Thursday, June 30, 2011

Berlin Ohio Bed and Breakfast shares Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

If you are out picking blueberries then you will want to check out this "easy as a breeze" recipe from a Berlin, Ohio bed and breakfast.  The recipe is for Blueberry Banana Bread:
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 t. Vanilla
2 medium, ripe bananas, mashed
1 c. blueberries

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl.  In a large mixing bowl combine the next 5 ingredients until well blended.  Add the first bowl of dry ingredients to the larger bowl and mix until just moistened. Gently fold in the blueberries.  Pour in to a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.  Cool for 10 minutes before turning on to a plate.

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bluebirds and Buggies: Bird Watching in Ohio

You don't have to flock to the shores of Lake Erie for some good bird watching in Ohio.  Head over to Amish Country Ohio.  The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio offers 6 hiking trails, a Nature Center, plus picnic areas.  Some trails are in wetlands, some in a prairie, some around a lake, so bring your binoculars to check out the many varieties of birds.  The trails range in length from 3/4 mile to 1 3/4 miles. In the Nature Center you can relax in a quiet corner that is all glass windows to view birds.  They have piped in the bird sounds from outside so you not only get to view a variety of birds, but you can hear their beautiful songs too!  The Wilderness Center offers bird walks and nature hikes with a Naturalist on specific dates so that you can learn more about the wildlife and nature that you see along your hike.  They also have specialty programs like Moonlight Serenade where you take a walk with musical ensembles in various locations around the lake or Nature Center.  Your ticket treats you to some wine or you can purchase a picnic basket.  All of these programs are great options for bird watching in Ohio.  The Wilderness Center is located in the middle of an Amish area so allow time to eat, shop, and explore Amish Country, Ohio while you are there.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ohio Cottages Warn: The Indians are Coming!

You may not see any cowboys in Ohio Amish Country but keep your eyes peeled for Indians from July 8-10, 2011, warns some Ohio Cottages.  It is the Annual Mohican Indian Pow-Wow in Loudonville!  Traditionally an Indian Pow-Wow was a gathering for where Indians would dance, sing, and renew friendships.  It was also a way to educate and share traditions passed down through the generations.  Today it is very similar.  The public is invited to the Pow-Wow in Loudonville.  Over the 3-day gathering you will experience things like tomahawk throwing, fire starting demonstrations, tribal dancing, hoop dancing, ceremonies, story telling, and more.  See colorful costumes, be able to buy Native American crafts, and eat some great food.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ohio Amish Don't Have to Dial 411 to Hear God Calling

At our Berlin, Ohio lodging establishment we are often asked why the Amish community doesn't fall apart when they see computers, electricity, and modern, worldly inventions.  The Amish community is not falling apart and fact is is "super-glued" strong.  The #1 reason for that is faith.  The Amish feel a strong connection to God and that is a bond that no man can break.  
One neighbor explained that when tourists see toddlers running around their yard without adult supervision that we should not worry because God is watching over that child.  They explained that if for some reason that child ran in front of a car to retrieve a ball and got hit by the car that it would be God's will if they lived or died.
The Amish community is dedicated to living a faithful life.  God and family always come before anything else.  An example of this is when a local Amish-owned business asked their emloyees to work on Saturdays for 1/2 day for one month to get a job produced.  The employees replied that they preferred to have Saturdays off to spend time with their family.  The customer was told that it was impossible to get the job completed in one month.  Another example of this is weddings and funerals.  We have stopped in local businesses on a weekday only to find a closed sign on the door.  The owners went to a wedding or funeral and did not worry about how much money they lost that day in order to attend a wedding or funeral.
We all know that no man is perfect and the Amish community has its problems.  Their faith in God and commitment to family helps them to work through any struggles.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if the entire world put God and family first?
If you want to learn more about the Amish culture we encourage you to travel to Holmes County, Ohio and take a tour or visit some of the area attractions such as Behalt.  Behalt is a mural that depicts the history of the Mennonite and Amish faith.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Lodging is the Perfect Summer Vacation

Some people like water parks and big city life but Ohio Amish country lodging can help you experience the perfect summer vacation.  Many people have stressful lives and jobs and need to vacation where you can slow down and let your cares melt away.  In Holmes County Ohio Amish Country life is much slower.  The area is home to the world's largest Amish community.  In the evening you can swing on a porch swing or rock in a glider.  You can take time to smell the flowers.  You can even pamper yourself with a calming massage at your lodging establishment.  During the day you will discover gift shops, wineries, cheese factories, museums, historical homes, animal ranches, flea markets, auctions, antiques, and Amish culture.  You can be as active or relaxed as you want.  There is always plenty of time to kick your feet up for some stress-free time.  There are dining options for every palette from fast food to fine dining and everything else in between.  Some bed and breakfasts can arrange for you to have dinner in an Amish home.  Talk to your innkeeper to choose some special options to help you de-stress while you visit Ohio Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Visit Black Diamond Golf Course on your Ohio Golf Getaways

