Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tips for Choosing the Right Bed and Breakfast

Perhaps the greatest fear of staying at a bed and breakfast is a fear of the unknown. There are many good reasons for choosing a bed and breakfast for your vacation stay. Typically, bed and breakfast stays offer personalized service, security, safety, and great accommodations.  Most B& B hosts offer good food and conversation, along with valuable touring information.  As owners of  the Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast we hope to dispel fears and provide tips for choosing the right bed and breakfast for your special date.
Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Fear of "Sharing a bathroom"  is rampant among travelers. The Professional Association of Innkeepers International reports that 94% of Bed and Breakfasts have private, en-suite bathrooms. Even though  many innkeepers live in the same building out of which they run their business, their living areas are usually separate from guest areas.

Gathering Area


The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a licensed hotel, offering private guest room entrances; each with a private en-suite bathroom.   Each bathroom features either a tub/shower combination, or a separate shower and a jacuzzi or whirlpool tub.

Family or buffet style breakfasts, often hand-made each morning, are part of the nature of a Bed and Breakfast.  Family-style breakfasts provide an opportunity to socialize with the other guests, which is somewhat the norm with bed and breakfasts, and many people go to bed and breakfasts for such socialization; however, many innkeepers are happy to make accommodations for private tables upon request. Here at the Barn Inn, we break the ice by introducing guests to each other. For guests wanting a table for two, we have several available.  Please ask in advance for private seating.

Dining Room

Not all bed and breakfasts are the same.  Asking the right questions is important to finding the accommodations that will best serve your needs. Consider too, that not everyone is a perfect fit for each property.  So, here are some keys to finding that bed and breakfast that will meet your expectations.
  •   Check review sites such as TripAdvisor and Google Reviews.
  •   Check if a bed and breakfast is inspected such as properties with Select Registry.
  •   Is the bathroom down the hallway or en-suite (part of the guest room)?
  •   Is the breakfast continental or a hot country breakfast?
  •   Is the breakfast served in-house or do they provide a voucher to a local restaurant?
  •   Does the inn have a common area for relaxation, table games, reading, etc.?
  •   Do you provide free WiFi, parking, complimentary evening snacks?
  •   Do you provide TV programming?
  •   Do you provide individual climate control?

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a hot, full country breakfast every day of the week.  With 10 or few guests we serve family style, or with more guests, buffet style, either way, we can seat you privately if requested.  We also cook for dietary restrictions.  Please let us know if you have allergies, restrictions, or simply don't like something and/or don't want to see it on your plate.

We Bake Homemade Bread at The Barn Inn

 Here are some other good things to know about The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. We provide:
  • WiFi
  • large common area for fellowship and relaxation
  • Private balcony entrances and inside corridor entrances
  • Satellite TV with 40 channels available
  • Full country breakfast
  • Daily informational about area, shared at breakfast time
  • Resident innkeeper/owners are on site for customer service
  • Children under age 10 are permitted only at the farmhouse or Apple Hill location
  • Keys or keyless entry codes for rooms.
  • Video surveillance of exterior parking lot and interior hallways and dining room.  (While we here in Amish Country do not have a security problem, we provide this for added security).
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 14, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Log Cabin Days Offers fun for All Ages

Few settings are as picturesque for a celebration of log cabins as the Ohio Amish country during the fall. Offering most activities at free admission, the Log Cabin Days outside of Loudonville, Ohio are a perfect addition to any vacation or visit to Amish country. Guests of the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are invited to make this festival part of their stay.



The 7th Annual Log Cabin Days will be hosted this year at Hochstetler Milling, outside of Loudonville, on the weekend of September 12-13. This family-friendly event has gathered over 3,000 visitors nationwide in years past, and promises to be bigger and better with each coming season. For no cost, families can tour real log cabins, attend free seminars, see a log cabin home being constructed right at the event, participate in a Silent Auction, a petting zoo, and so much more.



Dozens of unique vendors and exhibits will also make their home at the festival, including food stands offering home-cooked barbeque chicken, hot apple cider, pastries, and kettle popcorn. There will also be demonstrations of sawmills powered by steam engines. In addition, crews on site will be building a 13x24 foot log cabin home to be auctioned off at the end of the festival and transported to the winner's desired location.



