Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast is destination in May 2015 Redbook Magazine Amazing American Road Trips

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a destination stop along a 132 mile road trip featured in the May, 2015 issue of Redbook Magazine.  Redbook's article titled, "5 Amazing American Road Trips," features the Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour that beginning in Louisville, Kentucky, leading you through a medley of diverse cultures, sights, sounds, and tastes.  You'll begin with horses and bourbon, stop at the Kentucky Derby Museum, eat specialty BBQ and pickles at Momma's Mustard, and wind northward 32 miles to Shelbyville, Kentucky, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

May, 2015 Redbook
 Continue 22 miles beyond to Frankfort, Kentucky to tour the 200-year-old Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is interesting and cool even to teetotalers and juniors.

Travel another 79 miles to Cincinnati, a city that offers many fantastic museums.  Top on your list might be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Learn how Ohio played in the role of freedom to American slaves.  Find the Cincinnati Museum Center, with three museums housed in the city's historic art deco train station.  Your children will love the children's museum, which has an indoor wilderness-themed playground. I've personally been there with our grandchildren, which they loved.  The wilderness playground is a maze of trees and tunnels; bridges suspended from tree to tree (cool even to adults).  You'll also have to try Cincinnati's famous chili at Camp Washington.

Beyond, 144 miles, in Newark, Ohio, visit the Longaberger Homestead.  Another 55 miles ahead, welcomes you to Ohio Amish Country, the home of the largest community of Amish in the world. Here the natural beauty and natural grace of Holmes County and the Amish culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands – and hearts – is very much alive.

Redbook Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour Article
In Holmes County farmers still neatly plow fields by horse and by hand. Craftsmen build rock solid hardwood furniture and quaint shops feature goods that are as beautiful and functional as they are authentic.
Holmes County Ohio Photos
Twenty charming villages hug the winding roads and nestle amongst the rolling hills. Of course, each village has its own unique personality and assets, but what they have in common is a homegrown, by hand and by heart feeling.  The people who live and who work in these towns are testaments to the character and values that defined simpler times. Visitors find themselves returning again and again not just for the wonderful meals or charming shops but for the friendships they have formed with their sincere hosts.
The Barn Inn  Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio

 Start your Holmes County visit with a trip to the 265-foot mural in the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center depicting this distinctive way of life.  Spend time browsing Lehman's Hardware, Coblentz Leather, the Amish Home at Yoders, and the many furniture stores that truly take you back to a time of dedicated, patient craftsmanship. Fresh air markets offer up fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Shops feature colorful quilts, baked goods, chocolate, wine and cheese.  Unique, live theater venues feature bluegrass, comedy, and musical entertainment fun for the whole family. And at the end of the day you’ll find sweet rest and a great breakfast at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. Innkeeper, Loretta Coblentz, will direct you to any one of the great businesses you may wish to enjoy.

Events and Attractions, Millersburg, Ohio

For those who like a little outdoor recreation mixed in with their authentic Amish adventure, there’s plenty of opportunity in the natural beauty and open spaces of Holmes County. Golf courses, horse stables, walking trails, canoeing and kayaking and hunting are popular pursuits. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Drunken Melon Marinade Recipe for Flavorless Cantaloupe and Honeydew

Serve the best cantaloupe and honeydew melons ever!  Use Drunken Melon Marinate and never again throw out flavorless cantaloupe and honeydew melons; or simply use this recipe to enhance already good melons.  We here at the Amish Country Ohio, Barn InnBed and Breakfast, had often thrown out flavorless melons. Never again.  We flavor them up with our signature recipe for Drunken Melon Marinade.  One of our guests last week remarked, “This is the best honeydew I’ve ever eaten.” 

Drunken Melon Marinade
1 ½ cups Passion Fruit Rum
½ cup granulated sugar
1 flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew

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Place Passion Fruit Rum in a saucepan and boil for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add sugar.  Stir sugar until dissolved then cool the liquid.
Cut a flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew into desired serving-size pieces and place into a bowl.  When marinade is cool, pour over the melon, cover the melon bowl, and place in the refrigerator.  There may not be enough liquid to cover all of the melon pieces.  They are best if they are marinated over night or for at least 8 hours.  I like to occasionally stir them so that all of the melon pieces get flavored.

We often use the marinade twice; after marinading one melon, place another melon in the marinade.  Always be mindful of food safety.  We never use the same marinade longer than one week.  Enjoy.  Please try this and let me know how you like it.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Berlin, Ohio, located in Ohio Amish Country, offers full country breakfast, always including fresh fruit. The historic barn is purposefully transformed into finely detailed country inn with 11 guest rooms, farmhouse accommodations, and vacation stays. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations. 

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
May 6, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amish Country Ohio Weekend Events May 1-3, 2015

  For those traveling to Ohio's Amish Country this weekend; May 1-3, there is plenty to do and see. Listed below are a few events that will be taking place in the area, that you may want to check out while you are here.

Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 2015

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals - Dinner Theater 12:15 pm. & 6:15 pm. each day at Amish Door Village. "The Fittser Sisters chase after the man of their dreams in this high flying musical comedy". Perfect for groups! Tickets are on sale at $40. Click here to order.

Breitenbach Dandelion Festival - will take place on Friday, May 1 from noon - 7 and Saturday, May 2 from 9-8. This festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family to enjoy. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours, and live entertainment are scheduled for both days. On May 2 at noon, children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Children should gather in the picnic shelter on top of the hill. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream, and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday. Arts and craft vendors dot the hillside. Past vendors have included fine art, blown glass, handmade jewelry, lawn ornaments and much more! The festival will be taking place at the New Roadhouse Amphitheater located just 100 yards east of the winery on Old Rt. 39. Click here for more information. 

9th Annual Dutch Harness & Friesian Horse Sale - Taking place at the Mt. Hope Auction Barn Friday & Saturday. For more information click here. or call Steve Mullet at 330-674-6188.

Miller's Dry Goods Anniversary Sale - Don't miss the last two days of Miller's Dry Good's Anniversary sale! Receive 30% Off storewide (excludes quilts and handmade items). Free gift with $5 purchase, register for daily prizes and $50 gift card giveaways, and a grand prize of a $500 gift card. For more information contact Miller's Dry Goods at 330-893-9899.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Daze at Lehman's - Visit Lehman's on Saturday, May 2, for the annual May Daze event, and help them usher in the changing seasons. Product demos, food samples, live music, and children's activities make this a fun for all ages open house. They will be celebrating their 60th year in business with ice cream and cake. Plus join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony as they open Lehman's brand new outdoor garden.

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has accommodations available for Friday and Saturday. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
April 28, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast Gluten-Free Bread

Here at the Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, we frequently cook for a variety of dietary restrictions and allergies. One of the most common requests is for gluten-free dishes. Using the flour and recipe from Dolch Bakery, we serve a moist and delicious gluten-free bread to all of our guests who request it.

Find here the recipe, which is also printed on the back of the package

Dolch Bakery Pour and Bake Bread

1 2/3 cups warm milk
1 whole egg, plus enough egg whites to make 3/4 cup of eggs total
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Honey
3/4 tsp sea salt (we use a little bit more)
1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp cider vinegar
4 cups sifted gluten-free flour

Place flour in large bowl or heavy-duty tabletop mixer. Add yeast to warm milk in separate bowl, let foam for 5 minutes. Add eggs, melted butter or oil, vinegar, honey, salt and yeast mixture to flour. Mix with regular beaters (not dough hook) at medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping sides of bowl with spatula as necessary. Place dough in greased 9 x 5 inch nonstick bread pan. Smooth top of dough with wet spatula. Cover with oiled aluminum foil or plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until dough is level with top of pan (approximately 25-35 minutes). Remove cover and bake at 375 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Cover with foil after 10 minutes to prevent over-browning. To test whether the bread is done, tap the top with your fingernail. A crisp, hard sound indicated a properly baked loaf. Turn loaf out on to wire rack and cool thoroughly before slicing.

We, here at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast sell Dolch flour.

Gluten-free Bread
 For more information, recipes, and to order the gluten-free flour directly from the bakery, visit

Holmes County Ohio
When visiting Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, consider a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast located in the largest Amish population in the world.  Here natural beauty of the culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands - and hearts - is very much alive.  Come and experience the authentic.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ohio Amish Country Businesses Open on Good Friday 2015

Although many of the Amish and Mennonite businesses in Ohio's Amish Country will be closed on Good Friday, expect most of the shops along the Main street in Berlin and Millersburg, Ohio to be open, but may close at earlier hours then usual. Find a list below of businesses and restaurants that will be open on Friday, April 3, 2015 along with hours.

Camelot room is available for Friday. Farmhouse for Friday & Saturday.

Businesses Open on Good Friday;

Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center (Behalt) - Hours: 9 am. - 3 pm.
Coblentz Chocolate Co. - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Guggisberg Cheese Inc. - Hours: 8 am. - 5 pm. 
Heini's Cheese - Hours: 8 am. - 6 pm. 
Holmes County Flea Market - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Lehman's Hardware - Hours: 9 am. - 6 pm.
Sol's - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Troyer's Country Market - Hours: 9 am. - 5 pm. 
Walnut Creek Cheese - Hours: 8 am. - 4 pm. 
Wendell August Forge - Hours: 9 am. - 6 pm. 


