Monday, July 21, 2014

Train Buffs Will Love Orrville Railroad Day in Ohio

Orrville Railroad DayThere is an old railroad depot in Orrville, Ohio that dates back to 1868.  The signal tower is there as well.  Throughout the year passenger excursions are offered using diesel locomotives and steam locomotives.  An historical society keeps it up today and there are special events such as:

What:     Orrville Railroad Day
When:    Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time:     Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Details:  Displays, Train Layouts in The Depot, Train track car rides, food, entertainment
Cost:      Rides are $2.00 per ride
Location:  245 McGill, Orrville, OH

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lincoln Highway "Buy Way" is Ohio's Largest Yard Sale

What:  Lincoln Highway Buy Way Yard Sale
When: August 7, 8, and 9, 2014
Where:  Along the Lincoln Highway (which roughly parallels US Route 30 in Ohio)

This is one of the largest yard sales ever!  From Indiana, through Ohio, all the way to West Virginia, people will be holding yard sales at the same time!  You can pick up a guide map by clicking here.  In 2014 the Lincoln Highway sale falls on the same dates at Route 127 sales which will be a dream for garage sale fans and American Pickers.

The first year of this sale, over 10 years ago,  there were only about 250 yards sales but last year there were over 1200 individual sale events.  You might event learn a little about the history and culture of America's first coast-to-coast road and the towns that you pass through on this trip.

Some communities take advantage of the sale dates to host festivals, car shows, food events, and more.  When you pass through Wayne County, Ohio be sure to drop down to Holmes County and visit the World's Largest Amish Community before returning to your shopping mission.  Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Old Fashioned Fun at Holmes County Ohio Fair 2014

Forget the big city fairs and head on over to Holmes County, Ohio, home of the World's Largest Amish Community, for some old fashioned fun.   View the 4-H exhibits, farm animals, eat a corn dog, attend a tractor pull and more.  The 2014 fair starts on Monday, August 4 and ends on Saturday, August 9th.  Each day brings new events and music.  Like most fairs there is a fairway with food, games, and carnival rides. Some of the highlights include:
Monday:  Rodeo
Tuesday:  Horse Show
Wednesday: Antique Tractor Pull
Thursday:  Motorcross
Friday:  Livestock Sale
Saturday:  Autumn Burning Band Concert at 9 p.m. (They are featured on Pandora Radio)
Whether you want to attend the fair for just one day or several, don't forget the many things that there are to do in Holmes County.  You will find Amish made furniture, bakeries, cheese factories, wineries, historical homes, museums, shopping, flea markets, and more.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Millersburg Ohio Hosts Antiques in the Alley

If you love antiques then Millersburg, Ohio, is the place for you.  Most of the store fronts on Main Street (State Route 39) host antique shops.  When they have Antiques in the Alley they have antique dealers come in and set up booths on the Court House lawn and in the alleys.  While Antiques in the Alley is a regular event, the next date is August, 2, 2014.  This antique show is celebrating its 10th year in 2014.  It starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.  When the show ends you may want to stop in Millersburg Brewing Company and sample some beer and/or wine.  For an awesome dinner be sure to stop in Bags Sports Pub where you will find everything from delicious steaks and BBQ ribs to burgers, salads, and more.  You will want to plan on spending the entire weekend in the area because there are several antique shops throughout Holmes County.  In addition you will find gift shops, cheese factories, bulk foods, chocolate factory, animal ranches, and other tourist attractions.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Sunday, July 13, 2014

2014 Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction

One of the biggest benefit auctions each year in Ohio Amish Country is the Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction.  Here are the details for 2014:

When:     August 1 & 2, 2014
Where:    Buckeye Event Center, Dalton, Ohio
Schedule of Events:

Friday Evening, August 1
3:00 pm 24 Hour Bike Ride begins
4:00 pm All Stands & Auction Displays Open6:00 pm Volleyball & Cornhole Tournaments6:00 pm Live Music by Walking Roots Band & John Schmid  & Silent Auction

Saturday, All Day, August 2
7:00 am Breakfast! All you can eat...   Pancakes, Fresh Sausage, Eggs & more8:00 am All Stands & Auction Displays Open8:00 am 5k Run & Walk Relief9:00 am Wood, Tool and Art Auction10:00 am Quilt Auction10:30 am Children’s Auction - Kids do the bidding!

Bring your appetite because there will be plenty of food for sale!  You will find goodies such as the local fry pies and apple dumplings and homemade ice cream.  There will be chicken dinners plus sandwiches and even egg rolls!

The sale part of this event will offer plants, baked goods, needle crafts, used books, and fair trade items from Ten Thousand Villages.  

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, July 11, 2014

49th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival in Ohio Amish Country

Mark your calendars for July 18 & 19, 2014 to attend the 49th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival in Apple Creek, Ohio.    This event will be held each day from 3:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  There will be food, music, games, and historical education.  The theme this year is celebrating East Union Township which is a local area founded in 1814 by a blacksmith.  On Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. there will be a parade led by "Johnny Appleseed" himself.  After the parade you may choose to participate in a pie eating contest, a beer barrel roll, or perhaps play some Corn Hole.  Don't miss the chicken BBQ either for some good food!  Apple Creek, Ohio is just outside the busiest area of Ohio Amish Country where you will find gift shops, Amish crafts, cheese factories, chocolate factory, and more.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Heinis Cheese Chalet is a Favorite Stop in Berlin Ohio

Ask the bed and breakfast guests what their favorite cheese factory in Ohio Amish Country is and the first answer you will hear is, "Heinis Cheese".  Heinis is known as the cheese factory to visit when you want to watch cheese being made but they also have samples sitting out where guests can choose from about 50 varieties of cheese!  Something you may not have known is that Heinis Cheese has been in the family since 1935 and that there is a history as a master cheesemaker in Switzerland that led to this family purchasing what was origianally called Bunker Hill Cheese.  If you have never driven around to the back of the store/factory then you don't know that Amish farmers provide milk to make the cheese and it comes to the factory in old fashioned milk cans.  All of the Heinis brand cheese are made in Berlin, Ohio.  When you visit their factory/store in Berlin, Ohio, you will see that they also have a gift shop, coffee shop, homemade fudge, candy, and more!  One helpful hint is that cheese making is always done in the morning.  Thus if you want to watch it being made it is best to make them your first stop.  By the time lunch time rolls around the vats have been cleaned and you won't see any cheese making.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608