Thursday, December 16, 2010

Special January Package #1

Available January 1-31, 2011

Your New Years Resolution #2011
• Exercise more
• Loose weight
• Eat healthy
• Banish stress

Have you decided to buy some exercise equipment for a new home gym but don’t know what is best for you? Do you want to get some healthy breakfast recipes to make at home? Do you want to work one-on-one with a personal trainer before committing to a series of visits? If this is your resolution for the New Year, then we have a deal for you!
Check out the Package details below and then pick up the phone and call 440-774-3400 or 877-774-3406 to schedule your Resolu-cation Package.(Package cannot be booked at the last minute as we will need to schedule your personal training appointment in advance. Since the last training appointment on a Friday is 4:00 we will give an early check-in.)

• 2 Nights at 1830 Hallauer House B & B
• 2 Complimentary breakfasts that will be high in protein and low on carbohydrates and calories.
• A sampling of healthy breakfast recipes.
• A complimentary water bottle to keep.
• On the day of your arrival, we will schedule for you a one hour visit at Debbie’s Personal Training to work one-on-one with a personal trainer or have a one-on-one consultation. (Your choice).
• Have a healthy dinner on your own at one of Oberlin’s fine restaurants.
• In the morning after your healthy breakfast and a short “let your stomach settle time,’ you can get into your sweats and put on your workout shoes for a trip to our on-sight gym. Use the tips and information from the personal trainer and spend the day working out on the treadmill, the elliptical, the stationary bike, and the Bow Flex. Watch the satellite TV or use your own I-Pod. Take as much time on each piece of equipment as you feel comfortable with, being careful to take some breaks along the way! We also have an Inversion Table that we can help you with if you are new to that piece of equipment. (Please check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.)
• When you have had enough exercise, you can still sweat but relax in the dry far-infrared sauna for 30 minutes, then fill the tub, and enjoy sinking down into the warm, swirling water of the whirlpool Jacuzzi tub. Light the candles and listen to soft music from the Bose stereo. (At this point, I would be sipping some chilled white wine!) The stress will melt away!
• And now you deserve to go out for a fine reward so use the $50.00 Gift Certificate for dinner at Presti’s Restaurant.

TOTAL COST: Based on double occupancy

Union and Confederate Rooms $375.00 ($15.00 for 3rd person)
Mason/Dixon Suite $475.00 ($20.00 for each additional person)
(Includes tax and breakfast)

So get pumped! Make it happen! Keep that 2011 New Year’s Resolution! And enjoy the B & B experience while you do it! Give us a call but call early so we can set up the schedule with the personal trainer. Come on! Do it! You know you want to!!
440-774-3400 877-774-3406

Special January Package #2


Extended by popular demand!

Treat Yourself to a Post Holiday Getaway !

Bidding Dates are from January 1 to January 31, 2011

• Take a trip through our website
• Explore our rooms
• Note our room rates – (posted rates INCLUDE tax and a full breakfast)
• Read about our history
• Count our amenities
• Check our Availability Calendar
• Plan the days for your getaway
• Click on your email address: (or call)

1. Tell us the date/s you would like for your getaway
2. Include your name, email address, and phone number
3. Make a bid on the room of choice for your desired dates
4. Submit your offer

• If we accept your offer, we will call you with the good news and to finalize the deal.
• If we cannot accept your offer, or if we have received multiple offers for the date/s you have chosen, we will email you a counter offer and then you can decide to agree to it, comeback with another bid, or scrap the deal. It is up to you! You make the deal!

Offers will be accepted, countered, or rejected within 24 hours of receiving your initial email.
If there is more than one bidder for same date, a confirmed reservation will be given to the highest bidder for selected date/s.

Never been to a Bed and Breakfast before? Then here's your chance to find out what it's all about and why many people say "B & B's are the Better Way to Stay!"

Not good on reservations already booked.
Not good on Gift Certificates.

2010 Finalist for Ohio Bed & Breakfast of the Year
by Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association

440-774-3400 Toll Free 877-774-3406

Special January Package #3


Good from January 1 – 31, 2011

Need to Rest, Relax, Retool, Recharge, Regroup, Rebound? That’s an R&R X (3) and is a guarantee to get you detoxed from the hustle and bustle that you encountered during the 12 Days of Christmas!

We know that everyone’s R&R needs are different, so we here at Hallauer House B & B, are offering, throughout the month of January, a choice of R & R packages for you to choose from. Does relaxing mean to you, being a “Couch Potato,” an “Energizer Bunny,” or a “Gamer?” Check out the details for each below, choose your personal package, and then pick up the phone and give us a call at 440-774-3400 or 877-774-3406! You will be so glad you did!

  • (Room rates are discounted by 20% and are based on double occupancy. $15.00 to $20.00 more for extra person/s. )


    • 2 nights
    • 2 Complimentary Breakfasts
    Welcome bag with wine, cheese, and Ohio made snacks.
    • Stay in your sweats or jammies and relax in your room or in front of the downstairs fireplace with a variety of magazines, novels, historical & antique books. Read until your hearts content! Or if you are a writer, type until your fingers give out!
    • When you’re tired of reading or writing, drop into the Asian spa and relax in the far-infrared sauna, fill the tub and slip into the whirling water of the whirlpool Jacuzzi for the ultimate relaxation with candlelight and soft music from the Bose stereo. Sip your wine and just plain veg out!
    • After your dinner out at one of Oberlin’s fine restaurants come back to the B & B for complimentary dessert and coffee or tea.

    Union or Confederate Room $225.00
    Mason/Dixon Suite - $325.00


    • 2 nights
    • 2 complimentary breakfasts
    Welcome bag with energizer drinks and Ohio made snacks.
    • Bring your workout clothes and walking shoes. Hop on the treadmill, jump on the elliptical, saddle up on the bike, or hook up the Bow Flex. Spend as long as you like on the various pieces of equipment until you have burned out all of the holiday stresses!
    • When you have sweated enough, it is time to end your workout with a stay in the far-infrared sauna to sweat some more. Then fill the tub and slip into the whirling water of the whirlpool Jacuzzi. Sip some cool sparkling spring water and listen to the sounds from the Bose stereo.
    • After your dinner out at one of Oberlin’s fine restaurants come back to the B & B for complimentary dessert and coffee or tea.

    Union or Confederate Room - $225.00
    Mason/Dixon Suite - $325.00

    2 nights
    • 2 complimentary breakfasts
    Complimentary board game and a deck of playing cards to play with and keep.
    • Stay in your sweats or jimmies all day while you and your partner play board games all day long! We have Monopoly, Gettysburg, Scrabble, Presidential Scrabble, Clue, 3 versions of Trivial Pursuit, Anti Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, The Gender Gap, Krypto, Cribbage, and lots of cards! Have a favorite not mentioned? Let us know! There is
    • After your dinner out at one of Oberlin’s fine restaurants come back to the B & B for complimentary dessert and coffee or tea.

