Friday, August 27, 2010

Warm Up This Fall at Romantic Places in Ohio's Amish Country

Garden Gate Suite
When the cool, crisp air of the fall season is upon us many couples are looking for romantic places in Ohio's Amish Country to cuddle up in front of a fireplace or soak in a Jacuzzi tub.  The Garden Gate Suite at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has thought of everything that you would want!  The elegant, green-leaf wallpaper and carpet give the room a feeling of richness when you walk through the door.  Your bed has a pillow-top mattress and 600 thread-count sheets that feel like satin.  The bed looks at a beautiful Amish-made cabinet with a fireplace.  In the corner is a 2-person Jacuzzi tub with amenities to scent and soften the water in the tub.  Your private bath is stocked with 5-star amenities and the breakfast the next morning is made from scratch!   The owners of the bed and breakfast opened up a 2nd lodging option, Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way.  For those wanting even more privacy you will have your own 23'x23' cottage.  Choose from Falls Kiss Cottage or Springs Desire Cottage.  With hardwood floors, Amish-made cabinets, and artwork to go with the theme you will find these cottages very romantic.  There is a peninsula fireplace that can be seen from 3 areas of the cottage.  The Roman-style Jacuzzi has large white pillars on each side and is large enough for 2 people.  The kitchenette has a mini refrigerator and microwave if you want to bring some wine and appetizers with you.  Relax with your sweetheart on the 23' private porch, complete with privacy shade to separate you from the cottage next door.  Whether you choose the bed and breakfast or the cottages you will be invited to an evening campfire in the middle of the flower gardens.  So warm up your fall with one of these romantic places in Ohio's Amish Country.
Jacuzzi in Falls Kiss Cottage
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, August 19, 2010

