Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Autumn Oatmeal Cookies from our Bed and Breakfast Inn of Ohio

Every season our bed and breakfast Inn of Ohio is looking for new recipes to fit the season.  We've come up with these Autumn Oatmeal cookies that include dried cranberries and golden raisins that are sure to please everyone.

Autumn Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup butter Crisco
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup dried cranberries

Beat the first 5 ingredients in one bowl.
In another bowl combine the remaining ingredients.
Combine the 2 mixtures until just moistened.
Drop by spoonfuls on to greased cookie sheets and bake at
375 degrees for 10 minutes.  Yields about 2 dozen cookies.

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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Berlin Ohio Lodging Suggests Berlin Nativity Parade

Like many small towns, Berlin, Ohio has an annual Christmas tradition for locals and tourists.  Our Berlin, Ohio lodging establishment would like to suggest that you attend the Berlin Nativity Parade on Friday, November 25, 2011.  The parade starts at 5:45 p.m. and goes down Main Street/State Route 39/US 62.  It is a living nativity parade complete with shepherds, camels, wise men, etc.  It will end at The Square in Berlin where there is a stage.  A local minister usually reads the Christmas Story and there is candlelight caroling.  Afterwards all of the shops in town re-open with holiday sales and refreshments.  Just east of town Schrock's Amish Farm usually has sleigh rides and you can also shop at Tis the Season Christmas store.  Stay for the weekend because there are many things to see and do in the area including other Christmas open houses.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Saturday, October 22, 2011

For Bird Watching in Ohio you must visit The Wilderness Center

Many people flock to the Lake Erie area for bird watching in Ohio, but don't overlook The Wilderness Center in Wilmot.  This nonprofit place is not part of any goverment agency but is dedicated to wildlife conservation, natural history, nature education, and community service.
It all started in 1964 when a college professor went to Miami and learned of community nature centers.  After his return he was dedicated to getting one started in northeast Ohio.  Volunteers scouted out various places to put a nature center and chose the Charlie Sigrist estate in Wilmot, Ohio.   This property contacted a forest of trees that had never been cut.   Some trees were over 300 years old!  There are 619 acres of forest, meadow, marsh, and restored prairie.  A lake was constructed in 1967 to attract waterfowl and is called Wilderness Lake.  When it first opened it was comprised of volunteers.  The first professional staff began working in 1965.  There is an Intrepretive Building that was built in 1974 that offers learning for all ages.  It was expanded in 1998 adding an astronomy education building, maintenance building, plus they did some major site improvements.
Bird lovers will find six trails totaling about ten miles at the Center who owns 2922 acres.  When you want a rest check out the bird watching area in the Intrepretive Building.  As you look through a glass viewing gallery you will find that they piped in the outdoor bird songs and sounds . . . a really neat affect.  They offer bird walks and other nature hikes every month which can help to point out things that you may have missed on your own.

The current calendar includes:

October 2011, Order Bird Seed to pick up November 11-13
November 2, 2011, Wednesday, 10 a.m. Wilderness Walk
November 5, 2011, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nature Fest Arts & Crafts Show
November 5, 2011, Sunday, 2 p.m.  Seeds, Nuts, Fruit & Such Walk
November 10, 2011, Thursday, 6 p.m.  Full Moon Walk: Beaver Moon
November 11-13, 2011, Friday - Sunday, Pick up Bird Seed Orders; Bird Stuff sale
November 17, 2011, Thursday, 2 p.m. Wilderness Walk
November 19, 2011, Saturday, 8 a.m. Bird Walk; 11 a.m. Family Backyard Bird Feeding

The Wilderness Center is located near the Holmes County Amish Country, wineries, cheese factories, shopping, dining, bakeries, etc.  Plan an extended stay with an Amish Country, Ohio bed and breakfast when you visit

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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Visit Hershberger's Farm & Bakery on Your Next Amish Country Vacation

