Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ohio Bed & Breakfast Give Back to Veterans

Veterans Honored at Ohio Bed and Breakfast.  It’s not often that we hear a story that warms our hearts but this is one.  Three years ago a West Virginia bed and breakfast owner decided to honor Veterans by offering a free guest room the night before Veterans Day.  In 2010 over 900 bed and breakfasts in 49 states jumped on the band wagon.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Ohio had a heart wrenching story.  They decided to give all five of their guest rooms away to Veterans.  A day or two before the Vets arrived one of them called and said that they had to cancel.  This couple had experienced a horrible year.  Their house burned down and they were living with their son, one of them had cancer, and the other had knee surgery.  They were now calling to say that their brother died in Arkansas and they had to leave for a funeral and miss out on their free room.  Carol Steffey, the owner at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, could not sleep when thinking about all that this couple had been through.   She sent the couple an email telling them that she would offer a free night before the end of the year.  The couple did come and were so thankful.  “Some times people just need a break and I was happy to give away another room”, said Carol Steffey.  The bed and breakfast was able to fill the empty room to another Veteran and really enjoyed their time with guests from the Army and Air Force both retired and active military.  If you know of a special Veteran watch the news, Internet, etc., because this program is likely to continue in 2011.

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

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Amish Beer Fest in Ohio

Have you ever run across an Amish beer fest?  We hope not.  Many people assume that the Amish community won’t consume alcoholic beverages but that is a myth.  When traveling through Ohio Amish Country a tourist may find beer cans and beer boxes strewn along side the road.  They most likely got there from teenagers.  The Amish young adults, just like everyone else, will go out on a Friday or Saturday night with friends.  Those that are not of age to drink beer will get an older friend to buy for them just like everyone else.  Stories have been shared that if an Amish young adult gets so drunk that he passes out in the buggy that the horse will go home and the young man wakes in the morning in his own yard.  You won’t find an Amish beer festival when visiting an Amish community but remember that the Amish are “people” just like the rest of us and some do drink.   To visit the world's largest Amish Community go to Holmes County, Ohio and visit Millersburg, Berlin, Walnut Creek, Charm, Mt. Hope and the surrounding area.
  Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What's The Matter With Kids Today? Nothing in Amish Country.

Remember when you were a kid?   Dad worked 40 hours, Mom stayed home, and in the evening, or weekends, you had “family time”.  You played board games, ran around the back yard playing Tag, went to Grandma’s house for dinner on Sunday, and visited with neighbors on the front porch.  Our world is so busy today that families don’t get together today, they communicate by Facebook, and no more Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house.  There is one place that you can visit to return to those times.  Amish Country in Ohio still lives at that pace.  Fathers work 40 hours and go home to their families.  Mothers stay home and take care of their families.  Kids are still kids and play outdoors.  They have friends and communicate without electronics or electricity.  After dinner families will throw a ball in the yard, play softball, play a game, or sit on a porch and visit.  Every Sunday all businesses are closed to honor God and spend time with family.  It is refreshing to find a community where family and God come before making money.  Some people think that the Amish are missing out by not having electric and computers and television, but they seem to have something special that the rest of the world is missing….time with family.  Visit Holmes County Amish Country in Ohio for a taste of this life.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wine Snob or Wine Novice, Don't Miss Ohio Wineries

  Many people don’t expect to find Ohio wineries when they visit Amish Country.  There is one particular winery that sticks out from the rest, Ravens Glenn Winery.  When they started their winery around 7 years ago they had a goal of producing 1000-1200 gallons of wine but they were not sure that they would sell it all.  This year they expect to produce over 80,000 gallons of wine.  Whether you are a “wine snob” that has tried many wines from many regions, or whether you just want to try something new, Ravens Glenn Winery has a taste or flavor for everyone.    At their wine tasting bar you can try a flight of about 10 wines for $2.00 and you get to keep a souvenir glass.  If you really want to enhance your experience stop in around the dinner hour.  They have an on-site restaurant that sits on the Tuscarawas River with some of the best Tuscan or Italian food that you will ever find.   For the ultimate experience you can take Ohio Wine Tours that includes 2 nights lodging and a wine tasting tour with a stop at Ravens Glenn Winery for a winery tour, wine tasting, and dinner at their restaurant.  There are several other wineries to tour in the area when you visit Ravens Glenn Winery or Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Amish Leave Ohio in Mating Season

True Story: A tourist is driving through Holmes County, Ohio (where the world’s largest Amish community exists) looking too see the Amish.  They see an Amish man walking down the road.  They pull over, roll down the window, and ask, “Where do we go to see the Amish?”.  Keep in mind that they are talking to an Amish person.  The Amish man answers, “You’ve missed them…It’s mating season and they are all inside right now”.      
This question is a common question in Holmes County and gives the locals a good laugh.  The visitor to Holmes County needs to remember that “Amish” is not only a lifestyle but a religion.  You don’t go to Cleveland or Columbus and ask someone “Where are the Catholics?” because any number of people that you encounter could be Catholic.  Unlike animals in a zoo they are not caged and put on display for the tourists.  Thus the next time you visit Holmes County keep in mind the 40,000 Amish in the area are everywhere.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, January 10, 2011

Candy Cane Icebox Cookies are a hit a Bed and Breakfast Inn of Ohio

A bed and breakfast inn of Ohio participated in a Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns last month in Holmes County Amish Country.  Each inn baked a different cookie and gave one to the 1200 people that bought tickets for the tour.  They also decorated their inns for Christmas to make the occasion more festive.   Proceeds went to Hospice of Holmes County and Love Center Food Pantry.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, in Millersburg, baked a Candy Cane Icebox Cookie. The recipe is:
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. white sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 t. vanilla
2 2/3 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. crushed candy canes
Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
Combine the 2 mixtures until just moistened.
Divide the dough in thirds, shape dough to a 7" rectangle,  and wrap tightly with wax paper.
Refrigerate 3-24 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Slice dough 1/4" thick and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Bake 10 minutes.   Makes 6 dozen.
This recipe is simple and tasty enough that you could change the candy to pastel hard candy at Easter, or orange hard candies at Halloween.
The next time you are looking for a bed and breakfast inn of Ohio Amish Country be sure to stay at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.  Each day they bake a homemade cookie or dessert for their guests.  Perhaps you will pick up another new recipe!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608