or shoe fly pie (which is suppose to be crazy sweet. I looked for it, but couldn’t find it). We did stop in an Amish bakery though. I have a blog post about coming up in the next couple of weeks…


marla May 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

Again, you captured this experience wonderfully! I want that wall of vintage glass (don’t we all) and the cow bells!! Those things are gigantic!


Amber November 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

It was so nice to read a great article about everything you got to experience in my backyard! It made me realize how much my family and I take for granted some of the great experiences that we have within a twenty minute drive from our home. Troutman Vineyards is amazing and has great wine and is five minutes from my house! And Lehman’s is a baker’s paradise! My husband actually works near where you had the opportunity to stay and works with a lot of Amish, so it’s great to be able to drive down the road and have him point out to me which sect certain Amish are from since he hears about all those little difference. Thanks for a great article on my neck of the woods and glad you had a great time in the Buckeye state!


Betsy B. November 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Gosh, what a surprise when I opened this just now. I just got back this afternoon from an overnight to the Inn at Honey Run and a couple days in Amish Country! I live about an hour from the Sugarcreek/Walnut Creek/Berlin, OH area, so I often just go there for a day of looking and shopping (and eating, of course). Glad you had fun and good food here in the Buckeye State!!!


Carrie Diewald Sendykar November 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

WOW! Hope you liked Velvet Ice Cream. I grew up in the town of Utica, Ohio.


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