Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast is destination in May 2015 Redbook Magazine Amazing American Road Trips

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a destination stop along a 132 mile road trip featured in the May, 2015 issue of Redbook Magazine.  Redbook's article titled, "5 Amazing American Road Trips," features the Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour that beginning in Louisville, Kentucky, leading you through a medley of diverse cultures, sights, sounds, and tastes.  You'll begin with horses and bourbon, stop at the Kentucky Derby Museum, eat specialty BBQ and pickles at Momma's Mustard, and wind northward 32 miles to Shelbyville, Kentucky, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

May, 2015 Redbook
 Continue 22 miles beyond to Frankfort, Kentucky to tour the 200-year-old Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is interesting and cool even to teetotalers and juniors.

Travel another 79 miles to Cincinnati, a city that offers many fantastic museums.  Top on your list might be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Learn how Ohio played in the role of freedom to American slaves.  Find the Cincinnati Museum Center, with three museums housed in the city's historic art deco train station.  Your children will love the children's museum, which has an indoor wilderness-themed playground. I've personally been there with our grandchildren, which they loved.  The wilderness playground is a maze of trees and tunnels; bridges suspended from tree to tree (cool even to adults).  You'll also have to try Cincinnati's famous chili at Camp Washington.

Beyond, 144 miles, in Newark, Ohio, visit the Longaberger Homestead.  Another 55 miles ahead, welcomes you to Ohio Amish Country, the home of the largest community of Amish in the world. Here the natural beauty and natural grace of Holmes County and the Amish culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands – and hearts – is very much alive.

Redbook Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour Article
In Holmes County farmers still neatly plow fields by horse and by hand. Craftsmen build rock solid hardwood furniture and quaint shops feature goods that are as beautiful and functional as they are authentic.
Holmes County Ohio Photos
Twenty charming villages hug the winding roads and nestle amongst the rolling hills. Of course, each village has its own unique personality and assets, but what they have in common is a homegrown, by hand and by heart feeling.  The people who live and who work in these towns are testaments to the character and values that defined simpler times. Visitors find themselves returning again and again not just for the wonderful meals or charming shops but for the friendships they have formed with their sincere hosts.
The Barn Inn  Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio

 Start your Holmes County visit with a trip to the 265-foot mural in the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center depicting this distinctive way of life.  Spend time browsing Lehman's Hardware, Coblentz Leather, the Amish Home at Yoders, and the many furniture stores that truly take you back to a time of dedicated, patient craftsmanship. Fresh air markets offer up fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Shops feature colorful quilts, baked goods, chocolate, wine and cheese.  Unique, live theater venues feature bluegrass, comedy, and musical entertainment fun for the whole family. And at the end of the day you’ll find sweet rest and a great breakfast at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. Innkeeper, Loretta Coblentz, will direct you to any one of the great businesses you may wish to enjoy.

Events and Attractions, Millersburg, Ohio

For those who like a little outdoor recreation mixed in with their authentic Amish adventure, there’s plenty of opportunity in the natural beauty and open spaces of Holmes County. Golf courses, horse stables, walking trails, canoeing and kayaking and hunting are popular pursuits. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Drunken Melon Marinade Recipe for Flavorless Cantaloupe and Honeydew

Serve the best cantaloupe and honeydew melons ever!  Use Drunken Melon Marinate and never again throw out flavorless cantaloupe and honeydew melons; or simply use this recipe to enhance already good melons.  We here at the Amish Country Ohio, Barn InnBed and Breakfast, had often thrown out flavorless melons. Never again.  We flavor them up with our signature recipe for Drunken Melon Marinade.  One of our guests last week remarked, “This is the best honeydew I’ve ever eaten.” 

Drunken Melon Marinade
1 ½ cups Passion Fruit Rum
½ cup granulated sugar
1 flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew

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Place Passion Fruit Rum in a saucepan and boil for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add sugar.  Stir sugar until dissolved then cool the liquid.
Cut a flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew into desired serving-size pieces and place into a bowl.  When marinade is cool, pour over the melon, cover the melon bowl, and place in the refrigerator.  There may not be enough liquid to cover all of the melon pieces.  They are best if they are marinated over night or for at least 8 hours.  I like to occasionally stir them so that all of the melon pieces get flavored.

We often use the marinade twice; after marinading one melon, place another melon in the marinade.  Always be mindful of food safety.  We never use the same marinade longer than one week.  Enjoy.  Please try this and let me know how you like it.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Berlin, Ohio, located in Ohio Amish Country, offers full country breakfast, always including fresh fruit. The historic barn is purposefully transformed into finely detailed country inn with 11 guest rooms, farmhouse accommodations, and vacation stays. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations. 

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
May 6, 2015