Friday, May 21, 2010

Looking for a great place to stay or perhaps have a needlework retreat??

Here is another view of the rolling hills and farmland of beautiful Holmes County, Ohio! Unfortunately, it rained nearly the whole trip which hindered taking better photos of the scenery.Thanks to Trip Advisor, I found a wonderful B and B, The Barn Inn, in Millersburg. Loretta and Paul, the innkeepers, have lovingly turned this barn into a beautiful B and B, full of antiques.

Loretta and Paul are such gracious hosts. Each morning, after a delicious breakfast, Loretta gave lots of suggestions for things to do in the area as well as some background information about the Amish. She is certainly a wealth of information!

Below is a view of the front of the building. Don't you love the image of a quilt on one of the sides of the barn?
Next is a view looking at the backside of the barn. Notice the long porch. The reviews that I had read all gave glowing reports, but I was overwhelmed by the place--it surpassed all that I had heard.

Little did I know that Loretta is also an incredible quilter. Often she does her own designs.

The next few photos are of just a few of the quilts that grace the place. Quilts are everywhere! You can get more views of the inside of the building at their website.
One afternoon, Loretta showed me some of her quilts, and we talked about her passion! Talk about a talented needle artist! WOW!!

The next quilt was one of my favorites!! Loretta, shown on the right, designed it several years ago, and it hung at the Paducah Quilt Show.....quite an honor!!
Here are a few close-ups of this spectacular quilt. It is very 3 dimensional. The photos don't do the quilt justice!!The following square is one of Loretta's favorites!! I think you can see why!
In turn, Loretta wanted to see the models that I had taken with me when I taught in Canton several days before.

Loretta, thank you for your warm hospitality! I could have stayed forever. I know we'll be back some time!!

On the way home, we drove by this enormous basket--the Longaberger company headquarters in Newark.


SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Hi Ellen, Love the pictures of Holmes County,one of my favorite places to go. Will have to keep this B&B in mind for the future.

Sorry for not visiting sooner, life has been way out of control. Will be in Ohio for a few days, niece's graduation from college.

Will catch up with you soon ---- Roberta

Margaret said...

Oh wow! What a lovely place you stayed at! And Loretta and her quilts! Wow wow wow! Such talent! Thanks for sharing with us -- I will have to keep it in mind.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow, what a beautiful and serene B&B. The quilts are gorgeous. TFS

Bertie said...

Ellen, Ohio looks so inviting!! I long to see this beautiful county.

Beautiful quilts, how inspiring.
The Longaberger building?? how original is that.

Cari said...

Beautiful pics Ellen. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week...Hugs

Nancy said...

What a beautiful place! It must have been a little hard to leave there, and I love all the quilts!

I've seen pictures of the Longaberger building before. Isn't it wonderful!

Patti said...

Oh wow lucky lucky you. That B&B looks and sounds amazing. Looks like you had a well deserved great time. And what great quilts!
Lots of love
Patti xxx

Sheila said...

Love those red barns and as for the Longaberger fantastic. I have never seen it before and now I want to work there :)

Jennifer said...

What a lovely place and oh so heavenly for quilters!!!
That last picture of the basket place is awesome!
Oh, how I pray for a retreat like this one day.....


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures. I loved looking at them.

Anonymous said...

Ellen...I had the opportunity to stay at The Barn a few years ago when Stitchers Retreat was at the Inn up the road. Lovely place...someday I will have to go back! I've done Longaberger Homestead a time or two plus Dresden which is a lot of fun as well. Thanks for bringing back some warm memories of past trips I've made. Denise

Sherry said...

I love that area of Ohio...and the B&B sounds delightful....gotta make it to Longaberger one of these days!

Sandra said...

What an amazing B & B, I just love the Barn Red paint they have used and it's a real bonus to find your hostess is into crafts. I think the Longaberger headquarters is fantastic, what a great place that would be to go to work each day.

marylin & poussy said...

Oh these images are magnificent thanks to you! Best regards mary