In 1997, a factory closing brought Carlos & Marlena to New Philadelphia, Ohio. After several attempts of searching for Marlena's dream home this home hit the market. As far back as grade school, Marlena had a passion for old houses, and it never faded. The home was perfect for both and now offers many ways for guests to also enjoy the charm and character it has to offer. Marlena loves to cook, and a gourmet breakfast is always a hit. Carlos has been trained as her "sous chef," and steps up when the need arises for large groups for tea. The ladies groups love his stories as he proudly takes them on house tours.
Brenda & Vance Speas
A Little Slice of Heaven Bed & Breakfast
Diane and Rick have been married for 44 years, and every anniversary they enjoy traveling to a unique Bed & Breakfast in the eastern and southern states. Those experiences, and their love of antiques and history, inspired them to share their historic home in Zoar. The B & B and antique shop are hobbies they enjoy--as both still work full time. These activities allow them to meet so many wonderful and interesting people! Diane loves to cook special breakfasts and pamper all the guests!
When Jim Marker saw an ad for an old 1879 farmhouse in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, he told his wife, Cathy, "I remember you saying you'd like to have a bed and breakfast some day, and I think this might be the house." Cathy says helping her realize her dream was one of the most romantic things Jim's ever done. Brick House on Main welcomed its first guests in May, 2012. Jim is the maintenance man & groundskeeper. Cathy is in charge of the kitchen and day to day operations. They like to tell guests, "Just relax, make yourself at home and enjoy the house."
The owners, Vance and Brenda Speas, designed the accommodations to provide a romantic retreat from the everyday grind. In fact, the accommodations were designed in accordance with one of our favorite Bible verses. “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. As the parents of three children, we especially want couples to enjoy the chance to reconnect. We really believe that couples need to get away alone and spend quiet time together.
Al and Natalie purchased the house in September, 2010 and opened as the Garver House Bed and Breakfast in January, 2011. Since their four children were spreading their own wings and Al and Natalie were becoming empty nesters, they thought it was time for a change. While antiquing one day, they found this 1902 foursquare for sale and thought, "why not?" Now retired, Al is running the day-to-day operations of the inn. Natalie is currently working full-time as an RN on a acute rehab unit. Both Al and Natalie enjoy pampering guests that visit the Garver House. Pay us a visit sometime!