Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Touring Lancaster’s Best Greenhouses

One of the biggest attractions in Lancaster County are the greenhouses. Not the ones you may be used to though, these are off the beaten path in all corners of Lancaster and can often be hard to find. They are some of the finest this county offers, surrounded by farmland, picturesque views, and makes shopping for plants an unforgettable experience. Authentic Bed &Breakfasts of Lancaster County created a detailed list of some of our favorite places and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. (It’s important to note that most of these are located on Amish farms, are not open Sundays, and often only take cash).
Black Creek Greenhouse (211 E. Black Creek Road, East Earl) This place seems to have everything, from fairy garden supplies to a large selection of herbs, perennials, decorations and more, you’ll love strolling through this greenhouse. You can also find new and unusual plants here. Hours are through June: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and July-December Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Briar Rose Greenhouses (581 Briertown Rd., East Earl) is more than just a greenhouse. It also has a little farm animal petting area, featuring different animals. They also offer a wide selection of plants and sell soil and mulch (all at reasonable prices). Briar Rose is open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Country Lane Succulent Plants (152 Snyder Drive, New Holland) This farm features succulents and the owners’ half a dozen dogs, their puppies, a giant turkey, and sometimes cows and ducks. This place is overflowing with charm, artful plant decorations, and they reuse all sorts of items to plant succulents (my recent purchase was a tiny ceramic shoe stuffed with a variety of succulents for only $3) and their prices begin at $1.50. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Groff’s Plant Farm (6128 Street Rd., Kirkwood) offers a large selection of annuals, perennials, veggies and more. They are extremely reasonably priced and now take credit and debit cards. They are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m-7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Henry’s Farm and Greenhouses (1258 Oregon Hollow Road, Holtwood) opens April 26 and offers a huge variety of plants, vegetables, flowers, and unusual plants. This family-owned business is a favorite for many locals with beautiful grounds and views. Hours are Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (through May 25).  

Herbal Springs Farmstead (447 Brossman Road, Ephrata) is a mecca for butterfly plants, native plants, annuals, herbs, edibles, unique plants, and much more and sits on a pristine Lancaster farm, where you’ll want to wonder around all day. Hours through June are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pinewood and Posies, (4547 White Oak Road in Paradise) is simply breathtaking, with acres and acres of flowers to cut. Although their main focus is on flowers you can cut yourself, they do sell some other plants. This place is totally worth the visit, and you’ll be in awe of their gardens and little nooks and sitting areas along the way. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shady Willow Greenhouse (338 Willow Road, Lancaster) offers customs planters, supplies, miniature garden trinkets, all sort of perennials and annuals and Christmas products. Shady Willow is open March-December and hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Zimmerman’s Greenhouse (421 Brossman Road, Ephrata) is quite the hidden gem. They feature reasonably priced flowers, veggies, potted flowers and much more. You can also bring your own pots and planters and the staff will fill it with flowers you purchased. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Next time you visit one of our inns, be sure to check out many of the greenhouses throughout the county, you'll certainly be glad you did! Happy gardening and planting!



