Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hotel Berlin Ohio, Berlin Ohio Lodging, Amish Tours

VIP Suite, King Bed

Dedicated to customer satisfaction and the best in hospitality, the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, a licensed hotel located near Berlin, Ohio, is attentive to trends in the market and desires of travelers.  "We are dedicated to providing an exceptional sleep experience, both for the weary traveler and the most discriminating of guests.  For this reason, we are proactive in maintenance and upgrades", says owner, Loretta Coblentz.

Standard Room Queen Bed

Because many of today's guests are more discriminate, The Barn Inn has replaced mattresses for a "Dreamier" bed. For a more "heavenly" sleep experience, the inn has upgraded to mattresses that contain memory foam or pillow tops.  Additional room updates are being made.  Floral comforters have been changed out for a cleaner, crisper look, additional pillows have been added, and monogrammed pillowcases provide an additional touch. 

Luxurious guest rooms are furnished with most of the amenities that one could desire.  Packages including single and couples' in-room massages and Amish tours are available.  Barn Inn lodging provides complete privacy; satellite TV with 40 channels available, air conditioning, private baths, an in-room refrigerator or a dedicated hallway refrigerator, recliner, or rocker/recliner.  Spacious deluxe suites feature sofas, whirlpools, and fireplaces.  Porches and balconies outside each guest room provide added enjoyment and private access to rooms.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Finale

The crowning glory of the stay is the outstanding breakfast served daily in the dining room.  Guests awaken to the enticing aroma of a country-prepared breakfast, including locally-made sausage, specialty breads, eggs, hashbrowns or many other selections served daily; followed by an area orientation shared by the owners. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 31, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Breakfast Favorites, Ohio Bed and Breakfast

Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are served a full country breakfast every morning. This typically includes some kind of egg, meat, pastry, and fruit. These combinations change daily and the recipes are always sought after. Our corn flake crusted hash browns and outrageously great waffles are some of the favorites.

Corn Flake Crusted Hash Browns
1 (32 oz) bag frozen hash browns
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 stick butter
2 cups cheddar cheese
16 oz sour cream
1 can of cream of chicken or cream of celery soup (whichever you prefer)
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup corn flakes (more if desired)
1. Set aside hash browns
2. In saucepan, saute onions with 1 stick of butter. In a large bowl combine onion mixture with sour cream, cheese and soup. Add in salt and pepper.
3. In 9x13 greased pan, spread hash browns. Spread soup mixture over top.
4. Melt remaining butter and mix in corn flakes. Stir and smash them a little until the butter is absorbed. You may need/want to add more corn flakes.
5. Sprinkle on top of soup mixture.
6. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Outrageously Great Waffles
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
pecans (optional)
1. In a medium bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and powder, and salt and mix well.
2. Add the buttermilk, oil, egg, sugar, and vanilla to the dry ingredients, mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the iron, the oil in the batter will allow for an easy release.
4. Pour a scant cup of batter into the hot waffle iron and a handful of chopped pecans. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately.

This is the best waffle recipe I have found!

For more favorites visit our web page and look under the Innkeepers Recipes.

Submitted by Loretta 1/26/12

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Amish Heartland Tours, Amish Meal, Holmes County, Ohio

A favorite of guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is the morning informational during breakfast, at which time we provide cultural information and answer questions. Because our families were Amish, we are able to provide insights into the ways of our people.  For a comprehensive experience, we highly recommend Amish Heartland Tours, the original tour company in Holmes County, Ohio, operating since 1993.

Because most of the Amish Heartland Tours staff are natives of Holmes County with strong ties to local families and businesses, they are able to provide an indepth look into the Amish society. Amish Cultural Tours is the longest-running, backroads tour company in the state.

Amish Heartland Tours offers a smorgasbord of options.  Often we are able to combine our guests with other tour-goers to meet the minimum of eight persons needed for an Amish dinner.  Please call the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast customer service desk or Amish Heartland Tours for assistance in seeking a tour or a meal in an Amish home.

