Monday, January 9, 2017

Lancaster County's Winter is Sizzling with These Great Events!

As one holiday comes to a close, another quickly approaches. That's right, love is in the air with Valentine's Day right around the corner. Think outside of the box of chocolates and consider a weekend getaway to Lancaster County. There's a lot to do here in the upcoming weeks and the innkeepers of Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County would love to help plan your stay. Visit our website to see which inn works best for you and check out one of these events for a weekend you'll both remember.
Fire & Ice Festival
For a cool night out, head to downtown Lititz February 17-20 for the Fire & Ice Festival. Lititz Springs Park is filled with ice sculptures, live entertainment and food vendors. You can also check out a downtown block party at Main and Broad streets, a chili cook off, the winter wonderland carnival, vendor fair and a movie night.
Downtown Lancaster is heating up February 24-26 during the Lancaster Roots & Blues. The three-day show features artists rocking at different venues in downtown Lancaster. Featured artists include Clarence Spady, David Bromberg, 3rd Power Family Soul Band, Alanna Royale, Annie Mack and many more.
Clarence Spady
Venues include Tellus 360, Federal Taphouse, Main  Stage at Lancaster Square, The Chameleon Club, The Elks Club, The Ware Center and other downtown hotspots. Tickets range in price from $60 to $300 for a VIP pass.
For the theater lovers, there are plenty of great shows hitting local stages. Take your date to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater for dinner and a show. On stage through February 4 is "Shear Madness." The whodunnit comedy invites the audience to help solve a murder mystery that takes place at a salon. February 9-March 18, the theater presents "Jesus Christ Superstar," a story of Jesus's last seven days of life through the eyes of Judas. The dinners won't disappoint either with plenty of options to satisfy each guest including chef-carved top round, polluck, pork loin, and a variety of side dishes. Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse will welcome "Mama Won't Fly" to its stage January 27-April 1. This comedy tells the story of a cross-country trip with all sorts of twists and turns.
Mama Won't Fly at Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse
Entree items include beef, chicken, a fresh-catch and pasta option and sides and desserts.
There you have it, folks. Just a few of the many events held here in Lancaster County for you and your Valentine to enjoy. From live music to outdoor events and theater productions and a cozy inn to stay at, we've got your getaway covered. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, instagram and Twitter for more events and activities around Lancaster County.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Tis The Season for Holiday Events in Lancaster County

Lancaster County is decking the halls from corner to corner with decorations, holiday shows, events and more. Theaters, local attractions and our bed and breakfasts are alive with the Christmas spirit. Take train ride with Santa, watch a Magic Lantern Christmas Show, or visit one of many theaters for a holiday show. Be sure to make your overnight reservations at www.authenticbandb.com.
The Strasburg Railroad hosts Santa's Paradise Express through the month of December. The train takes passengers on a tour of Paradise, PA, while Santa visits guests with treats and stories. Visit www.strasburgrailroad.com for a complete list of events.
Through December 23, the National Christmas Center will host the Christmas Market and Village of Lights. Guests can stroll the grounds and enjoy Christmas light displays, life-size nativity light shows, singing Christmas trees, a bonfire and hot chocolate. You can also check out Santa's Peek-a-Boo cottage and make Christmas crafts.
Experience a historical Christmas at James Buchanan's Wheatland during the Yuletide at Wheatland through December 30. Join LancasterHistory.org as they take you back to the holidays of 1867 when Miss Emily Baker organized a Christmas party for President Buchanan. Guests can take a step back in time for the Victorian Christmas in the former president's home at the historic Wheatland Grounds. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and tickets are $6-$12.
One of Lancaster County's most unique theaters is the Magic Lantern Show at Plain & Fancy Theater in Bird-In-Hand. The Magic Lantern, popular in the 1800s-1900s, was one of the first projector screens and paved the way for motion pictures. The Lantern projects motionless hand-painted slides onto a screen while Mark Sullivan, artistic director at the theater, narrates the show. "We are the only Magic Lantern Theater in the last 130 years," says Sullivan. The show begins with Sullivan, dressed in character, interacting with the audience with comedy, singing, trivia and followed by the lantern slide show. The Christmas Show includes classic stories like "Twas the Night Before Christmas, "A Christmas Carol," and the birth of Christ. New to this year's show is the little-known Charles Dickens story "Gabriel Grub and The Goblins." The new slides date back to 1860s and are from England. "It's a unique mixture of animation and live models as well as some Magic Lantern effects like dissolves," adds Sullivan. Visit www.amishexperience.com for tickets and more information.
Other local theaters are featuring holiday performances on their stages. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is performing the variety show "Holly Jolly Christmas, A Holiday Revue" through December 31. Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse presents "Green Holly and Gray Potatoes." Hilarity ensues when a family gathers for the holidays only to try to convince mom and dad it's time for them to move to a retirement home. Check out the 2016 Christmas Show "Winter Wonderland" at the American Music Theatre. This variety show has a little bit for everyone including singing, dancing, instrumentals and more. Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant & Stage brings "Our Christmas Dinner" to its stage. There are surprises and humor around each corner when a bunch of strangers are thrown together during the holidays. And through December 17,
The Fulton Theatre will perform the timeless classic, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Complement your holiday stay at one of our bed and breakfasts in Lancaster. Each is dressed for the holidays and is ready to spread holiday cheer. Visit www.authenticbandb.com for more information or to make reservations. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tickets for the Belsnickle Tour on sale now!

