Wednesday, December 14, 2011


In January of 2012 we will celebrate our 10th anniversary in business as a Bed and Breakfast! To help us celebrate this momentous occasion, we are offering our guests the following special for the entire month of January!

SPECIAL RATES from JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 31, 2012 (Rates include all taxes)
  • A one night stay in the Union or Confederate Room will be $99.00 for the night.
  • A two or more nights stay in the Union or Confederate Room will be $89.00 per night.
  • A one night stay in the Mason/Dixon Suite will be $149.00 for the night.
  • A two or more nights stay in the Mason/Dixon Suite will be $139.00 per night.

  • A complimentary 4-course breakfast by candlelight each morning
  • A mingle hour before a warm fire in the Music Room from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with complimentary wine and cheese tray. 
  • Use of the on-site exercise equipment. 
  • A chance for some relaxation by playing a game of pool, ping pong or an old fashion board game in the new rec room.
  • Use of Asian Spa with Jacuzzi tub and dry heat sauna. 
  • FREE WIFI throughout the house. 
  • Private bathrooms 
  • FREE off street parking 
  • Complimentary snacks in the in-room refrigerators. 
  • History, antiques, and Civil War artifacts throughout the house to view and enjoy. 
  • Stories of the history of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and the Underground Railroad as told by your knowledgeable Innkeeper!
Sometimes a get-away is just what the doctor ordered to get through that long January let down after the holidays and that long anticipated wait until spring. So think about it! And if and when you decide to do a get-away, then give us a call.You know you want to! You'll be glad you did!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tommy Flowers in Oberlin!

Okay, so you ask, who is Tommy Flowers and why is he in Oberlin and why should I care!  

"Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone" is the new production coming to Hall Auditorium at Oberlin College this week. You should care because it is a hilarious flash back to the 60s "now-generation." It is made up as a series of vignettes, and skits that portray the life and attitude of  Tommy Flowers who is an irrepressible cut-up, determined freeloader, and disenchanted rebel against society. In the course of his adventures he befriends a destitute old actor, acquires an over-sized sheep dog (his best friend), and finds love with a beautiful music student (whom he meets in the ladies' room at Bloomingdale's). But as Tommy moves from scene to scene, his bright red shopping bag at the ready for pilfering and his agile wit poised to hoodwink everyone in sight, we also glimpse the root causes of his alienation, from a complaining mother; to an unhappily married brother; to a former girlfriend who has settled for a suffocating domesticity; and to more rejection than acceptance. In the end, betrayed yet again, but still buoyantly defiant, Tommy devises his final rip off! To find out what that rip-off is, you will have to attend the performance! So make plans now for a quick get-away! Come to Oberlin early, explore our town, do some Christmas shopping, have dinner at one of our fine restaurants, take in the play, and then spend the night at Hallauer House B & B! We'll keep the holiday lights on for you! Give us a call! You know you want to!

Dates for the Production:

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8:00 P.M.
Friday, December 9, 2011, 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 8:00 P.M.

Tickets:   $8.00 for general public, $6.00 for Seniors. All tickets $3.00 more at the door so call early or book on line. Phone: 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178

Monday, November 21, 2011

Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2011 is Small Business Saturday and there is a movement afoot to encourage people to shop that day at a small, local business instead of one of the retail giants. So let us remind you that a bed and breakfast is a small business! Yes, we sell a service, a hospitality service that can be purchased in the form of a gift certificate for those very special people on your Christmas shopping list. And your friend or loved one will get to celebrate you and your gift twice - once upon receiving it and again when they take their getaway to the B & B!

Here at Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast, gift certificates are available in any amount, for any number of days, or for any special package. We also do a 'Themed Gift Card Package' to help you in your gift giving.

Now for more good news! On Small Business Saturday, November 26, we are offering all of our gift certificates at a 25% discount!

So here is what you need to do. Visit our website, decide what amount, package, or theme you would like, give us a call at 877-774-3406 or 440-774-3400, order your gift certificate, swing by the B & B and pick it up, or make arrangements for us to mail it to you. This offer is good only on Nov. 26. Think about it! And remember - B & B's are the Better Way to Stay!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day!

To all of our veterans and active duty military personnel, we're sending a shoutout! Thank you for your service, especially to our daughter in the Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2, Emily Woodward. Very proud of you Emily. Love you and miss you. 

