Saturday, December 27, 2014

Things To Do In Ohio Amish Country Over New Year 2015

Here is information on things to do in Ohio Amish County over the 2014-2015 New Year's holiday up to and including Old Christmas. Some businesses keep irregular hours and there are also some scheduled auctions immediately before and after New Year's Day.

Homestead Furniture, 8233 State Rt. 241, in Mt. Hope will be open New Year's Eve Day until 2 p.m. On New Year's Day they will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  At the time of this post, this is the only business that I've found that will be open on New Year's day, 2015.  Because they are an Amish business, they will be closed on Old Christmas, January 6, 2015.

Kidron, Ohio Hitching Post

Keim Lumber, our most significant lumberyard and "Everything you might want for your house store" will be open Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30.  They will be closed New Year's Eve Day and New Year's Day.  They will open January 2 & 3, closed on January 4 because it is Sunday, open January 5, and closed January 6, 2015 for Old Christmas.

The normally held Thursday livestock in Kidron, Ohio, will instead be held on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Lehman's Hardware and Warther's Museum will be closed on New Year's Day, as will the typical retails stores in Berlin and throughout the county.

Auctions taking place:
Sports Memorabilia Auction, December 30, 2014, 4 p.m. at the Kaufman Auction House, 3149 SR 39, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Lots of significant signed memorabilia.  View items.

Troyer Auction, Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10 a.m., selling at the Sprunger Building located on the Kidron Auction grounds, 4885 Kidron Road, Kidron, OH.  They will be selling primitives, collectibles, and many tools.  See advertised listing here.

Hochstetler's 13th Annual Antiques, Tools & Collectible Auction, January 3, 2015, Sprunger Building at the Kidron Auction grounds (behind auction barn).  Farm primitives, antique tools, farm toys, and much more.

Refer to a January, 2012, Barn Inn post about how the Amish observe Old Christmas.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast provides fine country accommodations, exceptional breakfasts, and warm Amish-Country hospitality.  We are centrally located and provide touring information for visitors to Holmes County.

We've recently updated a few guest rooms.
Barn Inn Guest Room
We are continually painting, cleaning, and redecorating our rooms to provide comfortable and pleasing accommodations for our inn guests.  When you visit Holmes County, drop in to see any rooms that might be available for showing. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 27, 2015

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Decorate Santa Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe and Instructions

Here at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I decorate Santa Christmas sugar cookies each holiday season.  I'm including my favorite sugar cookie recipe, my decorator icing recipe, and instructions. Make them production style, and it really doesn't take too long.  I bake the cookies in advance, usually put them in a freezer, then on another day decorate the cookies. Now gather up all your supplies and plan for a fun time of creating Santa cookies!

Santa Christmas Sugar Cookie

                                                    Sugar Cookie Recipe

     1 cup sour cream
     1 cup butter, softened (not melted)
     2 cups sugar
     2 eggs
     2 teaspoons vanilla
     1 teaspoon baking powder
     1 teaspoon soda
     5-6 cups flour

Mix sour cream and butter until creamy, then add sugar; beat in eggs.  Add vanilla. In a separate bowl mix 5 cups flour, baking powder, and soda.  Gradually add the flour mixture to your butter and sour cream mixture.  Add up to another cup of flour as needed.  Cover dough and place in refrigerator for several hours or chill over night.

To roll out, I place about 1/4 cup of flour on board or counter.  Spoon out dough onto the flour, with large spoonfuls tight beside each other.  Sprinkle flour on dough and pat down a bit before using rolling pin. Roll to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out round circles for Santa faces.  I use a 2 5/8" round cookie or biscuit cutter.  Place on a non-greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until done.  Bake until, when touched in the center it springs back (does not leave indentation).  Don't over bake - no brown edges.

                                                     Decorator Icing

     2 lbs. powdered sugar
     1/2 lb. Crisco 
     1 teaspoon salt
     1 teaspoon vanilla (I use white vanilla from baking store)
     1 teaspoon butter flavor
     1 teaspoon almond flavor
     1/4 cup coffee creamer (regular or french vanilla flavor)
     1/2 cup water

In an electric mixer bowl combine powdered sugar, Crisco, and salt.  In a measuring cup combine water and coffee creamer and flavorings.  Add liquid to powdered sugar mixture and beat for a full five minutes to insure no lumps. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl to insure that every last lump is dissolved. You will be using decorating tubes, so you must make sure there are no lumps. If the icing is a little too stiff, you may add a few teaspoons of water.

