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Ohio’s best autumn attraction is in Millersburg

It’s always an incredible time to visit Millersburg.

But fall is special.

It's the season when some of Amish Country's most familiar scenes are on full display — farmers working in the fields harvesting the year's bounty, locals and visitors mingling at autumn festivals, and the spectacular rolling landscapes that have burst into color.

In fact, National Geographic's book, Four Seasons of Travel, identifies Holmes County as one of the Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves — in the whole world.

In Holmes County, National Geographic says, “maple, oak and the iconic state tree, the buckeye, hang over narrow roads that meander through wavy fields of corn,” and invites guests to “drive under the boughs of bright reds and yellows, sharing the road with horse-drawn carriages of the Old Order Amish and stopping at roadside farm stands along the way.”

When the weather is right, onlookers can stand on the porch of French Ridge Vineyards, in Killbuck, and see 14 miles of vibrant foliage.

Back in town, you'll find plenty to enjoy as well.

At the end of a day of sightseeing and other activities in the crisp fall air, visitors have the chance to sit and relax in the charming pubs and restaurants of Historic Downtown Millersburg.

While many quaint Amish country towns are shutting down for the evening, Millersburg’s eateries are gearing up with selections that range from barbecue to Angus burgers to pizza — and a large selection of local and regional wine and beer.

Friendly pubs, which offer live evening entertainment, particularly on the weekends, beckon tourists to return — new friends and interesting people can be found to chat with almost anywhere you go.

 

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Do hauntings really happen during Millersburg’s Boo in the Burg?

Strange things happen in some of Downtown Millersburg's old buildings.

An address once occupied by the old Maxwell Brothers & Co. clothing store, established around 1866, may still be inhabited by one of its former owners. But old Maxwell has been known to show up in his old office from time to time. Visitors have insisted that they can hear him at night, pacing back and forth in the place where he used to count his money back in the 1800s. They say they've walked by at night and saw his shadow on the wall.

The eerie happenings inside some of Millersburg's most famous structures can be explored during the town's annual Boo in the Burg historical building tours, to be held on Saturday, October 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Appropriately, for participants who may need help settling their nerves, Millersburg's Ohio Wine Tasting event will be held concurrently with the tour.

Guests will be guided through some of our historic and fascinating buildings, like the Antique Emporium and the Old Jail. Guides will provide interesting historical facts along with some of the even more interesting weird stories associated with the buildings.

Participants also get the opportunity to use ghost busting tools — and they can get pretty spooked when they go off. Whether you're into history or the macabre, this is a very fun and interesting event.

Boo in the Burg tickets cost $5 per person and will be available Downtown.

Meanwhile, Ohio Wine Tasting, held behind the Old Jail on Court Street, will feature samples from eight Ohio wineries. A cheese-tasting fundraiser will be held. Live music will help to drown out the groans and squeals coming from the town’s haunted buildings.

To complete the weird pre-Halloween weekend, local pubs and restaurants all will be open to provide food, drink and entertainment.

Although Millersburg is famous for its antiques, quaint shops and old fashioned, small town charm, it's evening entertainment is another big reason to pay an extended visit.

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Antiques in the Ally makes its return to Millersburg

Like the summer sun, the old fashioned fun of Millersburg heats up in August.

Always a popular destination for antiques and collectables, reclaimed, rediscovered and restored treasures will fill the town — inside and out of its quaint shops —during Antiques in the Alley, which will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During the town's signature event — the second of the year — all of Downtown, from the alleys to the sidewalks to the Courthouse lawn, and, of course, the local shops, will be literally loaded with antiques, refurbished and recreated household items and other interesting arts and crafts supplemented with plenty of food and lively entertainment.

With lively music, entertainment and food vendors contributing to the always festive atmosphere, Antiques in the Alley is not only an opportunity to discover intriguing items for your home, but is also a chance to mingle with creative artisans and absorb some inspiring ideas for home projects of your own.

Learn how others have turned trash into treasure.

Among the items featured will be furniture, glass items, garden accents, folk art and salvage art.

Since the event began in 2007, Antiques in the Alley has drawn thousands of guests each year from around Ohio and surrounding states.

Piggybacking on those festivities, the focus will move a couple miles westward on Route 39, where the Holmes County Fair will be held Monday, August 6, through Saturday, August 11.

With its old fashioned emphasis on animals and children's activities, the fair this year will feature a full rodeo competition. Other highlights will include the demolition derby, a tractor pull, motocross and, of course, plenty of food, games and stage entertainment. Spotlighting this year will be Bucky Covington, an American Idol contender and best selling debut artist of 2007.

During the week of non-stop fun, the pubs and eateries of Downtown Millersburg will have their doors open for evening relaxation, entertainment and socializing. With lodging available within walking distance of the conviviality, early August is an ideal time to check in and check out all that Millersburg has to offer.