And to all of you in the military or retired, remember to check the website B and B's for Vets next year and reserve a FREE overnight accommodation in honor of Veterans Day. This year we welcomed to Hallauer House two retired veterans, both army. And throughout the year, you can enjoy our military discount. Hope to see you soon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Wedding

Your invitation has arrived! You are cordially invited to attend "A Wedding," the comedic opera based on Robert Altman's 1978 witty and hilarious film. The operatic stage performance, being sung in English, depicts the comedic drama of  two very dysfunctional and hilarious families during the Corelli and Brenner wedding. The ceremony gets off to a terrible start when the vacant "fuddy-duddy" type minister flubs his lines. Then the Corelli matriarch proceeds to drop dead but the unaware guests continue to talk to her because Dr. Meecham has concealed her lack of life so as not to spoil the party! And just like many weddings, the guests are busy drinking, making out, and letting secrets and infidelities out of the bag. I think you can start to see the picture!

The music is as complex as the plot with sambas, arias, rock and roll, and Broadway tunes all rolled out to make this a fun performance. So mark your calendar and plan to attend one of the performances at Hall Auditorium, Oberlin College. Your choices: Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 P.M.; Friday, Nov. 18 at 8:00 P.M.; Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 P.M. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 P.M. Ticket prices: Single ticket - $12.00, Seniors - $8.00 but all are $3.00 more when purchased at the door. Buy on-line at; phone 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178 to reserve early.

And why drive home after the performance? Have a night cap at one of our fine restaurants and then stay the night at Hallauer House B & B and wake up to a full 4 course breakfast in the morning. What a way to start the holidays! Go ahead! Pick up the phone. Make your reservations. You know you want to!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oberlin Honors

If you need a new magazine to read this month, then be sure to pick up the November issue of Ohio Magazine and read about it's recognition of Oberlin as one of "Ohio's Best Hometowns." This is the sixth annual contest sponsored by the magazine where nominations are done on-line by it's readers. The city finalists were determined by the editorial staff and then visits were conducted to each community. Evaluations were based on community spirit, environment, culture, education, entertainment, health and safety, and business.

So now you just might be wondering why Oberlin is such a good town in which to live and work and why you might want to put us on your list of places to visit.  We have community picnics and events in the park, things like Doggy Do, the Wacky Parade, Juneteenth, history walks, free concerts, to name but a few. The town is well on the way to being a leader in environmental sustainability with our many LEED buildings. We have over 300 cultural and entertainment events a year in conjunction with Oberlin College and the Conservatory. We have live theater, dance, operas, and musicians visiting from all over the world as well as a world renowned art museum and a fabulous heritage museum.  The College and the Conservatory attract students from every state and every country, The public schools have the IB program and have achieved an excellent rating from the state and 100% college attendance for the class of 2011. Look for entertainment coming up from the Cleveland Orchestra, Apollo's Fire, Marilyn Horne, and Herbie Hancock, just to name a few.

Oberlin may be a small college town but we offer the residents and visitors a great variety of shops in which to explore. We survived the 'Big Box' invasion! There is the bookstore, the bead shop, the vintage 5 and 10, the artists gallery, the bike shop, antique shops, African ware, furniture, yarn of all varieties, candles and gifts, crafts, flowers,  jewlery, clothing and more.

Need good food? We have that covered with your choice of dining in over 14 different restaurants, from fine dining to casual pizza. 

All of this in a town of under 10,000 resident! Read the article and then plan your visit. Stay a few days and you'll see why we are one of Ohio's Best Hometowns! Give us a call here at Hallauer House. 440-774-3400. We would love to have you stay with us during your visit. Come on. Pick up the phone. You know you want to! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Civil War Comes to Hale Farm!

The Union cavalry, decked out in official uniforms, began their march through the streets of the village on their way to prepare for the battle that was drawing near. The horses seemed anxious but the soldiers appeared calm and ready to engage the enemy.

On the opposite side of the road the Confederate foot soldiers were also making their preparations for battle. They appeared more 'ragtag,' wearing makeshift clothes put together to make somewhat of an official uniform.
While the soldiers march and prepare for battle the two Confederate officers make plans for bringing in the canon. (Our guest, Doug Taylor in the white hat and long coat is the Lt. Colonel of the Confederate regiment and is in charge of the company canon.)

