I would like to share with you links to some of my favorite businesses.
Just ‘down the road’ from Laurel Run Cooking School
Mill Hollow Nursery
My good friend Jody Frimel runs a unique greenhouse at her historic home on North Ridge Road, 2 miles west of Laurel Run. Specializing in unique planters, containers and unusual flowers, you won’t find your run-of-the-mill flower selection here! She does custom planting in your containers or you can choose one of her beautiful containers. Jody also custom grows my herbs each year for my “Cooks Herb Garden” class. Visit her website to view more. Be sure to mark your calendar for her Opening Day in May.
Aufdenkampe Family Farm
Where "Everything We Sell, We Raise Ourselves". The Aufdenkampe Family Farm raises fresh fruits and vegetables on a 25-acre family farm. Three Aufdenkampe families work together to raise top quality produce available for sale at their own roadside stand. Fresh cut herbs and flowers also grace the white wooden shelves under the open-air canopy. The only shipping their produce experiences is the trip on the wagon from field to stand! And one more thing: if you get there after they have closed, you can still buy those tomatoes you need for dinner on the honor system! Be sure to get on their mailing list for a Crop Update during the growing season!
Krieg’s Strawberry Farm
Is almost visible from Laurel Run. Krieg’s have U-pick strawberries plus great homegrown sweet corn. Along with other vegetables, they carry a line of Amish cheeses, meats, butter, flowers and more.
Millers Apple Hill and Bulk Food Store
This family-owned-and-operated orchard pick your own apples from mid-September through late October. Miller's Apple Hill is not only an orchard. They have a fully stocked bulk food store. Open year round, they carry a large assortment meats and cheeses, flours, sugars, and grains. Also find spices, miscellaneous baking supplies and more. The yeast at Millers is the only yeast I buy for my baking. The Thesco bread flour is also one of the best I have used.
Vermilion Farm Market
Is where Laurel Run does the majority of shopping for our cooking classes. Located 3 miles north of the school, the produce department is well known for the great quality of their items. Their buyer is at the market six days a week looking for the best produce at the best possible prices. Can’t find an item you need? Ask for Frank and he will do his best to get it for you.
Bed and Breakfasts
If you are traveling from a distance, you may want to stay at one of the charming Bed and Breakfasts in our area.
Vermilion is like a New England town on Lake Erie. It has a serene New England small town atmosphere, and is a perfect spot for a relaxing walk along the Lake Erie shore. Downtown Vermilion is approximately 4 miles north of Laurel Run. When in Vermilion, the Gilchrist House is a lovely B& B that once belonged to a Captain Gilchrist. My husband and I spent a night there for our anniversary after we enjoyed a memorable wine dinner at our favorite restaurant, Chez Francois, a French restaurant set on the Vermilion River lagoons. It is within walking distance of the Gilchrist House.
Near the Gilchrist House is the Inland Seas Maritime Museum. The Inland Seas Maritime Museum is operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. It is located at the north end of Main St. by Lake Erie.
5 Corners B&B
Located just 4 miles from door-to-door is the 5 Corners Bed and Breakfast in historic Amherst. 5 Corners is a charming B&B that is within a few blocks walking distance of several family-run restaurants (no chain restaurants in downtown Amherst!) 5 Corners offers 3 rooms to guests. Call Melissa Timko for more information at 440.984.3084
While in Amherst, you can visit Richards Wine Cellar, a stones-throw from the B&B, or walk to the local movie theatre. Stop in for some of “Catherine’s Chocolates”, which is right next door to my favorite place to browse, “The Mermaids Tale”, a lovely shop filled to the brim with gifts, antiques, jewelry, old silver and much, much more.
1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast.
If you are a history buff and like the Civil War, this B&B will be of particular interest to you My brother-in-law spent 4 days at the Hallauer House recently and couldn’t say enough about the house, the hosts and the grounds.
While in Oberlin, you must have lunch at Weia Teai, one of my all time favorite restaurants and the best deal in town for lunch. Jia Weia’s Asian style fusion cooking and his presentation will bring you back time and again. (and I really mean that, having eaten there at least 30 times)
Arbor Lights Bed and Breakfast
Arbor Lights is a Bed and Breakfast in where you can unwind among beautiful hydrangea gardens and comfortable guest suites. Relax on the open veranda, stroll the 1.5-acre park-like grounds, or unwind by the water garden. They are located on the 5th Nationally Designated Byway where stunning sunsets over Lake Erie are just steps away. Period pieces abound in this 1879 century farm house, from classic hardwood floors, stained glass entry doors, bay window and high ceilings to French doors. www.arborlightslorain.com