 



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Thunder Over Holmes County 2018

A summer visit to Historic Downtown Millersburg is reminiscent of simpler days in America. The annual Thunder Over Holmes County, for example, is an exciting, old fashioned Fourth of July celebration — only a few days early.

The popular festival, which will take place this year on Saturday, June 30, will include a pie eating contest, a lot of old fashioned games and plenty of free activities for the kids.

This year, the day-long party, which will conclude with a dazzling display of fireworks, will be supplemented by the return of the popular Moving Wall — the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall will be displayed from Friday, June 29, starting at 9 a.m., to Monday, July 2, with a special opening ceremony on Friday, June 29.

The emotion provoking Moving Wall gives people the opportunity to find the names of their loved ones and make a rub, just like at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. When the wall debuted in Millersburg two years ago, a constant stream of people visited it 24 hours a day for four days. Many people chose to visit the wall late at night, or in the early morning when they could experience it at a time when it was more serene.

The Moving Wall, which will be set up at the Rails to Trails depot, will serve as an appropriate backdrop for the Thunder over Millersburg fireworks celebration.

Meanwhile, the event promises plenty to do for children — like bounce houses, slides, face painting and other activities on the courthouse lawn.

And it's all free.

Along with the kids’ activities, Thunder Over Holmes County will feature music, food and fun, from noon until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

You needn't hail from Holmes County to be a part of the celebration. Visitors love to come downtown to visit the unique shops, relax and enjoy a fun and patriotic celebration of America.

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Shop Historic Downtown Millersburg for out-of-the-ordinary finds

Perusing quaint shops for unique items is one of the staples of your visit to Historic Downtown Millersburg. You might scout any national retail chain to fill your cart with made-in-China merchandise, but the locally-owned shops of Millersburg are sure to delight you with handmade, refurbished and repurposed goods that you're unlikely to find anywhere else.

Millersburg is famous for its eclectic antique stores. Once you're inside amidst the cornucopia of fascinating treasures, there's no telling what you might find. Five antique and collectibles shops in Downtown Millersburg feature an ever-changing assortment of glass items, clocks, toys, antique guns and painstakingly refurbished furniture and other local treasures. Carnival glass bowls, trays and other historic pieces reflect Millersburg’s short-lived but celebrated history of glass making. Furniture and other items made from recovered barn wood also are among the phenomenal merchandise that is abundant in Millersburg.

From old-time decorative relics to usable kitchen and household items to captivating antique jewelry, Millersburg's antique shops offer fabulous examples of how to make trash into treasure.

Even Millersburg's clothing stores are unique. Intended for general English consumers, one features locally designed, hand-sewn Amish-made attire, while another emphasizes a modern cowboy feel in women's clothing.

Looking for something for the kids or grandkids? The youngsters are sure to be intrigued by the family-owned toy shop that focuses on quality, educational toys.

Downtown Millersburg's interesting shops are congregated into a vibrant three-block, easily walkable area. With a plethora of locally owned pubs and diners mixed in, visitors conveniently take a break for lunch or a snack — then get back to their shopping.

Once the shops close for the day, Millersburg's dining and entertainment establishments are just getting revved up. While many Amish Country towns are shutting down for the evening, Millersburg’s eateries are gearing up with selections that range from barbecue to Angus burgers to pizza — and a large selection of local and regional wine and beer. Friendly pubs, which offer live evening entertainment, particularly on the weekends, are wonderful venues in which to relax with family or meet new friends and interesting people.

For a list of unique shops located in Historic Downtown Millersburg, visit http://www.historicdowntownmillersburg.com/shop.

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Antiques in the Alley returns for 2018

Millersburg is famous for its quaint antique and collectible shops and its homey handcrafted items. This is particularly true during Historic Downtown Millersburg's ever-growing Antiques in the Alley, which will be held on Saturday, May 12 — the day before Mother's Day.

On that day, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all of Downtown — from the alleys to the sidewalks to the Courthouse lawn, and, of course, the local shops — will be literally loaded with antiques, refurbished and recreated household items and other interesting arts and crafts, all supplemented with plenty of food, lively entertainment and kids' activities.

This year, Antiques in the Alley will feature more vendors than ever from all over Ohio as well as from other states. Among the items featured will be furniture, glass items, garden accents, folk art, repurposed items and salvage art.

Antiques in the Alley is not only an opportunity to discover intriguing items for your home, but also a chance to mingle with creative artisans and absorb some inspiring ideas for home projects of your own. Learn how others have turned trash into treasure.

Since the event began in 2007, Antiques in the Alley has drawn thousands of guests each year from around Ohio and surrounding states.

Along with a chance to casually peruse a wide selection of eclectic items in the shops and streets, Antiques in the Alley is also a perfect chance to experience all that Millersburg and Holmes County have to offer. Once the event closes at 5:00 p.m., guests can kick back and enjoy dinner and entertainment throughout the evening at Millersburg's eclectic pubs and eateries.

