Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bed and Breakfast Recipes for Easter Brunch

If you are looking for something new to serve for Easter brunch this year you might want to check out some bed and breakfast recipes.  If your bed and breakfast is in Amish Country, Ohio, you may even get some recipes from an Amish friend.  The following recipes were found on a Progressive Meal Tour in Holmes County:

Sunrise Breakfast Casserole
1 lb. bacon, sausage or ham
8 slices of bread cubed
6 eggs
2.5 c. milk
3/4 t. seasoned salt
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1/2 soup can of milk

Brown meat.  Put bread cubes on the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.  Top with meat.  Beat eggs, 2 cups of milk and salt; pour over meat and bread.  Top with shredded cheese.  Refrigerate overnight.  Take out of refrigerator 1/2 hour before baking.  Mix soup with 1/2 cup milk and pour over egg mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until set and slightly golden on top.

Frozen Fruit Slush
12 oz. frozen orange juice
6 oz. frozen lemonade
2 c. sugar
3 c. water
12 oz. 7-Up or Sprite
20 oz. crushed pineapple
8-10 bananas
1 qt. fresh/frozen peaches
...OR fill in your favorite fruits/juices

Mix all of the ingredients and freeze in a bowl.  When partially frozen, stir to blend.  Thaw to a slush consistency to serve.  (Note: If you have enough space in your freezer you can pour this in to individual, clear diposable cups and freeze...take out of freezer about 1 hour before serving)

Try these recipes out for Easter Brunch and wow your guests.   Bon Apetite.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Mothers Day Lodging Package at Ohio Bed and Breakfast

We've all seen the Mothers Day brunch or tea party packages advertised over the years.   An Ohio bed and breakfast in Amish Country has come up with a new package this year that can be appealing to both couples and as a girl's getaway.  It is a Friday/Saturday package letting Mom check out on Mothers Day after breakfast so that she can spend time with the family.  Saturday morning and afternoon she can explore Holmes County Amish Country.  Around dinner time we'll take her to a new gourmet restaurant whose chef has even worked at the White House.  Guests will be treated to a 4-course meal that includes soup, salad, entree and dessert.  Afterwards we'll head over to Amish Country Essentials where they make homemade soaps, lotions and bath salts.  All guests will take place in a soap making class.  You will take home a kit that includes all of the ingredients to make soap at home!  Afterwards everyone can unwind at our nightly campfire before turning in for the night.  If you cannot come Mothers Day weekend consider purchasing an Inn gift certificate for Mom.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast was awarded Ohio Bed & Breakfast of the Year for 2010 and named 1 of the Top 10 B&B's in the USA by bedandbreakfast.com.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Explains: Amish Outhouse or Phone Booth

·      When tourists visit one Holmes County, Ohio bed and breakfast, they comment to the innkeepers on all of the outhouses that they passed when traveling up and down the small township roads.  They find some that are double-wide and others that are sided or have windows.  Those buildings by the edge of the road are NOT outhouses!  They are actually telephone booths.  The Amish live in neighborhoods that are “church districts”.  Each church district (if the Bishop allows it) has a phone booth that is shared by all members.  This permits the Amish to call the doctor, handle emergencies, call a driver to take them to work or the hospital.   Each church disrict has about 25-30 families so you will find many telephone booths when you travel the County.  There are approximately 40,000 Amish in Holmes County, so imagine how many phone booths you have the opportunity to pass.  Some times you will find these Amish phone booths every mile that you travel.  Guests at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast will find a phone booth on the same road as their Ohio bed and breakfast.  The next time you visit Amish Country remember outhouses are never at the edge of the road.  Outhouses are behind the house or in the back of the yard.  Some parts of Holmes County have a more conservative group of Amish and they have no phone booths or access to a phone.  Occasionally you will order furniture from an Amish store only to find out that any questions must be mailed in a letter or via a personal visit.  Thus, not every Amish person has access to a telephone. 

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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Make New Performing Arts Center Part of Your Ohio Weekend Getaways

People often look for new things when planning their Ohio weekend getaways.  Over in the Amish Country area is a brand new Performing Arts Center located on the Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University.  The facility is of contemporary design and is 50,000 square-feet.  The center is home to an 1,100 seat theater with a mezzanine level and a communication balcony.  The lobby is two levels and can seat 368 guests for receptions and special events.  The inaugural season is 2010-2011 and features some big name talent.  In March 2011 comedian Bill Engvall will be there, as will singers Michael Bolton and Clint Black.  The broadway musical 'Avenue Q' will also be in March.  Mark your calendars for April 26, 2011 when the Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform.  Seasonal entertainment will include music, theater and musicals, and comedy.  In addition to "big name" entertainment you will find the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and the Schoenbrunn Valley Barbershop Chorus among 2011 performances.  You can visit their website for more information and ticket prices for the Performing Arts Center.  The Center is close to the world's largest Amish community, wineries, cheese factories, museums, historical homes, shopping, exotic animal farms, and more, so be sure to book a few days at an Amish Country Ohio bed and breakfast when you come.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Famous Author Visits Ohio Amish Country Getaway

