Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast & Cottages

6041 Township Road 310, Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Innkeeper(s): The Gardners, Doug and Carol
  • Summary

    Gardens Galore

    Enjoy award-winning accommodations at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio.

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast’s colorful setting stands out against a backdrop of Amish farmland in Holmes County. Its three seasons of planted perennials ensures you’ll be surrounded by beautiful blooms during your stay. This charming exterior is reflected in the five garden-themed guest rooms. With private entrances and baths, all are equipped with spa-quality toiletries, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and heating/air-conditioning units, but you will find distinct touches in each one: fireplaces, Amish-made beds, two-person Jacuzzi, La-Z-Boy chairs or porch swings. For a little more privacy, there are also two cottages outfitted with peninsula fireplaces, Amish-made cabinetry and beds, Roman-style Jacuzzis, spa-quality toiletries and kitchenette stocked with tableware, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

    A Welcome Basket & Binder offers eight turn-by-turn itineraries, starting and ending at this Amish Country bed and breakfast, geared to varying interests such as wine tasting, antiques, furniture and quilts. Nearby attractions include Hershberger Antique Mall, world-famous David Warther Carvings, Wendell August, Coblentz Chocolates and “Little Switzerland” in Sugarcreek. Innkeepers Carol & Doug Gardner can also arrange massage services, a golf package, horseback riding and even dinner in an Amish home. In addition, as Ohio’s first bed and breakfast to operate its very own proprietary tour bus, it has a great seasonal selection such as the Amish Culture Tour, Wine Tasting Weekends, Sunday Sunset Tour and Christmas Shoppers Tour.

    Start your day with a full country breakfast that includes freshly baked goods and top it off with chatting and roasting marshmallows with other guests by the nightly campfire in the middle of the gardens, as weather permits.

  • Introduction

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast front of inn

    Our Berlin, Ohio bed and breakfast is located in Holmes County just 3.5 miles from Millersburg, Ohio, and 2.5 miles from Berlin, Ohio, offering Ohio Amish Country lodging at its best. You will never go back to a hotel. In addition to exceptional accommodations you'll love our evening campfire and flower gardens. Our private entrances & baths make us the perfect choice for an adult get away! Let us help you plan an experience in Holmes County, Ohio! Whether you want to see the major attractions, antiques, wine, learn about Amish culture, or hit the back roads and find Amish-made treasures, we will map out an itinerary that is sure to meet your expectations. We can even arrange for you to have dinner in a private, Amish home!

    One of the most popular features at Garden Gate Get-A-Way is our evening campfire. When all of the shops and restaurants close you can retreat back to our B & B and unwind around the warmth of a glowing campfire. We always have marshmallows on hand to roast and this is a great time to share your daily adventures with other guests. Our regular guests call us the "Amish experts" and we're happy to share information with you about Amish culture & how they they live.

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast chairs

    Along the brick path that leads you to your guest room we have planted 3 seasons of perennials that welcome you with bursts of color! If you want a quiet moment, you can escape to the glider under the arbor in our side garden. Hear the gentle sounds of water trickling down the fountain and take in the beauty of the flowers. Our home sits on a rolling hill surrounded by Amish farms. You are bound to hear the gentle clopping from horses as you see many buggies pass by our Bed & Breakfast. We have 5 garden-themed guest rooms, each with their private entrances & bath!  We also have two romantic cottages that will make your escape even more delightful. 

    We are located just minutes from famous attractions such as: Hershberger's Antique Mall, Holmes County Flea Market, Warther's Carvings, Wendell August, Heini's Cheese, Lehman's Hardware, Breitenbach Winery, Coblentz Chocolates, Miller's Amish Bakery, Amish Country Byway, Holmes County Rails to Trails hiking & biking path, bird watching, and more!

