Monday, September 13, 2010

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Shares October Fall Color Activities

AUTUMN IN AMISH COUNTRY AS SEEN BY AN OHIO BED AND BREAKFAST

When I was a little girl autumn was always a fun time of year.  We would find beautiful colored leaves and press them between wax paper and make some kind of art project from them.  We would visit a Cider Mill to watch them making fresh apple cider, get some homemade donuts, and grab a bag of apples to bring home.  We couldn’t leave without a candy or caramel apple either!   Now as an adult I just love living in Holmes County Amish Country when autumn comes.  As you drive through the beautiful rolling hills you will see the farmers harvesting their fields and the fall colors look like a picture postcard.  I never get tired of seeing the Belgian work horses in the fields or a horse and buggy going down the road.  As a bed and breakfast owner our guests are always asking us about special things to see and do in the area during the fall months.  Many of my answers involve food!  You will want to stop at Millers Bakery for some apple fritters among other delicious homemade baked goods.  Coblentz Chocolates is always good but in autumn months you will find leaf shaped chocolate suckers or chocolate pumpkins.  If you stop there Sweetest Day weekend you must get some chocolate dipped strawberries.  Hillcrest Orchard sells apples, cider, produce and bulk foods.  While you are here be sure to stop at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt. Hope for a meal and save room for some apple or pumpkin pie. 
There are many festivals in our area in October: The annual Sugarcreek Swiss Festival is the 1st & 2nd; Apple Butter Stirrin at Yoders Amish Home & Farm is on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th; The Wilmot Harvest Festival is the 2nd; the Loudonville Street Fair is from the 5th-9th; the Millersburg Antique Festival is the 9-10th; Roscoe Village has an Apple Butter Stirrin the 15-17th.    Our bed and breakfast has a couple of special weekend packages in October as well.  From October 22-24 we have a Progressive Meals Tour weekend where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 different Amish homes while taking a tour to learn all about Amish culture and customs.  To add a bit of fun to your Amish Country experience we are hosting a murder mystery weekend October 29-31 called Horror in the Haunted Mansion.   Our guests play the murder suspect and the mystery is done in rounds that include a dinner on Saturday evening. 
At times is can be challenging to get around Holmes County during this time of year, but we have some special maps as well as we can customize a map of the places that you want to visit to take you on some of the less busy roads.  When it comes to dining many people are creatures of habit and always walk in a restaurant at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. for dinner.  During the autumn months you will find long lines at those times.  Try to plan your itinerary to stop in at 12 minutes or 23 minutes past the hour to avoid the rush.  For our bed and breakfast guests wanting a more quiet dinner we can arrange for you to have a meal with one of our Amish neighbors in their home.  No lines there!  I hope that those people reading this article who have busy and hectic lifestyles take some time to see the fall colors in the autumn months in Amish Country and perhaps bring back some childhood memories.   Our bed and breakfast is a triple-award winning inn that is best known for the flower gardens and evening campfires. 
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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