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!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Milan Melon Festival - September 3-5, 2016

The time is almost upon us for the annual Milan Melon Festival! The Melon Fest draws tens of thousands of people to the beautiful village of Milan each year, to celebrate the Watermelon and Cantaloupe harvests, and enjoy family-friendly fun in the process. 

This is the festival's 58th year, and will be held on Labor Day weekend. This gives you 3 full days to come to town and get in on the action at the Milan Village Square. The events list is amazing! Included are a 5K and Fun Run, Beautiful Baby Pageant, a Cornhole Tournament, a Car Show, live entertainement, and of course, the not-to-be-missed Grand Parade. Some events require pre-registration

Saturday Events: 
8 am - St. Anthony's Pancake Breakfast
9 am - Car Show at Edison Elementary  
11 am - Beautiful Baby Contest 
5:30 pm - Melon Queen Contest 

Sunday Events:
11am -  Firemen's Chicken Barbecue
2 pm - Grand Parade 
7-9 pm - Middle School Dance

Monday Events:  
8:30 -9 am - Fun Run and 5K
10 am - Cornhole Tournament
10 am - Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull

In the midst of all of the scheduled events, there will be carnival rides.  lots and lots of food vendors with all different kinds of delicious fair delicacies, live music and other diversions. You will be able to partake of melon slices, full melons, and OF COURSE, our Famous Muskmelon (canteloupe) Ice Cream and Watermelon Sherbet. You can even get melon ice cream in a melon! Two kinds of cool refreshment! 

Make your lodging reservations early, you won't want to miss a minute of this incredible festival! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Huron River Fest - Huron, Ohio - July 8 - 10, 2016

It's the 25th Anniversary of the Huron River Fest and it is bigger than ever! This yearly event takes place at the Huron Boat Basin, at 417 Main St in Huron, OH. The 3-day extravaganza combines all the fun of a typical carnival-type festival with water, making it the perfect mid-summer family affair.

A big attraction is the Boat Decorating Contest - this year's theme is "American Pride". Judging will take place Friday night by the Huron River Queen and her court at the boat basin. All watercraft are encouraged to register and light up the summer night in red, white and blue!

Speaking of the Queen, the competition and crowing of the Queen and Junior Queen will be on Friday at 6pm. After the competition, the Boat Contest awards and some live music, there will be fireworks over the water at 10:15pm.

Most of the action takes place at the boat basin, but some of the events are in different spots, like "The Road Show" car show on Saturday, you will find that at First Presbyterian Church. The 5K and Fun Run start at the corner of Williams Street & Cleveland Road on Saturday at 8:30am - a good way to beat the heat. Just after the runs, the Lion's Club Parade will start at 11am at the corner of Jim Campbell Drive and Cleveland Road, and run past the River Fest Midway to its end at Huron High School.

Sunday is Family Fun Day with the understandably popular Pets on the Pier pet contest. There will be awards for Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Obedience and Best Pet & Owner Look Alike. The Midway opens at 11am, then enjoy the Huron High School Band and Cheerleaders, Christian Cloggers and Live Music.

Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast is your perfect home base for the festival, as we are a quick 12 minute drive right to Huron!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ohio's National Parks Celebrate 100 Years!

The National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016, and is celebrating with many special events, free park days (August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday, September 24: National Public Lands Day, and November 11: Veterans Day), an Imax movie, and even commemorative coins and postage stamps. It's a party!

Did you know that Ohio is home to nine different National Park sites? You could spend a wonderful vacation traveling around to all the different attractions and learning so much about American history, and Ohio history in particular.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is found along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio. Cuyahoga is a beautiful park, combining a floodplain, deep ravines, waterfalls and farmland all in one. It's a great place to hike or bike, with many trails, including the 21 mile Towpath Trail. You can also see exhibits on Ohio life, both modern and historical.

In Wilberforce Ohio, visit the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. Charles Young was born to enslaved parents in 1864. After the Civil War, his family moved to Ripley, Ohio, where Charles found great educational success. After teaching school for 2 years, Charles entered West Point and received his commission in 1889. Among his many accomplishments in a very long and distinguished military career were fighting with distinction in the Phillipine-American War, and teaching at Wilberforce University, as well as a stint as the first African-American national park Superintendent. The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument is open for informal tours as of now.

Other National Park sites in Ohio are the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, at Wright-Patterson AFB, the First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, in  Chillicothe, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, in Mentor, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, at Put-In Bay, the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, and the David Berger National Memorial in Beachwood.

Visit Ohio's National Parks and learn all about our exceptional history!