Friday, April 20, 2012

For Millersburg Antiques Shop Antiques in the Alley

If you've been to Millersburg, Ohio to shop for antiques then you will want to return for Antiques in the Alley.   2012 will mark the 8th year of this event and there are two dates set as of this writing: May 12 and August 4.  Not only are there antique shops along Main Street in Historic Downtown Millersburg, but the alleys and lawns in the village will be set up with antique dealers with plenty to sell.  Shop for everything from garden accents to furniture to art decor, etc.  There will also be craft vendors set up this year!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Wine Tasting Weekends in Ohio

If you like wine then you will want to check out these New wine tasting weekends in Amish Country, Ohio beginning May 2012.  The first Ohio bed and breakfast to purchase their own tour bus has put together a wine tasting weekend for their B&B guests.  You'll love having a designated driver so that you can enjoy all of the wine you want throughout the tour.  This weekend package offers a tour on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9-10 p.m.  Your itinerary will include cheese factories, chocolate factory, wineries, wine tasting showrooms, winery tours, lunch, and dinner.  The wine tasting at each stop is included in the price of the weekend packages.  If you want a really fun time then get a group of friends together and take over the bed and breakfast/bus!  For more information and pricing be sure to visit the website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, April 16, 2012

Take an Ohio Amish Country Tour on your next Vacation

If you really want to get in touch with the Amish, take an Ohio Amish Country tour on your next vacation. Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has their own tour bus and offer 2-hour and 4-hour back roads tours of Amish Country.  Being surrounded by Amish neighbors has helped the owners to learn about culture and customs in their area.  Guests will learn how the Amish live in church communities and what that means.  They will hear about education, weddings, funerals, how the Amish run a business without electricity, and more.  Both tours make stops along the route so that you have the opportunity to shop at Amish-owned businesses.  Whether you like unique and unusual crafts and furniture, or you need to purchase a gift, you are sure so find something in the area.  The Amish culture tours are offered throughout the week and by appointment.   One guest told us that she thought that everyone should start their vacation with a 2-hour tour because it was so informative.  Another said, "We truly enjoyed the 2 hour bus tour with Herb, what a wonderful tour guide with so much knowledge about the Amish."
There are also specialty tours such as wine tasting weekends.  For more information on dates and itineraries be sure to check out their website.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bed and Breakfast near Sugarcreek, Ohio Share History

Since our bed and breakfast is near Sugarcreek, Ohio I've always been curious about it's history and why it is called "Little Switzerland".   Many people think of the intersection of State Routes 39 and 93 as "Sugarcreek".  If you look at some of the signage you will see that they call that area Shanesville.  I discovered that this intersection is where two Indian trails used to cross.  A gentleman by the name of Abraham Shane gave the name of Shanesville to this town in 1814.
Many of the people that settled in this area were Swiss descendants or German descendants.  The rolling hills and country setting was much like that of their home Country.  The population of the area grew so quickly because of the railroad that Shanesville was divided into two sections. The larger part of town  was called East Shanesville.  That part of town was near some water called Sugar Creek and they eventually changed the name from East Shanesville to have their own identity.  Over time the two words were merged together to the name that we currently know, Sugarcreek.
It is no wonder why we find cheese factories in the area that produce award winning cheese since they brought their Swiss cheese making techniques to our country.  Tourists today love the area for the bulk foods, gift shops, festivals such as the Ohio Swiss Festival, and for the food.  Because Sugarcreek is in the area of the world's largest Amish community you will find a combination of Swiss and Amish businesses and food in the area.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bird Watching in Ohio: A Great Spring Activity

I love bird watching in Ohio but this Spring has been especially exciting.  At our Ohio bed and breakfast we have some "regulars" other than people.  A Robin has been making a nest on our front porch for a couple of years.  It is always fun when the babies are ready to leave the nest.  Guests staying in our Jacuzzi room can look out their window to find a Sparrow nesting in our Christmas wreath (didn't have the heart to take it down when a nest was being built).  Near Springs Desire Cottage we have a new "guest" this year, a Killdeer decided to move in.  It doesn't like us walking past it's nest and will spread its wings and squawk at us.  In the Plum Tree near the campfire area we usually have a Robin nesting but this year they are fighting for territory with a Cardinal.  Each evening when we sit around the campfire we can see them flying in and out.  The area in between our Cottages has become home to some Mourning Doves.  I find them resting in the wood chips and landscaping when I walk out to the cottages.  It's nice to see our feathered friends back at our Amish Country Ohio bed and breakfast.  I'm looking forward to exploring more bird watching in Ohio this Spring.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com