Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Getaway Murder Mystery a Success!

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Ohio Amish Country hosted a luau themed murder mystery getaway to have guests think "warm" in the middle of the coldest season of the year.  Bed and breakfast guests were mailed character names, descriptions and costume suggestions prior to the mystery.  Coming up with a costume to fit the character was a lot of fun for many people.  The middle-aged "swimsuit model" found a shirt/dress that had a painted bikini top and grass skirt for a costume.  Another guest found some flippers and scuba gear to look like a scuba diver.  The guest that played a Hawaiian Chief found a really creative hat while shopping in Ohio Amish Country during the day of the murder mystery.  Another guest practiced his "surfer dude" language to sound like a hip surfer.   The innkeepers chose foods that reminded guests of the Hawaiian islands like Mai Tai cocktails and a shrimp lovers appetizer.  Whether they were the guest that had participated in 15 murder mysteries or the 1st timers they all were comfortable with the format.  Guests had a packet/booklet that told them what clues to reveal and gave them questions to ask of other characters...something simple but fun.  During some murder mysteries at the bed and breakfast no one guesses the "murderer", but during Lethal Luau a few people hit the nail on the head.  To end the evening the innkeepers gave out awards for best actor, best actress and best costume.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast does almost 1 murder mystery per month so be sure to check out their website for details and dates.  This bed and breakfast makes the perfect Ohio Amish Country getaway.  To see more pictures of this murder mystery and get more information about the B&B you can check out their Facebook page.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Romantic Places in Ohio's Amish Country

It's almost Valentines Day and people are looking for over night and weekend romantic places in OhioGarden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Holmes County, OH has compiled a list of Romantic Places in Ohio's Amish Country for you to check out.   The first thing is to book a romantic place to stay.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has a beautiful Jacuzzi suite, the Garden Gate Suite, that just spells romance.  The same owners have some new luxury, romantic cottages, Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way, that offers a private cottage with peninsula fireplace, Jacuzzi and more.  One thing that always seems to go with Valentines and romance is chocolate!  Coblentz Chocolate Company in Walnut Creek is a must visit.  They have a viewing gallery where you can watch chocolates being made, a counter where you can "build your own box of chocolates", or pre-packaged selections that are to die for!  Even if you don't drink wine on a regular basis, people tend to get a bottle for Valentines Day.  Be sure to visit Heinis Gourmet Market in Sugarcreek.  Not only do they have a wonderful selection of wines and a wine tasting counter, but they sell cheese, cheese balls, crackers, and many other foods made right here in Ohio.  Just down the road from Heinis is Breitenbach Winery, Ohio's 2nd largest winery.  They also have a tasting counter.  For a cozy, romantic lunch be sure to visit Rebecca's Bistro in Walnut Creek.  You won't find menus there because every day is a new treat of gourmet lunches from homemade soups, to quiches, to entree salads and more.  If you want to buy your sweetheart a little something be sure to visit Carlisle House of Gifts in Walnut Creek or Berlin Village Gift Barn in Berlin.  Wendell August Forge is another place with unique, hand-crafted items including Valentine gifts.  For a truly romantic dinner for 2 be sure to visit the restaurant at the Inn at Honey Run, reservations are recommended.  They are the only 5-star restaurant in Holmes County, Ohio.  For more places to visit while you are in Ohio's Amish Country just talk with your hosts at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast or Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way and they can customize an itinerary for just the 2 of you.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ohio Bed and Breakfast has Unique Weekend Packages

You might expect to find dinners and tours of Amish Country in Ohio when you visit Holmes County, but did you ever expect book discussions with renowned authors?  One Ohio bed and breakfast has come up with some unique weekend packages, called 'Dinner with an Author'.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast near Berlin, Ohio has teamed up with Paul Gaus, Dr. Elton Lehman, and Wanda Brunstetter to have dinner with B&B guests and talk about one of the books that they wrote.  Paul Gaus writes murder mysteries about the Amish.  Dr. Lehman wrote a book about doctoring to the old order Amish community.  Wanda Brunstetter writes fictional stories about Amish life.  Some of the dinners will be held at the home of Amish neighbors to Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.  Other dinners will be caterered at the B&B.  Each guest will get a copy of the book to take home as part of the package.  For more information check out the Specials & Packages page of their website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, January 8, 2010