    Union or Confederate Room $225.00
    Mason/Dixon Suite - $325.00

    So what are you waiting for?! Pick up that phone and schedule some R & R!!



2010 Finalist for Ohio B & B of the Year

by Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Candle Glow

Baby, it's cold outside! The snow is on the ground and the cold breeze is blowing, but inside Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast, the candles are lit and the air is warm!

When guests come down to breakfast this holiday season, they are greeted not only with an elegant table set with Lenox china, sterling silver, cloth napkins, white poinsettas, and delicious food, but also with a warm glow from candles both big and small, fat and thin, and arranged in varying heights on the 1830 mahognany buffet. Snaking through the candle stacks is a string of white lights in silver lace holders, holding hands with silver beads, glittery blue ribbon, and white velvety poinsettas. The candle glow is warm as it invites you to come in, smell the aromas, and enjoy the freshly prepared breakfast cuisine. So please come in! It's time to come to the table!

And just a reminder about our Gift Card Packages, (see link for details), a truly memorable gift that says you care enough to give the very best.

And don't forget to pamper yourself a little bit this holiday season! You can still "Bid Your Own Room Rate" (see the link for details) until Dec. 22. Come and shop at the quaint stores in Oberlin, have dinner at one of our great restaurants, and then warm up in front of the fire at the B & B! When you come down for breakfast in the morning, the candles will be glowing for you!

Be sure to check back to the Blog or our Website for January's specials.
We hope to see you soon before the candles burn out!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Make It Special! Give a Gift Card Package!

It’s holiday shopping time! And again there's that age old question, "What can I get for my parents, my spouse, my fiance, my older child, my partner, my BFF, my hero?" And so many times you run out of ideas or time and end up with that small plastic, impersonal gift card for a mall or maybe for one specific store, and all the while you're wishing you had come up with a more unique idea!

Well here is a unique idea! A GIFT CARD, but one for a unique and quaint BED AND BREAKFAST!!! (And of course we would recommend the 1830 Hallauer House B & B!) Our gift card is printed on quality half fold card stock and personalized with information that you select to include for your present. Be sure to tour our Website to see rooms, rates, amenities, and lots of pictures!

But we don't stop there! We will personalize your Gift Card Package to the interests of the gift recipient.

Here are some examples of what can be done:

For the wine lover, we can map out the local wineries and include brochures about each winery and give directions to the best wine store in Oberlin. When your guests arrive they will be presented with 2 Hallauer House wine glasses!

For the history buff, we can map out the local history museums in Oberlin, Wellington, Amherst, Lorain, and Elyria and include brochures about each museum so the recipient can get a taste of history before they come. And of course our Innkeeper is an expert on the Civil War and the Underground Railroad and will tell many stories at breakfast. When your guests arrive, they will be presented with a Civil War era candle mat hand made by a local artist.

For the art lover, we can map out a trip to the fabulous Cleveland Museum of Art. (The Oberlin Art Museum should be reopening sometime next year). We can also direct them to our FAVA (Firelands Association of Visual Arts) Gallery in downtown Oberlin as well as the Gingko Gallery where they will find items made by local artists and an amazing offering of incredible art supplies. When your guests arrive they will be presented with a small handmade gift of art.

For the antique lover, we can map out a route of some fabulous local antique shops as well as the famous Jamies Flea Market (open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and the really special resale shop just a half mile away from the B & B! Upon arrival your guests will be presented with a recycle bag to carry home all of their purchases! And while here your guests can enjoy the many antiques at Hallauer House.

For the biking enthusiast, we can include a map of the wonderful Back Roads and Beaches Bike Tour stretching throughout Lorain County. Or your guests can ride the Rails to Trails Bike Path which extends from Elyria to Kipton with Oberlin being in the middle. More bike paths will be opening next year! If your guests are into cross country biking they would enjoy that course at Findley State Park just 8 miles south of Oberlin. When your guests are ready to ride we will give them each a lunch-to-go.

For the lover of parks and walks in the park, we can include maps of some of Lorain County's 18 Metro Parks, each one having a different theme and activities. There is the bird watching park, the prairie park, the visitor's center, the equestrian park, the primitive park, the rose garden and beach park just to name a few. A new Conservatory park will be opening next spring. When your guests are ready to hike, we will give them each a lunch-to-go.

And those are just examples! More ideas good be for the music enthusiast, the theater enthusiast, the adventure enthusiast. If you have a special idea of what you would like, we will work with you to set up the perfect Gift Card Package.

With every Gift Card Package purchase we will include a Lorain County map, a list of Oberlin restaurants, Cleveland and Lorain County visitors guides and a few other brochures of local attractions. And here is our suggestion to you, the gift giver. Why not take your Gift Package and put it in an appropriate, corresponding gift container. For example, the wine gift in a wine bucket, the history gift in a history book, the art package in an art box. You know what I mean!

The Gift Card Package can be purchased by calling our toll free number at 877-774-3406 or 440-774-3400. Gift Cards can be picked up or we can mail them but remember that during the season, mail can be a little slower. We can email a Gift Card but can not include the maps, brochures and other goodies through cyberspace!

So why not give us a call. We would really like to be a part of giving that someone special in your life a really special and unforgettable life experience!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast 14945 Hallauer Rd
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
440-774-3400 877-774-3406

Treat Yourself to a Holiday Getaway!

• Take a trip through our website
• Explore our rooms
• Note our room rates – (posted rates INCLUDE tax and a full breakfast)
• Read about our history
• Count our amenities
• Check our Availability Calendar
• Plan the days for your getaway
• Click on your email address

1. Tell us the date/s you would like for your getaway
2. Include your name, email address, and phone number
3. Make a bid on the room of choice for your desired dates
4. Submit your offer

• If we accept your offer, we will call you with the good news and to finalize the deal.
• If we cannot accept your offer, or if we have received multiple offers for the date/s you have chosen, we will email you a counter offer and then you can decide to agree to it, comeback with another bid, or scrap the deal. It is up to you! You make the deal!

Offers will be accepted, countered, or rejected within 24 hours of receiving your initial email.

If there is more than one bidder for same date, a confirmed reservation will be given to the highest bidder for selected date/s.

Not good on reservations already booked.
Not good on Gift Certificates.

We are a 2010 Finalist for Ohio Bed & Breakfast of the Year from Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association!

Happy Bidding!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Last night we attended the gala dinner event in Columbus for the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association in the hopes that we, as one of the three finalists, would be chosen as the 2010 Ohio B & B of the Year. Alas, it was not to be. We did not come in as Number 1. That honor went to the Garden Gate Getaway in Millersburg, Ohio in the heart of Amish country. Our congratulations to them! They had over 300 reviews compared to our 50 over 8 years. Pretty impressive!

SO I GUESS WE ARE EITHER THE 2ND OR 3RD BEST B & B IN OHIO FOR 2010! YEAH!!!!!And that's not bad considering all the B & B's in Ohio! And since no runners up were announced by OH&LA we will declare ourselves as the runner up at #2!

