Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Ready for Summer Fun in Northern Ohio!

The days get longer and warmer. You start to feel the need to be outside, remembering the feel of grass beneath bare feet as you ran, free as a bird. Memories surface - dashing out of the doors on the last day of school, sitting at the baseball game in the early summer twilight, the aroma of fried foods and the cacophony of the fairgrounds, the taste of a delicious, cool snow-cone. All of these wonderful recollections make you want to get out and enjoy the heady sights and sounds and smells of early summer. We've got a lineup of fun happenings all 90 minutes or less from the B&B. Take a nice road trip, enjoy the fun, then head back to the inn for a wonderful night's sleep and delicious breakfast the next morning!

We'll start with a wonderful wine tasting aboard a train! The "Grape Escape" Wine-Tasting Excursion on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad takes place on June 3, 2017, at 7:30pm. This 21-and-over trip is a two-hour excursion in which you will sample five summer inspired wines and nibble on catered appetizers. Commemorative glasses are included with your ticket. Tickets start at $60 per person.

Classic car buffs will want visit Mayfield Village on June 10th for the Annual Mayfield Village Cruise Night. From 6-10pm, park your ride and stroll around (or ride the free trolley) enjoying live music, including Ricky and the Rockets. You will be able to purchase food from vendors set up outside. This is a free event.

The Put-in-Bay Music Festival also tales place June 10th. This wonderful fest combines amazing live bands, an ACA (American Cornhole Association) Tournament, and a living history display. All of this wonderfulness happens at the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. The festival is free to enter, and you should bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Father's Day weekend hosts the Carlton Harley Davidson 40th Anniversary Inaugural Motorcycle, Car, and Truck Show at Carlton Harley Davidson in Mantua. On June 17th, from 8am to 5pm, all makes, models, and years are welcome, and at only $5 per vehicle, it's a great way to show off your rig! All proceeds will benefit Hattie Larlham and Muttley Crue Dog Rescue. As an attendee, you get to vote, and custom trophies will be handed to the winners!

This is just a small sampling of all the wonderful events going on this summer - stay with us and enjoy the small-town summer feel!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fun Summer Festivals for the Whole Family - June 2017

Northwest Ohio's Erie and Sundusky Counties come alive in the summertime, when people start thinking about hitting the water and enjoying those vacation days. If you're looking for true local flavor, you will not want to miss some special events occurring near Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast in June.

On June 4th, Put in Bay celebrates Jose DeRivera with Founders Day. This day celebrates the island's heritage and DeRivera's good deeds. This is a family-frienldy event at DiRivera park in Downtown, from 11am-5pm. Try roasted hog, and enjoy free musical performances. Shop to your heart's content and enjoy a beautiful day of heart-felt appreciation for the man who made Put in Bay possible. 

In Vermilion, Father's Day weekend is the setting for the "Festival of the Fish"! June 16-18th, 2017, join Perky the Perch for 3 days of free entertainment, including an 80's nostalgia concert, food vendors, a lighted boat parade, a pet parade, contests, shopping, a pageant, and firefighter water fights! You won't want to miss the fireworks on Friday night or the Father's Day parade on Sunday.

Switching to a different food group, Kelleys Island presents Bacon Fest on the weekend of June 9-11 at the Kelleys Island Wine Co. The Winery's menu will revolve around bacon, and you will be able to try specials drinks such as the Bacon Bourbon Brunch and the Bacon Jalepeno Margarita. The Naked Bacon Band will play all weekend long and if you're the sort to enjoy dressing to a theme, prizes will be awarded for the "best bacon outfit"!

Back at Put in Bay, the buccaneer in everyone is popping out of the brig for the 9th Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend, June 22-25. You'll love the Pyrate Parade and the Pirate Costume Contest - this is a serious competition - the best adult costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! There will be re-enactors, black powder firing demonstrations, a Pyrate marketplace, a cardboard boat race and more!

