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Summer Sightseeing in Amish Country Ohio : 4 Awesome Places to Visit 20 Apr 2015, 3:32 pm
Amish Country is known around the world for the culture and is a popular summer attraction. With miles of rolling hills, there are many places to go sightseeing in Amish Country Ohio . Some of our favorite summer places include The Farm at Walnut Creek, Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery, Bowden Bells, and Yoder’s Amish Home & Farm. When you stay at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast this summer, check out our favorite places to go sightseeing in Amish Country Ohio .
Visit a farm . . .
The Farm at Walnut Creek has over 700 animals sprawling across 120 acres. You board a horse-drawn wagon and are given animal feed. As they take you through The Farm they describe what animals you are looking at and tell you about them. They make stops along the route for you to feed them. You will probably never get this close to exotic animals again.
Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery has Ohio’s largest, Belgian work horse, Big Ben. They also have goats on the roof that you can feed, horse & buggy rides, fresh produce, flowers, bakery items, sandwiches, kettle corn, and a shop that sells wooden toys and horse tack. It is a really fun experience for kids of all ages.
If you have ever wanted to visit an Amish farm the way to do it is to stop at Yoder’s Amish Home & Farm between Walnut Creek and Trail, Ohio. Once a real Amish farm, it is now more of a “museum” You can tour 2 Amish homes that are not longer lived in but you are taken on a tour of them. They explain how the Amish live and the homes are furnished how an Amish home may really look. On the same property you can also tour a one-room school and take a horse & buggy ride. It really feels like a day at a farm when you see puppies and chickens roaming around.
Explore unique garden art . . .
Bowden Bells is north and west of the village of Millersburg. They not only sell bells made out of recycled materials, but they have lots of original garden art also made from recycled materials. Jan Bowden has a glass kiln and makes both indoor and outdoor decor using fused glass. Both Vince and Jan Bowden are artists and this is a don’t miss stop when sightseeing in Amish Country Ohio .
Let Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast help you plan your sightseeing in Amish Country Ohio by mapping out routes to visit the kinds of places that you want to visit. Our award-winning bed and breakfast sits on a hill surrounded by Amish neighbors and you will find horses grazing in the field next door. While our location is peaceful and quiet we are just a couple of miles from Berlin, Ohio where you will find dining, shopping, and attractions. On the same property as our B&B you will find romantic cottages near Berlin Ohio too. No matter what kind of lodging you prefer we have a little bit of everything to make your Summer stay special.
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Plan a Perfect Romantic Getaway in Ohio 7 Apr 2015, 11:36 am
Where to Stay . . .
Planning the perfect romantic getaway can sometimes be challenging when the price quote comes. Ask the lodging establishment to put chocolates or other special touches in your room and you can rack up quite the bill. We found one 2-night package that cost over $1600.00 for just lodging with no airfare. At Garden Gate Get-A-Way we think that we have come up with the perfect romantic getaway in Ohio. For starters, everyone receives a hot breakfast each morning that includes homemade baked goods and it is included in the rate! If you stay in one of our cottages a “Welcome Package” is included. That consists of a cheese & cracker plate with locally produced cheese, a chocolate sampler from Coblentz Chocolate Company, and a chilled bottle of Sparkling Juice. You will also find homemade cookies in the kitchen when you arrive along with bottled water, coffee, tea, & hot chocolate. Each cottage has a 2-person, Roman-style Jacuzzi tub with big white pillars and tile surround. It also has a peninsula fireplace that can be seen from the bed, loveseat, or kitchenette. Want to sit outside and sip some wine? No problem! You cottage porch as a glider and table & chairs where you can sit and watch the horses grazing in the field next door. We also have romantic rooms at the bed and breakfast on the same property. Each room has a private entrance from the outside. Some have fireplaces or Jacuzzi tub, plus upscale mattresses and linens.
Take a break . . .
When you want to take a break and explore the area there are many things to do. If you like wine there are several wineries to choose from that offer award-winning wines. At Ravens Glenn Winery you can sit down to a romantic dinner in front of the tall, stone fireplace and look out the window at the Tuscarawas River. Stop in Coblentz Chocolate Company to get some chocolates to accompany the wine that you purchase. If beer is more your thing you can head out Millersburg Brewing Company and try out some local brews. They also offer wine tasting at the brewery. If you like the outdoors we can help you set up horseback riding at a local stable. If you prefer to enjoy the outdoors on your own 2 feet you can visit The Wilderness Center in Wilmot and take a hike on one of their many trails. Holmes County and the surrounding area offers something for everyone including shopping, museums, historical homes, food, golf, Amish culture, animal farms, wineries, beer, and more.
