Monday, December 31, 2012

Bed and Breakfast near Berlin Ohio offers winter package

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Berlin, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, offers the winter package, "Let it Snow Winter Cozy Up". This package includes a couple's choice of one of our delicious soups, dinner roll, cheesecake, and a bottle of non-alcoholic peach juice.  Soup choices are:  Winter Vegetable, Taco, Cheesy Broccoli Noodle, Baked Potato, Stuffed Green Pepper.  For an additional cost, a bottle of Breitenbach wine may be ordered to your room.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Winter Package

Say goodbye to the winter blues and enjoy soup for two in any one of the inn's rooms.  If it's a fireplace you wish, enjoy one of the inn's finely appointed VIP Suites complete with a two-person jacuzzi, chandelier over the whirlpool, recliner, sofa, free wifi, and, of course, a wonderful country breakfast in the morning.

This package requires a three-day advance notice.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 31, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Is Now Select Registry Member Of Fine Inns

Owners, Paul and Loretta Coblentz, are honored to announce that the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is now a Select Registry member, a valued and distinctive designation of fine inns.  Select Registry travelers can rest assured that their accommodations are comfortable, welcoming, and exceptional. Select Registry, considered the finest directory to fine properties in the US and Canada, is the premier guide to exceptional travel and lodging.

Luxury Bath
 In preparation for application, Paul and Loretta have been updating to their guest rooms and common areas to meet the high-grade standards of Select Registry; and they continue plans for on-going upgrades in the future. Private guest rooms offer luxurious appointments, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, all in a serene atmosphere for romance and intimacy.  Couple's side-by-side massages, wine and cheese baskets, or a Spoiled Rotten Package are some of the tempting added treatments available.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

The historic Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, nestled in unspoiled Holmes County, Ohio, offers upscale appointments, rustic beam architecture, exceptional cuisine, and true Amish Country hospitality.  Seated in a unique cultural-rich region where old-fashioned traditions and ways of life are still the norm, the inn serves as a perfect base for exploring history, culture, cuisine, and artisans of many types.   There's so much here, you have reason enough to stay for several days.

Tour of Inns Table Setting
 Loretta's gourmet breakfasts include announcements of points of interests or special events taking place.  Make The Barn Inn your destination choice for any occasion and every season of the year. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 26, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How Ohio Amish Celebrate Christmas

Guests of the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio often ask us how the Amish celebrate Christmas. In this post I will explain the patterns, ways and history of our families, as my husband and my parents were raised Old Order Amish.  It must be understood that Amish communities, families, and sects vary vastly.  Additionally, here in Ohio, the various sects celebrate Christmas in slightly differerent ways, and yet, so very much alike.

Showman made by  Swartzentruber Amish children
 In Holmes County, Ohio, the Old Order, who are among the more liberal of the Amish, celebrate Christmas on December 25 and again on Old Christmas, which is January 6.  The Amish fast on their most holy days.  None of the Amish of this area fast on December 25; however, they do so on old Christmas, which is considered the more holy of the two Christmas days.  The fast means they do not eat after midnight the night before, then on the holy day, which might be Ascencion Day, Good Friday, Old Christmas, and Thanksgiving, they wait to eat until noon, when the family enjoys a great feast.

All societies transition, but the Swartzentruber Amish, who are the most conservative, have transitioned the least.

I asked my mother-in-law if she had ever heard of the Amish celebrating the 2nd day of Christmas, to which she answered "Yes."  She told me that years ago some of the stricter Amish celebrated December 25, then also the 26th and then Old Christmas on January 6.  See a previous post regarding Old Christmas.
Today I questioned a lady of the strictest sect of Amish here, the Swartzentruber, if they celebrate the second day of Christmas, December 26, and she said, "Yes." They cook a big Christmas meal on December 25, but she explained that they celebrate the 26th as a casual of leisure; a day when they might expect a visit from family.  They would not work more than necessary on that day.

Amish Home Window
 Toys are simple.  The Swartzentruber appreciate wooden toys for the children, homemade dolls without faces for the girls, cookware for the ladies, and tools for the men.  My cousin wrote this poem about Christmas depicting what Christmas was like as a child while growing up Amish.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 5, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast will host Mystery Weekend

On January 19, 2013, The Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Amish Country will host a Murder Mystery weekend that is sure delight all in attendance.  Seasoned actors will provide intrigue, music, and laughter. It's a "Who-dunit" murder mystery where you will play a character in our scenario of murder and mayhem centered around a 1969 class reunion or perhaps another detective mystery.

