Say Hello to Your Hosts
As the Innkeepers at Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast in Oberlin, OH
We would like to welcome you to the home that we have lived in since 1992. Here we launched 4 daughters and we now are enjoying our 7 grandchildren who fondly refer to us as Nons & Pops!
Our retirement dream was to own and operate a bed and breakfast and today that dream is still going strong. We have built our business from the ground up and today we are still doing 95% of the work and maintenance ourselves. We have overseen the construction of three additions but we have built the ponds and stream, put in the landscape and gardens, laid out the garden paths, built the deck and patio, planted the flowers and perennials, planned and decorated the interior rooms all ourselves.
We really didn’t retire, we just started a new chapter.
Joe & Susan Woodward
My husband Joe, is a retired teacher having spent 30 years in the Lorain City School system teaching gifted and talented elementary students. He was active in the Ohio and National Education Associations but since 2003 he has been active in laundering, grocery shopping, and telling stories about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad!
He loves old classic Buick’s and just recently purchased a 1956 Buick Super. He grew up in a bakery during his younger years and later assisted his mother in her antique shop. It’s that background that makes him a friendly, knowledgeable innkeeper.” He is also the resident historian who will take you back to the Civil War years, Oberlin history, and the Underground Railroad.
My wife,Susan, is also a retired Lorain City School teacher having spent 20 years teaching GRADS & Family and Consumer Sciences or the old ‘Home Ec.’ classes in Jr. & Sr. high school. She grew up in a restaurant family where she learned the ins and outs of the fine food service. But there was a time during college when her dad sent her out for cabbage and she came back with lettuce! Even Home Ec. majors make mistakes! But she learned a lot over the years and now can serve a smooth and delicious breakfast! When breakfast is over, you will find her tending the many garden rooms which have been an ongoing project evolving, growing, and blooming for 20 years!”