Monday, March 31, 2014

Ohio Amish Country Bed and Breakfast Serves Wine

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast now offers Breitenbach and Doughty Glen Wines; both locally made here in Ohio's Amish Country.  Varieties of Doughty Glen wines available at The Barn Inn are Blush, Misty (Gewurstraminer), Strawberry, Raspberry, Catawba, Pinot Noir, and Concord, all semi sweet. The new Doughty Glen Winery is the latest development of Julia and Eric Guggisberg in Charm, Ohio.

Wine and Cheese at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Barn Inn guests may order wine to be placed in their room prior to arrival, or may make that purchase upon arrival. Several kinds of wine and cheese packages may be ordered, as well as in-room massages.

Doughty Glen Wine Sales at Guggisberg Swiss Inn

Above, is Cheryl at the Doughty Glen Sales counter located in the lobby area of the Guggisberg Swiss Inn.  The Barn Inn offers wine by the bottle only, not by the glass. Our liquor license does not allow for Sunday wine sales.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Guest Rooms

Enjoy the best of local wineries while staying at The Barn Inn; Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Doughty Glen Winery, French Ridge Vineyard, Raven's Glenn Winery, School House Winery, Silver Moon Winery, and Swiss Heritage Winery.

Make yours a memorable stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast; where hospitality, amenities, and guest services provide all you could want for that special personal occasion.  Barn Inn accommodations range from standard rooms, VIP rooms, located in the original converted dairy barn,  and VIP suites in the extended west wing.  Whether it's a budget-conscience standard room, upgraded VIP room, or luxury suite, all of our accommodations are impeccably clean, up to date in decor and comforts, and well appointed.  Our hot country breakfast served each morning and "area orientation" makes for a rich and rewarding Amish Country experience.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
March 31, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ohio Bed and Breakfast invites to Amish Country Musical theater

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to the 2014 Amish Country Musical theater season at Carlisle Inn. Returning to stage in June, for the third year in a row will be the ever favorite hit musical, The Confession, from bestselling author Beverly Lewis, playing June 3 - August 16, 2014. Come see what happens when the plain life, the not-so-plain life, and downright extravagant life all meet in this hit musical drama about Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman caught in the center of secrets and scandal, love lost and love found, and heartache and healing. Viewers will enjoy a roller coaster ride of high and lows combined with soaring melodies, inspiring lyrics, and completely enjoyable orchestrations. 

The Confession Musical

 Returning to the stage for a second run this fall will be the hit musical Half-Stitched from the award winning novelist, Wanda E. Brunstetter, playing August 22 - December 20, 2014. In this musical comedy with dramatic elements woven throughout, Amish widow Emma Yoder's first quilt class brings the most unbelievable people together. There is a young woman yearning for stability, a couple struggling and at odds in their marriage, a young widower who's hoping to find solace in finishing a quilt, a rough and tough biker who's doing some creative community service, and a preacher's wife looking for relaxation when parish problems arise. As these beginning quilters learn to change material scraps into beauty, their torn lives begin to take new shape with the helping hands of each other and the healing hand of God.

Confession and Amish Quilt
The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Amish Country Musicals, whereby we are able to purchase tickets for our guests. If you wish to enjoy this wonderful show, request tickets when you make your room reservation. Shows often sell out so be sure to call us at 330-674-7600 as soon as you are ready to make a reservation.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast  

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
March 25, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shreve Ohio Spring Migration Sensation March 29, 2014

Exploration, child-oriented events, naturalist workshops, and more are yours to experience at the 14th Annual Shreve Spring Migration Sensation, taking place Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  For best parking, plan to arrive early at Shreve Elementary School, 598 N. Market St. (St Rt 226) Shreve, Ohio 44676, where you will register and gather schedules and free maps for your day of exploration and learning. Admission of $15, or $20 for an immediate family, includes any or all events and workshops. Be sure to bring your binoculars, scopes, and boots for various marsh activities.

Canadian Geese in Killbuck Creek

At Shreve Elementary, six certified naturalists and expert "Birders" will be speaking from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Workshop topics are: A Man, A Bird, and Black River Audubon, Birding Ohio's North Coast, Birding by Habitat, Learning the Magic of Birdsong, The Ohio Winter Bird Atlas..., and World Patterns of Bird Migration. A "Birder's Market Place" of vendor booths will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the school.

For children of all ages, families, and everyone, there are many sensational activities; Dip-Netting for Marsh Critters (wear boots), a Storywalk, backyard wildlife presented by the Akron Zoo, and the Medina Raptor Center featuring birds of prey.  Help stations will be open only from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Migration Sensation points and stations extend beyond the 5,671 acres of the Killbuck Marsh, Ohio's largest inland natural wetland.  Birdwatching, self-guided tours, activities, and experts will be at various points:  Bald Eagle Observation Area, Shreve Lake, Brown's Bog, Wright Marsh Area, Killbuck Wildlife Marsh, and Funk Bottoms Observation Deck.

Killbuck Wildlife Marsh
This week I drove along the many roads that lead in and out of the Killbuck Marsh.  After 17 years of living within 4 miles of the marsh, I was unaware of the vastness and significance of this wetland and the many designated roadside parking spots provided for birdwatching.  Example:  Several miles north of Holmesville on St. Rt. 83, opposite of where Twp Rd. 246 meets St Rt. 83, there is a rather obscure pull off and parking area on the west side of St Rt. 83, Parking Area 1.  Signage and a cable barricade indicates where vehicle travel is prohibited; however, foot paths are provided and permitted beyond the cables. Walking is permitted at the stops where there are paths, except, according to Eric Long of the Killbuck Marsh office, NOT where there is signage at several foot bridges that are distinctly marked prohibiting foot traffic.  Please comply with all postings.  On the ODNR Killbuck Marsh Map you can find the roadside pulloffs, designated hiking paths, the abandoned Rail Road track, and more.

