bird watching vacation this June don't overlook Amish country Ohio. From the Rails to Trails path to nature preserves there are plenty of places to go bird watching including special events. The owners of Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast have several places that they like to send their guests. One special event is June 26, 2010. It is a romantic, moonlight serenade at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot. This is a fundraiser where nature lovers will receive a couple of tickets for wine while they stroll around a moonlit and lantern-lit path around the lake. Various music ensembles will be around the property to serenade you. You'll hear classical guitar, cello, violin, woodwinds and more. Picnic baskets will be for sale from a local catering company to enjoy with your wine. Your innkeepers can help you with directions and tickets. Throughout June you will find bird walks and wilderness walks with Naturalists who know the trails. Another place to go birding is The Ohio State University's Secrest Arboretum. Over the past 100 years, Secrest has grown into an outdoor laboratory and education display garden, strengthening the relationship between people and plants with research-based knowledge. Today, continuing development meets the rising needs and trends of the citizens of Ohio and beyond. Rails to Trails is another place to see a variety of birds from water birds in the Killbuck Marsh area to Ohio wild birds further north. The Holmes County Rails to Trails is deemed to be the only section of this National trail where there is an Amish buggy/horse lane and a hiker/biker lane. Bird watching is a major hobby in the Amish community and visitors to the area will find many bird supplies from binoculars to books to birdhouses. When you make your bed and breakfast reservations be sure to consult your innkeeper about special birding events in the area.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com