To decorate your Santa faces, you will need:

  • Two #18 Wilton Open Star Decorating Tips.  You will want to have one for white icing and one for red icing.
  • Wilton disposable decorating bags
  • Wilton concentrated gel/paste red food color for Santa hat
  • Mini chocolate chips for Santa eyes
  • Red hots for Santa nose
  • White chocolate, to use as face; block about 4" x 5"
  • Ivory or Rose color Wilton concentrated gel/paste food color to tint white chocolate
  • Luster dust in a shade of pink for Santa cheeks
  • Small amount of Vodka or lemon juice for luster dust
  • Clear edible glitter (if desired)
Now the fun begins.  Step 1:
In double boiler melt the white chocolate.  Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil to the white chocolate to make it of flowing consistency.  I put my white chocolate in my gas oven a few hours before beginning.  The pilot in the oven melts it nicely. Tint the chocolate a peach-pink/flesh color.  With a teaspoon, put a swath of flesh-colored chocolate across the low/mid area of the cookie as shown.  Before the chocolate sets, place chocolate chip eyes and red hot nose.  Tweezers may be helpful. This is a good time to employ the help of a friend.  One person applies face, another eyes and nose.

Place White Chocolate Faces on Santas

With red icing in decorator bag with #18 decorator tip, zig zag two rows for hat.  (Notice I left gap between red hat and face.)
With white icing in another decorator bag and the other #18 decorator tip, zig zag your first row of beard as shown; then add a second (outside/lower) row of beard.

Next pipe a white hat cuff, covering up the gap between the face and hat; followed with a "Puff Ball" on the right side of the white cuff.  It's so easy and fun!

As you decorate, move cookies around with a spatula, otherwise you will accidentally bump icing.

Santa Face Cookie with Mustache

Now pipe the mustache with the same white tube.  And now you are ready to sprinkle on the edible glitter.  I prefer getting it on the red hat and beard.   Try to keep it off the cheek area where you will want to paint his cheeks.

This whole piping experience is easy because you will use only these two colors and these two tubes throughout the process.

By this time the faces should be set and firm and you can prepare and paint on pink cheeks.  I used a little luster dust mixed with lemon juice, brushed on with a clean art brush.

Paint Cheeks on Santa Cookie

Now you're done.  How beautiful!  I let them air dry for a few hours.  This icing will dry a bit so that you can slip them into individual cookie bags, and carefully close with a colorful Christmas twist tie or ribbon.  I place them on cookie sheets in the freezer, freezing them in layers before stacking.  DO  NOT STACK cookies before they are frozen.  Now have fun.

So Many Santas

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 1, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Purchase Gift Certificate for Ohio's Amish Country Bed and Breakfast

Purchase a gift certificate from the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, a full-service bed and breakfast in Ohio's Amish County, and you will give more than an overnight stay.  You're giving an experience.  Gift certificates are sent out in same day or next-day mail, are valid for three years, and can be made for whatever value desired. Gift certificates can be requested on line; or for more personalized service, call our helpful staff at 330-674-7600.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located between Berlin and Millersburg, Ohio, and is situated close to many points of interest in both towns and across the county.  The Barn Inn staff serves up a hot country breakfast each day of the week, including Sundays.

Breakfast served Daily at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

We here at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are known for our morning  orientations and discussions about the culture and unique people here - the Amish and the Mennonites. Every morning after breakfast, we innkeepers, Paul and Loretta Coblentz, distribute our listing of preferred places to visit and give a short orientation about the area that highlights some of the lesser-known locations in Amish Country, as well as providing meaningful insights into the Amish way of life. A sampling of a few of the questions and topics we address are:

   What is the difference between Amish and Mennonite?
   Do you know a man is married because he has a beard?
Amish boys walking home from church
   Why do the Amish men not have mustaches?
   How do the Amish resolve conflict?
   What about cell phone use?
   How many sects of Amish are in the area?
   Can one marry someone from another sect?
   Can non-Amish people join the Amish?
   Why can one person use things and another not?
   Do the Amish pay taxes?
   Do the Amish utilize modern medical services?
   Do the Amish still shun?
   What about the use of solar?
   What language do they speak?
   How far do they go in school?
   Can someone who is Amish become a doctor or lawyer, etc?
   Do they have a central bishop over all their people?
   How do they select their ministers?
   Are marriages arranged?
   What about church traditions?
   What about tobacco use or wine consumption?
   Do the Amish vote?