The battle began with gunfire in the distant woods and soon escalated into the open field. The lines were drawn with the Confederate and Union troops standing opp     opposite each other and firing on command.

The Union cavalry soon arrived from the neighboring woods where they had been grouping and swooped down to attack the Confederate infantry, sending the foot soldiers scattering in all directions.

The battle intensified with horses and men scurrying in all directions and
more smoke began to fill the air.
                                                   But wait!!! All is not lost with the Confederates as the Lt. Colonel and his troops brought in the big canon and began blasting rounds at the Union line, forcing the foot soldiers and the cavalry to scatter. Perhaps the tide would turn and the Confederates would get the upper hand.

The Confederate canon brigade keeps firing.
And the canon smoke soon fills the field with smoke, sending some of it into the air to form smoke ring signals, as if calling out to someone to send reinforcements.
The field is now so thick with smoke from the canon that soldiers could not identify who was on what side, Union or Confederate.
                                                   But the Union cavalry soon regroups and in one final charge they are able    to overpower the Confederate canon and claim the victory.

Back in the village, the Union army celebrated its victory as the fife and drum corp played for all to hear. The battle ended and camp life got back to normal.

                                                          Our guests, Doug and Debbie, invited us to be their guests at the evening Civil War reenactors dinner which the women prepared while the men were involved in battle. And a fabulous meal it was! Jambalaya fit for a king along with fresh baked corn bread made in the authentic Hope oven and cobbler to top every thing off! We had seconds and needless to say, we did not leave hungry!  Reenactors must be authentic down to every detail so when you attend one, you will see life as it was really lived in the 1860's.
This was, by far, the best Civil War reenactment that we have attended and because, for the next 4 years, our country will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of this war, we would highly recommend that you make plans to attend a reenactment next summer or the next 3 summers. There will be a huge reenactment at Gettysburg in July of 2013. Doug and Debbie will definitely be there. And we want to thank Doug and Debbie for the great time we had in August at Hale Farm! They will be there next year so make your plans now for next August. One more great thing to do in Northeast Ohio!!!! 

Debbie Kopnitsky at the stove!! Great meal Debbie! Thanks so much!                                                      

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fun Time in Cleveland!

Last week we took a one day 'staycation' and ventured into downtown Cleveland! We already know a lot about Cleveland but thanks to a Groupon that I purchased, we had two tickets for the Cleveland Trolley Tour. Our tour started at 2:00 at Nautica in the Flats area of Cleveland and was due to last for 2  hours. Now I know that some people make jokes and get a good laugh at Cleveland's expense and this made us wonder if there really could be any new facts to learn about our neighboring big city which, by the way, is only about a 40 minute drive from Oberlin.

So let me wet your appetite with a few new and refreshed facts that I learned  about Cleveland!
 After the tour, you can drive back up to the 4th Street area and check out one of the fabulous restaurants. Cleveland  is now known as a great place for culinary adventure!

And that's just the beginning of the story!
For the rest of the tour you will have to plan your 'staycation' on Lolley the Trolley in Cleveland! We were surprised and impressed with all that is going on in downtown Cleveland. Things to come include the Casino, the Medical Mart, and much, much more! Come and be a part of our great northeast Ohio! We cannot be laughed at any more!

Cleveland really does rock!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Calendar Marking Time!

 Okay, it's time to get out the pen and mark your calendar for the 2011-2012 Oberlin College Recital Series! In this Blog posting I will give you an overview and then I will try (I PROMISE) to do a more detailed BLOG posting for each event throughout the year.

So let's start with September 2011! There will be 3 events - Itzhak Perlman on the violin will be in town on Ssunday, Sept. 11, 2011; Adrian Fenty's presentation comes on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and on Sat.Sept. 24 Ira Glass will take the stage.

October so far, has only Salman Rushdie in town on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

November -Jaron Lanier presents on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and then Nov. 16,18, 19, and 20 are the dates for  the stage production of "A Wedding."

December is holiday time and the one funny stage production called "Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone" will be presented on Dec. 8. 9, and 10.

January 2012 may be cold and most of the students will be gone but the College will be busy and you can mark 4 dates on your calendar! Wednesday, Jan. 18 the Cleveland Orchestra will  be in town at Finney Chapel followed by Jeremy Denk on piano on Thursday, Jan. 19, followed by Apollo's Fire on Friday, Jan. 20, followed by the International Contemporary Ensemble on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012! Whew! Busy month and we hope  - NO SNOW!

