Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Visit Amish Country Theater when you Travel to Ohio Amish Country

The next time you travel to Ohio Amish Country you will find another attraction.  Last night I had the opportunity to visit the all new Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek.  It was an evening of fun and laughter.  If you have ever seen the television show, Hee Haw, the format was very much like that.  They have a Blue Grass band, comedy skits, magic acts, and even some audience participation.  There is a character called "Lynard" that really had us laughing.  Another favorite act was a couple of actors dressed as young Amish men sharing some jokes.  They really have the accent down good!   My husband was chosen a couple of times to be part of the show and I wish I had a camera.
There were 300 seats and all of them had a good view of the stage, no obstructions.   The show is appropriate for children as well as adults.  In the lobby of the theater is the "Hen House" where you will be greeted by chickens (not live ones) as you enter the gift shop.  Next to the Hen House is a concession stand that includes homemade Amish concessions.
The shows run on Thursday, Friday & Saturday including evening performances when most of Amish Country is closed.  Our Ohio bed and breakfast has discount coupons to offer guests staying at our place.  So the next time you travel to Ohio Amish Country be sure to take in a show at the Amish Country Theater.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Make Rails to Trails Benefit Auction part of your Ohio Weekend Getaways

When you are looking for Ohio weekend getaways then mark your calendar for June 11, 2012.  That is the date of the annual benefit auction to raise funds for the Holmes County, Ohio Rails to Trails.  It starts at 9 a.m. and the proceeds will benefit the trail that runs from Fredericksburg to Brinkhaven.  The auction feature in 2012 will be a log cabin!  They will also auction off quilts, furniture, crafts, clocks, and more.
The Holmes County Rails to Trails has the only section of this National biking/hiking path that has  lane for Amish buggies and another for bikers/hikers.  For those people that wish to use the Trail on the day of he auction you can pick it up from Hipp Station in Millersburg or from the Walmart parking lot.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, May 7, 2012

Holmes County Ohio Amish Tourist Attractions or Shipshewana, Indiana?


About 10 years ago our family moved to Holmes County, Ohio where there are many Amish and tourist attractions.  Recently I had the opportunity to visit Shipshewana, Indiana for the first time.   I have heard people compare the two Amish destinations and now I can speak from experience.
When you first enter Holmes County you begin to realize that you are in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  There are many rolling hills and a lot of beautiful countryside.  When you are driving in to Shipshewana the landscape is very flat.
The Holmes County area is home to many Swiss immigrants.  Their yards and gardens are absolutely breath taking.  Many of the homes near Shipshewana had no flowers, bushes, or landscaping.
When you drive the back roads in Holmes County you will see signs in front of some of the homes advertising candles, baskets, bulk foods, furniture, etc.  The Amish in the area have businesses on their farms and homesteads and you don’t have to be Amish to shop there.  I didn’t see any such signs in the Shipshewana area.
We had lunch at the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery.  It reminded me of the mega-restaurants in Holmes County such as Der Dutchman.  The food at both places is very good and so is the pie!
In the area of Blue Gate Restaurant there were a lot of gift shops and the area reminded me of Berlin, Ohio.
Holmes County has so many tourist attractions such as: fine gifts, flea markets, antiques, animal ranches, cheese factories, chocolate factory, wineries, museums, historical homes, Amish farm house tours, golf, etc.   I did not see that kind of variety in Shipshewana.
From this writer’s perspective, you will have a much better vacation in Holmes County, Ohio than you would in Shipshewana, Indiana.


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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

See THE CONFESSION musical on your next Ohio Amish Country Getaway

On your next Ohio Amish Country Getaway be sure to make reservations to see the musical, comedy, The Confession.  The musical is based on the Beverly Lewis best selling novel.  I had the opportunity to see this musical last week in Shipshewana, Indiana.  I wasn't sure, knowing the plot of the book, how they could turn this novel in to a musical comedy but they did.  I laughed, I cried, and was awestruck by some of the songs.  There was one number where three women sang and the harmonies brought chills to me.  The characters of the butler and the maid had us laughing quite a bit. The story is of a young woman who discovers that while she has been raised in an Amish home she is adopted.  She is on a quest to find her birth mother during the play.  While the story is fiction you do learn some things about the Amish lifestyle.
Starting June 7, 2012 The Confession will debut in Sugarcreek, Ohio at the Carlisle Inn.  There will be afternoon matinees as well as evening performances when most of Amish Country is closed.  This Amish love story/musical will be running through December 15, 2012 and is something that will appeal to both men and women.
Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has created a package the weekend of September 21, 2012.  Guests will be taken by bus to see The Confession and have dinner prior to the show on Saturday night.  It is part of a 10th Anniversary celebration for the innkeepers.
Guests may book rooms at the bed and breakfast for any of the dates that this musical is running and the innkeepers will assist them in getting tickets for the show and also dinner.  This is one show that you will not want to miss!
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com