101 Things to Do on your Amish Country Vacation in Ohio

There are so many things to do in the area that you will want to book several days for your next Amish Country vacation in Ohio!  We've compiled a list of 101 things to do:
1.  Choose a place to stay.  Try Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, a triple-award winning inn that is known for evening campfires and beautiful flower gardens.
2.  Tour Behalt at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center to learn about the history and the culture in our area.
3.  Adventure to Rolling Ridge Ranch where you can ride on a horse-drawn wagon and feed exotic animals.  They have over 500 species from around the world.
4.  Hershbergers Farm & Bakery is a must stop for cinnamon rolls, fry pies, produce, and they even have a petting farm and buggy rides.
5. Chalet in the Valley in a Swiss-style restaurant that has a wonderful cheese fondue and 5 kinds of schnitzel.  They also have chicken, fish, burgers and other items.
6.  Coblentz Chocolate Company is like going to Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  You can build your own box or buy something that is pre-packaged.  You can even watch them making chocolates!
7.  Visit Breitenbach Amish Country Wines, Ohio's 2nd largest winery, for taste testing or to have a BBQ lunch on the patio.
8.  Guggisberg Cheese is home of the award-winning Baby Swiss and offers a large selection of cheese.  There is a ice cream parlor next to the cheese store as well.
9.  Warthers Museum is one of the most unique museums you will ever visit.  Mooney Warther only had a 2nd grade education and he carved every famous steam locomotive across the USA.  It is so hard to describe; You just have to see it.
10.  Amish Country Riding Stables gives you a chance to go horse back riding through the beautiful Charm countryside.
11.  Don't miss Eagle Song Studio in Winesburg.  Will Kallberg carves fireplace mantles out of old barn beams and also does bronze sculture, garden items and bird baths.
12.  Take a trip to Walnut Creek and see the German Culture Museum.  Learn about the 1st Amish man who settled in Walnut Creek and other interesting facts about the area.
13.  If you like to bake you will want to stop in the Ashery.  They have a huge stock of spices, bulk foods, candy and more.
14.  Take a trip back in time in the Winesburg Carriage Museum where there are a variety are useful and decorative carriages.  They also build Amish buggies on the same property.
15.  Amish Door dinner theater offers shows with a Biblical theme, musicals, and more.
16.  Find handmade Amish crafts at Care N Share on State Route 250.  They have baskets in the shape of the entire USA.  In addition you will find quilts, candles, toys, bird houses and more.
17.  For a private, romantic, vacation choose Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way.  New in 2009 they offer Jacuzzi tub, peninsula fireplace, Amish-made cabinets and bed, plus a private porch with a beautiful view.
18.  For some old-fashioned fun visit Farmerstown Broom & Book.  You can watch brooms being made as well as shop for books and miscellaneous other items.
19.  Visit Heini's Cheese in Berlin in the morning and you can watch cheese making.  Just about any time of day you can sample 50 kinds of cheese including a green Moon Cheese.
20.  Hop on the Swiss Village Trolley in Sugarcreek every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May - October.  You will be transported around the area and your driver is quite knowledgeable about the area.
21.  If you are shopping for Amish-made furniture make your 1st stop Prairie Lane Furniture.  They can do just about anything that you are looking for and their prices are really good.
22.  You scream, I scream, We all scream for Ice Mudd Valley Creamery in Walnut Creek.  From homemade custard to hand-dipped you will find just about any flavor that you can dream of.
23.  Rebecca's Bistro is the place to stop for lunch.  From homemade soups to quiches to entree salads to sandwiches, every thing you will find is of gourmet quality.
24.  Stop in Starlight Antiques if you are an antique lover.  They participate in the Antiques in the Alley and annual Antique Festival in Millersburg.  Watch for 'Girls Night Out' activities too.
25.  If you watch HGTV you will want to visit the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg.  Pay special attention to the fireplaces in this beautiful home.
26.  Take and escorted tour with Amish Heartland Tours to learn about Amish culture & customs.
27.  If Grandma's home cooking is what you crave then stop in Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant in Berlin.  It is a hometown diner with some great home cooking and delicious pies.
28.  If you have a sportsman in your party then be sure to stop at Kidron Sports Center.  He'll be like a kid in a candy store.
29.  Looking for ideas for a new kitchen or bathroom?  Are you starting some home improvements?  Do you make wood crafts?  If you answered "yes" then stop in Keim Lumber in Charm.  You won't believe your eyes.
30.  A stop at the Scrapbook Nook in Berlin is the place for the scrapbooker in your life.  Lots to choose from and maybe you will purchase supplies to make an Amish Country scrapbook!
31.  For a really unique experience stop at Swartzentruber Quilts.  This is an Old Order Amish home where they make and sell quilts, potholders, table runners, wall hangers, hand-braided rugs, etc.
32.  Three Feathers Pewter in Millersburg is the only place of this kind in Amish Country.
33.  Troyer Country Market sells the locally made Amish Wedding Foods, cheese, candy, bulk foods, produce, ice cream, deli, snacks, flowers, and more!
34.  Baltic Mills gift shop and bulk foods is located in an historical mill in the middle of Baltic, Ohio.
35.  For fine art stop in Blue River Gallery in Berlin.
36.  Millers Bakery will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.  You won't believe the size of their cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, and save room for some cheese tarts.  They also have noodles, bread, and homemade crafts.
37.  Take home some Winesburg Meats.  In addition to the usual kinds of meats you will find hamburgers with mushrooms inside, or potato-cheese bratwurst for your next barbeque.
38.  Learn the history of the Ohio Erie Canal at Roscoe Village.  Tour historical buildings, shop in the many gift shops, have lunch and ride an old keel boat that is pulled by Belgian work horses.
39.  Stop at Helping Hands Museum and Quilt Shop in Berlin.  The profits from this store go to charity.  You may even find people quilting while you visit.
40.  Country Oak Furniture is located on an Amish homestead and offer top quality furniture.  They can customize just about anything that you like and you're going to love the prices.
41.  The Swiss Hobby Shop has many items for the hobby buff in you and it is located in the middle of the Swiss village of Sugarcreek.
42.  Mrs. Yoders Kitchen is a favorite restaurant among locals and tourists.  It is located in Mt. Hope and you have to save room for pie.
43.  Take time out and play a round of golf at Fire Ridge Golf Course.  The rolling hills make this one of the prettiest courses in Ohio.
44.  For fine gifts and a lot of variety stop in at the Berlin Village Gift Barn.
45.  Slow down the pace of your visit with a trip to The Wilderness Center.  Hike on a nature trail, have a picnic, tour the nature center...
46.  The Farm at Walnut Creek is not only a place to see an exotic animal ranch, but you will find homes and barns that interpret the Amish lifestyle that you can tour as well.
47.  Holmes County Flea Market is the original flea market where many local businesses have a 2nd store under one roof.
48.  Walnut Creek Flea Market is similar to the Holmes County Flea Market. It has some unique stores and some identical booths.
49.  55 West & Company is an antique store in historic downtown Millersburg.  It is one of the most popular antique stores in the village.
50.  Don't leave the area without a stop at Wendell August Forge.  There are only 2 in the USA and we have one just outside of Berlin!  They make everything from Christmas ornaments to coasters to platters to vases, etc.  The patterns they sell offer something for everyone.
51.  Bags Sports Pub is unusual in that the atmosphere is very casual, decorated in a golf motif.  The food, on the other hand, is almost gourmet.  You can get a burger on a pretzel bun or a steak or a salmon salad or lobster bisque soup.
52.  Millersburg Glass Museum showcases this beautiful collection.  They say that even the Queen of England has some Millersburg glass.
53.  The Pottery Niche imports Polish Pottery.  Each piece is hand painted is very colorful.  The baking dishes make the best coffeecakes!
54.  R.W. Leather is on an old order Amish farm.  They make leather belts, wallets, and purses to name a few items.  The quality and prices can't be beat.
55.  Stop in Schlabach Furniture for Amish-made furniture at a good value and excellent quality.
56.  Steiner Cheese is the oldest cheese factory in the USA and it is located just south of Sugarcreek in the town of Baltic.
57.  Treaty Line Pottery has 2 kilns with pottery made by artist, Carol Ohl.  Coffee mugs, vases, tea pots, and many beautiful items come from her kilns.
58.  Troyers Trail Bologna is famous all over the area.  Many restaurants offer a Trail Bologna and Swiss sandwich.  Stop in to buy some to take home with you.
59.  If you want to learn how the Amish live be sure to visit Yoders Amish Home & Farm near Walnut Creek.  Tour 2 homes, a schoolhouse and take an Amish buggy ride.
60.  Berlin Chile Traders is in no way Amish but is you like hot sauces and salsas you must stop.  There is even one variety where you have to sign a waiver because it is so hot!