Many guests extend the event into a weekend getaway to enjoy the Amish culture, the awe-inspiring landscapes and interesting historical places.

If you hate to see the family-friendly event come to a close, we have good news for you: Historic Downtown Millersburg and Millersburg’s local antique shops will do it all over again on Saturday, August 4.

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Where to stay in Millersburg

There is so much to see and do in Millersburg that you’ll probably want make a weekend — or even a week — of it. And a big part of the fun is likely to be your hotel stay. The Millersburg area offers a variety of lodging options geared toward just about every taste and need — from national brand family-oriented hotels with all the modern amenities and activities, to an intriguing historic venue to a remote, getaway retreat.

Families with children may want to book a stay at the Comfort Inn of Millersburg, which offers a swimming pool and a complimentary hot breakfast, right in the heart of Historic Downtown Millersburg. The 59-room hotel features an exercise room and whirlpool and offers luxurious suites with whirlpools and fireplaces. All rooms include Wi-Fi, microwaves, refrigerators and 32-inch flat screens.

The Berlin Grande Boutique Hotel is another modern family-oriented hotel in Holmes County — just seven miles away from Millersburg. The four-story, suite-style hotel offers spacious guest rooms, a complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, an indoor saltwater pool with hot tub, a fitness room and flat screen TVs.

History buffs, or architectural aficionados, are sure to appreciate a step back in time at the Hotel Millersburg — Ohio’s third oldest continually operating hotel. The Victorian style property, which has hosted American presidents, features gorgeous, old-style woodwork. Many of the 32 guestrooms feature Victorian era décor. Historic documents, antique pictures and mirrors decorate the guestrooms, hallways and common areas.

Along with it’s historic atmosphere, the hotel’s amenities are modern — including elevator service, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, in-room coffeemakers and hair dryers. It offers a casual restaurant featuring lunch, dinner and a full beverage selection, and an outdoor courtyard where live entertainment is hosted during summer weekends.

The adult-only Inn at Honey Run is a boutique resort situated on 56 rolling acres of peace and quiet, just outside of Millersburg. The breathtaking landscape and tranquil atmosphere create an environment of total relaxation.

No two rooms at The Inn at Honey Run are alike. Twenty-five inn rooms, 12 honeycombs — built into the hillside — two cottages and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture create an entirely unique experience for every guest.

Tarragon at The Inn at Honey Run offers premier fine dining and features award-winning contemporary American cuisine, prepared with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.

Click our “stay” tab for more details about all of Millersburg’s lodging options.

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Think Millersburg for eclectic holiday shopping

A visit to Millersburg just might change your holiday shopping plans forever.

With a strong emphasis on antiques and locally-made items, Millersburg offers unique gift ideas you’re unlikely to find anywhere else — certainly not at a mall or national big box retailer.

Five antique and collectibles shops in Downtown Millersburg feature an ever-changing eclectic assortment of glass items, clocks, toys, antique guns and painstakingly refurbished furniture and other local treasures.

Carnival glass bowls, trays and other historic pieces reflect Millersburg’s short-lived but celebrated history of glass making. Furniture and other items made from recovered barn wood also are among the phenomenal merchandise that is abundant in Millersburg.

More modern “antiques” — creative products made from discarded items that may have outlived their original use — also can be discovered in Downtown Millersburg.

One unique family-owned shop specializes in locally designed women’s wear that is made by talented Amish seamstresses.

Shopping in Millersburg may sometimes feel more like perusing a museum, where one might come across a genuine sign from an “Insane Asylum” or a spotlight from the Mansfield Reformatory.

On any given day, you’re bound to find just about anything.

During the Christmas shopping season, Millersburg’s quaint shops are festively lit and decorated to add cheer and excitement to an already fascinating small-town shopping experience.

When you’ve completed your gift list, be sure to enjoy some delicious Millersburg cuisine and take in some of the evening social life. While many Amish Country towns are shutting down for the evening, Millersburg’s eateries are gearing up with selections that range from barbecue to Angus burgers to pizza — along with a large selection of local and regional wine and beer. Friendly pubs, which offer live evening entertainment, particularly on the weekends, beckon tourists to return. New friends and interesting people can be found with whom to exchange Christmas cheer almost anywhere you go.

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Millersburg’s Victorian House and Museum

Few homes spark as much curiosity and fascination for so many different reasons as Millersburg’s Victorian House and Museum, located right in the heart of Ohio’s largest Amish settlement.

The 28-room restored Queen Anne style mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic places, demonstrates startling architectural beauty while containing intriguing historical items that rekindle the region’s earlier years. The home has appeared on HGTV and in Victorian Homes Magazine.