Once a local produce stand, Hershberger's has grown to be a bakery and so much more.  It is one of the must see places on your next Amish Country Vacation.  When you pull in the driveway you won't believe that you are at an Amish-owned business.  You will find a bunch of locally grown produce in front of the bakery.  Inside you will also find jams, jellies, Ohio maple syrup, cheese, eggs, canned goods and noodles.  There is a petting farm where you can feed goats up on a roof top or take a ride on Big Ben, Ohio's largest Belgian work horse.  There is a shop with wood products, toys, horse tack, braided rugs and more.  There is an outdoor lunch stand offering sandwiches made from local meats and homemade buns, homemade ice cream, etc.  Just next to the stand is a covered pavillion with picnic tables to eat your food or baked goods that you purchased.  You will usually find someone outside making and selling kettle corn.  You can take an Amish buggy ride or Conestoga wagon ride.  In the fall there is a pumpkin patch where you will take a horse-drawn wagon in to the patch to pick your own pumpkin.
Hershberger's Farm & Bakery in on State Route 557 about 1 mile south of State Route 39 near Berlin and Charm, Ohio.  The have been on that site since 1986.  It is currently owned by Daniel Hershberger but was started by his father.
One of the things that they are famous for are Fry Pies.  They take a round of pie crust, fill it with a fruit filling, fold it over, crimp the edges and deep fry it.  After it is cooked they dip it in a glaze.  There are many varieties to choose from.  They also offer delicious cinnamon rolls, creme sticks, jelly-filled donuts, homemade breads, and pies.  All of the baked goods are made from homemade recipes and been used in the bakery for decades.
This is a seasonal business in that is closes at Christmas time and re-opens at the end of March.  They are open daily from Monday - Saturday.  Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hershberger's is located in the heart of the World's Largest Amish Community.  The area also offers fine gifts, flea markets, antiques, museums, historical homes, cheese factories, wineries,  chocolate factory, etc.  Plan an extended stay at an Ohio bed and breakfast when you visit.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Coblentz Chocolate Company ... a Favorite of Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast

If you ask Carol Steffey, owner of an Amish Country, Ohio bed and breakfast, what the highlights of Amish Country are her answer will always include Coblentz Chocolate Company.  If you have ever driven through Walnut Creek, Ohio, you will see a big, white, Victorian house that is is home to Coblentz Chocolates.  Jason & Mary Coblentz started this family-owned business in 1987.  The original operation was much smaller since they started with only 3 employees and 40 varieties of chocolate.  The have grown so much that they now have 15 full-time and 10 part-time employees and produce 114 varieties of chocolate.  There is a viewing gallery where you can watch the chocolates being made!  Shoppers have the option of choosing a pre-boxed package or going up to the candy counter and "building their own box" by choosing a variety of their favorite kinds of chocolate.  It will be hard to choose between caramels, clusters, peanut butter candies, creams, meltaways, cordials, jellies, barks, and fudge.

There is one thing that you will find in this chocolate factory that you won't find anywhere else . . .Amish Country Road Apples.  If you follow a horse through Amish Country you will find "road apples" on the pavement.  Coblentz "road apples" are much different even though they look similar.  Coblentz makes them with milk chocolate, marshmallows, rice crispies, pretzels , and peanut butter chips!

You will find a retail store in the town of Berlin where you can purchase Coblentz Chocolates as well.  So the next time you visit Amish Country, Ohio, stop in Coblentz Chocolate Company.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Berlin Ohio Bed and Breakfast suggests Christmas Tree Festival

Our Berlin, Ohio bed and breakfast loves to find holiday events to send guests to.  The Christmas Tree Festival in Dover is one to check out.  The 2011 festival dates are from November 12-20 and the festival is located at Warther Museum.  This marks the 18th year of this event that is hosted by the Union Hospital Auxillary.  Visitors will find nearly 80 Christmas trees on display from table top trees to 8-foot tall trees.  There is also a variety of wreaths available and holiday arrangements.  If you purchase a tree they will deliver it to the buyer's home/office the week of November 21st.  The festival runs daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Warther Museum normally offers narrated tours of their museum but this will not happen during festival hours.  They will offer tours during the festival from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Both the museum and tree festival are worth seeing!  There are so many things to see and do in the area from Amish culture to wineries and cheese factories to fine gifts to antiques that you should plan an overnight stay.  Check out an Amish Country Bed and Breakfast when you visit.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Friday, October 14, 2011