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast is concerned about the environment and our guests. We are carefully making the transition to a "green" B&B from our cleaning products to our recycling. We want to ensure our guests have a pleasant experience.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carol for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    What draws them in for the first time is that in the middle of our gardens we have a fire pit and light nightly campfires. What keeps them coming back is that they tell us that Doug & I (owners) treat them like they are coming home to family ... Only better.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Evening campfires, beautiful flower gardens, exceptional customer service.  We are the only B&B that offers nightly glowing campfires. Should it rain or snow outside, we have our indoor gathering room complete with it's own fireplace.  We sit up on a hill, surrounded by Old Order and New Order Amish neighbors, with horses grazing in the field next door ... All of this offering a peaceful, relaxing setting ... And yet we are only 2 miles from the nearest town for shopping, dining, and attractions.  

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Our area is home to the World’s Largest Amish Community and travelers not only can learn about their culture but shop for Amish-made furniture, quilts, baked goods, baskets, and more.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The warm hospitality reminded our guests of a coming to a comforting place in time. 

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    While people know that we are in “Amish Country”, many do not know that we have wineries, cheese factories, chocolate factory, animal ranches, museums, historical homes, antiques, fine gifts to flea markets, theaters, and more.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Our favorite part of Amish Country is the Amish Culture. In the Welcome Binder in each guest room we have designed 8 different itineraries of the area. We tell guests where to turn left/right and they are all circle trips that start and end at the B&B. We have a wine tasting itinerary, antiques, furniture, quilts, and 4 different Amish itineraries. In additional we are only 2 hours from Cleveland and Columbus so they can take day trips to Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, First Ladies Museum, Lake Erie, Malabar Farms, boat trips on Atwood Lake, and more.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The most gentle rolling hills, along with the Amish farm animals, and the most beautiful scenery are all within walking distance of our inn.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    It is a tie for favorite dining: 1. Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mt. Hope has the best Amish home cooking in the County, 2. Chalet in the Valley will make you feel like you are in Switzerland. They offer both Swiss and American cuisine..

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The most extensive website is

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 uniquely decorated B&B rooms; 2 romantic cottages.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets at our B&B or cottages. I am not aware of any B&B’s in our area that do.


  • Breakfast

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast food

    Each morning you will awaken to the aroma of freshly baked goods. We serve a full country breakfast each morning starting at 8:30 a.m.

    A Sample Breakfast

    • Bacon-Swiss puff pastry made with locally produced cheese
    • Homemade Amish granola bread
    • Fresh apple coffee cake made from scratch
    • Homemade pumpkin muffins
    • Tropical fruit cup
    • Cereal
    • Juice
    • Coffee
  • History

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast far view

    The Garden Gate Get-A-Way opened for business in 1996. It is the handiwork of Roger & Laverta Steiner, who decided to add more living space to their home including overnight rooms in the plans. They started the project by dismantling a one-room schoolhouse and using the elements to add character to the new addition. The bell tower from the school rests on the south peak of the roof with the foundation stones being used for retaining walls and flowerbeds. Lumber, oak flooring, tongue 'n groove ceiling, wainscoting, and chalkboard saved from the school were used in the Steiner's personal part of the building. Laverta's love of flowers and birdhouses made it easy for her to come up with the theme of the rooms, all different but with a garden theme.

    Herb & Carol Steffey were the second owners of the business. They always dreamed of leaving the hectic, corporate life and owning a business. The beautiful perennial gardens and the fire ring fit right in with their love of the outdoors. They are eager to expand on the scenic, country setting started by the Steiner's and greet their new guests. Carol and Doug Gardner are now the third owners and are looking forward to taking the Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast to the next level by adding their own touches such as discounts for Police, Veterans, and Firemen, and Active Military (must bring valid ID). Seniors over the age of 62 receive a special reduced rate. The Glowing Campfires will continue. To make your stay more enjoyable, we will also offer elopement & intimate wedding and vow renewal packages. We also want to include our expecting mothers by offering Babymoon Packages.

  • Accolades

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast white fence

    Award Winning Inn 4 years in a row from Best Value Inn to Top 10 in the USA! Named Ohio Bed & Breakfast of the Year 2010 by Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association! Come, Relax & Enjoy Nature! Our Ohio Amish Country bed and breakfast is in the heart of Holmes County. We are noted for our evening campfire & perennial gardens!