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located only 3 1/2 miles from the Holmes County Trail that follows the Killbuck Creek and is part of the Killbuck Marsh. Our Apple Hill Property, with large suites, ideal for families, is within 1/2 mile of the Holmes County Trail, and about a 15 minute drive from Shreve Elementary School. 

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast accommodations

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
March 19, 2014


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mohican Native American Indian Pow-Wow in Ohio July and September, 2014

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow, one of the most acclaimed Native American Indian Pow-Wows in the country and formerly named one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary and Native American culture on July 11-13 and September 19-21, 2014 in Loudonville, Ohio.

White Raven Native shop in Berlin, Ohio

Pow-Wows are a celebration where Native Americans get together to honor ancestors, renew their culture, and preserve their rich heritage. The ceremony involves feasting, singing, dancing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation in Loudonville, Ohio. The 2014 show will feature Flutist of the Year: Douglas Blue Feather, world champion hoop dancer, drum making demos, tomahawk throwing, storytelling, fire starting demonstrations, South American Indian music of the Andes Mts, Native American Indian foods, over 40 artisans, craftsmen, and traders, and Native American Indian dance and drum competitions. Click here to see the 2014 Schedule of Events.

 Accommodations at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Multiple day passes are available: 2-day pass/Adult $14, 2-day pass/Child $6, 3-day pass/Adult $21, and 3-day pass/Child $9.

Native American jewelry and elements are offered for sale year around at the White Raven Native shop in Berlin, Ohio,

Only about 15 minutes east of Loudonville, attendees to the Mohican Pow-Wow will find fine accommodations at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, where complimentary, full country breakfasts are served daily.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
March 18, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Swartzentruber Amish Homes and Businesses in Ohio

We here at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast recommend visiting some of the Swartzentruber Amish homes and businesses we have on our listing of places to visit. Today was one of those days when we paid visits to some of these homes.  We encountered muddy driveways, as temperatures were higher in the last few days.  Because the Swartzentruber forbid the use of gravel in their driveways, (gravel is permitted only in basements) it can be difficult to get in and out in the spring and fall.

Muddy Drive at Amish Home

At temperatures in the 40's, wash was hung on lines, taking in crisp winter freshness.  The mother of 10, three days past her due date with her 11th, took me out to the wash house to show me her old Maytag washer and the built in fireplace where hot water is heated in a huge copper kettle.  Stacked on tables in the wash house was a large selection of handmade baskets woven by her children.

Amish Wash House

In the house, the oldest daughter, age 15, had baked 14 pies; both pumpkin and cherry.  I asked if they are having church.  "No," replied the mother, "With six children going to school, I have to have food for their lunchboxes."

Amish Pies

 Rising in the warm kitchen, beside the wood-burning stove were six beautiful loaves of bread waiting for their turn in the large stove that also serves as the home's furnace.  In a Swartzentruber home, the kitchen truly is the heart of all that goes on.  It was an 11 year-old daughter who made the bread.

Homemade Bread in Amish Home

  In the living room is another wood-burning stove with a drying rack that serves as a clothes dryer and anything else that needs to be dried.  In this photo, the father is drying wood used in the construction of baskets.  The mother said that this winter, when it was really cold, she dried all her wash in this room.  Notice the daybed in this photo.  Because the Swartzentruber Amish forbid upholstered furniture, they have a day bed in their living room, kitchen, or dining room.  Consider that the typical Amish woman cans 1,000 jars of food a year.  With no modern conveniences and no soft furniture to rest in during the day, she needs a daybed for a quick rest between baking, canning, cooking, and caring for her children.

Amish Living Room
On your next trip to Ohio's Amish Country, plan a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, where we will share more about our unique people and culture. For listing of Amish businesses, see our Ohio Amish Business Directory link.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
March 8, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ohio Amish Country Flea Markets Open in March

In the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, March means the opening of the area's two prominent Flea Markets: The Original Holmes County Flea Market in Berlin, and the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market in Sugarcreek. The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast highly recommends both of these shopping centers for your visit to Amish Country!

Celebrating 25 years in business, the Holmes County Flea Market is home to 50,000 square feet of shopping, sectioned into four wings. Within these wings is a variety of well-priced, high-quality merchandise, including home d├ęcor, crafts, clothing, toys, candles, homemade pork rinds and leather goods. Over 40 vendors help to fill the 300 vendor spaces inside the walls of the market. In addition to regular sales, the market has monthly themed giveaways with prizes ranging from a $250 shopping spree, to an Amish Country package including a night's stay at a local hotel, two tickets to the Amish Country Theater, and dinner for two at a local restaurant.

The Original Holmes County Flea Market will open on Thursday, March 6th, and be open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am to 5pm until Saturday, December 20th of 2014. Parking is free for Holmes County residents, and outside visitors pay a nominal parking fee. The Market can be reached at 330-893-0900 or at

Also stretching a healthy 50,000 square feet is the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market in Sugarcreek. Separated into color-coded buildings all part of the main campus, this Market is home to over 200 vendor stations, even featuring a full food court of local eateries, including a bakery, chocolate factory, Smith's Ice Cream, and bulk food store, among others.
Not only is the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market a shopping center, but it is also host to weekly live entertainment, a full schedule for which can be found on the market's website. There are also monthly and weekly giveaways that vary in theme and value, such as tickets to the Amish Country Theater, or vendor baskets.

Opening on Thursday, March 27th, the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. They can be reached at 330-852-0181 or at

Both Flea Markets welcome bus tours and large groups. When in Amish country, consider the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for your lodging choice. where a full country breakfast is served with each stay.

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
March 5, 2014