Ok, we are now into February 2012. The month begins with A Theater & Dance Collaboration on Thurs., Fri., and Sat., February 9, 10, and 11 followed by The Tallis Scholars on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Tuesday, Feb. 21 we will welcome Soweto Gospel Choir and on Feb. 24 and 26 Marilyn Horne will conduct Master Classes.

In March we will see Jonathan Altar and Ross Douthat on March 7 and then the one and only Herbie Hancock will be in town on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The Opera - "L'Heure espagnole &L'Enfant et les sortilegees", will be staged on March 14, 16, 17, and 18.

With the school year winding down, the April and May series will bring to town Edwidge Danticat on Thursday, April 19. The Theater and Dance students will stage "The Compromise 1895" Thursday -Saturday, April 19-21 followed by the Oberlin Dance Company & and Contemporary Music Ensemble's presentation on May 11 and 12, 2012.

The dates above are just for the Oberlin Arts. Click here to get complete information to help in setting up your calendar! There will be many more events and activities going on throughout the coming school year (2011-2012) so stay tuned and I will keep you apprised of what you will be able to see and do in Oberlin! And remember, we are here for your overnight accommodations so give us a call when you know the dates that you will be in Oberlin. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Come and visit! You know you want to!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

B and B's for Vets

Once again Hallauer House B & B is an enthusiastic participant in the B & B's for Vets program sponsored by PAII, the Professional Association of International Innkeepers and The Better Way to Stay Campaign. This is a program started as a way for B & B's to thank all of our veterans and active duty military personnel for the service that they have given or are presently giving, to our country. Last year we gave away one night in all three of our rooms for FREE. The first callers last year were three Coast Guard officers from the Cleveland area. (We like Coastie's since our daughter is an IT 2 Petty Officer stationed in Key West! Yeah Emily!)

This year the date for the FREE night giveaway is Thursday, November 10, 2011. We are holding 2 rooms for the first veterans or active duty persons to call and request the B & B's for Vets special night! Bring your spouse, friend, partner! Come early to explore Oberlin, a great college town with much to do and then dine in one of our many super restaurants! Take in a movie at the Apollo or spend the evening at one of the college events. In the morning we will treat you to a FREE four course breakfast before you set out to enjoy the day of Veteran's activities. You can also make use of our many amenities: the exercise room, the new rec room, the whirlpool tub, the dry heat sauna. Play the piano, read the history books, and listen to Joe's stories about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. We don't do frilly but instead decorate our rooms with swords and military uniforms from the Civil War. 

So much to do, so little time! But we always invite you to come back!

If you live too far away to come to Hallauer House, then take advantage of one of the other B & B's participating in the program. Check out this website, B & B's for Vets. If you don't find one in your area right away, don't dispare as participating B & B's are added everyday!

This program is on a first come, first served basis so the first 2 callers get the deal. So what are you waiting for?! Pick up the phone and call 440-774-3400 or 877-774-3406. Please bring ID with proof of military service.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Big 'Wacky' Parade

There is a lot going on in Oberlin this month and tomorrow, Saturday, is the kick off that begins with the 10th annual Big Parade! It evolved on a whim 10 years ago as a form of self expression without any centralized organization. Individuals and organizations were free to express themselves as they saw fit and it has been a way for Oberlin College students and the Oberlin community to work together on a common goal. Planning and preparation began months ago and all 'floats' will be presented tomorrow as they progress from Eastwood Elementary school to Tappan Square. The Oberlin High School band will lead the way and the Kendal at Oberlin Precision  Lawn Chair Drill Team usaually brings up the rear. Rumor has it that there will be a 30 foot, incredible dragon float, and characters from the movie 'Up.' The parade will begin at 12:00 noon and go down College St., ending with a community festival at Tappan Square with lots of music and perhaps some food! If you haven't seen one of our 'wacky' parades then you are in for a real treat. Come on over and join in the fun! Hope to see you there! The parade goes on, rain or shine! The pictures are from past parades so you can get an idea what to expect!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

And the Civil War Began On This Day

One hundred and fifty years ago the Civil War began and it did not end until over 625,000 people were killed. Over the next four years communities across the country will be commenorating this war with reninactments, talks, activities, and much more. Most of the battles occurred in Virginia, Mississippi, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and the Carolinas so people often wonder what role Ohio played in this part of history.

