Offering one of the most authentic community experiences in Florida, as well as one of the most delicious dining experiences, be sure to bring your group to Pinecraft Village in Sarasota County, Florida. Pinecraft Village is a highly unique and interactive Amish Snowbird community in southwest Florida that offers Amish dining experiences, unique shopping, and relaxing just-like-home moments in which you can play in the parks' daily shuffleboard or horseshoe competitions.
Consisting of members of the Amish and Mennonite orders who flock south to this winter haven, Pinecraft was originally settled in the early 1920s as an agricultural adventure to plant celery. Though the soil was not viable for their needs, the weather certainly was, and since then this city has been a simple pleasure getaway for the Amish community as well as locals and tourists. Here you can learn about the way the Amish and Mennonite communities live without some of the high tech amenities we enjoy today, as well as their religious beliefs and how they have intertwined throughout history to create the community they have today.
Enjoy the Sarasota beachfront from the village or immerse yourself in some blast-from-the-past shopping at the many unique shops. You can even leave with some famous hand-crafted wooden furniture or any baked goods and jams that the community makes daily.
Be sure to bring your appetite when visiting this village as well, known to be the home of some of the best comfort food around all of Florida. Pinecraft Village offers your group the best selection of authentic Amish food at Yoder’s, the restaurant with a line out the door and around the corner at any given time. Here’s a pro-tip for the impatient people in your group: the food at Yoder’s is worth the wait, especially any of the 100 famous pies made daily that will surely have you missing your grandma’s home cooking!