Savories, Samples, and Sundries Lunch Tour: Come enjoy the various flavors of Holmes County! This tour will take you to a variety of places in order to taste the different foods such as baked goods, cheese, chocolates, wine (21 and older), and much more. This tour runs year round every Tuesday and Thursday and a minimum of 8 guests are needed in order to take the tour.

History and Haystack Lunch Tour: Enjoy a "haystack lunch" and a "pitchfork dessert" in an Amish home. Afterward you will enjoy a two-hour tour which includes visiting an Amish artisan, a buggy ride, and the historical mural, Behalt. This tour runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and will operate from May through October 22, 2012. A minimum of 8 guests is required for the lunch.

All About Amish Dinner Tour: This one will provide you with a tour of Yoder's Amish Home, take you on a two hour backroads tour, and end with a meal in an Amish home. This tour runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and will operate from April 23 through October 22, 2012. The dinner requires a minimum of 8 guests.

Two Hour Amish Heartland Tour: This tour takes you along the scenic backroads to visit Amish artisans and talk about their way of life. This tour runs Thursday-Saturday from April through November.

Amish Meal in Home: There is the option of having a meal without taking a tour. The meal provides two types of meats, potato, noodles, vegetable, side salad, rolls, beverage and dessert. A cookbook is also furnished. Dinner requires a minimum of 8 guests.

Progressive Meal Tour: Eat all day long! This tour starts at breakfast and runs through dinner time. Start with breakfast in an Amish home, take a tour, eat lunch, take another tour and end with dinner and dessert. Each guest receives a personalized name tag and a cookbook. A great opportunity to learn all about the culture! The 2012 schedule is April 21, May 12, June 16, August 11, September 8, October 20, and November 10, 2012.

Amish Heartland Tours also accommodates large groups or motor coaches.

Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast guests wishing to take a tour are urged to let us know, at the time of placing your lodging reservation. Tours fill quickly in some seasons.  Even if your lodging reservation is last minute, please do not hesitate to mention a tour.  We will seek to find a seat on tour of your choice.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 24, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Country Craft Cupboard, Stores in Berlin Ohio

One of my favorite stores in Berlin, Ohio is Country Craft Cupboard. If you have any interest in rug hooking, needle punch, embroidery, painting, scrapbooking, quilting, applique, wearables, clothing embellishments, or unique country crafts, this is the place for you. I am amazed and inspired with every visit to the shop.  The owner, her employees, and the inspirational people around her continually develop new creations to keep you coming back.  You will find simple projects or those that are more complex.  Looking for an apron pattern or something uniquely different?  She has it!  They also offer a variety of classes.

One of the most publicized events at Country Craft Cupboard is their Annual PJ Party Sale to be held this coming Saturday, January 28, 2012.  You must wear pajamas to receive 40% off storewide, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (exceptions on a few items).  The shop will reopen at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  During these hours receive 20% off storewide.

Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast guests who stay January 27, 2012 can save more money! Show us your receipt for early-bird shopping on January 28, 2012, and we will give you a crisp $10 bill! In addition, Barn Inn guests who shop the sale between 6 and 9 a.m. may be served a late breakfast at 9:30 upon request.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Valentine Dinner Concert, Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg Ohio

Come spend the weekend in Millersburg, Ohio to enjoy a Valentine's Special Dinner Concert. Enjoy an inspiring candlelight dinner followed by entertainment by Christian vocalists, Steve and Annie Chapman who, for over twenty-five years have inspired thousands through lyrics and stories.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 with the show to follow at 7p.m. on February 10 & 11, 2012. Plan an overnight stay at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and we will pay $10 of your ticket price (two tickets per guestroom). May not be used in conjuction with any other offers. Call 330-674-7600 for details on the special.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Swartzentruber Amish, New Stove

New Stove

As many of our guests know, the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has "adopted" a Swartzentruber Amish family that sells baskets out of their house to subsidize their income. As a rule, members of the Swartzentruber sect are not as prosperous as the more progressive old order and new order Amish because their Ordnung limits their use of technology. For over a year, we have been recommending our guests go to their home to see their lifestyle, purchase baskets, and most importantly, experience a "step back in history." 