 Everyone is suspect, but with good detective work, the culprit will be identified. It's so much fun, it's almost criminal! Centrally located between Cleveland and Columbus, we are sure to be a convenient location for your next weekend murder mystery getaway. The event is available to Barn Inn guests only.

Several weeks before your mystery weekend you will receive a packet of information in the mail explaining details about your role. You will be assigned a character and be provided a short biography. Create a costume for your character, and get yourself in the mood for a mysteriously wonderful weekend! The next morning breakfast is provided for all who survived the night. Prizes will be given for the best costume and the best ham.

The per couple cost is $165 for the murder mystery, dinner and gratuity.  Wine cost is not included in dinner price, but is available for purchase.  Lodging cost is additional and varies based on room of choice.   We have availability both Friday and Saturday.  Single night bookings are available; however, for a fuller Amish Country experience, we recommend making it a two-night getaway.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 27, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ohio Rent Family Accomodations for Christmas

If you are looking to rent accomodations for your family for Christmas, the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Ohio's Amish Country serves as the perfect venue. The inn offers 11 guestrooms, a large common area, dining space with tables and chairs to accommodate up to 26 people, and a kitchen, perfect to serve your holiday needs.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Again this year, as in other years, the inn is all dressed up for Christmas and the holidays.  The inn is available December 24 and 25, 2012 for your family's special holiday gathering.  Arrangements can be made for us to provide a country breakfast each morning, or your stay may be priced without breakfast.

Christmas Tree at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
With exclusive use, no other guests will be in the inn.  Any group with exclusive use may bring children.  Please give us a call to inquire about a holiday stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 23, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Berlin Ohio Amish Country Half Marathon

The 2012 Berlin Amish Country Half Marathon and 5K run, presented by the Berlin Main Street Merchants, will take place Saturday, November 24, 2012.  Slated to begin at 9 a.m., the event route will take place on Holmes County's scenic township and county roads.  Awards will be presented to the top three males and females in each category.  Word in the community is that residents are excited and are looking forward to cheering runners as they pass by their properties.

Persons still interested in participating still have time to register.  Cost is $30 for the 5K and $65 for the Certified Half Marathon up until the day before the race.  Costs will go up for the day before and day of registration.  All profits will go to the East Holmes Fire Department and the Berlin Main Street Merchants Association.

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Ohio's scenic Amish Country, has rooms available for the evenings of November 23 and 24, 2012.  Innkeepers Paul and Loretta will accommodate early breakfast needs for marathon participants.  Enjoy all that holmes County has to offer; the activities, shopping, or a quiet country get-a-way.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, November 14, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ohio Amish Country Bed and Breakfast Recipe Buttermilk Syrup

The Barn Inn, a bed and breakfast in Ohio Amish Country, has discovered a wonderful recipe for Buttermilk Syrup. A sure winner, we serve it over our hot oatmeal pancakes.

Buttermilk Syrup

1-1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup, and baking soda. Bring to a boil and cook for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve over hot pancakes!

In our haste to get our breakfast ready for our guests, we accidently overcooked the syrup; however, it wasn't a big error because; we discovered, if cooked a little longer, it turns into a wonderful caramel sauce as well!

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 31, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Offering Amish Country Wine Tour

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is now offering an Amish Country Wine Cellar Tour as a part of their Escape Weekend.  Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a dabbler in wine tasting, the Wine Cellar Tour and Escape Weekend promises a delightful wine-tasting adventure. 

Wine Cellar Tour & Escape Weekend

This tour, offered once a month, is provided through the services of Amish Heartland Tours, who will provide convenient, front-door pickup for our guests.  This tour offers the pleasure of relaxing in plush seats and the enjoyment of picturesque Amish countryside vistas as you are taken to a variety of small and large wineries.  Sample a variety of fine-crafted and well-aged wine samples and learn trade tips from specialists in the industry.

Amish Country Vineyard
 Along the way you will learn how the Prohibition era influenced the Mennonite and Amish community, and learn if the Amish still make wine.  The tour will include a "Behind the Scenes" wine cellar tour.  Lunch is included with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich on Panini bread, a cup of roasted red pepper soup, a side, and choice of a glass of wine.

