Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction is a Must See

The Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction is in its 27th year to help the homeless in Haiti, feed the hungry, and help the sick.  There are so many poor people in Haiti that need help that much of Holmes County and the surrounding communities come together to hold this benefit auction each year.

When:     August 30, 2014  (Preview 8/29/14)
Where:    Mt. Hope Auction Yard, Mt. Hope, Ohio
Friday:    4:00 p.m. Open House; 5:00 Quilt Inspection & Food Stands; 7:00 Singing Program
Saturday:  8:00 a.m. Furniture & Specialty Items; 8:30 a.m. Tool Auction; 10:00 a.m. Quilts & Outside Auction

You will find about 100 handmade quilts and wall hangings, garage and storage barns, quality handcrafted furniture, handmade toys, outdoor furniture and playsets, antique tractors, lawn mowers, carriages, outdoor pergola, wood-fired pizza oven, and more.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Special Trollbeads Event in Berlin, Ohio

Do you collect Trollbeads?  Have you always wondered how they are made?  Now is your chance at a special event in Berlin, Ohio.   The Berlin Village Gift Barn and Country Gatherings are hosting one of the artisans and they have a huge selection of Trollbeads for sale.

What:    Trollbeads Artisan Event
Where:  Country Gatherings Gift Shop
When:   Friday, September 12, 2014 from 1-4 p.m.
Details:  Scott Bouwens, a Trollbeads artisan, will demonstrate how every glass Trollbead comes to life.  You will gain product knowledge and receive training on these lovely beads.

Main Street (SR39) in Berlin is loaded with gift shops, bakery, restaurants, antiques, and more.  Be sure to make reservations to stay over the entire weekend because there is so much to do.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Ohio Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek

It's hard to believe that 2014 marks the 62nd annual Ohio Swiss Festival.  Sugarcreek is home to Swiss immigrants which leaves no surprise that there are five Swiss cheese factories in the area.  The festival has grown each year to include arts & crafts, wine & cheese tasting, a 5k and 10k run, games, entertainment, tons of food, and parades.  Be amazed at the huge Alphorns and the skill it takes to blow them.

When:  September 26 & 27, 2014
Where: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Friday:  Kids Parade, Craft Tent, Entertainment starts at Noon, Wine & Cheese tasting
Saturday: Antique Car Parade, Grand Parade, Craft Tent, 5k & 10k runs, continuous Entertainment, Wine & Cheese tasting

In addition to festival events you can shop the shops on Main Street, visit the restaurants, bulk food store, buy chocolates, and more.  Helpful Hint:  Bring lawn chairs!  The parades are fun but standing for long periods of time is not.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop.    It is a four day event where you receive a "Passport" to the participating quilt and fabric shops.  At each shop you will receive a free pattern for the project of the year.  You even have the chance to purchase a fabric kit at each store to create the block that you received the pattern for. Throughout the shop hop you can purchase fabric, see quilts, watch demonstrations, and enter to win prizes!
When:  October 29-November 1, 2014
Where:  Ohio Amish Country
Time:   8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Wed.- Fri.); 8:30 am. - 6:00 p.m. (Sat)
Participating Shops:

  • Country Charm Fabrics, Jeromesville
  • Country Craft Cupboard, Berlin
  • The Fabric Peddler Wadsworth
  • Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn, Berlin
  • Helping Hands Quilt Shop, Berlin
  • Lone Star Quilts, Mt. Hope
  • Mercantile on Main, Coshocton
  • Millers Dry Goods, Charm
  • Ohio Star Quilts, Akron
  • Paw Patch Quilt Shop, Mt. Vernon
There are so many things to do near Berlin, Charm and Mt. Hope that you will probably want to spend the entire weekend there and visit the gift shops, Amish bakeries, cheese factories, bulk food stores, and more.  You will also be able to enjoy the end of the Fall colors at this time of year.  October is the busiest month of the year in Amish Country so if you plan to spend the night you will want to make reservations well in advance.  Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beer Tasting is something new in Ohio Amish Country

If you visited Ohio Amish Country ten years ago you probably couldn't find a place to buy a beer let alone participate in a beer tasting.  Things have changed!  When you cruise along State Route 39 you will find more than gift shops and cheese factories.
In Millersburg, Ohio is the Millersburg Brewing Company.  It is located in an historical building right on Main Street and serves at least eight homemade brews.  The beers are named after local places such as Lot 21, named after the first settlement in Millersburg.  Since customers range from novices to "beer snobs" they have produced various beers with special ingredients.  If you visit with a non-beer-drinker you will be pleased to see that they offer wine tasting as well.  They do not currently have a food license but they are located next to Bags Sports Pub and allow patrons to bring food over from the pub.
In the Sugarcreek area is Heini's Gourmet Market.  They offer cheese, spices, and various foods made in Ohio.  In addition they have a wine tasting bar and a beer tasting bar.  Their beer selections include beers from Ohio but also as far away as the HofbrÀuhaus in Germany.
Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast owns a tour bus and on the 4th Saturday of every month they offer the "Brewery Bus".  They take guests out for four hours to the two establishments listed above and let them go beer tasting.  The $15 per person cost provides the transporation/designated driver.  All tasting and food is at the expense of the B&B guest.
In addition to the places mentioned there are places to purchase beer and take it back to your bed and breakfast to enjoy in the evening.  You probably won't find the Amish in these places but you can enjoy beer while visiting Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

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