Old Stove, circa 1922
 As we got to know the family, we learned that their circa 1922 stove was grossly inadequate, not providing enough heat for the winter and falling apart. When I inquired, the mother confided that they needed a new one, but did not yet have the money to buy one. Years earlier they had purchased this as a used stove and the reservoir that decades before would have held water and served another family, was long gone and the doors fell off when opened. We announced a fund for the purchase of a new stove for them, hoping for a Christmas, 2011 delivery. What a thrill it was when guests stepped forward and made that purchase possible.  Within two weeks guests had donated enough money for the purchase and it was delivered one week before Thanksgiving, November 17, 2011!  We praise God and thank our kind guests.

The family is extremely grateful for all of the generousity that has been shown to them. The new stove has been installed into their home for about two months now and has made a world of difference. The family has a tenth child now so it has been helpful to have a safe stove where they can keep warm water. Some of the children have written letters to explain why they like their new stove and how helpful it has been.

Note that the chilren are mentioning that they can "fire it from the front".  Their old stove had to be fired from the back and had only a small area that held only about three pieces of wood, whereas this stove holds many more pieces.
Submitted by Loretta, January 19, 2012 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Special, Hotels, Millersburg Ohio

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is having a winter special that runs through January 31, 2012. Reserve two consecutive nights at our hotel and receive two free reflexology treatments from the comfort of your own room. Mention "Let it Snow" at the time of booking to receive this wonderful experience. This special cannot be combined with any other offer.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Millersburg, Ohio Ladies Night Out Event

Street Scene of Millersburg, Ohio

Always fun and well-attended is the Ladies Night Out Event in Millersburg, Ohio, where the focus of the evening is, of course, the ladies.  The night and time is February 18, 2012 from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m., so plan now to come out for an evening of fun, shopping, treats, and pampering!

Pick up a punchcard at the first stop.  Stops along the way include such benefits as:  Dove Chocolate, Soap-Making Demonstrations, Mini Manicures, quickie hair up-dos, door prizes, jewelry, massages, raffles, glamour shots and much, much more!  Lots of shops and lots of specials!

VIP Suite at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Jacuzzi in Suite

Consider spending the night at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, a very special bed and breakfast where every lady can feel pampered! Call now to make a reservation, mention Ladies Night Out and get a $20 per room discount on the price of any room for the night of February 18, 2012.  At The Barn Inn you will be treated to a wonderful breakfast in the morning.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Confession Amish Musical Drama in Holmes County Ohio

Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast will have something new to look forward to in the upcoming months; The Confession, a new Amish musical drama based on the novel by Beverly Lewis, will be coming to Holmes County, Ohio. Adapted for the New York Times best selling book, it is an Amish love story that includes comedy, song, mystery, and deception.

The musical will run every week from June 7 through December 15, 2012, Monday through Saturday. Weekday performances are $33 and weekend performances are $35.

Fiction novelist, Beverly Lewis whose maternal grandmother was born into an Old Order Mennonite Church, took interest in her own "plain heritage".  She has written many books and series, including such titles as: The Shunning, The Confession, The Reckoning, The Postcard, The Crossroad, Sanctuary, The covenant, The Betrayal, The Sacrifice, The Prodical, The Revelation, The Preacher's Daughter, The Englisher, The Brethren, The Parting, The Forbidden, The Longing, The Secret, The Missing, The Telling, The Thorn, The Judgement, The Mercy, and many more. 

Here is a "behind the scenes" clip from another novel by Beverly Lewis, The Shunning, which was produced by the Hallmark Channel. 

