Sunday, July 31, 2011

August 6, 2011 is the Day to Visit Millersburg Antiques in Ohio

If you love to shop in Millersburg for Antiques in Amish Country Ohio then mark your calendar for August 6, 2011.  It is the next date for 'Antiques in the Alley'.  Not only will you find several antique shops on Main Street (SR 39/US62) in downtown Millersburg, but you will find antique sales along the streets, in the back door area of the shops, plus some antique dealers set up booths in parking lots and alleys.  Some craft vendors will be in town for this special event.  The sale will run on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.   They are expecting 50 antique vendors to shop with plus craft demonstrations on the Courthouse Lawn.  While you are in town visit some of the local shops such as Amish Country Essentials where they make soap, bath salts, and bath bombs.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ohio Vacation Package Includes Dinner with Suzanne Woods Fisher

Looking for something new for your next Ohio vacation package?  How about a dinner with a famous author?  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio, has teamed up with Suzanne Woods Fisher for an exciting evening.  Guests will check-in on Friday, explore Amish Country Ohio on Saturday, and then have dinner with the author on Saturday evening.  The dinner with Suzanne Woods Fisher will be in the home of an Amish neighbor to the B&B.   After dinner Suzanne will give a book talk about her latest book, 'A Lancaster County Christmas'.  Guests will get the chance to participate in a question and answer period before having Suzanne sign of copy of the book for them to take home.  For more details and pricing visit the bed and breakfast website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Wine Tasting Weekends in Ohio Amish Country

Starting in November 2011 there are new wine tasting weekends in Ohio Amish Country.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has their own tour bus to take B&B guests on various tours.  Starting in November 2011 through Spring 2012 they are offering 1 wine tasting weekend per month.  Guests will check-in on a Friday, have free time to explore Saturday morning, and depart on the tour in the afternoon.  The first stop will be Heini's Gourmet Market in Sugarcreek.  Guests will be treated to a wine tasting and have time to shop and sample Heini's Cheese.  There is musical entertainment on Saturday afternoons while at this stop.  The next stop is Pearl Valley Cheese where guests are encouraged to try different types of cheese, some they may have never tried before.  The ultimate destination will be Ravens Glenn Winery where the group will start with a winery tour, then participate in a wine tasting, and end with a 5 course dinner with a glass of wine to compliment each course.  After a leisure breakfast on Sunday guests will head for home.  Visit the bed and breakfast website for details and pricing.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

From Our Bed and Breakfast: Things to See & Do in Sugarcreek, Ohio

Our bed and breakfast is located near Sugarcreek, Ohio and you will find everything from history to shopping there!  The history of Sugarcreek includes German and Swiss immigrants and today it is known as "Little Switzerland".  If you are a history buff you need to visit the Alpine Hills Museum!  You will find 3 floors of artifacts dating back to the 1800's.  Years ago you may have come across shops with Swiss imports but today you will find everything from bulk foods to bakeries to gift shops.  Be sure to visit Broad Run Cheese that is one of the oldest cheese factories in Ohio.  Ask for a sample of their award-winning Swiss cheese while you are there.  They also have Swiss Heritage Winery in the same building where you can do wine sampling.  Just across the street you can visit Ohio's 2nd largest winery, Breitenbach Winery.  Whether you prefer sweet, fruit flavored wine or a dry Cabernet you will find it at this winery that is located across the street from Broad Run Cheese.  Tantalize your tase buds in the village at Swiss Village Bulk Foods.    This store carries bulk foods, natural foods, ice cream, sandwiches, kitchen gadgets, and more.  If you're hungy stop in Beachy's Country Chalet in the village.  They offer both Swiss and Amish cooking.  Swiss Village Quilts & Crafts is another local shop that you will like.  In addition to selling authentic, Amish-made quilts they also have a P.Graham Dunn gallery on site.  Hop on the Swiss Valley Trolley from Thursday - Saturday to get around town.  The driver is very knowledgable about the shops and history of the area.  Collectors Decanters & Steins has more than 3000 decanters and steins to see. Very few people know about the decanter museum in the back of the store.  Ask to see it the shady past of this building.    You can also tour the home of the 1st Amish settler in Sugarcreek, the John S. Yoder Home.  If you need some snacks to take back to your bed and breakfast be sure to stop in Heini's Gourmet Market.  Many of the foods and snack items are made in Ohio!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, July 11, 2011

Holmes County Ohio Amish Tourist Attractions Make a Great Summer Vacation

You may plan a trip to Holmes County, Ohio to visit Amish tourist attractions this summer but know that there is so much more to do.  You can plan several day trips in the area and visit something different every day.  Holmes County is home to the world's largest Amish community and there are so many Amish businesses including candle makers, basket makers, furniture builders, quilt makers, general stores, bulk foods, etc.  In addition the area is home to fine gifts, flea markets, animal ranches, museums, bakeries, cheese factories, chocolate factory, and more.  One itinerary might include Amish culture, Lehmans, pottery shops, animal ranch and more.  Yet another itinerary will visit places like Coblentz Chocolates, Walnut Creek Cheese, an Auction, Antiques, Tis the Season Christmas store, and more.  You can use our area as home base for visiting such attractions as the Mansfield Reformatory, Stan Hywet Mansion & Gardens, Roscoe Village, Longaberger Baskets, and the Village of Zoar.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Romantic Places in Ohio's Amish Country

While some people visit Holmes County to shop and just need a bed to sleep in others are looking for romantic places in Ohio's Amish Country.  We would like to feature the Garden Gate Suite at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in this blog.  The usual checklist for romantic getaways in Ohio usually include a Jacuzzi tub for 2, a fireplace, a peaceful setting, luxury amenities, and the option to purchase a romance package or a couples massage.  The Garden Gate Suite is so much more!  When you arrive you can kick your feet up in the reclining, LazyBoy chairs while you sip on some wine.  Next you may want to swing on a porch swing in the gardens or perhaps hop in the Jacuzzi tub and use some of the special packets called InSpaRation that are provided for you.  Need a nap?  Slide in to 600 thread-count, cotton-sateen sheets on a pillow-top bed mattress and drift off in to a peaceful slumber.  In the evening you have the choice of gathering around the evening campfire with other guests and watch the stars come out or relaxing in front of the fireplace in your guest room.  When you awaken the next morning you're going to love the luxury soaps, shampoo, bath gel and other special bath amenities in your shower.  When you climb out we have some soft, luxurious bath robes in wrap up in.  Before you begin your day in Amish Country indulge in our homemade breakfast that is made from scratch in our own kitchen each day.  This guest room is located on the end of the house and sits by itself offering more privacy on your romantic rendevous.  If you are looking for even more privacy be sure to check out Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way on the same property.  If your idea of romance includes wine and cheese then let your innkeepers map out a wine & cheese trail in the area to try locally made cheese and sample award-winning wines.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608