Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast

6041 Township Road 310, Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Innkeeper(s): Carol Steffey
  • Welcome to the Garden Gate-A-Way Bed & Breakfast

    Welcome to the Garden Gate-A-Way Bed & Breakfast

  • Garden Gate Get-A-Way B&B Tour Bus

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way B&B Tour Bus

  • Fairy Garden at B&B

    Fairy Garden at B&B

  • Garden by Campfire

    Garden by Campfire

  • Romantic Cottages with Jacuzzi & Fireplace

    Romantic Cottages with Jacuzzi & Fireplace

  • Fall Colors

    Fall Colors

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    Some Breakfast Buffet Choices

 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.

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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.

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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.

BREITENBACH WINE CELLARS
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.

RAVENS GLENN WINERY
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.

BALTIC MILL WINERY
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.

SCHOOL HOUSE WINERY
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.

SWISS HERITAGE WINERY
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.

WINERY AT PERENNIAL VINEYARDS
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.

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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

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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 2015

Amish Country Ohio
  1. National Geographic Magazine named us one of the top 3 places for autumn foliage in the USA in 2014
  2. We have an awesome 4th of July Celebration called Thunder Over Holmes County, complete with fireworks.
  3. 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.
  4. Holmes County is known for antique shops and there are several antique festivals throughout the year.
  5. Wonderful finds appear at the benefit auctions, especially the Mennonite Relief Auction in August and the Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction in September.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

 

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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:

  1. 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.

  2. Your breakfasts are homemade; made from scratch.
  3. Receive insider tips on where to shop and eat from someone who lives in the area.
  4. Free Wifi and parking
  5. 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

 

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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 Ohio

Winery at Perennial Vineyards
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sip some wine and indulge in homemade pizza while warming in front of the fireplace at the Winery at Perennial Vineyards near Brewster.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Thanksgiving in Ohio Amish Country 13 Oct 2014, 9:39 am

If you are a “Thanksgiving orphan” where family and friends are going elsewhere leaving you alone for the holiday then why not spend Thanksgiving in Ohio Amish Country?  We suggest arriving on Wednesday so that you can explore the area, pick up some cheese to snack on or local baked goods.  On Thursday some of our local restaurants have wonderful Thanksgiving dinner options.  Those restaurants include Farmstead in Berlin, Tarragon in Millersburg, or Chalet in the Valley near Charm.  Don’t rush home after the holiday because on Friday is the annual living Nativity parade in Berlin in the evenings. The shops will be open at night after the parade and providing refreshments.  On Saturday P. Graham Dunn, and many other stores, kick off the holiday shopping season with open houses, sales, and new merchandise.

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Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop 6 Oct 2014, 7:31 am

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Ohio Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop.    It is a four day event where you receive a “Passport” to the participating quilt and fabric shops.  At each shop you will receive a free pattern for the project of the year.  You even have the chance to purchase a fabric kit at each store to create the block that you received the pattern for. Throughout the shop hop you can purchase fabric, see quilts, watch demonstrations, and enter to win prizes!

When:  October 29-November 1, 2014

Where:  Ohio Amish Country

Time:   8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Wed.- Fri.); 8:30 am. – 6:00 p.m. (Sat)

Participating Shops:

  • Country Charm Fabrics, Jeromesville
  • Country Craft Cupboard, Berlin
  • The Fabric Peddler Wadsworth
  • Gramma Fannie’s Quilt Barn, Berlin
  • Helping Hands Quilt Shop, Berlin
  • Lone Star Quilts, Mt. Hope
  • Mercantile on Main, Coshocton
  • Millers Dry Goods, Charm
  • Ohio Star Quilts, Akron
  • Paw Patch Quilt Shop, Mt. Vernon

There are so many things to do near Berlin, Charm and Mt. Hope that you will probably want to spend the entire weekend there and visit the gift shops, Amish bakeries, cheese factories, bulk food stores, and more.  You will also be able to enjoy the end of the Fall colors at this time of year.  October is the busiest month of the year in Amish Country so if you plan to spend the night you will want to make reservations well in advance.   Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio 330-674-7608

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