Friday, July 30, 2010

For Your Ohio Romantic Vacation Run for the Roses

Quite often couples decide that they want to take an Ohio romantic vacation and they hit the Internet looking for hotels.   The thought never occurs to try a bed and breakfast and yet most B&B's are far more romantic than a hotel.  In Holmes County, Ohio you can find a room at one bed and breakfast decorated with roses.   You often find special touches like pillow-soft mattresses, high thread count sheets, gas fireplaces, and upscale soaps and bath amenities.  Unlike a hotel desk clerk, your bed and breakfast innkeepers know where to find fine dining and will make reservations for you.  They can also direct you to places to enhance your romantic vacation such as a winery or chocolate factory.  You can even get a couple massage at most B&B's now.  If you really want to pamper yourself the next time you are looking for an Ohio romantic vacation check out a bed and breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ohio Cheese Factory is the Oldest in the USA

When you travel to Ohio Amish Country and see the rolling hills and farms you would not be surprised to find cheese factories in the area.  One Ohio cheese factory is actually the oldest in the USA!  Steiner Cheese of Baltic started in 1833 when Jacob Steiner migrated to America bringing with him a special swiss cheese kettle to make cheese.  Jacob was so successful that it soon brought dairy farmers and other cheese makers to the area.  Amish Country of Ohio became the Swiss cheese capital of America by the turn of the century.  In spite of automation and modernization in the industry, Steiner Cheese continues to make their award-winning cheese in an old world style.  When you travel to Ohio Amish Country you will find Steiner Cheese on Mill Street in Baltic off of State Route 93 just south of Sugarcreek.  Just down the road on State Road 93 you will find Pearl Valley Cheese.  It was founded by Swiss immigrants in 1928.  Today the third generation of the Stalder family runs this ever growing cheese factory.  They produce nearly 3 million pounds of cheese every year using milk from Ohio dairy farmers.  Another special story is that of Alfred Guggisberg of Guggisberg Cheese in the Charm area.  Alfred starting making cheese at the age of 16.  He went to school for cheese making and worked in Europe and Africa before coming to the United States.  Alfred made cheese in the Doughty Valley and Guggisberg Cheese started in 1950 and is still run by his family today.  They are one of the largest manufacturers of Swiss cheese in the country.  They were awards Ohio Grand Champion Cheese Maker in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2009.   They have also won awards at the World Dairy Expo!   Many have tried to imitate their famous Baby Swiss but no one has succeeded.  Cheese factories are among the Holmes County Ohio Tourist Attractions.  In addition to these 3 cheese factories there is Heini's Cheese, Walnut Creek Cheese, Holmes Cheese, and the next County over is Broad Run Cheese House.  The next time you are looking for a great snack don't overlook Ohio cheese.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Bed and Breakfast: What to Expect

The Professional Association of Innkeepers International conducted a study a while back and asked people why they chose a hotel over a bed and breakfast.  One of the more popular answers was that they didn't know what to expect.  One award-winning Ohio Amish Country bed and breakfast would like to share exactly what you can expect.  The name is Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast and they are located in Millersburg, Ohio.  Before you arrive you receive a confirmation that includes B&B policies and the offer to arrange back road tours, spa treatments, fine dining reservations, etc.  When you arrive you are warmly greeted and asked how your innkeepers can help you to experience their area.   Whether you want to shop for Amish furniture, visit wineries, golf, go to a flea market, visit fine gift shops or Amish owned businesses, take a tour, etc., your innkeepers can help map out or plan your itinerary.   Some people are concerned about privacy.  At this bed and breakfast guests have a private entrance to their room and a private bath.  Privacy is something that you can enjoy and yet if you are more social and want to visit with other guests there are common areas, porch swings, and areas where you can visit with other people.  Your innkeepers can help you with directions to restaurants that serve the kinds of food that you would like for dinner.  After dinner you will find that most shops in Ohio Amish Country are closed.  The restaurants close earlier than the big city but you have choices:  You can return to your room and watch TV or a video.  You can gather around the evening campfire with other guests an unwind from your busy day.  You innkeepers always have marshmallows on hand to roast if you are interested.  At Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages to drink around the campfire or bring some coffee, tea or hot chocolate that is provided by your innkeepers.   The guest rooms that are offered range from standard/traditional to a Jacuzzi suite with a fireplace.  The innkeepers offer deluxe mattresses on the beds, high thread-count sheets, 5-star amenites, and more in-room items to pamper you.  The next morning you can indulge in a homemade breakfast that is cooked from scratch.    The rest of your day is up to you...Do you want to stay back at the B&B and relax on a glider rocker, go shopping in one of the local towns, explore Amish culture, or perhaps visit a winery?  You are free to do what you would like to do.  How will your bed and breakfast stay be different from a hotel?  Your B&B stay will offer more privacy, customized concierge services, delicious food, tips to secret places, and as much privacy as you may want.  You just have to try a bed and breakfast stay so that you can see for yourself what makes them more special than other places.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Getaway with a Twist