Saturday, March 30, 2019

Take a Hike

Many people know Lancaster for its rolling farmland, Amish community, and downtown, but it's also a great place to take hikes, walks, and bike rides. Whether it's a stroll along one of the rail trails or a walk along the river in the woods, there's plenty of leisurely outdoor attractions to take advantage of in Lancaster County. 
One of the most picturesque trails in Lancaster County, Tucquan Glen, located in Holtwood, is a moderate trail and runs along the tributaries Tucquan Creek and Clark Run. There are four round-trip trails visitors can take that lead to a view of the Susquehanna River. Along the way are lush trees, rhododendrons, waterfalls, natural pools and more. Not far from Tucguan Glen is Kelly's Run Nature Preserve, which is also a tributary of the Susquehanna, with pristine views, mature trees, abundant wildlife, and native plants and flowers. Just around the corner is Pinnacle Overlook, which offers one of the best views of the Susquehanna River. The hike is more difficult and offers 2.76  miles of trails that connect with other trails like Tucquan and Kelly's Run. 
Lancaster County Central Park, located in the middle of Lancaster County, is home to many trails, an environmental center, library, covered bridge, Garden of the Five Senses and more. Trails include the Wildflower Trail, Scout Trail, Equestrian Trail and more and follow creeks, boast spectacular views and are lush with wildflowers, plants, and trees. 
There are several rail trails in Lancaster County that are perfect for biking or an afternoon stroll. The Enola Low Grade trail in Providence Township is a 23-mile gravel trail spanning from Safe Harbor Dam to Atglen. Northwest Lancaster River Trail is a paved 14-mile trail taking guests from Columbia to Conoy Township. A popular trail along the Susquehanna, the rail trail also has a stop in the charming town of Mariettta, a route that is becoming increasingly popular with bicyclists.
Just completed this past December, the Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail starts on Broad Street in Lititz and extends to West Chestnut Street in Ephrata. The 6.7 trail is perfect for a bicycle day trip and you'll have the chance to visit boutiques, shops, and restaurants in both of these delightful little towns. 
For a complete list of places to hike, walk and bike in Lancaster County, visit www.lancasterconservancy.org. And as always, book a room at one of our inns to complete your adventure by visiting www.authenticbandb.com. Remember, if you book direct, it saves you money and helps support our businesses. Happy spring and happy hiking! 



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spring into these Exciting Events in Lancaster

Spring is just around the corner and we're certainly ready for it here in Lancaster County. Along with spring comes many exciting events and you can make it an extra special trip by booking a room at one of our Authentic Bed & Breakfasts at www.authenticbandb.com. And remember, if you book direct, it'll benefit you by saving money and help support our local inns.
Sight and Sound Theatre is performing its critically acclaimed show "Jesus" now through October 5. The show is full of action, magnificent scenes, and an unforgettable cast. For more information and to purchases tickets, visit www.sight-sound.com.
On March 28, the annual Friendship Heart Gallery 2019 Art Auction takes place at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Auditorium. The event begins with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction at 7:30. Tickets are $35 and include hors d'oeuvres, auctions and a meet and greet with artists. The auction benefits Friendship Heart Gallery, who work with artists with intellectual disabilities and autism. For more information, visit www.friendshipart.net.
April 6, the much-anticipated Rails and Ales event takes place at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. The 21-and-over event features craft brewers, food vendors, entertainment and, of course, trains. General admission tickets are $40 (just $15 for designated drivers) and proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.railsandales.org.
The American Music Theatre is introducing some really fantastic shows to its events calendar, including The Doobie Brothers on April 10, Stomp on April 14, Straight No Chasers on May 4, and Diana Ross June 26, just to mention a few. For a complete list of concerts and original shows, visit www.amtshows.com.
 Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant and Stage introduce an all-new magic show Magic & Wonder: Imagine - The Spark of Creativity. Illusionist Brett Myers brings his talent and creativity to the stage for a unique experience and captivating storytelling. For more information, visit www.bird-in-hand.com/stage.
The Launch Music Conference takes place in downtown Lancaster April 25-28. With over 1,000 artists from around the country, guests of the festival will enjoy different genres of music and panels at venues throughout the downtown area. For more information on bands, speakers, presentations and more, visit www.launchmusicconference.com.
The list of upcoming events and attractions springing up in Lancaster in the next few weeks and months is exciting and our innkeepers are looking forward to hosting your next visit to Lancaster County. We hope to see you soon!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

