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.
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.
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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.
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