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast was Featured on Fox 8 That's Life with Robin Swoboda.

  • Weddings

    Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast cups

    Our B&B is situated on a rolling hill in the heart of the World's largest Amish community. Our beautiful, perennial gardens are what makes our B&B perfect for small, outdoor intimate weddings or vow renewals. We can arrange for a dinner reception in an Amish home, one of the great Amish restaurants, arrange for flowers, cake, Amish buggy/carriage rides, etc. Let us know how we can help to make your day more special!

  • Area Information

    Holmes County, Ohio is the home of the largest Amish population in the World. Whether your interest is taking a scenic drive on the many back roads, taking a tour to learn about Amish culture and customs with dinner in an Amish home, shopping or sight-seeing, you are sure to find it in Amish Country. Ask your innkeepers to map out some of their favorite back roads Amish businesses including wood products, candles, baskets and belts. There are many small towns within minutes of each other and each has its own attractions. Below are just some of our favorites.

    Berlin Area:

    Behalt at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center

    Learn about the history of the Mennonites and Amish with this narrated tour of the 265' mural in the round. Video presentation and gift shop.

    Heini's Cheese

    Free samples for more than 50 cheeses. Fudge, Amish foods, smoked meats, bulk foods and more.

    ​Wendell August Gift Shop and Forge

    Watch the creators of the world's most unique hand-forged aluminum, bronze and pewter giftware at work. Make your own design in their workshop. Indulge yourself in the spectacular gift shop.

    Rolling Ridge Ranch

    Featuring more than 500 animals and birds from around the world. Feed the animals from a guided, horse-drawn wagon. Petting zoo.


    Guggisberg Cheese

    Home of the original Baby Swiss. Watch cheese being made. This cheese factory has won numerous awards for their famous swiss cheese!

    Miller's Bakery

    #1 pick of the Innkeeper for baked goods. Fresh daily. Homemade breads, pies, noodles, doughnuts, cookies and fry pies.

    Miller's Dry Goods

    More than 8,000 bolts of fabric, sewing notions, quilts, wall hangings and more. Fabric outlet in basement.

    Grandma's Homestead Restaurant

    A favorite eating place of the Innkeepers. Great home cooking!

    Miller's Quality Crafts

    Old Order Amish family making furniture and crafts out of Pine. Great prices and a variety of finishes on items such as pie safes, jelly cupboards, corner shelves, wall hangings, kids furniture and more!


    Warther's Carvings

    See the works of World Master Carver, Mooney Warther in this mesmerizing tour! Voted #1 area attraction by the Innkeepers.

    J. Reeves Victorian House & Museum

    Home of Dover's first millionaire. Tour the home & carriage house including a WWII museum.

    Walnut Creek:

    Coblentz Chocolates

    A chocolate lovers paradise. View chocolates being hand-dipped. Shop from pre-boxed selections or make up your own right in the store!

    Holmes County's Amish Flea Market

    Voted Holmes Counties #1 attraction. A shopper's paradise that just keeps growing each year.

    Walnut Creek Cheese

    Village of Shops including bulk foods, cheese, meats, deli, ice cream, fresh baked granola, jams & jellies, kitchen items and gift store. We buy many food items for our B&B breakfasts here.

    Yoder's Amish Home & Farm

    Tour two homes, 100-acre farm, animal petting area, buggy rides, hayrides and crafts. The next best thing to taking a back roads tour of Amish Country. Seasonal.

    Mt. Hope Area:

    Homestead Furniture

    Some of the finest furniture in our area. Select from the showroom or order custom-designed to your specifications.

    Ashery Country Store

    From bulk foods to ice cream you'll find it all here.

    Swartzentruber Quilts

    Home business. Hand quilted quilts, wall hangings, pillow covers. Other items include pot holders, hand braided rugs, aprons, etc.

    Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

    Delicious home-style meals and desserts.

    Stone Barn Furnishings

    More than just a furniture store. Be sure to check out their gift shop and garden items.

    Mullet Cabinet

    Founded in 1975 they create handcrafted, custom cabinetry and are know for exceptional customer service. They have a new design center with staff waiting to help you design, pick colors in the Custom Color Lab, and create exactly what you are looking for.

    Kidron Area:

    Lehman's Hardware

    Founded in 1955 to serve the Amish and others without electricity. Thousand of old fashioned products: cast iron cookware, hand tools, oil lamps, kitchen gadgets, non-electric appliances, books, wood-burning stoves and more!

    P. Graham Dunn

    See the beautiful wood wall hangings, pictures and gift items. Some are carved and some have laser imprints. See where the items are made and visit the 2nds room for bargains that you can finish on your own!

    Sugarcreek Area:


    Tour Little Switzerland of Ohio. Unique murals painted on many of the buildings with animated displays. Try Swiss foods and visit the gift shops.

    Heini's Gourmet Market

    If you love Heini's Cheese Factory in Berlin, you are going to love the gourmet market even more! They offer many products made right here in Ohio from wines, to cheese, to bread, to candy, salsa's, and more! You can also build your own cheese ball and they will mix it up for you. They even have a lunch counter for a light lunch or snack.

    Breitenbach Wine Cellars

    One of Ohio's premier wineries and the 2nd largest in the State. Sample award winning wines! Noted for Dandelion and Fruit Wines. Swiss and locally smoked meats. Annual Wine Festival the first weekend every May.

    The Winery at Perennial Vineyards

    Was built in an old dairy barn. You will find some of the vines that grow grapes as you enter, see farm animals and can even stop and have a pizza or snack in the wine tasting room.

    Broad Run Cheese Factory

    Tour the factory and learn about the cheese making process. They have been in business since 1933 and their specialty is Swiss cheese. Visit their gift shop and taste some wine while you are there too!

    Millersburg Area:

    Bowdens Designs Metal & Glass Artwork 

    Bells, fountains, birdbaths, feeders and other unique garden folk art handcrafted from recycled materials. Original handcrafted jewelry. Nothing like you've ever seen before!

    Treaty Line Pottery

    Functional and sculptural pottery by Carol Ohl. The stoneware and porcelain pieces are wood-fired in a Japanese-style Noboragama kiln. You're sure to find a treasure to take back home!

    Holmes County Pottery

    Handmade pottery fired in Ohio's largest wood-burning kiln. Using traditional techniques, they offer a standard line of pots from functional to dinnerware to garden planters.

    Victorian House Museum

    28 antique-filled rooms of Victorian splendor in Millersburg. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Sites. Featured on HGTV. Open Sunday. This is Holmes County's 2nd most popular attraction.

    L & E Star Candles

    Amish candle maker that specializes in carved, star-shaped candles. Watch her make her creations and buy some for gifts. Great prices on star candles, gel candles, poured candles, lighthouse candles and more!

    Holmes County Rails to Trails Hiking & Biking Path

    Rails to Trails is part of a National program where old railroad tracks are being converted to hiking, biking, walking and bird watching paths. The Holmes County section is the only one in the USA where you can expect to pass Amish buggies! Our B&B can provide boarding for horses for guests who wish to bring their horses on the Trail.

    Amish Country Byway throughout Holmes County

    The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Holmes County is proud to say that we host the Amish country Byway.

    Holmes County Chamber of Commerce

    Obtain additional information about the area from our Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Burea. (330) 674-3975. You can also visit Ohio's Amish Country Magazine.

    Wilmot Area

    The Wilderness Center: A must see for nature lovers! The Wilderness Center is dedicated to nature education, wildlife conservation, natural history research, and community service. The headquarters tract has grown to encompass 619 acres of forest, meadow, marsh, and restored prairie. In 1967 the Wilderness Lake was constructed to help attract waterfowl and other aquatic life. There is a nature center, hiking trails, picnic area and it is a great place for bird watchers! They also host workshops, classes, guided hikes, etc., on specific dates.