There are many more subjects that could be discussed.  All of the above topics are gateways and often lead to extensive discussion.  Each morning, only one or a few can be touched upon. Topic after topic and story after story simply lead into more stories.  We recommend visiting the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin for an informative European history of our people.

You can be assured that your loved ones will enjoy a special getaway here at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and certainly will become more informed.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Winter
The Barn Inn has received many certificates of excellence for its well-maintained property and exceptionally clean and tastefully decorated rooms.

As a special promotion in the winter until mid-April, if you stay for one night on Sunday-Thursday, you can stay a second night at a 20% discount.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 26, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Come Celebrate Thanksgiving in Amish Country

Come celebrate Thanksgiving in Amish Country this year. The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has group accommodations available Thursday-Sunday, November 27-30, 2014 at Apple Hill, located 1/2 mile west of Historic Downtown Millersburg and only 15 minutes away from many of Holmes County's Amish Country destinations, including cheese houses, museums, hiking, Amish farms, eateries, antiquing, and many more unique country businesses awaiting your discovery.

 The Apple Hill Accommodations (Cottage Suite, Gardener's Suite, and Blossom Suite)  include satellite TV, free wireless internet, well-equipped kitchens, spacious gathering areas, private entrances, washers and dryers, fine linens, offer complete privacy,  and many appointments that invite you to relax and enjoy this Thanksgiving Day weekend with your family and friends. Food service is not included with these suites, however cinnamon rolls, yogurt cups, coffee's, teas, bottled water, and microwave popcorn are provided. If you would like to book your Thanksgiving weekend with us click here to use our secure online reservation system or call our office at 330-674-7600.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
November 14, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Amish Harvest Corn with Horses

Today, across the road from the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, the Amish neighbors harvested corn with a corn picker pulled by horses.  The corn picker was run by a diesel engine, which was quite loud.  Most Amish use a Wisconsin diesel motor for such applications.  Look back to my previous post where I posted an article about how the Amish harvest their corn.

Amish harvesting corn with corn picker and horses
 The young man harvested the corn in a matter of about 2 hours.  Another young man came with a tractor to pull the full wagon loads back to their barn.  It is interesting that this particular sect may use a tractor to pull a wagon of corn from place to place; however, may not use the tractor in the field for the actual harvesting of crops.

In last week's post, I mentioned how some Amish families remove ears of corn by hand from the stalk.  Here is a photo of an antique corn husking instrument used for that purpose.  These hand tools vary in design.  This has a piece of iron, brought to a point and was hand-fashioned with leather strapping.  I have seen a variety of different types of these tools.

Antique Corn Picking Tool
Plan a trip to Holmes County, Ohio, where life and it's activities are heartfelt, experiences are authentic, and products are handmade.

Experience a stay at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, where resident innkeepers provide warm hospitality and share a morning briefing about the area.  We provide a lovely full country breakfast each morning, including Sunday mornings.

Recently an antique car club rented the entire barn for several days.  It was fun to have these marvelous old automobiles at our inn for a few days.

Antique car at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How the Amish Harvet Field Corn

With our countryside dotted with corn shocks and families husking corn in the fields, many guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are asking questions about how the Amish harvest field corn.  There are several ways that corn is harvested, and methods vary with differing sects of Amish.
Shocked Corn in Holmes County
Our amish neighbor said that he likes to husk three rows of corn around the edges of the field.  Hand husking three rows along the edge will allow space for his team of horses to pass pulling a binder without destroying good corn.  From then on he is binding the stalks with the ears of corn on the stalk.  The binder is an early 20th century implement that cuts and bundles the corn, producing a bundle about every 10 feet.  Next, the family or several men set the bundles, tee pee fashion, 12 - 15 bundles per shock.  They tightly tie a twine in the upper portion of the shock, thus keeping water from soaking into the shock.  The purpose for shocking is to dry the corn.

