Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Barn Inn

Winter at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, gives us the opportunity to repair and redecorate the inn.  My latest creative quest was to paint a tree mural in the Victorian Romance room.  The mural has completely transformed the room.  The once bland vanilla walls now showcase a macadamia nut color on the wall, and the tree mural gives a feeling of openness and relaxation.  I completed the mural in about 15 hours beginning on December 22, 2010 and finishing on Christmas Eve day.  What fun!  I freehandedly painted the tree trunks and branches, then stenciled leaves and birds.  Earlier I stenciled an area by the sink.  The stencil that I used was from Cutting Edge Stencils, turning it differing directions for desired placement. We hope that you will stop by the inn to see the latest, and  remember that The award-winning Barn Inns serves a free full country breakfast daily to Barn Inn guests.

Posted by Loretta Coblentz
The Barn Inn

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Berlin Ohio

This photo is of party goers waiting for the Country Craft Pajama Party to begin.

It's an annual event and a tradition - Country Craft Cupboard in Berlin, Ohio is again hosting it's Annual Pajama Party on Saturday January 29, 2010 from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m.  Nearly everything in the store will be 40% off.  Now is the time to reserve a room at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for Friday, January 28, 2010.  For those going to the Pajama Party, Loretta will have coffee cinnamon rolls ready for you at 5:15 a.m. You may go to the party and then return by 9:30 for your "complete and wonderful" Barn Inn breakfast.  Between 6 and 9 attendees may bring a brand new sleepwear item, diapers, socks, or undies to be donated to Every Woman's House, a local women's shelter, to receive a 25% off coupon for your next visit to Country Craft Cupboard.  If you rise later, you will still enjoy a savings of 20% off the remainder of the items in the store.  Since 1984, Country Craft Cupboard has offered an abundance of media and materials for the most creative of minds.  Neighboring shops in Berlin are joining in the Pajama Party fun.  Among them are Helping Hands Quilt Shop, Berlin Village Gift Barn and others open after 7 a.m.  Only those clad in jammies, robes, or nighties will be allowed into the party!

Posted by Loretta Coblentz, January 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holmes County Shops Open New Year's Day

Here is a listing of some Holmes County Ohio shops that will be open on New Year's Day, January 1, 2011. Plan to stay, on December 31, 2010, at The Barn Inn, one of Holmes County's finer small inns.  On New Year's Eve we will be serving a lovely buffet dinner to our house guests at the cost of $18.95 pp plus tax and gratuity.  A relaxing evening of table games, conversation, or simply rest may be enjoyed.  Call 330-674-7600 or go on-line for your reservation. Following are some shops that will be open on New Year's Day:

Behalt at Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center              11 a.m. -  4 p.m.
Harvest Moon                                                             10 a.m. -  4 p.m.
Holmes County Flea Market                                          9 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Java Joe Coffee Bar                                                      8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Nature's Food Market                                                 10 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Olde Tyme Homespun Shoppe                                    11 a.m. -  3 p.m.
Queen Anne's Lace                                                     10 a.m. -  4 p.m.
Zinck's Fabric Outlet                                                     7 a.m. -  5 p.m.

To check our listing of shops confirmed to be closed, please call us at 330-674-7600 or email:

Loretta Coblentz, Owner
December 22, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wall Stencil

It is during the winter when we are not as busy that we take the time to redecorate, replace carpeting, and do things to keep The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio, looking and feeling clean.   I love painting and decorating rooms for a new look and feel.  Here is a photo of my first wall stenciling adventure.  I used three different colors and shades.  If possible stop by The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ohio's Amish Country, and take a look at some of my creations.  In the Fred Gehrig Farmhouse here on the property, I created a beautiful tree using Venetian Plaster and a stencil for plaster.  I also did some decorative plaster work on the dining room ceiling.  Oh, it's so much fun doing this stuff!!  This painted tree is in the Victorian Romance Room.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Handicap Accessibile, Millersburg, OH, The Barn Inn

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio, is committed to providing accessibility to persons with disabilities.  Service accommodations include a main level reserved parking space with a ramp entrance into the inn, a barrier-free reception area, dining room and grand front room.  Guest rooms feature grab bars in bathrooms and near showers.  One guest room has a higher toilet.  Please make your request known when making a reservation.  Help us identify the accommodations that best fit your needs and which logistically, the inn is able to reasonably provide. The Barn Inn staff is familiar with telephone relay service.  All persons have access to free WiFi throughout the inn.  The Barn Inn can, with arrangement, provide a sign language interpreter for an hourly fee.  We have a young Amish lady who will, for a fee and based on availability, accompany and sign for you as you tour Holmes County.

