Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fun Fall Events Near Milan Ohio

Pumpkins on a Background of Barbed Wire

It's the time of year for pumpkins and fall foliage, and maybe a few spooky spirits, as well! Autumn is a great time to visit Milan, and stay with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast! Here are a few fun events going on near the inn!

Pumpkin Fest in Huron
Only 13 minutes from Milan, Huron hosts the family-friendly Pumpkin Fest at the Huron Boat Basin on Main Street. This is a free event that has games, entertainment, food and kid's activities, as well as a Pumpkin Drop at 2:30pm! October 13th, 11am-5pm

Oktoberfest at Put-in-Bay
If you would like to take a fun ferry ride to a festive event, head out to Put-in-Bay for their Oktoberfest Celebration. Held October 13th from 11am-7pm and October 14 from Noon-5pm,
the fest will feature German food, hot spiced wine and cold beer, live polka and German music, German dancers, souvenir apparel, souvenir beer glasses for sale, and great raffle items.

Cruisin on the Square in MilanRight here in Milan, on October 16th, 23rd and 30th - head down to the village square to see up to 150 classic cars with a Farmers Market, music and door prizes.

DarkenWood Haunt in Vermilion
If scary stuff is what you crave, drive 22 short minutes to Vermilion's Historic Old Schoolhouse for an interactive haunted experience. This all-volunteer event is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-11pm. Cost to enter is $5 per person.

Apple Peak at Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin HeightsVisit a real orchard for a "true taste of Autmn" on October 20th-21st from 10am-6pm. There will be wagon rides, music,  hiking, local food and drink, vendors, storytellers, and much more! Don't forget to pick some apples to bring home!

There are so many fun things to do around Autumn in this area! Visit us for a great home base for your adventures!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Things to Do Outside Near Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast - Coupling MetroPark and the Milan Towpath MetroPark

Wooded trail with fallen autumn leaves on the dirt trail

Have you ever heard the term MetroPark? If not, here is what that means. MetroPark is short for Metropolitan Park, or a regionally administrated park or OpenSpace. There are several MetroPark systems in Ohio, and we're going to look at the two closest to us here at Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast: the Coupling MetroPark and the Milan Towpath MetroPark, which are part of Erie MetroParks.

The Coupling MetroPark is a 26 acre park with miles of trails and small, non-motorized boat access to the Huron River, and only a 5 minute drive from Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast. Along with bank fishing sites, a wooded nature trail, picnic tables, shelters, grills, restrooms, a sledding slope, and a grass volleyball court. Developed around an historic railroad theme on an undisturbed Huron River floodplain, the Coupling MetroPark allows leashed dogs and is open from 8 am-dusk. They have some really great programs at this park, including monthly Morning Kayak Paddles and Evening Kayak Floats, Hiking outings and Art in the Park.

Our next stop is the Milan Towpath MetroPark, which is less than 10 minutes by foot from the B&B! Also open from 8am to dusk, the almost a mile path is a narrow park that follows the path of an early canal and railway. The Towpath runs through a site of a Moravian Indian mission village. After the village of Milan was established in 1816, the Huron River was dammed below the village and Merry's Mills, a gristmill and sawmill, was opened, establishing the area surrounding the Towpath. At this uniquely Milan park, you will find pet-friendly walking trails, birding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

Visit us and discover the beautiful nature encompassing the lovely village of Milan!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

It's Melon Ice Cream Time! 60th Annual Milan Melon Festival - September 1-3, 2018

Milan, Ohio is know as the birthplace of Thomas Edison AND as the location for the annual Milan Melon Festival! A celebration of Watermelon and Canteloupe, this fun, family-friendly fest takes place in the Milan Village Square on September 1-3, 2018 - Labor Day weekend! We take our melons seriously in Milan, and it's said that the best melons come only from Milan! If you weren't aware, Muskmelon is just another name for the canteloupe. It's named so because these sweet delights originated in Persia, where musk is a word for perfume - according to ancient texts, they "both smelleth and eateth as if the fruit were steeped in Muske".

