Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Tour Features Christmas Cookies

As the holidays approach people are looking for Ohio Amish Country tours to learn more about Christmas traditions or just pick up some great food for the holidays.  Holmes County, Ohio has a tasty self-guided tour that includes Christmas cookies!  On December 4 & 5, 2011 is the 4th annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns.  Bed and Breakfasts and hotels have decked the halls with breathtaking decorations to welcome tour participants.
Each Inn has come up with a special Christmas cookie recipe.  As you go from Inn to Inn you will receive their special cookie wrapped for you to take home.  Each Inn will also offer refreshments.
There will be 12 Inns to tour and at some places there will be "featured businesses".  The featured businesses will offer samples or demonstrations from their stores.  In 2011 some of the featured businesses include Wendell August Forge, Coblentz Chocolate Company, R.W.Leather, Heini's Cheese, Guggisberg Cheese, and the Victorian House Museum.
Click here is a sample of Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast from the 2010 Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns
Proceeds from this Amish Country tour tickets go to local charities.  You can purchase tickets from the website or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 330-674-3975.

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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ohio Wine Tours Becoming More Popular in Northeast Ohio

Gone is the day when people go away for a weekend just looking for a room.  Today they are looking for murder mysteries, Ohio wine tours, and special packages.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast near Millersburg, Ohio, has been offering wine tours for about 5 years.  Guests love having a designated driver to take them wine tasting and to dinner.
On November 5, 2011, was the kick off for the 6th season of wine tours for this bed and breakfast.  Guests boarded the B&B tour bus and headed toward Sugarcreek.  The first stop was Heini's Gourmet Market where guests did some wine and cheese tasting.  Every Saturday Heini's Gourmet Market offers musical entertainment from 1-4 p.m.  REN was performing and some of the guests bought a bottle of wine and sat and listened to the music.  The second stop was Pearl Valley Cheese in Pearl.  This off-the-beaten-path cheese factory is small but offers some great tasting cheeses and wonderful prices.  Guests got to sample several kinds of cheese before moving on.  The group got through the first two stops so quickly that we threw in an extra stop at Unusual Junction.  This place is hard to describe.  There are gifts, bulk foods, spices, wedding dresses, deli, diner, and antiques.  Our ultimate destination was Raven's Glenn Winery in West Lafayette, Ohio.  Owner, Bob Guilliams, gave our guests a winery tour followed by a visit to the wine tasting bar for some tasting.  Everyone got a souvenir glass to take home. We ended the evening with an incredible 5-course dinner in the dining room at Raven's Glenn.  Guests chose from Crab Stuffed Mushrooms or Roasted Garlic & Tomato Bruschetta for an appetizer.  Next we indulged in Wild Mushroom Soup made right in their kitchen.  Our salad course offered a choice of Antipasti Salad or Caesar Salad with homemade sour dough rolls.  By the time the main course course came we were getting quite full.  Part of our group had Grilled New York Strip Steak and the others had Chicken Mediterranean over spaghetti noodles.  To top it all off Tiramisu was the featured dessert of the evening.  Each of the five courses came with a glass of wine chosen by the chef to accompany that course.  This same tour will be offered in January, February, March & April 2012.   The wine tours won't stop then.   Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has all-day wine tours planned for the spring, summer and fall season!  For more information about these wine tours at this Ohio Amish Country getaway just visit their website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, November 25, 2011

From Amish Country Tours to New Years Eve Murder Mysteries Holmes County Has It All

Visiting Holmes County, Ohio offers something for everyone.  There are Amish Country Tours to teach you about culture and customs in the Amish and Mennonite communities.  You can play a murder suspect in a New Years Eve murder mystery package or at other times of the year.  At Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast it is the guests that play the murder suspects, not professional actors.  For New Years Eve 2011 guests will play crew members on a Mediterannean cruise.  In January they will take themselves to New York's Little Italy to an Italian Bistro.  The Valentines murder mystery has a wedding theme!  In March there the mystery has a ski lodge setting.  Pretend you are in Hawaii at at luau in April.  It's back to the 1950's in May with a 50's sock-hop theme.  Besides these bed and breakfast packages you will find fine gifts, antiques, flea markets, cheese factories, chocolate factory, wineries, golf, culture and more in Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Explore Arts and Culture When You Travel Ohio Amish Country

