Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Seeing More Intergenerational Travelers

Owners of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are seeing more intergenerational traveler requests.  We are seeing an increasing number of grandparents come with their grandchildren or perhaps their children and grandchildren.

Intergenerational travel provides opportunity to spend precious time with children and grandchildren, while at the same time experiencing unique historic and cultural sites.

Blossom Suite Master Bedroom at Apple Hill
One Barn Inn guest said that families are so busy these days that they no longer come over for Sunday dinner, their grandchildren are in sports, and many times their work schedules limit family time.  She said there may be only several days out of the year when everyone can get away for a vacation. Many grandparents want their children and grandchildren to experience some of their favorite cultural locations.  Some grandparents plan and pay for the vacations because, as in many families, some children do not have the disposable income to provide all of the opportunities that the grandparents want their grandchildren to experience.

Amish Barn Raising Holmes County

Another guest explained that the primary reason he takes his grandchild on vacations is for educational purposes. "Book learning is limited," he said, "First hand experiences provide sensory stimulation. Building relationships and teaching critical life principles is important," he stated.  He noted that many families are texting their counterparts instead of communicating verbally. Since his beloved wife died, he is continuing the tradition of traveling with his granddaughter.  For him, this is one-on-one time that is most valuable; a time he cherishes because he is her last living grandparent. These vacations provide history lesson opportunities, help strengthen relationships, and provide a platform for critical thinking discussions.

One guest said their entire family always plans to vacation together the first two weeks in July at their lakefront cottage.  It's a standing date year in and year out. Their entire vacation is spent at the lake where water activities dominate their time. 

Guestrooms at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are suitable for grandparents and children ages 10 and above.  The Fred Gehrig house, on the Barn Inn property, offers accommodations for 5 people.

Dining Room and Kitchen in Blossom Suite
Newly opened, the Barn Inn's nine-acre sister location, Apple Hill Retreat, offers accommodations for up to 14 or 16 people; an ideal vacation estate for families, corporate groups, or friend or church groups. Apple Hill may be utilized for meetings or used as home base for Amish Country touring. Guests may enjoy the full kitchens, especially with all of the food products found in the area, all in a setting with a grand 10-mile view.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
July 30, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast MCC Intergenerational Travel Event

The Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and breakfast, a supporter of the MCC, Mennonite Relief Sale event, which will take place August 2 and 3, 2013, is pleased to announce the event will be moving indoors this year, to the Buckeye Event Center,  624 Henry St. in Dalton. First time at this new location, this event, great for intergenerational travel, can be enjoyed by all regardless of the weather. The event will include live music, breakfast, food and vendor booths, children's activities, corn hole and volleyball tournaments, and a 5K run. Auctions will be held, including a silent auction, art and collectible auction, wood and tool auction, a quilt auction, and much more.

by Loretta Coblentz

This event has been taking place for many years.  I've dubbed it the "Great Mennonite Fair."  Please be assured that the Friday night musical groups are exceptional and great entertainment for the entire family. Some children's activities include festival games, a children's train, an auction for children 13 and under.  Bungee jumping is available to attendees of all ages.

Children's Train at Relief Sale

Auction items can be previewed online about one month prior to the date at www.OhioMCCReliefSale.org.  Handicap parking and wheelchairs are available.

Friday, August 2

4:00 pm. Food and Vendor booths open.
6:30 pm. Evening program begins. Performers include: The Loren Glick Family and Holmes County Bluegrass.

Guests attending Friday will be able to preview Saturday's auction items as well as participate in a silent auction of theme baskets and other donated handmade items.

Saturday, August 3

7:00 am. Breakfast (includes: pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, and more.)
8:00 am. The Run for Relief 5K begins.
9:00 am. Art and collectable and wood and tool auctions begin
10:00 am. Quilt Auction begins.
12:00 pm. Lunch (includes: Gerber's Chicken BBQ, Laotian egg rolls, homemade ice cream, and much more.)

Corn hole and volleyball tournaments will be part of Saturday's activities.

Blossom Suite, Apple Hill/The Barn Inn

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located about 30 minutes south of Dalton, offers all the comforts desired after a busy at the auction. For intergenerational travel, consider our affiliate, newly renovated Apple Hill Retreat location in Millersburg. A family may reserve all three suites, accommodations for up to14 people.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
July 13, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Millersburg, Ohio bed and breakfast announces progress at new Holmes County Fairground

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast announces progress at the new Holmes County Fairground location.  Annually the Holmes County Fair has been held in August at 8381 state route 39 in Millersburg Ohio.  This year, 2013, and possibly 2014, the Holmes County Fair will still be at that location; however, that will change.  Residents and fair attendees are eagerly anticipating the development of Harvest Ridge. 

 For as long as anyone can remember the fairgrounds have flooded often and severely; some years to the point that the fair couldn't be held there. Growing up in Holmes County means that there is a very high likely hood that you participate in the fair in one way or another, whether it be though something like FFA and 4-H or just going to enjoy the food and rides, and for anyone in that situation, it means you experience the true reality of flooding, which is why the community is in desperate need of a change.  Change was initiated with the April,  2012 groundbreaking ceremony, held at the new fairground location at Harvest Ridge. 

Flooding at fairgrounds

Harvest Ridge was an 80 plus acre gift from Weaver Leather chairman Paul Weaver; in exchange for the gift, the fair board agreed to run utilities to the property. Since groundbreaking, one building has been completed, the William T. Baker Building; and an original 1910 bank barn has been restored, as well as massive excavation. The county sold the old fairgrounds to the local park district for approximately $500,000 from a Clean Ohio grant which requires the fairgrounds to be moved by September of 2014. 

The overall project is estimated to cost between 10 and 12 million, but it should take about $5 million to get the grounds prepared enough to hold a decent fair.  Current efforts include getting the grounds properly excavated, installing plumbing, and parking. Fund raising is still a very high priority and higher level donors will have buildings, utilities, or even streets named in their honor. The fair board is working at turning the new fairgrounds into something the entire community can utilize. For information on how to donate contact Tom Wilke at 330-763-2954.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located about 3 1/2 miles from the present fairground location.  Combine a  visit the Holmes County Fair August 4 - Monday, August 11, 2013 and a stay at the award-winning Barn Inn.  An affiliated property of The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Apple Hill Retreat, is located within 1/4 mile of Harvest Ridge and provides a convenient vacation stay for visitors to Holmes County.

Blossom Suite

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
July 3, 2013