As the holiday season approaches, Lancaster County bed and breakfasts are decking their halls in preparation for the Second Annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour.
Each inn is festively decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees, lights, greens, and Christmas scenes from past and present. The tour, which benefits a local chapter of a national charity, takes place December 3 and 4 at 18 participating inns. While traveling from inn to inn, guests can enjoy the beautiful and pristine sights of Lancaster County and warm up at each inn with fresh-baked cookies and a recipe card to collect at each site. The Belsnickle, a figure originating from German folklore, is considered to be the darker side of Santa. He carries a switch for kids who were naughty and tosses treats at kids who were nice.
Inns are decorated for the holidays.
As a way to honor an old tradition and folklore, the inns are having a little fun with the Belsnickle, while benefiting a worthy cause. A grand prize for tourists include a $250 gift certificate to be used at one of the bed and breakfasts and a $75 Visa gift card.
In addition to the tour, guests will receive free admission to The National Christmas Center during December.
The National Christmas Center.
The National Christmas Center, a museum and store located in Paradise, features over 15 life-size indoor exhibits, a Santa's workshop, a train room, a 1950s Woolworth display, a life-size nativity and much more. In addition, the Center will also have Belsnickles on display and available for purchase.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now for $15 or the day of the tour for $20 (cash only). Tickets are valid for both days so guests can take their time visiting the inns. Maps at each stop will also be available. Last year, the inns raised over $4,000 for charity. Be sure to reserve your tickets now by calling one of the participating inns. Enjoy our beautiful county at Christmastime, the inns and the crotchety Belsnickle while helping a worthy cause. And be sure to make reservations at one of our inns for the weekend of the tour by visiting www.authenticbandb.com. Happy holidays!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Warm up with food, fashion, and drinks in Lancaster County

Lancaster County, and much of the East Coast, just finished an Indian Summer with temperatures at an all-time high for mid-October with a week of 80-degree weather. Then a swift and powerful wind swept in and announced that fall was officially here. Nothing says fall like good food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere, so here are a few different events and establishments that offer just that. From food shows to fashion shows, Lancaster County has plenty of events to entertain visitors. To complete your visit, stay at one of the many cozy bed and breakfasts here in Lancaster County. Book your room now at www.authenticbandb.com.
Get a little taste of everything November 18-20 at the Lancaster County Convention Center during the sixth annual Lancaster Wine & Spirits Festival. Restaurants, food vendors, vineyards, breweries, distilleries and more will pack the center with delectable food and beverages for guests to enjoy. In addition to fine food and spirits, visitors can check out demonstrations, and meet guest chefs and celebrity emcees. Also featured is a Fine Wine and Good Spirits pavilion and a Jack Daniel's Virtual Reality Tour. Tickets are $50-$70 and are available for purchase on the website.
Lancaster Wine and Spirits Festival at the Convention Center.
On November 12 and 13, the Spooky Nook Sports Arena will host the Artisan Fair. The expo is a combination of the long-standing Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Craft Fair and highlights many local and national artists' and crafters' pottery, jewelry, clothing, glasswork, woodwork and more. Spooky Nook, a newer and state-of-the-art facility is happy to welcome the fair to its grounds, with plenty of space for crafters and guests, free parking, onsite restaurants and other nearby eateries. Admission is $5.
On November 13, the General Sutter Inn will host a Waltz Wine Dinner, a five-course meal featuring wines from local winery, Waltz Vineyards. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $80. On November 20, the Inn will host its popular Murder Mystery Dinner. Presented by Roundtable Productions, guests are challenged to solve the case of "whodunnit" during a four-course dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $58 and include the dinner and event. A cash bar is also available.
Waltz Wine Dinner on Nov. 13 
If you prefer to be outside and enjoy the crisp weather, check out Second Saturdays at Smucker Village on Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse. Visitors can enjoy live music while perusing outdoor vendors with local crafts and food. The Treasure Place, an onsite store featuring unique and repurposed furniture and housewares, will have extended hours. Be sure to swing by the Corner Coffee Shop to enjoy a warm drink.
Smucker Village features Second Saturdays.
On November 12, the Woman's Club of Ephrata will present its Fashions by Ruthie's Fashion Show at the American Legion in Ephrata, where guests will enjoy lunch and a fashion show. Doors open at 11 a.m. with clothing and accessories available for purchase. Lunch begins at noon with a menu featuring chicken and broccoli crepes, house salad, apple and pear cobbler, and coffee and tea, followed by a fashion show featuring local models. Wine and mimosas will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight are also available for purchase. Chinese auction tickets are six for $5. Proceeds benefit the Woman's Club of Ephrata. Deadline for ticket purchase is November 1. For ticket inquiries, call 1-717-859-2847.
There is so much to always see and do here in Lancaster. And we'll soon be talking about December, when our community and Inns light up for the holiday season. What a great time to visit Lancaster County.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Fun in Lancaster County