The next time you travel to Ohio Amish Country you may be surprised to find artists and cultural options in addition to shopping and Amish culture.  Holmes County Pottery is home to Ohio's largest wood-fire kiln and you will find a lot of functional pieces offered in the showroom.  Eagles Song Studio has fireplace mantles carved from barn beams as well as bronze garden sculptures.  Bowden Bells is full of recycled garden art.  Berlin is home to Blue River Art Gallery and Berlin Creek Gallery offering several types of art.  Wendell August Forge has items forged from aluminum, bronze, and copper from coasters to platters to cheese boards and vases.   When it comes to cultural options you will want to see Behalt, a mural at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, that depicts the history of the Mennonite and Amish communities.    The Victorian House Museum in Millersburg has some very unique fireplaces and interesting history.  These are just some of the arts and culture options when you travel to Ohio Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

Get Pampered with Spa Options on Your Amish Country Ohio Vacation Package

Your next Amish Country Ohio Vacation package can be about pampering yourself and de-stressing, not just Amish culture and shopping.  Not only can you purchase some wine and chocolates to pamper yourself in your lodging choice but there are spa options.  There are certified massage therapists that will come to your guest room.  You can choose from a relaxation massage, a deep tissue massage to work on sore spots, or a combination massage that offers both relaxation but emphasizes specific areas.  There are also people that do Reflexology that will come to your bed and breakfast.  You can choose from hand or foot treatments.  Local salons offer pedicures and manicures and there are places to get facials and body treatments.  If you want to get away from Amish-style foods there are other deliciously healthy options.  Rebecca's Bistro is a wonderful lunch option.  Table Restaurant is a must for dinner.  So the next time you need some pampering visit Amish Country Ohio for a vacation package that will spoil you rotten.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Candlelighting Goes Perfect with Cottages in Ohio Rental

If you're looking for a cabin or cottage in Ohio as a rental then be sure to come in December.  Not only can you cozy up in front of the fireplace and enjoy the Jacuzzi tub but there are special events in December such as Christmas Candlelighting at Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton.  You have three weekends to choose from: December 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, or 17th & 18th, 2011.  Take a step back in time to the 1800's and learn how holiday traditions were practiced at that time.  Share in the tree lighting tradition with the crowd singing Silent Night by candlelight.  Hear carolers strolling the street, taste chestnuts roasting on an open fire, learn about old-time Christmas cards, toys and treat, etc.  This is an annual event and many couples or families come year after year.
You have the option of taking a tour from the Visitor Center.  Saturday Tour Times: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Sunday Tour Times: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.  There is a tour fee of $9.95 per person.  Be sure to check out other area holiday activities when you visit.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Lodging Shares Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie Recipe

Stay at our Ohio Amish Country lodging establishment and receive homemade cookies every afternoon.  Around the holidays we pull our Mom and Grandma's cookie recipes to bake for our guests.  When I was a little my grandmother would make us Peanut Butter Kiss cookies.   Below is the recipe:

PEANUT BUTTER KISS COOKIES

2/3 c. creamy peanut butter
1/3 c. Crisco butter
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
Sugar for coating cookies
40 Hershey Kiss chocolates, unwrapped

Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl beat the peanut butter, crisco, brown sugar until combined.
Add the eggs one at a time, then add vanilla...beat well.
On low speed blend in the flour & salt.

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll in granulated white sugar to coat lightly.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8 minutes at 350 then add the Hershey Kiss and bake 3-4 more minutes until lightly browned.
Enjoy!

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holmes County Ohio Lodging Suggests Millersburg Candlelight Church Walk

If you're looking for Holmes County, Ohio lodging on December 9, 2011, you won't want to miss the Candlelight Church Walk.  This year there are five Millersburg churches participating.  The walk will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Each church will have historic information, music and refreshments.  Along the walk you will visit Millersburg Christian, First Presbyterian, Faith Lutheran, Millersburg Mennonite, and St. Peter Catholic Church.  End the evening with a concert by the Walsh University Chamber Singers at Faith Lutheran Church.  For more information about the church walk call 330-674-4646.
Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast suggests making this a weekend trip to Holmes County, Ohio.  Just a short drive from their lodging establishment you can also participate in other special events such as Shopping Under the Stars in Berlin on the 9th and Christmas Candlelighting in Historic Roscoe Village on the 10th.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Romantic Getaways in Ohio Should Include Ravens Glenn Winery

