Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 Country Autumn Tour

It's that time again - Fall and the changing of the colors. The trees seem to be giving off their colors early this year, maybe because of the dry summer, so it is now time to plan that drive in the country to 'ooh' and 'awe' at all those yellows, oranges, and reds of the leaves!

So gas up the car and let that drive bring you to Wellington and southern Lorain County for the annual Country Autumn Tour. This a a "Drive Yourself Adventure" around the county and will be held on October 19, 20, and 21, and again the following weekend, October 26, 27, and 28. Times on Friday and Saturdays are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. and on Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Since you may not be able to get to every location in one day, you might want to plan a getaway stay here at Hallauer House B & B. Start on Friday or Saturday, stay here for the night, wake up to a fortifying breakfast, and then resume your tour. What better way to celebrate a fall weekend!

You begin the Country Autumn Tour in Wellington or at any of the participating businesses. Then visit each business, have each of them stamp your map, and deposit your completed map at the last business that you visit on the tour. All maps that have stamps from all the participating businesses will be entered in a drawing to win "The Basket of Bounty" grand prize which will include gifts from every business. Also you can search each shop for a small wooden Block with a letter on it. Play the Word Jumble Game! Collect a hidden letter from each of the stores on the tour and solve the word puzzle. Winner of the Jumble picked from correct entries will receive a $25.00 gas card!

The participating businesses are:
  • Ravenwood Antiques - 16441 Pitts Rd., Oberlin
  • Black River Antiques - 105 E. Herrick Ave., Wellington
  • The Grainary - 18359 Rowell Rd., Wellington
  • Dolls and Minis - 106 W. Herrick St., Welllington
  • All Ohio Train and Toy - 109 E. Herrick St., Wellington.
  • The Pumpkin Factory - 9324 Zimmerman Rd., Homerville
  • Bonnie Brae Farm Tours, Ltd. - 27717 Quarry Rd.
  • Honey Bee Treasure - 6080 N.L. Section Line Rd. 21, New London
  • Days of Yore Herb and Flower Farm - 42925 Jones Rd., Penfield
  • Spencer Feed and Supply - 227 N. Main St, Spencer
  • Spencer Restaurant - 107 E. Main St., Spencer
  • North 40 Creations Country Store - 105 Public Square #2, Lagrange
  • Hook's Greenhouse - 50740 St. Rt. 18, Brighton
So check your calendar, gas up the car, and head to Lorain County! You will have a good time!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Garden Addition

Last Sunday, Sept. 16 was the 30th annual Harvest of the Arts in Wellington so after a nice Fall walk at the Wellington Metro Park, Joe and I drove on into Wellington to see the crafts and art works brought in by artists from around Ohio. We were really impressed with the many new creations, especially those made out of  'found' objects. I just wanted to buy one of each! As it was, I ended up with just one item that I fell in love with and he just screamed out, "Take me home to your garden!" So I bought him and here he is making his grand debut! He is a 15 inch praying mantis made by Jeff Dettling of Bellevue, Ohio! I love him because he is made out of  some very unique items. His body is a giant screw, his eyes are bolts, his legs are nails and nail spikes, and  his wings are dinner knives! He has been powdered coated so that he can stay in the garden to greet our guests and he won't rust away.

Now we just need to give him a name. We would love it if anyone would like to submit a name for him or her.  Just go to Facebook or the Blog here to leave your suggestions. We'll send the person with the winning name a Hallauer House coffee mug.

And I want to thank all of the crafters. Keep showing all of those unique items! Maybe Pinterest is inspiring new businesses!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Last evening Joe and I decided to take in a movie and since the local Apollo theater is not yet open, we headed north to Amherst where we could see "The Avengers", (partly filmed right here in Cleveland, Oh!) We wanted to have dinner somewhere before the movie and I remembered reading about a new restaurant that just opened in Amherst last Sept. So off we went to find Cork's Wine Bar and Bistro. The location is great and easy to find and sits right next to it's sister restaurant Stubby's Pub and Grub. We will be visiting Stubby's at a later date! Stay tuned!

Cork's outdoor patio is right in front and looked really inviting but it was getting a little chilly so we opted to eat inside. Walked into Cork's and did a "WOW!" If you like wine and inventive food, then this is the place for you! We were stunned by the wine collection behind the bar, and impressed by the wall colors that really enhanced the exposed brick on the walls and the overhead beams. Lighting is perfect for an evening mood.