After all the fun, return to the inn in Milan for a sweet night's sleep and a delicious home-cooked breakfast! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Many people visit this area of Ohio every year, and a lot of them head to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum. The grand estate in which the library and museum abide are a treasure trove of history and learning.

Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th U.S. President, in office from 1877-1881. He was also a U.S. Congressman, an Ohio governor, a General in the Civil War and loving husband to wife Lucy and father to eight children. He was born October 4, 1822, in Delaware, Ohio, raised by his mother and her brother, after his father's tragic early death. The Library and Museum are housed on the grounds of Hayes' estate, Spiegel Grove, a large wooded area which includes the original home built by the President's uncle, Sardis Birchard.

Admission to the grounds of Spiegel Grove and the library are free, but tours of the house and museum are charged at low rates. You can tour the home, the museum or both.  The museum tours are self-guided, but the home tours are led by a guide. Check their website for specific times and days, as some parts of the estate are closed at different times of the week and year.

Civil War buffs and genealogists will spend hours at the library, with its special collections regarding those subjects, as well as rich photo and print, manuscript and local history compilations, not to mention the greatest grouping of items related to Hayes' presidency . President Hayes was interested in many subjects, such as genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period. The library houses his personal collection of over 1200 volumes.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum is a wonderful way to spend a vacation day, learning more about our country and the men and women who shaped our history.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Events and Happenings Near Milan Ohio

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast is so delightful - particularly when it's flicking merrily during breakfast! Don't let the fickle hand of Mother Nature keep you from enjoying the delights of Northern Ohio at Christmastime; we are ready to welcome you with homemade cookies and friendly faces! After a sweet night of rest in one of our our comfortable rooms, you will be treated to a delicious, hearty breakfast, prepared with love by Innkeeper Judy! When you are ready to venture out, one of these excellent yule-themed events near the B&B will make the season even more bright.

Now through January 3, 2016, head to to the Maritime Museum in Sandusky, just 20 minutes from the inn, for Northern Lights & Winter Brights. Held  from 5-10pm, the Sandusky Bay Pavilion & the Maritime Museum will be all "decked-out" in beautiful lights. The museum itself will also be decorated for the season, viewable during regular business hours. 

Also in Sandusky, the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center exchanges it's scares for oohs-and-ahs during the Christmas Light Show Spectacular. Tune your radio to 99.7 FM and drive along each night between now and December 31 from 6pm-midnight for an amazing light show with dancing lights tuned to the music on your radio! 

Closer still is Huron, where you can enjoy the Firelands Festival of Lights each night from 5-10pm through December 31. It's a drive-through light spectacular, and at the end, you might meet Mrs. Claus and the reindeer at the Candy Cane House! 

If you want to travel up to an hour away  - check out the Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo. From now through December 31st, except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The hours are Sunday – Thursday: 3 – 8 p.m. (Zoo closes at 9 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday: 3 – 9 p.m. (Zoo closes at 10 p.m.). You'll be delighted by the nearly 70 miles of lights, live carolers, and DOuglas the Talking Fir Tree!

Christmas is a great time to be in Northern Ohio, and especially at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast, where you are always treated like family, no matter how long or short your stay with us!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Gearing Up for the Holidays at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast!

Halloween will soon be in the rear-view mirror and we'll be ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas here at the B&B. You will love this list of things to do in November that are not too far from our Inn.

We love to send our guests, especially our crafty, decorating loving guests, to Naturally Country, an incredible shop owned by Judy's daughter!  We love it even more when it's time for the annual Christmas Open House. This year, the Open House will take place over two weekends, November 4-6 and 11-13, 2016, from 10am to 6pm each day. The shop is decorated to the hilt with Christmas decorations that will take your breath away! Not  only will you be able to shop custom floral arrangements, scented candles, warming oils and melts, the new battery-operated candles on timers, and amazing home decor, you will also be able to consult with the Naturally Country Christmas Elves on colors and styles, AND save 10%! They even ship!