This wonderful festival has something for everyone. The whole thing starts on Saturday morning with St. Anthony's Pancake Breakfast at 8am. Then you've got the car show, various contests, and as always, entertaining musical acts, and craft and food vendors and the Melon Queen contest.

The fun continues on Sunday, with the Fireman's Chicken BBQ at the Firehouse, and a big event, the Grand Parade at 2pm - followed by concerts and merriment all day long, including all kinds of watermelon themed contests, like a watermelon eating contest!.

On the final day, Monday, the Fun Run starts at 8:30am, followed by the 5k at 9, and then the fun continues until 6pm.

All of that is really great, but for those in the know, there is one main reason to attend the Melon Festival, and that is to get the amazing and special, only available at this time of year, Muskmelon Ice Cream and Watermelon Sherbet. It's made by a local creamery, Tuft's, and can only be gotten at the festival. It sells out every year. The best way to enjoy this magical treat is to get a scoop of each in a canteloupe bowl. It's one-of-a-kind! How can the thousands of people from all around who come just to get a teaste be wrong?

When you're in town for the festival, the very best place to stay is Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast, if we do say so ourselves! You'll have a comfortable retreat after a fun day at the festival, and a delicious, homemade breakfast to send you on your way in the morning!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Founder's Weekend Sandusky - August 18-19, 2018

Blue background with fireworks effects - Sanducky Bicentennial Founders Weekend August 18-19 2018

Sandusky celebrates Founder's Weekend in mid-August with lots of fun activities!

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky has an interesting way to raise funds - a raffle with incredible prizes called the Big Splash Raffle. Tickets cost $100 each and only 5000 tickets are sold. A few of the money prizes are given out at the "Bash Before the Splash", which is the Big Splash kick-off event. The Bash is held at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion from 6-9pm. The event will have live musical entertainement by 56 Daze. Ticket holders have free entry for themselves and a guest. Others can pay $5. On the 18th, prizes including cars, motorcycles and boats, as wel as a top prize of $50,000 will be drawn at the Maritime Museum.

On August 18th - head to downtown Sandusky for the Bicentennial Parade. The Parade starts at 10am at Hayes & Columbus Avenue. The theme is "Sandusky Through the Ages", celebrating Sandusky Past, Present and Future. The parade will feature floats, marchings bands, local celebrities, fly-overs and more!

Also on the 18th - it's $1 Museum Day - visit various museums in Sandusky for only $1 entry. On the same theme, the Cook-Dorne House museum will host an Antique Appraisal Fair, at which experts from Garth's Auctions will be present to give live appraisals and information on family treasures and other antiques.

Later in the evening, there will be a fireworks show to celebrate the Bicentennial and Founders Weekend.

On Sunday evening from 7:30-9pm, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra will have a Bicentennial Free Concert at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion. This will be an amazing musical event, including the full orchestra with Dan May, the Gospel Choirs of Sandusky, local high school bands and a Fireworks Finale! Don't worry about dinner - food and beverage vendors will be on site.

Make a weekend of it and stay with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast in the lovely village of Milan, only a 20 minute drive to Sandusky!

Monday, June 4, 2018

What's Happening in Sandusky! Independence Day and Festival of Sail - July 12-15, 2018

Fireworks and an American Flag on a blue background
Fireworks, Cannons, Bands, and a Giant Rubber Ducky! If you're in Sandusky this July, you're likely to experience some summer fun like no other!

On Independence Day, from 10-4, downtown Sandusky’s Washington Park in transformed into the Stars & Stripes Festival hosted by the Sandusky Community Celebrations Council. The streets surrounding the park are shut down to make room for food vendors, musical acts, pony rides, and game tents, as well as the thousands of people coming in to have a great time! A new event for 2018 is the Boy with the Boot Bicen10K and Family Relay.