The tour includes cheese factory stops and a $5 coupon toward the purchase of cheese.  Other stops include a local chocolate factory and a tour of the area's newest glass museum before concluding our evening with an Italian dinner and dessert wine.

Wine and Cheese at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
 Stay Friday and Saturday night at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and receive a free bottle of wine and two souvenir wine glasses when you book a tour for two on any scheduled Wine Cellar Tour dates.  Please note that this tour requires a total minimum of 10 participants.  In the event that we do not have our minimum, you will be notified two weeks in advance.

2013 Tour dates are:  February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7.  Call now to reserve your space.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 26, 2013

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Offers Group Accommodations

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast now offers group accommodations for six to seven persons at their affiliate property, Apple Hill, a nine-acre property located approximately 4 miles west of the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.

One of the Two Queen Beds in the Gardener's Suite

The Gardener's Suite, with a fully-supplied kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, two baths, a family room, and a patio provides approximately 1500 square feet of comfort for a family or friend group.  Featuring two large HD TVs with satellite service, The Gardener's Suite is ideal for a group, and when calculated, proves to be value priced.  The upper floor bedroom features two queen-size beds and the second bedroom on the ground floor has one queen bed and a new electric flame fireplace/heater.  Plush and new luxury mattresses and linens complete the bedrooms, and an additional queen size bed is available with the family room sofa bed; also new. Complementing amenities are a blu-ray player and free Wifi. One TV is located in the family room, the second is in the dining room.  Hair dryers, linens, towels, and shampoos and soaps are provided.  In addition, a case of bottled water, coffees, and microwave popcorn are provided. 

Outside, in favorable weather, guests enjoy the patio table and chairs in a large private covered patio.

Outdoor Patio

Apple Hill is located only about 1/2 mile from the Holmes County Trail, a scenic 15-mile hiking and biking trail, that can be accessed within a few minutes. It is convenient to the Millersburg shops, Super Wal-Mart, and the many Amish owned shops and area attractions. 

New Electric Fireplace in bedroom

We continue, each week, to add updates to the suites at Apple Hill. By Spring, 2013, we plan to update and offer a third suite, which will provide accommodations to larger groups.  Call us at 330-674-7600 for questions or reservations.

The spacious kitchen offers ample room for any group whether you plan to cook or not. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast recommends Charm Days

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Ohio's Amish Country, recommends visiting the 29th annual Charm Days on October 12 & 13, 2012 for a day full of great deals and fun. All of the merchants in the area will be having discounts, sales, and drawings for prizes.

Miller's Dry Goods is featuring 20% discount store-wide at their Fabric Shop and a 20% discount at the Quilt Barn on stencils, patterns, kits, embroidery blocks and quilt books. There is a 10% discount on everything else in the Barn. Their hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and they are closed Saturday.

Charm Engine is having store wide savings, refreshments, and prizes. Enter to win $1,000 or $500 in gift certificates. Sale hours are Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Charm Harness and Boot will be having a 10% discount store wide and a chance to win prizes. Hours are Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Charm Sweet Shoppe will have all pastries in the showcase at 10% off and chances to win cash and gift cards.

Keim Lumber is having one of their largest sales of the year during this weekend. Their hours are from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday. Carpenter's Cafe, located inside of Keim Lumber, will be open as well.

Ole Mill Furniture will have a 10% off store wide sale from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Along with all of the wonderful sales will be the Charm Community Share 'N Care Fund Benefit Auction on Saturday at 11 a.m. All of the items donated will be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit the Charm community Share 'N Care fund which helps those in need. There will be other activities including a bake sale, flea market, yard sales, the Wooly Bear Derby, a pie contest, and a horse fun show. Come out and enjoy the sales in the shops, win prizes, and have a great new experience.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast 2012 Christmas Event

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, an Ohio Bed and Breakfast, will be participating in the 2012 Christmas Cookie Tour Event. As the Christmas song goes....

Oh!  you better watch out...
 and mark your calendars for October 1, 2012, because you will not want to miss the opening date of ticket sales for the 5th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns, a tour of tantalizing chocolate discoveries and cookie tasting through 12 inns dressed up and decked out for the holidays.  Tour tickets are specific for Sunday, December 2 or Monday, December 3, 2012.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Dining and Great Room

You better not cry ...
no need to, because you can get a ticket if you act quickly.  Ticket sales will be brisk, so be quick.  Simply visit and purchase your ticket on line or call the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce at 330-674-3975.
You better not pout....
because you can eat your cookie and have it too!  That's because you will receive a tour souvenir guide containing the recipe of each inn's cookie.  So eat your cookie, then go home and bake two dozen more to spread the holiday cheer!
I'm telling you why.....
because this chocolate event makes a perfect gift for friends and family.  You will experience, the magic  and comfort of chocolate, the noblest of dessert ingredients; a substance that provides comfort, energy, satisfaction, and consolation for many an occasion.  Oh, by the way, leave a little chocolate for Santa!