If you're searching for romantic getaways in Ohio head over to Amish Country.  Stay in a romantic bed and breakfast, do some wine tasting & have dinner at Ravens Glenn Winery, buy some chocolate from Coblentz Chocolate Company, and stop in Guggisberg Cheese for some award-winning cheese.
Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has the Garden Gate Suite which is the most romantic room at the Inn.  It is decorated in a Thomas Kincaid garden theme and features a queen bed with a pillow-top mattress.  The corner Jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace are musts for a romantic getaway.  The luxury linens and bath amenities will pamper you royally!  You'll love the homemade breakfast and afternoon cookies too.
Ravens Glenn Winery has some of the best wines in Ohio whether you prefer sweet or dry wines.  They are situated on the Tuscarawas River and the dining room has a huge stone fireplace to add to your romantic experience.  The menu has so many mouth-watering, Tuscan-style recipes that it will be hard to choose what to eat.  Your waitress can help you to choose the perfect wine to accompany your dinner.
Coblentz Chocolate Company is a family owned chocolate factory where you can watch chocolates being made on the weekdays.  In the showroom you can choose from boxed selections or you can visit the candy counter and build your own box with your favorites!
Guggisberg Cheese Factory has the best Swiss cheese in the State and it will be hard to choose between their Baby Swiss and regular Swiss cheese . . . oh perhaps one of each.
When you stay at Garden Gate Get-A-Way your innkeepers can make dinner reservations and map out some great places to visit.  They can also arrange for special occasion packages in your guest room to put the "icing on the cake" for your romantic getaway in Ohio.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas in Zoar Recommended by Amish Country Inn

If you would like to take a step back in time with an old-fashioned Christmas event in Ohio, our Amish Country Inn recommends that you visit Christmas in Zoar.  This German village was established in 1817 by a group of German separatists who came to the area for religious freedom and built a self sustaining village.  On December 3 (from 10-7) and December 4 (from Noon - 5), 2011 you can learn about this historical town while celebrating Christmas. There will be reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, arts & crafts fair with 35 vendors, free gingerbread and hot apple cider, private home tours, music and entertainment, and more. At the Zoar Church you will find organ music, high school choirs, a classical guitarist, bell choir, and a string quartet among the musical line up.  The $7 admission fee will get you admitted both days so you can make this a weekend visit!  Zoar is just a short drive from Amish Country Ohio so you will find plenty of holiday activities and shopping.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Shoppers Special at Ohio Bed and Breakfast

Our Ohio bed and breakfast understands that while people are saving money for the holidays they don't always want to spend it on lodging.  We've come up with a Christmas Shoppers Special on the week days to make it more affordable to spend more time shopping in Amish Country Ohio.  From November 28, 2011 to December 22, 2011 guests who stay in one of our classsic/standard guest rooms from Monday through Thursday will receive a rate of $69 + tax (Reg. $105).  Within 5-10 minutes of our Amish Country Ohio bed and breakfast you will discover fine gifts, flea markets, antiques, jewelry, candles, baskets, leather belts, quilts, and more!  There are also food items that make great gifts such as locally made wine, cheese, chocolates, jam & jelly, and bakery items.  Guests staying at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast can seek the help of the innkeepers to map out an itinerary to specific places to purchase the Christmas gifts that they are looking for.  This holiday season shop while staying at our Ohio bed and breakfast.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cottages in Ohio Recommend J.E.Reeves Christmas Tour in Dover

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast and our Cottages in Ohio have found several fun holiday activities for guests including the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home & Museum annual Christmas tour.  This 17-room home is the former residence of Dover's first millionaire, Jeremiah E. Reeves.  The Carriage House Museum on the same property has a vehicle collection, an exhibit about Canal Dover, and more information about Reeves.  Every year they host a Christmas Tour which will take place this year from November 11 through 26, 2011 for Walk-through tours.  Guided tours will be from November 27 - December 22, 2011.  The tours are daily from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving) and there is an admission fee.   Every room in the home is beautifully decorated for the holidays.  The home and museum are located at 325 East Iron Ave. (State Route 800) in Dover, Ohio.  Check out the cottages website for other Ohio Christmas events.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com