The big event for the summer is the Festival of Sail, July 12-15 at the Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky. For 4 days, the harbor is host to Tall Ships and a special visitor - Mama Duck, the 6-story tall World's Largest Inflatable Duck! Mama Duck will float amongst the visiting ships, as long as the weather cooperates. As of this writing, four ships are scheduled to make an appearence, including the U.S Brig Niagara, a reconstruction of one of the ships that helped American forces to win the Battle of Niagara in the War of 1812. Visitors can purchase tickets to view the ships from the pier, board and tour the ships, or even take a 90 minute sail! If you attend on the12th, you can see the Parade of Sail, in which the ships sail along the harbor.

Stay with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast for a quiet, realxing night's sleep and a generous and delicious breakfast either before or after you attend these fun summer events, or both!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Fun in the Sun! June 2018 in Northern Ohio

June is coming, with it the promise of summer weather, and plenty of sun and fun! In our purlieu,  the activities are stacking up- whether you want to cheer on historical baseball players or keep it a little closer to the ground by strolling through a museum or car show, we've got something for you in Northern Ohio this June!

Each Tuesday in June - October, the Milan Village Square will be surrounded with classic cars for Cruisin' on the Square. This is a great tradition in which up to 150 beautifully restored vehicles are displayed all around the village square, leaving plenty of room for car fans to roam around and marvel at the incredible work that is put into these beautiful rides.

Before you hit the car show, consider a visit to the Milan History Musem. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm, and 1-5pm on Sundays, the museum is a wonderful place to spend some time learning about all kinds of interesting subjects. One of the newer exhibits is the Galpin Glass Galleries, which feature pieces from Roman antiquity all the way to modern artists.

The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will be in Port Clinton, not too far from Milan, from May 30 – June 3, 2018 at Camp Perry. This 80% scale Traveling Vietnam Wall is the largest traveling Vietnam wall replica, which makes the opportunity to view the Wall available to those who can't travel to DC to see the original.  

Take a side trip to Freemont, to the Rutherford B Hayes Museum to see old-timey baseball on June 3rd and 10th at 2pm. The Spiegal Grove Squires will take on the Rochester Grangers of Rochester Hills, Mi on June 3 and local celebrity all-stars on June 10. These home games are free admission -so take a couple of hours on a summer Sunday to cheer on the home team!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

International Museum Day - May 18, 2018

In Milan, Ohio, our "Claim to Fame" is as the birthplace to Thomas Edison. What better way to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18th than with a trip to our charming little village to tour the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum?

Edison's family had an interesting history in and of itself. Thomas' great-grandfather was forced to give up his lands in New Jersey due to his Loyalist sensibilities during the Revolution, and took his family to Canada. His grandfather, Captain Samuel Edison, was a British officer in the War of 1812. Interestingly, Thomas' father, Samuel Ogden Edison, Junior, seems to have turned away from his family's Royalist ways and became involved in the Papineau-MacKenzie Rebellion, which was a failed Candian revolution. Due to that, he was forced to leave Canada, and later settled in Milan with his wife Nancy and their children. Thomas Edison was born in Milan on February 11, 1847, in the same structure, built by Samuel, that now houses the birthplace museum. The family lived in the house until 1854, when it was sold for their move to New Jersey.

Through the years, the house was owned by other families, until  it was re-purchased by Edison's sister Marion in 1894. Eventually, in 1906, Thomas bought the house. After his death in 1931, his widow and daughter worked to make the homeplace a museum to honor Edison's life and legacy. The museum opened on February 11, 1947, the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum is open in April and May from Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5pm, and June-August on Tuesday-Saturday from 10am -5pm and Sundays from 1-5pm. Make a fun weekend trip with us at Angel Welcome Bed and Breakfast, touring the museum on of International Museum Day on Friday, then taking the other two days to just relax and rejuvenate!