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.