Sometime in February or March, they load the shocks onto a wagon, take it to the barn, and run it through equipment similar to a threshing machine.  This process separates the ears of corn from the stalk and shreds the stalk for bedding.  This bedding is called fodder.  Corn fodder is a preferred bedding for animals.

Another way corn is harvested, is as demonstrated by the stricter Amish, who husk it by hand in the fields.  They draw a team of horses and a wagon into the field.  Often a family of six or seven persons take one row per person, pull off the ears and throw them into the wagon. They have a special tool in one hand.  The tool has a leather strap and a piece of metal that enables them to easily strip the ear of corn. They typically allow the stalks to fall to the ground, then later crush it down with a piece of equipment so that it can easily be plowed under in the spring.
Amish man using corn binder
 A third way that some Amish harvest is to cut it with the same binder as described above.  They cut it while still green, then they load the bundles onto a wagon and take it in to the barn where they have equipment that shreds it and blows it into a silo for storage.  This silage is complete with both corn and stalks and provides food for the winter.

Yet another way they harvest is to allow the corn to totally ripen and dry in the field.  They come along with a corn picker (different from binder).  It strips the ear of corn off the stalk.  They pull a wagon behind the picker which collects the corn that the picker throws back.  The corn is taken in where, by hand, it is shoveled into an elevator that takes it into a corn crib.  The ears of corn are later shredded and combined with other grains for animals.

Rows of Corn
 There are those Amish who might hand husk six rows of corn in the field, then come along with a binder, bundle the stalks into bundles, and shock it without the ears of corn; shocking it as mentioned above.  Later, after it is dry, they take it to the barn and shred it for bedding.

The Amish neighbor told me that when the kernels are in full dent, no milk is left in the kernel. Another note is that the animals will eat the stalks if they are harvested green; however, they will not
eat them when they are dry.

Antique Cars at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
 While planning a trip to Amish Country, consider a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, a leading property in Holmes County, Ohio.  We are a licensed hotel, offering fine accommodations, personal touches, and amenities expected at a bed and breakfast.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 4, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Amish Heartland Tours Offering Christmas Cookie Tour Shuttle

With tickets for the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns on sale today, visitors have the unique opportunity to book a shuttle with Amish Heartland Tours for the tour of inns. The price of the ticket for the shuttle includes the ticket for the tour, a 2-day event pass and a shuttle to all 12 inns. A light brunch on Sunday is also included, with local dishes such as Swedish meatballs, prosciutto wrapped in Mozzarella and Basil, and others. Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are greatly encouraged to add this special event to their visit to Amish Country.

Beginning at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 13, the shuttle will leave from the Berlin Grande Hotel and visit six of the twelve inns on the tour, going to the remaining six on Sunday. Tickets for the shuttle are very limited, and are $135 per person. Those interested need to call LaVonne at Amish Heartland Tours: (330) 893-3248. Email or online reservations are not available. More information about the 2014 Christmas Cookie Tour is available here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns Brings Twelve Days of Christmas to Life

The 7th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns is arguably the Amish Country Lodging Council's most anticipated event of the year. Featuring twelve inns and bed and breakfasts from the area, this tour is an excellent opportunity to see the best of what Amish Country hospitality has to offer. Though not on tour this year, the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is still an active part of the Cookie Tour, with Loretta's one-of-a-kind quilt headlining the event.

The Amish Country Lodging Council created the Christmas Cookie tour of Inns as a fundraiser for local charities, and a way to showcase the unique styles of local innkeepers. Since 2008, the event has raised $75,000 for various organizations across Amish Country. This year, proceeds from the tickets (which go on sale November 1st) are LifeCare Hospice and the Holmes County Education Foundation. The Lodging Council hopes to raise $30,000 this year.

Loretta Coblentz and the rest of the Barn Inn staff have been deeply involved with the Cookie Tour since its inception, being part of the tour each year until 2014. Instead of being on tour, The Barn Inn is being featured through Loretta's hand-made, completely original quilt made of individual squares of each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. These quilt squares will serve as markers in the form of large banners outside each inn on the tour for the entire month of December. In addition, we are encouraging people to stay with us if they plan to take the Cooke Tour. If you reserve one of our rooms and make note that you are going on the Christmas Cookie Tour, you will be given a complimentary copy of our Festive Favorites cookbook, which includes many delightful cookie recipes for any occasion.