The old mansion not only becomes a focal point of Millersburg’s popular Halloween activities, but its reputation for housing year-round spirits also has captivated people who are interested in the paranormal.

And, during the Christmas season, the Victorian House wears its most dazzling and festive dress of the year. Every room is cheerfully decorated, with a Christmas tree gracing just about every room.

The home was built by wealthy industrialist L.H. Brightman, whose company, Brightman Manufacturing Co., made steel shafting used for the transmission of power in the U.S and abroad. Brightman’s factory was located in Millersburg until it moved to Shelby, Ohio around 1903. In 1906, the home was purchased by a group of physicians who made it into a sanitarium, which may help to explain some of the remaining “occupants.”

The museum inside the mansion is packed with historical items, including baseball uniforms, dresses, old photographs, musical instruments and strange medical equipment dating back to the 1800s.

On Saturday, October 28, the Victorian House will hold a spooky Ghost Walk during which visitors might catch a glimpse of one of the mansion’s “residents.” Visitors at all times of the year have revealed strange experiences, particularly on the home’s third floor.

The Grand Opening of Holidays at the Mansion will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Then, through the end of the year, Holiday Tours will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

At the end of your visit, be sure to sample some of Downtown Millersburg’s diverse selections of food — and perhaps some spirits of another kind. When many Amish Country towns are shutting down for the evening, Millersburg is just getting started.

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Holmes County is the place to see autumn leaves in Ohio

Jiuzhaigou Valley, China; Moscow, Russia; Kyoto, Japan; Transylvania, Romania; and Holmes County, Ohio. These vastly different global destinations share something in common: They are all among the world’s Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves, according to the National Geographic book, Four Seasons of Travel.

That’s why thousands of tourists set their sights on Holmes County every autumn to view nature’s canvas of spectacularly colored rolling hills, which provide a backdrop to farmers harvesting fields of pumpkins, gourds and plenty of other crops.

In Holmes County, National Geographic says, “maple, oak and the iconic state tree, the buckeye, hang over narrow roads that meander through wavy fields of corn,” and invites guests to “drive under the boughs of bright reds and yellows, sharing the road with horse-drawn carriages of the Old Order Amish and stopping at roadside farm stands along the way.”

When the weather is right, onlookers can stand on the porch of French Ridge Vineyards, in Killbuck, and see 14 miles of vibrant foliage.

At the end of a day of sightseeing in the crisp fall air, visitors have the chance to sit and relax in the charming pubs and restaurants of Historic Downtown Millersburg.

While many quaint Amish Country towns are shutting down for the evening, Millersburg’s eateries are gearing up with selections that range from barbecue to Angus burgers to pizza — and a large selection of local and regional wine and beer.

Friendly pubs, which offer live evening entertainment, particularly on the weekends, beckon tourists to return — new friends and interesting people can be found to chat with almost anywhere you go.

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Boo in the Burg: Millersburg scares up Halloween fun

Millersburg will be a spooky place to be during Halloween weekend.

Starting on Friday, October 27, victims, er, visitors will descend on downtown Millersburg to take eerie tours into creepy buildings and venues of the paranormal. And, of course, there will be plenty of local wine and cheese to enjoy.

On Saturday evening, Boo in the Burg, one of Historical Downtown Millersburg’s most popular annual events, will feature tours of historic buildings like the old jail and its ominous underground tunnel through which notorious prisoners were escorted from their cells to the courthouse across the street.

The foundation of the jail is made partially from tombstones. Nobody seems to know how or why they were used — nor what happened to the bones that once were buried beneath them.

Just behind the courthouse, Ohio Wine Tasting will feature tastes of local wineries and vineyards from around the state. And you may need a glass or two after — or before — your ghostly tour. A Holmes County cheese-tasting event to raise funding for Every Woman’s House — a domestic violence shelter — also will be held behind the courthouse. Live music will help to drown out the groans the squeals coming from the town’s haunted buildings.

Victorian House is, perhaps, the area’s most famous gathering place for spirits of the past. The 28-room Queen Anne mansion is the frequent focus of paranormal groups from all over the country, and has been featured on television. You might meet some of the resident ghosts during the Ghost Walk at the Victorian House on Friday and Saturday, October 27-28.

Tickets for the Boo in the Burg tours, scheduled on October 28 between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m., sell out fast. They go on sale at the Millersburg Hotel, at 35 West Jackson Street, in October.

Separate tickets will be offered on site for the Ohio Wine Tasting, to be held October 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Donations are requested to attend the cheese tasting.

To complete the weird weekend, many Millersburg hotels and eateries will be hosting Halloween parties and other special events. Millersburg’s pubs are always a place to meet new friends and interesting people — on this weekend, they may be more interesting than usual.

Special room rates will make it even more thrilling to spend the weekend in Millersburg. While you’re here, be sure to get started on your holiday shopping at the town’s many quaint shops.

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