Bluffington, Ohio was the site of one battle between John Hunt Morgan (Morgan's Raiders) and some rag tag Union squirrel hunters and Ohio home guard. Morgan  and his troops were captured and imprisoned in Columbus but they eventually escaped. Ohio also housed a Confederated officers prison on Johnson's Island in Sandusky Bay.

But before the war actually began and for four years thereafter, Oberlin and Lorain County played a major role in events that shaped the future of the United States. A book has been written by Nat Brandt about Oberlin, "The Town That Started the Civil War" that details the trial that challenged the Fugitive Slave Law and sent the south on a head long plunge toward war. Oberlin and Lorain County also offered save houses on the Underground Railroad that protected runaway slaves as they made their way to freedom.

The Oberlin Heritage Center is engaged in a four year project to highlight what happened here 150 years ago. Read their Blog and delve into local history.

Over the next 4 years you may be planning to visit numerous Civil War battlefields and we would recomment that you do not miss Antitem and of course Gettysburg. But we also recommend that you add Oberlin to your list of Civil War places to visit. No battles occurred here but much history did transpire. Approximately 5000 to 6000 slaves made their way through our town to freedom. This is the story you will find here. People helping people. This is our story.

While you are planning your Civil War travels, be sure to take a look at our History Buff Package which includes a copy of the book "The Town That Started the Civil War" as well as a Civil War penny rug and complimentary tickets to the Oberlin Heritage Center. Stay for 2 nights and at breakfast each morning you will hear reviting stories from the very knowledgable innkeeper about Oberlin's role in the war and the Underground Railroad. While you are here you will see authentic Civil War swords, Confederate and Union reproduction uniforms and pistols, many books on the Civil War and the players involved, Civil War magazines, games, and iron toys.

If you have not already been to our website, be sure to navigate to there as we have a Civil War factoid on each page as well as some Civil War recipes. We hope to see you in the next 4 years and come back to this Blog frequently to get updates on any specials or activities that commenorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Give us a call. You know you want to!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Planning to attend Oberlin College Commencement over Memorial Day weekend?

Need a place to stay?

Unfortunately for us but fortunately for you, we have had a cancellation in our Union Room!!!!!

Our Wait List has been exhausted as it seems that everyone on it has already found other accommodations.

So if you are stuck in a hotel out of town or you have reserved a dorm room, now is your chance to be close to Oberlin and stay with us, a finalist for Ohio B & B of the year!

Because of the many activities at the college over the weekend, we require a 3 night minimum, you choose which dates you need. There is a flat rate of $500.00 for the 3 nights which include, among other things, a full 4 course breakfast each morning and all tax, plus you get the use of all of our amenities, including the heated pool, gardens, sauna, exercise room, and free WIFI.

Hurry and give us a call to reserve a room for this fabulous and fun filled weekend. Call us at
440-774-3400 or toll free at 877-774-3406. Check out our website and see what you will miss if you don't call soon!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Just heard some exciting news about Cleveland! It has been named one of the 10 most visionary cities in the world by Travel + Leisure! In 1987 a beautiful mall, totally enclosed under glass, was built in downtown Cleveland. It was like a shopping in a greenhouse with the sun pouring in, plants growing, and shoppers enjoying the variety of stores. But like so many shopping areas, it fell on hard times, stores closed, and eventually most of the complex was shut down. But now it has been revived and has been turned into an urban greenhouse, growing organic produce and educating others about environmental awareness. On Wednesdays you can participate in the "Lunch and Learn" program. Eat lunch while you learn about various environmental and gardening topics. To learn more about Cleveland's "Garden Under Glass, check out this link: I can't wait to go have lunch there and then I'll write more and post pictures.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Room Available

We just had a cancellation in the Confederate Room for the dates of February 10, 11, and 12. If you are coming to Oberlin for an audition, a college visit, or you want a romantic Valentine weekend give us a call! We would love to meet you and show you why our B & B was a finalist for Ohio B & B of the 2010! Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Best of Cleveland

The message in the email today from Positively Cleveland -  "Cleveland's Theater District is the second largest theater district in the United States - second only to the Kennedy Center in New York City? Did you also know that a trip to this region can cost 30 - 40 percent less than a trip to much larger cities, without sacrificing any of the experience?" This is such fabulous news that I just have to pass it on to all theater lovers and to anyone else thinking of visiting Northeast Ohio but wondering what there is to do here.