Following you will find the answers to the required questions presented to us by the OH&LA. We hope you enjoy reading what we have to offer and what we have done for the community. And then we hope you give us a call. Come and stay and let us know how 1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast can become # 1!

How long has this B&B been in operation? __8 _Years__

How many rooms does this B&B have? 2 Regular Rooms and 1 Two-room Suite__

How long has this B&B been an OH&LA member? 1 Year___

Describe this B&B and list any improvements or renovations made in the past year.

The presence of a dry cistern, a cellar hiding place with a cut out in a floor board in the room above it, all support the assumption that this circa 1830 house, which is now a 3 room Civil War themed B & B, was a stop on the Underground Railroad. To carry out the Civil War theme, the two regular rooms are named the Union and Confederate Rooms and each has on display the appropriate authentic sword and pistol and a reproduction uniform which were donated to us by a past guest. The two-room suite is named the Mason/Dixon Suite after the dividing line of the Civil War and it has approximately 560 square feet of space for guests to enjoy. The B & B is located in the country but just minutes from a small college town and just 40 minutes from a major metropolitan area,

Since it’s beginning in 1830, the house has seen several additions over the years, the last two having been done by the present Innkeepers. These additions, done in 1998 and 2005, are the downstairs Asian themed Spa bathroom for guest use and a private second floor carriage barn for the innkeepers. In October of 2009 a new exercise room was added in one half of the large garage. It was made private by surrounding it with tatami screens. Guests can choose to workout on a new, top brand, treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, or Bow Flex while they enjoy satellite TV programming or their own IPod. Also added in February of 2010 was a smaller dining area for guests who prefer a more private breakfast experience and to more comfortably accommodate larger groups at breakfast. Placed in this room is an 18th century Sheridan cherry table with a turning ‘lazy Susan’ top. A new addition to the garden this summer was an old door from the house. The glass panes were removed and in each pane there was hung various chandelier crystals. It is now the welcome door for the garden. In October of 2009, the house was totally insulated to seal up the old house drafts.

What unique services and amenities are offered by this B&B?

Guests of this B & B enjoy several unique amenities found at very few other B & B’s The musically inclined can play for hours at the baby grand digital piano or the 1890 player pump organ, strum a guitar, or blow the trumpet. The physically inclined can work out in the well equipped gym or swim in the 20 X 40 ft. in-ground swimming pool. And those who just want to sit and relax can stroll the pathways through the acre of unique garden rooms, sit on the sandy mini beach, or relax in the covered pavilion and watch the flowing stream as it cascades over the upper waterfall and meanders down to the pond below. In the fall and winter guests can enjoy the two outdoor fireplaces, the bonfire pit, or the wood burning fire inside. There is free off-street parking, free WIFI, complimentary toiletries, a mini refrigerator in each room stocked with complimentary snacks and beverages, and smoothly ironed, high quality sheets on each bed. There are hand made quilts and down comforters in each room and the candy dishes are supplied with hard mints and Lindt’s Truffles.

SERVICES: This B & B offers concierge service in the way of recommendations from the innkeeper’s first hand experiences to all points of the city, county, and other out lying areas. This service includes not only restaurants, but also car repair, museums, directions, coupons, events, reservations, and on site secure parking for bicycles and special cars. On many occasions when a guest is relying on public transportation, the innkeeper will volunteer to drive him into town or pick him up at end of day. At breakfast, the innkeeper tells stories about the history of the town, how it was settled and how it was part of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Package deals are offered with dinner coupons, boxed lunches, a bag of Ohio made products, a basket of relaxation products, and a free night after so many stays. Because accommodations are scarce for the local college commencement and to give all past guests an equal chance of staying at the B & B, the innkeepers use a lottery system for filling the three rooms. Guests receive one ticket for each night they stay over the course of three years.

What awards or honors has this B&B recently received?

In 2003 this B & B was named by the local Chamber of Commerce as New Business of the Year. In 2004 and again in 2008 this B & B was nominated for the County Beautification award for Historic Preservation.

What community service programs is this B&B involved with?

In June of 2010 this B & B was a sponsor of the Freedom Tour, a 30 day bicycle tour by a minister and friend who were riding on the Underground Railroad bike trail to call awareness to the problem of human slave trafficking. The riders began in Alabama and after their free overnight stop here at the B & B, were making their way to their destination in Buffalo, NY. The innkeepers donate many free nights each year to charitable organizations, schools, and benefits for people in need.

The Innkeepers are members of three local Historical Societies. One of the innkeepers is secretary to the Township Historical Society and he was instrumental in getting a historical landmark plaque placed on the Civil War monument and he lead the rededication of that monument this past July 2010. He has given several talks to community groups on the Civil War and the local community’s involvement in the Underground Railroad.

What aspect of this B&B makes it deserving of the Ohio B&B of the Year Award?

This Ohio B & B is small in size with only 3 rooms but what it lacks in size and rooms is made up for in amenities and services offered by the Innkeepers. It is this smallness that allows the innkeepers to give personalized service to every guest as soon as they make a reservation. Very few B & B’s have on site a swimming pool, a gym, sauna, unique gardens, ponds, stream, fireplaces, complimentary stocked in-room refrigerators satellite TV, free WIFI, and a four course breakfast served on china and with sterling silverware and crystal stemware. But the most important thing that makes this B & B deserving of the Ohio B & B of the Year Award is the friendly service and the Innkeepers who strive to give their guests an experience that they will forever remember. And this is proven in the occupancy rates over the past year. The occupancy rate in May, 2010 was at 79% with December, 2009 the lowest at 28% (only because the innkeepers took a week long Christmas vacation with family and missed out on two multiple day stays). The average occupancy rate for this B & B from September 2009 to the end of August, 2010 is at 53%, well over the national average of 38%. That is the ultimate indicator that guests come and then they come back.

This B & B is a boutique B & B at a commercial price.

We would appreciate your feedback. Post your comments here! And thank you! Hope to see you visit us soon!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Bartered Bride?

A bartered bride? Does that wet your appetite?

Well "The Bartered Bride" is the opera being performed this weekend at Oberlin College. It is a comic opera in three acts and was written by Bedřich Smetana, and is set in a small Czech town where a rich peasant couple (can you really be rich and a peasant at the same time?)has bequeathed their daughter to an extreme and elegantly dressed guy who is really stuck on himself. Now Marzenka, the daughter, is really in love with Jenik so Jenik sets out to prove his love for Marzenka and what transpires is some clever tricks and lots of miscommunication. There are traditional folk dances, authentic costumes, opera music with with a libretto by Karel Sabina, and a message of true love winning out above all odds.

Performance times are as follows:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8 p.m.
Friday, November 19, 2010, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 20, 2010, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 21, 2010, 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $12.00 for the Public, $8.00 for Seniors/OC Staff & Faculty, and $5.00 for Students. All performances are at Hall Auditorium.

