Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ohio Wineries have Specials and Festivals April 29-May 2

If you like wine you will want to visit some Northeast Ohio wineries April 29 - May 1, 2010.  April 29 is Happy Hour All Day at the Winery at Perennial Vineyards.  You will save on wine and food.  The winery is located in an old dairy barn and has a lot of character.  You will even find farm animals grazing outside.  April 30 and May 1 is the annual Dandelion May Festival at Breitenbach Winery.  This festival highlights their Dandelion dessert wine and they make a Sangria from the Dandelion wine.  This weekend is a huge event including winery tours, musical stage with a variety of entertainment, an arts and crafts tent, fair food, dandelion cookoff and demonstrations, etc.   Many people don't know that there are several wineries in the heart of Amish Country.   Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has developed a Wine & Cheese Trail for their guests to take when staying at their B&B to explore ohio wineries.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Millersburg Antiques are plentiful with New Shops in the Village

Millersburg antiques in Holmes County, Ohio have always drawn antique lovers to Amish Country but now there are more reasons to come.  More antique shops have opened up in downtown Millersburg. You will find Shaker House on the Square, Starlight Antiques, 55 West, Millersburg Glass Museum, Antique Emporium just to name a few!  When you are done shopping be sure to visit the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg.  This historical home opens at 1 p.m. (closed Mondays/some winter months) and was featured on HGTV.  Several times each year you will find special events such as Antiques in the Alley.  Each year in October is the annual Antique Festival and parade which is featured in the Ohio Festivals and Events annual brochure.  When you have exhausted all of the antiques in Millersburg be sure to explore the rest of Holmes County.  Hershberger's Antiques on State Route 557 is located between Charm and Farmerstown.  Walnut Creek has an antique mall.  There are several places in Berlin that advertise antiques that also include collectibles.  When you are a guest at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast the innkeepers will map our directions for you to experience Millersburg antiques, Berlin and Walnut Creek antiques and more.  Just let them know the kinds of things that you would like to experience in the area.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mothers Day Should Include an Amish Country Vacation

You want Mothers Day to be special.  In the past you have bought flowers, jewelry, chocolates and now you want something extra special.  This year consider an Amish Country Vacation.  Holmes County, Ohio has something for every Mom!   There are fine gifts, flea markets, antiques, chocolates, cheese factories, wineries, historical homes, museums and more.  Make it an entire weekend for Mom.  Ravens Glenn Winery is holding a special "girl's night out" on Friday night.   One Ohio bed and breakfast has a special package called Dinner with an Author.  Mom will be treated to dinner in an Amish home on Saturday with renowned author Dr. Elton Lehman.  After dinner she'll hear from Dr. Lehman about his experiences doctoring to the old order Amish as he writes in his book House Calls and Hitching Posts.  Each guest room will receive a copy of the book and can have Dr. Lehman sign it.  On Mother Day there brunches at area restaurants to treat Mom to a special meal.  This year will be the Mothers Day that she will never forget.  Call Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast to plan your Amish Country Vacation for the special mother in your life.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Getaway offers Flower Gardens and Evening Campfire

Summer is almost upon us and when you plan your Ohio Amish Country getaway there is one bed and breakfast that you will want to check out.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast offers flower gardens and an evening campfire.  When visiting Ohio Amish Country you will find that businesses close fairly early compared to city life.  You will see Amish families relaxing on their porches in the evening, playing softball or maybe volleyball.  As a tourist you can come back to your bed and breakfast and swing on a porch swing, read a book in a glider-rocker, or unwind at the nightly campfire.  You will even find horses grazing in the field next door.  Bird watchers will enjoy the many wild birds that come in the gardens.  When it comes to getting around the area, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast will help you plan your day whether you want to explore Amish culture, shop, go antique shopping, golfing, visiting museums, wineries, etc.  When planning your next Ohio Amish Country getaway be sure to visit
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ohio Cheese abounds in Holmes County Ohio

It is no surprise that Ohio Cheese can be found in Holmes County Ohio which is known to many as the world's largest Amish community.  The Swiss cheese-making traditions brought to this country through the years have resulted in several cheese factories in Holmes County and the surrounding area.  In the Berlin area you will want to visit Heinis Cheese Chalet where you can sample 50 kinds of cheese and take cheese-making tours.  In the Charm area Swiss cheese lovers will flock to Guggisberg Cheese which has won numerous awards for their famous Baby Swiss.  For a really great treat stop in across the street at Chalet in the Valley Restaurant and try the cheese fondue made with the Baby Swiss.  In Walnut Creek be sure to stop at Walnut Creek Cheese.   This is truly an experience because in addition to delicious cheeses you will find bulk foods, ice cream parlor, meats, deli, Uncle Mikes Beef Sticks, a bakery, a jam, jelly & granola factory and a kitchen gadgets store.  They also have a small store in Berlin.  In the Sugarcreek area you will find Broad Run Cheese house which was established in 1933.  In recent years they began producing wine to pair with their cheese.  In the town of Baltic is Steiner Cheese factory which is the oldest cheese factory in the Country. Head south of Baltic to Pearl.  About the only business you will find there is Pearl Valley Cheese but well worth the trip.  No matter what kind of cheese you like you will find it in Holmes County Ohio.  Besides the traditional cheddar, Swiss, and marble cheeses, you will find green moon cheese, jalapeno cheese, chocolate fudge cheese, and many, many more flavors.  The innkeepers at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast map out itineraries for their guests to visit cheese factories and wineries too.  So when you want to experience Holmes County or Ohio Cheese be sure to book at stay at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Amish Country Tours Offer So Much More

When guests ask one Ohio bed and breakfast owner about ways to experience Holmes County Amish Country, one of the answers always includes Amish Country Tours.  Although guests can drive the back roads and see Amish furniture stores, quilt shops, candle makers, etc., they don't understand the history and culture completely without taking escorted Amish Country Tours.   In spring 2010 tourists to Ohio Amish Country can take a short tour that will teach them about the history of the Mennonite and Amish community and understand how they live today in Holmes County.  Yet another tour includes progressive meals with many visits to Amish-owned businesses to shop and experience the lifestyle.  Yet another tour ventures away from the Amish community and takes guests on Ohio's 1st State Road!  You will travel the path of early settlers and make a few stops along the way and then end your day with dinner at a former Stagecoach stop.  If you are confused about what kind of tour might be right for you be sure to talk with your bed and breakfast staff to help you pick out the right length tour with the kinds of places you would like to see.  At Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, your innkeepers will package your tours with an overnight stay to make one-stop-shopping for you!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ohio Vacation Package Options are Many in Amish Country

If you are looking for an Ohio vacation package be sure to check out Holmes County Amish Country.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has come up with many unique packages for all interests and age groups.  In Spring 2010 you can be entertained by Grammy-nominated Bud Preston with his acoustic guitar sounds, spend Mothers Day weekend with renowned author Dr. Elton Lehman, spend Fathers Day weekend with an outdoor picnic concert, participate in a murder mystery weekend, or perhap wine tours are your thing.  In Summer 2010 you can discover Ohio's 1st State road, go back to the 50's in a murder mystery weekend, learn about Amish culture, or embark on a winery tour, wine tasting & dinner package.  Your Ohio vacation package doesn't have to be boring or repetitive, just give this bed and breakfast a call and they will help you to pick out the right vacation package for you.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast is a 3-time award winning inn in the past 3 years!  They are located in the heart of Holmes County Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608