Experience Holidays at the Mansion in Holmes County Ohio

Put yourself in the Christmas spirit in Holmes County, Ohio with Holidays at the Mansion this year.  This is an annual tradition at the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg.  From November 19 - December 31, 2011 the house will be decked out for the holidays with trees, garland, flowers, lights, etc.
L.H. Brightman, a Cleveland industrialist, built this 28-room house in 1902.  He lived there four years and moved away.  At one time the home was purchased by local citizens and became a sanitarium for two years before it was sold to H.C. Lee, a senior partner of the Lee and Griggs Construction Company.  For many years the house remained in the Lee family until it became a part of the Holmes County Historical Society in 1971.  This Queen Anne style home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been featured on HGTV in the Victorian Homes Series.
Holidays at the Mansion will kick off on November 19, 2011 with a lighting ceremony and open house from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tour Hours:
November 19 - December 31, 2011
Monday - Thursday 1 - 4 p.m.
Friday - Sunday 1 - 8 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
There are many other holiday events and attractions in Holmes County so be sure to book a bed and breakfast stay when you come to visit.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Suzanne Woods Fisher Releases 'A Lancaster County Christmas'

Christy award-winning author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, has done it again.  Her latest book is hot off the presses and it's called 'A Lancaster County Christmas'.  As the name implies this book setting is Christmas time in an Amish community.  There is a winter storm that brings an "English" couple to an Amish home.  The Fitzpatricks have been married for four years and their marriage is drifting apart.  The Riehls (Amish couple) have been longing for a baby but have not had one yet.  This book brings together two couples from two different worlds and focuses on the true meaning of love at Christmas.
If you would like to meet Suzanne Woods Fisher in person consider an Ohio Amish Country getaway.  Suzanne is part of a "Dinner with an Author" package offered at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast the weekend of November 11-13, 2011.  Bed and breakfast guests will have dinner with Suzanne Woods Fisher at the home of an Amish neighbor, followed by a book talk about 'A Lancaster County Christmas' and a book signing.  Call 330-674-7608 for more information on this package.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg Perfect Stay for Ghost Walks

This Halloween season getaway to a bed and breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio and participate in Ghost Walks.  Historic Downtown Millersburg is featuring Boo in the Burg on October 29, 2011.  From 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. where you will find activities such as:

  •  Ghost Walks retelling eerie stories of days gone by and eerie events in some of the historic buildings downtown
  • Tours of the Victorian House Museum that is reportedly haunted!
  • Moonlight Madness Sales in the stores
  • Horse & Carriage rides in the village
  • Entertainment, food, and more
There is a $5.00 fee for the ghost walk and you can order tickets at (330) 674-3955.  Spend the weekend at an Ohio bed and breakfast when you come for these special activites.  In addition you will find shopping, Amish culture, museums, tours, cheese factories, wineries and more in the area.

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

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall Apple Cinnamon Muffins among Bed and Breakfast Recipes

Autumn is apple season and if you look for bed and breakfast recipes you might want to try Apple Cinnamon Muffins.  These muffins are simple and a big hit with guests at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. Baking Powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs
1/3 c. melted butter
3/4 c. milk
1 1/2 c. chopped apples (peeled)

1/3 chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon

In one bowl combine the 1st 4 ingredients.  In another bowl beat eggs, butter, and milk.  Add flour mixture to liquid and stir until just moistened. Fold in chopped apples.
Spray mini-muffin tins with Pam and fill 3/4 full with batter.  Sprinkle with topping.
Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees.  Yields 48 mini muffins.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wear Pink Clothes on Your Next Ohio Amish Country Getaway

On your next Ohio Amish Country getaway wear pink clothes!  If you visit Amish Country in October 2011 stop in Chalet in the Valley Restaurant near Charm wearing pink and you will receive a discount.  This restaurant, along with Guggisberg Cheese Inc., is trying to promote breast cancer awareness.   In October a portion of online and phone sales with Guggisberg Cheese will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.  On November 9th the restaurant will host a Passionately Pink for the Cure day with a raffle and games, plus items for sale, where proceeds will go to the Foundation as well.
If you have ever stayed at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast then you know that the innkeepers highly recommend both the cheese factory and the restaurant.  Herb Steffey thinks that the only item on the menu is their Smothered Chicken.  Carol Steffey likes that dish too, but is very fond of the 5 kinds of schnitzel on the menu.  So if you take an Ohio Amish Country getaway in October then wear pink and eat at Chalet in the Valley Restaurant.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608