Tickets for the Christmas Cookie Tour go on sale November 1st. We highly encourage you to buy your tickets as soon as possible, as they will sell out quickly. The 2013 Cookie tour tickets sold out in only a week's time! Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to see the absolute best of what our innkeepers have to offer in Amish Country.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What Keeps the Amish Society and Religion Intact

Many guests to the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast ask the question, "What keeps the Amish religion and society intact?"  The Amish are a distinct cultural and religious folk society with both social and psychological characteristics they hold in common.  It is a society that is based upon deliberate and willful choices by members to join in a union of agreement to a specific Ordnung.  Their society is maintained by harmony that is ennobled by folkways, mores, traditions, and religious beliefs.

Amish Barn Raising
The German word "gemeinschaft" aptly describes the Amish.  "Gemeinschaft" is an association of individuals who maintain common sentiments, tastes, and attitudes; a society characterized by a strong sense of community, identity, close personal relationships, and a strong commitment to tradition.

Early Amish Homestead in Holmes County Ohio
 Because there are so many facets to this society, it would be impossible, in one post, to give little more than an introduction to this subject.  The Amish are both a society and a religion.  All of the Amish, irregardless of their sect, are distinctive in maintaining a doctrine and practice of nonconformity to the world.  The primary scripture verse on which their religion is based is a verse from Romans 12:2  "...Be ye not conformed to the world...."  Reference is also made to the verse; II Thessalonians 2:15  "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."  My husband and I embrace these same scriptures, but define them differently than the Amish do.  We would describe the kingdom of God as a spiritual kingdom, fought in a different way.  Referencing the second verse, we believe the Apostle Paul was speaking about a tradition of faith, not how great grandpa harvested his crops.

Amish Farmer Holmes County Ohio

 Undoubtedly there are numerous reasons why the Amish are maintaining their numbers and see continued growth.  I will present some ideas here.

1)  Many are happy and content to stay Amish.  They enjoy their common bonds, fellowship, and see their church as the true church of Jesus Christ.

2)  They might feel like they are betraying their forefathers if they were to leave.  There is almost never an Amish church service where they do not mention their forefathers, those who, during the Reformation, gave their lives for the sake of Christ.  Always stressed is, "Honor thy mother and father."  Those contemplating leaving suffer many stern admonitions from those around them.

3)  The Bann und Meidung.  These words in English mean excommunication and shunning.  In English, the Amish do not use the word shun, but rather "Avoidance."  The meidung, or shunning is applied in different ways depending on the church, the community, and/or the family.  Some shunnings are dictated by the church, other shunnings (avoidances) are mandated by the family. The Bann (or Bonn as the Amish call it today) has, since the 1600's been the source of many divisions within the Amish and stricter Mennonites.  The bon is an effective way of dealing with the nonconforming member, thus removing him from social relationships and community status.  No longer does this person have influence on the church, thus aiding the church to remain socially isolated from the erring one.  Additionally, there is great influence by the majority.  It would be socially unacceptable for a member to defend the "Erring soul."

Examples of things an Amish person could get excommunicated for:

a) Attending a more liberal Amish or a Mennonite church.

b) Attending revival meetings or Bible studies and not making a confession for it.
c) Noncompliance to church rules, which could be almost anything.
d) If they commit an actual Biblical sin and refuse to repent.

My husband, who was raised Amish, says, that while he was never told this is so many words, he believed that if he ever left the Amish, he would be condemned to hell.

