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