It is not hard to see why we think that a romantic getaway in Ohio is the answer for your plans instead of hopping on a plane. Whether you want to relax and destress or be on the go visiting attractions, we have it all here in Holmes County. At Garden Gate Get-A-Way we will be happy to help you with planning what amenities you would like on property as well as planning an itinerary to explore the area.
7 Fun Things to Do in Amish Country Ohio 26 Mar 2015, 2:49 pm
Kick the stress away . . .
Many of us lead stressful lives these days and want to unplug when we travel. We’ve come up with a list of fun things to do in Amish Country Ohio that will help you do just that. Amish Country is made up with several small towns and each one has something unique to offer.
- Rolling Ridge Ranch is a place where you board a horse-drawn wagon and take a trip through woods, by a pond, and in to an open field. They have over 500 hundred animals with over 100 species from around the world. The wagon stops along the trail for you to feed the animals. You will never get this close to wild animals again.
- Amish Country Theater offers a variety of shows throughout the season. You will find good, clean humor that will have you laughing or rolling in the aisles. They perform several skits (some with Amish humor), have a blue grass band, entertain you with a ventriloquist, and even have a little audience participation.
- Wendell August Forge offers unique metal items that are hammered in so many designs that there is sure to be one that you will fall in love with. They sell coasters, platters, jewelry, gift items, and more. The fun part of this store is going in the back room and getting to hand-hammer a souvenir design that even comes with a paper frame.
- Coblentz Chocolate Company is located in Walnut Creek. Who doesn’t love chocolate but it is really fun to watch it being made from the viewing gallery. Many days you will find samples sitting out to try these mouth-watering delights.
- Yoder’s Amish Home & Farm teaches you about Amish life. Take a ride in a real Amish Buggy for a fun experience that you won’t soon forget. Tour 2 homes to see the difference between Old Order and New Order Amish. Visit the 1-room school house and learn about Amish education. You may even get to pet a puppy wandering around.
- Millersburg Brewing Company brews local brews named after places in our area. Stop in for a beer paddle and do some tasting. If someone in your party doesn’t like beer then have no fear because they do wine tasting too!
- Heini’s Cheese is the most fun cheese factory you will every visit. In the mornings take a tour of cheese making or just visit the viewing gallery as you watch cheese being made. Visit the retail area where you can sample 50 different kinds of cheese! They also sell fudge, ice cream, gifts, coffee, and more.
Spend the night . . .
After all of these fun things to do in Amish Country Ohio you will surely want to spend the night in the area. Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast offers Berlin Ohio lodging with an evening campfire and flower gardens. So beat the stress and have some fun.
Amish Country Food is Not Always What You Think 23 Mar 2015, 10:32 am
At our bed and breakfast we see guests return from a day of shopping with bags of Amish Country food and coolers full of food. They share with us that they know that the food is better if they buy it here.Bulk foods for sale in Amish Country Ohio
Just like shopping in the big city, you should know where your Amish Country food is coming from. One day we stopped in a bulk food store and saw the staff with a 50 lb. bag of Gold Medal flour. They were scooping out the flour in to smaller bags and then weighing it, labeling it, and putting it on the shelf. Thus the person who purchases that bag of flour is basically getting the same Gold Medal flour that they could buy in the big city.
A recent trip to a bulk foods store had us purchasing multiple 10 lb. bags of chicken leg quarters because they were on sale for $.49/lb. When I went to cook the chicken I found “tons” of extra fat and bones that were not trimmed off. I also found tiny hair or feathers that had not been removed from the legs. I spent a half hour trimming the chicken before I could cook it. I also realized that I paid more than the $.49/lb. after I trimmed off the “junk”. The chicken was distributed from Colorado and not locally raised chicken.