Visit these wheelchair accessible Holmes and Wayne County attractions:

Please call us and we will be happy to help you with a directory of most of the wheelchair accessible businesses in Amish Country.  Make The Barn Inn your Holmes County Ohio lodging choice.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Participates in Cookie Tour

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg, Holmes County Ohio, along with 12 other inns and bed and breakfasts, participated in the 3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns, December 5 & 6, 2010, a charity event netting a record $12,000 for Hospice of Holmes County and the Love Center Food Pantry.  Over 860 guests toured The Barn Inn to glean decorating ideas and inspirations for holiday celebration.  A guest from Magnolia, Ohio said, "It feeds your senses.  As women, we often neglect to put it all together, the old, the new..."  Rita from Pennsylvania said, "The entire tour is an excellent showcase of places to stay.  The Cookie Tour is a FABULOUS idea!"

Our Barn Inn goat played the role of Rudolph, much to the delight of our hundreds of visitors who fed Rudolph grain and took pictures.
We hope you'll mark you calendars for next year's Christmas event.  The 2011 Cookie Tour will be held the first weekend in December, and consider the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for your lodging choice.
email us  Loretta Coblentz

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Journey to Bethlehem Nativity Walnut Creek, Ohio

Experience the Journey to Bethlehem Nativity in Walnut Creek, Ohio, December 3, 2010.   You will experience the drama, sights, and sounds of first-century Israel with eight stops representing the search for the new-born King.  This self-guided tour will feature a short drama by costumed actors portraying varying aspects of the Christmas story, and will conclude at The Farm at Walnut Creek.  The event will be ongoing from 4 pm to 9 pm.  You can expect the tour to take about one to two hours.

Carolers will stroll the streets and add to the festive spirit.  Stops will be marked by hundred of luminaries, and live animals will be featured at several locations.  You will drive between several of the stops, but plan to walk between the stops in the village of Walnut Creek.

The Barn Inn in Millersburg, Ohio, perfect for your holiday stay, offers the finest of accommodations, serves a memorable breakfast, and is festively decorated for the holidays.  Call 877-674-7600 or go online for reservations.

There is no fee for the tour; however a non-perishable food drive for

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe

These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are our favorite sugar cookies here at The Barn Inn in Holmes County, Ohio. Not only are they delicious, but they are easy to handle when rolling out.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 cup sour cream
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
5-6 cups flour

In a mixing bowl cream together the sour cream, sugar, and butter.  Add eggs and whip, then add vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, then mix into the creamed ingredients.  When mixing, I prefer to not put more than 5 1/2 cups of flour into the dough.  The more flour that is added, the dryer the cookies will be.  The batter will be soft, so place in the refrigerator for at least two hours before rolling out.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  To roll out, place a liberal amount of flour on your counter surface, perhaps 1/4 cup of flour.  Place a mound of dough onto the flour and somewhat pat it down.  Pat some flour on the top of the dough so that your rolling pin will not stick.  With a rolling pin, roll the dough to a "fat" 1/4" thickness.  Cut with cookie cutter and place cutouts onto an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 6 minutes on lower oven shelf then move to top shelf and bake another 6 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Ovens may vary.  You will want to bake cookies only until the center of the cookie does not dip down when you touch it with your finger.  Remove from oven before they become browned.  Remove from cookie sheet as soon as you bring them out of the oven.

On November 29, 2010 I corrected the amount of soda in the recipe. Enjoy!

Posted by Loretta Coblentz
For questions, please email us at

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pecan Bars

November 13, 2010
The most requested cookie recipe at The Barn Inn, Holmes County Ohio, is Pecan Pie Bars, a treat that will not disappoint.  Whether you're baking for the holidays, a family gathering, or you simply want a wonderful treat for snacking, this is the perfect choice.


3 cups flour                                          Mix until crumbly.  Press into a large baking sheet.
4 tablespoons brown sugar                   Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
1 cup butter       
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6 eggs                                                  Beat well in a mixer.
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1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon salt                                 Combine ingredients and mix well.
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Pour over baked crust, return to oven and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
These freeze well.

Happy baking from our inn to your inn or home!

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz, The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio, (330)-674-7600                           

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ohio's Strictest Amish Hold to Standard Time

With our change from daylight-saving time to standard time, I reminded our inn guests that our strictest relatives and neighbors, those of the Swartzentruber sect, are among some Amish who, in resistance to the world, do not move their clocks forward in the spring for daylight-saving time.

Among the society, during daylight-saving time, we will hear them speaking of "slow time" or "fast time". As of Sunday, November 7, we are on standard time, so now we have the same time as the strictest sects. In keeping with their teachings of non-conformity and separation from the world, they hold to old ways and resist modernization. A Biblical passage often quoted is, "Be ye not conformed to the world..."