We have been to Cleveland's Theater District many times over the years and have seen such plays as "Wicked," "Miss Saigon," "Lion King," "Les Miserables," "South Pacific," to name just a few. Playhouse Square is a great place to go for great food, a great show, and great memories! Plan your winter getaway now and combat that cabin fever! Choose a play date and come on over. And remember that  Hallauer House B & B here in Oberlin is only a 35 minute drive into downtown Cleveland, to the theater district. So much to do, so much to see, so little time! Hope to see  you soon!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

ROOMS AVAILABLE for Oberlin College Auditions and College Visitations

Oberlin College students will be arriving back on campus in a couple of weeks to begin a new term and  campus visits begin again for prospective students as well as those who will be auditioning  for the Oberlin Conservatory. Audition dates have been posted on the College website as follows:

February 12, 2011

February 19, 2011 (Jazz Studies auditions on Friday, February 18)
February 26, 2011
March 5, 2011 (Jazz Studies auditions on Friday, March 4)

We still have some rooms left for those dates and are making a wait list in case of weather related cancellations. Call soon to book a room or go to our website to book on line with the secure server. For more information on the audition weekend schedule, check out the college link:

If your child is a high school Junior, mark your calendars for Friday, March 4 and 18th, 2011 for high school Juniors campus visitation dates and overnight dorm stays. More at this link:

High school Seniors have a chance to visit the college, not just on weekends, but also during the week. And with students who are auditioning only here on weekends, a weekday visit might be your best bet for being able to secure accommodations close to campus. We are just 4 miles from the center of campus. For more information on campus visits and student overnights go to this link: and go to our availability page to book on line or call 877-774-3406.

College visits and auditions can be very stressful on both parents and students alike but here at Hallauer House you will find a small, quiet place to relax, talk with other visiting parents and students, enjoy a great breakfast, and get a restful nights sleep. We hope to see you soon and if your child chooses Oberlin College, we hope to see you back over the next 4 years! Good luck!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Danish Guests on World Tour

Yesterday evening at 7:00 P.M. we received a call asking about that nights availability and with Janurary being a slow month we did have a room ready for guests. When I went out to greet our new guests, I did a complete double take as they disembarked from a small, uniquely painted, and highly decorated car with advertising logo and a foreign license plate. Nina Rasmussen and Hjalte Tin were extremely glad to have arrived as the car was about out of energy. The car, it turns out, is ALL electric, and they were at the end of the charge! After showing them around the B & B they asked if they could recharge the car in a 220 outlet. The only 220 plug available just happened to be in the laundry room for the electric dryer. No problem as Hjalte had an extremely long extension cord and by moving the car into the garage, he was able to quickly convert the pigtail plug and use the dryer outlet. The car needs 9 hours to recharge the batteries.

The next morning at breakfast we learned all about their adventures. They left Denmark on June 25, 2010 and are making an around the world trip (adventure!) in their 100% all electric car. Their journey has talken them already to Scandinavia, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, China, and now they are traveling across the USA. They will continue on to Canada, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain and Germany before returning to Denmark on May 1, 2011. The car will be shipped from New York and arrive in Spain where they will meet up with it again after it's 30 day journey on the high seas.

The car is Qashqai Electric developed and produced by AfutureEV in Denmark and is 100% electric. The Moto Mundo World Electric Tour is the ultimate test of electric car range, durability and performance as it is being driven in all different kinds of road and weather conditions.  They have driven on long, endless highways, in the dessert heat, on the jammed streets of China, and of course the cold winter temperatures of the US, and some would say, freezing Ohio! They are also testing a unique satellite receiver positioned on top of the car that gives them broadband internet. That is how they found our B & B!  The car will travel 60 to 65 mph but Hjalte likes to keep it around 45 mph so they can go further on a charge. They can travel about 100 to 125 miles between charges and are planning a stop near Youngstown tonight. I hope they can find a super B & B to which to stay the night!

Joe & I were so thrilled that we could be a part of this super adventure and meet such fascinating people who are so greatly involved in moving the world to greater sustainability. They are truely the new pioneers of the 21st century and we're glad that we met them! For more information about the adventures of Nina and Hjalte you can go to their website,