61.  Time & Optic on County Road 77 just north of Berlin is a hidden treasure.  Musical clocks, watches, repairs on old pieces, and more.
62.  Beachys Country Chalet is located in the Swiss village of Sugarcreek.  Amish home cooking along with Swiss specialties.
63.  Gateway Place not only offers antiques, but has a wine tasting show room with almost 50 Ohio wineries represented!
64.  Pleasant View Furniture is off of US62 just outside Berlin.  Amish-made furniture and fantastic prices.
65.  Take a stroll on the Rails to Trails path that runs from Fredericksburg to just south of Killbuck.  Great for bike riding too.  This is the only section of Rails to Trails in the USA where there is a special path for Amish buggies.
66.  Walnut Creek Cheese is so much more than cheese: bulk foods, Uncle Mike's Beef Sticks, ice cream, sandwich counter, bakery, jam & jelly factory, granola factory, kitchen gadgets, deli, and it just keeps on going.
67.  Stop in the Berlin Creek Gallery for some beautiful items to decorate your home.
68.  Hershbergers Antiques is the favorite of avid antique collectors.  This Amish-owned business has authentic antiques from beautiful bedroom sets to small glass items.
69.  Take an afternoon breakfast at Heini's Gourmet Market near Sugarcreek.  Snack on a sandwich, taste some cheese, drink some wine, and shop for foods made in Ohio.
70.  Erb's Stove & Fireplace is the place to go if you want to put a fireplace in your home.  Beautiful mantle choices and many styles to choose from.
71.   Stone Barn Furnishings is known for their furniture but they have a nice gift shop as well with items for your home.
72.  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Tis the Season, Ohio's largest year round Christmas store.  Three floors of fun!
73.  If you want to see Ohio's largest wood-fired kiln stop in at Holmes County Pottery.  It takes 8 days to load the kiln when getting ready to fire it.
74.  The Village Gift Barn in Berlin is one of the largest gift shops in the area so too many items to just have to go there.
75.  Have some leisure time at Black Diamond Golf Course.  It has Ohio's only Par 6 hole!  It is easy to find on State Route 83 south of Millersburg.
76.  Drive to Dalton at tour the P.Graham Dunn factory where they make beautiful inspirational wood items and art.  Be sure to stop by the seconds room for some great bargains.
77.  The Antique Emporium in Millersburg is loaded with lots of memories from your childhood.  Stop in and shop.
78.  For a one-of-a-kind shop visit Bowden Bells.  See what unusual items that they make from recycled materials.  They also have a glass kiln and you can buy some gorgeous garden art.
79.  Millers Dutch Kitchen in Baltic is a favorite dinner stop for some of the best chicken in Amish Country.
80.  Whether you sew or want to buy a quilt be sure to stop in Lone Star Quilts in Mt. Hope.
81.  If you like crafts don't miss Country Craft Cupboard in Berlin.  From yarns to stitching they have got it all.
82.  Find 3 stores and several floors of crafts at Sol's Exchange.  They have everything from wood to sweatshirts to candles to baby items and more.
83.  At the Mt. Hope Auction yard you will find everything from horses and cows to hay and chickens being auctioned.  They hold special auctions, such as benefit auctions, throughout the year.
84.  Swiss Heritage Winery is located in Broad Run Cheese factory so you can purchase your wine and cheese at one place.
85.   For soaps, lotions, and other locally made items stop in Amish Country Essentials in Millersburg.
86.  When you need a break from shopping visit Java Jo Coffee Shop for an expresso or latte.
87.  Watch candles being hand-dipped and carved at Lamp & Light Candles, an Amish-owned shop.
88.  Lehman's in Kidron is home to items that the Amish can use for every day living without electricity and so much more.  They have old stove and refrigerator reproductions, kitchen gadgets, candles, garden tools, bird watching supplies and more.
89.  At Schrock's Amish Farm and Village you can take a buggy ride, visit a craft mall and antique mall, and shop in many little shops on the property.  If you have kids along be sure to take the miniature train ride.
90.  For upscale furniture, home decor, a gourmet lunch, or a Christmas tree visit Pine Tree Barn and Christmas tree farm.
91.  If you like to sew then don't miss Millers Dry Goods in Charm.   You have over 8000 bolts of fabric to choose from!
92.  Carlisle House of Gifts has many popular household and gift items from Thomas Kinkade to Vera Bradley to jewelry, etc.  Three floors of items and you can even get your purchases gift wrapped.
93.  Experience around 21 styles of Amish-made furniture at Homestead Furniture in Mt. Hope.  Custom designs and upholstered furniture too.
94.  Pretty Penny gift shop has antiques and hand-painted items.  Pick up a garden rock that is painted like a Cottswald cottage in England.
95.  If you like wicker you won't believe the selection at Country View Wicker in Charm.
96.  Broad Run Cheese in Sugarcreek started with a Swiss immigrant who brought his cheese-making kettle to the USA in the 1800's.
97.  For some good shoes or boots at good prices stop by Charm Harness & Boot.  They are located next door to Kidron Sports.
98.  Decorate your yard with some furniture from Kauffman Lawn Furniture in Berlin.  Gliders, table sets, rockers, gazebos and more.
99.  From spices to flour to candy you will find it all at Swiss Village Bulk Food Store in Sugarcreek.
100.  In an area known for Amish-made furniture be sure to check out what Four Corners Furniture has to offer.