So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Opera.
And if you are already booked with us this weekend, you might really enjoy seeing a really great Oberlin College opera.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday Joe and I attended the open house at Laurel Run Cooking School in Vermilion where we got to sample some delicious food, tour the school, and dream about owning all of the fantastic cooking products that were available for purchase! As we tasted, we picked up recipes for some of the sample foods, things such as Cranberry-Orange Pecan Log, Chicken Bites with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, Warm Goat and Cream Cheese with Rosemary Oil & Garlic, a Spicy Pumpkin Soup, and Citrus Shortbreads. Unfortunately I know I missed other recipes that were out and about.

Laurel Run is located at 2600 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio, just a 15 minute drive from Hallauer House B & B, and has been owned and operated by Marcia DePalma since 1996. Marcia's philosophy is to make cooking fun while you learn new culinary skills that will excite your own home cooking. Want to learn how to bake bread, make fabulous soups, take a culinary tour of Budapest, put together entertaining appetizers,or just learn some basic cooking techniques,then this is the place to go! Check this link for class schedules and times - In looking at her calendar I see that a great majority of her classes are already SOLD OUT for the rest of November and December! But have no fear there will be more classes coming up in the months to follow so you might want to bookmark her schedule page or buy a gift certificate for someone on your Christmas list! You can also buy top of the line cooking equipment and exceptional cooking ingredients that will make your creative dishes 'POP'!

And here's another suggestion. If you want to take a class at Laurel Run why not consider staying here at Hallauer House after the class and enjoy a little of the culinary experiences here in Oberlin. As a special to our BLOG readers we will offer a 10% discount for our Union or Confederate Room if you are taking a class at Laurel Run. Just be sure to mention that you found this discount on the Blog which is also posted to our Facebook Page.

So Happy Cooking! And hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oberlin College Parent's Weekend


We had a cancellation for Parent's Weekend on November 12 and 13, 2010, just one week away! We have contacted everyone on our wait list and have had no response from them or they have made other accommodations. We had a couple of email addresses that were returned undeliverable so if you placed your name on our wait list and haven't been contacted then please do so right away!

If you need a room, the Mason/Dixon Suite is waiting for YOU!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do You Believe?

This is from a pure skeptic! (This post was written by my Innkeeper partner/husband)

We have had several "sensitive people" tell us that the room in the northwest corner of our house ( Union Room in the B & B) has a spirit.

The first occurrence of some note has been the 'odd' feeling people have shared when looking at the north window of the room - an eerie sensation that made them feel sad. I personally, began to weep while painting in that area over 8 years ago. (Maybe it was the paint fumes?)

Last year we had a 'ghost hunter' stay in that room but he experienced no sightings nor did he have any 'odd feelings'. But our youngest daughter claims that the lights flashed on and off one night while she was swimming in the pool and she knew for a fact that no one was staying in that room. She also claims that the bed shook one night as she slept in it. And now when she comes home to visit, she'd rather sleep on the sofa than in 'that' room! These occurrences were noted and ignored because of my skeptical nature and lack of belief in 'ghosts'. But a few days ago a much more detailed story emerged.

I was preparing for breakfast when a guest came down early for coffee. He struck up a conversation in which he claimed to be very sensitive to feelings and spirits. He began talking about two people he encountered in the room. He described one as being a woman in black mourning clothes waiting at the north window for a man who would not return. He had a strong feeling that the woman's name began with the letter F. The man was standing behind her but she could not see him nor feel him.

Now several months ago a neighbor told me the story of one of her ancestors, Francis Barnard McRoberts, who lived in this house in the early 1900's. It seems that her husband, a Pitt McRoberts, was bitten by a rabid horse and needed to travel to Chicago for treatment. A year later he died there, having never returned home to his house in Oberlin. The irony is that in the Union Room, where our guest saw the 'woman in black' she was looking in the direction of the Chicago/Buffalo rail line that went through Oberlin just north of our house. Could she have been Francis waiting for her husband, Pitt, to return to her, cured of his illness? Was he trying to comfort her?

The most compelling of facts in these stories is that they all occurred in the same room - the Union Room, with no corroboration between the tellers. If we do have a spirit visitor in our house, I'd like to meet her and charge her for all of the nights she has been in that room since we are now a Bed & Breakfast! (but I guess she doesn't eat much breakfast!)

Are you a believer?!! Have you been a guest in that room and did you have any 'strange feelings' or odd occurrences while there? If so, let us know. Do you want to book a night in the Union Room? It is almost Halloween night! Maybe the spirits will be up and about, weeping and wondering! Come for a visit and meet Francis. She wants to meet you!

Friday, October 8, 2010


I just received a call from the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association informing us that Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast is one of three finalists for Ohio B & B of the Year!!!!! Yeah! The winner will be announced at the annual gala in November! I will have to buy a new outfit! We are so excited and so honored! Cross your fingers for us and we will let you know the results!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Review!

"Best B & B " 10/6/2010

Stayed On: 8/2010

As Civil War Reenactor's when we saw this place on line we had to give it a try. What a wonderful time we had at Hallauer House! It definately lived up to and beyond our expectations.The room was great and comfortable. The snack's and the drink's in the fridge were great after coming back from a long day at the Pontiac National's in Norwalk. Our hosts Joe and Sue were great in every aspect! Not a more warm and inviting couple of people have I ever met. The breakfast's were beyond expectation ! We very much appricated the pool as it was very refreshing in the evening. We also enjoyed having Duke around as we ate breakfast buy the pool! Anyone visiting anywhere near the Oberlin area doesn't know what they"re missing if they don't stay here. We are looking forward to returning again!

Posted on on October 7, 2010


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Veteran's Day

November 10th is a special day set aside to honor our military personnel, both active duty and retired, for the service that they have, or are giving to our country. So in honor of all of these great men and women we are joining with over 280 Bed and Breakfasts nationwide in 40 states, to say "ThankYou!"

If you have a valid Military ID or an ID card from the Veterans Administration, we welcome you to book a FREE room here at Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast or at one of the other participating B & B's for Wednesday, November 10, 2010 ONLY. You and your spouse/partner are welcome and it will be on a first come, first serve basis. ID will be required at check-in! If you cannot come to Oberlin then check out this website to find other participating B & B's in one of the other 40 states.

Throughout the year we give a 20% discount to active duty or retired military personnel and we especially like Coasties from the US Coast Guard since our youngest
daughter is now a Petty Officer IT2 stationed in Key West, FL. Yeah Emily!

If you have never stayed at a B & B before then this is your chance to give it a try. We have everything the big hotels have but we are small, friendly, and welcoming to all. Check our website! We promise you won't be disappointed! Go on! Call! You know you want to!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What's new in Oberlin

Downtown Oberlin will be seeing some new business faces in the very near future. The East College Street Project is just about finished and they will be holding an open house next Saturday, October 9, from 2:00 to 4:00. This revitalized corner on College and Pleasant Streets could turn Oberlin into a destination hot spot and create a hub for activity.

