Sunday, January 21, 2018

Historical sites to visit in Lancaster County

Lancaster County is rich in history with an array of historical sites from cloisters to clocks. We’ve highlighted just a few in this blog to check out during your visit. For a complete list of other historical sites in Lancaster, visit
Ephrata Cloister, located at 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, is a national historic landmark founded in 1732. It acted as a retreat from worldly distractions for people who wished to have a disciplined life and prepare themselves for Heaven. Today, guests can take tours of the Cloister grounds and get to know its history, culture and learn about stories of its past, visiting seven original historical buildings. Tours are available and the Cloister also hosts special events and classes. For more information, visit

Robert Fulton Birthplace is located in Fulton Township, about six miles south of Quarryville. Robert Fulton is known for his invention of the steamboat and his art. The Pennsylvania and Museum Commission restored and furnished the house to its original character complete with a garden.
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, located on Kissel Hill Road in Lancaster,  is a living history village and farm representing the German settlers from 1740-1940. The village is home to German artifacts and hosts many educational programs and classes. For more information, visit
The Rock Ford Plantation is the 18th century home of Edward Hand and sits on 33 acres of what is now Lancaster County Central Park. The mansion is decorated in 18th century furnishings and art. Tours are available April 1-October 31 with special events throughout the year. Visit for more information.

The oldest homestead in Lancaster County, the historic Hans Herr House built was in 1719 and is an original Mennonite meeting house. Now a museum, the house collects and preserves items from European settlers. A newer addition, a Native American longhouse, allows visitors a first-hand look at what Native American life was like in Lancaster County. For more information and hours, visit

The National Watch & Clock Museum is the largest horological museum in North America and is home to 12,000 clocks and other clock-related items from around the world. Beyond its regular hours, the museum hosts many types of events, including “clocktail” parties, lunch events, “Clocktoberfest” and much more. For more information, visit

There are plenty of Inns surrounding all these amazing sites, check out to find one that fits your needs. Our innkeepers are looking forward to accommodating you during your visit and telling you more about these great locations!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Cheer Continues in Lancaster County

The festivities continue throughout Lancaster County as we get closer to the holidays, from candlelight tours to performances of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," and local dances, there is no shortage of Yuletide cheer in Lancaster. Our innkeepers love the holidays just as much, with each inn carefully decorated in different styles and genres of Christmas cheer. Be sure to book a room at one of our inns when visiting Lancaster for the holidays (
Join the folks at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum for a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas by the bonfire December 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. The event, which is free of charge, features wagon rides, tours of decorated historic buildings, caroling around the fire with Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir, and cookies and hot cider in the Yellow Barn. Guests are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to benefit the Lancaster Food Bank.
The Ephrata American Legion is hosting a Step Back in Time Christmas Ball December 15, featuring Victorian dances. The event kicks off with a dance instructor for the first hour, followed by a live brass band and DJ. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite vintage costume or can dress in their favorite modern clothes. Tickets range in price from $30 for a single person to $300 for 10 people.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire hosts a holiday-themed Murder Mystery dinner through December 23, featuring classic Christmas tales, caroling, and a four-course dinner in the mansion. In its 34th season, the unique event mixes its traditional mansion Christmas attraction with its poplar murder mystery event. Tickets are $54.95.
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre presents Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" through December 31. Based on the classic holiday movie, the live show features entertaining music and talented dance with a full-course meal. For tickets, show times, and more information, visit
Take a step back in time at Rock Ford Plantation during its Yuletide Candlelight Tours. Guests will learn about 18th century traditions and customs, with traditional Christmas music and dancing. No reservations are required and tickets can be purchased at the door ($10 for adults and $8 for children 6-12 and seniors).
Enjoy this holiday season and if you're here in Lancaster County celebrating, we hope you enjoy every corner this county has to offer during the holidays. From downtown Lancaster to Strasburg, Ephrata and everywhere in between, happy holidays from the innkeepers of Lancaster County.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tours, Tubas and Santas!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, with each corner of Lancaster County decked out for the holiday season. Towns are hosting Santa, carolers, holiday tours and more in the next few weeks and you won't to miss it. Check out these events that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.
Santa and his evil twin, the Belsnickle, will arrive in style in Ephrata on November 24 for Christmas in Ephrata. As in past years, Santa and Belsnickle will get stuck on the roof of the bank but will be rescued by the local fire company. The evening also features Calliope, horse-drawn wagon rides, children's games, snacks, caroling, food trucks and more.
Visit downtown Lancaster for the Mayor's Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas on November 24. Central Market will be open from 5-8 p.m. for the special event, with entertainment beginning at 6:30 in the square with the arrival Santa Claus, lighting of the Christmas tree, tuba Christmas and visits with Santa at the Lancaster Marriott.
The town of Marietta will host the 52nd annual Candlight Tour 2017 on December 3 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. One of the oldest continuous walking tours in Pennsylvania, the candlelight walk features 8-10 private home and public building tours. Other special events include a wine tasting, strolling carolers, arts and crafts and more. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. For tickets, call 717-426-4048 or visit
The Strasburg Heritage Society presents a Holiday Home Tour December 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event showcases decorated homes and churches in Historic Strasburg, a public holiday market, food at the Holiday Pantry and a silent auction. For more information, email or call 717-687-9039.
And don't forget about the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts Find Your Belsnickle Tour December 2 and 3. The self-guided tour takes guests through 17 decorated inns dressed for the holidays with a hidden Belsnickle at each stop. Guests also have the chance to win a stay at an inn valued at $325. Each inn also features a homemade cookie and recipe card. Sales benefit Make-A-Wish and can be purchased at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center or reserved online vouchers can be made at
We hope you visit our beautiful county for the holidays and stay at one of our inns. You'll be sure to make unforgettable holiday memories.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Gearing up for the Holidays in Lancaster County