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

This charity event benefits Hospice of Holmes and Wayne County and the Love Center Food Pantry. Consider a Barn Inn gift certificate for that special person in your life. The Barn Inn... providing fine accommodations for life's special moments.   
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz 10/2/12

Monday, September 24, 2012

60th Annual Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek Ohio

September 28 and 29, 2012 marks the 60th year of Sugarcreek's annual Swiss Festival. Sugarcreek, known as the "Little Switzerland" of Ohio, annually hosts this event which provides a true Swiss culture experience.

Festivities begin Wednesday, September 26th, with food, rides, and other events taking place. Beginning on Thursday, September 27th at 9 p.m. will be the crowning of the Swiss Festival Queen and Grand Champion Cheese Maker at the Midway Pavilion.

Main Street in Sugarcreek, Ohio

On Friday at 2 p.m. the Kiddie Parade will make its way down Main Street. Come watch all of the costumes, pets, creativity and fun displayed here. There will also be the Steintossen at 7:30 p.m.  (Steintossen means stone throwing). This event is historic to the Alps, where men and women see how far they can throw these heavy stones.

On Saturday, the Steintossen continues at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. There will be a Yodeling Contest and a Swiss Costume Contest in the morning at 11:30 a.m. "Le Grande Parade" is a don't-miss event and will begin on Main Street at 2 p.m.

French Country Room Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Musical entertainment will be provided all weekend with a wide spectrum of genres. The fire station will also be providing wine and cheese samples from the local artisans. This festival is sure to be fun for all ages!

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles west of Sugarcreek, near Berlin and Millersburg, and has rooms available for Friday and Saturday evening. Come enjoy breakfast in the morning and then make your way through Amish Country to this unique festival.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 24, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ohio Magazine Memorable B&B's featured Amish Country Barn Inn

Pick up the September, 2012 issue of Ohio Magazine and find featured "6 Memorable B & B's"; among them the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Amish Country.  Owners, Paul Coblentz, who once was an Amish church member, and his wife Loretta, who was raised Mennonite, enjoy conversing with their guests about the ways of their people.  "There's a romance about the society," Loretta often says while speaking about centuries-old traditions.  Sometimes her breakfast talks cover such topics as:  What the difference is between Amish and Mennonite, Washdays, Do the Amish pay taxes? Do they vote?  Ways they resolve conflict, how they select their bishops and preachers, and distinguishing features of the various sects.

 Ohio Magazine
 People ask such questions as:  Are their marriages arranged?  Does a beard mean a man is married?  Who makes the rules?  What do the Amish believe?  Do they use the King James Version of the Bible?  Each morning Loretta takes a half hour at breakfast time to answer some of the questions asked.  "The answers are often complex and cannot be answered with a simple 'Yes' or 'No' because of the vast diversity of the sects; so much must be explained," says Loretta.  Adding spice to the mix, is Paul, with his real-life stories and anecdotes.  Paul serves guests on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Loretta announces special events taking place in the area and directs guests to many of the out-in-the country Amish home businesses that are scattered throughout the region. "Of all the experiences, this is what many of our guests love most; meaningful exchanges with a people group living by centuries-old traditions; specifically, the Swartzentruber Amish," says Loretta.

Swartzentruber Amish Boys Traveling Mt. Hope

Loretta's artistic touches can be seen throughout the 11-room inn that is a licensed hotel, but operates as a bed and breakfast, "Offering the best of both worlds," says Loretta.  The Coblentzs' believe that at a B&B, the bed should be comfortable and the breakfast should be exceptional.  A sample breakfast might be creamy scrambled eggs, locally made sausage, hashbrowns, yogurts, fresh fruit cups, steel-cut oats, toast, coffees, and juices.

Barn Inn Breakfasts Offered Daily

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast - Celebrate life with us!