The Amish were not the only people who resisted the idea of daylight saving time when Benjamin Franklin introduced the idea in 1784; however, they are among the few who have not transitioned to this practice. The old order and new order Amish do change their clocks with the world around them. For more information about the Amish and Mennonites plan to visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio where they have a 365' mural depicting the European history of our people.

Loretta Coblentz, The Barn Inn

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Barn Inn Showcased in Holmes County Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns - Holiday Event

Plan now to attend the Amish Country Lodging Council's Annual Christmas cookie Tour of Inns to be held Sunday and Monday, December 5 & 6, 2010, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Cookies, good cheer and inspiring holiday decor will inspire those touring The Barn Inn and eleven other inns decked out in their holiday finery.

This year's inn-to-inn self-guided tour will showcase culinary chef, Jim Barnes, author of the newly released cookbook "Family Desserts: 55 recipes for every occasion," a book featuring easy to follow recipes and desserts for all occasions. Each stop on the tour offers patrons a specialty cookie, inspirational decor, music, and, at selected locations, treats or holiday inspirations presented by local businesses. Ahh, the magic of Christmas! Santa Clause himself will make a pre-Christmas appearance at the Comfort Inn in Millersburg.

Event tickets will be available for purchase October 1, 2010 by calling the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce office at 330-674-3975 or purchase on line at Tickets are date specific and are not interchangeable. Prices Adults $25, Children (ages 3-12) $15. Ticket sales are limited.

In the Spirit of Christmas giving the ACLC will donate 100% of net profit of ticket sales to Hospice of Holmes County and The Love Center Food Bank.

Duggar Family Visit The Barn Inn

Since their Amish Country stay at The Barn Inn on May 31, 2009, people still ask us how it was to have the Duggar family as guests. Aside from the Duggar children's near "perfect" behavior, I was impressed by the composure of Michelle and Jim-Bob. Responsibilities and authority are well defined and delegated in this family; each younger child under the charge of an elder sibling. They as orderly and polite as you see them on TV, all displaying mutual respect for others.

Breakfast buffet allowed the Duggar family to dine within a specified time. The children, older and younger, filled the dining tables first, and as they were ready to go outside, many of them thanked me for the wonderful breakfast (parents were still in their room). There were no loud noises in the dining room and no fussing. Afterward the children went out to see the animals and Michelle and Jim-Bob came to the dining room and enjoyed a quiet, stress-free breakfast. Michelle was relaxed. Jim-Bob, a man I describe as "Gentle in spirit", was soft-spoken and very much in charge of his family.

I gave the children grain to feed Matilda, the goat.  After several minutes our son said, "Maybe Matilda's had enough grain; we wouldn't want her to get a tummy ache."  With that, each handed back his or her grain without any complaints.  Amazing!  This single incident impressed me more than anything else.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fred Gehrig House Accommodations Are Now Open!

Weekend stays, Friday and Saturday, require a two night reservation. Check us for a discounted rate for a multi-night stay of three or more nights. The price per night is based on 2 adults. Each additional person 13 years of age and up is an additional $20. Children aged 3-12 are $15 each. Call for more details or view our website for photos and complete details. We are now accepting reservations for the farmhouse.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Loretta’s Midsummer Apple Bars

4 cups apples peeled and diced
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups plus 3 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts
Mix all ingredients together. Bake in a 9x 13” pan at 350 degrees for one hour or until done.

Lemon Bars

2 cups flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Mix until crumbly. Press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
4 eggs
Put into a medium sized bowl and beat well
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
Grated lemon rind
Add, beating until fluffy.
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Mix and fold in.
Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still hot.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coming Soon – Fred Gehrig House Accommodations!

The newly remodeled and updated Gehrig House, original to the Barn Inn property and named for the owner and cheesemaker who occupied the home until in the 1930’s, is scheduled to open by April 30, 2010. Able to accommodate up to five persons, each of the two spacious upstairs bedrooms feature a queen bed and the staircase landing room features one twin bed. Recently added to the original farmhouse is a half bath upstairs. Complete with a laundry room, the house is perfect for a multi-night stay for a family or a group of friends.

The old farmhouse looking good again!
Guests can make themselves at home, as the Gehrig House kitchen comes complete with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffeemaker, cookware, and dishes. A deck supplied with a gas grill offers additional cooking options. No food or maid service will be provided with a stay; however, individual bottled waters will be provided.
Weekend stays, Friday and Saturday, require a two night reservation. Check us for a discounted rate for a multi-night stay of three or more nights. The price per night is based on 2 adults. Each additional person 13 years of age and up is an additional $20. Children aged 3-12 are $15 each. Call for more details or watch our website for photos and complete details. We are now accepting reservations for the farmhouse.