Already opened is the Slow Train Cafe, a locally owned coffee shop, wine and drink bar with musical entertainment. With their free WIFI, you can surf and sip til your heart's content! Soon to open is Magpie Pizza, a gourmet pizza shop featuring fresh, quality ingredients served in a casual atmosphere. Kim's Market is planning to sell Asian foods plus fresh homemade authentic Korean food for carry out. Cafe Sprouts, a vegan juice bar, just recently had it's grand opening. A unique furniture gallery called Tansu will open soon as will Isabella and Company accountant firm.

The East College Street Project is a LEED building and is available for both residential and commercial leasing. Just 1,600 square feet of retail space and 2,500 square feet of office and studio space remain to be leased so it will be fun to see what other new and unique businesses will move into downtown Oberlin. Of the 33 available condo apartments, only 8 remain to be leased.

So when you come to stay at Hallauer House B & B be sure to visit the new businesses in our bustling down town. We may be a small town but we have a big city atmosphere! We'll see you at the open house next Satruday, Oct.9.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Special Restaurant for a Special Occasion!

Sometimes a special occasion requires a special dinner and that's what Joe and I needed to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Just this past month we have had several guests report to us that they enjoyed a very special meal at one of the area's best known restaurants. We had been to this restaurant many, many years ago so we decided it was time to make a return visit.

The restaurant of which I speak is Chez Francois located at 555 Main Street in Vermilion, Ohio. The indoor restaurant is very formal and does have a dress code that requires business type attire and jackets and ties for the men. No flip flops here! But because the evening was warm and the sky beautiful, we opted to sit outside where the dining experience is casual but sophisticated and I felt comfortable in my white shorts! We had a corner table over looking the canal opposite some beautiful homes and many, many boat docks. It actually felt a little like sitting on a dock at Key West! Even though we were outside casual, we were treated as if we were inside formal. The wine list was so extensive that it was in book form with many pages listing and describing wines from all regions of the world. The ingredients are locally grown, extremely fresh, and provided by various vendors.

Our meal consisted of our wine selection, an appetizer, salad, soda bread, Joe had Filet de Boeuf Wellington à la Périgourdine while I dined on Suprême de Volaille aux Noisettes et aux Crustacés. Both selections were absolutely delicious! We mentioned when we arrived that it was our anniversary so we were surprised with a luscious dessert that we both shared.

Throughout the year, Chez Francois presents many specialty dinners such as The Australian Wine Dinner, the Gourmet Clam Bake, Piedmont & Truffles Wine Dinner, the Spanish Wine Dinner, the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Dinner, A Truffle Dinner, and a New Year's Eve Party. For complete information on the restaurant and all of their specials visit their website and subscribe to the Chez Newsletter. Their hours are:

Tuesday, Wed., and Thurs. 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, Sat., and Sunday - 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
They are closed on Mondays

Their phone number is 440.967.0630.

And once again we show you that many fine things can be found in Northeast Ohio. Come and explore. Come and dine. Come and stay! You know you want to!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Review

Sometimes we just have to toot our own horn and the new review that was posted on gives us the opportunity to do just that! We thank our guest (the review is anonymous) and all of the other guests who have stayed with us. You are all so appreciated! If you would like to see the stars and more reviews for Hallauer House Bed and Breakfast, be sure to visit the, Trip Advisor, or I Love Inns web sites.

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Here is what guests had to say...
"Best BNB in OHIO!!"

Stayed On: 7/2010
"We spent 5 consecutive nights in various BNBs in North Ohio. This one was by far our favorite! "Attention to details" is an understatement. I can't say what amazed me more - the fascinating artifacts and decor, the beautiful garden, the extra amenities(wifi, stocked fridge, pool, etc.), the lovely music room or the OVER THE TOP breakfasts. OK, being a foodie, the breakfast was definitely my favorite part. Exquisite table settings and wide variety of hot tea options was a treat. I loved the egg and cheese quiche we had on the first morning, served on an elegant bed of fresh spinach. The puffed pancakes with fresh peaches and blueberries was one of the most beautiful presentations I have ever seen - and it tasted even better. I could go on and on... Susan and Joe are the ultimate hosts, not only willing to share their knowledge and expertise, but also very interested in getting to know us. If we should chance again on a visit to Ohio, we would definitely make a special point to visit Hallauer House again".

And again, thank you to the guest reviewer! We love giving our guests a great B & B experience! Come and visit! You'll be glad you did!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anna Han left yesterday and we will miss her! She is only 14 years old and was here for 9 days accompanied by her father, Wenhai Han and her piano teacher, Fei Xu. Anna was one of 43 competitors in the first annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano and Violin Competition which is sponsored by Oberlin College and The Cleveland Orchestra. These talented young pianists, ages 13 to 18, came from all over the world for the 9 day competition. After five elimination rounds, each of the final 3 performers had the honor of playing a concerto with the world renouned Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Joe and I listened in amazement as these young people performed pieces that we thought only adults could play after years of study and practice.

Anna, of course, was our favorite to win! We watched several rounds of the competition and were dazzled at how she could make the piano sing, so soft, so smooth, so strong. She was fluent with pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Wagner/Liszi, Ravel, Brahms, and I'm sure I've missed many other composers that are her friends! Anna was chosen as one of the 6 finalists and after a 30 minute concerto in the fourth round that was absolutely amazing, she finished in 5th place. She has already won several other competitions at her young age and we certainly do hope that she returns in two years to Oberlin for the next Cooper International Piano competition.

Next summer the competition will feature violin students, again, ages 13 to 18. We hope that one of them will stay with us here at Hallauer House so that we can enjoy another young person's talent and enthusiasm for music.

And Anna, thank you for letting us get to know you and see you perform. It was tremendously gratifying to us as Innkeepers to meet a talented and budding star. Someday we will see you play with the Cleveland Orchestra! Thank you for your autograph! And thank you Fei and Wenhai for bringing Anna to Oberlin. See you all in 2 years!

And to everyone else, mark your calendars for July 2011 and plan to come to Oberlin to see and hear some great violinists. We absolutely guarantee that you will not be disappointed! Our only advise - Reserve early!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Welcome Bicyclists!

This has been a great summer for bike riding! And we have been an oasis for many riders as they stop overnight at Hallauer House to rest, relax, and cool off!

The first riders that we welcomed for a night in June, Todd and Bill, were riding on the "Freedom Tour." The purpose of their “Freedom Tour” was to bike 1700 miles in 30 days (from Mobile, Alabama to their home in Western New York, following the Adventure Cycling’s Underground Railroad Route). Their goal was to raise awareness and resources to help abolish Human Trafficking - the Modern Day Slavery and to honor the history of the Underground Railroad by riding this particular route to help free today’s slaves.
They arrived in mid afternoon and their first visit was to the swimming pool! At breakfast we learned about things that happened on their journey and their committment to the abolition of modern day slavery.