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 17, 2012


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Holmes County Home Benefit Auction 2012

The Holmes County Home, a nursing home for the elderly, will be hosting their 41st annual benefit auction on Saturday, September 15, 2012. There will be many items up for auctions such as furniture, quilts, outdoor lawn furniture and equipment, animals and much more.

Friday evening, September 14, will be a preview of the items for auction as well as a volleyball tournament. Saturday's schedule will include breakfast and a bake sale in the morning, two silent auctions, and the large auction beginning at 9 a.m.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located just 7 miles from the auction, has the Fred Gehrig House available for September 14 & 15. It is located next door to the Barn and has two queen size beds and a twin size bed, one and a half baths, and has a kitchen, living room, and dining room. Breakfast is also included with a reservation. Call us now to book your stay with us and enjoy this wonderful benefit.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Introduces Luxurious, Eco-Friendly Bath Towels

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast now introduces luxurious, eco-friendly bath towels that are incredibly soft, unbelievably absorbant, and hypoallergenic.  Made from bamboo fibers, these sumptuously plush and durable towels will not harbor bacteria.  If damp for a length of time, they will not emit sour odors typical of cotton towels.

Bamboo Towels

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has placed these luxury towels in the Vintage Rose and Renaissance Suites, and soon will be placing them in the Memory Lane and Country Charm Suites as well.

Unlike any other you have ever felt, these towels will truly amaze you, as will the bamboo bath robes, also being placed into the suites.

Barn Inn King Bed

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has received the distinction of Ohio Bed and Breakfast of the year 2011-2012 by the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, and is recognized for their fine breakfasts and area orientation presented daily at breakfast time.  Plan now for a wonderful Amish Country stay at The Barn Inn.  Visit our calendar for the the latest postings for area events and activities.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz, Sept 11, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Berlin Ohio Harvest Festival

Berlin, Ohio merchants are gearing up for this year's Harvest Festival and Rib Cook-off, taking place on Saturday, September 8, 2012, along the streets of Berlin.  Engaging in fierce but friendly competition, area businesses will be challenging each other to be named as the business making the best ribs. Stroll the streets of Berlin, taste ribs, and cast your vote while shopping at the local shops. Enjoy a parade at 6 p.m. Paul and Loretta, the owners of the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, will be riding in the parade in their 1978 MG.
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has rooms available for Friday and Saturday, September 7 & 8. Book your stay now and enjoy this unique event in the heart of Amish Country. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ohio Amish Country Group Lodging Close to Berlin and Attractions

Offering group lodging in Ohio Amish Country, the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast announces the opening of Apple Hill Retreat, desiged to accommodate groups of family and friends; all in close proximity to Berlin and area attractions.  Providing all the comforts of home, the present two suites are furnished with new beds, mattresses, linens, and new sofas, and will serve a total of 12 people.

Queen-Size Beds in Gardener's Suite
 The Cottage Suite includes a queen bed, a queen-size sofa bed, bath with a shower, a kitchen, laundry, and a dining/living room area, two satellite TVs, AC, and WiFi.  It also provides garage parking, a patio, table, chairs, and grill.

Kitchen Gardener's Suite
                                                                                     Spacious and grand, the Gardener's Suite is a two-story suite with 3 queen beds, a sofa bed, full kitchen, large dining room, family room, two baths, one with a whirlpool tub, central heat and air, and comes complete with two large flat-screen, high-definition satellite TVs, a blu-ray player, and WiFi. This suite includes a lovely covered outdoor patio large enough to accommodate 12-15 people.  We've thought of everything, including small items like blow dryers in every bathroom, and we provide individually bottle waters and coffee.

Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center Mural
Enjoy all the pleasures of Amish Country during the day.  Visit cheese shops, Amish homes (See the Barn Inn staff for tour recommendations), weekly farmer's markets, eateries - be sure to enjoy Amish fry pies, visit old-fashioned hardware stores, go to Berlin boutique shops, shop for Amish-made hardwood furniture, wineries, museums, and so much more!  Wind down the day by watching the sun set from the this spectacular hill-top location, sit by the fire pit and gaze into the star-filled night, or play cards or converse with family and friends in the covered patio.   Add additional pleasure by attending the Confession, an Amish musical, playing specified dates now through December 15, 2012.
Perfectly located, Apple Hill is located only .07 mile from the scenic Holmes County Trail, offering 15 miles of serene asphalt surface for runners, bikers, hikers, and roller-bladers.  This trail, which winds through wetland areas, is teaming with birds and wildlife and also serves as a path for horse and buggy travel.