This upcoming production, The Confession, will prove to be an outstanding show for all ages and cultures.  In 2011, it played to record crowds in Shipshewanna, Indiana.  The Barn Inn will be offering tickets to guests as soon as they become available for purchase. Plan now for a stay at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and allow us to package this outstanding musical with a memorable stay at the beautiful Barn Inn. Call now, toll-free 877-674-7600, for a room reservation and to be placed on a ticket list. We expect brisk ticket sales and limited availability on some dates.  Tickets will be charged to your credit card number when ordered through The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and cannot be refunded, should you decide to change your plans. Tickets will be purchased based on availability.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 16, 2012

Ohio Wineries, wine tour, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

The tradition of wine making is intrinsic to Ohio with the settlement of eastern European immigrants who found that Ohio's native grapes produce a tasty, sweet wine.  Ohio winegrowers have established vineyards yielding high-quality grapes such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot gris/Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir; and, yearly, Ohio growers are adding additional varieties.

New French-American hybrids have been introduced to Northeastern Ohio.  Heritage wines made from Concord, Niagara, and Catawba have yielded award-winning wines.  Ohio's world-renowned ice wines are produced from frozen Vidal Blanc grapes, and some of these wines have ranked Ohio among the finest of wine producers.

Plan your own Ohio wine tour.  Wineries within a 45-minute drive of Ohio's Amish Country and the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are:

Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Inc, 5934 Old Rt. 39 NW, Dover; This wine cellar features vinifera and hybrid American varieties including Port, Sherry, Ice wine, and more. You can also enjoy the cafe they have that is open for lunch.

Gateway Place Wines, 14875 Navarre Rd SW, Wilmot. They have the largest selection of Ohio wines. They offer wine tasting daily as well as antiques and Amish-made products.

Perennial Vineyards Winery
Perennial Vineyards Winery, 11877 Poorman Street, Navarre. Stark County's oldest Vineyard and Winery. They grow excellent wines, sell gourmet pizzas and have a straw bale tasting room.

Rainbow Hills Vineyard, 26349 Township Road 251, Newcomerstown. (740)-545-9305 (No website available) They feature a variety of dinner and dessert wines, an Aspen-styled tasting room, and bread and cheese plates upon request.

Raven's Glenn Winery & Restaurant, 56183 CR 143, West Lafayette. A family winery with an Italian full-service restaurant. They have a beautiful setting along the Tuscarawas River and a unique gift shop. Winery tours by appointment.

Silver Moon Winery, 4915 Old Route 39 NW, Dover. Features over 20 sweet wines! They offer different snacks and have a variety of merchandise that can be purchased.

Swiss Heritage Winery, 6011 Old Route 39 NW, Dover. Wine and cheese both made on the premise, snacks, and a gift shop.

Troutman Vineyards, 4243 Columbus Rd, Wooster. Premium wines, snacks, and a gift shop! Tours by appointment only.

Yellow Butterfly Winery, 11661 Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomerstown. One of Ohio's newest wineries features fine wine and good food from their restaurant.

Submitted by Loretta 1/16/12

Friday, January 6, 2012

Amish observe Old Christmas

January 6th is known as Old Christmas, a traditional holiday celebrated by the Amish. Paul Miller from Behalt, the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio, explained that they believe that it was twelve days after the birth of Christ that the three wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus. The visit from the three wise men is also known as the Epiphany; when Christ's divinity was revealed to the other nations of the Earth. They see it as a second day to recognize the birth of Christ and to celebrate.

Another reason that the Amish observe Old Christmas is because of the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in the 1700's.  Christmas used to be celebrated on January 6th, but once the calendar was adjusted by the Pope, the date was changed to December 25th. The Amish wanted to stay with the traditional ways and continued to observe Christmas on Janury 6th. An explanation of this can be found at a site called http://www.christmas-time.com/cp-old.html.

The Amish observe Old Christmas on January 6th as well as Christmas on December 25th. December 25th is celebrated with gifts, feasting, and the reading of the birth of Christ from the Bible, while Old Christmas is considered to be more religious and sacred. Members will pray and fast until noon and then have a dinner with their family.

All Amish businesses will be closed on this day in observance of the holiday. Mennonites, typically, don't celebrate this as a holiday. They recognize it in their religion; however, it is not a necessity to take a day off of work.

When visiting Ohio's Amish Country, consider staying at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.