An informed shopper will find some wonderful Amish Country food to take home. If you bring a cooler to purchase meats, some of our favorite places to shop are Doughty Farm Meats on SR557, Winesburg Meats on US62, Wholesome Valley Farm on US62, or Stans Meats on CR201. We have several award winning cheese factories in the area that get their milk from local farms. Some of the bakeries are commercial unlike Miller Bakery on TR356 which is Amish-owned and everything is made from scratch. When it comes to the bulk foods you should not assume that you are getting something fresher, healthier, or better for you just because you purchased it in Amish Country. When in doubt of what is in the bag . . . ask. Many bags will show the brand name such a M&M candies or Gold Medal flour. We would like to clarify that we are not against these bulk foods, especially if they are a better price than the grocery store, but just be aware that the plastic bag and twist tie doesn’t mean it is better or locally produced.
Best Wineries in Ohio are near Amish Country 17 Mar 2015, 12:45 pm
Guests at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast often ask us where the best wineries in Ohio are located. We may be prejudice but we think that the best wineries in Ohio are right in our back yard near Amish Country.Breitenbach Winery among wineries in Ohio
It is said that 80% of people that drink wine prefer sweet wines. Most of the wineries in Ohio cater to that taste but they also carry semi-sweet and dry wines too. No matter if you are new to wine tasting or consider yourself a wine connoisseur you will be happy with what you find at our wineries in Ohio.
One of Ohio’s largest wineries is located near Sugarcreek, just a short drive from I-77. They are best known for their signature Dandelion Wine which is a sweet dessert wine. Name a fruit and Breitenbach most likely makes a wine in that flavor. Do you prefer a nice Merlot? They have that too. During warm weather months you will find musical entertainment and outdoor BBQ on the weekends.
There isn’t a wine that Ravens Glenn Winery makes that we don’t like. They have a wonderful tasting bar and the friendliest staff of any of the wineries in Ohio that we have visited. The also have a wonderful restaurant that sits on the Tuscarawas River in a beautiful setting. During the summer you can eat outside under the pergola and enjoy the river. Dry wine drinkers will have a hard time choosing between Rosso Grande, Merlot, White October, and their Cabernet but sweet wine drinkers are not left out either.
In the quaint town of Baltic sits an old mill that is now Baltic Mill Winery. The ambiance is fantastic as well as their wines. Sit a while and enjoy their cheese plate along with your wine. They also offer classes at the winery from time to time and dinners too! They are one of the newest wineries in Ohio.
Located inside the old Building 6 one-room school house is School House Winery. All of their wines are named after something school related such as Principal or Class Clown. You can order pizza, sandwiches, and cheese plates to snack on while you visit. Almost every weekend you will find musical entertainment there.
They call it the “marriage of wine and cheese”. This winery is housed inside Broad Run Cheese, which is one of the oldest cheese factories in the State of Ohio. Not too long ago they added a winery and tasting bar inside the cheese house. Most of their wines are sweet wines that accompany their cheese just fine. On weekends that have some snacks out at the tasting bar to go with your wine tasting.
SILVER MOON WINERY
Just around the corner from Breitenbach Winery and Swiss Heritage Winery you will find Silver Moon Winery. They make the wine on site and offer a variety from sweet to dry. There are couches and comfy chairs inside to relax while you sip some wine.
Down a quaint country road you walk inside this historical dairy barn to taste wine here. There is an old stone fireplace inside and you can nibble on some pizza and Italian snacks from their old world recipes. Don’t be surprised to see cows grazing outside; it is just part of the charm of this winery in Ohio.
When planning to visit these wineries in Ohio and other wine tasting showrooms in the area you might prefer a designated driver. Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has a tour bus used exclusively for their guests. They have monthly wine tours that are pre-planned itineraries or you can charter the bus and plan a specific itinerary. There is a fee for using the bus.
So the next time you want to find the best wineries in Ohio and do some tasting don’t ignore Amish Country and the surrounding area to sip some great wine.
Need a Weekend Getaway from Columbus ? 10 Mar 2015, 8:17 am
Need a Weekend Getaway from Columbus? Unlike our parents who would work 8 hours and go home to their family, times have changed. We find ourselves working 12-14 hour days with little time to keep up our homes let alone take care of ourselves. When you live in a big city like Columbus, one of the best ways to eliminate some of that stress is to plan a weekend escape to unplug and relax. When thinking about a weekend getaway from Columbus, consider driving 80 miles to come see us at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast near Berlin, OH.Summer campfire and flowers
No matter what your tastes are, we have something for everyone during your weekend getaway from Columbus. If you have never been to Berlin (or Holmes County) before you will be surprised at the options. Here are a few suggestions we give to our guests who are looking for a great time.