For a full itinerary and map, visit Hochstetler Log Homes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Holmes County, Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction

With summer coming to an end in Holmes County, Ohio it's time for the 28th Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction, taking place August 29 & 30, 2014, only a short distance from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Haiti Benefit auction is an effort of many different churches to bring relief to the hungry, sick, naked, and homeless people in Haiti. The ultimate goal is to win them to Christ. Relief is provided throughout the country regardless of religion, race, or creed. 100% of proceeds go to Haiti. Find the Schedule of events for them 2014 Haiti auction below.


 Friday, August 29

4:00-9:00 pm. - Furniture & Quilts on display. Food stands open.
7:00-9:00 PM. - Singing Program - Freewill Offering


Saturday, August 30

6:00 am. Breakfast buffet opens. Buffet consists of; pancakes, whole hog sausage, fried mush, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy, homemade donuts, creamsticks, & Apple Fritters.

8:00 am. - Furniture & Specialty Items
8:30 am. - Tool Auction
10:00 am. Locally made quilts

Approximately 100 Handmade Quilts and Wall Hangers will be featured. Other items that will be sold are; Garage (32' x 50'), New carriages with ponies and harnesses, quality handcrafted furniture, antique tractors, lawn mowers, misc. tools, storage barns, outdoor furniture, playhouses & play sets.
Food Stands are open all day!



The menu for Friday dinner & Saturday lunch consists of: BBQ chicken, deep fried perch, chicken tenders, french fries, mozzarella sticks, shrimp, onion rings, haitian rice, & beans, homemade noodles, dressing, salad bar (available Saturday only), fresh fruit, date pudding, potato salad, cole slaw, homemade ice-cream, breads, pies, soft pretzels, cotton candy, popcorn, fruit smoothies, iced coffee, & lemonade.

Location:
Mt. Hope Auction
8076 OH 241

For more information call: Nelson Miller 330-231-0461, or Keith Weaver 330-204-6089.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
August 14, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Amish Musicals at Carlisle Inn Theater Provide Unique Insight into Amish Living

When you think of Broadway style musicals, Amish romance and comedy may not be stories that come to mind, but the talented crew at the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio has taken two such dramas from award-winning novelists and brought them to life on stage and in song. The Confession, from Beverly Lewis, is running until August 16th, and Half-Stitched, from Wanda Brunstetter, will run from August 22nd until December 20th of this year. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are encouraged to experience this one-of-a-kind look into Amish livelihoods.



Presented in a 190 seat theater-in-the-round, both The Confession and Half-Stitched were composed and directed by Wally Nason, produced by Dan Posthuma, and written by Martha Bolton. The success of these musicals in Indiana caught the attention of the creative teams here in Ohio, and in 2012, The Confession made its debut in Sugarcreek. Half-Stitched joined a year later, and the two have created a unique and fun experience for locals and visitors alike.



The Confession is based on a trilogy of Amish romance novels written by Beverly Lewis, called "The Heritage of Lancaster County," which includes The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning. The musical follows a young Amish woman named Katie Lapp who finds herself trapped in the middle of love, lies, and everything in between. This emotional roller coaster connects the audience to Katie's experiences in a way only a musical can. Shows for The Confession will end on August 16th for the 2014 theater season.



A bit of a lighter and happier story, Half-Stitched tells the tale of an Amish widow who decides to teach a beginner's quilting class. This would be a pretty normal occurrence, except the students who sign up to take her class include a biker, a Marine, a quarrelsome couple, and other seemingly out-of-place characters. Half-Stitched is based on a novel written by Wanda Brunstetter, an author who is considered to be one of the founders of the Amish romance genre. This comedy is sure to bring laughter and enjoyment to viewers of all ages. The 2014 theater season for Half-Stitched begins on August 22nd and will run until December 20th.

Ticket prices and seat availability will vary as the season progresses. Visitors interested in purchasing tickets or more information about the shows can go to www.amishcountrymusicals.com or call the Carlisle Inn Box Office at 855-344-7547.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ohio, Amish Country Family Farm and Field Day Event July 18 & 19

The Ohio, Amish Country, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to the Family Farm and Field Day event taking place Friday & Saturday, July 18-19, 2014 at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder Farm in Dundee, Ohio. Although this event has and agricultural theme it is not just for farmers. It is for "anyone interested in a higher quality of life" said organizer Lloyd Miller. The event is full of educational sessions on everything from grass-based agriculture to low energy lifestyles, and ways to live a simpler more idyllic lifestyle.