Our perky but professional server greeted us and took our wine order. Because we were not familiar with the Barbarillo wine that we ordered, our server sent the owner over and he uncorked the bottle and told us all about our choice. He spent some time with us, telling us about the wines, the restaurant, and the events that the restaurant handles. He informed us that there is a banquet room on the second floor that will accommodate over 100 guests and they do host a lot of weddings! Now we are looking forward to partnering with the restaurant and welcoming his 'wedding guests!'

As we had skipped lunch, we opted for an appetizer of Jambalaya balls made of andouille, rice, cheese, Creole veggies, then breaded, fried and served with a marinara sauce. Fabulous and different! (Almost like the Italian rice balls I make that my kids really like!) The crusty bread was served with a basil butter and was eaten in a flash! I had the grilled salmon over red skin potatoes with lemon thyme butter and corn relish. Excellent! Joe had the bison meat loaf over a pile of mashed potatoes and bacon. Another Excellent!

I am adding this restaurant to our Wine and Dine link on our home page. So when you come to Oberlin and don't mind driving just 6 miles north, you will find a really suburb wine and bistro bar! Bonn Aperitif!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

It's Time for B & B's for Vets!

November is quickly approaching and with it comes Veteran's Day on Sunday Nov. 11, when bed and breakfasts around the country say thanks to all of our active duty military personnel and veterans by offering a FREE night! This year, we here at Hallauer House, are holding all 3 of our rooms for active duty military and vets. So gather up your wife, husband, partner, or friend and come enjoy a well deserved fall getaway in Oberlin, OH, a little college town with unique shops, fabulous restaurants, and great music. And military people really love our Civil War theme with swords, uniforms, and military history! All branches of the service are welcome- Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard. And a shout out to our Coastie daughter, Emily, down there in Key West!

So what to do on this free getaway! Two events at the college on Sunday, Nov. 11 are:

The Oberlin Opera Theatre with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra presenting an opera by Franz Josef Haydn: "Il Mondo della Luna." Single Tickets: $12 Public, $8 Seniors. All tickets $3 more at the door. Admission by individual ticket. Tickets can be obtained through Oberlin College Central Ticket Service (CTS) at 440-775-8169 or 800-371-0178.

and, A guest recital by Stanley Yates on classical guitar. Admission is free. Program TBA.

If you would rather pass on the opera and/or the classical guitar, you can always stay here at the B & B and enjoy one or all of our fine amenities. Unfortunately the pool will be closed for the season but the exercise room/rec room will be open for you to enjoy. Play some ping pong, shoot some pool, work out on one of the machines, or play some board games. There is also the Asian spa with whirlpool tub and the far infrared sauna, a real hit after a good workout! And because it is Sunday, Sunday, I'm sure there will be a football game somewhere on our satellite TV for you to enjoy! And there is nothing like wrapping up in a blanket in the evening and sitting by the fire in the fire pit at the pavilion, sipping some fine wine while listening to the running stream and the call of the frogs!

So this is a first come, first served deal. Check our website for oodles of information and to see which room you would like to reserve. First one to call gets first choice of the Suite! A complimentary, four course breakfast is served in the morning along with stories of the Civil War, and Oberlin's involvement in the Underground Railroad. You must have military or veteran ID upon checking in.

So don't procrastinate as the rooms will be gone in a flash. And if you live too far from Oberlin or you find us full, then check out other participating B & B's at the website B & B's for Vets.

Monday, September 3, 2012

No Fees!

FEES, FEES, FEES!!!!! Airline fees and now more hotel fees! And these hotel fees are showering billions of dollars into the hospitality industry. Here are some of the fees you may have encountered or will encounter when you travel. Lets start with the internet fees. A charge could be per minute or per day and/or per devise! Then there are the telephone surcharges, fees to use the business center, room service delivery fees, minibar restocking fees and fees to use the minibar, parking fees, and the new one - fee to have the bell staff hold your bags before you check in or after you check out! Some hotels are automatically adding a gratuity fee to your bill. Then there can be an airport shuttle fee, an energy surcharge fee, in-room safe fee (even though you may not even use it!), a fee to send or receive packages, and the resort fee that would cover use of the pool, exercise equipment, and other amenities at the hotel.

WOW! Now that's a lot of fees! But wait! There is a better way! Stay at a B & B! At least here at Hallauer House we have FREE parking, FREE minibar, FREE internet for all devises for entire stay, FREE use of land line, FREE luggage hold, FREE send and receive packages, FREE use of printer (our business center), and FREE use of pool, sauna, exercise room, pool table, ping pong table, and board games. And we have no surcharges on anything! The price that you are quoted is the price that you will pay.

Check out our industry and when you are planning that next trip and are looking for a place to stay, remember - B & B's are the better way to stay!