Simply designed and carefully upgraded, we are continuing to add to these lovely accommodations.  Within a few months a third suite will be included to provide yet two additional bedrooms, two baths, and another kitchen and living room.  Patio furniture is scheduled to arrive tomorrow; so within a few days, I will post additional photos.  Call the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for more information; or if you are considering these accommodations, and wish to view the property, please call for an appointment.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
August 28, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Holmes County Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction 2012

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, the Mt. Hope Auction Barn will be hosting the Holmes County Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction. Put together by a group of churches to aid the people of Haiti, this event has been going on for 25 years. All donations and proceeds benefit mission trips for the churches in order to provide food, medical services, and to bring the word of God to the Haitian people.

There will be an open house on Friday, August 31 starting at 4 p.m. The food stands will be open and there will be a singing program from 7-9 p.m. The auction will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and items will be auctioned off throughout the day. Donations include items such as furniture, quilts, animals, outdoor furniture, lawn and garden equipment and much more. Food stands include a breakfast buffet beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday with pancakes, sausage, eggs, donuts, etc. Lunch will include things like BBQ chicken, fish, rice and beans, and lots of desserts.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located 7 miles from the Mt. Hope Auction, has rooms available for August 31 and September 1 for those wishing to attend this wonderful benefit.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ohio Amish Country Bed and Breakfast Offers Wine

The Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, having recently obtained a wine license, now offers wine for those who wish to enjoy that added amenity. Mention your wine choice at time of booking if you would like to have a bottle of wine placed in your room, awaiting your arrival.

Wine enjoyed at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfat

Many people ask if the Amish and Mennonites drink wine. The answer is "Yes" and "No".  The Amish, in general, do not teach against the use of alcohol.  They typyically use it medicinally or very discreately in their homes. When an Amish couple gets married, they have wine in their cups, while all other wedding guests have a soft drink or water. As other families, Amish parents do not wish for their young people to drink or become dependent to alcohol.  As you travel around Holmes County, you will see some grape arbors.  These grapes are not all made into grape jam or grape pie!  Many Amish people make their own specialty wines.  They would advocate only casual drinking.

Mennonites, on the other hand, have taken a very firm stand against the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  In his book, Creative Congregationalism, James O. Lehman, speaks of the Amish church and the Temperance movement.  This group of Amish, under the leadership of more progressive-minded preachers, eventually assimilated into the General Conference Mennonites.  It is these who, in the late 1860's and early 70's began to question the use of alcohol and abandon it's use.  Quoting from his book, Lehman writes, "Like other frontiersmen the Amish of Wayne County for many years used whiskey and other alcoholic beverages. "No self-respecting farmer could refuse to have a gallon jog of whiskey in the field for the use of the workers."  Newly arriving Mennonite emigrants from Europe had difficulty understanding the new turn from the use of alcohol.  Also in question was whether members of the Oak Grove Amish Church who manufatured liquor should do so.  Several members had breweries; Jonathon Burkholder, owning the Smithville Brewery located a little southeast of Smithville, and Martin L. Rich who owned and operated a brewery in Canal Fulton.  The Burkholder brewery appears on the 1873 Wayne County map.  Another brewer, Peter Rich strongly disagreed to close his brewery and he was excommunicated for his refusal to shut it down. Another Amish man listed as a brewer was Joseph Kropf.

Tobacco was also freely used for many years.  Today it is very common, at Auctions or other public places, to see smoking by the Swartzentruber sect.

The management of The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast take the matter of over consumption of alcohol very seriously and we hope that you will too.  Please do not drink and drive. Compliance with all Ohio laws is requested.

Loretta Coblentz
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, 08/06/2010

Friday, July 20, 2012

Berlin Ohio Bed and Breakfast Features Jubilate String Quartet

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, guests at the Berlin area, Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast will enjoy an evening of fine music, as they will be entertained by the Jubilate String quartet from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Barn Inn's great room. Musicians will be performing on two violins, one viola, and one cello.  Go online or call to reserve your room. We still have some availability for the weekend of August 3 & 4, 2012.

 The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, features exceptional accommodations, fine amenities, a superb breakfast, and an informative "Area attractions" presentation daily at breakfast time.  Make The Barn Inn your special place to celebrate that special moment.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast King Suite

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz, July 20, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ohio Amish Country Benefit Auction

Mt. Hope Auction Barn, located in Ohio's Amish Country, will be hosting the annual Rainbow for Hope Benefit Auction on July 28, 2012. This benefit raises money to help families in Holmes County who are unable to pay health costs due to illnesses affecting infants and children.

