Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lancaster After Dark

The quaint shops and many of the museums in Amish country usually close their doors around 5:00. However, there is still so much to do during the evening hours in Lancaster County

We just spent a wonderful evening playing miniature golf at Village Greens in Strasburg. They are open until 9:30 during the week and 10:00 on weekends during the summer. Their two beautiful golf courses are set on a hillside winding through lush gardens. We finished the evening with ice cream from the Strasburg Creamery just down the street from the golf course. The Creamery is open until 10 pm.

Or for those who enjoy some haunting tales, there are Ghost Tours beginning at 8:00. These candlelight tours begin in either downtown Lancaster or Strasburg.

Maybe you would enjoy the local music scene. There are many venues around Lancaster featuring DJ's, local artists, open mike night and even comedians. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Fly Magazine while you are in town to check out the current entertainment calendar.

And for stage and screen, we also offer numerous live theater productions and movie theaters including our new IMAX Theater.

So, although the serenity of Lancaster County is a great escape from the big cities, be aware that there is still plenty to do when the sun goes down!

Contributed by Lark and Michael McCarley, Lovelace Manor B&B 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

1 pkg. White Cake Mix
3/4 cup water
3 Egg whites
2 Tbsp. oil
1 pkg. (3oz.) Jell-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin, divided
1 cup blueberries
1 pkg. (8oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
Whole egg
3 Tbsp. water

HEAT oven to 350 BEAT cake mix, 3/4 cup water, egg whites and oil in large bowl with mixer
until well blended. Add 1/4 cup dry gelatin mix beat on low speed 1 min. Stir in berries; set aside. Beat cream cheese and whole egg in small bowl with mixer until well blended.

POUR half the cake batter into greased 12-cup fluted tube pan or 10-inch tube pan; cover with layers of cream cheese mixture and remaining cake batter.

BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan 10 min. Loosen cake from side of pan with knife. Invert cake onto wire rack; gently remove pan. Cool cake completely.
PLACE cake on plate. Microwave 3 Tbsp. water in microwaveable measuring cup on HIGH 30 sec. Add to remaining dry gelatin mix; stir until dissolved is . Brush over cake until mixture is absorbed.

Hope you enjoy this delicious treat.

Submitted by Linda and Elemer Kromer, Innkeepers of Kromer's Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Come Relax and Be Entertained in Lancaster, PA

Make your plans now to see some of the exciting events available in Lancaster County.

Dance is the focus of the new show at the American Music Theater. “Dance Explosion!” runs July 29 through October 8. We went opening night and the show is high energy and covers all genres of dance. The 42nd St. tap dance and the Jitter Bug numbers were great. The “Alice in Danceland” skit was very entertaining to watch. There is singing in the show and lots of music from the band. AMT is an Authentic Bed and Breakfast Association Passport partner, so ask your innkeeper about a discount coupon before you buy tickets.

August 9 through October 29 join the Rainbow Dinner Theater for “John Loves Mary”. It is always a good laugh at the Rainbow Dinner Theater. They are another Authentic Bed and Breakfast Association Passport partner.

If you love Irving Berlin’s music then check out “I Love A Piano” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. This show runs August 25 – October. It will be hard not to sing along with “God Bless America” and swing and sway to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. I can’t wait to see this show. Another Authentic Passport partner.

Another musical and fun night is coming to the Fulton Theater September 7 through September 25 for “The All Night Strut!”. We can’t wait for opening night for this toe tapping show featuring songs "Ain't Misbehavin," "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" and "Lullaby of Broadway." It will be hard to sit still through this show for sure.

For all of you Beverly Lewis fans, get ready to come to Lancaster, PA. From September 14 through December 2 a new musical “The Confession” will be performed on the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant Stage. The musical is based on Beverly Lewis’ trilogy: “The Shunning”, “The Confession” and “The Reckoning”. It is currently running in Indiana and the cast from that show will be traveling here for the Lancaster performances.

So you aren’t into theater. A new event this year is 2nd Sunday Flavor Fair at Building Character in downtown Lancaster. There are local food vendors and live music plus the handcrafted creations of 30 local artisans at Building Character. This is an exciting outdoor happening. If you miss the Aug 14th event maybe you can catch the Sept 11th or Oct. 9th events.

The Authentic Bed and Breakfasts are waiting for your call. Get you calendar out and plan your stay in Lancaster County. There is so much to do and experience here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by Ann Willets, King's Cottage B&B