Bags Sports Pub - Hours: 11 am. - 10 pm.
Chalet in the Valley - Hours: 11 am. - 8 pm.
Der Dutchman Restaurant - Hours: 7 am. - 11 am. (Breakfast only)
Farmstead Restaurant - Hours: 7 am. - 8 pm.
Hotel Millersburg - Hours: 11 am. - 10 pm.
Jitters Coffee House - Hours: 7 am. - 10 pm.
Rebecca's Bistro - Hours: 8 am. - 3 pm. 
Tarragon Restaurant (Finer Dining) - Hours: Breakfast: 8 am. - 11 am. Lunch: 12 pm. - 3 pm. Dinner: 5 pm. - 9 pm. (Reservations required) 

The Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has availability for the weekend: Friday-Sunday, April 3-5, 2015. Enjoy a full country breakfast served each morning. Click here to make a reservation or call (330)-674-7600.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
April 2, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter in Ohio Amish Country, is simply the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The Amish hold Good Friday as a holy fasting day.  Easter is celebrated; however, not ostentatiously, but may include coloring eggs,  Easter egg hunts. and a special meal.  Here at the Berlin area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I have created delightful Easter egg, nest cupcakes.  Make these easy cupcakes and place them at each guest place setting for a special Easter treat.

Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes
Supplies need are:
Wilton Gum Paste mix
Wilton Nature's Design flexible fondant & gum paste mold
Jelly beans (speckled, pastel colored)
Shredded coconut
Chocolate to melt
Wilton jell food colors - green and brown

In advance create mini chocolate nests.  I made nests using dark chocolate and nests made of white chocolate.  For this application, I prefer the milk or dark chocolate. Melt a small bowl of chocolate and pour in enough cereal and stir to coat.  I used a round tablespoon for the mold. Simply place a small piece of tin foil into  the measuring spoon and place a rounded teaspoon full of chocolate-coated cereal into the foil, making an indentation.  This is a simple "No fuss" step.  Don't be too fussy when forming the nests.  Lift the foil from the measuring spoon and set aside to set.  IMPORTANT - When heating your chocolate, be careful to heat to the correct temperature to temper.  See tempering chocolate instructions.

Make Chocolate Bird Nests
Once your nests have cooled, you can simply pull the foil away from the nests.

Take about 1 cup of gum paste mix and mix in enough water to make a stiff, yet pliable modeling dough. Keep the gum paste in a plastic bag to avoid drying out.  Divide gum paste material into thirds.  Keep 1/3 white. Using gel food color, tint 1/3 green and other 1/3 brown.  Using the Wilton Nature's Design mold, with white gum paste, create tiny white blossoms; with green gum past, create green leaves; with brown create branches. Set them aside.  They will dry within several minutes.

You can purchase the Wilton mold and Gum paste at Walmart. Make gum paste glue to adhere leaves and flower to branches. For glue put a little gum paste powder in a small bowl and add enough water to make to a glue consistency.

Delight yourself and your friends with this Easter creation.

The Berlin, Ohio area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a Select Registry property offering fine accommodations, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. This is the largest community of Amish anywhere in the world where our products and services are heartfelt and handmade. Visit our website or drop by if your in the area, we would love to show you our fine Inn.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holmes County Ohio Events March & April 2015

After a long and cold winter spring is finally just around the corner in Holmes County Ohio. If you are tired of being cooped up all winter come stay with us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and take in all the sights and activities that Holmes County has to offer. Listed below is a schedule for upcoming events that you may want to consider when planning your trip to Amish Country.

Choose our "Love is Timeless" package of wine and roses along with a night's stay

Friday, March 27

Ryan & Friends - Comedian and Ventriloquist  at the Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek with special guest Taylor University Chorale. For more information Click Here.

Dinner at the Doctor's House - Join us for a step back in time to the 1800s. Come with us to The Doctor's House 334 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio. Enjoy the hospitality of Roscoe's leading citizens as you have the pleasure of dining in Dr. Johnson's home. During your visit
you may learn about dining etiquette or cooking practices of the 1800s along with humorous tales of the canal. Your meal will consist of 1 appetizer, 1 salad or soup, 1 entrée, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert, beverage, bread and rolls with Butter or olive oil & herbs for dipping. Dinner will be pre-ordered for your guests. All members will be served the same meal of your choosing. A generous menu is offered in addition to a historical menu. Cost of this unique experience is $45.00 per person. Minimum group of 4 ~ maximum group of 8. For more information call ( 740-622-7644) ext. 20.

Saturday, April 11

Easter Adventure - Easter eggs will be dropped from a Helicopter at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Call (330-893-4200) for more information.

Gospel in The Barn -  John Schmid & Mercy River will be performing at The Amish Country Theater at 7:00 pm. Click Here for tickets and more information.

Saturday, April 25

Berlin Barnstorming - Everyone loves a scavenger hunt, but in Berlin its a hunt for barns. Join the fun as participants race around town to find small wooden barns hidden in participating shops. Sign up for prizes including a grand prize.

Comedy Calamity - Join internationally-acclaimed Ventriloquist Ken Groves, and stand-up comedian Lynyrd, for a night you’ll never forget at The Amish Country Theater! Click here for tickets.

Be sure to visit our calendar for more upcoming events in the area.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
March 24, 2015