Friday, July 27, will be the pre-auction festivities featuring local entertainment, a volleyball tournament, activities for kids and a chicken BBQ. A full course breakfast will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday morning with the auction beginning at 8:30 a.m. Auction items include: quilts, crafts, furniture, lawn furniture, and live stock. There will also be a bake sale.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located 7 miles from the Mt. Hope Auction and has availability for July 27 & 28, 2012. Book your stay and attend this wonderful benefit to help those families in need.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Amish Country Garden Tour

Saturday, July 7, 2012, Every Woman's House will be hosting their annual Garden Tour in Amish Country. There will be a country breakfast at Faith Bible Church at 9 a.m. Marilyn Rehm will be the featured speaker at the breakfast and she will be talking about backyard birdhouses. Tickets for the breakfast are $25, which includes the Garden Tour.

The tour will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the local Commercial and Savings Banks, Rodhe's IGA, Country Gatherings and Buehler's. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at all of the stops. The featured gardens this year are at the homes of Tammy & Vic Weaver, Cora & David Coblentz, Charlene Miller and at Blessing Acres Produce. All proceeds go to Every Woman's House of Holmes County. 

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of Amish Country, has rooms available for this weekend. Call us now to book your stay and come enjoy this beautiful tour.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Amish Country Welcomes Holmes County Ohio Winery

Wine enthuiasts and visitors to Ohio's Amish Country welcome Holmes County's first winery.  Owners Scott and Kathy Buente, have been operating  French Ridge Winery since 2001. 

Scott and Kathy's estate in Killbuck produces eight different grape types, and 5,000 vines. What started out as a small vineyard of grapes has now transformed into one of the largest in the tri-county area. The couple had plenty of land and needed a hobby to keep them busy. Initially, they sold their crop to other local wineries, but then began making their own wine, now offering 14 different wine varieties.

The winery, located at 2586 TR 34, in Killbuck, will be open Thursday nights, Fridays and Saturdays and during summer holidays. Visitors may sample the wine, explore the vineyard, or go on a guided tour. The facility will also be available for events and private parties.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Accommodations
 The Holmes County Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located just 18 miles from French Ridge Winery. Enjoy a relaxing stay and a full country breakfast in the morning before heading out to visit Amish Country and to see what Holmes County has to offer.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
June 21, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Ranked Top by TripAdvisor

Ranked top by TripAdvisor, the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

"The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Loretta Coblentz, owner along with husband, Paul Coblentz, at the Barn Inn. "Time and again our guests comment on our wonderful breakfasts and informative area orientation and insider tips that we share at breakfast time. We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

This is the second consecutive year that The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has been named by TripAdvisor as the leading choice for lodging in Ohio's Amish Country. The rustic, yet refined historic inn ensures personalized attention and offers amenities not usually found in larger lodging properties. Serving their guests with heartfelt hospitality, resident innkeepers, Paul and Loretta pay extraordinary attention to detail, serve up a tasty country breakfast daily, and graciously cook for dietary restrictions.

Experience the relaxed atmosphere of The Barn Inn, located only minutes from Berlin and Millersburg and is within a two hour drive from either Cleveland or Columbus. The inn provides a variety of rooms and suites, from deluxe standard rooms, two-person jacuzzi luxury suites, to accommodations at the inn's restored vintage farmhouse, ideal for a family or group of friends. Allow your next Amish Country excursion to bring you to The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, where a most memorable stay can be had by you and yours.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Holmes County Ohio Rails to Trails Benefit Auction

On Friday, June 8, 2012 and Saturday, June 9, Holmes County will host their 8th Annual Rails to Trails Benefit Auction to raise money for the trail that stretches from Fredericksburg down to Killbuck. This is the first trail in the nation to allow Amish buggies to travel on it.

Events will begin Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Holmes County Fairgrounds with a youth volleyball game and a cornhole tournament. Food will also be served. The Road Apple 5-K begins at 7:15. The auction and silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. There will also be a bake sale and lunch available. Everything will take place at Hipp's Depot in Millersburg.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located just 3 miles from the Trail. Stay at the Fred Gehrig House, our farmhouse next door to the Barn, on Friday night and attend all of the exciting events.