For more information and DVDs visit American Experience.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 19, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Holmes County named in Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves Worldwide

Although short, National Geographic’s article on the best places to see fall foliage worldwide included our very own Holmes County in the heart of Amish Country.  The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay if you’re looking to see the changing leaves, as it is conveniently located between Millersburg and Berlin. We at the Barn recommend the southeast corner of Holmes County for the most picturesque countryside, south of Berlin and Charm.
Autumn is often the busiest season in Amish Country; visitors from around the world come to experience and indulge in all that the Amish and their wares have to offer during the harvest. Locals and tourists alike have admired the beautiful array of colors that paint the rolling hills of Holmes County for generations, so the affirmation of its beauty by National Geographic is a welcome accolade. 
The excerpt in the list, which also includes locations in New Mexico and California, reads: “In the heart of central Ohio’s Amish Country, maple, oak, and the iconic state tree, the buckeye, hang over narrow roads that meander through wavy fields of corn. Drive under the boughs of bright reds and yellows, sharing the road with horse-drawn carriages of the Old Order Amish and stopping at roadside farm stands along the way.”

The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce has provided a link to the article on their website to highlight its importance. It can also be found here. Additional pictures of autumn in Amish Country can be found here.

The Barn Inn's Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

This fall, these Pumpkin flavored steel cut oats are one of the new menu favorites of Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast guests. This gluten-free dish is a lovely departure from standard oatmeal, and we are posting this recipe upon multiple requests. This recipe serves 4-6 people, but we serve ours in 6 oz cups.

Loretta’s Pumpkin Flavored Steel-Cut Oats
1 tbsp butter
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
1 cup milk
½ cup applesauce
1 tsp salt
1 cup pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp honey

Melt butter in large sauce pan. Add steel cut oats. Brown the oats (be careful not to scorch), then add water.  Simmer approximately 15 minutes before adding remaining ingredients on low heat. Be careful, because steel cut oats tend to cook over if left unattended and make a large mess. Because I have a gas stove, I begin cooking this two hours in advance of serving time. I start it, and let it sit on the pilot light, and the pilot provides enough heat to slowly cook the oats. About a half hour before serving time, I add the remaining ingredients and cook until the oats are soft. Serve with toasted almonds, brown sugar, and milk.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amish Country Ohio October Events

Mark your calendars! There are plenty of fun fall activities taking place in Amish Country Ohio this month. As the leaves begin to change and the air gets cooler come stay in one of the cozy guest rooms at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and take in one of the many fall festivities taking place only minutes away!

Antique Festival in Millersburg, Festivity in Charm, & Yoder's Amish Home

Family Night at Hershberger's Farm & BakeryOctober 3, 2014. Join Hershberger's Farm & Bakery for an evening of food, pumpkin picking, and free pony and buggy rides. Call 330-674-6096 for more information. Location: 5452 State Route 557.

Apple Butter Stirring at Yoder's Amish Home - October 4 & 11, 2014. Come help the Yoder's make Apple Butter! When you visit, you can take a turn stirring the butter and even take a sample! 6050 State Route 515.

Apple Fest at Schrock's Amish Farm & Village - October 4, 2014. Visit Schrock's Amish Farm in Berlin on Saturday for an evening of fun activities and music, free wagon rides, a petting zoo, homemade ice cream & apple dumplings, kettle corn, and schnitz pies. Amish Country Bluegrass will be playing from 3:00 pm - dark. Location: 4359 State Route 39.

Holmes County Antique Festival - October 4-5, 2014. Two days of antique market, arts and crafts, 5K race, parades, and free entertainment in Historic Downtown Millersburg. For more information email:

Charm Days - October 10-11, 2014. During the annual Charm Days event, enjoy sales from the Charm vendors and much more! Keim Lumber will be open Friday from 7am. - 7pm. and on Saturday 7am. - 12 pm. Bring the kids for the Wooly Worn Derby, which is always a must see!

Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek - October 11, 2014. The Farm at Walnut Creek will be open at 8:30 am. and will not close until dark. Come join in the fun: food, fall decorations, horseshoeing, broom making, pumpkin slingshot, and much more! There will be activities for all ages! Emery Stutzman from Dundee will demonstrate farrier & black smith techniques. Location: 4147 CR 114.

For more upcoming events click here for our calender of events, or call The Barn Inn at 330-674-7600 for information on events in the area. 

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
October 1, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Auctions, Bargains, and Antiques and Primitive Shopping in Holmes County, Ohio

Auctions, bargains, and antiques and primitive shopping are part of the Holmes County Ohio experience, and take place any day of the week except Sunday.  The Kaufman Auction House, located at 3149 State Rt. 39, in Walnut Creek, conducts an auction every Monday night beginning at 5 p.m.  The only date variance is if there is a holiday on a Monday.  Monday antique auction preview time is anytime after 12 noon.  Kaufman Realty maintains an excellent online listing of upcoming auctions.

