Two weeks ago, I traveled to Millersburg, Ohio and stayed one night at Garden Gate Get-A-Way. It’s a beautiful bed-and-breakfast tucked down a peaceful country lane. Amish buggies roll past the B&B, as well as Amish children, who run up the road with their Igloo lunch coolers, heading to and from the schoolhouse.
The owners, Carol & Herb Steffey, are ready to retire to Florida and are offering their business (lock, stock and barrel), to the winner of a 200-word essay contest. This is your chance! If you’ve ever wanted to run a bed-and-breakfast, toss your name in the hat for Garden Gate Get-A-Way! The property has a lovely location, the buildings are in mint condition–very well-cared for and updated with every convenience, from jacuzzi tubs to big screen TVs. And the warm and friendly owners have created a loyal following. The owner’s part of the house has a very private feel, too, with a separate entry. Wise planning for sustainability.
Amish tourism is an added bonus to the location for this B&B. Tourism is exploding in the Berlin/Millersburg area of Holmes County–I heard it’s the top destination spot of Ohio. I hadn’t been there in a few years and the difference was profound. A thriving economy of tourism.
Plus, the Amish make for delightful neighbors to Garden Gate Get-A-Way. They’re right across the road! And up the road. And down the road. The B&B is in the heart of Amish country.
The essay contest closes on October 15th. Entry fee is only $150. I’m tempted, myself. As I sat on the back porch of one of the cottages, looking at the mist that swept through the valley, at the horses in the pasture…I didn’t want to leave! Scroll down for details for the contest. And feel free to share this info with a friend. Someone out there is in for a wonderful, exciting new chapter of life!
More About the Essay Contest:
The winning essay should speak from the heart as to why they want to own Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast. It should be grammatically correct and be no more than 200 words. Herb & Carol Steffey will read every essay that is sent to them. They will narrow all of the entries down to the top 20 essays. They will then pass along the top 20 essays, without names or addresses, to two people from the area whose identities will remain a mystery. Those two people will choose the final winner.
The new owner must be prepared to close on the property on or before December 15, 2015.
As an added bonus, IF at least 4,500 essays are received, the current owners will give the new owners $5,000 in prepaid advertising dollars with Ohio Magazine for 2016. If the number of essays exceeds 5,000, then some of the entry fees will be donated to local charities.
The bed and breakfast will be “turn key”, meaning all of the beds, furniture, linens, remaining amenities & supplies, etc., will come with the B&B. The stoves and refrigerator in the innkeeper quarters (where they cook for guests) will stay with the bed and breakfast along with some baking dishes and kitchen supplies.
Full details of the B&B essay contest rules and entry form can be found on the here.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. The Search won a 2012 Carol Award. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. The Letters is a finalist for a Christian Retailing 2014 Best Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research.
Be on the lookout for Suzanne’s next book, The Imposter (releases today!)
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