One of our favorite things to do for those planning a weekend getaway from Columbus is to head out on the back roads where there are hidden treasures like Amish furniture makers, Amish candle makers, Amish basket makers, Amish general stores, etc. You may think of Amish-made items as being “country” or “old-fashioned”, but the Amish of Holmes County have adapted to the times with furniture pieces like wine racks and entertainment centers, baskets to carry wine, or candles with a modern feel. We have some self-guided maps to help guests find these unique shops or you can book a tour on our tour bus and let us escort you.
Speaking of wine, did you know that there are many wineries and wine tasting showrooms in our area? In fact, Breitenbach Winery is one of the largest wineries in the State of Ohio. At Heini’s Gourmet Market you can taste wine and beer, have a light lunch, and listen to free musical entertainment on Saturday afternoons. If you prefer a designated driver ask us about our wine tasting weekends. What better way to unwind?
One of the most popular things to do when thinking about a weekend getaway from Columbus is to go shopping. The streets of Berlin are lined with amazing local shops, some with all items unique to our area. If you like cheese, you can watch cheese being made and sample about 50 kinds at Heini’s Cheese Factory. Historic downtown Millersburg is best know for antique shops and the Millersburg Brewing Company. Don’t leave out Walnut Creek where you will find Coblentz Chocolate Company. Not only is their chocolate amazing but the price is much less than city chocolate shops. If you are doing any remodeling you will love the furniture stores, home improvement centers like Keim Lumber, and home décor shops.
Perhaps when you are planning a weekend getaway from Columbus you prefer to play a round of golf. Fire Ridge Golf Course is only 2 miles from our bed and breakfast and is the most popular course with our guests. Black Diamond in Millersburg is a more challenging course for those who like a more competitive game. They have Ohio’s only Par 6 hole. There are several other courses within an hour drive of our B&B.
Nature lovers can bring their hiking boots on your weekend getaway from Columbus. The Wilderness Center has 6 hiking trails from easy to more strenuous. The Rails To Trails path has over 20 miles of paved trail to explore and you are likely to pass an Amish buggy on your hike. Just getting off on the back roads you will walk past farms, animals, and breathtaking views.
As you can see, planning a weekend getaway from Columbus to Berlin, Ohio can be a just what the doctor ordered. When coming to the area, consider staying with us at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast or Cottages at Garden Gate Get-A-Way. Our lodging options range from a traditional, standard room to Jacuzzi suite with fireplace to a private, romantic cottage. Each night you can unwind at our campfires. In the afternoon take some time to sit on a porch swing or glider rocker and enjoy our gardens. We are surrounded by Amish neighbors so you will see horses grazing in the field next door and buggies traveling down our road. Ready to start planning your weekend getaway from Columbus? Contact us today at 330-674-7608 or visit our website at garden-gate.com
7 Reasons to Visit Ohio Amish Country in 2015 5 Mar 2015, 1:52 pm
Ohio Amish Country offers so much more than Amish Culture. It is a great vacation destination for couples, families, and international tourists.
7 Reasons to Visit Ohio Amish Country in 2015Amish Country Ohio
- National Geographic Magazine named us one of the top 3 places for autumn foliage in the USA in 2014
- We have an awesome 4th of July Celebration called Thunder Over Holmes County, complete with fireworks.
- Nature lovers can bike the Rails to Trails, Zip Line with Tree Frog Canopy Tours, walk the nature trails at The Wilderness Center, or canoe in Loudonville.
- Holmes County is known for antique shops and there are several antique festivals throughout the year.
- Wonderful finds appear at the benefit auctions, especially the Mennonite Relief Auction in August and the Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction in September.
- There are memory-making Christmas activities from a Living Nativity Parade, to Christmas Down on the Farm, to Journey to Bethlehem, and the Cookie Tour of Inns.
- In addition to being home of the World’s Largest Amish Community, there are wineries, breweries, cheese factories, chocolate factory, fine gifts, flea markets, historical home tours, museums, animal ranches, and more.
There are so many things to see and do you could easily spend a week here. You will find many fine bed and breakfasts, inns, and cabins to stay at.
5 Reasons to Choose a Bed and Breakfast in Berlin Ohio 2 Mar 2015, 9:27 am
Choose a Bed and Breakfast in Berlin Ohio
over staying at a hotel:
Garden Gate Suite at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast
A bed and breakfast is so much more intimate with less noise and fewer distractions.
