Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, with halls decked out for the holidays, was one of twelve properties showcasing a "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt Christmas" in the 8th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns.  Approximately 1,250 guests enjoyed the charity benefit, two-day event December 12 and 13, 2015.  Guests traveled from inn to inn sampling tasty treats, sipping beverages, and of course, picking up their packaged cookie at each stop. Live music at several locations added holiday cheer and give a reason to pause and enjoy the moment.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour
This year's "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt" themed tour reflects the newly adopted marketing logo and brand tagline of Holmes County.  That tagline is reflective of the many crafts and products made in Holmes County along and the love and passion in our community.  A repurposed, upcycled, or a DIY inspiration was featured at each location.

Want to be creative?  This is very exciting!  You can get patterns and tutorials for all of the tour's featured inspirations. The Barn Inn's Poinsettia Pillow instructions and pattern is on this link.
Poinsettia Pillow

The twelve inns showcased were the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Berlin Grande, Berlin Resort, Carlisle Country Inn of Berlin, Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek, Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek, Comfort Suites of Berlin, Guggisberg Swiss Inn, Miller Manor, Stone Cottage Inn, Victorian Suite, and the Wallhouse Hotel. The tour is a collaboration of member properties of the Amish Country Lodging Council and helps partners to showcase in a way that we could not do alone.  It's a lot of work for all of the properties involved, but it is fun and festive, and in the end, charities and all of us are blessed.  This year's tour will take our eight year charity donations over the $100,000 mark.

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

We again appreciate Jubilate for providing music, which resonated to the soaring 33 feet high rafters of the inn. This year the Barn Inn's cookie was a cut out in the shape of Ohio.  It was a labor intensive job, but volunteers came and helped get the job done.  We have stainless steel Ohio shaped cookie cutters for sale for only $4.95 each.  The cutters were made for us by a local Amish man. 

To make my Ohio-shaped cookies, I first piped around the perimeter with royal icing, then allowed that to dry.  Next I filled the surface of the cookie with color-flow.  That had to dry overnight.  I applied frosting sheet decals that I printed with a printer with food color ink.  (You have to use a printer that has never used regular ink).  With making 1,400 cookies it was more cost effective for me to purchase a printer and make my own cookie images.  In most cases you could go on line to one of
the many companies out there and order your images.  Images printed on icing sheets will offer more clarity than those printed on rice paper or wafer paper. (Rice paper or wafer paper are used interchangeably and, for the most part, mean the same thing).

See the Holmes County edition of The Bargain Hunter for an excellent article on this year's tour.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 19, 2015