These are a Few of Our Favorite Things

If you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift idea for someone special, consider giving them a stay at one of our bed and breakfasts. Gift certificates are available and you can pair the stay with one of the many attractions here in Lancaster, from local theatres to shopping, nightlife and more. Our innkeepers take pride in being able to pay special attention to each guest and providing top-notch accommodations. Support local, stay local and enjoy all that Lancaster County has to offer. 
Recently named by Forbes as one of "The 10 Coolest Cities to Visit in 2018," Lancaster is quickly becoming a destination spot for visitors and dubbed as the "newly hip Victorian city ... boasting a bustling food bed and quickly becoming a cultural hotbed." And we couldn't agree more. 
After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the winter months can be a real drag. Break up the lull of the winter with a weekend getaway and explore new territory. Check out downtown, explore Amish country or hit up one of the many specialty shops. For train enthusiasts, Strasburg is a great town to explore centered around trains, including the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Swing by the Speckled Hen for a bite to eat or a cup of java. A trip to Lancaster isn't complete without a horse and buggy ride so visit Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides in Ronks. 
If you're more interested in the city life of Lancaster, be sure to peruse Central Market, which is named one of the world's top markets, offering everything from locally grown produce to meats and cheeses, prepared foods from around the world, handmade trinkets and more. Head down the street to see what's on tap at Lancaster Brewing Company (may I suggest a pint of their Double Chocolate Milk Stout?) or enjoy a first-class meal at the Pressroom Restaurant & Bar. And the good news is, these establishments are all passport partners with discounts at inns. Ask your innkeeper for more information.
Whether it's a romantic weekend away in February or an impromptu adventure out of town, visit Lancaster County and one of the many attractions - we hope to see you in Lancaster County in the new year!



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Holiday Performances in Lancaster County

It's November, and that means it's time to start thinking about the holidays! Lancaster County has quite a few theatres and many are producing enticing and immaculate holiday shows. During your next visit to Lancaster County, check out a live theatre production, you won't be disappointed. As always, complete your trip with a stay at one of our bed and breakfasts (www.authenticbandb.com).
American Music Theatre presents an all-new "Christmas Show: The First Noel" through December 30. The variety show promises to wow the audience with its talented dancers, impressive costumes, set designs, singing and more. Tickets are $42 for adults, $21 for children and $32 for members.
Enjoy dinner and a show during Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse's holiday performance "Christmas in Paradise" taking place through December 29. The story centers around a Lancaster County Amish family, who share the true meaning of Christmas with city folks who have lost their way and finds themselves in Paradise, PA. Tickets are $27-$63 and are available with or without a meal.
Join the folks at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre for "A Christmas Carol The Musical." The classic holiday show starring Ebenezer Scrooge is on stage November 15-December 30 with tickets ranging in price from $22 (show only) to $65 (dinner and the show).
The Fulton Theatre presents a modernized version of "A Christmas Carol" December 1-29. Set in Victorian times, the classic show references pop culture and features holiday sing-a-long songs.
Shows are Saturdays at 11 a.m. through December and tickets are $11.
Bird-in-Hand Stage presents two shows for the holidays. The musical "A Christmas to Remember" takes place through December 29 and centers around Matthew and Mary, a couple who own a thrift shop in Paradise. As the holidays approach, they are faced with some surprises and challenges. Tickets range in price from $17-$37 (show only) to $47-$55 (breakfast, lunch or dinner included). Join master illusionist Brett Myers through January 1 for the "Magic and Wonder of Christmas." The magic show includes a variety of performances, including comedy and music. Tickets are $13-$27 (show only) or $20-$45 (includes breakfast, lunch or dinner).
Whether it's classic or variety shows, there is a show sure to get you in the holiday spirit and the perfect complement is a stay at one of our inns. We hope to see you here in Lancaster County during the holiday season!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Your Passport to Lancaster County


In this month’s blog, we’re highlighting a few of our passport partners, who offer guests a special discount when they stay at one of our inns. From candy shops to train museums, quilts and crafts, our list is sure to have something for everyone. For a complete list of participants, visit http://www.authenticbandb.com/passports.php or ask your innkeeper for more details during your next stay with us.
If you’re a train enthusiast, be sure to visit The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Home to over 100 real locomotives and train cars from the 19th and 20th century, the museum takes guests on a tour of the history of trains across the country. The Railroad Museum is located in Strasburg, home to many other train attractions, like the National Toy Train Museum, which houses dozens of interactive toy train displays and the Choo Choo Barn, which is home to 1,700 square feet of model trains.
If you’re visiting Lancaster to check out handmade quilts, are a sewer, crafter, or quilter looking for new projects, visitDutchland Quilt Patch at one of their three locations: Intercourse, Ronks and Lititz. They have a wide selection of fabrics, décor, lighting fixtures and braided rugs. Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts, located in Leola on an Amish Farm, offers over 200 styles of handmade quilts, wall hangings, pillows, quillows, dolls, bird feeders and more. Farmhouse Memories is located in Paradise and offers an array of scrapbooking items, fabrics, quilts and more (you can find them on Facebook). In Grandma’s Attic is a unique shop located in Kinzers, with seasonal décor, quilts, and other knick-knacks that are made by local crafters (for more information, call the store at 717-442-4337).