Our second bike rider, Frank, was traveling solo from Illinois to New York City. He called about accommodations when he stopped for pizza and when he arrived he spotted the pool and within 5 minutes guess where he went! You got it! Straight to the pool! It was 90 degrees and boy was he a happy camper!

Our third traveling bike riders, John and Pam, started in Kent, Ohio and were peddling down to Smithville, near Wooster. We were their second stop on a three day trip, and again it was hot and humid and their first stop - the pool!! They also took advantage of the dry heat sauna and the whirlpool tub but after a 50 mile bike ride, I couldn't talk them into trying out the treadmill or elliptical!

Our fourth biking couple, John and Raphael, stopped just last night, finishing up their last leg on the Underground Railroad Bike Tour. They joined the tour in Cincinnati and ended it here in Oberlin. But they arrived late and regretted that they were too tired to make it out to the pool.

Other couples have visited Oberlin and stayed with us so that they could bike on our Rails to Trails bike path. Oberlin is about half way so if you jump on the trail here and go east or west and then back to Oberlin, you will have gone approximately 13 miles. The entire trail is 13 miles in lenth so you could start and finish in Elyria or Kipton and rack up 26 miles total!

There is still a lot of summer left so if you want to have an adventure then get out the bike, put on the helmet, fill up on water and pedal on over to Oberlin. Check out the local Back Roads and Beaches tour also. And if you are planning a tour with Adventure Cycling, plan a stop with us. When it's hot and humid and you can't pedal another mile, come and cool off in the pool! You'll be glad you did!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Some Changes Are Not Fun!

Communicating through email has become so easy that's it almost effortless! But wait! What happens when your internet provider sells out to another company and the email address that you have used for years becomes null and void? That's just what Verizon did to it's loyal customers in Ohio and several other states. Verizon sold to Frontier and we decided that we did not want to be Therefore we are in the process of switching our email account to 'gmail.'

Now we have the inconvient 'fun' and expense of changing business cards, rack cards, website, business contacts, bed and breakfast directories, and oh so much more! We have been told that mail sent to our 'verizon address' will be forwarded to 'frontier' until Dec. 31, 2010 so hopefully no mail will be lost and we can get everything switched to gmail before then.

So here is our new address - If anyone reading this would like to give us a shout out at our new address, that would be great! Then we'll know that it's up and working!

For the next few months I'll be busy on the computer doing the switch. I really am not looking forward!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Open House


On Tuesday, July 13, Hallauer House B & B will be hosting the monthly "After Hours" get together for the Oberlin Chamber and Main Street. But beyond that, it will also be an Open House for businesses and friends and customers of businesses! In other words, we're open for house tours and garden tours for anyone who would like to drop by and say Hi!

The Open House time is 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M..

While you are here you will be able to sample some of the varieties of foods that we serve each morning at breakfast. See why we consider breakfast to be the "Kingly Meal!"

Now we had an open house a couple of years ago and a half hour before it started, we were hit with a severe thunder storm that unfortunately kept people at home! So just checked the weather forecast and once again it looks like afternoon thundershowers for Tuesday! Drat! But summer storms are usually short lived and the one two years ago ended just before 7:00 P.M.!

But the show goes on, rain or shine, and we hope to see you here! All we need from you is an


Call 440-774-3400 to put in your reservation!

See you Tuesday, July 13 at 5:00! Car pooling would be great! Give a call! You know you want to!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lorain County Happenings

Who said that nothing ever happens in Lorain County?! Well this coming weekend there is so much going on that it will require that you make some major decisions!

Oberlin is hosting the fifth annual Chalk Walk on Saturday, June 26 from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Materials are being provided by the library so come on and visit, watch the professionals, and then take your turn at drawing on the sidewalk!

Wellington, just 7 miles south of here, is home to the Ohio Scottish Games. So if bagpipes, Scottish dancing and Scottish games are up your alley, then this is where you will want to be.

Seven miles north of us in Lorain is the International Festival at Black River Landing. There will be food booths set up on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday where you can sample foods and watch performers from around the world. On Sunday attend the International Parade complete with floats and marching groups.

A busy, fun filled weekend and I guarantee that there is even more activities than what I sited here. So come and visit! You know you want to!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Take a Chance and Compare

Our daughter came back yesterday from a girlfriends night out, spent at a well known name brand hotel. They wanted the swimming pool and hot tub experience. What they got instead was a hotel full of convention goers, wild children in the hot tub and pool, a crowded bar and restaurant, a run of the mill standard room that smelled of disinfectant, and no breakfast.
Now compare that to what you will find at Hallauer House Bed and Breakfast in Oberlin. A small place with no crowds, a private swimming pool that you may have all to yourself, no hot tub but a Jacuzzi tub in a well appointed Asian room with a sauna, a private exercise room, a quaint garden to stroll through, a pavilion by a stream to relax in and chat, lots of board games to play, and a fabulous breakfast before you go home in the morning.
So next time you need a getaway, think about the possibilities! Why go standard in a hotel when you can go upscale in a B and B! Give us a call! You know you want to!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Breakfast Menu for Today!

Today our guests woke up to greet a foggy morning but were able to sit down and enjoy a warm and scrumptious breakfast that gave them lots of energy to begin the day.

The meal started off with the first course consisting of a warm cinnamon apples smothered with vanilla yogurt and topped with a bright red cherry. While enjoying the fruit, the guests munched on the second course of freshly baked banana bread spread with fluffy cream cheese.

Then it was time for the guests to receive the third course along with the fourth course as the main attractions, both served on Lenox china. The plate held a serving of Eggs Roulade underneath a blanket of creamy cheddar cheese sauce, resting on a bed of quickly steamed organic spinach, and sprinkled with cayenne pepper.
The meat attraction consisted of ham triangles sauteed in apple juice. Add to this a cup of our steaming hot coffee or hot tea from a selection of 39 tea varieties and you have a breakfast fit for a king!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Change in the Suite!

The last few days have been very busy as we revamped the Suite in between guest visits. It was a challenge but we got it done! I want to share the new look on the Blog before I go in and change the website pictures.

The new addition is a queen mahogany sleigh bed set against the fabric padded wall. And I must say that it is a very, very, heavy bed! Joe and I carried each piece up the antique staircase. The side rails and the foot board were easy, no sweat, but that massive head board was a weight lifter's challenge! After some twisting, heaving, sweating, and hoping that the new guest didn't arrive early, we finally got it upstairs and into the room. And believe me when I say that it will stay there forever! Here are some pictures of the 'new bed!'

There will also be another change coming as I plan to remove the louvered shades and replace them with a pull curtain. Casement windows are a challenge when it comes to window coverings as in many cases they are meant to be cover free. So to offer privacy and light filtering we opted with the louvered blinds but I've never really thought that they look right. So I'm working on a new concept. Stay tuned for that unveiling later!

The Mason/Dixon Suite has become our most asked for room! You will enjoy it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Our loss is your gain! We just had a last minute group cancellation of all three of our rooms for this weekend, Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. So here's the last minute deal of the day!

