Monday, June 28, 2010

The "Don't Miss" Attraction on your Amish Country Vacation in Ohio

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast near Berlin, Ohio, tells their guests that there is one tourist attraction that they don't want to miss on their Amish Country Vacation in Ohio.  The attraction is Warthers Museum.  This is one of the most hard to describe attractions because if you just tell people that it is a museum with carvings of trains most of them have no interest in going.  "You just have to go" is what Herb & Carol Steffey tell their bed and breakfast guests.  This attraction is on the homestead of Ernest Mooney Warther who was deemed a World Master Carver.   The most amazing part, especially when you tour the museum and see what this man did in his lifetime, is that he only had a 2nd grade education.  This great attraction just got better as of April 1, 2010.  The home where Warther raised his family is on the same property as the museum.  The home has been opened up for tours.  When you purchase a ticket you get to tour the home, his wife's button collection, and the actual museum.  "The first time I toured the museum I was more impressed with the canes that Mooney Warther carved and the stories behind them than I was his trains", said Carol Steffey, owner of Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.  When you tour the museum you will see things that Warther invented and be mesmerized when you learn that if there were 12,000 pieces in a train that he carved each piece and put the train together without any artificial materials.  The family trade is knife making and at the end of the museum tour you can see the knife factory through a glass viewing gallery.  The knives are a great souvenir and are guaranteed for life.  When you need them sharpened they will do so at no charge and it is a good excuse to tour the museum again!  Some of the bed and breakfast guests remember visiting Warthers many years ago and talk of the pliers that Warther carved.  We don't want to "let the cat out of the bag" so you will just have to go there to see what the pliers are all about.  Don't miss this attraction when you visit Amish Country on your vacation in Ohio this summer.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ohio Weekend Getaways in Amish Country include Special Events

This weekend, June 25-26, 2010, is the time to come for Ohio weekend getaways in Amish Country.  There are so many special things happening!  On June 25th the vendors in Walnut Creek are going to have special sales and events called Summer in the Village.  One place not to miss is Coblentz Chocolate Company.   They want to highlight their ice cream toppings so they are having an old fashioned Ice Cream Social.  On June 26th, swing over to Mt. Hope for the 17th Annual Red Cross Benefit Auction.  There are usually several items made by the Amish up for auction.  Take time on Saturday to visit Guggisberg Cheese in Charm.  They are celebrating their 60th anniversary and you have got to try their famous Baby Swiss.  Another event on the same day is the Mt. Eaton Firemen's Festival.  That would be a great place for dinner on Saturday.  If you like dinner theaters you will find a Grand Ol Jamboree in Wilmot that combines Country music and humor.  There are so many things going on it will be hard to choose what to do.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg Ohio Promotes 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration

Garden Gate Get-A-Way, a bed and breakfast in Millersburg Ohio, wants to take their guests back in time to a more simple time.  On Saturday, July 3, 2010, there is an Old-Fashioned Family 3rd of July event in Holmes County Amish Country in the village of Millersburg in lieu of the actual 4th of July.  The fun starts at noon with food vendors and activities.  The tent on the Courthouse lawn will have entertainment from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a benefit auction at 7 p.m. From 1 - 3 p.m. the Historical Society will offer Courthouse Tours celebrating the 125th anniversary of the courthouse.  There will be activities for kids and be sure to stop by the antique shops and other businesses on Main Street.  The Garden area off of State Route 39/Main Street will have afternoon Cornhole Tournaments and at 7 & 9 p.m. a 60's & 70's rock band called Target will perform.  To top of the evening there will be a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs because there will be a lot of events going on all day and evening.  Ask your innkeepers to map out some itineraries of the rest of Holmes County Amish Country for you the rest of the weekend.  Take yourself back in time to a more simple lifestyle and come and experience Millersburg, Ohio.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bed and Breakfast Recipes Can Tantalize Your Tastebuds

A visit to a B&B usually leaves one hoping to get their hands on some bed and breakfast recipes.  Innkeepers seem to find just the right ingredients and spices to make something taste a little better.  Many use locally produced ingredients.  This is true in Ohio Amish Country.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast makes Amish Granola Bread, Amish Granola Muffins, Fresh Apple Coffeecake and more recipes that include ingredients that were purchased and/or grown locally.   Some bed and breakfasts have a cookbook published but if they don't just ask for your favorite recipe and your innkeeper is most likely to share it with you.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Amish Country Inn Berlin Promotes Music and Nature

One Amish Country Inn in Berlin, Ohio, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, likes to promote music and nature.  One way that they do this is by hiring Bud Preston to perform at their bed and breakfast on a regular basis.  Mr. Preston is a Grammy-nominated, acoustic guitar artist.  He plays everything from Greensleeves to Moon River, including a focus on music.  He has produced a CD called Welcome that features original songs about Amish Country and the surrounding area.  Bud Preston performed a 2 hour concert over a picnic dinner on Fathers Day weekend.  He will be back in July to perform a Woodland Melodies concert.  Woodland Melodies is not only entertaining but teaches you about the natural tempos of nature and how they blend with his music.    The nature part of your stay not only includes sitting on a porch swing at the bed and breakfast, but there are hiking and walking trails in the area for guests that love the outdoors.  If you want to de-stress and have some calm, peaceful, relaxation be sure to check  out Garden Gate Get-A_Way B&B.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Romantic Cottage in Ohio Amish Country?