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

Friday, August 13, 2010

Murder at Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast, NOT

If you like a murder mystery then you will want to check out one Amish Country Ohio bed and breakfast.  They offer a series of weekend packages called Dinner with an Author.   Guests have plenty of time to explore Amish Country Ohio and then on Saturday evening they have dinner with a famous author followed by a book talk and signing.  Paul Gaus, from Wooster, Ohio, is one of the featured authors.  Paul Gaus has written a series of 6 books that are murder mysteries that are all set in Amish Country, Ohio.  Although his books are fiction, many of the facts about the Amish are true.  Some of the places in Amish Country are real places.  Some of the bed and breakfast guests like to travel the area to find some of the places mentioned in his books, but they have to be careful because some of them don't exist.  Paul Gaus will be giving book talks about his first two books in the series in January and March 2011.  For details contact Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast at 330-674-7608 or visit their website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Get Away with a Murder Mystery Weekend in Ohio

If you want to treat yourself to a lot of laughs and fun then treat yourself to a murder mystery weekend in Ohio!  You get to be a murder suspect in this murder mystery game at an Ohio bed and breakfast.   Your innkeepers will mail you a character name, character description and costume suggestion about one month before you arrive.  You can be as creative as you want with your costume.  When you arrive at the B&B you will get to meet the "other murder suspects" over a nightly campfire and/or at breakfast.  You will have plenty of free time to explore the area or spend time with your special someone.  The murder mystery is played in rounds and your innkeepers will provide a meal that is served in courses in between each round.  Whether you have never acted before  or if you were in the drama club at college you will be able to have fun with the mystery because everything you need to know about your character and other characters will be provided in a booklet of packet that you will receive.  The upcoming schedule is:  OCTOBER 2010:  Horror in the Haunted Mansion; DECEMBER 2010:  Rung Out in the New Year (12/31); FEBRUARY 2011: Lethal Luau; MARCH 2011: Murder at Mardi Gras; APRIL 2011: Pasta, Passion & Pistols and Taste for Wine & Murder; June 2011: Murder on the Grill.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ohio Wine Tours are Nothing to Wine About