Another favorite attraction in Lancaster County is locally made confections and snacks. For homemade chocolate, check out Miesse Candies at Central Market, Downtown (who also boasts an ice cream parlor) or on Fruitville Pike; Spence Candies artisan-style chocolates located in Elizabethtown; Wilbur Chocolate and their rich Wilbur Buds in Lititz and E&A Candies and its selection of homemade treats in Intercourse. If you’re craving a homemade soft pretzel, swing by  Dutch Country Soft Pretzels in New Holland or Immergut Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels in Intercourse beside Kitchen Kettle Village. And for baked goods, stop by Mr. Sticky’s at the Visitor’s Center on Greenfield Road or Scratch Bakes in Ephrata, both worth a visit to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
For a true Lancaster experience, find an inn that best suits your needs and check out all our participating passport partners for an authentic tour of Lancaster County. You can also get your “passport” stamped for discounts on room rates. Join us this autumn as harvesting begins, leaves change colors, the streets are alive with local arts and culture and the restaurants and pubs are awaiting your visit. 


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Take an Appetizing Stroll Down Memory Lane in Lancaster

What better way to explore a new city than having a knowledgeable and personable local guide pointing out all the best historical sites, telling stories AND sampling foods along the way? Well there’s a new tour in downtown Lancaster that just does that.
Red Rose Walking Food Tour marries Lancaster’s rich history with the taste of the finest local and authentic foods, making for a memorable and intimate stroll through downtown Lancaster.
Downtown Lancaster
Aura Espresso Room
The tours take place on Market Days – Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – and guests meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center at Penn Square. Deborah Spagnolo, owner and tour guide, pays special attention to detail, telling stories of historical prominent figures, ghosts that haunt Fulton Theatre, and a heart-wrenching love story featuring President James Buchanan, just to mention a few.
Silantra Asian Street Kitchen 
The Red Rose Walking Food Tour also peppers in stops at Central Market, a stop for a cup of coffee or tea at Aurora Espresso Room, a taste of bologna and cheese from S. Clyde Weaver, a whoopie pie from Shady Maple and samples galore at Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom, which offers tastings of hundreds of premium vinegar and oils. Participating restaurants include
Old San Juan, where you’ll enjoy a flavorful empanada and plantano madaro tostones, Silantra Asian Street Kitchen for a “bing” (similar to a crepe but used as a wrap and stuffed with fresh Asian ingredients) Rolled Cold Creamery’s unique ice cream and Foltz’s homemade pretzels and fresh lemonade.
Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom
Rolled Cold Creamery
Deb’s not only knowledgeable about Lancaster’s history, she also shares intriguing and lesser-known stories, bringing people and historic landmarks of our past back to life. The tour weaves through downtown, equaling approximately two miles of entertainment and dining experience of Lancaster, with good company, plenty of great stories and flavors that'll impress your taste buds.
Price of the tour is $48 per person (children 12 and under are free) and includes all food and drinks (vegetarian options are also available).
Lancaster Courthouse
For more information and to book a tour, visit  www.redrosewalkingtour.com, call 717-945-5576 or email rrwalkingfoodtour@yahoo.com. What better way to complete your authentic visit to Lancaster after a Red Rose Walking Food Tour than a stay at one of our inns? We focus on making sure your stay in Lancaster is a memorable one. Find an inn that fits all your needs at www.authenticbandb.com.