If you are looking for a romantic cottage to celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon, or just because, you should check out Ohio Amish Country.  Yes, Ohio Amish Country.  The owners or award-winning Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast have opened up new luxury, romantic cottages.  With a fall and spring thing they are appropriately named Springs Desire Cottage and Falls Kiss Cottage.   Every inch of this new lodging choice spells romance.  The elegant decor, the pillow-soft mattresses, the 600-thread count sheets, the Roman-style Jacuzzi tub, the peninsula fireplace and the private porch facing a field of grazing horses make the perfect getaway.  Your hosts can arrange for a couple's massage in your cottage, fine dining reservations, horseback riding or map out directions to some local wineries for you.  The location is central to Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Mansfield, etc., so you don't have to travel to far for a romantic cottage.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, June 18, 2010

Holmes County Ohio is the Perfect Summer Vacation

Visit Holmes County Ohio for the perfect summer vacation spot.  Not only is it the home of the World's Largest Amish Community, but there is so much more!   If animals are your thing you have got to visit Rolling Ridge Ranch where you can ride on a horse-drawn wagon and feed approximately 500 animals from all over the world.   Perhaps you are a "foodie" and want to visit a cheese factory.  You will have many to choose from...at Heini's you can sample around 50 different cheeses while at Guggisberg Cheese you can try their award-winning Baby Swiss that wins 1st place almost every year at State and local competitions.  If you want to pick up a unique gift for someone, try Wendell August Forge.  There are only 2 in the USA and we've got one here in Berlin.  If you are a wine lover then you can tour about 10 different wineries within an hour radius.  Some have restaurants and gift shops too.  If you like yard ornaments you have got to visit Bowden Bells where most everything in their gift shop is made from recycled materials.   Whether you are in to historical homes or haunted places you will find both under one roof at the Victorian House Museum.  If you are a tree-hugger then you will want to hike or bike the Rails to Trail path or visit The Wilderness Center.  From fine gifts to flea markets, make sure you save time to visit the Amish-owned businesses.  You will find furniture craftsmen, quilt shops, candle makers, leather workers, general stores, bulk foods and more!  There is so much to do that the hard part will be deciding how many nights to stay.  You could easily stay for 1 week and not see everything there is to see and do in Holmes County, Ohio.  For the best experience be sure to stay at a bed and breakfast where the owners and staff will help you to find the kinds of places that you want to visit while sharing with you information about the local culture.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Lodging recommends Walnut Creek, Summer in the Village

One Ohio Amish Country lodging establishment, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, loves to send their guests to Walnut Creek.  While it is one of the smallest tourist areas in Holmes County it is home to Coblentz Chocolate Company, Walnut Creek Cheese, Rebecca's Bistro, Carlisle House of Gifts, P. Graham Dunn, Der Dutchman Restaurant, and more!  On June 24 & 25, 2010 the town is hosting Summer in the Village.  On Thursday evening there will be entertainment on the lawn behind Carlisle Quick Mart.  It is free and open to the public.  (guests need to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs)  They will have refreshments available for purchase.  On Friday, Coblentz Chocolate Company will be giving away ice cream to showcase their own ice cream toppings.  There will also be a petting zoo with animals from the Farm at Walnut Creek.  The Farm will also be giving wagon rides around Walnut Creek on Friday.  Coupons will be given out for all businesses that are supporting this event.

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bed and Breakfast Offers Ohio Amish Country Tour

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed and Breakfast offers an Ohio Amish Country Tour that beats all the rest!  For those who really want to experience Amish culture and customs you need to take this 12-hour tour that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in different Amish homes.  Throughout the day you will experience a museum, Amish businesses, Amish homes and learn about how Amish communities are organized, how they are educated, what a wedding involves, and many other interesting facts.  Are Amish marriages arranged?  Do the Amish pay taxes?  How many years do Amish children go to school?  These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on this adventure.  While this tour is a lot of fun, 12 hours can be exhausting so you will want to spend the night before and the night of the tour at an Ohio bed and breakfast.   Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has put together an all inclusive package where you pay one price for lodging and tour.  You can also leave your vehicle at the  B&B and your tour guide will pick you up right at the B&B.  If you visit the bed and breakfast website you will find other tour options that are shorter and include historical tours and more.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Choose a Bed and Breakfast Sugarcreek Ohio Fabulous 50's Fling Festival

The best way to experience the Fabulous 50's Fling is with a stay at a bed and breakfast Sugarcreek Ohio.  This year is the 20th Anniversary of the classic car show and festival.  In 2010 it will be held on June 11 & 12, rain or shine.  It is considered "The Top Downtown Event" for cars in Ohio according to Cruisin' Times Magazine.  While classic cars of all ages show up, on Saturday the festival will feature vehicles that are from 1975 and older.  In addition to cars you will find some great entertainment.  This year's musical entertainment features The 'Belairs' and 'Remember When' in addition to many other musical venues.  Bring your Poodle skirt and dancing shoes because there's plenty of that as well.  One of the most fun parts of the festival is the food!  Prices are peeled back to the 1950's and you'll find hot dogs, fries, milkshakes, rootbeer floats, and more.  On Friday you will find an open-class cruise in event so even if your car is newer than 1975 there is room for you too.  The Friday festivities start around 5 p.m.  Cars will be judged on Saturday and this year's Best of Show will receive a NAPA tool chest valued at $1000.00.  Whether you are single, a couple, or a family you are sure to enjoy the Fabulous 50's Fling.  Be sure to book your Ohio bed and breakfast stay as soon as possible to make sure there is room at the Inn.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com