Stay one night in the Union or Confederate Room for $99.00 or stay 2 nights for $89.00 each night. Want the Suite with 2 rooms and the Jacuzzi? Stay one night for $149.00, or stay 2 nights for $139.00. That's a $36.00 savings on the one night stay or a $62.00 savings on the 2 night stay. That is all inclusive! You'll get a full gourmet breakfast, tax included. And you can make use of the Sauna, the exercise room, watch satellite TV, play board games in front of the fireplace, walk the garden and find the spring flowers poking up, go into Oberlin for a great dinner, take in a movie at the historical Apollo theater, visit the many wineries for some great entertainment, drive into Cleveland, only 25 miles away. There is so much to do around Northeast Ohio that it just boggles the mind!

So come on down, over or up! Take advantage of a great deal! Last minute deals cannot be made on-line so give us a call at our toll free number 877-774-3406. We're sitting by the phone, so call now! Come on! What are you waiting for? First come first served! See you Friday! Or Saturday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oberlin's Spring Opera

Spring is here and that means it's time for the Oberlin College Spring Opera. This year the production is "Candide," an operetta by Leonard Bernsteirn and it will be sung in English.

Bernstein's "Candide" is a funny operetta based on the famous novel by Voltaire. The story is about a young man (Candide) who is about to marry a princess (Kunegonde) in his home country. But alas, all of Candide's beloved are killed when war breaks out. Then a number of resurrections and strange happenings take place. Candide escapes to Paris, meets his resurrected love, they set sail to America, are separated, Candide finds El Dorado, where gold is everywhere, also in the sheep. When his ship sinks, Candide finds himself rowing in a boat with an illustrious round of kings and noblemen, pledging to a simple life and bursting into gambling when arriving in Venice. At the casino in Venice, Candide meets Kunegonde again, and they finally start a life based on their new found knowledge learned through their travels.

So there it is! A summary of what you can expect! The performances begin at Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 P.M followed by performances on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, both at 8:00 P.M. and then a matinee at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 21. Ticket prices are $12.00 for public and $8.00 for Seniors a great deal! For more information check out the Oberlin College link.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Round Robin Writing

Have you ever wanted to participate in writing a story? or have people read what you have written? Well, now when you stay at Hallauer House B & B you can do both of those things!

We are starting what we are calling Round Robin Guest Writing. Here's how it works. Each guest room now has in it a notebook in which we have written one line that begins a story. Each guest who stays in that room is invited to add a paragraph or a page to continue the story. At the end of your section, you can sign your name, or not. The story is then ready for the next guest who stays in that room to read what has already been written and then add the next scene. We'll let the story continue until a logical conclusion has been reached or no one can think of the next thing to say!

When each story (there will be three of them, one for each guest room) is finished, we will publish it on this Blog so that all the guests who contributed can see how the story progressed and then ended. And for others to see what great fun was had by all! This is just one more thing for you to do when you are a guest at Hallauer House B & B!

So what do you think about this idea? We would love to hear your comments. Do you think it will work? Or not? If you were a guest here, would you contribute to the story?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's a Small World After All!

Today we will be welcoming back return guests who were here last year during the first week of April. Jodie will be auditioning for the Oberlin College Conservatory. When his mom made this year's reservation, she reminded us that we all nicknamed her son "elevator boy!" Ok, so now you may be wondering, what kind of name is that and how did it come to be? The story is so interesting that I thought you might enjoy reading about it. So here is the tale of "It's a Small World After All!"

Last year in mid March, Joe and I journeyed to San Francisco to visit our daughter in Petaluma. We decided to spend a few days in downtown San Francisco at the historic Whitcomb Hotel. On our last morning there we were on our way down to breakfast in the elevator where on the next floor two young high school students got on with their musical instruments. At the next floor, 2 more students joined us. Now Joe is very friendly so he mentioned to the students that since they are musicians, they should check out the Conservatory at Oberlin College when they begin making their college plans. Well, one student, a high school junior, said, "Well I will be visiting Oberlin next week with my mom." So Joe responded back that we have a bed and breakfast just outside of Oberlin and if they need a place to stay just give us a call. Jodie, we found out his name later, gave us a surprised look and said, "We already have reservations at a bed and breakfast just outside of Oberlin, something called House." We said Hallauer House? And he said Yes!

So here we are on an elevator in San Francisco meeting a perfect stranger who will be a guest at our B & B in just over 2 weeks! And he was only visiting San Francisco with his high school group and actually lives in Los Angeles! We were all totally flabbergasted! We talked a few more minutes and then parted ways saying we'll see you in two weeks! And in 2 weeks, they arrived, Jodie with his mom, guests at Hallauer House! And now he is our "elevator boy!" He and his mom are returning this weekend as he has a final audition to the Conservatory. We so hope he is accepted. It would be a great to have them as guests for the next 4 years!

And on that same trip, we sat next to a gentleman at the airport as we waited for our plane. He was doing his work and we were reading our books. When he moved his bag I noticed an Oberlin College decal on his luggage and just had to ask him about it. Turns out he was an Oberlin College trustee!

So it really is a very small world after all! Welcome back Jodie and Julie!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Follow Up to Time for Three

Several posts ago, I wrote about a group coming to Oberlin called "Time for Three." The performance was last night. We were there. Where were you? Wherever you were, we just wanted to tell you that you missed a FANTASTIC show!!! The group played nonstop for an entire 90 minutes - three guys, 2 violins, and a double bass.

The idea of a Classical Garage Band may seem a contradiction but for these three grads of Curtis Institute of Music it fits. Their twin violin and double bass took the audience on a whirlwind tour of what three instruments can accomplish when conventional wisdom is discarded to the curb.

The music was forefront, but the interaction of the three performers was a constant bonus. The bass player treated the two violins as a battle that he fully enjoyed along with his own love affair with that big bass. The audience cheered after Nick left his violin, took his bow, and went over to Zack. They both then played on one violin with both of them bowing and fingering together! Amazing!! A standing ovation ended the show but luckily brought us an encore.

This group has 3 recorded CD's with the 3rd one hitting the billboard charts. They have combined Bach and Charlie Daniels to perfection and any of their pieces stands alone as joyous music.

Since we are a Civil War themed B & B, the pieces were especially attractive to our mission. Their rendition of Shenandoah fit 1863 to a T! All in all, we hightly recommend that you take the time to see Time for Three if they come to a town near you. You'll be glad you did. The only thing I regret is that I did not purchase one of their CD's last night. Now I have to order one and wait for delivery.

Friday, February 26, 2010

An Afternoon of Pampering!

During these cold winter days with snow and blowing winds, we sometimes just have to take some time to pamper ourselves and that is just what I did yesterday and I was able to accomplish that right here at Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast.

I began first with an hour long hill walk on the Sole treadmill at a maximum speed of 4.0 mph. Then 30 minutes of Yoga with WII Plus on the WII balance board. Ah! The stretching was great and the little MII so cute!