Fall is just around the corner here in Lancaster County. The days are getting shorter, cool mornings and evenings greet us and the foliage becomes colorful autumn tones. There is a lot to do in Lancaster as fall approaches, we celebrate all things pumpkin, apple and corn. We've compiled a list of events here in Lancaster in October so be sure to check them out while staying at one of our many lovely Bed and Breakfasts.
Amish Farm and House
Fall Farm Days takes place at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster Oct. 7-10. The Amish Farm and House allows guests to experience the Amish farm life here in Lancaster, with tours and a look at the barns, meadows and animalsIn addition to the regular tours and attractions, the fall weekend celebration offers pumpkin face painting, a corn maze, hay wagon rides, a burlap sack slide, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and more. There will also be demonstrations from woodcarvers, blacksmiths, and apple sauce making. Food will also be available for purchase.
Haldeman Mansion


The Fall Apple Festival takes place at the Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge on Oct. 9. Enjoy live music on the lawn, eat homemade apple desserts or choose something from the mansion's food menu. Guests can also take a complimentary tour of the mansion or explore the river trail along the grounds. Admission price is just $5 per car and proceeds benefit the mansion.
Oregon Dairy Corn Maze
In addition to fall festivals, Lancaster County has plenty of different corn mazes with all sorts of attractions for the whole family. Oregon Dairy Corn Maze, located at the Oregon Dairy Supermarket, has a large corn maze with tractor rides to their pumpkin patch, kids attractions, punkin' chunkin', and lots of food and drinks. Barnyard Kingdom at The Country Barn features a maze as well as pig races, wagon rides, animals on the farm, a giant tunnel slide and a pedal kart track. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers many activities beyond its five-acre corn maze. The Courtyard features a pedal kart track, a hands-on farm experience, a discovery barn and a chick hatchery. The Barnyard allows kids to build their own cabin with giant Lincoln Logs, pet animals in the Barnyard animal grove or sling tennis balls with a giant slinger. Many different foods are available including corn on the cob, popped corn, homemade confections and more. There is also a gift shop on site.
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
We hope to see you here in Lancaster soon as we transition into fall. Be sure to reserve a room at one of the bed and breakfasts across the county at www.authenticbandb.com.  
And for those of you anticipating the Christmas season, the second annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour tickets are on sale October 1. The fundraiser features a tour of over 15 inns dressed for the holidays, including treats at each inn, a chance to win prizes and admission to the National Christmas CenterFor more information, visit www.authenticbandb.com/belsnickle.php. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

