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