Next stop, the far-infrared sauna. Grabbed my book and my water bottle, ducked into the sauna and sweated away for 45 minutes! Now I have seen some luxurious day spas advertising a dry heat sauna experience - $15.00 for 15 minutes or $25.00 for 30 minutes! My sauna was free and it would be free for you as a guest of the B & B! The temperature reached 145 degrees but it is so dry that it felt absolutely divine! My muscles relaxed and all was well with the world! You definitely do not have the type of sweating you experience on a 95 degree in the summer here in Ohio!

When the heat went off, I hopped out of the sauna and into the Jacuzzi whirlpool tub surrounded by candle light, with a glass of red wine, and soft classical music emanating from the Bose stereo.

The entire 3 hours was absolutely fantastic! Now if I only had that many hours everyday!!! But I guess the old adage applies: Carpe Diem! Seize the Day and when the opportunity presents itself, grab it and go with it!

If YOU want to take 3 or 4 hours to pamper yourself, you can do it here at Hallauer House B & B. Come Friday night. Take in dinner and a movie. Get a good nights sleep. After breakfast on Saturday, relax a bit. Read. Go to our on-site gym. Do your workout on the Bow Flex, the treadmill, or the elliptical, do some Yoga or stretching, then head for the sauna, and lastly relax in the Jacuzzi. You might even be able to run into Oberlin and get a deep muscle massage from Artie or Scott! Go out to a great dinner at one of our fabulous restaurants, take in a movie at the Apollo, and come back to the B & B to sip on wine, read a good book, or watch a movie on satellite. After breakfast on Sunday, head home to the real life. But now you are refreshed, rejuvenated, and recharged!

When you need a lift, remember us here at Hallauer House. Check out our Spa Package or just book a weekend. You know you want to! And you won't be disappointed!

SPECIAL!!! SPECIAL!!!! If you book the Spa Package in March of 2010 and mention this Blog article of February 26, you will receive 10% off the package! You must come between March 1 and March 31st and mention this Blog post in order to get the discount. See you soon!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Movie Fest Coming to Oberlin!

Ok, get out the calendar and pencil and mark the following dates and times if you really want to see some fine films, documentaries, and musical productions in the 'new' Apollo theater with HD digital projection and sound. Super sound!

So here we go:

Oscar nominee - An Education - a movie about choosing between romance and education.
Click the link for a YouTube clip.
Fri., Sat., and Sun. - Feb. 26-28 at 7:20 PM
Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., - Mar. 1-Mar. 4 at 4:30 PM

Oscar nominee - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - a film that is humorous, tragic, joy
and darkness. Heath Ledgers last film.
Fri., Sat., and Sun. Feb. 26 - 28 at 9:30 PM

La Danse - a documentary film of all that goes in to the making of a Paris
ballet. Seven dances are highlighted.
Fri. and Sat. Feb. 26 and 27 at 4:00 PM
Thurs. Mar. 4th at 7:00 PM

Aida, an Opera by Verdi, in Italian but with English subtitles. This is 157 min.
long with one intermission and it has a special price of $20.00 per person.
If you have ever wanted to see an opera, then here's your chance!
Sunday, Feb. 28th at 1:30 PM
Wed. March 3rd at 7:00 PM

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe- a Documentary about the
late radical civil rights lawyer who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. and
represented the famed "Chicago 8" activists.
Monday, March 1st at 7:00 PM

The Beaches of Agnes - a Documentary with English subtitles, spoken in
French about the life of Agnes Varda.
Tuesday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM

I've linked you to some YouTube videoes to watch and you can decide from there which films you might like to come and see. Another great thing going on in Oberlin, Ohio!

Enjoy your movies! And the popcorn is good too. Pepsi-not so much. As you can see, I prefer Coke!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Super Saturday Coming Up!!

Make plans now for a Saturday night date! (February 27, 2010)
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Place: Finney Chapel
Entertainers: "Time for Three" Trio

So now you may be asking, "Ok, who are the "Time for Three" Trio"?!

They just happen to be 3, very hot, young, 20 something guys, who have come together to perform a new kind of music that combines classical, country, jazz, blue grass, and pop using just three instruments - 2 violins and a double bass. They make a fabulous sound, they engage the audience, and they enjoy themselves!!! What more can you want! I could ramble on and on about them but I want you to visit 2 YouTube links and here them for yourself,

When you get to the link, you will find many more videos of their performances. So sit back and enjoy! And to think that they will be in Oberlin this coming Saturday! Yeah! Tickets are $5.00 for Oberlin residents and Seniors and $10.00 for the general public. Call 1 800-371-0178 for tickets or more information. And remember, most Oberlin events sell out before the performance. But don't go to the phone just yet. I have to call and get my tickets! We'll see you at the performance!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The "Unicorn" in Grafton

Oberlin is energised this weekend! There are voice auditions, string auditions, and recitals taking place causing long waits at all of the restaurants in town. So Joe and I decided to venture east to a little town in Lorain County called Grafton, home to the Irish restaurant called "The Unicorn."

And it is truly Irish! We sat in the Pub area instead of the more formal restaurant section where we were immediately greeted by our server. We sipped on our Killian Red beers while we enjoyed a cup of New England Clam Chowder. Having skipped lunch we were in need of some quick nourishment! The chowder was divine, the beer cold and wet, and the bread warm and heavenly!

The wait for our entrees was very short and after the first bite I knew that I had made the right decision! My special consisted of a small Fillet Mignon served alongside Salmon Bearnaise on a bed of rice pilaf. Both were cooked perfectly and they absolutely melted in my mouth! Delicious! Joe enjoyed the Friday fish fry special with a baked potato and cole slaw and I had to share some steak with him! We were both more than satisfied with the atmosphere, the service, and the taste and presentation of the food! Excellent!

So when you come to visit Oberlin, if you want to experience a true Irish Pub/Restaurant in the heart of Lorain County, go no further than "The Unicorn," only a short 15 minute drive from the B & B. And as I write this, I realized that I failed to pick up a menu for our collection so I guess I will have to go back for a return visit! Yeah!

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Extra Special Menu for Extra Special Guests

Audition weekends at Oberlin Conservatory always bring us nervous guests, parents and students alike, and to help them relax in the morning we like to serve an extra special breakfast. Today we presented them with the following menu:

Mixed Citrus Compote topped with toasted coconut and cherry

Hallauer House Muffin

Blueberry Cream Crepe
with drizzling of Vanilla Cream Sauce garnished with Whipped Cream and highlighted with a Ginger Geranium sprig and lemon wedge

Roasted Honey Pecan Bacon

Coffee, Assorted Teas, and Hot Chocolate

A past guest reviewed these crepes by saying "I have eaten many crepes in France and in Europe and these are by far the best that I have ever had!" So we are pleased to offer them again and when YOU come and stay, you may request this menu to be served for your extra special breakfast! See you then!