As the leaves begin to change here in Lancaster, we are also quickly approaching the holiday season. Local theaters will be presenting holiday shows beginning this November and we'll highlight them in our upcoming blogs as well as other events going on in Lancaster this season. Our inns are always the perfect spot for a weekday or weekend stay to complement your stay in Lancaster. Visit us at to book a room. Hope to see you soon!
American Music Theatre is gearing up for the holiday season with its 2017 Christmas Show: Home for the Holidays beginning November 1. The variety show welcomes favorite holiday songs, music, singing and dancing and features the American Music Theatre Orchestra. For more information, visit
American Music Theatre
Sight & Sound Theatres presents Miracle of Christmas, the story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, beginning November 3. Guests will be amazed at the staging, special effects and live animals in this show. For more information, visit
Sight & Sound Theatre
Join the folks at The Tea Press Cafe November 3 for a High Tea Murder Mystery event. You'll enjoy an evening of  the "who done it" game with other guests with unlimited tea, two scones, three tea sandwiches and three mini desserts. Guests also have the chance to win reservations for two to any High Tea Party or a Squeeze Spot painting party. For more information, visit
Maker's Market
Head downtown November 18 to Tellus 360 and check out Creatively Lancaster's Makers Market. The event features an assortment of Lancaster's finest talents, including artists, crafters, bakers, and more. Admission is free and all wares will be available for purchase. This is a great chance to see some of Lancaster's most unique and fine art at one of downtown Lancaster's favorite venues. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Treasure Hunting in Lancaster County

Summer is wrapping up and it'll soon be the autumn season, a beautiful time of year in Lancaster County. With fall comes lots of great events taking place all around the county. Several in the next few weeks will feature all types of treasures, from unique artwork to antiques. Be sure to book a room at a local inn at
Artisans and crafters will fill the beautiful grounds of Long’s Park September 1-3, during The Long’s Park Art Festival. Over 200 artists from 30 states will display art from painting and photography to metal, wood, furniture, and jewelry. There will be a bistro area serving local foods and spirits, local musicians will play throughout the weekend, and kids can enjoy the kid’s art tent. Tickets to the event are $10 for the day or $15 for the weekend. 
Long's Park Art Festival
Located on the Solanco Fairgrounds in Quarryville, the Hospice and Community Care Labor Day Auction kicks off September 2-4. Each day, guests can find unique treasures, specialty art, quilts, furniture, vacation packages and more. One of the hottest items at the sale is the home-cooked and Amish-made food items. Parking and admission is free and proceeds benefit Hospice & Community Care. 
Hospice Auction