A new musical opens at the Ohio Star Theater and runs from November 18-December 17, 2016. Our Christmas Dinner is described intriguingly with the tag-line: "Expect the unexpected when strangers and kinfolk show up in the middle of both a snowstorm and a life storm, and no one is left the same.". The Star Theater has a reputation for excellent acting, singing and operates in a beautiful facility. Start your Holiday Season with a fun performance!

We'd also like to tell you about several holiday parades within an hour or so drive to Angel Welcome - dates and locations are listed below:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fun Fall Day Trips For Guests of Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast

Ah, Autumn! It's finally here! The summer months have their charms, to be sure, but as Fall falls on Milan, the days become perfect for fun day trips to attractions and events near and a little bit further from Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast.

On October 1, 2016, take a quick drive up to Norwalk (it's less than 10 minutes from the inn) for the Fall Fest at D&D Smith Winery. The festival starts at 11am and runs to 7pm, with no entry fee. This is a family-friendly event that will have food vendors, artisans with their wares, and wine tastings for $1 per taste. 27 different types of wine will be available for purchase at the event, by glass or bottle, as well as different beers. 

Another fun event on October 1 is the Island Wine Festival at Put-in Bay. The lovely weather of early October makes this a great time. You can take Winery tours, out your bis in for the large silent auction, and purchase wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, among the 400 foreign and domestic wines that will be available.

A longer drive takes you to Burton, Ohio for the Fall Festival Weekends at Sunrise Farm. This is the fall-themed event you're looking for! Each Saturday and Sunday in October, enjoy delicious apple fritters (from Noon-5pm), caramel apples and pure apple cider. Pick your own pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, choose from 10 different varieties of apples in the farm store, along with gorgeous fall decorations, and the greenhouse for gourds, cornstalks and mums.

You'll love the nice 2 hour trip to Sugarcreek, Ohio, to see one of two fun productions at the Star Theater. "Mennonite Girls Can Cook" tells the tale of a local cooking show going to the "Big Time" after it catches the eye of a Hollywood producer. Another show, "Josiah for President" images what would happen if an Amishman won a write-in vote for President! Both shows combine laughs, faith and fun for a fabulous fall day! Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

Make sure to reserve your room at our B&B for a lovely October weekend to remember!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Festival of Sail Sandusky - September 3-5, 2016

Sandusky hosts a very unique festival in September - the Festival of Sail. This wonderful event allows ordinary land-lubbers like you and me to actually step on, and tour, fantastic sailing ships at the Jackson Street Pier in downtown Sandusky.

As of this writing, there are four ships scheduled for the festival (ship selection may change without notice):

  • The Mist of Avalon - a former fishing ship with a motor that was used commercially to catch cod and then abandoned at a pier in Canada, Mist of Avalon was rebuilt into a 19th century Grand Banks schooner by Captain George Mainguy, and returned to sea in 1997. She has appeared in many films and documentaries.

  • El Galeón Andalucía is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a 16th-century galleon,  that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet - the type used by the Spanish crown for maritime expeditions. El Galeón Andalucía will sail into port under command of Captain Rosario Fernandez Rodriguez.
  • The U.S. Brig Niagara will be of special interest to American History buffs - she is a replica of the flagship commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The current Niagara is the third reconstruction of the original vessel.
  • The When And If, a 63-foot schooner commissioned by Gen. George S. Patton in 1939. A quote from the general himself, about it is: "When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world." It remained in the Patton family until 1972.

The festival will run from 9am -5pm on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, 2016. 
You can purchase Multi-Day On Board Tour Passes for $20 per person to climb aboard and tour the ships, as well as a Day Sail ticket for $65. The Fast Pass option is $59 per person and allows admission to the festival with front of the line service at each ship tour each day of the event. It is highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, particularly if you want to do the Day Sail. Ticket prices will increase at the door and are not guaranteed, if they sell out online before the festival starts. 

Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast is only a short trip from Sandusky - spend the day with the tall ships and then return to us for a great night's sleep and a delicious home-made breakfast!