All Is Fair In Lancaster County

Pennsylvania is home to some of the largest fairs in the country and fair season is kicking off as we speak. Lancaster County shows its pride for agriculture, community and delicious food when food trucks, rides, arts, crafts and agriculture displays fill the streets this fall. So if you're visiting in the near future, be sure to check out one of the many fairs here in Lancaster to get a taste of what this beautiful county has to offer.
Denver Fair
The Denver Fair in Northern Lancaster kicks off its fair at Memorial Park Sept. 13-17. Guests can enjoy free entertainment, contest, animal exhibits, carnival rides, crafts and lots of tasty food.
The 67th annual Solanco Fair will be held Sept. 14-16. Taking place in Quarryville, the event boasts many different exhibits from food to cattle and everything in between. Many organizations will have food stands serving local favorites like chicken pot pie and barbecue. A parade takes place on Sept. 14, followed by a baby parade the next day.
Solanco Fair
Celebrate farm and community during the New Holland Fair Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Taking place on 100 blocks of East and West Main Street, the fair offers plenty of food, contests and rides. Be sure to visit the New Holland Farmer's Fair to check out some of Lancaster County's most prized farming livestock, fruits, vegetables and more.
New Holland Fair
The largest street fair in Pennsylvania, the Ephrata Fair, takes place Sept. 20-24. Main Street fills with the smell of local culinary delights and confections. Local organizations, rides, exhibits and games line the streets and a parade takes place on Wednesday. Head down to Tent City at Grater Memorial Park to check out 4-H and FFA livestock.
There's a little something for everyone at the 43rd Annual Ephrata Arts and Crafts Fest and Classic Car Show on Sept. 10. The events takes place in downtown Ephrata with arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, live music and plenty of classic cars. Also taking place is the Artisan's Fair at nearby Ephrata Cloister. Guests can check out works from local artists and fine crafts on the picturesque grounds of the Cloister.
Ephrata Fair
Limited tours will also be available.
The West Lampeter Fair is held Sept. 28-30. They've got their share of great food, rides and agriculture exhibits, plus some fun events like pig races, a soup cook off, tractor games and more. The fair also features dinner at the Community Fair Restaurant, a parade and local marching bands.
The Manheim Farm Show takes place Oct. 3-7. Its mission is to promote agriculture, crafts and competition in a family-friendly environment. The event takes place at the Exhibition Center and features local 4-H and FFA livestock, local farm agriculture, food and more.
Manheim Farm Show
If fairs aren't your thing but motors are, then head over to the 32nd annual NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Monhton. Held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, the event features the Mello Yellow Drag Racing national event. For tickets, visit www.nhra.com.
To get an idea of what our county is all about, its pride in agriculture, food and fun, be sure to check out Lancaster County during fair season.
Maple Grove Raceway
And be sure to book a room at one of our many lovely bed and breakfasts at www.authenticbandb.com.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer is Sizzlin' in Lancaster County

It is HOT in Lancaster County! Apparently it's in the 90s, but it feels like it's 175 degrees outside. For those who like to brave the steaming outdoors, there's plenty to do here in our county. But for those who want to avoid it, there are plenty of places to escape the heat. From kayaking with Shank's Mare Outfitters to plays at local theatres like American Music Theatre, Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse, Dutch AppleEphrata Performing Arts Center, and The Fulton Theatre, we've got all your needs covered.
Shank's Mare Outfitters
Located in Wrightsville, Shank's Mare Outfitters is situated along the picturesque banks of the Susquehanna River. The outdoor retailer meets all your needs with equipment from clothing to kayaks. They also offer kayak and paddleboard classes. The Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard class offers both yoga and paddleboard instructions. For a portion of the class, students will put their skills to the test when they try both in the water. Be sure to check out some of Shank's other events like the Native American Rock Art Paddleboard Tour, River Paddle Tour & Picnic, Paddle & Pizza. On August 6, they will host the 7th Annual Art & Outdoor Fest. Enjoy local artist's creations, historical and cultural organizations, icecream and live music. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Terry Fator
For those of you that would rather just stay inside during this heat wave, take in a show at one of the many theatres here in Lancaster County. American Music theatre welcomes Joe Walsh on July 31, The Shoji Tabuchi Show on Aug. 7, Terry Fator on Aug. 12, Styx on Aug. 15 and Aaron Lewis on Aug.21, just to name a few. Visit the AMT website for tickets and details.
Perfect Wedding is now on stage at Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse. This romantic comedy tells the story of how a future groom finds himself in a precarious situation with a strange girl in his room. This dinner theatre experience offers plenty of options for guests from lighter fare to dinner and drinks.
Mary Poppins
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre presents Mary Poppins through Aug. 6, followed by Yeston Kopit's Phantom Aug. 11-September 24. In it's 30th year, the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre offers guests dinner and a show in an inviting and pleasant atmosphere.
American Idiot is playing through Aug. 6 at Ephrata Performing Arts Center. An adaptation of Green Day's album, this musical follows the life of three young men searching for the meaning of life. David Mamet's Glengarry Glenross will hit the stage Sept. 8-17. A show about four real estate agents
driven to criminal behavior, this drama features bribery, blackmail, theft and "colorful" language. 
The Fulton Theatre welcomes Billy Elliot The Musical to its stage on Sept. 20. This musical follows the life on an 11-year-old boy who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes during the 1980s coal miner strikes in England.
American Idiot
As we begin to wrap up the summer, don't forget about Authentic Bed and Breakfast's Second Annual Find the Belsnickle Tour taking place Dec. 3 and 4. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and are available at the Inns. Guests can enjoy touring the Inns and finding Belsnickles and entered to win prizes. For more information, visit the Belsnickle page.