Join the Susquehanna River Communities for its Fourth Friday celebrations, taking place September 22. Guests can view exhibits from local and regional artists, have refreshments, and enjoy the charm and tranquility of Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville galleries, restaurants, and antique shops. 
Fourth Fridays

The fall Antiques Extravaganza takes place September 28-October 1 in Adamstown, the antiques capital of the country. The 20-plus malls, shops and outdoor locations will feature longer hours and more items. Many stores will also run sales during this event. 
Antiques Extravaganza

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Let's Talk Christmas and Belsnickles!

It’s August and you know what that means – it’s time to start talking about Christmas!

The Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County are introducing the third annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour December 2 and 3 and tickets are on sale now.

Over 15 Lancaster County inns participate in the holiday tour, each carefully decorated from top to bottom for the holiday season. Innkeepers put their own flair on their Bed and Breakfast, showing different styles and genres for guests to enjoy. In addition to the decorated inns, guests have a chance to find the Belsnickle, a figurine hidden among the d├ęcor.
The Belsnickle, a folklore character who’s known as “Santa’s Evil twin,” will be hidden at each inn for guests to find and be entered to win a prize. Ticket sales benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Inns will also serve homemade cookies for guests, complete with a recipe card, and an entry ticket for The National Christmas Center that is valid during the month of December. Located in Paradise, PA, and in its last season, The Christmas Center is home to many jolly Christmas displays, including a 1950's Woolworth Store, an antique emporium, Santa’s Workshop, a Toyland Train Mountain, a nativity scene and much more.

The winner of the drawing will receive a stay at one of the inns valued at up to $325. Ticket vouchers are $20 and must be exchanged for ticket packets, maps of the tour, the giveaway entry card, ticket for The National Christmas Center and other information. Vouchers can be exchanged between November 15 and the tour dates. 
For more information, call 717-464-1382.
Purchase tickets now and book a night or two at a local inn during the tour and take a few days to enjoy the holiday cheer in Lancaster County while benefiting a worthy cause. To reserve a room, visit For more information on the Belsnickle tour, visit

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bike rides, theater and beer!

It seems like years since the sun's been here in Lancaster County. Rain and overcast skies fell on what seemed like every day, but slowly and surely, we're seeing the sunshine more and more. And with the approaching summertime comes a lot of great events. As always, book a room at one of our many inns at
Join the Strasburg Railroad now through November 18 for its Bingo Murder Mystery Dinner Train. The event features a Bingo-style murder mystery during a train ride through scenic Lancaster County and includes a full-course dinner. For more information, visit
Strasburg Railroad
Over 20 antique shops and locations throughout Adamstown will participate in Antiques Extravaganza June 21-25. Shops will extend hours, offer more retail, discounts and specials. For more information, visit
The Fulton Theatre presents Disney's Newsies now through July 23. Based on the Newsboy strike of 1899, Newsies follows the story of newsboys trying to survive in New York City selling papers after publishers inflated prices. Together the newsboys form a strike and become headliners in the same paper they sell. Check out for tickets and other information.
The Fulton's Newsies
Intercourse Bike Works hosts a Farmland Bicycle Tour with a wine and beer tasting June 17-August 12. The easy-paced ride takes bicyclists through picturesque Amish countryside and ends at Mount Hope Wine Gallery and Rumspringa Brewery, where guests can choose a wine or beer tasting. The cost is $50 per person and includes a bike, helmet and tasting. Visit for more information. Their  Lititz location, Lititz Bike Works, features family bike tours June 17-October 7.The tour stops at historic landmarks throughout Lititz with stops for treats along the way. The cost is $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 and older and includes bike, helmet and treats.
Intercourse Bike Works
National Watch and Clock Museum
The National Watch and Clock Museum is hosting its tenth annual Hops 'n' Clocks event July 7 from 6-9 p.m. The event features beer tastings from local breweries, food from local eateries, live music and door prizes. Tickets are $30 per person and $15 for designated drivers.
From bike rides to theater and murder mystery, there is plenty to do here in Lancaster County. Check out or list of inns to find the best one to accommodate your visit at