The Family Farm Field Day begins on  Friday, July 18 at 4:00 pm. with a vendor show, with about 100 vendors for people to browse. After the vendor show the sessions will begin where there will be a class on horse training, growing food on 10 acres or less, and a class on how to do first aid using herbs. The event will run until dark on Friday.

The sessions will begin again on Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 am. with a class on sheep herding which is always a huge draw at the event. There will be a variety of classes on topics such as managing grass dairy, sprouting grains, making good food choices and raising meat. Incorporating demonstrations and supplies, the sessions are categorized in tracks, with a Grazing Track, Farmstead Track, Homestead Track, Alternative Energy Track, Natural Resources Track, and a Beekeeping Tent.

Food stands will be available selling ice cream, pies, sandwiches, and more. Proceeds going to s special education fund for local parochial schools.

The Event location will be at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder Farm - 2517 Township Road 606, Dundee, Ohio. For more information on this event call Lloyd Miller at 330-275-7759 or Jerry Miller at 330-893-1470 or visit www.holmescountyshopper.com for the complete article.

A Standard room available at The Barn Inn.


The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has accommodations available for those attending the event. Call 330-674-7600 for assistance.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holmes County Fair Offers Unique Look into Amish Country

For over 90 years, the Holmes County Fair has served as an affordable source of local entertainment for the community and tourists alike. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast are invited to share in this piece of local heritage in the first full week of August.



The Holmes County Fair is held for six days each summer; from Sunday to Saturday. This year, the fair will begin on August 3rd and close on the evening of August 9th. What may seem like a small town fair with little to do is actually full of the best Holmes County has to offer in terms of crafts, livestock, other farm animals, and entertainment. The fair hosts a daily antique tractor display as well as an opportunity to purchase more modern equipment. Animal sales and shows also occur daily in the Show Barn.



Families and visitors of all ages can find something to enjoy at the fair. Amusement park rides are open after 4:00pm on Monday, and the Grandstand hosts rodeos, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and other events throughout the week. For music lovers, live bands and entertainment will perform on the Stage on the Green every evening, featuring local groups that encompass the diversity of Holmes County; from bluegrass to gospel to modern alternative rock.



On Sunday, the fair gates will open at 7:00am, and will open at 8:00am every following day. Admission at the gate is $5.00 per person, with children 10 years of age and under at no charge. Unlimited passes for the week and for rides are also available. Parking for the fair is free, but reserved parking is available at a nominal fee. More information, including a complete fair schedule, can be found at www.holmescountyfair.com.

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
July 17, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Great Mohican Pow-Wow Celebrates Native American Culture in Loundonville

Starting Friday, July 11, the 30th Great Mohican Pow-Wow will take place on the Mohican Reservation Camp & Canoe in Loundonville, Ohio. Guests of the Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast and visitors to Ohio's Amish Country are invited to make the short trip to experience this unique and valuable cultural experience.



A Pow-Wow is a Native American tradition of meeting together for dancing, singing, story-telling, and friendship building, much like a family reunion. Native Americans use this time to re-live the old ways of doing things and remember their ancestors, preserving and continuing their rich heritage. While the event is entertaining and open to the public, it is also a very important time for the performers, vendors, and other Native American tribe members present.



The Great Mohican Pow-Wow serves to celebrate the culture of the Mohican Native Americans living on the Mohican Reservation in Loundonville. The three-day event is full of musical performances, dancing, stories, and plenty of Native American vendors selling their authentic wares to visitors. Among those performing is the World Champion Hoop Dancer, Lowery Begay.



Since the event is as sacred as it is celebratory, the hosts of the Great Mohican Pow-Wow request that visitors ask permission before photographing dancers or other performers. In addition, no alcohol or drugs are permitted on site, and visitors are reminded to be respectful to the traditions and customs of the Native American people during the event.



Parking for the Great Mohican Pow-Wow is free. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults 13 and up, and $4 for children 12 and under. Passes are available for the weekend, and group rates are also negotiable upon special request. Performances and other events will be held from 10am until 6pm each day. Fore more information, visit www.mohicanpowwow.com


Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 28, 2014