If you have taken an Ohio Amish Country getaway in the past chance are you have visited a cheese factory, the chocolate factory, Lehmans Hardware, a flea market, etc.  Let your next getaway include a twist!  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, near Berlin, Ohio, offers murder mystery weekends to their guests.  The guests themselves actually play a murder suspect.  How they work is about a month prior to your arrival the innkeepers mail you your character name, character description, and costume suggestion.  When you arrive on a Friday you have dinner on your own and unwind at their nightly campfire while getting to know the other "murder suspects".  After breakfast on Saturday morning, bed and breakfast guests are free to explore Ohio Amish Country.  Meanwhile your innkeepers are converting the breakfast room in to the scene of the murder, complete with props, scene setters, etc.  When you return that evening you enter the room in character.  Each mystery is facilitated by the innkeepers so you don't have to be a professional actor to participate.  The mysteries are played out in rounds and food is served in courses in between each round.  This gives you time to read about what clues you will reveal in the next round or what players you need to accuse of something.  Sometimes you are give specific clues on paper and are prompted to announce them and pass them around to the other suspects.   At the end of the evening the murderer is revealed and awards are passed out for the best actor/actress and best costume.    You can have tons of fun if you want to get really creative with your costume or how you accuse other characters of things.  Depending on how long the murder mystery goes on you may have time to fit in another campfire on Saturday evening.  End your weekend getaway with a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning before checking out.  The next murder mysteries include Horror in the Haunted Mansion which is around Halloween.  The theme is a Hollywood movie set where horror films are made.  One guest gets to play an actress that lets out the blood-curdling screams in the horror films.  Another plays a monster character.  Another mystery to look forward to is Rung Out in the New Year which will be played out New Year's Eve.  The setting is a New Year's Eve party and the characters include a nurse, an airline stewardess, a Top Gun Naval Officer and more.  If you have a group of 5 couples the innkeepers will set up a murder mystery just for your group.  Otherwise you can watch the website for dates that they offer specific mysteries.  Make your next Ohio Amish Country getaway one with a twist!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Berlin Ohio Bed and Breakfast Brings Music to Your Ears

One Berlin, Ohio bed and breakfast offers packages to guests including music programs.  This August and September Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has invited Grammy-nominated, acoustic guitar artist, Bud Preston to perform outdoors.  Each evening, after the local shops and restaurants have closed, this bed and breakfast lights a campfire in the middle of their flower gardens.   It is only natural to have guitar entertainment in a program called Woodland Melodies.  This program demonstrates how the sounds of nature and the sounds of music compliment each other.  In past concerts the beautiful guitar music has brought birds to a nearby tree and cows and horses to the fence line to hear the music.  To make the program even better the innkeepers are providing a picnic dinner to guests during the concert.  Details can be found on the bed and breakfast website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ohio Bed and Breakfast offers Amish Country Tours with Ohio History