Romantic Getaways in Ohio include Amish Country

Holmes County, Ohio is full of lodging options from hotels to bed and breakfasts to cabins and more.  One of the newest options to open is one of the most romantic getaways in Ohio, Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way.  The cottages were the vision of Herb & Carol Steffey, owners of the award-winning Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.  "People ask for cabins because of the privacy they offer and yet most cabins are very rustic." said Carol Steffey, "We wanted something elegant, luxurious and romantic!".  Evens the names suggest romance:  Falls Kiss Cottage and Springs Desire Cottage.  The name Falls Kiss Cottage was inspired by Bud Preston, Grammy-nominated, acoustic guitar player from Medina, Ohio.  He wrote a song called, Falls Kiss and the name was perfect for the cottage theme.  Each cottage has a peninsula fireplace that is centered so whether guests are having a light snack at the kitchen counter, lounging in the soft, micro-suede loveseat or chairs, or lying in bed they can see the fireplace!   The Roman-style Jacuzzi easily holds 2 people and has the tall, majestic pillars on each side.  All of the furniture and cabinets are Amish-made and very rich looking.  The mattress on the bed is a pillow-soft mattress for extra comfort along with 600-thread count sheets that feel like satin.  Each cottage has a kitchenette with microwave and mini-refrigerator which are perfect for enjoying a light snack or chilling some wine.  A 23 foot porch faces the field of horses next door and has a privacy shade to offer a more romantic ambiance.  Falls Kiss Cottage is decorated in warm tones with an autumn theme and Springs Desire Cottage is decorated in light, cheerful colors like spring time.  So the next time you are looking for a romantic getaway in Ohio with your sweetheart, don't forget Amish Country or Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Murder Mystery in Ohio on New Years Eve a Huge Success

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast  in Ohio Amish Country decided to offer something new on New Years Eve 2009, a murder mystery!  The theme was a 'New Years Eve Party' at the home of a self made millionaire.  The phones were ringing off the hook for reservations and the bed and breakfast was sold out.  One of the characters was a naval officer and the guest who played it looked like Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Another guest played a mechanic named Rusty Crankshaft.  He actually had a mechanics suit and a name tag that we borrowed from someone with the name Rusty on it.  Robert & Anna had done at murder mystery with Garden Gate Get-A-Way in August and thought it was great.  They said that the New Years Eve murder mystery was even more fun.  All of the guests put a lot of thought in to their costumes and did a good job of questioning other guests to to try and figure out who the murderer was.  At the end of the evening the innkeepers passed out awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Costume.  They also gave each couple a bottle of champagne to have a midnight toast.  The next morning at breakfast each couple was given a picture of them in costume at the murder mystery.  Some great memories were created on the last day of the year!  If you want to do a murder mystery in ohio be sure to check out this bed and breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, January 4, 2010

Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast Best Value Inn

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed and Breakfast located in Amish Country of Ohio was named Best Value Inn in the annual bedandbreakfast.com awards for 2009-2010.  This is the 3rd year in a row that they have received such an award.  Based on qualitative and quantitative reviews by bed and breakfast guests this Inn works hard to offer a good value for the money.  It is important to the owners to offer quality linens, 5-star amenities, deluxe mattresses, excellent customer service and homemade breakfasts.  As an added bonus they have a Winter Special at their bed and breakfast on the weekdays to buy a night and receive the 2nd night free.  You cannot beat value like that!  In today's economy when money is tight in many households tourists are not necessarily looking for the cheapest lodging, but they want a good value for their money.  So the next time you are going away over night check out this Amish Country Ohio bed and breakfast named Best Value Inn.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com