When you are planning Ohio golf getaways be sure to look in the Millersburg area.  Black Diamond Golf Course has received awards of being 1 of the Top 25 Golf Courses in Ohio and 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the USA.  This course is not for the beginner!  The course has Ohio's only Par 6 hole that is 720 yards.  The pros even find this course a challenge.  It has beautiful, rolling hills with natural rock formations and ponds and waterfalls.  The views from the various holes are breathtaking.  You have the option of booking golf & lodging packages with places like Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast or if you are just coming down for the day then visit their website for possible discount offers.  The golf course is located in the heart of Amish Country, Ohio at 7500 Township Road 103, Millersburg, Ohio.  It is just off of State Route 83 south of the Village of Millersburg.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Your Amish Country Vacation in Ohio Should Include a Visit to Yoder's Amish Home

If you want to learn more about the local culture on your next Amish Country vacation in Ohio, be sure to visit Yoder's Amish Home & Farm.  This property was actually an Amish homestead before it was purchased by the Yoders in 1972.  There are 116 acres on this property complete with a barn, farm houses, schoolhouse and more.  Mr. Yoder was raised Amish until he turned 21 years old.  His wife was raised in the "English" community but was surrounded by Amish.  You have several options for touring here.  Visit the barn that was built in 1885 and has some unique hand hewn beams and pegs besides bunnies, lambs, beagles, and colts.  You can also take a 30-40 minute tour through the 2 homes on the property and learn about the differences between Old Order and New Order Amish.  Don't leave without taking a ride in a real Amish buggy.  The drivers are members of the Amish church and love to visit with the tourists.  After taking the buggy ride you will be glad that you will leave the property in a car!  A few years back a one-room schoolhouse was moved to the property so that visitors could learn more about Amish parochial schools that are free of electricity.  Throughout the year you will find various special events such as Apple Butter Stirring or Fall Butchering Days.  Take time to visit the gift shop and bakery while you are there.  This is a seasonal business that opens some time in April and closes in October.  It is located off of State Route 515 not too far from Walnut Creek.  This State Route is a very scenic drive so take your time and enjoy the view!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Amish Country Inn Offers Bus Tours To Guests

New in 2011, one Amish Country Inn has purchased their own tour bus and will be offering tours to guests that stay there.  The first tours offered were all-day wine tasting tours that included lunch and dinner.  The newest tours include a 2-hour tour and a 4-hour tour.  Guests will board the bus right at the B&B to head out on an adventure that will teach them all about the Amish culture.  Along the way they will visit Amish-owned businesses where there will be opportunities to shop.  Be sure to bring cash if you book one of these tours because with no electricity and telephones you won't find credit cards accepted at these businesses.  If you bring friends and family to take over the entire Amish Country Inn you can request a customized tour.  Where does your group what to go?  What do they want to experience in the area?  Tell your innkeepers and they will quote a price for a custom tour just for your group.  For details contact Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Holmes County, Ohio, 330-674-7608.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, June 10, 2011

Jello Flinging and Idols Singing this 4th of July Weekend

If you have ever visited Amish Country Ohio you know that it is like taking a step back in time.  The busy city life slows down and this 4th of July weekend is no exception.  Historic Downtown Millersburg is hosting Thunder Over Holmes County.  On Friday evening you will experience an "American Idol" like experience while pigging out at the food vendor stands.  On Saturday there are activities from Noon until the fireworks display around 10 p.m.  When was the last time you participated in a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest?  Have you ever been involved in a Jello Flinging Contest?   How about an old-fashioned pie eating contest?  There will also be a Civil War Interactive Booth, Courthouse Tours in our Historical Courthouse, bands playing, a strolling magician, and plenty of food.  At 8 p.m. the Wright Patterson Air Force Band of Flight Prism Brass ensemble will put on a concert at the square.  This concert can only be topped by the beautiful fireworks display at the end of the night.  Make it a weekend, stay at a bed and breakfast, and take an Ohio Amish Country Tour to learn about the culture and customs in the area.  Explore the many shops, antiques, wineries, cheese factories, chocolate factory, and more.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bed & Breakfast Inn of Ohio Recipe for Easy Strawberry Streusel Muffins

June is a month when strawberries ripen on the vine in the Midwest and one bed and breakfast Inn has a delicious muffin recipe to check out.

Strawberry Streusel Muffins:

Cream together:
1 stick of butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
Add 2 eggs (1 at a time)
Add 1 t. Vanilla
3/4 c. milk

In another bowl mix:
1 3/4 cups flour
2.5 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt

Combine the wet and dry mixtures until just moistened.  Gently fold in 1.5 cups chopped fresh strawberries.  Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full and add Streusel Topping.

Streusel Topping:
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon
2/3 cup flour

Mix streusel topping ingredients with a pastry blender until crumbly and spoon on top of muffins before baking.

Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Yields 1 dozen muffins.
The next time you are in Holmes Country, stay at this award winning Ohio bed and breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608