Kaufman Auction House
 Auctions are well attended by our local community.  They serve not only as a means of buying and selling, but also provide opportunity for socialization, or entertainment  The Amish, who are not permitted typical American entertainment such as attendance to county fairs, Cleveland Indians or Browns Football games, theaters, or view television, find auctions a great opportunity to meet friends and catch up on the latest news such as who moved where, who sold a horse for a certain price, or who is going on a trip.

Amish at Auction

On one side of the room are boxed lots of miscellaneous items such as seasonal decorations, books, lamps, and all sorts of furniture items.  You could expect anything that might be found in an attic.  Consider this a "Snooper's Paradise" for anyone who repurposes furniture or other items.
 Kaufman Auction House also conducts coin auctions every Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m.  On coin auction days, doors open 2 hours prior to sale time; online bidding is available at  Typical items might be cents, half dollars, silver dollars, gold, and miscellaneous coins. They also conduct gun auctions, such as one that is approaching on September 26, 2014.
Just so you know, Kaufman Auction House has a convenient food service counter where they offer the best hot dogs in the area. 

Plan a trip to the Holmes County with a stay at the Ohio Amish Country,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and a buying experience at one of our many auctions.  My personal favorite is the Monday Kaufman Auction, which has a Millersburg mailing address, but is located in Walnut Creek.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
We have other good auctions by other auctioneers; some offering significant antique items; tools, wagons, primitives, other artifacts, and "Who knows what."  Check out RES Auction Services. One of their auctions will be on October 1, 2014, 4885, Kidron Road, Kidron, Ohio.

Carr/Hughes Auction

Check out all the wonderful auctions taking place every week.  Find listings for antiques, farms, farm and business-related equipment, household estates, vacant land, and houses in the The Holmes County Bargain Hunter, Marketplace section.  The Bargain Hunter is published every week, every Monday.

Check out Dave Acker Auctioneer, with an auction on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

A good source for weekly auction listings is to subscribe to the Holmes County Bargain Hunter. You'll find the auction bills of sale in their Marketplace section.  I was unable to find any auction listings on the website.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tips for Choosing the Right Bed and Breakfast

Perhaps the greatest fear of staying at a bed and breakfast is a fear of the unknown. There are many good reasons for choosing a bed and breakfast for your vacation stay. Typically, bed and breakfast stays offer personalized service, security, safety, and great accommodations.  Most B& B hosts offer good food and conversation, along with valuable touring information.  As owners of  the Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast we hope to dispel fears and provide tips for choosing the right bed and breakfast for your special date.
Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Fear of "Sharing a bathroom"  is rampant among travelers. The Professional Association of Innkeepers International reports that 94% of Bed and Breakfasts have private, en-suite bathrooms. Even though  many innkeepers live in the same building out of which they run their business, their living areas are usually separate from guest areas.

Gathering Area

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a licensed hotel, offering private guest room entrances; each with a private en-suite bathroom.   Each bathroom features either a tub/shower combination, or a separate shower and a jacuzzi or whirlpool tub.

Family or buffet style breakfasts, often hand-made each morning, are part of the nature of a Bed and Breakfast.  Family-style breakfasts provide an opportunity to socialize with the other guests, which is somewhat the norm with bed and breakfasts, and many people go to bed and breakfasts for such socialization; however, many innkeepers are happy to make accommodations for private tables upon request. Here at the Barn Inn, we break the ice by introducing guests to each other. For guests wanting a table for two, we have several available.  Please ask in advance for private seating.

Dining Room

Not all bed and breakfasts are the same.  Asking the right questions is important to finding the accommodations that will best serve your needs. Consider too, that not everyone is a perfect fit for each property.  So, here are some keys to finding that bed and breakfast that will meet your expectations.
  •   Check review sites such as TripAdvisor and Google Reviews.
  •   Check if a bed and breakfast is inspected such as properties with Select Registry.
  •   Is the bathroom down the hallway or en-suite (part of the guest room)?
  •   Is the breakfast continental or a hot country breakfast?
  •   Is the breakfast served in-house or do they provide a voucher to a local restaurant?
  •   Does the inn have a common area for relaxation, table games, reading, etc.?
  •   Do you provide free WiFi, parking, complimentary evening snacks?
  •   Do you provide TV programming?
  •   Do you provide individual climate control?