Ohio continues to become a big wine producer and you can even take Ohio Wine Tours.   In northeast Ohio there are several wineries to take note of:  Ravens Glenn Winery is  5 years old and started with approximately 1000 gallons of wine in the first year and they expect to produce over 80,000 gallons this year.  Whether you prefer dry, semi-sweet or sweet wines they have something for everyone.  Breitenbach Winery is Ohio's 2nd largest winery.  They are known for their Dandelion dessert wine and annual Dandelion Festival every May.  Name a fruit and they make a wine from it.  If you prefer dry wines you will find something for your palate there too.  For atmosphere head up to Canton to the new Gervasi Vineyards.  You will think that you are Italy.  Sit in the Piazza over looking a lake and sip on some wine or Sangria.  Rainbow Hills offers more than just wine.  On summer weekends you can make reservations for a barbeque.  You get to grill your own meat that they provide along with side dishes.  Each couple gets a bottle of wine to drink with their dinner.  There's a new kid in town...Yellow Butterfly Winery.  It is situated in Blue Ridge Valley in Tuscarawas County with beautiful views.   They even have alpacas on the property.   There are more wineries in these area, but these are just a few of the highlights.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast offers Ohio Wine Tours.  The 2010 tours are done for the year but starting in January 2011 there will be approximatly 1 tour per month.  In 2011 tours will start late morning and go through the entire day including lunch and dinner.  Guests will sample locally made cheese, wine and indulge in some great food.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, August 6, 2010

Amish Country Inn Invites Guests to Holmes County Fair

Our Amish Country Inn, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, loves to send guests to the Holmes County Fair.  Remember when back in time the entire town would come out to a County fair?  There were corn dogs and cotton candy, ferris wheel rides, the prize steer on show from the farmer down the street...   That is what the Holmes County Fair in Ohio is like.  This summer the fair runs August 16-21, 2010 just outside of the village of Millersburg.  In addition to the old-fashioned kind of fair displays and animals there is a lot of special music.  The feature is on August 21 with a Johnny Cash Tribute performance.  There is an entire schedule for the Holmes County Fair on the Internet.  There are many other things to see and do during the week that the fair is going on and you can even take an Ohio Amish Country Tour.  There is also an Art Show in Winesburg and big sale at Keim Lumber.  After a busy day at the fair, or exploring Amish Country, you can unwind at the campfire at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.  Be sure to ask your innkeepers about other things to do in Holmes County, Ohio.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Benefit Auctions are among Holmes County Ohio Amish Tourist Attractions

When you are planning your vacation and looking for Holmes County, Ohio Amish tourist attractions don't overlook the benefit auctions.  People from all over the County, including Amish, and tourists from all over the world attend these auctions.  You will find treasures such as Amish-made bedroom and dining room sets, lawn and garden furniture or decorations, toys for children, Amish-made quilts, craft items, homemade food and more!
The next major benefit auction in Amish Country is the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction in Kidron.    This is an annual auction held the first weekend in August.  It will begin Friday, August 6, 2010, with sale booths and food stands opening at 4 p.m.  plus a silent auction.  Saturday is the main auction.  Art and collectibles and wood items start the auction at 9 a.m.  Quilts will be auctioned at 10 a.m. followed by a children's auction.  Special items will be auctioned off in the afternoon.  There will be food booths and a chicken dinner so you can even eat while you are there.  All proceeds from this auction go to world charities.
Labor Day weekend is another major auction, the Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction.  The mission is to bring Christ to the Haitians but also food to the hungry, medical care to the sick, and clothing to those in need.  This auction is held at the Mt. Hope Auction yard.  Everything is donated and 100% of the proceeds to go missions in Haiti.
Many of the Amish schools hold benefit auctions that are open to the public.  As you drive through Holmes County you may see a sign for an auction and you will find Amish-made crafts and more.
So the next time you are looking for Holmes County, Ohio Amish tourist attractions don't overlook these special sales and auctions.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, August 2, 2010

Meet Wanda Brunstetter in your next Ohio Amish Country Getaway

Visit Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast for your next Ohio Amish Country getaway.  Our bed and breakfast has a "Dinner with an Author" series where guests have dinner with a famous author and participate in a book talk and signing with the author.  Our next author is the weekend of September  10-12, 2010, Wanda Brunstetter.  She has written many best-selling books about Amish culture and lifestyle.  While the books are fiction, many of the stories of how the Amish live are true.  The book that she will introduce is a brand new book, Lydia's Charm.  This weekend is almost sold out as of August 1st so call today to reserve your room.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608