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!