Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Free Rooms for Veterans in Honor of Veterans Day


Hundreds of Bed and Breakfasts are providing free rooms on Wednesday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day (November 11) to honor men and women currently serving in the military, as well as those who have served their country in the past.  Over 200 inns in 39 states and Canada have donated rooms for this holiday promotion.

The program was started in 2009 by the West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association.  “We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces”, says Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, West Virginia and originator of the concept. “These are trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night’s rest is our way to say, thank you.”

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio is taking part in the Veterans Day promotion. “This is the best way for us to honor this country’s military members”, says Carol Steffey, owner of the Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast. “Not enough people realize what our servicemen and women face on a day to day basis in addition to those who have already put their lives on the line for our country and we are happy for them to stay with us as we celebrate Veterans Day.  My father was a WWII veteran and my grandfathers were WWI veterans so being a part of this event means a lot to me.”

Bed and breakfast inns are smaller hospitality businesses that offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and beautifully decorated areas for relaxation or conversation. Known for their great breakfasts and personalized service, Bed & Breakfasts are a perfect way to enhance a getaway.

Reservations need to be made directly with the participating inns. A valid military or Veterans Administration ID will be required for each reservation.  Each participating Bed and Breakfast is making at least one room available on the night of November 10 and availability is limited to a first come first serve basis.

Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia secured a domain name and created a web site to enable Veterans to locate a participating Bed & Breakfast. For more information on the promotion go to

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

Friday, September 24, 2010

Romantic Getaways in Ohio this Autumn

 So you and your sweetheart have been working hard and you're looking for romantic getaways in Ohio this Autumn to see the fall colors.  Look no further.  At Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast there is a luxurious, romantic room called the Garden Gate Suite.  Sink back in the reclining Queen Anne chairs, cuddle in the queen bed with pillow soft mattress, watch the dancing flames on the fireplace or soak in the Jacuzzi tub.  In the evening join other guests around the nightly campfire and sip on a glass of wine or your favorite beverage.  Swing on a porch swing and enjoy the flower gardens and tranquil setting.  Your innkeepers can make reservations for fine dining to top off your stay.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Shares October Fall Color Activities


When I was a little girl autumn was always a fun time of year.  We would find beautiful colored leaves and press them between wax paper and make some kind of art project from them.  We would visit a Cider Mill to watch them making fresh apple cider, get some homemade donuts, and grab a bag of apples to bring home.  We couldn’t leave without a candy or caramel apple either!   Now as an adult I just love living in Holmes County Amish Country when autumn comes.  As you drive through the beautiful rolling hills you will see the farmers harvesting their fields and the fall colors look like a picture postcard.  I never get tired of seeing the Belgian work horses in the fields or a horse and buggy going down the road.  As a bed and breakfast owner our guests are always asking us about special things to see and do in the area during the fall months.  Many of my answers involve food!  You will want to stop at Millers Bakery for some apple fritters among other delicious homemade baked goods.  Coblentz Chocolates is always good but in autumn months you will find leaf shaped chocolate suckers or chocolate pumpkins.  If you stop there Sweetest Day weekend you must get some chocolate dipped strawberries.  Hillcrest Orchard sells apples, cider, produce and bulk foods.  While you are here be sure to stop at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt. Hope for a meal and save room for some apple or pumpkin pie. 
There are many festivals in our area in October: The annual Sugarcreek Swiss Festival is the 1st & 2nd; Apple Butter Stirrin at Yoders Amish Home & Farm is on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th; The Wilmot Harvest Festival is the 2nd; the Loudonville Street Fair is from the 5th-9th; the Millersburg Antique Festival is the 9-10th; Roscoe Village has an Apple Butter Stirrin the 15-17th.    Our bed and breakfast has a couple of special weekend packages in October as well.  From October 22-24 we have a Progressive Meals Tour weekend where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 different Amish homes while taking a tour to learn all about Amish culture and customs.  To add a bit of fun to your Amish Country experience we are hosting a murder mystery weekend October 29-31 called Horror in the Haunted Mansion.   Our guests play the murder suspect and the mystery is done in rounds that include a dinner on Saturday evening. 
At times is can be challenging to get around Holmes County during this time of year, but we have some special maps as well as we can customize a map of the places that you want to visit to take you on some of the less busy roads.  When it comes to dining many people are creatures of habit and always walk in a restaurant at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. for dinner.  During the autumn months you will find long lines at those times.  Try to plan your itinerary to stop in at 12 minutes or 23 minutes past the hour to avoid the rush.  For our bed and breakfast guests wanting a more quiet dinner we can arrange for you to have a meal with one of our Amish neighbors in their home.  No lines there!  I hope that those people reading this article who have busy and hectic lifestyles take some time to see the fall colors in the autumn months in Amish Country and perhaps bring back some childhood memories.   Our bed and breakfast is a triple-award winning inn that is best known for the flower gardens and evening campfires. 
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Top 10 Fall Color Activities for your Ohio Amish Country Getaway

There are so many things to see and do in Holmes County Amish Country in Ohio and fall is the most popular time for travelers.  We've come up with a list of our Top 10 Fall Color Activities for your Ohio Amish Country Getaway:
1. Visit the new Corn Maze at Sharp Run Farm Market on State Route 39 just west of Berlin.
2.  Go pumpkin picking at Hershbergers Farm & Bakery on State Route 557 just north of Charm.  While you are there you can feed goats or take a ride on Ohio's largest Belgian work horse.
3.  Stop by Millers Bakery for an apple fritter or apple pie.
4.  Take home some apples and cider from Hillcrest Orchard in Walnut Creek.  They also sell fresh produce, Indian corn, nuts, candy, maple syrup plus jams and jellies.
5.  Spend the night in Falls Kiss Cottage that offers an autumn decor with Carl Sams art work, Roman-style Jacuzzi tub, and peninsula fireplace.
6.  Stop in Coblentz Chocolates in Walnut Creek for some fall themed chocolates.
7.  Don't miss Walnut Creek Cheese where you can snack on some pumpkin ice cream, purchase candy corn, or shop their bulk foods for sanding sugars and fall cupcake toppings.
8.  Visit Breitenbach Winery for some apple or peach wine.  You can also pick up some mulling spices to make hot spiced wine.
9.  Take a drive on the back roads of Holmes County where you will find the Amish harvesting their fields and experience the beautiful fall colors.
10.  Stop for lunch at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen in Mt. Hope for some homemade vegetable soup and save room for some pumpkin pie!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Autumn in Amish Country is a Perfect Time for Bird Watching in Ohio

If you like to go bird watching in Ohio you won't want to overlook Amish Country this fall.  People come from all over the world to experience Holmes County Amish Country and fall is the busiest time of the year.  The Wilderness Center in Wilmot has some special programs to help you experience fall: bird walks, Monarch butterfly walks, wilderness walks, and more.  From the Interpretive Building you can sit and watch many birds come up to bird feeders just outside the window. The most unique thing there is that there are microphones outside so that you can hear the bird songs from the inside.  They have 6 nature trails for outdoor bird watching.  Stop at one of our cheese factories to get a picnic to take to The Wilderness Center.  On select dates there are bird hikes to enhance your outdoor experience.  Let your innkeepers at the bed and breakfast where you stay help you plan your dates around when the programs will take place.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608