It's not often that you find a famous author at a small Ohio Amish Country getaway, but one author has become a "regular"!  Paul Gaus has written a series of 6 fiction murder mysteries that are set in Holmes County, Ohio and the surrounding area.  He came to Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio, this past weekend to have dinner with bed and breakfast guests and talk about his book, Broken English.  While the books are fiction, Paul Gaus includes information about the Amish culture that is quite accurate and very interesting to read.  Bed and breakfast guests had a chance to ask questions about the book which lead to an education about the author and even touched on the Mennonite community.  This is not the first time that Paul Gaus has entertained guests with a talk about his books.  He had dinner in an Amish home and then sat around the evening campfire as part of a weekend package to talk about his book, Separate From the World, last summer.  He also came out to discuss Prayer for the Night.


Blood of the Prodigal is the first book in the series that examines the practice of shunning among the Amish.  Broken English delves in to pacifism and forgiveness in the Amish community.  The 3rd book is Clouds Without Rain takes a look at land values in Amish Country and what happens if they were to fall prey to greed.  Cast a Blue Shadow is the 4th book in the series and examines the issue of child abuse.  The fifth book covers the interesting subject of Rumschpringe, where Amish young adults get a chance to explore the English world and decide if they want to stay Amish.  Separate From the World was the last published book which is a story about genetic disorders that afflict the Amish.

Paul Gaus has another book ready to be released in 2011!  Have you ever heard of an area near Sarasota, Florida that some people refer to as "Whisker-ville"?  Many Amish flock to that area, especially in the winter.  The new book is going to be another murder mystery set in this area of Florida.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast will be hosting another "Dinner with an Author" weekend package with Paul Gaus to discuss his newest book.  Each guest will receive a signed copy of the book that he talks about that night.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mark Your Calendars for 100th Anniversary Sale in Holmes County Ohio

It's not often that a business turns 100 years old, but this Holmes County, Ohio business is a must-see place...Keim Lumber.  April 13-16, 2011 is the 100th Anniversary Sale at Keim Lumber.  Keim is so much more than a lumber yard.  If you are wanting to build a new kitchen or bathroom the in-store displays are incredible!  Need some ideas for lighting then look no further.  Like to do wood crafts?  They have exotic woods from all over the world!  Need a new saw, tools, garden supplies, wallpaper & paint, garden furniture, etc.?  The inventory seems endless. Keim Lumber wants to be your one-stop building supply store.  This Ohio lumber company is under the third generation of family ownership.  It all started with Moses J. Keim in 1911 and you can visit their website to learn about their history.This is one place where customer service is #1 because they believe in quality, integrity and personal service.  You will always find a great value on products at Keim Lumber but visit their 100th anniversary and find some special prices and special events.  Enjoy entertainment, incredible deals, and prizes!  Plan an Amish Country vacation in Ohio when you come to the anniversary sale to explore Holmes County, participate in Earth Day programs, or take a Progressive Meal Tour.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Don't Miss Shreve Migration Sensation For Bird Watching in Ohio

Every Spring people who like bird watching in Ohio head over to Shreve for the annual Migration Sensation.  This is the 11th year for this event that starts at Shreve Elementary.  This huge event includes self-guided birding tours with experts at stations along the way, seminars, and a Birders Market Place.  It all starts at 7 a.m. and goes on to 4:30 p.m.  You'll visit the Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown's Bog, and Funk Bottoms wildlife area.  This is Ohio's largest inland natural wetland area and it covers 5,671 acres!  The seminars includes Sensational Birds, Planting for Wildlife, Wildlife & Outdoor Photography, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Be a Better Birder, and 'The Big Year'.  The Akron Zoo will be there with some animals and there are many family friendly activities.  Whether you are a beginner at this or a bird watching enthusiast you won't want to miss this Ohio event.  There will be people from ODNR Division of Wildlife, Friends of the Killbuck Marsh, The Wilderness Center staff, Greater Mohican Audubon Society, and more, on hand to educate and help you experience the wonderful world of bird watching in Ohio.  Click here for more information on the Shreve Migration Sensation.   Shreve is just a short ride from Amish Country so make a weekend of it and stay over at your favorite Ohio bed and breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011 Enshrinement and Travel Ohio Amish Country in One Visit