- Your breakfasts are homemade; made from scratch.
- Receive insider tips on where to shop and eat from someone who lives in the area.
- Free Wifi and parking
- Personalized services at no extra charge that make your stay more special
When you stay at our Bed and Breakfast in Berlin Ohio you can enjoy as much or little privacy as you wish. If you are a social person and want to talk with others or the innkeeper you can. If you prefer a quiet, romantic getaway for two you can have that too. Gone are the days of having to share a bathroom or finding Grandma’s lace doilies laying around. If you haven’t stayed in a Bed and Breakfast in Berlin Ohio before we encourage you to do so. It will be a wonderful experience that you won’t soon forget.
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Free Things to Do in Amish Country Ohio 22 Feb 2015, 2:00 am
In this economy people love to travel but the admission costs of attractions and museums can really eat at your wallet. We have come up with a list of some of our favorite
Free Things to Do in Amish Country Ohio
World’s largest cuckoo clock located in Sugarcreek, Ohio
The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock is on display at the square in the Swiss village of Sugarcreek, Ohio.
- Visit Ohio’s Largest Year Round Christmas Store near Berlin, Ohio. Tis the Season is located at 4363 State Route 39 about 1 mile east of downtown Berlin.
- View chocolate making at Coblentz Chocolate Company in Walnut Creek, Ohio. (production on weekdays) They are located on State Route 515 near the corner of State Route 39.
- See Ohio’s Largest Wood-fire Kiln at Holmes County Pottery. Cary & Elaine Hulin have a studio/shop in the middle of an Old-Order Amish community. They sell both decorative and functional pottery. They are located at 8500 County Highway 373, Big Prairie, OH 44611
- Stop and “smell the roses” with a hike on the Holmes County Rails to Trails path. This path is the only one in the USA that has a lane for horse & buggy and a lane for hikers/bikers. There are approximately 20 miles of paved trail to explore from the Killbuck area, through Millersburgs, and up to Fredericksburg. Park your car at Hipp Station, behind Fox’s Pizza, in Millersburg to pick up the trail.
- The World’s Largest Amish Buggy is on display at Wendell August Forge. While you are there you can shop for serving plates, jewelry, ornaments, desk accessories, and more, all forged out of metal. Very unique gift shop! The entrance is off of US 62, 4 miles north of Berlin, at 7007 Country Road 672, Berlin, OH 44610.
- “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” at Bowden Bells. Vince & Jan make garden art from recycled materials. Every piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art made at their studio. They are located west of Millersburg at 11671 Township Rd 506, Big Prairie, Ohio.
- Tour Heini’s Cheese Factory and watch cheese being made. While you are there you will find approximately 50 cheese samples on display to try before you buy. In addition they have a coffee shop, gift shop, fudge, ice cream, candy, and more on site. They are located at 6005 Co Hwy 77 at the intersection of US62 just north of Berlin.
Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast is known for helping guests to map out a route to things that they like to do. Some guests prefer a wine trail, some like nature, some only want to shop, and others are looking for free things to do in Amish Country Ohio
5 Winter Activities in Ohio Amish Country 20 Feb 2015, 10:50 am
Holmes County offers winter activities in Ohio to keep you warm in the heart of Amish Country. Here are our favorite
5 Winter Activities in OhioWinery at Perennial Vineyards
- Take a sleigh ride at The Farm at Walnut Creek. The horse-drawn sleigh rides travel through the exotic animal area so you might see some animals along your trip.
- Two of the best museums in Ohio offer indoor amazement: Warther Museum in Dover and David Warther Carvings in Sugarcreek. These master carver works will leave you speechless.
- Sip some wine and indulge in homemade pizza while warming in front of the fireplace at the Winery at Perennial Vineyards near Brewster.
- Visit Heini’s Cheese near Berlin. Watch cheese being made through a glass viewing gallery, sample up to 50 kinds of cheese, and shop in their gift shop.
- Drool as you watch chocolates being made at Coblentz Chocolate Factory in Walnut Creek, Ohio. When you are ready to shop and take home some chocolate you can choose from pre-boxed assortments or visit the counter and design your own box with your favorites.
There are so many shops, museums, historical homes, antiques, etc., to visit that you could easily spend several days. The above mentioned are just 5 winter activities in Ohio that are favorites of ours.