One Ohio bed and breakfast is offering guests historical Amish Country Tours this summer.   The tour is of Ohio's 1st state road.  It originates in Millersburg with a tour of the Victorian House Museum.  This museum was featured on HGTV and has a very interesting history.  After the museum tour guests board a touring van and get the opportunity to travel the trail that our ancestors that built the Ohio Erie Canal traveled on.  There is beautiful scenery and historical narration of the trail.  A stop in Port Washington takes guests through a museum with more Erie Canal history.  End the tour with a light meal at an old stagecoach stop.  Your travels take you through rolling scenic hills where the Amish live today and you will even learn some Amish culture on this tour too!  For more information and package pricing contact Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast at 330-674-7608.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

When Visiting Berlin, Ohio Choose a Bed and Breakfast for your Lodging

 Every year travelers flock to Berlin, Ohio and seek lodging while they explore Amish Country.   While there are many lodging choices and styles, a bed and breakfast should be at the top of your list.  B&B innkeepers tend to know their back yard and share information with their guests.  If you are looking for that unique, little out-of-the-way place your innkeeper can give you directions.  Restaurants are another thing your bed and breakfast can help you find.  Berlin, Ohio has really grown over the last 10 years and offers something for everyone's taste from fine gifts to flea market to chocolates to antiques and more.  Guests at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast can have the owners arrange for a back roads tour of Amish Country or dinner in an Amish home while they are are visiting Berlin.  The next time you want to visit Berlin, Ohio and need lodging, be sure to call Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Amish Country Vacation Options

If your Amish Country vacation is over the 4th of July this year there is some exciting night life for you.   Just a short drive from the Millersburg area is Wooster, Ohio, home of the Ohio Light Opera.  They are in the middle of their 2010 performance season,  but on July 4th there is a free concert in downtown Wooster.  It is the 10th annual Star Spangled Celebration Pops Concert on the Square in downtown Wooster.  Admission is free and the concert begins at 7 p. m.  The program features the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, directed by Michael Borowitz.  Singers from the company's cast will perform as well.  You will hear patriotic favorites such as When Johnny Come Marching Home Again, Yankee Doodle, America the Beautiful, and more.  Other familiar songs include the Stars Spangled Banner, Dixie, Gem of the Ocean, and Everything's Coming Up Roses, to name a few.  Bring lawn chairs because they plan to hold the concert on the square in downtown.  If it should rain the back up location is McGaw Chapel on E. University.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast would love to host you when you come to this patriotic, 4th of July concert.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, July 1, 2010

When Booking Your Ohio Vacation Package Online Read the Fine Print

The next time you book an Ohio vacation package online, or any lodging, be sure to read the fine print.  How many times do people buy something online, you enter your credit card number, a pop up appears asking you to check a box that you agree to the terms and conditions, and you check the box without reading it?  When it comes to lodging many of the online reservation programs have a terms and conditions pop up that includes cancel policies, smoking policies, pets policies, children policies, check-in and check-out terms, and more.  If you just check the box without reading it may lead to a problem.
One example of this is a statement that reads, "Check-in time is from 3-6 p.m.   Your reservation is being held with your credit card until 6 p.m.  You will be considered a no-show if you do not arrive by 6 p.m.".  If you work until 5 p.m. and it takes 2 hours to get to your lodging choice then you will arrive after 6 p.m. and you may not have a room when you arrive.  Don't just assume that because you gave a credit card number that your room is confirmed.  Another example of terms and conditions is a statement that reads, "Our bed and breakfast has a maximum of 2 people per guest room.  No children under the age of 16 will be allowed".  This doesn't go too well when Mom decides to bring her 12 year old daughter on a weekend getaway only to find out they they will not take the 12 year old and because of the 14 day cancel policy you don't get any refunds.
You can now see why it is very important to read the fine print when booking your Ohio vacation package online.
It is equally important that if you choose a bed and breakfast or hotel online and call on the telephone to make your reservations that you look for policies on their website.  Similar rules may be posted on the website and if you violate any policies you may not have a room at the Inn.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608