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio has announced their Class of 2011 Enshrinement and Hall of Fame Game.   But did you know that you can travel to Ohio Amish Country on the same visit?  The Pro Football Hall of Fame is only about a 40-45 minute drive from the heart of Ohio Amish Country.
The Class of 2011 includes Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe.  August 6th is the actual enshrinement and the Hall of Fame Game will take place on Sunday, August 7th.  The fun and festivities last more than two days.  You will find 13 days of activities leading up to the big event including concerts, fireworks, parades and more.
Plan some time to drive south and travel to Ohio Amish Country.  Holmes County and the surrounding area is home of the World's Largest Amish Community.  Not only will you find Amish-owned shops and bakeries, but the area is home to wineries, cheese factories, fine gifts, flea markets, animal ranches, museums, historical homes, antiques and more!  There are enough activities in Amish Country to keep you busy for an entire week, but if you don't have that much time we suggest that you book a room at a local bed and breakfast and the let the innkeepers help you plan out an itinerary to visit the must-see sites.  Your innkeeper can even arrange for you to have dinner in a private Amish home as part of your experience.
Combining the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011 Enshrinement with some travel to Ohio Amish Country is the recipe for the perfect vacation!  If you are flying in the closest airport is the Akron Canton Airport.  This airport is just off of I-77 ask is the exits to Pro Football Hall of Fame and Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, March 11, 2011

Quilt Shop Hop in Holmes County Ohio

This year Holmes County, Ohio has a quilt shop hop with a twist.  It's call Quilting & Cuisine and it will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011.  Your day will begin at 9 a.m. and the shops are open until 3 p.m.  There six shops participating: Country Craft Cupboard in Berlin, Millers Dry Goods in Charm, Lone Star Quilt Shop in Mt. Hope, Helping Hands Quilt Shop in Berlin, Gramma Fannies Quilt Barn in Berlin, and Hearthside Quilt Shop in Kidron.  After visiting these quilt shops in Holmes County you will go to the Kidron Community Center at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon where there will be food sampling, quilt show, door prizes and more.  The festivities end at 4 p.m. which is a great time to go check in an Ohio bed and breakfast for a peaceful night's slumber. For more information on Quilting & Cuisine call 330-893-3163 or visit the website for Country Craft Cupboard.  Purchase your tickets in advance at a discounted price!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ohio Wineries are Featured in Spring Fling Winery Tour

Ohio Wine Producers has an upcoming event featuring Ohio wineries.  It is called Spring Fling and will run the weekends of March 25-26, April 1-2, and April 8-9, 2011.  Sixteen wineries are featured in this self driving tour that includes wine and food samples at each winery.  When you purchase a ticket you will receive Schott Zwiesel crystal glasses and a bottle-shaped cork cage as a gift.  Sip your favorite vintages as you visit each winery.  The Spring Fling will run from noon to 6 p.m. on the dates listed.  You can purchase tickets and make reservations through Ohio Wine Producers.  


Many of the wineries are located near Amish Country which gives you the added bonus of stopping by cheese factories and Coblentz Chocolates to purchase some things to compliment the wines that you buy.  The wineries include:


Al-Bi Winery, Dellroy
cork cageBreitenbach Wine Cellars, Dover
Swiss Heritage Winery, Dover
Perennial Vineyards, Navarre
Silver Moon Winery, Dover
School House Winery, Dover
Maize Valley Winery, Hartville
Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro, Canton
Grape & Granary, Akron
Myrddin Winery, Berlin Center
Mastropietro Winery, Berlin Center
Cortland Wine Cellar, Cortland
Greene Eagle Winery, Cortland
Red Horse Winery, Barberton
Sarah's Vineyard, Cuyahoga Falls
Thorncreek Winery, Aurora


When you go on these wine tasting weekends be sure to make reservations to spend the night at an Ohio bed and breakfast so that you will not only have a lot of fun but let your innkeepers help you find even more wine in their area.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, March 4, 2011

Royal Wedding Becomes Part of Ohio Amish Country Getaway

Calling all royal wedding enthusiasts!  Even though you may not have received an invitiation to the wedding or Prince William and Kate Middleton, you can feel a part of the wedding as part of an Ohio Amish Country getaway.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, a multi award-winning inn, is offering a weekend package.  "Royal wedding guests" will check-in dressed as if they are going to the real royal wedding.  Ladies are encouraged to decorate a special hat and wear it as part of their outfit since the Royals seem to be in to hats.  Guests will indulge in a 4-course feast that is fit for a king at a local gourmet dining restaurant.  After the "Royal Dinner" guests will return to this Ohio bed and breakfast for a reception of a different kind.  Some "Royal Games" will be played and couples will play for prizes that will be given out at the end of the evening.  Wedding cake will be served as well!  The wedding festivities will end on Friday night so guests will have Saturday free to explore the area or enjoy the bed and breakfast.  For details and pricing your can visit the Amish Country bed and breakfast website or call them at 330-674-7608.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com