  • How To Find Us

    You will discover how easy it is to get to Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast from practically anywhere. The directions below will bring you right to our door step.

    Our GPS coordinates

    N 40 degrees 32.623';

    W 081 degrees 50.450'

    (Many GPS units show our Township Roads as Township Highway)

    From Northwest Ohio

    1. Take the Turnpike East to Exit 110.
    2. Turn right on State Road 4 and travel 4 - 5 miles to 20/18 and turn left
    3. Follow 20/18 approximately 10 - 12 miles to State Road 250 East (Note: 250 will make turns so watch the signs to make sure you are still on 250 East
    4. Around the City of Wooster, you will see signs for 83 South (the sign says 302 Exit; turn left to pick up 83S
    5. Follow 83 South into the city of Millersburg (15 - 20 minutes)
    6. At the 4 corners/traffic light, turn left on State Route 39 (Jackson Street)
    7. You will go approximately 5 miles, just past the lumber yard, and turn right on TR 353 (there are billboards for Behalt, JDM & Comfort Suites on left)
    8. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353

    From Southwest Ohio

    1. Take Interstate 70 East to Columbus
    2. Follow the Interstate 270 Loop to 161 to US 62 Northeast
    3. Around Killbuck US 62 will merge with State Route 83 North
    4. When you get to the 4 corners in Millersburg, turn right on State Route 39 (Jackson Street)
    5. You will go approximately 5 miles, just past the lumber yard, and turn right on TR 353 (there are billboards for Behalt, JDM & Comfort Suites on left)
    6. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right
    7. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353
    8. Depending on what side of Columbus you are on you can also take I-71 north to the Sunbury Road Exit (37)
    9. When you get into Johnstown turn left on US 62 and take it into Millersburg
    10. Turn Right on US39/62 and go approximately 5 miles and turn Right on TR 353
    11. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353

    From Southeast Ohio

    1. Take Interstate 77 North to Exit 83 in Dover
    2. From the exit go West on State Route 39
    3. You will go through Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek, Berlin and about 2 miles west of Berlin, you will turn left on TR 353 (1st left after State Road 557)
    4. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right
    5. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353

    From Northeast Ohio- Cleveland

    1. From the East side of Cleveland you might want to see our Canton/Akron directions
    2. From the West take I-71 South to State Route 83 (Lodi Exit)
    3. Follow SR83 south into Millersburg
    4. At the 4 corners/traffic light, turn left on State Route 39 (Jackson Street)
    5. You will go approximately 5 miles, just past the Holmes Lumber, and turn right on TR 353 (there are billboards for Behalt, JDM & Comfort Suites on left)
    6. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353

    From Northeast Ohio - Canton

    1. Take Interstate 77 South to US 30 West. Exit at US 62 the 2nd exit towards Millersburg
    2. Watch the road signs because US 62 make turns, especially near Navarre
    3. Take US 62 into Berlin and turn right on State Route 39
    4. You will go about 2 miles west of Berlin, you will turn left on TR 353 (1st left after State Road 557)
    5. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right
    6. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353

    From Northeast Ohio - Akron

    1. Take State Route 21 South to State Route 585 towards Wooster
    2. Turn left on State Route 57 South towards Orrville
    3. Turn left on US 30
    4. You will go less than 1 mile before turning right on Wayne County Road 52 towards Kidron
    5. When you cross the county line, 52 becomes Holmes County Road 216
    6. Approximately 1/2 mile down you will turn right on State Route 241
    7. Follow 241 into Mt. Hope
    8. When 241 turns to the right in Mt. Hope, go straight on County Road 77 south to State Route 39
    9. Turn right on State Route 39 and go through Berlin
    10. About 2 miles west of Berlin, you will turn left on TR 353 (1st left after State Road 557)
    11. We are about 3/4 mile down on the right
    12. The guest entrance is actually on TR 353