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