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a hot, full country breakfast every day of the week.  With 10 or few guests we serve family style, or with more guests, buffet style, either way, we can seat you privately if requested.  We also cook for dietary restrictions.  Please let us know if you have allergies, restrictions, or simply don't like something and/or don't want to see it on your plate.

We Bake Homemade Bread at The Barn Inn

 Here are some other good things to know about The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. We provide:
  • WiFi
  • large common area for fellowship and relaxation
  • Private balcony entrances and inside corridor entrances
  • Satellite TV with 40 channels available
  • Full country breakfast
  • Daily informational about area, shared at breakfast time
  • Resident innkeeper/owners are on site for customer service
  • Children under age 10 are permitted only at the farmhouse or Apple Hill location
  • Keys or keyless entry codes for rooms.
  • Video surveillance of exterior parking lot and interior hallways and dining room.  (While we here in Amish Country do not have a security problem, we provide this for added security).
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 14, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Log Cabin Days Offers fun for All Ages

Few settings are as picturesque for a celebration of log cabins as the Ohio Amish country during the fall. Offering most activities at free admission, the Log Cabin Days outside of Loudonville, Ohio are a perfect addition to any vacation or visit to Amish country. Guests of the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are invited to make this festival part of their stay.

The 7th Annual Log Cabin Days will be hosted this year at Hochstetler Milling, outside of Loudonville, on the weekend of September 12-13. This family-friendly event has gathered over 3,000 visitors nationwide in years past, and promises to be bigger and better with each coming season. For no cost, families can tour real log cabins, attend free seminars, see a log cabin home being constructed right at the event, participate in a Silent Auction, a petting zoo, and so much more.

Dozens of unique vendors and exhibits will also make their home at the festival, including food stands offering home-cooked barbeque chicken, hot apple cider, pastries, and kettle popcorn. There will also be demonstrations of sawmills powered by steam engines. In addition, crews on site will be building a 13x24 foot log cabin home to be auctioned off at the end of the festival and transported to the winner's desired location.

For a full itinerary and map, visit Hochstetler Log Homes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Holmes County, Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction

With summer coming to an end in Holmes County, Ohio it's time for the 28th Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction, taking place August 29 & 30, 2014, only a short distance from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Haiti Benefit auction is an effort of many different churches to bring relief to the hungry, sick, naked, and homeless people in Haiti. The ultimate goal is to win them to Christ. Relief is provided throughout the country regardless of religion, race, or creed. 100% of proceeds go to Haiti. Find the Schedule of events for them 2014 Haiti auction below.

 Friday, August 29

4:00-9:00 pm. - Furniture & Quilts on display. Food stands open.
7:00-9:00 PM. - Singing Program - Freewill Offering

Saturday, August 30

6:00 am. Breakfast buffet opens. Buffet consists of; pancakes, whole hog sausage, fried mush, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy, homemade donuts, creamsticks, & Apple Fritters.

8:00 am. - Furniture & Specialty Items
8:30 am. - Tool Auction
10:00 am. Locally made quilts

Approximately 100 Handmade Quilts and Wall Hangers will be featured. Other items that will be sold are; Garage (32' x 50'), New carriages with ponies and harnesses, quality handcrafted furniture, antique tractors, lawn mowers, misc. tools, storage barns, outdoor furniture, playhouses & play sets.
Food Stands are open all day!

The menu for Friday dinner & Saturday lunch consists of: BBQ chicken, deep fried perch, chicken tenders, french fries, mozzarella sticks, shrimp, onion rings, haitian rice, & beans, homemade noodles, dressing, salad bar (available Saturday only), fresh fruit, date pudding, potato salad, cole slaw, homemade ice-cream, breads, pies, soft pretzels, cotton candy, popcorn, fruit smoothies, iced coffee, & lemonade.

Mt. Hope Auction
8076 OH 241

For more information call: Nelson Miller 330-231-0461, or Keith Weaver 330-204-6089.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
August 14, 2014